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July/August 2019

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Inside this issue

FOR YOUR WELLBEING

6-7 Staying Active and Local Support

13 Stop Your Dizziness

14 Ageing Well

93 Pain-free Dental Care

AT YOUR LEISURE

8 Emma’s Space

20-21 Reducing Food Miles

24 Our Secret Find

26-27 Children’s Word Search; Whitehouse Primary Favourite Jokes;

What Makes People Old; What Older People Mean to Me; Writers in

Residence

30 Meet the Community Champion

32 Win a Relaxing Facial with Jan Barry Beauty

34-35 What's On; Milton Keynes Philatelic Society 40th Anniversary;

Bancroft Park Petanque Club; Cosgrove Canal Festival; York House

Events

40 Audiences Wowed

48-49 Immerse Yourself into a New Culture; Milton Keynes Open;

Deanshanger Library is Saved; intu MK Green Gym

54 Artists in Bloom

CREATING YOUR HOME & GARDEN

10 Animals Requiring Special Owners; What’s your dog telling you?

46-47 Bathing Well

52-53 Simply Transforming Gardens; Stony Stratford in Bloom;

Wolverton and Greenleys in Bloom; Vegetable of the Edition

SAFE TRAVELS

58 Travelling In Europe Summer Check List

PROFESSIONALLY SPEAKING

18 Beat the Scammers

33 Celebrating Local Businesses

36-37 Write your Will! A Turning Point; Are Loyalty Cards Worth It? Passive

MUST Beat Active; Pension Tax Trap

38 Don’t forget about Lasting Powers of Attorney

HELPFUL CONTACTS

60 Useful Numbers

62 Advertisers

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Well-Being

When your Memory

needs Support

Stony Stratford Memory Club offers support for anyone

experiencing memory or related problems. If you live in

your own home in the community and are managing

with intermittent assistance from others it’s for you.

Anyone who has dementia, with symptoms of cognitive

impairment and wants to be as self-reliant as possible is

welcomed.

Fortnightly meetings 2.30pm – 4pm, Mondays

Stony Stratford Community Church (please use

the ‘Kitchen Entrance’ at the end of Cofferidge Close,

opposite Budgens)

£1.50 per meeting (suggested donation)

01908 567168 or call Jacqui 07742 485188

office@stonystratfordcommunitychurch.co.uk

Managing Dizzy Ears

If dizziness and balance is a problem, join this

local support group:

Dizziness and Balance support Group

Organised by Dizzy Ears & the Ménière's Society

12.30pm – 1.30pm, 18 July

It’s free to attend and refreshments are provided.

It a great space to meet like minded people, over

a cup of tea - visit eventbrite.co.uk/e/dizzinessbalance-support-group-tickets-

menieres.org.uk

Confidential calls 01306 876883

Gentle Tai Chi Exercises

For people suffering with falls, dizziness, balance

problems and any other mobility issues.

Gentle Tai Chi exercises undertaken on chairs

or with support, incorporated with mindfulness

and relaxation. To help the mind, body & soul. 1st

session free.

11.15am – 12.15pm, 18 July

For both head over to:

The Meeting Room, The Old Bath House

& Community Centre 205 Stratford Road,

Wolverton, MK12 5RL

Use It, Don’t Lose It!

The Day Centre at Haven Court, a collection of sheltered

housing bungalows in Deanshanger, could lose another

community activity.

To ensure its survival join the informal darts group. A new

dart board was purchased by Trevor Bird in memory of a

family friend and there are spare darts. A standing fan will

soon be purchased as a result of other donations.

This is a call for all local people, not just Deanshanger

residents, to come and enjoy an informal game of

darts and plenty of banter. Tea/coffee and biscuits are

provided.

2 - 4pm, Monday and Friday

Haven Court, Ridgemont Close, Deanshanger MK19 6JZ

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Exercise as You Get Older

Have you noticed that as you age, your knees maybe ache as you stand

up and getting going takes a little longer? As for recovery what happened

to the time when you could have a night out, get up the next day and

play a game of football?

Research shows that your health, independence and well-being improve

with activity. It’s never too late to drop that sedentary lifestyle. Local

resident, Brian Hird, Happy Bodies Health and Wellbeing member proved

that when he ran his first half marathon in his 80s.

The NHS recommends 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per

week and the options to achieve that are endless. Put it into perspective

that’s only 30 minutes five times a week – the same amount of time as

sitting in front of your favourite soap opera! Your daily chores don’t count.

Happy Bodies Health and Wellbeing or intu MK Green Gym both offer

support and friendship to achieve your active goals. Groups and

businesses like this willl make sure you do the right amount of activity in

the right way and they

help to build friendships.

Getting Stronger

Pilates helps to stengthen

your body, improves posture,

muscle tone, balance and joint

mobility. It also helps to reduce

stress and tension. As Pilates is a

low-impact exercise it’s unlikely

that you will get injured but if

you have injuries check with

your GP or physiotherapist if

you have any worries.

Not keen on exercise?

Make it easier:

1. Listen to music

2. Do it with friends

3. Join a gym or club

4. Set a goal and book

an event

5. Raise money for a

charity

SUPPLIERS

Action Physio 01908 968430

actionphysiotherapy.co.uk

Clive Heayns 01908 565444

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Dizzy Ears 0330 133 0618

dizzyears.co.uk

DW Roberts Stony: 01908 562355

Wolverton: 01908 313338

Happy Bodies Fitness Centre 01908 477066

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Karate & Kickboxing 07910 154 499

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Lisa Wiles Pilates 07729 608960

Massage in Mind 01908 968430

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Intu Green Gym 07740 899633

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Samantha Costello 07704 732388

Massages Work Wonders

Massage therapy isn’t just a

stress reliever, luxury or for an

athlete. It has lots of health

benefits particularly if your

mobility has reduced. While

not a cure for problems it can

boost the immune system

and encourage fluids to move

around the body. The soft

tissues get a good stretch

which helps with stiffness

and movement and this can

improve balance. It also helps

to manage pain. Your local

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Hello Readers

Hello Readers...

This edition’s focus is about making life easier and

the positive aspects of getting older. Everyone

can ‘Climb Their Mountain’ and it doesn’t have to

be Kilimanjaro. Once you find your goal, get local

support. A couple of years ago Happy Bodies

Gym in Old Stratford helped 82 year old Brian

Hird to successfully run his first half marathon. It

doesn’t have to be exercise, you could learn to

dance, paint your first masterpiece or simply lose

the weight you have always wanted to. No matter

your age believe you can do it and you will!

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Senior Years

Sadly older people can become targets for

scammers. Take a look at the interesting

information from Trading Standards on page 18.

We’ve also found a few helplines to give advice

and help with loneliness.

Supporting Local Business

Small businesses make up 99% of businesses in

this country and employ 60% of the workforce.

We are important for keeping the UK economy

buoyant with new ideas, inventions and job

creation. Bureaucratic challenges are put into

the paths of small business owners think GDPR

compliance. While these are essential, they add

to the stress of running your own business. Take

time to support your local business and find out

what they can offer as often they are more cost

effective and reliable than the nationals.

What’s inside

This edition is, as always, packed with helpful and

useful information. We’ve researched the benefits

of organic versus non organic vegetables.

It’s confirmed for us that probably the most

important part of food buying is unsurprisingly -

keeping it local. There is less packaging and miles,

and the more fresh, local veg we eat the better!

Test our Veggie Patties recipe with a veg box from

Moorgate Farm Vegetable Delivery Service.

Keep your

business

local!

Whitehouse Primary School

Once again, we are very excited to share with you

the hard work that our young writers and editors

from Whitehouse Primary School have produced.

We don’t want to forget the incredible teachers,

though, who work so hard to make this fantastic

opportunity work well. The children work out

ways to investigate and come up with ideas for

our themes. This time we are reminded of the

different perceptions of life at different stages.

Thank you all!

In the meantime support our community and

make sure you keep your business essentiallylocal

- Emma

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Feature

Animals Requiring Special Owners

RSPCA Milton Keynes and North Bucks help so

many animals every year. Sadly some of them are

strays who have been living rough and others

who have suffered neglect. The branch believes

these animals deserve a second chance in life.

Squiggle is 4 years old and is a shy cat. He

doesn't come out when people visit so he gets

overlooked. He just wants a home with someone

who'll let him settle in and then show him

humans are not all mean. He'll need an adult only

home and with someone around a lot of the time

so he has company.

Fraggle is also 4 years old, he will need a mostly

outdoor home. He arrived as an injured stray

but his wounds have healed. He is a nervous cat

but you can stroke him. He will need an adult

only home and plenty of access to the outside

so he can do his own thing but knowing he has

somewhere to come home to for dinner and a

bed for the night.

Thank you for your support!

If you would like more information on

Squiggle, Fraggle or any of the cats or small

rabbits in our care, please call 01908 611179,

follow them on facebook mkrspca or visit

rspcamiltonkeynes.co.uk

Is your dog trying to tell

you something?

Our four legged friends try to show us they are

struggling with mobility or joint pain in many ways.

Research indicates that around 10% of dog owners

notice a change in their dog’s walking speed and a

reduction in their running and jumping. A lack of

understanding leads many to believe this is part of the

ageing process. Have you noticed:

• A change in gait (walk, trot and canter) or reduction

in their range of movement.

• Reduction or difficulty in their daily activities e.g.

struggling to get up and down stairs, or on or off the

sofa; becoming nervous on slippery surfaces such as

laminate or tiled floors.

• A difference in their posture i.e. coat changes,

twitching or shivery skin, uneven nail wear.

• Behavioural changes such as being generally

grumpy or defensive towards other dogs; licking at

their joints; newly developed fear of noises.

If you are concerned and would like to find out

more about what your dog is trying to tell you talk

to Vet Anna and Nurse Nicky. They have completed

an intensive training course to develop new skills

and discover the up-to-date tools to introduce

Osteoarthritis and Pain clinics to the practice. Nicky

is a trained Clinical Canine Massage Practitioner and

works in association with The Vet Centre to help with

management, manipulation and rehabilitation of soft

tissue.

Book an appointment:

The Vet Centre, Cherry Lane Garden Centre

NN12 7QN

01280 812057 or 01908 542155

info@thevetcentre.ltd.uk

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Well-Being

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Stop Your Dizziness

Are you one of

the 5% of the

population who

has experienced a

spinning, lightheaded

feeling? A

little unsteady on

your feet? Maybe

dizzy when turning

over in bed, in crowds or at the supermarket? You are

not alone, at least 50% of the older population has

experienced these symptoms and more, at least once

in their lives.

Dizziness is debilitating but treatment from Dizzy

Ears can improve and even resolve your symptoms.

Audiologist, Mahdiyya Dharas launched this service

because local residents can benefit from her

dedicated holistic therapy. She tackles the symptoms

of dizziness as well as the anxiety and loss of

confidence that comes with the suffering.

Dizziness & Vertigo Therapy is a completely safe and

effective therapy if you suffer with dizziness, vertigo

Well-Being

or imbalance due to inner ears

problems. It involves exercises

and manoeuvres to reduce the

dizziness. Mahdiyya explained

that her programmes of daily

exercises are tailored to your symptoms and are

designed to help to stimulate and retune your balance

system. She also offers manoeuvres specific to

vertigo.

Mahdiyya provides a free support group, adapted Tai

Chi classes and relaxation training to enhance the

treatment. Older people will also benefit from her

advice to prevent and manage falls.

Stop your dizziness by calling Mahdiyya to book

your treatment today.

0330 133 0618

contact@dizzyears.co.uk

dizzyears.co.uk

Marlborough House, Kiln Farm, Milton Keynes

MK11 3LL

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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

Email reception@actionphysiotherapy.co.uk

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Ageing Well

Japanese climber Yuichiro Miura climbed Everest aged 80 years and Nola

Ochs, from USA earned a Bachelor’s degree at 95, followed by a master’s

at age 98. What more proof do you need that you can still embrace life

as you get older? Start by finding your confidence with the way you look

and feel about yourself.

SET YOUR GOAL

You can achieve it, if you believe. Plan

what you want to do - whether it is to

run a marathon, climb a mountain, learn

something new or simply change the colour

of your hair!

TOP TIP

Drink plenty of

water – lose even 1%

of body weight in fluid

and it can reduce

your mental

performance.

AGE-DEFYING BEAUTY

The way you treat your skin can prevent, slow

and possibly repair damage. Therefore eat

properly, sleep well and reduce stress but also

reduce exposure to sunlight, pollution and

cigarette smoke. Moisturise and use good a

sunscreen, SPF 50+ and don’t forget to protect

your hands. Use gloves when working outside

or cleaning, and exfoliate. Treat age spots

with appropriate products. Get advice from a

beauty therapist.

PREVENTING FALLS

Dizziness as we get older is often

caused by an inner ear problem

called positional vertigo. It gives

you a false sense of spinning, is

often sudden and comes in short

spells with moving being a trigger.

Treatments from trained vestibular

audiologists and physios can

improve things and prevent falls.

A SMILE A DAY

Your smile is the first thing people notice. To

reduce signs of ageing in your teeth, brush

at least twice a day, floss daily and visit your

dentist every six months. Straightening can

take years off your appearance and crowded

teeth increases the risk of decay.

SUPPLIERS

Action Physio 01908 968430

actionphysiotherapy.co.uk

Alchemy Therapy Centre 01908 567766

alchemytherapycentre.com

DW Roberts Stony: 01908 562355

Wolverton: 01908 313338

Happy Bodies Fitness Centre

01908 477066

happybodies.co.uk

Janice Skillman 07758 633760

or 01908 387021

Jaspreet Tehara 07748 800420

jaspreettehara.org

Lahns 01908 567796

nailsalonmiltonkeynes.co.uk

Lisa Wiles Pilates 07729 608960

Massage in Mind 01908 968430

massageinmind.me

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EATING WELL, LIVING WELL

Calorific intake should decline with age but a

healthy balance of fruit and veg, beans, pulses,

fish, eggs, meat and other proteins must be

maintained. Choose wholegrain rice, pasta and

bread and avoid foods high in fat, sugar and salt

including processed foods. Don’t take risks with

use-by-dates.

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AVOIDING SADNESS

Depression isn’t a sign of weakness,

it can creep up on you at any

age, no matter what you have or

haven’t achieved. Life changes,

as you age, can trigger negative

thoughts and depression and a

loss can hit an older person harder

than younger people. Counselling,

doing activities and exercise will

help you to feel better and hopeful

again but it is also essential to find

new challenges and resilience for

every landmark.

TOP TIP

Getting a pet, exercise

and personal grooming

are some of the top

ways of staying happy

as you age.

I Keep

Forgetting

Dementia covers Alzheimer’s

Disease, vascular dementia,

Lewy Bodies and Frontotemporal

dementia. Each person’s experience

of dementia is unique but when

cognitive impairment significantly

affects your daily life, seek help.

Depression, chest or urinary tract

infections, constipation, vitamin or

thyroid deficiencies could cause

memory problems and confusion.

Symptoms of dementia include:

• Emotions - mood and behaviour

changes, depression and anxiety

• Visiospacial skills - problems

judging speeds and distances

• Cognitive skills - difficulty

concentrating, planning and

organising

• Memory - forgetting

appointments, events and recent

conversations, familiar places. Also

losing track of time

• Communication - struggling to

keep up with conversations, word/

name finding

• Other - sleep problems, delusions

and hallucinations, cravings foods.

Some medications can slow the

progression of Alzheimer’s but there

is no cure. Keeping as physically,

mentally and emotionally active as

possible is thought to help.

Help and support

Speak to your GP to find the cause

of your memory problems.

Alzheimer's Society - National

Dementia Helpline 0300 222 11 22

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Well-Being

It’s never too late

to start looking

after your heart

At Happy Bodies we try

to cater for all abilities. If

you’re nervous about starting

exercise, come and talk to us

to see how we can help.

Furtho Court | Towcester Road | Old Stratford | MK19 6AN

www.happybodies.co.uk | info@happybodies.co.uk

| 01908 477 066 | @HappyBodiesMK

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Professional

Beat the Scammers

Scam phone calls are annoying, frustrating and

sometimes scary. Criminals are currently pretending

to be from HMRC and claiming they owe you a tax

refund or that there is an issue with an unpaid bill.

Others are claiming to represent a number of high

street banks asking your for personal information and

there are lots of others.

These days scammers have access to technology

which allows them to mimic a legitimate telephone

number, that comes up on the caller ID on your

phone making them seem more plausible.

Protect yourself

• Official organisations will not ask you for your

personal data including bank account details, over the

phone.

• If you get a call from your bank, tell them you will call

them back. Call the number on the back of your bank

card from another phone or, if you don’t have another

phone, leave it 10 minutes before you call them back.

• Nuisance calls about pensions are illegal, report

cold calls about your pension to the Information

Commissioners

office on

0303 123 1133

• Register your

number with the

Free Telephone

Preference

Service Calls

asking you to pay a renewal fee for the service are

scams - say no! tpsonline.org.uk//tps/index.html

• Invest in a call blocker which blocks incoming

calls, preventing scammers from getting through

to your number. Speak to your phone provider to

organise services they offer to prevent your elderly

or vulnerable relatives, neighbours and friends from

being caught out.

As a victim of a scam you have not been foolish,

you have been the victim of a sophisticated

crime committed by a criminal. Please report

it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or visit

actionfraud.police.uk

Claire Kendall, Trading Standards, Milton Keynes

Find local support groups to get advice or help with meeting the needs of an older family

member, friend or neighbour.

Age Concern: Emotional and practical support,

information and advice, memory clinics, hospital

aftercare, technology help and more.

Helpline: 01908 550700

Alzheimer’s Society: For information, support,

questions or concerns about dementia.

Helpline: 0300 222 1122

alzheimers.org.uk

Campaign to End Loneliness

campaigntoendloneliness.org

Contact the Elderly: National charity aiming to

tackle loneliness and social isolation in older people

with meetings for fun, friendship, tea and cake.

contact-the-elderly.org.uk/about-us/locations

Elderly Accommodation Counsel: National charity

helping to make informed choices about housing and

care needs.

eac.org.uk

Macmillan Cancer Support: Advice after a cancer

diagnosis, information, practical advice and support,

and other people’s experiences.

macmillan.org.uk

Milton Keynes Parkinson’s UK

Helpline: 0808 8000 303 or South

Central 0344 225 3773

parkinsons.org.uk

The Silver Line: Confidential, free helpline for people

aged 55 and over, open 24 /7.

Helpline: 0800 470 8090

thesilverline.org.uk

Victim Support: Support to cope and recover from

the impact of crime.

Helpline: 08 08 16 89 111

victimsupport.org.uk

Helpline: 0300 1234 148

victims-first.org.uk

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Well-Being

Pain-free dental care.

Letting little explorers

get on with their

adventures

Convincing your child that visiting a dentist

is an adventure can be a bit of a stretch.

How do you reassure your child?

Obviously bribery is effective, but in the longrun,

jelly beans for every visit might be a bit

counter productive.

Da Vinci believe that the earlier your child

visits the dentist the better as a happy first

experience stays with a young mind.

Children have a natural curiosity, so let them

ask the clinicians what happens at our brightly

coloured clinic, what all the gizmo’s are for,

and to see a CT scan of someone’s’ teeth.

TOTALLY AWESOME, a real-life adventure!

Most importantly, The Da Vinci Dental Clinic’s

friendly team are specialists in PAIN-FREE

treatment. So why not arrange to come along

and meet the team for an initial consultation?

Telephone: 01908 886 871

Da Vinci Dental Clinic, 3 Canon Harnett Court, Wolverton, Milton Keynes MK12 5NF. www.davincidentistry.co.uk

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and discounts on treatments

when parents register with

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Something extra to smile about!

Telephone: 01908 886 871

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Local Shopping goes Miles Further

Is organic better than non-organic? Little has changed with regards

to the arguments about nutritional quality and risks from pesticides

and fertilisers. Organic is often considered more sustainable as fewer

chemicals are used and there’s a lower risk of leeching. Yields, however,

are considerably less for a similar field. Which way should the average

consumer go?

ORGANIC VERSUS GOING LOCAL

The weather, the soil and processing

systems may have a greater influence on the

nutritional quality of food and vegetables

than whether they are organic or not. More

importantly, most people don’t eat enough

fruit or veg.

TOP TIP

We waste 1.9 million

tonnes of food every

year in the UK. Reduce

waste, use MK

Community Fridge!

According to The Grocer in 2017 the UK

only produced 23% of the fruit and veg

we ate, yet 67% of us would prefer to buy

British or locally. While you may not be

able to distinguish the origins of most veg,

there is a difference between a summer

ripened tomato and an out of season winter

one! Shockingly, the majority of people

don’t know the seasonal months of most

vegetables.

Buying local produce means we reduce

environmental damage from

airmiles and more income is

generated for the area. It is also

more likely to be seasonal so

shop local, buy organic if you

can, but eat those fruit and

vegetables!

TOP TIP

Try organic - start by

adding 1-2 items into

your basket and make

sure they are in your

weekly food plan

HIDDEN GEM

Every July and August, the English Cherry Company picks

delicious sweet, red cherries from their 2,000 cherry trees.

Cherries have some incredible health benefits as well as

tasting delicious. Buy these juicy cherries from the farm shop,

roadside stalls, and local farm shops. Keeping fruit in season.

English Cherry

01908 587070 or 07884 008860

englishcherry.co.uk

Salford Road, Aspley Guise MK17 8HY

english.cherry.co.uk

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Carrot, Spinach

and Bean Patties

Serves 6

Prep time 45 mins

Cooking time 25 mins

BAMBOO COTTAGE - PART OF THE

COMMUNITY

The Bamboo Cottage in Old Stratford has served

the local area with authentic Chinese cuisine

for over 11 years. Their popularity has grown

consistently over this time as they always try to go

the extra mile for their customers like staying open

during the roadworks.

The menu offers a choice of meat, seafood and

vegetarian options and, of course, the traditional

Chinese sweet and sour, chop suey and chow

mein dishes continue to impress us locals too! If

you are not sure what to eat, try one of the special

and Peking set dinners for up to four people. Tim,

head chef, keeps his cuisine as authentic and fresh

as possible, selecting his fresh meat daily as well

as using a local Chinese supplier for his spices. My

personal favourite is the fried spicy tofu with chilli

and garlic!

While he is busy working on the menu, Tim’s wife

and daughter take a more active role at the front of

house, where you will be guaranteed a happy and

welcoming smile.

Bamboo Cottage

Old Stratford Local Centre, Unit D, Falcon Drive, Old

Stratford, Milton Keynes MK19 6FG

01908 565700

Ingredients

1 finely chopped onion

15ml/1tbsp vegetable oil

450g/1lbs carrots, washed and roughly chopped

100g spinach leaves, washed

5ml/1tsp ground cumin

5ml/1tsp ground coriander

200ml vegetable stock

1400g can mixed or red kidney beans drained

75g fresh wholewheat breadcrumbs

Method

1. Heat the oil in a pan, add the onion and cook

for 2 mins. Add the garlic, carrots, spinach, cumin

and coriander. Stir for a minute and add the stock.

Season well and once boiling, simmer for 10-15

minutes until carrots are tender. Cool.

2. Drain the liquid and mash until lump free. Add

the drained beans and mash again. Stir in the

breadcrumbs, mixing well and seasoning to taste.

3. Divide mixture into 6 and shape into round

patties about 2.5cm thick. Chill until ready to serve.

4. Heat oven to 220°C/ Gas mark 7, brush patties

with oil on both sides and place on hot baking

sheet. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes.

Eat with a delicious home-made coleslaw. The

perfect option for vegan and vegetarian diners at

your summer BBQ!

ORDER A VEGETABLE BOX

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

moorgatefarm@btinternet.com

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Leisure

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Leisure

FLANʹS

Mini bus Service

LOCAL 8 SEATER MINI BUS SERVICE

for all occasions

■ RELIABLE SERVICE

■ COMPETITIVE PRICING

■ ALL AREAS COVERED

■ AIRPORT TRANSFERS

■ DAYS/EVENINGS OUT

■ BUSINESS TRIPS

■ SCHOOL TRANSPORT

■ CALL BACK SERVICE

ADVANCED BOOKINGS TAKEN

TO BOOK CALL:

077 63 53 19 19

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Leisure

Our Secret Find

It’s five years since Marlin and Richard

Armstrong fell in love with Potterspury House

and the surrounding area. Their vision is almost

complete and what a success they have made

of it.

Their adventure began with Cloud 9 Spa where you can

now enjoy a perfect spa experience along with hair and

beauty treatments. Testimonials and reviews certainly

reinforce just how welcoming and caring Marlin and

Richard, along with all their staff, really are. They consider

your every need and aim to address the smallest detail if

things are not as exact as you’d like them.

This August will be the second anniversary of the

opening of Potterspury House Grand Restaurant. This

delightful eatery transforms from a place to enjoy

breakfast, coffee, lunches and afternoon teas by day to a

sophisticated and intimate restaurant by night. Nothing

is too much trouble, from the food they serve to the

access and environment itself. Their recently re-laid

courtyard has made access for wheelchair users and

walkers far smoother and easier.

Best of all, you’ll enjoy freshly cooked, locally-sourced

and even home grown ingredients that come with a

passion that is hard to beat. The breakfast, brunch, lunch

and dinner menus cater for all tastes and dietary needs,

and even includes a carb-free cake! There are options

for gluten-free, vegetarian as well as meat and seafood

eaters. Along side the main menus they regularly add

speciality dishes to tantalise your taste buds.

To experience this welcoming atmosphere and the

care that Marlin and Richard aim to bring book one of

their tables or treat yourself and a friend to one of their

amazing treatments.

CONGRATS!

Potterspury House are

celebrating their 2nd

Anniversary

3 Poundfield Rd, Potterspury, Towcester NN12 7QL

dining@potterspuryhouse.co.uk

01908 804805

potterspuryhouse.co.uk

Opening Hours

Monday: Closed

Tuesday & Wednesday 10:00-17:00

Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10:00-21:00

Sunday: 12:00-15:00

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Children

Whitehouse Primary

School Writers

In this edition our writers have learnt how to

research. Based on what they have discovered I

think some of the children might think I am old!

Yet what a fascinating insight into what being old

means to children. I am pleased that they definitely

all sound like they love having older people in

their lives though. As for the jokes, I couldn’t stop

laughing, particularly at the naughty tissue joke.

What was your favourite?

Whitehouse Primary Favourite Jokes

Q Why do ostriches have long legs?

A Because they have smelly feet

Q What is a rabbit’s favourite music?

A Hop hop

Q How do you make a tissue dance?

A Put a little boogie in it

Q Why didn’t the skeleton go to the dance?

A He had no body to dance with

Q What is the fastest vegetable?

A The runner-bean

Emma

Jessica

Writer in Residence

My name is Jessica, I am nine years

old and will be ten in September. I

live with my Mum, Dad, sister and

brother.

Outside of school I enjoy after school clubs for example

brownies and more! Also in my downtime I enjoy arts and crafts

and singing. Another hobby of mine is reading. I love reading

especially Harry Potter, David Walliams and Roald Dahl.

I was also lucky enough to look around a recording studio

where Adele’s drum, Prince’s mixer and Michael Jackson’s piano

were all there. It was a spectacular experience!

Varenya

Writer in Residence

Hi, my name is Varenya and I’m 8

years old. My favourite subject at

school is English because I love

writing stories.

My hobbies are reading, art and

science, as well as that I like to

browse the internet and cook. My favourite thing to bake is

brownies. I live with my mum, dad and baby sister.

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WORDSEARCH

Looks for all the words in the grid that relate to

getting older. Which one is missing and what words

would you use to describe an older person you love?

N A W X L S L S T T

Y A G R E Y R P H R

S D G N I E H Y G E

A T I I P N R B I A

K O E P D O K L S T

R I I E M R O L E S

K L N E W V A F Y W

What Makes People

Old?

We thought it would be fun to ask the children in our

school a few questions about age and what they think

makes people old.

Some of our favourite comments were:

“My mum has wrinkles and she doesn’t wear makeup!”

“My mum doesn’t exercise… so she’s old.”

“Bingo is not for old people only! I love Bingo!! But

Sudoku’s should be left to the old people.”

“If you’ve been to university, you should be in the home

for elderlies!”

“39 is the first year of being old.”

“Retirement means when you give something back.”

"Q: Are grey hairs only for old people?" "A: Uh no!! My

best friend has grey hair!!"

One of our youngest children even said 29 was old so

always remember you are as young as you feel!

What older people in my life mean to me:

We truly adore our grandparents: they give the best

treats and we can have anything we ask for. We can

have fun with them in lots of different games like a card

game, a board game and if you are lucky, you can even

persuade them to have a go at a console game and

are able to do magic tricks! Another great part of it all

is when you can make them feel extremely tired from

running after you! While all of these are great, though,

the best part is that they appreciate you and you

appreciate them back.

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I L P E N S I O N S

D O E L R D U P L E

CARDIGAN

CUDDLE

EYESIGHT

GREY

KIND

HERstory in Objects

Exhibition

23 March – 28 July

Open Wednesday -

Sunday, 11am-4.30pm

and 6pm-8pm every

Thursday (museum

closed on evening

entry).

Celebrating British

women getting the

vote – exhibition of

loaned and donated

objects from women

battling for the vote, in

industry, as mothers,

how they were

perceived, judged

LOVE

MEMORY

OLD

PENSION

SENIOR

SLIPPERS

SWEETS

TREATS

WISE

WRINKLY

July-August Fun

and treated. Medieval

ducking stool, a scold’s

bridle, hairdryer and a

judge’s robes and more.

Free entry. Use H2

Millers Way car park

Milton Keynes

Museum

mkmuseum.org.uk

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Children

Big Swing Band concert

LIVE in Aspley Guise

Hot music – warm welcome – cool price

7.30 pm, Thursday, 18 July

Put the 18th July in your diary for an evening of great

swing and jazz music presented by the full 18 piece

“Swing’s The Thing” band. The evening features a

tribute to Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra, as well

as the wonderful music and lyrics from The Great

American Songbook.

Tickets £12pp. Limited spaces so book in advance!

Aspley Guise Village Hall,

9 Woburn Lane, MK17 8JS

Frances 07936 521377

David 01908 583937

Mike 07436 868590

Organised by Woburn Sands

Big Band Appreciation Society

wsbigband.net

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elieve in nurturing creativity and a passion for dance

We

correct teaching practice and attention to detail.

through

individualised approach helps each student achieve

Our

best whilst having fun and establishing a solid

their

Classes take place in our purpose built dance

technique.

at Kings Community Centre, Wolverton. Class

studio

are kept small to ensure each student receives

numbers

attention they deserve. We are also a Royal Academy

the

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Leisure

Meet the Community Champion

“My name is Amy Bunce and I am the Community

Champion for Morrisons Westcroft store. I wanted

to share a little about the community side of our

work and I chose Essentially Local as it is a fantastic

magazine that reaches so many people in our local

area.”

After eleven years of hard work at Morrisons, just

over a year ago Amy was appointed to her dream

job, as Community Champion. She now manages all

the charity and community relations that includes

charity collections in store and donating products to

local events. Her enthusiasm is clear and she loves

the benefits that helping brings to local people and

communities. The only dilemma for Amy is that she

has a budget to stick to.

Learning Experiences

Amy and the whole team are keen advocates

of showing youngsters how things work. Local

schools and pre-schools love the opportunities that

'Foodmaker and Shopkeeper' tours bring. In our

last edition our younger writers from Whitehouse

Primary School took part in a tour and doughnut

taste. Children from another local pre-school met the

fishmongers and were even brave enough to hold an

octopus! (Gloves on, of course!)

Social Responsibility

There is a strong company wide ethos about taking

social responsibility seriously and Amy has been part

of putting in place some great ideas.

Every Saturday morning between 9 -10am, the store

holds a ‘Quiet Hour’ specifically designed to meet the

needs of people with autism or other sensory issues.

If you visit you’ll notice that the lights in the store are

dimmed, music and check-out beeps are switched off

and the stock cages are kept back. Amy also organised

a British Sign Language course for her colleagues. She

and the fellow trainees are already feeling the benefits

in communicating with another colleague in store and

customers.

She is proud of the Morrisons Store commitment to

work as charity partner with CLIC Sargent Young Lives

VS Cancer. Throughout the year they fundraise and

do what they can to help the work that this incredible

charity does for young people battling cancer.

Could your Group Benefit?

You can benefit from Amy’s work as Community

Champion. She will consider your application to

support a fundraising event and local charities can

apply for a grant from the Morrisons Foundation.

Amy says, ‘This is a great way to bring communities

together, I’d love Essentially Local readers to find

out how their groups can benefit. Please pop into

the store at Westcroft to have a chat or email

champion.miltonkeynes@morrisonsplc.co.uk as I’d

love to hear from you.’

AMY BUNCE

Community Champion

working to help the

local area.

Morrisons Westcroft, Milton Keynes MK4 4DD

champion.miltonkeynes@morrisonsplc.co.uk

01908 506015

Morrisons Westcroft Community Champion

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Professional

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Competition

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Fabulous looking eyes and brows are possible with Jan

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people to feel good about themselves as well as look

good. Therefore four years ago she decided to enhance

her skills further and train in permanent cosmetic make-up

procedures. The reviews have been incredibly positive.

The treatment she offers adds definition to your face by

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by the age of your skin, time you spend in the sun and

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In addition to permanent makeup – Jan offers a full

range of beauty treatments including facials, reflexology,

electrolysis, waxing, Shellac hands and nails, Indian head

massage, eyelash and eyebrow tinting and shaping as well

as a lot more.

To find out more about this treatment or to try one of

Jan’s other beauty treatments get in touch with her

today. Find which word is missing from the grid and

send your answer to Jan including your name, address

and contact details.

Jan Barry Beauty

Permanent Make-up Artist

19 Porters Close, Deanshanger, MK19 6JN

01908 265229 or 07983 806789

info@janbarrybeauty.uk

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Keeping your Journey Safe

Congratulations to John Flannery on launching

Flan’s Mini Bus Service last September. Already

receiving great reviews from local people for his

friendly local service, John is now keen to spread

the word. His 8 seater mini bus means you will

reach your destination in comfort whether you

are on a night out with friends or taking the family

to the airport for a holiday. While growing his

business, John is eager to ensure his reputation for

providing a safe and reliable service comes first.

Celebrations

Flan's Mini Bus Service

07763 531919

Flan's Mini Bus Service

Alliance Française

Appoint new Director

Céline Masson was recently appointed as new managing director of

the Alliance Française de Milton Keynes. She has been part of this

international network for more than 10 years and promises to continue

to improve the excellent local service already on offer. So whether

you’re stuck for words after 'Bonjour,' want to discover the latest French

cinema treats, or tick a few French classics off your “to read” list, you can

be sure of a warm French welcome. Thousands of people are attracted

by the quality of service, so why not give them a go? They bring the

very best of French language and culture to your doorstep!

2nd Year Anniversary

Congratulations to Richard and Marlin Armstrong who

are celebrating the second year since the opening of

their restaurant – Potterspury House. The restaurant

is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner and

is used by business owners for meetings, networking

groups as well as friends who meet for some fine food

and relaxation.

Richard and Marlin regularly attend product launches

and conferences as they are eager to learn more and

enhance the services they offer us.

With plans for more exciting

adventures ahead of them, here’s

wishing them the best of luck.

Potterspury House &

Cloud 9 Spa

01908 804805

potterspuryhouse.co.uk

Wedding Celebrations

Last Christmas, Linda and Robin Welton celebrated

their 100th Wedding at the beautiful Furtho Manor

Farm. This setting boasts a vintage style barn that

can be transformed for any occasion, a 15th century

dovecote and the gorgeous St Bartholomew’s

Church. Little surprise that it is becoming ever more

popular as an all-year-round venue for weddings,

parties and celebrations

of any nature. They

have seen a real rise

in autumn and winter

bookings. It’s not just the

setting that makes this

work, with their wealth of

experience, you couldn’t

wish for more welcoming

and helpful wedding and

party hosts.

Here’s to the next 100

weddings!

Céline 01908 562 151

info@afmk.co.uk

afmk.co.uk

Furtho Manor Farm

01908 542139

furthomanorfarm.co.uk

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What's On

MK Open Milton Keynes Open

13-14 July - See page 48

Milton Keynes Chorale - Will Todd: Mass in Blue

7.30pm, Saturday 13 July

St Peter & St Paul, Newport Pagnell MK16 8AR

Dynamic and uplifting concert, featuring songs and sonnets

by jazz pianist George Shearing and traditional spirituals with

Georgie Malcolm (Soprano) and the Chorale Jazz Trio

Box Office 01525 210030

Tickets £15 / £5 under 18s

mkchorale.org.uk

Milton Keynes Museum1950s/60s Weekend

Celebrate the frugal 50s and swinging 60s music, displays etc.

13-14 July

Milton Keynes Museum, Wolverton MK12 5EL

01908 316222

miltonkeynesmuseum.org.uk

Milton Keynes Aviation Society

Kents Hill Community Centre, Kents Hill MK7 6HQ

9 July, open 7.30pm, lectures 8pm - Leading the Red Arrows

by Sqn Ldr Richard Thomas (Ret’d)

13th August 2019 - F-35 and my experiences Flying the

Lightning II - Peter Kosogorin

Ian Carr iancarruk@aol.com 01234 742057’

Rushmere Country Park Fundraising Events

Concert in the Park with relaxed evening of local music talent,

food stalls, beer tent and fun for kids

5pm, Saturday, 10 August

Rushmere Country Park, Leighton Buzzard

Adult £12, Concessions £8 (ages 4-16, over 65s and NUS

students card holders) Under 4s FREE

greensandtrust.org/Event/concert-in-the-park-2019

Summer Fayre and Fun Dog Show

Arts, crafts, stalls, refreshments and fun activities for the family

on The Meadow

11am-4pm, Sunday, 11 August

No booking required! £3 exit fee, separate charges may

apply for kids amusements and trails

greensandtrust.org/Event/summer-fayre-fun-dog-show-2019

People Power

Slideshow about transport in the village and stories about civil

action by residents

Saturday 14 September

St Peter and St Paul Church, Cosgrove

2019

GREEK

SUNDAY

7

JULY12-5pm

Swinfen Harris Church Hall, London

Road Stony Stratford, MK11 1JA

Live music // Dance

BBQ Food (souvlaki)

Cakes // Greek products

Family fun

†All proceeds will go to the:

Greek Orthodox

Community of Milton Keynes GOCMK

(Registered Charity No 1118744)

Find us on Facebook, #greekfestMK2019

Parking available

opposite the Hall

FESTIVAL

Free

Entry

PANIYIRI

MILTON KEYNES PHILATELIC

SOCIETY 40TH ANNIVERSARY

STAMP FAIR

10am-4pm, Saturday, 7 September

Methodist Hall, Queensway, Bletchley,

MK2 2HB

The Philatelic Society has met on the last

Wednesday of the month at the Methodist

Hall for the last forty years. The President,

one of the founding members, hadn't

missed a meeting in 35 years before

suffering a stroke. Several other members

also have 30+ years membership.

In celebration the first 100 collectors

attending the Stamp Fair will receive a

Limited Edition Commemorative Cover.

Take a look at what the Stamp Dealers are

offering. Refreshments available all day.

New members always welcome, come

along to a meeting night.

More information 01908 521220 or

miltonkeynesphilatelicsociety.co.uk

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Bancroft Park Pétanque Club

OPEN DAY

Saturday July 6

14.00 – 17.00

Interested in playing boule?

Where?

Bancroft Park, near the Roman villa site and the Roman Park Residents Club,

Constantine Way, MK13 0RA. Look for the flags!

Who can play?

Anyone! No experience required, just turn up. We can even lend you some

boule. Free coaching available.

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Find out more:

Contact: bancroftparkpetanqueclub@gmail.com

Bancroft Park Pétanque Club

BANCROFT PARK

PETANQUE CLUB OPEN DAY

2pm-5pm, Saturday, 6 July

11am, Sundays, 2pm, Tuesdays and

Thursdays (normal play)

Bancroft Park near the Roman

Park Residents Club: Constantine

Way, Milton Keynes MK13 0RA

York House Events

York House Centre, London Road, Stony

Stratford, MK11 1JQ

york-house.org.uk

Drinks including real ales available, proceeds

go to York House Centre’s community events

fund.

Don Perea

8.15pm-10.30pm, Friday, 19 July

A summer concert of classical guitar music

from Europe and Latin America.

Admission £8 (£5 for children and

students)

Tickets from York House Centre or

wegottickets.com/event/467436

07894 562150

donadamperera@gmail.com

donadamperera

donadamperera.com

EatStreet

5pm-10pm, Friday, 5 July, 2 August, 6

September

6-7 streetfood vendors, changing monthly.

Real ale bar, wine and soft drinks.

Free entry!

EatStreetMK

COSGROVE

CANAL FESTIVAL

& CRAFT FAIR

10am-4pm,

Saturday, 20 – Sunday,

21 July

Cosgrove Lock,

Grand Union Canal,

Lock Lane Cosgrove,

MK19 7JR

Cosgrove Village

Hall, Cosgrove

MK19 7JA

Historic boats, trade

boats, boat trips, cake

stalls, craft stalls and

children's games.

buckinghamcanal.

org.uk

The club boasts over fifty members

from complete beginner to

experienced. Whatever your age,

join in the club to enjoy social or

competitive play. There are internal

competitions throughout the year

as well as playing in division one

team of the Three Shires League.

The piste, a public facility, can

be used at any time. The club is

a member of Chiltern Region of

Petanque England.

Equipment and tuition can be

supplied if required. Come along

for a taster session for which

there is no charge - Visitors always

welcome, boule can be provided.

bancroftparkpetanqueclub@

gmail.com

Bancroft Park Petanque Club

T A B L E T O P

C R A F T F A I R

A T U R D A Y 1 3 J U L Y

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10AM - 4PM

F R E E A D M I S S I O N

Beautiful crafts for sale handmade by local traders

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STONY STRATFORD

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Professional

Write your Will!

The law will decide who will benefit

from your money, property and

possessions unless you write a will and

decide for yourself. You can legally write

your own will but get advice if you:

• co-habit with someone who is not

your husband, wife or civil partner

• have family members from another

marriage

• live outside the UK or have overseas property

• are leaving property or money to a dependent who cannot care for

themselves

Get your will formally witnessed and signed to make it legally

valid. Remember to state:

• who you want to benefit from your will

• who will take care of your children, if aged under 18

• what you would like to happen if the beneficiaries die before you

Appoint an executor to act on your behalf and to sort out your estate.

Store it at home, with your will writer, solicitor, bank, the London

Probate Service. Remember to tell people where it is!

A Turning Point

Being over 50 can be a turning point

- an opportunity to re-energise and

make use of your life experience.

Whatever the reason, redundancy

or children leaving home, begin by

reviewing what changes you want

and how they will impact financially

and practically. Consider work happiness, life balance and the salary

that different jobs offer. Local colleges offer courses to retrain including

apprenticeships for adults at Milton Keynes College. Google career

change or adult apprenticeship to find out more. Get your CV up-todate

and include the hidden skills you’ve gained from home, hobbies

and other interests. Ask your friends and contacts to help with useful

introductions.

Finally remember believe you can do this and you will succeed.

Are Shop

Loyalty Cards

Worth It?

You’ll probably have at least one

loyalty card in your wallet or purse

but most people have multiple

loyalty cards. Are they worth signing

up for and using them each time

you shop?

The ‘This Is Money’ website recently

carried out research into the best

and worst loyalty cards measured by

the points/value you get back per £1

of spend.

They found the winners were

• Tesco Clubcard – 3% back (in

points) on your spending and you

don’t have to just spend at Tescos.

• Boots Advantage Card – 4% back

but you can only spend at Boots.

The average were

• myWaitrose Card – Offer vouchers

and free coffee every time you go in,

spend and bring a reusable cup!

• Superdrug Health and Beauty Card

– Not as good as Boots but still OK.

• Iceland Bonus Card – More like a

saver card than points card with £1

added every £20 saved onto the card

which is a 5% return.

The worst ones were

• Marks and Spencer Sparks Card –

Collect points for offers, no actual

money back.

• Morrisons More Card – 0.5% back

on what you spend. £5 back on

£1,000 spent!

• Sainsbury’s Nectar Card – 0.5%

back.

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New Employee Pension Tax Trap

The start of the new tax year brought about an increase in the minimum

contributions that need to be made to your workplace pension scheme.

Whilst it’s good news that more money is going into your pension there

can be a nasty tax trap for those earning over £150,000.

At this level of earnings your £40,000 pension Annual Allowance (the

amount that can be paid into a pension) starts to reduce by £1 for every

£2 you are over, until you are left with an allowance of just £10,000 per

annum. This is called the Tapered Annual Allowance.

I have come across a number of clients whose employer is paying them

much greater pension contributions based on full pay. Without realising

it you could be contributing more than your reduced Annual Allowance.

This will result in a nasty tax bill.

As always you need to get informed. Pension taxation is a minefield and

there are exams for Financial Advisers on pension taxation alone!

Here are a few steps to

take:

#1 – Check with your

company what pension

contributions are being

paid.

#2 – Seek financial

advice.

#3 – Ask your employer

for alternative

remuneration if you are

caught by the trap.

Carl Roberts

For your own personal

Financial Director to run

your family finances call:

Carl Roberts FPFS, Chartered

Financial Planner

carl@rtsfinancialplanning.co.uk

rtsfinancialplanning.co.uk

01908 592544

07702 965275

RTS Financial Planning Limited is authorised and

regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Registered in England and Wales. Registration

number 10619163. 21 Fosters Lane, Bradwell, Milton

Keynes, MK13 9HZ

Risk warning: Stock market linked investments and

any income from them, can fall as well as rise and are

not guaranteed. Any figures quoted are for illustrative

purposes and should not be taken as a forecast or

guarantee. Past performance should not be seen as an

indication of future returns and clients may get back

less than they have invested.

Passive MUST Beat Active When

It Comes To Investment Funds

Active investment funds are where the fund manager will attempt to beat

the collective market where he or she operates, whereas passive funds (also

known as index trackers) track the overall returns for that market.

To keep things simple, think of the stock market in two groups. Active funds

on one side and passive funds on the other. If we forget about costs for

a minute, the average active fund return will be the same as the average

passive fund return.

This is because all active funds are the market. Passive funds track the overall result of this market.

Now if we add costs back in, because active funds usually cost considerably more than passive funds, the

average active fund will return less after charges. Simple.

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Professional

Wills are important but don’t forget

about Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPA)

Jennifer Duckett, Private Client Solicitor at Neves

Solicitors, explains

Discussions regarding future-proofing or protecting

your partner’s or family’s financial security often focus

on Wills. Wills are certainly important but have you also

considered what would happen if you or your partner

lost mental capacity?

If you lose your ability to manage your own financial

or personal affairs, there is no automatic right for your

partner, husband or wife, or any other family members

to access your money and manage your affairs for you.

A LPA is a legal document that lets you appoint one or

more people to help you make decisions or to make

decisions on your behalf. This allows you to appoint

those you most trust to help handle your affairs and

gives you more control over what happens to you if you

have an accident or an illness and can’t make your own

decisions.

At your side.

If there is no LPA in place when mental capacity is lost

then a family member, friend or solicitor will have to

apply to the Court of Protection to be appointed as your

Deputy. This can be an extremely time-consuming and

expensive process, in which you are unlikely to have

any say as to who is controlling your affairs and during

which time no action can be taken to deal with them.

There are two types of LPA. A LPA for Property and

Financial Affairs gives the legal authority for your loved

ones to manage your assets on your behalf, for your

benefit, and a LPA for Health and Welfare enables your

loved ones to make decisions as to your care and

medical treatment in situations where you are unable to

do so.

LPAs are powerful documents and can provide you with

peace of mind but there is a risk of the attorney abusing

their position if they have been appointed without

due consideration or made aware of the rules they are

governed by. To help avoid issues, we would always

suggest independent legal advice is obtained when

considering putting LPAs in place.

Contact Jennifer on 01908 304560 and quote

'Essentially Local Magazine' for a 10% discount off

our fees for setting up a Lasting Power of Attorney.

Neves Solicitors

01908 304560

info@ nevesllp.co.uk

Aurora House, Deltic Avenue, Rooksley

Milton Keynes MK13 8LW

neves.solicitors

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Leisure

Audiences Wowed

Audiences were once again wowed by the

choreography and performances from the

teachers and young dancers at the Rosemary Lane

School of Ballet.

Rosemary and her team stepped away from the

classics of their last productions, Swan Lake, Sleeping

Beauty and The Nutcracker, to present 'Isn't That

Something', a collection of new imaginative works

based on and inspired by poetry.

Challenges

The production saw the more advanced students

challenged to new heights in the classical ballet

piece 'Isn't That Something' and the beautiful pointe

dance 'Ebb and Flow'. They also introduced them to

new styles in the contemporary piece 'See Me' and a

stunning neo-classical work 'Savage Beauty'.

New Creations

A new ballet was created for the younger members

of the school. This magical ballet 'Dream Within a

Dream' brought smiles and cheers from the audience

as they entered the stage as dreamcatchers, stars,

unicorns, garden and wish fairies, dragons, mermaids,

princesses, puppets and party children. Leah Wyman

danced with confidence and poise in her solo role as

the little girl. The show finished in a blaze of colour

and energetic exuberance as the students from Grade

1 upwards demonstrated various character styles

culminating in the rhythmically challenging Tarantella.

Lasting Memories

The production was a special occasion for all of the

students and for others it will have extra special

memories. For many of the youngest children it was

their very first performance, for three of the grade four

students it was their debut pointe performance. For

some it will be their last performance with the school

as they move onto university and further adventures.

The near perfect performances came after weeks of

preparation and dedication by everyone involved and

all students proved the reason behind their teachers’

dedication and desire for perfection.

Magnificent Performances

During the Friday and Saturday performances, it was

an honour to watch past student Emilia Beattie as she

presented an incredible performance of two of ballets

greatest female variations. On the final performance

the audience was treated to a beautiful solo

performance from advanced student Alice Miller and

a thrilling impromptu performance from Owen Lane,

guest choreographer of the show's Neo-Classical

piece 'Savage Beauty' and international principal

guest artiste.

Becoming Part of It

If ever you want to see what a wonderful hobby ballet

and dance can be for local children, make sure you

book for the next Rosemary Lane School of Ballet

production.

Congratulations to Rosemary, Gemma, Owen and

all at RLSB.

If you are interested in the school please visit

rlschoolofballet.com

or contact the school for details or to book a

trial lesson by contacting Rosemary

07738 767475

enquiries.rlsb@gmail.com.

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Home & Garden

THE OLD JOINERY SHOP

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TRADITIONAL BESPOKE CABINET MAKERS AND JOINERS

* DOORS * WINDOWS * KITCHENS

* BEDROOMS * STUDIES * FURNITURE

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Bathing Well

Risks of slips and falls in the bathroom are greater with loss of mobility and

strength. There are simple solutions and adaptions that will help you to

keep your independence while making your house still feel like home.

REMOVE IT OR KEEP IT

Most people don’t use baths these days but removing it

can devalue a family home. Balance the decision about

the bath versus shower with safety. Specialist equipment

can make washing easier and safer, consider manual or

powered bath lifts, boards and seats, rails and steps. A

walk-in shower can be safer when combined with suitable

rails, shower seats and safety mats but may depend on

space.

TOP TIP

A registered

Occupational Therapist

(OT) will advise you on

the best equipment

for your needs

WARMING STYLE

Warm towels as you step out of the bath or

shower are a welcoming touch! Towel rails

now offer better heating options and come

with a touch of style. Ask your plumber to

select the right BTU (British Thermal Unit)

for the size of

bathroom and

your needs.

Locate it close

enough to

reach but far

enough away so

that it isn’t used

as a safety or

balance rail.

Photo courtesy of Karndean at CarpetWise

ACCESSORISE

Make your bathroom look stylish with coloured

towels, flowers or create textures or patterns with tiles.

Choose bright, vivid colours.

SUPPLIERS

Add Warmth 07799761693

Eddy Rohan Carpentry 07765 370425

eddierohan@yahoo.co.uk

On Tap Installations 07766 710240

Ontap.vpweb.co.uk

Pete The Plumber 07742 947011

MJ Electrics 07387 166370

CarpetWise 01908 263330

Universal Blinds 01908 510333

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colourschemesdecor@gmail.com

DPL Services 07801 435476

Kenneth Hudson 07957 267778

kennethhudsoninteriors.co.uk

Rebecca Burchell 07983 413830

rebeccaburchell.com

SJ Adcock 07803 906016

S Fludgate 07519 015182

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Try Karndean Floors

for your bathroom.

They are safe, stylish

and water

resistant!

A TOUCH OF COLOUR

Choose colours on your walls to reflect

your style and design. Don’t be afraid

to take risks by using bold and bright

bathroom colours to lift a space. Try

different schemes, there is no limit -

ombre, dramatic, feature walls, even

contrasting or groups of

colours.

Prefer a chic, modern

look? Go for greys to

complement the white

furniture and accessorise

with vibrant items.

Our local painters and

decorators will advise and

work with you.

Safer

Bathrooms

1. Taps with levers are easier to

use than turn taps if you have

reduced strength in your hands.

2. A detachable, hand-held

shower attachment for your bath

means you can then sit rather than

having to stand and shower.

3. Grab bars and rails make

bathrooms safer - they’re easy to

fit and cost-effective.

4. Raise the height of the toilet

seat to make getting up and down

easier, ready-to-fit seats can be

easily purchased.

5. Place non-slip bath mats or tape

in the bath or shower to reduce

risks of slips and falls. Washable

non-slip rugs are a good idea for

the bathroom floor too.

6. Walk-in showers or wet rooms

are great if getting in and out of

the bath has become difficult. Fix

a seat to a wall or free-standing

one with rails to make it even safer.

Advice

Free and confidential information

on disability related issues, grants

and try before you buy equipment

is available through:

FLOOR IT RIGHT

Consider the look, the water, slip factor and

maintenance - porcelain looks good but is

slippery and while carpet is warm it’s not as

hygienic and can easily rot.

Karndean gets our vote because it’s warmer

underfoot, there are of lots of style options

and colours and it’s easily replaceable.

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01908 231 344

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Gladstone Road

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Immerse Yourself into a New Culture

Speaking another language, being understood and getting immersed into

a new culture is a great experience. Start with these French and Italian

classes that are right on our doorsteps in Stony Stratford and Wolverton.

For French look no further than Stony Stratford

based Alliance Française de Milton Keynes. This

not-for-profit charity offers group and private

tuition for all ages and abilities. There are options

for conversation classes, business French, GCSE and

A level tuition. There is even a specific summer class

to get you ready for holiday! You’ll learn about the

fabulous French and Francophone cultures.

To become part of this local and international

network that can be found in over 132 countries

pop along to Alliance Française de Milton Keynes to

find out more.

01908 562151

14 Market Square, Stony Stratford MK11 1BE

afmk.co.uk

TOP TIP

You are never

too old to learn

a new skill or

try something

different!

If Italian is more your thing, then Knights

Languages in Wolverton are for you. Italian born

Ginevra Giles began her classes in 2017 to share

her passion for languages and learning. She knew

sociable classes where you learn about the culture,

art and sample some of the delicious Italian foods

and drinks would make learning easier!

Her lessons are for holiday makers, people who

love Italy or those simply with a desire to learn from

complete beginner to intermediates who know

more. The 10 week courses come with daily online

support via email and social media with extra

exercises, videos and so much more.

07940 711790

Wolverton Town hall, Creed Street MK12 5LY

MILTON KEYNES OPEN

The Westbury Arts Centre new initiative, 'Milton Keynes

Open', celebrates creative talent in Milton Keynes and

the surrounding areas. An amazing selection of artwork

were chosen to be displayed at the centre’s dedicated

exhibition space over the weekend of 13 -14 July,

11am-4pm with free entry.

Office and Programme Manager, Tryph Foster, says “We

encouraged all artists to apply, whether an amateur,

student, professional or somebody who just dabbles

in their spare bedroom! We’ve had a fantastic range of

entries so the exhibition promises to be rich and diverse.”

During the weekend there’ll also be children’s activities,

artists demonstrating as well as local food vendors.

01908 501214

events@westburyartscentre.co.uk

Westbury Arts Centre, Shenley Wood MK5 6AA

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Green Gym

10.45am-2pm, Tuesdays

Central Milton Keynes

DEANSHANGER LIBRARY IS SAVED

The threat of the library closure in October 2017,

saw the people of Deanshanger sign petitions

and send letters to Northampton County Council.

Andrea Leadsom, MP, attended a successful

showcase day and Deanshanger Primary School

children made a video and wrote letters pleading

for it to remain open.

Justice Yipp at the judicial court review found

in favour of in the villagers. The NCC proposed

that Friends of Deanshanger Library take over

the management by purchasing or leasing the

building as well as paying the running costs.

The council will continue to supply self-service

machines and computer library management

system. The Friends of Deanshanger Library

fought NCC, without help from the parish council

to save the library. You can enjoy books with a

reading group, rhyme time, knit and natter and

creative writing run for the community by the

community.

01604 368272

deanslib@firstforwellbeing.co.uk

Deanshanger Library, Little London

intu is a community group that works in 4

community gardens in Central Milton Keynes.

You can improve your health and well-being

while volunteering with the fun and varied

activities. You’ll also learn new skills, like

woodworking, tree planting and gardening

while meeting friendly people and making a

difference to the local area and people.

An experienced leader will explain everything

so whatever your experience or ability there is

an activity for you. They include building bird

boxes, planting, painting benches, putting up

trellises, weeding, cutting back vegetation and

more. Tools/equipment are provided so no

excuses!

Tea and coffee is provided during the break

and it’s all free, go along to try a session as

there’s no commitment. On the fourth session

all volunteers get a free Green Gym t-shirt too.

The Conservation Volunteers

07740 899633

emma.eteen@tcv.org.uk

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Simply Transforming Gardens

The RHS predicts that our gardens will be transformed to adapt to the changes

in weather. There are likely to be more storms, periods of rain and drought

as well as hotter temperatures. The changes have implications for wildlife yet

simple garden solutions can help.

POND LIFE

Diseases and fungi are killing indigenous pond

frogs meaning they could vanish within 50

years, made worse by warmer weather. Ponds

and wildlife areas help these amazing pest

controllers as they devour the slugs, snails and

insects who eat our garden produce! Keep the

pond small and deep with an area of shallow

access, add log piles, shade and cool areas.

TOP TIP

Find a warm corner

of the garden for a

relaxing chair or

hammock!

OLD WAYS WITH WEEDS

Your kitchen cupboard offers safe, simple

solutions for managing weeds. Dissolve 3

parts salt to 1 part water and spray the weeds,

but avoid the grass on your lawn. Alternatively

vinegar or alcohol destroy all that they touch,

use on the smaller, less deep-rooted weeds,

particularly on driveways. Don’t replant the

area for while though.

PRUNING TREES

Manage the size and

shape of trees by pruning

- late summer is usually

the best as healing is

quicker. Take professional

advice to reduce risk of

damage and ensure you

are not breaking any tree

preservation orders.

SUPPLIERS

Ace Landscapes 01908 615 503

acelandscapesmk.com

Bartlett Tree Experts 01767 627532

bartlett.com

Francis Rose 01908 474931

francisrose.co.uk

M.Lovell Martin 07736 226891

Eddie 07746 527224

Maxwell Home and Garden Services 01908 412641

maxwellhgs.co.uk

Ray Brown Tree Care 0800 862 0863

raybrowntreecare.co.uk

NEW LIFE INTO OLD GARDEN SHED

For extra space and a holiday feel, turn your old shed

into an extra useable room. Ask a local electrician to

run an outside cable for more comfort.

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STONY STRATFORD IN BLOOM

July 9 is Britain in Bloom judging day and the area looks

amazing thanks to hard-working volunteers. Planters and

baskets were changed to the summer plants, including

drought-resistant geraniums, in May and the final

Community Tidy Day takes place on 29 June.

Volunteers created a Nectar Garden on the Mill Field

helped by The Riverside Groups and Parks Trust. Junior

Parks Trust Rangers planted primroses and litter-picked

at the Nature Reserve. Bianca Bedig-Ceesay, chair of

Fullers Slade Residents Group, organised the first It’s Your

Neighbourhood Group/ Gardening Club work-party in

May with residents, members of the Community Church

and African Church tending the new beds and picking

litter. Volunteers served delicious cakes, children planted

the sharing bed while the Bard, the Mayor of Milton

Keynes and local thespians made appearances at the

successful York House Coffee Morning and SSIB Plant Sale.

Hobbyhorse Nursery children enjoyed a tea party in the

Bluebell Wood while other children created hanging

baskets at the Big Lunch.

WOLVERTON & GREENLEYS IN-BLOOM

Hilary, Lynda, Jane and Jo from Wolverton and Greenleys

in Bloom continue their hard work and not just with

planting 2000 white, shocking pink and lilac bedding

plants for summer. They’ve cut back and replanted the

overgrown beds on Bedford Street. They’ve replaced

the old Agora bus stop planters with Alec and Ash’s beautiful

hand-made one. Oil drums from Café Balti and Antep Kitchen have

provided the perfect solution for doorstep planters for residents.

Businesses, including Instanbul Barbers, have sponsored a large

planter on Stratford Road.Men in Sheds at Kiln Farm invented an

incredible reservoir system, now installed in 4 big planters, to keep

the soil moist during the summer.

Vegetable of

the Edition

Carrots are an amazing vegetable.

You’ll benefit from an array minerals,

vitamins and antioxidants contained

within these roots. Think A, C, K and

B8, potassium, iron and folate and

more and you’ll find endless health

benefits – including reducing the risk

heart attacks, reducing cholesterol

and your helping your vision. If

you are worried about looking

older, carrots are your friend as they

apparently reduce the ageing of cells

and skin.

Over 100 varieties are on offer

coming in a choice of purple, red,

black, white and yellow as well as

orange. There are different shapes

and sizes too and they’re incredibly

drought resistant. It takes between

12-16 weeks from sowing to

harvesting.

There are options for growing even

in the smallest garden as they grow

well in deep pots. Sow them outside

from April right up to July - check the

variety first though. Remove weeds

without damaging the leaves as this

will attract carrot fly. Fleece and other

barriers are essential to prevent them

from laying eggs and destroying your

crop.

Once picked eat them, store them

or freeze them for later but most

of all enjoy them!

Britain in Bloom gold award is said to add thousands of pounds

to the value of properties - Get involved by calling Wolverton

& Greenleys Town Council on 01908 326800

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Artists in Bloom

These pictures represent the local In Bloom teams

for judging day. We are always amazed by our skilled

and talented local artists. Choosing winners is nearly

impossible but we think these three artists represent

what the local area stands for. Three different

mediums, three different styles and totally different

imagination.

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May these pictures bring the luck to the In

Bloom teams to make them winners too!

Strong Yellow Vests at Work

Representing Stony in Bloom we have Laura de

Sherbin, with her piece titled ‘Strong Yellow Vests

at Work’ - definitely Stony in Bloom volunteers!

Sky Sights of Stony

Representing Stony Stratford is young

artist Lucas Barton. This winning picture

once again shows off his talents, focus

and attention to detail.

Secret Orchard?

Representing Wolverton and Greenleys in Bloom is this

fantastic watercolour by Roger Everson that helps our

minds to escape to somewhere like the Secret Garden.

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EVERYONE WHO

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Gardens to suit your lifestyle

• Landscape design projects

• Hardwood decking specialists

• Professional planting schemes

• Water features and

electrical lighting

• Natural stone patios

• Garden maintenance

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Arborist and

Bartlett Champion

I have very high standards.

About 70 metres, to be exact.

Harry Clewlow champions the trees, landscapes

and property investments of the customers in his

care. And he’s one of the many reasons we’ve

become the premier scientific tree and shrub

care company in the world.

Contact 01767 627532

bedford@bartlettuk.com

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EVERY TREE NEEDS A CHAMPION.

Garden design, construction and maintenance

Based in Stony Stratford, we pride ourselves on excellent work,

at very competitive prices. No job is too big, or too small, and

we offer everything from full garden design, to general garden

maintenance. Whether you would like a free quote for your home

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Grass cutting and strimming

All aspects of tree surgery

Hedge trimming

Pruning and weedkilling

Shrub and tree planting

Leaf and litter removal

General tidying

Full garden makeovers

Artificial grass

Fencing and gates

Water features

Sleeper work and brick work

Lawns (turfing and seeding)

Patios and decking

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FREE

ENTRY

Sunday 14th July | 12pm - 8pm

Western Road Recreation Ground

Wolverton, Milton Keynes MK12 5GH

Food

Stalls

Fun

Fair

Family

Fun

LIVE MUSIC AND PERFORMANCES

Including: AcousticUs | 3rd and Lindsley | The Hallows

Street Light | MK Rock Chorus | Crescendo

Spoken Word Performances | Free Arts Workshops for Kids

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Motoring

Travelling In Europe

Summer Check List

Brexit hasn’t happened yet, but if you are travelling overseas this

summer, make sure you don’t forget anything. Get to know the laws

in the country you are holidaying and driving in!

Personal Documents

• Travel insurance policy documents with sufficient cover including

medical conditions and any activities you may be taking part in

• Your passport only needs 30 days from the date of exit, but 6

months before expiry is recommended

• European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

After Brexit

From 2021 you might need the new

European Travel Information and

Authorisation Scheme (ETIAS) which will

cost just over £6. There is also a possibility

that you will need an International

Driving Permit to drive in Europe which

costs £5.50. The EHIC (European Health

Insurance Card) will be valid until 31

October 2019 and after that you will

need a good insurance policy.

Children

Avoid arguments by planning

your journey, use a SAT NAV with

map backup, set travel time limits

with stop points for food and

convenience breaks. Start the

journey as early as possible and

don’t be afraid to use technology

to keep the children amused. It is

illegal for under 10s to sit in front

seats in some European countries.

EUROPE

EMERGENCY

Call 112

Call 114 (Emergency

number for hearing

assistance)

Equipment

• Two red warning triangles

• Reflective jackets for all

passengers

• Tool kit & first-aid kit

• Spare bulbs – not a legal

requirement but risk a €80 fine

for being unable to replace if

stopped

• Breathalysers, required but

there is no fine

• Torch with spare batteries

• Fire extinguisher – not a legal

requirement

Documents

for Driving

• Full driving licence

• Vehicle registration document (V5)

The police may ask to see it if you are

stopped

• Motor insurance documents

• Breakdown cover is not a legal

requirement but can cost thousands

if you break-down without it. Look for

roadside assistance, recovery, vehicle

hire, accommodation for you and your

passengers and repatriation

• Authorisation letter if it’s a company

car

• A GB sticker is compulsory unless

included on your number plate. Risk a

fine without it

• Vehicle Emissions Sticker (antipollution)

for travel in Paris, Lyon

or Grenobles, France. It costs €4.41

including postage and will take

30 days to arrive, expect a €68 fine

without it certificat-air.gouv.fr

• Pay motorway tolls with cash or

card (maestro or electron is not

accepted) or use the automatic toll

payment with automatic billing

saneftolling.co.uk

Service your car and check the water,

oil, coolant levels, tyre pressure and

tread before you leave.

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Health and Wellbeing

Hanslope Practice

01908 510230

theparksmedicalpractice.co.uk

Paulerspury Practice

01327 811630

Towcester Medical Centre

01327 359953

towcestermedicalcentre.co.uk

Stony Medical Centre

01908 260382

stonymedicalcentre.co.uk

Stony Stratford Health Visitors, Physios

01908 565555

The Stonedean Practice

01908 261155

stonedeanpractice.org.uk

Wolverton Health Centre

01908 222954

wolvertonhealthcentre.co.uk

Wolverton Health Visitors, District

Nurses, Podiatry, Physiotherapy

01908 316633

NHS Direct Textphone 111

Milton Keynes General Hospital

01908 660033

mkhospital.nhs.uk

Northampton General Hospital

01604 634700

northamptongeneral.nhs.uk

AgeUK Information and Advice

01908 560822

ageconcern.org.uk

Alcoholics Anonymous

0800 917 7650

alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk

Samaritans

116123 samaritans.org

Victim Support Line

0808 168 9111

Emergency Services

Non emergency calls 101

Crimestoppers 0800 555 111

Emergencies 999

Veterinary Surgeons

The Vet Centre, Cherry Lane

01908 542155

Maids Moreton

01280 812057 thevetcentre.ltd.uk

Children

Useful Numbers

Rhymetime Under 1s

Deanshanger Library, Little London,

MK19 6HT

Paula 01908 562889

paula.culley@firstforwellbeing.co.uk

Stony Stratford &Wolverton Library

Stories, songs and rhymes

Stony Stratford & Wolverton libraries

miltonkeynes.gov.uk/libraries

Brownies, Guides, Beavers & Scouts

South Northants Rainbows, Brownies,

Guides

Emma 01908 571244

Towcester Brownies & Guides Hattie

(Guider in Charge 3rd Towcester

Brownies)

07776 257398

rdtowcesterbrownies@gmail.com

Wolverton and Stony Stratford

Rainbows, Brownies and Guides

wolvertondc@outlook.com

1st Stony Stratford Beaver Scouts,

Cub Scouts

Scouts for boys & girls

1stStonyStratford

alby@backstage.co.uk

Youth Clubs

Act Out & Act Up Term-time drama

group

York House Centre, Stony Stratford

info@redphoenixstory.co.uk

Stony Biz Kids Afterschool Club

Becky Piper 07798 736615

stonybizkids stonybizkids.com

York House Junior Youth Club

Maria 07988 078056

yorkhouseyouthclubs@hotmail.com

york-house.org.uk

York House Senior Youth Club

Tash 07949 402862

tash.youth@gmail.com

york-house.org.uk

Arts & Crafts

Stony Stratford Floral Group

Russell Street School Hall, Stony

Stratford.Sue 01908 564453 orJudy

01908 569429

The North Bucks Woodturning Club

Courtyard Arts Centre, Parklands,

Great Linford, Milton Keynes

Pip 01908 311243

pip.watts@btconnect.com

Towcester & District Art Society

Paulerspury Village Hall

Len Lane 01908 569425 or

07957 281493 towcesterart.com

Vitreus Art Courses

4 Wakefield Country Courtyard,

Potterspury NN12 7QX

01327 810320 vitreus-art.co.uk

Flower Drawing & Painting Classes

With artist Nicky Hunter at Westbury

Arts Centre, Foxcovert Road MK5 6AA

07899 942944

nickyred@gmail.com

Dance

Old Mother Redcaps

Ladies Morris dancing side

Swinfen Harris Hall, Stony Stratford

Catherine 01908 667112

Potterspury Dance Club

Ballroom /sequence dancers

Potterspury Village Hall

John & Di 01604 862632

Rose and Castle Morris

Stoke Bruerne Village Hall

Ian 07860 277046

rose.castle.morris@gmail.com

rose-castlemorris.org.uk

Royal Scottish CountryDance Society

Bradwell Village Memorial Hall MK12

9AG 07877 153259

History

Milton Keynes Aviation Society

(MKAS)

Kents Hill Community Centre

Frithwood Crescent, Kents

Hill, Milton Keynes MK6 6HQ

Ian Carr 01234 742057

iancarruk@aol.com mkas.co.uk

Milton Keynes National Trust

Association

Monthly meetings

The Cruck Barn, Bradwell Abbey

01908 314151

Milton Keynes Western Front

Association

Monthly meetings

Roman Park Residents

Club, 1, Constantine Way,

Bancroft Park, MK13 0RA

westernfrontassociation.com

The National Museum of Computing

Bletchley Park, The Mansion,

Bletchley, Milton Keynes MK3 6DZ

01908 374708 tnmoc.org

Wolverton & District Archaeological &

Historical Society

St Mary & St Giles School,

King George Crescent, Stony Stratford,

MK11 1EF

irisday86@yahoo.co.uk.

Yardley Gobion History Group

Village Hall 01908 542322

babskingyg@talktalk.net

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Music

New Orleans Jazz Club

01908 569432

trevor.jeavons@btinternet.com

goodtimejazz.info

Terry Marshall and The Hounds Jazz

Jam

The Fox & Hounds, Stony Stratford

fox-hounds-pub.business.site

Junction 14 Ladies A Cappella

Singing for pleasure and fundraising

Drama Studio Shenley Brook End

Secondary School, Milton Keynes.

To join 01908 678558.

To hire 01908 667029

bookings@junction14.org

junction14.org

MK Acapella Men

Barbershop Chorus Rehearsals

Stantonbury School,

Bradville, Milton Keynes

membership mkacapella.com

To hire bookings@mkacapella.com

mkacapella.com

Milton Keynes Acoustic Roots

Guitar, fiddle and penny whistle

Beginners to advanced

Community Centre, Britten Grove, Old

Farm Park, Milton Keynes

johntimpany@aol.co.uk

mkamc.co.uk

Music Makers of Milton Keynes

Choral music and singing

Childrens Centre, Stony Stratford.

Teresa 07928156006

The Song Loft

York House Centre, Stony Stratford

songloft@gmail.com

thesongloft. co.uk

Scribal Gathering

Music & spoken word open mic.

The Crown, Market Square, Stony

Stratford

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Towcester Choral Society

The Sawpits Centre, Towcester

towcesterchoralsociety.org.uk

Social

Buckingham Canal Society

Lock Lane, Cosgrove,MK19 7JR

01908 661217

Athinabec@aol.com

buckinghamcanal.org.uk

Wolverton Community Orchard

Gardening Day

Yvonne 01908 320405 or

Mandy on 01908 319719

Yardley Gobion Coffee Shop

Drinks, cakes and chat, children’s toys.

St Leonard’s Church, Yardley Gobion

Deanshanger Library

Reading Group,Knit and Natter, Learn

to knit, knitting and sewing for children

Deanshanger Library, Little London

01908 562889

paula.culley@firstforwellbeing.co.uk

Deanshanger Sports Club

Little London, Deanshanger

MK19 6HU 01908 567137

deanshangersc

Stony Stratford Tuesday Night Charity

Curry Club Charity Quiz

Eastern Paradise, Wolverton Road,

Stony Stratford MK11 1DX

Tuesday Night Charity Curry Club

Quiz

Towcester Bridge Club

Friendly duplicate bridge

Towcester Conservative

Club Lynda Riecken

lynda@riecken.co.uk

bridgewebs.com/towcester

Senior Citizens Afternoon Tea Coffee

& Home-Made Cakes

All welcome

Last Friday of month, 2pm-4pm

Memorial Hall, Deanshanger Road,

Old Stratford (by village shop)

Havencourt Sheltered Home Bingo &

Coffee Morning

Ridgmont, Deanshanger

Jean jean.miller@

southnorthantshomes.co.uk

Sport

Happy Bodies Fitness Centre

Furtho Court, Old Stratford,

01908 477066 happybodies.co.uk

Feathers Badminton Club

Mill Mead Hall, Wolverton

01908 373966 or

mr.baldwin@btinternet.com

Castlethorpe Short Mat Bowls Club

Castlethorpe Village Hall

01908 510583

keithprestidge@hotmail.co.uk

Paulerspury Bowling Club

Paulerspury Village Hall

Ann 01327 811352

Stony Stratford Bowls Club

Ancell Trust Sports Ground,

Ostlers Lane, Stony Stratford

MK11 1AR 01908 565659

stonystratfordbowlsclub.co.uk

Useful Numbers

Wolverton Town Bowls Club

Bruce 01908 310514

Wolverton Park Bowls Club

Haversham Road, Wolverton,

MK12 5TN

Bob 07988 778248

bowlsclub.org/club/7966/

Stony Stratford Croquet Club

Ostlers Lane, Stony Stratford

MK11 1AR

Roy 01908 566345

Twenty3c CycleRides

01908 260322

Deanshanger Colts & Divas Football

Club

deanshangercolts.co.uk

Karate

07739 707455 karategoju.co.uk

Karate & Kickboxing

Laura 07910 154499 karatemk.co.uk

Jado Kuin Do Family Martial Arts

Emma Bacon 07790 296737

RunStony

Run group runstony

Kiln Farm Squash Club

07729 414000

Haversham Sailing Club

High Street, Haversham

MK19 7DX

havershamsc.org

Towcester & District Table Tennis

Rod Barr 01604 847948

or 07885 108559

tabletennis365.com/Towcester

Wolverton Tennis Club Coaching

Pete Tolaini 0774 0004548

wolvertontennis@hotmail.com

Stony Stratford Walking Group

Meet Mill Lane/ Willow Lane

Mary Kendall 01908 260570

Winslow District Ramblers

bucksvoice.net/winslowdistrictramblers-group

Buckingham and District Walking

Group

John 07921 823189

Deanshanger and Wicken Royal British

Legion Branch Meetings

Monthly meetings

Deanshanger Conservative Club

01908 261107

barbaralangtonb-langton@outlook.

com

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HOME & GARDEN

Building & property

Antony Thomson Architect 42

Eddie Rohan Carpentry 42

Hickford Construction Ltd 43, 57

KAS Builders 41

Morris Roofing 41

Thomas Betts & Co 41, 42

Windows & conservatories

Cloudy2Clear 41

Custom Glaze 42

Thomas Betts & Co 43

Win-Dor 2

Aerial, cable & electrical

MKL Cable Solutions 44

MJ Electrics 44

Garage doors

Roller Shutter Garage Doors 59

Plumbing, gas servicing &

heating

Add Warmth 43

On-Tap Installations 43

Pete the Plumber 43

Kitchens & bathrooms

Dream Doors 9

On-Tap Installations 43

Painters & plasterers

BWB Plastering 45

Colour Schemes Decorating Services

45

DPL Services 45

Kenneth Hudson Interiors 45

Rebecca Burchell 44

S Fludgate Painting & Decorating 45

SJ Adcock & Son 45

Thomas Betts & Co 45

Interiors

Carpetwise 50

Eddie Rohan Carpentry 42

Maxwell Home & Garden Service 55

The Old Joinery Workshop 44

Thomas Betts and Co. 50

Universal Blinds 50

Cleaning & domestic

Bucks Chimney Sweeps 50

Stony Dry Cleaners 51

Stony Oven Cleaners 51

The Stainbusters 51

Vickie's Cleaning 51

Garden

Ace Landscapes and Tree Care 55

Advanced Turf Machinery 57

Bartlett Tree Experts 55

Francis Rose Landscaping & Garden

Services 55

Green Thumb 1,3

Hickford Construction 57

Maxwell Home & Garden Services 55

M. Lovell Tree Surgeon 55

Prestige Lawns 57

Ray Brown Tree Care 51

The Grass and Resin Warehouse 63

Removal Services

Man and Van Milton Keynes 11

Waste removal

Rob Bracey, Septic Tanks 44

BEAUTY, WELLBEING

HEALTH, & FITNESS

Action Physio 13

Alchemy Therapy Centre 12

Clive Heayns Podiatry 16

Da Vinci Dental Clinic 19

Dizzy Ears 6, 13

DW Roberts 12

Happy Bodies Fitness Centre 16

Janice Skillman Foot Health 16

Jaspreet Tehara Counselling and

Psychotherapy 17

Jan Barry Beauty 16

Karate & Kickboxing MK 16

Lanh’s Nail Salon 17

Lisa Wiles Pilates 16

Massage in Mind 13

Samantha Costello Foot Clinic 17

Slimming World 17

LEISURE, FOOD & DRINK

Alliance Francaise 31, 33

ARTea Room 22

Artists in Bloom 54

Bamboo Cottage Chinese Takeaway

21, 23

Branch-Out MK 31

Knights Language 31

Milton Keynes Museum 28

Milton Keynes Open Art Exhibition

31

Moorgate Farm Vegetable Box

Delivery 21

Namji Traditional Punjabi 22

Potterspury House 24, 33

Secret Garden 28

The English Cherry 23

The Old Talbot 25

Wolverton’s Summer Festival 56

Accommodation & celebrations

Furtho Manor Farm 33, 39

CHILDREN & YOUTH

Rosemary Lane School of Ballet 29,

40

Soul2Sole 29

Wicken Toys 29

Willow Tree Pre-school 28

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

ASC Financial Solutions Ltd 5

Baldox Computing 39

Churchill Wills Ltd 39

Furtho Manor Farm 33, 39

MK Box Self Storage 39

Neves Solicitors 38

RTS Financial Planning 37

Trading Standards 18

Flowers

Branch-Out MK 31

Pets & vets

RSPCA 10

The Vet Centre 10, 11

Pest control

Killem Pest Control 11

Wasp Nest Control Services 11

TRANSPORT

Taxis

Flan’s Mini Bus Service 23, 33

Skyline 64

Motoring & transport

G & G Autos 59

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One Stop Garden Warehouse

Home & Garden

The Grass and Resin Warehouse supplies artificial grass

and resin materials to trades and DIYers around Milton

Keynes and beyond.

Ryan Holmes, opened this family-run business earlier

this year, bringing years of product knowledge and

experience along with great advice. He has carefully

selected quality and durable products that range from

premium and trade to luxury options.

The Bletchley based warehouse is more than a great

range of artificial grass and resin materials - you can

buy the right fitting tools or hire some too. Concrete

edges, membranes, adhesives and brushing materials

will ensure correct fitting and will keep it looking

good after installation.

Take a look at the resin bound surfaces for driveways

and patios - the benefits mean they’re increasingly

popular in domestic and commercial properties.

They’re durable, permeable, low maintenance, UV

resistant and importantly, they are attractive.

Ryan and team will tell you how to fit artificial grass

yourself using their carefully designed eight-step

guides and helpful advice. If you can’t get to the

warehouse store buy then order on line and collect

later. Need to see before you buy? Then simply order

samples to choose.

Get down to the warehouse to see the full range and

help for yourself.

01908 794889

grassandresin.co.uk

Open: Mon - Fri 7.30am – 5pm

Local suppliers for the trade,

diy’er and homeowners of

artificial grass, weed membrane

and adhesives over 10,000m²

held in stock ready to go

To advertise please call 01908 380777

Call

01908 794889

grassandresin.co.uk

sales@grassandresin.co.uk

Unit 29, 54 Goulds Close, Bletchley,

Milton Keynes, MK1 1EQ (Just behind Screwfix)

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