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September 2018 Issue 73


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INSIDE THIS ISSUE HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Look Local is 6! HEALTH: Nurturing young minds. COMPETITION: WIN TICKETS to this year’s Thame Food Festival!

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22 Contents 13. Get the Look: Coulon Stone’s simple guide to picking your perfect hearth. 16/17. News & Events: What’s On in our region. 18/19. Thame Food Festival: WIN Tickets to this fantastic local event 20/21. The Sound of Music: Simon Markland talks us through this months local music scene. 22. Local Event: Get the low down on this year’s Syd Fest. 23. Health & Wellbeing: Aston Hearing Clinic explain why our hearing is such a valuable commodity. 25. Health & Wellbeing: Restore your health the Bowen Therapy way. 26. Health & Wellbeing: Are Retained Reflexes holding back your child? By Thame Therapy Clinic. 30. Motoring: Range Rover Sport PHEV Review, by Tim Barnes-Clay, Motoring Journalist.

Hello Readers,

Welcome to the September Edition of Look Local Magazine and HAPPY 6th BIRTHDAY to us! So, just like that the Summer Holidays are over and calm is restored! I’ve loved every minute of my first official summer holidays with my little girl however it is nice to gain a bit of routine back and Iris is more than happy to be returning to school - all excited to be starting Year 1! September can be a really emotional time for lots of parents as their babies start school - will they settle in OK, will they make friends, are they ready...? All these questions run through your mind and this can be made even harder if you’re little one is showing signs of developmental problems. If this is you, our article on Page 26 from Thame Therapy Clinic may resonate with you and perhaps offer some comfort and help. September also sees the welcome return of tow local events, Syd Fest in Sydenham at the beginning of the month and Thame Food Festival at the end of the month. And courtesy of the festival organisers we are able to give our readers the chance to WIN TICKETS to this food-tastic event! Turn to page 18/19 for details. We have a number of new advertisers in this edition as well as our regulars so please be sure to peruse the pages at your leisure and remember to use our local businesses where ever possible. Or if you run a local business looking for an avenue to promote your services to over 21,000 readers then please do contact us for further information on advertising and editorial opportunities. Until next month, enjoy reading...

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GET THE LOOK A simple guide to picking

By Jade Coulon, Coulon Stone Ltd

your perfect hearth.....


ith autumn on its way, you may be considering replacing or updating your fireplace, including the hearth. The hearth is simply the floor of a fireplace made from heat resistant materials like brick or stone. As hearths are made from such durable materials, they’re not something you’ll be buying regularly – which means you might not know where to start. Here’s our simple guide to picking the perfect hearth. DO I NEED A HEARTH? A fire should sit on a hearth so that it’s surrounded by a surface made from non-combustible materials. Open fires, log and coal burners need a hearth, however most modern freestanding stoves don’t but check with your retailer. WHAT SIZE HEARTH DO I NEED? Different retailers might say slightly different sizes but the average recommended are: • •

150mm at each side and to the rear of the stove/fireplace 300mm-500mm from the front of the stove/fireplace, depending on the size

WHAT MATERIAL SHOULD I PICK? Non-combustible, hard-wearing materials are a must. Natural stones – slate, granite, marble, limestone, along with ceramic or quarry tiles and brick. Slate and granite work best. They are heat resistant, if a bit of coal or burning log falls on to them, they won’t be easily scratched or stained. They come in many different finishes for modern or rustic looks. TILES, 1 PIECE, 2 PIECE? When you’re ordering a stone hearth, you may be asked if you want one piece or two. This is to prevent the stone from getting too hot and buckling. However, with stoves, one piece of stone cut in to a t-shape and slotted in to the recess won’t buckle. For open fires which are closer to the stone, two pieces are recommended. HOW THICK? A minimum of 20mm thickness is recommended for the hardest materials like slate and granite. For slightly softer stones, marble and limestone, we recommend 30mm. Hearths can be flush to the floor or built on an upstand. COLOURS AND DESIGN OPTIONS? Most stone fabricators, including Coulon Stone have a stock of incredible un-sold stones that make perfect hearths. It means you might be able to find a unique, statement hearth, for cheaper than you think, as well as all your traditional blacks, greys, whites and beiges.


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NEWS & EVENTS in our region A race with a twist! Try the Thame Urban Race...

Sunday 9th September sees a unique opportunity to explore the streets, alleys and parks of Thame in an adventure race for all the family. Thames Valley Orienteering Club (TVOC) and Thame Town Council are organising the Thame Urban Race and no experience is necessary to take part.

It’s an urban orienteering event, with several courses of varying length and difficulty, suitable for families and children, from 1km to 5km. There are also longer courses for the more competitive and for runners looking for a new challenge, up to 8km. It’s a race with a twist; the twist being that there is no set route to the courses. Each competitor is given a special orienteering map, showing a series of checkpoints. The challenge is to visit all the checkpoints around Thame, choosing your own route between each one. Each checkpoint is marked by a flag and an electronic timing chip is used to record progress. “Most people don’t realise that orienteering is a competitive running sport,” says Mike Shires, from TVOC. “However, orienteering really is a sport for all. Our events attract keen runners as well as plenty of families who come along for a jog or walk around a course. It’s also a great opportunity for parents to have a run while the children tackle a junior course. At Thame, we’ll also have a special junior course too around Cuttlebrook Nature Reserve which is safe for young children to have a go.” TVOC is Clubmark accredited and has around 300 members from Oxfordshire and the Thames Valley. The club was recently awarded Orienteering Club of the Year and organises around 35 events per annum, ranging from local events for 150 competitors to larger regional events with over 1,000 runners. To have a go at Thame, just turn up to Thame Town Hall between 9.30am and 11.30am. There will be plenty of help on hand for newcomers. The cost is £7.50 for the shorter courses and £13.50 for longer courses, including a special map of Thame to keep as a souvenir. For more details visit TVOC’s website at or see the Facebook event page at www.

Finish off the summer is Great British style...

On Sunday 9 September, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People are hosting a traditional style summer fete at their idyllic premises nestled among the idyllic Chiltern hills in Saunderton.

There will be food and drink, traditional entertainment, boat swings, a helter skelter, Punch and Judy show, a band, doggy demos and more. Four-legged friends welcome. Tickets are priced at £5 for adults, £3 for children (5-16yrs) and £3 for concessions (over 65s & students). Or you can purchase a family ticket for £15 (2 adults, up to 4 children). Under 5s are free. All proceeds from this event will help train hearing dogs to transform the lives of deaf people across the UK. Location: The Grange, Saunderton, HP27 9NS from 11am until 4pm.


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News & Events APPEAL for Oxfordshire Memories and Objects from the Second World War to the 1970s from the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum...


he Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum (SOFO) in Woodstock is planning a new 1930-1970s Oxfordshire exhibition and is now appealing to the public for help filling new displays with local stories and mementos. The new exhibit will link the home front and domestic experience more closely with the county’s military history and tell the stories of the women and children living in close proximity to the various military bases and locations that feature so heavily in the area’s history. One example is a child’s necklace given to a young Oxfordshire girl during the Second World War, having been made by a German POW held at a local camp. Local POWs often made toys and children’s playthings to sell for a little extra cash. The necklace was kindly donated to the museum by Rosemary Warner from Witney. A set of dog-tags also planned to feature in the upcoming exhibition form a reminder of one young man’s time in the Stalag Luft III camp, now in Poland, and infamous as the location of ‘The Great Escape’. Sgt Leslie Mitchell from Woodstock was captured aged just 19 after his plane came down in 1940. He remained a prisoner until 1945. All the time he kept in touch with home, and the letters sent to him provide a fascinating insight into war-time Oxfordshire. SOFO Museum would be delighted to hear from anyone that could help with this appeal by donating their own objects, photos and stories. Please contact SOFO at: oxfordshirehome@sofo. Alternatively, stories and images can be uploaded to the SOFO website directly by going to: SOFO also plans to take boxes of objects out into the community for reminiscence and outreach work with objects, magazines, photographs and music to reflect a number of themes, including: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Childhood Home Sweet Home Working Week School Days Saturday Night Out Celebrations and Jubilations Keep the Home Fires Burning (WW2) We’re All Going on a Summer Holiday Hobbies and Gardening Local Oxfordshire Life - Town and Gown, Farming, Markets, Transport

Vicki Wood, SOFO’s Education and Outreach Officer, says: “We are looking to local people to help us find the stories and mementos for the displays and reminiscence boxes. Do you have small objects or photographs of domestic life in Oxfordshire from about 1930 to 1970? We’re looking for ordinary items that are typical of each era – perhaps baby clothes, children’s toys, empty tins and packets, and items from the home. Perhaps you have diaries, letters or memorabilia from family members who lived through the Home Front in the Second World War, post-war National Service or the Cold War?” SOFO Museum would also like to thank Owen Mumford for sponsoring our reminiscence work.

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THAME-TALISE YOUR TASTE BUDS Thame Showground will again play host to the eagerly awaited culinary spectacular that is Thame Food Festival on Saturday 29th - Sunday 30th September. From its original home on Thame High Street this local food festival, has now grown to become one of the most renowned and respected events in the food calendar attracting a stellar line up of celebrity chefs & bakers, artisan food & drink producers and visitors from far and wide who all share a common interest - a passion for quality local produce!

This year’s Thame Food Festival is promising

to be a real destination for the last weekend in September (29th and 30th) with a myriad of extensive food and drink experiences from over 120 artisan producers alongside live demonstrations from many leading chefs and bakers. The festival forms part of British Food Fortnight and naturally attracts a number of high profile celebrities from both the chef and baking world including, 2016 Master Chef winner, Jane Devonshire, and Great British Bake Off stars Jane Beedle and Candice Brown. Candice has been a regular columnist for The Sunday Times’ magazine, has baked on This Morning and Christmas Kitchen and more recently has become one of the ambassadors for Love British Food. On the Sunday, Candice will be joined on stage by Matt Evers, her partner of Dancing on Ice fame during the last series, and they will be doing a joint demonstration called…’Dancing on Icing Sugar!’ Returning to the festivals already packed programme are Bell Kitchens who will be running free pizza making workshops


through-out the event using Clementi wood fired pizza ovens. This will be topped off by several interactive demonstrations from the Clementi team themselves who are coming over from Italy, especially for the event to show what these ovens can really do! Alongside will be some other demonstrations revealing the many different ways you can cook using one of their intriguingly named products - the Big Green Egg! This is not only a barbecue for grilling steaks and sausages, but a smoker, a roaster and a pizza maker and even a baker. And just like last year they will be joined by Farmer Lou - their preferred meat supplier - who will be offering delicious sausage rolls and serving up a storm with their hog roast. So obviously, as is always the case at Thame Food Festival there will be sampling galore! If the food side of things is not enough to tempt you, then it is worth visiting the Bell Kitchen stand to find out more about their very latest product called Uberstar. This is a dry mix that you add to alcohol to make a cocktail! The simple process is to steep the

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dry mix with vodka or Bacardi (depending on the cocktail). At the festival the Bell Kitchen team will be using it to mix up a jug with soda or juice and serving small samples in shot glasses. If you love it, then the dry non-alcoholic mix will be available to purchase, take away and make at home. Another festival favourite returning this year is Britain’s leading Hotel, Spa and Country Club, Stoke Park where Award Winning Executive Chef Chris Wheeler will be joined by guest Chefs as they demonstrate cooking signature dishes using Quality Standard Mark Beef and Lamb. Chris will also be promoting his debut cookbook, The Ginger Chef ‘ Served Up’, plus he can be seen on the Magimix Demonstration Stage on Saturday 29th September – Twice! This is just one of the plethora of interactive demonstrations that the festival promises to offer. There will also be opportunities to meet the chefs and bakers and possibly even get some book signings, such as Candice Brown’s very first book, Comfort (Ebury Press) which was released in July 2017. In addition the festival is extending; featuring a wide variety of activities and shopping experiences. There is a dog show by Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, many children’s activities by Thomley, demonstrations by the WI at Denman College, plus a festival first for the Humble Country company. Dreamt up and brought to life by 4 local ladies, this large marquee will be home to a hand picked collection of unique kitchenalia and enticing vintage pieces that will be sure to tempt and inspire countryfolk and urban dwellers alike. All this will be further enhanced by the fabulous Festivales bar, botanical Gin Garden, plus a complete programme of live music on a dedicated stage. Visitors are also advised to come with an empty belly ready to be filled with the culinary delights of the artisan food suppliers and hot street food stalls of which there are so many to choose from - you’ll be spoilt for choice. Tickets are available to purchase on the gate for £5.00 per day or with so much activity to squeeze into one day why not visit where you can pre-book a weekend ticket for just £8.00 meaning you can enjoy two days of pure deliciousness!

FANCY WINNING A SLICE OF THE ACTION? Courtesy of the organisers of this fantastic local event, we have FOUR PAIRS of TICKETS to giveaway. To enter, email us the answer to the following question:

Q: What is the title of Candice Brown’s debut book? Email: Four winners will be selected at random from all correct entries and notified after the closing date: 21.09.18. Note: We have 2 pairs of tickets for the Saturday event and 2 pairs of tickets for the Sunday event. Winners cannot swap their winning tickets to the alternative date.

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elcome to our September Sound of Music feature. Here you will find 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 - Thame Music Academy is a professional, creative and vibrant music school based in the centre of Thame! TMA has been providing tuition in a huge variety of instruments from their excellent premises for the last 3 years. TMA provides tuition in; Piano, Keyboard, Singing, Guitar, Ukulele, Bass Guitar, Drums Brass, Woodwind, Strings, highly of team The ! ssion Percu and experienced tutors provide professional, creative and fun lessons, tailored to each individual student. The tutors can teach either towards grades or just for fun! The premises is located at 37 Upper High Street, Thame, Oxfordshire, OX9 2DN. They have 3 large professional teaching rooms, a waiting area and the usual amenities. Parking is available for free directly opposite and it is a short 2 minute walk to the town centre.


The academy is now taking bookings for September onwards for both children and adults alike. If you have always wanted to learn an instrument on up brush or







To find out more and to book lessons please contact Simon Markland (TMA Director) via: info@thamemusicacademy. 032292. 07743 call: or com Thame Concert Band - This fantastic local concert band will be performing their ‘Last night of the Proms’ concert on Saturday 15th September at ChristChurch in Thame from 7:00pm onwards. Conducted by Callum Rookes from the Coldstream Guards this is guaranteed to be a wonderful evening of classical music from stage and screen along with favourites from the Last Night Of The Proms! Bring along your own flags, rattles and streamers in true Prom fashion! The refreshments. include will evening Tickets are priced at £5.00 on the door and under 12’s are free. To find out more please visit the Thame Concert Band website via: www.thameconcertband. 809246. 07834 call or Lord Williams Festical Choir Lord Williams’s festival chorus is a Thame. in choir long-established which , choir ly friend a are They members. new welcomes gladly

Entertainment They also have a secure local base and are looking forward to an interesting and challenging future. The choir’s numbers are growing (100 plus now) but they always welcome new faces and voices. You do not need to audition to join the chorus, but they just ask that you share their enthusiasm for choral music and its performance. Why not join LWFC? The chorus welcomes new members who are keen to join a friendly choir with an interesting and challenging future. Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings (term-time only), 7.30 - 9.30pm, at Lord Williams’s Upper School. Call Karen on 01844 216844 or pop along and try a couple of free sessions. (No auditions!) In the autumn and spring terms the repertoire usually includes a variety of classical choral music, accompanied by the Ealing Symphony orchestra. In the summer term they often have a “lighter” programme.


o you love 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 on the 2nd Saturday of every month. To find out more please search ‘The Birdcage Thame’ on Facebook.

‘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 awardwinning pub! For further info please visit the Facebook Page – Search ‘Unplugged At The Keys’. ‘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 hosts regular live music every 3rd Saturday of the month, search ‘James Figg Thame’ via Facebook for further information. ‘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.

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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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NUTURING young minds An

increasing number of children are currently being labelled with autistic spectrum disorders (ASD’s), attention deficit disorders (ADD & ADHD), dyslexia, dyspraxia, auditory, visual & sensory processing disorders etc. Many struggle meanwhile with non-specific difficulties such as classroom learning, movement control, social interactions, concentration and even emotional maturity. Most ‘labels’ have a medical reference, which some people find helpful, however the terms merely describe a set of symptoms. As a Neural Developmental Therapist, Jo Rodhouse, of Thame Therapy Clinic, sees these myriad of symptoms as an indication of developmental delay and very often there is a simple explanation which is the presence of ‘Retained Reflexes’.

What are Retained Reflexes and why do they have such an impact? In the womb and early stages of life, we are equipped with a number of reflexes that not only aid the birthing process but also serve to ensure the survival and safety of the newborn into early infancy, such as grasping and sucking. As the new-born develops, the brain begins to mature and take control, so these early reflexes are no longer needed and switch off. This is an essential stage of normal development. If, however, these reflexes fail to inhibit they can have a huge impact on appropriate function and a child may display immature patterns of behaviour – lacking appropriate emotional, social & behavioural responses and co-ordination issues. It may explain why a seemingly intelligent child struggles to learn and thrive as others do.

What signs of retained reflexes would I have seen as a parent? Evidence is often seen at the early key stages of development when the child has deviated from the norm such as difficult or delayed birthing, feeding or latching issues, failure to crawl, delayed teething or speech, being easily startled, unusual sleep patterns, fussy eating, thumb suckers, toe-walkers, late in becoming ‘dry’ or bedwetting. As a consequence of delayed development we can see poor impulse control, sensory overload, emotional and social immaturity, anxiety and fears, anger and frustration, motion sickness, poor balance & coordination, easily distracted with poor concentration & focus, an inability to adapt well to change. The most common feedback I receive from parents is that children are simply failing to thrive or ‘I could always tell something wasn’t quite right’ – after all there is no better expert than a parent!

What is the treatment? I offer non–intrusive, drug free Neural Stimulation Programmes of either skin stimulation techniques, movement exercises or an auditory stimulation programme which are performed at home, normally twice a day and should take no longer than 5 minutes. We then review progress and update the programme on a 6/8 weekly basis. Jo is a fully qualified and insured Neural Developmental Therapist practicing out of Thame Therapy Clinic, Thame and The Castle Street Clinic, High Wycombe.

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We provide a valuable service to younger adults with learning difficulties/mental health support or older people with physical/mental disabilities. We have a wealth of experience provide support services for young and old to live a happy and productive life. For more information on the services we provide, please contact Julia:

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September 2018


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In the spotlight... New Range Rover Sport PHEV Review


By Tim Barnes-Clay, Motoring Journalist.

Electric and hybrid cars are all the rage, so to make sure it’s not @carwriteups missing out on this shift towards ‘greener’ motoring, Land Rover has got in on the act. It’s had to really, as the brand is revered by many and, as a result, it is perhaps expected to lead by example.


s well as the launch of Range Rover model plugins, the British marque has ushered in the 2018 Range Rover Sport PHEV. Like its larger sibling, the Sport has a P400e badge stuck on it. The letters and numbers represent the blend of electric and petrol propulsion, and the clout on offer, which is just over 400 PS. The power is produced from a 300 PS 2.0-litre four-cylinder powerplant and an electric motor producing 85kW. The electric shot in the arm means it is capable of a claimed 101mpg. But even more significant is the CO2 figure of 64g/km and the savings that brings for company car users. Behind the wheel, the Sport is sprightly and hushed around town on pure electric power. You can squeeze up to 31 miles out of the SUV before the electric charge runs out. But it only takes 2 hours 45 minutes to refill the battery cells with a fast charger. If you haven’t got access to one of those, then it takes almost a day’s work in the office (seven and a half hours) to replenish with a 10-amp standard charger. Still, that’s okay if you live close to work, and you’re determined to drive in electric-only mode. Plug in at 9am, and by 4.30pm you’ll be ready to rock again. Alas, the added bulk of the plug-in unit means the combustion engine needs to work hard - and it’s not the most polished powerplant. Therefore, when you put the pedal to the metal, the cry of the engine seems out of place with the opulent environment of the vehicle. Mind you, considering the Range Rover P400e Sport is a big SUV, it still manages to offer a decent mix of dexterity and ride comfort. The six-speed auto ‘box is slick, and the 4x4 system makes light work of nonblacktopped terrain.


Looks-wise, it’s softer on the outside, and Land Rover has given it some fetching LED headlights. Inside, the car is roomy and attractive with a new, intuitive, double-screen infotainment system. What’s more, if you like playing with gadgets, you’ll spend ages waving your hand backwards and forwards to operate the panoramic roof’s sunblind automatically. Compared with the rest of the lineup, this model costs more than a diesel-powered 3.0-litre V6. That’s fine if you use the electric mode around town and want to save tax. However, if you munch motorway miles regularly, then you may still be better off with the oil-burner.

PRO’s & CON’s Attractive





Max speed: 137mph 0-62 mph: 6.3 secs Combined mpg: 101 Engine: 85kW electric motor + 2.0-litre petrol Max. power (PS): 404 CO2: 64g/km Price: £84,400

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01844 281777 High Street, Tetsworth, Oxon, OX9 7AB


We have been making our customers thousands of pounds!

The Antiques Centre is open 7 days a weeks 10:00am - 6:00pm

Next Auction Date 6th September at Noon

* Tuesday - Friday, 10.30am - 5:00pm * No appointment necessary, just turn up!


SOLD £1400 Hammer

Landscape battle scene, Ottoman cavalry, giltwood and gesso framed. (oil 82cm x 56.5cm) (frame 108cm x 82cm).


So why don’t you come down and see us and get a free valuation on your items !

Results from our last Auction on 2nd August: Lot 358 - AFTER THE ANTIQUE, ‘NAPLES’, A LARGE 19TH CENTURY ITALIAN BRONZE STATUE OF A DANCING FAUN. (80cm) SOLD £1900 Hammer


For any enquiries, contact the team via email or call 01844 281777

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Look Local Magazine, Sept 2018, Issue 73  

Welcome to the September Edition of Look Local Magazine and HAPPY 6th BIRTHDAY to us! So, just like that the Summer Holidays are over and ca...

Look Local Magazine, Sept 2018, Issue 73  

Welcome to the September Edition of Look Local Magazine and HAPPY 6th BIRTHDAY to us! So, just like that the Summer Holidays are over and ca...