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Dear Neighbours, A belated Happy New Year………... Welcome to the February edition of your Abbey-Link. Christmas and all its festivities now seem to be a distant memory, and we are now ploughing ahead into 2013. 2013 is going to be a celebratory year in ’The L-D’ (Link Directories) household, with both myself and my husband celebrating certain milestone birthdays, along with some very good friends of ours - I feel a few parties on the horizon!! I’m due to be an Auntie again this year , and I’m Matron of honour for one of my best friends at her wedding taking place later in the year Its easy to be in think its time for the diet and fitness to start before the The Link Directories (Gloucester) Ltd: celebrations begin!! If the New Year is a time that you also start to think about diet and fitness for the year ahead - and yes I know we all start with good intentions, but I plan on sticking to it this year!! The Abbey-Link can help point you in the right direction. If you are looking to loose weight after the Christmas excess, we have details of all the local Rosemary Conley diet and fitness classes on page 19. Also for fitness, if gyms aren’t your thing, we have a personal fitness trainer on page 38

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For those romantics of you out there, there is a great 01452 890242 local florist - Plantation Florist - on the front cover, who or e-mail are offering valentines gifts at great rates. If you are looking for somewhere romantic to spend the evening, I sarah@thelink-directories.co.uk Or visit can highly recommend Hatton Court on the opposite www.thelinkdirectories.co.uk page. If there happen to be any proposals on Valentines day that lead to wedding dress shopping, see Mystia on page 25, they have a wide selection of wedding and prom dresses available. For those proposals that happened over Christmas, Hatton Court Hotel are also hosting a Wedding Fayre on Sunday 40th February, more details are on page 24. Congratulations to Mark Jones 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 Happy New Year and lots of success in 2013.

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 To advertise call 01452 890242


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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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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)

CALL TODAY 01452 619883 OR 07817 337480

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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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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

www.glosfencing.co.uk TEL: 01452 722548 MOBILE: 07841 753082 ALSO SUPPLIER OF SAND, GRAVEL & ORNAMENTAL GRAVEL

LINDEN TREE

LANDSCAPES ● ● ● ● ●

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)

Mobile 07957545926

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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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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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Phone Janine: 01452 613840 Mobile: 07846 467056 £300 -£300 £700- per week £700 per week Email: pandjlush@blueyonder.co.uk or patricklush@gmail.com www.patricklush.com

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Gardening Tips for February 2013 from Garden Delight.. Flowers, Tubs and Borders After flowering dig up and divide over crowed clumps of Snowdrops and replant When winter flowering heathers have gone over prune back the dead flower heads to maintain compact plants Prune winter Jasmine by pruning back stems that have flowered Firm back into the ground any alpine/rockery plants that have been lifted by the frosts Prune back hard any clematis which flower from July onwards Prune back woody Mahonia stems to keep the plants bushy and compact

Fruit and Vegetables Plant Shallot sets ( if the weather stays cold then start them off in pots of compost in a cold frame) Plant Jerusalem artichoke tubers, sow broad Beans, Carrots and Parsnips under Cloches Cut back autumn fruiting raspberries to the ground and all others to the bud above the last wire. Complete the winter pruning of apples and pears before the end of the month and before the sap starts to rise in the stems.

Greenhouse Sow sweet pea seeds in a cold greenhouse or frame Sow Peas, Onions, Leeks and Cabbage in a propagator and Parsley in seed trays Carefully clean the glass and frames with a greenhouse disinfectant getting ready for the new season Buy your grow bags early even if you use them outside and put them in the greenhouse to ‘warm up’ this will give you a head start later in the spring when you plant with tomatoes etc.. Check out our web site for more information and a list of the services we offer www.gardendelight.co.uk Disclaimer – these tips are the result of many years experience in gardening however no guarantees can be given. Remember there are principles to successful gardening but no formulas. Please mention Abbey-Link when responding to adverts


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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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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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Friday 1st February

February 2013 Release’s CIRQUE DE SOLEIL

A young woman in a small Mid-Western town goes to a traveling carnival one evening, where she is urged by a silent clown to visit the carnival's circus and see The Aerialist, the show's star attraction. She is entranced by The Aerialist, but during his act he misses a catch and falls to the ground. She rushes to help him, but then the ground beneath them gives way and they fall through into the dreamlike world of Cirque du Soleil. Separated, they travel through the different tent worlds trying to find each other, interacting with the strange and wonderful performers and performances of Cirque du Soleil.

Friday 8th February WRECK-IT RALPH Wreck-It Ralph (John C. Reilly) longs to be as beloved as his game's perfect Good Guy, Fix-It Felix (Jack McBrayer). Problem is, nobody loves a Bad Guy. But they do love heroes... so when a modern, first-person shooter game arrives featuring tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun (Jane Lynch), Ralph sees it as his ticket to heroism and happiness. He sneaks into the game with a simple plan -- win a medal -- but soon wrecks everything, and accidentally unleashes a deadly enemy that threatens every game in the arcade. Ralph's only hope? Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman), a young troublemaking "glitch" from a candy-coated cart racing game who might just be the one to teach Ralph what it means to be a Good Guy. But will he realize he is good enough to become a hero before its "Game Over" for the entire arcade?

HITCHCOCK In 1959, Alfred Hitchcock (Sir Anthony Hopkins) and his wife, Alma (Helen Mirren), are at the top of their creative game as filmmakers amid disquieting insinuations about it being time to retire. To recapture his youth's artistic daring, Alfred decides his next film will adapt the lurid horror novel, Psycho, over everyone's misgivings. Unfortunately, as Alfred self-finances and labors on this film, Alma finally loses patience with his roving eye and controlling habits with his actresses. When an ambitious friend lures her to collaborate on a work of their own, the resulting marital tension colors Alfred's work even as the novel's inspiration haunts his dreams.

Friday 15th February A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD Iconoclastic, take-no-prisoners cop John McClane (Bruce Willis), for the first time, finds himself on foreign soil after traveling to Moscow to help his wayward son Jack (Jai Courtney) - unaware that Jack is really a highly-trained CIA operative out to stop a nuclear weapons heist. With the Russian underworld in pursuit, and battling a countdown to war, the two McClanes discover that their opposing methods make them unstoppable heroes.

Friday 22nd February HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS In this dark spin on the fairy tale, siblings Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma To advertise call 01452 890242 Arterton) are a formidable team of bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world.


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Sudoku - Complete the puzzle by 20th February 2013

and return, with your name and address, to Abbey-Link, 30 Dancers Hill, Abbeymead, Gloucester, GL4 5TY to be in with a chance of winning 2 cinema tickets 4

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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

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

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Your quick guide to everyone and everything in your Directory... ACCOUNTANTS

CONSERVATORIES

LOFT LADDERS

Abbeymead Accountancy and Taxation Centre 6 Hucclecote Accounting & Taxation Services 31

Gloucester Conservatory & Window Warehouse 42

Elite Loft Ladders

COVING SPECIALIST

Oven Busters

ADVERTISING

EDUCATION

The Best of Gloucester

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AIRCONDITIONING Charmont

EJS School

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ARCHITECT 36 8 7

A D B Electrical Services Bright Sparks Glevum Electrical Halford Electrical Hammond Electrics

BATHROOM INSTALLATION

ESTATE AGENTS

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

Michael Tuck Parkers Estate Agents

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BEDROOMS

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FITNESS No Limit Fitness

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FLOORING

PJB Carpentry

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BLINDS Lindas Blinds

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BOOKKEEPING

Kingfisher flooring PJB Carpentry S P Dixon

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FLORIST

321 Bookkeeping

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Plantation

BRIDAL & PROM GOWNS

GARAGE DOORS

Mystia

Eales Garage Doors

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Rob Tarren Photography Chris Lee A G Griffiths A M Nelmes Beaven Installations Charmont Glevum Heating N Boothroyd R H Nelmes The Gasman

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Andy Handy Man Care & Repair J C Property Maintenance

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ROOFING INSTALLATION C & G Cladding

SHEDS

CARPENTRY P J A Carpentry P J B Carpentry Richleigh Carpentry

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HOLIDAYS Portugal Villa

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HOTELS

CARPETS Sapphire Carpets

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CHILDRENS PARTIES Bohemian Beads

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COMMUNITY CENTRE Abbeydale Sports & Community Centre

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COMPLIMENTARY THERAPY Chiropractic Wellness Centre 18 Helen Croley 18 Remedial Sports 18

COMPUTER MAINTENANCE Cotswold Computer Medic Computer Cookie Hop-2-it Jemtek

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Hallmark Hotel Hatton Court

Saintbridge Sports Centre

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SOLICITORS Dee & Griffin Treasures Andys Cars

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TREE SURGEON 34

WEIGHT LOSS PLAN Rosemary Conley

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WINDOW INSTALLATION

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A & A Double Glazing C & G Cladding Elements Glass Fix Glazing

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WINDOW REPAIR

LANDSCAPING Abbeydale Landscapes Grants Landscaping LMS

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SOCIAL CLUB

Acorn Treecare 38

KITCHEN & BATHROOM FITTING M C Kitchen & Bathrooms PJB Carpentry TBS Kitchens

Master Sheds

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TAXI SERVICE 32 2, 24

IRONING SERVICE Easy Iron

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PROPERTY MAINTENANCE

Garden Delight Just a Mow Lawn Man Linden Tree Mark Dunkley

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PLUMBING & HEATING

Darren Mann Caravan Care

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CARAVAN SERVICING

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PET CARE Nails and Tails

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PAINTER & DECORATOR Roger Brown

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ASW Design D2B Designs Paul Karlsson

Rob Walters

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OVEN CLEANERS

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Cloudy 2 Clear 13 Longlevens Window Repairs 11

LAWNMOWERS Cheltenham Mowers

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