Christmas in Banbury at Samtheflowerman

It’s that time of year again!  Order your Christmas flowers early – they make an ideal gift or lovely house decoration.
Order online or give them a call for help with special orders.

Call: 01295 277727 or 07831 500025 or visit

Seymours Solicitors | Free Will Writing

Our private client department are currently offering free will-writing schemes.

We have partnered with Cancer Research UK to offer a free will-writing or updating service for individuals who are aged 55 and over. If you are a writing a mirror will with your partner, only one of you has to be over the age of 55 to be eligible. Cancer Research UK have developed this scheme to make it easier for individuals to write or update their will for free and in the hope that individuals will leave a donation to them in their Will, however you are under no obligation to do so.

We are also able to offer a free-will writing or updating service with the National Free Wills Network. There are many charities that are signed up to the National Free Wills Network and will offer individuals free simple wills. Similarly, you are encouraged to leave a gift to charity in your Will however you are not obliged to.

Cancer Research Free Wills and National Free Wills Network do not require any immediate gift on your part. They are completely free  for the client and the point of instruction, the idea being that clients might feel able to leave a legacy in the Will instead, but with no obligation.

Please note that all of the free will schemes, whether Will Aid, Cancer Research or National Free Wills cover ‘basic’ Wills only. If your requirements are more complex, we reserve the right to make an additional charge for extra services although the basic element will always be free.

If you would like to find out more about the free will schemes that we offer or to book an appointment, please contact us on  01926 350031 or 02476 553961

Downs Merrifield – Cardiff Based Architects

Cardiff based architects Downs Merrifield have a new website showcasing their latest projects.  The updated site is much more mobile friendly to reflect increasing numbers of clients now accessing information on their phones and tablets.  The ‘Portfolio’ page has full details and images of their range of designs.

Flowers for Valentine’s Day

Sam Donaghy is Samtheflowerman – Banbury’s leading independent florist.

Offering same day delivery, creativity, a genuine passion for flowers and a 20 year history of excellence in customer service, Sam is ready to take your orders for Valentine’s Day flowers.

Using only the finest and freshest flowers from both UK and Dutch suppliers, there’s always a great choice available.

Order online here.

Ambleside Guest House

Ambleside Guest House in Stratford upon Avon has a new website showcasing its excellent location and immaculate rooms.  You can see the style and attention to detail from the front garden floral displays to the extras in the rooms and the individually cooked breakfasts.  Reading their online reviews highlights the warm welcome and knowledge of the town guests enjoy. Parking and wifi are included – excellent value!

Stratford Select – quality b&b’s in Stratford upon Avon

Stratford Select features six of our clients who run the best (in our view) b&b’s in Stratford upon Avon.  These six guest houses are family owned and professionally run by their owners ensuring high standards.
Unlike some of the big chain hotels, prices are all inclusive – your room, parking, wifi, full breakfast and all facilities – plus hosts with experience and lots of local knowledge.
Why not take a closer look at what they offer. Book online or talk directly to the owners.


main4breakfastBensons is one of Stratford upon Avon’s favourite cafe/restaurants – now in its new location on Henley Street almost opposite Shakespeare’s birthplace. They constantly update their menus which can be seen in full online ( including a new gluten-free menu, their excellent £5 breakfast and a voucher for 2 for 1 Full Afternoon Tea valid until the end of Jan.

Just a few doors up is Bensons House of Tea, their Tea Merchants and Gift Shop selling a wide range of loose leaf teas, teapots, strainers, crockery and other gifts.

Virginia Lodge

Virginia Lodge bed and breakfast is one of the most popular in Stratford upon Avon. A spacious Victorian house, this family run guest house is just a few minutes walk from the RSC and Shakespeare’s birthplace.  You can find information about their rooms and their breakfast menu online at as well as personal recommendations for lunch and dinner in Stratford’s many pubs, cafes and restaurants.

Make time for your health

Shipston Therapy Centre in the lovely town of Shipston on Stour have recently welcomed a new Alexander Technique teacher Ellie Rouse. Poor seating position, incorrect movement and increased use of the head-down position used to look at mobile phones and tablets can all create posture and alignment issues – the Alexander Technique is well known for its potential to help.

The Centre has also had success with their Children’s Bowen Clinics – coming up in December on Sat 3rd and 10th and led by Martin Grasby and Brigitte Nix.

More information about these and other therapies can be found at and

Coughton Lodge

diningroomIf you didn’t manage to see all your family and friends over Christmas, why not plan a get together in the New Year.  Coughton Lodge is a historic grade II listed building which  provides self catering accommodation for up to 22 people.  The Lodge is set in open countryside near The National Trust’s Coughton Court and within easy reach of Stratford upon Avon, Warwick, Leamington Spa and The Cotswolds.

Rates and availability are online at where you can also find late deals for midweek and weekend breaks.

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