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Dear Neighbours, Welcome to the December edition of your Abbey-Link. The countdown is now well under way to the festive period, and our thoughts are turning towards Christmas and all the planning and preparation that’s involved. If you are still looking for ideas or inspiration for Christmas gifts, why not pop along to the Christmas Markets at Taurus Crafts, they are being held this weekend 7th & 8th and 14th &15th December, more details are on page 11. You could even buy your locally grown Christmas Tree whilst you are there. Plantation Florist, on page 2, have a wide range of floral gifts available this Christmas, from Holly wreaths, Christmas bouquets, Tree decorations and table arrangements, order on line and you can receive a 10% discount when quoting the code. Are you still looking for somewhere for the office party, or just fancy a meal out this month? Spicy Kalkata, on page 19, have a great menu and are offering discounts on Eat In and Take Away during December. Whilst Hatton Court, on the front cover, have Sunday Lunches with Santa throughout December, and if you are looking for somewhere to see in the New Year - Hatton Court are hosting New Years Eve Parties. Congratulation to Mrs C Hanslow, winner of last months Sudoku competition, tickets to visit the new Cineworld are on their way to you. Try our Sudoku competition on page 37 and you could be in with a chance to win 2 tickets to the local Cineworld. Please feel free to email me your Sudoku entries if you so wish: sarah@thelinkdirectories.co.uk I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. See you all in 2014 Sarah

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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

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Creative Christmas at Taurus Crafts Celebrate a creative Christmas by doing your seasonal

shopping at Taurus Crafts, where you can choose from an inspirational selection of crafts and gifts - and even make your own. At the working pottery find beautiful hand-made ceramics – you can even throw your own pot and paint your own pot. At the Gift Shop, browse the region’s best selection of design-led gifts and crafts, plus fair trade products. Visit our onsite Craft Units which include , Handmade Chocolate, Picture Framing, Stained Glass, Jewellery, Original Artworks, Textiles, Knitting, Men’s fashion, Stone Mason, Leatherworker, Felt-maker, and the Garden Retreat health and beauty room offering therapies and treatments. For gifts for “foodies” visit Cowshill farm shop, supplying local meats and vegetables , and deli food and wine. Then take a break in the Whole-food Café, serving meals prepared on site, using many local and organic ingredients and including seasonal foods from the Taurus Organic Market Garden. For stylish Christmas trimmings, look no further than the Taurus Christmas Shop for a wide selection of interesting gift ideas, local arts & crafts, fair-trade goods, decorations, gift wrapping, cards and toys all under one roof. A Local Christmas tree! Taurus Crafts Christmas Trees available from the beginning of December are grown on Lydney Park Estate by a team of experienced professional foresters. This ensures high quality, well shaped trees available in different heights. Prices are reasonable and the carbon footprint couldn’t be better as they are grown under 1 mile away from Taurus Crafts. The trees are felled as freshly as possible which greatly improves their needle retention properties. We complement this range with more unusual trees from further afield.

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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

R. H. NELMES PLUMBING AND HEATING Gas Safe Registered

POWER FLUSH HEATING SYSTEM LOCAL ABBEYDALE RESIDENT

CONTACT:

01452 384905 OR MOBILE:

07806 549041

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Master Sheds Unit D, Sudmeadow Road Hempsted, Gloucester, GL2 5HG Tel: 01452 314011 www.mastersheds.co.uk Please mention

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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

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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

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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)

Mobile 07957545926

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November 2013 Release’s Friday 6th December FROZEN (3D) Anna, a fearless optimist, sets off on an epic journey - teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven - to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. From the outside Anna's sister, Elsa looks poised, regal and reserved, but in reality, she lives in fear as she wrestles with a mighty secret-she was born with the power to create ice and snow. It's a beautiful ability, but also extremely dangerous. Haunted by the moment her magic nearly killed her younger sister Anna, Elsa has isolated herself, spending every waking minute trying to suppress her growing powers. Her mounting emotions trigger the magic, accidentally setting off an eternal winter that she can't stop. She fears she's becoming a monster and that no one, not even her sister, can help her.

Friday 13th December THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG (3D) After successfully crossing over (and under) the Misty Mountains, Thorin and Company must seek aid from a powerful stranger before taking on the dangers of Mirkwood Forest--without their Wizard. If they reach the human settlement of Lake-town it will be time for the hobbit Bilbo Baggins to fulfil his contract with the dwarves. The party must complete the journey to Lonely Mountain and burglar Baggins must seek out the Secret Door that will give them access to the hoard of the dragon Smaug. And, where has Gandalf got off to? And what is his secret business to the south?

Wednesday 18th December ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND CONTINUES With the 70s behind him, San Diego's top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), returns to take New York's first 24-hour news channel by storm.

Friday 20th December WALKING WITH DINOSAURS (3D) For the first time in movie history, audiences will truly see and feel what it was like when dinosaurs ruled the Earth. "Walking with Dinosaurs" is the ultimate immersive experience, utilizing state of the art 3D to put audiences in the middle of a thrilling and epic prehistoric world, where an underdog dino triumphs to become a hero for the ages.

Thursday 26th December 47 RONIN (3D) A band of samurai set out to avenge the death and dishonour of their master at the hands of a ruthless shogun.

THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY Ben Stiller directs and stars in THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, James Thurber's classic story of a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. When his job along with that of his co-worker (Kristen Wiig) are threatened, Walter takes action in the real world embarking on a global journey that turns into an adventure more extraordinary than anything he could have ever imagined.

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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

- FULL HEATING SYSTEMS - BOILER REPLACEMENTS - POWER FLUSHING - COOKERS AND FIRES INSTALLED - ANNUAL SERVICING - LANDLORDS SAFETY CHECKS - BATHROOMS & EN SUITES - GENERAL PLUMBING

LOCAL ABBEYDALE RESIDENT

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Tel: 01452 538328 Mobile: 07879 410369

CALL ADAM ON: 07890 390220 OR VISIT www.a-m-nelmesheating.co.uk

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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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Rob Walters For all your ceiling requirements:-

Plasterboarding Coving Skimming Texturing Also Painting & Decorating Service 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 To advertise call 01452 890242


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BARGAINS TO BE HAD AT THE GLOUCESTER NCT NEARLY NEW TABLE TOP SALE IN DECEMBER, ST JOHN’S CHURCH HALL, CHURCHDOWN. The rising cost of living and tough economic climate mean many families are having to tighten their belts. Recent NCT research showed that one in two new parents (50%) had bought second hand baby or toddler items in the last six months and the majority were more likely to buy things such as baby or toddler clothes, toys, prams and high chairs second-hand rather than new. Cash-strapped parents and parents-to-be in Gloucester can find all the top quality baby clothes, toys and equipment they need at an upcoming NCT Nearly New Table Top Sale, and save around 70% on what they would cost brand new. Well-established and trusted by over 200,000 parents who visit them every year, NCT Nearly New Sales represent the best sales of excellent quality used baby and children’s items. NCT Gloucester Branch Nearly New Table Top Sale is on Saturday 14th December 10-12pm at St John’s Church Hall, Chuchdown, Gloucester, GL3 2DB. The sale has a German Christmas Market theme and NCT members will gain access to the sale at 9:45am. Find out more online http://www.nct.org.uk/branches/gloucester https://www.facebook.com/NCTGLOSNNS and on twitter @NCTGloucester Your local NCT Nearly New Sale offers an affordable alternative to trawling the high street for pricey baby products. NCT Nearly New Sales, sponsored by Persil Non-Bio and Comfort Pure, are the charity’s largest fundraiser, raising over £1 million every year to help support parents in their communities and through UK wide projects. They help NCT branches provide face-to-face support to parents on their doorsteps, as well as funding national helplines, breastfeeding counselling, training antenatal and postnatal teachers and many more services. Karen Knowlton, Publicity Officer, NCT Gloucester Branch, says: “NCT Nearly New Sales are a simple idea, with so many benefits. As a branch we are only just starting them up again due to a lack of volunteers previously. The table top sale is a great way to grab some bargains! Whether you’re buying, selling or both you can be sure you’re helping to support other parents in Gloucester by funding NCT charity’s vital work. The Sales are open to everyone, not just NCT members, so we hope to see you there!”

Scottish Dancing at Kingsholm School, Gloucester. Tuesdays - termtime only. 7.30pm - 10.00pm. Beginners welcome. Cost £2 but first night FREE. Contact 01452 306857 www.gloucesterscd.btck.co.uk Please mention

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Index of advertisers

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Your quick guide to everyone and everything in your Directory... ACCOUNTANTS Abbeymead Accountancy and Taxation Centre Charterwoods

COMPUTER MAINTENANCE 6 4

ADVERTISING The Best of Gloucester

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AIRCONDITIONING Charmont

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ARCHITECT D2B Designs Paul Karlsson

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Cotswold Computer Medic Gamlin Software Hop-2-it Jemtek

COVING SPECIALIST

PLASTERER

Red Driving School A D B Electrical Services Michael Tuck

Lindas Blinds

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FITTED WARDROBES

CARAVAN SERVICING

Kingfisher Flooring PJB Carpentry SP Dixon Tom Walsh Flooring

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CARPENTRY GL Carpentry GR Merchant P J B Carpentry Richleigh Carpentry

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Chris Lee

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A M Nelmes Beaven Installations Charmont Glevum Heating Ignition N Boothroyd R H Nelmes The Gasman TJ Robins

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PROPERTY MAINTENANCE Help @ Home 29 Total Property Maintenance 33

RESTAURANTS Spicy Kalkata

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Just a Mow Linden Tree Mark Dunkley

SHEDS

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HAIRDRESSERS Level One Hair

Jo Jingles Jolly Hockey Tots

HOTELS

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CHIMNEY SWEEP

Hatton Court Hotel

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COMPLIMENTARY THERAPY Chiropractic Wellness Centre 14 Reconnecting Therapy 14 Remedial Sports 14

Zero Stress

Master Sheds

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Dee & Griffin Treasures

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SPORTS CENTRE Saintbridge Sports Centre

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

C & G Cladding

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SOLICITORS

IRONING SERVICE

COMMUNITY CENTRE Abbeydale Sports & Community Centre

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CHILDRENS ACTIVITIES

Clean Sweep

Nails and Tails

ROOFING INSTALLATION

CARPET CLEANING Kingfisher Cleaning

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FLOORING

Plantation

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PET CARE

GARDEN MAINTENANCE

CARPETS Sapphire Carpets

Space Master

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PLUMBING & HEATING

ESTATE AGENTS

BLINDS

GL Caravan Care

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ELECTRICIAN 32 35

Cheltenham Mowers Oven Busters

DRIVING LESSONS

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LAWNMOWERS

Gloucester Conservatory & Window Warehouse 35 Thomas Tonks 22,23 Rob Walters

Masterpiece Interiors PJB Carpentry

Abbeydale Landscapes Grants Landscaping LMS

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Severn Vale Bathrooms TBS Bathrooms

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CONSERVATORIES

BATHROOM INSTALLATION 24 26

LANDSCAPING

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TUITION Abbey Tuition Piano & Theory Lessons Play the Piano

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WINDOW INSTALLATION A & A Double Glazing C & G Cladding Glass Fix Glazing

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WINDOW REPAIR Cloudy 2 Clear 13 Longlevens Window Repairs 39

Contact The Abbey-Link 30 Dancers Hill, Abbeymead, Gloucester, GL4 5TY Tel: 01452 890242 Email:sarah@thelinkdirectories.co.uk VISIT: www.thelinkdirectories.co.uk @Sarah_Gerken To advertiseFOLLOW: call 01452 890242 LIKE: TheLinkDirectories


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