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Hello Readers, Welcome to the August issue!

23 CONTENTS 07. Home & Garden Loft Ladders you can trust from Home County Loft Ladders. 08. health & Wellbeing NEW FEATURE: Why is Collagen so important with Shelagh Foster of Simply Skincare. 11. Editorial Feature The importance of making a Will explained by Mike Bradley of Integrity Wills. 16/17. News News from our region. 18/19. Local Event Enjoy a summer of fun in the Chilterns this August. 20/21. Sound of music Simon Markland talks us through this months music scene and upcoming events. 23. COMPETITION WIN a FAMILY TICKET to this years Abingdon Air & Country Show. 24. Get the Look All you need to know about cantilever staircases with Coulon Stone. 28. home & Garden Sowing the seeds of summer with Mimosa Garden Design. 30. Business SPECIAL OFFER: £50.00 Off a Social Media Plan with Harris Consultancy.

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SCHOOLS OUT FOR SUMMER!!! I don’t know about you but i’m actually really looking forward to the summer holidays this year. I was so keen to get my little ones back into school at the beginning of the year because lets face it, Home Schooling....WOW! But, now feels like the right time for them to have a break and enjoy some summer fun with less restrictions. And there’s SO many small scale local events happening again, starting with the Celebration of the Chilterns. This is a week long extravaganza of activities, starting on the 1st and culminating on Sunday 8th with a free Family Festival turn to pages 18/19 to read more. Another popular local event that returns this year is the Abingdon Air & Country Show and we have a COMPETITION for you to WIN a Family Ticket. Turn to page 23 to read more about the show and rule on how to enter. You can also jump aboard the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway Steam Train again and there’s a number of local festivals happening (with government guidelines in place), meaning we can all get out about in the summer sunshine and enjoy life! Our newest feature writer, Shelagh Foster or Simply Skincare, talks to us this month about Collogen and why it is so important for our bodies to have enough of it. Simply Skincare offer a huge selection of beautiful skincare products and Look Local readers are entitled to an exclusive discount of 20% off, when using code LOOK20 at the checkout. Happy Shopping! And as always, stay safe and continue to shop and support local...

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Integrity in that we will turn up at the time we say and make sure the house is spotless when we leave, and value in that we offer our services at a price people can afford.

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Collagen – why is it so important for a healthy lifestyle... By Shelagh Foster

I have suffered back and neck pain since my 30’s. It started with an impact to my spine from a car

accident, which weakened my body. Little did I know then, that my IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) was also depleting collagen out of my bones and joints. I did not understand then, how is collagen absorbed in the body so I was started to see and feel the effects that the lack of collagen can have on on the body. As we get older our bones become brittle, joints become weaker and the skin becomes saggier, this is all due to collagen depletion. This is where a collaggen supplement of some description may help.

What is Collagen •

Collagen is the most abundant protein in our body. It’s found in our skin, bones, connective tissues, muscles, tendons, gut, blood vessels and even our teeth. It’s the body’s building block.

As collagen is a protein, its building blocks are amino acids. Amino acids are produced when the protein we eat, such as meat, fish and dairy products, are broken down. These amino acids are then rebuilt into other proteins such as wound healing, muscle repair or collagen. However, collagen production decreases with age, which causes weaker connections. This is why skin becomes wrinkly and joints become less stable.

Collagen protein is what keeps your skins’ elasticity and is responsible for replacing dead skin cells.

Our bodies produce collagen naturally, but it decreases with age: 75% - 80% of our skin is made up of collagen and, from the age of 20, we lose around 1% of this each year. As a result, our skin loses its ‘elasticity’ as we get older, which gives us lines and wrinkles.

How is Collagen absorbed into the body? The body absorbs collagen through the food that you eat. The body combines amino acids from high protein foods with other vitamins like vitamin c, copper, and zinc to produce collagen. Collagen contains the amino acid hydroproline, an amino acid that is unique in youthful skin. Eating collagen type rich foods will help your body naturally produce the collagen protein that it needs. So, ingested collagen doesn’t just go directly to the skin. It is absorbed to various parts of the body. A collagen supplement of collagen protein will benefit the whole body, especially in older people with collagen deficiencies. Collagen benefits the entire body, and that includes the body’s largest organ; the skin.

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Our skin is constantly fighting free radical damage during exposure to high levels of stress, pollution and processed food, and this damage cause’s harm to collagen. Let’s coax our skin into producing the best collagen naturally. This, as with so many things, starts with your diet.

Reduce sugar intake diet and increase your vitamin C intake, which will assist in stimulating the best collagen production.

Blueberries - contain phyto nutrients (natural chemicals in plants) that help collagen fibres link together in a way that helps your body produce collagen.

Dark Leafy Greens – spinach, kale and Swiss chard are all rich in vitamin C and A and encourage the body to produce more collagen protein. (Cancer protection is also another benefit).

Orange vegetables and fruits, like carrots, sweet potato, pumpkin, apricot, mango tangerine are rich in vitamin A,which restores and regenerates damaged collagen protein. Mango, which is rich in Vitamin C, works with these acids to boost your bodies best collagen production.

Eggs are naturally rich in amino acids, which are essential for the formation of collagen.

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Editorial Feature Why use skin care products with Collagen in? The aim of collagen for skin creams is to slow down the loss of this ‘youthfulness’ protein and keep wrinkles off your skin for as long as possible, and to help the body make more collagen. With the right face cream, it will help protect the collagen you have. A collagen infused cream helps nourish and moisturise the skin, which makes wrinkles look less prominent. In skincare products, hydrolyzed collagen is basically collagen that has been broken down into smaller chains of amino acids which are called peptides. It is believed that peptides can penetrate deeply into the skin and can help support collagen production. Also, don’t forget to apply sunscreen with a high SPF every single day. Try our best collagen products; The collagen type we use in our Simply Skincare products is Hydrolyzed Marine Collagen, to promote natural collagen protein production in the skin and body. It is sustainable and completely natural.

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A professional Will Writers job is to take your instructions and translate them into your Will,

creating a document which accurately reflects your wishes. The Will needs to be understood by your executors and most importantly, The Probate Court, to ensure that it is proved quickly, thus minimising any problems after your death which could cause delays leading to hardship for your loved-ones.

THE APPOINTMENT OF EXECUTORS You may choose to appoint a member of your family, a prime beneficiary or close friend to act as an executor. Remember, an executor can also be a beneficiary. If you do need to appoint a professional executor, you could opt for either a solicitor, chartered accountant or a Trust Corporation to act on your behalf.

APPOINTMENT OF GUARDIANS If you have children (under the age of 18) you will need to appoint guardians. It may be helpful to make at least one guardian a joint executor as they have a right to money from your estate to help towards the upbringing of your child. This amount can be restricted to a certain amount or could be left in a trust fund. If you have a child with additional needs, who are likely to require specialist care either at home or in the care of the Local Authority, a trust will be required to ensure adequate funds are available for their future.

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Do you know someone amazing who deserves recognition?

Thame Town Awards are back and it’s time to celebrate our local unsung heroes! Do you know someone who lives, works, studies, or contributes to life in Thame that deserves a Town Award? If so, nominate them! You can make your nomination online via the Town Council’s website, or collect a form from the Town Hall. The Town Awards launched in 2009 and, this year more than ever, celebrate the amazing local residents and businesses who help their neighbours, support local groups or go out of their way for others to make our community a safer, more vibrant and happier place to live. Employer of the Year A local employer that has gone the extra mile to the benefit of its employees and the wider community e.g. supporting community initiatives, offering opportunities and practicing sustainability (employers can nominate themselves for this award). Creative Arts Contribution Someone of any age who excels in the Creative Arts and/or has contributed to the creativity of our town. This award covers a wide range of people – from the star of the show to the behind-the-scenes team and everyone in between. Nominations are welcome for any form of creativity. Service with a Smile There are so many individuals and businesses who consistently provide a friendly service in Thame, but who do you know that should be recognised for it this year? We’re not just looking for shop assistants – we also want to hear about opticians, carers, cleaners and doctors, to name but a few! Sporting Contribution This could be someone (or a team), of any age, who deserves a gold medal for their commitment to a sport or contribution to local sports. Perhaps a player who excels in their sport or someone who goes above and beyond to support their team from the side-lines. We are also looking for those who have made a notable contribution to sporting / fitness within the community.

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News & Events Volunteer of the Year Thame thrives on individuals and organisations who selflessly give their time to help others in our community. From fundraisers to friendly neighbours, there are plenty to choose from but who do you think deserves to be awarded Volunteer of the Year? Volunteer Group of the Year A volunteer group that has worked tirelessly for the good of our community. This could be a charity, but we also welcome nominations for less formal volunteer groups, who might have formed in response to the pandemic, or any volunteer group that makes a positive difference to their community. To date, the Town Awards panel has awarded 66 Town Awards to local people. Chair of the Town Awards Panel, Alex Bond, explains more about the awards: “It has been a difficult year so it’s great to be able to recognise those living, working and volunteering in Thame. The awards are well-established and supported by the Town Council as well as local sponsors. If you know someone or a volunteer group who has gone that extra mile to make a difference to others, I would urge you to nominate them for an award.” Anyone can make a nomination. Visit and complete the online form, or pop into the Town Hall Information Centre and pick up a nomination form. Be sure to follow the Town Awards Facebook page ‘Thame Town Awards’ and on Twitter #ThameAwards to be one of the first to find out who has won a Town Award this year. Nominations close on Thursday 19 August. Please visit for terms and conditions.

Chin-dig - A fun day out for under 8s! IT’S BACK! The Creation Station have teamed up with Cha-Char Chimps to organise a big party for children at White Fields Recreation Ground in Chinnor on Thursday 26th August between 10am - 3pm. Bring along a picnic and enjoy a super fun-packed day out! The event will take place in both the large marquee and the surrounding field. The theme is simply “A Summer Party”, so visitors are urged to come along in funky shorts, hats and sunnies or even a flower lei. Inside the marquee there will be lots of activities to enjoy! Your ticket includes lots of craft activities, plus there is a schedule of parachute games, story telling and of course ChaChar Chimps will be leading the way with lots of fun props and games and there will be a bouncy castle on the field. There is limited spaces available for the marquee sessions, so stage shows will be repeated throughout the day to ensure everyone can fully enjoy the experience. Please note there will be an additional charge for facepainting and refreshments (facepainting may also have minimum age restrictions). Booking in advance is advised as we will need to limit numbers to ensure a sensible capacity. Tickets for remaining space will be available on the door on a first come first served basis. This is event has been designed for Children under 8. There is no charge for adults or nonwalkers accompanying an older sibling. £8 for one child, sibling discount available. Ticket Link:

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Summer of Fun in the Chilterns Join us from 1st - 8th August for a


Chilterns Celebration is a week long celebration organised by Chalk, Cherries and Chairs, an exciting National Lottery Funded project, spearheaded by the Chilterns Conservation Board. Chalk, Cherries & Chairs is an ambitious five-year scheme which aims to connect local people to the wildlife and cultural heritage of the Central Chilterns. The scheme operates under three themes - wildlife, heritage and people - but the projects which fall under these three themes are all designed with the Chilterns landscape in mind. No less than eighteen interweaving projects share common threads, including volunteering, learning and digital media. Here is an overview of what you can expect during the week of 1st - 8th August:

August 1st: Winchmore Hill walking tour...

Come and join local historian Jane Barker who will tell you about the fascinating history of Winchmore Hill and the industries that supported the villagers for hundreds of years - lace making, pottery-ware and chairmaking. The 1 hour 30-minute walk begins and ends on the Common in Winchmore Hill.

August 3rd: Bodger’s Pub Tour...

Join us for a pub tour to remember, as we explore the fascinating connections between Chilterns pubs and chair-making! Expert guide Stuart King will share stories of the pubs where chair bodgers (turners who made chair parts in the woods) came for their pint (sometimes before breakfast!) and where some pub landlords set up thriving chair-making workshops. Travelling by mini-bus from High Wycombe, we will explore pubs and their stories in Terriers Green, Penn Street, Winchmore Hill, Holmer Green, Great Hampden, the Lacey Green area and more, stopping for a delicious lunch along the way at the Hampden Arms. Timings: 10.45am – 3:00pm (return time is approximate)

August 6th: River Clean with Chiltern Rangers

Don’t miss out on your chance to do something great for your local environment, learn new skills and meet new people! Timing: 10:00am onwards Start location: Chiltern Rangers Depot, Kingsmead Recreation Grounds

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August 6th: Routes to the Past Guided Walk Join Sam Johansen for a walking tour of the Historic Routeways of Crowell Parish, taking in ancient trackways, sunken lanes and drovers roads, and considering the different uses the landscape of the Chilterns has been put to through history. The walk will take roughly three and a half hours on easy to moderate terrain. Families and dogs welcome. Timing: 12 noon, 3.5 hours duration Start location: St Mary’s Church car park, Crowell (the gate is right on the western edge of Crowell)

August 6th: Exciting new Family Fun Festival on Wycombe Rye This exciting free-to-attend event is taking place in the Pann Mill corner of Wycombe Rye from 11:00am – 4:00pm on Saturday 8th August with an array of entertainment and activities for everyone to enjoy. There will be falcon displays, ferret racing, children’s craft activities, face painting, pole lathe demonstrating, lacemaking, ice cream stalls and more on offer, all to celebrate the heritage and landscape of the Chilterns. Chilterns based businesses Chiltern Rangers, BBOWT, Buckinghamshire Council and Amersham and Wycombe Museum will also be attendance with more fun activities for the whole family to try. There is no need to book for the fun day, just drop in on the day to experience the best of what the Chilterns has to offer! Confirmed stalls: • • • • • • • • • •

Face painting BBOWT (bee home making and orchard activities) Chiltern Rangers (cleaning the River Wye and bird box making) Woodlanders Lives (lace making demonstration and ‘have-a-go’ sessions) Gamegoer (Falconry show, working dogs demonstration and hourly ferret racing!) Buckinghamshire Council (Local list project and heritage activities for kids) Wycombe Museum and Amersham Museum (free craft activities for kids and trail of the Rye) Stuart King (local legend and bodger expert!) Ice cream Pole lathe demonstration

New Song of the Chilterns... To celebrate the festival and the fact that we are now allowed to get back out there and start exploring once more, High Wycombe based musician Jazz Dylan has written a song of the Chilterns. ‘Get on Your Boots’ is a light and catchy tune all about exploring the Chilterns, finding your special place and all of the things that Jazz appreciates about having this landscape so close to her home. Local artists and musicians are encouraged to find out more about the sonic map and potential commissions by visiting

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Sound of Music

elcome to our August music page. Here you will find information on local musical events, 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. Thame Music Academy TMA is excited to let you know that they are running a large array of fantastic Summer workshops and courses this August!

All of the sessions will be run by their professional tutors and they will of course adhere to any government restrictions there may be at the time. TMA’s courses are always extremely popular and therefore the places are given on a first come/first served basis. Please do get in touch as soon as you can if you wish to make a booking to avoid disappointment. Below is an overview of what is on offer and more detail can be found via the TMA website:

*Music Production and Recording Workshops*

This is a unique opportunity to learn about how instruments and singing are recorded by using a large array


of equipment and software. You will get the chance to try out different instruments, see how best to record each one and work as a group to record an entire song professionally by the end of the session. These sessions run across 2 mornings from 9:30am – 2:00pm.

*Beginner Guitar Courses*

TMA will be running 3 X 1 hour beginner guitar courses during the summer. Within the hour you will be learning about how a guitar works, how to tune a guitar, a selection of basic chords, strumming patterns and how guitar tablature works. These courses will provide a fantastic first step for any budding guitarist. The courses will be open to all from the age of 8 upwards, you will need to bring along your own guitar.

*Children’s Music Workshops*

Thame Music Academy is pleased to offer their Summer Children’s Music Workshops! The sessions will take place from 9am - 11:45 am with all children aged 5 - 12 welcome to join in! The children will get the chance to learn and sing a variety of seasonal songs, have a go on a large selection of percussion instruments

Entertainment and play some brilliant rhythm games culminating in a performance for parents at the end of the session! We will also be composing our own pieces using graphic scores! Alongside this the children will be making our own musical instruments! A drink and snack will be provided.

TOWERSEY FRINGE FESTIVAL Here is some fantastic news about an upcoming local event….! After careful consideration and weighing up of all the risks, the organisers of the festival have decided that this year’s Towersey Fringe will be going ahead! They are aiming to have as ‘normal’ event as possible, but also keeping everything as safe as possible. The event will be taking place on 28th & 29th August 2021. On the evening of Saturday 28th August they will be hosting their unique ticketed Comedy Event again, however the precise format of this will be devised nearer the time, once they know what is possible. Please be assured, that whatever they do, the safety and wellbeing of the visitors, performers, vendors and volunteers will be paramount. On the afternoon and evening of Sunday 29th August the fringe shall be putting on their usual brilliant day of local bands playing live, the famous Fringe Bar, great food from local vendors, the Fringe Spa, activities for kids and much more. Towersey Fringe shall of course follow all necessary government Covid-19 guidelines which may be applicable at the time, and will keep you up to date going forward. This is great news as we could all do with a fantastic local weekend at the end of the Summer to let our hair down and enjoy this wonderful community we are all lucky enough to live in! For further information please search ‘Towersey Fringe’ via Facebook or visit their website via:

OAKFEST 2021! This wonderful local event will be taking place on Saturday 4th September from 1:00pm – 11:30pm. Oakfest is a popular Music and Beer Festival held annually on the playing field of Oakley C of E Primary School. It is a wonderful family day out! This years festival will feature 14 local artists, ranging from solo acoustic acts to bands, all performing a wide range of musical styles from country to rock, pop and folk. While the music goes on there are many other activities throughout the afternoon to keep both children and adults busy including a full bar with a range of local ales and ciders along with wine, spirits and soft drinks, a BBQ and a variety of food vendors, a cinema tent, a range of children’s activities and a bouncy castle! Tickets are priced at: Adults £12, Children £5 and over 65’s £7. For further information and to book tickets please visit:

THE RISING SUN ICKFORD This fantastic country pub will play host to an afternoon of live music from 2:00pm – 8:00pm on Saturday 14th August! The event will be free and plenty of fantastic food and drink will be on offer. The performances will be based outside with an extensive garden, seating and children’s play area to keep the whole family entertained. For further information please contact the pub via:

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Abingdon Air and Country Show The 21st Abingdon Air and Country Show on Saturday 11th September provides a great day out for all the family with “something for everyone”, whilst raising money for charitable causes. Please be aware that we will be following any guidelines and restrictions laid down by the Government. Once again, we are organising another action-packed programme and can confirm RAF participation in the form of the frontline Typhoon, making its first solo appearance and the BBMF Spitfire. Also displaying, amongst others, will be a B17 ‘Sally B’, The Blades aerobatic team, a Westland Wessex helicopter and a ‘Russian’ Spitfire! On the ground we welcome The Solent Stars Motorcycle Display Team, the Wallingford Dog Training team plus the return of HawkWalk falconry and some of our ever-popular musicians and dancers. Further information about this year’s event will be featured in the September issue of Look Local. To be in with a chance to WIN one of three Family Tickets (2 Adults & 2 Children - aged 15 or under) simply email ( the answer to this question along with your contact details;

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What you need to know about Cantilever Staircases ... Cantilever staircases are made to appear as though the stair treads are floating in the air. Stone versions of these sweeping, often spiralling staircases were first built by stone masons in 17th century France. They quickly came to the UK and the first cantilever staircase in England is said to have been built at Queen’s House in Greenwich in 1629. They gained popularity in the 18th century across England and Europe as a mark of elegance and wealth. Next time you visit a National Trust or similar property, look out for a cantilever staircase. Cantilever staircases are still popular today and we have built many in homes across Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. Creating these graceful staircases is one of our passion projects at Coulon Stone as it involves a huge amount of skill and craftsmanship. Each staircase is completely bespoke. The treads are cut from blocks of stone using our CNC machine and then hand finished by our stone masons. A traditional cantilever staircase works similarly to an arch, with each tread sat on the others shoulder with the weight moving down. Around 150mm of one end of each tread is bricked in to the wall to maximise support. Some customers opt for a modern version of the traditional cantilever look which involves a steel frame running through the staircase or a concrete frame, both of which are then clad in stone. Whilst not traditionally cantilevered they still look incredibly impressive. Hard natural stones work best. We enjoy working with hard limestones, like those from Egypt which closely resemble marble, or hard Italian marbles. It’s important when choosing the stone we look for vents, or small cracks as these stones won’t work. For obvious reasons when creating a staircase we need a strong, durable material. Staircase projects, particularly traditional cantilevered ones take around two months for us to complete. Most home owners we’ve worked with have a structural engineer working on the project and we’re happy to work alongside them. For more information about how to go about your cantilever staircase project please get in touch via email: or call: 01494 484333

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Look locally over the garden gate with Lucie Giselle Ponsford

There’s always more – more to do, more to finish, more to start. But with gardening there’s more to gain, the space you have for growing is beautiful when packed and abundant. How do we do this on a budget? The joy of seed. Latent new life in its most protected form is now setting and ripening in annuals and early flowering perennials around & about. In truth there is always seed to harvest. But the power of the dry hot days desiccate the parent flower and finish the seed of those early spring plants.

I love local scrumping for seed from roads & paths around Chinnor, or an obliging friend’s garden. At the moment Aquilegia (columbine), Nigela (love in a mist) are good to go. But the season has been slow so you have an extra chance to catch a glance at a good looking Hollyhock or Poppy & revisit later for a seed that will hopefully come true to type and if not there’s always the joy of the unexpected in the unique progeny of the plants you have grown.

Soon: Calendula (marigolds), Purple Toadflax (Linaria), Holly Hock (Alcea) & annual Opium Poppies (Paparva somnifera) will be dry & ready for collection.

To harvest: take a paper bag or envelope, so as not to trap in any moisture &

rot the seeds. Place over the flower head whilst still attached to the plant, bend it downwards & cut or snap the seed head into the bag. The seeds will be primed for distribution and you could lose them if you pick first. Store in a dry place for early spring sowing next year. Happy foraging.

With love, Lucie For more top tips on all things gardening join me (@Mimosa Design ) on Facebook and Instagram. Email: | Call: 07737 286784.

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