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Advertiser Essential shops & services with everything you need – all wonderfully local!

Inside this month: 52 Things to Do‌ Festive Food Reviews: Five Alls, Woodman & The Trout Inn Fun Quiz at The Portwell Angel Christmas Count Down Christmas Wreaths And More Promoting local business, trade and services. Advertise! Be Seen! Call Lou 01367 246136


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WHO’S NEXT?

Faringdon Chamber of Commerce The next meeting of the Faringdon Chamber of Commerce will be on Monday 9th January 2012. The Chamber will be discussing the possibility of introducing a customer loyalty scheme for Faringdon businesses with Trudy Godfrey of the Vale of White Horse District Council. If you would like to find out more about this please come along to the meeting or contact Chamber Secretary, Jane Haynes on 01367 246130 or email jane.haynes@bgi.uk.com

Faringdon Community College The 6th Form Common Room at Faringdon Community College is in desperate need of refurbishment. The

Call Trish: 01367 820060 Cowleaze Farm, Woolstone, Oxon SN7 7QS Email: thedogstudio@live.co.uk 52 Things to do… Faringdon Chamber of Commerce is proud to support “52 Things to do … far from the Madding Beaches” – an exciting new book promoting the Vale; attractions, things to do and the countryside is going to be launched on 10th December 2011. Read more about this new book on page 10 and order your copy as a fantastic gift at Christmas.

Shopping Parties For those of you who prefer to do your shopping from the comfort of your own home – Presentation Gifts Ltd are now offering Presentation at Home parties and pop up shops. Both of these initiatives have proved to be very popular and if you would like to book a party or pop-up shop, or get more information, please call in to Presentation Gifts in London Street or contact Denise on 01367 241111.

New Businesses Watch out for two new businesses opening in Faringdon over the next few weeks...VIP Hair & Beauty Studio in Station Road and The-icafe.com in London Street.

Park Free for Two Hours Residents and visitors to the Vale are set to receive an early Christmas present after it was confirmed, subject to scrutiny, that they will be able to park for free for two hours every day from this December. It is hoped that the introduction of two hours free parking will provide a boost to businesses. Under the new arrangements the charging period will change to between 8am and 6pm. During this time people wishing to park will need to display a valid ticket, including during the free two hour period.

6th Form has expanded rapidly over the last few years and now has around 150 students. The students want to redecorate, replace the carpet and re-furnish the Common Room. Travis Perkins have generously offered to supply the decorating materials, the students are now looking for other benefactors to provide floor covering and furniture. If you can help, you should contact Head Girl, Amanda Gatward at the college or by email to amanda.gatward@dsl.pipex.com .

Welcome to… The Chamber would like to wish Jill at Uptown Fashions in London Street the very best of luck with her new shop.


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Directed by Debbie Lock Friday 27th Jan 7.30pm Saturday 28th Jan 2.30pm Matinee, 7.30pm Evening Friday 3rd Feb 7.30pm Saturday 4th Feb 2.30pm Matinee, 7.30pm Evening Faringdon Junior School Hall, Gloucester Street, Faringdon (Parking in Gloucester Street Car Park) Tickets ÂŁ8 and ÂŁ6 (Concessions) available online from www.faringdondramatic.org.uk from The Nut Tree, Corn Market, Faringdon or on the door.


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THE FIVE ALLS PUB • RESTAURANT • ROOMS

Food Review

The Five Alls, Filkins, Nr. Lechlade The moment you walk through the door at The Five Alls, everything about it feels right. From the flagstone floors, exposed timber ceilings and Cotswold stone walls, you get an instant premonition that somehow you are in for a treat!

The Five Alls in Filkins offers contemporary British food in a traditional Cotswold’s Inn. Chef owner, Duncan Ray, formerly with Heston Blumethal at The Fat Duck in Bray, produces a weekly changing menu and is proud to source 90% of ingredients from within a 10 mile radius of Filkins. Set lunch menu £15 for 2 courses A la carte menu available in the evenings.

We had heard good feedback regarding the new proprietor - head chef- Duncan Ray and his partner Manoli Gonzalez – manager. Both have vast experience in restaurant and catering, Duncan having spent many years working in Michelin star restaurants in England and France, including Heston Blumenthal’s “Fat Duck”. Manoli has worked in 5 star restaurants in Mexico, Monte Carlo, Spain and England. Whilst browsing the menu, we were given an aperitif of “Devils on Horseback”, I have not had this for years and had forgotten how scrummy they are. For those of you that don’t know what these sweet and savoury little combos are, basically it’s pitted prune wrapped in bacon and skewered with a cocktail stick to hold it all together. The salty bacon with the sweetness of the prune works perfectly.

Starters of pan fried scallops, caramelised cauliflower puree, ceps, raisins, cumin caramel risotto of beetroot, goat’s cheese croquette. One word - divine!

Restaurant open: Tuesday - Saturday & Sunday Lunch Sample our varied wine selection or enjoy a pint of real ale. Bar Open 7 days a week

The Five Alls, Filkins, Nr Lechlade, GL7 3JQ Visit : www.thefivealls.com Email: info@thefivealls.com Tel: 01367 860875

To follow, our choices were breast of loomswood duck, spiced fig, chestnut, grapes – fillets of lemon sole, roast shallot, thyme and garlic. How the combinations of food worked together was fantastic, combined with the perfect wine choice, recommended by Manoli. To be honest, desserts have never been my thing. I generally struggle with selection, normally opting for the boring old cheeseboard. Boy, I’m glad I didn’t on this occasion, the flavour and textures of orange rice pudding, orange curd, salted butter caramel, peanuts, dark chocolate ice cream and allspice was gorgeous. The Five Alls have managed to create what is best described as British contemporary cuisine at its absolute finest!


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Christmas Countdown H

o Ho Ho my goodness it's Christmas again and what better way to keep the family and descending visitors entertained than with our bumper

crop of top treats happening in December.

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irst up it's our very own Festive Faringdon on Saturday 3rd with Santa dropping by at 4pm on his sleigh. Don't forget to visit the Faringdon

Pre-School Christmas Fayre at the Catholic Church Hall behind Budgens, where Santa will be relaxing from his busy schedule in his grotto and there will be stalls, games and prizes tro be won!

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n Sunday 4th, Sunningwell Christmas Craft Fair in Sunningwell Village Hall, Abingdon, will have a wide variety of hand crafted stalls including

wood turned products, jewellery, photography, stained glass, textiles, edible festive treats and more, from 10am - 4pm.

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r you could head out to Millets Farm in Frilford where children can experience a magical Christmas wonderland and visit Santa and his

reindeer while grown-ups can peruse the Christmas Food and Gift Marquee selling bespoke hampers, fine beers, homemade cakes and unique stocking fillers.

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or weekday excursions, The Museum of Oxford at Oxford Town Hall, St Aldates, is open every day with its current exhibition inspired by

Christmas Past and Presents. The exhibition includes the Christmas Craft Creation Station where you can make and take home angelic angels, a fantastic Father Christmas or create colourful Christmas crackers. Santa, who gets around, will also be in the Brunel Shopping Centre, Swindon, in his grotto between Boots and Marks and Spencer, every day until Christmas eve. If the kids need a break from shopping they can see Santa and his elves for ÂŁ4.50 and receive a gift.

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aturday 10th is the Buckland Christmas Festival at Buckland Memorial Hall from 2.30pm - 5pm. There will be Carol

singing, a Christmas Market, gifts, competitions and children's activities, plenty to keep everyone happy. On the 10th, Santa and his elves will also be riding in a special grotto bus at the Oxford Bus Museum where children can receive a special present and have a ride on the jolly bus.

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oves Farm, near Highworth, is also open at weekends throughout December, and has a host of festive activities to

join in with including a dress-up nativity play, an elves craft workshop, a magical grotto and donkeys to meet, along with all the usual animals.

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nd on Christmas Eve, the Empire cinema in Greenbridge retail park, Swindon, will be showing the film 'Nativity' at

10.30am as part of the Empire Juniors season and tickets are only ÂŁ1.25 each.

Carol Keegan


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Restaurant Review Restaurant Review

The Woodman Inn and Restaurant Fernham, www.thewoodmaninn.net

If you are passing through Fernham, take a quick glance at the Woodman Inn car park, I guarantee it will we be packed with cars, this is always a good sign if you are considering dining out. Based on this we decided to give it a try. The choice of food and wine on offer is both extensive and impressive. The decor has been tastefully carried out, creating an extremely warm and inviting vibe. For starters we opted for potted garlic mushrooms, topped with parmesan & herb brioche - homemade on-hand when required, but never obtrusive. We didn’t crab cakes with sweet chilli, spring onion, coriander have much room left for dessert but, the lure of summer berries trifle proved too hard to resist, absolutely delidressing & mixed leaf salad. Followed by baked halibut fillet with baby spinach, cious! caper mash potatoes & spicy tomato mussel sauce - 8oz If you are planning to book a meal for eight or more, the sirloin steak with king prawns, garlic butter, mixed leaf Woodman provides a courtesy minibus service, within a 10 mile radius. The cost is £5.00 each way, donated to salad & hand cut chips. The presentation on each plate was immaculate, with “Help for Heroes” more than generous portions of superb tasting food. On Offering quality cuisine, value for money in lovely suroccasions, a really good meal can be badly let down by roundings, the Woodman has become one of the busipoor table service; this is certainly not the case at the est pubs in the area. Woodman. The staff are extremely professional, always On our recent experience, it is easy to see why!

Crowdy & Rose Solicitors of Faringdon and Lechlade

Faringdon Branch

We have a wealth of local knowledge and are an established part of the local community providing for the needs of our clients 2 Market Place, Faringdon, Oxfordshire SN7 7HW Tel: 01367 240285 High Street, Lechlade, Gloucestershire GL7 3AE Tel: 01367 252644 www.crowdyandrose.co.uk Info@crowdyandrose.co.uk Established within the local community since 1790

Lechlade Branch


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Root & Branch

Fun Quiz Portwell Angel, Market Place, Faringdon Monday 5th December. From 8.00pm. Come and join us at the Portwell Angel for a Fun Quiz. You will be supporting Root & Branch’s great work in the local community. Entry £2.00 per person. Teams of up to 4; don’t worry if you’re alone, we’ll find a team for you. Winners to take the prize fund; so the more that take part the bigger the prize. About Root & Branch Root & Branch is a therapeutic and rural crafts project for people experiencing mental health difficulties; such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder. We are located in the Vale of the White Horse and support people from the surrounding areas. We provide a friendly relaxed atmosphere which helps towards recovery. Over time most people notice real improvements in their physical and mental health. As well as renewed health and wellbeing; other benefits include an enjoyment of life and realisation of potential. This includes moving on to take up options for education, training and volunteering; as well as paid employment. For more information or the opportunity to volunteer please contact us: Phone: 01793 780 380 E-mail: rootandbranch@btconnect.com Web: www.rootandbranch.info Charity no.: 1143294

Treat Your Dog This Autumn at Rubies Grooming Spa First time clients receive 10% discount Consultation & Medical check Grooming, Bathing & Styling Clipping & Hand Stripping Anti-Shedding Treatments Microchipping Nail Clipping Taxi Service Doggy Day Care & Walking Service For bookings, prices and more information please contact Professional Dog Groomer Suzanna Carter on 07825873730

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Birdie Tales Wren

Troglodytes troglodytes The wren is a shy antisocial little bird; you are more likely to hear its surprisingly loud song long before you can see it in the garden. With its tiny russet brown body and upright tail darting around they a very difficult to spot. Most of us are familiar with its affectionate nickname jenny wren, which seems suitable for the females, but slightly embarrassing for the lads when playing darts down the pub! (“It’s your round Jenny”) The name Troglodyte means “cave-dweller” in reference to their tendency to forage in dark crevices, feeding mainly on spiders and insects. Despite being elusive, wrens are our most common breeding bird; population is estimated at 8.5 million pairs. The males have quite a tough time when it comes to nest building; they construct several potential open fronted globe shaped dwellings, up to six can be made at any one time, in walls, trees, bushes or banks, put together from leaves, grass and moss. Only when the female has checked out each one and chosen her favourite, will she line the nest with feathers and move in. (that’s why the guys go to the pub!) We have two wrens in our garden, (Jen & Bruce) with a little effort, both can be tempted on the odd occasion to take mealworms or cheese from the bird table. Keep an ear and an eye out for the dumpy little fellows, although we have large numbers scattered around our countryside, cold winters can be devastating for them. C.Row


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International company with European Headquarters in Faringdon, Oxfordshire invites applications for this important full time vacancy

IT Support Technician We are looking to appoint a self-motivated, enthusiastic individual into our Global IT Team. The successful candidate will be responsible for ensuring the whole regional IT operation remains functional. Applicants will need to be organised, an excellent communicator, have good analytical and problem-solving skills and the ability to prioritise. Five to seven years end user support/server/network experience is required. Working knowledge of the following: Windows Server 2003, 2008, 2008 R2 Windows Active Directory (DNS/DHCP/WINS) Exchange 2003 & 2010 (multi site environment) Symantec Backup Exec Virus/Malware software Blackberry Enterprise Server (Smart phone technology) HP and CISCO LAN Equipment CISCO Firewall/Client/LAN to LAN VPN CISCO Aeronet Products CISCO Phone System Infrastructure Experience of Windows XP/7/Mac OS/MS Office/Sage This position will be pivotal and will provide the opportunity to be involved in many challenging aspects of this expanding business. Willingness to travel (internationally) and to be supportive in a 24/7 capacity essential. Candidates must reside within 40 minutes of the office. Applications in writing with CV to: Andrew Gray – Operations Director Ariat Europe Limited, 1 Radcot Estate, Park Road, Faringdon, Oxfordshire, SN7 8LA

I sometimes get asked “How do you have so much energy?, I am too exhausted to exercise!” Well there lies the answer! You have to move around more to get more energy. It takes some thinking about doesn’t it, but it’s true. Being active for at least 30 minutes daily – enough to get you slightly breathless and ‘puffing’ can enable you to have more energy. Now that the nights are drawing in, the comfort of the sofa with a warm drink and a snack can be more inviting than heading out into the cold and it isn’t going to have the desired effect on the waistline. We sometimes give ourselves reasons not to start a programme of fitness – can’t afford it, no time, no energy (see above) maybe tomorrow etc etc. Take action NOW! Start today! Get into a good routine and find a different you – a more energised you, a slimmer happier you. Joining a local exercise class or your local gym is sociable too. Swimming is rewarding and refreshing and your sleep patterns will improve also. Highworth Recreation Centre has a wide range of fitness classes, courses and sessions for all ages and abilities. Visit soon for a tour of facilities and a welcoming start to your Autumn season. Bring this article with you and you can have a 7 day trial of our gym. We want to support you in your new plan too! Shape up and Shop is an exciting Off Peak Passport Offer available until 4 Dec 11 ask at reception for details. Hearing the ladies and gents laughing as they exercised in the new Ballroom Blitz class this Tuesday lunchtime was pleasing. I wonder what else they would have been doing instead. Tea and biscuits anyone? Article written and supplied by Ann Lewis, Marketing Manager for Highworth Recreation Centre. www.highworthrec.co.uk


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Portwell Cycle Rides

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The Parapet and The Poison Chalice So nimbly, the days of the year dance onward. Growing children across Daringfonia pledge again their fading allegiance to the King in the Red coat and white beard: the younger ones make the same pledge in expectation. The leaves have mostly fallen, late this year. December approaches and with it the New Year. So, what of the New Year? Outside of Daringfonia, the Globe’s population struggles to extricate itself from self-made financial quagmire in which it finds itself. We are hopelessly contaminated but must continue as though we are not. Are we a mini Helenica in need of bailing out? Are we a mini Deutschland intent on stamping our preferences on others? The Red coated King will deliver fewer gifts than usual this Feasting. The elves too, will be on short-time this December! On the other hand, millionaires are made in times of depression and gloom. One man’s loss is another’s gain: every cloud has a silver lining. It’s up to you! Our previous musings have made reference to the High Sheriff in Abingdonia working on behalf of the Nomads. They still seek reparation from the Focal Angels for the use of accommodations to house The Annual Festivities and the closing of the gates to Bullocks & Carts. And all the time their own financial contribution to the Event decreases: to nothing this last year! (They even charged for the use of the “Oxen Diverted” signs!). The Great Festivities increase ever in cost, but the Nomads raise not the smallest of digits to assist with the preparations for the weekend of revelry. This is left to a few dedicated Faringdonians who delight in the joy the Party brings to the townsfolk despite the cost to their pockets. So, what, we wonder, shall happen next July if the Focal Angels are cast into the debtors gaol? The Advertiser is produced by Holly Davies and published by Focus on Faringdon CIC, Portwell House, Market Place, Faringdon SN7 7HU. Tel: 01367 246146. All artwork designed by Chloe Diamond and Holly Davies is the copyright of Focus on Faringdon CIC and must not be used by or in any other publication, in whatsoever format, without our prior written consent. No part of this publication, whether advert, pictures or text, may be reproduced in any format whatsoever without the prior written consent of Focus on Faringdon CIC. The information published in the advertisements and other articles is supplied and approved by advertisers. Focus on Faringdon CIC does not verify or ratify any claims made in such advertisements or text, nor does it accept any claims or liability arising from contact with or use of services advertised. Every effort is made to ensure the accurate reproduction of information supplied by advertisers in their advertisements or other text submitted. Any inaccuracies must be notified to the publisher immediately following the first insertion so that amendments may be made for subsequent issues. The Publisher does not accept responsibility or liability for claims arising for inaccuracies published in advertisements where the advertiser has not advised Focus on Faringdon CIC prior to publication. Cover picture by Anna Marlow from Faringdon See http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=76531095@N00&q=marlowpics for more of her exceptional work.


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THE SWAN Debbie and Stuart welcome you to the Swan Under the same management as the award winning Halfpenny and Old Forge Brewery Now Serving traditional basket meals and bar snacks Sausages made with Faringdon brewed beer by local butcher, Pat Thomas Traditional Ales & Ciders Open Fires Christmas Menu Available Mon - Fri from 5th Dec Booking essential Wines from Den Boer


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Christmas Wreath By hanging a Christmas Wreath on your door, you are in fact carrying on a tradition dating back to ancient Rome, when decorative wreaths were used as a sign of victory and success. After each battle won, the citizens of Rome would make a wreath and hang it on their door, to thank their Gods. Over time, this has evolved into a way of celebrating the birth of Christ, using evergreens as a sign of hope, for the coming of Spring and renewed life These days wreaths come in all shapes and sizes and are often synthetic, mass produced items, that are used year after year. Traditional fresh wreaths can also last a suprisingly long time. One customer claimed that she used hers for 3 years running, as even though the foliage loses its lustre after 3 months or so, the wreath will dry eventually, with the fruits, cones and cinnamon still looking as good as when they were first fixed on. Lauren Thornton


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Wine Review

REVIEWS

Ruby port is known for its bright ruby colour and youthful red berry flavour spectrum. As with many indulgences that are entertained over the Christmas break, It is a blended style sourced from a multiple of vintages, the time and inclination (and the constant reminder of snow promised by aged for between 2-5 years in cement, steel tanks or psychic weather informants) leans towards the ‘long drink’ by a roaring fire. casks. A suitably decadent and extremely delicious option for such an occasion is Typically of this style, this port shows aromas and port. The Oxford Companion to Wine describes it as ‘a fortified wine made flavours of red barriers; ripe raspberries with red by adding brandy to arrest fermenting grape must’, producing a wine that currants and lingering flavours of vanilla spice. The length is long and sweet but well balanced and well is sweet and high in alcohol, often around 20% ABV. Interestingly, it was the British that helped make the port industry what it integrated. is today. In the l690s, the British looked for an alternative supplier of wine Available from the Portwell Angel due to its falling out with France. English wine merchants explored the wines of Portugal, as both countries had shared amicable relations. They Penny’s Hill ‘The Veteran’ Very Old Fortified discovered red wines from indigenous Portuguese grape varieties of great Shiraz NV McLaren Vale, South Australia extraction (colour & flavour) and astringency from the Douro Valley. 100% Shiraz Produced from very vigorous fermentation at high temperatures, they As usual, the Aussies have to have their take on the added brandy in order to help ensure that the wines arrived in the UK intact. whole deal and have a go at making some of this gear A similar wine making practice was discovered by the British in a monastery for themselves. in the high mountains of the Douro Valley, where an abbot added brandy to Due to EU regulations, they are not allowed to refer to wine during fermentation rather than the end in order to produce a wine their fortified wines as port (or they’ll get fined or along the lines of what we know as port today. worse still, exiled to a penal colony in a land Spare a thought for some port this Christmas….

A couple of ports available locally:

Barros Ruby Port NV, Porto, Portugal Established in 1913 and located in the heart of Portugal’s famed Douro region, Barros is one of the largest and most respected Portugese owned port houses. Traditional grape varieties from the Douro region are used to produce their ruby port. The vines are cultivated on a combination of terraces supported by stone walls and on platforms held by natural slopes on the contours of the hillsides that line the Douro River. After hand harvesting, the grapes are crushed and spend an extended maceration (skin contact) in order to obtain a rich wine in colour, aroma and flavour. Fermentation is arrested by the addition of grape spirit in order to create the sweet wine. The wine is matured in wooden casks (pipes) for 3 years.

somewhere far, far, far away….). But what a cracking wine anyway! The best grapes have been sourced from very old shiraz vines, where the fruit is left to ripen fully on the vine to maximise the rich concentrated flavours. The berries will lose water and shrivel slightly, which gives a raisin flavour. Fortified with a high quality brandy spirit, the distinctive nutty ‘rancio’ character is the result of gradual oxidation from more than 20 years of ageing in oak barrels. Luscious and well balanced with rich concentration of nuts, coffee beans, vanilla, orange peel with dried fruits and spice, this wine offers layers of interesting complexity. Ideal to sip by that roaring fire ……. £13.99/50cl bottle Available from Den Boer wines

Under new management Mel & Eddie welcome you to

Special meal nights: Tuesday, Friday and Saturday

The Bell Hotel Market Place, Faringdon, SN7 7HP Tel 01367 240534

BINGO NIGHT Eyes Down 1st Monday of the Month at 7.30pm Christmas Day Bookings now being taken…

Rogers gardenstone for all your paving needs Come and have a walk around our garden displays to get ideas and inspiration We have handcrafted paving produced on site and also sandstone, travertine & limestone from all around the world Open to trade & retail • Now open 7 days

Tel: 01367 240112 www.rogersgardenstone.co.uk

Tapas Specials Board Children’s Menu Sunday Carvery: £6.95 Daddy Bell £4.95 Mummy Bell £3.95 Baby Bell Meat Raffle every Sunday Reasonably Priced Accommodation Free Function Room

Children’s Day Nursery in Shellingford, Faringdon Recognised by OFSTED in September 2010 as OUTSTANDING in Leadership & Management Excellent quality Children’s Day Nursery combining traditional loving Care with a stimulating educational programme to provide a wellBalanced environment for your child. Ÿ Children from 6 weeks to 5 years Ÿ Open 7.45am to 6.15pm Monday to Friday Ÿ Full time or part time (51 weeks) Ÿ Pre-school educational curriculum Ÿ French and music classes Ÿ Secure Door Entry System

To organise a visit please contact Steph Chapman, Nursery Manager on 01367 718888


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Focus On Faringdon CIC Focus On Faringdon CIC works for the benefit of Faringdon. In the past three years it has produced the “Visit Vale” Guide on behalf of the Vale of White Horse District Council; assisted with the Sealed Knot Muster in 2008 and The Faringdon Arts Festivals. It continues to provides secretarial support to “Faringdon Area Project” and to The Faringdon Chamber of Commerce. In it’s work with Faringdon Area Project it organised, had printed and distributed, the publication detailing the outcome of the 2008-2012 Town Health Check. Focus on Faringdon CIC has administered Government funding for the Folly Regeneration Project, the building of Faringdon’s NEW Skate Park and the promotion of the town in The Advertiser and Focus On Faringdon Town Guides. Focus on Faringdon CIC continues to promote Faringdon; have you heard of the new book “52 - far from the madding beaches?” Take a look at www.oxnews.co.uk. =


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New Salon Open Now Hot new salon, V.I.P. Hair and Beauty Studio, has opened its doors on Station Road and is ready to preen, pamper and polish new customers. Business owner, Becky, hopes to make an impact on locals by offering excellence in customer care. Becky said: "Our clients are the number one priority and we want everyone to feel special and important when they come to visit us. Hence the name V.I.P." Becky previously owned Elements of Beauty, operating in a Highworth salon and has a loyal customer base there. Many of them will be following her to Faringdon to come for their relaxing facials and immaculate manicures. V.I.P. Hair and Beauty Studio will offer a range of services including quality hair-cuts, colouring and finishes by experienced and very talented hairdressers, Mary and Jodie. Becky will be providing the beauty treatments including facials, massage, aromatherapy, manicures and pedicures, spray tanning, waxing and eyelash tinting. Visit Becky and the team this month to get glam and gorgeous for the party season, or treat friends and family to Christmas Gift Vouchers for a pampering session of their own. The Studio has an extensive range of retail hair and beauty products available, including TIGI and Germaine de Capuccini, perfect for Christmas presents. Call now to book on 07863 315 968


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Restaurant Review The Trout at Tadpole Bridge www.troutinn.co.uk

To find an historic Inn where ramblers, fishermen and locals alike, hang their coats before sampling a pint of well kept real ale or glass of wine, is a rarity indeed nowadays, but to find one that is set in such a beautiful location on the banks of the river Thames, offering top notch contemporary food is a real gem!

Where the Thames Meets the Cotswolds An historic riverside Inn The Trout at Tadpole Bridge offers some of the finest locally sourced food, a great selection of cask ales, over 200 different wines, six individually designed bedrooms and private moorings on the Thames. Situated between Bampton and Buckland, the inn is 15 minutes south of Witney. Join us for Sausage night on a Thursday and Pie night on a Tuesday, Fabulous selection of fresh fish, local game and succulent Ribeye steak. Christmas Party Menus Now Available Buckland Marsh, Oxfordshire, SN7 8RF www.trout-inn.co.uk t. 01367 870382 info@trout-inn.co.uk

The Trout at Tadpole Bridge have gained many accolades over the years including, AA pub of the year and Dining pub of the year. Warm welcomes don’t get any warmer than the one you will receive from owner Helen Pugh, along with her husband Gareth, they have maintained a traditional pub feel whilst catering for modern demand for quality dining. Opting for chilli & coriander marinated squid, slaw & rocket salad - Hebridian scallops, ragout of lentils, lardons & dauphinoise potato followed by pan fried calves liver, fondant potato, cauliflower puree, wild mushrooms – fillet of sea-bass, lyonnaise potatoes & pesto, all cooked and presented in a wonderful way. The main menu and specials board are extensive, with as you’d expect, a strong emphasis on fresh fish dishes. All puddings are homemade, try the cointreau & orange crème brulee, you won’t be disappointed. A very enjoyable evening indeed!


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Out and About Date

Event

Venue

Time

Contact

Charge/info

Fri 2nd

Christmas with Cotswolds Voices

Faringdon Junior School

7:30pm

Fri 2nd

Oxford's Christmas Light Night

Oxford

5pm 10pm

www.oxfordinspires.org

Free

Fri 2nd

The Hyperbolics

Portwell Angel, Faringdon

7:30pm

www.theportwellangel.co.uk

Free

Sat 3rd

Festive Faringdon

Faringdon

1pm to 5pm

Sat 3rd

Faringdon Preschool Christmas Bazaar

Catholic Church Hall, Faringdon

10am 2pm

eyfs@faringdonpreschool.co.uk 07900636465

Free

Sat 3rd

Watchfield Christmas Fayre

Watchfield Village Hall

10am 1pm

Jo 01793 783037

In aid of St Thomas Church

Sat 3rd

M.A.D.D @ The Crown

The Old Crown Coaching Inn, Faringdon

9pm

Sat 3rd

Portwell Cellar open all day for Mulled Wine and Spiced Cider

Portwell Cellar

Open all day

www.portwellcellar.co.uk

Live Music by Phil Baker till 8pm

Sun 4th

Sunday Lunch with Santa

Sudbury House Hotel, Faringdon

12:00

Anne Corley 01367 245345 Events@sudburyhouse.co.uk

£18 per person

Sun 4th

15 Minute Club Returns

Portwell Cellar

7:30pm

www.portwellcellar.co.uk

Free

Tue 6th

Amnesty International - Annual Greetings Card Campaign

Under the Old Town Hall, Faringdon

10am 12noon

Janis Chatfield 01367 240632 Secretary of AIUK Faringdon Group

Send a card to a prisoner of conscience.

Wed 7th

Kylie Feverish Tribute Show

Snooty Mehmaan, Faringdon

7pm 11pm

Info@thesnootymehmaan.co.uk 01367 242260

£30 per person incl. dinner and show

Wed 7th

Jazz Music Night

Portwell Angel, Faringdon

7:30pm

Thur 8th

"Opera to the Musicals, a Singers Approach"

Corn Exchange, Faringdon

2:30pm

www.FaringdonU3A.org.uk Ian Clarkson 01793 782836

Comic Opera and Audience participation.

Thur 8th

NCT drop in

Faringdon Family Centre, Bromsgrove

2:30pm 4pm

www.nct.org.uk/faringdon

Free - Donations to NCT appreciated

Thur 8th

Murder Mystery Dinner - "A Christmas Killing"

Sudbury House Hotel, Faringdon

7:30pm

Anne Corley 01367 245345 Events@sudburyhouse.co.uk

£39.50 per person. Incl. 3 course Christmas dinner

Thur 8th

Jam Session

Portwell Cellar

8pm

www.portwellcellar.co.uk

Everybody Welcome

Fri 9th

Christmas Concert by Candlelight - Louise Woodgate

Holy Ascension Church, Littleworth

7:30pm 8:00pm

Jill 01367 241328 Woodwardjill02@hotmail.com

£10 incl. glass of wine and nibbles

Sat 10th

Craft Fair

Corn Exchange, Faringdon

10am 4pm

01367 241204

Free

Sun 11th

Sunday Lunch with Santa

Sudbury House Hotel, Faringdon

12:00

Anne Corley 01367 245345 Events@sudburyhouse.co.uk

£18 per person

Wed 14th

The Elvis Experience

Snooty Mehmaan, Faringdon

7pm 11pm

Info@thesnootymehmaan.co.uk 01367 242260

£30 per person incl. dinner and show

Wed 14th

Nick Gill's Easy Jazz

Portwell Angel, Faringdon

7:30pm

www.theportwellangel.co.uk

Free

Wed 14th

Quiz Night

Portwell Cellar

8:30pm

www.portwellcellar.co.uk

£2 entry, all money goes to charity

Fri 16th

M.A.D.D @ The Crown

The Old Crown Coaching Inn, Faringdon

9pm

Sat 17th

Rod's Disco

Portwell Cellar

8pm

www.portwellcellar.co.uk

Free

Sun 18th

Sunday Lunch with Santa

Sudbury House Hotel, Faringdon

12:00

Anne Corley 01367 245345 Events@sudburyhouse.co.uk

£18 per person

Wed 21st

Christmas Quiz by Dave and Sue

Portwell Angel, Faringdon

8pm

www.the portwellangel.co.uk

£1 entry, winner takes pot.

Wed 21st

Jazz Music Night - Faringdonia cheese and wine party night

Portwell Angel, Faringdon

8pm

www.the portwellangel.co.uk

Bring a neighbour

Entry Free Donations to NSPCC

Free

Free

www.theportwellangel.co.uk

Free

Free Circus in tow (open mic)


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Local Events in December Date

Event

Venue

Time

Contact

Thur 22nd

Kiff

The Portwell Angel, Faringdon

7:30pm

www.theportwellangel.co.uk

Fri 23rd

Day before Christmas Eve Party

Portwell Cellar

8pm

www.portwellcellar.co.uk

Fri 23rd

M.A.D.D Christmas Party/Fund raiser

The Old Crown Coaching Inn, Faringdon

9pm

Fri 23rd

Christmas Party Night Music

Sudbury House Hotel, Faringdon

7:30pm

Sat 24th

M.A.D.D Christmas Party/Fund raiser

The Old Crown Coaching Inn, Faringdon

9pm

Sat 31st

New Year's Eve Party

The Portwell Angel, Faringdon

7:30pm

Charge/info

Live Music Xmas Fancy dress optional Free

Anne Corley 01367 245345 Events@sudburyhouse.co.uk

£35pp incl. 2 course buffet and Disco Free

www.theportwellangel.co.uk

Tickets £20 incl. Dinner. Dress to kill. Late Licence

www.theportwellangel.co.uk

20% off with student Uni card between 21:00 - 22:00

Margot 01367 244853

£80 for seat in stalls and coach. Proceeds to charity

Local Events in January Thur 5th

Back to Uni Party

The Portwell Angel, Faringdon

Sat 7th

Strictly Gerschwin outing

Leave Market Square at 10:30am

Thur 19th

Mulled Wine Competition

The Portwell Angel, Faringdon

www.theportwellangel.co.uk

Fri 20th

Let's go Spanish: Spanish Food and Spanish Music

The Portwell Angel, Faringdon

www.theportwellangel.co.uk

Sun 22nd

Folly Tower at Night

Folly Tower, Faringdon

4pm 7pm

Climb the tower, see the Christmas Light and nighttime landscape

Fri 27th Sat 28th

Cinderella - a Pantomime 7:30 Fri/Sat 2:30 Sat

Faringdon Junior School Hall

7:30pm

www.faringdondramatic.org.uk Fiona Merrick 01367 242967

2:30 matinee

Adults £2, 11-16 50p, under 11s free Tickets: adults £8, Concs. £6 @ the Nut Tree

Regular Events 1st Tues

Farmers' Market

Market Place

All day

01367 710445

Every Tues

Quiz Night

King and Queen, Longcot

8.30pm

www.longcotkingandqueen.com

Every Wed

Jazz Night

The Portwell Angel, Faringdon

7:30pm

www.theportwellangel.co.uk

1st Thur

Folk Session

The Swan, Park Road, Faringdon

8pm

Rachel rachel@ragaland.freeserve.co.uk

Every Fri

Country Market

Corn Exchange

9.15 11am

01367 710382

Every Sat

Faringdon Farcycle cycle ride

Leave from Market Place

9am

01367 241142

Every Sat

Supportive, informal parenting group

Faringdon Community College

1-3pm

Stella on 07963536568

Every Sun

Quiz Night

The Red Lion

8pm

01367 244585

Teams or individuals

11-12 and 25-35 miles


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Experts - local services ASTON PINE STRIPPING Caustic and non-caustic stripping of all woods & metals. Established for over 15 years - Water Board Approved

ASTON PINE ANTIQUES Stockists of English and Continental pine furniture, as well as many other antiques - 8,000+ sq.ft of showrooms

Oxford Architectural Antiques Large stock of period fireplaces, doors, panelling, sanitary ware & garden items. Architectural salvage sourcing service available. 16-18 London Road, Faringdon, Oxfordshire Tel: 01367 242268

Den Boer Wines Quality wines, tastings and events

www.denboerwines.com Tel 01367 241169 Mobile 07919 241881 Email: donnarogers @denboerwines.com

D.G. Joinery City & Guilds qualified carpenter and joiner. All Carpentry work undertaken Specialist in fitted wardrobes • Kitchen installations Bookcases • Bespoke joinery - including stairs All exterior carpentry including decking, sheds etc. Any building alterations including guttering etc.

Free Quotations Telephone: 07831 680440

F A R I N G D O N A I R P O R T Short/Long Distances Business Accounts Driver Hire 4/7 Seaters

C A R S

T R A N S F E R S

Corporate Service Courier Service Executive Cars Insured Cars

01367 243838 / 07894 572919 Enquiries@faringdoncars.co.uk www.faringdoncars.co.uk

TOM FOY Repairs & Servicing of Washing Machines, Cookers and Driers Fully Guaranteed

Tel: 01793 766397 or 01367 252701 (Lechlade)

Emma Palmer 07531 946141 Nail Technician and Beauty Therapist Faringdon, Oxfordshire


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Experts - local services Your local electricians Domestic-Commercial-Industrial Faringdon

Tel: 01367 240308 The Music Gallery Independent music retailer 8 Newbury Street Wantage, Oxon OX12 8BS 01235 770353 themusicgallery@hotmail.co.uk

A local-run company focusing on personalised care services. High standard of care Individually tailored care plans Your own regular care worker

My Carer Tel: 01367 718413 www.mycareroxfordshire.co.uk

Ohm Electrix Electrical services and Installations Web: www.ohm-electrix.co.uk Fully qualified and insured electrician. All types of domestic work undertaken, from small jobs to garden and garage power, to full rewires. Commercial and Solar PV work also catered for. Friendly, professional service from a local company. Contact us to discuss your needs, and get a free, no obligation estimate and advice. Phone: 07879 013359 Mail: Ohm.Electrix@Gmail.com Registered with the NICEIC domestic installer “part P” SCHEME

Your Barber on Call Mirella Pastore Has Returned! Call: 01367 243986 Mob: 07813 121288

Why Wait When I Can come to you! COMPUTER SUPPORT Bespoke Affordable IT Solutions • Computer healthchecks, repairs and updates • Network Setup • Data Recovery & Backup

0845 467 5087 support@quidne-it.com •

www.quidne-

The Cheap Way to Add Space

www.storage4all.co.uk 01367 240880

drew.cameron@ storage4all.co.uk

Merry Christmas to all our Readers & a Happy New Year!


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Would you like your child to attend an “outstanding” Pre-School? Ashbury Pre-School currently has spaces available for 2012 so if your child is aged 2-5 then please do give us a ring on 01793710606 to arrange a visit. Ashbury Pre-School has just been given an “Outstanding” Ofsted in all areas. “Children have fun and are purposefully engaged in all areas of this dynamic setting.They make excellent progress as staff recognise them as unique individuals and tailor their learning and care to meet their needs and current stage of development.”Ofsted July 2011. Ashbury Pre-School has fantastic indoor and outdoor facilities “There are numerous opportunities for them to independently solve problems outside. As a result the development of these skills in the wider outdoor environment is outstanding.”Ofsted July 2011. Ashbury Pre-school is set within Ashbury School in this small, rural village between Shrivenham and Lambourn. Ashbury pre-school is a registered charity and relies on fund raising and local support to keep going. Please take a look at our website to read the full ofsted report and get further information. www.ashburypreschool.org Supervisor: Margaret Disney

Chair: Becca Jackson

pv@smconsult.co.uk www.smconsult.co.uk


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Diary of Events December Events Fri 2nd

Hyperbolics perform at the Portwell Angel

Sat 3rd

Festive Faringdon - Visit the Portwell Angel for Mulled Wine in town

Mon 5th

Quiz Night in aid of “Root & Branch” £2.00 entry - winners takes the prize fund

Wed 7th

Jazz Music Night - not live but easy Jazz (thanks to Reg) all evening

Sat 10th

Gloucester St Dental Practice Cocktail Party (afternoon)

Sat 10th

Faringdon Amateur Dramatic Society Christmas Party (evening)

Mon 12th

U3A Jazz Group Lunch

Wed 14th

Nick Gill and Friends - Live Jazz: Book for dinner

Thur 15th

Farcycles Christmas Party (Contact David Williamson for details)

Wed 21st

Jazz Music Night - Faringdon Cheese and Wine Party Night - Bring a Neighbour

Thur 22nd

Kiff at the Portwell Angel

Fri 23rd

Drum and Base at The Portwell Angel

Sat 24th

Mince Pies and Mulled Wine

Sun 25th

Closed

Mon 26th

Open at 10:00

Wed 28th

Jazz Music Night

Sat 31st

New Year’s Eve Party at the Portwell Angel Ooh La La - with a sparkle. Dress to Kill Tickets £20.00 to include dinner. Late Licence

January Events Sun 1st Jan

Open at 10:00

Thur 5th

Back to Uni Party (20% off with your student union card between 21:00 &22:00)

Wed 11th

Jazzed Up Curry

Wed 18th

Jazz Music Night

Thur 19th

Mulled Wine Competition

Fri 20th

Let’s go Spanish: Spanish Food and Spanish Music


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Advertiser Winter Edition 2011