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March/April 2014

Daventry edition ®

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Great local businesses, recipes and features plus your chance to win £25 garden voucher from Barby Nurseries £150 Virtue Keepsake from The Jewel of Daventry Sunday lunch for 2 at The Barn, Upper Stowe Plus... don’t miss our great offers at village pubs

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After the miserable, wet winter it’s good to have some summer fun to look forward to. One of the most exciting new local events is Towcester Food Festival on 7-8 June. It’s a celebration of locallyproduced, artisan food and drink. The Village Emporium is delighted to have been selected as the media partner and we are producing a guide to complement the festival. We can offer a limited number of advertising opportunities for businesses who want to reach food lovers in Northamptonshire and beyond. Just call us to find out more. In the meantime we have Mother’s Day and Easter to look forward to. We hope you enjoy reading The Village Emporium this spring.

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g? Eg e th or er st Ea – st ir f e m ca t ha W Painting eggshells is an ancient practice, which pre-dates Christianity by thousands of years. Yet the tradition of giving decorated eggs as gifts are as almost as intertwined with Easter as the crucifixion itself. Why have eggs become so synonymous with Easter? Easter falls in the spring, the season of renewal and regrowth. And just like the Easter bunny and baby chicks, the egg is a pagan symbol of fertility, new life and rebirth. Even custom of roast lamb on Easter Sunday alludes to the the lamb’s traditional role as a religious sacrifice. Why exactly we started to decorate or dye eggs is not certain, but there is proof that eggs were dyed for spring festivals in ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome and Persia. It is generally accepted that the early Christians of Mesopotamia were the first to link eggs to Christ’s death and rebirth; they began to stain eggs red to signify the blood shed by Christ at his crucifixion. In the centuries to come, the Christian Church officially adopted the custom, regarding Easter Eggs as a symbol of Christ’s resurrection.

with chocolates and gifts. And of course, the 19th Century saw the world-famous, priceless jewelled Fabergé eggs. France and Germany began making solid chocolate eggs in the 19th Century. However, it was not until the invention of a press separated cocoa butter from the bean, plus the introduction of a pure cocoa by Cadbury Brothers in 1866, that chocolate could flow into moulds to create hollow eggs and the ‘modern’ Easter Egg was manufactured.

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Professional, friendly service! • Servicing - Quality & reliable servicing on all makes/models • Diagnostics - vehicle diagnosis and fault code reading • MOT’s - we will arrange an MOT at your convenience • Repairs - clutches, exhausts, & batteries supplied and fitted • Tyres - puncture repairs, wheel balancing, tracking & new tyres •

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A bigger and better Vasstech! Established by VW trained Master Technician, David-Ian Dawson and his partner, Nathalie Morgan in 2009, Vasstech Auto Services is Rugby’s only independent Volkswagen, Audi, SEAT and Skoda garage. Offering the same level of professional expertise you would expect from a main dealer, coupled with a warm welcome and incredibly competitive prices, it is hardly surprising that Vasstech has just doubled in size, spreading into an adjacent unit on Webb Ellis Industrial Estate.

team, we’ve managed to make some massive changes. Our new reception has plenty of room for our service advisors, each with their own desks so customers can come in, sit down and enjoy a more in-depth conversation about their car. Our new waiting room is ideal for people who would prefer to stay while their car is being worked on. There is free wi-fi, a desk on which to work, free refreshments and reading material. Plus we now have almost twice as much workshop area. “

“It’s no exaggeration we were literally bursting at the seams!”, Nathalie explains. “Our old reception was tiny, which meant that customers had to squeeze into a confined space – not exactly relaxing. But with the support of our customers and the the hard work of our

“Many of our regular customers have already remarked on what a difference our expansion has made to their overall experience,” Nathalie continues. “We have always prided ourselves

on offering the highest possible service and technical expertise but this expansion has enabled us to provide a much better environment for both the Vasstech team and our customers. All in all, it’s a bigger and better Vasstech!” Advisor Simon Gill, Secretarial Administrator Mandy Beasley and part-time Driver and Valet, Michael Cox, Vasstech Auto Services offers main dealer-level servicing, MOTs, diagnostics and repairs on all makes and models of vehicle.

Work carried out doesn’t affect the manufacturer’s warranty and is often up to 50% cheaper than main dealer prices! Plus for customers living in nearby villages, Vasstech offers a free collection and delivery service or a lift into town or work. Alternatively, courtesy cars are available.

Please call Nathalie or Simon on 01788 54255 to book an appointment.

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Courtesy cars available

We offer a free collection and delivery We have two courtesy cars service within 10 miles of CV21 2NP. A available should you need to member of staff will collect your vehicle keep mobile whilst your car is with with details of your booking. They us. There is a small charge per will check your contact details before booking, which gives you fully driving your vehicle back to Vasstech comprehensive insurance cover* and handover the paperwork to our *A maximum excess of £250 applies to this cover. service advisors who will contact you when the work is complete.

Waiting area with access to free Wi-Fi If you would like to wait with us whilst we work on your car, we have a comfortable waiting area where you can see your car being worked on. Our waiting area offers access to Wi-Fi and free refreshments. • 01788 298 050


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Ingredients • A ‘glug’ of olive oil • I-2 large onion • 3-4 garlic cloves • 1-2 large potatoes, peeled, chopped • 1 large celeriac, peeled, chopped • Salt and freshly ground black pepper • 2 pints chicken or vegetable stock • Garnish • Natural yoghurt or double cream • Fresh parsley Method • Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan, • Finely chop the onion and fry until soft • Crush the garlic add to pan and cook for one minute. • Chop the potato and celeriac and add to the pan, fry for a further five minutes keep stirring to make sure nothing sticks. • Season with salt and black pepper to taste. • Add the stock and bring to boil, then simmer for fifteen minutes, or until the potato and celeriac have softened. • Remove the soup from the heat and leave to cool for a few minutes, then blend using hand blender. • To serve, pour into a bowl add a swirl of yoghurt or double cream, and a sprinkle of parsley. • Delicious served with a warm bread roll Alternatives • Try using a large leek instead of one of the onions. • Instead of the cream/yoghurt, put a small amount of blue cheese in the bottom of the bowl before adding the soup. • Add a dash of Worcester sauce for a bit extra bite.


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Appropriate exercises prescribed by a Women’s health specialist can strengthen these muscles so that they provide the necessary support. This will help to improve bladder and bowel control and leakage of urine. Research has shown that pelvic floor muscle training is more effective than drugs. Urinary Incontinence can have a major impact on all aspects of a women’s life. However, this need not be the case and help can be simple and very effective, a typical course of treatment would include an initial assessment, followed by the teaching of a simple pelvic floor muscle training programme. Most women need expert advice in order to assist them in obtaining the maximum benefits.

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Annes Home Baking

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Birthday, Christening, Celebration and Wedding cakes to order Plus party cup cakes and any other baking requirements.

1. Line a large baking tray with non-stick paper. Melt together the butter, chocolate and golden syrup over a very low heat. 2. Cool for 5 minutes. 3. Mix together all the dry ingredients in a large bowl reserving half the broken mini eggs for topping. 4. Pour in the melted chocolate and mix well. 5. Heap teaspoons of the mixture onto the baking tray evenly spaced and add a few pieces of the broken mini eggs to each. 6. Chill for a few hours until solid. 7. Store in an airtight container in a cool place. 8. Add your favourite bits to the mix, try dried fruit or fudge chunks.

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ADULT DANCE CLASSES Ballroom & Latin – Wednesdays Everyone welcome... Argentine Tango – Thursdays No experience From 8.15pmrequired... to 10.15pm Come Classes on your own or experience bring a partner! for all levels, not required

Come on your own or bring a partner £6.00 p/pCentre, per classSOUTHAM, (block booking discounts Graham Adams CV47 0LY available)


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30th March(8.15pm - 5pm to 7pm - to £4.009.15pm) on the door BALLROOM Community Centre, Ashby Road, NN11 0EQ LATINDAVENTRY (9.15pm to 10.15pm)

with EMMA in Northants & Warks NEW CLASSES from 1 MARCH 2014 MONDAYS (9.30am) STAVERTON Village Hall WEDNESDAYS (7.00pm) DAVENTRY Community Centre THURSDAYS (10.45am) SOUTHAM Leisure Centre FRIDAYS (10.00am) NETHER HEYFORD Village Hall

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Enjoy the very best of BALLROOM & LATIN, mixed with the latest, proven ways to GET FIT FAST, with the most FUN & FABULOUS workout EVER, PLUS dance experience & partner not required! Ballroom and Latin Classes also held in Southam, plus Private Tuition, Ballroom, LatinWedding and ArgentineDance Tango Classes and Social Events Corporate also held in Daventry, Private Tuition, Wedding Dance Choreography, Choreography, TeamplusBuilding and Dance Contact: Emma Pettitt (IDTA) 07734 910343 (m) Corporate Team Building and available Dance Entertainment upon request. Entertainment uponavailable request.

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G et fit and have fun as a famil y ! With over 200 bikes on display in our 2-floor showroom There’s someThing for everyone!

Kilsby Pre school is a registered charity providing children from the age of 2 quality care and education. • Open from Monday- Friday 9am - 3pm

• 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

You can expect excellent service and plenty of expert advice from our friendly, knowledgable staff when you visit…




• All cycles are fully • Free first service on • Fully comprehensive repair service assembled and all their new cycles checked before they • Vast range of spares • Gift vouchers now leave the premises available and accessories


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The ONE STOP SHOP for all your cycling needs

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Out & about Get into cricket this year with...

Mothers Day

Enjoy Traditional Afternoon Tea

Sunday 30th March

Perfect treat for one onl

Warwickshire’s Natwest Cricketforce Club of the Year 2013

£7.00 or bring a

friend ‘tea for two’ £12.0

Adult/senior cricket league and social cricket for all ages, all standards

Junior cricket for boys and girls aged 6-16 Under 11 and under 13 league teams Kwik Cricket Weekly coaching and game sessions Summer holiday courses

The Rose Inn

Delicious sandwiches, ca

Regular social events Karl Quinney Press Officer and Junior Cricket Coordinator t: 01788 542441 m: 07775 883102 e:

Ladies ‘Tip and Run’ cricket

Main Street, Willoughby, CV23 8BH on a two tie scones served

Give your mum a present which will last through to summer

Daventry Road, Barby, Nr Rugby, CV23 8TG Tel: 01788 890 314

01788 891180 with your choice of tea o

Find us at... Tapas Nights 27th March/24th April Prix FixeBarby MenuNurseries, 2 courses £11.95 - 3Daventry coursesRoad, £15.95 Served Tuesday to Saturday Lunch & Barby, Nr Rugby, Tuesday, Wednesday &Thursday Evenings CV23 8TG

Dog Friendly

Willoughby Village Hall

Don’t forget Mum... Tel:March! 01788 890 350 Sunday 30th www.thewillowscoffeesh




(Est 1933) Large hall in village location availabe to hire eg childrens partys, birthday partys, organisational events etc. Also small committee room available for hire for a small group/organisation at a reduced cost. Hall offers a fully functional kitchen and bar area

Please contact our Booking Secretary, Mrs B Hallam for details of our competitive rates Tel: 01788 890003 48

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A family friendly festival celebrating a real variety of motorcycles from vintage to new, bicycles and beyond

Saturday 14th June 10.30am to 3.30pm

If you’re a Club, Biker or Trader and would like to get involved in this years event call Chris Stanley on 07817 312718 E: • 01788 298 050


Out & about

Out & about

The Countryman Staverton

The Countryman at Staverton, fine home cooked food, excellent local ales and a warm welcome 7 days a week

7 St Johns Square, Daventry, NN11 4FG

Canal Turn Farm Shop

For a wide range of hand knitting yarns and accessories to suit all budgets and tastes

Mother’s Day — 30th March

Book Now - see our website for details

Easter Weekend — 18th - 21st April FIXED PRICE MENU £10 for 2 Courses

Available Monday—Saturday Lunch and Weekdays before 7pm

Feel free to visit and browse around the shop (free parking outside)     

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Meats reared and butchered on the farm Top quality fresh veg, oils & preserves

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Free Range Pork, Lamb, Chicken & Beef

and browse our stock of new and immaculate ‘once worn’ outfits and accessories at fabulous prices! Great labels including..... Bernshaw, Condici, Coterie, Frank Usher, Jacques Vert, John Charles, Joseph Ribkoff, Linea Raffaelli, Luis Civit, Vera Mont..... .....and many more Currently stocking sizes 8 to 28


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Dexter steak pies & apple pies now available from our farm kitchen.

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Out & about

Pub Quiz 1.

How many squares are there on a chess board?


The ‘aurora borealis’ is more commonly known by which term?


What is the highest value Euro banknote in circulation?


‘Ibanez’ are a company producing primarily which musical instrument?


The German word for ‘health’ is sometimes used in English – under which circumstance?


After how many years of marriage would you celebrate a ‘lace’ anniversary?


How many of the United States of America begin with the letter ‘M’?


If you could use the letters ‘M.Eng’ after your name, what qualification would you hold?


In the children’s television show ‘Sesame Street’, what is the name of the green monster who lives in the dustbin?

10. Where does Tuesday come before Wednesday? Answers can be found on our website at

Out & about


1 FREE kids meal from our Children’s menu, when purchased with any Adult meal. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer. Valid March 1 – April 30 2014

Tel: 01604 831618


10% off Total Bill (with food purchase, not to run in conjunction with any other offer) Monday-Thursday Lunchtimes and Monday Evening on presentation of voucher

The English pub The local pub. A place to relax, meet friends and family, enjoy a bar snack or hearty meal, have a game of darts or skittles, enjoy the sunshine in the beer garden, snuggle up in front of a roaring fire, break up a ramble or walk with the dog... and therein is the point – a pub often becomes what its locals need it to be, and a great pub becomes the heart of its community. The pub is one of England’s most unique institutions and an essential part of our heritage. Established in 1189, Nottingham’s ‘Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem’ claims to be the oldest pub in England, with other names such as ‘Saracen’s Head’ and ‘The Turk’s Head’ derived from that time. Religion, royalty, sports, local trades and ‘famous’ names such as Lord Nelson were also popular. And the most popular pub name in the UK? The Red Lion! Originally a public place where people are able to gather and drink, pubs have evolved to become a place in which to eat, be entertained and conduct

business. Whereas peanuts and crisps used to be all that were on offer, we now expect pubs to serve food. Children were once prohibited from entering many locals; most are now welcomed with their own separate menus. And although cock-fighting and badger-baiting is no longer the norm, many local pubs have their own pool, darts and football teams and have become instrumental in keeping certain sporting traditions alive, such as skittles and dominoes. There was a time in the 1970s when owners of centuries-old village pubs bowed to pressure and destroyed cosy, character-filled little nooks and crannies in favour of creating a single open space, or turned their pubs into themed or chain pubs. Although these modern developments will continue to have their place, CAMRA has been able to successfully work alongside landlords to preserve our long and rich history of ale houses, taverns, inns and public houses.

Tel: 01604 648228

The Rose Inn Willoughby

So what is your local pub to you?

Free Pint or Glass of Wine When ordering from the Prix Fixe Menu Not valid in conjunction with any other offer. Valid March 1 – April 30 2014

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What’s on? Every Tuesday of the month Craven Lane Hall table top sale, 8.30am-12pm, Craven Lane Southam CV47 1PG, fund raising to renovate hall ( First World War Army Billet) contact 07968 561719 £5 per table, refreshments.

Sunday 2nd March Rosemount Snowdrop Open Day Hollowell 11am-3pm collection of over 200 different snowdrops, hellebores and unusual spring bulbs. Visitors also welcome by appt in Mar, Apr and Aug only. Admission Ad £3.50 Child free. Light refreshments at village hall. Contact Mr & Mrs J Leatherland Tel: 01604 740354 Rosemount, 18 Church Hill, Hollowell, NN6 8RR Saturday 8th March Willoughby Village Hall Jumble Sale Start 2pm. Entrance 20p. Cake and produce stall. Refreshments available

Saturday 8th March Daventry Branch Bellringers - Hellidon Church 3pm – 4.30pm & St James Church, Southam from 6.45pm to 8.15pm. Anyone interested welcome to come along.


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A full list of events over the forthcoming months is available on our website

Saturday 8th March Northampton Antiques Market - held every second Saturday of the month at the bottom end of Northampton’s historic Market Square 9am – 5pm Call 01327 871797 to book a stall or visit Saturday 15th March Fenny Stompers ‘Rhythm & Reeds’ - Newnham Village Hall 8pm-10-30pm Church Street, Newnham NN11 3ET. Dennis Vick and friends will be entertaining us with music & quips! Bar serving beer, wine and soft drinks with nibbles provided on the tables. Limited seating so please book your seats now. Tickets £10 from Penny 01327 310945. Friday 21st March – Sunday 23rd March Corby & District Cats Protection Weekend - Pets at Home, Northall St,Kettering NN16 8AQ Come along for advice about cat care, re-homing a cat or to buy any of our cat related goodies. Fri 9am - 5pm, Sat 9am - 5pm & Sunday 10am - 4pm Friday 28th March Quiz - Weedon Sports Association will be holding their first quiz of 2014. Weedon Village Hall 7.30pm. Teams of up to 6 persons £5 per person. Supper included & a pay bar. Ring Tony on 01327 341767 or email Friday 28th March Fashion Show – organised by Long Buckby School PTA raising funds for schools new kitchen. Tkts available from Infant & Junior Schools, Buckby Newsagents and Peephole, Start 6.30pm £3 Adults £1 Child Top Brands incl Boden, White Stuff etc Saturday 29th March Daventry Music & Performing Arts Centre Gala Music Evening, 6.30 pm, Holy Cross Church, Daventry, Funds Raised will go to Daventry District Council Chairman’s Charity, ‘Friends of Danetre Hospital’ Contact Chairman’s Secretary on 01327 302595, email Saturday 29th March Jumble Sale - Newnham Village Hall 2-4pm Church Street, Newnham NN11 3ET. There will be ladies, gents & children’s clothes, bric-a-brac, nearly new, books, cakes etc. Refreshments. Entrance 20p.

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Saturday 29th March Jumble Sale - Newnham Village Hall 2-4pm Church Street, Newnham NN11 3ET. There will be ladies, gents & children’s clothes, bric-a-brac, nearly new, books, cakes etc. Refreshments. Entrance 20p. Saturday 29th March The Mens Breakfast Club By special request the Parish Churches of Weedon, Dodford and Everdon have combined to create “The Men’s Breakfast Club” which will meet on the last Saturday each month. The first one will be at 8am on 29th March at the Crossroads Hotel, Weedon. Booking is essential to secure one of the much coveted places! Email John at canonjohn@ Menu includes fruit juices, cereals, a full English breakfast, toast, tea, coffee. Hopefully there will be an exciting speaker to “scratch us where we itch” – all this for £8 a head which payable on the day. Sunday 30th March Antique, Retro & Vintage Flea Market - Brixworth Village Hall NN6 9BN. Antiques to military ,coin’s, glass, silver, gold, book’s. Hot and cold food available 50p per adult. OAPS and children free. 10 am - 3pm money raised for Brixworth Village Hall restoration fund. To book a stall call 07873285461 Friday 4th April Badby & District Horticultural Society - Quiche & Wine Evening with a talk in Badby Village Hall 7.30 pm

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Saturday 5th April Blitz Ball Hellidon Lakes, Daventry NN11 6GG Raising money for Help for Heroes and ABF Soldiers Charity. Tickets £45, for more info call Sayward on 07745628426 or email blitzball@ Saturday 12th April Daventry Branch Bellringers - Everdon Church 3pm – 4.30pm Anyone interested welcome to come along.

Saturday 12th April Easter Craft Fayre in ‘The Abbey St Johns Square in Daventry Town centre. See a range of craft stalls from talented local crafters! Plus a raffle, tombola and a pop up coffee shop. Fundraising for the Daventry Citizens Advice Bureau. Free admission 10.30am to 3pm. Please contact

Thursday 17th April Marie Curie Curry Night Long Buckby, Village Spice £20 per person - for tasty meal & entertaining night . Prize for best dressed person in yellow. Raffle call Sara 07718 318543 or • 01788 298 050


What’s on?

A full list of events over the forthcoming months is available on our website

jewellery, books, pictures and many other specialist items. hot pork roast. Adults - £3.50 Concessions - £3.00 Children - FREE (under 16’s) Parking - FREE 10 am - 4 pm or ring 01327 871797. DOGS WELCOME. Lamport Hall, Lamport, Northampton NN6 9HD.

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Sunday 20th April A Sunrise Easter Service St Mary The Virgin, Dodford, 6am followed by breakfast (£2.50). All welcome and if you would like to have breakfast please email to assist in catering. Limited parking outside the church, otherwise parking at the village hall. Sunday 20th April & Monday 21st April Lamport Hall Antiques, Collector’s & Vintage Fair - quality antiques, furniture, porcelain, collectables,

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Sunday 20th April – Monday 21st April The Kelmarsh Country Show Set amid the beautiful Northamptonshire & Leicestershire countryside, the 2014 event has a line-up to keep all ages and interests entertained. 8.30 am to 6 pm. Adult £15.00 Child Up to and including 15 years go FREE. Kelmarsh Hall Northamptonshire NN6 9LY. 01889 563232 Call to check details


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Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th April Art Exhibition at Dodford Village Hall 10 am – 4 pm. £1 entrance fee. Free parking, disabled access, toilets and refreshments. In aid of Dodford church fabric fund and The Royal British Legion. Contact Towcester Food Festival is an exciting new event for South Northamptonshire: a celebration of locally-produced, artisan food and drink, with chef demonstrations, food workshops and live entertainment.


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It takes place in the beautiful parkland setting of Towcester Racecourse in June and to compliment the show, The Village Emporium®, our official media partner, is producing an essential guide. The guide will feature editorial about the festival, local food producers in Northamptonshire, Wednesday 30th Aprilthe local food culture, interviews Badby and District Photowith Clubchefs – Badby Village demonstrating at the event and a map ‘Food Hall 8pm. Extend your photographic repertoire of the festival site. Photography” with Tracey Sherwood, Members and visitors most welcome 20,000 copies wil be printed. Every festival visitor will be given a copy and a further 12,500 copies will be distributed in advance of the event to homes in and around Towcester and businesses in and around South Northants, including cafés, farm shops, pubs, hotels, restaurants, food

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New outdoor play area available FREE to cafe customers

Open daily 9am - 5pm. A range of locally sourced meat, fruit, veg, our very own eggs, local wines and beers and selection of gifts for the family.

Where are we? Shuckburgh Rd. Staverton, Daventry, NN11 6JY

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Outdoor bistro dining Sparky and Twinkle Toes our pet reindeer will be outside very soon

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Out & about Virtue Keepsake. A new stunning brand of jewellery now in store Our new sensational lockets use a variety of interchangeable inserts comprising of timeless classics, iridescent mother of pearl and dazzling cubic zirconias to create an infinite number of unique necklaces, all in sterling silver, gold or rose gold plated.

Win £150 necklace from Jewel of Daventry We all like to look our best at parties and gatherings and choosing which piece of jewellery to wear with that special outfit is so important. Walk into a chain jewellery store and you’re likely to see a lovely but rather repetitive selection of jewellery from the same leading designers. Buying an item of jewellery from an independent jeweller will ensure you have quality, style and elegance befitting the occasion. And this is where Jewel of Daventry sets itself apart from the competition. Located on Daventry’s High Street, this independent jeweller offers a truly eclectic range of exclusive jewellery, watches and fashion accessories you simply won’t find on most high streets. “Unique Jewels, Virtue, Giorgio Martello and White Ice are just some of the designers exclusive to us,” explains owner, Dean Metcalfe. “No, they’re not as well known as some of the bigger names, but when it comes to choosing a piece of jewellery that reflects your unique personality and style, isn’t that the point? Would you not prefer to walk away with something no-one else has?” And now new to its excellent range of jewellery is Virtue Keepsakes. Virtue Keepsakes is the embodiment of ‘one-off’ jewellery – a collection of beautiful Sterling Silver customisable lockets you can personalise to suit your individual style. Choose from a range of chains and lockets to begin with, before selecting your favourite inserts, which are finished with real stones, Motherof-Pearl or Cubic Zirconia.


You can slowly build up your collection of inserts to colour and style-match your locket to your chosen outfit. Alternatively, if you are looking for the perfect gift for a loved one, you can buy a new insert every birthday, Christmas, Valentine’s Day or Mothers’ Day....

We have an unrivalled reputation in the Midlands for the repair of all jewellery, our customers travel many miles to us for this trusted service.

Virtue Open Day Jewel of Daventry will be welcoming a Virtue representative to the shop on Thursday 20th March and to celebrate, is having an open day from 11:30am until 8:30pm, complete with Champagne and 10% off Virtue Keepsakes products purchased!

61 High Street, Daventry, NN11 4BH Tel: 01327 700060

Win your own Virtue Keepsake An amazing prize on offer from The Jewel of Daventry for readers of The Village Emporium. Win a Virtue Keepsake to the value of £150.00 To enter the competition, please answer the following question correctly.

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Virtue Keepsakes are made from A Alloy B Sterling Silver C 9ct Gold The winner will be selected at random from all correct answers on April 1st and the winner notified on April 2. By email to and pop your answer in the subject box, providing telephone number and home address in the body of the e mail, or by post iCon Environmental Innovation Centre, Eastern Way, Daventry, NN11 0QB.

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Sunday lunch buffet £8.95 Children under 10 half price Food hygiene rating

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THE FIVE BELLS AT BUGBROOKE Overlooking the historic church in the charming village of Bugbrooke is the Five Bells, a welcoming pub that offers a wide range of good, honest grub.

Fussy, overpriced dishes complete with ‘jus’, ‘fondant’ or ‘caramelised’ in the title are not on the menu – the Five Bells is all about hearty, traditional pub food, such as daily soups, home cooked pie and mash, steaks and gammon, served in a spacious restaurant area complete with log burner, flagstones and wood panelling. Throughout the week there is a great value twocourse menu, and children have their own menu that is sure to satisfy even the fussiest of eaters. Having taken over in July 2013, new landlord

Andrew Rayner is keen to appeal to all ages, with loyalty cards for regular patrons, plans for a bouncy castle every weekend during the summer holidays and a burgeoning pool team currently looking for male and female players. Keen walkers? The Five Bells is the ideal base; you can either have a full English breakfast before you set off or order your food before your leave and enjoy a much-needed hot meal after your walk. Breakfast is served from 10am to noon on weekends; main menus are available from noon until late seven days a week. Please call the Five Bells in Bugbrooke on 01604 831 618.


14 Church Lane, Bugbrooke NN7 3PB Tel 01604 831618


A selection from our menu

Soup of the Day Prawn cocktail Breaded Mushrooms Bucket of Chicken Wings Butterfly King Prawns

Sharing Platters

4.25 4.95 4.25 4.95 5.25

Combo – Chicken Wings, Chicken Satay, Breaded Mushrooms, Breaded Scampi & Onion Rings 9.99 3 Buckets of chicken wings


Prawn platter – Hot n spicy prawns, Tampura battered Prawn & Butterfly King Prawns 9.99 The power platter- A whole rack of ribs, 2 buckets of chicken wings, 20 onion rings breaded mushrooms, chicken satay, coleslaw, Hot n spicy prawns, Butterfly King Prawns and Tempura Battered Prawns!!! 39.99

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All mains served with chips or new potatoes peas

Whole tail breaded Scampi 9.50 Vegetarian Option- please ask for today’s selection 8.50 Chicken & bacon salad 9.99 Pie of the day- Please ask 9.99

8 oz Rump steak 11.99 12 oz Rump steak 15.99 16 oz Rump steak 19.99 24 oz Rump steak 27.99 5 oz Gammon & pineapple 7.99 10 oz Gammon & pineapple 9.99 Smoked Paprika Chicken – served with salad garnish 8.99 Lemon & Garlic Chicken- served with salad garnish 8.99 Hunters Chicken 9.99 Whole rack of ribs - served with salad garnish 13.99 Mixed Grill - Pork steak, Lamb steak, Sausage, Gammon, Kidney and Tomato 12.99

Sauces and sides

Burgers Served with chips, salad and relish ¼ lb Beef Burger 6.25 Make it a ½ lb Burger for an extra 1.95 Chicken Breast Burger 6.25 Mexican Chicken Burger 6.25

Children’s menu

Fish & chips

Garlic bread Grilled tomatoes Garlic bread with cheese Mushrooms Mixed salad Onion rings Coleslaw Chips


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Please ask for today’s selection All desserts come with a choice of vanilla ice cream, cream or custard included All 4.50 each

Chicken nuggets, sausages, fish fingers, pasta 3.99 Rump steak, chicken breast, pork steak 7.99 served with peas or baked beans, with chips, new potatoes, or mash


Look out for our daily specials board Opening hours 12-2pm Monday – Friday 5pm – 11pm Monday – Friday Licensed until midnight Friday & Saturday Weekends open serving breakfast from 10am.

Sunday roasts from £8.95


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Out & about Come to The Barn for a warm welcome and freshly prepared home made food. We are open 7 days a week, 10am - 5pm. On Sundays we serve a traditional roast lunch, and our afternoon teas any day of the week are a real treat, (booking advised).

Win a 2 course Sunday Lunch for 2 at The Barn Restaurant and Tea Rooms Situated at the heart of the picturesque village of Upper Stowe, just off the A5 in Northamptonshire, The Barn is the ideal stop off for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or just a great cuppa! Visitors to The Barn will find themselves in the quintessential Old Dairy Farm Centre where you can enjoy a unique selection of shops, ample parking and special events throughout the year for all the family. The Barn comfortably seats 80 people and is an ideal venue for private functions, weddings and is licensed. Throughout the year they hold themed menu nights with entertainment, along with workshops for all the family ranging from cooking for kids, on line workshops for those with no computer experience, reader writer meetings and more being added. For more information or call 01327 349911.

Serving breakfast, morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and of course cakes!

We also run creative workshops, can provide buffets for the home or office, or with it’s private function area a great location for parties, business meetings or celebrations of any kind. For more information please look on our web-site or give us a call.

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The Old Dairy Farm Centre is home to a range of independant shops, including ladies clothes, furniture and gift ideas

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The winner will be selected at random from all correct answers on April 1st and the winner notified on April 2. By email to and pop your answer in the subject box, providing telephone number and home address in the body of the e mail, or by post iCon Environmental Innovation Centre, Eastern Way, Daventry, NN11 0QB.


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d a e r d o o Ag Sophie’s Bakery for the Broken Hearted Lolly Winston 36-year-old Sophie has just lost her husband, Ethan, to cancer. She had only been married a few years and is devastated. Lolly Winston takes us on a journey through the emotional rollercoaster of bereavement and its different stages, from denial to acceptance. At first Sophie is a wreck, someone who sleeps all day and guzzles cartons of ice cream for breakfast. When she shows up for work, distraught in her bathrobe and bunny slippers, she finds she’s not only lost her husband but her job in a Silicon Valley PR firm. Distraught, Sophie leaves California for Ashland, Oregon and through the fog of her grief starts to rebuild her life. She discovers a previously hidden talent and opens the bakery of the title. Along the way she has to deal with her mother-in-law and also collects a rag-taggle bunch of new friends who variously try to seduce her, support her and burn her house down. As she juggles her business with her new life, Sophie proves that with enough humour and bravado it is possible to rebuild a life after a devastating loss. And who’s to say she can’t find love again in the process... Lolly Winston knows how to tug the heart strings. Sophie’s grief is present throughout




the book, and heartbreakingly raw, yet the book is funny, touching and uplifting by turn. Even at her lowest, Sophie maintains a wry sense of humour: on an application which asks who to contact in case of emergency, she finds that she has no name to enter so writes “George Clooney”. Keep the Kleenex handy - this novel will have even the hardest-hearted reader in tears.

The Magic Paintbrush Julia Donaldson and Joel Stewart

Julia Donaldson is peerless as a writer for 3-6 year-olds yet her story themes appeal to adults too, which means they don’t mind reading them again and again. She’s as much a master of ‘distilling language’ as any poet, making every word count. In addition she uses the natural rhythm of the spoken voice – which is what makes her stories ideal for reading aloud. The Magic Paint Brush is an immensely charming tale and the illustrations are quite beautiful and appropriately Chinese in style. Shen is a little girl who is given the gift of a magic brush which makes everything she paints come to life. But with this power comes great responsibility. How will this smart little girl deal with a greedy emperor who wants her to help make him even richer? The results are delightful, beautiful and poetic.

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