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May/June 2013

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Emporium e g la il V e h T to e m o lc e W May/June 2013 So is winter really over? We thought that in our last issue and how wrong we were! May & June is a really busy time for local events and so many were washed out last year that we really are due some decent weather. Highlights include the Daventry Motorcycle Festival on 18th May and Crick Boat Show 25-27 May. That’s not to mention the host of community and charity events that so many people give up their time to organise. Remember you can check out local events from jumble sales to concerts, from exhibitions to sponsored runs at

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Cycling for Heroes Loft Insulation

Life in the slow lane For a quintessentially british experience

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A Step forward Q How to have the perfect barbeque Ideas for BBQ heaven. I Contain that garden O Armchair Gardener D Eat seasonally Recipes using seasonal produce.

k Win family tickets for the Crick Boat Show (2 adults & 2 children each) worth £32 each!

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Win 6 months simulator hire & coaching with The Golf Academy, Staverton Park

8 I love facebook q RFK – 1st for customer service Sweet Stalls n Vintage A sweet and delicious treat for all occasions.

Coffee cup trivia bAM Relax and sharpen the pencil!

March winners 4 ball at Whitefields GC – Claire Knott Tickets to Tottenham Hotspurs Football for Charity match – Richard Owen

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Cycling for Heroes On May 30th 2013, at least 100 cyclists will be making their way down to Blackheath Common in London over 3 days, covering approximately 200 miles. On the 4th day the main Help for Heroes Bike Ride will be arriving from Paris into Blackheath Common, where we will then be cycling as a whole unit for the last 10 miles through the streets of London to lay a wreath at the Cenotaph before reaching Horse Guards Parade.

Donating through the website is simple, quick and secure. It is the most efficient way to give – so every donation goes further – and if you are a UK taxpayer and give Gift Aid consent you will boost your donation. Donate at Pedal4HeroesWheelieTyred Thank you for your support.For more information, please call Ian Hancock on 07545211253 or email

Team ‘Wheelie Tyred’ will make up 5 of those riders. Steve Hancock The team consists of Paul Isherwood, Ian Hancock, Steve Hancock, Keith Hancock and Dave Thackray with a youthful average age of 48. A general overview... Fundraising Help for Heroes Cycling 200 miles over 3 days Tamworth to the London Cenotaph Average age of our team - 48 yrs! Training is hard and we need to keep putting in the miles. Cycling up to and over 70 miles per day for over 3 days is not going to be easy for any of our team. None of us are seasoned cyclists. However, everything is relative and the discomfort we will experience is nothing compared to the various challenges faced on a daily basis by the Heroes we’re raising money for. Your generosity will drive us through our task ahead. More importantly, your donations will be appreciated by those who need it the most. The real Heroes.

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It is a platform that has been instrumental in the success of both businesses that I have built. I have a personal Facebook profile, which I stay connected with friends, family and business acquaintances, but I also have several business pages. I enjoy developing these pages and watching them grow. They have tremendous business potential. If you don’t already have a business page, you should. Once you have it set up, there are several things you can do to maximize your results:

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When people comment on my pages, I respond. How? I answer any question they ask, thank them for popping in, or at a minimum, click like on their comment. I want them to engage in further conversation. None of us likes to be ignored, so respond to those that took the time, and keep the conversation going...

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1st for customer service What a year for Rugby Fitted Kitchens! Hot on the heels of their move to a spacious new showroom, they have won the 2013 Kitchen Bedroom and Bathroom Review “Customer Service of the Year” award. “This award couldn’t have come at a better time, this is our 20th anniversary year and after relocating to our superb new showroom last July it’s fantastic to see all the hard work of the RFK team has been recognised. I am particularly proud to win the award because we have been nominated by our peers as you can’t enter yourself in this category,” said Managing Director, Trevor Scott. The awards, now in their 19th year, are considered the most prestigious across the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom industry and to be nominated is considered an achievement in itself. With over 60% of customers coming through personal recommendation, it’s no surprise that Trevor and the team have won the award and have been nominated for local awards too. This superb customer service has fuelled the growth of the business and lead to its relocation from Railway Terrace to a 4,500 square foot showroom in Cottage Leap, Rugby.

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The showroom displays a range of classic and contemporary kitchen furniture and appliances from leading British and European Manufacturers such as Siemens and Neff. Neff has recognised the success of RFK by making it a Five Star Master Partner – a significant endorsement within the industry. With a wide range of work surfaces, flooring and lighting solutions, RFK believes it has the best choice available for anyone considering updating and remodelling their kitchen. So if you are thinking about updating your kitchen, why not visit them at Unit 7, Cottage Leap Rugby, CV21 3XP. Alternatively take a virtual walk around their showroom online at www. or call for more information on 01788 547647.

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Life in the slow lane... I think we’ll all agree that the first part of 2013 has been a total washout. Or, should we say, a complete ‘snow-out’. Yet British Summer Time has arrived and with it comes the hope that the sun will start shining and we’ll finally get into double figures. There is, for the more cynical of us, the temptation to escape England and search for warmer climes, but holidaying at home has its benefits. No passport required, no vaccinations, no waiting around in airport departure lounges, no jetlag... and you don’t have to travel for hours to enjoy a tranquil peace of paradise! For a quintessentially British holiday, a ‘voyage’ along the Grand Union or Oxford canals is a must. Forget traffic jams and rushing around at a hundred miles an hour; the speed limit is 4mph and it can take a full day to get from one pub to the next! A canal holiday is truly a unique experience, allowing you to leave the pressures of everyday life behind and slow down as you leisurely travel from town to town. With enough time you can easily reach Stratford, Birmingham or further afield. You could even take a circular route to visit as many cities, towns and villages as you can. But the real appeal of hiring a boat is that you can travel just a couple of miles a day and still have an amazing holiday. Puttering down


the canal, taking in the local countryside, navigating locks and tunnels… they can all work up a thirst! Luckily, we have a wealth of towns and villages with great pubs, restaurants, cafés and tea rooms either directly on the towpath or only a few minutes’ walk from the Grand Union or Oxford canals... you can literally step off the boat and walk into the beer garden! And for those of you who are used to the lap of luxury, you no longer have to ‘rough it’! Most modern canal boats come with running water, sanitation facilities, heating and televisions! So the next time you automatically think of an overseas holiday, stop for a moment and consider a slower pace of life... Union Canal Carriers Ltd in Braunston offers weekly narrow boat hire, as well as a day boat for as little as £115. Call 01788 891950 to find out more. Taking place over the May Bank Holiday, the Crick Boat Show appeals to both boating enthusiasts and local families and is being opened by Countryfile’s Julia Bradbury.

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For a mother, a child’s wedding is a momentous occasion, a day that you will certainly want to look your best. Here are some aspects to consider when choosing your outfit fabric of the correct weight. Avoid materials that crease easily as this will look unsightly on photographs. Outfits that include jackets can give the impression of two outfits once the jacket is removed. Whilst it is certainly true that outfits for mothers have become more fashionable recently, most still feel that an elegant and sophisticated look is appropriate. Many mothers go shopping for their outfit with the bride; this can be an enjoyable occasion and ensure that choices meet with approval. It may also be wise to discuss outfits with the mother of your future daughter or son in law to avoid the embarrassment of wearing something similar.

Hats One of the traditional ways for mothers to mark the importance of their child’s wedding is to wear a hat. Suggestions to aid your selection include: a) Always take your outfit when going to the hat shop or milliner, to ensure that the overall image looks stunning.

Colour Find out what colour the bridesmaids dresses are and try to choose an outfit in a complimentary colour. Most believe that the mother of the bride or groom should not wear white or ivory, these being the bride’s perogative. Many also frown on black seeing it as a mourning colour and red, believing it to be too bold. The colour should of course flatter your skin tone.

Style Choose a style that flatters and is also comfortable. Most wedding celebrations are now lengthy affairs, so you will not want to wear something that feels too constricting, or that you are constantly fiddling with. If an off the peg outfit does not fit perfectly, consider getting it altered. Think about the weather, so that you can choose an outfit in a


b) Tall ladies can wear almost any style, including statement pieces. c) An upturned brim is a flattering shape for shorter ladies as this will elongate the figure, d) If wearing a fascinator, wash your hair the day before and do not use conditioner. This will make the hair less silky and improve the grip of the fascinator. Other accessories such as shoes, handbags and jewellery should also be chosen carefully. You may want to choose your shoes and bag in co-ordinating colours rather than the exact shade of your outfit, to break up the effect. You should also decide how you will place a corsage on your outfit, or whether it may be preferable to opt for flowers on your handbag or wrist.

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Home made honey and mustard marinade 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 2 tablespoons clear honey 1 tablespoon soy sauce Mix all the ingredients together until they form a runny paste. Score the chicken or chops and place to soak in the marinade in a covered bowl for at least 30 minutes.

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don’t move it around too much or turn it over too often. And once it’s done, don’t cut it up too soon. You’ll need to give the juices time to settle.

There’s no better excuse than a barbecue to spruce Why not light the barbecue before your guests up your outdoor areas. Invest in some new garden arrive and throw on some rosemary or bay leaves? furniture, or if that’s not in the budget, brighten up The resulting aroma will create a lovely welcoming what you do have with new cushion covers - the touch. Want the best barbecue taste ever? Take a more summery, the better. Covey Garden tip from the professionals and throw some Centre, Chapel Brampton have some flavoured woodchips on your coals. TOP TIP: great new furniture and accessories. Choose from flavours such as Apple, marinades containing On the day of your barbecue, Hickory and Whiskey Oak. salt, or lemon/lime juice why not hang up some bunting shouldn’t be left on for or fairy lights to add some party Meat in the middle longer than two hours or atmosphere to your space? There’s an art to cooking meat – take they will toughen the Sitting round a fire is the perfect it slowly. Most barbecues fail because flesh. way to wind up your barbeque. Fire the meat is put on too soon. Wait till your baskets and fire pits are a great, safe coals are smoldering red or you’ll end up way to have a fire. And don’t forget the with burgers that are charred on the outside and rugs, blankets and marshmallows. raw in the middle. Once your meat is on the grill, A marinade will not only give your meat loads of flavour, but will also tenderise it. We recommend the honey and mustard one opposite, ideal for chicken and pork. For steaks, chopping up some fresh rosemary and adding black pepper, olive oil, crushed garlic and a sprinkle of paprika is all you need to do.


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Feature TOP TIP: near an open window and blast out your favorite Never cook on flames, music. While the food is cooking, it is always fun wait till the coals are to have some games available to your guests. glowing red with a powdery Croquet, football and French cricket are great grey surface - this fun. Hula hoops, water guns and skipping ropes means that they coloured bowls are are good for the kids. are hot enough. another great way to draw attention. Look out for terracotta ones that will bring Alcohol-free Mojito – serves 1 the essence of the Mediterranean Full glass of Crushed ice to your garden. After all the effort you are going to, Half a glass of lemonade or ginger ale don’t be tempted to use paper plates and plastic Quarter of a glass apple juice cutlery. The super-tough plastic wine glasses on the 1 teaspoon brown sugar other handare a great idea. The brightly coloured 8 sprigs of mint ones not only look great, they are shatterproof. One lime Mash the brown sugar with 4 sprigs of mint. Drink up Add a little apple juice as you mash. Don’t forget about the drinks. Keep your guests Add the apple juice, the lemonade, 4 sprigs of refreshed with tasty mocktails as well as the usual mint and half the lime juice. Add 2 lime wedges alcoholic cocktails. Hands-free glass holders that to serve. snap onto plates are a great way of ensuring hands are free to enjoy food and hold drinks. Many a good Easy mango and chilli salsa – serves 6-8 barbecue has been ruined by dwindling ice stocks 2ripe mangos, peeled and diced so make sure that you have a good supply. Fill a Small red onion, finely chopped large plastic box or bucket with a couple of packs of Red chilli, finely chopped ice and water and top up the ice regularly Juice of two limes to keep drinks cool all day. Small bunch of coriander, leaves only, TOP TIP: roughly chopped Add a dessert spoon of Don’t forget the Mix all the ingredients and leave to jam to an old jam jar. Fill one stand for a few minutes, or for up sides third full with boiling water and to three hours in the fridge. Keep your meat simple, but mix. Once cooled, cover the top impress your guests with with silver foil and secure with an side dishes. Our mango and elastic band. Make a small hole in chilli salsa looks great, but is the top with a pencil. The idea is super-easy to prepare. that the wasps can crawl in but not get out again.

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Eat seasonally What to eat now – The Village Emporium style! After a long drawn out winter the sun has finally arrived, and it’s time to get busy in the garden.



May is one of the busiest months in the kitchen garden. The soil is warm and everything should be growing well. Unfortunately the weeds are growing well too so there is no time to relax. Do watch out for a late frost, many growers have been caught out and lost their recently planted beans etc. Keep that fleece handy just in case.





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Baked fillet of coley with crab & rarebit crust, crushed potatoes & samphire Ingredients – to serve 2 people 2 x 180g coley fillet, skinless 100g fresh white crab meat 200g peeled new potatoes 50g cream 50g butter 150g samphire grass 50g grated cheddar 1 egg yolk 1 tsp english mustard pinch of salt & pepper cayenne pepper & parsley

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Anna-Marie, Paul, Mary, John, Anne & Amelia are immensely proud to announce that The Courtyard Café (Formerly Bishop’s Tea Rooms) is now open. We welcome customers both old and new, to embrace our exciting and customer focused changes, amazing home-cooked food as always and friendly, professional service. We have many unique aspects to our business and boast 75 years of Hospitality experience between us, and we ensure that our customers receive the full benefit of this. Red Tractor s, featuring “English Outstanding Breakfast Sausages & ked Lin Bacon, Local Hand Assured” Cured Back s Egg nge e Ra Local Rare-Breed Fre Panini’s Delicious Toasties & Scrumptious Fillings h wit es ato Pot Oven Baked Jacket Seasonal Soups the Day Delectable Dishes of ttes & Wraps gue Ba Salads, Sandwiches, and Preserves. gs ssin Dre , Our own Chutneys & Delicacies ernoon Teas, Slices Amazing Cakes, Aft ices Cho y Gluten Free and Dietar her’s Bottled Drinks Fentiman’s and Frobis s, ake Milksh rdial and Soda Homemade Lime Co by Jenier’s s Tea f Lea us cio Lus presso Winning Coffee by Nes Outstanding Award lsea Che of rd itta Wh by rs Hot Chocolate Flavou Wifi ry nta lime Comp

Free delivery & 20% discount to Town Centre Businesses 5 Star Hygiene Rating Follow our News and Daily Specials on Facebook Visit our website for full menu and seasonal voucher promotions Private Function Hire

The Home of Cakes and Infusions The Courtyard Café 6 Bishops Court, Daventry NN11 4NP

01327 872687 • 01788 298 050


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Did You Know?

For every pound you spend in a local independent shop or locally owned business up to 70p benefits your local community whereas if you shop at an out of town centre or online with one of the retail multiples, as little as 5p finds it’s way back. Daventry has a fantastic range of independent shops where you can find everything you need from clothes, shoes, jewellery and accessories to kitchenware, homeware, gifts, and books. And when you’ve worn yourself out shopping theres a great range of independent cafe´s and restaurants where you can relax over lunch or a coffee and a piece of homemade cake. A visit to one of our local shops not only helps the community but often offers you something much more unique than you’d find in a chain store. Plus don’t forget the FREE parking! So next time you go shopping, think about where your pound is going. Is it into some corporate shareholder’s pocket or invested in your local community to make it a better place?

400 year old country pub & dining Tapas night Last Thursday of the month May 30th and June 27th

Dont forget Dad!

Fathers Day Sunday 16th June

Tables available between 12pm-1pm or 2pm-3pm

Freshly made Stone Baked Pizzas to eat in or take out. All our meats are locally sourced & fresh fish from Brixham All dishes cooked fresh to order

See daily specials on board

The Rose Inn Main Street, Willoughby, CV23 8BH

01788 891180

Opening Times Tuesday to Saturday 11am–3pm / 6pm–11pm Sunday 11am–4pm

Lunch menu £12

2 courses, Tuesday – Saturday

Traditional Sunday Lunch 1 course £10.95 2 courses £14.95 3 courses £18.95


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Specialists in wedding and engagement rings Leading Specialists in all jewellery repairs.

Also gold bought for cash Daventry’s longest trusted gold buyers.

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

Online shop

“...stylish for him...”

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20 - 22 Sheaf Street, Daventry, Northants. NN11 4AB • 01788 298 050

Men’s 01327 311177 Ladies 01327 704367


What’s on? Saturday 4th May Car Boot Sale Braunston In car park of The Old Plough, Braunston. Cars £6; Vans £12. From 8:30am12:30pm. For more details or a Reservation form please ring Peter Hobbs 07976 802612. Proceeds in aid of Braunston All Saints Church

Sunday 5th May Open Gardens at Great Brington. Friends of St Marys Open Gardens at Great Brington, 5 gardens Open, afternoon teas, coffee & lunches. Adults £3.50, children free.

Monday 6th May May Madness Event, Braunston Arts & craft stools, displays, car boot, games, raffle, bbq & so much more at Braunston Playing Field 10am-4pm. Contact

Saturday 11th May Willoughby Thursday Club Coffee Morning 10am – 12 noon. Entrance £1 to include coffee & biscuit. Cake / Plant / Bric-a brac stalls & raffle

Saturday 11th May Daventry Area Vegetarians and Vegans 11am - 3pm at the Methodist Church, Golding Close, Daventry. Help, advice and support for those already vegan, and for anyone just curious about what veg*ans eat! Free food tasting throughout the event, and leaflets, recipes and samples to take away. Tel Chris Thompson 01327 872656. See website for more details; www.daventryvegetarians@

Saturday 11th May Kilsby URC Jumble Sale 2 pm at the URC chapel in Kilsby. Admission free. Refreshments available. Donations of jumble can be left at the chapel from 9.30 am on the 11th

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


Sunday 12th May Weedon Craft Market Weedon Village Hall,West St,Weedon NN7 4QU Open 10am - 4.30pm, free entry and free prize draw. With over 20 stalls selling beautiful & unique arts & crafts gifts .Contact Claire Vize on 07764 799134 or email The event web page can be found at weedoncraftmarket

Thursday 16th May & Thursday 13th June Tea Dance at Galanos House, Southam. For Service people past and present and their families. We are hosting a Tea Dance for people in the community living with DEMENTIA. Come and talk to specialist professionals and meet carers and people suffering with dementia. Relatives and families please come along and join us for a chat over a cuppa and a cake. 2.30pm- 4.30pm, Galanos House, Banbury Road, Southam, CV47 2BL 01926 812185

Saturday 25th May Napton Show Holt Farm, Welsh Road East, Southam,CV47 1NB. Fun for all the family at the Horse & Pony Show, and popular novelty dog show.Trade stands & refreshments available all day. For more details email Barbara.farndon@googlemail. com.Entry cost £5 per car.

Sunday 26th- Monday 27th May Hellidon Open Gardens 11am-6pm In aid of The Air Ambulance. Join us for lunches, afternoon teas, & farmers market. Garden theme of bees & butterflies. For more information call Doreen on 01327 262023

Friday 31st May Summer Party at Stanford Hall hosted by The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution. Party tickets are £25 per person and include refreshments and tour. For more information and to book tickets please call Milly Wastie R.A.B.I. East Midlands regional manager on 01788 823739 or 07525 323450 R.A.B.I. is the national farming charity for England and Wales registered charity no: 208858

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What’s on? Saturday 8th – Saturday 15th June Strawberries ‘n’ Cream Week 10am - 5pm each day except Sunday. Join in the fun with our tea cosy challenge, demonstrations & exhibitions and strawberries ‘n’ cream. Proceeds to Macmillan Cancer Care at The Bramble Patch, West Street, Weedon NN7 4QU 01327 342212

Saturday 15th June Braunston Church Village Fete On the Green 12 noon until 4pm. Attractions planned include Fair Ground Organ, Antique Rides, Bouncy Castle, Children’s Fancy Dress Competition, Plant Stall, Grand Raffle, BBQ, Lucky Straws, Teas, refreshment and so much more.

Sunday 16th June NGS Open Gardens Priors Marston 2pm - 6pm Entrance £4, children go free, all proceeds to charity via NGS. The Manor, Priors Marston,Warwickshire,CV47 7RH tel: 07934440949 for further information. Limited wheel chair access. Homemade teas being served in the stable courtyard.

Saturday 22nd June West Haddon Church Fete 2pm-4.30pm in The Vicarage Garden to be opened by BBC weatherman Alex Deakin. Entry fee is £1 for adults, children free. Numerous stalls, teas, games and bouncy castle. On Street parking. 

Saturday 22nd JuneSunday 23rd June Kislingbury Flowerpot Weekend Two days of musical themed flowerpot people to find and be amazed by. Saturday has lots of stalls to browse and wonder at with music from local bands to entertain. Sunday has our annual BBQ breakfast at the Duck Race, a Dog Show, and then Northamptons Y Factor in the afternoon. Check out our website for times, events and other items on offer: or ring Alison Ward on 07770528188 for any information or to be included in our weekend of fun.

Sunday 23rd June Newnham Open Gardens

NN11 3HB 2-5pm. There will be between 6-8 varied gardens (includes an NGS garden) and the Allotments open to view. Plants will be for sale and delicious teas will be served in the Village Hall. Admission £3 adults all gardens. Free car parking on the playing fields.

Saturday 29th June Picnic in the Park the Last Night of the Proms at Ashby St Ledgers CV23 8UN, featuring Dunchurch Silver Band. Gates open 6pm concert 7pm9pm. £10 Adults £5 Children

Saturday 6th July Music on the Green, Newnham NN11 3HB 6.30-10pm. Non-ticketed fundraising event. Entertainment by the Soulsearchers with 60s,70s,80s music; Bouncy Castle for the kids; Food available including homemade puddings, raffle & The Romer Arms will be open.

Friday 19th July Northants Disability vs. Help for Heroes XI Cricket Match 6.45pm Gates open at 5pm £5 Adults £2 Juniors 01604 514455. Tickets available at

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.

Every Tuesday Tower Bell Ringing Holy Cross Church Learn traditional English bell-ringing. Come along to see what it is about at Holy Cross Church, Market Square, Daventry NN11 4FL at 7.30pm or contact Geoff on 01327 871806.

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Lee Burrows

Annual Art Exhibition 18 and 19 May 2013



any purchase or commission ordered

Exhibition open Saturday & Sunday 10am to 4pm The Institute | Upper Harlestone | Northamptonshire | NN7 4EL All enquires: | 07712 443671

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25% Discount on take away menu Evening Buffet

Sunday, Monday and Tuesday

£9.95 inc dessert

Children under 10 half price

A la carte menu also available 1 The Square, Dunchurch, Rugby, CV22 6NS Tel: 01788 819141 / 811851

Sunday lunch buffet £8.50 Children under 10 half price Food hygiene rating

Wonderful food and hospitality in historic surroundings infused with modern luxury Opening times: Mon - Thur 5.30pm - 11.30pm, Fri - Sat 5.30pm - midnight Sunday lunch (buffet only) 12.15pm - 3.30pm, Sunday evening 6pm - 11pm FULLY LICENCED & AIR CONDITIONED • 01788 298 050



COMING SOON The Golf Academy De Vere Staverton Park Opening Launch Monitor Launch Custom Club Fitting Week Indoor Golf Simulator 8th June All Year Round Coaching 24 Hour Club Repair Service All ages and abilities welcome Come and join golf world top 100 coaches Aaron Shepherd & Shay Brennan during our opening launch week at our purpose built Golf Academy, at De Vere Staverton Park and trial our new exciting facilities. We will be running a nearest the pin competition every day on some of the most famous Par 3's in world golf including the "Postage Stamp" at Royal Troon.

WIN 6 MONTHS SIMULATOR HIRE & COACHING Who recently won the US Masters Golf Championship? A Tiger Woods B Luke Donald C Adam Scott

Nearest the Pin 8-14th June 3-8pm

Send your answers to: By email to - and pop your answer in the subject box or by post The Village Emporium, Unit 7, Dunchurch Trading Estate, London Road, Rugby, CV23 9LN

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Out & about Lee Burrows – 9th Annual Art Exhibition – 18 and 19 May 2013 Northamptonshire’s award winning internationally collected artist.

Enjoy a glass of wine and the unique opportunity to buy direct from the artist before the paintings are consigned to galleries throughout the UK and Europe.

Original Oil paintings | Prints | Cards | Sketches | Prices from £3 | Studio Sale Section | FREE prize draw | WIN an original oil painting

Meet the Artist: an opportunity to chat with Lee about his work and answer questions about his career and his painting techniques. Enter our fundraiser raffle to win an original oil painting.

Exhibition open Saturday & Sunday 10am to 4pm The Institute Upper Harlestone Northamptonshire NN7 4EL

All enquries: 07712 443671

Lee Burrows Free Entry | Free Refreshments | Families welcome Raising funds for Northgate School Arts College • 01788 298 050



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