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

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…

Zoë

Collingtree Park Care Home Has A Stylish New Look

RS Computer Services: Computer Problems Solved

Editor’s Letter: October 2017

Dear Neighbours,

So much for returning to routines; with one child already suffering a football injury, a dog with a very costly ear infection and myself suffering with man flu (which I can confirm is so much worse than regular flu…even for women, would you believe?), I’m happy to see the end to September. But, to quote 90’s pop group D:Ream, ‘things can only get better’ and I’m hoping sooner rather than later as my dog has a very unpleasant side-effect from his medication, (I’ll leave that to your imagination!).

With the clocks going back at the end of this month (29th October), it signals the end to summer (did it even start?) and the return to wellies, woollies and winter coats. Although, warming up next to the fire drinking hot chocolate brimming with marshmallows, is a definite perk to the weather turning colder!

With Halloween nearing, our technology feature this month is ‘High-Tech Horrors’, with tips on preventing nightmares when things going scarily wrong with our gadgets; page 20.

Ann Haldon details the government schemes available for first-time buyers and existing homeowners, in our finance feature on page 24 and James Baggott reviews the Renault Zoe, which has an impressive electric range for a small price-tag, page 28.

Osteoporosis Day is on 20th October; our health article looks at the causes, prevention and treatment of the condition on page 44. It is also breast cancer awareness month; our beauty feature details charity products available which donate a percentage of their proceeds – so you can look good and be contributing towards a very worthy cause; page 50.

Finally, dates for your diary; Collingtree Park Care Home has a stylish new look. Join them for a Champagne and Canapé Reception, followed by live entertainment and tours of their beautiful home on Saturday 21st October; page 45. If you have a child turning 4 before 31st August 2018, it is time to apply for their primary school place; Hunsbury Park Primary School have a number of open afternoon sessions, see page 57 for information and Northampton High School also has an open day for all ages on 7th October; page 21. Until next month…

Zoë

Hunsbury Park Primary School: Open Afternoons