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December 2012

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Dear Neighbours, Welcome to your December edition of your Abbey-Link. With the countdown now well under way to the festive period, our thoughts are turning towards Christmas and the planning and preparation that’s involved. If bikes are on the Christmas list this year - Slam 69 in on our doorstep and is a great local family bike shop - see page 13 for more info. If you have already booked your Christmas nights out, but are looking for a bit of pampering before hand to help you get ready for the parties ahead, we have some great local beauty and Its easy to be in massage therapists, who are also offering gift vouchers The Link Directories (Gloucester) Ltd: and free gift wrapping - see pages 20 & 21 for more details. Perhaps you could do with a spray tan before Abbey-Link / Tuffley-Link your Christmas party to give you that holiday glow Hucclecote Link Fantastic Tan offer the ultimate fast spray tan in the comfort of your own home, see their advert on page 37. And it’s incredible value too Most importantly it works

If you are planning to go away over the festive period and are looking for someone to look after your pets whilst you are away - we have a couple of local pet carers with a great reputation. on page 12

Quarter Page from £21 Half Page from £35 Full Page from £60 (Rates subject to VAT)

Please also remember to keep an eye out for your elderly neighbours over this festive period, with the weather getting colder and the nights a lot darker, they will appreciate knowing there is someone who cares. Take some time to read an article provided by Vicky Hall, manager of Broomfield Care, a local home care agency, it’s full of useful and helpful tips to help those who may be less fortunate than yourself. You can find it on page 19.

For more information give me a call on

01452 890242 or e-mail sarah@thelink-directories.co.uk Or visit www.thelinkdirectories.co.uk

Remember we can be found on our Face book page; www.facebook.com/ TheLinkDirectories or on twitter; www.twitter.com/@Sarah_Gerken we would love to connect with you. Congratulations to Mr A Graham for winning last months Sudoku competition, tickets to Cineworld Gloucester will be on their way to you. Please feel free to email me your Sudoku entries if you so wish: sarah@thelink-directories.co.uk May I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a very happy New Year

Sarah. The Link Directories (Gloucester) Ltd cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions or endorse companies, products or services that appear in this magazine. Abbey-Link to adverts PrintedPlease by: Themention Color Company Tel: when 01242 responding 226332 www.thecolorco.co.uk


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A.G. GRIFFITHS PLUMBING, HEATING AND ELECTRICAL SERVICES • • • •

Full Heating systems Boiler repairs and replacements Fully fitted bathrooms Complete plumbing services include leaks and faults Annual servicing and safety inspections

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All aspects of electrical work undertaken Extra sockets, outside lights All works and parts guaranteed Free quotations

Telephone :01452 290078 Mobile:07973324634 27 Abbots Road , Abbeymead, Gloucester GL4 5GF

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ABBEYMEAD & ABBEYDALE ACCOUNTANCY AND TAXATION CENTRE

Accountants for the Abbeymead and Abbeydale Area SMALL PRACTISE FOR SMALL CLIENTS = SMALL FEES CHARGED BY US SELF ASSESSMENT TAX RETURNS IMMEDIATE SERVICE AVAILABLE * Fixed priced Accountancy/Taxation services. Accounts. Self Assessment. Tax Returns. PAYE. VAT. Bookkeeping etc. Annual Sales £ Annual Fee From Less Than 15,000 50—100 * Limited Company Accounts 15,000 100 * Limited Company Formation 30,000 150 * Partnership Accounts 40,000 180 * Self Employed Accounts 60,000 210 * Management Accounts 75,000 230 * Business Start Ups 90,000 240 Over 100,000 By Negotiation Self Assessment tax returns completion from £50 *Self Assessment tax returns, Accounts problems *Free accountancy/Taxation Surgery. *Home visits to suit you Ring Mike Jefferies MAAT ICPA FCPA 01452 863304

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LAWNMOWERS SERVICED – SHARPENED – REPAIRED ALSO: RIDE-ON MOWERS, CHAINSAWS, ROTAVATORS, STRIMMERS, HEDGETRIMMERS ETC.

FREE COLLECTION AND DELIVERY Tel : CHELTENHAM MOWERS LIMITED Tel: 01452 616169 Unit B3, Nexus, Hurricane Road, Gloucester Business Park, Glos. GL3 4AG Visit and Buy On-Line at www.mowers-online.co.uk

D2B designs Design and prepare architectural drawings for extensions, conversions, alterations and improvements to your home We also carry out custom designs for new homes with your needs in mind. All plans are prepared and submitted on your behalf for Local Authority Building Control and Planning Approvals. For a prompt, private and professional service call:

01452 723439 or 07973 621078 and speak to Graham or Angela for a free quote and friendly, helpful advice.

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A.D.B ELECTRICAL SERVICES LTD QUALIFIED ELECTRICIAN DOMESTIC, COMMERCIAL & INDUSTRIAL

FAULT FINDING RE-WIRING & UPGRADES INTERNAL & EXTERNAL LIGHTING & POWER POINTS ELECTRICITY TO SHEDS & OUTBUILDINGS ELECTRIC SHOWERS NIC PART P REGISTERED

ANDY BOUCHER TEL: 01452 371981 MOBILE: 07967 721966 25 Minster Gardens, Abbeymead No Job Too Small - Free Estimates. All work carried out to the highest standard Please mention Abbey-Link when responding to adverts


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Over 30 Years Building Renovating Experience

- FULL HEATING SYSTEMS - BOILER REPLACEMENTS - POWER FLUSHING - COOKERS AND FIRES INSTALLED - ANNUAL SERVICING - LANDLORDS SAFETY CHECKS - BATHROOMS & EN SUITES - GENERAL PLUMBING ALL WORK GUARANTEED FREE QUOTATIONS CALL ADAM ON: 07890 390220 OR VISIT www.a-m-nelmesheating.co.uk

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R. H. NELMES PLUMBING AND HEATING Gas Safe Registered

POWER FLUSH HEATING SYSTEM LOCAL ABBEYDALE RESIDENT

CONTACT:

01452 384905 OR MOBILE:

07806 549041

R W BATHROOM AND TILING Bespoke Bathroom Installation Tiling Service Specialist in Natural Stone Free Quotation No Obligation Contact Rob Tel: 01452 531858 Mobile: 07970 259494 To advertise call 01452 890242


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DARREN MANN BUILDING CONTRACTOR Specialising in home extensions

Also Mini Digger with Driver for Hire 111 The Wheatridge East Abbeydale, Gloucester GL4 5DW

Tel: 01452 612759 Mobile: 07778 818886 References available

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Manufacturers & Installers of all Types of the Finest Quality of Windows, Doors & Conservatories 41 Kingsmead Abbeymead Gloucester GL4 5DY Telephone: 01452 618530 07961 199942 Please mention Abbey-Link when responding to adverts


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£300 - £700 per week

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Master Sheds Unit D, Sudmeadow Road Hempsted, Gloucester, GL2 5HG Tel: 01452 314011 www.mastersheds.co.uk To advertise call 01452 890242


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www.saintbridgesportscentre.co.uk Tel: 01452 303768 To advertise call 01452 890242


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BOOK IN DECEMBER FOR JANUARY FITTING TO RECEIVE CHRISTMAS DISCOUNT

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C.D.L CHRIS LEE PLASTERING CONTRACTOR For all your plastering needs big or small For smoothing over artex, ceilings or walls, To garage conversions Just give me a call 20 YEARS EXPERIENCE INTERNAL & EXTERNAL DOMESTIC / COMMERCIAL LOCAL ABBEYDALE RESIDENT

Tel: 01452 538328 Mobile: 07879 410369

MARK DUNKLEY HANDYMAN GARDEN SERVICES PATIOS LAID FENCES ERECTED DECORATING NO JOB TOO BIG OR SMALL ALL WORK CONSIDERED ALL RUBBISH REMOVED FREE ESTIMATES GIVEN (WITH NO OBLIGATION) O.A.P RATES AVAILABLE FULL C.R.B CHECK OBTAINED (AVAILABLE ON REQUEST)

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December 2012 Release’s Tuesday 11th December GREMLINS (1984) - One Day Special Exclusive to Cineworld Cinemas Miniature green monsters tear through the small town of Kingston Falls in the 1984 classic. Hijinks ensue as a mild-mannered bank teller releases these hideous loony’s after gaining a new pet and violating two of three simple rules: No water (violated), no food after midnight (violated), and no bright light. Hilarious mayhem and destruction in a town straight out of Norman Rockwell. So, when your washing machine blows up or your TV goes on the fritz, before you call the repair man, turn on all the lights and look under all the beds. 'Cause you never can tell, there just might be a gremlin in your house.

Friday 14th December THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY Bilbo Baggins is swept into a quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Giant Spiders, Shapeshifters and Sorcerers. Although their goal lies to the East and the wastelands of the Lonely Mountain first they must escape the goblin tunnels, where Bilbo meets the creature that will change his life forever ... Gollum. Here, alone with Gollum, on the shores of an underground lake, the unassuming Bilbo Baggins not only discovers depths of guile and courage that surprise even him, he also gains possession of Gollum's "precious" ring that holds unexpected and useful qualities ...

TINKERBELL & THE SECRET OF THE WINGS Tinker Bell meets Periwinkle and ventures into the winter woods with her and Tinker Bell's other friends to find the secret of fairy wings.

Friday 21st December LIFE OF PI Based on the best-selling novel by Yann Martel, is a magical adventure story centring on Pi Patel, the precocious son of a zoo keeper. Dwellers in Pondicherry, India, the family decides to move to Canada, hitching a ride on a huge freighter. After a shipwreck, Pi finds himself adrift in the Pacific Ocean on a 26-foot lifeboat with a zebra, a hyena, an orang-utan and a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, all fighting for survival.

Wednesday 26th December JACK REACHER In an innocent heartland city, five are shot dead by an expert sniper. The police quickly identify and arrest the culprit, and build a slam-dunk case. But the accused man claims he's innocent and says "Get Jack Reacher." Reacher (Tom Cruise) himself sees the news report and turns up in the city. The defence is immensely relieved, but Reacher has come to bury the guy. Shocked at the accused's request, Reacher sets out to confirm for Toofadvertise callguilt, 01452 himself the absolute certainty the man's but890242 comes up with more than he bargained for.


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Sudoku - Complete the puzzle by 20th December 2012

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Fantastic Tan The Ultra Fast Spray Tan in the comfort of your home Sun Kissed & Sexy the healthy way

Simply have one for a special Occasion Weddings, Christening, Balls/Prom, Holidays. Or just to make you feel brighter

Call Jackie to make an appointment 0796 790 8396 Discounts for parties Gift Vouchers available

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Rob Walters For all your ceiling requirements:-

Plasterboarding Coving Skimming Texturing We now offer to skim textured ceilings to a flat finish or alternatively we provide a full range of high quality textured patterns Water damaged ceilings & Insurance work welcome

Domestic & Commercial enquiries welcome HOME: 01452 521878 MOBILE: 07850 968348 Visit website at www.robwalters.co.uk

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FENCING & LANDSCAPING SPECIALISTS • • • • •

BLOCK PAVING FENCING PERGOLAS RERE-POINTING CONCRETING

PATIOS GATES GARDEN CLEARING SHED BASES

COMPETITIVE PRICES DISCOUNT F OR OAP’S OVER 25 YRS EXPREIENCE WE WILL BEAT ANY REASONABLE QUOTE

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GARDEN AND TREE MAINTENANCE All kinds of trees and hedges expertly felled, topped and pruned

FENCING BLOCK PAVING PATIOS ● TURFING DECKING HEDGE CUTTING

ASPECTSOF OFLANDSCAPING LANDSCAPING ALLALL ASPECTS

All Interior & Exterior Work Undertaken

Free Quotations & Fully Guaranteed

Tel: 01452 614123 Mobile: 07787 182434

GARDEN DESIGNED, MAKEOVERS AND RENOVATIONS JUNGLE CLEARANCE Friendly and reliable local company For more info visit www.lindentreegardens.co.uk

Call Bob on 01452 535696 (24 hour answering service)

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Gardening Tips for December from Garden Delight...

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Here are a few tips on buying your Christmas tree and Christmas houseplants. Christmas Trees The Christmas tree in Britain is a fairly modern custom dating back to the 1840’s when Prince Albert brought the custom to Britain from his native Germany. Trees were traditionally decorated with candles, sweets small presents and paper chains. An angel on the top completed the festive picture. The Norway spruce was the original choice for most households but these days there a few more types to choose. Norway Spruce The traditional tree, a light green colour and by far the most affordable. This type does not hold its needles well and will need lots of watering and plenty of patience when you come to remove the tree after Christmas! Nordmann Fir The most popular ‘no needle drop’ tree. Typically cone shaped, usually very bushy. The needles soft and glossy dark green with a white stripe on the underside Noble Fir Very similar and often confused with the Nordman, it’s more upright and has short stiff well spaced branches which make it good for hanging decorations. It has great needle holding qualities and releases a lovely fragrance into the room. Other types you occasionally see for sale – Scots Pine – bushy shape good needle retention a lovely fragrance. Fraser Fir – dense and upright, holds needles well. Serbian Spruce a nice narrow tree which occasionally has cones but poor needle retention.

Choosing and caring for your cut tree. Buy from a reputable grower or retailer, always ask to see the tree unwrapped and never buy a tree that’s been stored inside. Don’t be fooled by signs that say ‘fresh trees daily’ it often doesn’t mean they have been cut that day just delivered that day... Most trees will be cut a while before they are delivered to the stores ideally after the first frost as this can ‘set’ the needles in the tree and help prevent needle drop. Trees used to be sold by the foot but metric measurements and pricing policies make this difficult to do. Basically trees are measured from the base to the top of the last set of branches as they are folded to the top tip. Once you get your tree home cut an inch off the bottom of the stem and put it in a bucket of water, when you are ready to bring it inside make sure you use a stand which holds water and top this up frequently; its not unusual for trees to go through lots of water, keeping them topped up will mean the tree will stay fresher and hold its needles longer. Potted Trees A lot of people are tempted to buy potted trees and plant them out after Christmas. It’s a great money saving idea but here are a few tips. Notice the difference between container grown and containerised... If they are grown in the container they stand a much better chance of surviving but be realistic... You are taking a tree from minus temperatures into a well heated house for two weeks and then back outside into the cold... Don’t be too surprised if they don’t cope with this!

Christmas Houseplants It’s quite common to buy a Christmas houseplant either for yourself or as a gift. Here are a few tips to help choose and get the most from your purchase. Poinsettia – best for warm draft free rooms, water from the top with tepid water and make sure the plant is kept out of chills on its journey home. Choose plants with tight flower buds (these are the yellow buds in the middle of the red leaves; they stay fresher and last longer. Cyclamen- best for a cool room, water only from the bottom, standing in a saucer of water for a couple of hours then remove and allow to drain. Over watering and high temperatures cause the leaves to wilt. When buying hold the plant up to the light and check how many new flower buds are hidden in the leaves, a healthy plant should stand up side down on its own leaves in the palm of your hand. Azalea – Best for a room where the temperature is a constant 10-15 degrees. Water by submerging the whole pot in water and wait until the air bubbles stop, let it drain and don’t let it stand in water. Ideally use rain water as these plants are acid lovers. A happy plant will have a centimeter of dark brown stem just out of the soil this shows its ideally watered and when this ‘lightens’ in colour its time to water again.

Plant of the month – Hamamelis Mollis – Chinese witch Hazel. Spectacular plant which starts to flower in December, bright spider like flowers appear on leaf less branches. Heavily scented you can cut a few stems for indoor decoration. Not a small plant and not cheap but defiantly worth the space and expense, its easy to grow and undemanding in the garden. Be sure to get the ‘mollis’ variety as this have the most flowers and most scent. Check out our web site www.gardendelight.co.uk for a full listing of the services offered Disclaimer – these tips are the result of many years experience in gardening however no guarantees can be Please mention Abbey-Link when but responding given. Remember there are principles to successful gardening no formulas.to adverts


Index of advertisers

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Your quick guide to everyone and everything in your Directory... ACCOUNTANTS Abbeymead Accountancy and Taxation Centre 6 Hucclecote Accounting & Taxation Services 17

ADVERTISING The Best of Gloucester

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AIRCONDITIONING Charmont

PLASTERER

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A D B Electrical Services Cleevely Electrical Glevum Electrical Halford Electrical Hammond Electrics Michael Tuck Parkers Estate Agents

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FITNESS

BIKE SHOP

No Limit Fitness

Lindas Blinds Darren Mann

PJB Carpentry S P Dixon

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GARDEN MAINTENANCE

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CARAVAN CARE GL Caravan Care

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CARE AGENCY Broomfield Care

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CARPENTRY P J A Carpentry P J B Carpentry Richleigh Carpentry

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Garden Delight Just a Mow Linden Tree Mark Dunkley

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GREEN GROCERS Petals

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HOLIDAYS Portugal Villa

Sapphire Carpets

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Hallmark Hotel Hatton Court

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IRONING SERVICE

CHILD CARE Prickles Childcare

Easy Iron

CHILDRENS PARTIES Bohemian Beads Cleaning Solutions

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Abbeydale Sports & Community Centre

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M C Kitchen & Bathrooms PJB Carpentry TBS Kitchens

COMPLIMENTARY THERAPY Chiropractic Wellness Centre 20 Remedial Sports 20

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LANDSCAPING Abbeydale Landscapes Grants Landscaping LMS

Bright Sparks Care & Repair J C Property Maintenance

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ROOFING INSTALLATION C & G Cladding

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SECURITY Glevum Security

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Fantastic Tan

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Master Sheds

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Saintbridge Sports Centre

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Dee & Griffin Treasures

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WINDOW INSTALLATION 36

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SOLICITORS

KITCHEN & BATHROOM FITTING

COMMUNITY CENTRE

Chosen Lettings

SOCIAL CLUB

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CLEANERS

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SHEDS

HOTELS

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A G Griffiths A M Nelmes Beaven Installations Charmont Glevum Heating N Boothroyd R H Nelmes The Gasman

SELF TANNING

HAIRDRESSING E J Hairdressing

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PROPERTY MAINTENANCE

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BUILDING CONTRACTORS

Chris Lee

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PROPERTY LETTING 37

FLOORING

BLINDS

Ermin Plant Hire

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PLUMBING & HEATING

ESTATE AGENTS 21 21 38

Slam 69

Abbey Pet Care Animals at Home Nails and Tails

COVING SPECIALIST ELECTRICIAN

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PET CARE

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BEDROOMS PJB Carpentry

Oven Busters

PLANT HIRE

Rob Walters

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OVEN CLEANERS

Gloucester Conservatory & Window Warehouse 38

BEAUTY THERAPY Natural Creations Therapy Skin Care Centre

Elite Loft Ladders 7 14 36 32 35

CONSERVATORIES

BATHROOM INSTALLATION R W Bathrooms & Tiling Severn Vale Bathrooms TBS Bathrooms Will Oliver Installations

Cotswold Computer Medic Computer Cookie Gamlin Software Solutions Hop-2-it Jemtek

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ARCHITECT ASW Design D2B Designs Paul Karlsson

COMPUTER MAINTENANCE

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A & A Double Glazing C & G Cladding DJ Doors & Windows Elements Glass Fix Glazing

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WINDOW REPAIR Cloudy 2 Clear 15 Longlevens Window Repairs 13

LAWNMOWERS Cheltenham Mowers

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