Editor’s Letter – February 2018

Dear Neighbours,

With the excesses of Christmas behind us, I’ve restocked the kitchen cupboards and fridge with healthy and nutritious food, much to my kids’ despair! With my clothes feeling a touch tighter, (must be a fault with my washing machine…again!), and my husband in training for the London marathon, it’s time for us to embrace a healthier lifestyle…at least until Easter!

If you’re looking at new ways to get fitter this year, with the added benefit of meeting new people, Northamptonshire Sport may have the activity for you…Nordic Walking. Their course is specifically aimed at the complete beginner and will teach you the Nordic Walking technique. Regardless of your age, ability or fitness level the course will provide you with a great foundation to this outdoor exercise experience and will give you huge health and fitness benefits along the way. Why not try a taster session this month to see whether the course is for you; details on page 46.

This month’s front cover may give an indication as to what’s coming up in the calendar soon! Our technology feature provides inspiration for gadget gifts your beloved will love, page 10; and Green’s Restaurant, Collingtree Park, are taking bookings for their romantic candlelit dinner for two evening, with live music, on Friday 16th February; page 11 for details.

With Shrove Tuesday on 13th February, we have the perfect pancake recipe on page 14. Our interiors article this issue looks at fabulous fireplaces, page 16; and in the garden it’s the ideal time of year to get pruning, Pippa Greenwood has advice on page 22.

We also have beauty goodies to see you through the cold spell, page 48 and advice on getting a good night’s sleep, page 54.

Finally, we have a fantastic prize to give away – a family ticket to see Shrek The Musical, courtesy of Royal & Derngate Theatre; competition details on page 40.

Until next month…


Northamptonshire Sport: Nordic Walking Taster Session & Course

Nordic Walking is an enhancement of walking. By using specially designed walking poles and a technique that ensures they are planted behind the body as a means of propulsion, Nordic Walking becomes a gentle but effective way to work the whole body.

The Northampton ‘Learn To Nordic Walk Course’ commences in March; it’s a 4 hour course, delivered over 4 weeks (see dates below). However, before committing to the course, you have the opportunity to try a taster session which will give you a brief snapshot of what Nordic Walking is all about.

Upton Country Park: Tuesday 27th February, 6pm-7pm; Cost £5
Abington Park: Wednesday 28th February, 5.30pm-6.30pm or Saturday 3rd March, 9am-10am; Cost £5

Upton Country Park: Tuesday 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th March, 6pm-7pm; Cost £30
Abington Park: Wednesday 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th March, 5.30pm-6.30pm; Cost £30
Abington Park: Saturday 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st March, 9am-10am; Cost £30

The course is specifically aimed at the complete beginner and will teach you the Nordic Walking technique. Regardless of your age, ability or fitness level this course with provide you with a great foundation to this wonderful outdoor exercise experience and will give you huge health and fitness benefits along the way.

The course cost is £30 which includes use of poles. Successful completion of the course is a prerequisite for joining one of the regular Nordic Walking groups. On completion of the course you will be issued with a Nordic Walking UK Freedom Passport. This is your passport to walks and events with participating instructors all over the UK.

Please ensure you can attend all 4 sessions before booking onto the course as refunds can not be given for missed sessions.

For more information, or to book your place on either the taster session or course, visit

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

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

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