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June 2017 Issue 58


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GET THE LOOK Enjoy some exotic escapism with this summer’s tropical trend

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Administering an estate: The role you didn’t want Whether you’ve been appointed as an executor of a loved one’s Will, or are thinking about what will happen with your own estate when the time comes, are you aware of the importance of this role and the responsibility it entails? Unfortunately, we are all likely to experience the loss of a loved one at some point during our lives. Dealing with this bereavement can be a highly emotional and stressful process, with many people not realising the amount of important work that needs to be done after someone has passed away. One such task is to administer the estate of the person who has died and apply for probate. This process involves identifying all of their assets (such as property, savings and investments) and any liabilities (things like mortgages or credit card bills) as well as applying for probate as you may already know. These will all need to be dealt with so that whatever is left can be distributed to the people named in the person’s Will, known as the beneficiaries. Each estate is different but some of the work that the executor will probably need to complete includes:            

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NEWS & EVENTS in our region Its Carnival Time F

ollowing a hugely successful carnival in 2016 we are planning to make this year’s event even better! Raising money for charities such as The Fire Fighters Charity and Sobell House Hospice, the carnival will be taking place on Saturday 10th June and will have a 1940’s theme! The Carnival parade is always a fantastic way to start proceedings and a wonderful opportunity for local schools and organisations to come together, the parade begins in Elms Park and walks right through Thame Town Centre, ending at the Southern Road Recreation Ground where the afternoons entertainment begins! Along with a huge choice of food and drink there will also be the opportunity to enjoy giant games, inflatables, egg throwing, street entertainers, go karts, Punch and Judy and much more, all in aid of this year’s charities! Local produce, toys and sweets from our large array of stalls will be able to provide you with products sourced from the local area and beyond! Our stage and arena will be compered by the wonderful Dan Blasor! We will also be providing arena entertainment from local dance and theatre groups along with home grown bands on our stage throughout the whole day! For further information please search ‘Thame Carnival’ on Facebook or visit

Visit the 2017 Sydenham Fayre on Saturday 3rd June, between 12:30pm – 4:00pm, for what promises to be an even bigger extravaganza that ever! Confirmed for this years event are Helicopter Rides* from the heart of the village, challenge your friends to a battle in the new ZORB Ring on the playing field and enjoy the Three Horseshoes Morris side. We have all the Fayre Favourites including, Tug of War, Sydenham Dog Show, Raffle, The Sydenham Tea Rooms, Village BBQ, The Pimms Tent. Ice Cream Tent, The Crown Inn Bar, Mr Marvel and Children’s Entertainment, Pont Rides, Plate Smashing, Coconut Shie, Beat the Goalie and the giant inflatable Assault Course. There will also be an exciting mix of local vendors offering artisan beers, gifts, jewellery and more. Cont...


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CONCERT for CHINNOR CHRISTIAN AID Saturday 10th June 2017 - 7.30 p.m. St. Andrew’s Church, Chinnor Featuring: Valerie Finday - Cello Maddy King - Piano Richard Thorne - Flute Graham Smallbone - Cello Judy Thompson - Piano

As usual the road will be closed through the village making it a tranquil, safe place for all the family to enjoy the day. Free parking is available a short walk from the fayre.

Performance includes Vivaldi, Saint Saens, Faure, Weber and Debussy

Last year the event raised over £5,000 for the village playing field and Aston Rowant and Lewknor Schools Library Projects. The year’s Fayre aims to raise even more for local good causes, one of which is the refurbishment of the much loved Old School Rooms.

Tickets £10.00 - to include Pimms/fruit punch and nibbles available from Manor Stores, Chinnor, St. Andrew’s Church Office or Maggie Thorne 01844 354626.

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Have a ‘quacking’ time on the river on 11th June!


year on the morning after Thame Carnival, Thame & District Round Table takes to Thame river and stages their annual duck race. This ‘fun-for-all’ event has become a family favourite in Thame’s calendar and regularly attracts a vast crowd. The race is in essence a giant floating lottery, which involves dropping more than 2,000 individually numbered rubber ducks into the River Thame. If you have bought a ticket with a number that matches one of the first three ducks over the line, you win a cash prize. All other proceeds from the ticket sales are donated to local causes.

This year’s duck race takes place on Sunday 11th June, starting on the old town bridge, which is accessed from the bottom of Priest End, behind St Mary’s church. Gates open at 10.30am and the race will start at 11.00.

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Local dance group light up the stage at the royal albert hall

The Performanze dancers have excelled at another major event, and this time the Royal Albert Hall was the scene of their conquest. On Sunday 23 April, the London Marathon wasn’t the only major participation event in the capital, as Performanze’s biggest squad yet – of 45 dancers – took part in an event run by Mardi Gras, the UK’s leading show producers for young dancers. With 45 perfect buns, and 45 pairs of eyes adorned with individually placed gems, sparkly costumes at the ready, the dancers took to the stage and rocked the dance routine they had been practising for almost a year. Dancers aged from 5 to 18 took part in an imaginatively choreographed routine that used up all the space on stage and in the round of the venue, showing off some great moves and lifts to the tune of ‘Dancin’ Fool’ from Barry Manilow’s ‘Copacabana’ Musical. It was a hectic, tiring and exhilarating day, especially for the younger team members, with practices starting at 11.30am for the 6pm show. All the dancers behaved impeccably backstage, and there was a great team spirit as everyone pulled together to get through the long day. Twenty two schools from around the UK took part, and when each school had performed individually, it was time for the grand finale. What an amazing sight, with 1300 dancers moving in a remarkably coordinated fashion, given that the finale routine was only learned on the day. It was amazing to see the sheer number of enthusiastic and talented dancers fill the available space in the 5,000 seater venue. It was a great day out for parents and supporters too, with some very appreciative audience reactions. And what next for Performanze Squad?

The next event is already booked at Her Majesty’s Theatre in the West End, and there have been rumours of a return to Disneyland Paris – watch this space! We pride ourselves at Performanze in offering fantastic opportunities to all our children through exams, shows, local fetes, London and International events, and much, much more. We create dances aimed at showcasing all the ages and abilities talents, with children developing physically, emotionally and cognitively as rounded dancers and people, all in a loving family atmosphere. Performanze run professional dance classes for everyone from age 2+. For a free trial, or for further information, call us today on 07745 099472, or email us at


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Sound of Music


elcome to our June 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 The Birdcage Gin Festival This fantastic e historic pub nestled in the centre of Tham on l festiva gin 2017 their g will be hostin Saturday 3rd June from midday – late! As part of this event a host of live musical acts will be performing throughout the day. These ie, include; Simon Markland, Oskar & Georg ! Paul & Martin, Hair of the Dog and more of ion select tic fantas a for down on Come gins, delicious food and live entertainment! For further information please search for ‘The Birdcage Gin Festival’ on Facebook. Thame Carnival - Taking place on Saturday 10th June 2017! The charities the carnival will s be in aid of this year will be ‘The Firefighter This ice’. Hosp e Hous ll ‘Sobe and Charity’ t wonderful event could not take place if it wasn’ for the many volunteers which work very hard al to make it happen every year! The carniv committee are currently looking for budding new members who would like to volunteer If their time for a wonderful local event. ittee comm the g joinin in sted you are intere Martin-Downhill Sue contact please via e-mail:

‘Sunfest’ at The Rising Sun Ickford This idyllic village pub will be hosting it’s first ever ‘Sunfest’ music festival on Saturday 17th June 2017!


The event will run from early afternoon – late and will include live performances from some of our brilliant local musicians including; Simon Markland, Paul & Martin, Cover 2 Cover, Nick Bennett, Reunion Lane and Hair of the Dog! The event will be based in the pubs extensive beer garden with an outside bar and BBQ running throughout the day. For further information please contact Simon . Markland at: info@thamemusicacademy com or search ‘Sunfest – Ickford’s own mini festival’ via Facebook.

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 relaxing musical afternoon! Taking place at every last Saturday of the month, upstairs The Cross Keys pub in Thame from 3 – 6pp, 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’ ‘Sunday Afternoon At The Swan’ – This e fantastic pub right in the centre of Tham ng buddi for tunity oppor great a provides musicians to perform every last Sunday of the month from 4 – 8pm. Check out Facebook for more information. ‘Friday At The Fish’ - which takes place every second Friday of the month at The Old Fisherman, Shabbington. Check out Facebook for more info or just come along to play! The event runs from 7:30pm – 11pm.

on the Mic...


very month we focus on particular music groups or events in the area and finding out more about our local musicians. This month we spsoke to Paul Adams, a fantastic local performer and member of ‘A Little Bit Country’.

did your interest in music Q: How start?

: I have always had an interest in music. I A used to watch Elvis and The Beatles as a kid and wish I could do the same. It took me a while as I was very shy and unmotivated but eventually I made the decision I would be a singer - that was when I was 19. I then learned guitar and have been performing now for over 21 years!

Q: Who influences you musically?

: John Lennon, Ice Cube, Nik Kershaw, A and lately Chris Stapleton, The Shuggah Pies and American Aquarium to name a few.

working on our d e b u t album ‘Whiskey & Wine’ which is due for release very soon. We went to Nashville last October to promote it and are in the middle of planning a tour there in November this year. Our latest single ‘Shot At Loving You’ - has currently had 87,000 streams and going strong. artist/0xjwEDlNiwfL8gp7pWqxmP

Q: Tell us about your solo work? have been writing and performing for A: Iover 20 years. I perform at local bars and venues. My own music has elements of country as well as pop/ rock

and I like to bring my audience in to my shows. I realised my debut album ‘20 Odd Year - 21st Century’ back in 2014 and aim to release a follow up after the ALBC album has done its thing.

did you start performing Q: When live? My first live performance was for : What are you involved with A: customers at the Gala Bingo in Q locally? Aylesbury in 1996 for - Day celebrations,   with my friend Sean Coles (RIP). We sang : I have been involved in promoting music songs like Roll Out The Barrell, Pack Up A locally since 2012 but mainly for original Your Troubles and We’ll Meet Again. First music. I am currently working with Steve proper gig though was with Mick Davenport - as Hit & Run - at The Rose and Crown in Wendover, also in ‘96.

us about ‘A Little Bit Country’ Q: Tell and what you’re working on? formed in 2011. Harriet was looking A: We for a guy’s perspective on a break-up song and we were introduced by Steve Richmond. Individually everyone had been telling us we sounded a little bit country and when we wrote Barely Sleeping they said it even more. We decided that it was something completely different from what was out there (there was no Shires back then) and so decided to do it properly. We took a break for a year or so whilst Harriet attended university. We were signed in 2015 and since then have been gigging, promoting and

Richmond with Gig Night At The Limelight in Aylesbury, and the brand new open mic at The Aristocrat in Aylesbury, and also with Steve, Will Axtell and a host of others in the Teleport Films Community working on feature films Aylesbury Dead, The Last White Mage and Aylesbury Skies as well as producing music videos for El Bronson, Andy Robbins and Jamie Felton. Paul can be contacted on 07981 952141. Brought to you by - Thame Music Academy Tel: 07743 032292 E-mail: Web page:

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Symptoms are variable, which makes a 10 minute appointment with the GP so difficult. Everybody is different however, to generalise, there tends to be a history of

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Our friendly team of Podiatrists are qualified to treat a wide range of food conditions, including specialist treatments for: FUNGAL NAILS VERRUCAE ACHILLIES TENDINOPATHY GAIT ANALYSIS SUPPLIERS OF DB WIDER FIT SHOES Perfect fit for wider feet Stylish and comfortable Shoe Shop Opening Hours: 10am - 4pm, Monday - Saturday

01844 261023

W: | E: The Old Dairy, 13a Upper High Street, Thame, OX9 3ER Fitter Feet Podiatry Ltd t/a Feet First, registered in England & Wales, Number 8945137. Registered office: The Mill, Boundary Road, Loudwater, High Wycombe, Bucks, HP10 9QN. Director: Jenney Klose.


ON-SITE MASSAGE (with chair)

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Highclere, Thame, OX9 3PN

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Hair & Beauty

01844 353838

Nails | Hair Make-Up | Tanning Beauty Treatments | Massage | Homeopathy Reflexology & more. Gift Vouchers Available.

Opening Hours

Mon: Closed Tues - Thurs: 9:00am - 7:30pm Fri: 9:00am - 7:00pm Sat: 9.00am - 1.00pm

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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

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DO YOU NEED TO BOOK A HOLIDAY FROM YOURSELF? Do you ever find that when you go on your summer holidays, the one thing that you can’t escape from is your racing thoughts? With our busy and stressful lives, even if we are lying on a beautiful beach, our minds can find it impossible to relax. In this article, Jane Barker, a Counsellor at Thame Therapy Clinic, talks to us about her Mindfulness Courses and how, through simple meditation techniques you can reduce your stress levels and enjoy the presence of today!


hether we are mentally running through ‘To do’ lists for when we get home, or worrying about work or life issues, there sometimes seems no way of escaping the constant stream of thoughts and worries racing through our minds.

Break the stress cycle with Mindfulness

Mindfulness is about not letting these unwanted thoughts control us, but focusing on the ‘now’ and through a set of simple yet powerful meditative practices, finding true peace and tranquility. Mindfulness helps you to break the stress cycle and rediscover your zest for life. Instead of worrying and living in the future or the past, you can stop and really appreciate the world around you. By helping you to develop your capacity to ‘live in the moment’, it helps you to relax and be more compassionate with yourself and others. By reducing your stress levels, it helps you to build confidence. As well as being life-enhancing, Mindfulness has been proven to help people to cope with a wide range of issues such as sleep problems, stress, CBT, depression, eating issues, coronary artery disease, chronic pain, psoriasis and anxiety.

What you will learn during a Mindfulness Course is the following: 1. How to be more aware in the present moment rather than caught up in negative or anxious thoughts. 2. How to step out of a constant ‘doing’ mode into simply ‘being‘. 3. To recognise your own responses to stressful situations and develop other ways of dealing with them. 4. Simple meditation techniques that you can use anywhere which can transform your daily life.

For more information about Jane’s Mindfulness Course or Counselling, call Thame Therapy Clinic on 01844

215555 or visit

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t’s been a long cold winter and at Aston Hearing we are looking forward to a summer of barbeques, festivals and summer holidays. With fun activities and (hopefully!) good weather to enjoy, taking time to think about your ears and hearing will help you to make the most of the summer months without worrying about developing problems later on. Swimming is one of the best parts of a summer holiday, but you need to watch out for ear infections from dirty water. ‘Swimmer’s ear’ is a common infection that causes ear pain, itchiness and some temporary hearing loss. Frequent exposure to water can irritate the ear canal and make it more vulnerable to inflammation. Usually these infections are cleared up easily with antibiotic drops, but if you swim regularly and your ear canal is often exposed to water, you may find that the infection returns. If you like to surf or do other water sports in the summer, you may also be at risk of ‘surfer’s ear’. This is where cold water causes bony growths to develop inside the ear canal, which over time blocks the ears and reduces hearing. If the problem becomes severe, you may need surgery to correct it.

Festival season is another great part of the summer, but your hearing could be at risk when listening to very loud music. Some noise levels at concerts can reach 120dB – the equivalent to a jet plane taking off! At this level, your hearing could be permanently damaged within minutes. If you have ever noticed ringing or buzzing in your ears after a gig it could be a sign of noise damage. These noises and muffled hearing are usually temporary, but over time you could live with constant tinnitus and permanent hearing loss. Our customised plugs for noise protection are a great option for listening to live music without risking your hearing. The filter allows for all frequencies to be reduced equally, so the sound quality will stay exactly the same, just with the effect of turning down the volume. By wearing protection, you reduce your risk of noise damage and make sure that you can continue to enjoy music for years to come.

To keep doing the activities you love and prevent the risk of ear conditions, customised swim plugs could be the answer. At Aston Hearing, we take an impression of your ear canal and make plugs to fit your unique shape. These are comfortable and durable, and stop water from getting into the ear, minimising your risk of swimmer’s and surfer’s ear.

With the majority of ear conditions, prevention is better than a cure, and by simply taking time to think about protection you can continue to enjoy all the summer offers with healthy ears and hearing. To find out more or book a consultation for customised plugs, please call 01494 733840 or email

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My name is Craig Faulconbridge and I am the Director of Advanced Sports Ltd Ltd, a local Sports Coaching company based in Chinnor. Over the next six issues of Look Local Magazine, I will be offering tips and advice on Fitness and Nutrition, discussing what works and what doesn’t, exercise plans and routines as well as exciting activities the whole family can get involved with. But first, I want to tell you more about ASL and introduce our vast list of activities.

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the company was established back in 2010, our ethos has always been to give as much as we can to local communities, forming strong and reliable relationships and we pride ourselves on providing a service that is professional, reliable and affordable to all children of all ability levels. We aim to increase the participation of sports at home to help encourage healthier and happier lifestyles. We achieve this by providing a range of services within Schools, After School Clubs, Holiday Courses, Football Academies and Birthday Parties throughout Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire & Berkshire, as well as getting involved in local community events and projects. Our elite Football Academy at Thame United FC is for 16 – 19 year olds and combines Sports Education with full time professional football coaching delivered by Ex-Professional footballers holding UEFA coaching qualifications. Then, our Junior Football Academy, also run by UEFA

Qualified Coaches at Thame United FC, is suitable for children aged 4 – 11 years. Throughout the school holidays we provide holiday clubs for children aged 4 – 12 years. The courses are an extension to our sports education programme and incorporate new enjoyable and unusual sporting activities such as ZORBS. This brand new activity sees the participants don giant, inflatable suits allowing them to ‘bump & bash’ into one another without the fear of getting hurt. Perfect for little (or big) adrenaline junkies to burn of energy and the best part is everyone can enjoy this zany new sport as our ZORBS can be hired for Birthday Parties, Hen & Stag Doo’s, Corporate events and more. For more information about any of our services or to book on to our Summer Holiday Courses please contact us via: Email: Mobile: 07968 150474 Website: Facebook: Advanced Sports Ltd

ASL ZORB Mania is fully mobile, professional and available to book for the above services. This exciting activity is available to adults and children over the age of 7 who have a taste for ‘Something a bit different’. Each booking is unique and can be tailored to suit individuals needs.

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June 2017

Harvest HarvestMoon Moon

A 16th Century Inn with a contemporary twist

En-suite bedrooms available to book

8pm - Late Friday’s Karaoke with MC Lee &

Every other Saturday

Nick Preston, International guitarist & vocalist

4pm - 8pm Open Mic Night Third Sunday of the month with Simon & Brian

01844 260399

9 Upper High Street, Thame.

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In the spotlight...

All-New Peugeot 3008 SUV 1.2 GT Line


Reviewed by Tim Barnes-Clay, Motoring Journalist.

It is not unusual to see some big changes between an older and newer generation of the same model, but the all-new Peugeot 3008 SUV looks radically different to the outgoing one.


hat exiting generation, introduced in 2008, was a frumpy, chubby SUV that did little to inspire buyers. The all-new Peugeot 3008 SUV, though, is a different animal, burying the clumsy image of the last car six-feet under and achieving the European Car of the Year crown. Sometimes it can be difficult to separate SUVs out on the road because most of them drive alike. Many are set up for comfort, and that’s what the all-new 3008 is tuned for. The small steering wheel and light handling gives a feeling of sprightliness, even if that’s not the case, as it’s a tall, heavy car. However; that’s not a complaint, the designers and engineers have done a good job covering the traditional flaws of an SUV’s dynamics. There’s a wholesome medley of engines on offer, as with most Peugeot models: two petrols in the shape of a 131PS 1.2-litre unit and a 165PS 1.6-litre turbo. Then there are a couple of turbo diesel engines of 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre capacity. What suits you best is largely going to depend on what sort of driving you do. Short urban trips suit the 1.2-litre petrol more, whereas longer journeys will fit the potential 70mpg obtainable from the 1.6-litre diesel. I drove the 1.2 petrol in GT Line spec with 131PS, fitted with a manual gearbox. Behind the wheel, things feel dynamic, and the weighting of the steering is spot on. The car grips bitumen like a cat’s claws cling to flesh, and mid-range pulling power is good, so you can pick up the pace easily. The six-speed transmission is slick shifting, and the car delivers a hushed ride. Tyre roar and wind whistle is kept out of the cabin, too. All this just adds to the 3008’s sense of refinement. The Peugeot offers a composed ride with seats that provide the sort of comfort and support required for long distance motoring. Furthermore, the car’s suspension sops up potholes without complaining. Significantly, the all-new 3008 doesn’t tip into bends. Indeed, body roll is very well contained. This surprised me, as smaller SUVs aren’t always the type of vehicle to stay so unflustered on twisty tarmac. The new 3008 comes in four levels of trim: Active, Allure,



GT Line and GT. Factory fitted safety kit includes automatic emergency braking and rear parking sensors. The GT Line hasn’t got any extra safety equipment - just sportier looks. But it has all the safety kit you really need, and as with all 3008s, it has a top five-star Euro NCAP safety score. The all-new Peugeot 3008 SUV’s entry price is £21,795, but expect to fork out £25,655 for the petrol-powered GT Line I drove. A basic Nissan Qashqai costs £18,545, and the new SEAT Ateca is priced from £17,990. But I think the 3008’s extra cost is justified because it feels more upmarket inside than these two rivals. It’s all very contemporary, attractive inside and is just as stylish outside, plus it drives well, while delivering a comfortable ride for all.

PRO’s & CON’s Stylish Looks


Boot Space

Measured pace

Comfortable Ride

FAST FACTS (1.2-litre GT Line) Max speed: 117mph

0-62 mph: 10.8 secs

Combined mpg: 55.4

Engine: 1199cc 3-cylinder turbo petrol Max. power (PS): 131 CO2: 117g/km

Price: £25,655

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THE SWAN AT TETSWORTH 01844 281777 | High Street, Tetsworth, Oxon, OX9 7AB

Voted best antiques centre in the UK on numerous occasions.

NATURAL HISTORY SALE FOLLOWED BY ANTIQUE AND ART Thursday 1st June 2017 at 12noon VIEWING: 10:30am - 5:00pm on Tuesday 30th, Wednesday 31st May & the morning of the sale, from 10:30am. AUCTIONS HELD THE FIRST THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH This 1927 swift will be included in our 6th July Fine Art Sale.

FREE VALUATIONS every Tuesdays and Wednesdays between 10:30am - 5:00pm All valuations are free of charge and without obligation. If you would like to arrange a home visit please contact us on 01844 281777:

Opening Hours: 10:00am - 6:00pm (including Sundays & Bank Holidays)

Look Local Magazine, Oxon Edition: June 2017, Issue 58  

Hello Readers, Welcome to the June Edition of Look Local Magazine. Summer is officially here! Not that it feels much like beach wear and f...

Look Local Magazine, Oxon Edition: June 2017, Issue 58  

Hello Readers, Welcome to the June Edition of Look Local Magazine. Summer is officially here! Not that it feels much like beach wear and f...