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

Inside this month: Party Magic Goddard and Son Fallowfields - a taste of excellence Open the Wardrobe Birdie Tales Baby Boom And more Promoting local business, trade and services. Advertise! Be Seen! Call Lou 01367 246136

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| October 2011 |

Advertiser Your Barber On Call Mirella Pastore Has Returned! Formally London Street Barbers Call: 01237 243986 Mob: 07813 121288

Cover Artist - Bill Grant Contact Lou Guthrie - Sales Manager Tel 01367 246130 Mobile 07894 554551 E-Mail Web

Deadline for November Issue Thursday 20th October

Bill Grant has been keen to paint and draw since childhood, but it is only since retirement that he has been able to devote time to the interest. He has tried just about all the many media, and styles, and a selection of his work is included in the display in the Portwell Angel. The picture illustrated on the cover is an attempt to show a pleasant and mellow autumn scene with some exciting contrasts.

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Call Trish: 01367 820060 Cowleaze Farm, Woolstone, Oxon SN7 7QS Email:

Faringdon Chamber of Commerce The Faringdon Chamber of Commerce is a keen supporter and contributor to the Our Faringdon Our Future team working on the development strategy for Faringdon to 2026. By analysing past and future numbers of jobs that could be created within Faringdon, the Chamber would like to recommend: · Encouragement of entrepreneurship within Faringdon from all sectors of the community e.g. houses designed to encourage business leaders to be based locally and for entrepreneurs to start up home based businesses prior to relocating to more permanent premises · An improvement to the access road into Faringdon along Park Road through the re-development of Regal Way and Pioneer Road. · A new, large employment site that will accommodate the industrial land lost to Tesco and also help the transition and growth of existing industrial businesses within Faringdon. · An increase in at least 20,000 sq. ft. of retail offering. It can be argued that the arrival of Tesco sees a large percentage of this taking place. This should not be at the expense of employment land and any employment land lost to other uses, such as retail or housing, must be found elsewhere. · An increase in town centre offices, which should not be at the expense of retail space and could be based at the Faringdon House development off Gloucester Road. If you would like to become a member of Faringdon Chamber of Commerce and have a say in issues such as these then contact Jane Haynes on 01367 246130 or come along to a meeting and find out more. The next meeting will be on Monday 10th October.

The Chamber of Commerce would like to wish Simone and her team at Party Magic the very best of luck with their new shop in Coxwell Street. Read more about Party Magic on page 5.

Faringdon Business Breakfast Faringdon Business Breakfast Club (FBBC) attracted almost 30 local businesses to the Sudbury House Hotel on Monday 5th September for it’s monthly networking event. After the usual hearty breakfast and an introduction from Club Chairman, Paul Brame, each delegate spoke for 60 seconds about their activities and the kind of referral they are looking for. Many attendees seem to have more than one business interest and did well to cram their pitch into 60 seconds; Jonathan Rees-Russell talked not only about his accountancy practice but also his on-line food and drink business; Andrew Hoon talked about career change consultancy and venison sausages; Derek Gale brought magic into his talk about photography. David Burn likened his Marketing Business to a Swiss Army Penknife - the right tool for the right job at the right time and Chairman Paul Brame finished things off as usual with an amusing poem. After the 60 second round, guest speaker Lisa Whiteside of House of Colour provided a very educational talk on Sumptuary Law - the importance of dressing for the occasion and choosing the correct colour scheme to match an individual's hair and skin tones. The next meeting of FBBC is on Monday 3rd October and the speaker is Paul Brame, we understand that Paul may be bringing a guest with him. Breakfast costs £10.00 and to book your place please call 0845 003 1340

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Est. 1986

GARDENSCAPE Individual Design, Construction & Maintenance To discuss your personal garden requirements phone: 01865 250372 or 07773333531 Roger Hutchence - BA (HONS) NCH (Landscape Construction)

Chickens @ Seven Acres Nurseries

Open Tues to Sat from 6pm

Have you had the Rat’s experience yet? Once you’re bitten there’s no going back!

Easy suppers Dinner with friends Special occasions Private dining available (max 16) Specials board À la Carte menu Set menus on request Tuesday night £10 supper menu available

All with quality service in a stunning listed building. Please check our website for our Christmas menu. We are also taking bookings for New Year.

Reservations and enquiries 01367 240578 or just ring the bell! The Rats Castle, Bromsgrove, Faringdon, Oxfordshire, SN7 7JF.

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The Fun starts at Party Magic Party Magic on Coxwell Street has opened it’s doors with owner Simone on hand to make all your celebrations extra special. If you need inspiration for a pirate birthday party or a Butler in the Buff for a hen do, then Simone can help.

Your One Stop Party Shop Bouncy Castle or Bounce ‘n Slide to hire Helium balloons & Balloon decorating Party ware: Tableware, Loot bags, Party favours, Piñata's, Candles, Sparklers, Poppers, Banners and much more. Fancy Dress & accessories Pop in for a chat with Simone about your Party needs or Call 01367 244953 If we haven’t got what you’re looking for, we will get it.

3 Coxwell Street, Faringdon, SN7 7EA

Party Magic has a selection of decorations, costumes and accessories in store but can also order in any extra specific themed goodies to complete your vision for the perfect occasion. Simone lives in Faringdon with her family after moving from South Africa nine years ago. She recently decided to leave her job as a senior manager in fashion retail after years of long commuting was taking its toll on family life. Simone said: “I never had time for my family and I was always working. I wanted to start a business in Faringdon so that I could be involved in the local community and be closer to my kids, who are thrilled by the change.” Simone had a similar party shop when she lived in South Africa and so the idea to start up a similar business in Faringdon came naturally. Simone said: “I am starting small but I am confident that once word starts to spread that Party Magic will succeed, we are already doing well.” Party Magic has two bouncy castles for hire at competitive prices and can also create balloon decorations for any occasion including arches and gazebos on request.

For more information visit Party Magic - 3 Coxwell Road Or visit our website - Or call Simone on 01367 244 953.

C. Keegan

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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…

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

13 - 17 London Street, Faringdon SN7 7AE

A Lack of Understanding Daringfonians are a complicated bunch and it seems unlikely that Tesco will be allowed to join the group until they have been here for three generations. Such is the way of small towns and villages. Much has been said about Tesco coming to town; I wonder who has thought their way through what will actually happen (and what will not) when Tesco arrives? Tesco, in Town, will offer a duplicate shopping experience to that already available. They will sell the same range of groceries as already available. They will sell a number of other non- food items – that are already available. Will they offer anything new? It would seem not. Will they offer a wider choice? With the same amount of shelf space that already exists in Faringdon, it seems unlikely.

Tesco taking root in Park Road does offer an opportunity. In bidding for planning permission they have made promises to contribute toward the well- being of the town. The Town Council who supported the Tesco Application did so subject to certain conditions. They must make sure that those conditions are met. We still have the opportunity to make the centre of Faringdon an interesting place and a unique place to visit: for both those who live in Faringdon – and those who do not.

It is a pity that Pure Me has closed its doors for it is specialist shops like this Will they offer cheaper prices? Possibly, but only whilst there is competition. that will encourage people into the town and we need more of them to (They are a successful business and profit is the goal above all else.)** create a thriving town centre. We now have several empty shops and, following Tesco’s success, there will soon be more. So who do we know Will they stop Daringfonians from leaving town for their weekly shop? Of who is brave enough to take up the empty shops: to take part in starting course not as they will not be able to offer the range of goods required and something special? readily available, out of town, to those with transport. We wish Simone at Party Magic every success in her new venture in Great Coxwell Street. Will they encourage others from outside the town to visit? Of course not as better What, I wonder, can Tesco do to help? It would clearly be in their interest to alternatives are already available in help as whilst it seems unlikely that Tesco shoppers will walk into town it is Wantage, Swindon and Witney. possible that visitors to the town might visit Tesco when leaving. However, every cloud has a silver lining – so let us look for one here. Faringdon is a nice town to live in – and to work in. There are some 900 businesses in and around Faringdon: we must make sure we support them. But we must also ask them to support their local business community.

** Consider this: If Tesco sell 100,000 items per week they will increase their annual profits by £50,000 per annum every time they add just one penny to each item. None of that profit will stay in the land of the Daringfonians and if there is no competition they will add that extra penny or two. Wouldn’t you?

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Faringdon 01367 899272

Witney 01993 608484

Treat Your Dog This Summer 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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TEL 01367 243324 MOB 07918 660725 OPEN MON-SAT 8-6ISH

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Restaurant Review Restaurant Review

Fallowfields Hotel • Restaurant • Wedding Venue

Fallowfields is rapidly gaining a reputation for excellent It's extremely difficult to pick out one course which stands out from this menu as they are all superb in their quality food in a lovely rural location. own way, however I have not tasted suckling Tamworth pork (from Fallowfields own farm)as good as this before. We decided to try this out for ourselves.… On entering the hotel we received a warm welcome from the restaurant manager, Benjamin Petit, who promptly served us a delicious award winning cocktail. His understanding and vast knowledge of which wine to serve with each course is amazing, coupled with a totally contagious enthusiasm.

If you are considering an evening booking for the Tasting Menu, (and I highly recommend you do) allow plenty of time to experience this extravaganza, it's well worth it!

I have to mention the 12 acre setting at Fallowfields. We arrived fairly late in the evening as the light was fading, allowing us only a short time to look around before it got New head chef, Shaun Dickens, has created an exciting dark. The grounds have lovely maintained gardens, modern combination of menus for all tastes. This is orchard, cattle grazing paddocks and even a croquet hardly surprising as he has worked at various Michelin lawn. starred restaurants and it shows. We opted for the Tasting Menu with wine matching and Quite simply, the setting is fantastic, the food, service and presentation top notch. All this combined to make a I am so glad we did! dining experience to remember and one that we will Course after course of beautifully presented cuisine repeat very soon… accompanied by perfectly chosen wine.

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Children’s Day Nursery in Shellingford, Faringdon

Baby Boom

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

La Fa Q`Say

Alternative therapy helps families to grow German trained alternative therapist, Monika Becker, specialises in fertility treatment and has helped many women to conceive through the use of acupuncture. Monika gets most of her clients through personal recommendations including one woman in her early forties who was anxious that she did not have much time left to conceive. Monika said: “After three miscarriages, each in the early stages of her pregnancies, my client had been desperate for a second child. A friend of hers, who had herself had successful fertility treatment at my practice suggested she should see me. After eight weekly sessions the woman has now become pregnant and is now into week 12 of her pregnancy and the progress looks promising.” Acupuncture treatment to aid fertility is only part of the range of treatments that Monika offers. As a German-trained alternative therapist (Heilpraktikerin), Monika is trained in acupuncture, DORN Therapy, Hypnotherapy and Past Life Therapy, among others. In Germany, the training as a practitioner for alternative therapies is heavily regulated and involves three years medical training after which the prospective therapists study their chosen alternative or complementary method for, usually, another two years. Monika also specialises in non-surgical bunion therapy and treatment of fears and phobias as well as a range of other conditions at her practice in a quiet, easily accessible location at Grove Technology Park. For further information see or contact or telephone 07742 982 757.

01367 820288 or visit:

Book your table now on:

07535 613606

The Blowing Stone, Kingston Lisle, Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12 9QL.

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Grove Technology Park,Wantage 01235 772992

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Rogers gardenstone for all your paving needs

Birdie Tales Jackdaw

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

(Corvus monedula)

Has anyone noticed the large number of crows flying towards the Folly Tower each evening, just before it gets dark? Being residents of Tuckers Road, we are right in their flight path as they return home to roost. If you take a closer look, the birds vary in size and speed of flight, it's a mixture of crows, rooks and jackdaws. Two of the jackdaws, (Jack & Dawn), call in for a snack in the garden before bedtime every night. Jackdaws are often interpreted as rogues, rather like the magpie, they are an extremely inquisitive and intelligent bird with piercing pale blue eyes. They are the smallest of the crow family, feeding mainly on insects, worms, fruit and berries, but like the magpie, will take small chicks and eggs. There are numerous stories of jackdaws stealing wedding rings, small jewellery items and anything shiny from window ledges or garden tables. I have tried unsuccessfully to prove this, tempting them with ring-pulls, earrings, silver foil and small coins, all to no avail. (I'm sure my neighbour thinks I've lost it!) What is surprising though, is their fascination with prawns, yes prawns! Quite why a jackdaw would want to take home a bundle of prawns of an evening is a bit strange, but they keep doing it.

You are probably wondering, why is this bloke putting prawns out for jackdaws? Has he been sniffing too much birdseed? It was purely by accident, we tend to keep scraps for all the garden birds and our pet hedgehog, (Andy), so after a late night consuming prawn curry, I put the leftovers on the bird table. The following evening J & D swept in and gathered them all up, it took several attempts, but Jack managed five. I can only presume they are eating the prawns, not building a bright pink nest with them? The funny thing is, if they drop in and I have not put any curried prawns out for them, they turn their beaks up at all the other offerings? A friendly word of caution, I like my curry hot,' the hotter the better' so if you spot the jackdaw duo flying over town, please don't look up!


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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 Established within the local community since 1790

Relax and enjoy the panoramic views across the gentle terrain of the golf course

Lechlade Branch

Faringdon Art Society Annual Exhibition Tel: (01793) 763749 Open daily for Morning Coffee Light Lunches and Afternoon Tea Relax and enjoy our Home Cooked menu Our traditional Sunday Roast is the talk of Three Counties. We cater for all types of occasion: Including Individual & Small Group Dining Family Celebrations - Wedding Receptions Working Team meetings Business Presentations Our spectrum of events is limited only by your imagination! When you are looking to unwind after a hectic week our Friday and Saturday evening menu will fulfil your desires at an affordable cost. Spoil yourself by visiting The Restaurant at Twelve Oaks.

The next annual exhibition is on 13th - 16th October 2011 Corn Exchange in Faringdon. ADMISSION FREE - ALL WELCOME For more information contact Gill Campbell on 01367 241748 or Visit:

Discover more at Tel for reservations (01793) 763749 We are situated on Lechlade Road (A361) Highworth SN6 7QR

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LOCAL STARS SHINE & RAISE £4,000 AT GRAND MACMILLAN ANNUAL SHOW!! An X Factor star & Macmillan joined forces on Saturday 10th September to raise a staggering £4,000 for the Cancer Charity!! Ron Crutcher organised the tremendous show at the prestigious Cornerstone Arts Centre in aid of the Macmillan Cancer Charity. The show included 2009 X Factor finalist Danyl Johnson, along with a wealth of super talented youths from the local community, which included 12 year old Nina Jade & 13 year old Ebony Cantwell from Wantage & 15 year old Eleanor Williams from Faringdon. The show was hosted by up and coming local celebrity Comedian Matt Richardson and was a huge success, so much so that the Macmillan trust immediately commissioned Ron to organise the 2012 event, which will be covered by their £10 million liability insurance and is certainly some recommendation!!

Julian Knowles from the Macmillan Trust commented "I loved the Grand Macmillan Annual Show and had a fantastic night. I was very impressed with of all the talent from the show and was amazed at the professionalism, energy, enthusiasm and sheer quality of every single one of the acts. When you consider that so many of the acts are from the Didcot area and were of such young age, it makes their performances all the more remarkable. Its testament to all of the hard work of Ron Crutcher and his dedicated band of helpers that this inaugural event was such a success. Ron should be justifiably proud for organising such a crowdpleasing event. He’s set a great foundation for what could be a fantastic annual showcase of Oxfordshire talent."

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Buckland Apple Day Following the wonderfully successful Buckland Apple Day in 2010, this year’s event is expanding into new and exciting areas. Villagers are encouraged to bring their excess apples to turn into juice and enjoy the amazing array of apple related stalls and activities provided. Along with the food stalls and a BBQ of specially made Pat Thomas Buckland pork and apple sausages, there will be demonstrations and children’s activities (apple printing, games, story reading). The competitive can enter classes such as apple cake baking, three most perfect apples, longest apple peel and children’s painting. Special Guest Dr Barrie Juniper (Emeritus Fellow of St Catherine’s College, Oxford) will speak about the Tradescant Orchard which is a big draw to interested gardeners and plant historians. Other local produce such as Buckland honey, homemade bread and apple chutney add gastronomic interest. The Oxford Wine Company will be exhibiting a tantalising selection of local ciders. For those who don’t yet grow their own, Bampton Garden Plants will bring a selection of fruit trees with the added attraction of ‘try before you buy’. Apple samples will be available to tempt and help you select your perfect tree. Sponsored by Perry Bishop Chambers, The Oxford Wine Company and Maundrell & Co., Buckland Apple Day promises to be fun for all the family.

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. Buckland Marsh, Oxfordshire, SN7 8RF t. 01367 870382

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The Gorgeous You Waiting in Your Wardrobe Are you a woman who has a shop-full of clothes in her wardrobe and nothing to wear? Are the mornings a never-ending battle to assemble a half decent outfit? Then introduce yourself to JoJo and the art of creative dressing. JoJo, the creator of OpenTheWardrobe, helps everyday women to optimise their existing clothes collection to make them look and feel as good as they deserve to. JoJo said: “I had an idea that I would like to do something for other women. By combining my lifelong love affair with beautiful colours and clothing, I want to make them aware of how wonderful it is to feel good, look good and be told you look good.” JoJo was brought up in Germany by artistic parents, constantly surrounded by art, classical music, colours and textures. During the seventies she decided to move from London to the countryside, came across the name “The Vale of the White Horse” and fell in love with the Vale. Accessorising and coordinating wonderful colours, mixing and matching of clothing has become her passion. JoJo said: “In recent times I have become a collector of dangles and bangles, rings and earrings, scarves and shoes, not forgetting the handbags of all shapes and sizes.” JoJo’s services include a free initial consultation, followed by a full or half-day wardrobe makeover. After sorting, and that means “nothing hidden in the back of the cupboard” and making up a nice bag for the Charity shop of your choice, utilising and matching items already there, you are then guided towards targeted shopping, to develop your personal style and confidence in what you wear. JoJo said: “We help you to arrive at a point where your essence is discovered, you stop “picking things up at random” but learn to look for items to add to and enhance your wardrobe, building a collection of clothes and accessories which will work for you. Open The Wardrobe was born of the desire to help normal, ordinary, every-day women. After all, there is nothing wrong with being 30 plus and a size 16?” JoJo offers assisted shopping as well as ongoing advice. Styling for that special event, weddings and parties or a day at the races is also available. We also offer “makeover” parties. For more information go to or contact JoJo on 07930 358 596. C.Keegan


Recently re-opened after a complete refurbishment Come and visit us in a traditional 18th Century Cotswolds Inn. Head Chef, Duncan Ray, formerly with Heston Blumenthal at The Fat Duck. All ingredients sourced from local suppliers.

Enjoy our set 2 course lunch - £15 A la carte menu available in the evenings. Restaurant open: Tuesday - Saturday & Sunday Lunch Sample our varied wine selection or enjoy a pint of real ale. Visit : Email: Tel: 01367 860875

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Would like to welcome Suzy Parsonson Suzy Parsonson has recently joined Angel Wilkins in Wantage. Suzy is a solicitor specialising in the administration of estates, the preparation of Wills and the growing area of advice in regard to the system of Lasting Powers of Attorney (LPAs). ·

What is a Lasting Power of Attorney?

An LPA is a document that lets you appoint someone to make decisions about your welfare or property. LPAs allow you to appoint someone that you trust as an “attorney” to make decisions on your behalf for a time when you no longer wish to, or do not have the ability to, make such decisions.


When should an LPA be made?

There is no “right time” to decide when an LPA should be created, but not leaving it too late is vital. Should you lose the ability to make decisions (due to illness or injury) and you don’t have an LPA in place, an Order from the Court of Protection may be required to manage your affairs. This will inevitably cause delays and increase costs for your family and ultimately may result in decisions being made that you would not have wanted. Once an LPA is signed, it can be stored for any number of years and be activated only when it is needed. Many people put the documents in place while they are reviewing their Wills.


What types of LPA are there and what do they do?

Suzy Parsonson


Is there a risk in giving an attorney these powers?

The Health and Welfare LPA allows you to choose attorneys to make Having an LPA is a safe way of maintaining control over decisions made for decisions for you in regard to things such as medical treatment and care. you because it has to be registered before use. When it is drawn up, you This LPA can only be used at a time when you lack the ability to make choose someone to provide a “certificate” who must confirm that you understand the significance and purpose of what you’re agreeing to and all medical decisions for yourself. The Property and Financial Affairs LPA lets you choose attorneys to make signatures must be witnessed meaning it cannot be executed “in secret”. decisions in regard to your finances. This could include decisions about Also, you choose in advance who is told about your LPA when it is paying bills or even selling your home. You can include conditions such as registered, so they have an opportunity to raise concerns (if they have that the attorney can only make decisions if you lose the ability to do so any); and your attorneys must follow the Code of Practice of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and act in your best interests. yourself.


Do I need to see a solicitor to have an LPA?

It is not essential, but it is recommended to obtain legal advice regarding LPAs, given the strict procedures involved. If you would like to discuss an LPA, or have any questions relating to a Will or associated matters, please feel free to speak with Suzy on 01235 775100 or contact her by email at and she will be happy to provide free initial advice, on a no obligation basis.

Amanda Wilkins and Neil Angel

Angel Wilkins is a specialist firm dealing with Private Client work including • Wills •Estate Administration • Lasting Powers of Attorney and all aspects of residential property and conveyancing work such as Sales • Purchases • Remortgages • Shared Ownership Development Transactions • Land Transactions • Property Investment Angel Wilkins LLP, The Woolpack, Church Street, Wantage OX12 8BL Tel: 01235 775100 Fax: 01235 775101 Email: or or Angel Wilkins LLP is regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority: SRA number: 524327

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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

The Radnor Arms Voted CAMRA Central Southern Pub Of The Year 2011

Home to the Old Forge Brewery Real Ales & Great Wines Home cooked Food Large Beer Garden

Open Fires Wines from Den Boer.

Open fires & a warm welcome awaits you at The Radnor Arms, Coleshill

01793 861 575

Charity Dog Walk

SATURDAY 29th OCTOBER Registration 10.30am Minimum contribution suggested ÂŁ5.00 per dog Start: Barcote Farm, Buckland, SN7 8PP A 2 hour circular walk - complimentary soup at The Lamb Inn Buckland provided by Rubies - Great fun for all concerned and a chance to raise money for Dogs Trust and Cancer Research. For more information please contact

Suzanna Carter 07825 873730

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Wine Review The Right Blend In the wine world, the term ‘blend’ is often used in reference to a wine that is made from two or more parcels of different grape varieties. Each grape variety contributes various flavours and structural attributes to the blend. The most famous example of blended wines are the great red wines of Bordeaux, produced from up to 5 different grape varieties; merlot, cabernet sauvignon, petit verdot, cabernet franc and occasionally malbec. The proportions used are dependent on the Chateau, as some varieties grow better in one area than another. Blending allows the winemaker to develop a signature style where each grape variety brings their traits to the wine in order to ‘fill the gap’ where another variety may be lacking. Unreliable weather conditions are another reason for blending. The weather in Bordeaux is highly unpredictable and blending serves as a tool where consistency can be achieved, as each separate grape variety matures at different times, enabling one variety to dodge an element of nature that can wipe out the crop of another. For example your cabernet sauvignon may be lost to heavy rain at harvest, but you can wipe the sweat from your brow as your early ripening merlot would have already been harvested and is safely fermenting in the winery (or already made into wine). The winemaker will adjust the proportions of grape varieties in the blend to overcome such adversity. Now to confuse the issue, the act of blending different parcels of the same grape variety (of the same vintage) is often used by the winemaker to ensure product consistency and to increase the range of flavours in the end product. Different yeast strains may be used, which impart a range of flavours as well as the use of oak and un-oaked parcels! Ultimately, blending is an age old tool that creates a wine that promotes each variety’s great attributes – as a whole! Some blends you can pick up locally:

Ginestet Bordeaux Classique 2009, Bordeaux, France A Bordeaux blend produced from 60% merlot, 30% cabernet sauvignon and 10% cabernet franc. Upon approach, this wine expresses lashings of rich, ripe summer fruits, brambles with ripe plums, black cherries with floral notes. On the palate, it is dry, with medium but supple tannins with flavours of damsons, black cherries, black berries and ripe strawberries entwined with vanilla spice. The finish is medium in length, clean, with fresh acidity and balanced through its fruit-forward style. A great match to roast beef, lamb casserole or char-grilled steak. Available from Budgens £7.35

Goats do Roam Red 2009, Western Cape, South Africa A great advocate for blended wine! This wine is comprised of 72% syrah (for structure), 15% cinsault (for softness), 7% grenache (for fruit), 4% mourvèdre (for spice) and 2% carignan (for freshness). Rich ripe forest fruits dominate this blend; blackberries, raspberries, blackcurrants, with some spice; white pepper and vanilla. The palate delivers the same with added complexity of grainy tannins and star anise. The finish lingers and is packed with succulent primary fruits. Pair with chilli con carne, lasagne or beef stroganoff. Available from Den Boer Wines £8.49

Donna Rogers


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Real Cloth Washable Nappies You probably think that real cloth, washable nappies still require folding and scary looking nappy pins just waiting to give your poor baby a nasty poke. Well you’d be wrong. Whilst you can still opt for the folded terry squares and pins, nappies, like all things have, moved with the times and the fashions. There is now a dizzying array of nappies which come in different colours, different styles and different materials each suiting different budgets and lifestyles. Baby Care Online offers a number of carefully chosen styles of nappy and will assist you in choosing the right nappy for your lifestyle and your baby. Styles of nappies you can choose from: Pocket nappies such as Lollipop Popngro Pocket, BumGenius, FuzziBunz; Shaped nappies such as the Bitti Boo, Lollipop Bamboo and Tots Bots; Onesize nappies such as the Motherease and Lollipop Popngro; All in one nappies such as the Bitti Tutto, Close Parent Pop-in and Imse Vimse. More and more parents are choosing re-useable nappies. So why choose real Nappies? Cost savings A full Real Nappy set (18 nappies, 3-4 waterproof covers and accessories such as nippas, liners and bucket) for your baby, from birth to potty, can cost between £300 to £450 including washing costs. Disposable nappies can cost from £700 to £900 per child.

This amounts to a pretty sizeable cost saving especially if the real nappies are used for subsequent children. Environmental Many parents choose re-useable nappies for the environmental benefits. In the UK upwards of 8 million nappies are thrown away per day with each nappy taking up to 500 years to decompose. 4% of the rubbish each local council in the UK removes comes from disposable nappies. Funky Baby Another reason parents choose cloth nappies is that the new designs and colours has meant that baby can now be kitted out in funky colours, and patterns. This makes for the cutest look. Benefits of Re-useable Nappies: Soft comfortable fabrics No more pins Great containment Vibrant colours and patterns Early potty training Cut down on waste Less impact on the environment Save your hard earned money

For more information visit

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Family Fun Take a trip on a Family Christmas Cracker weekend

If you love to embrace the festive period as early and as often as possible, then a weekend away at a Shorefield Holidays Christmas Cracker, is just the getaway for you. Shorefield Holidays is offering two themed weekends on November 4-6 and 11-13 focusing on festive fun . The 3-night breaks are available at Shorefield Holiday Park at Milford on Sea on the edge of the New Forest and at Oakdene Forest Park near Ringwood in Hampshire. Prices for three nights’ accommodation start at £110 for up to six people staying in a Danestream Chalet at Shorefield, and from £105 for a 4-berth Wimborne Caravan at Oakdene. The weekend promises a busy entertainment schedule when the fun kicks off on Friday night with a festive Kids Club and a personal appearance from mascot Cyril the Squirrel followed by Shorefields’ in-house Christmas show. Christmas Cracker Saturday starts at 10 am with the Junior Christmas Club for kids. In the afternoon it’s Panto Time which includes a Cracking Christmas Carvery with tickets priced at £17 for adults, £11.50 for 5-13yrs, £5 for under 5s. Saturday night sees a fancy dress competition, party dances, disco and star cabaret. Finally on Christmas Cracker Boxing Sunday an action-packed morning with the Shorefields team keeps the kids busy until the Christmas Treasure Hunt for all the family takes place and the weekend ends with a festive afternoon quiz. The Shorefield Holiday Park in Milford on Sea is a luxury 5-star holiday park in 100 acres with wideranging facilities for families, couples, individuals or groups. A variety of accommodation for up to eight people is available including caravans, chalets or luxury lodges which are well equipped with ammenities. Oakdene Forest Park near Ringwood is set in 55 acres of landscaped gardens bordering the Avon Forest and 9 miles from Bournemouth’s sandy beaches. Facilities include a heated indoor pool with flume, outdoor pool, dedicated toddlers’ pools, fully equipped gym, sauna, steam room and spa, supermarket, off-licence and launderette. For more information visit or call 01590 648331. C.Keegan

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Out and About Date






Sat 1st

Jada Pearl - Soul Covers Fuzzy Logik feat. Current release - All My Love

Portwell Angel


Sat 1st

Operation Christmas Child Bazaar

Corn Exchange

10am 2pm

Sun 2nd

Folly Tower Open

Folly Tower, Folly Hill

11am 5pm

Adults £2, under 16s 50p Under 11s free

Sun 2nd

15 Minute Club

Red Lion

8pm 11pm

Free entry

Wed 5th

Rod Stewart Tribute Show

Snooty Mehmaan

7pm 11pm

01367 242260

£30 per person, dinner and show

Wed 5th


Portwell Cellar


£2 entry. All money goes to charity.

Thur 6th

Live Music: The man with the stereohands

Portwell Cellar



Thur 6th

Great Wines - Discover the tastes of world renowned wine

Reynolds House, Bromsgrove, Faringdon


£20 pp, inc. samples of 6 wines and canapes

Sat 8th

Jazz Sax Evening

Twelve Oaks, Lechlade Road, Highworth

8pm 12pm For tickets call 01793 763749

Ticket only £5 Food available to order

Sun 9th

Coleshill Mill Open Day

Buscot and Coleshill Estate


01793 762209 coleshill

Adults £2.50, children £1.10

Wed 12th

Freshers Fair - The University of the Third Age Faringdon & District U3A

Faringdon Corn Exchange

10am 11.30am

Ian Clarkson 01793 782836

Free entry and free hot drinks.

Thurs 13th

The University of the Third Age Faringdon & District U3A monthly talk

All Saints Church, Faringdon


Ian Clarkson 01793 782836

"Secrets of the Smuggler" - Dr John Travis

Thurs 13th

Business Breakfast at Faringdon

Sudbury House Hotel

8am 10am

£10 breakfast

Fri 14th

Live Music: Nina Jade

Portwell Cellar



Fri 14th Sat 15th

Faringdon Art Society 47th Annual Exhibition 2011

Corn Exchange Faringdon

10am 6pm

Gill Campbell 01367 241748


Sat 15th

Salsa Night

Portwell Angel


Sat 15th

Buckland Apple Day

Buckland Memorial Hall, Buckland

11am 3pm

Adults £4, Under 16s free

Sun 16th

Faringdon Art Society 47th Annual Exhibition 2011

Corn Exchange Faringdon www.faringdonartsociety.

10am 4pm

Peter Gale 01367 244148


Thur 20th

Longworth & District Historical Society - River Thames at War

Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor Village Hall


Pam 01865 820500

Free for members

Fri 21st

Live Music: Missing Rosie

Portwell Cellar



Fri 21st Sat 22nd

London Suite Four playlets by Neil Simon

Sudbury House Hotel, Faringdon

7pm onwards

Tickets £15, supper 7pm, curtain up 8pm.

Sat 22nd

Craft Fair

Corn Exchange Faringdon

10am 4pm

01367 241201


Sat 22nd

The Art of Song with UK mezzo soprano Claire Bradshaw

St. Denys Church, Stanford in the Vale


Reservations: 01367 718420

Adults £10, Under 12s free. Ticket only

Sun 23rd

Seed Gathering Guided Walk

Buscot and Coleshill Estate

1 - 3pm

01793 762209 coleshill

Adults £3, children £1.50 (ages 7+only)

Wed 26th

The Elvis Experience

Snooty Mehmaan

7pm 11pm

01367 242260

£30 per person, dinner and show

Thur 27th

Business Breakfast at Faringdon

Sudbury House Hotel

8am 10am

£10 breakfast

Varied stalls to browse. Tea/coffee and cake.

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Local Events in October Date






Thur 27th

Comedy Night

Portwell Cellar



Sat 29th

Hallowe'en Party/Dicso

Portwell Cellar


Sat 29th

Antenatal Class in Faringdon

Faringdon Family Centre

9.45am for 10am

Margaret Broadberry 01367 242661 Family Centre on 01367 242432


Sat 29th

Hallowe'en Ball

Sudbury House Hotel

Anne Corley 01367 245345,

£49 per person, Inc. Meal, disco and B&B

Sun 31st

Hallowe'en at the Folly Tower

Folly Tower, Folly Hill

Adults £2, under 16s 50p Under 11s free

£30 per person, dinner and show

6pm 8pm

Coming Soon in November Wed 2nd

Beatles Night

Snooty Mehmaan

7pm 11pm

01367 242260

Mon 7th

Shoe Box Appeal Starts

Faringdon United Church


Ann 01367 241566 Kate 01367 241201

Sat 19th

Craft Fair

Corn Exchange, Faringdon

10am 4pm

01367 241201


Regular Events 1st Tues

Farmers' Market

Market Place

All day

01367 710445

Every Tues

Quiz Night

King and Queen, Longcot


Every Wed

Health Walks

Leave from Bell Hotel


Every Thur

Folk Session

The Swan, Park Road, Faringdon



Every Fri

Country Market

Corn Exchange

9.15 11am

01367 710382

Every Sat

Faringdon Farcycle cycle ride

Leave from Market Place


01367 241142

Every Sat

Supportive, informal parenting group

Faringdon Community College


Stella on 07963536568

Every Sun

Quiz Night

The Red Lion


01367 244585

Teams or individuals

11-12 and 25-35 miles

Send details of your event to or call Lou Guthrie on 01367 246136

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 us 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. Credits: Images p11: Suat Eman /, p29 Carl Tierney.

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Experts - local services TOM FOY Repairs & Servicing of Washing Machines, Cookers and Driers Fully Guaranteed

Tel: 01793 766397 or 01367 252701 (Lechlade) MAKE LIGHT WORK OF YOUR BOOK WORK! Working with sole traders to medium sized organisations Available for short/long term • Competitive rates Excellent references • Efficient, friendly and reliable BOOKKEEPING






Telephone Sally: 07807 526292


The Music Gallery Independent music retailer Your local electricians Domestic-Commercial-Industrial Faringdon

8 Newbury Street Wantage, Oxon OX12 8BS 01235 770353

Tel: 01367 240308 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




Short/Long Distances Business Accounts Driver Hire 4/7 Seaters

Corporate Service Courier Service Executive Cars Insured Cars

01367 243838 / 07894 572919

Ohm Electrix Domestic electrical services 07879 013359 Fully qualified and insured Big jobs or small, free estimates Friendly professional service

COMPUTER SUPPORT Bespoke Affordable IT Solutions

The Cheap Way to Add Space 01367 240880


• Computer healthchecks, repairs and updates • Network Setup • Data Recovery & Backup • IT Consultation

0845 467 5087 •

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Experts - local services 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

Den Boer Wines Quality wines, tastings and events Tel 01367 241169 Mobile 07919 241881 Email: donnarogers

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



| Winter |

Coming Soon to Lechlade & Burford

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Did you know

01367 241162

Landlord Insurance

BGi provides personal Home

Job Opportunities

Insurance; especially for those

An Experienced Commercial Insurance Broker required.

living in Oxfordshire and The

Please send your cv to

Vale of the White Horse. Because we know the area we believe we can get you

Or email:

the very best policy at the


very best price. BGi are based in Faringdon.

Landlord’s and Property Owner’s Insurance

Whilst we have clients across

We have several of the best policies available, underwritten by the most prestigious UK insurance companies. With prices increasing on just about everything at the moment it is no surprise that Landlords are looking to reduce costs wherever possible and are shopping around for cheaper prices and improved policy conditions.

the UK, we will be pleased to meet clients and prospective clients -in the office or the Portwell Angel for a coffee. As a local broker are available to help with those nasty little problems—and the major ones! are insuranc e brokers regist ered wit h t he FSA and spec ializ e in:

Property Owners Risks Simple & Complex Liabilities Cargo & Freight Liability Home Insurance & Travel Insurance Business Insurance Manufacturing, hi-tec & research Complex and Difficult Risks

Or make an appointment to come and see us.f f

Want Advice but perhaps not necessarily insurance? will be pleased to provide basic Risk Management advice: without charge during October.

We feel very confident in rising to the challenge of beating your last year’s premium if you can provide us with your current insurance Do you know what Directors schedule and cover information, on a like for like basis, and often and Officers Insurance covers? Should you? What about risks with an improved level of cover. such as pollution, environmental We can look at single properties or large property portfolios for damage, product recall, credit individuals, companies and pension portfolios too. insurance, product liability and Some properties are clearly more difficult to insure due efficacy or failure to perform? to problems such as flood risk, past claims For help with any of these or experience, on-going works, un-occupancy, listed buildings, others not mentioned please etc. but, this is where we are specialise and can often call 01367 246130. offer standard terms when other insurers will exclude certain risk or increase both the premium and policy excess.

Please contact Kim Vink on 01367 246132 or by email at who will be happy to discuss your requirements.

Town Centre Offices to let: fully serviced if required Six separate rooms available individually or as a block. The offices are each furnished. A modern fully functioning telephone system is installed and a fast Internet access up and running. The offices are situated in Faringdon Market Place (see picture) and offer great views as well as excellent working conditions. The property may be available on a long or short lease or on a monthly license. Please contact Nick Elwell on 01367 241162 or for more information. 14 Market Place, Faringdon, SN7 7HP

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Coming soon at The Portwell Angel October Jada Pearl - Soul Covers Saturday 1st

Charity Music Night Hope & Aid Direct Saturday 8th

Nick Gill Wednesday 12th With his Classic Jazz group

Salsa Night Saturday 15th

26 Market Place Faringdon Oxfordshire SN7 7HU T: 01367 248030 E: PORTWELLANGEL@GOOGLEMAIL.COM WWW.PORTWELLANGEL.CO.UK

Kingslake, Keegan & Gower Saturday 22nd Old & New Jazz & Blues

Free Bottle of Cava on your Birthday. If you let me have your e-mail address, date of birth & telephone number we will provide you with a complimentary bottle of Cava on your birthday when you celebrate the day with at least three friends in the Portwell Angel. An offer not to be missed!

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