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Contents 2) Coversure 3) Get in View 4) We Love Laundry 5) Laundry Plus 6) Fancy a Beer Mate 7) Laserina 8) CoolCar 9) Competition 9) Riddings Tandoori Takeaway 10) Festival Fever 2010 10) Green Academy 10) VT Print Services 11) Trafford Surveyors 12) Broomwood 12) Family Fun Day 12) Altrincham Market 13) Domestic Electrical 13) Timperley Weight Loss 14) Bathroom Angels 15) Bathroom Angels 16) Our friend in Uganda 16) Drum Tuition 17) Taylors History Tutors 17) Pocket Revision 18) Timperley Tidy Up 18) Harlequin 19) Harlequin 20) Team of the Month 20) Timperley Band 21) There went the girls 21) Green Ginger 22) Plumb Professional 23) Heyes Lane Juniors 23) Driving Instructor 24) Stockdales 24) Disney Villa 24) Tuppy Funnies 25) Kitchen Fitter & Joiner 26) The Pond 27) Ridgeway Motors 28) Stemik Living With thanks to Keith McDonnell

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Laundry Plus also offer a fantastic value dry cleaning and ironing services. The shop is located right in the centre of Timperley Village so it’s easily accessible with great parking and is open 7 days a week from 8:30am until 6pm. With Madeleine’s reputation and business growing fast it’s unlikely that she will be designing new garments anytime soon, she’s far too busy cleaning other peoples creations!



Fancy a beer mate? A

head of two local beer festivals in the forthcoming months, View Timperley went to find out a little more from information from Timperley based organisers Mark Jordan and Justin Thompson.

What’s the history of Fancy a beer mate? How and where did it all begin?

MJ) We live in Timperley and we were just looking for places in the surrounding areas. We searched on the internet and then went to look at some of the venues. JT) We needed somewhere that would be large enough to host an actual festival. The problem we had was that a lot of the places you go to, leisure centres, etc. all host events on a continual basis, so we had to try to find a slot. Trying to find a location to support a festival proved to be difficult. We were very close to setting up at a few other locations but then we came across Alderley Edge and, very soon afterwards, Sale. MJ) We are focussing on the two planned events for now and then hopefully we’ll host another two or three later this year at other locations.

MJ) It all began at the Altrincham Beer Festival, Last August Bank Holiday. The festival was quite crowded and we were looking for a place to stand which happened to be next to the entrance. We counted the number of people coming in and thought to ourselves, “These people are each paying £5 to enter.” A few days later we began our research. JT) I guess we thought that with all our experience in business and beer drinking we should be able A re the festivals hosted in licensed premises or will they be in alternato give it a go. tive venues? Why did you choose Alderley Edge (23rd & 24th April) and Sale (21st MJ) we can apply for a licence if necessary but the first two or 22nd May) for venues for your first two festivals?

festivals are at licensed premises. We want to develop a reputation for hosting trouble-free well organised events. JT) we feel that the events themselves shouldn’t attract any trouble. We are not promoting any lager; we are trying to promote natural ales. People shouldn’t experience hangovers – The beers are all natural and made of natural ingredients. Most of the pubs which are closing or near to closed are the one providing chemical based, over-produced beers. We have found that the pubs which have the real ales available are thriving. Where are the beers at your festival sourced from? Are they all in the Northwest? JT) At present we are just looking at independent breweries in the Northwest - Cheshire, Derbyshire, & Lancashire areas. As our events grow we hope to provide even more variety and source beers from a wider area. MJ) There are a lot of Micro



breweries set up in the area these days, Two to Four guys operating in barns or sheds and they just brew. How did you find out about the breweries that will feature at your festival, especially the smaller Micro breweries? MJ) There’s a website called “quaffale” which lists every brewery in the world with maps, postcodes, etc. JT) you also have the “camra good beer guide” which shows all the real ale pubs and lists all of the independent breweries. MJ) There’s a close network of people, you meet with people at one brewery and they tell you to go and see somebody else. We discovered one brewery in a Garage.

JT) Yes, we were in Standish, and they were brewing in a garage linked to their mother’s house. They have now actually outgrown the garage and moved to a unit on an industrial estate, they were producing 2000 pints a week.

flavour and a nice yeasty taste. What if people don’t drink beer? JT) We will be providing a number of wines, red, white and rosé. We will also have a number of ciders on. If people are driving – we will be providing free soft drinks.

Where do these guys sell their beer normally? Is there any additional entertainment at the event? i.e. MJ) They try and get deals with Live music? local pubs, or they bottle it up JT) To start we are just going and sell it. to have background music. The first festival at Alderley starts What’s your favourite beer? Can on St George’s day and we have you recommend any to try? a number of St George’s ales on. We are going to have some Rule MJ) beer! Britannia type music on in the JT) My favourite is the Dunham Massey Little Bollington, It goes background. At the moment we don’t have the room for it, there down well, a session beer, it’s is a raised area at our Alderley not too strong but has plenty of

0161 375 3755 location but that’s where we are planning to have the beers. We are going to see how the first few go and take feedback and comments from our guests. MJ We know that live music comes as part of the formula for beer festivals and we will aim to factor this in at some point. As well as attending the festival can people volunteer to help out at an event? MJ) Of course, If anybody reading this is interested please get in touch via our website; we are looking for people to help out serving beer. Can people host their own event? MJ) Yes, if people have a venue,, we can absolutely come and host an event for them. It’s a good alternative to something like wine tasting. Beer sampling can also be a good hospitality or corporate event. How much does it cost to attend an event? JT) It costs just £5 to get in and with that you get a free Pen and a free engraved pint pot that you can take away with you, MJ) Yes, Please take it with you so we don’t have to wash it. JT ) You also get a free brochure. The beers are only £1.25 per half. The event will be run on a token system; each token will be £1.25 and will be worth half a pint.

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Festival Fever 2010 A

ltrincham Festival for 2010 yet? If not call us now to book your space in this year’s event. You will enjoy the experience in this Fun Filled Family Day and have a Fiesta Summer Fun.

We also have a few spaces in the Craft Marquee where you can sell your hand made products to the public on the day inside a marquee. You can still enter your float in the Grand Parade to advertise your business or organisation to the crowds along the parade route.

Why not have a stall on the Showground and advertise your business or raise valuable funds for your charity with over 20,000 This year’s attractions on the people present on this Family Fun Showground are as follows; Horse Logging display, Birds Day.

of Prey flying display together with Marching Band Display, Gymnastic Display and Dance Display’s.

The Festival should not be missed and this is your chance to take part in the Main 2010 Event of the year. Come along and take in the atmosphere of a Fun Day for the whole family to enjoy. Altrincham Festival 2010 is your Festival enjoy it and remember its the Biggest Free Show in Trafford For Stall on Showground call; 0161 980 3223 For Parade Entry call; 0161 374 3296 For Craft Marquee call; 0161 980 3223 or go to

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for many years with no real sponsorship, so the support of Paul and the team at Trafford Surveyors is really important to us not to mention our new kit is really fantastic!”

“We are a Trafford-based business,” Paul told View Timperley, “so I thought it was important to continue to support local teams. The team captain Lucy Wybraniec said: “Our netball team has been running

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hy not pop down and see how the Broomwood Park is dramatically changing as the next stage of its redevelopment continues. This is the culmination of lots of hard work by our young people, local residents and the Broomwood partnership who have been leading on these changes for the benefit of our community. New play equipment, disable friendly paths and a BMX bike track are just some of the things being installed. In fact with £50K being invested in our park from the ‘playbuilder funding’ we are hoping you are as excited as we are to see these changes happen. Not only that, but plans are already under way for the next stage of the development with another £50k being actively sort. Watch this space for more details of how you can feed in your ideas into future plans for our park.

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Altrincham Market goes worldwide


new dedicated website for Altrincham Market has been launched giving visitors the Saturday 15th May 12 noon chance to find out more about to 4pm. the market, the people that work there and what is happening. The There will be loads of free activi- website features general informaties for all the family including: tion about the market including 5 a side football competitions, opening times and a map and Family art activities, Face Paint- details of where people can find ing, a BBQ, an all day show the stalls they are looking for. If including a brass band, dance you want to know more about the performances and your chance people you are buying from there to perform at the Broomwood X are market trader profiles. Each Factor. profile gives some detail on the

details of what is on offer. There is a new programme of events being planned for the market throughout the year and details of all the events and photos from them will all be posted on the site so you never have to miss one of the many family days out on offer. Throughout the year the market managers will want to speak to visitors to the website to find out what they want from the market and what kind of events they would like to see. Leader of Trafford Council Matt Colledge said: “It is important we do all we can to help Altrincham Market and the traders enhance what is on offer and to show people how they can access information about the market. The new website gives people the chance to find out more whether they live in Trafford or further afield. “I am pleased that the traders have contributed to the content of the site in terms of their profiles as they are the faces of the market. As this is part of a wider range of measures to enhance the market I hope it marks the start of a new era for the market maximising on its history and success.” To find out more go to www.

£150 Biggest Loser! Timperley Community Weight loss Challenge


Local Wellness Coach Lynn Brumby said, ‘We try to make sure the group is focused and also has a lot of fun. Our aim is The group is so positive and he first Timperley Arriba for positive long term change and Weight Loss Challenge ended helpful, we made new friends we are delighted with the results on 19th December and members and are really looking forward to the group achieved. The 2nd continuing in the next challenge.’ lost a magnificent 179 pounds challenge is ongoing and we even just in time for Christmas. have a local resident 80 years The challenge consists of weekly young in the group. We are all The 12 week cost of just £39 classes and weigh-ins with small excited as we approach the end of prizes being awarded to celebrate goes towards a prize fund with this Challenge!’ success made. While participants the biggest loser at the end claiming the prize money. The in the challenge are free to follow The group meets on Tuesdays winner of the £150 first prize was the diet plan of their choice, each at 2pm or 7pm at 2nd Timperley Timperley resident Helen Drainey week a Wellness Coach teaches a Scout Hut, Heyes Lane. who said, ‘Taking this course nutrition topic and demonstrates how to lose weight in a healthy has really changed my attitude Go to for to what I eat. I learned to make way and it helps people take a more information and to register, some simple changes that got positive approach to weight loss. or call Lynn on 07817 472 271 me going in the right direction.



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Our Friend in Uganda C Jinja, last year and is studying motor vehicle mechanics.

The Willows children are proud to be sponsoring Michael throughout his further education, particularly as Ugandaid training is a project founded by Altrincham Michael is 16 years old and is Baptist Church and training at the institute to gain supported by former parents of skills which will help him support the school. his widowed mother and his six younger brothers and sisters. Steve Edwards and Phil hildren from The Willows Primary School were delighted to receive this picture of their sponsor student, Akankwasa Michael, following a visit by the UgandAid team to the Nile Vocational Institute in Jinja, Uganda.

is following.

Pictured are Steve Edwards and Michael, who is holding letters sent to him by the children in Year 6. He was, according to Davidson, two former parents, Michael attended primary school travel regularly to Nile Vocational Steve, ‘totally overwhelmed’. but was unable to study further Institute (NVI) and have been due to lack of funding. He started instrumental in setting up the Good luck with your studies, at Nile Vocational Institute, near mechanics course which Michael Michael, from all at The Willows!

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Big Tidy-Up in Timperley

Harlequin C

encourage everyone to start disposing of it properly. hange is often necessary Rubbish must not and, since opening in 1992, be allowed to blight 0 people turned up to help Harlequin has seen several but in our environment. Cllr. Neil Taylor and Cllr. Jane all that time they have steadfastly Brophy with the Big Tidy-Up maintained their core ethos and, It was particularly pleasing to in Timperley on Saturday 27th some would say, the reason for clear rubbish away from the February. We were delighted that their growing success – they care. hedge opposite the Metrolink the group included Cllr. Coup, Station. This hedge is the home Trafford’s Executive Member for They care about the food, of many house sparrows, which the Environment. The Lib Dems are of conservation concern due freshly and lovingly prepared embrace organisations like Keep every day. They care about their to rapidly declining numbers in Britain Tidy and their Big Tidy Up, customers, adopting a friendly recent years.” and it’s nice to see local authoriand welcoming approach to both ties like Trafford taking part in Cllr Neil Taylor said “I would like new faces and regular patrons. to personally thank everyone They care enough to keep trying to improve and they care enough who turned up. Because we had so many volunteers to know what not to change. Harlequin is growing steadily as I was able to lead a group the manageress, Farima, points all the way to the end of out. “We are always looking for Brookfield Avenue to clear way to improve and expand. We rubbish at Black Bridge. listen to what our customers want and, as a result, they keep I hope working on ‘The coming back. It’s a simple recipe Timperley Tidy-Up’ will highlight the problem, create really. We look to source better a sense of community, and for our younger volunteers, it will be their first taste of active citizenship.”


View Timperley’s editor also took part in the tidy up, “It felt good to do something this initiative.T he Timperley Tidyfor our community, I was Up started tackling rubbish near shocked at the amount of litter the Metrolink Station, along Park dropped onto our streets” Road, around the Sylvan Avenue embankment and the Brookfield If you are inspired by this story, Avenue shops. We collected 19 Councillor Jane Brophy has bags of rubbish which will all organised another tidy up on be recycled; amongst the items Sunday 23rd May at 2pm.(meet at found were a pair of pliers, an old the Timperley Taverners car park.) shoe and some rusty keys! this your opportunity to take part and keep Timperley tidy. View Cllr. Jane Brophy said “We Timperley will be there. hope our actions highlight litter problems in Timperley, and


quality ingredients depending on the season and where possible we source locally. In fact many of our local suppliers are also our customers which is great for our reputation. Over the years some of our customers have moved to other areas but they seem to have kept their number. Not only do they continue to order from us themselves but they spread the word to their friends and new neighbours and soon they become our customers as well.” This word of mouth advertising is invaluable and part of the reason for Harlequin’s growing reputation. Farima added, “One surprise is the popularity of our Chilli sauce. It is the only thing we have never changed.” She smiled as she explained, “It is an old traditional recipe that my Mother taught me. We receive many orders for additional sauce. If you like chillies you should come in for a sample.” Harlequin in Timperley remains the flagship of the group and is instantly recognisable to the people who live here. As for that sauce, there’s a very good reason why it has never changed – it is seriously special, totally tasty and definitely recommended by yours truly.

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Team of the Month T

eams from the International School of Skating at the Silver Blades ice rink in Altrincham swept aside more experienced competition at the British Synchronised Skating Championships to take gold in the Elementary section and silver in the Intermediate. Coaches David McGrouther and Samantha Ozard initiated synchronised skating in Altrincham just two and a half years ago, shortly after the rink opened. Despite starting with complete novices, the squad has gone from strength to strength, and the rink entered four teams comprising over 50 skaters in this

year’s national competition. As well as Team ISS, who took silver in the Intermediate competition, and the Silver Blades team, who won the Elementary section, the Bladerunners team gained

a fourth place in the Adult competition, and the Twizzles team, whose youngest members are just 6 years old, came sixth in the Elementary competition – a fantastic achievement in their first year.

The squad’s success this year means they will now be looking to compete internationally next season. David McGrouther, head of coaching at the rink, explained, “Some teams are happy to continue competing at the same level year after year, but we have great ambitions for all our skaters. Though most are less experienced than those from other rinks, we have some great talent with enormous potential. The skaters have worked incredibly hard to come this far, sometimes starting their training sessions at 5am to get the ice time. They really deserve their success.” Synchronised skating is Britain’s fastest growing ice sport, and 37 teams from as far afield as Inverness and the Isle of Wight competed at this year’s

British Championship event. Whilst teams from the USA, Canada and the rest of Europe currently dominate the sport internationally, if the Altrincham teams have their way, that won’t last long!

Clash & Bang Expert?


imperley Brass Band are on the look out for a kit drummer and a versatile tuned percussionist to join the award winning band who have an exciting year of engagements including recording a CD. Playing percussion with Timperley Band is both musically challenging and very rewarding due to the sheer variety of repertoire the band plays. Quality sound is key to what the band does; we have the equipment to help you perform to your potential. If you are interested in either position, please contact Peter Harwood Band Secretary 0161 980 1761 or visit


grave Ballroom to host the event and make-up artists from the school of make-up made them all to an audience of over 200! look drop dead gorgeous. o after eight weeks of drama, The girls who walked onto excitement, tears and tanThe hilarious ‘Wingman’ hosted the catwalk that night were a trums the big day finally arrived. the event and we had live permillion miles away from those that walked into the Take Two formances from No Flash, The The Cresta Court in Altrincham Moorside Street Dance Troupe, HQ 2 months ago. They have played host to the most exciting Still City Sound and Platnum who been dedicated, passionate and event Cheshire had ever seen. enthusiastic and it has been a real took time out from promoting The girls showcased their newly their second smash single ‘Emo- honour mentoring them and we learnt skills and strutted their will miss them all so much! Nationally Tired’. stuff on the catwalk with such tasha Roberts was crowned the skill, poise and confidence even We couldn’t believe the kindness ‘Princess’ for Altrincham Festival Tyra Banks would have been for her commitment, animated and generosity of everyone inimpressed! volved who all gave up their time personality and enthusiasm. Sharon, one of the girl’s mum’s went and talents for free. UK Effects Debenhams, House of Fraser, along to the sessions to offer her provided us with our fabulous New Look, Miss Selfridge, Coast, catwalk, MCL provided all the support along with Tina and Sara Super Dry, Warehouse, Dune and sound and visual along with and even ended up modelling on Duty Free Clothing kitted out the catwalk herself after being Underground Live, Ashton. ESL all the girls in this season’s must Studio printed all of the fliers inspired by the girls. haves and the fabulous Jayne and tickets for us and the Cresta The Lilly Styling were asked to Whittiker and her team of hair style the Charity fashion show Court kindly gave us their Bel-

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22 for the Gforce girls, the girls themselves picked out a themed fashion outfit, either a nautical look or a floral look and an evening outfit with the help of Sara Lee. Then Laura Sellers and Kerry Jones from The Lilly Styling worked around this incorporating a fourth casual look and picking out the remainder of the outfits as a further 15 members of the public were kind enough to be in the show. Tina, Paul, Hazel and Sara Lee from G-Force have endless patience, compassion and kindness. They all do such a wonderful job at G-Force, working all hours God sends as they all want to do what they can to help those less fortunate than them- selves which in today’s selfish world is something not enough people do.

shoot the girls were lucky enough to take part in with top photographer Paul Jones.

David Gowin from Funky Visual has been kind enough to give up every Monday evening for the past eight weeks to film the girl’s incredible journey which will soon be available to see on our website along with the fashion

The girls have been an inspiration to us all and it just shows what can be achieved with a little time, effort and patience. I hope these girls lives have been changed forever. I know ours have. For more information on the event contact: 0161 236 9991 Check out the incredible catwalk and behind the scenes pictures taken by photographer Robert Kicka. View Timperley would like to thank Robert for providing our front cover image.


Heyes Lane Juniors Hoop It up!


he children of Heyes Lane Junior School have been celebrating after being crowned Trafford Basketball Champions for the second year in succession. The Year 6 team from the Timperley School retained their title after a closely fought final against local rivals St Hugh’s Primary at Stretford Sports Centre. Team Coach and Deputy Head, Mr Tom Gadsby, said “The children have worked really hard

during their training sessions and really deserve this success. They are already talking about training

Picture shows the Team Luke Dolan, Adam Firth, James Haslam, Joe Hunn, Rhea James, Sam Lloyd, Lauren Martin, Lizzie McGough and Sam Owens


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ow much do you know about Stockdales? You might be interested to know that we are a local registered charity with nearly 60 years experience of caring for and supporting children and adults with learning disabilities and complex health needs. We run several services including four residential homes in Sale along with a thriving activity and educationally focused community Lifeskills programme. Today, Stockdales is proud support over 200 service users and their families.

Lifeskills members and students can choose a personalised programme of activities inclucing learning independent living skills, sports, arts and crafts, dance, drama, IT, literacy, numeracy to name but a few. There is also a full range of sensory experiences available including relaxation, massage, reflexology, music and cookery. Stockdales coordinate a full range of social events including weekly clubs, weekend trips and holidays. We also enjoy the great outdoors via our conservation and allotment work and the Duke of Edinburgh Our plans for the future include Award scheme. At present, everyone is facing developing our services so we hard times and this is something can reach even more people It costs ÂŁ2 million per year to run Stockdales has not escaped either with disabilities through our Stockdales. At the moment we as we too face major government Lifeskills service. We want to receive funding from the local spending cuts in the future. In buy a building within Trafford authorities to cover the core order to bridge the gap so we can in the near future so this can costs of our care and support. carry on our great work, we have happen. Lifeskills is an innovative In addition to this funding, decided to launch a lottery for and exciting service which each year we have to raise over people to play. This is a fantastic offers educational, recreational ÂŁ200,000 so that we can pay for opportunity for people to win up and social opportunities for the development of our services, to ÂŁ25,000 and whilst supporting young people and adults with specialist equipment, holidays a local cause at the same time. learning disabilities in the local and the many activities we The chance of winning a prize community. provide. is 1 in 63, can you afford not to

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The Pond S

even years ago we decided our garden lacked a certain something so we bought a small pre-formed pond with a waterfall. Half a day’s digging, two hours wiring and we had a beautiful bijou water feature. We didn’t know very much about what fish to get so we bought a book. Bad mistake! Very, very grave error. You see, while books are written by experts who know loads of stuff, the fish don’t read them (they probably prefer novels) and so they don’t know what they are supposed to do.

“Start small, your fish will grow to the size and depth of their new home.” Said the expert in his book. Huh! Five years later and we started to see just how much of an expert he really was. We had a ghost koi the size of an adolescent Moby Dick and several goldfish that were not that far behind. The nature herself intervened. A couple of tree roots, the size of a small forest, surfaced at the bottom of the garden and when we had finished pulling, digging cursing and cutting we had a number of deep trenches all over the bottom of the garden. And thus the idea of The Pond was born. An all-singing, all-dancing, veritable twenty-first century water palace with room for big fish, more fish even, a spectacular series waterfall and lights. Lots and lots of lights. And a patio where we could sit on warm summer nights and feel at one with nature. (In

the middle of all that concrete and (especially good for people and electric lighting ? but you get like me who don’t like being the general idea) talked down to) they offer advice and help not just expert opinions. Most people learn from their They’re good when it comes to mistakes so what did we do animals, be it pond fish, parrots next? We went out and bought or any other pets. (So good, in a book! We even drove fiftyfact, that I wonder if they stay odd miles to visit a place that and talk to them when the place “specialises” in pond building is closed) After a couple of visits and maintenance. Disaster! Much for advice, supplies and just of Timperley is built on sand and about everything we needed for most pond experts suddenly the pond we were back on track stop being experts and start and ready to finish. vacantly scratching their heads when faced with the problems Now the nights are getting lighter that arise when digging in sand. and it’s starting to get warmer. The Pond became an oversized It really is lovely sitting on the hole in the ground, a half-built patio listening to the gentle waterfall and a complete lack tintinnabulation (I always wanted of knowing what to do next. to use that word!) of the waterfall Fortunately, we live in Timperley and the occasional popping of and (if only we had known this the fish as they come up to feed. sooner) so, strangely enough, The very extremely contented does Timperley Aquatics. fish I might add. The moral of Timperley Aquatics have a whole the story is whatever you’re section dedicated to ponds. They doing forget the books and ask have some very good people someone. If you live in Timperley who can advise you on just about you’re lucky. There are so many everything from how to start clever people and businesses to how to finish and they give around - just look through the this advice for free. They also pages of this magazine – and sell almost everything you could most of them will take the time need for your pond and they sell to offer advice as well as their it a lot cheaper than the specialist services. They will tell you all the places. (the nearer ones as well do’s and don’t’s (I can tell you all as the one down the motorway) the don’t’s of pond building) It’s There’s a very nice man there nearly Summer and if you feel called Graham who’ll take the like doing something get advice time to talk to you, show you or get help. Me? I can hear a what you need and give you little patio calling. tips that make the job a whole lot easier. It’s a nice shop, nice Keith McDonnell people and a nice atmosphere

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Issue 5  

Issue 5 - deliverd april 2010