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March 2018 Issue 67


Your Local Community Magazine


INSIDE THIS ISSUE Food & Drink: Mother’s Day gift ideas. Education: Explore your options during National Apprentice Week. Get the Look: Bring hotel luxury into your home. Health & Wellbeing: Managing Tinnitus.

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Hello Readers,

27 Contents 13. Editorial Feature: Hard times are over thanks to the Soft Water Shop. 14. Get the Look: Add a little hotel luxury to your home with Coulon Stone. 16. News & Events: What’s On in our region.

There’s lots of National Calendar events this month with World Book Day and St David’s Day (Thurs 1st Mar) Mothers Day (Sunday 11th) and St Patrick’s Day (Sat 17th) to name but a few. Easter weekend also falls at the end of March from Good Friday on 30th - Easter Monday on 2nd April and if you’re looking for something to do locally with your extended weekend then why not head to Waddesdon Manor for their annual Easter Egg Trail. Whilst enjoying a stroll around the stunning grounds of this period National Trust property children can help Bunny solve clues to rescue the endangered birds and claim a chocolatey prize - just don’t’ forget your wellies! Or if Egg Hunts aren’t on your agenda then why not head to Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway where children can travel on board for just £1 throughout this whole weekend. The railway are also hosting a special Mother’s Day treat on Sunday 11th - turn to page 17 for more information.

18. The Sound of Music: Simon Markland updates us on the latest music events.

On the subject of Mother’s Day, if your mum is a bit of a foodie or a Gin lover then turn to page 23 for gift inspiration from the Deli @ No.5 in Thame.

22. Motoring: New DST Crossback Review, by Tim Barnes-Clay, Motoring Journalist.

This month also welcomes the return of lighter evenings, meaning spring is on its way, as the clocks go forward at 1am on Sunday 25th.

23. Food & Drink: The Deli at No.5’s have Mothers Day and Easter covered. 25. Health & Wellbeing: What is the Primitive Reflex? Thame Therapy Clinic’s Jo Rodhouse explains. 27. Health & Wellbeing: Managing Tinnitus with Aston Hearing Services. 28. Health & Wellbeing: Our resident Bowen Therapist, Jen Webster, gets mark of approval by the CNHC. 29. A Good Read: In honour of World Book Day we review two new books.

As always, if you’re hosting any local events or know of any talking place then I urge you to bring them to our attention. And until next month, enjoy reading...

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April 2018 Issue DEADLINE: Friday 16th March

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, 30. Editorial Feature: National Towersey and Watlington. In addition, the magazine can also be picked up from businesses Apprentice Week. in these areas and also Thame & Wheatley. All material appearing in this publication is reproduced as supplied. Although every care is taken to ensure accuracy, the publishers/printers cannot accept responsibility for the content of this publication. All artwork is accepted on the understanding that the description of goods and services are fair and accurate and permission has been given for use in this publication. Inclusion of advertisements does not imply endorsement by the publisher or printer. No part of this publication may be reproduced.


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GET THE LOOK Add a little hotel luxury to your home.

By Jade Coulon, Coulon Stone Ltd


othing says luxury like a boutique bathroom - that feeling of marble beneath your feet, a giant granite vanity top and a rainforest shower head. But if you can’t wait until your summer holiday for some hotel hedonism, then think about updating your bathroom with one of these upcoming toilet trends. Matte look – Shiny surfaces are out, matte look is in, including in your bathroom. Go all out matte including floor and wall tiles, bath surround and vanity top, for a truly stylish sanctuary. At Coulon Stone, most of our natural stone surfaces – marble, granite, limestone and slate, along with our man-made quartz’s like Silestone, come in matte or rustic finishes, as well as shiny ones. Metallic – Chrome has been dominating bathroom fittings for decades, so the more glamorous amongst us will be delighted to hear that a new trend is emerging – modern metallic. Taps, shower heads and sink stands in golds, coppers and brass. Compliment your metallic fittings with classic marble tiles or black granite tops with champagne veins, like Cosmic Fusion. Stone vessel sinks – A hand-carved, stone vessel sink will add a luxuriously organic touch to your bathroom. It’s the sort of thing you’d find in a five star jungle spa. However you don’t have to travel to the equator to experience a sumptuous spa because at Coulon Stone we make them at our Stokenchurch workshop. We’ll help you chose the right piece of stone, the size and depth of your sink and we’ll hand carve to your design. For more information on prices, email us on, call us on 01494 484333 or visit our showroom in Stokenchurch or our website www.


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NEWS & EVENTS in our region

Important Dates regarding the Awards Launch of the Chinnor Awards: Monday 26th March at 8pm in the Pavilion Nominations close: 22nd June 2018 Award winners announced: August Marquee event – details to follow


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News & Events Are you interested in being involved in a Community Land Trust for �ame? The Town Council are looking for members of the local community who would like to be involved in the set up and running of a Community Land Trust (CLT) in Thame. The aim is to provide some genuinely affordable housing for people with a strong local connection to the town. In particular, we need to address the difficulties experienced by first time buyers, and those struggling to afford private rents or mortgages. We need people who have the necessary skills for example in architecture, planning, the building of small estates, finance, law, charity governance etc. If you have the knowledge or just the enthusiasm and passion to enable this exciting venture to become a reality we would like to hear from you. To find out more or get involved please email Read more about Community Land Trusts at

CHINNOR & PRINCES RISBOROUGH RAILWAY Enjoy a leisurely heritage train ride on the 50-minute round trip along the Chiltern foothills. Sit back, relax and enjoy the lovely scenery. Open from 11 March on every Sunday & Bank Holiday - 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.

What's on - Special Trains and Events 11 March - Mum travels FREE & receives a posy of flowers, Cream Teas* 17 to 18 March - Vintage Diesel Gala, for enthusiasts of big machines 30 March to 02 April - Easter steam, Kids for a Quid, 5-15yrs £1 14 April - Fish & Chip Quiz Night, brain teasing fun & bar onboard 05 to 07 May - Teddy Bear Days, 5-15yrs with Teddy ride FREE Note: All dates with steam except 17 to 18 April & 05 May. Under 5 yrs travel FREE. *Advance booking required.

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Sound of Music


elcome to our March 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 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 e TMA Music Technology Workshop - Tham e uniqu a er off to d please is my Music Acade opportunity to join our ‘Music Technology Workshop’ on Saturday 17th March 2018 from 9 am – 3 pm. The workshop will be run my music e technology expert Jon Cole and will includ the following and much more!: •

How to use a mixing desk and the basic controls.

How to balance sound during live and recorded music sessions.

Setting up a PA system.

Different types of microphones and their uses.

Using lighting in a variety of situations.

Using effects and equalisation for live and recording sound work. • Cue sheets and how to link it all together. •


Lighting design. •

Audio editing of tracks.

The session is open to anyone aged from 14 upwards. The fee is £20.00 per place. To make a booking or for more via: us contact please information E-ma il:inf o@th amem usica cade my.c om Tel: 07743 032292 Haddenham Ukulele Musos! - HUM meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month from 7.30-9.30pm at the Rose and Thistle, Station Road, Haddenham, Bucks HP17 8AJ. The group join together to play popular songs from the last 100 years on the ukulele. The songs in the repertoire can be downloaded from the songs section of their website or are available at the sessions. to The musicians vary from improvers tunes the and s player le ukule d experience vary in level of difficulty. Improvers can just join in with the chords they know and leave s. the rest to the more experienced uke player The emphasis is on fun and enjoying yourself! at This year the group will be performing Music In The Park, Thame on Sunday 6th May 2018! For more information about joining this fantastic local group please contact Adrian via: E-mail: Tel: 01844 214728 and Workshop Singing Towersey Concert - Celebrated choir leader, folk ll singer and song writer Janet Russe to Towersey to coming be will from workshop singing a lead

Entertainment 10.30 am to 4.30 pm on Saturday March 10th 2018! She will also be joined by her partner and singer/songwriter Jim Woodland for a concert at 7.30 pm. This will be a unique opportunity to try out your singing skills or hone your vocals in a friendly and fun setting. Tickets: Workshop £25, Concert £10 or a combined ticket for £30. Workshop tickets only available in advance – You can pre-book via: E-mail: Tel: 01844 352468 Concert tickets are available in advance or can be bought on the night. Thame Chamber Choir – This wonderful local group will be performing ‘Make A Joyful Noise – The Psalms In Song’ at St Mary’s Church, Thame on Saturday 10th March 2018. The psalms of David have inspired the choir for this unique performance. The will be presenting a programme of the finest psalm settings by composers including Allegri (the famous ‘Miserere’), Byrd, Gabrieli, Mendelssohn, Monteverdi, Purcel and Schubert, of famous texts including ‘The Lord is my Shepherd’ and ‘I was Glad’. Tickets are priced at £12 per adult, £10 for concessions and under 16’s free! For further information and to book tickets please visit:

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 every month. Performing live on Saturday 10th March will be local musician Andy Robbins! With his eclectic selection of covers and original songs this is a must see! To find out more please search ‘The Birdcage Thame’ on Facebook.

coming young singer/songwriter will provide fantastic entertainment for all music lovers. ‘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 – 6pm. This is a unique opportunity to jam with fellow musicians covering a huge variety of songs, whilst enjoying the hospitality of the award-winning pub! For further info please visit the Facebook Page – 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 – 11pm. ‘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 pm – 11 pm. ‘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 – 8 pm. 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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‘The James Figgs’ – This lively pub in the centre of Thame will be hosting the fantastic Jade Praize on Saturday 17th March. With her fantastic acoustic style and incredible vocals, this up and

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In the spotlight... New DS 7 Crossback By Tim Barnes-Clay, Motoring Journalist.



eups At first sight, the DS 7 Crossback shows off conservative, rather than cool, characteristics. Yes, yes, I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But this is my opinion, and someone needs to have one.


n the move, body lean is kept to a minimum, even though the steering is spongy and dead - and it isn’t perked up by changing the DS into its Sport mode. Don’t let me rain on the DS7 Crossback’s parade too much, though. The French motor is best kept in its Comfort setting, so that you can make the most of its respectable ride quality. This car isn’t all about the zero to 62mph sprint, it’s far happier as a laid-back cruiser. But it can still pull okay, with the 2.0-litre diesel model doing the 0-62mph in just under 10 seconds. The DS marque is launching the Crossback with four different trim levels, and the Performance Line DS 7, as driven here, is likely to be the model to please the masses. This car gets 19-inch alloys, a gloss black grille, and LED lights. In the cabin, leather and Alcantara abound, while a 12-inch touchscreen infotainment screen hogs the limelight. Playing second fiddle to the big display is a large analogue clock, perched above the ignition button. The infotainment system itself is intuitive and responsive and is supported by a bunch of touch sensitive switches for the cabin controls. But more remarkable in this car segment is the adding of an infrared night vision camera that projects a vivid picture onto the driver’s display. It picks out pedestrians and animals ahead of you, and, as I found out driving around Berkshire’s unlit backroads, it works! The only drawback is that the clever driver aid is an option costing £1600. Room in the cabin is good for five-up and it’s a very comfortable car fore and aft. Indeed, the DS 7 Crossback’s flat floor means that a rear seat occupant sitting in the middle will still have space. What’s more, the car’s boot is generously


proportioned with 555 litres of cargo capacity. The all-new DS’ weak point is its price-tag. At over £30,000, other more established premium brands may seem more attractive. The BMW X3 and Volvo XC40 are examples of the stiff competition the up-tothe-minute French machine is up against. Still, being different is quite appealing, so it’ll be interesting to see what 2018 holds for the DS 7 Crossback. Watch this space!

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March 2018

With Mothering Sunday (Sunday 11th) and Easter Weekend (Friday Friday 30th March - Monday 2nd April) falling this month the Deli at No.5 are well stocked with a huge selection of quality, UK sourced produce to mark the occasions in style. From indulgent chocolate eggs for the chocoholic and tasty cheeses & chutneys for those with a more savoury palette to chic homeware and boutique beverages for the alcohol connoisseurs amongst us, there really is a treat suitable for everyone. However if you’re on the look out for something a bit different as a gift for the discerning foodie then the Deli at No5. has a number of ready-made speciality Hampers as well as offering bespoke options allowing customers to fill the basket with their loved ones favourite treats. Perfect for Mothers Day is the Afternoon Tea Hamper which comes in a 14” picnic basket filled with Jam Curd, Cake, Biscuits, Meringues, Fudge/ Toffee a tin of Jollybrew Loose Leaf Tea and some Jollybrew Luxury Teabags all for just £42.00. If the recipient of your gift is taking part is ‘dechox’ in aid of the British Heart Foundation this month then a Gin or Beer Lovers Hamper could provide a very welcome alternative to chocolate this Easter. Gin Lovers includes 6 x 5cl Gin Miniatures (all different Gins), 2 x Tonic Water 20cl, Tarquins Gin Glass whilst the Beer Lovers basket includes 3 Local Beers, Ale Chutney, Ale Crackers, Pork Scratchings, Packet of Beef Biltong, a Pork Poker, and Pickled Onions. And for those who are a sucker for all things savoury there’s the ‘Just Add Cheese’ Hamper which includes x3 Cheese Lovers Chutneys, Cheese Straws, Quince Jelly, Fruit for Cheese, Pickled Fruit and Crackers. In addition to the plethora of artisan food and drink produce customers can also peruse a well-stocked selection of gift items, soft home furnishings, Welsh slate cheeseboards, beautiful wooden boards, Dartington handmade British crystal and pottery from around the UK helping the Deli at No.5 live up to their motto... “Celebrating Great British produce with a Great British lifestyle.”

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THE&HYPER SENSITIVE CHILD the moro reflex Did you know that we are all born with primitive reflexes that are essential to our early survival but they must be lost in order for our brain to develop properly? Neuro-developmental therapist help Jo RodhouseBSc(Hons), of Thame Therapy Clinic explains more.

An infant’s palmar reflex allows

the baby to grasp anything that is placed in the palm but this reflex must be lost in order for the pincer grip to develop, which allows the child to develop fine motor skills of the hands. When primitive reflexes are retained, the development of postural reflexes and the maturing of the central nervous system (CNS), is impacted. As a result, the child can display immature patterns of behaviour and development. The Moro reflex is a hugely influential reflex that is triggered in response to a sudden stimuli or perceived threat. It is part of the infant’s fight-or-flight survival response which helps alert us to danger and summon help. When triggered the infant will ‘startle’ throwing their arms in the air. In a neuro-typical developing infant, the Moro reflex is inhibited between two to four months of age.

So what happens if the Moro reflex is retained beyond four months of infancy? Your child will have an exaggerated startle reaction, which can present itself as a hypersensitivity in one or more sensory channels. He may become over sensitive and over reactive to sensory stimulus resulting in

poor impulse control, sensory overload, emotional and social immaturity, anxiety and fears, anger and frustration. Other signs of a retained Moro reflex are motion sickness, poor balance & coordination, easily distracted with poor concentration & focus, an inability to adapt well to change. Your child will be constantly on alert. This over-activation of the fight-or-flight response can impact all functions in the body tied to the adrenal glands, which will be overworked from continuous activation. The high cortisol levels released from the adrenals can also result in an inability to balance blood sugar levels and can have negative implications on healthy sleep patterns, energy levels, stamina and mood swings throughout the day. It is often the case that the Moro reflex can be highly influential in the myriad of symptoms associated with ASD’s, ADD/ADHD, dyslexia and dyspraxic types. It is fortunately very simple to establish if the primitive reflexes have been retained. If retained, a programme of neural stimulation can be highly effective in not only inhibiting the reflex but also, stimulating maturation of the CNS.

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Choose your Complementary Healthcare Therapist with Confidence... The government recommends that when people are looking for a health practitioner, they only consult a practitioner on an accredited register such as the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), which is the UK’s voluntary regulator for complementary health practitioners, of which I am registered with. It registers practitioners from 15 disciplines, including Bowen who have met UK-wide standards.


he CNHC was set up by the government with its sole purpose to protect the public. All registrants have agreed to be bound by the highest standards of conduct and are professionally trained and fully insured to practice. The General Medical Council guidance to doctors confirms that they are able to refer patients to practitioners on the CNHC register. You are therefore able to let your GP know, with confidence, that you are receiving remedial treatment from an accredited practitioner Private Healthcare Cash Plans: CNHC registration is recognised for reimbursement with a number of providers. This means clients may be able to claim for the cost of treatment when being treated by CNHC registered practitioners.

Bowen Therapy is a soft tissue remedial therapy that involves the therapist using fingers or thumbs to move over muscle, ligament, tendon and fascia in various parts of the body. this therapy can be effective to help relieve everyday stresses and revitalise the whole person. Each Bowen Therapy sessions varies according to the particular problems of the client. By focusing on the lower and mid back and legs, the upper back, shoulders and the neck, a sense of wellbeing can be achieved, helping relaxation, aiding sleep - helping to remove everyday stress and anxiety that can make us feel under - par or prevent us functioning to our optimum. You can check that I am registered by finding me on CNHC’s online register at and visit me with confidence.

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A Good Read The Monster of Shiversands Cove by Emma Fischel

Ah, a summer holiday by the beach! Hot days playing in the sand. Days full of digging and snorkelling. Sounds like bliss! At least it DID. Stan is fed up. For the last four years his family have holidayed with his best friend, Rory’s, family. And this year was supposed to be the same until Rory’s parents both got new jobs and moved away. Now he is stuck in a cottage by the sea with Magnus, his four-year-old brother who is insistent that he is going to spend the whole holiday searching for fairies. Of course, Stan knows that this is nonsense and that fairies don’t even exist. One night he decides he has had enough. Magnus will not stop talking about the fairy he caught and has called Harry. In a moment of anger, he agrees with Magnus that this may be a hot spot for fairies and elves, but that means it is also a hot spot for monsters! Magnus is terrified but of course he has no real need to be. Everyone knows that monsters aren’t real. Or are they?


Anthony Horowitz

The first novel in Horowitz’s phenomenally successful Alex Rider series, this is a must for fans of action, adventure and James Bond style one liners. Alex Rider is a seemingly ordinary 14 year old boy. However, when his uncle is killed in a car accident, his world begins to unravel. An orphan, Alex finds that without the protection of his guardian he is in the hands of his uncle’s employers – and they are not a bank, but MI6! Horowitz keeps the reader moving quickly from action sequence to action sequence, with a liberal amount of humour and contemporary references along the way. The structure is familiar to Bond fans, and once you have suspended your disbelief at the idea of a teenage spy, it all becomes gripping and plausible. In particular, the gadgets Alex uses and the villainous Herod Sayle will appeal to teenage readers – while the intriguingly sinister character of Yassen Gregorovitch is introduced here, ready to be developed further through the rest of the series. Ideal for fans of ripping yarns and reluctant readers alike, you will find that one chapter is never enough, as Horowitz is the master of the cliff-hanger ending. A 12 year old of my acquaintance told me recently that this book is ‘even better than the film’ – if you know any 12 year olds, then you will know that I need not say any more than that! By Willow Coby

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National Apprenticeship Week March 5th-9th Are you taking your GCSEs or A levels this year? Have you decided what to do afterwards? Many schools champion university or further education colleges but have you considered an apprenticeship? The 11th National Apprenticeship Week runs from 5th to 9th March 2018. During the week employers and apprentices from across England will come together to celebrate the success of apprenticeships whilst encouraging even more people to choose apprenticeships as a pathway to a great career. An apprenticeship is a chance to earn and learn. It allows you to mix working full-time and learning on the job with gaining a qualification. Anyone over 16 can be an apprentice. Courses last at least a year, and are available in a huge range of industries – there are apprenticeships in everything from accountancy to social media. It’s not just small companies who offer them; many of the big players such as Google, IBM, Barclays and Nestle offer excellent apprenticeships with good long-term prospects. In terms of learning styles, apprenticeships are best-suited to those people who want to get into the workplace straight away, or those who prefer a hands-on approach to learning. Some people (some teachers even) worry that an apprenticeship might limit a more able student’s options. This isn’t the case at all, if anything it opens them up. Thanks to the indepth industry experience apprenticeships provide, many apprentices progress further and faster in their chosen fields. There are also higher-level apprenticeships and some people choose to move into further education at a later stage, either at a conventional university or through a body like the Open University. Spending time in workplace as part of your apprenticeship means that you naturally develop important ‘soft skills’, such as communication and team work. These skills are transferrable whatever path your career ultimately takes. One major benefit of an apprenticeship is that you won’t have a student loan to pay off, and on top of this you are earning a salary and building a network of contacts. About 70% of apprentices are offered a permanent position at the end of their apprenticeship, and 90% remain in employment. To decide whether or not an apprenticeship is right in your case you need to do your research. Think about what your career ambitions are and look at potential pathways. Talk to employers at careers fairs and ask what they are looking for, and talk to people who have done an apprenticeship. Apprenticeships are not right for everyone but they shouldn’t be viewed as a lesser option. Modern apprenticeships are a dynamic, flexible way to launch a career and one might be perfect for you. By Tracey Anderson.


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Look Local Magazine, Oxon Edition: March 2018, Issue 67  
Look Local Magazine, Oxon Edition: March 2018, Issue 67  

Hello Readers, Welcome to the March Edition of Look Local Magazine! There’s lots of National Calendar events this month with World Book Da...