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Where did 2013 go? Our last issue of the year is packed with ideas for Christmas treats, gifts and celebration events. What’s more they are all on your doorstep - no need to travel miles, struggle through busy city centres or pay sky high parking charges.

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

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Business editorial F Even more choice with Soft Furnishings of Dunchurch B Website 10 point checklist

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Coffee cup trivia

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Located at Heart of the Shires Shopping Village, A5 Watling Street, Nr Weedon, Northants, NN7 4LB Open 7 days 10am to 5pm. With 2000sq feet of indoor and additional outdoor space, the centre offers a large and varied selection of high quality antiques and collectables. Outside you’ll find statuary, planters and other outside effects including Kadai Indian Fire Bowls, teak garden furniture and wooden garden buildings and sheds.

Tel: 01327 340594 Vast selection of fine cheeses, sliced meats, olives, speciality scotch eggs, quality tea, farm fresh eggs and so much more!

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www.thedelibarn.co.uk   Christmas is coming! We have gift packs in the wine barn with Vast  selec4on   of  fine  cheeses,  sliced  me a wide range of wines & gifts from local growers and producers. olives,  speciality  scotch  eggs,  quality  tea fresh  eggs  and  so  much  more!   Gi#  hampers  made  to  order   Speciality  oils  &  vinegars  dispensed  in   store  

We  believe  in  suppor4ng  local  growers   and  producers  from  Northamptonshire   and  we  aim  to  surprise  and  delight  you   The Deli Barn, Unit 7, Heart of the Shires, A5 nr Weedon NN7 4LB Tel: 01327 342269 with  the  quality  of  products  from  our   county!   8

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Do you remember Christmas as a child? The overwhelming excitement every time another door on the advent calendar is opened; the yearning to pinch just one of those Cadbury’s chocolate decorations from the tree; the horror when you realise that said stolen chocolate might mean you are naughty and therefore undeserving of Father Christmas’ generosity? Where did it all go? Now we are too busy worrying about the ever-dwindling bank balance, what size turkey to order, whether drunken Uncle Paul will end up starting World War III during Christmas dinner and which wrapping paper works best with our living room décor! That’s right – we have turned into our mother.

And then of course, there’s the matter of the presents. The temptation is to just say ‘sod it!’ and do the Christmas shopping online. It would be so easy... you could spend a few evenings browsing through the major brands, comparing prices and then ordering most of it via eBay or Amazon at the cheapest possible price. No beating your way through crowds, no Slade or Wizzard screaming ‘Merry Christmas’ every time you walk into a shop. Baa humbug!

No Christmas lights, sounds or feel... is not Christmas! See, that’s the problem – no matter how much we moan, a Christmas without the actual hunt for the perfect gifts is not really Christmas anymore. No, we don’t recommend starting the shopping on the Saturday before or last minute Christmas Eve panicking (why are there still people who think that is a good idea!!). We have found there are shopping solutions for all,

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it’s local and the shopkeepers and their teams know their products.

Embrace what is local. So, when it comes to the personal gifts, refuse to give up the Christmas shopping experience. If you decide to buy a scarf for mum, stocking fillers for the kids, individual gifts you want to see and touch it before purchasing it. So why shop on line?. We are so lucky to live where we do – Rugby has amazing independent traders offering quirky, individual shops selling giftware, clothing, bags, accessories and homewares. Daventry’s Sheaf Street and Bishops Court has long been home to a variety of local shops and galleries. Don’t forget that also on our doorsteps are the shopping experiences of The Old Dairy Farm at Upper Stowe, with its array of independent shops and restaurant, Heart of the Shires Shopping Village and if you have not been pop along to the lovely village of Long Buckby, much more than meets the eye. This surge in truly unique and exciting local shops means you can browse to your heart’s content, enjoying personal service from people who truly love and know their products. And the best thing is that you don’t have to go anywhere near a major chain unless you want to! And if you have not tried the independent cafés and restaurants en route.... you are missing a trick! Visit our website to see all our fabulous suppliers – they may not appear in your magazine, but they are worth investigating. www.villageemporium.co.uk

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Not  enough  choice  in  Daventry?   Did  you  know  there  is  a  hidden  gem  of  a  shop  just  a  few  miles  from  you  in     Long  Buckby  with  free  parking  all  day?  

Gems   Jewellers,   Giftware   and   Fashion   Accessories   have   something  to  suit  all  age  groups,  tastes  and  budgets…  including   leather  &  fashion  handbags;  gold,  silver  &  precious  gemstone   jewellery;  scarves;  miniature  clocks;  trinket  &  jewellery  boxes;   fragrance  oil  lamps;  watches,  straps  &  batteries  and  we  also   offer  ear  piercing  by  qualified  technicians!  

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The Peephole Cards & Gifts

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Christmas, New Year, Charity Ball, Weddings..... Whatever the occasion, pop into

Mirror Mirror Dress Agency Looking for inspiration ?

We have spent all year sourcing new suppliers to provide you with a choice of different, sometimes unusual, gifts and cards for your friends and family, along with the quality you won’t find in most High Street shops. We have a large selection of Fair Trade, British made and handmade gifts for ladies, men and children. 5a High Street, Long Buckby, Northants. NN6 7RE Telephone 01327 843638 Email peepholecrafts@gmail.com

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Fresh handmade Holly Wreaths Garden gifts Seasonal plants

Real Christmas Trees Winter Colour

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Across 1 Older, of higher rank. (6) 4 ______ Ustinov, award-winning actor. (5) 8 First name of Popeye’s wife. (5) 9 Musical symbols which indicate emphasis. (7) 10 Bright red, like Santa’s suit. (7) 11 Norse god of thunder. (4) 12 Type of rose. (3) 14 You only need one for a unicycle. (4) 15 Engine reservoir. (4) 18 Frying, milk or omelette? (3) 21 Long. protruding tooth. (4) tasty Throughout November and December we will be serving 23 Supervise. (7) Christmas inspired goodies. We have hearty meals, turkey 25 hot Water-dwelling. (7)

26 Adornment. (5) 27 Slippery fabric. (5) 28 Confused. (6) Down 1 Burn. (6) 2 Riotously. (7) 3 Cross the line. (8) 4 Rate of movement. (4) 5 ‘Lords a leaping’ were the _____ gift. (5) 6 Hotel, camp, place for a holiday. (6) 7 Lose consciousness. (5) 13 Moved up. (8) 16 Hello Dolly; Cats. (7) 17 Wanders off. (6) 19 Cleft. (5) 20 Dreaded. (6) 22 Good exercise for quads and glutes. (5) 24 Dumbfound (4)

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e d i v i d r e d n e g s a The Christm This may be a huge generalisation but Christmas is not just a time of giving, celebrating and eating; it is also a season when male and female roles become very clear.

Does this strike a chord?

Christmas morning, presents are opened as mum runs around, grabbing every piece of wrapping paper, black bin bag in hand. Dad sits on sofa with his new book and cup of tea. Mid morning, mum���s basting the turkey that’s been in the oven what seems like three days, whilst grilling bacon for brunch. Dad sits reading his book, chomping on a selection box chocolate. Lunchtime and mum’s getting the vegetables on. Dad’s in the pub. Mid-afternoon, everyone’s eating Christmas dinner and mum’s running back to the kitchen as the broccoli’s still in the hostess trolley. Dad asks her to grab him a drink while she’s there. Early evening and mum’s re-washing the pans dad and kids washed an hour before. Dad’s snoring on the sofa.

Who were the ‘wise men’?

Well, simply put, it’s because most men don’t understand the point of wrapping a present just for someone to tear it off again. Therefore, they’ll leave the job until the last minute before moaning incessently and trying to talk a female relative into doing it for them. Maybe they do have a point. After all, when you think back to the very first Christmas as the Three Wise Men presented Jesus with gold, frankincense and myrrh, there was no mention of wrapping paper. We don’t remember reading the bible passage that said ‘and lo, the gifts were contained in small, decorative pieces of paper, festooned with bows and ribbons’. And for the most cynical of people, you could emphasise the fact that these were ‘men’ who were ‘wise’.

Top tip for the guys

But like it or not, wrapping paper is now part and parcel of Christmas, so here is our top tip for men who find wrapping presents a truly traumatic event – don’t! Skip the paper, opt for a gift bag and stick a nice big, ready-made bow on it. ‘Look, it’s a present!’ you can crow. ‘It has a bow!’

And then of course, there’s Christmas wrapping paper. For the uninitiated, this is simply a means to cover presents but for those in the know, it has become an emblem of the Christmas gender divide. Women can spend more on the paper, bows, ribbons and tags And even better, shop local and you may find than the present itself and hours will be spent they will offer a wrapping service. sticking, curling and personalising. Men will use half a roll of tape to stick ripped pieces of paper together into a what looks like an enormous spitball. Or as any brother might try, they’ll use tin foil as ‘it doesn’t require any tape and Skip the paper, opt moulds to any shape!’ for a gift bag and stick a nice big, ready-made bow on it.

Man Tip!

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s a m t s i r h C Left over

There are some things that linger a little longer than they should over Christmas – the hangover from those ill-advised ‘couple of pints’ on Christmas Eve, the tiny bits of wrapping paper and glitter the hoover refuses to pick up, the remnants of Christmas Dinner, with the turkey entombed in an entire roll of commercial strength tin foil... But there is no need to simply pick at the turkey for a couple of days until you pluck up the courage to throw it away. Turkey is a versatile, much overlooked meat usually only reserved for the holiday season, which is a real shame as when cooked well and combined with various flavours and spices, it can more than hold its own against other lighter meats such as chicken and pork. Low fat and protein rich, it is also one of the healthiest meats available.

Of course, you can’t simply carve off a few slices of day-old turkey and expect them to be a feast for the senses. But left-over turkey can easily be used as a substitute for chicken in a variety of eclectic dishes, such as paella, risotto, soups, casseroles and curries. There are also many herbs that enhance the meat’s delicate flavour; these include thyme, rosemary, bay leaf, marjoram and oregano. Americans often use a herb and spice combination using the herbs mentioned, sometimes with a little lemon thyme to add citrus tones. So don’t let your Christmas Dinner go to waste - become a savvy chef this year and recycle your left-over turkey!

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Ingredients 600g left over turkey 100g chorizo cut into chunks 5 fresh tomatoes roughly chopped 1 tin tomatoes 1 onion roughly chopped 1 red pepper, deseeded and roughly chopped into big chunks A dollop of tomato sauce! 2 tsp chopped fresh sage & thyme (dried is fine if you can’t get fresh) 1 tbsp sun dried tomato paste or tomato puree 100g grated cheese (which ever you prefer, cheddar, red leicester or for a deeper flavour, gruyere)

Gently sauté the chorizo to bring out the oils for about 5 minutes, (if you think it’s too greasy, just pour some oil away,) when the oil has been released add the onions and the herbs, turn the heat down, so that the onions gently sweat – you don’t want them to brown, after about 10 minutes add the fresh tomato, tomato sauce and cook gently for about 10 minutes over a low heat, add the red peppers and continue to cook for another 5 minutes. Add the cooked turkey and the tin of tomatoes and leave to simmer gently for another 15 minutes, or until the turkey is heated though, if you prefer a thicker sauce, add a tbsp of sun dried tomato paste or puree. Add salt and pepper to taste. Tip into a oven proof dish and sprinkle over the grated cheese, place in a hot oven (gas mark 4, 180c) for around 10 minutes to let the cheese melt. Serve with hot garlic bread to mop up all the juices. (You can use fresh turkey or chicken – but if doing so add the diced meat at an earlier stage – just after browning the chorizo). Enjoy.

Recipe supplied by The Barn, Upper Stowe www.thebarnrestaurant.net

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Win a family ticket (4 seats) for the 5pm performance of Sleeping Beauty on Sunday 8 December Following the huge success of Cinderella last Christmas, Royal & Derngate will this year stage an unmissable production of the traditional fairytale Sleeping Beauty. Spinning the magic Linda Lusardi and Sam Kane will lead a superb cast in Sleeping Beauty, marking their 16th Christmas season performing together! Sleeping Beauty has all of the traditional elements of Royal & Derngate pantomime but will have the added spectacle of fabulous 3D special effects, which include a walkthrough of the enchanted castle! The effects, combined with a top-drawer production, means that no-one will dare fall asleep during this fast-paced telling of the classic tale.

Entries must be in by November 18th, winner will be notified on 19th and tickets duly sent out. Please note tickets are not transferable for any other date.

To win tell us how many fairies you can find in the magazine (including this one!) Send your answers to: By email to takepart@villageemporium.co.uk and pop your answer in the subject box or by post iCon Environmental Innovation Centre, Eastern Way, Daventry NN11 0QB Please ensure you include your home address with your entry

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To be in with a chance of winning, answer the following question. Daventry was originally known as ‘Danetre’ which comes from a Celtic phrase: dwy-afon-tre – what does this mean? A. Town with no river? B. Town on a hill? C Town of two rivers Send your answers to: By email to takepart@villageemporium.co.uk - and pop your answer in the subject box or by post iCon Environmental Innovation Centre, Eastern Way, Daventry NN11 0QB Please ensure you include your home address with your entry Entries must be in by November 28th, prize draw to take place on November 29th, winner will be notified on 30th and vouchers duly sent out.

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Fawsley Hall Hotel & Spa

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Celebrate the festive season in style, choose Fawsley Hall… There are few better places to celebrate a traditional English Christmas and New Year than in the spectacular setting of Fawsley Hall. Whether you are joining us for your Christmas party, to celebrate New Year or simply fancy a break or spa treatment during the holiday season, we guarantee the warmest of welcomes - leaving you to relax, celebrate and indulge in real style.

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Fawsley is the perfect backdrop for your festive celebrations. Whether in the main house or the exclusive Knightley Court, a private event or a shared house party - let us look after you. Dates are available in November & December. You can book our fabulous venue for an exclusive party, end of year conference or join our shared party nights, as a small or large group.

Whether you have overdone the partying or just need to recharge your batteries, our Spa Breaks are the perfect way to rejuvenate mind and body. We have special rates on breaks and don’t forget they make the perfect present too! Please note, to avoid disappointment treatments need to be booked in advance.

Prices from £55

Afternoon tea A real festive treat, relax in one of our magnificent rooms decorated for the season for our traditional afternoon tea of sandwiches, scones and cakes complemented by a selection of homemade mince pies, gingerbread cake and delicious petits fours. To really celebrate, why not add a glass of Champagne?

Prices from £59.95

New Year’s Eve dinner dance Celebrate in style this year by joining our popular dinner dance, commencing with a welcome glass of Champagne in the Tudor Great Hall, followed by a sumptuous dinner in our historic restaurant rooms. Live band until 1am. Prices from £99

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Fresh handmade Holly Wreaths Garden gifts Seasonal plants

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Fantastic Lunchtime Specials Available Receive 20% Off your next food order over £11 with this voucher. Applies to food only, not valid with any other offer.

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We have some scrumptious Christmas treats in store for you! Throughout November and December we will be serving tasty Christmas inspired goodies. We have hearty hot meals, turkey baguettes and a magical selection of home baked cakes & treats.

Book now for Our Traditional Christmas Dinner two courses for only £12.95 per person available Sundays & Mondays throughout December

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25% Discount on take away menu Evening Buffet

Sunday, Monday and Tuesday

£9.95 inc dessert

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A la carte menu also available Sunday lunch buffet £8.50 1 The Square, Dunchurch, Rugby, CV22 6NS Tel: 01788 819141 / 811851

Children under 10 half price Food hygiene rating

Wonderful food and hospitality in historic surroundings infused with modern luxury Christmas Bookings now being taken £27.95 per person

On arrival greeted by Sitar Player and a glass of champagne punch Three course menu inc.coffee & mints Vegetarian options available Private rooms available for up to 20

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www.omarsrestaurant.co.uk 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

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The Old Plough

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82 High Street, Braunston, Northants NN11 7HS

Opening times : Every day 12noon-11pm Tel: 01788 878126

We show all LIVE sports

Food served Mon-Sat 12-3pm & 6-9pm, Sun 12-4pm

Steak deal

2 x 8oz Rump with traditional trimmings, hand cut chips and a bottle of House Wine £24.95

Curry Night Mondays

Two Currys & a bottle of House Wine £14.95

Private bar available to hire for funerals, weddings, christenings & parties.

Thursday

Pie & Pudding £6.00 Traditional Sunday lunch 1 x course £7.50 2 x course £10.50 3 x course £12.95

Regular Bands Dogs welcome Home cooked food

Full menu also available Serving Breakfas t, Morni Cof fee, ng Lunch, Afternoo Teas, Sn acks an n d of co urse Cakes!

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Selection of cask ales, cosy log fires, call to book for Christmas and New Year – see facebook page for details and offers

At the Old Dairy Farm, Nr Weedon Upper Stowe,

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

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Thursday 28th November 6pm - 9pm - Christmas Wreath making Sat 30th November 2pm - 5pm - Christmas Wreath making Thursday 5th December, 5pm - 8pm - Christmas Cooking Essentials for all Saturday 21st December 4pm - 7pm - Edible Christmas Presents for all For more details about all these events please look on our website or give us a call

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The Five Bells Bugbrooke

14 Church Lane, Bugbrooke NN7 3PB Tel 01604 831618

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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Christmas party menus available from 22nd November £18 for 3 courses & £9 for children 3-12

Christmas Day Lunch

served at 1.30pm £49.95 for adults & £24.99 children

Under new management You are all sure of a warm welcome at The Five Bells including dogs and walkers.

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The Home of Cakes and Infusions

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Proud and Elated to be seen as your No 1 out of 767 Restaurants in the entire county of Northamptonshire. We are also delighted to announce that we were runners-up at The Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards in the category of Independent Cafe or Tea Room 2013.

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

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Christmas Barn now open! Selling an array of christmas decorations, gifts, accessories, crackers, lights and much, much more...

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Visit Santa in his Grotto from December 1st Sat & Sun 10-6 Mon – Fri 4-6 £4 per child to include visit to Santa and his sleigh and real reindeer in the Grotto and a Christmas gift. Professional photographer on site to capture the moment.

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Great choice of yummy cakes, breakfasts and lunches to tempt you.

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Shopping List - Serves Two 4 duck Legs with thigh bone removed - ask your butcher Olive oil Puy lentils 1 carrot 1 head of celery Chicken stock Bay leaf Garlic Thyme Salt Peppercorns

Duck First salt the duck legs very generously all over and sprinkle with thyme and garlic. Cover and refrigerate for at least four hours. Rinse off the salt under the tap and dry the duck legs with a tea towel. They should be firmer and will have absorbed the thyme. Put in an oven proof dish with more thyme, garlic, and a bay leaf and cover with olive oil. Roast at 100Ë&#x161;C, very slowly for 6 hours - perfect in a slow cooker or in the bottom of the oven. When done, take the duck legs our of the dish and place on a wire rack ready for later. The oil can be kept and used for roast potatoes. Celery Peel away the outside of the celery base with a vegetable peeler until clean and all the stringy outside has gone. Cut 4 inches up from the base, then quarter so you end up with 4 nice pieces. Braise in chicken stock for 20 minutes till tender. Season to taste. Lentils Soak lentils for 1 hour, rinse and then simmer as per instructions on the packet with a carrot, 1 stick of celery, pepper, thyme and bay leaf. To bring the whole dish together, put the duck in a hot oven to crisp the skin. Put the lentils in a bowl and serve 2 celery hearts and 2 crispy duck legs per portion with some of the stock from the celery as a lovely savoury jus. Superb. Bon Appetite! Recipe provided by Darren Hill @ The Countryman, Staverton

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Christmas shopping at The Old Dairy Farm The Centre offers our visitors a unique selection of shops, selling a wide variety of products to suit most pockets and tastes. The choice available includes; a wide selection of top brand ladies clothes, lingerie, swimwear and accessories, hand sewn cushions and quilts, quality arts and crafts, greetings cards, gifts, collectables, gift foods and traditional sweets, British made sofas at great prices, painted furniture, mirrors, jewellery, handbags & scarves. The restaurant and tea room is open daily, offering a wide variety of refreshments from tea and coffee to freshly cooked snacks and meals. Sunday lunches are always very popular, and our Christmas menu is available during December. Booking is advisable.

To complement the shopping and restaurant, the Centre is also home to local accountants John Hallett & Associates, our busy Belle Amour hair salon and Pour la Femme beauty & electrolysis salon. The Centre is housed in a complex of stone-built farm buildings and is sited around two main courtyards. Some buildings date back to the 16th century, many retain part of their original features, all have been restored and updated in a very sympathetic way to help retain the atmosphere and history of the original farm. So, if you are looking for something special as a present for yourself or for your home, why not come and see what we have to offer. The Centre is open daily 10am - 5pm, see our website for full details, or follow us on Facebook. We have ample free parking for our visitors and we look forward to your visit.

The Old Dairy Farm Country Shopping Centre, Crafts & Tea Room Christmas shopping as it should be relaxed, inspiring and fun. Here at the Centre we have a unique collection of specialist shops with a wide choice of individual gifts for yourself, your home or for someone special. You will be guaranteed a warm welcome. Upper Stowe, Nr Weedon, Northamptonshire NN7 4SH Telephone 01327 340525 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Open daily 10am - 5pm Just off the A5 between Weedon & Towcester Free entry and ample free parking

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What’s on? Thursday 7th November Wanda’s Winter Wardrobe Fashion Show to be held at Dunchurch Library..Tickets: £5 (includes first drink) – available at Dunchurch Library & Wanda Fashions or book by email dunchurchlibrary@btconnect.com or phone 01788 811355 6.30 for 7pm start.

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

Saturday 23rd November St. Mary’s Church Great Brington - Christmas Bazaar 2 pm - 4.30 pm. Raffle prizes include food/drink hamper; meals at Saracen’s Head & Fox and Hounds in the Bringtons; garden centre voucher. Homemade cakes stall tombola, craft stall, children’s chocolate tombola and much more.

Friday 8th November City of Coventry Male Voice Choir presents an evening of entertainment at Leamington Hastings Parish Hall, Hill. The performance commences at 7.30 pm. Light supper served in the interval. Admission by ticket, Price £8, available from Pat Toole - 01926 632874, or Rose Hull 01926 634349. There will be a raffle on the night and proceeds go towards Parish Hall improvements. Saturday 16th November Leamington Hastings All Saints Church Christmas Market 11.30am – 2.30pm. Tea, coffee & light lunches available. Local produce, homemade cakes. Children’s Christmas Tree Decorations Competition. Many local craft stalls For more information or book a stall contact Marie 01926 632060 Saturday 23rd November Willoughby Village Hall Christmas Fair 2pm Cake stall, toy stall, tombola, bottle stall, plants, produce, bric a brac, raffle & lucky dip for the children. Refreshments served. Saturday 23rd November Jumble Sale - Newnham Village Hall. 2-3.30pm.Entrance 20p. There will also be a cake & produce stall, tombola and teas. All proceeds towards refurbishment of the Village Hall. Saturday 23rd November The Trustees of Broadwell Village Hall invite you to their annual Christmas Fair, opening at 2.00pm. At 1.30 Santa will tour the village on his pony and trap. Refreshments available together with stalls, Christmas raffle of food hampers & presents for the children from Santa. Eyes down at 7.00pm for the Christmas Bingo with refreshments in the interval. Come early to get your seat. Saturday 23rd November The friends of Daventry Country Park have organised a canal towpath walk to Braunston All welcome, meet at Daventry Country Park Visitor Centre at 10am. Refreshments available from narrowboat ‘Gongoozler’ restaurant at Braunston .Further information 01327 877193/705707 or email friendsofdcp@gmail.com

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Thursday 28th November Festive Floristry - Sylvia Shield will be demonstrating how to make a Christmas wreath and table decoration at Dunchurch Library. Refreshments & raffle. Tickets £3 from the library. Telephone or email to book your place 7 pm**All Funds Raised Support the Library**For further details on this events or how to volunteer Tel: 01788 811355 Email: dunchurchlibrary@btconnect. com Website: www.dunchurchlibrary.org Friday 29th November West Haddon Wassail in the High Street 6-8pm. Come and join this exciting start to Advent. Market stalls, food, music and singing - plus Christmas Tree Festival! Funds raised for Crisis at Christmas.

Saturday 30th November Christmas Food, Gift & Craft Fair 11 am until 2 p.m Guilsborough Senior School (NN6 8QE) . Organised by PTA. 50 plus stalls offering gifts and entertainment for all the family - Entrance £1 - Stall Bookings available from sylviaentwistle@ hotmail.co.uk or direct from the school on 01604 740641.

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Sunday 1st December Christmas Craft Fair Harpole Village Hall. 10.30am to 3pm. Organised by Craft Fair Fairies. For more information or to book a stall contact craftfairies@hotmail.co.uk or call 07865 493705. Sunday 1st December Fobs Christmas Fayre 11- 3pm. Entry £1 including tea/ coffee. Held at Badby school, Badby. Come and peruse the many craft stalls, let the kids enter the secret present room where they can purchase a special present for a special someone (no grown ups allowed), try your luck in the raffle, and of course visit Santa in his grotto. Any enquiries can be emailed to fobsinfo@yahoo.com Wednesday 4th December An Evening with Glynn Dewis, “Re-touching your Photographs” Badby and District Photo Club, see professionals at work with this illustrated talk. Badby Village Hall at 8.00 p.m. Members and visitors welcome. Wednesday 4th December Badby & District Horticultural Society will be holding a Christmas Crafts Evening at Badby Village Hall 7pm for a 7.30pm start, with demonstration and guidance being provided by Chris Littlewood of Bliss Lane Nursery. Entry is free for members & £2.00 for non-members. A glass of mulled wine or orange juice & a mince pie will be provided. For further information please contact Zelda Shapter 01327 872118 or zelda@peteshapter.co.uk Thursday 5th December Grandborough Farmers’ Market with a Christmas feel. 10am -12.30 at St Peters Church. Refreshments available. Saturday 7th December Daventry & Rugby Area Vegetarians & Vegans “Festive Food for Vegetarians” Fair at The Methodist Church, Daventry (next to the Leisure Centre) 9.30am 13.30pm. Food tasting, cookery demonstrations, recipes, information & advice. Free mince pies & a drink. Free admission. www.daventryvegetarians.btck.co.uk or email daventryvegetarians@orangehome.co.u or Facebook/ daventryvegetarians. Saturday 7th December Lawrence Sheriff School Christmas Fayre 12-3pm. Come and join us for lunch from 12pm onward. Stalls & gifts, chocolate tombola , games & activities to try in the sports hall, school brass band & choir. All proceeds go towards fund-raising for the school. For more info please contact us at parents@ lawrencesheriffschool.com

Saturday 7th December Christmas Tree Festival and Festive Market at Nether Heyford village hall & chapel 10am-4pm. For all your Christmas shopping there is something for everyone. Free admission & parking is available outside the Nether Heyford village hall in the car park. Contact Jane Inwood on 01327 342376 . Friday 13th December Christmas Theme Quiz in Broadwell Village Hall 7.30 pm. Light refreshments, and you can bring your own drinks for the evening. Prize for the winning team .PS don’t forget to think of a name for your team. Saturday 14th December Christmas concert ‘Music for your pleasure ‘ 7.30pm The Royal British Legion ( Northants Group 4) In conjunction with. Daventry Brass band and 497 (Daventry) Squadron Air Training Corps. Daventry Community Centre, Ashby Road, Daventry. Interval refreshment tea/coffee & mince pies, raffle.Tickets £7.50 available from Royal British Legion Branch or in Daventry - Dennetts, La Patisserie & Osbornes or on the door. Saturday 14th December Marie Curie Christmas Fayre, organised by Daventry Fundraising Group, Long Buckby Baptist Church 10.30am - 2.30pm. Variety of festive stalls, refreshments, raffle & a visit from Father Christmas. Stalls are £15, the cost includes a table, coffee & a bacon roll for the stall holder. All the money we raise will be donated to Daventry District Marie Curie Nurses. If you would like to volunteer your time to help at the Fayre, book a stall, donate a raffle prize or require further information please contact Sara 07718 318543 or sara.jelley@tesco.net

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Your home

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FITRITE WARDROBES LTD BEDROOMS TUDIES FITTED WARDROBES, BEDROOMS & STUDIES Individually designed, tailor made wardrobes Est. 1983

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Even more choice at Soft Furnishings of Dunchurch

After a very successful 18 months trading in Dunchurch, Mickie Fenwick-Wilson has decided to consolidate her Soft Furnishings business into one studio. Customers will now be able to choose from an even larger selection without the need to swap fabric books and sample swatches between Dunchurch and the old shop in Clifton Road. With its bright, newly re-furbished décor and easy parking Dunchurch was the obvious choice.

“I’m really pleased that we can offer the full range of Harlequin fabrics under one roof,” says Mickie. “They are so beautiful and I just love the quality. There is also plenty of space to display

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Bespoke curtains, pelmets and roman blinds, fitted if required.

her other stunning, competitively-priced ranges such as Voyage, Villa Nova and James Hare silks. Fabrics are available to order or you can take advantage of Mickie’s skilled team to make your items for you. With all her team in one place Mickie has extended the opening hours to Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm and Saturdays 9am to 3pm. Of course Mickie is still happy to do home visits to discuss ideas, share inspiration and measure up to ensure a perfect fit. Soft Furnishings is at 61 the Square, Dunchurch CV22 6NU. Tel 01788 813334.

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Wood, metal and venetian blinds. Cushions, loose covers, beautiful home accessories and lots more... Visit our studio at: 61 The Square, Dunchurch CV22 6NU

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Chim-chim-cheree

The term ‘Chimney sweep’ may conjure up images of small, Dickensian type characters covered in soot, scrambling up enormous chimneys, and we might ask ourselves if there is really a need for this ancient trade in today’s modern world with its gas fires and centrally heated properties. Well, the short answer to that is ‘Yes!’ Even chimneys serving gas fires need cleaning on a regular basis – and if you are one of the growing number of householders returning to the cosy, romantic comfort of a traditional coal or log fire, it is essential that you spend a little time and money ensuring that your fireplace is functioning both safely and efficiently. As a fire burns, it releases numerous gases up the chimney which escape into the atmosphere. As they pass through the chimney, soot - which contains a flammable substance called creosote - begins to accumulate on the walls. Over time, these deposits can begin to obstruct and eventually completely block the chimney, which could lead to an inefficient and potentially unsafe fireplace and the risk of chimney fires. This is why regular cleaning of a chimney is essential. Although it is possible to clean the chimney yourself, you might prefer instead to hire a professional chimney sweep to do this tiring, messy job! In addition to cleaning the chimney, he or she will check for other problems which might lead to chimney fires or inefficient

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burning, and will also inspect your chimney for potential problems from the roof. A chimney that serves an open fire should be swept at least once a year, after a period of prolonged disuse (for example at the end of the summer) , and also at the end of the heating season to ensure that it is clear of animal nests and is prepared for the idle period. Chimneys that are used frequently may need cleaning more often, whilst those serving gas fires less often. A visit to the National Association of Chimney Sweeps or Guild of Master Chimney Sweeps websites will help you locate a local, reliable chimney sweep. These two organisations have worked together over recent years to introduce a National Code of Practice for Chimney Sweeps, designed to protect the public from untrained or poorly trained sweeps. Sweeps meeting the Standard are required to issue an Industry Standard certificate (the Standard being printed on the reverse) and where necessary, an Industry Standard Warning Notice and Label. A sweep typically takes around 45 minutes and costs around £40 per chimney, though this can vary according to location and the difficulty of the job. Before employing anyone to carry out the work, please check that they have full public liability insurance.

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Nature on your doorstep I have a Hedgehog in my back garden We all no doubt enjoyed the great temperatures and glorious sunshine of Summer, but Winter has now arrived, bringing with it cold and windy weather, short, dark days and a less than abundant food supply for our resident wildlife. Whilst we may have the option of warming ourselves by the fire or stocking up on food from the supermarket, British wildlife has to adopt a different strategy. Our wildlife cope with this dramatic change in weather in a number of different ways. Many mammals for example have evolved to grow thick and insulated winter coats which help in trapping a layer of warm air close to their skin. Even with this evolved strategy, Winter is a very trying time as energy demands are high and food sources are at an annual low. It is because of this very fact that a number of mammals adopt a very different and remarkable approach….. Hibernation! We have all found the idea of curling up in the warm and sleeping the winter away appealing, but how does it actually work? For a lot of us, when we think of “hibernation”, we think of Brown bears in Canada or North America fattening up in preparation for tiding down in a well-insulated cave for the harsh winter months ahead. However this very same strategy is adopted by a number of species right here in the UK.

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Wintry wet weather has us reaching for our wellies, but how much thought do we give them really? Hard-working wellies deserve a bit of TLC now and then.

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First things first. A lot of wellies split at the heel seam, and this is because we insist on removing them using a step or our other foot to prise them off. Invest in a proper bootremover. It will preserve the life of your wellies and make them much easier to take-off.

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CLEAN THEM. Yes - really. How often do you put your boots away still clogged with mud? Take the time to rinse them with clean water then spray them with a boot protector. If your wellies are the sort with a zip, make sure the zip is clean and free-running before storing the boots. Spray the zip with a silicone spray and they’ll last for years. Store them properly in a cool dry place. Don’t dry kid’s wellies on a radiator as they will become brittle and perish. Don’t leave them in a freezing greenhouse or shed either. A boot rack is great, because it lets you store them upside down (less chance of spiders or mice taking up residence!) and allows the air to circulate – meaning they won’t smell. Finally, there are some terrific, colourful and fashionable wellies on the market today, so there’s no excuse not to take the kids puddlejumping. Go on, give it some welly!

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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 will us. There is a small charge per check your contact details before drivbooking, which gives you fully ing your vehicle back to Vasstech and comprehensive insurance cover* handover the paperwork to our service *A maximum excess of £250 applies to this cover. advisors who will contact you when the work is complete.

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DOES YOUR WEBSITE PASS THE 10 POINT CHECK LIST? The main reason that most companies are engaging with social media is for the natural ranking on Google and to drive traffic to your website. But when your visitors arrive on your site, are you converting those visitors into prospects and clients? Websites now-a-days should be a marketing tool, not an online brochure. Here is a quick check to see if your site is effective or not…

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In which the armchair gardener reveals his true colours “Slow moves the acid breath of noon over the copper coated hill, slow from the wild crabs bearded breast the palsied apples fall” Laurie Lee (Field of Autumn)

“Laden Autumn here I stand Worn of heart, and weak of hand: Nought but rest seems good to me, Speak the word that sets me free.” William Morris (Autum)

“Do stop quoting seasonal poetry dear, you’ve been at it for some time now, how about a break, maybe clear some of those leaves up outside and stop guzzling all that cider, your colours changing by the minute.”

“Tell that to the cat dear, the poor thing can’t get through the cat flap for fear of getting stuck in all those leaves” comes another reminder from the kitchen

“Yes dear, I could do with turning the leaf mould bin, there’s some vintage stuff out there, it’s been a fabulous year for autumn colour all round.” Weather conditions right up to early autumn can influence the time and rate of leaf colouring and you can never predict which trees will make the star turn. Colour pigment, moisture, temperature and tree variety all affect autumn leaf colour but the single most predictable factor in leaf change is daylight. The shortening of daylight hours and lengthening of night, signals the trees preparation for dormancy. Chlorophyll production slows and the leaves true colours are revealed. Like spring bulbs or that first summer vegetable, falling leaves mark another significant change. That feeling of edgy transition occurring before us. Breathe taking colour balance, the familiar musty smell of decaying leaves all act as a sweetener for the colder months to come.

“Ok love” I reply, whilst another fire crackle stirs the dog from the hearth. There’s something altogether quite regal about autumn colour, a complex palette mix of deep warm natural and earthy hues give dramatic effect, from canary yellow through to mauve. Why not create a focal point in the garden, plant something with good autumn colour like a liquid amber with leaves turning to a red ruby colour or for smaller gardens maybe amelanchier with foliage turning yellow through to red or maybe one of the Japanese maples. Maybe create an autumn corridor lined with shrubs such as dogwood. Contrast this with the yellow turning foliage of hazel and even try the native spindle bush (Euonymus europeus), its berries when revealed are a bright pink and a reminder of those luminous socks we used to wear in the 80’s. “Right! That’s it, I’m going out to clear leaves myself. “ “Ok Dear” I reply somewhat aghast. “I’d better fix the rake.” Will Hewitt, Landscape Architect Designer whewitt15@yahoo.co.uk 07934 440949

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Win an early Christmas gift from The Village Emporium The Village Emporium started back in 2005 delivering just 3,000 copies. Thanks to the fantastic support of our readers and advertisers we now reach 27,000 homes. The look and feel of the magazine may have changed over the last 8 years but our passion for supporting local traders working in our local community has never wavered – in fact the more we hear about the amazing people on our patch the more passionate we become. Traditionally Christmas is the time when we all thank everyone who has helped us during the previous year. We would love to deliver a gift to every single one of our readers but that’s just not possible – Santa wouldn’t have room in his sack! So we would like to reward three of our wonderful readers with an early Christmas present of three bottles of wine each, hand delivered to your home.

To enter our competition, just answer the following question: What did your true love send to you on the 6th day of Christmas? a. Swans a swimming b. Drummers drumming c. Geese a laying

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By email to takepart@villageemporium.co.uk - and pop your answer in the subject box or by post iCon Environmental Innovation Centre, Eastern Way, Daventry NN11 0QB Please ensure you include your home address with your entry Winners will be randomly selected from correct answers received by noon on 1st December. Please supply a telephone number so we can contact you if you win.

We would love to know what you want to see in the magazine – do let us know if you have any suggestions when you send us your answers. Thank you for your support. Wishing you a very happy Christmas and prosperous New Year.

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