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December 2017 Issue 64


Your Local Community Magazine


INSIDE THIS ISSUE Christmas Gift ideas for the Home and the kids. Pick your perfect Christmas Tree. Hearing First: Don’t let hearing loss spoil your festive fun.

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Hello Readers,

Welcome to the December Edition of Look Local Magazine!

Contents 12. Get the Look: Christmas Gift Ideas from Coulon Stone. 17. Editorial Feature: Tips on picking your perfect Christmas tree. 18. News & Events 20. The Sound of Music: Simon Markland updates us on the latest music events in our area. 23. Food & Drink: The Deli at No.5’s Festive Gift Guide. 26. Motoring: Tim Barnes-Clay test drives the Jaguar F-Type R-Dynamic Coupe AWD. 28: Editorial Feature: The Top 5 Wanted Toys this Christmas. 29: Health & Wellbeing: Live the life you want with Life Coaching. 30. Health & Wellbeing: Can acupuncture help male infertility? Thame Therapy Clinic explain more about this ancient healing technique. 32. Health & Wellbeing: Bowen Therapist, Jen Webster shares her reflections of 2017. 34. Health & Wellbeing: Before the party season kicks off follow Aston Hearing Services top tips to give you the best possible chance of hearing better this year.

If you are still doing your Christmas Shopping - I’m raising my hand here, although I do have a bit of an excuse this year as I prepare for the birth of my second child - then Coulon Stone and the Deli at No.5 have some fantastic gifts options to help inspire you. You can also give Krafty Kin’s Facebook page a visit ( They create some gorgeous handmade festive items including Advent Bunting, Personalised Stockings and Christmas Sacks all perfect for the little (or big) people in your life. As usual at this time of the year, I want to thank everyone who contributes to Look Local Magazine. Thank you to my advertisers who use the magazine to promote their businesses, thank you to you (my readers) for using the services provided to you within the magazine and a HUGE thank you to my loyal team of deliverers who post the magazine through your doors each month. Anyone interested in advertising within Look Local for 2018 please do get in touch via the contact details below. And I wish you all a merry (and indulgent) Christmas and a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2018. Merry Christmas...

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January 2018 Issue DEADLINE: Wednesday 13th December 7,100 copies of Look Local Magazine are printed on a monthly basis and delivered to households in Adwell, Aston Rowant, Bledlow Ridge, Chalgrove, Chinnor, Crowell, Cuxham, Great Haseley, Great Milton, Henton, Kingston Blount, Kingston Stert, Lewknor, Little Milton, Milton Common, Postcombe, Pyrton, Sydenham, Tetsworth, Towersey and Watlington. In addition, the magazine can also be picked up from businesses in these areas and also Thame & Wheatley.

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I can hardly believe we are all busy preparing for another Christmas - where has the last year gone? I do LOVE this time of year with all the festivities, children full of excitement, delicious food, your favourite tipple and family get together’s. In amongst the excitement though it’s easy to forget those less fortunate than us. It is of course the season of giving, so if you are feeling charitable and looking for a way to help out others who are less fortunate, then the local food bank would be a great place to head to. The Thame Foodbank provides emergency supplies of essential food items to those in our community who are struggling financially. More information about this charity and local pick up/drop off points can be found at www.sharinglifetrust. org/foodbank

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Christmas Gift Ideas... By Jade Coulon, Coulon Stone Ltd

Natural stones are wonderful materials. Each piece is unique, they’re

exceptionally strong and whether it’s a sleek piece of marble or rugged limestone, they add a touch of class to any space. This Christmas, you don’t need to replace your kitchen worktop or renovate your fireplace to add some natural stone to your home. We’ve put together a list of our favourite stone gifts, all of which will last a lifetime, both in style and stature.

1. Marble Chopping Board - the cool surface of a marble chopping board is ideal for making pastry and chocolate. It also stops dough from sticking, meaning you don’t need to add lots of extra flour. A marble chopping board can also freshen up the look of your existing worktop and is easy to clean. Why not pair your marble chopping board with a marble rolling pin? 2. Stone Cheese Board - most of us serve a lot of cheese at Christmas. And what better way to impress your family and friends with not only a sterling selection of cheese, but presented on a rustic slate or fancy marble. A stone cheeseboard is also easy to clean and can be used way beyond Christmas to present all sorts of foods. 3. Candle Sticks - candles are a perfect way to turn your home in to a cosy winter hideaway, and natural stones make perfect candle sticks and holders. It’s easy to scrape wax from them, they’re heat resistant and very sturdy. But they also look incredibly elegant, and can come in a variety of styles and colours. Coulon Stone can make all of these gift ideas, and bespoke to you. You can pick your stone and design and our talented masons will hand make them. For more information on prices, email us on, call us on 01494 484333 or visit our showroom in Stokenchurch.


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Editorial Feature

Pick of the bunch...

With so many to choose from, picking out your pefect tree might be a harder decision than you realised. Here to help you is a guide to the Top 5 most popular trees.

1. Nordmann Fir Trees come in lots of sizes. They are bushy and symmetrical and are a lovely colour. They last well too, even in homes where people like the central heating set to toasty levels. 2. The Serbian Spruce,

has a slender trunk with short, gracefully drooping branches and bright green needles. They are often sold as smaller pot-grown specimens here so they can be good for a table-top tree, and can be planted out once Christmas is over.

4. The Norway Spruce, is what we think of as a traditional British Christmas tree. It has a lovely shape but is notorious for dropping its needles. Try buying a potted tree rather than a cut one, as these hold their needles better. But actually, it’s only for a couple of weeks so a few dropped needles aren’t such a terrible price to pay for a truly lovely tree.

5. The Rocky Mountain Fir, is quite a narrow tree with a striking blue colouring to the foliage. It’s also good for needle retention. 3. The Fraser Fir, has an intense festive aroma that lasts well. It’s a pretty shape and slimmer than the Nordmann so is good if you don’t have a lot of floor space. It retains its needles well.

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NEWS & EVENTS in our region Piddington Market & Coffee Shop It‘s our 5th anniversary and biggest market yet! Lots of handmade crafts and local produce, including jewellery, ceramics, handbags, accessories, artisan bread, local cheese, jams and chutneys, local beer, homemade cakes, Coffee Shop and outdoor children’s play area. Shop locally for Christmas and find out why this buzzing little community market is popular with stallholders and locals alike.

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10am to 2pm Over the last 5 years, The Pantry has raised over £10,000, generated by profits from the general store, beer tent and coffee shop, stallholder fees, raffles and secondhand book sales. At each market, we have offered a free table to St Nicholas Church, where volunteers sell homemade cakes to raise funds for essential work on the building. Free admission.

Chinnor Nativity & Christmas Tree Festival Saturday 9th December - Sunday 17th December: Saturdays & Sundays: 2pm - 6pm Monday - Friday: 2pm - 5pm £1.00 Donation The Christmas Tree Festival is a wonderful community event that brings together the whole village and local organisations by each decorating a Christmas tree. The trees are then displayed collectively at St Andrew’s Church, Chinnor, for a limited time, for the public to come and enjoy. For more information call: 01844 352472

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Christmas Fayre in Watlington Saturday 2nd December | 10.00am to 2.00pm | Watlington High Street The Town Fair runs between 10am and 2pm in Watlington High Street, kicking off with the arrival of our jovial Father Christmas in his fire engine at 10:30am! The Fair includes attractions such as a magical Santa’s grotto, a beautiful indoor craft fair at the Memorial Club, a delicious Food Fair, creative activities and street stalls, raffles, games, competitions and much, much more. Listen out for our Town Crier and our Concert Band! Plus, make sure you take part in the Grand Prize Draw with its very impressive range of prizes!

Prize drawing at 12 noon with guest stars JEREMY IRONS & SINÉAD CUSACK

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Sound of Music


elcome to our December Sound of Music feature. Here you will s, find information on local musical event upcoming concerts and where to find the best music tuition in the area. s Thame has a variety of fantastic opportunitie for budding musicians who wish to join e. together with other like-minded peopl From bands to choirs to bell ringing! We also s! host a huge variety of annual musical event Thame Christmas Lights Switch On - This much loved family event will be taking place on Friday 1st December right in the centre of Thame! With a huge array of gift and food stalls along with children’s activities and the, always impressive, tree in front of the town hall this is a must do community event for everyone.

of As part of this there will be a showcase e local musical talent! This will include Tham rming perfo Maria nt stude my Acade Music live and the TMA Voices choir who will be performing Christmas favourites in the town hall chamber. A variety of different local choirs will also be performing at the event with some festive carols to get you into the Christmas spirit! 3:30pm – The event will run from 7:00pm on Friday 1st December and further information can be found via: Thame Concert Band - This fantastic local band have 2 events coming up this December: ‘Winter Wonderland With Thame Concert Band’ will be taking place on Saturday 9th December at Christchurch, Thame from 4:00pm – 6:00pm.


This free concert will be celebrating the festive season with Carols and Christmas favourites for the whole family to enjoy! ‘Christmas Carols Around The Tree’ will be taking place on Sunday 24th December a outside Thame Town Hall. This event is fantastic opportunity for the local community in to come together on Christmas eve to join . carols rite favou of g the singin For further information please


Do you love live music? Thame offers some wonderful open mic events every month, these include:

The Birdcage - This historic town centre pub plays host to a huge variety of local live music 2 every month! This December there will be live acts performing at the venue: y

Andy Robbins – Will be performing on Frida 1st December from 8:00pm – 11:00pm. Andy is a 31 year old singer/songwriter from Oxford. He is a regular on the Oxford music scene and has performed in almost every major city in the UK as well as playing several dates European including a tour that saw him play Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

Entertainment Andy has performed at renowned local venues such as Oxford’s O2 Academy and the Jericho Tavern, however his career highlight to date was a support slot at Hop Farm Festival which saw him perform on the same day as his hero, Bob Dylan. A Little Bit Country – Will be performing on Saturday 16th December from 8:00pm – 11:00pm. A Little Bit Country are a Buckinghamshire based acoustic duo. They signed to BFS Records in June 2015 and following the huge success of their single “Shot At Loving You” went on to release their debut album “Whiskey & Wine” in May of this year. The band will be performing at a number of upcoming BFS events including local gigs and festivals as well as some more further afield. ‘The Old Fisherman’ – This idyllic local pub in Shabbington will be playing host to the wonderful ‘Celtic Heartbeat’ on Sunday 3rd December from 4pm – 6pm. To celebrate St Andrew’s day, Celtic Heartbeat return to the Old Fisherman, Shabbington. Two sets of rousing Scottish, Irish and English folk music. You can sing along, jig about and generally enjoy yourselves. Which is what they will be doing!

pub! For further info please visit the Facebook Page – Search ‘Unplugged At The Keys’. ‘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 – 11:00pm. ‘The First Thursday Music Club’ - which takes place on the first Thursday of every month at The James Figg pub, Thame. Come along early to this popular monthly event to book into a slot or just to enjoy the wonderful live music on offer! Check out their Facebook page for further info. The event runs from 8:00pm – 11:00pm. ‘Sunday Afternoon At The Swan’ – This friendly and relaxed open mic is run by Brian Taylor every 4th Sunday of the month at The Swan Hotel in Thame from 4:00pm – 8:00pm. This is a brilliant opportunity for a relaxed musical Sunday afternoon and everyone is welcome to perform! There is also the opportunity to sing some karaoke! For further information please search ‘Sunday Afternoon at The Swan’ via Facebook.

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For further information please search ‘Celtic Heartbeat’ via Facebook. 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! The event takes place every last Saturday of the month, upstairs at The Cross Keys pub in Thame from 3:00pm – 6:00pm. This is a unique opportunity to jam with fellow musicians covering a huge variety of songs, whilst enjoying the hospitality of the award-winning

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In the spotlight... Jaguar F-Type R-Dynamic Coupe AWD


@carwriteups It has been a couple of years since the Jaguar F-Type came out of the undergrowth snarling and biting at everything in its path. The ferocious big cat has won many fans in that time, and Jaguar continues to develop the F-Type.

The luxury UK-based car brand, has recently brought out a four-cylinder engine version of the F-Type, and has also fitted some models with the All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system. I had this on my test car.

This is the near-£70,000 starting point for the AWD

models, and though purists will argue rear-wheel drive is the only drive to have, they forget that a lot of people don’t want a car to have a lively tailend. Many motorists like to drive their cars in all weathers, and not feel intimidated. This is where the AWD system comes in, and joined to an eight-speed automatic gearbox, it feels just as much at home cruising around as it does going all-out attack. That attack is powered by a 380PS V6 engine - capped off with a fruity sounding exhaust for maximum snarl. It is a car that is easy to drive at very high speeds in relative comfort. But it doesn’t feel light on its feet and isn’t as nimble as a Porsche 911. That being said; a lot of potential customers just won’t care. The reason for that is the image the F-Type gives. It’s one of the most beautiful cars currently in production, with lovely proportions and a sleek roof line dropping into an angular posterior. This is a car that’s easy on the eye, and many people fall in love with it before they’ve even driven it. Is that really such a bad thing? Absolutely not, because the F-Type will feel more than enough ‘sports car’ for most people. Only those coming into a car like this from something more serious could really feel underwhelmed by it.


Beautiful, capable, and now safer to play with than ever before, the V6 R-Dynamic AWD F-Type is perhaps the best all-rounder in the F-Type range and delivers sporting thrills without super-high costs and snap over-steer. In a nation constantly under siege from the weather, having the stability to go with the power is more than welcome, and actually, when you think about it, makes more sense.

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Editorial Feature

Toys! Toys! Toys! The song goes, ‘It’s the holiday season, And Santa Claus has got a toy, For every good girl and good little boy…’ But which toys? Luvabella: Unless you are completely doll-phobic this will enchant any little girl and probably a few boys. This is an AI Furby-made-human. The more she’s played with the more she responds. She moves her arms and legs and has an amazingly expressive face. She will even start saying a few words. The fact I was totally creeped out does not mean this won’t sell-out everywhere between here and Jupiter, so buy early! VTech Kidizoom Flix: If you are not enamoured with the creepy little Luvabella then try Flix. He’s a funky friendly little alien with face recognition software installed so he can recognise your child. You can change his eyes and skin colour and he has a camera and video

so you can carry out secret reconnaissance missions. He detaches from his tripod and comes in pink or blue. Lego: You cannot go wrong with Lego, for any age and either sex. The trend for programmable toys this year continues with Lego Boost. Five models - this is Vernie the robot which can be brought to life by coding using a free app. Experimake Sludge and Slime: A great take on the science kit. Icky gooey experiments that kids and lots of adults will enjoy playing with.

SoundMoovz: One for the whole family. Wearable, appconnected motion-activated musical bandz. Move your wrists and ankles to create beats, rhythms and music, layer your beat onto a song and connect to a wireless speaker for even louder fun. Watching Grandma showing off her moves will add to the holiday spirit. By Sarah Davey

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Are you living the life you want to live? It’s not a question that we often ask ourselves, if at all, but it’s an important one that is at the heart of the life coaching process. You may be at a crossroads; your circumstances may have changed; you could be feeling overwhelmed or unfulfilled. Whether change is happening around you or you are striving to make change happen, by its nature it can often result in uncertainty. That uncertainty can bring unease, fear, confusion, as well as excitement and exhilaration! Life coaching gives you the opportunity to gain clarity about who you are and where you want to go whilst helping you feel in control and confident in your decision making.

Who has coaching? Life coaching is proven to be beneficial for a wide range of people in a variety of circumstances. People who seek coaching are often living fulfilled lives and are not necessarily ‘in crisis’. Coaching helps people who are looking for support with a specific area of their life to build a happier relationship with themselves and those around them. It can help build their confidence, Benefits of life coaching develop an action plan, create the - 80% of clients improved their self-confidence right work/life balance for them, - 73% of clients improved their relationships start a new venture, deal with a - 72% of clients improved their communication skills change of direction (either expected - 67% of clients improved their work-life balance or unplanned) or adjust to new Source: International Coaching Federation Study, 2016 personal circumstances. The list is endless…

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Male infertility?

Acupuncture can help!

When couples are struggling to conceive it is often not appreciated that some 30% of unexplained fertility cases are due to male infertility and not ‘female factors’. This skewed perception of infertility is part of the problem which men face when confronted by an unproductive sperm test as it requires a change of mindset to tackle it. This article, by Thame Therapy Clinic’s Acupuncture Therapist, Andy Roscoe, explains how this complementary therapy could help your infertility struggles.


irst of all men need to take action, and this can be a problem because men are less likely than women to present themselves for medical help of any kind. Secondly men are generally less confident about discussing their bodies or their feelings with a doctor or therapist, especially where the issue is potentially life changing. Men generally take action when they can fix things and so discussing infertility may seem like a waste of time!

There is a large amount of research which shows that Acupuncture can make a difference to sperm count, motility, and quality. None of the studies are conclusive, and most recommend that western medicine and acupuncture/Chinese herbs be used together for best results. Often this combination is successful because Acupuncture helps address the emotional/ mental stresses which accompany this issue. Another theory is that by needling points on the body, chemicals and hormones are triggered and released. Research has shown specifically that acupuncture increases the amount of beta-endorphins flowing through the body, these are ‘feel-good’ hormones that help lessen pain and make you relax and became less anxious. Making a decision to get help is empowering and acupuncture could be a key part of this process. Here are a few of possible benefits* of acupuncture for both men and women; •

Improved pregnancy rates during IVF treatment cycles, when acupuncture takes place on the day of embryo transfer

Increased blood flow to the uterus, leading to an improved endometrial lining

Reduced stress and anxiety levels

Possible improvement in ovulation for women with PCOS

Possible improvement in sperm count and quality in men with infertility

Possible regulation of gonadotropin-releasing hormone, which in turn could help regulate ovulation

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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!

Chilton, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP11 9LR

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Thame Therapy Clinic


High Quality Complementary Health Therapies from Experienced Practitioners


Therapies include • Physiotherapy • Reflexology • Osteopathy • Homeopathy • Acupuncture • Holistic Massage • Thai Massage • Counselling and more... 01844 215555 / 261592 23 Upper High Street, Thame, OX9 3EX


Improve Strength Flexibility & Range of Movement Reduce Stress


Post Surgery & Injury Rehabilitation Help with Posture & Alignment Remedial Care for Back & Joint Pain


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Reflecting on 2017 as the end of the year approaches... I really can’t believe how quickly this year has gone. As 2017 comes to a close I have been reflecting on the issues presented by clients and their responses to treatment, on how I love working in my Clinic at The White House and on my own need to seek medical advice! My clients are so complimentary, thanks to my Bowen / NST treatments, and I just love getting a call from a parent saying their child has asked to book them an appointment, equally rewarding is being recommended to friends and family. Here are just a few of the testimonials I have received this year... - “If I win the lottery, please will you come and live with me so I can have treatments everyday!” - “I don’t ever want to stop having Bowen.” - “You’ve changed my life, I’m pain free, energetic and coping with everything.” - “No one has been able to help me, you have - Thank you, thank you, thank you!’ - “Ooooh, you’ve been on another course!”

Reverting back to the language used during my life in Operating Theatres, I have seen backs, hips, shoulders, knees, TMJ disfunction, headaches, hormone issues, ME, FM and CFS, muscular skeletal issues and so on… However, as ALL my clients know, I do not just treat a body part, your whole health and wellbeing experience is discussed and addressed. This year, once again, I have been privileged to further my practice with a fantastic and intensive NST seminar, thanks due to Michael Nixon Livy from Australia . Talking of surgery - earlier this year I was wheeled into an operating theatre that I worked in very many years ago, for emergency appendix surgery. Now that was a stressful, ‘high blood pressure’ moment! Thanks to the wonderful staff at The JR, I made a very speedy recovery and only a few clients noticed that I’d been away! There is a time and place for medical intervention and I am very quick to help you get seen by a specialist if the need arises.

I would like to wish all Look Local readers a very Happy Christmas and also take this opportunity the thank Emma for publishing all my articles this year. Please contact me for further information on; Jen Webster Bowen | Advanced NST practitioner (BSc MBTPA CNHC reg)

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

Every body is different and every experience of aches, pains, restrictive movement, illness, Dis-Ease, acute and chronic conditions are different and helped by Bowen / NST with it’s non invasive, hands on approach.

December 2017

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THURSDAY 7th & Friday 8th DECEMBER at NOON Auction of Natural History, Militaria, Antique Furniture, Paintings & Ceramics. VIEWING: Between 10:30am - 6pm on the days of the auctions

Open 7 days a week between the hours of 10:00am - 6:00pm (including Sundays & Bank Holidays)

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Look Local Magazine, Oxon Edition: December 2017, Issue 64  

Hello Readers, Welcome to the December Edition of Look Local Magazine! I can hardly believe we are all busy preparing for another Christma...

Look Local Magazine, Oxon Edition: December 2017, Issue 64  

Hello Readers, Welcome to the December Edition of Look Local Magazine! I can hardly believe we are all busy preparing for another Christma...