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

Christmas At Greens

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.

01604 432121 / 07927 537902

Royal & Derngate – The Russian Stage Ballet Of Siberia

The Russian Stage Ballet of Siberia bring two classic ballets to Northampton

Sprinkled with magical special effects, The Russian State Ballet of Siberia bring their outstanding performances and breath-taking physical ability to Royal & Derngate for the first time, in February, accompanied by The Orchestra of the Russian State Ballet.

On Monday 12 February they will be performing Romeo & Juliet. Shakespeare’s tale of passion and tragedy is brought to life by Prokofiev’s soaring score, with emotionally charged choreography that befits the world’s greatest love story.

On Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 February audiences can enjoy Swan Lake. Tchaikovsky’s haunting score sets the tone for the greatest ballet of all time. From the splendour of the palace ballroom to the moon-lit lake, this tale of tragic romance has it all.

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.

Dementia Support – The Way Cafe

Once a month, St Giles Church runs a Saturday morning Café in the Church Centre, St Giles Terrace, Northampton. The WAY CAFÉ is open from 10.30 to 12.00noon on the dates listed below.

We offer support to those who have a relative or friend who has been diagnosed with dementia or memory loss and their carer.

We offer a range of fun and engaging activities, such as a themed reminiscence table and singing and dancing to live music. The Way Café gives both carers and people with memory loss a chance to get information and advice and talk to others with similar problems over a cup of tea or coffee and cake.

If you know a friend, relative or neighbour with Dementia, please pass this information on to their carer.

Parking is available in the church car park for patrons of the WAY CAFE only (using a special parking permit available on the day) or the nearby Ridings Car Park.

The Way Café will be open on Saturdays from 10.30am to 12noon throughout 2017:

• Jan. 21st • Feb. 25th • March 25th • April 22nd • May 27th • June 24th
• July 22nd • No café in August • Sept. 23rd • Oct. 28th • Nov. 25th • Dec. 16th

Visitors will find a warm and friendly welcome from us all.

People with dementia, and people supporting or caring for someone with dementia, often say that the best decision they made was to meet other people living with the same condition. No-one can support someone with a diagnosis quite like other people with the same diagnosis, and the same goes for carers.

The Way café is open to everyone, couples or families can go along together.

On behalf of the team – Helen Thorman 01604 706146

Editor’s Letter: November Issue

Dear Neighbours,

It can’t be avoided any longer…Christmas will soon be upon us, so we may as well embrace it and get organised. I normally wait until the end of November, after my son’s birthday, to start thinking about the festive season; however, the weeks following dissipate far too quickly and my stress levels rapidly escalate. I’m therefore taking control now with a weekly to-do/buy list in the hope that by Christmas Day I will be the epitome of serenity. Who am I kidding? It’ll be as chaotic as every previous year, with last minute gift exchanges (because my family will have changed their mind for the umpteenth time!); re-stocking the kitchen cupboards (as all the snacks put away for Christmas will have been devoured by two greedy teenagers, assisted by their dad!) and replenishing the wine rack…again! Ok, I’ll put my hands up to that one…well I would, if I wasn’t holding a large glass of wine!

In this issue, we’re kick-starting the Christmas countdown with great gift ideas; we have brilliant beauty buys, page 10; recommended books, page 16 and children’s presents which won’t break the bank, page 20. Our chocolate and walnut biscotti recipe on page 24, will make a lovely foodie present, packed in clear gift bags or added to a hamper…that’s if you can refrain from eating them all yourself!

If you’re hoping to bag a bargain in the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, do your research as not all deals are as good as they first appear; we have a few tips for you on page 50.

It’s time to get cosy and what better way than to embrace the Scandi winter trend; interiors expert, Katherine Sorrell, has advice on achieving this look on page 26.

Don’t get too comfy though, as according to Pippa Greenwood, there’s still plenty to be done in the garden; page 34.

It’s Lung Cancer Awareness Month; Alison Runham looks at the causes, symptoms and treatment of the third most common cancer in our health review on page 42.

Finally, we have a family ticket to see a vivid new adaptation of Kipling’s family classic, The Jungle Book, courtesy of Royal & Derngate Theatre; competition details on page 18. Until next month…


Northampton High School: Early Years Fun Morning, 18th November