Editor’s Letter: October Issue

Dear Neighbours,

With the changing of seasons and summer holidays now a distant memory, we are fast approaching the festivity period of Halloween, Bonfire Night and – dare I say it… Christmas!

The shops are filling with seasonal goodies to entice buyers… but I am not making the same mistake as previous years, whereby I’ve made an early start to ‘stock-up’ in an attempt to be organised and spread the cost, only to have to replenish everything when my teenage sons raid the kitchen cupboards (and find my not so secret stash) in the meantime!

During the upcoming noisy celebrations, it’s worth considering the effects on pets as they can become increasingly stressed and anxious. However, help is at hand at local veterinary practice, Spinney Vets, who run free nurse-led anxiety clinics and are raising awareness with their ‘Comfort Your Pet’ campaign; see page 34 for more information.

It’s not always easy to be eco-friendly, but with concern regarding climate change, pollution and plastic waste, it is important to work together as a family to lead a greener life. We have some small steps which can make a big impact, on page 16.

If your skin and hair is in need of a pick me-up after the summer, we have some fast fix remedies on page 24.

Wanting a larger family car? Motoring expert, James Baggott, looks at the best seven-seater cars on sale today, page 28.

We also have advice on fab floors in our interiors article on page 38; and in the garden, Pippa Greenwood has tips on creating a rock garden, page 50.

If you have money left over at the end of each month, or have received an unexpected lump sum, you may be thinking about paying off your mortgage early. Our finance feature looks at whether early repayment is right for your mortgage on page 56.

Finally, we have two tickets to give away for the brand new romantic comedy musical, The Season, courtesy of Royal & Derngate Theatre; competition details on page 36. Until next month…

Zoë