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Welcome to the January / February issue of Chiltern View Magazine. So, this is our first editor’s letter of 2020 and the start of not just a New Year, but a new decade! We do hope you had a lovely time celebrating over the Christmas period and, if you are now feeling the effects of a little over indulgence, then panic not, because a few simple steps will get you back on track again. Tanya has some great tips and a lovely winter recipe (page 72). We have a beautiful Snowdrop Walk, so you can get some fresh air and gentle exercise (page 74) and why not get back out in the garden with some helpful advice from Hartwell Nurseries (page 34).

It’s always a good idea to look after our furry friends as well. New Year is always a great time to re - evaluate their diet and exercise routine. Crossroads Vets have some useful information about diet for your pets (page 58), Sprinz and Nash tell you how to look out for possible health problems (page 83) and Kenzo has his own advice for his canine friends about trying to avoid these check-ups! He does know his ‘Hoomans’ are only making sure he keeps fit and healthy though (page 60). The festive season is not completely over, and you can still go along and see one of the local pantomimes – ‘Oh yes you can!’. Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Wycombe Swan, Chinnor Players and Lane End Players all have performances in the coming weeks. Until next time,

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What’s on Risborough come and see if the club is for you. Two free sessions then decide. Tuesday evenings from 7.15pm at Chinnor Village Hall. If interested, you can also play in one of the teams we have entered in the Aylesbury league. You will find us a friendly club, sociable and competitive. Mill Lane Badminton Club. Roger Payne tel 01844 351959/ Princes Risborough Country Market Under the Market House, Princes Risborough. 9.00am - 12.30pm every Thursday. PLEASE NOTE: We are closed for the whole of January and re-open on Thursday 6th February 2020, when we will be happy to serve you with all your requirements for cakes, preserves, plants and craft. Happy New Year to all our customers. Any items required while closed please contact Lorraine on 01844 347230.

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Risborough and District Bridge Club The club is pleased to announce that they will be holding extra duplicate sessions each Thursday afternoon from 2.00pm (for a 2.15pm start) until 5.30pm. The sessions will take place in the Carrington Room of the Community Centre in Stratton Road HP27 9AX. Light refreshment is always available. There is a modest table fee (£2.50 for a visitor). Pairs of any playing strength will be very welcome. The club also holds sessions on Tuesday afternoons (which are oversubscribed) and on Wednesday evenings beginning at 7.15pm. risborough Tel. Barbara Oates 01844 344264 Princes Risborough Bowls Club Our club is situated in the centre of Princes Risborough, off New Road. We welcome new members both experienced and beginners, it’s a very social activity and you will meet lots of new people. Why not give it a try? For more details, contact Richard Ferguson. 01494562954. Or email Princes Risborough Baptist Church Morning Worship 10:30am each Sunday, Holy Communion 1st Sunday of each month, refreshments served after most services and during Café Style, 2nd Sunday. Evening worship twice a month at 6.00pm. All Welcome. Details email phone 01844 274499


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What’s on Risborough St Mary’s Church Details of our weekly services and events for the month can be found at www.stmarysrisborough. Everyone is welcome to our regular events: Thursdays 10.30 am: Coffee in the Chapter House; First Sunday of the month at 3.00pm: Open Door in the Chapter House. All welcome to join us for afternoon tea. We particularly cater for the lonely and those recently bereaved. Elim Church @ Risborough Church but not as you know it! Sunday Morning Worship 10.30am. Last Sunday in month: Café Church 10.00am Evening IGNITE Service: 6.00pm last Sunday in month. Play Café Tuesdays 10.00am -11.30am (free Toddlers session) Coffee Lounge Tues/Thurs 10.00am -1.00pm. 9 Bell Street 01844 275822 Princes Risborough Methodist Church Morning Worship 10.00am each Sunday. Holy Communion celebrated on the 1st Sunday of each month (may vary). Fellowship and refreshments after each service. Full details of church activities https:// Should you wish to come to any church activity but are a little apprehensive please telephone 07894159544 and a church member will arrange to meet and greet you and introduce you to members of the fellowship. Chinnor Short Mat Bowls Club Interested in bowling but don’t want to chance the British summer? Come and join us, we play friendly games and matches all year long, indoors at Chinnor Village Hall. Wednesday eve 7.00pm -10.00pm and Friday afternoon 2.00pm -5.00pm. Come along in flat shoes and we will be happy to loan you some bowls and teach you the rules. Experienced players also welcome. For more details contact: Bob or Ann Hine 01844 351154 Princes Risborough Photography Society Interested in photography and want to learn more or talk with like-minded people? We are a friendly and welcoming club for photographers or all abilities from complete novice to professionals. We meet every Monday 8.00pm -10.00pm in the Lower Hall, Baptist Church. For more info, visit

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The Dinton Hermit: pub, man, mystery The New Year comes in with some welcome news; the revival of a much-loved pub in the hamlet of Ford, in the parish of Dinton-with-Ford and Upton. The Dinton Hermit, which closed in 2013 and has been dormant ever since, has now been bought, redeveloped and reopened. The pub, based in a 17th century Grade II listed building, promises fresh modern British cuisine – and bed and breakfast accommodation will also be available in 2020, with the opening of eleven rooms with en suite facilities. The pub gets its unusual name from John Bigg (1629–96), a Dinton resident and clerk to Simon Mayne, magistrate, MP for Aylesbury and a previous owner of Dinton Hall. Mayne was one of the judges at the trial of King Charles I in 1649, and Bigg may have been one of the hooded executioners of the king. Following the restoration of Charles II in 1660, Mayne was tried and sentenced as a regicide and

died in the Tower of London the following year. Bigg became a hermit at about the same time, living in an underground cave at Dinton Hall until his death. Whether he chose a hermit’s life out of fear of retribution or remorse remains a mystery. Whatever the reason, he came to rely on the kindness of the local people who provided him with food, drink and leather scraps. Legend has it that he carried three bottles, two containing beer and the third milk. You can find evidence of the leather scraps in Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum, in the form of one of Bigg’s shoes (the other, apparently, is still at Dinton Hall). According to the Ashmolean, when one piece of leather wore out on the shoe, Bigg nailed another piece over the top. In any case, Bigg fared better than his late employer. Mayne’s ghost is reputed to haunt the hexagonal oddity that is Dinton Castle, built in 1769 by Sir John Vanhatten, who stored his fossil collection in the limestone walls. The Castle, which you can view from the road, and nearby Dinton Church, with its set of old stocks in the porch, are reminders of an eccentric and dangerous period in British history – when a man could be executioner and hermit in one lifetime.

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Happy New Year, happy new garden? Now that December is firmly behind us and the New Year has begun, you might feel like giving your garden a makeover in time for the summer. Why not swap the usual New Year’s resolutions to get fit, lose weight and quit eating chocolate with a more enjoyable resolution by pledging to improve your garden. Resolution one: spend more time in the garden Commit to spend more time in the garden. The more time you commit to gardening, the more you will hone your skills and learn new things. During the winter your garden often gets neglected, so spending some more time each week will help you get that garden ready. Resolution two: try new plants and colours Changing a planting style or colour scheme can radically alter the appearance of a garden. We can all be guilty of becoming complacent and churning out the same plants year after year, simply because we know they’ll be successful. Variety is important to keep gardening interesting, and to grow and develop as a gardener.

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Three Men in a Boat by Kick in the head Productions 24th January 2020 at 7.45pm

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Friday 24th January 2020 at 7.45pm The past, the present and the future The chilling announcement of Leonard’s passing truly marked the end of an era. He has been challenging us to listen more carefully, speak more thoughtfully, and think more deeply. Come and listen to his words once more through Keith James.

2nd February 2020 at 7.45pm In 1966 Neil Diamond’s first hits smashed into the world’s music charts. To celebrate the icon’s 50 year recording career the UK’s very own ‘voice of Neil’ Bob Drury (‘The Neil Diamond Story’) takes to the road with ‘Viva Neil Diamond’, a brand new one-man stage show simply bursting with Neil Diamond gems!

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Sunday 16th February 2020 at 2.30pm Local modern folk band Celtic Heartbeat take you through their repertoire of traditional and new songs about soldiers, sailors, ploughboys, love, broken hearts, disaster and joy. Blending music, harmony, images and film the band will transport you back to a time of exploration, immigration, shipwrecks, hardship and the celebration of life.

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10th to 14th March 2020 at 7.45pm Tony Wendice has married his wife, Sheila, for her money and now plans to murder her for the same reason. He arranges the perfect murder but unfortunately for him, things don’t quite go to plan. But things don’t stop there. Tony still sees a way of getting himself out of this mess and getting rid of his wife at the same time. How can justice prevail? Will he succeed? A timeless classic set in the 1950’s when tennis players were penniless amateurs and murder was punished by hanging. FREDERICK KNOTT’S

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Tuesday 7th January Hambleden Valley Gardening Club The Seasons presented by John Tyler a fellow of the Royal Entomological Society (Jan 7th) Tulips, Daffodils,Snowdrops and other useful bulbs for the Garden presented by experienced plantsman and lecturer Brian Fisher (Feb 4th) Skirmett Village Hall, RG9 6TD. 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start. Wednesday 8th January Stokenchurch Women’s Institute Is 100 Years Old Why not come along and visit us on the 2nd Wednesday in the month 7.30pm 9.30pm The Stokenchurch Centre Youth Room, Bartholomew Tipping Way, HP14 3RX Entry £3.50 includes tea/coffee/biscuits. Contact Christine 01494 482888 Friday 10th January Stokenchurch Community Transport Stokenchurch Community Transport is starting a new ‘Dine Out Group’ or D.O.G. The Three Horseshoes, Marlow (Jan 10th). The Spindle & Thread, High Wycombe (Feb 14th). Henley for Lunch (Jan 31st). Waterperry Gardens for snowdrops (Feb 28th). All enquiries please telephone Melanie on 01494 482009.

Starting Friday 10th January The Lane End Players Lane End Players will be performing the pantomime “The Snow Queen” on Fridays PAINTER AND DECORATOR 10th/17th/24 January at 7.30pm and Saturdays 11th/18th/25th January at • All Interior and Exterior work undertaken 1.00pm and 5.30pm. The Box Office will • Coving & Skirting fitted be open at the Hall on Saturday mornings • Fully Insured PLEASE CHECK THIS PROOF CAREFULLY, • Free Estimates 9.30am to 12 noon from 7th December. ULARLY PHONE NUMBERS AND YOUR EMAIL • No Job Too Small You ADDRESS can also book subsequently online at, by ringing 01494 e contact us (by email)913001 AS SOON AS07779 POSSIBLE that theor emailing Tel:phone Homeor01494 Mobile 258033to confirm 880662


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What’s on Villages Monday 20th January Downley Gardening Society Talk by Timothy Walker entitled Two for the price of One plus our AGM which is usually very short (Jan 20th) Talk by Sandy Primrose entitled Plants, medicine and wellbeing (Feb 17th). Non-members always very welcome only £1.50 per talk Including tea/coffee and biscuits. Email Saturday 25th January and 29th February Stokenchurch Dog Rescue Table Top Sale Come and join us at Longburrow Hall Stokenchurch for our popular Table Top Sale and get yourself some great bargains! Lots of new and nearly new clothes, household goods, bric a brac, books, DVDs, CDs, dog food, toys, garden items, greetings cards and lots more on sale. Open 11.00am - 1.00pm *Please note dogs are not allowed in the hall Monday 27th January Lane End Evening W.I. We meet in the Sycamore Room, Lane End Village Hall at 8.00pm. Last Monday in the month (excluding Bank Holidays). All are welcome. Do come along. The Swinging Sixties - Mr Oakes (Jan 27th) Speak Up and Mind the Furniture - Jeff Rozelaar (Feb 24th) Please contact Ann Carter 01494 881987 for details Saturday 1st February The Friendship Club at Stokenchurch Methodist Church St Peter & St Paul’s (the Parish Church, Stokenchurch). We start the year with our popular annual lunch, for existing members only. Booking is essential, so please ring Jane on HW 482880, by mid-January.

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Wednesday 5th February Watlington Gardening Club Watlington Gardening club have no meeting in January, but Stephen Cotton will be speaking to us about Green Spain North and South flowers and habitats in the Picos De Europa and the Sierra de Grazalema, at 7.45pm on 5th February in the Town Hall, Watlington. Guests welcome for a small fee. Contact Caelia Pereira 01491 612368 for more information

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Thursday 6th February Lane End OPAG (a group specifically for 50 plus) A quiz by Val Martin (Feb 6th) Tax, Care & Toy Boys by Lucy Goldsman (Mar 5th) 2.00pm Lane End Youth & Community Centre, Edmonds Road, Lane End. Age 50 plus – all welcome. Jane Osborn 01494 881641 or email Tuesday 25th February Shopmobility Pancake Race 2020 Eden centre, Outside M&S - 10.00am till 12 Midday £15 per team max 3 per team. (£20 on the Day). Call Shopmobility HW 472277 for more info or to book a team.

Ongoing Downley Bridge Club Every Thursday evening 7.00pm -10.15pm at Downley Community Centre. We are a small friendly club and all standards of players are welcome, with or without a partner. Players who have not played in a club before are also welcome. For those wishing to learn bridge no previous knowledge is necessary. Lessons weekly at 6.00pm 01494 530558 or email Website STOPAG a group specifically for retired people. Light lunch followed by a mystery speaker. A light lunch at 12.45pm followed by a speaker: Meet at the Youth Area at the Community Centre in Bartholomew Tipping Way, Stokenchurch. 12.45pm - 3.00pm. If transport is a problem, we could arrange to pick you up in the village bus. Contact Joan 01494 483033 High Wycombe Croquet Club Come along to one of our welcome croquet sessions every Friday morning (10.00am-noon) and Sunday afternoon (2.00pm-4.00pm) First visit free. All you need is enthusiasm and flat soled shoes. Free parking. Open All Year - very friendly group. Hazlemere Recreation Ground, Amersham Road, Hazlemere HP15 7QW Tel: 01494 858202

What’s on Villages Stokenchurch Life Drawing Group New members sought by small, not for profit, life drawing group. Anyone interested in drawing welcome. Our group has amateurs and art school graduates. Wednesday afternoons 1.30pm till 4.30pm. Three-hour session without formal teaching. Pay as you go. £15 per 3-hour session. Email: Lane End Youth & Community Centre Don’t forget we are the perfect hire venue for any celebration/special occasion. Discount given to Lane End residents. Lane End Youth & Community Centre, Edmonds Rd, Lane End – 01494 883878 Over 65s Lunch Club Stokenchurch Held every third Tuesday at a local venue. Cost under £10.00. Please contact Peter Lipman 01494 483523 for further details. Lane End Bridge Club Lane End Bridge Club meets in Lane End Village Hall on Monday evening 7.30 pm and Wednesday afternoon 1.30 pm. We pride ourselves on being a friendly club, welcoming players of all standards. There is a host system, so you can be sure of a game. Table money is £2.50 members and £3.50 for non-members. This includes refreshments. For more information The Stokenchurch Lunch & Social Club The Day Centre meets on Mondays and Wednesdays between 10.00am and 2.30pm. Clients enjoy coffees/teas and refreshments, board games, quizzes and sing-songs before a freshly cooked meal, followed by cakes and Bingo! There are also occasional trips out and visitors come in to entertain us. Please call Alan on 01494 483937 or 07768 287806 Local Carers Support and Information Group The Group meets on the last Wednesday of the month from 1.30pm - 3.30pm at Stokenchurch Medical Centre. The Group is supported by Carers Bucks and a member comes to meetings whenever possible. For further information, please call Carers Bucks

Pilates Classes Ideal for sufferers of: Back and joint pain, poor posture, weak or tight muscles and age related conditions. Suitable for men and women of all ages and abilities. MONDAY 6.15PM LONGBURROW HALL, STOKENCHURCH TUESDAY 9.30AM LONGBURROW HALL, STOKENCHURCH THURSDAY 1.30PM WEST WYCOMBE VILLAGE HALL To enrol on the next course contact Alison

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- Tel. 0300 777 2722. Details of any Speakers will be posted on the main door at The Medical Centre. Downley Evening WI We meet in St James Church, Plomer Hill, HP13 5NB on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7.45pm. Visitors and New members welcome. Janet Durkin 01494535662 Lane End Junior Youth Club Lane End Junior Youth Club. 6.00pm - 8.00 pm, Wednesday evening, term time at the Lane End Youth & Community Centre. Youth leader - Jeffery Rodgers 07759 540921

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Downley Village Evening WI 1st Tuesday of month at 7.45pm Meet at the Community Centre, School Close Downley. Each month we have speakers and members are informed about future events. Refreshments, raffle and a competition make up the format for the evening. 01494 535998 or email Pat Heath President The Stokenchurch Educational Charity Community Grants Village Groups should apply by letter to Mrs P Colling (Secretary), Kinda Cool, Wycombe Road, Stokenchurch, HP14 3RR or email: (Tel: 01494 483120) ~ Strict closing date is 30th June 2020. Hambleden Community Market On the second Saturday of every month except September A showcase of local artisan food and craft stalls held in the historic, beautiful Village Hall in the pretty and much-filmed village of Hambleden Organiser: Jo Flowers 01491 637827/07951 278706 Four Ends Flower Club Meetings are held at Lane End Village Hall, Finings Lane at 1.45pm. Visitors: ÂŁ6. Tea/ Coffee and Cakes are available, and everyone is welcome to enjoy a relaxing afternoon watching


What’s on Villages excellent demonstrators and a chance to take home a beautiful flower arrangement. Radnage WI New to the area and want to meet people? Come along on first Weds of month at 7.30pm to Radnage Village Hall. Programme details in Contact and online at www.radnage. net/village-life/organisations/w-i/. All enquiries please email We are a friendly bunch all living in or close to Radnage. A visitor fee of £3.50 helps cover hall hire costs. Stokenchurch Wine & Beer Circle We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from September to June 8.00pm-10.00pm. Wine and beer Circle – No we don’t sit drinking homemade wine and beer all night. We are a friendly group of 20 who share ‘in house’ talks on commercial wines and beers (with tastings of course.) We also have guest speakers who give talks on a wide range of interesting subjects. If you want to give us a try, please come as guest one night. Longburrow Hall. Contacts: Nigel Hollands. Tel; 07772776681 or Larry Turner. Tel; 07938 930896 Probus Club - High Wycombe Members are retired male and female professional business people, who would welcome new members to join them on the 3rd Thursday of each month at the ‘Honours Lounge,’ Wycombe Wanderers Football Club, Hillbottom Lane, High Wycombe, HP12 4HJ, from midday, for lunch, followed by a guest speaker. If you are interested in joining us or would like further information please contact Jim May, the Membership Secretary on 07935 382832 or e-mail Lane End Twinning Association Lane End is twinned with St Pierre d’Oleron on the beautiful Atlantic West coast of France. To find out more or get involved visit our website

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Stokenchurch Dog Rescue My name is Bella; I’m an Akita Mix and about 1 year old. I found myself at Stokenchurch Dog Rescue following a rough start to my life. I’ve settled in well since my arrival & I’ve become accustomed to the daily routines.

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Clootie Dumpling This classic Scottish pudding is traditionally served on Burn’s Night. It’s similar to our Christmas pudding but with less dried fruit. It’s boiled in an old pillow case, piece of muslin or tea towel to give it a round shape but can be made in a pudding bowl. ‘Clootie’ means cloth, so if you make it in a pudding bowl it’s really a Dumpling not a Clootie Dumpling. Serve with custard. Ingredients •A little butter or sunflower oil for greasing •350g self raising flour •100g fresh, white breadcrumbs •125g vegetable suet •125g dark muscovado sugar •½ tsp salt •1 tsp mixed spice •1tsp ground ginger •2 tsp ground cinnamon •¼ tsp freshly grated nutmeg •1 Bramley apple, peeled and grated •175g raisins •175g sultanas •2 tbsp black treacle •150ml milk •2 medium eggs How to make clootie dumpling… WASH YOUR HANDS 1. Wet your pillow case, muslin or tea towel, squeeze the excess water out and spread it on a clean worksurface. Cut two pieces of baking parchment the same size as the cloth or cloot and lay these in a ‘cross’ on top and lightly grease with a little butter or sunflower oil. Fill a very large pan of water up to 8cm from the top and put this on to boil. 2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the flour, breadcrumbs, suet, sugar, salt and spices. Stir in the grated apple, raisins and sultanas. In a small bowl, mix together the treacle, milk and eggs. Stir the wet 56

ingredients into the dry ingredients. It should be quite a stiff mixture, stiffer than Christmas pudding or Victoria sponge mix. 3. Dust the baking parchment with flour, making sure to cover every part of the surface. Place the dough into the centre of the ‘cross’. Wet your hands and shape into a ‘round’ (if you don’t wet your hands it will stick to you). Draw up the paper and cloot. Tie it with string, wrapping the string around twice and tying it tightly, leave a little bit of spare room at the top of the cloot as the dumpling will expand a little but make sure it’s tied tightly. 4. Put an old saucer in the bottom of the pan and pop the dumpling into the pan of boiling water, cover with a tightly fitting lid. If your lid won’t fit use tin foil to cover the pan, crimping the foil around the edge of the pan so the steam can’t escape. Reduce the heat to a low simmer (or transfer to the bottom of the simmering oven of an AGA) and simmer for 4 hours. Test the dumpling is cooked by inserting a skewer into the centre, it should come out clean, if not, cook for longer. 5. Once cooked, remove from the pan, remove the cloot and parchment and transfer to a baking tray. Dry the dumpling in a preheated oven, 180c/gas 5/ AGA baking oven or roasting oven for 15-20 minutes. If there is a white skin over the dumpling don’t worry, it’s meant to look like this. Once it’s dried out in the oven this will become darker and form a nice crust on the outside of the dumpling. 6. Serve warm with custard or clotted cream. It’s also nice second day fried in butter and served with bacon.


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New Year, new diet for your pet? By Fiona Mullan, RVN With Christmas now behind us, many of us will be coming up with New Year’s resolutions, such as joining the gym, going to exercise classes and eating more healthily to lose the extra Christmas inches. With an estimated 50% of UK pets now overweight, the new year is a perfect time to include your pet in your new healthier lifestyle. Tips For Healthier Pets ‘Know the score’! (Body condition score) Body condition scoring is the way your vet will assess your pet’s weight and shape and whether or not they need to lose weight. A common score is a scale of 1-5 (1 being emaciated, 2 underweight, 3 being ideal, 4 overweight and 5 being obese). An ideal score means you should be able to feel your pet’s ribs under a minimal layer of fat cover, but not able to see them. They should have a visible waistline when viewed from above, and an obvious abdominal tuck underneath. If you aren’t sure what your pet’s ideal weight should be, make a free weight check appointment at your veterinary practice. Weigh their food accurately A ‘handful’ or ‘bowlful’ is not an accurate way of measuring your pet’s daily intake, and it’s far more likely that they will be overfed as a result. Check the feeding guidelines on the bag to work out what their total DAILY requirement is


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Kenzo’s Diaries 6 - A dog’s life I woke up today on a cold, miserable morning needing to go for ‘wee wees’ and due to the time being slightly past 5am, I decided the ‘hoomans’ have had enough sleep and should now be awoken by my woofer. Daddy came down the stairs slowly and silently, seeming very drowsy and droopy. I grabbed my favourite blanket and walked daddy to the back door so he could release me into MY garden. After parading and inspecting my territory for a while I returned to grace the ‘hoomans’ with my presence and to my surprise they were all on my side of the horrible wall they call the ‘stare grate’. Mummy grabbed my ‘Arness’ and my walking rope and got me ready for walkies! I knew Christmas was coming, but I didn’t think it was this soon! Early walkies with my entire pack; me of course the Alpha. I jumped up into the ‘caw’ and away we went. The whole way there I was wondering if I was going into the trees, onto the beach, or even to meet one of my ‘fwends’. The ‘caw’ kept going further and further from my house and I was starting to get ‘confuzed’… but then the bone dropped … all the trees and buildings we passed were becoming very familiar. I knew where we were going, and my tail dropped. As we pulled into the ‘caw park’ my worst fears became a reality; the ‘hoomans’ had taken me to the puppy doctors. Firstly, I refused to jump out of the ‘bowt’, but the ‘hoomans’ were prepared for this; they had bought ‘chickinn’ and dragged me with my walking rope. Secondly, I tried digging my paws into the ground, but again this was of no use as the ‘hoomans’ forcefully lifted me into their arms and carried me in against my will.


Hours in puppy time passed, which to the ‘hoomans’ was about 15 minutes, until the puppy doctor called my name. “Kenzo...?” the man said softly. As I walked in the man gave me pats and rubs on my head and tummy, I thought to myself that it may not be as bad as I remember. Until… The ‘hooman’ brought out a big long spikey stick he called ‘a needow’ and he stuck it in the back of my neck rolls. As I went to turn around and ‘grr’ the man took it out and said “Done!” And that was it, the ‘hoomans’ took me back to the ‘caw’. They fooled me this time, but never, EVER again!


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How does the cold affect our muscles and joints? The winter chill is often associated with an increase in aches and pains for many people, particularly in the joints, but also in the muscles. Folklore suggests the cold makes pain worse - but there is actually little research into the weather’s effects. Recent innovative research called, ‘Cloudy’ has shown that; damp and windy days with low pressure increased the chances of experiencing more pain than normal by about 20%. Cold, damp days also made pain worse. Conflictingly, there was no association with temperature alone, or rainfall. The results are somewhat inconclusive because they vary greatly. This is largely because pain is subjective and it’s difficult to isolate a particular cause. How we can


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January / February 2020 Sunday 5th January Thame & Wheatley Ramblers Enjoy a post-Christmas ramble in the beautiful Chiltern Hills, following the Aston Rowant Discovery Trail (Jan 5th). Six miles, starting by the Leathern Bottle PH in Lewknor at 10.00am, with an optional pub stop at the end. Part of the Ramblers Festival of Winter Walks. More details from 07767 647714. Wednesday 22th January Thame Flower Club Meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month, for a floral demonstration. 2.00pm at Church House, Long Crendon, HP18 9AL. Leaf Manipulation Class/Instruction (Jan 22nd). Annual General Meeting and Lunch (Feb 26th). Tea is served at the end of the afternoon. All are welcome. Visitors - small charge. Margaret Fisher 01844 217572 or Pat Collinson 01844 212400 Saturday 1st February Crendon Chamber Orchestra Concert at St Mary’s Church, Thame – 7.30pm. Tchaikovsky, Serenade for Strings. Guest Conductor: Bill Carslake For more detailed programme information v isit our website Tickets: Adult £13.50 Student £5, U14s free. From: Domino, Buttermarket, Thame

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What’s on Thame reserve in Thame. We have two work parties per month, on the third Sunday and the last Wednesday. We meet at 10.00am in the recreation ground car park. All tools are provided, plus refreshments. Work finishes around 1.00pm. Email: Website: Thame Hockey Club We welcome players of all abilities - it’s all about taking part and enjoying the company of fellow hockey players in and around Thame. We run 6 adult teams, training on a Wednesday or Thursday evening at Thame Leisure Centre, where we also run junior hockey training on a Saturday morning from 9.00am - 11.00am for ages 6 to 14. From humble beginnings in 2008, the club is growing steadily, and our teams play at a variety of levels in the local league divisions. If you are interested in playing, please contact the club secretary. Email: Sew Patchwork We are a group of ladies who meet to hand sew-patchwork. We meet at Christchurch Hall, Thame every Thursday 10.00am - 1.00pm. All abilities welcome. Cost £5 per morning including tea /coffee and biscuits. Contact Sue 01844 212742 for further information. Hampden Masonic Lodge Thame Freemasonry is non-profit organisation which is heavily involved in supporting charity and other community services. It endeavours to give men a sense of belonging, to help others and to give them and their partners a sense of fun through friendship. For more information email secretary. website, The Greatest Hits Choir Thursdays during term time from 9th January. 8.00pm Guide Hut Southern Road ,Thame, OX9 2EP New members always welcome. No need to read music, no audition. We sing a mixture of pop songs old and new, rock and show tunes. Come for a free taster session!

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Stand Aside, Standby. You aren’t needed. Comedian Michael McIntyre made fun of us all by pointing out that we often shut down appliances before going on holiday for safety reasons. Except the fridge because “we trust the fridge”. He has a point on the safety aspect, but we should also be considering the environmental one, and not just when we are on holiday. Leaving your devices on standby means you are spending good money warming the planet. Whilst switching a fridge off doesn’t make sense, here are a few things that do: According to MoneySuperMarket, the biggest standby power users are TVs, TV boxes (e.g. Sky/Virgin) and multiroom speakers. Chances are you only actually use them evening and weekends so waiting 60 seconds for them to restart isn’t much of a sacrifice. When you unplug your mobile phone after charging it, the charger is still using tiny amounts. When you multiply that by the number of people in the house, it’s not so tiny. So switch it off at the wall when you aren’t using it. Your router is something you want to have available pretty much all the time. But if you are going on two weeks holiday, a little holiday of its own won’t hurt. It’s quicker to put your PC on standby than to shut it down, but we are only saving seconds here. And we all know that it sometimes your PC wakes up, all by itself. There’s a device not to be trusted! 68

Thame Backgammon Club Meets every 2nd Thursday of the month 6:30pm - 9:30pm, at the Thame Lambert Hotel (Wycombe room) OX49 5SQ; and most Tuesdays at the Cross Keys Thame OX9 3JS from 6.30pm. We welcome players of all abilities to play backgammon in a friendly and relaxed setting. This ancient and fascinating board game combines skill and chance, and no two games are ever the same. If you’ve never played before, we’d be happy to show you how. If you’re a connoisseur of the checkers, come and meet other fans and share the pleasures and frustrations of the cruellest game over a board and friendly conversation. Email us or just turn up on the night: Witchert Chorale The Witchert Chorale, a thriving chamber choir based in Haddenham, would love to hear from any singers (particularly tenors and basses) with experience. We exist to provide entertaining concerts for our audiences and try to raise as much money as possible for charity. We rehearse in Haddenham Methodist Church on Sunday evenings 8-10pm. Please see our website or find us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Sally Evans Events Runs one and two day Artists and Makers fairs throughout Bucks, Oxon and Hertfordshire. If you would like to take part, please contact her on or 01844 273069. TCC2 Thame Children’s Choir TCC2 is a choir for any children (aged 7 to 16) from Thame, Haddenham and the surrounding area who love singing. It is an opportunity for them to sing together in a group, to challenge their minds and their voices, to make friends, to gain confidence and to work as a team. Rehearsals are on Sundays between 4 and 6pm. Please see for more details. The Rotary Club of Thame The Rotary Club of Thame welcomes new members, both women and men.

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Village Voices Towersey Community Choir Wednesdays 7.30 pm (term time), Towersey Memorial Hall All welcome at our fun and friendly choir, established in 2009, learning songs from around the world by ear (no need to read music). No auditions. Occasional performances locally (Music in the Park, Towersey Festival etc.). £5 per week, £1 for students and your first visit is free. Oxfordshire WI Oxfordshire WI plays a unique role in providing women with educational opportunities through experiences, knowledge and new skills. Our members take part in a wide range of activities and campaign on issues that matter to their communities. In Oxfordshire we have over 4500 members in 135 WIs - join us now for friendship and fun! 5 Court Farm Barns, Medcroft Road, Tackley, Kidlington OX5 3AL. Tel: 01869 331081 Fax: 01869 331082 Thame Town Cricket Club January – Junior indoor nets start on Saturday 18th. Just contact Sheena Beard on February – Adult indoor nets (16+) start on Sunday February 9th, from 5.00pm, at Lord Bills’s Lower school gym. Contact Mike Higgs on Would you like to hire our fantastic clubhouse? Just contact Jackie Phippen on bookings@ Thame Concert Band We are currently looking for new members and would be very welcoming to anyone who would like to come and have a go. If you are interested in joining and would like to know more: Email us:

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What’s on Thame or just turn up! We are also on Facebook Thame Concert Band Thame Chamber Choir Tickets from the Book House, from, and at the door. £10 in advance, £12 on the door St Mary’s Church, Thame OX9 3AJ Tel: 01844-212900 Thame & District Twinning Association Thame has been twinned with Montesson, near Paris since 2001. We are an independent self-funded organisation with active members in Thame and the surrounding villages. Our aim is to facilitate visits and exchanges between the people and associations of Thame and Montesson. For more information about our activities or to enquire about becoming a member, please visit Thame & District Twinning Association website to Facebook page. or contact Linda Emery - 07805 229556. Thame Bowls Club Thame Bowls Club is now in its 96th year and is arguably one of the most successful clubs in the County (socially if not competitively). Although the Clubhouse is at present, in the process of complete refurbishment, the new season will start in April 2020 with a full programme of matches scheduled throughout the summer. All bowlers, old and new, are assured of a warm welcome and full details of the Club are to be found on its website ‘’. The postal address is Thame Bowls Club, 1 Chiltern Grove, Queens Road, Thame OX9 3NH.

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T.W.C.C. T.W.C.C. Thame Branch. Meetings are held on the third Saturday in the month in the Guide HQ In Southern Road, Thame at 2.00pm. We welcome widows and widowers and anyone who has lost a long-term partner. Membership subscriptions are £20 annually and £2 on the door including tea, coffee and biscuits. Speakers and outings and entertainment. Sunday

What’s on Thame lunches at the Black Horse in Thame. For more information email Thame Seniors Keep Fit Term time Mondays at Thame Barns Centre Ladies 5.00pm - 5.45pm Men 6.00pm 6.45pm Contact Stuart on 01844 215822 email: Long Crendon Day Centre Open every Tuesday for games, entertainment and exercises but most importantly our lovely hot fresh meal.

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Thame Pop Choir Meetings Tuesdays 8.00pm (term time) at Guide HQ, Southern Road, Thame OX9 2EP. Sessions £5 a week or £35 a term. The choir is currently at full capacity - please contact Ian English 01844 261171 or via ‘Contact’ page on website to join the waiting list. Haddenham Pop Choir Fun choir at St Mary’s Centre, Haddenham HP17 8AH. Weekly sessions Mondays 7.45pm (termtime) £5 a week or £45 a term, first taster session free. Please contact Ian English at to join. Longwick Evening WI New members welcome! We meet on the second Wednesday of each month at Longwick Village Hall (Thame Road, Longwick, HP27 9SF) at 7.30 pm. There’s a speaker, raffle, refreshments and quiz at each meeting. You can just turn up or contact Secretary, Judy Rivers, 01844 698693, for more information. Chiltern Art Group Meet every Monday 7.00pm-9.30pm St. Marys Church Hall, Princes Risborough. A nontutored art group that embrace the relaxation, benefits and achievement painting can bring. Bring your own materials/project and enjoy a couple of hours being creative. Professional demonstrations/workshops organised throughout the year. For more details tel. 01844 343105 or come along one Monday evening.

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New Start New year is the time to embrace change. It is tempting to aspire to perfection, but try and set realistic goals you are likely to achieve or you may be setting yourself up for failure. To improve your general health, try and set realistic targets for Sleep - aim for 8 hours a night A healthy and nutritious diet - aim to eat a nutritious diet most of the time Exercise/activity - make activity and exercise part of your daily routine Screen-free - make time away from screens especially just before sleeping Social time - enjoy time with friends and family ME time - plan in some relaxation and enjoy some time to yourself to recharge your energy levels Stress - work out what is causing stress in your life and make changes to reduce this by planning ahead Be happy - do things you enjoy and talk through any troubles Achieving a healthy and nutritious diet – Reduce snacking and don’t skip meals Reduce takeaways and fatty foods Eat smaller portions Be salt, sugar and fat aware Follow NHS advice for a balanced diet Take 10ug vitamin D daily Drink regular fluids

Action plan Make a list of small achievable targets that you feel are realistic. Make tick lists to keep you on track. Don’t worry if you vary from your plan but get back to it without delay. Achieving small steps will give you the confidence to continue. All positive changes are beneficial to overall health, however small. Making changes with family or friends can help. Be proactive! Happy New Year Tanya Wright HCPC Specialist Dietitian NHS and Private Practice

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Snowdrops at Swyncombe Church A February walk to see the wonderful display of snowdrops and aconites at St Botolph’s Church.

the top, ignoring all paths and tracks to the left and right.

Distance: 5.6 miles (Allow 2½ hours) Start & finish: Ewelme Recreation Ground car park OX10 6PG Access Information: An easy walk with one steep climb and one steep descent Refreshments: Shepherd’s Hut pub and Ewelme Village Store tearoom. Go through the gate at the back of the car park and follow the path to the right of the hedgerow. Shortly after the top of the rise, bear half right across the field and through a gate to a lane. 1. Turn left along the lane and, just before a road junction, turn right along a surfaced bridleway towards Ewelme Down Farm. Follow the bridleway for over 1km and bear left 50m before the large gateposts marking the entrance to Ewelme Down House. Go through a small wood into a field and continue straight ahead through the next wood to meet a wide track. Turn right and follow the main track all the way to St Botolph’s Church, Swyncombe. 2. From the church, continue ahead along the lane, bearing left to a road junction. Go straight across, through a gate and follow the signs for both the Chiltern Way and Ridgeway. Climb the steep hill to Chiltern Society Watercress beds

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Lower Farm

Ewelme Downs



Points of Interest Ewelme - St Mary the Virgin church, 15th Calmshouses and the Chiltern Society watercress beds. A - St Botolph’s Church, Swyncombe B - Swyncombe Downs

Swyncombe Downs



5. Cross a farm access track and continue in the same direction to drop down to a lane. Turn left to return to the car park.





4. Turn right along the lane for 600m. Where it bends to the left, bear right through a gate to continue along the Chiltern Way. Bear left uphill to the right of a hedge. Stay straight ahead on this path for about 1km.

Swan’s Way

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3. About 150m down from the top, the path bends sharply left and then right. Shortly after this the Chiltern Way turns left and the Ridgeway continues downhill. Turn left on the Chiltern Way and after 1km go through a gate on the left into the remains of a hillfort on Swyncombe Downs. Stay on the ridge and go through a gate to exit the ancient site. Follow the path steeply down through a wood to a tarmac lane on the left at the bottom.

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Windows 7 Comes To An End Still Using Windows 7? Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. As of January 14th 2020, Microsoft is no longer providing updates and security patches for Windows 7. What Does the Windows 7 End of Life Mean? When Microsoft ends its support of Windows 7, it means the cessation of all support, paid and unpaid, for the operating system. Up to January 14th 2020, the company offered “extended support,” meaning paid support only. It no longer offered complimentary support that may have been included in software license or licensing programs but it did continue to provide security updates but no new design or feature improvements. Can I Use Windows 7 After Microsoft Ends Support? You can certainly continue to use Windows 7 after Microsoft stops its support, however, you do so at considerable risk. One of the most important parts of managing your operating system is to ensure that it is protected from viruses, malware and other nasty infections that can derail your technology. Hackers know that Windows 7 is ending and will be looking to exploit the lack of updates and attack computer systems still using the operating system. What Other Impacts Are There to Stopping Support? When Microsoft stops supporting an operating system, it’s a signal to other software developers and hardware companies to stop providing upgrades and updates to their products on the Windows 7 operating system too. Whilst that support may linger beyond the January 2020 date, it’s likely to end at some point. In addition, newer hardware components and peripherals are likely to stop working on your computers and devices still using Windows 7. This may create serious compatibility issues with other programs or tools you use. How Can I Address the Windows 7 End of Life? The best thing you can do is upgrade to Windows 10 as soon as possible. Here at PChelp4U, we can make this process easy and hassle free for you. If you call us on the below numbers or email us at, we will be more than glad to help. We will come out to you, assess your computer, decide on whether an upgrade to Windows 10 or a new computer is the most cost effective long-term solution for you, and deal with all the work for you without you having to leave the comfort of your armchair. If a new computer, be it a laptop of desktop, is decided upon, we supply the whole range with full manufacturer warranties. We will also pick your old computer up, transfer all your data and settings across to the new Windows 10 computer in the workshop, bring it back to your home, install and configure it and run through everything with you to ensure you're happy. All this is included within the fixed price that we give you.

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A technicolored 10th birthday year is in store for Aylesbury Waterside Theatre! A New Year means a new line-up of must-see shows as Aylesbury Waterside Theatre sees in its 10th birthday year in show-tastic style! Family favourite Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dreamcoat (Tue 14 – Sat 18 Jan) is first to explode on the stage with its hit parade of timeless songs, and is in good company with Dennis and Gnasher The Musical (Thur 23 – Sun 26 Jan). From the makers of the Beano, the show is set to be a blam-tastic adventure full of the prankster’s trademark humour alongside his mischievous sidekick. Any fright fans out there? Look no further than the horrifying stage production of Ghost Stories (Tue 4 – Sat 8 Feb). The Olivier Award – nominated phenomenon has been exhilarating audiences across the world and is now heading to Bucks. If you’re up for playing a game with fear,

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Duck Races, Snowdrops and Cream Teas in Aston Rowant on Sunday 16th February Thanks to the Chiltern View Magazine, we attracted an increasing number of children and families last year, having fun at the Duck Races, admiring the snowdrops and then enjoying the cream teas! Make a note in your diaries to come and join us this year. There is something for everyone! Find us in the centre of the pretty village of Aston Rowant, well signed off the B4009 and less than one mile north of the M40 Junction 6. Parking is roadside in the village, with limited spaces near the Church for the disabled.

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also be duck races along the stream (for which there will be a small charge). Please wear boots or wellies! The event is being organised jointly by the Church and Aston Rowant Parish Council and all profits are for the Church Funds. Viewing the snowdrops is free! Hopefully the Aconites will add some bright yellow flowers at the time of © Alan Gooders Sunday. the Snowdrop Mike Eaton and Peter Supplied by Hetherington - for Aston Alan Gooders Rowant Parish Council.

to relax. The area used to be on the stream in Fiveways on The Duck Races are an important part of the village Church Lane, about 400 yards from the Church and until the nineteenth century, with AstonThey Rowant Parish Council have clea cottageswith besidethe the Lower IcknieldThe atsimple the farm junction Way. a lot of dead and diseased shrubs and trees bridleway. We presume that the lovely snowdrops are FREE forplanted competitors and take place continuously these were replaced with new species of sm were originally in their gardens. tree andand shrubsyou provided by SSE. The Cou from 2pmhave tobeen 4pm. We lend youof the ducks This would an important crossing have also funded a big planting programme tracks in theskills Middleagainst Ages. An important Drovers test your your friends. spreading wild flower seeds and planting bu Trail, the Lower Icknield Way crossed the Old London Weye from London to Oxford here and

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Index Accounting / Bookkeeping / Administration Coco Accounting 70 LPA Consultants 30 Mary Davies Accounting 93 Rona Herrington 24 Stefanie O’Bryen 57 Aerials A. Aerial Fix Ltd 75 Aerial - Tech Solutions Ltd 16 TVT Aerials & Satellites 47 Building & Construction Services Acorn Building & Construction 79 C & R Caine 55 CDGM Ltd 6 Hammond Construction 27 Homes Made Happy 70 John Lee Construction Ltd 11 J Wilkes Paving & Construction Ltd 73 LPB Builders Ltd 15 Steven Powis 45 Wolstenholme Ltd 23 Carers / Home Help / Care Homes Risborough Carers Ltd 15 Carpentry & Joinery Aspect Carpentry 29 Aston Woodware 57 Chiltern Carpentry Ltd 21 D J Carpentry Services 65 Grace Carpentry and Building 59 Joel Smith 37 Out of the Woods 25 Cleaning A1 Clean Sweep (Chimneys) 39 All Types (Chimneys) 67 Alan’s Clean Ovens 43 Oven Proud 39 Priority Service Ltd 22 Procare Cleaning Ltd 71 Charity Rennie Grove 63 Complementary Therapy Bodyworkz Massage Therapy 32 David Gray Osteopath 62 Feet Treat 21 Fiona Gibbard 36 Footloose Footcare 20 Grovewood Foot Clinic 31 Helen Boehm (Feet) 9 Minerva Osteopathy 93


Wayne Twitchen (Osteopathy) 47 Computer Services Chiltern Computer Services 55 Chinnor Web Design 1 Jinca Ltd 7 PChelp4U 5 / 78 Stokenchurch PCs 45 Domestic Services and Appliances Domestic Services 23 Downley Laundrette 43 Sharley Domestics 42 Electrician Altea Electrics 43 John Earley 19 Ridgeway Electrical Contractors Ltd 61 Springbok Electrical Ltd 86 Wycombe Electrical Ltd 40 Garage Services B S Motorsport Ltd 39 Browns Thame Ltd 1 / 96 Chiltern Jaguar Specialist 2 FW 4x4 31 Goodchild’s Garage 36 Holly Coachworks Ltd 9 Les Liney Vehicle Hire 40 / 91 McDonalds Motors 50 Motec 77 Stokenchurch Service Centre 61 Gardens and Maintenance Able Garden Services 89 Allen Landscaping 85 Allscapes 32 Barnes and Wells (Fencing) 25 Barnes and Wells Tree care 20 Caz Renshaw Design 90 D J Macleod 64 Devey Tree Care 31 Hartwell Nurseries 34 / 35 Jo’s Gardening Services 7 M J Gee (Nursery) 17 Markland Gardening Services 30 Oxford Oak Tree Surgery 66 Patrick Kernan (Tree Surgery) 55 Stotts Nursery 63 Health, Fitness and Wellbeing Body Energise Pilates 37 Darcie’s Yoga 22 Dawn Wilton (Pilates) 42 Hearing First 41 Intelligent Movement through Yoga 75

Independent Living Consultants 28 My Children’s Therapy 55 Nurtured Beauty 44 Onyx Health & Fitness 45 See Naturally with Charlotte Schuman 9 Slimming World Thame 67 Home Improvements Accent Interiors 59 Airs House Carpets 24 Allan Robinson (Painting & Decorating) 71 Bay Tracks (Curtains & Poles) 6 Brian R Kinch (Painting & Decorating) 55 Completely Blinds 1 / 85 Coulon Stone 91 DC Home Improvements 51 Dove Decor & Construction 13 Garolla Roller Shutter Doors 75 Gary Burton 67 Green Square Stokenchurch 53 Handy Decorating Services 61 Harry Styles (Plastering) 93 Home Improvement Garage Doors 2 Jon Woodbridge (Painting & Decorating) 42 Leocraft 81 NJB Roofing Ltd 95 Oakley Wood Limited 82 Old English Antiques 9 R S Hall Upholstery 46 Ray Butler (Tiling) 30 Simple Kitchens (Thame) Ltd 69 Stoneworld 54 Stuart Law 44 The 50 Plus 87 The Soft Water Shop 10 Tilly Nilly (Interiors) 7 Tony Reeve Home Improvements 77 Hotels, Restaurants and Cafes Coco Tamarind 29 Lambert Arms ( The ) 12 Radhuni Restaurant 19 Leisure Activities and Events Floral Vintage Crockery 71 Quality Catering 75 Thame Snooker Club Limited 89 Locksmiths Promac Locksmiths 81

RPC Locksmiths 11 Pet Health & Services Betty Wow Wow (Dog Grooming) 21 Bruce’s Doggy Day Care 48 / 49 Crossroads Veterinary Centre 58 / 59 Kennel Shop 63 Sprinz and Nash 83 Picture Framing Mandy Meakes Picture Framing 17 Spotlight Memorabilia 51 Plumbing, Drainage, Heating Services & Fuel Supplies APS & Sons Ltd 15 Ardas Plumbing 51 Bill Blake (Plumber) 46 Call Plumbing 11 Drains and Downpipes 29 Liam & Sons Gutters 11 Lovell Fuels Ltd 57 Oil Serv 65 Poseidon Heating Ltd 9 Precision Heating & Plumbing 7 Premium Plumbing & Heating 5 Visual Impact (Gutters & Downpipes) 44 Post Office/General Store Village Store West Wycombe 93 Print & Embroidery MPS Workwear 53 Retailers Aylesbury Bullion Company 81 Glynswood Thame 69 Schools & Nurseries Sunshine Montessori 73 Taxi & Transport Services Community Bus PR 33 Express Minibuses 6 Jon’s Airport Cars 19 Yellow Cars Ltd 37 Tuition CMD First Aid 65 Jaaganroop Marshall 59 John Lark 40 Windows and Window Cleaning County Glass and Glazing 82 Silent View Windows Ltd 3 The Finishing Touch 79 The Window Doctor 17 Visual Impact (Window Cleaning) 61


Specialists in all types of Flat Roofs

Roof Repairs & Re-Roofing

THE BENEFITS • Increase the value of your home • Stop water leaking • Long term peace of mind • Enhance appearance




Established in 1985, the confederation of Roofing Contractors (CORC) is the premier roofing trades association in the UK. The members are considered to be the best roofing contractors in the business. If you require a roof repair or even a completely new roof, the recommended roofers and roofing companies are here to you. All new works can carry a fully insured 10-20 year back up guarantee (subject to payment). This protects the customer should their chosen roofing contractor decide to cease trading for any reason during the guarantee period. All members are totally commited to providing clients with a quality driven service that reflects good craft skills, ethical working practices and fair prices.


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Chiltern View Magazine - January/February 2020  

Chiltern View Magazine - January/February 2020