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NN August 17

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From the Editor

With August comes the summer holidays, and with the kids off you'll be racking your brains looking for things to do. Well, fear not as we have some great ideas in our What’s On Guide this month. Look out for it at the back of the magazine.

The Blisworth Canal Festival returns in August and it promises to be a fabulous day out (I hope the weather holds!) Now in its seventh year, this annual Canal Festival has expanded from a small village fête into a major county, canal and charity event drawing tens of thousands of visitors. There are attractions to keep everybody happy from pony rides, a rare breed farmyard, birds of prey, sheep shearing and rural craft demonstrations, vintage caravans, WWII vehicles, art gallery, have-a-go paintball and rifle ranges, children’s rides, bouncy castles and even a dog zone with competitions, where your pooch can win a prize. It sounds great and is lovely to see a community working together.

Not sure about you, but my summer holiday clothes tend to get recycled every year with the odd random addition, if something catches my eye. After each holiday everything is washed and stored back into the suitcase ready for my next holiday - I say this because it is probably something most of us do and I (especially) need to invest in some replacements. Fashion writer Cindy Hudson offers her top tips for summer holiday fashion and the nice thing is that most things will look great year-on-year - leaving it ready for the suitcase when you return.

Our resident history hunter, Laura Malpas visits the charming market town of Oundle this month. Just a stones throw from the north-east border of our county and famous for it’s ancient good looks, most people associate this beautiful blonde town with the famous school, but its story begins much earlier and can be dated back to medieval times.

The acoustics of our home are the last aspect we tend to consider when refurbishing our interiors. Out of sight, out of mind, until a recurring sound becomes frustrating for us, or a neighbour complains about the volume of noise we’re making. Rosie Kinsella investigates how, by moving a few things around in our home and planning where furniture should live, we can reduce the negative impact of sound in and around your home (remember, the school holiday are upon us, so this could be invaluable)

Enjoy August and particularly the bank holiday and good luck to those who will receive exam results. (Don't party too hard!)

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