Editor’s Letter – March Issue

Dear Neighbours,

As I sit and write this month’s editors letter, I can hear the birds singing in the tree outside my window and the sky is a beautiful bright blue, without a cloud in sight. It’s amazing how a little sunshine (regardless of how cold it is), can lift my spirits and put a spring in my step. It’s certainly an improvement, and definitely preferable, to the drenching I received just a few days earlier!

Whilst the hints of spring may be welcome for many, others may be dreading the associated symptoms of hay fever. Read our health article for advice on controlling symptoms and available treatments; page 24.

Despite recent bad publicity, diesel cars still fit the bill for some drivers; James Baggott explains why on page 28, so you can choose what is right for you.
As we come to the end of the financial year, Ann Haldon looks at whether opening a cash ISA is still worthwhile; page 34.

In this issue, our technology review features the top hair gadgets on page 42; and we also have our pick of the best natural beauty buys on the market; page 44.
We’ve got a couple of great recipes for you this month – a hearty vegetable gratin, which makes a great side dish to a roast dinner, and mini orange and chocolate cakes; pages 22 and 48 respectively. Alternatively, you could book a table at Greens Restaurant in Collingtree Park (page 43), who proudly boasts to have the best Sunday roast in Northampton… plus they’ll be no washing up!

Local business, Barking Mad Dog Care, are offering volunteer dog cuddling as an antidote to the problem of loneliness in modern society! For those who are retired or work from home and are spending large chunks of time alone, caring for a waggy-tailed companion on a temporary basis, and meeting other like-minded dog lovers, could really help to overcome feelings of isolation; page 52.

Finally, we have two tickets to see Ibsen’s Ghosts to give away, courtesy of Royal & Derngate Theatre; competition details on page 40.
Until next month…

Zoë