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July 2017 Issue 59


Your Local Community Magazine


INSIDE THIS ISSUE WIN Midsomer Murders Tour Tickets Summer Holiday Courses for Kids Meat Deals Perfect for the BBQ Season FREE Music Festival comes to Thame Avoid Summer Holiday illness And more...

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Hello Readers,

24 18 06. Motoring: Tim Barnes-Clay test drives the New Mazda CX-5. 13. Get the Look: The answers you need to know when considering Natural Stone Worktops. 18. News & Events 20. The Sound of Music: Simon Markland updates us on the latest music events in our area and interviews Blackfrog Studios owner, Steve Lockwood. 24. COMPETITION: Your chance to WIN Midsomer Murder Tour Tickets.

Welcome to the July Edition of Look Local Magazine. The Summer Holidays will be here before you know it which usually means 6 weeks of quality time with you ever-solovely, but ever-so-over-excited children pulling at your sleeve every 5 minutes wanting to know what activities you have in store for them each day! Well if they are into sport, or even if they’re not but you like the idea of them being outside keeping fit rather than slobbing on the sofa, eyes glued to their tablet or games console, then turn to page 27 for information about ASL’s Summer Holiday Courses. There are also a number of Summer Fayres and Music Festivals you can attend to keep them entertained. One in particular is completely FREE - the inaugural Thame Music Festival which brings together well-known artists and local talents for a day full of live music and entertainment. Taking place in Thame on 8th July this looks like a day out not to be missed. See page 18 for more information. If you’re heading abroad for your summer holiday, our article on page 26, written by Homeopathist at Thame Therapy Clinic, Jill Roarty, offers some helpful advice on treating poor health whilst away or travelling to your destination.

31. Leisure: *NEW Feature* Summer Holiday Courses for your children with Advanced Sports Ltd.

This month’s issues also feature an exciting competition! For all you Midsomer Murders fans, now is your chance to WIN a pair of tickets to attend one of the brand new Tours which take place, weekly, between May & October in Thame. Turn to page 24 for rules of entry.

26. Health & Wellbeing: Thame Therapy Clinic talk holiday Homeopathy healing.

Love Emma x

And until next month, enjoy reading

28. Health & Wellbeing: Balancing your hormones with Bowen Therapy.

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30. Health & Wellbeing: Aston Hearing Service tell us about the advances in modern day hearing aids.

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31. Editorial: Planning ahead for your Funeral. 33. Business Talk: *NEW Feature* How important are your Card Services? By UK Business Buddy. 34. MEAT DEALS: At Cricks Butchers - Perfect for the BBQ season.




August 2017 Issue DEADLINE: Friday 14th July 7,300 copies of Look Local Magazine are printed on a monthly basis and delivered to households in Adwell, Aston Rowant, Bledlow Ridge, Chalgrove, Chinnor, Clare, Crowell, Cuxham, Great Haseley, Great Milton, Henton, Kingston Blount, Kingston Stert, Lewknor, Little Milton, Milton Common, Postcombe, Pyrton, Stoke Talmage, 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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In the spotlight... New Mazda CX-5


Reviewed by Tim Barnes-Clay, Motoring Journalist.

The Japanese-made CX-5 has always been a handsome motor. So, it’s no shocker that because of its mix of style, driving dynamics and economy, the car has seen 1.5 million sales internationally.


azda’s design crew had its work cut out to perfect something that, quite honestly, didn’t need perfecting further. But, what they’ve done is sharpen up the SUV, so everything looks tauter and fresher. It’s more than just a beautification, though - improvements have been applied all over. And that involves an all-new cabin. The 2017 CX-5 features a lower roofline and smoother sides. These changes accentuate its posture and erudite proportions. Inside, Mazda has fused scrupulous cockpit ergonomics with a chic, sizable cabin. Born out of the Japanese car-maker’s ‘Jinba-Ittai’ car-anddriver-as-one belief, the latest CX-5 offers fresh stratums of comfort and driver engagement. Test-driving the 2.2 150ps 2WD Sport Nav Auto, it’s clear Mazda has also cut vibration and clamour within the cabin. I drove the new model in raindrenched Inverness – and the SUV managed to subdue the sound of the deluge, which went on for 24 hours, solid. Even though I saw some car accidents, undoubtedly caused by aquaplaning, I was able to push the Mazda CX-5 enough to note the SUV’s handling precision is better than ever. In some ways, the wet weather was a blessing, as the Scotch mist forced us to fully concentrate on the test drive, rather than gawp like tourists at the Cairngorms. Because of that, we even became conscious of the CX-5’s stiffer body rigidity, (15 per cent firmer than the first-generation car).

All 2017 CX-5s are furnished well, with interior kit, such as dual-zone climate control, DAB radio and a touch-screen display with sat-nav. The Sport Nav trim adds an eight-way electrically alterable driver’s seat, a reversing camera, and smart keyless entry. A heated steering wheel and heated front seats are also a bonus. But I’ve saved the best bit of tackle for last – the Sport Nav features a head-up display that shines information onto the windscreen - and it includes Traffic Sign Recognition. This is great, as it keeps you firmly engrossed on the road ahead – something I needed to be, considering the squally weather north of the border. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t look at the new Mazda CX-5, if you’re in the market for a compact SUV.

PRO’s & CON’s Apperance




Could be quicker

But, the way the 2017 Mazda CX-5 drives is far more enchanting and comfy, due to the introduction of G-Vectoring Control (GVC). This essentially imitates the weight-transfer methods racing car drivers employ. It makes road cars piloted by average folk, like you and me, handle like they’re in the hands of a pro-driver. But it’s not all about the driver – GVC makes your passengers feel more chilled.

Max speed: 124mph

The 2.2 150ps 2WD Sport Nav Auto is just so easy-going to drive. The 0-62mph time is 10.1secs, and the top speed of 124mph is more than adequate. Perhaps more crucially, you can also expect over 50mpg on an average run, while CO2 productions are 147g/km.

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Home & Garden

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GET THE LOOK Questions you may forget to ask when choosing your natural stone worktop. By Jade Coulon, Coulon Stone Ltd

You’re renovating your kitchen and have decided to invest

in a natural stone worktop – they’re stylish, beautiful and hardwearing. You’ve spent weeks contemplating cupboard colours, selecting your stone and deliberating all those design details. But you’re not there yet. We’ve thought about those final questions you should ask before you give your worktop the go ahead

Where will the joins be? - If your project requires more than one length of stone – which is highly likely in a kitchen – check where your stone mason plans on creating the joins. Maybe they planned to put them either side of your sink but you’d prefer them to be hidden around the hob where there’s less light. What surface finishes does the stone come in? - Not many people know that granites and marbles, and all other natural stones, don’t just come with highly polished, shiny surfaces. There are often options for matte finishes or even varying degrees of flame brushed. Where does the stone come from? - Finding out the origin of your stone means you not only get to show-off about how exotic your worktop is, but it can also be an indication of quality. For example, a charcoal veined white marble from Italy will be far better quality than one from China. How should I care for my stone? - Different natural stones have different care needs, and these needs fit in to different lifestyles – some stones need more attention than others. For example granites are very durable, so wiping them down with an everyday kitchen spray is fine, whereas marble is more sensitive - avoid bleaches and hard chemicals. Also some stones expose marks and crumbs more than others. These details are useful to know when deciding which stone will slot in to your lifestyle best.

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NEWS & EVENTS in our region Music Legends to Play Thame Town Centre! The first, FREE, Thame Town Music Festival will be held in Thame Town Centre on Saturday 8th July 2017. This incredible development, led by Johnnie Littler, the Festival Director but with the full support of Thame Town Council means that Thame will be closing the roads and holding a FREE, multi-venue, multi-genre, town centre celebration of live music – not or profit, but for the love of music! There will be 8 venues all over Thame including a Main Stage in front of the Town Hall in the Lower high Street carpark. Headlining will be the legendary GLEN MATLOCK (founder of the Sex Pistols and writer of Anarchy in the UK, and God Save the Queen) and Friends (including Slim Jim Phantom from the Stray Cats and Neal X from Sigue Sigue Sputnik). Also on the main Stage will be the brilliant Rusty Shackle, Van Susans, Nikki Loy, The Dung Beatles, Emma Stevens, The 27 and Highway 51. In addition, 7 other venues; The Birdcage, Jack and Alice, The Stables at James Figg, The Black Horse, The Cross Keys, The Snooker Club and the Leisure centre will feature another 50 different bands, artists and comedy acts. As an example, at Jack & Alice Wine Bar, Double Bassist Tim Dawes is curating a bill where you can see and hear some of the coolest Jazz from performers including Nathan Allen (Amy Winehouse’s drummer) and Tim Lapthorn, one of the most in-demand piano players in London. The Cross Keys will feature top Comedy from an awesome line-up including Cecilia Delatoria, Katie Pritchard, Rasputin’s Lunchbox and Stuart Woodings. The other venues will feature the whole range of music genres from Rock to Folk and Classical to Americana – and all stops in between – and it’s all FREE! To make this a truly special day, there will be a very cool Street Bar, lots of food stalls, merchandise stands and American Classic Cars in town. Put the date in your diary - Saturday 8th of July! It’s going to be a FREE party with brilliant music, whatever your taste, plus comedy, food and lots more. To go with the road closures, car parking will be provided at the Southern Road Recreation Ground as well as all the other existing car parks in Thame. Thame Town Music Festival is a not for profit Community Interest Company, run by a team of volunteers, and its aim is to enhance Thame and get live music thriving in the town. Check out all the Venues and Line-ups and all you need to know about the festival at:


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News & Events

CHINNOR & PRINCES RISBOROUGH RAILWAY Enjoy a leisurely heritage train ride along the Chiltern foothills. Open every Sunday & Bank Holiday + Thursdays in Summer School Holidays - see website for additional dates, book-ahead fares and timetables. We also offer delicious Cream Teas and Ploughman's Lunches on selected dates*. Free car parking, tea room and souvenir shop at Chinnor station.

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Sound of Music


elcome to our July Sound of Music feature. Here you will find information on local musical events, upcoming concerts in and where to find the best music tuition the area. s Thame has a variety of fantastic opportunitie join to wish who ians music ng for buddi 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 Town Music Festival - This amazing brand new event will be coming to Thame on s Saturday 8th July 2017! With venues acros the town and a main stage next to the town of hall this promises to be a wonderful array come to me welco is one Every – live music along! The main objectives of the festival are: •

To further enrich the cultural life and reputation of Thame as a vibrant, diverse, and enthusiastic community.

To give original artists a platform to perform in a quality setting to a supportive and engaged audience.

To continue the FTMC mission of promoting live music performance in Thame. To support the local economy and small retail businesses particularly Thame High Street . To kick start a fund/campaign to create a performance venue for Thame. The performances will include some brilliant local talent along with artists from further afield.


The festival website has further information on all the potential performers and everyone st has a chance to vote for and sugge who they might like to perform on the day. To place your vote, suggest potential performers and find out more please visit: Haddenham Summerfest 2017 - This fantastic annual event will be taking place on Saturday 1st July 2017! With a huge range of ales and ciders you won’t be getting thirsty! Alongside this there will be a full line-up of live music throughout the whole day! The festival will be taking place in the ground of Haddenham – Community Junior School from 11am 9pm, for further information please visit: k/ www .hadd enha m-be er-fe stiva summerfest

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

tic Unplugged at The Keys - This fantas music event is open to everyone who likes a to strum, sing, play a beat or just enjoy place Taking oon! aftern al music ng relaxi at every last Saturday of the month, upstairs 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 award the of tality hospi the whilst enjoying winning pub! For further info please visit the ! Facebook Page – ‘Unplugged At The Keys’ ‘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.

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very month we focus on particular music groups or events in the area and finding out more about our local musicians. This month we are going to focus on Steve Lockwood who runs Blackfrog Studios in Thame.

did your interest in music Q: How start?

: A 

My family aren’t musical at all so it seems amazing that I got drawn into this industry. I just found myself as a kid being really interested in making new sounds. I think if I had to put it down to a certain time in my life it would have been in my first years at lower school when we had music lessons at school and a teacher “Miss Stewart” who was really passionate about music. We often got put into groups and asked to write a song. I naturally went to the keyboard and loved every minute of it. My enjoyment of music continued from there and developed even further when I finally managed to get my own keyboard at home. And so the story began.

Tell us about your first live Q:performance? A:

When I was 17, I was sat around with a group of friends, when one of them said he was learning to play the guitar and then suggested we start a band. So we did and believe it or not that band is still going today, although not doing much. In those days we called ourselves “Canto” which was a randomly picked word from a dictionary. We set out just doing it for fun, which was probably a good thing as we were awful, but we spent around a year practising and bringing in a couple of other friends that were better musicians than us until we got to a point that we weren’t half bad. By this point I had also joined the fire service and the fire station I was on also in those days, had a social club. They wanted to put an event on there and suggested that our band play. So with a little convincing and through all the nerves we took the plunge and played our first gig. The night went really well. It wasn’t a massive gig probably a 60 strong audience but we were well received and it became the first of many gigs to follow.

us about Blackfrog Studios Q: Tell and how it started? A: 

Playing in the band, we have used many studios over the years and worked with many producers. I’ve always found the

whole recording process fascinating and sometimes frustrating when working with other producers, so 15 years ago I decided to have a go myself. I bought a little 24 track digital all in one recording desk, originally just to record my own band. But I took to it quickly, really enjoyed it and before long was being asked to record other friends in my little basement studio. It didn’t take long before I outgrew the space, so when I moved house I build a studio with a separate ‘Live’ and ‘Mixing’ Room. When building the original studio we had to lift some slabs up and under one of these slabs was a totally black (and what looked cremated) frog. In my strange way, I leant over to have a good look when the frog jumped in the air causing me to do the same thing, to which my guitarist, Jef Oriley, found highly amusing and said “there you go, you now have name” and shortly afterwards gave me a small sign for the studio saying ‘Blackfrog Studios’. That sign still hangs outside the front door of the current studio today. Work picked up, I got busier and when my son came along it was time to move the studio out of the house, so we rented a unit in Station Yard in Thame which became the studio for the following 4 years before we moved to our current location in Jefferson Way. The studio now offers Recording and Rehearsal Services to local and national bands, singers and musicians along with Voice-Overs and Recording Studio Experiences for everyone of any age, including Children’s Parties and Hen & Stag Parties, giving people the chance to be a pop star in a professional studio. The studio in Jefferson way has a large rehearsal room with a full back line and PA for rehearsal, in addition to the recording facilities including a Vocal Booth and impressive Mixing Room. For more information about Blackfrog Studios visit

: Tell us about your label? Q A: 

BFS Record (Blackfrog Studios Records) came around in 2012. We see ourself as a ‘stepping-stone-label’ and we aim to provide our acts with everything that they need to develop their talent and get noticed by a major label. We currently have some great acts signed to the label.

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a PAIR of TICKETS to the new MIDSOMER TOUR in Thame T

hame is one of the most frequently used filming locations for the popular ITV series Midsomer Murders. It regularly features as Causton or as one of the many villages in ‘Midsomer County’. Many Thame landmarks have been featured, including the Town Hall, Market House, Rumsey’s Chocolaterie, the Swan, Black Horse, and Spread Eagle hotels. Thame’s cricket ground and Prebendal House were filmed recently for further episodes. Midsomer Murders is still going strong after 20 years with regular screenings in the UK and round the world. Sarah Osborne of Tourism Angles, Midsomer tourism specialists, says, ‘Midsomer Murders is one of our biggest TV exports – it’s watched by 6.5 million people in the UK and millions more in over 100 countries. People see the show on TV and want to come and visit the beautiful towns and villages of Midsomer.’ New in Thame are weekly Midsomer walking tours, taking in many of the filming locations, led by specially trained Midsomer guides. Tony Long, tour coordinator, said, ‘These new tours developed from a tour originally created by David Dodds of Thame Museum. They’re being held under the auspices of 21st Century Thame, an organisation bringing local businesses, community groups and councils together to keep Thame vibrant, following a successful Midsomer Workshop last year, which recommended various Midsomer promotional ventures including the tours.The tours last about an hour and take place weekly between May and October, alternating between Saturdays at 2.30pm and Wednesdays at 11.00am. They start from inside Thame Museum (79 High Street, Thame, OX9 3AE), one of the filming locations. These tours will add a new facet to tourism locally, attracting more visitors from the UK and overseas to our historic town.’ To be in with a chance to WIN, simply email ( the answer to this question along with your contact details before the closing date;

Q: HOW MANY PEOPLE WATCH MIDSOMER MURDERS ON TV IN THE UK? Three winners will be selected at random from all correct entries and notified after the closing date of 31.07.17.


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July 2017

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Health & Wellbeing



omeopathy offers a natural form of medicine and is based on the principle of ‘like cures like’. It is used worldwide by over 2 million people to cure both acute & chronic conditions.

Travel Sickness

Whether you suffer from car, boat or plane sickness, there is a great combination homeopathic remedy, that will help: Cocculus / Petroleum / Tabacaum 30c. Take 1 pill every 10 – 60 minutes depending on the intensity of the symptoms.


Helios* makes a combination remedy Arnica / Electricitas / Rad Brom 30c. Put a couple of pills in a bottle of water once you have passed security, and sip.

Diarrhoea & Vomiting

Though there are many Homeopathic remedies for diarrhoea and vomiting, the number one is Arsenicum Album 30c. The clues that you need this remedy are that besides the diarrhoea and/ or vomiting, you will feel weak and chilly, and perhaps a little anxious. If however, your symptoms are the result of over-indulgence with rich food and alcohol, then take Nux Vomica 30c: The hangover miracle cure!

Insect Bites & Jellyfish Stings

Whether it’s a mosquito bite, a bee sting or some other insect bite – the number one homeopathic remedy for insect bites that become red, hot, swollen and itchy is Apis 30c. The two other important remedies are Urtica Urens and Ledum. Take in 30c. Apis and Urtica are also very good for jellyfish stings.

Where to buy homeopathic remedies: You can order online from: *Helios Homoeopathy. For full article featuring more Homeopathy Holiday Health Tips visit (News/Health & Wellbeing)

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Disclaimer: The information in this article is not a substitute for medical advice and anyone with serious concerns about their health should consult an appropriate healthcare professional.

Nobody wants their summer holiday ruined due to a sudden bout of diarrhoea or sickness. One of the best ways to be healthy on holiday is to strengthen your system before you go, by eating and sleeping well. High vitality means high resistance to illness. But, sometimes our lives are so hectic that by the time we reach our holiday destination we are stressed and exhausted leaving us more susceptible to infection. In this article, Jill Roarty, a Homeopathy Practitioner at Thame Therapy Clinic, offers advice on some homeopathic remedies that can help should you get ill whilst travelling.



It’s all happening at ASL over the next two months. As summer approaches fast, we turn our attention to the various courses we have running throughout the summer holidays! Whilst it is difficult to keep the children entertained and enthusiastic, we at ASL work hard to create fun and enjoyable activities whilst ensuring they still involve an ‘educational’ element. By Craig Faulconbridge, Director, Advanced Sports Ltd


ur Holiday Courses are a popular and great choice for children, aged 4 to 11, who want to enjoy sporting activities, with their friends, in a safe and productive environment. Each course is specifically designed for each location, children and time of the year. Designed for boys and girls of all abilties, the children can get involved with a vast selection of activities from the moment they arrive to the time they leave. As you can see below, something is happening each week of the holidays round at Mill Lane and Whites Field as we continue to provide the most comprehensive and affordable service

throughout Chinnor and the local community! Each week we aim to offer different activities with a ‘Fair Ground’ theme each Friday, giving parents and carers the opportunity to take part in the activities with their children. Early bird opportunities are available until early July, so keep an eye on our website for updates!

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Procedures for re-balancing aspects of the reproductive and neurological systems, which can be used for addressing many symptoms:

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How may Bowen Therapy help? Over the last 3 years I have supported ladies though Fertility Treatment and throughout Pregnancy and Pre-Birth Relaxation. New borns (and their mummies) benefit with relief from Colic. Menopause symptoms are wide ranging and every client is treated according to their needs. Ladies and teenagers with hormonal mood swings have responded really well to Bowen / NST techniques. Please contact me for more information, treatment timings and fees will be discussed in advance. For further information, please contact me: Jen Webster Bowen | Advanced NST practitioner (BSc MBTPA CNHC reg) E: | W: T: 07768 188664

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

A holistic therapeutic approach: supporting your body back into balance whilst allowing you to get on with your life.

New Technology Technology has moved on so far in recent years, and just as our mobile phones have become smaller, shinier, and more advanced than ever before, huge developments have also been made for hearing aids. We are really excited by all the advantages for users that this new generation of hearing aids offers, including: Cosmetics For those looking for a discreet device, there are now more options than ever before. Phonak Titanium is the manufacturer’s smaller ever custom product, and for behind-the-ear styles, Unitron’s Moxi Now is the smallest to date. With these tiny but powerful devices, you can have both the look and the performance to meet your needs. Customisation  New technology makes it possible to find your perfect fit in both comfort and sound. Advanced data logging systems inside the hearing devices analyse your sound environment, helping your audiologist with fine tuning. With ongoing support to ensure the aids keep meeting your needs, we can turn the technology into a truly customised product.   Connectivity Your hearing aids can now fit seamlessly into your busy lifestyle by pairing with other technology, giving you more control than ever before. You can use Bluetooth technology to stream sounds from the television directly to your aids, use made for iPhone devices such as GN Resound’s Linx range or Starkey Halo, or you can download apps which turn your phone into a hearing aid remote. With the possibilities that connectivity brings, we can be excited about the future of hearing technology. We no longer need to think of hearing aids as a medical device – they are now a part of all the technology we use every day to keep us connected to the outside world.  

Conversation Often the biggest challenge for people with a hearing loss is following conversations in noisy environments. Today’s hearing devices use directional microphones and minimise intrusive background noise to help you to stay connected even in the most challenging listening environments. The Oticon Opn offers a new approach, preserving speech in all directions rather than focusing on one single speaker, creating a natural sound. With your hearing device, you can keep up in any situation, whether you are in a boardroom, hall or busy restaurant, enjoying conversations comfortably and easily. Convenience At Aston Hearing, we recognise that you never stop relying on your hearing. We aim to supply convenient products that fit into your lifestyle, such as new rechargeable hearing aids from Phonak and Unitron, as well as an excellent service tailored to you. Our prices also include a manufacturer warranty, batteries and filters, wax removal to keep your ears clear and any appointments you may need to ensure your peace of mind. We are open 6 days per week in Thame and have a 24/7 hotline should you need our support. Confidence By taking control of your hearing, and using technology to maximise its potential, you can approach life with confidence. With advanced products and excellent service, we aim to give you the tools to empower yourself and make the most of your hearing. With so much innovation across the industry, it can be difficult to choose which device or manufacturer would suit you best. As we are independent, our audiologists will always make an informed, impartial choice for a hearing instrument that best suits your personal situation, and you can try more than one if it is not suited. We also offer a 60-day trial period with as many appointments as necessary to ensure that the devices perform to their full capabilities, as well as ongoing care to help you to continue to make the most of your technology.

Meet us at our next event: Thame Coffee Morning Tuesday 4th July Want more information or need to book an appointment? 10AM - 12PM Give us a call on 01844 396057 Visit: for more information. or email us on

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Look Local Magazine, Oxon Edition: July 2017, Issue 59  

Hello Readers, Welcome to the July Edition of Look Local Magazine. The Summer Holidays will be here before you know it which usually means...

Look Local Magazine, Oxon Edition: July 2017, Issue 59  

Hello Readers, Welcome to the July Edition of Look Local Magazine. The Summer Holidays will be here before you know it which usually means...