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August 2017 Issue 60


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INSIDE THIS ISSUE WIN Thame Food Festival and Circus Tickets. Get the Look: Granite Worktop Tips. Acupuncture: How it beneďŹ ts your health. Motoring: Skoda Kodiaq

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30 06. Motoring: Tim Barnes-Clay test drives the Skoda Kodiaq. 13. Get the Look: Coulon Stone Ltd offer their top cleaning tips for Granite Worktops. 18. News & Events: COMPETITIONS WIN TICKETS to Thame Food Festival & Long Crendon Circus.

20. The Sound of Music: Simon Markland updates us on the latest music events in our area. 23. Puzzle Time: Test your brain with this months Suduko. 25. Health & Wellbeing: How to ease constipation. 26. Health & Wellbeing: Helping shoulder & knee complaints with Bowen Therapy. 27. Health & Wellbeing: Thame Therapy Clinic explains which health issue benefit from Acupuncture. 28. Leisure: Summer Holiday Courses for your children with Advanced Sports Ltd. 29. Health & Wellbeing: Technology Spotlight with Aston Hearing Service. 30. Health & Wellbeing: Chilton House provides the recipe for recovery. 31. Editorial: What does being an executor for a Will entail.


Hello Readers, Welcome to the August Edition of Look Local Magazine. The sun has got it’s hat on, summer is here and the school holidays are in full swing! I hope you are all enjoying lighting up the BBQ’s and cooling down in the paddling pool with your families. I don’t know about you, but I think so far we have been pretty lucky with the weather this year and I’m having a whale of a time lapping it up with my daughter. This summer holiday - like many mummies (& daddies) is an extra special one for me as its the last one before my baby girl is off to big school! Time really does fly once you have kiddies doesn’t it... This month I took to social media with a request for local Photographers to send me their favourite photo of ‘Summer in the Chilterns’. I was inundated with some wonderful shots which made my job of choosing one for this editions front cover especially difficult. After much deliberation I chose Coombe Hill Monument by Sarah Minchin Photography. I’m sure you will agree its a great shot and really depicts the Chilterns. If you’ve not made a visit to the monument yet, why not pack up a picnic and take the children there this summer, it’s a beautiful, picturesque spot. To see more of Sarah Minchin’s work visit www.sarahminchinphotography. co.uk. And thank you to everyone else who sent in their photos. I will be continuing to run with this idea for the foreseeable so I look forward to receiving many more shots over the coming months. This months issue features TWO competitions. For your chance to WIN a Family Ticket to the Big Top Circus in Long Crendon or a Pair of Tickets to this years food extravaganza, Thame Food Festival, turn to page 18/19 for rules on how to enter. Good Luck! And until next month, enjoy reading

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In the spotlight... Skoda Kodiaq


Reviewed by Tim Barnes-Clay, Motoring Journalist.

Skoda’s Kodiaq is a competitor to SUVs, such as the Kia Sportage. The car isn’t massive, but it’s big enough to fit up to seven people across three rows of seats. There’s a five-seater only version, too.

I tested the car in Edition 2.0 TDI 190PS 4x4 DSG seven-

seat guise, which means lots of equipment comes as standard. Kit incorporates 19-inch polished alloys; seven airbags; blind spot detection and a sat-nav with an eightinch touchscreen. The car is also furnished with leather and has electrically adjustable front seats. The Kodiaq could never be described as a cheap car, especially in seven-seat Edition format. £35,360 will need to be handed over if you’re paying for it up front, but there’s no denying you get a lot for your money. And that includes a very fine diesel engine. With 190 horses pulling under the bonnet, the 2.0 oilburner accelerates from zero to 62mph in just 8.8 seconds, while the top speed is 130mph. There’s lots of low down shove, making the 2.0 TDI 190PS Kodiaq a perfect towing vehicle. And the drive is made easy, thanks to the smoothshifting seven-speed automatic transmission. This power makes the Kodiaq a bit of a giggle to drive on the right roads, too. It doesn’t lean much in corners, which is unusual for an SUV, and this means you can hoon it around twisty rural routes without becoming unstuck. Naturally, the car’s 4x4 ability helps traction on tarmac – and off. Although this Skoda should never be seen as an out-and-out mud-plugger. On the black-stuff, you can dial into the kind of handling that suits you and the road. The Skoda’s adaptive suspension and steering system (named DCC) gives you three choices. You can motor along in ‘Normal’ mode. This gives a firm ride with light-ish steering. Then you get ‘Sport’ mode, which weights up the steering and gives you a stiffer ride. This is great for cornering, but can jar after a while. Then you have the ‘Individual’ setting, where you can create a mix of the above. The Kodiaq’s cabin is comfy, classy and clever all at the same time. There are lots of storage places, and the earlier mentioned touchscreen is intuitive to operate. In the second and third tier of seating, the SUV has strengths that contend with the best its seven-seat adversaries can



provide. The chairs in the middle provide plenty of head and legroom for two adults, and the third row of seating, while cramped for most adults and taller teens, are great for smaller kids. But if you’ve no need for the third set of seats some days, you can collapse them, making the boot seem comparable to a canyon in size. The Kodiaq is a very practical, comfortable and fine-performing SUV, and it brings the fight to the likes of the Kia Sorento, Nissan X-Trail and the Mitsubishi Outlander. Indeed, all the above should be worried because this Skoda possesses a winning blend of ingredients that will undoubtedly entice many people towards the Czech-made marque.

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GET THE LOOK Keep your granite worktop gleaming with our

cleaning and caring tips. By Jade Coulon, Coulon Stone Ltd We’re a nation of kitchen lovers, spending on average £7000 redecorating them, and a whopping three years of our lives in them. With all that time and money invested in one room, we want them to look lovely for as long as possible, including the most used feature of our kitchen, the worktop.

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NEWS & EVENTS in our region The Milk Shed Pop Up Restaurant is coming to Thame..


hame Food Festival are delighted to announce that Lucie Greenwood from The Milk Shed in Weston on the Green, alongside her husband Mark Ellis, will be hosting and running a Pop-Up Restaurant at the Festival. Lucie will also be demonstrating her culnary skills on The Chef’s Stage on the Saturday. Commenting on their prescence at the food festival his year, Lucie saud “We’re so excited to be re-locating The Milk Shed to Thame for this year’s festival. I’ve been visiting since before I opened the café and think it’s one of the best foodie events in the calendar; it attracts such an inspirational and talented bunch of lovely chefs and producers that I usually eat and drink myself stupid. I was delighted to be invited to do my first demo a couple of years ago, and although sick with nerves the audience were just lovely, genuinely interested in cooking, and I quickly calmed down and now can’t wait to be back on the demonstration stage this year for the third time. Meanwhile the team will be busy cooking up a storm at the pop-up serving some of our old stalwarts such as the deep-filled cheesy tart and our amazing spicy chorizo with aioli, plus a few brunch classics, the Milk Shed club sandwich, and I’ll be making the best use of all the new autumn produce available to create an array of fantastic colourful salads. We plan to create a rustic version of The Milk Shed channelling all the same shabby/cool vibes, serving our delicious food in a casual setting. We will have long sharing tables, and seating will be allocated on a first come first served basis, just the same as the café, so no bookings necessary, just turn up when you fancy – we’ll serve the menu all day.” This years event takes place over two days, Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st October at Thame Show Ground and forms part of the British Food Fortnight which Festival Ambassador, Raymond Blanc is a patron of. Supported by the man himself, this year will see over 150 artisan producers alongside demonstrations from many leading chefs and bakers. There is now an entrance fee of £5.00 (children under 16 are free).

Competition Do you want to WIN a PAIR of TICKETS to this year’s Food Festival? Courtesy of the organsiers of this fantastic local event, we have a pair of tickets to giveaway to TWO lucky readers. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is email us the answer to the following question:

Q: Which village is the Milk Shed based in? Email: Competitions@look-localmagazine.co.uk. Two winners will be selected at random from all correct entries. Closing Date: 31.08.17


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Sound of Music

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upcoming concerts and where to find the best music tuition in the area. Thame has a variety of fantastic opportunities for budding musicians who wish to join together with other like-minded people. From bands to choirs to bell ringing! We also host a huge variety of annual musical events! Towersey Festival 2017 - This wonderful local event is taking place on Thame Showground from 25th – 28th August 2017! This year the line-up is better than ever with: Kt Tunstall, Newton Faulkner, Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band, Lindisfarne, Jon Boden, Show Of Hands, The Blockheads, Andy Cutting and Roy Bailey (to name just a few of the line-up) all performing! The festival has a host of stages and areas to enjoy including: •

The Den: Festival Folk Club and Cinema.

Venue 65: The Big Home to Big Names!

Music, Lantern, Tent: Lantern Song and Hand On workshops for everyone. •


The Big Club: Acoustic music

All About Children: Activities and family entertainment

Festival Dance House: Have a go at a variety of dancing genres

Youth Festival: Area for younger adults to create, dance and play

Festival Green: A huge variety of entertainment, food and drink

Creative Quarter: A place for children and adults alike to create!

The Hive: Hands on workshops for all

Festival Green Bar: Large selection of thirst quenching beverages!

The festival is always looking for budding volunteers whether to help out with the day to day running of events, providing a workshop or helping with the planning. If you are interested in finding out more about the event, booking tickets, checking out the line-up or are looking into volunteering please visit: www.towerseyfestival.com Towersey Fringe 2017 - The Towersey Fringe is an afternoon of great beer, Pimms, Prossecco, delicious food and fantastic music, followed by an

evening of top class comedy, held at Towersey Playing Fields on the Sunday of the August Bank Holiday, Sunday 27th August 2017. This event is organised and run entirely by an enthusiastic group of Towersey village rs who have volunteered to give up their time and resources for free to raise funds for the future development of the Towersey Playin g Fields, which benefits the village of Towersey and beyond. To find out more about the afternoon or to buy tickets for the evening of comedy, pleas e visit towerseyfringe.co.uk

Do you love live music?

Thame offers some wonderful open mic events every month, these include: ‘The Birdcage’ – This historic town centr e pub plays host to a huge variety of local live music every month! The wonderful ‘A Little Bit Country’ will be performing on Saturday 12th August from 8 – 11 pm. This popular duo are guaranteed to get you up dancing and always provide an energetic and feel good performance. For further informatio n search ‘A Little Bit Country’ on Facebook.

‘Friday At The Fish’ - which takes place the second Friday of the month at The Old Fisherman, Shabbington. The event runs from 7:30pm – 11pm. More info can be found on their Facebook Page. ‘Friday At The Fish’ - which takes place every second Friday of the month at The Old Fisherman, Shabbington. Check out their Facebook page for more info or just come along to play! The event runs from 7:30pm – 11pm. ‘Sunday Afternoon At The Swan’ – This afternoon/evening session takes place every last Sunday of the month at The Swan Hotel in Thame from 4 – 8pm. A perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon with a host of local musicians performing live! If you would like to book a slot or find out more please searc h ‘Sunday Afternoon At The Swan’ on Facebook. Brought to you by - Thame Music Academy: E-mail: info@thamemusicacademy.com Tel: 07743 032292 Web page: www.thamemusicacademy.com

Unplugged at The Keys - This fantastic music event is open to everyone who likes to strum, sing, play a beat or just enjoy a relaxing musical afternoon! Taking place every last Saturday of the month, upstairs at The Cross Keys pub in Thame from 3 – 6pm, this is a unique opportunity to jam with fellow musicians covering a huge variety of songs , whilst enjoying the hospitality of the award winning pub! For further info please visit the Facebook Page – ‘Unplugged At The Keys’ !

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Think FEW... By absorbing several times its own weight in water, fibre softens stools and adds bulk, preventing blockages in the colon. The same is not true for the refined flour found in white bread, cakes and biscuits.

We chew and then swallow our food, to launch

it its long journey through our digestive tract. It is normal for it to linger a while in certain places but sometimes lingering turns to languishing and then to clogging…with unpleasant consequences! Constipation is one of the most common medical complaints. It is well known that fibrous vegetables, whole grains, beans, lentils and fruit, especially pineapple, sun-dried apricots and figs, provide the fibre needed to speed up the processing of food through the gut. They are also rich in nutrients and are much better than relying on wheat bran alone.

If you are dehydrated, your body will resort to drawing back fluids from your bowel, which will not only cause constipation, and also headaches. Drink plenty of still water at room temperature between meals. If you suffer with irritable bowel you might benefit from taking probiotic supplement, as well as eating live yogurts. Exercise also keeps things moving. As you chew, just think FEW : Fibre, Exercise, Water and there’ll be no hold ups in your system! Written by Joanna Lewis

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Shoulders and Knees…. “Many operations could be unnecessary” says leading surgeon There is a possibility that your Orthopaedic Consultant will tell you that surgery isn’t the ideal option for treating shoulder and knee injuries. This may come as a surprise, given that surgeons are trained to operate!”


news headline (Ref: The Guardian) in June certainly got my attention and reminded me of an article I wrote for Look Local in October 2015, when I made reference to a Radio 4 ‘Inside Health’ interview with Professor Andrew Price, Orthopaedic surgeon at Oxford University Hospitals (OUH). The discussion explored the usefulness of arthroscopic knee surgery, in the light of evidence that intervention is not always required, or indeed useful. The conclusion was that of ‘watchful waiting’ to see if the knee got better with conservative treatment. Treatment such as Bowen Therapy.

The leading surgeon is Professor Andy Carr, an orthopaedic surgeon also at OUH, who has cast doubt on the efficacy of certain types of elective surgery, whereby the benefits could be partly, or entirely explained by patient’s expectations of symptomatic relief following (invasive) treatment - a placebo effect. Prof Carr is currently involved in the first placebo, controlled trial of acromioplasty. It seems likely that surgeons will need to look at other non-surgical ways to achieve health improvements for patients.

How may Bowen Therapy help?

Early treatment with this soft tissue therapy is recommended, in the first instance to relieve the pain and allow greater ranger of movement. The careful and precise moves, which stimulate muscles and soft tissue, prompt the body to reset imbalances and start to heal injuries and chronic conditions. Bowen is suitable for all, those with sporting injuries and those with long term aches and pains. Bowen is a holistic, gentle hands on body work therapy, your treatment always includes a consultation, whereby your past medical history, recent accidents, injuries and lifestyle are discussed, noted and addressed - this is so important! The Shoulder Study suggests that medics have limited time to spend with patients. Therefore, after consultation there needs to ideally be psychological and therapeutic support in place for patients. My experience, consistently, reveals that patients are offered pain meds, scans, injections and surgery, which often doesn’t help, and then they come to see me. Please note that I am not able to diagnose or suggest avoidance of surgery; as a therapist I work with your medical advisors to achieve the best possible outcome for your health and wellbeing.

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Bowen Therapy is not a substitute for medical advice and treatment.

Restricted shoulders, due to a bony spur are often treated with keyhole (arthroscopic) surgery called an acromioplasty. An injured knee suffering with torn cartilage has the very common arthroscopic menisectomy. The suggestion is that these procedures may be replaced with alternative treatments.


Health & Wellbeing

What Health Issues could Benefit from it

As an Acupuncture practitioner, Thame Therapy Clinic’s Andy Roscoe sees endless applications of this therapy for everyday health problems. In this article he summarises the most common issues he treats regularly, using Acupuncture, so you to see just how many health ailments can benefit from this form of complementary therapy. 1. Tiredness & Stress. This is the main complaint of about 60% of my patients. Typically I see this in working women in their 30/40’s with 2/3 children and a partner who works long hours. 2. ‘Pain’. Often acute physical strains from eg. Picking up a heavy weight or maybe a whiplash car accident, or a sports injury. But also physical pain coming from stress, such as sitting for a long time in front of a computer, or arthritic pain in the joints from damp and cold. 3. ‘Emotional Overload’ causing mental stress and physical symptoms. This is very common and underlies most of the other issues I see. Helping people unblock emotionally is one of Acupuncture’s great strengths. 4. Chronic on-going conditions such as headaches or IBS or menstrual pains where medical drugs don’t really address the cause of the problem. Many people are ground down by these issues and feel their lives are restricted. 5. Patients who need help detoxing and strengthening. This could be during treatments for cancer or those getting off drugs like cigarettes or alcohol. 6. Fertility Issues. An increasing numbers of women (and men) use Acupuncture to help with fertility issues, including IVF assistance. 7. Some lesser known Acupuncture applications which sometimes feel like ‘miracles’. In this category come turning breech babies, overcoming the terror of flying, and controlling menopausal sweats.

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Every need catered for beautifully... Here at Chilton House, we recognise the importance of flexibility and our focus is to tailor your stay with us to your agenda and your needs. If you are in need of recovery after an operation, a break whilst family are away or maybe you are looking to make your home here, we would be happy to help in all cases. We are an 18th Century Manor House situated in the centre of a traditional Buckinghamshire village surrounded by attractive walled gardens and with stunning views overlooking our lake and Aylesbury Vale. We are less than one hour from London and Birmingham and just twenty minutes from Oxford. Good convalescent care & rehabilitation play a very important role in the recovery process following a stay in hospital and will help to speed up a return to good health. We offer the ideal environment for respite, rehabilitation and convalescence. Our experienced team and rehabilitation programme speeds recovery and enables a quicker and more confident return to home and independence. If it is a short break or respite you are looking for, We offer the comfort of a country house hotel with the benefit of 24 hour care and support, delivering the best service in a stunning location, enabling a change of scenery and a relaxing few days away. Why not make your home here? At Chilton House, we are here to make things


The Recipe For Recovery possible. It is a part of our philosophy of providing individual and tailored care in beautiful surroundings. Our main objective is to create an environment where our residents can enjoy their independence with premium quality care, & as many of our permanent residents will tell you, Chilton House really is an undeniably beautiful place to live.


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A place of care for over 50 years, Chilton House is a stunning building in a breathtaking location. We recognise the importance of flexibility and our focus is to tailor your stay with us to your agenda and your needs. If you are in need of recovery after an operation, a break whilst family are away or maybe you are looking to make your home here, we would be happy to help in all cases. INDEPENDENT LIVING APARTMENTS COMING SOON To look around Chilton House, meet our physios and nurses, join for Afternoon Tea or just relax with the wonderful views. Contact us TODAY to arrange your visit and discover all we have to offer!

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Integrity Wills & Guardianship Wills Protecting your family’s future.

I’ve been named as an executor. What does this mean? I

f you have been asked to be an executor, you will be named as such in the deceased’s Will. Around six million people have experience of acting as the executor of a Will but just 4% realise that they are legally responsible for the accurate distribution of the estate that is entrusted to them.

So what does the role of the executor entail? An executor is responsible for administering the estate and is accountable to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and the beneficiaries. The process of administrating the estate can be daunting given the legal paperwork, tax calculations and various administrative tasks that need to be accurately completed. It typically involves applying for the Grant of Probate, dealing with all aspects of their assets (such as property, shares and personal possessions), settling debts and paying any Inheritance Tax and Income Tax. Whatever’s left is transferred to the beneficiaries. In order to carry out their duties, executors need to have a copy of the Will along with relevant financial information on the deceased’s holdings. It is important that they keep a clear record of each step they take during the process, especially if Inheritance Tax is payable on the estate. This way, there is a clearly documented audit trail should any questions need to be answered at a later date. Executors are subject to a statutory ‘duty of care’ under the Trustee Act of 2000, meaning they must act in the best interests of the estate and beneficiaries. Consequently, they can be held financially and legally liable for any mistakes made in handling the deceased’s assets.

How long will it take?

Usually two executors are appointed in the Will

and the time it takes to administer the estate can depend on whether the executors agree on how to proceed. As a result, some people chose to appoint a professional executor who can provide independent and impartial advice. The time needed to administer an estate will also depend on its size and complexity, but on average this will take between 9 – 12 months for a professional. Administering an estate yourself can be an overwhelming process, particularly as executors will also be dealing with the loss of a loved one. Dealing with bereavement is never easy and people react differently to the emotional stress it can cause. For some executors the estate administration process can seem overwhelming. However, you can chose to appoint a specialist to do the work on your behalf.

Why you should consider speaking to a professional? The advantage is that the firm can take on full legal responsibility for administering the estate from beginning to end. This can provide executors with peace of mind and means that they have one less thing to worry about when dealing with the loss of a loved one.

At Integrity Wills, we have partnered with Kings Court Trust, one of the UK’s leading estate administration specialists. They have helped over 7000 families receive their inheritance in the last 15 years. If you would like to find out more about estate administration and how I can help support you and your family, please contact me.

Michael Bradley Call: 01844 281 013 / 07868 746 406 Email: integritywills@aol.com Visit www.kctrust.co.uk for more information.

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