Editor’s Letter: April Issue

Dear Neighbours,

Snow, wind, rain, and the occasional glimpse of sunshine…we’ve had it all in recent weeks! You know it’s not worth venturing out when your dog pokes his head out of the door and then swiftly retreats back inside!

I’m longing to ditch my thermals and watch my sons football matches in some spring sunshine, but it’s likely their season will be over before the temperature sustains double figures. On a positive note, we’ll appreciate it all the more when the warmer weather does finally pay us a visit… just the promise of 15 degrees Celsius will have me mixing a Pimm’s and organising a BBQ – how easily pleased am I!

With our lawns taking a battering from recent weather extremities, it’s time to get to work now in order to get it ready for summer use. Gardening expert, Pippa Greenwood, has all the advice you need on page 34.

Our finance feature examines whether it’s worthwhile taking out private health insurance, page 16; and Alison Runham discusses causes, symptoms and ways to manage stress in our health article, page 22.
Motoring expert, James Baggott, had an exciting time test driving the BMW X3 in the Sahara Desert; read about his adventure on page 28.

Local veterinary practice, Spinney Lodge Vets, has advice on protecting pets’ teeth and are currently offering a free dental health check; page 10 for more information.

Dates for your diary – Collingtree Park Golf Club hosts a Quiz Night on 20th April and a Jazz Night on 5th May, page 21; Collingtree Park Care Home welcomes you to their Open Day on 21st April, page 17; Northampton High School also opens their doors on 21st April to an Early Years Fun Morning, page 20; and book your tickets for NorPIP’s Bike Ride & Family Fun Day on 7th May at Silverstone Circuit, page 50.

Finally, we have two tickets to see Education, Education, Education, courtesy of Royal & Derngate Theatre; competition details on page 48. Until next month…

Zoë