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What a summer it’s been. With the Diamond Jubilee celebrations and then a fantastic two weeks of sport and spectacle at the Olympics we can almost forget that we’ve hardly seen the sun. To round off an action-packed summer we have the Paralympics. There has been a host of local, community events too. Here at The Village Emporium we have been amazed at the huge variety of activities we have featured on the What’s On pages. Do keep checking our web site and App too, if you are a smartphone user, for the latest news on local events as well as special offers. Dare I say Christmas is coming? If you are planning a celebration with colleagues, friends or family then our local hotels, pubs and restaurants already have their Christmas menus available. Do check out our competition to win a free Christmas party night at Daventry Court Hotel.

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Vasstech Auto Services offer servicing, repairs, diagnostics, air conditioning repairs and servicing, tyres and MOT’s. Keeping your car running as it should!

Does your car turn 3 years old this month? If so, it is due its first MOT Test

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We offer class 4 MOT Tests for just £39! You are welcome to wait in our comfortable viewing area with complimentary refreshments and plenty of reading material. Or if you prefer we can collect and return your vehicle for you - free of charge! We offer a FREE reminder service, so that next year you won’t have to worry about forgetting your MOT due date!

Does your car turn 5 years old this month? If so, it may be time to change the cambelt If there’s one thing you don’t want to happen

to your vehicle, it is the cambelt failing . . . If your cambelt isn’t changed at the specifi ed interval or neglected, it will fail. Over a period of time and mileage, the rubber cambelt deteriorates and, if neglected, can suddenly snap, leading to expensive major repairs to your engine-or even a new engine. If you are unsure of when your cambelt is due to be changed, you can check your vehicle’s service book, or call us here at Vasstech. Vasstech uses Cambelt kits, meaning not only the belt but the tensioner and roller will be changed also, ensuring your cambelt runs as it should. Make the most of our offer and save on your cambelt renewal!

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Celebrate Christmas in style at Daventry Court Hotel Daventry Court Hotel, part of Puma Hotels Collection, can take the hard work out of Christmas. Whether you’re getting together with friends and family or arranging an office party you’ll find all the food, drink, entertainment and atmosphere you could wish for.

Win a Fabulous Festive Fever party night for four guests Daventry Court hotel is offering one lucky winner a party night for four people on a Friday in November or December (subject to availability). Get ready to dance, dance, dance to music through the decades from the resident DJ. With fabulous food and party novelties it’s sure to be a night to remember.



To enter, just answer the following question: Who has topped the Christmas record charts for several years with Last Christmas? a. Cliff Richard b. Wham! c. Bing Crosby Send answers by email to: You must be over 18 to enter. Winner will be drawn at random from correct answers on Monday 24 September 2012. Please note by entering the competition you are giving us permission to forward your details to Puma Hotels who may use the details for marketing purposes. All guests of the winner must be over 18. Terms and conditions apply - please see our web site.

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Win a Main Course for 2 people Just answer the following question correctly How many free range chickens are farmed at Skylark Fields Farm? a 750 b 7500 c 75000 Send your answers to: By email – and pop your answer in the subject box or by post The Village Emporium, Unit 7, Dunchurch Trading Estate, London Road Rugby CV23 9LN Prize draw will take place on September 28th and be selected at random from all correct answers. The winner will be notified week commencing 1st October. The prize will be valid for 3 months from October 1st and must be booked with Skylark Fields Farm direct.

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31 Aug - 2 September The Pig & Applestock (Charity Music Festival) This year’s charity music festival will be held at Lake Naseby in Northamptonshire at the end of August with all profits going to the MS Society. The festival will focus on local music and produce (with many artists coming travelling from in and around the midlands). Find us on Facebook or YouTube.

1 September Fete, Galanos House, Southam From 2.30pm Stalls including Homemade Cakes and Preserves, Books, Bric-a-Brac, Tombola & Raffle. Pony Rides. Music by Lutterworth Brass Band.Proceeds to Royal British Legion

8 September Church Festival Barby 11am-2pm The village church in Barby is reviving its traditional festival of the Patron Saint. The church will be hosting all sorts of events including an Anglo Saxon “Clypping”, free brunch, festival market stalls There will be art, craft, join in with the choir for a sing along - see and hear the bellringers in action. There really is something for all ages and interests.

8 September Music at Leamington Hastings 7.30pm The Sitkovetsky Piano Trio. This up-and-coming Trio of Piano, Violin and ‘Cello, all Yehudi Menuhin School trained, play 3 pianos trios, all of different character, by Mozart, Brahms ,and ending with Beethoven’s perhaps most well-known trio, “The Archduke” TICKETS & ENQUIRIES • • phone David Potts on 07966 584 328 •

8/9 September Watford Village Sunflower Fete From 2pm Watford Village Hall Committee is having a Giant Sunflower Competition, with a first prize of £100, as part of its inaugural Sunflower Fete, Including live


music, a bar, refreshments and a Hog Roast, vintage vehicles, a falconry display, pony and trap rides, archery and a ‘Cow Pat Challenge’, plus many other attractions. For more details, or to book a stall or a pitch, please contact the Chairman, David Stilgoe, on 07779 037007.

16 September Exhibition of the work of local Artists and Photographers 2.00 pm. The Village Hall, Bourton on Dunsmore CV23 9QS. Come and browse the exhibition and then enjoy tea and home-made cakes. More information from 01926 633677

20 September Per Una Sale hosted by Stretton on Dunsmore WI. 7pm Knightlow School, Stretton on Dunsmore. There will be refreshments and a raffle, please note we cannot accept cards, entrance fee £2.50 21 to 29 September Dunchurch Festival Players Dunchurch Village Hall. The Players are now well into their second decade of comedy productions and on a variety of dates they present -”Off the Hook!” by Derek Benfield.. Tickets, £7 each ~ £6 concessions. Tickets available from Wanda’s Ladies Fashions, The Square, Dunchurch 01788522021

22 September Last Night at the Proms Dunchurch Silver band at All Saints Church Braunston Ticket Prices Adult £8 Concessions £6 Accompanied under 16’s FREE; Ticket Prices included interval refreshments – Music includes your PROMS favourites – Rule Britannia; Fantasia on British Sea Songs, I Vow to Thee; Jerusalem, Pomp and Circumstance etc. Ticket can be purchase at the door; or contact Peter Hobbs 07976 802612

22 September Autumn Fayre in Newnham Village Hall 2pm till 4pm Stalls include textiles, fabrics and furnishings,

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23 September Sponsored Walk Draycote Water In aid of Warwicks & Northants Air Ambulance. For further information and sponsor forms contact Rugby Rokeby Lions Club 01788 815050 / 01788 568217

29 - 30 September Birdingbury Country Show The Paddocks Farm, Marton Road. Steam Engines, Classic Cars, Commercial and Military Vehicles, Motor Cycles, Stationary Engines, Tractors, Trade and Craft Stalls, Charity Stalls, Children’s Activities, Grand Draw, and much more. Adults £5, others £2. Pauline Meade 01926 632287 or Bob Munro 01926 632555

6 October General Knowledge Quiz. Rugby Thornfield Indoor Bowls Club, start 7.30pm prompt. Entry fee £15 for teams of up to 5, with prizes for winning teams. The questions will once again be set by Alan Womble, who has promised to show restraint and not make the questions too difficult! The idea is to raise money for Rugby Sport for the Disabled Association (RSDA) and have fun. To enter, or for more details, contact Maggie on Rugby (01788) 814328. To find out more about us please visit our website at

8 October Jumble Sale at Willoughby Vlllage Hall 2pm. Entry 20p. White Elephant, Book Stall, cakes and refreshments. All proceeds to Village Hall and St Nicholas Church.

13 October Apple Day at Ryton Gardens Apple pressing, apple identification, talks, tours, tastings and much more. www.gardenorganic.

13 October Music at Leamington Hastings 7.30pm. Fibonacci Sequence String Quartet + Clarinet.This outstanding ensemble present charming and skillfully played music by Dvorak and Mozart, including the well-loved Clarinet Quintet by Mozart. Tickets & enquiries • • phone David Potts on 07966 584 328 •

19 October Indoor Curling Evening Doors open at 7.00pm first game starts at 7.30pm till 10.30pm - Brooke School, Overslade Lane, Rugby, CV22 6DY Teams of up to 6 persons required Refreshments available on the evening All money raised will go to Rotary supported charities. Ticket price £5 per person. Tickets can be obtained from Tony on Tel: 01788 576258 or purchased http://www. the door

20 October Raymond Lewis Organ Concert Raymond Lewis has followed a triple career as pianist, conductor and organist. The recital at All Saints Church Braunston will include music by Couperin, Clerambault, and Maurice Greene on the historic Bevington organ and by Bach, Franck and Widor on the newer organ. Ticket Prices Adult £8 Concessions £6 Accompanied under 16’s FREE; Ticket Prices included interval refreshments Tickets can be purchase at the door; or contact Peter Hobbs 07976 802612

20 October Barby Village Barn Dance Barby Village hall. The very popular Glorishears Celidh band will be performing once again. Funds raised will go to Barby Church Trust. Ticket £10, inclusive of food Rob 01788-890257

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Sunnyside is a quintessential cob built cottage which dates back to the early 1700’s with more recent additions to both floors. The cottage, which boasts character features and beautifully cared for gardens, is situated opposite the village green. The accommodation comprises entrance porch, reception/dining hall with quarry tiled floor and wood burner, lounge with cast iron wood burner and French doors to the outside seating area, handmade fitted kitchen open plan to a conversatory overlooking the gardens, utility room, cloakroom, study, master bedroom with refitted en-suite shower room, three further bedrooms and a family bathroom. Outside is a courtyard garden to the rear, which leads round to the private, south facing front garden which is well tended with a range of shrubs and flowers, good seating areas, brick built barbecue, pleasant lawn and gravel driveway. This individual and well loved property sits in the heart of this popular village and warrants an internal inspection.

Carey House is a charming detached stone cottage which is believed to date back to the 17th Century and is Grade II Listed. The property is built of local Harlestone stone with a long straw thatched roof which was overhauled and re-ridged in 2011. Positioned in the heart of this quintessential rural village, the cottage offers a host of character features from leaded light windows with window seats and shutters to original flagstone and quarry tiled floors. The accommodation comprises entrance hall with exposed solid wood flooring, downstairs cloakroom/WC, lounge with cast iron oil fired burner, dining room and a hand built kitchen with a vaulted ceiling and butler sink. To the first floor are two double bedrooms and a Victorian style family bathroom. To the second floor is a further double bedroom with shower room and dressing room. Outside, electrically operated double gates open to a large paved parking area which in turn leads to the main garden beyond a picket fence. The well tended garden has a southerly aspect, a boiler house, WC and storage barn as well as seating areas. This attractive and well presented home is located in one of Northamptonshire’s premium villages and a viewing is highly recommended.

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Willow Tree House is a beautifully finished detached stone family home with approximately 8000 square feet of accommodation occupying three floors. This high specification property was constructed in 2004 and offers spacious, versatile living with potential for an annexe/au pair housing. One of the many features of this superb home is the heated indoor swimming pool which overlooks the rear garden, with doors leading to a stunning terrace. The full accommodation comprises reception hall, cloakroom, living room with brick open fireplace and seated turret snug with views across the garden, dining/family room, bespoke hand crafted kitchen/ breakfast room with central island, utility room and pool room. To the first floor is the master bedroom with seated turret, dressing area and en-suite bathroom, three further bedrooms with en-suite shower rooms, one additional bedroom and a family bathroom. A hallway leads to a bedroom with en-suite and further room which offers potential for conversion to a kitchen/sitting room. The second floor boasts a superb guest bedroom with balcony enjoying wonderful views, walk-in dressing room and en-suite shower room, as well as two more bedrooms, a contemporary fitted bathroom and play room measuring 36’7 x 15’. Outside, the south facing rear garden is mainly laid to lawn with a large terrace linking the pool room, dining/family room and living room. The garden continues to the side and adjoins the front driveway, which offers ample parking beyond electric gates, and access to the triple garage. If you are considering moving and would like a free, no obligation valuation please call us on 01604 624900 or email on

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