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October 2012

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A bit about “The The HucclecoteHucclecote-Link” Link Dear Neighbours, Welcome to your October edition of your Hucclecote Link. The new academic year is now well under way, and this can mean the beginning of a new era for many parents and children. Whether its their first days at primary or secondary school, or leaving the nest to start College or University, September can be the start of new beginnings. If you are looking for any help with your child outside of school - we have a tutor on page 20 who specialises in Maths tuition.

If you are suffering with empty nest syndrome at this time of year, why not try a new venture…. Maybe its time to start that exercise regime, well it is only a few months until Christmas is here! If you are looking to join a gym, Its easy to be in why not give Sprit Health Club at try, based in the Holiday Inn, The Link Directories (Gloucester) Ltd: Barnwood, they are offering a FREE 5 day trial with the advert see page 18 for further information. Abbey-Link / Tuffley-Link Alternatively why not look at taking up Art Classes, these take place at Abbeydale Sports and Community Centre and you can Hucclecote Link find out more on page 20.. And it’s incredible value too As I write this, mid September, it is starting to feel as though Most importantly it works Autumn is creeping up on us and I am wondering how much longer I can go without putting the heating on! Quarter Page from £21 We have some great plumbers in the Hucclecote Link and many of Half Page from £35 them have some great offers on, so why wait until Winter, give Full Page from £60 them a call now and see what they can do for you. You can find (Rates subject to VAT) out who they are on our index on page 30. Please remember that we have now launched the new Tuffley-Link magazine, so if you know of any business that has potential customers in the Tuffley area, and who may be interested in advertising in the Tuffley-Link please get them to contact me at sarah@thelink-directories.co.uk or ring 01452 617040

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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 Jane McGowan for winning last months Sudoku competition, tickets to Cineworld Gloucester will be on their way to you. Have a great month 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. Please mention The Hucclecote-Link when responding to adverts Printed by: The Color Company Tel: 01242 226332 www.thecolorco.co.uk


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J.WILLIAMS - Unit 17, Innsworth Technology Park, Glos Office Tel No: (01242) 528878 or (01242) 210953 Mobile 07787 394452 Find us in Yellow Pages

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6 ACCOUNTANCY AND TAXATION CENTRE

Accountants for the Hucclecote and District 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 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

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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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R W BATHROOM AND TILING - 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

Bespoke Bathroom Installation Tiling Service Specialist in Natural Stone Free Quotation No Obligation Contact Rob Tel: 01452 531858 Mobile: 07970 259494

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It’s Hallowe’en Why on earth do we carve scary faces in to pumpkins?! Here, we find out what it’s all about... Hallowe’en has been described as “a perfect example of superstition struggling with religious belief”. We may all be aware of it — but how many of us know the origins of the annual activities of October 31st?

the colours of Hallowe’en because orange is the colour of harvest and black the colour of death. Games such as apple bobbing and snap apples also became popular due to the abundance of apples at this time.

Hallowe’en dates back over 2,000 years to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. October 31st was the Celts’ New Year’s Eve, as they celebrated the end of the ‘season of the sun’ before the ‘season of darkness’ started on November 1st (their New Year’s Day). The Celts believed that evil spirits came with the darkness and that on October 31st the barriers between our world and the spirit world were at their weakest.

Dressing up also has ancient roots. When people thought this was the time ghosts came back to earth, they would wear masks if they left their homes that night so that the ghosts would mistake them for fellow spirits.

The Catholic Church made 1st November the church holiday of All Saints Day in 835 AD, when all saints are remembered. (The 2nd November is All Souls Day, when the church remembers all those who have died). ‘Hallows’ is an old word for Saint, hence October 31st became All Hallows Eve, then Hallowe’en. Many of the Hallowe’en activities we take part in today are a mixture of pagan and Christian traditions, with the season of harvest thrown in too. The original Celtic bonfires which were burnt to frighten the spirits away have now become all the candles we light, particularly in pumpkin lanterns (Apparently 99% of all pumpkins sold are for use as these Jack O Lanterns). It’s thought that orange and black have become

‘Trick or Treating’ has become much more common in recent years, but it too has medieval origins. To keep ghosts away from their houses people would place bowls of food outside their doors. ‘Souling’ was another medieval European tradition. People would call at homes asking for soul cakes in return for praying for the souls of the donor’s deceased relatives. Hallowe’en has undoubtedly become a bigger celebration in the last decade, with retailers selling costumes, decorations and accessories, but this success has brought reservations too. Some parents have concerns about their young children out on the street in the dark, or that youngsters may take things too far and make a nuisance of themselves. And although many Christians celebrate it quite happily, others see Hallowe’en as a danger, flirting with the power of darkness and the occult. Some Church youth groups around the country now arrange ‘Alternative Hallowe’en Parties’ on October 31st.

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Dave’s top tips Working safely

DIY enthusiasts need the same protection as tradesmen. This includes protective goggles and gloves, protective masks and ear protectors. Dust, sprays, and flying chips are not uncommon in DIY work – which is why you should protect your eyes. Standard protective goggles are usually sufficient. When performing work like sawing, sanding or chiselling, you should not underestimate the risk of possible hand injuries caused by chips. Full protection is only offered by special protective gloves. You should not wear any gloves when using hand-held circular saws, belt sanders and drills because they can get caught in the rotating tools. Don't forget breathing protection: When drilling, sawing, sanding, planing or routing, you should protect your lungs with a disposable protective mask – even better with a fine dust mask. When dealing with insulation wool or solvent-based paints and varnishes, masks with activated carbon filters provide the best protection. Don’t forget the strain put on your ears when drilling, sawing, sanding, etc. Earplugs are sufficient for sporadic use. If you frequently work with noise-intensive power tools, it is advisable to use ear muffs. Wear the right clothes: They should be comfortable, tight-fitting and flameproof. Watches and jewellery are dangerous and should be taken off before you begin with the work. For your own safety, tie up long hair to prevent it getting caught up in running machines. Be sure to check out our website at www.dstevens999.co.uk for more top tips along with some great video tutorials to help you with your DIY skills Regards Dave Stevens. If in doubt call me (see main advert for number) and I will do the investigating for you. Disclaimer. All advice above is given in goodwill with many years experience. We cannot guarantee however that your problems will be rectified so please, if in doubt call us before undertaking any works yourself.

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A & L Taxis Corporate & Leisure Travel Airport Transfers Wheelchair Accessible Mark Powell Council Approved Driver

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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 617040


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Gardening Tips for October from Garden Delight..

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Flowers, Tubs and Borders Now is the time to plant out spring flowering bedding like Wallflowers, Stocks, forget-me- nots and pansies, try under planting them with winter and spring flowering bulbs to give extra colour. October is a great month for planting out new trees and shrubs, the ground is warm from the summer and the autumn rain will enable the plants to establish quickly. Is also a good month for moving any deciduous shrubs taking a good root ball replant firmly incorporating some good compost in the soil. Once the frost has blackened the leaves of Dahlias cut down the stems to about 6’’ and then lift and store in a frost free place ready for next year. Dusting the tubers with sulphur powder will help prevent rotting. Lift and divide large clumps of early flowering perennials/herbaceous plants, late flowering varieties are best left to the early spring. Replanting the divided clumps will give you new plants and increase the vigour of the older plants. Tall deciduous shrubs such as Rose, Buddleia and Lavetera should be cut back by a third this stops them rocking in the ground during the winter winds. If they do this a gap appears where the stem enters the soil, this gap can fill with water, freeze and then damage or even kill the plant.

Lawns Reduce the frequency of mowing raising the blades high, by the end of the month it will be time to stop mowing all together and put the mower in for service ready for next year. If you haven’t already done so apply a good autumn lawn food which will help control moss and toughen the lawn up for the winter.

Fruit and Vegetables Prune back Blackcurrants, Blackberries, Loganberries and Tayberrys train in the new canes to fruit next season

Harvest and store pumpkins and marrows before the first frosts, sow cauliflower, peas and winter lettuce under cloches.

Spray peach and nectarine trees with Dithane 945 to help prevent peach leaf curl. Dig over veg plots to allow the air and water to penetrate incorporating in any garden compost and manure this will work in over the winter as the frosts break down the soil.

Greenhouse Move inside any tender plants to over winter, ensure you watch out for the colder nights when you may need extra heat or need to apply fleece to give full protection.

Water only when required and then in the morning only so that foliage does not remain wet over night. Ensure there is good ventilation to keep up air movement and prevent dampness, take down any shading and make sure the glass is nice and clean to take full advantage of the winter sun.

Plant of the month – Autumn Flowering Hebes – A wide range of evergreen shrubs which come in all sizes shapes and colours. Generally they have shiny oval leaves and during the summer and autumn months are covered in masses of spike shaped flowers. Flower colour ranges from white to dark blue. Most are compact in shape and height and range from 1-4ft. any garden soil with suit and choose a sunny or partially shaded position. Those with smaller leaves are hardier, prune back straggly or frost damaged growth in May to keep compact and produce flowers. Easy to propagate from cuttins taken in summer. Check out our web site 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.

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October 2012 Release’s Friday 5th October TAKEN 2 In Istanbul, retired CIA operative Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) and his wife (Famke Janssen) are taken hostage by the father of a kidnapper Mills killed while rescuing his daughter.

SINISTER Found footage helps a true-crime novelist (Ethan Hawke) realize how and why a family was murdered in his new home, though his discoveries put his entire family in the path of a supernatural entity.

Friday 12th October HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count's teen-aged daughter. This animated kids tale features the vocal talents of Adam Sandler, Steve Buscemi, David Spade, Jon Lovitz and CeeLo Green.

RUBY SPARKS A novelist struggling with writer's block finds romance in a most unusual way: by creating a female character he thinks will love him, then willing her into existence.

Friday 19th October FRANKENWEENIE When young Victor's pet dog Sparky (who stars in Victor's home-made monster movies) is hit by a car, Victor decides to bring him back to life the only way he knows how. But when the bolt-necked "monster" wreaks havoc and terror in the hearts of Victor's neighbors, he has to convince them (and his parents) that despite his appearance, Sparky's still the good loyal friend he's always been. Tim Burton writes and directs this quirky black & white stop-motion animated tale.

MADAGASCAR 3: EUROPE`S MOST WANTED Alex (Ben Stiller), Marty (Chris Rock), Gloria (Jada Pinkett Smith)and Melman (David Schwimmer) are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple. Their journey takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent - Madagascar style.

Friday 26th October SKYFALL Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost. Daniel Craig returns as 007, facing off against the sinister Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem, best known from the Coen brother`s film NO FOR OLD MEN). To advertise call COUNTRY 01452 617040


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Sudoku - Complete the puzzle by 15th October 2012 and return, with your name and address, to The Hucclecote-Link, 30 Dancers Hill, Abbeymead, Gloucester, GL4 5TY to be in with a chance of winning 2 cinema tickets How to Play Fill in the grid so that every row, every column, and every 3x3 box contains the digits 1 through 9, with no repetition! That's all there is to it. You solve the puzzle with reasoning and logic there’s no maths involved and no adding up. It's fun. It's challenging. It's addictive!

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Hucclecote Townswomen Guild Hucclecote Townswomens Guild don’t have a meeting in August , but by the time you read this, we shall have enjoyed our first meeting after the holidays comprising ‘ A Cake Demonstration,’ and be feeling ‘raring to go’ for the varied speakers we have to look forward to each month to the end of the year! The October meeting of Hucclecote Townswomens Guild will take place at Hucclecote Community Centre, on Thursday 18th October, at 7-30pm, when Caroline Greet will be talking to us about “ Bygone Cheltenham “. The Sales Table will be : ‘Harvest Produce’. All members ,visitors and possible new members, will be made very welcome!

Hucclecote Horticultural Society The awful weather this year seems to have affected vegetables rather than flowers, judging by the results of our Flower and Produce show. Veg were in shorter supply than last year – hardly surprising as the prolonged rain held back or just plain ruined lots of crops, and getting even three potatoes that ‘matched’ was a tall order for most of our members. To compensate though, we had rather more flowers than last year, and a fine display they made. Congratulations to Marilyn Bryant on taking the ‘best in show’ trophy with her magnificent vase of flower. Thanks also to Robert Champion for not only judging, but for being very diplomatic about some or my offerings, and for helping us all with tips and hints for next time. October 25th sees our ‘in-house’ event, when we are holding a Members’ evening, with a plant and seed swap, a bring and buy and a question and answer session at which we will pick one another’s brains. [Not mine I might add....it stopped working long since!] Then for our November meeting, on the 22nd, we will be entertaining a speaker from Wheeler’s Nursery – ideas for both Christmas and for next year will be in abundance then. All meetings are at the Hucclecote Community Centre, and start at 7.30 pm. All are welcome: attendance and membership are not restricted to Hucclecote residents. More information from ChrisTo onadvertise 610694. call 01452 617040


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HUCCLECOTE SCOUT GROUP With all units meeting again at the start of the Scouting year, it is a good time for new members to join as many boys and girls move up to the next section. Beavers start at 6 to 8 years old, with Cubs 8 to 10 and 6 months, Scouts follow on from cubs until 14 when they join Explorers. All units have a full programme of activities plus the weekly meetings, for more details please phone Terry on 521664 (please make sure you leave your phone number clearly if you get the answer machine). By the time you read this the Father and Sons/daughters camp will have gone and we hope the better weather will last for it. Details for next years Summer camp have been sent out, we will be going to a site near Newquay, Cornwall, from 20th to 27th July. It will be run on true Scouting lines with patrol cooking on open fires. Apart from normal Scouting activities we will be visiting Lands End and a full days activities. At £115 we think we offer good value for a full weeks fun and enjoyment.

St Philip and St James Church Do something different ….today! A few years ago I visited a junior school that was decorated with posters announcing ‘Random Act of Kindness Week’. Throughout that week the staff and pupils were engaging in acts of kindness to one another, at home and in the wider community. The impact was immense as the school began to operate in a totally different manner. It may have only been for a week but is rubbed off on me. Acts of kindness can be as simple as helping with chores, picking up litter or volunteering for a local school or charity but it needn’t be time consuming. A few years ago a friend of mine was stood at a busy supermarket checkout behind a woman wrestling her trolley full of groceries and her young baby who was beginning to scream. When she came to pay for her shopping her card was refused and she promptly burst into tears and sobbed. When it was clear she had no means to pay for her shopping this friend stepped forward and paid the bill. The woman with the baby, the checkout assistant and those waiting in the queue were mesmerised. What random act of kindness could you do today? Just one small act could really make someone’s day! Revd Andrew Axon, St Philip and St James Church, Larkhay Road' Please mention The Hucclecote-Link when responding to adverts


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Index of advertisers Your quick guide to everyone and everything in your Directory‌ ACCOUNTANT

CONSERVATORIES

OVEN CLEANERS

Accountancy & Taxation Centre 5 Add This Limited 9

Taylors Conservatory Care 9

Oven Busters

DRIVEWAYS

PETCARE

ADVERTISING

ELECTRICIAN

The Best Of Gloucester 31

Cleevely Electrical Glevum Electrical Hammond Electrical JB Electrical

AIR CONDITIONING Charmont

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ARCHITECT D2B Design Paul Karlsson

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ART CLASSES Local Art Classes

Safeway Tarmac

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Spirit Health Club

FLOORING

R Weale 8 Severn Vale Bathrooms 17 TBS Bathrooms 1

S P Dixon

BEAUTY THERAPY 25

BUILDERS SWJ Construction

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CHILDRENS PARTIES Bohemian Beads

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CHIROPRACTICE Chiropractic Wellness Centre

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A M Nelmes Easy Plumbing Charmont Glevum Heating The Gas Man N T Boothroyd

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PROPERTY MAINTENANCE

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Bright Sparks Dave Stevens Senior Services

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Master Sheds

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TAXIS 13

TUITION Private Tuition

HOTEL

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SOLICITORS A & L Taxis

HANDY MAN

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SHEDS Dee and Griffin

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VETS

KITCHEN & BATHROOMS

Hucclecote Pets & Vets 17

Beaven Installations TBS Kitchens

WINDOW REPAIRS

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LANDSCAPING

CHIMNEY SWEEP Clean Sweep

PLUMBING & HEATING

GREEN GROCERS

Hallmark Hotel

CHILD CARE Prickles Child Care

Garden Delight Just a Mow Lawn Man LMS

Andy Handyman

CARPETS Sapphire Carpets

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GARDENING

Petals

CARAVAN CARE GL Caravan Care

Abbey Pet Care Nails and Tails

FITNESS

BATHROOM FITTING

Body Flair

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ESTATE AGENTS Parkers

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Abbeydale Landscapes Grants Landscaping

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Cloudy 2 Clear 13 Elements 14 Glassfix Glazing 14 Longlevens Window Repair 8

LOFT LADDERS 11

COMPUTER MAINTENANCE

Elite Loft Ladders

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MASSAGE THERAPIST Remedial Sports Therapy 18

Cotswold Computer Medic 7 Hop 2 It 22 Gamlin Software Solutions 11 Jemtek Solutions 23

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