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EL Magazine MAR-APR 2018 PROOF SINGLE 13.2.18

Essentially Local offers a directory of local businesses and services which encourages the community around Milton Keynes, Stony Stratford and Wolverton to shop local. You'll find articles, useful information, reader offers and a competition. There is something for every age group. Read on to find out more.

Leisure Artists in Bloom

Leisure Artists in Bloom 2018 essentiallylocal Growing Communities to make a difference Call to all local amateur artists Britain in Bloom is a nationwide gardening competition that keeps cities and towns in bloom. Stony Stratford and Wolverton & Greenleys in Bloom groups are celebrating 10 years of greening the grey and bringing wellbeing and happiness through horticulture. Could your imagination and artistic skills showcase the amazing floral and community achievements that the teams bring to the area? We’d love you to enter your work into Artists in Bloom Competition with a chance to • see your artwork exhibited to 100s of local people • win a fab prize You can choose your medium: photography • pencil • paint • wooden or ceramic sculptures • textile • metal • glass work If you’d like to know more you’ll be able to find full details of the sizes and requirements on the Essentially Local, Vitreus Art, Stony Stratford & Wolverton & Greenleys in Bloom websites and Facebook. You’ll need to complete an application form which you can download from You can also pick up flyers from key locations in the area and from art groups. Once fully finalised the details of the exhibition will be posted on Facebook nearer the time. The amazing prizes have been donated by local businesses including Vitreus Art and Skills Art Materials. For the Stony Stratford in Bloom volunteers this competition works hand-in-hand with their passion for making the area even more beautiful; greening the streets and estates with colourful flowers and herbs. It’s all about the community and last year it paid off with a gold medal. Wolverton and Greenleys in Bloom volunteers and residents transform the parish area, making it look blooming marvellous in time for the judges' visit in the summer! They too do everything they can to involve the local community. Last year their efforts were also rewarded with a Gold Award. Can you help them to celebrate with your art? This competition is supported by Essentially Local Ltd, Vitreus Art, Skills Art Materials, Wolverton & Greenleys Town Council, Stony in Bloom, Wolverton in Bloom 20 Please mention Essentially Local when responding to advertisers

Exciting times at The Old Talbot Refurbishment at The Old Talbot is underway and the team is looking forward to exciting times ahead. The make-over began with a new lighting scheme to show off the pub’s traditional features and improve the ambience and safety for guests, inside and out. Colourful floral displays will soon enhance this beautiful coaching inn, promising warmer days and relaxing times in the family-friendly garden. Live music events will also return. The impressive refurbishment includes an upstairs restoration that will offer bed and breakfast to business visitors and guests of local residents. As the up-grade to the restaurant continues the menu is also evolving, with - tempting favourites joined by many new dishes. The freshly cooked, locally-sourced menu offers options for gluten- and dairy-free diets, vegetarians and vegans, while meat and fish eaters will be just as tempted. The dining experience will be complemented by the new table cloths, cotton napkins and calming atmosphere. At the bar, you can select from local and continental beers and lagers, wines, spirits and a choice of soft drinks. To be sure of a place in this welcoming venue, book your table now. The Old Talbot 77 Watling Street, Potterspury, Towcester, NN12 7QD 01908 760018 Feature To advertise please call 01908 380777 21

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