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RUCK ‘n’ roll Here at TLHQ we couldn’t be prouder of local musician (and all round lovely lad) Laurence Jones, who at just 23 years of age has won ‘Young Blues Artist of the Year’ for the second year running. One more year, and that’s the Musical Hall of Fame! His musical influences are Walter Trout Eric Clapton and Gary Moore to name a few, and he has taken the musical world by storm with his UK and European Tour, promoting his brand new studio album ‘What’s it gonna be’. Here he is pictured with our Totally Locally Tea Towel, on which it states that he ‘Played the Royal Albert Hall 2015 with Jools Holland and Van Morrison’. Also pictured is fellow Tea Towel sports hero Carl Hamilton, Shipston’s Rugby fly half who played with Shipston Rugby Club at Twickenham so proudly back in 2003. See page 9 for full story.

PLUS: Step back in time with Shipston Bakery & Cafe Four generations of shopkeeping at EH Spencer Get to know Shipston’s David Wright

GET YOUR FIVERS HOW D’YA LIKE READY! See inside for all THEM APPLES? We have a natter with Paul Turner at your Fabulous Fiver Fest offers from Shipston’s Independent Businesses.

Turner’s Fruit, Veg & Fishmongers.

Avoid stress with Calypso Kid’s Top 10 Party Tips Dental matters in Pregnancy

Totally Locally explained in a (rather large) nutshell. It’s more of a coconut than a teeny cashew. The who, what, where and why we are all going Totally Locally.

The pros and cons of running an internet business from home Avoid long term pain with therapy

EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT! Have a look inside at what’s going on in your town! We have interviews, foodie facts and a delicious fruity oat bar recipe, healthy hair, healthy hydrangeas, quizzes and a stack of other great articles too. Oh, and a sprinkle of great reasons why we think Shipston is a fabulous place!


for stress-free celebrations! Emma-Jane from Calypso Kids offers her top tips for a successful children’s party.

Dental matters Dental health is incredibly important at all stages of life. Carrie Preston at Shipston Dental Practice tells us how to care for yourself and your family, right from pregnancy. Let’s start at the very beginning even before a baby! If you are planning a pregnancy it is important that mum’s mouth is in excellent health. This will help teeth and gums to best cope with the changes that pregnancy hormones bring and to give baby the very best start in their own dental health. Did you know that the adult teeth, as well as the baby teeth, are already growing in the jaws when a baby is born? Habits that ensure teeth and gums are healthy reduce the risk of preventable dental diseases such as tooth decay, gum disease and oral cancer in both mother and baby. So, how to keep your mouth healthy? • Brush your teeth for 2 minutes twice a day. Use a fluoride-containing toothpaste, spit out the excess at the end but don’t rinse. Clean between your teeth regularly using either floss, flossettes or interdental brushes. Pregnancy hormones can make the gums more prone to bleeding on brushing but this can be minimised with proper cleaning. The dental hygienist can help you with correct technique and the most suitable products for you to use at home. • Reduce the frequency of sugary snacks between mealtimes. Drink plenty of water and use sugar free chewing gum. Try and keep pregnancy cravings to safe snacks such as nuts and cheese. This can be a challenge with morning sickness but aim for savoury foods if possible. • If sickness is a problem, rinse your mouth with plain water to reduce the damage done to teeth by stomach acids. Leave an hour before brushing to allow acids to become neutralised – otherwise the enamel of your teeth can literally be brushed away. • Give up smoking – seek help from your GP. This will ensure your gums are healthier, reduce your risk of mouth cancer and ensure your baby is healthier. • Visit your dentist before planning a pregnancy and inform them that a baby may be on the horizon. Your dentist may update x-rays to help spot any early problems developing with your teeth and reduce the risk of needing treatment whilst you are pregnant. You may be recommended to have a professional clean of your teeth to remove any deposits that lead to gum problems. Most importantly, your dentist and hygienist can advise you personally on prevention which will then help you through your pregnancy. Healthy teeth and gums look better and feel better, help a healthier pregnancy and give the very best start to baby’s dental health.

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BOEREWORS SAUSAGE: a traditional South African sausage made from coarse meat with coriander seed, black pepper, nutmeg, olives and allspice. Taylors the Butcher & Deli say it’ll immediately make any South African homesick!

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Food – don’t fall into the trap of preparing too much. As a guide each child will eat: • 2 small sandwiches (1 slice of bread) • Cucumber & carrot sticks • Handful of fruit –grapes, strawberries, slice of melon • Handful of crisps • A fairy cake • Mini-sausages, bread sticks, babybels are also popular. • Label a water bottle for each child that can be used throughout the party.

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Party Bags – Keep it simple rather than lots of little things which soon end up in the bin. Children will be happy with a packet of sweets (thank goodness for Haribo), a cake and then use your imagination. I’ve seen bags with a Mr. Men book, a play dough pot or something that the children have made earlier in the party.

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Final activity and goodbye. Have a calmer activity to end e.g. colouring, play dough modelling. This is particularly good for parties where parents do not stay so you can easy pair up child and grown-up at the end.

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Thank you notes. Depending on how organised you are either: For those that forget all about the party once the guests have gone, put a thank you note in with the party bag, and relax for another year. Or for a more personalised touch, during the party take a photo of all the guests that can be used as the thank you at a later date.

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Enlist the help of family & friends and delegate jobs: tea/coffee, entertainment, food & decoration.

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Timetable it as if it was a military operation: 11-11.10 Welcome & arrival activity 11.10-12.00 Main entertainment 12.00-12.20 Food & birthday cake 12.20-12.30 Final activity, party bags & goodbye

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The main entertainment needs to be interactive, inclusive and fast-paced to keep short attention spans on task. Party games such as musical statues and pass the parcel are fun for small groups (6-8) but soon become boring for larger groups as once a child’s had their turn, there may still be 14 children waiting to unwrap a layer! Team games are always a hit and can easily be themed. Here are a few favourites:

Have it in the morning rather than spending ALL day preparing and answering “Is it nearly time yet?” Best timings – 11.00am-12.30pm

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‘Simon Says’ fly like an owl or jump like a rabbit... Pass the balloon, over one child’s head & under the next’s legs Dragon’s Tails – each child has a sock/ribbon in their belt /trouser/skirt band. The child who catches most tails wins. Flap the fish – cut out large newspaper fish. Roll a baton from newspaper and flap the fish from one side of the room to the other. Other shapes can be cut out. Bubbles-blow bubbles and let the children catch them! Hide under the parachute!

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Remember you are entertaining the children not the adults so ask a friend to man the tea and coffee or ask parents to help themselves when they fancy a cuppa.

5 Weird and wonderful things you can get in shipston!

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Where else could you find a greetings card featuring Joseph’s amazing camels from Idlicote? Why, Ivy Heart of course.

You can find BRITISH SALAMI at our very own Taste of the Country. Their salami comes all the way from... Suffolk!

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TAYTO were one of the first companies to make flavoured crisps (back in the 1950’s) and the cheese & onion are renowned! Not to be found anywhere else in the area other than The Horseshoe, imported by Baggy Saunders himself.

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Have you ever wondered how to slice a bean (a runner bean, not a baked bean)? Well, if you visit R. Clarke Electrical you will find such a gadget that will do it for you!

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A bookcase full of gifts and treats - all on offer at £5 each!

A basket of goodies – all £5, some with 75% off RRP.

The Fiver Fest Daily Food Special – see Daily Specials board for more info!

Todenham Manor Farm Steak Sandwich for only £5!

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START YOUR CHRISTMAS SHOPPING or simply treat yourself!

LOUISE HARVEY FROM THE RICHARD HARVEY COLLECTION INTERVIEWS JOHN RUTTER FROM

SHIPSTON’S OLDEST SHOP

113 YEARS OF ‘Fun Facts’ Tea Towels £6

Heavy Canvas Shopping Bags £6

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5 TIPS FOR

HEALTHY WINTER

Ernest Herbert Spencer

HAIR

As the colder weather approaches and we are getting closer to the party season, our hair needs to look at its very best despite the toll of the harsh winter weather. Here are 5 tips from L’Academie, to ensure your hair stays looking and feeling great.

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We know so many people plagued by static hair over the winter. This is caused by the artificially heated indoor air and your hairs contact with fabric fibres. Try wrapping your hair in a silk scarf before putting your woolly jumper or hat on. Hairspray is also a winner! Try L’Oreal Tecni Art fix anti-frizz spray – it works wonders on static and flyaway hair. Does your hair feel dull or lack shine? Make sure you have a good balance of the vitamins your hair needs to be healthy; Vitamin A, C, D and Omega 3. Also you could consider a glossing treatment at the salon. Glossing works like a topcoat for your nails or a clear gloss for your lips – it accentuates the colour and adds shine. Our hair really feels the wrath of the central heating and sometimes your standard shampoo and conditioner just isn’t enough to replenish all the lost moisture. Try including a nourishing hair mask into your weekly routine. This will really help to add more moisture to the hair during the winter months. We recommend regular trims every 6-8 weeks to help keep those nasty split ends at bay and keep your hair looking in the best condition. You’ll be surprised at what a difference it will make. Regular use of heated appliances, can make your hair dry, brittle and dull. Make sure you use a good quality heat protection spray before styling and try not to keep direct heat on the hair for prolonged periods of time. So there you have it – L’Academie’s top five tips to keeping your hair healthy right through the winter. Follow them and you need never have a bad hair day!

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John, Margaret (E.H.Spencers daughter) Sarah and Keith.

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Ernest outside the shop (approx 1920)

Louise - How long has E.H. Spencer been trading? And who was E.H. Spencer? John - E.H. Spencer was my grandfather on my mothers side and the shop has been trading for 113 years. Louise - So, the shop has seen four generations of one family? John - Yes that’s correct, starting with my grandfather and then my mother and father. She was Margaret Spencer and became Margaret Rutter when they married and they took the business on around 1958/1959. And then I came in to the business at the age of 16 and took it over in the 90s. And my daughter has come back to work for me in 2013. Louise - Can you give me one of your earliest memories of the shop? John - My earliest memory would probably be coming down here from our house in Shipston and generally being a nuisance with the ladies unpacking the boxes. They used to actually put me in a box to try and contain me as a very, very young child! Louise - So you must have been very young then! Has the shop always sold shoes, and men’s clothing? John - Yes it certainly has. And actually it used to do an even wider range selling Army surplus, and lino and all sorts of things that are now bygone.....clogs....and absolutely anything. The business really started by somebody being in the shop, and the proprietor my grandfather and then his nephew (who worked for him latterly) would go out knocking on the doors in the villages and travelling round in a horse and cart basically saying, “Hello Mrs Brown, is there anything you need today or is there anything I can bring you next week when I come back on this journey?” I’ve still got all those journey books and there’s a lot of family names in there that are old village families. They’re all still there - and the ones who owe us money! Louise - Who does all your purchasing for the shop? John - I buy quite a bit of the menswear side of it, and then my daughter and Heidi, who’s worked for me for 25 years, they tend to buy quite a bit of the childrens and the ladies. But generally we sort of have a discussion about it, or really I’ll ask their opinion on jacket patterns for example and they’ll ask my opinion on whether I think this colour is good in a shoe or whatever. Louise - Many disagreements? John - Not really, we are all singing off the same hymn sheet, or just about. We know our clientele. We are very aware that we want to be lowering the age profile, and in conjunction with Clarkes shoes, we’re aiming at a younger market or an older lady who doesn’t want to look like an old lady. Louise - What do you enjoy most about running the shop? John - The menswear side of it. I enjoy the menswear side of it very much. The different tweeds, and the different fabrics. We have a good, long term relationship with quite a few of the firms that we deal with. Christopher Gurteen, one of our suppliers told my father that we were their 5th oldest customer and they have been going since the 1700’s. Louise - And what do you least enjoy about running the shop? John - The bookwork, without a doubt! Having to sit down and thumb through the invoices and cross them off against the statements. Although, my father who is 85 still does an hours paperwork for me every day. Louise - You might need to lend him out around the other shop owners in Shipston! What are the biggest changes that have happened in Shipston whilst you’ve been trading here? John - The biggest changes would be the lack of employment in the town. The closing of the Norgren factory, the closing of Turbine Blading has definitely seen footfall drop off during the lunch hour and people are now shopping perhaps where they work which is out of town basically. Louise - What changes can you see in the business over the next 10 years? John - We have a small internet business anyway. I can see that expanding. Without a doubt that’s a growth area – 25% of all sales now are supposed to be being done on the internet. I still think that there’s a market for people to come and try stuff on and actually see it in the flesh. You can’t guess on the internet how a shoe fits or whether a shirt is tight fitting or full cut. So there’s still a market place for us, but to have a shop and an internet business, really we’re trying to cover all bases. We’re already on FaceBook and Twitter, run by my daughter I hasten to add. We have an Ebay clearance site and we have a FaceBook page and Twitter. To watch Sarah promote goods on the internet and then see the fruition of that promotion where people come in and say, “I saw your FB post.” It’s surprising how much it sells.

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All of our handmade candles in a piece of China are £5.

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Pot of Tea for Two with a Homemade Lemon Shortcake biscuit only £5.

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Victorian evening

Fame Contest ‘Brixton Alley’.

Plans are well advanced for this year’s Rotary Club Victorian Evening on Friday 4th December 2015 from 5.45 - 8.00pm. Put the date in your diary!

Take a WiderView AT EVENTS THROUGH A PROFESSIONAL LENS

Chris Roberts from WiderView PR lives in a village a few miles from Shipston, with his Journalist & Photography business. A recent Shipston based event was the Shipston Proms, now in its 17th edition, and I agreed to write a series of blogs for the event, some of which were published in the Cotswold Journal and Banbury Guardian. Here’s how! At every event, I always carry a small notebook and pen that fits into my shirt pocket and a full range of camera equipment (2 bodies, 3 lenses, flashgun and monopod). A copy of the program will let me know schedule, performers names, and pieces played - especially important at the classical events. Lighting is a crucial consideration with photography. At the first two events, hosted by Townsend Hall, the launch evening stage was professionally lit with LED panels, so obtaining shots standing by the stage was within easy handheld options. The following night’s Fame Contest was only using the halls Tungsten based stage lighting, so I had to post process them in Adobe Photoshop to correct for white balance. To make sure I have all information recorded correctly, I always write down the song titles and any other observations as I go along, and talk to the bands/duet/ soloists to get names and who played what instrument. At the pub based events I had to find a suitable seat near to the front so I could get the right shots without blocking the audience’s view, as well as hear song titles. The lighting was varied so sometimes I was using flash to get higher contrast images, which mainly were converted to black and white images. For the schools I needed to be careful not to photograph specific Shipston Proms ‘Incandescendo’ pupils, though this was most acute at the Primary School concert (where pupil’s names were not allowed). At Shipston High School David Hunt (Head of Music) confirmed that none of the performing students were on the non-photograph list, as several of the older students were already performing in public (Battered Soul for example). At the Young Musician’s Concert at St. Martin’s Barcheston I found the best place to work from was the pulpit! So after confirming that I could use that location, I shot the event and took notes without getting in the audiences way. The Last Night of the Proms event was an exercise in working out where best to take photos from to get both the action on the temporary stage, as well as some crowd shots. With the stage again being professionally lit, hand held shots both with wide angle for close-up and telephoto for distance shots were easily possible. This is where the high spec Canon professional series of lenses come into their own in low light conditions. Notes were again taken of songs as they were performed along with credits to sponsors.

Last year’s Victorian Evening was a stunning success with huge crowds in the town centre. Father Christmas made a dramatic entrance and children of all ages waited patiently to see him in his grotto. This year children from Shipston Primary School will sing carols on the stage before the formal opening ceremony. Father Christmas will, hopefully, make a thrilling appearance. There will be the count-down for switching on the Town festive lights. Then the Tree of Life lights are formally switched on. You can purchase a Tree of Life bulb in memory of a loved one and all proceeds will go to the Baby Hospice near Coventry. There will be a carousel with trains and

boats and planes for children and music from Shipston Town Band and the Shout Choir. The organisers dress up in Victorian costume and encourage others to do the same. Dozens of stalls sell all sorts of local produce and Christmassy things. Traditional roast chestnuts, mulled wine and mince pies and the shops’ extremely imaginative and eye-catching entries for the ‘Best Dressed Window’ competition, based on the theme ‘Christmas in Shipston’ all add to the magic formula and makes the Rotary Victorian Evening the unmissable start to the Christmas festive season in Shipston.

The changing faces of The Bakery, These days, many of you will know The Bakery as a café and a place to buy yummy goodies to take away, owned and run by Sharon & Karl Peacock. However, in Sharon’s parents time as owners in the 70’s trade was very different. In 1974, Robin & Sandra Hall purchased “The Bakery” in Sheep Street from Mothers Pride Bakeries for whom Robin had been a driver, delivering bread and cakes to the local villages. At that time there were no baking facilities on the premises. The run down garage at the rear, adjacent to Telegraph Street (now the Old Bakery Flats), housed delivery vans and the front of the building was home to a very small shop. After a couple of years, Robin & Sandra decided to install a fully operational bakery making bread, cakes and buns from scratch. As you can imagine, the smell wafting around the centre of town was quite magnificent!

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Cross Buns just out of the oven. About 400 loaves were sold from the shop in an average day, these were the good old days for small independent bakeries before super markets installed in house bakeries and ovens. In 1980, they decided to extend the shop and expand their product offering to include groceries and household goods and a SPAR was born!

Back in the1970s, a freshly baked jam doughnut was the best-selling cake, and every Good Friday queues would form up Sheep Street to buy Hot

Sharon reflects “whilst the trade might have changed, our customers still enjoy the same kind of friendly welcome when they walk through the door. And yes, I’m still serving some customers now that I served as a Saturday girl back in the early 80s!”

Sharon Peacock from Shipston Bakery has uncovered this fabulous photo taken circa 1960 of her father Robin Hall, on his bakery rounds. Do you recognise the lady he’s speaking with? Could it be your auntie, mother, grandmother, cousin...we’d love to know who she is! If you have any old photos of Shipston that you’d like to share, please email us at: totallylocallyshipston @gmail.com

Anni Rogers, Sandra Hall and Doris Hawcut circa 1983

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We tried to put into words what we feel Totally Locally is about – more the feeling it gives than the actuality. This is the end result. Hopefully you’ll be seeing it in windows and shops around Shipston, and it’ll help remind us all to enjoy our town and support our local businesses. Not just the shops, but the mechanics and the window cleaners, the barbers and the accountants too.

How d’ya like them

apples?! WHAT STARTED AS A QUIZ TURNED INTO A FANTASTIC INSIGHT INTO PAUL TURNER’S WORLD OF FRUIT, VEG AND FISHMONGERY...SO WE DECIDED TO SHARE HIS ANSWERS WITH YOU. Braeburn – closely 1) What’s Paul’s best selling variety of Apple? .......................................................................... followed by Pink Lady & Coxes

Watermelons – I think! 2) And his most expensive fruit? ................................................................................................ Salmon Fillet, our 6oz 3) What’s his fishmongers best selling fish? .............................................................................. portions are only £3 each

I have Pink Fir 4) Where is Paul’s most locally sourced produce from? ...........................................................

Potatoes from a lady in Burmington and plums from a chap near Portobello Crossroads 7 different types 5) How many types of potato can you get from Turners? ........................................................ from Maris Piper to Sweet Potatoes Well over 1000, 6) How many bananas does Paul typically sell in a week? ......................................................

it’s still our best selling fruit all year round We usually 7) How many varieties of fish will you see in the counter at Turners? .................................. stock over 40 different types of fresh and smoked fish and prawns Coriander. It was Basil 8) Which fresh herb do Turners sell the most of? ..................................................................... but not anymore (Yes you can buy fresh herbs at Turners, just ask them)

aim to be at the 9) What time does Paul get to market to buy his fruit and veg? I ............................................. market in Birmingham between 4.30-5am

Yes – LOL – usually by 6.30am on 10) Does Paul have his 5 a day? ................................................................................................... a market day!

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Keep your brain active in retirement! The University of the Third Age is not education as you might have once known (or even hated) it. The word ‘university’ is, in fact, a bit misleading, which is why members always refer to themselves simply as ‘U3A’.

There are no exams, no set curricula, no teachers, as such – none of the things that turn learning from a joy to a chore. It’s a self-help organisation designed to offer its retired or semi-retired members (no age restrictions) a stimulating alternative to going stir crazy at home with all that new time on their hands, through the exploration of a shared interest with other like-minded souls. These ‘interest groups’ are the organisation’s lifeblood, usually held in members’ own homes. As a newcomer you may look at the groups supported by your local U3A and spot one or two that appeal to you. You can then attend two sessions for free, after which, if you thirst for more, you’ll be expected to take out U3A membership for the princely sum of £15 p.a. This entitles you to attend as many groups as you like, for a whole year! Shipston U3A has been going for 2 years now, and already has over 200 members and 32 interest groups. Shipston U3A is holding an Open Day at the Townsend Hall on October 9th, from 10am to 3pm, where you’ll see plenty of examples of what our groups do, and can chat to other members or group leaders. All new joiners welcome! Issue 2

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Getting to know you.... A community is built from its people and Shipston is lucky to have some incredibly dedicated and hard working people who give their time to help others. We meet David Wright who has lived, worked and volunteered in Shipston for many years. David Wright was born in South London. He served an Engineering Apprenticeship with Lines Bros. (Tri-ang Toys) Ltd as a Toolmaker. David moved to Banbury in 1969 to work for Cramic Engineering in the manufacturing of battery assembly production lines for Ever Ready Batteries. He came to Shipston to bring a colleague to an interview at Shipston Engineering (later to become Norgren) and in 1970 joined them as a Toolmaker. It was soon after joining them that he was approached by his Foreman, who was chairman, to become involved with the local Scouts group who were short of leaders, as he was aware that David had been a Scout in London. David took on a warranted role in 1978 and is still involved today. Through this involvement, he became aware of the Retained Fire Service in Shipston and was allowed to enrol and attend emergency calls in work hours, a role he carried out for 23 years, the last of which he was the Officer in Charge. David left IMI Norgren Ltd in 1999 after 29 years service. Whilst his children were growing up, he served as a Parent Governor at the Primary School and was involved in its going Independent as a grant maintained school and setting up its own Governing Board independent of the local education authority at Warwick. As his children moved on, he became a Governor at the High School and after they left he continued as a Governor representing Norgren up until 1999 and then was appointed for a further five years. In 2010 David finally decided to retire and joined VASA (Volunteer Action Stratford upon Avon) as a volunteer driver taking people to hospital and other medical related appointments at local, some not so local, hospitals and treatment centres. In June 2011 he joined the West Midland Ambulance Service as a ‘First Responder’ to serve Shipston and surrounding villages.

1.Approximately how long has there been a pet shop in Shipston? a. 7-10 years b. 10-25 years c. 40-50 years

7. The average cat will sleep for 12-14 hours per day. a. TRUE b. FALSE 8. To stop a rabbit from selective feeding you should: a. Only feed the food they like b. Keep re-filling their bowl c. Only feed up to twice daily when their bowl is empty

2. When was the first commercial pet food produced? a. 1810 b. 1860 c. 1910 d. 1960 3. What does the B.A.R.F. diet stand for? ...................................................................................... 4. The average person has 9,000 taste buds. How many do dogs and cats have? a. Dogs 900 Cats 500 b. Dogs 1200 Cats 1700 c. Dogs 1700 Cats 500 d. Dogs 500 Cats 1200

9. How long does it take a broody hen to hatch a chick? a. 15 days b. 21 days c. 28 days 10. Which bird was voted the Nation’s Favourite earlier this year? a. Robin b. Blackbird c. Sparrow

5. Warming food to just above room temperature or adding a touch of warm water can encourage dogs to eat. a. TRUE b. FALSE

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6. Cats are often seen as picky eaters but they are naturally snack feeders preferring to eat 20-30 small meals a day. a. TRUE b. FALSE

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Hydrangeas can also be dried for winter arrangements and wreaths. Simply pop your hydrangeas in a vase with a few centimetres of water and keep away from direct sunlight. If you want a bloom that is a little more pliable, try one part glycerine to two parts hot water. Both methods will take about two weeks and will last forever

Hydrangeas! We love Hydrangeas at Bumble and Wild but they can be tricky. Here are a few tips to help you enjoy them all year round:

Hand your completed forms in to Creature Comforts. The winner will be the 1st correct answer drawn out of a hat after Sunday 15th November.

Even the best hydrangeas can wilt due to airlock s in the stem . If this happens, cut 5cms off an d dip in hot water for up to a minute an d then leave in cold water for a few hours.

Happy Hydrangeas!

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A bookcase full of gifts and treats - all on offer at £5 each! A basket of goodies – all £5, some with 75% off RRP The Fiver Fest Daily Food Special – see Daily Specials board for more info! Eat & Drink at Sheldons Todenham Manor Farm Steak Sandwich for only £5! Shipston Dental Practice £5 OFF Any combination of Oral Hygiene Products over £20 including Electric Toothbrushes (excluding Duraphat prescription only toothpaste) Carian Interiors All of our handmade candles in a piece of China are £5. Miggy’s Coffee Shop Pot of Tea for Two with a Homemade Lemon Shortcake Biscuit only £5 M21 & The Attic M21- All Proraso Italian shaving products £5. The Dressing Room - £5. Vintage rail in store. Jimmy’s Truly British - £5 Framed photography deals. Shipston Dry Cleaning Service Wash for £5 or £5 OFF your Dry Cleaning bill L’Academie Hair & Beauty 5% OFF All Hair & Beauty Retail Products. Taste of the Country North Cotswold Brewery Windrush and Cotswold Best 2 x 500ml bottles for £5. Creature Comforts Puppy Starter Kit – Collar, lead set & training treats, whistle. Dog Fun Bag – Treat, biscuits, tugger toy. Cat Treat & Play Mix – Whiskas treats, toy, collar. £5 each set. Brigitte Nix, Shipston Therapy Centre Unlock your back, neck or shoulder pain with Fascia treatment. Save £5 per treatment during Fiver Fest. BOOKING essential. Shipston Therapy Centre Children’s Health Special - Bowen Technique Sundays during Fiver Fest. From birth to 11 years old – give your child this treat & notice the difference. Just £5 per session (Pre-booking essential) Time in Hand £5 OFF All of our Seiko, Pulsar and Skagen Watches E H Spencer £5 OFF All Ladies shoes and boots. New Winter range now in stock! No.7 Market Place, Taylors Butcher A Sunday roast joint for 2 – Beef, Pork or Turkey just £5. Turners of Shipston Two 6oz Salmon fillets for £5. Ivy Heart Buy 4 cards from The Milkwood range for £5. Shipston Bakery & Cafe Afternoon Delight - A Tea or Coffee and a Homemade Cake for 2 people for £5 from 2pm Mon-Fri. Niche £5 OFF Wolford Tights during Fiver Fest. Mrs Brown’s Tearoom Soup and a Sandwich! £5 (excluding Saturday). Shipston Carpets 5% OFF Any Fitted Flooring Order (within a 10 mile radius). £5 OFF Sheepskin Rugs. Bumble & Wild Florist 3 Selected Plants for £5.

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Why do so many people suffer with long-term pain?

FLOWERS, SPORTS AND SHIPSTON

by Dr Claire Pickin, Shipston Therapy Centre Do you think it is important for local businesses to put something back in to the community that they serve? It’s hugely important for local businesses to be putting back into the community, I love my home town and after living around here for over 24 years I truly appreciate the friendliness and community spirit which Shipston offers us all. This then makes it a pleasure for me to support a local team who are too giving back so much to our children.

We talk to Lucy Walker about hockey, business and what being in Shipston means to her. How did you come to be the kit sponsor for the Shipston Hockey team? I was asked if I was interested in the sponsorship of Shipston Ladies Hockey Team and we all felt that it would be good to have a connection between a successful female independent business owner and a team of strong independent successful sports women! Do you play hockey? Or any other sport/ activity? I don’t play hockey but used to love it at school until time invasive horse riding took over. My sister in law Sioban has played for many years and I certainly hope that my daughter Heidi gets to play for Shipston ladies one day, as she’s just started playing with the after school club coached by one of Shipston Ladies Joey Squance and it’s attendance grows every year!

What do you like most about having your business in Shipston? I love having my business in Shipston because it’s a uniquely special market town that offers many varied independent shops and endless support and friendliness from our customers and other traders. From dealing with birthday celebrations and country weddings to helping the bereaved choose their loved ones funeral flowers, I come into contact with the public on many emotional levels and Shipston always comes back to me and gives a big thank you, which I’m most grateful for. There’s not a day goes by that I don’t feel lifted by what someone has come in and said about us, that’s Shipston for you!

Some injuries heal quickly whereas others never fully resolve and continue to cause pain and limitation. Recent research has highlighted the role of abnormal fascial holding patterns in maintaining pain and stiffness. Fascia is the connective tissue that wraps around muscles and organs interconnecting with all parts of the body. After an injury, surgery or a prolonged period of inactivity the fascia, instead of being fluid and flexible, can become matted and thickened causing pain and restricted movement. When I trained as a medical student in the early 80s we overlooked this wonderful material, discarding it to study the deeper structures. We have now just started to understand its functions and complexity. Take a look at the YouTube video ‘Strolling under the Skin’ and you will I am sure, like me, be amazed by the beauty and innate wisdom of this tissue. There are various therapies available that aim to restore the fascia to a healthy state allowing the musculature and body as a whole to regain its normal range of movement. I am most familiar with the Bowen technique which I often used in my GP surgeries with good results. The good news for you if you suffer with chronic pain is that there are therapists trained in fascial releasing techniques working locally who may be able to help you. Also helpful in understanding the role of fascia is: www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YfgMABGf7U

TALKING to your LOVED ONE How do you help your elderly loved one get past their family customs and cultural beliefs to accept assistance in their home? How do you tell your loved one that you and your siblings are concerned about them living alone? How do you help them keep their independence without interfering in their life or making decisions for them? Shipston Care (below) share their expert advice.

These are issues that will not go away with time. To the contrary, it is incumbent upon everyone involved to be proactive about such difficult topics. With advance planning and straight-forward discussions, the problemsolving process can actually work well, but it will take some concentrated effort by you, your siblings, and your loved one. The first thing to know is that many of the conversations you will be having on your loved one’s behalf could very well be emotionally intense, and must be handled carefully. Some examples of issues to consider when involving yourself and your family in conversations that are to be focused on helping your loved one decide to use or not use home care are: • Your loved one must be the focus of all discussions and totally involved (assuming their mental capability permits this).

• Voice opinions using “I” statements. • Have a clear topic for every discussion. • Be assertive about your thoughts. • Be respectful of others opinions (especially your loved one’s). • Realise it may take some time and several conversations to come to a consensus. • Don’t blame others or use “You” statements. • Don’t try to accomplish too much in one conversation. • And, don’t expect this will be easy. Setting up a family meeting can be a great place to begin having discussions about the care they should be receiving (or want to receive). It may seem obvious, but remember that they are the one who will be making choices about their own life, not you or one of your relatives (unless of course, there is a very serious health concern and your loved one is being quite unreasonable and disregarding this health concern). Your loved one should always be a central part of every discussion – if not, it could be difficult for you to find solutions that are acceptable to your loved one. Family meetings should be supportive and this support alone may be enough to convince them that they should begin to consider some form of home care before their health deteriorates. Even with the most thought out and well planned family meeting, resistance is normal from them (and possibly from others) when discussing your loved one’s independence, or lack of it. If they show signs of resistance and

would like to put this meeting off for a while, don’t push them into having the meeting. Realise they may need some time to prepare for such a discussion – approach them in a week or two and suggest another time to have the meeting. If they continue to be stand-offish, be a bit more assertive, making sure that they understand that you (and your family) want this meeting because you care about them, and are concerned about their well-being. Some suggested methods to deal with resistance are: • If your loved one’s health and/or safety are an issue, say so, and push the discussion forward. • Involve others, such as clergy, physicians, or a geriatric care manager. • Use community resources to help everyone ease into the “care at home” process. Meals on Wheels would be an example or a free consultation with a home care agency. • Make sure you have focused on what they feel are their issues, not just what others think are concerns. They will be much more accepting of your concerns and wishes if they tie into their own concerns. One last thought on family meetings before moving on: It is often wise to have the family meet prior to having the loved one attend a family meeting. This will give the family an opportunity to unite in their thoughts, which will help to show your loved one that all of you are concerned about similar issues. The statement “strength in numbers” certainly does apply here.

After having the initial family meeting (with your loved one), and everyone has had the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts, gently suggest that they make an appointment with their doctor to have a thorough evaluation, or a geriatric psychologist (depending on your loved one’s condition). The professional evaluation can go a long way in helping them decide that they could use some assistance in their home. Don’t nag them about this evaluation – simply plant the seed and water it from time to time. Eventually, most elders realise that they cannot care for themselves as they used to. Seeing a doctor seems to make this decision easier. Finally, be direct and speak with them about having a home care agency come out and meet with them. This will allow your loved one to get a sense of exactly what such an agency can do for them. Focus this meeting on what a Carer from an agency can do for them – be specific about the tasks a caregiver will perform, and won’t perform. Let them know that they are still in control, and that the home care progress can add significantly to everyone’s peace of mind. Keep all your discussions with them positive. Treat them as an equal – don’t parent! And remember; let your loved one make their own decisions. Your job is to help them make those decisions, not to make decisions for them.

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Shipston Rugby Fans! Behind the screens RUNNING AN INTERNET BUSINESS

On Saturday 5th April 2003, over 1,000 Shipstonians travelled to Twickenham to support Shipston Rugby Club play in the Powergen junior vase final. We speak to Carl Hamilton who played that day. So Carl, you lived in Shipston from 1990? I moved in to Shipston in 1990 when I started teaching PE at Chipping Campden, and then lived in Shipston until 1999 before moving to Whatcote. What position did you play for Shipston Rugby team when you played at Twickenham? Fly Half Your biggest memory from that day? It was arriving at The Stoop, Harlequins RFC Ground, after the game for the reception. Shipston Rugby Club had hired it for Shipston supporters. It was just like the town had decamped in to the Stoop. It was just full of Shipston faces, it was absolutely amazing....quite overwhelming. How many games were played on that day? Three games in total. We were the first game. I think we kicked off at ten o’clock in the morning for the Junior Vase Final. Who was it against? Erm.. I can’t remember, it was all about us! Then there was the senior vase that kicked off at lunchtime. Then, Gloucester versus Northampton in the Premiership final. So we actually went back in to the ground afterwards to watch the final. We were given seats up by the Royal Box area for the Gloucester game. Going back to the semi final..... Yes, it was in Plymouth and we played Old Public Oaks and we won 12-6 after being 6-3 down at half time. Someone(?) scored a great drop-goal from the half way line to get us back into the game! Do you remember some of the other players from the team? Oh yes...Martin Goodman who scored the only try for us on the day. Sam Rainbow, who scored points from the kicks. Simon Baldwin, Richard Spencer, David Graham..... Who captained the team? Simon Baldwin was captain. Do you still see any of these players? Yes, in fact we had a bit of a ten year reunion (well it was actually 11 years on...it’s typical Shipston Rugby Club organisation!) So we got back together 11 years on. They had our game on the screen at the rugby club, because it was all videoed. We all sat around and criticised each other, blamed each other for losing.... That was May last year. And do you still play rugby now? I played up till last year. I haven’t played yet this year. Nearly all those lads that I played with have stopped. We’re all too old....I mean, they’re all too old!

Moving on up! Moving From?

Unit 4, Tilemans Lane, Shipston CV36 4PR

Moving to?

Unit 2, Tilemans Park, Tilemans Lane, Shipston CV36 4GX

When?

Mid November.

Who are you?

Chris Hazleton at Venture 4x4.

What do you do?

Core focus on all things 4x4; the most comprehensive main dealer level diagnostics for the full Land Rover range as well as other prestige vehicle marques; servicing and repairs for all makes of vehicle; air conditioning and auto electrical; special vehicle preparation and conversions.

Why the move?

More workshop space – increasing from 3 to 5 ramps.

And the old building?

Space for all our parts.

The gains?

Quicker vehicle repair turnaround times; more services offered including wheel alignments.

Working from home has appealed to many of us at some point; being your own boss, zero commute and flexible working patterns. We speak to Sharon Highway who has turned her love of crafts and creation into a successful internet business selling handmade leather journals, and she explains the highlights and pitfalls of online trading. What did you do before Mallory Journals? I have lived in Shipston for 10 years and did upholstery and curtain making for a while, but when my son started school I started making things such as bags and cushions which sold very well in my Etsy shop. Then in 2012 I got married and wanted to make something special for the bridesmaids and bestman etc. With so much technology around these days, there is a real revival of the physical item. Things like vinyl records, photographs in albums and of course the written word. How did you choose your name? The name Mallory Journals is a combination of what I make and the village where I grew up in Leicestershire, which is called Kirkby Mallory. What space do you need to work from home; can you describe your workshop to us? My workshop is fabulous! It is on the top floor of my house and has windows north and south facing so is lovely and light. It’s also very spacious and smells lovely as I have a lot of leather stored there. Do you have a journal yourself? And what do you use it for? I do have my own Journal, which I use for work notes and lists. My husband is on his second journal as he filled his first. Even though they are refillable, he decided to keep his first and start a new one. My son (10) also has two! The Journals have many uses; Journal or Notebook, Travel Journal, Scrapbook, Recipe Book, Wedding Guest Books or Planners, Memory Journals and much more. How do you engage your customers online? My Etsy shop is the main place that I sell worldwide. I also sell on facebook, directly from my page and also with online markets, of which I do about five a year. Facebook is hard work as you do have to post regularly to keep interaction going. That said it has proved a very fruitful selling place for me. How many Facebook followers do you have? I have over 2100 facebook followers, but this is not something I focus on. Facebook doesn’t show all my posts to all 2100 followers. It’s algorythms do not allow this. Usually about 5% of my followers see any one post at any time. And then sometimes I post

something, which facebook obviously loves, and I can get it to half of my followers! That makes me happy! How do you get people to look at your website? I promote my Etsy shop through my Facebook page, but also I work hard on SEO (search engine optimisation) and tags on my Etsy listings to ensure that I get plenty of views organically and through google. And views result in orders. How do you feel about selling online....i.e. is there much competition, do you have outgoings, what are the pitfalls, what are the benefits? I do love selling online as I can dip in and out of it when I choose during the day. Leaving me lots of time for making. And I can also fit it around family time and other commitments. There are others who are book binders on both facebook and Etsy, but I have a couple of unique selling points. 1. I use lots of beautiful ribbons and cords to close my Journals and 2. My map Journals are very unique, being mainly bespoke. Because I work from home my outgoings are minimal. The only pitfall with my business is that I am not known well locally. I do get local orders, but they are usually through friends and word of mouth. The benefits are being able to fit my work around my family and our lifestyle. Would you recommend staring up a business like yours to others? What would be your advice? I would definitely recommend working from home, it ticks lots of boxes for me, particularly for mums with small children. And my advice would be to do lots of research into your product, work out the best market place for your goods and be professional at all times.

Come and see Mallory Journals at the Totally Locally Arts and Crafts Market on Saturday 10th October in Shipston Town Centre. See page 12 for more information.

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23A High Street, Shipston on Stour CV36 4AJ Tel: 01608 662217 www.mrsbrownstearooms.co.uk

The Ginnel, 28 Sheep Street, Shipston on Stour CV36 4AF Tel: 01608 662626

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£5 OFF Sheepskin Rugs.

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What is

TOTALLY LOCALLY (in a nutshell)

Totally Locally was created in West Yorkshire in 2009 by brand expert Chris Sands and business strategist Nigel Goddard. It has seen successes in towns like Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, profiled by UK national press as one of Britain’s most “independent” thriving towns, Leek in Staffordshire where “The Totally Locally Effect” was shown on National TV as having a huge impact on the economy of the town, and Brighouse, recognised as one of the top five most positively changed towns in the UK.

“Totally Locally isn’t anti-supermarket or anti-internet”, says Totally Locally founder, Chris Sands. “There is a place for all these things in our lives. It’s just highlighting how a small change in spending habits can make a huge change to towns. We have a choice to make the place we live that little bit better by just diverting £5 of our weekly spend back into our local economy. And everyone wants their town to be great, don’t they?”. The campaign is relentlessly positive. The fact that when you buy something in one shop you are effectively supporting a plethora of other businesses, community projects, locally self employed people and so on. If you just shop at a big supermarket, most of the money goes straight to the shareholders. If you buy from, say, a local fruit and veg shop, clothing shop, furniture shop, they will most probably use a local accountant, they might employ a local window cleaner, they may spend their money on taking their children to local clubs, they may have a local charity which they sponsor and so on..... It’s what we call the magic tenner because the money keeps going round and round. A ‘toolkit’ was created by Chris Sands and his friends, and then given out for FREE to any town that wished to use it. So here in Shipston we thought that it was a ‘no brainer’ and have started to harness the campaign in order to help us Shipston independent businesses market ourselves and remind the good folk of our town what we do, why we do it, and why it is important to the community. We have a group of business owners and generally lovely Shipston advocates who now give their time (for free!) to promote our town and all the lovely things in it; shops, people, community projects.... It’s about putting names to faces and spreading that great warmth and energy which comes from a small town like ours (a bit squishy I know!) Totally Locally Shipston is a completely independent, non profit, voluntary, community project driven by enthusiasts. If you would like to get involved then we hold informal monthly gatherings at The George on the 1st Wednesday of every month. www.totallylocally.org/shipston Twitter @TLshipston Facebook @Totallylocallyshipston

I have been very fortunate to live in Shipston all of my life and growing up here has been great. I went to Shipston’s Pre-school, Primary School and High School and have been very happy at them all.

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One of my favourite memories from High School was having the opportunity to go on an organised trip to see the WW1 battlefield in Ypres, Belgium. It really helped me to understand the conditions soldiers had to endure. It was also very moving to see all of the names of those young soldiers from Shipston who lost their lives, on the memorial wall at Menin Gate. Shipston offers a great variety of activities for young people to partake in. Growing up I had junior tennis lessons at the Sports Club, I played for Shipston Excelsior Football Club for a while and I also learnt Taekwondo. I also regularly attended Cubs & Scouts and went on many fun Scout camps in the summer holidays. Being a member of 1st Shipston Cubs & Scouts, it was a great honour to take part in the Remembrance Day parades. I have now, for many years, attended Stour Valley Baptist Church which is held every Sunday at the High School. They provide great fun sessions in which to explore the Christian Faith, including junior church for young children and Rock Solid for teenagers. Every few months we hold an evening Youth Service at the Methodist Church which is always a lively service with great music. As a young child I used to go to the annual Holiday Club at St Edmunds church, run by the joint churches, and now as a teenager I go along to help with the 60 to 80 children that attend. Shopping in Shipston is fun with all the great mix of independent shops. Being a connoisseur of sausage rolls I am spoilt for choice in where to purchase them; Taste of the Country, Rightons, Taylors and The Bakery all sell their own delicious variety. Always having a dog in the family has given me the chance to explore the surrounding countryside. On many wild walks through nearby fields I have come home with pockets full of fossils, simply lying on the surface. You just need a good pair of eyes to spot them. Wherever life takes me I will always have very happy memories of a childhood growing up in Shipston. by Ryan French

If you would like to send us a story, event or anything that would fit in our next exciting issue, please email us at: totallylocallyshipston@ gmail.com

Maria’s Tearoom Treasures There’s been many a time when Lou Harvey & myself have been having a giggle over our coffee, telling one another stories about the things that have happened recently, either at their shop or our tearoom.

But now that I’ve come to write it down, I can’t actually think of anything because all that springs to mind are the faces of some of the regular customers who are, or were, here with us every day. I think the most treasured memories are of the late Arch Deacon Donald Smith. Sadly, he passed away last Summer, but his smile, wisdom and cheekiness stay in my mind. Donald was in his 80’s and would come in to the tearoom every day. He would sit at a table for two in the window but by the time he went the whole area would be rearranged as gradually more and more people would join him. I can picture his mischievous smile even now, whenever he had a new waitress serve him, he had to order a fruit scone and would always say “and make sure there’s no less than 23 sultanas in it.” The new ones never knew quite how to take him, but within a week everybody warmed to him and saw him as the lovely, gentle man he was. I can remember quite a squabble the one time as the ladies were arguing over who’s turn it was to sit by him! We have some lovely people come in day in day out.

(We’d also love to hear from you if you’d like to get involved with TL Shipston or if you can sponsor us too!) Did you know, a digital version of the paper is available on our website www.totallylocally. org/shipstononstour You can keep bang up to date with us on /Totallylocallyshipston @TLShipston

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CALYPSO KIDS Townsend Hall, Sheep Street, Shipston on Stour Tel: 07890 399162 www.calypsokids.co.uk

Haven’t been to a Calypso Kids music class yet? Have THREE classes for £5 during Fiver Fest. (New members only).

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TALTON MILL FARM SHOP & CAFE Newbold on Stour CV37 8UG Tel: 01789 459140 www.taltonmill.co.uk

£5 Breakfast Box for 2. 4 Rashers of Bacon, 4 Sausages, ½ Dozen Eggs, 2 Tomatoes. Quality home grown, home reared produce.


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These delicious FRUITY OAT BARS are great for lunch boxes and are relatively healthy too! You can use any dried fruit; sultanas are fine for everyday but make them more special by substituting dried cranberries, chopped apricots, pineapple, papaya or cherries. INGREDIENTS: 4oz/100g butter 1 tbsp golden syrup 1 egg 1tsp vanilla essence 4oz/100g dried fruit soaked in hot water and drained 4oz/100g Self raising flour 4oz/100g porridge oats 3 tbsp flaked almonds

FOCUS Last issue, we asked how far your Totally Locally Newspaper could travel. You won’t believe the places it has been...! First, still hot off the press, Marcus Westcott sent us his TL paper pic with this message..... ‘I’ve just got back home to Wimborne in Dorset after visiting your Wool Fair today. Great atmosphere, thanks for a good day!’ Thanks to Peter Broxton who sent this pic from the Sheraton Hotel in Poznan, Poland.

1. Grease and line a 20 cm square cake tin. 2. Melt together the butter and golden syrup in the microwave and cool slightly. 3. Add the egg and vanilla and beat well. 4. Put the flour and oats into a bowl and mix in the wet ingredients and dried fruit. 5. Pour into the tin, smooth down and sprinkle the almonds on the top. 6. Cook at Gas mark 4, 180˚C for 20-25 minutes, cool in the tin for 10 minutes before slicing into bars.

Maria Cave (Mrs Brown’s Tearoom) and her daughter Sally (Let’s Party) sent their photo from Flam at the end of a Norweigen fjord!

The recipe is really easy and quick, and because you melt the butter and syrup together, you can use the butter directly from the fridge - give it a try!

Did you know...

You may have thought that we’d exhausted our Shipston Trivia on the snazzy new tea towels, but here are some fun facts that we didn’t have space for... IMI Norgren

Celebrity Shipston Shoppers: Roger Moore, Roger Taylor (Duran Duran), Ted Rogers (without Dusty Bin!), Kate Winslet, Christian Horner...

made part for ‘Thrust 2’ land speed record car driven by Richard Noble

Shipston has been home to a variety of famous people including: • Nobel Prize in Chemistry Winner Dorothy Hodgkin • Joseph Mawle who played Benjen Stark in Game of Thrones,

starred in The Ripper and as Jesus Christ in The Passion. • The very talented Dotrice family also included Roy who played Mozart in Amadeus, daughter Karen who starred as Jane Banks in Mary Poppins and her sister Michele who married Edward Woodward, and Yvette who starred alongside her real life mother Kay in Crossroads.

It also managed to get into the hands of students in the dining hall of Capital University, Beijing! 5,081 miles away!

But the furthest was from a lady in Sydney, Australia, which is 10,606 miles away. That really is far!

Bags are travelling too... Totally Locally HQ received this photo from Rachel Vial just 48 hours after being sold! One of the very first Totally Locally bags had travelled to the most picturesque Chatsworth House in the Peak District!

Peter Randerson of Shipston Carpets l Born into a Forces family of 7 in Germany, his younger years were spent in the Far East. Eventually his family settled in Tysoe where Peter met and married Sandra. l His first job was a trainee Forester, changing his career several times including obtaining a safe persons explosive certificate which he still retains today! l In 1986 he became a carpet fitter working throughout the U.K with projects ranging from longboats to castles. In 2013 Peter opened Shipston Carpets, probably the smallest carpets shop in the country! and is enjoying the camaraderie of the town. l Peter has many diverse and interesting hobbies, including beekeeping managing 5 hives some containing up to 50,000 bees producing lots of honey and beeswax. l A real adventure seeker, 5 years ago he was trekking through the Malaysian jungle on his own to find the last tribe who makes canoes by hand. After thinking he was completely lost, he spotted smoke which was coming from the ‘burning out’ of tree trunks for the canoe. He found the tribe and was able to look on whilst they carried out their ancient craft. Not one to sit back, Peter has paddled his own canoe from the source of the Thames to Tower Bridge with a sponsorship, enabling him to plant and donate 2,000 daffodils for his village. l In the run up to Christmas he leads a local team felling, erecting and decorating an 8 metre Christmas Tree with 1,000 lights, a tradition he hopes the village children will take over in years to come.

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WHAT’S GOING ON? Saturday 10th October 10am-4pm Totally Locally Shipston Arts & Crafts Market, Lower Sheep Street & The Bury Sunday 11th October French Market, High Street Saturday 17th October til Sunday 1st November Totally Locally Fiver Fest. Fantastic Offers from over 30 Independent shops & businesses Friday 4th December 4th Shipston Rotary Club’s Victorian Evening and Late Night Shopping in Shipston

What’s New.... The company owners are very excited to have been granted planning permission for a 70 seater restaurant next door to Taste of the Country. They hope that the restaurant will become an integral part of the Shipston community, and benefit the town significantly. Watch this space…

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This Issue of Totally Locally Times has been kindly supported by all of our Fiver Fest participants, our lovely contributors and a fabulous team of volunteers who offer their time to help promote our wonderful town. Articles compiled and edited by Louise Harvey at The Richard Harvey Collection. Artwork designed by Lucy Kirkman at RMG Creative. ©2015 Totally Locally Shipston-on-Stour. Post, pin, share...the more people read it, the better! A digital version of the paper will be available on www.totallylocally.org/shipstononstour.

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