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January/February 2013

Daventry edition TM

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people Delivering local business for local

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WE HAVE MOVED... (previously in Vanilla)

EAT IN :: EAT OUT :: TAKE HOME

NOW OPEN 11 BANK STREET, RUGBY

• Coffee Union hand roasted “Best in Town” • Fresh bread & cakes Look out • Homemade specials for our • More seats, more products Valentine specials ...and much more!

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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

MOT Test £39

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!

Make sure your car is ready for winter and book in for our FREE SAFETY CHECK!

Our safety inspection will give you a detailed report of any items that need addressing, with a colour coded priority list it will be easy to identify work that is urgent. Our safety check includes inspection of the tyres, lights, levels, suspension, steering, brakes and exhaust system.

Free Collection and Delivery Service for Village Emporium readers! Courtesy cars also available.

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Emporium e g la il V e h T to e m o lc e W January/February 2013 How many times have you made a New Years’ resolution, only to find that weeks or even days later it has fallen by the wayside? All guilty, we’re sure. So in this issue our focus is “There’s never been a better time to start..“. Whether it’s music, fitness or even your own business you will find support to give you a flying start to the New Year. We are delighted that new businesses are opening and existing local businesses expanding, a sign that we are all looking to take risks at this time... and going for it.

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We’ve had fantastic feedback on the new look of The Village Emporium. It’s clear it’s a hit with readers and advertisers alike. It really does mean that we are “Delivering local business for local people”. Do remember to send in your local community activities for listings in the magazine and on line at www.villageemporium.co.uk which features even more events. If you have a smartphone then download EMPORIUM in your pocket App to get instant information on your local suppliers, events and special offers. Wishing you all the best for the year ahead,

Alison & Clare

The copy deadline for the March/April issue is 11th February Hand delivered to 7,500 homes every issue. For more info call us on:

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Download our App now The EMPORIUM in your pocket app is designed to make it even easier for you to find out where to go and who to call locally. What’s more there will be vouchers and special offers for you to check out as well as regular notifications of special events.

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In this issue...

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The language of flowers Say it with flowers with our handy guide.

Spires and Squires Eat seasonally Recipes using seasonal produce.

g z Five best diet changes . New year, new hobby – Unlucky for some J 2013 Create your own luck. Big garden bird watch

Contents 2 8 a c W L B M

Out & about

Whats On? Look good, feel good Your family Your home Your garden Business & IT On the road

Competitions

something new C Try Reasons why the recession might be a good time to start a business.

Business editorials

e A Little piece of heaven d Seizing a beautiful opportunity j Suffering with back or neck pain? n Exam success H Knight in shining armour L Your own Wonder of the World Z. Armchair gardener B.Green Umbrella

Coffee cup trivia gX Relax and sharpen the pencil!

q Win a box of amazing goodies!

Win a box of amazing goodies from Jacquis Gems and Fossils

s Win a Spa Day for two people

Win a Grayshott Day Spa for two at the fabulous Fawsley Hall

November/December winners: Doreen Maxwell and Rebecca James

Cover photography by Barefoot Photographics

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Wrap up warm withWOMENSWEAR Terracotta this winter! Clothes, jewellery, scarves and gifts   Gift vouchers available

SALE NOW ON

The Peephole Cards & Gifts

Looking for the perfect gift ? Why not pop into the Peephole situated in a delightful 17th Century Barn in the centre of Long Buckby.

A wide selection of gifts for family and friends, including a large selection of jewellery, children’s toys, exquisite handmade blown glass globes and hand painted picture tiles. 5a High Street, Long Buckby, Northants. NN6 7RE Telephone 01327 843638 Email peepholecrafts@gmail.com

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Terracotta

WOMENSWEAR

NOW ON THESALESALE IS ON !

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Opening Times Mon - Fri 9am -5.30pm Saturday 10am - 4pm

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Telephone: Telephone:01788 01788573303 573303Vanilla Vanilla16-18 16-18 Albert Albert Street, Street,Rugby Rugby LE ! SA ON W NO We have a fantastic sale! Radley, Kipling, Fiorelli, Oilily and Nica bags and purses...selected Christmas decorations, toys and books...and much more. ...and for the Spring, new season bags arriving soon and don’t forget our gorgeous gifts for Valentines...

31 Regent Street, Rugby Tel: 01788 570444 Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 9.30am - 5.30pm www.etceterarugby.co.uk

Up to 70% off in our Winter sale! Masai Clothing Signature, Tara Vao and more... Spring season arriving in February so look out for some colour in your life!

20 Regent Street, Rugby Tel: 01788 552400 Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 10.00am - 5.00pm www.etceterastyle.co.uk

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What’s on? Saturday 5 January Dolls House and Miniatures Fair The Benn Hall, Newbold Road, RUGBY Specialist miniatures fair selling 1/12th scale items including dolls houses, miniature shops and churches, DIY components, lighting, accessories, food, furnishings, people and many unique handmade specialist items to enhance your house, garden, shop, market stall, pub, or other miniature project. Over 25 specialist traders at this event. Open 10.30 to 4.00.

Saturday 19 January Pudding Evening

Barby Twinning Association - Pudding Evening in Barby Village Hall starts 7.30pm to include a choice of delicious homemade puddings, raffle, bring your own drinks - tickets only £7 each, children under 12 £2,Tickets & further information Jackie Frampton 07956 361833 or 01788 899145.

Tuesday 22 January – Sunday 10 February On the Street - Exhibition

Tuesday 8 January - Sunday 17 February Kobi Footwear Exhibition Northampton Museum & Art Gallery Kobi Levi’s footwear art design combines the essence of daily objects with the shape of shoes. His shoes are sexy, funny, inspiring and are worn by celebrities around the world. This will be an opportunity to see some of his shoes ahead of a significant exhibition at the museum in 2014. FREE ENTRY

Saturday 12 January - Sunday 24 February Celebrating 25 years of Rainbows Northampton Museum & Art Gallery Rainbows, the youngest section of Girl Guiding, celebrate their 25th birthday in 2012. This exhibition will feature items that reflect the programme, the uniforms and the fun the 5-7 year olds have had at Rainbow meetings and events. FREE ENTRY

Saturday 19 January Jumble Sale Village Hall Willoughby 2pm. Jumble can be left at Village Hall from 9.30am on the day. Organised by Willoughby Women’s Institute. Admission 20p. Cake & produce stall. Refreshments available.

A full list of events over the forthcoming months is available on our website www.villageemporium.co.uk/events/

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Gallery 150, 9 Regent’s Court, Livery Street, Leamington Spa Warwickshire CV32 4NP Leamington photographer Josh King presents an exhibition of street portraiture taken in the local area. This moving collection focuses on homelessness in Leamington and aims to capture something of the reality of sleeping rough. Each image gives a glimpse into a different story and urges the viewer to look beyond their preconceptions of life on the street. Free Admission (donations welcome for local homeless charities)

Thursday 24 January An Artist on the Nile: The Legacy of David Roberts

Rugby Decorative & Fine Arts Society (NADFAS) An illustrated lecture by George Hart MPhil. 8pm promptly at the Benn Hall, Newbold Road, Rugby. Wine & orange juice on sale from 7.30pm Non-members most welcome.

Saturday 26 January Traditional Burns Supper & Country Dance Badby Village Hall 7:00pm prompt, vegetarian option, licensed bar. Tickets cost £17.50 each and can be purchased from Dick Earley, Badby Village Hall Treasurer, tel: 01327 700544. Proceeds in aid of Village Hall Funds.

Saturday & Sunday 26 & 27 January Potato Day

Ryton Organic Gardens Wolston Lane, Ryton on Dunsmore, Coventry CV8 3LG A nationally recognised event – with expert advice on hand, and your chance to buy seed potatoes from over 100 varieties, special guest, James Wong, will be present on the Sunday. call 02476 303517

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What’s on? Friday 1 February Big Sleep Out Supporting Northampton Hope Centre. This is a sponsored ‘sleep-out’ at St Giles Church, Northampton Town Centre, raising funds to help the local homeless and disadvantaged community. For further details or to get a ‘sleepers’ information pack, email sue@northamptonhopecentre.org. uk or call 0845 519 9371.

Thursday 28 February Shakespeare’s Globe: A Theatre Reborn with historical recollections of his life and times in 16th Century Southwark. 8pm At the Benn Hall, Rugby An illustrated lecture by Sara Burn Edwards BA. Wine & orange juice on sale from 7.30pm. Non-members most welcome.

Tuesday 5 February Barb Jungr-Internationally famous jazz singer. 7.30pm Kilsby Village Hall £10 Telephone Tim 01788 824240 M .07522970040 rose08@tiscali.co.uk

Saturday 16 February “Sing for your Supper” Stretton Village Hall. A Fun Event to raise funds for the Church. Gilly and Maureen would love you to contact them to offer your ‘party piece’ as part of the entertainment. It could be singing, playing an instrument, reading a poem or something else. Tickets £5. Please Contact: Gilly McKenna 02476 543344 or Maureen Hinton 02476 544546 / 07832 117222

Sunday 17 February International Model Tractor Show

Wednesday 30 January The Day Trippers - Beatles Tribute Band Holy Trinity Church, Long Itchington FROLIC (Friends for the renovation of Long Itchington Church Band 8pm until approx 10.15pm. Tickets £15 per head. LICENSED BAR. Tickets can be reserved Tel: (01926) 810488 peterallenh@me.com

Sunday 3 March Silverstone Half Marathon

Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, Leamington Spa THE MODEL TRACTOR SHOW FOR ALL AGES A major exhibition for all tractor, plant & construction machinery enthusiasts; supported by Model Farmer magazine.

Silverstone Circuit Northamptonshire NN12 8TN The Adidas Silverstone Half Marathon is brought to you by the same team who organise the prestigious London Marathon, this half marathon is staged at the home of British motor racing at the world famous race track of Silverstone.

Saturday 16 February Vintage Furniture & Fashion Fair

Sunday 17 March Myton Hospice Charity 5 Mile Run-

The Picturedrome, 222 Kettering Road, Northampton Featuring vintage furnitureand vintage fashion. There is a free car park across the road. There will be tea, coffee, cake, and cucumber sandwiches available for your refreshment. Also bar and food. Vintage movies will be shown on the big screen during the event!

Draycote Water Visitor Centre, Kites Hardwick, near Rugby Warwickshire CV23 8AB. Spring Run In association with Rugby and Northampton Athletics Club The 5 mile road run will be timed around the beautiful Draycote Water Reservoir near Rugby.

Sunday 24 February Open Garden Snowdrop display at Rosemount, Church Hill, Hollowell, 11am – 3pm, admission £3, children free. Refreshments in village hall. In aid of National Garden Scheme. www.ngs.org.uk

LAST THURSDAY of every month Bourton & District Garden Club Village Hall Bourton on Dunsmore. Summertime we visit gardens. More info contact Barbara 01926 632957, Ann 01926 632862 or Carol 01926 632033.

Get in touch...

If you are organising a charity or community event, then let us know so we can publicise it for you. Just email info@villageemporium.co.uk

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UNUSUAL GIFTS FOR ALL THE FAMILY!

Jacqui’s Gems & Fossils

Come and visit us at Jacqui’s Gems & Fossils for an interesting, educational & fun time. Children are Welcome to pop in see our fossils and ask questions.

Tel: 01327 341593

We have a fantastic range of gift ideas for the children stating from £2.99, these include Dinosaur sticker & Stencil Book, Ammonites, Trilobites, Fossil sharks tooth, Gemstone pens, Carved soapstone Dinosaurs, playing cards, posters and much more! We also have lots to choose from for the Adults including hanging crystals, Jewellery, Salt lamps, Bookends, Large Fossils, Carved gemstone Angels, Tea lights and much more. We look forward to welcoming you into our lovely shop.

Heart of the Shires shopping village Watling Street Northants NN7 4LB

CHILDREN’S COMPETITION WIN AN AMAZING BOX OF GOODIES WORTH OVER £20! Question 1 Name 3 types of dinosaurs 1. 2. 3. Question 2 Fossils are mostly found in what kind of rock? a – Igneous Rock b – Sedimentary Rock c – Metamorphic Rock Question 3 Was Stegosaurus a plant eater or meat eater? a – Herbivore b – Carnivore Question 4 – Name this fossil a – Trilobite b – Ammonite c – Echinoid

Name: Age: Tel No: Please post or hand in all entries by the 1st of March 2013 Winner will be selected at random from all correct entries submitted on March 2nd and notified by Jacqui’s Gems.

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Out & about For a warm welcome you too can enjoy: n Charming, Rustic Bar with open fires n Contemporary Restaurant n 6 gorgeous bedrooms n Fresh locally sourced produce n Sundays as they should be! n Fabulous Gardens n Courtyard al fresco dining area n Happy friendly staff n Marquee events for weddings and functions

January/February 2013 offers Fixed priced menu 1 course £6, 2 courses £9.95 available Monday to friday until 7.30 pm. Monday night is curry night all you can eat only £8.95 Thursday night is steak night. Friday night is fish night. Coming in the new year a fantastic new menu including our Old Comforts, Homemade pizzas, Grazing boards and much much more. Bring a copy of this advert with you in January and February 2013 and receive £10 off meal for two when dining off the main menu. (Available Monday to Thursday only, minimum two courses from the main menu, not valid Valentines Day)

Come & visit the newly revamped Olde Coach House, where you’ll be immediately struck by the sumptuous, but relaxed atmosphere. Tucked away in the quiet village of Ashby St Ledgers, we’re still right on your doorstep. It’ll be well worth the trip out! Main Street, Ashby St.Ledgers Rugby, Warwickshire CV23 8UN t: 01788 890 349

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A little piece of heaven

Welsh for ‘Golden Hillside’ and the name of both the site and one of the log cabins, Bron-Yr-Aur is the perfect name for this little piece of heaven in Snowdonia. Whether you’re looking for a tranquil bolt-hole to escape from the rigours of daily life or family-friendly accommodation close to a wide range of outdoor activities, Bron-YrAur offers the very best of both worlds. Choose from a two-bed cabin that sleeps up to six, or a three-bed cabin sleeping up to eight,

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Located in National Park overlooking Rhinog mountains Norwegian 2 or 3 bed log cabins Year round availability Perfect for walking/cycling/ fishing or just a relaxing trip to the beach or local historic castle Preferential rates for readers of The Village Emporium

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both offering spectacular views over the Rhinog mountain range.

On your doorstep

Within very easy reach is Snowdonia, an area of stunning natural beauty offering a wealth of activities. However, if you are looking for peace and quiet, the wooden-clad, super-insulated cabins are warm and cosy in the winter and cool in the summer. In addition to books and DVD’s, there is also Sky TV with Freeview. There is also a lovely pub serving fantastic homemade food just five minutes’ walk from the cabins

First hand recommendation.

Janet from The Village Emporium has stayed at Bron-Yr-Aur with her family: “‘Wicked bunk beds!’ was our girls’ verdict!” she explains. “It was cosy and personal and even in the middle of winter the cabin was warm, feeling more like a home than a holiday let. It was also perfectly located for exploring Snowdonia National Park, plus mountain biking and a high ropes activity area at nearby Coed-y-Brenin. “The coast isn’t far; Dolgellau, Barmouth, Harlech, Portmeirion and Porthmadog are all within easy reach. “There are also great facilities on-site; in particular the shop. Plus, dogs are allowed, so you really can bring the whole family!”

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Love is in the air . . .

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n engagement ring or wedding band will be one of the most important purchases of jewellery you will ever make, and the Jewel of Daventry can help to make your purchase a wonderful experience, since they offer custom made rings to your precise requirements under a no pressure approach to buy. We have in store many unique ring designs to choose from, so why not make an appointment at our shop for a friendly chat and advice about your dream ring.

Find us on the High Street – opposite Argos & next to Barclays Bank. 61 High Street, Daventry, NN11 4BH Tel: 01327 700060

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Bags wi� Style by E�ie-May Golf Retail and Indoor Teaching Studio

Daily deals on hardware, lessons and hire of simulator Call 24 hours prior for details on the next day’s offers Shop opening hours 10 - 6 Monday - Saturday Tuition and Simulator hire available 8.30am-9.30pm Customised gift vouchers available

Innovative new Mum Ellie-May has a super range of stylish handbags and accessories on offer.

Handbags range from £ 16.99 £ 32.99

Email elliemayhughes30@hotmail.co.uk Tel 07769 664404

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The Countryman Staverton

The Countryman wishes all its customers a Happy New Year We will be closed from 2nd — 10th January We apologise for any inconvenience and look forward to welcoming you back from Friday 11th January Reservations may still be made by calling 01327 311815

FIXED PRICE MENU £10 2 Courses

Available Monday—Saturday Lunch and Weekdays before 7pm

Valentines Day — 14th February Book Now - see our website for details

Fine Home Cooked Food, Real Ales & a Warm Welcome.

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Winter offer!

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2 Lunchtime Main Courses for £10 Monday to Friday

Valid from Monday 21st January 2013 – Friday 15th February 2013. This voucher to be redeemed with payment.

Great Deals on Winter Fuel 20kg House Coal £5.99 Dry Kiln Logs (net) £4.25 Rock Salt £3.50 a bag Smokeless Coal £10 a bag Premium House Coal 25kg bag £7.99

Netted Logs from £2.50 Hotmax Fuel logs £6.99 20kg bag 7% Moisture Content

Delivery Available Call us on 01327 300 471

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Feature Lots of men will be heading off to florists in February but have you ever wondered why we give flowers? The Victorians were a rather coy bunch not given to brazen declarations of love, so a whole language sprang up around flowers and plants with special meanings attached to each variety. The language was called floriography. So flowers could be used to express almost any sentiment and in combination they could convey a whole range of emotions.

The Language of Flowers

Try saying it with flowers this Valentine’s Day with our handy guide.

Flower meanings Red rose - Passionate love White rose - Eternal love or innocence Pink rose - Perfect happiness or please believe me Orchid - Love, beauty and refinement Apple blossom - Preference, good fortune Begonia - Beware! Bluebell - Humility Pink carnation - I’ll never forget you Yellow carnation - Disdain, rejection Iris - Faith hope and wisdom Ivy - Fidelity Primrose - I can’t live without you or young love

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Guide Dogs National Breeding Centre - free tours Come and see the puppies who become Guide Dogs throughout the UK. They all start their journey at the National Breeding Centre located just outside Leamington Spa. Book ahead on a scheduled 2-hour tour of the facilities to view the pups, learn about the work carried out at the centre, experience our sensory tunnel, and purchase gifts. Tours take place on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons and Friday mornings. We welcome individuals, families and groups of any size up to 45 people. Simply call 0845 3727432 or email nbcvisitors@guidedogs.org.uk See website for further details: www.guidedogs.org.uk/aboutus/national-breeding-centre/visit-the-nbc/

We look forward to welcoming you soon.

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Spires & Squires

Feature

Derek Blunt has lived and worked in Northamptonshire all his life and can trace his family, all living in and around Northampton since the early 1500’s - so can truly claim to be a Northamptonian. After working for the County Council for over 30 years mainly providing services for the elderly and disabled; at the age of 50 he set up his own travel company, ‘Carefree Holidays’ to help elderly and disabled people enjoy just that – a ‘Carefree’ holiday. On retirement at the age of 70 he was able to devote more of his time to his many hobbies including walking, gardening, sketching, painting, DIY, travelling, watching football, playing bowls, visiting stately homes and parish churches. He even found a new hobby as a writer. Who says retirement is boring?

plus about one hundred settlements mentioned in the Domesday Book which have either disappeared completely or have become deserted or shrunken over the centuries. Let ‘Spires and Squires’ take you on a journey through our lovely County which in many respects is one of England’s hidden gems – almost, it seems unwilling to make itself known to a wider public. With a few exceptions you will not find Northamptonshire on any Tourist Trail. Although being landlocked with no mountains and few areas of outstanding natural beauty there are many attractive villages and superb buildings among which are numerous beautiful Parish Churches and a considerable number of stately homes. Of the almost 300 churches included in ‘Landmarks’ almost a third has a spire, which feature prominently particularly along the Nene Valley.

Derek published his first book - ‘Landmarks’ – Parish Churches in Northamptonshire in November 2011 which proved to be very popular. He has again put pen to paper and is pleased to announce the publication of his second book entitled Northamptonshire County of ‘Spires and Squires’, ‘Landmarks’ featured every parish church in the County and the main churches in the towns. ‘Spires and Squires’ features all the towns and villages in the County

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Among the most majestic are those at Oundle, Rushden, Higham Ferrers, Middleton Cheney and Kings Sutton, all of which rise high above the surrounding houses. Some spires have been lost over the years mainly on account of neglect or lightning strikes. Most notable losses are those at Rothwell, Moulton and Little Harrowden. Although most churches are ancient, spires did not start to appear until the late 13th century. Churches are free to visit and if they are not open a key holder can usually be found nearby.

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Feature With a few exceptions Stately Homes in the County date from about the 16th century at a time when wealth was being re-distributed following the Dissolution of the Monasteries and honours were bestowed on prominent figures in the field of law, politics and royal favour. In a number of instances such as Holdenby and Kirby, grand houses were built in the hope of hosting the monarch. Others were rebuilt on the site of earlier buildings, whereas some were enlarged in accordance with the newly acquired status of their owners. Most villages had a Squire and a ‘Big House’ and although many of the Houses have been lost over the years particularly following neglect during and after the Second World War the County still has a large number although many have been converted into residential apartments and are therefore off limits to the general public. A number are still family homes and others are maintained by a Charitable Trust. The most important for the visitor are Boughton House (Duke of Buccleuch) Althorp House (Lord Spencer) and Sulgrave Manor (Washington). Others open occasionally to the public include Deene (Brudenell) Stanford on Avon (Cave) Cottesbrooke (Macdonald Buchanan) and Southwick (Capron).

Why not get out and about and discover Northamptonshire, its heritage, its churches and its ‘Spires and Squires’. ‘Landmarks’ retails at £15.99 of which £2 per copy goes to the Churches Conservation Trust. ‘Spires and Squires’ which is a 478 page hardback with an attractive dust cover retails at £25 of which £3 per copy goes to the work of the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.

Of the grand houses lost forever the most impressive must have been Holdenby (forerunner of the present Hall) and Pytchley Hall. Kirby Hall is a romantic and preserved ruin and together with Apethorpe Hall is now cared for by English Heritage. Canons Ashby House is protected for posterity by the National Trust. Overstone Hall on the other hand (damaged in a fire in 2001) is a sad and decaying sight. Some Stately Homes are so secluded that the traveller rarely sees them, whereas a number open their doors to visitors at certain times on payment of an admission charge to help cover maintenance costs. As far as the villages themselves are concerned you are free to wander almost at will and the most attractive parts are often those off the beaten track. My visits to every town and village in the County have sometimes been quite exhausting but nevertheless very rewarding. Although I have lived and worked in the County all my life I have come across many attractive buildings and unusual sights that I did not know existed.

Books can be purchased through good bookshops including Hunts Bookshop, 1 Chapel Street, Rugby or can be ordered through his website www.derekfblunt.com or via his email derekfblunt@sky.com. In view of the high cost of postage he is happy to deliver free of charge to any Northamptonshire address.

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Look good, feel good

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The day before you give birth may not seem just qualified as a beautician and is getting to know Williams 01788 890889 like the best time to expand your businessTel: Jackie all the clients personally just as Jackie has always 19done. Lower Willoughby, but that didn’t stop Jackie Hall, owner of AsSt, Jackie says, “Only by really taking time 8BX can we advise on the best B Beautiful salon in Willoughby. Just hours toRugby, listen toCV23 our clients after her champagne opening party in treatments - everyone is different. I love seeing a September, baby Annabelle arrived! happy smile on my customers’ faces as they leave.” Jackie launched the salon in 2007 and built up a loyal client base that enjoys her very personal relaxed, approach in this peaceful village setting. During the summer she was offered the chance to expand into the next door premises, more than doubling the size of her salon and allowing her to offer hairdressing too. She decided it was too good to miss and set about the building works and recruiting two new team members. Hairdresser Michelle has many loyal regulars already and loves working in the village. Steph has

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Look good, feel good

Win a Grayshott Day Spa for 2 people at Fawsley Hall

The award-winning Grayshott Spa has developed a worldrenowned reputation for the quality of its treatments and therapies. Now, Grayshott Spa’s expertise is available at Fawsley Hall. The Grayshott Studio Spa at Fawsley Hall offers a wide choice of treatments by some of the world’s leading product houses, including Guinot, Aromatherapy Associates Jane Iredale and Jessica. Natural therapies include aromatherapy, hot stone therapy, reflexology and Hopi ear candling, as well as Pre and Post Pregnancy treatments, massage, facials, wraps and scrubs, tanning, waxing, make up, manicures and pedicures. This exclusive facility brings an enhanced level of luxury to the hotel, bringing together tranquil surroundings and a full range of award-winning, contemporary treatments to create the perfect health and fitness environment. Spa Membership or Platinum Country Club Membership Improve or maintain your fitness in the oasis of calm that is Grayshott Studio Spa at Fawsley. Swim the 17 metre ozone pool, relax in the thermal rooms, work out in our Nautilus fitness studio and survey the world from our outdoor hydro therapy pool. What better way to experience Fawsley than to wake up here between crisp linen sheets in cosy beds. Become a Platinum Country Club member and enjoy an overnight stay with full English breakfast and an afternoon tea for two with our compliments!

To take advantage of a special 10% discounted rate when joining our gym or platinum club please call Tracy now on 01327 892049

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Use of the spa, relaxation room, thermal rooms, gym, indoor swimming pool and outdoor hydro pool. Light Lunch A personal day programme will be waiting for you on arrival and a robe, slippers and private locker will be provided. Back, neck and shoulder massage Luxury spa facial

To win this fabulous Spa Day for 2, please answer the following question; What is the cost of Platinum Country Club Membership? A £199.00 B £350.00 C £750.00 Send your answers to: By e mail to takepart@ villageemporium.co.uk - 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 February 8th and winner will be notified by February 11th. Prize must booked by 31st March and taken before April 30th 2013.

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What to eat now – Village Emporium style!

The parties are over and we’re all carrying a little extra weight. So, it’s a good time to get healthy. Beat the January blues with hearty stews, full of wintery warm goodness and cheap to pull together. Perfect after the indulgences of the past month - on the body and the wallet.

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Dates

Carrots

Such a bleak time of year doesn’t have to mean bleak food on the plate. Inject some colour and flavour into your dishes with seasonal lovelies such as purple sprouting, chard, rhubarb, oranges and beetroot.

Seasonal Lemons

Savoy Cabbage

Salsify

Mussels and oysters are in season In February. Probably the easiest and most common recipe for cooking the mussels is Moules-frites, which simply translates as mussels with fries. Moules marinière is the classic way of cooking mussels using cream, white wine, shallots and parsley.

Pepper

Chicory Mussels Oysters

Salmon

Although purists like to eat their oysters raw, they can also be grilled, poached or steamed and take on a different texture and flavour.

Leeks

Turnip

Rhubarb Apples Duck

Goose

Venison Rabbit

Why not try one the seasonal recipes from our advertisers.

Stir fry leeks & greens

Heat coconut oil/butter in pan, add garlic

Serves 2

Add chopped leeks, spring onion and celery to oil and garlic and stir for a few minutes

2 medium leeks, trimmed of tough leafly ends, chopped into 1cm ribbons 4 chopped spring onions (1cm thick) 4 sliced/chopped celery sticks 250g (1 x bag) of curly kale or spring greens or spinach 2 tablespoons of coconut oil/butter 2 garlic cloves, crushed Sea salt & black pepper Good knob of organic full fat butter (25g)

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Add bag of greens, salt, pepper and butter Keep moving until greens all wilted and shiny from melted butter and serve

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horseradish dauphinoise, Roasted venison haunch with jus roasted salsify, kale & juniper Shopping list

2 Venison Steaks 1kg Maris Piper Potatoes 1 Pint Double Cream eradish Fresh Horseradish or Creamed Hors 2 Bay Leaves 2 sprigs fresh Thyme 1 bulb Garlic 1 250g pack Butter Juniper Berries Jar Redcurrant Jelly ½ Bottle Red Wine 1 tub Fresh Beef Stock Salt & Pepper

Suggestion: Prepare everything in advance and keep in the fridge until ready to cook for a stress-free dinner for two

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proof dish and layer er and season a 6-8” square oven Peel and thinly slice potatoes. Butt g cream, sprig of Brin . dish the of top l you reach the potatoes, seasoning each layer unti horseradish to the med crea of eradish or 2 tablespoons thyme, 2 bay leaves, 2” grated hors and bake for 60 foil with r Cove . toes pota over and pour Set aside. boil, simmer for 5 minutes, strain top. ur colo to tes minu bake for further 10 minutes at 160˚C. Remove foil and

Salsify

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and break into Wash, then pick from the main stem 2 minutes, for r wate d salte in smaller pieces. Cook e. asid set and r wate cold in cool in advance if All of the above steps can be done l needed. unti e fridg the in kept and required , pre heat oven to To bring the whole dish together season and oil the to heat through. Heat frying pan, oven in oise phin Dau 200˚C. Place an oven tray with on e plac pan. Sear on all sides then venison steak, then place in the hot ) then take out and rare ium med (for tes minu five oven for a piece of thyme and roast in the spoon redcurrant table 1 , wine red with aze the frying pan leave to rest in a warm place. Degl hed juniper crus oon ing consistency then add ½ teasp jelly and beef stock, reduce to coat é for further saut and kale add then n brow until golden berries. Fry salsify in butter and oil minute. Carve up the venison and plate up.

The Countryman Bon appetit! Staverton

Recipe provided by Darren Hill at The Countryman, Staverton www.thecountrymanstaverton.co.uk Tel: 01327 311815

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Big Garden Birdwatch Take part on January 26th-27th Did you know that British gardens occupy twice the area set aside for nature reserves? This means they play a vital role in wildlife conservation. How you can help Put up nest boxes and roosting pockets These provide places for birds to breed and sleep.

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3 Motion (6)

2 Lacking pigment (6)

4 Conjurer (8)

5 Large artillery gun (6)

7 Refrain from an action (7)

6 In a foreign country (6)

9 Grunt (5)

8 Big business (8)

11 Without restrictions (13) 12 Money or property (5)

10 Power (8) 13 Mystery (6)

17 Cross-examination (13)

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18 Nimble (5)

15 Steady (6)

19 Dry white wine (7)

16 Elixir (6)

20 Travel document (8) 21 Dormant Sicilian volcano (4)

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Set up feeding stations High energy foods like stale cake, biscuits, pastry, pasta and potato are enjoyed by many birds. Raisins and other dried fruit are welcomed by Blackbirds and Thrushes. Most garden centres stock a variety of proprietary bird seed and nuts which appeal across the species but don’t forget to scatter some under hedges for shy birds like Dunnocks and Wrens who prefer to feed on the ground. Make sure fresh water is available It’s important for drinking and bathing. Once you’ve created a welcoming environment it’s time to sit back and take part in The Big Garden Birdwatch run by the RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds). Simply spend an hour recording how many birds and which species visit your garden on either the 26th or 27th of January and submit your results online at the address below. Not only will the results will be analysed and published on the site but you’ll get the warm glow that comes from knowing you’ve done your bit for bird conservation. Visit www.rspb.org.uk/birdwatch

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You sleep one third of your life away; shouldn’t you invest in proven support for your spine, better longterm health and a good night’s sleep? As corporate partners of the national BackCare charity, Medserve offers a range of other innovative therapy products to help prevent and provide relief from neck and back pain. Please call Medserve on 01327 310310 or visit www.medserve-rehab.com

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Primordial Detox Soup This soup was design by Patrick Holford for his wife when she was recovering from a virus, the key ingredients ensure good health as they are incredibly rich in Vitamin E and beta carotene and anti-inflammatory food such as the garlic, onions and sweet potato. The coconut milk provides a rich creamy flavour and essential energy from the saturated fats for optimum thyroid function and fighting infections throughout winter months 1 tsp coconut oil 1/2 red onion, roughly chopped 1/2 red pepper, diced 1 garlic clove, crushed 1 large carrot, peeled and chopped 1 large sweet potato, not peeled, chopped same size of carrot 1 heaped tsp grated fresh root ginger 1/4 tsp turmeric 2 tsp of Marigold Reduced salt vegetable Bouillon powder 75ml (2 1/2 fl oz) coconut milk. Heat oil in a large pan and gently sautĂŠ the onion and garlic for a few minutes until soften and translucent Add the carrot, sweet potato, ginger, turmeric and bouillon powder. Just cover with boiling water and bring back to the boil. Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes or until vegetables are soft. Add the red pepper and coconut milk,then blend until smooth and thick.

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Five best diet changes A new year - a new start. How can you start improving your diet and your chances of leading a healthier lifestyle? First – eat breakfast! After many hours without food our bodies need refuelling to bring the blood sugar back up and ensure the brain and muscles are functioning properly. Eating breakfast aids concentration and creates energy. Drink more water We lose on average 2-4 litres of water a day, which needs to be replaced. Current advice is to drink 6-8 glasses daily to ensure that our brain, blood and muscles are able to function at their best. Eat more fruit and vegetables. Their vitamins and minerals boost the immune system, whilst antioxidants fight cancer and disease, and fibre cleanses the gut. We should eat five portions per day. Eat less red meat Reduce the risk of bowel and other cancers. Health experts suggest 500g per week (the equivalent of one steak, one pork chop, 2 sausages and a portion of Bolognese sauce) or 70g per day (three rashes of bacon). Eat more consciously Take time to really taste and savour the food in your mouth. Be aware of the textures and flavours - and chances are you will enjoy your food more whilst eating less of it! Remember, you are what you eat. Eat healthy, be healthy!

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New Year, New Leaf

For many of us, January represents an opportunity for new beginnings. Even if we don’t manage to keep to every one of our New Year Resolutions, it’s a time when we feel like we can make a fresh start and approach life with renewed vigour. Sometimes, though, those fresh starts are more complicated than starting a new diet or sticking to a savings plan. It’s a sad fact, but Christmas is the holiday that tests marriages and family relationships to the limit. Spending time together should be something to look forward to, but factor in awkward relations, worries about costs, and arguments that happen after a few glasses of wine, it’s no wonder that Christmas pushes some couples right over the edge.

time of the year. After a difficult family Christmas, the desire for a fresh start in January can be truly life changing. Amanda Weaver, of Rugby based New Leaf Solicitors says “Problems that normally simmer under the surface come to a head when families are forced together at Christmas. If someone has been unhappy in their relationship, Christmas rows are often the last straw and they start the New Year determined to do something about it. January is traditionally the most common time to start divorce proceedings. ” New Leaf Solicitors specialises in Family Law, guiding couples through the divorce process and helping sort out all the issues that arise from financial settlements to contact and living arrangements for children of separated parents. Amanda, at New Leaf Solicitors, knows that divorce can be a messy business, and provides practical and proactive advice to take as much of the pain away as possible.

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If you want to make a fresh start and you need help and advice about Divorce or Family Law, contact New Leaf Solicitors.

We can help with: Divorce proceedings Dissolution of civil partnership Contact and living arrangements for your children Financial matters arising from your separation

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Luxury Cattery Our cattery located in Flore offers the most modern cattery facility available within a beautiful secluded rural setting. Your cats health, safety and comfort is our priority and our light and spacious, heated chalets provide the ideal environment for your cat. As a fab (feline advisory board) listed cattery you are assured that your cat will receive the best attention and care.

Small animal boarding... is now available at the cattery. Guinea pigs and bunnies can now be cared for in our purpose built hutches with grass runs available. Their usual diet will be catered for with fresh fruit and vegetables available daily. Hamster care also is part of our service where you can bring their own home and we will ensure they are cleaned and exercised regularly. Call 01327 341475 to place a booking or arrange a viewing. www.cloverleacattery.co.uk Cloverlea, Brington Road, Flore, Northants, NN7 4NQ • Easy access from the A45, A5 or M1

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Exam time success for LoveBallet dancers Another 100% pass rate for the talented LoveBallet Dancers, who recently took their Ballet & Tap exams in Southam. It was a busy day for the girls and boys who took examinations ranging from Pre-Syllabus, with some as young as 4 years old to Grade 6 where pointe work is required for the examination. Principal, Miss Lorraine said “Its been a fantastic year for LoveBallet, with Spring and Autumn examinations achieving such wonderful results and the Olympic Charity Show whereby we raised over £2800 for Charity, I am just so proud of all the pupils, they thoroughly deserve the excellent results” Miss Lorraine has recently been nominated and been asked to join the Committee at the British Ballet Organisation which meets twice a year in London. A very privileged position and something she is very proud of. The

Committee meet to discuss a wide range of matters and issues within the Dance World and within the BBO and there are some highly influential and respectable people on the Committee. It is an honour to have been asked to join the Committee and a credit to LoveBallet as it is regarded as an excellent dance school and is well thought of. We are all looking forward to dancing our way through 2013, and have lots planned already. If you would like any more information about the classes please call Miss Lorraine on 07711 010404 and come along for a free trial. We have something for everyone……Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz, Gymnastics, ZumbAtomic, Acting Performance and Singing, Cheerleading, Street Dance, Funky Dance, Zumba and Adult Classes, and Boogie and Bounce for the very young. www.loveballet.co.uk Lorraine@loveballet.co.uk

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Kilsby Pre school is a registered charity providing children from the age of 2 quality care and education. • Open from Monday- Friday 9am- 3.30pm (new from Jan 2013) • Brand new building set in the grounds of Kilsby C E Primary School • Child led activities inc: cookery/gardening • Highly qualified staff working together with parents to provide the very best care for under 5’s • Children from all areas welcome

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New year, new hobby Eat healthily, start exercising, get more sleep… As you list your usual New Year resolutions, why not add in something fun for once? January is the perfect time to lift your spirits out of a winter slump by starting a new hobby, and there have never been so many activities to try. derby – a fast-paced contact sport where teams race to lap the opposition as they skate around the track. If you fancy using your mind more than your body, you could learn a new language in preparation for a foreign holiday perhaps. Or build on an existing interest by joining a photography class or book group. Music can reduce stress and improve your mood, so why not dust off that instrument you haven’t touched for years and join an amateur orchestra? Choirs are increasingly popular and you’re sure to find a range of musical styles available. To narrow down your choice, think about what you’d like to add your life. Do you want to meet more people? Be more active? Learn a skill? Get creative? You may want to develop something that you are already interested in, or try something completely new. Look around to find out what’s going on. Your adult education centre and library will be able to help, and you’ll find information in cafés, newsagents, community centres and local magazines. If you were inspired by the 2012 Olympics, you could try a new sport or exercise class, but getting fit doesn’t have to mean sport. Why not follow the Strictly contestants and sample the benefits of ballroom dancing or Zumba, or simply aim to get out more and enjoy the countryside? Geocaching is an exciting new outdoor activity that the whole family can enjoy. It’s essentially a high-tech treasure hunt. Another new trend is roller

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Crafts have had a real boost lately, with knitting and sewing groups setting up all over the country. Jewellery and card-making are also satisfying. You can get started quite cheaply and pick up the basics quickly. The bonus is that you get to keep the end result, or give it as a gift. You also have the potential to earn money by selling your creations. Increased access to computers means that we can get involved in a whole host of new communities without even leaving the house. Many of us enjoy researching our family trees and finding the facts behind our memories. It’s also easy to use social networks to track down old school friends and colleagues that we’ve lost touch with. And if none of these is for you, how about foraging, meditation, wine-tasting, line-dancing, magic tricks, bee-keeping, historical re-enactments, home baking…the list really is endless!

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Daventry Ukulele Society For a social club with a difference.. . come and meet DukesUkes

This is the club for you if you’ve ever thought you’d like to play the ukulele! We cater for complete novices right through to improvers and “cleverclogs! Age is no barrier - we welcome anyone from 18 to 80 (or even older!) If you have never played before, come along and join in. Don’t worry if you don’t own an instrument we always have spare ukes available. Our aim is to have fun and enjoy this easy-to-play instrument. It’s so easy to start, you can learn to play a song on the first night! We meet on a Tuesday evening at The Maltsters Country Inn, Badby

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Cloudy2Clear – A Simple Way To Save Money Cloudy2Clear Windows, the Northampton based window repair company, are revolutionising how homeowners view double glazing in our area. The company which specialises in repairing windows which are steamed up, broken or damaged by replacing the panes – not the frames has grown rapidly as customers take advantage of their services. Managing Director Trevor Skidmore is more than happy to explain the process. ‘Our product is simple. If your double glazing is misted up we can replace the glass at a fraction of the cost of a new window, in any type of frame, and with a new 5 year guarantee. I find people are amazed at just

how simple the process is and the speed with which we can replace the glass. This isn’t like when you have new frames put in with people levering out the old ones with loads of mess. We can pop the old glass out and deliver, effectively, a brand new window within a matter of minutes. At the end of the day most frames, even timber ones, will last forever. It’s very rare we come across a window that needs a full replacement and that means the customer gets, effectively, a new window at a fraction of the cost.’

www.cloudy2clear.co.uk. For example, he recently completed an installation at Mr Miners house in Northampton. Here’s what he had to say. ‘I have to say that I thought the service Cloudy2Clear offer compared to having completely new windows absolutely incredible value. The service was reliable, simple and without complication.

The windows look absolutely brilliant and installation was incredibly quick. Thank you!’ High praise indeed! So, if your windows are steamed up, broken or damaged give Trevor a call for a free quotation on 0800 61 21 118 and he’ll be more than happy to help!

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WE REPLACE Steamed-Up Windows, Broken Hinges - Handles - Locks! SAMPLE PRICE LIST:

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The secrets most window companies don’t want us to know For years double glazing firms have had it their own way. Often charging customers thousands for new windows when a replacement part is all they need. And that’s hitting households hard at a time when every penny counts. Fortunately that era has come to an end. National window, door and conservatory repair specialists, WindowGeeks, has now opened in Northants, giving local home owners access to a real moneysaving option. In fact, the average single repair or replacement undertaken by WindowGeeks is less than £65. The business is owned by Daventry-based, Rick Holling, who joins dozens of other WindowGeeks franchisees throughout the country. But while his company provides a service that has mass appeal, Rick admits the public isn’t always aware of what

it does. “It’s such a great idea. Everyone I speak to loves what we do, but most of them didn’t know it was available,” he says. “By fixing or replacing only the broken parts, our customers get something that is as good as new and save a small fortune in the process.” Economic appeal aside, Rick says there are plenty of other areas in which WindowGeeks has distinguished itself: “I’m a local business owner and customers deal with me,” he says. “And as a WindowGeeks franchisee, I’m part of a recognised national brand with a trusted reputation. One that offers a ten-year guarantee on all its glass and sources products at the lowest prices around.” Contact WindowGeeks today on 0800 61 22 943 or visit www.windowgeeks.co.uk

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Discover a more beautiful way to heat your home at Just Stoves...

Actually, we’re more than Just Stoves. Call in to our newly refurbished showroom in the heart of Kilsby to discover a greener and more beautiful way to heat your home this winter. Many of our wood-burning and multi-fuel stoves burn with over 80% efficiency - meaning more cosy heat for you, and less damage to the environment. Because we’re experts in stove installation, we’ll discuss your options before arranging a complimentary visit to your home to assess your specific requirements. And we can set you up with everything you need to start enjoying your new stove - from companion sets to carbon neutral kiln-dried logs. So what are you waiting for? You could be enjoying a new stove by Christmas - and for many years to come.

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A knight in shining armour Old fashioned service combined with the latest equipment has earned Patrick and Lynne of White Knight Cleaning their excellent reputation in our local villages. Patrick is a fully qualified technician and a member of the NCCA. All of his work is fully guaranteed.

Thinking of replacing grubby carpets? Before you do, why not give White Knight a try? With their thorough deep cleaning system there’s a very good chance that your carpets can be restored or given a new lease of life. “I recently bought a house where the carpets were in such bad condition that I thought I would have to replace them all. After Patrick had cleaned them, the result was amazing,” says one satisfied customer.

furniture cleaning,” explains Patrick.

“Just as the clothes we wear need regular washing to keep them fresh and hygienic, carpets and upholstered need periodic

“Accumulated soil and grit are major causes of reduced carpet life and enable destructive and health harmful mites and bacteria to work unchecked. Cleaning costs are minimal when you consider the replacement cost of carpets and furnishings so regular cleaning makes economic sense too.”

You can call Patrick and Lynne any time up until 10pm. They are always happy to give friendly advice or answer your questions. What’s more if you do give them a try you won’t be charged VAT! White Knight Cleaning 0800 028 0041 www.whiteknight-cleaning.co.uk

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Feature

2013 – unlucky for some?

Some people are just lucky. Right? Wrong! You have to create your own luck. While luck isn’t an exact science, there are certainly ways you can make yourself luckier. Here are a few tips for making your own luck.

Take control of your actions and your life Have you ever heard “If I’d have gone to University, I’d have got a better job” or “If it hadn’t been for the economic downturn, I’d still be in business”. People who say “If it hadn’t been for…” are in danger of attributing lack of success to external factors. Accept that where you are in life is a direct result of the actions you have taken and you are on course to change your luck. Many events are out of our control - but the way we respond to them isn’t. Even if we can’t control what happens to us, we can control how we react to it, and, therefore the results. Putting this into practice: Start by taking 100% responsibility for what you say and

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do. Good or bad. Stop saying “I should, I ought not to, I will try”. They leave room for failure. Instead use “I chose not to, I have decided to, I will”.

Get some stickability “Thousands of people could have done the same thing that Bill Gates did, at the same time. But they didn’t...How many of them changed their life plans and cut their sleep to near zero, essentially inhaling food so as not to let eating interfere with work to throw themselves into writing Basic for the Altair? How many defied their parents, dropped out of college and moved to Albuquerque to work with the Altair? That’s not luck, that’s return on luck.”* *Jim Collins writing for the New York Times How many of us have abandoned study courses, or have barely used sports equipment in the cupboard? How different could your life have been if you had stuck with one of those half-finished projects? Kept up that language and you could have had a job in linguistics. Kept up the sports and you could have had a great hobby that helped you get a work/life balance. Putting this into practice: Start fewer things, but see them through. It doesn’t all have to be about your career either!

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Feature Take more risks People who consider themselves lucky tend to take more chances, strike up more conversations with strangers, and follow more job leads. Instead of telling themselves: “There’s not a cat in hell’s chance” they tell themselves “maybe I should give it a go”. And they get stuff—good stuff, like an upgrade to business class (simply because they asked for it), or a promotion (they had the confidence to ask for a sit-down with the boss). And it gets better: Good outcomes increase the belief that you can accomplish whatever you set out to do, which fuels an appetite for future risk. Putting this into practice: Ask yourself this: What’s the worse that can happen if I try this and fail? Chances are, it isn’t all that bad. Then ask yourself: “What will I regret more months or even years down the road: taking the risk or playing it safe?” You already know the answer to that.

Brush off failure Yes, failure sucks. But if you’re going to let a critic’s harsh words take you out of the game—or make you reconsider your goal—you’re making a serious mistake. An important trait among lucky people is that they don’t get terribly fazed when something doesn’t go according to plan, and they tend to move quickly to the next step.

Consider yourself lucky Want to improve your luck? It could be as easy as adjusting your attitude. Studies show that people who consider themselves lucky actually tend to be—it’s a selffulfilling prophecy. That’s because positive thinkers are always keeping their eyes peeled for fortuitous situations, and they’re more likely to jump on them when they arise. It’s a numbers game: If you believe you have a good shot at winning, you’re more likely to participate in something. The more you take advantage of these chance opportunities, the more you improve your odds. Putting this into practice: Go to that social event, enter that competition, try that new class, make that phone call. The more you do, the more chances there are for lucky coincidences.

James Dyson worked for years on his Dyson vacuum cleaner before his concept was taken seriously. It took him 5 years and 5127 prototypes to get it right. In his words “that’s 5126 failures. But I learned from each one. That’s how I came up with a solution. So I don’t mind failure.” Putting this into practice: Instead of sulking over a setback, use it to your advantage. Remember, life’s little roadblocks aren’t the end, they’re opportunities to tweak your talents and iron out the kinks so you can try again.

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Your garden

Get your garden in shape with a nice ‘ n ‘ friendly company.

Your own Wonder of the World Did you know that landscape gardening started with the Egyptians in 16th century BC? Ancient tomb paintings depict lotus ponds surrounded by symmetrical rows of palms and acacias. Persia was also a civilisation noted for its ornamental horticulture; although perhaps purely legendary, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon was one of the seven Wonders of the World. Of course, landscape gardening is no longer purely for the wealthy aristocracy and doesn’t have to be planned down to the last intricate detail; no matter whether we have a postage stamp or acres of land, everyone can enjoy the beauty, vibrance and tranquility of a well planned and maintained garden. There may be more reasons to landscape your garden than just the visual aspect, you may be looking to enhance the value of your property, create a safer environment for family and pets. Whatever your reasons, now is the time to start thinking about your ideals for springtime.

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Decking Patios Brickwork Turfing Hedges laid Artificial grass Cleaning driveways, slabbing and all hard surfaces Block paving re-sanded and sealed Fencing Tree work Planting out Sheds built and re-roofed Ground clearance

All work is insured and backed by the nicenstripy guarantee. Friendly, professional advice and quotations are given without charge or any obligation; references from satisfied customers are also available.

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Your garden

The armchair gardener “Oh darling, the borders look so tired. I do wish you could have spent more time on them in the Autumn”. Comes a peace shattering exclamation from the kitchenas I throw another log on the grate and pour the remains of this seasons sloe gin into a large wet Sunday shaped glass. My attention is drawn to an article on the great winterGardens of the Victorian age. I wonder if scrooge would have spared a penny and visited such a place and revelled in exotic plant species from afar, Exhibitions drawn from the continent, elegant ballrooms and bars all housed underneath the latest glass and wrought iron structure. From my armchair perspective, I begin to wonder if our winter beaten square metres could reflect a little of that Victorian exuberance. Architectural form is called for to reflect a strong structural presence to support this winter wonderland, punctuating axis and directing movement through the garden. Try planting the silver birch Betula utilis var. jacquemontii. Its white flaky bark contrasts well with fresh red stems of the Dog wood Cornus alba sibirica or alternatively try Acer griseum, copper coloured bark

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contrasted with the evergreen shrub Euonymus fortunei ‘Emerald Gaiety which can be regularly cloud pruned. Once the door is open, charm the audience by weaving a colourful winter Narrative through the borders. Use the broad glossy leaves of Bergenia ‘Sunningdale’, tinged red by winter cold, mixed with the arrow like foliage of Arum italicum. Create individual rooms and corridors that manipulate the pace of flow with tightly clipped evergreen hedging such as Yew, Box or even Holly. Thick, Dark lush walls joined at the ground with carpets of hellebores and Cyclamen hederifolium foliage. Plant to induce mystery by discretely planting Viburnum ‘Bodnantense Dawn’. Its richly fragrant perfume could only have come from another continent yet to Be discovered in your winter garden. “Well darling, do you think we can do anything about it”. comes a blinding reminder from the kitchen. “Yes dear but not today, How about a top up”. Will Hewitt Landscape architect & designer 07934 440949

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Business & IT There’s never been a better time to

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We all remember the so-called sub-prime lending fiasco and the global recession that ensued. But following the panic, an entrepreneurial spirit has gripped our nation. The number of new businesses in the UK grew by 180,000 last year. And with surveys showing that up to three-quarters of us have, at one time or another, dreamt of working for ourselves - what’s stopping you?

1. Everything is cheaper at the moment From land and equipment to commercial office space and personnel, everything costs less at the moment. Take advantage and get set up now.

2. There is a lot of talent out there In an era when even Microsoft is laying off, there are a lot of talented workers out there looking for their next opportunity.

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3. Help is at hand The Government is desperate to help entrepreneurs and new start-ups to help kick-start our stagnant economy. Numerous schemes and initiatives have been launched, from trying to force more banks to lend more money to businesses, to start-up incentives and grants.

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4. Businesses like using contractors Many companies are cutting their permanent workforce and relying on contractors to pick up work on a project-by-project basis. If you offer a service, this could mean a real opportunity for you. You may well have lower overheads too, which means that your prices can be competitive.

5. There’s less competition from the big boys The recession means that large companies are not willing to risk investing in new products or ideas right now. This creates an opportunity for smaller companies to take this business from them. If you can identify a niche product or gap in the service market that nobody is tapping into right now, then this could be the time to develop a business for yourself.

6. Start-up media has never been better, or cheaper All the things you need to start a business: logo design, brochures, letterheads, business cards, websites - even advertising space - used to cost a fortune. But the birth of digital printing, social media and royalty free stock imagery has helped change all that. Local companies offer start-up packages as a one-stop shop to get you up and running.

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7. If you’ve lost your job, you have nothing to lose... Sometimes, the best business decision is the one you are forced into, and the incentive for income is often enough to push those previously “on the fence” to take the plunge. Still not sure? Microsoft, Dyson and Hewlett Packard all started in recessions.

If yo u’re thinking of starting a busines s in Daventry then ge t in to uch with the Daventry Business Partnership on 01 327 828391 or visit www.daventry.co.uk for further informatio n on how they can help.

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After running my own business for many years, we have experienced all types of interesting challenges when it comes to staff and technology. Gone are the days when you had the power to stop individuals from accessing Facebook or instant messaging systems simply by disabling the rights to view from your server, as they just use their smart phones when they nip to the toilet every 5 mins! I remember tutting at others in the office who constantly took personal calls in work time, or reprimanding a staff member for having accessed their Hotmail account whilst at work…hasn’t life changed over the last 3-4 years? Today, many companies have branched out with Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn accounts, internal blogs, and even Pinterest boards. Promoting the use of social media for employees has proven to be good for business. But why allow it during office hours? Research has indicated that employees who were allowed to watch the latest You Tube hilarity, send out a few Tweets, or plough through their Google Reader throughout the day were more productive than those who worked straight through. Brief breaks between difficult projects allows the brain to reset, refresh, and renew leading to higher levels of concentration. It’s a little bit like receiving a funny cartoon on the fax machine and passing it around the office… the good old days! If you are concerned about allowing access to social media platforms at work, then please consider these benefits:• If you have external employees (on-call, field sales, engineers etc), social media platforms connect everyone together. • Connecting everyone creates a great company culture and vibe. • You may discover a dark horse, a real creative star in the making that would have previously been overlooked. • Increases motivation and you would be amazed that the conversations will continue long after working hours. • Liberal social networking policies can help retain talented employees. • Social networks allow for quick question answering and problem solving. Tweeting about how your website is down and asking if others are having the same problem, may bring the website provider to get a move on fixing the problem. Are there potential downfalls to social media mixed with business? Sure. If you’re not good about keeping yourself on track, or are distracted easily, Tweeting during crunch time isn’t a good plan. There’s also the problem of spilling the beans about company secrets or business deals that aren’t approved for public release. Having a company social media policy is essential for all businesses, so ensure that you have yours in place! So now I’ll pose it to you: Would you let your employees engage in social media during ‘business’ hours?

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Tick… Tick… Tick… Time is ticking down to the Self Assessment Tax Return Deadline - 31 January 2013 If you haven’t filed your Return then Willow Edge Accountants are here to help with proactive and clear advice to assist you in all your tax affairs. With over 10 years of experience we can set you on the right path. Please contact Caroline Overton to see how we can help your business. Call 07743 859 269 or email enquiries@willowedge.co.uk

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DIARY OF EVENTS 2013 JANUARY 2013

Sunday 13th Wedding Open Day Friday 25th Burn’s Night Menu £34.95

FEBRUARY 2013

Thursday 14th Valentines Night Champagne Dinner £55 Sunday 24th The Modern Bride Wedding Showcase Tuesday 26th Ladies Lunch Club (Health & Beauty) £19.95

MARCH 2013

Sunday 10th Mother’s Day Lunch £29.50 (Children half price) Sunday 31st Easter Sunday Lunch & Easter Egg Hunt £29.50 (Children half price)

APRIL 2013

Friday 12th West End Show Stoppers £65 Sunday 21st Wedding Open Day

MAY 2013

Friday 3rd Murder and Mystery at Fawsley Hall £59 Tuesday 14th Ladies Lunch Club (Fashion) £19.95 Bank Holiday Sunday 26th Wine Tasting Provencale Evening £59

JUNE 2013

Monday 10th Members Summer Evening Sunday 16th Father’s Day Lunch £29.50 (Children half price)

FRIDAY SUPPER CLUB Come and join us on the last Friday of every month for our Friday Supper Club. Enjoy a two course menu for only £19.95 per person. Limited numbers so call now on 01327 892000 or email info@fawsleyhall.com

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