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May 2017 Issue 57



Your Local Community Magazine

INSIDE THIS ISSUE 20% Off Laundry Services at Mrs R’s Pamper Day in aid of Sobell House Free Antique Valuations Abingdon Air & Country Show Check out the HOTTEST Kitchen Trend And more...

al with Us oci S Get Deaf Awareness and Dementia Awareness are both being recognised through the week of 14th-21st May 2017. Turn to Page 31 for information about special support events being held during this week.

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Hello Readers,

Welcome to the May Edition of Look Local Magazine.

Pamper Yourself


In aid of Sobell House

CONTENTS 11. Get the Look: Quartz named hottest Kitchen Trend. 13. Gardening: Huge selection of Hanging Baskets available at Wheatley Farm Store. 16. News & Events 18. The Sound of Music: Simon Markland updates us on the latest music events in our area. 19. On the Mic: Simon Markland interviews local performer, Simon Diegan. 22. What’s On: Enjoy a family day out at the Abingdon Air & Country Show. 24. Motoring: Tim Barnes-Clay test drives the Volvo V90 Cross Country. 27. Health & Wellbeing: Thame Therapy Clinic host a Pamper Day in aid of Sobell House. 28. Health & Wellbeing: Ease Back Pain & Sciatica with Bowen Therapy. 31. Health & Wellbeing: Aston Hearing Service to offer special events in conjunction with Deafness Awareness & Dementia Awareness Week.


This month we can enjoy two long weekends as we celebrate May Day on Monday 1st and Spring Bank Holiday on Monday 29th providing as all with the perfect excuse to get out and about locally. Having recently joined the National Trust, my family and I will be taking full advantage of this membership and visiting Waddesdon Manor as well as other local National Trust haunts. For just £9 per month you can’t go wrong and I would fully recommend joining. As always, there’s lots going on at the Chinnor Railway throughout May (see events section for more details) and Sunday 14th sees the return of the Abingdon Air & Country Show (turn to page 22). If your looking to spruce up your wardrobe this months or give your garden a bit of TLC then why not take advantage of Mrs R’s Dry Cleaning Service, who throughout May is offering 20% OFF most services - see her ‘cut out voucher’ on the adjacent page - or head to Wheatley Farm Stores to check out their huge selection of stunning Hanging Baskets. They also offer a Bespoke Basket Service so if there is something in particular you are looking for you only need to ask and they will create a gorgeous array of plants for your garden. We also have all our regular articles for you to enjoy as well as new and regular advertisers offering as vast selection of products and services. So until next month, enjoy reading

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June 2017 Issue DEADLINE: Friday 12th May 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. 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 Quartz Named Hottest Kitchen Trend

By Jade Coulon, Coulon Stone Ltd

One of the UK’s biggest selling home décor magazines, House Beautiful, has named quartz as this year’s coolest kitchen trend.

This doesn’t surprise us - composite quartz is no longer a luxury item but a reasonably priced investment for your home. With new colours, patterns and textures unveiled monthly, and the specifications continuously developing, the man-made surface has been out-selling natural stones like granite. We look at why that might be. Low-Maintenance - Composite quartz was developed as a durable, low maintenance surface, perfect for any busy home or business. It’s stain, scratch and heat resistant, wipe clean and doesn’t need resealing annually unlike some natural stones. If you’re looking for a worktop material that needs nothing more than a wipe down, can withstand the heat of pots and pans, and won’t stain easily, quartz is for you. Versatile Styles - There are many brands of composite quartz selling in the UK. Silestone and Caesarstone are two of the most well-known, each with over 50 designs. This means there’s a quartz to suit every kitchen style. From industrious dark greys, copper complimenting faux marbles and ultracontemporary matte whites, you’re sure to find something to suit your style. Sculptured Island Tops - Quartz can be used to create another of this year’s hottest home trends – sculptured island units. Open plan kitchens are still as popular as ever, with island units dividing kitchen and living space. To make the island units a real feature, people are getting creative with their designs. Quartz can be mitred together to create seamless edges and unique shapes. Multi-Textured - Many quartz brands produce their materials in both polished and matte finishes, meaning you can include multiple work surface textures in your kitchen.

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NEWS & EVENTS in our region

Great British Bake Off’s Finalist is coming to Thame!



hame Food Festival has some very talented chefs and bakers on our stage this year. Michelin starred and television stars showing us just how brilliant they are in the many demonstrations we have planned over the two days. Over the next few months they will be highlighted individually but we thought it would be nice to start with our latest booking - a brand new member of our Thame Food Festival Family. The very lovely and very brilliant Jane Beedle! Finalist of The Great British Bake Off 2016. Jane is a professional garden designer of 15 years, amateur baker and recent finalist on The Great British Bake Off. Hailing from Beckenham, Jane swapped her gardening rake for her rolling pin and followed her family’s passion for baking into the famous GBBO tent. After serving countless cakes, biscuit’s, fleur-de-lis mousses and a pie in the shape of the Tudor Rose, Jane made it to the


final where she received the highly coveted Paul Hollywood handshake thanks to her delicious meringue crown. Since Christmas 2016 she has been appearing regularly on ITV’s Lorraine show. We are incredibly lucky to have Jane starring on our Baking Stage alongside so many other superstar Bakers on Sunday 1st October.

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News & Events

Forget Me Knot Cafe at Chinnor Village Centre

forgetmeknotcafe The group meet twice monthly on a Monday between 10:3012:30 to provide information, peer support and fun activities which are aimed to help with coordination, brain stimulation, and general health and wellbeing, for people suering with dementia, mental health issues, old age or isolation.

Upcoming Events: 15th May: Music and Singing with Andrea Yates.

12th June: Music for Fun, with Heidi Kiddledivy. 26th June: Fun with Folk Black Dog Band.

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Sound of Music


elcome to our May 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 XT Brewery Open Day This fantastic local brewery is having an open day on Saturday 6th May! Based in Long Crendon, XT provides their high quality beer to public houses in the local area and beyond! As part of the event there will be live music provided by Simon Markland, Nick Bennett and Kev & Rosie throughout the day. The event will run from 11am – 4pm and will include an opportunity to taste the beer and fantastic food will be provided by local companies. For further information please contact: 01844 208301 or e-mail: Thame Carnival - Taking place on Saturday 10th June this year’s carnival will be in aid of ‘The Firefighters Charity’ and ‘Sobell House Hospice’. This wonderful event could not take place if it wasn’t for the many volunteers which work very hard r to make it happen every year! For furthe m. l@gm wnhil suedo l: e-mai info Thame Town Music Festival - This amazing e brand new event will be coming to Tham s on Saturday 8th July! With venues acros town the to next stage main a and the town hall this promises to be a wonderful array of live music – Everyone is welcome to come 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.

further has website festival The information on all the potential performers and everyone has a chance to vote for and suggest who they might like to perform on the day. To place your vote, suggest potential performers visit: please more out find and

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

tic Unplugged at The Keys - This fantas to music event is open to everyone who likes ng strum, sing, play a beat or just enjoy a relaxi musical afternoon! The event takes place 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 ing whilst enjoy winning pub! For further info please visit the Facebook Page – ‘Unplugged At The Keys’!

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 Simon Diegan, a fantastic local guitarist, performer and event organisor!

did your interest in Q: How music start?

: My interest in music started with the A Beatles but with some excellent school teachers who encouraged listening to a wide range of music it quickly embraced

the likes of Fairport Convention, Bob Dylan, Ralph McTell and trips to my local folk club in Swindon.

was the first instrument you Q: What learnt how to play?

: After my first plastic Beatles guitar A (probably would now be worth a fortune!) and studying Bert Weedon’s Play In A Day, I joined the school skiffle/jug

band playing acoustic guitar. I picked up my first melodeon in 1973 and within a couple of months started playing for the university morris dance side.

Q: Who influences you musically? Having grown up in the sixties and A: seventies there were so many musical influences that shaped what and how I play today but the thread of singer/

songwriters throughout my lifetime such as Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Sandy Denny, Jimmy Webb, John Tams, Ralph McTell to name but a few and also not forgetting that bands such as Steely Dan, Pink Floyd and the Beatles all made their particular mark. That said, my love of traditional music and dance continues and forever shall it be!

us about your band and live Q: Tell performances?? Lane is a three piece acoustic A: Reunion band where I am joined by the very talented David and Alison Fenner.

We first played together in 1981 when we were invited by (then) Thame based Steve Heap to work on a musical project called Mr

Humphries Railway which toured arts centres in the UK and Sweden. We play most weeks in venues in and around the Chilterns performing three part a Cappella singing and deliver traditional, contemporary and self penned songs that feature a mix of acoustic instruments including melodeon, concertina, guitar, mandola, ukulele and bass.

Q: What are you involved in locally? moved to Thame in July last year A: Having I am very impressed and so delighted as to how vibrant the music and arts scene is in the area. We have played at the

excellent First Thursday Music Club and at the Swan Hotel open mic session and hope to engage as fully as we can in the many venues in and around the town. As part of my New Year/New Challenge philosophy I also recently started drum lessons at the Thame Music Academy! For the past five years I have been MC at Towersey Festival working the Festival Green stage.

Q: How can you be contacted? Lane can be contacted A: Reunion via Simon on 07850 511888 Brought to you by - Thame Music Academy Tel: 07743 032292 E-mail: Web page: www.thamemusicacademy. com

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A great day out for all the family!

The Abingdon Air and Country Show is one of Oxfordshire’s largest volunteer organised events which raises money for the Thames Valley Air Ambulance and other smaller worthwhile causes whilst putting on a great day out for all the family. This year’s event will be held on Sunday 14th May at Dalton Barracks, just off the A415 between Abingdon and Marcham.


ow in it’s eighteenth year this volunteer run, Oxfordshire event is one of the most popular outdoor shows in the area attracting visitors from far and wide. This year’s event hosts all the usual attractions including music and dance, vintage vehicles including ex-Military and miniature steam engines, children’s attractions from fun fair rides to Punch and Judy, re-enactment groups, static displays, trade stalls and a craft marquee, food and drink. Static aircraft will be flying in allowing general aviation pilots to put Abingdon airfield in their log book.

They are followed by first time displays by a Dutch-based replica CAC Boomerang making its UK debut, the RF4 Motorglider, the Antonov AN2 the world’s biggest bi-plane and the Great War Display Team. Rich Goodwin will display his ‘Muscle Pitts’, a much altered Pitts Special doing things a plane shouldn’t do! Amongst the many other aeroplanes and helicopters we have displaying, we also welcome for the first time the DeHavilland Sea Vixen, a 1950s Royal Navy carrier-borne jet aircraft. Tickets will be available on the day but advance tickets are available both online and from various outlets in an around Oxfordshire.

However there is also a number of exciting new attractions both on the ground and in the air.

See you there!

There’s the Mangelwurzels and Britain’s Got Talent contestant Ellie May joining us in the music tent. In the arena we have the Buckingham Search and Rescue Dogs and the Caledonian Marching Band. From today’s Army, 3 & 4 Regiments Royal Logistic Corps, No. 7 Rifles and RAF 4624 Auxiliary Squadron, RAF Brize Norton will be putting on displays of their vehicles and equipment. The Cotswold Pheasant and Poultry Club will be showing off their birds. A very special welcome also, goes to No. 322 Squadron Royal Netherlands Air Force with their highly advanced Spitfire Simulator, make sure you speak to them and have a go! It is the same in the air as Classic Jets get us off the ground displaying their highly technical model aircraft.

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In the spotlight...

Volvo V90 Cross Country


Reviewed by Tim Barnes-Clay, Motoring Journalist.

For those who like versatility and might need to venture into the rough, Volvo’s V90 Cross Country has recently come on the scene.

The Cross Country moniker was actually ushered in by

Volvo some two decades ago, and it’s good that the new V90 can be had in this format.

By elevating the ride height, throwing in four-wheel drive and adding body cladding, the Cross Country offers the perfect balance of estate car and robust 4X4.This means you can still drive a family motor without having to go for a bulkier SUV. But, Volvo does offer the XC90 SUV should the V90 Cross Country not be quite the mud-plugger you need. The Cross Country touch has, over the last 20 years, given Volvos that extra something – it’s made cars with this name tagged on the end more interesting to look at, and more flexible in terms of where you can drive them. The V90 Cross Country is a handsome piece of work all round. Its kerbside appeal is lifted even further, thanks to its 65mm higher stance, plastic wheelarch coverings, skid plates, off-road tyres and ‘Cross Country’ lettering on the back bumper. The eye-catching look continues inside, with electrically operated cross-stitched leather seats and matte wood dash inlays. The V90 Cross Country also comes with a touchscreen sat-nav system, and a powered tailgate that you can operate from the cabin. My test car was fitted with the D5 engine, coupled up to an eight-speed, smooth-shifting automatic transmission. The D5 is a 2.0-litre turbo diesel unit delivering 235PS - a well-judged output for a large family car. It’s quick enough for most palates, reaching 62mph in 7.5 seconds, but it is cost-effective, too. If you see over 50mpg from this engine, I wouldn’t be knocked for six.

tyres to work their magic off-road. Indeed, a quick jaunt along a dirt trail and across an undulating field demonstrated the Cross Country’s split character admirably. With its raised ride height, it has decent ground clearance to avoid grating its underbelly on stones, and its off-road mode allows the Volvo to crawl through thick muddy stuff ably. Add in its factoryfitted hill descent control to the mix and the V90 Cross Country has enough about it to bring the fight to the full-fat SUV market. At £43,585 for the V90 Cross Country D5, it makes you wonder why you’d want to pay £47,340 for an entry level Volvo XC90. I guess having seven seats, instead of five, would be the only reason.

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Body Roll

On/Off-Road Ability


Volvo claims it has tried to tune the car to feel like the standard V90 on the tarmac - and the company has, in my opinion, largely accomplished this ambition. The Cross Country is fairly nimble to wield on the road, and it feels energetic, thanks to the weight of the pedals and steering. Furthermore, while this is no small vehicle, it feels far from vast, due to how compliant it is.

Max speed: 140mph

Alongside the 65mm increase in ride stature, the Scandinavian automaker has broadened the V90 Cross Country’s tracks to improve stability and enable the heftier

CO2: 139g/km



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Health & Wellbeing

Thame Therapy Clinic Centre of excellence for all your Foot Care needs

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Relax and Unwind

at Thame Therapy Clinic’s Pamper Day... Saturday 6th May | 1:00 - 5:00 pm

Back by popular demand, after a five year absence, Therapists at Thame Therapy Clinic welcome

you to an afternoon of refreshments & cakes amidst the tranquil garden at the clinic whilst relaxing with a glorious, self-indulgent pamper treatment. There will also be a Raffle and Second-Hand Book Stall for visitors to enjoy. Treatments cost just £15.00 for a 20 minutes session, proceeds of which will be donated to Sobell House, a local charity supporting people with terminal illnesses. The treatments on offer (please call to book) include;

Massage with Poppy Aromatherapy with Jill or Lara Zero Balancing with Andy Chinese Facial Massage with Andy Back/Neck/Shoulder Massage with Jill or Lara

Lymphatic Facial Massage with Nainesh Indian Head Massage with Jill or Lara Reflexology with Jill or Lara Vega Food Intolerance Testing with Selina

Please come and join in the fun in aid of a good cause. The clinic also welcome any donations for raffle prizes.

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Back Pain and Sciatica... I have lost count of the number of clients who present in my clinic with Back Pain. Every body is different and therefore each experience of pain and lifestyle limitation is experienced in differing ways. The majority of my clients present with chronic pain, often having tried to gain relief from prescriptive medication, physiotherapy, diagnostic scans and referrals for interventional procedures. Untreated pain can interfere with the healing process by affecting the immune system and leading to other undesirable issues. Specifically this discomfort can impede exercise and lifestyle, which risks psychological distress. Pain is inherently subjective and chronic pain tends to be difficult to treat. Whilst the majority of back pain is self limiting, consideration must be given to the physical and psychological implications; Bowen/Neuro Structural (Spinal) Integration Therapy is a treatment of choice and has a well documented record of success in the treatment of Back Pain which is good news for Low Back Pain and Sciatica sufferers. New guidelines published by NICE - the National Institute for Clinical Excellence - in November 2016 for the treatment of lower back pain, with and without sciatica concur with the way in which Bowen Therapists treat paitents. In brief I am picking up on a few ( recommended )points that are always included in my consultations & treatments;

- Reassurance & encouragement to continue with normal activities - Information about the nature of Low Back Pain and Sciatica - Physical activity / supportive exercise plans / programmes to improve fitness - Psychological approach / Return to work NICE provides national guidance to improve health and social care. Evidence based guidance, advice and information services are available for key groups, including GP’s, local government, healthcare professional and the public. Occasionally, during a treatment, symptoms may ‘ flag up’ underlying back problems. It should be noted howeve that although my clients are assessed at every treatment it is not my remit to diagnose but to help my client seek immediate medical attention. 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.

- The use of manual therapy / spinal mobilisation / Soft tissue techniques


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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.

All four of these paintings, by Helen Bradley, MBE, 1900 - 1979, sold at our last Fine Arts Auction. If you think you have anything of interest, we hold FREE valuations every Tuesday & Wednesday, 10:30am - 5:00pm!

OIL ON BOARD, 1973 Titled ‘Eh! Look Aunt Charlotte’s Gone Bright Pink’ Estimate £20,000/30,000 - Sold £29,000

Previous Lots at The Swan Fine Arts Auctions

OIL ON BOARD Titled ‘A Winters Day’, framed. (30.5cm x 38.1cm) Estimate £15,000/20,000 - Sold £19,000

WATERCOLOUR, 1973 Titled ‘One Cold February Saturday’ Estimate £10,000/15,000 Sold £20,000

OIL ON BOARD, 1966 Titled ‘The Day Queen Victoria was Laid to Rest’ (48.2cm x 35.5cm) Estimate £20,000/30,000 - Sold £29,000

NEXT AUCTION DATE Thursday 4th May 2017 at 12noon VIEWING: 10:30am - 5:00pm on Tuesday 2nd, Wednesday 3rd & the morning of the sale, from 10:00am Opening Hours: 10am-6pm

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Look Local Magazine, Oxon Edition: May 2017, Issue 57  

Welcome to the May Edition of Look Local Magazine. This month we can enjoy two long weekends as we celebrate May Day on Monday 1st and Spri...

Look Local Magazine, Oxon Edition: May 2017, Issue 57  

Welcome to the May Edition of Look Local Magazine. This month we can enjoy two long weekends as we celebrate May Day on Monday 1st and Spri...