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November 2017 Issue 63


Your Local Community Magazine


INSIDE THIS ISSUE Get the Look: Picking the perfect fireplace. COMPETITION: Win a Cook Book. First Aid: Know the basics. Firework Displays: Check out our list of local events.


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Hello Readers,

34 Contents 12. Get the Look: Fireplace designs from Coulon Stone to suit any home. 14. Editorial Feature: Fuel saving tips to help save you ££’s this winter. 15. The Sound of Music: Simon Markland updates us on the latest music events in our area. 16. On the Mic: Thame Music Academy’s Simon Markland interviews ‘The Band with No Name’.. 18. News & Events

21. Food & Drink: Tasty delights at The Deli at No.5.

24. Motoring: Tim Barnes-Clay test drives the all new Peugeot 5008.

26: Performing Arts: Discover your inner performer at Stagecoach. 27: Editorial Feature: What does it mean to be an Executor in a Will? 28. Health & Wellbeing: Bowen Therapy for Fibromyalgia, ME and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

31. Health & Wellbeing: Aston Hearing Service explain the signs of a Cholesteatoma. 29. Health & Wellbeing: Food Intolerance Testing at Thame Therapy Clinic.


It’s time to dust off your bobble hats, scarfs and gloves ready to wrap up warm for Fireworks Night. It’s one of my favourite nights of the year with sparklers, funfair rides, wellies, hot dogs, mulled wine and of course that amazing smell of bonfire in the air.... Turn to page 19 for a list of some Firework events that are taking place in our local area and if you know of anymore, please do feel free to share them on my Facebook Page. Amidst all the fun however, it is important to stay safe so this months issue includes a feature on Page 32 and 33 about First Aid and Sparkler Safety.

With winter well and truly here, your mind has probably turned to the home and creating a cosy haven to snuggle up and hibernate in over the next few months. And what reaks ‘cosy’ more than a roaring fire nestled within a stunning fireplace. For inspiration on achieving the perfect fireplace, turn to page 12. Christmas - yes I’ve said the ‘C’ word - will be upon us before we know it and if like me, November is the month you do your shopping then head down to The Deli at No.5 as they have a fantastic selection of gift ideas for food lovers. And if you’re a foodie yourself then you will LOVE this month’s competition... For your chance to WIN, Head Chef of the White Hart in Minster Lovell (which was recently awarded the ‘best traditional country pub in Oxfordshire’), Thomas Curtis’ debut Cook Book then turn to page 34. It would make the perfect Christmas Gift for someone or a lovely treat for yourself. Good luck! And until next month, enjoy reading

Love Emma x

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GET THE LOOK Three gorgeous fireplace designs to suit

By Jade Coulon, Coulon Stone Ltd any home. Scarves have been dug out of drawers and boots replace sandals on shoe

racks. Winter is here. You may be thinking about updating, replacing or buying a brand new fireplace to turn your home into a cosy, cold free getaway. But with thousands of design options available, picking the perfect fireplace can be daunting.

At Coulon Stone we’ve been creating bespoke, natural stone fireplaces for 25 years, so we’ve put together a list of three of our favourite designs which can work in any home. 1. Elizabethan Style - Some of the most beautiful fireplace designs come from the past. An arched opening with recessed detail and solid proportions are characteristic of stone Tudor fireplaces. We love the simple detail, sturdy stature and bricked inlay of Elizabethan fireplaces and think they can be easily adjusted in size to create a charming focal point in any home. 2. Dark, Contemporary Style - A natural stone fireplace doesn’t only mean white marbles or cream limestones, darker stones like Belgian Black Fossil, or Italian slate offer a modern take on the stone fireplace. Darker colours can be just as flexible in their design as the familiar lighter ones, including detailed carvings or no detail at all, either way they create a unique edition to your home. 3. More than one stone style - Mixed textures and multi-colours have covered home décor magazines for years, so why not take this trend and apply it to your fireplace design. This beautiful Bath Stone Fireplace includes a Jura Blue Grey Limestone brick inlay and hearth. The mix of colours and textures work perfectly and elevate the fireplace from simple to exciting.

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Sound of Music


elcome to our November Sound of Music feature. Here you will s, find information on local musical event upcoming concerts and where to find the best music tuition in the area. s Thame has a variety of fantastic opportunitie for budding musicians who wish to join e. together with other like-minded peopl From bands to choirs to bell ringing! We also s! host a huge variety of annual musical event Thame Players Theatre - Opera Anywhere of returns to The Players Theatre with two – Gilbert & Sullivan’s most popular operettas The Pirates of Penzance and HMS Pinafore. In Pirates of Penzance an unfortunate case a of mishearing initiates the plot resulting in dramatic change for of direction for Frederic d who sets course to become a ‘pirate’ instea c of a ‘pilot’. The twists and turns of this classi operetta unfold with ingenious characters, sublime lyrics and some of the best-known of songs in opera. HMS Pinafore is a tale social erent diff s acros love d atche mism classes. Josephine is the captain’s daughter and has fallen for lowly sailor, Ralph. Yet her father has other ideas – he has promised her to Sir Joseph Porter, the First Lord of the to Admiralty. Will love prevail? Climb aboard way. the along fun of feast a find out and enjoy The performances will be taking place between Friday 3rd November – Sunday t 5th November and tickets can be bough from: or from Spears Travel in Thame. Towersey Bell Ringers - St. Catherine’s Towersey is a member of the Guild Diocesan Oxfordshire South Bellringers, of They Branch. Oxon


are one of only ahandfulof4belltowersintheUK. The group currently practise every Wednesday evening and meet in the tower at 7:30pm. This is open to anyone would like to come along and see what church bell e ringing is about and there is often the chanc to have a go yourself if you would like! This is is a very friendly local group and everyone welcome. You may be surprised to know that there is a lot more to Church Bell Ringing than just pulling a rope. Full circle ringing is a skill to that takes on average 8-12 hours of tuition grasp but months of practice to perfect and learning to ring the bell is only the 1st step. Once you can control the bell this opens g! up the whole new world of Change Ringin . For further information please visit: www

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! The wonderful local ‘Band With No Name’ will be performing on Saturday 11th November from 8 – 11 pm. Unplugged at The Keys - Every last Saturday of the month, upstairs at The Cross Keys pub in Thame from 3 – 6pm. ‘Friday At The Fish’ - The second Friday of the month at The Old Fisherman, Shabbington, from 7:30pm – 11pm. ‘The First Thursday Music Club’ First Thursday of every month at The James Figg pub, Thame from

8 pm – 11 pm.

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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 The Band With No Name’, focus on ‘The a fantastic local band who regularly perform at local events and functions!

Q: How did the TBWNN start?


We were put together for a charity gig back in 2010/2011 by our friend, guitarist Kev Lucas. We enjoyed it so much we ended up playing a few more gigs and before we knew it, a band was born. Kev couldn’t stay on due to other commitment but he recommended one of his star students, that turned out to be George. We’ve been regulars on the local music scene ever since, playing festivals, parties and wedding.

Q A: 

: What influences the band musically?

We all share a love of great rock music. Despite the age gaps in the band, we tend to agree on most songs we perform. We do seem to play a lot of 90s rock, from Stereophonics to Foo Fighters.

us about some of your Q: Tell favourite performances? A: 

One that springs to mind was a hen do. We played to 50 merry (and loud) hens. Our two hour set was preceded by a young man who took off all his clothes which brought a tear to our sound guy who had to stay to play his songs through our PA. He’s never been the same since!

Q: Do you have any upcoming gigs? A :

We are playing at The Birdcage in Thame on Saturday 11th November and Haddenham Winterfest on Saturday 9th December.

Q: How can you be contacted? A:   

Via our Facebook page just search ‘Band With No Name’. Or you can call or email us on: T: 07540 307934 E:

Brought to you by Thame Music Academy Tel: 07743 032292 Email: Web page:

Q: What are you involved in locally? A:

I have run a music night at a local pub for 10 years, mc’d music in the park, help run stages Thame Town Music Festival to name a few. Phil has mc’d First Thursday Music Club in Thame since it started. We don’t let the others out due to insurance costs and supervision issues.

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NEWS & EVENTS in our region Chinnor’s Autumn Swap Shop and Bike Exchange... ‘Swap Shop’, Saturday 18th November, 10:00am - 12 Noon, Chinnor Village Hall Entrance free Refreshments available

A Swap Shop is a unique way of recycling and reusing unwanted goods, things that you don’t use anymore but you don’t want to see ending up in the landfill site.

Most of us will have items that we don’t want or use, but they are just too good to throw away. Here is your chance to see them being used by someone else, which is much more satisfying than throwing them out. Just bring along your unwanted items – good condition only - on the day, and take away anything you see that you want. You can just bring or you can just take. You don’t have to bring to take or vice versa. Everything is free. Everything is donated. Suitable items could include good condition toys, books, CDs, bric-a-brac, linen, clothes, baby equipment, kitchenware, small electrical items, unwanted gifts. Please don’t bring items after 11.30am. Small electrical goods with CE mark only accepted. Goods left over will be taken to charity shops or clothes banks or recycled if unsuitable for reuse.

BIKE EXCHANGE at the Swap Shop, between 10:00am – 11:00am. There will also be a Bike Exchange on the day. If you want to sell a bike or want to buy a secondhand bike, then come along in the morning to see what is on offer. Bikes to sell can be brought along at 9.45am, clearly labelled with your name, contact details and the asking price. Friends of the Earth charge £5 for every bike sold. You can also deposit any of the following items for recycling on the day: - Household batteries - CDs - Used postage stamps - Foreign coins - Mobile phones - Printer cartridges - Old reading glasses. Organised by Chinnor and Thame Friends of the earth. For more information ring Maureen on 01844 352816,

Barn Dance & Ploughman’s Supper with Bodger’s Wood Band Friday 24 November 2017, 7.30 - 10.30 pm Chinnor Village Hall, OX39 4PQ Tickets £7.50 ((£2.50 under 18s) from Jane Honeyball (01844 351096 or 07703 174656) or Liz Thorpe (01844 351565). All proceeds to Chinnor Methodist Church Building Fund.


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Local �reworks Displays...

News & Events

Mill Lane School Firework Display

Friday 3rd November - Gates open at 6pm - display at 7pm - Advance ticket price from CPC office £5 per person and £20 for a family of 5.

Chalgrove Fireworks Display

Saturday 4th November at The Lamb Pub

Thame Fireworks Display

Saturday 4th November from 5:30pm Location: Lord Williams Lower School, Towersey Road, Thame. This is a community event, open to all. It is run by volunteers from the three Thame Primary Schools; Barley Hill, John Hampden and St Joseph’s. All money raised goes to the PTFA of each school and benefits the children of Thame.

Long Crendon Fireworks

Sat 4th November from 5.00pm. Long Crendon School Field, Chilton Road, Long Crendon, HP18 9BZ There will be fish and chips, hot dogs and nachos, a Tuck shop with sweets and hot chocolate and a bar selling Long Crendon’s local XT brewery beers and some warming mulled wine.

Stoke Mandeville Fireworks 2017

Sat 4th November from 5.00pm. Stole Mandeville Village, Eskdale Road, Stoke Mandeville Tickets: Adults £4, children, £3.00, Seniors £3.00, Disabled £3.00. Under 5’s Free. Hot BBQ, Licenced Bar, Fairground rides and Bouncy Castle. With plenty of Candy Floss, Do’nuts, rich Ice creams and an overwhelming choice of Tea, Coffees and hot Pimms.

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Eat, Drink and be Merry Andy & Emma would like to welcome you to their modern country pub and eating house. Whether you’re looking for a family lunch or dinner, company celebration or a meal with friends, we have fresh locally sourced food, ales and fabulous wines.

Christmas Menu 2017 Available From Tuesday 21st November. £25 for 2 courses or £30 for 3 courses

Supplement of £3 per person (Friday & Saturdays) Christmas Eve: Bar is open from 11am – 8pm with Food being served between 12 and 4pm Christmas Day: Open for Christmas drinks between 12 and 2pm Boxing Day: Bar is open from 11am – 8pm with food being served between 12 and 6pm New Year’s Day: Bar is open from 11am until 6pm with Brunch being served between 11am to 2:30pm

Christmas Menu 2017

Andy and Emma welcome you to The Boot, Bledlow Ridge. Our Head Chef Andy has created this new and exciting Christmas Menu which we are proud to offer our guests.

Available From Tuesday 21st November. £25 for 2 courses or £30 for 3 courses Supplement of £3 per person (Friday & Saturdays)

STARTERS Duck liver & Pork Parfait served with Prosecco flavored Compote & Toasted Brioche Brie & Cranberry Arancini Risotto Balls served with a Roasted Red Pepper Sauce Bubble & Squeak, crispy smoked Bacon & Poached Egg served with a Hollandaise Sauce Smoked Salmon Roulade with Cream Cheese, Capers, Prawns & Dill served with Beetroot Purée & Toasted Ciabatta Homemade Soup of the Day served with Rustic Bread

MAINS Traditional Roast Turkey, Roast Potatoes, Pigs in Blankets served with Cranberry & Chestnut Stuffing, Honey Roasted Carrots & Parsnips, Braised Cabbage & Broccoli with Pan Gravy Braised Feather Blade of Beef, Colcannon Mash, Honey Roasted Root Vegetables served with Forestiere Sauce Butternut Squash, Aubergine, Pomegranate Seeds & Feta Mousakka served with Pea Purée, Braised Red Cabbage & Honey Roasted Vegetables Fillet of Salmon with Crushed New Potatoes, Asparagus, Crispy Pancetta served with Hollandaise Sauce Pork Belly, Apple Sauce, Black Pudding served with Dauphinoise Potatoes, Honey Roasted Vegetables, Braised Cabbage served with Crackling and Pan Gravy

DESSERTS Traditional Christmas Pudding served with Brandy Sauce Hot Chocolate Orange Fondant served with Vanilla Ice Cream Ginger, Pear & Salted Caramel Sponge Pudding served with Creme Anglaise Lemon Tart served with Berry Compote & Chantilly Cream Selection of Cheese with Red Onion Jam & Biscuits

All of our food is freshly made here at the pub and therefore may take longer to serve.

View our Christmas menu at our website:

Prices are inclusive of VAT. Service is at your discretion, we hope you enjoy your meal.

Please make a member of staff aware of any allergies and Gluten Free requirements.

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas from The Staff at The Boot Pub.

Food & Drink

Specialist Tasting Events and Festive Food Delights, the Deli at No.5 has it all... Off the back of the success of their First Birthday gathering last month coupled with the launch of the exciting new Taster Events, The Deli at No.5 are now gearing up for their second year in business with their Special Events diary filling up fast and Christmas at the forefront of their minds. From the beginning of next year, The Deli will be holding ticketed events for Taster Evenings which will include British Wine and Cheese Pairing, Gin & Cheese Pairing and Wine & Charcuterie Tasting, one of which is being hosted by Chef, Ben Dulley who is the owner of Cotswold based business, ‘SaltPig Curing Company Ltd.’ All products produced by SaltPig are made from local rare breed pigs and all are fully traceable to their breed. In contrast to other producers Ben strives to create the right environment for the meat to cure and dry slowly, which allows nature to play its part in developing a product distinct in flavour, making it very specific to them. And with his background as a Head Chef, Ben is sure to conjure up some delightful bites to enjoy at the forthcoming event at The Deli at No.5. If however you can’t wait that long and you want in on the action at the Deli now then you can visit The Birdcage every other Tuesday where Hannah & Joe have joined forces with the team there to host Cheese Board & Gin Pairing Evenings. For just £20.00, diners are presented with Tasting Notes and treated to a selection of specially chosen cheeses which have been perfectly paired with 3 complmenting Gins. And if all this talk of food and drink is turning your thoughts to Christmas, The Deli are taking hamper orders now. Whether its to feed your own troops or as a gift for a loved one, the Deli can create bespoke hampers to any budget. Or you can purchase one of the ready made creations which have already been filled with sumptuous deli delights from chutneys and cheeses to biscuits, cakes and punchy beverages. Or for the budding brewer, the Deli have a number of Lager and Cider Home Brewing kits as well as Gin Botanical Sets and even ‘Make your own Prosecco kits’. So what ever your tipple, or food cravings are you can be sure that The Deli at No.5 have something to set your taste buds alive to see you through the festive season...

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In the spotlight...

All-New Peugeot 5008 SUV



The all-new Peugeot 5008 SUV is a good-looking car that doesn’t reek of middle-age blandness. That’s the opinion of our motoring journalist, Tim Barnes-Clay. Read his review to find out more about the car.


he launch of the latest 5008 reveals a car that is not only aesthetically pleasing, but one that is 190mm lengthier than its sister, the five-seater 3008, and 110mm broader than the withdrawing version of the 5008. The fresh 5008 comes with five trim grades. They are: Active, Allure, GT Line and GT. Powerplant choices are 130ps and 165ps petrol engines or 100, 120, 150 and 180ps diesels. There’s a selection of transmissions, ranging from six and eight-speed auto boxes to a six-speed manual. The 5008 SUV’s seven-seater cabin is adaptable, with a third tier of chairs that fold flush into the boot floor. What’s more, the seats can be detached to boost standard luggage room from 720 litres to a whopping 1060 litres. On all 2017 5008s, a state-of-the-art, 12.3-inch ‘i-Cockpit’ digital display has been fitted, as well as an 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen, which is attached to the top of the dashboard. Due to the flexibility of its cabin, the 5008 SUV enables you to be able to transport more members of your family about. The second row of chairs is better than many rivals’ because they are individual and move back and forth - and tilt back, too. The couple of seats that make up the third tier are also separate, and can be drawn up from the load floor in a single ‘pulling’ action. The vehicle boasts two lidded underfloor stowage areas behind the front seats. And in the back of the driver’s and passenger’s chairs, there are two fold-away tables. These are handy for picnicking, or for when the kids fancy doing a bit of colouring-in. The 1.2-litre petrol unit I drove is unexpectedly powerful and it makes light work of overtaking, whichever kind of road you’re on. Motorways are where it feels most at home, though, staying planted, comfortable and hushed at 70mph. The driving position is excellent, now that Peugeot’s latest ‘i-Cockpit’ is fitted. The instruments and dials can be seen easily above the tiny, sporty steering wheel, and the highmounted touchscreen is straightforward to use.


The only fly in the ointment is the 5008 SUV’s six-speed manual transmission. It shifts in a rather arthritic way, especially when engaging first gear. The auto ‘boxes are smoother and they change up and down the cogs quickly and precisely. The French motor’s steering is a little too light, but thanks to excellent body stability, the drive always inspires confidence. The 5008 SUV Allure 1.2L Puretech 130 S&S is predicted to be the most popular model at £26,295. The base level is the Active 1.2L Puretech 130 S&S, priced at £24,495 and the flagship GT BlueHDi EAT8 180 S&S will set you back £35,895. If you have no choice but to own a family wagon, then this is one you should consider - it’s got the looks and the thrills.

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Editorial Feature

Integrity Wills & Guardianship Wills Protecting your family’s future.

I’ve been named as an executor. What does this mean? I

f you have been asked to be an executor, you will be named as such in the deceased’s Will. Around six million people have experience of acting as the executor of a Will but just 4% realise that they are legally responsible for the accurate distribution of the estate that is entrusted to them.

So what does the role of the executor entail? An executor is responsible for administering the estate and is accountable to Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and the beneficiaries. The process of administrating the estate can be daunting given the legal paperwork, tax calculations and various administrative tasks that need to be accurately completed. It typically involves applying for the Grant of Probate, dealing with all aspects of their assets (such as property, shares and personal possessions), settling debts and paying any Inheritance Tax and Income Tax. Whatever’s left is transferred to the beneficiaries. In order to carry out their duties, executors need to have a copy of the Will along with relevant financial information on the deceased’s holdings. It is important that they keep a clear record of each step they take during the process, especially if Inheritance Tax is payable on the estate. This way, there is a clearly documented audit trail should any questions need to be answered at a later date. Executors are subject to a statutory ‘duty of care’ under the Trustee Act of 2000, meaning they must act in the best interests of the estate and beneficiaries. Consequently, they can be held financially and legally liable for any mistakes made in handling the deceased’s assets.

How long will it take?

Usually two executors are appointed in the Will

and the time it takes to administer the estate can depend on whether the executors agree on how to proceed. As a result, some people chose to appoint a professional executor who can provide independent and impartial advice. The time needed to administer an estate will also depend on its size and complexity, but on average this will take between 9 – 12 months for a professional. Administering an estate yourself can be an overwhelming process, particularly as executors will also be dealing with the loss of a loved one. Dealing with bereavement is never easy and people react differently to the emotional stress it can cause. For some executors the estate administration process can seem overwhelming. However, you can chose to appoint a specialist to do the work on your behalf.

Why you should consider speaking to a professional? The advantage is that the firm can take on full legal responsibility for administering the estate from beginning to end. This can provide executors with peace of mind and means that they have one less thing to worry about when dealing with the loss of a loved one.

At Integrity Wills, we have partnered with Kings Court Trust, one of the UK’s leading estate administration specialists. They have helped over 7000 families receive their inheritance in the last 15 years. If you would like to find out more about estate administration and how I can help support you and your family, please contact me.

Michael Bradley Call: 01844 281 013 / 07868 746 406 Email: Visit for more information.

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Fibromyalgia, Myalgic Encephalitis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome ... Fibromyalgia (FM) and the related conditions of Myalgic Encephalitis (ME) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) are massively debilitating. It is difficult to provide a definitive diagnosis given that symptoms can be related to many other conditions, such as Lupus. Investigations can prove time consuming, with a process of elimination, and criteria for the patient to have experience at least 3 months in pain. This process can be very stressful. There are no lab tests or X-rays that are able to identify this chronic condition. Once given a diagnosis the patient is faced with no effective conven-tional medical solution. There is no clear cause and no clear solution. Many of my clients present in my clinic with either a diagnosis of MF, ME, CFS or with symptoms and issues that can match any of these conditions. The history, for each, is usually the same: ‘I’ve been to the doctors, I’ve had tests (bloods), I’m in pain, my lifestyle is limited, I’m off work’ or ‘ The prescribed painkillers aren’t helping and I’m not sure about taking antidepressants” and ‘I was referred to a pain clinic but really the exercises are too much for me’, and I was told to manage the pain’ Some patients are told that they imagine the pain. This is such a common scenario in my clinic, generally the clients I see are female, although children and teenagers present with the same issues. For each this is a long term chronic disorder.

- Pain - Fatigue - Reduced concentration - Anxiety / Depression

- Headaches - Inability to work / concentrate - Lifestyle is severely limited: work, school, sport etc - Reduced social interaction

The underlying causes are not know, however there is substantial evidence to suggest that stress, trauma, injury and post viral situations are seriously considered.

How may Bowen Therapy help? I take a full medical history from every client; we may discuss or unearth, past injuries, grief and lifestyle. Whilst the treatment is hands on, the emphasis is on how the client presents and attention is given to each individual and their lifestyle needs and wants. Pain, however, is real and every client wishes that to be addressed. Bowen Therapy, with the hands on, gentle, noninvasive, non-manipulative movements over soft tissue aims to help the body relax and promote healing. This treatment is through clothing. In my clinic I have helped many clients on a path to leading a full and active life. With my skills as a Bowen / Neuro Structural Practitioner your individual concerns will be addressed. Please contact me for further information. 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.

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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A place of care for over 50 years, Chilton House is a stunning building in a breathtaking location. We recognise the importance of flexibility and our focus is to tailor your stay with us to your agenda and your needs. If you are in need of recovery after an operation, a break whilst family are away or maybe you are looking to make your home here, we would be happy to help in all cases. INDEPENDENT LIVING APARTMENTS COMING SOON To look around Chilton House, meet our physios and nurses, join for Afternoon Tea or just relax with the wonderful views. Contact us TODAY to arrange your visit and discover all we have to offer!

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Food Intolerance & sensitivity testing

Do you suffer with abdominal pain, bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, nausea, headaches? These can be some of the symptoms associated with intolerance or sensitivity to certain foods. This article, by Thame Therapy Clinic’s Homeopathy Therapist, Selina Hatherley (RSHom) explains all about Vega Testing.

Vega testing can test for sensitivity to substances such as wheat,

dairy, pollens and chemicals, as well as testing for vitamin and mineral imbalance. As a Vega practitioner, I can use this simple test to help identify which substances are causing problems. You may or may not have some idea of the food or food groups that cause you a problem. However, it is really useful to keep a food diary for at least a week before testing. • • •

Note what you eat & drink When you eat & drink How you feel after you eat or drink

It is important that you drink plenty of water before, as testing is most effective when you are hydrated The Vega Test method uses two hand electrodes – one the patient holds, the other is a testing “pen” used by the practitioner. Both electrodes are attached to the Vega machine. Vials of substances – food, drink, chemical etc – are put into the machine while the practitioner presses the testing pen onto an acupressure point on the patient’s hand. The response of the patient’s body to each substance is determined by change in electromagnetic conductivity and shown on the machine’s voltage meter. Once problematic substances have been identified, we will discuss whether they need to be avoided, or whether combinations of foods may need to be changed or cut out of the patients diet completely. It is useful to keep a food diary for a month until the next follow up appointment. We will also talk about diet, lifestyle, and medical history, and as a registered homeopath, I will normally give a remedy to help with symptoms. The Vega machine can also test for sensitivity to pollens and other substances – you can even bring something along, such as washing powder or medication to be tested in the machine. Note: Homeopathy is safe for all ages and all stages. Vega testing is not suitable for those in pregnancy or with a pacemaker. Always check with your GP if you have any concerns about your health.

For more information about Vega Testing or Homeopathy at Thame Therapy Clinic contact: T: 01844 215555 | W: | E:


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First Aid...

know the basics! Your daughter has a nosebleed. Your father chokes on a piece of meat. Your toddler swallows some floor cleaner. Would you know what to do? It can take just a few minutes to save someone’s life.


irst aid is the care given before the emergency services arrive. A blocked airway can kill someone in three to four minutes yet it can take eight to 12 minutes for an ambulance to arrive. Knowing how to open someone’s airway could mean the difference between life and death. Almost 4000 people per year die because of accidents in their homes and statistically you are far more likely to be called upon to administer first aid to someone you know than to a stranger. The top ten injuries or accidents in the home are: Falls Strikes and Collisions Cuts and Abrasions Foreign Bodies Over exertion e.g. moving heavy furniture Burns and Scalds Crush Injuries Bites and Stings Puncture wounds e.g. stepping on a child’s toy Suspected poisoning There are many myths and misconceptions about injuries. Here are the most common: •


Butter or cream is good for a burn? NO, immerse the injured limb in cool water.

If you can move a limb it’s not broken? NO, the only sure way to tell if a limb is broken is to x-ray it.

Put a bleeding wound under a tap? NO, by all means clean the wound if required but water will wash away the body’s own clotting agents so compression with a clean dressing is the best way to staunch the flow.

Make someone sick if they’ve swallowed poison? NO, this can block their airway or, if the substance is corrosive, damage it further.

Most first aid is common sense but learning some simple skills such as chest compressions (CPR) and the Heimlich manoeuvre will increase your confidence if an emergency arises. There are many organisations which provide short courses, most last just half a day. Your employer might provide training but if not you could enrol the whole family on a course and make an event of it. Even young children will feel empowered to learn new skills and you never know when they might come in useful! Useful Websites for First Aid Knowledge and Courses: - - - - By Louise Addison

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ireworks in the garden can be great fun, as long as they are used safely. Each year, over half of all firework injuries are suffered by children.

Sparkler safety

Did you know that sparklers get five times hotter than cooking oil? Sparklers are not toys and should never be given to a child under five.

Always buy sparklers from a reputable shop to make sure that they conform to British Standards. This means that they should have BS 7114 written on the pack. Don’t buy sparklers from anywhere you’re not sure about, such as the back of a van or from a temporary, unlicensed market stall. Read the instructions in daylight. Make sure you have: - A torch - A bucket or two of water - Eye protection and gloves FACTS ABOUT SPARKLERS - It is against the law to carry fireworks in public if you’re under 18 - Fireworks must not be sold to anyone who is under 18 - It is an offence to let fireworks off during night hours (11pm to 7am), except on Bonfire Night (midnight), Diwali, New Year, and Chinese New Year (1am) - It is an offence under the Explosives Act 1875 to tamper with or modify fireworks By Tom Hancock

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A copy of Thomas Curtis’, Head Chef of ‘The Best Traditional Pub in Oxfordshire’, debut cook book!

Whipped and Charred’, the first cook book from Thomas Curtis, Head Chef at The White Hart in Minster Lovell (recently awarded the ‘Best Traditional Pub in Oxfordshire’), is a celebration of all things classic and homely, featuring 80 stunning recipes that reflect his family roots and passion for good food. “I have lovingly put this book together as a tribute to my late father, Ian Curtis, who sadly passed away at Christmas in 2014. It is full of rich, homely content and a few memories and insights into my personal life and time working as a chef.” Thomas says. The book showcases a range of diverse yet accessible dishes. Sample dishes include pub classics such as beef wellington with mushroom duxelles and steak and onion pot pie, as well as more intricate dishes such as blue cheese bons bons with apple and thyme dipping sauce and Earl Grey panna cotta with lavender shortbread. Family traditions are also put to print with the likes of ‘my dad’s chilli con carne’, alongside a fine range of homemade sauces, to quote Thomas: ‘I’ve covered pretty much all bases, including how to make things like staple sauces – and I’ve even thrown in a couple of cocktails!’

TO ENTER - simply email your answer to the following question, along with your contact telephone number, to;

Q: What is the name of the pub where Thomas Curtis is the Head Chef? Competition Closing Date: 30th November 2017. One lucky winner will be chosen at random from all correct enteries and notified of thier win after the closing date. GOOD LUCK!!

Want to purchase a copy? ‘Whipped and Charred’ retails at £20.00 and to ensure your money goes towards a good cause, buy a copy from the man himself at thewhitehartminster@outlook. com or pop into The White Hart. It will be also be available to purchase from Amazon, book shops including Waterstones and online from the publisher


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Look Local Magazine, Oxon Edition: November 2017, Issue 63  

Hello Readers, Welcome to the November Edition of Look Local Magazine! It’s time to dust off your bobble hats, scarfs and gloves ready to...

Look Local Magazine, Oxon Edition: November 2017, Issue 63  

Hello Readers, Welcome to the November Edition of Look Local Magazine! It’s time to dust off your bobble hats, scarfs and gloves ready to...