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September 2017 Issue 61



Happy Birthd ay

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INSIDE THIS ISSUE Restaurant Review: The Crown, Sydenham Get the Look: This Autumn’s Interior Trends Hearing Technology: Devices for all your hearing needs. Motoring: All new Seat Ibiza


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32 Contents 06. Motoring: Tim Barnes-Clay test drives the New SEAT Ibiza 2017. 15. Get the Look: Coulon Stone Ltd talk hot autumn trends for the home. 16. Editorial Feature: Hard times are over in Bucks. 20. News & Events 22. The Sound of Music: Simon Markland updates us on the latest music events in our area. 24. Health & Wellbeing: Hearing technology that meets all your needs 26. Health & Wellbeing: Restore your health with Bowen Therapy. 27. Health & Wellbeing: Thame Therapy Clinic discussing the sign of Lipoedema. 29. Business: UK Business Buddy explains the importance of Card Service for your business. 30. Education: Could private tuition benefit your child?. 32. Restaurant Review: The Crown at Sydenham.

Hello Readers, Welcome to the September Edition of Look Local Magazine, our 5th Birthday issue! I can hardly believe that it has been five years since my father and I sat down with the idea of starting up my own business in readiness for the birth of my first born child. Fast forward to now and said child (pictured with me below) is about to start school and I am soon to give birth to my second baby. The last five years have been a whirlwind of up’s and down’s on both a business and a personal level but today I feel very proud of the local community publication that Look Local has become. I want to thank everyone who has supported me over the years from my family and friends to my loyal advertisers and readers. I love receiving feedback about how much my little publication has helped my clients businesses grow and that’s a great testament to you, my readers, as you support your local businesses by continuing to shop locally. I chose this months front cover image of Brill Hill, by Victoria Timms of Brill Photography as I felt it was a stunning photo of celebration. Celebration of Look Local’s birthday, the seasons and the beautiful countryside that surrounds us. A big thank you to Victoria for shooting it. Please do visit her website www. and give her page a LIKE on Facebook. As always, this issue is bursting with articles and editorials and there is also many events taking place throughout September and early October including the fantastic Thame Food Festival, which this year has moved to its new location on Thame’s Showground. The event features a abundance of artisan food and drink producers as well as celebrity chef cooking demos, pop up restaurants and even a dog show. This years event is on Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st October and tickets cost £5.00. Whilst on the subject of food, be sure to read my Food Review, page 30, after a recent visit to The Crown in Sydenham.

And until next month, enjoy reading

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In the spotlight... New SEAT Ibiza 2017


Reviewed by Tim Barnes-Clay, Motoring Journalist. Tweeting at @carwriteups

The all-new SEAT Ibiza is smartly dressed; it’s an angular car that is wider and lower than before. It cuts a dashing figure on the sporty, youth-focused motoring market.


nd that’s precisely what the Spanish car-maker wants; its whole goal is to capture the hearts and minds of younger drivers, or at least motorists who are young hearted. The Ibiza isn’t the speediest car in the supermini segment, but it really doesn’t matter. It’s still an awesomely effervescent machine with enthusiasm exuding from every aperture. But there are some perceptible transformations in the way the 2017 Ibiza drives compared with the withdrawing model. For example, the driving position is improved. You are seated more squarely, so your hands are more naturally coupled with the switchgear. Your feet feel more intuitively connected with the pedals, too. The SEAT’s steering is easy-going, but you don’t get as much response as you do in, say, the latest Ford Fiesta. Nevertheless, the all-new Ibiza has masses of ability, and because the machine is so light-footed, it delivers fun by the bucket-load. I spent most of my time at the car’s launch in the 1.0-litre TSI Ibiza FR - a turbo petrol three-cylinder engine with 95ps, or 115ps in my case. The smooth-shifting six-speed manual gearbox, combined with turbocharged power means the new Ibiza never feels short of pull. The 0-62mph dash is completed in 9.3 seconds and the maximum speed is 121mph. Best of all, the SEAT is quiet, meaning it’s very laid-back to drive for lengthy periods. The strum of the three-cylinders is hardly perceptible, but when it is, the purr is engaging rather than enraging. Another upbeat point for the all-new Ibiza is how parsimonious it is to run. The FR 1.0 TSI 115PS I drove will manage an average of 60.1mpg, and it releases only 108g/km of CO2. The state-of-the-art 2017 SEAT Ibiza is also more realworld than before. Its latest platform makes the car wider, meaning there’s more elbow and shoulder room for four full-sized people. The car will even seat five, because you can get three small children seated on boosters in the back. The Ibiza’s boot has also expanded by 63 litres to 355 litres.


The all-new 2017 Ibiza’s cabin is peppy, yet practical, with coatings of soft plastic giving the SEAT a polished guise. Look closely, though, and there are some lowcost synthetics on the doors and the top of the dashboard, but these don’t pour water on the fire. That’s because the Ibiza’s splendid infotainment system kicks everything else in the cabin to the kerb. The eight-inch touch screen is heaving with features, such as sat-nav and Apple, Android and MirrorLink ability for legally using smartphones. SEAT has gone the extra mile when it comes to the 2017 Ibiza. It’s athletic, entertaining, roomy, safe and cheap to run. It’s inexpensive to fork out for, too. The Ibiza is undoubtedly one of the most appealing superminis around.

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GET THE LOOK This autumn’s dark, earthy trend creates

hibernation heaven. By Jade Coulon, Coulon Stone Ltd Unfortunately summer is almost behind us, and as daylight fades, so does the light and bright interior trends of months gone by. Instead, autumn/ winter 2017 welcomes dark, sultry tones. And not just blacks and greys, but the underbelly of earthy tones like swamp greens, rusty terracottas and muddy browns – ideal colours to curl up and hibernate to this winter.

If warm, dark and moody is your thing, we’ve got some ideas on how you can create this look in your home. 1. Dark green kitchen cabinets - There are all sorts of gorgeous dark green cabinets available now, in all sorts of styles including handless modern and traditional shaker. They look perfect paired with either a light marble or dark granite worktop, dark, glassy tiles, brass accessories and plenty of plants. 2. Wilderness inspired wallpapers - Bright green palm leaves and golden pineapples be gone, it’s the turn of foggy forests and misty lakes to cover our walls. To create a room so atmospheric, it could give you chills, pick out the dark colours from the wallpaper to match your furnishings – plenty of dark woods, blues and greens. 3. Terracotta returns - For everyone who held on to those terracotta tiles, you’ll be thrilled to learn that they’re making a comeback, and in a big way. We won’t just feel terracotta under our feet but the colour will cover walls, furniture and accessories. For a really on trend look pair your terracotta tiles with a dark wall colour and furniture. For more inspiration or assistance visit our website or pop into our Stokenchurch Showroom.

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NEWS & EVENTS in our region Independent, Thame base insurance company celebrate 21 years in the business..

This month Sandra Tomes celebrates her twenty first year in

business! Sandra has been giving independent insurance advice to families and businesses since 1996 when Pearson Insurance Services first set up trading in Stroud. After a family move to Thame almost a decade ago, Sandra established her company office in Swan Walk and has been instrumental in helping untangle red tape for many local people ever since. ‘It’s a real honour to get involved with town projects, ensuring their safety from start to finish,’ says Sandra. ‘And, I particularly like difficult issues. Those that struggle to understand complex clauses should see my desk – it’s covered with cases we’re solving for customers.” With the accessibility of internet insurance companies, Sandra deserves congratulating for staying afloat in a fiercely competitive market. Having an expert on hand locally means that people are no longer inadvertently buying the wrong cover – simply to save time. The experience that Sandra has is demonstrated for every circumstance – she ensures there are no gaps in cover and enables clients to be cost-effective in the long term. ‘Being independent means we have access to the whole market, not just one company’, adds Sandra. ‘I am always surprised at the volume of policies that are counter-productive and glad to hear that we help people sleep at night, knowing they are insured for any eventuality... whatever happens!’ Pearson Insurance Services specialise in home insurance, cyber liability (hacking, ransomware etc), professional indemnity (cover yourself) and public liability (negligence). A: 7 Swan Walk, Thame T: 01844 260936 Jeannette Matelot of the Thame Skate Park Project found Sandra’s help invaluable, “Getting insurance was not easy but Sandra sorted it for us.’

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News & Events

Chinnor Pavillion Music Festival

Saturday 3rd September Noon - 8:00pm What better way to end the summer holidays than with a good old village family festival. Taking place at the Chinnor Community Pavilion, villagers can come together to enjoy Live Music, Craft & Shopping Stalls, and quality Food & Drink. To keep the children entertained there will be go karts, zorbs, bouncy castle, hook a duck, creation station, teddy tombola and lots more.

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Sound of Music

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elcom of Music feature. Here you will find W information on local musical events,

upcoming concerts and where to find the best music tuition in the area. Thame has a variety of fantastic opportunities for budding musicians who wish to join together with other like-minded people. From bands to choirs to bell ringing! We also host a huge variety of annual musical events! Thame Music Academy Open Day Thame Music Academy will be holding it’s next open day on Saturday 9th September from 1:00pm – 4:00pm. Everyone is welcome to come along and have a look around their fantastic premises, talk to the tutors and have a go on a huge variety of instruments! For further information please


Village Voices Towersey - Village Voices is a community singing group. They sing songs from many genres from all over the world including; traditional, folk, pop, ballads, gospel, jazz and blues. They practise the songs using ‘listening and copying’ techniques, simple rounds and chants to glorious harmony singing! Sarah Westcott, the music director, also leads ‘Sounds Fun!’ community choir in Oxford and believes everyone


can sing. All are welcome to join and the choir has singers of all ages and both male and female, though they could do with some more men! They have been running since 2009 and do perform at local events including; Towersey Festival, Towersey Fete and Christmas events in Oxford and Chinnor. If you are interested in joining this fantastic local group they meet every Wednesday evening at Towersey Memorial Hall between 7:30pm – 9:30pm. The charge is £5 per week, £1 for students, and your first visit is free! The choir does take some breaks over the summer, Christmas, New Year and Easter. For further information please contact the group via this e-mail address: villa gevo ices. towe rsey @gm ail.c om or via their website www.villagevoices. Lord Williams Festival Chorus - Lord Williams’ Festival Chorus (LWFC) puts on three concerts a year and performs at the only space available in Thame to hold a choir of over 100 voices and an orchestra ranging from 10 to 30 musicians in size, the Thame Sports and Arts Centre! The group can also accommodate and audience of 250 and are frequently sold out!

LWFC’s Summer Concert was on the 8th July and celebrated all things French: Te Deum by Charpentier, Lauda Jerusalem by Delalande and Extracts from Les Miserables. They also had a superb solo recorder concerto (Antonio Vivaldi) and a magnificent Oboe Concerto in D Minor (Tomaso Albinoni) both played by professional musicians. Their December concert is on Saturday 2nd December 2017 and will feature Carl Orff ’s “Carmina Burana”, Poulenc’s Concerto For Two Pianos and Dyson’s “The Blacksmiths”. Hosted by a professional conductor who, with his many contacts in the music world , can secure the services of many other professional musicians to create a truly special atmosphere. If you like singing - or think you might like singing! - then come along to rehearsals on a Monday night - no audition needed. Rehearsals take place on Monday evenings, 7.30pm at LWFC upper school hall. For further information please contact LWFC via this website Thame Concert Band - This fantastic local concert band will be performing their ‘Last night of the Proms’ concert on Saturday 9th September at ChristChurch in Tham e from 7:30pm onwards. Conducted by Callum Rookes from the Coldstream Guards this is guaranteed to be a wonderful evening of classical music including: Land of Hope and Glory, Fantasia, British Sea songs, Jerusulem and many more ! There will be flags provided but you will need to bring along your own rattles and streamers in true Prom fashion! The evening will includ e a raffle and refreshments.

Tickets are priced at £5 on the door and under 12’s are free. To find out more please visit the Thame Concert Band website via www.

Do you love live music?

Thame offers some wonderful open mic events every month, these include: ‘The Birdcage’ – This historic town centr e pub plays host to a huge variety of local live music every month! The wonderful ‘Popp y Scarlett’ will be performing on Saturday 16th September from 8:00pm – 11:00pm. Unplugged at The Keys - This fantastic music event is open to everyone who likes to strum, sing, play a beat or just enjoy a relaxi ng musical afternoon! Taking place every last Saturday of the month, upstairs at The Cross Keys pub in Thame from 3:00pm – 6:00p m, 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’ ! ‘Friday At The Fish’ - which takes place the second Friday of the month at The Old Fisherman, Shabbington. The event runs from 7:30pm – 11:00pm. More info can be found on their Facebook Page.

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Restore your health... The Bowen technique is a gentle hands on, non-invasive complementary therapy, which was introduced to the UK from Australia in 1992. Bowen works with the body’s own healing systems. Rather than ‘making’’ the body change, Bowen ‘asks’ the body to recognise and make the balancing changes it needs. With fingers and thumbs the Bowen practitioner makes rolling movements over fascia, at precise points on the body. No hard tissue manipulation or force is used.

As a Bowen practitioner my job is twofold: 1.

To initially address your pain and / or address your pain and the issues you present with moving you to better balance.


To assist in guiding you to achieve the level of health you want.

It is, however, not my job to dictate terms, but to provide options.

The law of Nature requires a balance of the following... •

Physical exercise and good posture, fresh air and sunshine, pure water and proper nutrition, proper sleep, relaxation, recreation.

Utopia? Sadly, this is rarely achieved as we all stray from the path and engage in practices that go against the Natural Laws. Suddenly the presence of pain emerges in our lives and becomes a reality, which comes in a variety of packages e.g. Back Pain, Neck pain, Headaches, Fatigue, Heart problems.

Generally the quickest way to silence a pain is by taking a drug or painkillers; however this is only a temporary measure at best and it may be more suitably treated by Bowen/NST therapy. Bowen Therapy works to correct the energy balance

which will involve working towards: reduction of pain levels, improvement in diet and general feeling of wellbeing. Over the last couple of months I have treated so many lovely and appreciative clients of all ages, with such a variety of presenting issues. My youngest at present is Josh, who is 4 and 1/2 and severally disabled. I see him weekly and whilst he can’t comment his parents and carers see an improvement in his sleep pattern and release of body tension. Many of my clients continue with maintenance treatment, therefore avoiding (for example) painful and debilitating back, feet, shoulder, hormone surges and migraines issues. I have seen clients with Bell’s palsy, Chronic breathing disorder, Fibromyalgia, Acute back pain, Painful feet, Chronic fatigue and Anxiety and recently a client trying to get some change to a painful shoulder to avoid medical intervention! In a few cases medical intervention has been necessary, in which I have had an input, and therefore have seen client’s pre and post operatively. Physical therapy alone, however, will not always provide the perfect solution: ongoing clinical work often goes hand in hand with emotional and nutritional support and proper hydration, all of which depend on the willingness of the individual, to whom I will advise accordingly.

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Health & Wellbeing

Spotting the signs

Are you one of those women whose legs keep getting bigger – no matter how much you diet and exercise? Do you have the “Fat” disease? Can you recognise Lipoedema? In this article, Nainesh Vasistha, therapist at Thame Therapy Clinic highlights the symptoms of this condition and how Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) may help.

Lipoedema is an abnormal build-up of fat cells predominantly distributed in the lower body

which is estimated to affect up to 11% females in the UK. The diseased fat cells form a unique and unusual shape, normally from the waist down, to a clear and obvious line above the ankles in a bilateral, symmetrical shape. Symptoms include: tissue enlargement + oedema (swelling), pain, aching, sensitivity to touch, abnormal gait, muscle weakness, joint pain, mobility problems which can then lead onto severe obesity, chronic pain and difficulty with day to day living. For many patients, it can take decades to realise that they have lipoedema and due to a lack of awareness amongst healthcare professionals, patients can be constantly dismissed by the medical profession over the years and told that the excess fat ‘is their own fault’. Consistent lack of diagnosis can also lead to emotional problems and loss of self-esteem, especially as it is often inferred that the patient’s lifestyle may be a cause of the symptoms. If you have lipoedema, you could be more prone to getting lymphoedema – the distortion in body shape, especially around the ankles means that the lymph system struggles to drain excess fluid; for the same reasons varicose veins can appear; and knee pain can result due to the weight of the leg. There have also been cases of eating disorders leading to obesity and psychological problems. Once diagnosed, the main treatments available on the NHS currently are compression therapy in the form of tights or wraps to reduce fluid build-up, which sometimes accompanies lipoedema. Compression therapy will not reverse the adipose tissue enlargement of lipoedema, but may prevent the lipoedema worsening and decrease the risk of progression to lipolymphoedema.

What if you cannot bear wearing anything on your legs? Manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) is one of the four cornerstones of treatment. MLD is a very specific but gentle type of massage carried out by qualified specialists/ practitioners. MLD helps to reduce pain and discomfort and promotes physical and psychological functioning. Many patients also feel that they derive psychological benefits from the opportunity to relax. For more information on Manual Lymphatic Drainage, contact Nainesh Vasistha at Thame Therapy Clinic on 01844

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A helping Hand... Barely a day goes by without schools making the news in one way or another. Recent headlines have screamed: British Children bottom of the European League Table...and Crisis in the Classroom.

Is it any wonder that as parents we have never been more concerned about our children’s schooling? Many of us are so concerned that we are employing private tutors to help our children achieve their goals.

How do I know whether my child might benefit from private tuition? - Is your child struggling with course work? Are they stressed about certain lessons? Do they avoid certain subjects during homework sessions? - Does your child find course material too simple? Do they complain of boredom and does the teacher accuse them of being disruptive or a daydreamer? - Do you feel that your child is neglected by the system because they are neither special needs, nor especially gifted? If you answered yes to any of the above questions then your child might benefit from private tuition.

What sort of tutor should I choose? School is probably the best place to start. They know your child already and might be able to offer ‘in school’ help. Even if that isn’t an option good teachers will be happy to discuss what your child needs from a tutor. Some children require just a little extra attention and support with homework. Others benefit from learning study skills. Others might need to re-learn things they missed through absence or that they simply didn’t understand the first time around.

What do I look for?

It sounds obvious but you really need someone who can teach! Being specialised in a subject area is great but teaching skills are everything. A tutor should be able to relate to a child and explain things at his level. Once or twice a week for two or three months is a good starting point. After this time you should have a good idea how much tutoring is helping your child.

What questions should I ask?

- Check professional references and qualifications. - Ask to see a copy of their CRB (criminal Records Bureau) check - Ask about any career gaps on their CV - If the tutor is employed at a school you can ask for a reference from the head teacher. - Introduce them to your child so you can see how they relate to each other - The right tutor can boost results but more importantly they can also boost a child’s confidence and self esteem.


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Restaurant Review

The Crown, Sydenham

If you’re looking for quality fine dining combined with a relaxed, pub atmosphere then look no further than The Crown in Sydenham which has recently been taken over by new Landlord & Lady Will Shaw and Pippa Simpson.

Located opposite the 12th century church in the quaint, countryside village of Sydenham, is

gastro pub, The Crown. Dating back to the 1600s, diners and drinkers alike will be charmed by its apparent old world features such as the hand-carved beams, low rise ceiling and warming fireplace, coupled with the friendly welcome you receive from new landlord and lady, Will and Pippa, when you enter the premises. Having taken over the reins late last year, the young couple, whose background is in hospitality, have given the establishment a bit of a revival with a new menu, increased drinks offering and themed food & drink events as well as a garden refurbishment, which is put to great use during the summer months by locals and guests from across the Chilterns.

Having perused the Food & Drinks menu on a recent visit, which included a great mix of good old fashioned pub classics combined with world fusion dishes, my taste buds were looking forward to the fine dining experience ahead. Having always been a sucker for a Scotch Egg when I saw this Starter it was a winner for me. However, this was no ordinary scotch egg, instead of the usual (and somewhat heavy) sausage meat, this egg was encased in fluffy, delicately flavoured smoked haddock which once cut into, a perfectly cooked yolk oozed out. This was complimented by a dusting of pepper and a coriander mayonnaise. My fellow diner chose a deliciously flakey “Caramelised Red Onion Tart Tatin with Wild Mushrooms, Tarragon Crisp & Goats Cheese Crumb”. The crumbly base of the tart almost melted in the mouth whilst the wild mushrooms added a smokey oak like taste to the sweet onion and creamy cheese topping – a real treat for the palette. In keeping with my light starter, I fancied an equally refreshing and summery main so opted for the waiters recommendation of ‘Pan roasted, Coconut & Chilli marinated Chicken Supreme


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Food & Drink on an Oriental Salad of Coriander, Red Onion, Chilli, Coconut and Red Cabbage’ which was inspired by the chefs worldly travels. It didn’t disappoint! An explosion of flavours worked their way around my mouth with every bite. After much deliberation, my colleague went for “Duck Breast with Dauphinoise Potatoes, Tender Stem Broccoli & Celeriac Puree”. The duck was cooked to perfection, just the right amount of pinkness with a slight crisp to the skin and the creamy potatoes and al dente vegetables added another dimension to the dish. Dessert was a sharing affair, of “Chocolate marquise – with a chocolate truffle, Chantilly cream, and a tuille biscuit” and a slice of “Lemon Tart with Fresh Raspberry Coulis and crumbled Meringue” as we couldn’t choose from what all sounded like heavenly creations. Presented on cut slate, these indulgent puds looked like works of art, almost too good to eat! I said ‘almost’ too good to eat – they were devoured in seconds – need I say more! It’s very clear that the chefs have a real flair for presentation as well as flavour, coupling the best seasonal ingredients together with good quality, wholesome food resulting in truly mouth-watering dishes. We will definitely be returning, especially when we know the Gin inspired menu is back! For further information about The Crown’s menus and forthcoming events, which include ‘SYDFest’ - an all day Live Music extravaganza, complete with a BBQ, over 25 local ales & ciders and a Gin & Prosecco bar - visit

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Tuesday 5th & Wednesday 6th Sept, 10:30am - 5:00pm Thursday 7th Sept, 10:30am - 12pm AUCTIONS HELD THE FIRST THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH FREE VALUATIONS every Tuesday & Wednesday 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

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Look Local Magazine, Oxon Edition: September 2017, Issue 61  

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