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A bit about “The HucclecoteHucclecote-Link” Dear Neighbours, Welcome to the September edition of your Hucclecote Link. September is a time of the year that seems to mark the start of new beginnings, especially within the academic calendar. Little ones having their first day at primary school, others starting Senior School and some flying the nest to start University. We have a few activities within the directory that may mean the start of new beginnings for you or a member of your family… For the little ones how about taking up ballet, we have a new Ballet School in the Coopers Edge area, see page 15 for further information. Or perhaps there is a member of your family looking to start driving lessons, Red Driving school on page 19 offer competitive rates and packages. Maybe you are looking to start that diet and fitness regime….well it is only 4 months until the festive period!!! Rosemary Conley are introducing a new dance fitness programme, designed by Strictly Come Dancing stars, called FitSteps, read more on page 14. For those to whom its applicable, please also remember that you can register for your flu vaccination from September 3rd at Hucclecote surgery - see more details on page 29. Why not try our Sudoku competition on page 27, enter 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 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. Printed by: The Color Company Tel: 01242 226332 www.thecolorco.co.uk Please mention when responding to adverts

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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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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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FENCING & LANDSCAPING SPECIALISTS • • • • •

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Dave’s top tips FLAT ROOF PROBLEMS Over the last few weeks I have attended several premises with problems with their flat roofs. Some of these problems are purely down to the age of the roof, and others have been found to have large hollow bumps in them caused by moisture penetrating under the felt and expanding and contracting with the differing seasonal temperatures. This can be remedied with a patch once the bump has been flattened out, however a replacement is always the better option. Sometimes upon closer inspection it is found that chip-board has been used as the roofing board, (this was nearly always the case many years ago) and although the boards may seem sound I always advise that when the roof is re-felted that these boards also get replaced with OSB sterling board or marine ply. The reason for this recommendation is that chip board when wet can simply fall apart so it is not only dangerous to walk on but will soon let the water into your home, also with age it tends to become very brittle. Whereas Osb or marine ply makes a much sturdier base for your roof and is far more tolerant of some leakage without disintegrating at the same rate as chip board. 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

Tel: 01452 560455 Mobile: 07966 761189 www.taxis-gloucester.com marktaxi@hotmail.co.uk

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

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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 September from Garden Delight..

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Flowers, Tubs and Borders Trim back and remove any gone over summer bedding and start the process of replacing with autumn flowering plants. Don’t be tempted to buy and plant out pansies too early you may find if the weather remains warm they will go leggy and attract aphids. Wait until the end of the month until the weather cools a little. It’s a good month to be buying and planting out bulbs for a riot of colour next spring. Get the bulbs when they are fresh in the stores but be sure they have not been in stock too long and therefore drying out under the heat. Prepared Hyacinths (these are ones which have been pre treated to ensure the flower bud is well up the bulb) should be planted up in containers and placed in a cool dark place by the end of the month. If you don’t have holes in the pots you will need a bulb fibre compost containing charcoal and oyster shell which keeps the compost sweet. These pots can then be brought out in time to flower for Christmas; a number of other bulbs are suitable for this treatment, check with your local garden centre for advice. Spray michealmass daises with a fungicide to control mildew before flowering. Dahlias will be looking good and still producing lots of flowers, if yours suffer from earwigs (lots of nibbled holes in the leaves) then try placing an up turned flower pot full of straw or shredded paper on a cane in amongst the plants, check it every morning you will find that the earwigs like to hang out here during the day, you can then dispose of them as you wish.

Lawns Now is a good time to sow new lawns or lay new turf. Scarify and aerate existing lawns, scarifying means to rake out and remove the thatch or old dead grass and if your lawn is the type which holds water during the winter it will benefit from aerating – go over the lawn with a garden fork making holes and then sweep/rake in a gritty lawn treatment to aid drainage and help keep down moss. Feed lawns with an autumn lawn feed, these autumn feeds go to the roots and toughen up the lawn for the hard frosts of winter, they also help to control moss

Fruit and Vegetables Lift Onions and dry them out by putting them on the garden path for a day or so in the late autumn sunshine. Store them somewhere cool dry and airy to use as required. Plant Garlic now in a sunny free draining spot, garden centres should now have the new cloves for sale. They should also have stocks of Japanese onions which if planted now will be ready for an early crop next June, but be quick they usually sell out very fast! Toward the end of the month lift the last of the beetroot, carrots and potatoes but leave in parsnips and Swedes until after the first frost this way they will develop more flavour Sow Aquadulce broad beans, this variety will over winter as it’s hardy and therefore give you an early crop next year. ‘Claudia’ is an improved variety

General Tip Toward the end of the month you can pick the last of the tomatoes, any green fruits that have not ripened you can either use to make green apple chutney or you can place them on a sunny window sill to ripen. Alternatively try putting a few in a brown paper bag with a ripening banana (or the skin) this should speed up the ripening process. Check out our web site for our tip of the day.. 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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Derek J. Smart • - FULL HEATING SYSTEMS - BOILER REPLACEMENTS - POWER FLUSHING - COOKERS AND FIRES INSTALLED - ANNUAL SERVICING - LANDLORDS SAFETY CHECKS - BATHROOMS & EN SUITES - GENERAL PLUMBING

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September 2013 Release’s

Wednesday 4th September

ABOUT TIME At the age of 21, Tim Lake (Domhnall Gleeson) discovers he can travel in time... The night after another unsatisfactory New Year party, Tim's father (Bill Nighy) tells his son that the men in his family have always had the ability to travel through time. Tim can't change history, but he can change what happens and has happened in his own life-so he decides to make his world a better place...by getting a girlfriend. Sadly, that turns out not to be as easy as you might think. Moving from the Cornwall coast to London to train as a lawyer, Tim finally meets the beautiful but insecure Mary (Rachel McAdams). They fall in love, then an unfortunate time-travel incident means he's never met her at all. So they meet for the first time again-and again-but finally, after a lot of cunning time-traveling, he wins her heart. Tim then uses his power to create the perfect romantic proposal, to save his wedding from the worst best-man speeches, to save his best friend from professional disaster and to get his pregnant wife to the hospital in time for the birth of their daughter, despite a nasty traffic jam outside Abbey Road. But as his unusual life progresses, Tim finds out that his unique gift can't save him from the sorrows and ups and downs that affect all families, everywhere. There are great limits to what time travel can achieve, and it can be dangerous too.

Friday 6th September WHITE HOUSE DOWN Capitol Policeman John Cale (Channing Tatum) has just been denied his dream job with the Secret Service of protecting President James Sawyer (Jamie Foxx). Not wanting to let down his little girl with the news, he takes her on a tour of the White House, when the complex is overtaken by a heavily armed paramilitary group. Now, with the nation's government falling into chaos and time running out, it's up to Cale to save the president, his daughter, and the country.

Friday 13th September RUSH Set against the sexy, glamorous golden age of Formula 1 racing in the 1970s, the film is based on the true story of a great sporting rivalry between handsome English playboy James Hunt (Hemsworth), and his methodical, brilliant opponent, Austrian driver Niki Lauda (Bruhl). The story follows their distinctly different personal styles on and off the track, their loves and the astonishing 1976 season in which both drivers were willing to risk everything to become world champion in a sport with no margin for error: if you make a mistake, you die.

Friday 20th September DIANA During the last two years of her life, Princess Diana (Naomi Watts) embarks on a final rite of passage: a secret love affair with Pakistani heart surgeon Hasnat Khan.

Friday 27th September RUNNER RUNNER Princeton grad student Richie (Justin Timberlake), believing he's been swindled, travels to Costa Rica to confront online gambling tycoon Ivan Block (Ben Affleck). Richie is seduced by Block's promise of immense wealth, until he learns the disturbing truth about his benefactor. When the FBI tries to coerce Richie to help bring down Block, Richie faces his biggest gamble ever: attempting to outmaneuver the two forces in oncall him.01452 617040 Toclosing advertise


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Come fly with me!

Earlier this year I had the privilege of flying to Toronto. Just as I was beginning to get restless the plane arrived at the north-eastern tip of Canada and for the next hour or so the view from my window seat changed from snow covered mountain to frozen lake, tiny communities to sprawling suburbs. I was captivated by the sight and found myself saying ‘wow’. Every now and again we have those wow moments when we are struck by the beauty of nature, the kindness of people, the birth of a tiny baby or a moment which lifts our eyes from the normal routine of life. The Bible talks often of giving God praise and thanksgiving for all that is good and as we approach our annual celebration of Harvest there is a lot to be thankful for. At Harvest we often sing a beautiful hymn with the opening words ‘Praise and thanksgiving, Father, we offer, for all things living, you have made good’. This is my heartfelt prayer this year, maybe it is yours as well? Reverend Andrew Axon – St. Philip & St. James Church, Hucclecote

Hucclecote Horticultural Society Didn’t I do well in our quiz! What I really mean is that I did not give a single wrong answer during the entire evening! But then I have to confess that that was entirely due to me being selected to keep the score, and so unable to be part of a team at all. In the event our former Chairman and her team won – by a country mile is I think the right expression. A good time was had by all, and our thanks go to Rene Geissler for a combination of amusing and perplexing questions. Our next meeting will be on 26th September, which will be our annual seed and plant swap, as part of a members’ evening. Yours truly also prepares a quiz for these evenings, though nothing like as difficult as the one we have just had. These are just fun evenings. We follow that on 24th October when we welcome back with a talk on Butterflies in Gardens the two Sues, Sue Dodd and Sue Smith. This year seems to have produced more cabbage whites – ugh- than ever before, but also a good variety of the other more colourful butterflies. I am hoping to find out why this should be, and if there is any way that we can discourage one sort whilst encouraging the others. Planning and booking has now started for the 2014 session, and already we have signed up some really interesting speakers to go with our other regular in-house events. All meetings are at the Hucclecote Community Centre, and start at 7.30 pm with refreshments from 7.15 pm. All are welcome: attendance and membership are not To advertise callinformation 01452 617040 restricted to Hucclecote residents. More from Chris on 610694.


Do you live on your own? Do you enjoy playing board games, cards, dominos, draughts etc? Would you like a chat and an afternoon cup of tea and cake? Then

Tuesday @ Two In the church centre behind the Church of St Philip & St James, Larkhay Road, Hucclecote Is the place for you! We meet fortnightly on a Tuesday afternoon at 2pm till 4pm and the next dates are: 10th and 24th September 8th and 22nd October 5th and 9th November 3rd and 17th December If you don’t want to play games, just come for a chat, bring your friends. There is no charge but we hope that you be happy to donate £1 towards refreshments. We look forward to seeing you More information from Val Melville-Smith - tel 01452 617252

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Index of advertisers

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Your quick guide to everyone and everything in your Directory‌ ACCOUNTANT

COMPUTER MAINTENANCE

Accountancy & Taxation Centre 5 Add This Limited 9 Charterwoods 9

Cotswold Computer Medic 7 Hop 2 It 22 Jemtek Solutions 27

ADVERTISING

DIET & FITNESS

The Best Of Gloucester 32

Rosemary Conley

AIR CONDITIONING

DOCTORS

Charmont

Hucclecote Surgery

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ARCHITECT D2B Design Paul Karlsson

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Red Driving School

ELECTRICIAN

Masterpiece Interiors 2 Severn Vale Bathrooms 31 TBS Bathrooms 16

Hammond Electrical J B Electrical

BEAUTICIANS

Spirit Health Club Space Master

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FLOORING

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GARDENING

PJB Carpentry

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CARPETS Sapphire Carpets

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CHIROPRACTICE Chiropractic Wellness Centre

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CLEANING Jackson Cleaning

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PJB Carpentry SP Dixon All Seasons Garden Delight Just a Mow Lawn Man LMS

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PAINTER & DECORATOR Nails and Tails Snip Doggy Dog

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PLUMBING & HEATING

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A M Nelmes Charmont Glevum Heating N T Boothroyd

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PROPERTY MAINTENANCE

FITTED WARDROBES

Masterpiece Interiors PJB Carpentry

CARPENTRY

Oven Busters 28

FITNESS

BEDROOM FITTING

AJ Howells

OVEN CLEANERS

PETCARE

BATHROOM FITTING

BUILDING

Remedial Sports Therapy 18 14

Derek J Smart

Coopers Edge Ballet School 15

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MASSAGE THERAPIST

Planet Earth Groundworks 10 Safeway Tarmac 4

DRIVING LESSONS

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Abbeydale Landscapes DB Landscaping Grants Landscaping

DRIVEWAYS

BALLET LESSONS

Beauty by Emma Jane

LANDSCAPING

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B & A Maintenance Dave Stevens Help @ Home Senior Services

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SHEDS Master Sheds

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SOLICITORS Dee and Griffin

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TANNING Fantastic Tan

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HAIR DRESSERS

TAXIS

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A & L Taxis

KITCHEN & BATHROOMS

WINDOW REPAIRS

Beaven Installations Masterpiece Interors PJB Carpentry TBS Kitchens

Cloudy 2 Clear 13 Glassfix Glazing 16 Longlevens Window Repair 9

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