Editor’s Letter – January 2018

Dear Neighbours,

I hope you’ve had a very enjoyable Christmas and are re-energised and enthused to welcome a new year. To be honest, I’m feeling a little exhausted by the festivities, as it’s been a busy few weeks of family gatherings – and the eating and drinking indulgences that it entails! So, as enjoyable as it’s been, I’m more than ready to get back to some resemblance of routine…getting back into my skinny jeans may be more of a problem!

The gyms will soon be bursting with new recruits, all with good intentions…but it’s sustaining those resolutions which is half the battle. In this New Year issue, we look at the gadgets which will help you keep your 2018 declarations; page 10.

We also have the best picks of nourishing beauty products to see you through the winter months on page 14, and our health feature explains why getting enough quality sleep is vital for good mental and physical health, page 18.

Had enough of turkey leftovers? Try our delicious chorizo and prawn paella recipe on page 24, and if you’ve got room for dessert, let us tempt you with our winter warming fruity pudding of baked pears with cinnamon oat topping, page 50.

This month our finance feature provides guidance on choosing the best mobile phone plans in 2018, page 38, and our parental advice focuses on growing up in a digital world, page 44.

Our book recommendations this issue are about awakenings and new beginnings, perfect to see you into 2018; page 46.

Finally, we have two tickets to see Agatha Christie, Love From A Stranger, courtesy of Royal & Derngate Theatre; competition details on page 30.
Wishing you a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2018.


Bosworth Independent College: Open Evening, 25th January

Collingtree Park Care Home: Open Day, 27th January

Northampton High School: Open Events

Royal & Derngate – Agatha Christie, Love From A Stranger

Fiery Angel in association with Royal & Derngate present Agatha Christie, Love From A Stranger

Be careful who you wish for

A whirlwind romance with a handsome and charming stranger sweeps Cecily Harrington off her feet and she recklessly abandons her old life to settle in the remote and blissful surroundings of a country cottage. However, her newfound love is not all that he seems…

Electric with suspense and with a shocking twist, this edge-of-your-seat, rarely seen thriller by the UK’s greatest crime writer is rediscovered in a brand new production by Lucy Bailey (Gaslight, Dial M for Murder) designed by Mike Britton.

Love From A Stranger is presented by Fiery Angel in association with Royal & Derngate, Northampton, where it opens on Friday 23rd February through to Saturday 17th March, before touring the UK.

For more information or to book, call Box Office on 01604 624811 or visit www.royalandderngate.co.uk

* A charge of £3 applies for all transactions over £15. Does not apply to Groups, Friends or Disabled Patrons, and is per-transaction, not per-ticket.

Reiki Therapy – The Route To Self Care

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – Rei which means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy”. So Reiki is actually “spiritually guided life force energy.”

A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing.

Now is the time to ask ourselves – ‘What about me?’ Maybe it’s time to deal with the stresses of work, an illness we live with every day, anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia, arthritis, and more. Suffering from continuous stress can develop into many physical and emotional problems.

Many clients have benefited from this amazing therapy, easing a number of issues from stress related, to physical pain, to emotional grief and more. Reiki is used in hospitals, hospices and care homes; doctors are now using Reiki more than before, rather than supplying medications for stress. A Reiki session varies from person to person; the reiki energy encourages one to let go of the tension which can make pain worse, anxiety fear or other negative feelings, bringing about a state of peace and wellbeing. At the end of the treatment, one feels refreshed with a more positive, balanced outlook.

Q: What can be treated with Reiki?
A: Reiki has had a positive effect on all forms of illness and negative conditions. This includes minor things like head or stomach aches, bee stings, colds, flu, tension and anxiety as well as serious illnesses like heart disease, cancer, leukaemia, etc. The side effects of regular medical treatments have also been reduced or eliminated. This includes the negative effects of chemotherapy, post-operative pain and depression as well as improving the healing rate and reducing the time needed to stay in the hospital.

Q: Does one have to stop seeing a regular doctor or psychologist in order to receive a Reiki treatment?
A: No. Reiki works in conjunction with regular medical or psychological treatment. If you have a medical or psychological condition, it is recommended that you see a licensed health care professional in addition to receiving Reiki treatments. Reiki energy works in harmony with all other forms of healing, including drugs, surgery, psychological care or any other method of alternative care.

Reiki face and head massage using specific acupuncture points.
Massaging the face rejuvenates and helps to preserve a youthful appearance. It relaxes taunt facial muscles, reducing tiredness, stress, tension, and worry.
Using specific acupuncture points, it will relieve stress, cold and other congestions, reduce pain and muscle tension in the body.

Massaging the head, does not just affect the body, but also your energy and your consciousness. A good head massage is supremely relaxing and therefore, puts the body into an ideal state to activate its own natural healing mechanisms. It increases wellbeing, improves state of mind, and strengthens immune system functioning, relieving stress, headaches, and improving blood circulation.

So take charge of your health and wellbeing and contact me for a no obligation chat.

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Editor’s Letter – December Issue

Dear Neighbours,

‘It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go’…not to mention in every advertisement break on the television! A constant reminder that I’m yet to commence my Christmas shopping, (my weekly to-do/buy list has remained just that…to-do/buy!). So, it’s on to plan b…panic! No, there’s still plenty of time…I just need to be strict with my time management and delegate some tasks. Although, entrusting my husband and teenagers to do the food shopping would be a disaster – there’d be no shortage of sweet treats but I may struggle to put a meal together with their efforts! As for buying gifts, let’s just say a gift receipt is essential if my hubby goes shopping unaccompanied! So, there’s only one thing left I can delegate to my troops – housework…perfect! I may just stay out a little longer at the supermarket and shops…just to make sure all the chores are finished before I get home!

In this festive issue, we look at the history of Christmas traditions on page 10. Our interiors feature on Christmas elegance, shows how to create a sophisticated seasonal look, page 12 and our recipe this month is salmon and monkfish filo wreath, a great alternative to the traditional turkey roast, or part of a Boxing Day buffet, page 16.

There’s nothing better than a real Christmas tree, according to gardening expert, Pippa Greenwood. Read her tips on choosing the perfect tree on page 20.

‘Tis the season to stock up on batteries! We have a technology Christmas survival guide on page 28, to ensure your Christmas goes smoothly. Already thinking about the Boxing Day Sales? It’s well worth planning in advance; Ann Haldon has advice on page 34, to help you get the most out of your day.

Finally, we have two tickets to see Swan Lake, courtesy of Royal & Derngate Theatre; competition details on page 45.

Wishing you a very happy (and stress-free!) Christmas.


St Benedict’s Church Christmas Fete – 2nd December

Roade Community Orchestra Christmas Concert – 5th December

Trilogy Junior Active – Let The Kids Go Bezerk