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Village Connect, the original community magazine, bringing local business to local villages

Bringing local business to local villages


Welcome to Village Connect, the original independent village community publication, bringing local business to local villages since April 2005.


Village Connect is published bi-monthly and hand delivered free of charge to more than 20,000 homes and businesses in 71 selected Northamptonshire villages, and has established itself as the premier notice board for businesses in the area.


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Spring is upon us! The days are getting lighter, bulbs are piercing through the ground, and the dawn chorus sings its daily ode to joy.  A woodpecker can be heard on early morning walks up the chase and, very soon, buds will unfold to adorn our hedgerows and trees with blossoms once again.
March will see Mothering Sunday and April gives us Easter, so plenty of occasions to get together with family and loved ones.  A special mothering gift for myself will be the return of our firstborn, Daniel, and his Lily, who have worked abroad for the past six months – so looking forward to that much awaited embrace…

Should you wish to treat your Mum to afternoon tea, why not try the Bramblepatch Pop Up Vintage Tearoom, see page 38, for a true family affair?  You could present your Mum with a bottle of Umoja Gold - nature’s wonder oil - not only is it a real treat but it also supports prevention of maternal and child deaths in Guatamala, see page 42.  A beautiful Mother’s Day bouquet can be bought from Florae Foray, see pages 8-9, a new business venture for Becky Sayward.

Not all careers start early in life; read about Margaret Hunter’s wonderful hand-made animal puppets based on children’s literature on page 36.  Literary zoo is also the topic of one of the Oundle Festival of Literature events described on pages 62-63, alongside great adventure stories.  The Music In Special Places spring session returns, see page 68, and local young talent is showcased by a charity event arranged by The Travers Foundation, see page 78.

For the great outdoors, you can join in the 5k series launched by Northamptonshire for Sport, see page 80, or enjoy our country houses open their gardens for walks, egg hunts, fairs and shows, such as beating the bounds at Lyveden, see page 56, or going to the country show at Kelmarsh, see pages 88-89.

This issue also celebrates the twelfth anniversary of Village Connect.  Please ask your friends and followers on Facebook to like the Village Connect page so they can be kept updated on events, news and special offers in our community.  Thank you for your continued support and have a wonderful spring.


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