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NN December 16

From the Editor

So, the big ‘C’ is finally here - wow, where did 2016 go?! As I write this, Black Friday is looming and I really need to get to grips with buying Christmas presents - if not I may find myself doing the ‘Christmas Eve last minute dash’ with all of the guys!

The Golden Ticket returns for its fourth year and offers 8 lucky shoppers the chance to win £500 of shopping vouchers to spend in Northampton (that will definitely help!)

Michael Jones Jewellers in the Grosvenor Centre have recently been through a refurbishment. Their new-look store is fabulous and open just in time for Christmas shopping! You can read about the refit and see Michael Jones himself officially cutting the ribbon inside.

Thanks to funding from the Lottery and Northampton Borough Council, Delapré Abbey is undergoing a massive renovation and plans to open its doors to the public in spring next year. I was lucky enough to take a private tour last month (albeit in a hard hat!) And it really is taking shape. I have lived in Northampton since the late 80’s and only ever known the Delapré Abbey as the Records Office, so to see inside was a real treat. The Abbey will be offering weddings from 2017, which is great news, as it is the perfect setting and there is nothing else quite like it so close to Northampton Town Centre.

The winners in the Carlsberg UK Northamptonshire Food and Drink Awards were announced at a glittering black-tie dinner last month. Staged at Northamptonshire County Cricket Club the evening was a massive success and was a true celebration of all that is great about local produce and drink. We have some snaps from the evening and more about the winners.

Professional makeup artist Gail Spooner recommends some fabulous products for all of the beauty-lovers out there. I personally love a quality advent calendar (usually with a nice Swiss chocolate inside), but my waistline most definitely does not! Gail has found a great alternative filled with fabulous beauty gifts - genius! She also offers expert advice on creating dazzling glitter lips and the best products for party eyes - that’s the Christmas party look sorted.

If you’re looking for unusual Christmas gifts make sure you check out our What’s On pages, as there are loads of Craft

Fairs happening throughout December and you may just find that elusive present.

Enjoy your Christmas and I’ll see you in 2017 (yikes!)

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