Essentially Local September-October 2017


Essentially Local is a bi-monthly publication that is delivered to over 12,000 homes and businesses around the North of Milton Keynes and South Northamptonshire. It includes a directory of local businesses, competitions and lots of great local articles. You will also find the latest events that are taking place.

September/October 2017

Your FREE copy – Issue 82

Getting back to work and school...

Pets and friends pictures – Thank you to all who sent us their great photos

Building Services


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Contents & Welcome

Inside this Issue…

Essentially Business and Professional

30 Investing for children; Are you weighed down by reward cards?

How much pocket money should I give my child?

40 Product recalls – what’s behind them?

Essentially Children

24 Children’s fun; Big Draw 2017 – Go Wild in the Rainforest!

Essentially Community

18 A cool way to care; Free Heritage Open Days at the

heart of Milton Keynes’ 50th anniversary year

50 Poppy Appeal

Essentially Leisure

8 York House Presents . . .

9 The Old Talbot under new ownership

22 ARTea Room’s Cake Tasting Plate –

the solution to cake dilemmas!

23 Want to get creative, or find time to escape the

madness of everyday life?

Essentially Home & Garden

22 Courgette Cake recipe

34 How to create the perfect study space ...

44 Summer’s end; For Autumn colour; Wasps

46 Stony In Bloom; Wolverton in Bloom

50 Skyline charges ahead with electric taxis; Car drivers beware …

Essentially Health and Well-being

11 Kicking the habit; Oxygen facials – a breath of fresh air;

Happy Bodies Spinathon

16 Smile – this could be the solution

Essentially Pets

10 Autumn – seasonal advice;

Protect your pets against ticks and lungworm


6 Reader offers

20 Competition – Win a hot drink and a cake for a week at

Out of Office Coffee, Stony Stratford

26 What’s On

28 What’s On Sport; Useful numbers

48 Advertisers list

Where we Deliver…




Yardley Gobion


Old Stratford





Wolverton Mill

Stony Stratford





Hanslope Long Street



Old Wolverton

Hello Readers…

Thanks to everyone who sent in a cover

picture – pets and friends! Some of you may

recognise Wolverton Community Orchard.

The Moorgate Farm Vegetable Box

scheme’s Courgette Cake recipe on page 22

is a must try! Susan from Moorgate has even

successfully tested the cake on a group of

children who did not even suspect they

were eating vegetables!

Do your children get pocket money?

Read about how you can help them manage

their finances on page 30. With summer

holidays behind us it’s time to get back to

education and work, organising your space

can make life easier – Pippa has some great

ideas on page 34.

The Government have set up a new

recording system that will help us all if a

product needs to be recalled. Read about

it in our latest Trading Standards article on

page 40.

You could win a free hot drink and

piece of cake every day for a week if you

enter our competition from Out of Office

Coffee House in Stony Stratford. There

are two ways to win so

turn to page 20. Finally,

remember keep your

business Essentially Local.

Emma – Editor

Get in Touch…

Essentially Local

The Office, 5 The Stocks,

Cosgrove, Milton Keynes MK19 7JD

Tel: 01908 380777





Design and production:

Andrew Metcalfe


Motoring Services

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Reader Offers

Reader offers and ideas

Treat yourself, a relative or a friend to one of our great local ideas and offers

Brasserie at Cloud 9 Spa

20% off food and beverages

This offer applies to all new and existing customers

at the new Brasserie. The offer is valid up until 15

November 2017, Please remember to take this offer

along with you.For opening times please call

01908 804804

Potterspury House,

3 Poundfield Road,

Potterspury, NN12 7QL


10% off everything Fashion stationery and gifts

Use promo code EL2017 at checkout

Code valid till 30/9/17

This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any

other offers or codes and does not apply

to the delivery charge.

Boutique Organica

Clairderm Oxygen Facial – Autumn

special offer £42 for an hour session

normally £58

Book now: 01908 569259

Valid until 31 October 2017

One offer per person cannot be used

in conjunction with any other offers

01908 569259

4 Odell’s Yard, The High Street,

Stony Stratford, MK11 1AF

Windscreens on Wheels

£10 off first Glass Repair – Normally £45

Mobile Windscreen Repair and Replacement.

Local, independent, family run business with all

vehicles catered for, modern, classic, agricultural,

plant glass. Insurance companies billed directly,

major credit cards accepted

Call now 01908 216 677


Lovely Living

10 % off all products during September and

October 2017. Make your home a dream.

Specialists in French and Scandinavian

inspired furniture, gifts and accessories.

Valid until 31 October 2017

Sales items excluded from discount

76 High Street, Stony Stratford,

Milton Keynes MK11 1AH

01908 565 005

Body Blitz Fitness

Mobile Personal Trainer. ‘Silver’ package of 8

Sessions for £290. Split the cost between 2, 3 or 4

people and train as a group.

Feel better, feel healthier and take a step towards a

new you! Includes free consultation, weight, body fat

and muscle percentage, nutritional guidance and a

customised routine to help you reach your goals.

Call Lee 07452 820030

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York House presents…

Treats coming up at York House Centre, London Road, Stony Stratford MK11 1JQ

Ticket enquiries: 07968 681751

The Glorious Madness

8.00pm-11.00pm, Friday,

20 October

Andy Fenton and

“Wishbone Ash Unplugged”

8.15pm-10.45pm Saturday,

16 September

Guitar supremo Andy Fenton and his

fellow Wishbone Ash fans present an

evening of songs of the legendary

band, emphasising the acoustic folk/

rock sounds at the heart of the music.

Ticket details to follow.

Doors open at 7.30pm

The Reburial of Richard III

2.30pm, Saturday,

16 September

Join Dr.Phil Stone,

Chairman of the

Richard III Society, for

his own very personal

account of the events

leading up to and

including the reburial of Richard III.

Doors open at 2pm, talk starts at

2.30pm. Tickets: £5.00. Advanced

bookings due to limited places.

Jeanette Melbourne, Secretary, Rill

Society – Beds & Bucks Group, 07957

157273 or

Vivant in Concert

3.00pm-5.00pm, Sunday,

24 September

Vivant combine the talents of:

Mark Prescott – a talented violinist,

at home in a wide variety of genres

Clive Williams – master of the

melodeon, with a wide repertoire of

French and English folk music and

early music genres.

Enjoy acoustic instrumental music

on violin and melodeon.

Tickets £6.00 from York House

Centre, or on-line www.wegottickets.


International Pipe and

Tabor Festival 2017

Saturday, 30 September

Lyrical melodies and pulsating drive of

the pipe and tabor instruments.

12.40–1.40pm Pipe and Tabor

Beginner’s Workshop (£10 including D

pipe or free with your own).

1.50–2.50pm Playing for Morris Jigs


3.00–4.15pm – Playing for Early

Dance Workshop – 15th and 16th

century dance. Players of acoustic

instruments who can play in G, D

and Em are welcome! Music at www.

4.30–6.30pm – Early Dance

Workshop – 15th and 16th century

dances, no partner required. (£7.00

playing & dance, £4 dance)

8.00–11.00pm – concert (£7.50)

with bar – Uplifting music from Juana

Etchegoin (music of the Basque

Country – txirula & ttun ttun (pipe

and string drum) & txistu & danbolin

(pipe and tabor) morris jigs from

Ollie Simons and pipe and tabor

performances Taborers Society.

The Great War, volunteers, white

feathers and heroes brought back to

life in story and song. Written by Mike

Sparks and Carys Sullivan with songs

performed by Les Sullivan, with Moses

& The Ref and Denise Dryburgh.

Proceeds to support The Royal

British Legion. Tickets from York

House or

For information Mike Sparks:

Carys Sullivan:

Clap Hands!

Here Comes D.D.


Saturday, 14 October

Sharon P Watson

promotes her love

of Jazz & Blues with

a unique powerful

vocal style.

Doors open at

7.30pm. Tickets: £5

from York House,

or on-line


Kara In Concert

8.00pm-11.00pm, Friday,

27 October

KARA bring a rich mix of songs and

tunes; hammered dulcimer, guitar

and melodeon back the striking lead

vocals in original material laced with

folk music from around the world.

Doors open at 7.30pm.


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The Old Talbot under new ownership

The excited new owners of The Old

Talbot in Potterspury have committed

themselves to restoring this delightful

17th Century pub. Following its recent

reopening they aim to improve all that

it can offer you starting with a welcome

to locals and those from further afield.

On the outside they are developing

a safe children’s play zone that is

fenced and gated. They have also

improving the seating area for those

who prefer a drink al fresco. Alongside

the physical improvements you can

look forward to proper British pub

grub. This comes with a guarantee

of great quality while being excellent

value. In addition to you’ll be able to

enjoy a full programme of seasonal


To find out more check out their

new website at

for all the news.

Craig and Mark and their respective

families look forward to welcoming

you to their family friendly village pub

very soon!

The Old Talbot, Potterspury Now OPEN – under new ownership! 01908 760018 Facebook: TheOldTalbot

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Animal services

Autumn –seasonal advice

As temperatures start to drop and the nights get

darker, think about keeping your animals safe and

warm. Provide extra bedding and move outdoor

pets, like rabbits and guinea pigs, into a shed or

garage for extra shelter during the cold spells. Fit

your dogs and cats with reflective collars to keep

them safe in the dark and make sure you use quick

release collars for your cats.

If you are building a bonfire, build it as close

to the time of lighting as possible and check it

thoroughly for animals before lighting.

Road accidents involving deer are common

throughout the year but drivers should be

particularly aware of deer

warning signs during

the rut, which lasts from

mid-July to December.

Collisions should be

reported to the police.

For more information on lost pets or the animals in their care: call the RSPCA Milton Keynes & North Bucks on

01908 611179 • •

Protect your pets against ticks and lungworm

A recent study ‘The Big Tick Project’

found that one in three dogs was

affected by ticks in the UK and that

Buckinghamshire is a high risk area.

Ticks are an irritant, unpleasant and

can transmit serious diseases such as

Lyme disease and babesiosis to pets

and humans too.

Fortunately there are many

products available to help keep your

pets protected from ticks. Please

contact your vet to discuss the most

appropriate treatment. Purchase a

tick removing device from your vet

instead of pulling the tick off – parts

of it can be left in your pet. Destroy

Contact The Vet Centre Cherry Lane Garden Centre, Potterspury, NN12 7QN

01280 812057 or 01908 542155 visit for more information.

the tick without allowing it back into

the environment and wear gloves so it

does not attach itself to you!

Lungworm, Angiostrongylus

vasorum, a parasitic disease of

dogs, is becoming more common

throughout the UK. Your dog can

become infected by eating slugs

and snails that carry the parasite.

Lungworm can cause a variety of

symptoms in dogs, sometimes

making it hard to diagnose, and if

not treated can be fatal. Common

symptoms include coughing, exercise

intolerance, lethargy, nose bleeds and

weight loss but many other signs may

be seen.

Lungworm can be prevented with

a regular worming regime but not all

worming products will work against

lungworm. Please speak to your vet

to make sure the treatment you use is



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Kicking the habit

When Ian Blackburn’s 12-year

smoking habit began to take its toll

on his health, he decided it was time

to stop. After many aids to giving up

failed, Ian’s doctor prescribed tablets

that made a real difference. Needing

help to focus, Ian went along with a

friend to his first kick boxing session –

and loved it.

‘I had hit a ceiling with my general

fitness,’ he explained, ’but with kick

boxing I just keep improving.’ The

regime even helped to keep off any

extra weight gain. Ian’s confidence

soared and he saw improvements not

just in his fitness but his work, study

and life in general.

Ian was made to feel welcome and

encouraged from the session. Finding

the routine really helped, he is now

aiming for his black belt.

Would Ian recommend kick boxing

as a way of managing addictive

habits? ‘One hundred per cent!’ he

says. ‘Trying something new can

really pay off.’

Call Sensei Lauren for more information • 07910 154499 •

Oxygen Facials – a breath of fresh air

Clairderm Oxygen Facials have arrived

at Boutique Organica in Stony Stratford,

bringing you an innovative therapy

designed to lift and firm your skin by

encouraging cell regeneration. The

process is designed to heal and repair

your skin more quickly, giving you an

instant boost and feeling of good health.

Without being exposed to harsh

chemicals or needles, you will

experience a calming and painless

treatment that oxygenates to

encourage the growth of new cells

and collagen. The oxygen also helps

to rejuvenate skin that has been

exposed to pollutants and other

toxins, as well as reducing blemishes

and minor skin imperfections.

Treatment begins with an exfoliation

treatment to remove dirt and excess

oils, followed by a mild steam

process to open the pores. Oxygen

is then introduced directly onto the

skin, along with organic enhancing

supplements to give firmness and

smooth out lines and wrinkles. This

gentle treatment can also be used on

sensitive skin.

To see the benefits for yourself take

advantage of Boutique Organica’s

reader offer on page 6.

4 Odell’s Yard, The High Street, Stony Stratford, MK11 1AF • 01908 569259

Happy Bodies spinathon

Members and friends of Happy Bodies

Health and Wellbeing are getting

ready to spin – 12 hours of non-stop

spin on 25 August!

Friends Debbie Smith, Liz Miller

and Kate Grassick-Whitby organised

this epic event after Debbie’s dad

was diagnosed with a terminal brain

tumour. Gym members have been

amazing – 3 members will spin for 12

hours, 16-year- old Shannon Barnes

has committed to 4 hours. Aleisha

Dixon who has never done anything

like this will be testing her legs!

Good luck to Jane and Emma-Louise

Stanbridge, Julie and Emma Haley, Jo

Patrick-Heselton, Robert Purton, Mark

Dale, Mark Watson, Dale Underwood,

Colin Turner, Simon Borrill and Steve

Ward and all the other spinners.

Please give generously to support

Brain Tumour Charity



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Take those first steps

towards a healthier you…


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• Acrylics • Nail art • Shellac • Air brush designs

• Hand designs • Gel nails • Pedicures

LANh’s NAiL sALoN in

Stony Stratford provides a

professional and relaxing nail

care service to fully meet all

your individual needs.


CALL 01908 567796

95 High Street, Stony Stratford MK11 1AT

What’s more, we also have free

parking at the rear, free fast wi-fi

in the shop and free tea and coffee.


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Smile – this could be the solution


Your recovery should happen quite

quickly after the operation but you may

need some time off work, depending

on the complexity of your treatment.

Dental implants can transform

your life – restoring your smile and

helping you to talk and eat without

embarrassment. So what are the facts?

The implant

Da Vinci Dental Clinic uses implants

that will work with all bone types

and even the most complicated of

circumstances. These clever devices

are fixed to your jaw, can last for years

and according to your needs can

comprise one or several implants to

replace your missing teeth.

There are three parts to an implant

– first, the small threaded titanium

cylinder, which is placed into the

jawbone. Next, a small connecting

part attaches the new porcelain tooth

onto the cylinder. The implant gets its

strength from being fixed into the jaw

bone. Once it is fitted, you will find

it hard to tell the difference between

your implant and your natural teeth.


Dental implants have a near perfect

success rate and risk of complication is

very low; however before offering you

an implant the Da Vinci dentists will

assess your suitability.


Treatment is carried out under local

anaesthetic, so you will not experience

any pain. Slight swelling or discomfort

after the treatment is normal as your

gums begin to heal. Full after-care

advice and management post-surgery

will reduce your risks and promote



The procedure takes place in three

stages. After your implant is fitted it

takes three months for the bone to

strengthen around it. If appropriate, a

temporary crown can be fitted during

this time. Once it is strong enough, your

dentist will fit a connecting part to the

implant and a couple of weeks later

your tooth or teeth will be put in place.

After this simply look after your new

teeth in the same way as your real teeth

– cleaning and flossing twice a day.


In addition to their over 20 years of

experience in performing thousands

of implants all the Da Vinci dentists

continuously undertake additional

training. This ensures they have the

necessary skills to perform these

treatments and guarantee their

knowledge, competence and safety.

The cost

Price varies according to your needs,

with single implants starting at around

£980 (including connecting part and

crown) but their longevity means

they offer great value for money. In

addition there is an option for 0%

credit finance over 6-12 months

(subject to status) to spread the cost.

You can be sure that you will be

offered the latest technologies with

the best treatments possible at

affordable prices.

Contact: Put the confidence back into your smile by visiting the team to

find the perfect solution. To make an appointment with one of the lead

dentists, Dr Memari and Dr Sarrami, call for an appointment on

01908 886871 or 01908 322364

3 Canon Harnett Court, Wolverton MK12 5NF •


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Need a physio?

You don’t have to wait!

Experience you can trust


01908 560355

Old Stratford Business Park,

Falcon Drive, Old Stratford MK19 6FG

| Back pain | Muscle injury | Sore or overused muscles | Muscle cramping

| Pregnancy back and leg discomfort | Headaches | Whiplash | Lymphatic drainage

| Circulatory problems | Anxiety | Depression | Insomnia | Stress

Tailor-made massage

with you in mind

Massage in Mind provides

massage to meet your needs.

Whether suffering from stress or having

muscular discomfort, massage is a powerful

tool to alleviate these and many more

physical and emotional conditions.

Call 01908 968430 to

book your appointment.

Massage in Mind Action Physiotherapy,

54b High Street, Stony Stratford MK11 1AQ


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A cool way to care

Residents and businesses can now donate food

that would have been wasted to The Milton Keynes

Community Fridge. Co-op, Wordsworth Avenue

and Costa’s are leading the way in supporting the

service and helping to reduce food waste.

Donated foods such as fruit, vegetables, bread

and sandwiches must be within their sell-by date

and be prepared as well as cooked in a Registered

Food Business.

Co-ordinator Helen Innes said, “We are thrilled

with MK Community Fridge and thank everyone

who has helped make it happen. Food businesses in

Wolverton and Milton Keynes can now donate their surplus

food and we’d love to hear from anyone who can help.”

If you need to access the food in the two fridges and

one freezer, visit The Old Bath House Community Centre,

Wolverton, from 7.00-9.00pm Monday-Friday.

Crowd-funding and support from environmental charity

Hubbub UK and Bosch have helped to ensure the venture’s

To find out more, donate or volunteer visit or

success. Volunteers to help it to continue are always welcome.

The average UK household throws away £470 worth of

food every year while 4 million people are living in food

poverty. Community Fridges have been successful in Spain

and Germany as well as other parts of the UK as a way of

cutting food waste.

Free Heritage Open Days at the heart

of Milton Keynes 50th anniversary year

7 – 10 September

There are more than 70 free heritage Open Day events

forming part of Milton Keynes 50th Anniversary. Milton

Keynes Museum and Bletchley Park are offering 200

free tickets per day. There are hands-on activities,

performances, archive film screenings, arty options and

guided tours exploring Milton Keynes’ rich heritage.

Visit Cowper and Newton Museum in Olney,

Buckingham’s Old Gaol Museum, Claydon House and

Chandos Hall Museum in Newport Pagnell as well as a

host of historic sites and churches. Various towns and

villages will have guided tours, there’ll be a chance to quiz

members of the Western Front Association and you can

find out about Buckingham Canal restoration. Libraries are


also hosting events.

There’s a Medieval Family Fun Day at Bradwell Abbey,

Open Days BBQ, a Beer and Cider Festival at Milton

Keynes Museum, Festive Road’s puppet workshop and

much more. There are also art exhibitions, trails and

demonstrations at various venues.

The Willis Pipe Organ, Stony Stratford will be available to

play and you can watch Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court

in action, or see how rubbish and recycling was dealt with.

Full details of the activities and events www.

Follow Milton Keynes Heritage Open Days on

Twitter using #MKHODs

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2 ways to WIN a hot drink and a cake for a

week at Out of Office Coffee, Stony Stratford

If you love speciality coffee or tea then head to Out of

Office Coffee to escape your desk or household chores!

This new independent coffee shop on the block is

already receiving rave reviews for its speciality coffee,

premium teas, craft chocolate and freshly baked cakes,

pastries and savoury options.

The surroundings offer a relaxed but vibrant atmosphere,

whether you are catching up with friends, working or

grabbing a take-away. An historic water-filled well,

discovered during the renovations, is central to the décor

with clever lighting showing off this fascinating feature.

There is an option to sit outside, as well as access to free

WIFI and USB ports.

Owners Ben and Steve believe all the best things

happen in coffee houses, from their coffee and food to your

experience. That’s why their baristas are fully trained in the

art of making the perfect drink – macchiato, espresso, latte

and tea. They have also taken care of the smallest of details,

from the coffee glasses to the delicious artisan pastries and

cakes, as well as their selection of drink suppliers.

There are two ways to win a week’s worth of coffee and

cake! Only at Out of Office Coffee.

45b High Street Stony Stratford

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Wordsearch winner… July/August

Congratulations to Elena Ball from Wolverton who has won an

Arbonne Facial worth £60 from Cloud 9 Spa, Potterspury

01908 804804























































































For a chance to win this fantastic prize,

find the missing word in the grid, or pop into

the café and guess the depth of the well to

the nearest cm. Then send us your answer.

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Competition rules

To enter the competition, email, post or telephone your answer to, Essentially Local, The Office, 5 The Stocks,

Cosgrove, Milton Keynes MK19 7JD. 01908 380777. Remember to clearly state which competition you are entering and include your name,

address and telephone number. 2. The competition runs from 1 September, 2017 and the closing date is 5pm, 13 October, 2017. No purchase

required. 3. There will be one winner who will be notified by telephone by 31 October, 2017. The winner’s name will be published in the

November-December edition of Essentially Local. 4. The prize for correctly identifying the missing word in the word search is one hot drink

and a cake every day for a week. There is no cash or alternative prize. The winner must take up the prize offered between 1 December, 2017

and 31 December, 2017. 5. Entries are limited to ONE per household. Competitions cannot be entered by employees or family of Out of

Office Coffee or Essentially Local Ltd. All correct entries will be placed in a draw and the winner will be the first randomly selected name that

is drawn. 6. The draw will take place on 20 October, 2017. Judge’s decision is final. 7. Entrants may be notified of special offers from Out of

Office Coffee; please state if you do not wish your details to be used.


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ARTea Room’s Cake Tasting Plate –

the solution to all cake dilemmas!

A generous slice of home-made cake

with the perfect cup of tea – a tasty

treat that’s even better when taken

with friends. But which do you choose

– Victoria Sandwich, Coffee, Carrot,

Toffee or Chocolate Cake?

ARTea Room’s Cake Tasting Plate

comes bursting with choice, flavour,

and of course calories! And a date

with this delight is the perfect solution

to your cake dilemma.

Victoria Sandwich – this classic,

very British light and airy choice,

topped with home-made butter icing

and strawberry jam, is always a winner.

Coffee Cake – another traditional

British offering. This bursts with the

flavours of the much-loved bean and is

topped with crunchy walnuts that take

your texture buds to the next dimension.

Carrot Cake – irresistible, moist

and enticing as the gentle spices

excite your taste buds and the creamy

topping melts in your mouth.

Toffee Cake – this tea-time favourite

is rich, sweet, soft and more-ish – and

will brighten any autumnal day.

Chocolate Cake – it’s truly

scrumptious and there is no getting away

from the deep, rich, chocolately flavour!

To book a date for a Cake Tasting:

ARTea Room opening hours: 10.00am-4.00pm Tuesday-Saturday

11.00am-4.00pm on Sundays.

Wakefield Country Courtyard, Potterspury NN12 7QX.

01327 810245 • •

Frosted Courgette & Lemon cake



250g unsalted soft butter (extra for tin)

3 unwaxed lemons

200g golden caster sugar

3 eggs

2 medium coarsely courgettes

1 tsp poppy seeds (extra for decoration)

1 tsp vanilla extract

100g self raising flour

100g plain wholemeal flour

1 tsp baking powder

85g icing sugar

200g full fat soft cheese

4 tbsp lemon curd


• Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4.

Grease 2 x 20cm sandwich tins, line with baking parchment.

• Zest 2 lemons, squeeze juice into a bowl. Beat into a creamy

batter - 200g butter, caster sugar, eggs, courgettes, poppy

seeds, vanilla and lemon zest. Stir in 1tbsp lemon juice, flour,

baking powder and 1⁄4 tsp salt. Spoon mix into tins, bake for 25

mins or until risen, golden and springy in the middle.

• Make a drizzle by mixing 1 tbsp lemon juice with 25g icing

sugar. Beat remaining icing sugar and butter into a creamy,

smooth frosting, add the soft cheese, 2 tbsp lemon juice and

grate in final lemon’s zest.

• Cool the cakes in their tins for 15 minutes, then turn onto a

cooling rack. Prick with a cocktail stick, spoon over the drizzle

and cool. Spread the lemon curd and then half the frosting. Put

second cake on top and spread remaining frosting. Sprinkle with

poppy seeds.

Moorgate Farm Vegetable Box Delivery Scheme – Local fresh,

quality vegetables delivered from field to your door in 24 hours

Moorgate Farm, Potterspury, NN12 7QG

01908 543008 •

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Want to get creative or find time to

escape the madness of everyday life?

Then head to Vitreus Art –

this hive of creativity offers

art and craft courses that

everyone should try. The

courses run here major on

making something to be

proud of, especially their

Glass courses.

These courses offer a

modern take on glass art.

From jewellery to window

hangings, wall art and more

– you’ll enjoy the friendly,

fun classes and relaxing


Unlike many arty courses

the price includes all your materials, tools, tuition and

refreshments. All you need to take is enthusiasm!

Call in, see what it’s all about

and chat to the artists.

You’ll find Vitreus Art at Wakefield Country Courtyard, near Potterspury, Northants

NN12 7Q, Tel: 01327 810320

The courses make perfect

gifts or bring a friend and

you’ll have memories to share.

“What better way could

there be to share time with

friends and family and build

lasting memories while

having fun learning a new

craft?” says Jenny at Vitreus


Vitreus Art is taking part

in the SNA Trail 7th – 15th

October with two other

artists – you will find glass

art being made plus Textile

Sculpture and Textile Art.

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Children’s Page

Charlotte’s Joke Corner

How do you get straight As?

By using a ruler

What did the pen say to the pencil?

So what’s your point?

Why did the 2 4s skip lunch?

They already 8!

Send your jokes to

Word wheel

Try to find as many words of

3 letters or more, only using

the letters in the grid. You can

only use each letter once in the

words you make. No proper

names are allowed. Can you

find the 9 letter word?

Good: 8+, Excellent: 10 +, Outstanding: 12+




9 letterword: envelopes, 8 letter word: envelope, envelops,

7 letter words: elevens, envelop, 6 letter words: eleven, elopes, sleeve, spleen, 5

letter words elope, elves, evens, levee, lopes, loves, novel, opens, ovens, peels,

peeve, poles, pones, seven, sleep, slope, solve, 4 letter words; eels, else, epee,

even, lens, lone, lope, lops, lose, love, neep, nope, nose, ones, open, oven, peel,

peso, pole, pose, seen, seep, sloe, slop, sole, vole, 3 letter words: eel, eon, eve,

lee, lop, one, pee, pen, see, son.

The ancient Romans invented the stylus which was a thin metal rod which left a

light readable mark on papyrus. Graphite became popular after its discovery in a

deposit in Borrowdale, England in 1564.

Edward Nairne, an English engineer, invented the first pencil rubber.

Charles Goodyear began curing the rubber in 1839.


The abacus, developed in China in the ninth century, was the first calculator. Blaise

Pascal (1623-1662) invented the first adding machine in 1642.

Sept-Oct wordsearch














Find the words in the wordsearch and see if you can

answer the questions below.

1. Who invented the first calculator?

2. Who invented the pencil?

3. Who invented the pencil rubber?

Big Draw 2017 – Go Wild in the Rainforest!

FREE Arts Workshop with

Michelle Buckland & Angela Carel

10.00am-4.00pm, Saturday, 14 October.

York House Centre, London Road,

Stony Stratford, MK11 1JQ

The York House Centre Big Draw returns! This year’s theme will

explore the wonderful world of rainforests – so important to the health

of our planet and so full of wondrous flora and fauna.

This drop-in workshop is FREE (including all materials) and is suitable

for all ages and abilities - help transform York House into a rainforest


There will be some optional paid activities - decorate a butterfly

biscuit, face painting, create animal masks or make bird’s wings.

A ‘Volunteer Cafe’ will run all day to satisfy your refreshment needs

(home-made cakes, tea & coffee, soft drinks) and raise funds

to support the project.

We look forward to another amazing year of family fun

and creativity.

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Professional childcare with a personal touch

Looking for local childcare?

* A non profit organisation - the money

is invested where it matters

* Highly qualified, warm and welcoming

staff team

* A focus on outdoor and natural play

* Award-winning Menus

* Forest School

Acorn Day Nursery, Castlethorpe

17 South Street

Castlethorpe, MK19 7EL

01908 510222

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What’s On – September/October 2017


Wolverton & District

Archaeological & Historical


Paul Blinkhorn A Day in the

Life of Time Team 7.30pm,

Wednesday 20 September.

John Clarke – Woburn

Wednesday 18 October

Mike Ingram – King John’s

Scythe Wednesday 15

November St Mary & St Giles

School, Stony Stratford

Buckingham Canal Society

Restoration of disused canal

– practical conservation work.

10.00am alternate Thursdays

and 2nd Sunday each month

Lock Lane, Cosgrove,

MK19 7JR. 01908 661217 www.

Craft Social Club

All crafts welcome. Pop in for a

cup of tea & chat. Old Stratford

Memorial Hall. Mondays 2.00-

4.30pm. 01908 380777

Cosgrove Art Group

Welcomes new members.

Cosgrove Village Hall. Tuesday

10.00am-12.00 noon.

Joy 01908 677679

Milton Keynes Aviation

Society (MKAS)

Silver City Airways – The first 70

years 12 September.

North Korean Aviation – Glenn

Stanley 10th October 8pm

doors open 7.30pm Kents Hill

Community Centre MK6 6HQ

Visitors £3

Milton Keynes National Trust


Milton Keynes Museum and the

future by Bill Griffiths, Director

7.45pm 13 September. New

members and guests welcome.

01908 314151 Cruck Barn,

Bradwell Abbey.

Stony Stratford Floral Group

High Days & Holidays

Demonstration by Martin

Capel 5 September The Little

Green Orchard Demonstration

by Katherine Kear (National

Demonstrator) 3 October

The Life of Flowers

demonstration by Emma

Rimmington 7 November.

Visitors £8.00 Doors open

7.00pm for 7.30pm. Christmas

demonstration tickets on

sale. Visitors £10 Admission by

ticket only no tickets on sale on

the night. Russell Street School

Hall, Stony Stratford

Sue on 01908 564453 or

Judy on 01908 569429

The North Bucks

Woodturning Club

Courtyard Arts Centre,

Parklands, Great Linford, Milton

Keynes Saturdays 10.00am-

12.00pm 01908 311243

The National Museum

of Computing

For tours,

Bletchley Park, The Mansion,

Bletchley, Milton Keynes MK3

6DZ. 01908 374708

Vitreus Art Courses

Variety of art and craft courses.

Vitreus Art, No. 4 Wakefield

Country Courtyard, Potterspury

NN12 7QX 01327 810320

Westbury Arts Centre

For art courses Foxcovert Road,

Shenley Wood, Milton Keynes,

MK5 6AA 01908 501214

Yardley Gobion History Group

Meets village hall 8pm, 1st

Thursday of the month

01908 542322


Act Out & Act Up

Term-time drama group for

all levels of 7-14 year olds,

covering theatrical skills –

acting, story telling and the

spoken word etc. Act Out for

6-10yrs 4.30-5.30pm, and Act

Up for 11-16yrs 5.40-6.40pm.

Both on Thursdays. York House

Centre, Stony Stratford.

Brownies and Guides

South Northants Brownies (7-

10yrs) Guides (10-14yrs) Every

Mon, Tues & Wed. South

Northants Rainbows (5- 7yrs)

Every Wed. Call Emma

01908 571244

Wolverton and Stony Stratford

Rainbows, Brownies and

Guides. Rainbows 5-7yrs meet

Thursdays Brownies 7-10yrs

meet Wednesdays.

Guides 10–14 yrs meet


Towcester Brownies & Guides

Brownies – Tuesday,

Wednesday and Thursday.

Guides – Monday and

Thursday. Hattie – Guider

in Charge 3rd Towcester

Brownies, 07776 257398

Beaver and Scouts

1st Stony Stratford Beaver

Scouts (6-8yrs), Mondays 1st

Stony Stratford Cub Scouts

(8-10.5yrs), Thursdays 1st Stony

Stratford Scouts (10.5-14yrs),

Tuesdays. For boys & girls

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Cosgrove Playdate!

Drop in and out for under 5s,

meet friends, share a toy, drink

and biscuit. 10.30am-12.00

noon, 3rd Thursday of month.

St Peter and St Paul Church,

Cosgrove. Deanshanger Library

Rhyme time

2.15pm every Thursday Under

1s Play and Learn 10.30am

every Wednesday Deanshanger

Library, Little London,

Deanshanger MK19 6HT.

01908 562889 paula.culley@

York House Junior Youth Club

Ages 8 -12 6.00pm-7.30pm

Mondays during termtime.

Maria 07988 078056

York House Senior Youth Club

Ages 12 – 16 years 6.00pm-

7.45pm Wednesdays during

termtime Tash 07949 402862

Stony Stratford &

Wolverton Library

Stories, songs and rhymes for

under 5s and carers, free 11.00-

11.30pm, Thursdays Stony

Stratford. 2.00-2.30pm, Fridays

Wolverton. Term time only


Jazz – New Orleans Jazz Club

See page 11.

Jazz Jam

Terry Marshall and The Hounds

with local musicians. The Fox &

Hounds, Stony Stratford Free.

8.30pm Thursday.

Junction 14 Ladies A Cappella

Singing for pleasure and

fundraising. Rehearsals 7.30pm

Thursdays Drama Studio

Shenley Brook End Secondary

School, Milton Keynes. To join

01908 678558. To hire

01908 667029

MK Acapella Men

Barbershop Chorus Rehearsals

every Monday Stantonbury

School, Bradville, Milton

Keynes. To join:

To hire:

Milton Keynes Acoustic

Tuition in roots guitar, fiddle

and penny whistle. Beginners to

advanced. 1st & 3rd Thursday

Community Centre, Britten

Grove, Old Farm Park, Milton


Music Makers of Milton


Choral Music and singing.

Rehearsals Stony Stratford.

7.30pm- 9.30pm Thursdays

Call Teresa 07928156006

The Song Loft

Kelly Oliver 8.15, 27 October

Performers Night 8.15, 15

September, 13 October,

10 & 24 November £3.00



The Cock Hotel Stony Stratford

MK11 1AH

Scribal Gathering

Stony Stratford’s premier

music & spoken word open

mic – hosted by Jonathan JT

Taylor. Welcomes musicians,

poets and all performers.

Headline performances. The

Crown, Market Square, Stony

Stratford. 7.30pm for 8.00pm-

11.00pm, 2nd Tuesday of every



The Towcester Choral Society

Rehearsals Towcester Town

Hall, 7.30pm-9.30pm Tuesday.

01327 353314 or membership@

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Old Mother Redcaps

Ladies Morris dancing side,

looking for dancers & musicians.

Swinfen Harris Hall, Stony

Stratford, 8.00-10.00pm Mon

Catherine 01908 667112

Potterspury Dance Club

Ballroom / sequence dancers.

New members welcome £2.50.

John & Di 01604 862632 8pm-

10pm Tuesday, Potterspury

Village Hall.

Rose and Castle Morris

New members welcome. Stoke

Bruerne Village Hall 8.30–

10.30pm every Wednesday

Ian 07860 277046 or


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Triple K Western Line Dancers

Improvers class 7.30pm-9.00pm

Thurs, Haversham Social &

Community Centre. Beginners

class 10.45am-11.45am,

Deanshanger Memorial Centre.

Kay or Andrew 01525 376172

Royal Scottish Country

Dance Society

Milton Keynes Classes 8.00pm-

10.00pm Mondays, Bradwell

Village Memorial Hall MK12

9AG. New & experienced

dancers welcome.

07877 153259


Monthly Farmers Markets

Market Square, Stony Stratford

– Last Friday 9.00am- 1.00pm

Towcester Nr Waitrose 2nd

Friday 9.00am-1.00pm

Wolverton Road/Creed Street,

Wolverton 1st and 3rd Saturday


Milton Keynes Country Market,

Local produce, baking, crafts,

plants, cafe. The Old Bath

House, Stratford Rd, Wolverton.

Free. Fridays 8.00am-12 noon.

Timor Court Market, Stony

Stratford. Fruit, veg, flowers and

other stalls. Saturdays


Coffee mornings

Yardley Gobion Coffee Shop

drinks, cakes and chat,

everybody welcome, toys

available for children 10.30am-

12noon 3rd Saturday of month

Deanshanger Library

Reading Group – 2.00pm 2nd

Friday of month

Knit and Natter – Learn to knit

3.30- 4.00pm 1st & 3rd Friday

of month, Knitting and sewing

for children. Thursdays (term

time only) 3.30pm- 4.00pm

Deanshanger Library,

Little London, Deanshanger

MK19 6HT. 01908 562889

Deanshanger Sports Club

Evenings in partnership with

Deanshanger Colts and Divas.

Little London, Deanshanger

MK19 6HU 01908 567137

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Stony Stratford Tuesday

Night Charity Curry Club

Quiz Fun general knowledge

quiz and meal – teams of 4 –

£15 per head £24k raised for

Willen Hospice and Rett UK

since 2008. Naidni Restaurant,

Wolverton Road, Stony

Stratford. 8-10pm, 1st Tuesday

of every month

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Wolverton Community

Orchard Gardening Day

10.00am– 3.00pm Tuesdays

weather permitting all welcome.

Yvonne 01908 320405 or

Mandy on 01908 319719

Towcester Bridge Club

Friendly duplicate bridge. Table

Money £2.50 for members

£3.50 for visitors. Membership

£10 annually. New players

welcome Meet 7.20pm for

7.30pm, Tuesdays Towcester

Conservative Club

Lynda Riecken, towcester

Towcester & District

Art Society

Meet Thursdays Paulerspury

Village Hall. Len Lane 01908

569425 or 07957 281493


Senior Citizens

Afternoon Tea, coffee, homemade

cakes. All welcome.

Last Friday of month,

2.00pm-4.00pm, Memorial

Hall, Deanshanger Road,

Old Stratford (by village

shop). Havencourt Sheltered

Home Bingo 7.00pm Mon &

2.00pm Weds Coffee Morning

Fri 10.30am jean.miller@

Ridgmont, Deanshanger



Bradwell WI

Interesting speakers, tea and

cake, warm welcome. Olive

Stewart 01908 310267. 2.30pm,

3rd Tuesday of month

Sports & Social Club, Abbey

Road, Bradwell Village.

Castlethorpe WI

Meet 7.30pm, 2nd Thurs of

month Castlethorpe Village


Cosgrove WI

Meet 7.30pm, 1st Tues of the

Month, Cosgrove Village Hall

Deanshanger WI

Visitors £3.50 7.30pm,

2nd Thursday of month,

Memorial Community Centre,


Hanslope WI

Visitors welcome 7.30pm,

1st Tuesday of month,

Hanslope Village Hall.

R. Simpson 01908 510516

Potterspury WI

Visitor fee £3.00 7.30pm, 1st

Wed of month, Village Hall

Stony Stratford WI

Coram and the Foundling

Hospital, Colin Oaks 2.15pm

Tuesday, 5 September

Members’ meeting 2.15pm

Tuesday, 3 October York House,

London Road, Stony Stratford

Craft and Chat, Methodist

Hall, Silver Street, Stony

Stratford 2.15pm Tuesdays, 19

September, 17 October

Stony Nightingales WI

8pm, 2nd Thursday of month.

Swinfen Harris Hall, London

Road, Stony Stratford MK11

1AJ. 07738 054915 Facebook:

Stony Nightingales WI

Towcester Evening WI

7.00pm for 7.30-9.30pm,

1st Thursday of month.

Riverside Centre, Islington

Road, Towcester NN12 7AU

Yardley Gobion WI

7.30pm 2nd Thursday of the

month. Yardley Gobion Village

Hall. Visitor fee £3

New Manor WI Wolverton

7.45pm 2nd Wednesday of

month. sandra.brian7@tiscali. Christian Foundation, The

Square, Wolverton MK12 5DX


Hanslope Horticultural Show

Entrants 8am, viewings at 2pm

2 September Facebook:

Hanslope Horticultural Show.

Village Hall, Hanslope

Stony Stratford Harvest Show

Exhibits of flowers, vegetables,

fruit, domestic produce, crafts and

children’s exhibits, auction. Raising

funds for Branch-out MK. 2pm,

prize-giving 3.30pm 2 September

The York House Centre, London

Road, Stony Stratford

Community Orchard, Wolverton

Orchard Story. Conducted tours

and refreshments at Victorian

Railway Carriage. Tours

10.00am-12noon & 2.00pm-

3.00pm Thursday, 7 September

Wolverton Scarecrow

Festival and Apple Day

Scarecrows in town and at

the community orchard. Live

scarecrows, refreshments,

barbecue, children’s games,

stalls, live music 11.00am-

5.00pm Sunday 17, September

St Peter and St Paul’s Church,


Historic Churches Trust Ride

and Stride, 9 September

Church Open Day with teas,

2-4.30pm 10 September

Historical exhibits and displays,

quizzes and competitions for

children, churchyard tales.

Wendy Page talks

When They were Young 7.30pm

5 October Heroes and Villains

7.30pm 19 October Into Living

Memory 7.30pm 26 October

St Peter and St Paul’s Church,


Tickets £5 – one talk or

£12 for three, 01908

563600 text 07710 497415

Milton Keynes Museum

Heritage Open Days 7-10

September Transport weekend

16-17 September Organ

Festival 7-8 October

Autumn Half Term holiday

activities. 23-27 October

McConnell Drive, MK12 5EL

Bucks Festival

Nuturing localism, Sustainability

and well being 12.00-3.00pm,

23 September Westbury

Arts Centre, Foxcovert Road,

Shenley Wood, Milton Keynes,


Rushmere Country Park

The Local Food Festival

– celebrating locally

produced food and drinks.

Demonstrations, hogroast, bar

& BBQ, children’s activities.

Free entry, charges for activities,

vehicles pay £3 on exit

11.00am-4.00pm 24 September

Boobs & Brass in concert with

Bradwell Silver Band

7.30pm 30 September

£10.00, via Theatre Box Office,

01908 528808 The Venue MK,

Walnut Tree, Walnut Tree,

Milton Keynes MK7 7WH /

Big Draw 2017

See page 24.

Old Stratford

Fireworks Display

Professional display with stalls,

activities and refreshments.

5.30 – 7.30pm (display

approx. 6.30pm) Saturday, 11

November, £2.50 for adults

(under 16s free). Community

Hall, Old Stratford

To advertise please call 01908 380777


What’s On – September/October 2017



Fitness Happy Bodies, Furtho Court,

Old Stratford, MK19 6AN. 01908 477066


Feathers Badminton Club 2.00-4.00pm Wed £3. Mill Mead Hall,

Wolverton. 01908 373966 or


Castlethorpe Short Mat Bowls Club. Castlethorpe Village Hall,

Tues 2.15- 4.15pm, Wed 7.30-9.30pm & Fri evenings

Dave 07731 670457

Paulerspury Bowling Club. 7.30pm Tues Paulerspury Village Hall.

Contact Ann on 01327 811352.

Stony Stratford Bowls Club. Club Secretary 01908 565659 Ancell Trust Sports Ground,

Ostlers Lane, Stony Stratford, MK11 1AR.

Wolverton Town Bowls Club. Junction with Cambridge Street and

Furze Way, Wolverton. Joe 01908 562952


Stony Stratford Croquet Club Ostlers Lane,

Stony Stratford MK11 1AR. Roy 01908 566345


Twenty3c Shop Bike Ride. Meet at shop, 01908 260322


Deanshanger Colts & Divas.

Martial Arts

Karate. Huw 07739 707455

Karate & Kickboxing. See page 13

Jado Kuin Do Family Martial Arts. Emma Bacon 07790 296737.

Stantonbury Judo Club.


Local running group for all abilities.


Turn up and play. £3 members, £5 nonmembers.

Kiln Farm 077294 14000


Haversham Sailing Club, all ages welcome. Experienced helms. 24 High Street, Haversham MK19 7DX

Table Tennis

Towcester and District Table Tennis. All abilities welcome

Rod Barr 01604 847948 or 07885 108559. Towcester


Wolverton Tennis Club Coaching. Pete Tolaini, 0774 0004548.

wolvertontennis@, Facebook,


Stony Stratford Walking Group, 45-60 minutes at your own pace

followed by tea, coffee and a chat. Meet Mill Lane/ Willow Lane.

Mary Kendall 01908 260570.

Winslow District Ramblers

Buckingham and District Walking Group approx 10miles

fortnightly, alternate Saturdays / Sundays. Friendly group,

new members welcome. John 07921 823189

Essential Numbers…

For all the everyday useful numbers you may need


Milton Keynes General Hospital 01908 660033

Northampton General Hospital 01604 634700


Hanslope Practice 01908 510230

Paulerspury Practice 01327 811630

Stony Medical Centre 01908 260382

Stony Stratford Health Visitors, Physios 01908 565555

The Stonedean Practice 01908 261155

Towcester Medical Centre 01327 359953

Wolverton Health Centre 01908 222954

Wolverton Health Visitors, District Nurses,

Podiatry, Physiotherapy 01908 316633

NHS Direct Textphone 111


AgeUK Information and Advice 01908 560822


Samaritans 0845 790 9090

Alcoholics Anonymous 0845 769 7555



DW Roberts Optometrists 01908 562355


The Vet Centre

Old Stratford 01908 567272

Maids Moreton 01280 812057


Non emergency calls 101

Crimestoppers 0800 555 111

Victim Support Line 0845 30 30 900

Emergencies 999


Aylesbury Vale District Council 01296 585858

Buckinghamshire County Council 01296 395000

Text phone 01296 383111

Milton Keynes Council 01908 691691

Northamptonshire County Council 0300 126 1000

South Northamptonshire Council 0845 2300226

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Professional Business Services

The Co-Operative Legal Services estimate that 38,000

families end up in prolonged probate disputes, with up

to 10% of the value of an estate lost in fees. If you aren’t

married to your partner, have children from previous

relationships, wish to split properties, own a business, have

overseas properties or investments or are unsure about

inheritance tax, get professional advice. And remember, if

a professionally written will is later found to be defective in

any way, your family will have someone to sue.

For more information talk to Ashley Mirfin

from Simply Wills 01908 866541

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The Co-Operative Legal Services estimate that 38,000

families end up in prolonged probate disputes, with up

to 10% of the value of an estate lost in fees. If you aren’t

married to your partner, have children from previous

relationships, wish to split properties, own a business, have

overseas properties or investments or are unsure about

inheritance tax, get professional advice. And remember, if

a professionally written will is later found to be defective in

any way, your family will have someone to sue.

For more information talk to Ashley Mirfin

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Investing for children

Most of us know that Individual

Savings Accounts, or ISAs for short are

a simple and easy way to save – and

the best thing is you don’t pay tax on


But did you know that you can now

set up an ISA for your children. Called

a Junior ISA or JISA for short, they can

be set up for children under 18 and

currently a parent can pay in up to

£4,128 per year per child. Many high

street banks offer cash-based JISAs

but interest rates are likely to be low.

As an alternative you can set up a

JISA with some investment platforms

that allow you to invest in the stock

market. This would mean taking a risk

that the value could go down but if

you invested the full allowance each

year and made an average return of

5% per year, your child could benefit

from a nice sum of £121,937 at age

18. If you can’t afford to take a risk,

make sure you take out a cash-based

ISA instead.

Are you weighed down by reward cards?

It seems you can’t walk out of a shop

without having the opportunity to sign

up for a reward card. These cards can

be great if you use them in the right

way – don’t spend more just to collect

the points, but collect the points if you

were going to spend anyway.

You can end up with so many cards

you can’t close your wallet or purse,

or leave the one you need at home.

Luckily there is an app that can store

all your card details on your phone.

How much pocket money

should I give my child?

Did you know that children now get on average £7 per week? The amount you

give (if anything) is up to you of course. What is more important is helping your

child to develop good savings habits.

A child’s money habits are formed from as early as age 7, so the earlier you

can get your child saving the better off they will be financially when they are


How can you do this? Try to get your child to divide their money into 3: 1 / 3

for essential spending, 1 / 3

for enjoyment and 1 / 3

for saving. Let them know that

if they want something big they need to save for it. Some parents get their

children to complete a weekly sheet where they account for what they have

spent before they get their next round of pocket money.

When you’re in the relevant store just

get your phone out and scan, simple!

The app is called Stocard, check it out.

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How to make the perfect study space…

The summer holidays have already whizzed by and with the whole “back to school” theme we

thought it apt to think about how to create the perfect study space. Whether its your new uni

room, a home office, study or perhaps you work from a kitchen table, this will you give some

great tips about how you can make any space more organised, productive and attractive.


Position yourself in the lightest

room, or near a window, wherever

you can grab some natural light

– it’s great for productivity and

keeps you from feeling fatigued.


It is harder to work amongst chaos,

so if you are working from home

try to keep décor and furniture

fairly minimal around your working

space. Choose a light colour

palette and nothing too busy!


Go for a layout that is practical

for you, whether you are in a

creative setting, essay writing,

or working mainly on a PC. It’s

important to be able to easily

access the things you need. Make

sure particularly your seating is

comfortable and supportive.


Remember the principles of order

and chaos. Order is important

here. Opt for fancy filing, you’ll

find lots of ideas at our local

independent shops like Table

and Bench, Gdad’s or simply your

iconic IKEA Billy Bookcase – the

end goal is the same. A good

system will save you hours of

frustration and justify expense.


The motivational stationery market

is on the rise. Go for wall planners,

journals or flash cards whichever is

more likely to keep you focused.

These ideas and my concept board should get you started to create an organised

space. Whether at home, college or work, as a student or freelancer – to make space

for all of life’s admin, simply get organised! If you’d like a little more assistance, or

more in detailed ideas with your interior design get in touch! I’d love to chat.

Pippa Grout • 07873586990 •

Cards are great for students and

wall planners should be integral to

any office space. It’s all about goal

setting and working smart. Take

a look at the great local business for all of the

above and more!


Have a think about the additional

things such as a great clock,

a warm rug, some nice desk

accessories and add some

greenery – plants are beneficial

for our health. If you haven’t

discovered it already, Lovely Living

in Stony Stratford is all about this

kind of thing. I’ve selected some

items I think would work well.



Lovely Living: 76 High Street,

Stony Stratford MK11 1AH

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The UK European Consumer Centre

is co-funded by the UK Government’s

Department for Business, Innovation

and Skills (BIS) and the European


There is a European Consumer

Centre in every EU country, as well as

in Norway and Iceland, so you can get

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Product recalls – what’s behind them?

The press highlights product recalls

when there are safety issues or

product defects. Returns are called

when problems are found that might

endanger the consumer or put the

maker/seller at risk of legal action. They

can be issued for cars and electrical

goods, as well as foods and toys.

The UK consumer protection

laws and guidance give specific

requirements for product recalls.

The manufacturer is responsible for

repairs, replacements or refunds for

the owner. This includes contacting

the purchaser and publishing notices

to draw attention to the risks and their

plans to remedy the issue.

The government has also launched

https://productrecall.campaign. This links all the

government and non-governmental

agencies that provide information

about product recalls into one place.

Use it to check for recalls, find out

what actions to take and register

your products. Always update your

information if you move house.

For further information on recalls

of your household products call the

Citizens Advice Consumer Service on

03454 040506.

Claire Kendall

Trading Standards, Milton Keynes


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Summer’s end

As crops are lifted ground is

exposed, so to prevent loss of

nutrients and to improve your soil

sow a quick-growing green manure

such as phacilia now to over-winter;

dig it in in early spring. Leave a

patch to attract and feed bees and

other pollenating insects.

As greenhouse crops ripen,

clear them to make room for overwintering

plants and salads such


In spring, wasps can be a gardener’s friend, eating harmful

pests; just now however, they can be a real nuisance, especially

around children. Quite sophisticated creatures, if wasps sense

a threat – when we flap at them for instance – they release a

chemical which summons other wasps in the area to their aid.

If you have fruit trees and bushes, remove any fallen fruit

that might attract wasps and if eating outside, try diverting

them with a spoonful of jam in a jam jar away from your

meal. If you have spotted or suspect a wasps’ nest near

your home, don’t try to tackle it yourself. Wasp stings can

cause a nasty reaction, so send for the experts. All Green

will send trained experts to deal with the problem quickly

and efficiently.

For more advice call Chris at Wasp Nest Control Services

07957 906310

as miners’ cress and winter density

lettuce. A late sowing of rocket

gives a healthier alternative to

supermarket packets. Avoid mould

by taking care to water sparingly.

If your tomatoes are slow to ripen,

uproot the plants and hang them


Disinfect and store pots, trays and

tools – you’ll be glad you did when it

comes to the spring rush.

For Autumn colour…

Extend summer flowering. Prune out the main stems of

delphiniums when they are past their best and deadhead

roses and other shrubs through the summer for a second


Place pots of bright foliage – an acer for example –

where a splash of colour is needed. Bedding plants serve

the same purpose until the first frosts.

Plan ahead and plant asters, Michaelmas daisies and

chrysanthemums towards the back of borders. Also gladioli

and dahlias are flamboyantly fashionable, plant them in


Choose naturally long-flowering plants such as

campanula, geraniums, hibiscus, hydrangea macrophylla,

scabious and veronica.

Leave berries and seed heads to please the eye as well

as hungry wildlife later in the season.


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Stony Stratford in Bloom –

celebrating MK50

SSIB volunteers and children at the

Stony Stratford Big Lunch and Fuller

Slade MK50 party created beautiful

hanging baskets which then decorated

local streets. Russell Street School

children decorated 60 hard hats

donated by developers McCarthy and

Stone. St Mary and St Giles School

council and SSIB volunteers then filled

them with gold and blue plants to turn

them into gorgeous hanging baskets.

These decorated the schools and the

outside of the retirement home.

Britain in Bloom (BIB)

The SSIB and Fullers Slade Residents

Association, with help from the

Community Church volunteers, work

tirelessly throughout the year. The

week before judging day they removed

litter and weeds in preparation.

The BIB judges were particularly

impressed with The North End Pond

Project. The path to the pond was

completed by Dominic Harris, who

was kept busy clearing brambles. The

It’s Your Neighbourhood Group and

SSIB laid turf and planted wild flowers.

The grand opening was on 6 July and

Janet Benn donated a magnificent

seat, while Robin Nicholls made a

beautiful gnome house.

SSIB Front Garden


Results of the BIB competition will be

known in September. In the meantime

Mary Sarre and Pat Kyd, joined by the

BIB Regional Judge, judged the SSIB

front garden competition. The standards

were high, making judging very tough!

The winning gardens were:

First place: 51 The Limes,

Runner up: 109 Milford Avenue,

Best Container Garden: 1 Horsefair

Green. Many highly commended

certificates were awarded.

Wolverton in Bloom

Wolverton is truly in bloom thanks to the town’s business

owners, residents, volunteers and local community action

groups. The streets and community areas are already

brighter and more attractive as a result of the efforts which

began last Autumn.

Fly-tippers have been deterred with new planters in

key spots and groups have put in an all-year-round effort.

This year the business association, led by Chris Bridgman,

has worked with local businesses to improve the town

for residents and visitors. Chris’s commercial landscape

business has donated over 500 man hours, materials and

resources. His young apprentices and work experience

students have gained valuable training while working on

local gardens and green spaces. Other businesses have

helped with funding – Ruth’s Floral Design, Jennings

Solicitors, Rotary Club, Global Car Hire, local counsellor

Rob Middleton and many others.

Following a £5000 grant for recycling efforts the town

has bought 40 litter pickers for local groups and worked

with schools to prevent dog fouling and improve awareness

of litter. In addition Don’t Rubbish Wolverton volunteers

continue to improve the environment.

A phone app trail means you can explore the places of

interest and so many local efforts can be admired, including

The Urb Farm, Community Orchard and Secret Garden.


Volunteers In Remembrance

Secret Garden – Sue Westall acquired this site for the

benefit of the town; sadly she passed away in June.

Wolverton in Bloom – Despite being unwell in Willen

Hospice, Jenny Picking still chose the colour scheme for 2017

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Cotels Serviced Apartments 31

Furtho Manor Farm 29


MKL Cable Solutions 33


Antony Thompson Architect 33

Handyman Property Services 36

Hickford Construction Ltd 36, 47

KAS Builders 38

Ian Bodily Building Services 36

Morris Roofing 38

Premier Improvements 38

Ron Cave Roofing 39

Thomas Betts & Co 38

Three Shires Group Services 35


Cotels Serviced Apartments 31

Deanshanger Royal British Legion 11, 50

Furtho Manor Farm 29

MK Box Self Storage 29

RTS Financial Planning 30

Simplified Accounting 29

Simply Wills 29

Trading Standards 40


Acorn Childcare 25

Cosgrove Village Primary School 25

Willow Tree Pre-school 25


Carpet Pride MK 43

Cooker Pride 43

Domestique 43

Haberdashery 40

Linda’s Sewing Services 40

Stony Dry Cleaners 43

Ovenvaleting 42

Quality Care Ironing Service 40

Rob Bracey, Septic Tank 32

The Stainbusters 42


Baldox Computing 29


Microwave Service Centre 33

MKL Cable Solutions 33

MJ Electrics 33


Branch Out 23


ARTea Room 22

Bamboo Cottage Chinese Takeaway 19

Blue Mountain Yard 7

Direct Pizza Company 19

Moorgate Farm Vegetable Box Delivery 22

Out of Office Coffee 20

The Crown, Stony Stratford 21

The Navigation Inn, Cosgrove 7

The Old Talbot 9

The Stony Sweet Shop 25

The White Lion, Wicken 21

Wharf Distillery 31


All Green Lawn Treatments 45

Bartlett Tree Experts 47

Creative Homes and Gardens 49

Francis Rose Landscaping

& Garden Services 49

Graham Churchill Plant Ltd 49

GreenThumb 45

Hickford Construction 47

Linnell Bros Ltd 47

Maxwell Home & Garden Services 46

Prestige Lawns 49

Wasp Control 44, 49


Action Physio 17

Andrew Hill Psychoanalysis,

Psychotherapy & Counselling 17

Beauty United 14

Bee Beautiful 14

Body Fitness Blitz 6

Boutique Organica 6, 12

Clive Heayns Podiatry 14

Cloud 9 Spa 6

Country Court Care 15

Da Vinci Dental Clinic 16

Grand Union Physiotherapy 17

Hair Design by Sharon 14

Happy Bodies Fitness Centre 12, 13

Janice Skillman Foot Health 13

Karate & Kickboxing MK 12, 13

Lanh’s Nail Salon 14

Massage in mind 17

Pilates 13

Towcester McTimoney Chiropractic 9


Carpetwise 41

Daniel Chapman Antique Restoration 41

Got2Jot 6, 34

Handyman Property Services 36

Kenneth Hudson Interiors 39

Linda’s Curtains and Blinds 42

Lovely Living 6, 34

Maxwell Home & Garden Services 46

Pip’s Interiors 34

Table and Bench Co. 41

Thomas Betts and Co. 42

Universal Blinds 42

Whittlewood Stoves 41


Acorn Kitchens 32

Kitchen Smart 1,3

On-Tap Installations 32


ARTea Room 22

Bamboo Cottage 19

Blue Mountain Yard 7

Direct Pizza Co 19

DJ Tullyman 23

Furtho Manor Farm 29

Happy Bodies Fitness Centre 12, 13

Karate & Kickboxing MK 12, 13

Out of Office Coffee 20

Milton Keynes Museum 30

Pilates 13

The Crown 21

The Navigation Inn, Cosgrove 7

The Old Talbot 9

The Stony Sweet Shop 25

The White Lion, Wicken 21

Vitreus Art 23

Wharf Distillery 31


G & G Autos 50

Saxon 5, 51

Towcester Garage 51

Windscreens on Wheels 6


Abercrombie Painter & Decorators 39

BWB Plastering 39

DPL Services 39

SJ Adcock & Son 39

Thomas Betts & Co 40


Killem 49

Wasp Control 49



The Vet Centre 10,11



Add Warmth 32

On Tap Installations 32

Premier Heating 32


Skyline 50, 52


Graham Churchill Plant Ltd 49

Rob Bracey, Septic Tanks 32

UK Asbestos 32


Cloudy 2 Clear 37

Custom Glaze 37

Thomas Betts & Co 36

Win-Dor 2


Simply Wills 29

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Skyline charges ahead with electric taxis

Skyline Taxis are now operating a fleet

of electric vehicles (EVs), including

a Nissan Leaf and three Tesla cars.

This has been part-funded by the

Government’s Plug-in Car Grant for

low emission vehicles.

Gav Sokhi, Managing Director of

Skyline Taxis, said: “Skyline has been

at the forefront of the EV taxi market

in Milton Keynes for the last few

years and was the first taxi company

to register an electric vehicle with

Milton Keynes Council back in

2011. We have also consulted with

the Council on licensing policies

and worked with Chargemaster on

establishing charging point locations

and advised where best to place


Skyline’s new vehicles, including the

30KW, are quieter and offer a longer

range. Customers will also be pleased

to hear that Wi-Fi will soon be on

offer, as well as the option to pay by

Chip and Pin.

Wishing Skyline the best of luck

with their great new venture!

To find out more or enquire about booking an electric Skyline

taxi, call 01908 222111 or visit

Poppy Appeal

The Deanshanger and Wicken

Branch of the British Legion

are on the look-out for new

members. This friendly group

was formed in 1927 and

continues to aim to achieve

more for the community.

They recently formed an

agreement of affiliation with

Elizabeth Woodville School to

provide mutual support and

encouragement within the community. They would now like

to develop their vital welfare and benevolent work but they

need more people to help. Could you help or do you know

someone who can?

Help is also needed with this year’s Poppy Appeal which

begins towards the end of October, last year they raised an

incredible £6406.89 from your generous donations. Could you

give up an hour or more of your time to ask people to donate

this year? You don’t have to have been in the forces to help.

The group meet on the 2nd Tuesday of the month

at Deanshanger Conservative Club. If you think you

could help call Russell Barrie 01280 703786

Email Kevin Dorrill

for more information.


Car drivers beware…

The safe distance for passing cyclists as recommended

by the Highway Code Rule 163 is one car’s width,

approximately 1.5m. This is to prevent injury to the cyclist

particularly if they have to move out to avoid potholes or

debris in the road. When conditions are wet you should

give more room. Follow this guideline to prevent risk of

prosecution for driving without due care and attention.

Rule 66 legally allows cyclists to ride two abreast and

in single file on narrow or busy roads. When overtaking

the motorist should be on the other side of the road and

ensure there is no oncoming traffic. It is actually safer for

cyclists to ride two abreast as the motorist will pass over a

shorter distance before returning to their side of the road.

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