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Hello Readers, Welcome to the September issue! And just like that the summer holidays are over and it’s back to school. I hope that you have all enjoyed your summer and have created some lovely memories with your friends and family now that life has (almost) returned to a level of normality again. My biggest hope as we enter a new academic year is that all children are able to complete a full year of uninterrupted learning at school and enjoy being able to socialise with their peers in a less restricted way.

23 CONTENTS 07. Home & Garden Loft Ladders you can trust from Home County Loft Ladders. 11. health & Wellbeing The importance of writing a Will. 13. health & Wellbeing Coping with the effects of Long Covid with Thame Therapy Clinic. 16/17. News & Events News & events from our region. 18/19. Sound of music Simon Markland talks us through this months music scene and upcoming events. 21. EDITORIAL Enjoy a fun-filled family day out at this years Abingdon Air & Country Show. 24. Get the Look Ideas for updating your fireplace with Coulon Stone. 28. home & Garden Lets talk hedges with Mimosa Garden Design. 30. Business SPECIAL OFFER: £50.00 Off a Social Media Plan with Harris Consultancy. BOOKING DEADLINE for october 2021 issue:

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If however you have been someone directly affected by Corona Virus and are suffering with the effects of Long Covid then turn to page 13 to learn how acupuncture may help ease your fatigue and anxieties. As well as all our regular features this months edition brings you information about the Abingdon Air & Country Show and the eagerly awaited Thame Food Festival which both return this year. The Food Festival will feature a lot of the event favourites including a popup pub, cooking demos and the dog show but there will also be a new stage named ‘Food Glorious Food’ which will provide visitors with the opportunity to get up close and personal with many of the stallholders as they share some of their insights on their business. This will include exploring more about the journey they have been on, why they love what they do and revealing the personalities behind the businesses which after the last 18 months I feel is so important. We have all been through so many changes and as such people have had to adapt the way in which we work, network and socialise. Live events returning is so exciting so lets all show our support and get visiting everything local. And as always, stay safe and continue to shop and support local...

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Home Counties Loft Ladders, Quality You Can Trust! These days most homeowners suffer from a lack of storage space. So many precious items that need to be kept – but where to store it all? That’s where Home Counties Loft Ladders come in.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF A WILL Having a will is arguably one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your family. Not only can a will legally protect your spouse, children, and assets, it can also spell out exactly how you would like things handled after you have passed on. A will gives you the opportunity to appoint guardians for your children which is the only way to ensure they are safeguarded if the worst were to happen to you. For more in-depth information or experienced advice regarding Wills, Lasting Powers of Attorney and Funeral Plans contact Michael Bradley

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A professional Will Writers job is to take your instructions and translate them into your Will,

creating a document which accurately reflects your wishes. The Will needs to be understood by your executors and most importantly, The Probate Court, to ensure that it is proved quickly, thus minimising any problems after your death which could cause delays leading to hardship for your loved-ones.

THE APPOINTMENT OF EXECUTORS You may choose to appoint a member of your family, a prime beneficiary or close friend to act as an executor. Remember, an executor can also be a beneficiary. If you do need to appoint a professional executor, you could opt for either a solicitor, chartered accountant or a Trust Corporation to act on your behalf.

APPOINTMENT OF GUARDIANS If you have children (under the age of 18) you will need to appoint guardians. It may be helpful to make at least one guardian a joint executor as they have a right to money from your estate to help towards the upbringing of your child. This amount can be restricted to a certain amount or could be left in a trust fund. If you have a child with additional needs, who are likely to require specialist care either at home or in the care of the Local Authority, a trust will be required to ensure adequate funds are available for their future.

PROPERTY How you hold your property will determine how it passes on after your death. As ‘joint tenants’ your share will pass on to the survivor automatically. If you wish to pass your ‘interest’ in the property to your children or others, you should hold your property as ‘tenants in common’. More in-depth information can be discussed with your consultant.

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LONG COVID, FATIGUE AND ANXIETY By Andy Roscoe. The ongoing fallout from the Covid pandemic has thrown up many challenges to our physical and mental health.

Two of the main issues arising for people who have had covid are fatigue and anxiety. Anxiety is also an issue for many more who haven’t had covid but find their lives after lock down have become complicated and stuck. There is unfortunately no simple medical solution to fatigue or anxiety as the causes of both of these are multi-factorial and the seriousness of symptoms differs according to age, sex, obesity, the pre-existing state of health, and the severity of the viral infection. There is however a diagnosis and treatment protocol for fatigue and anxiety that is well documented in the field of Acupuncture. A lot of this has come from the experience of treating people with ME (or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) which is another similar malaise which is not particularly well suited to western medical diagnosis and treatment. Accompanying covid symptoms such as ‘fuzzy brain’, dry cough, and digestive irregularities are also well understood in Acupuncture. However, understanding viral issues and their symptoms is one thing, getting people better is another. No single treatment protocol can claim to have all the answers to long covid. Acupuncture treatment of both body and mind is definitely a step in the right direction when it comes to an illness such as covid, but the recovery time may still be slow for those who have had significant pre-existing health concerns. If you would like to have a longer discussion of any of these issues then please contact Andy Roscoe at Thame Therapy Clinic: T: 01844 215 555 | M: 07722 381 250 Web: Visit us: 23 Upper High St, Thame, OX9 3EX

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Thame Drive Electric - Find out all you need to know about Electric Cars and Bikes... Curious about electric vehicles and want to know more without the pressure of a sales environment? We’ve got the perfect event for you! Come along to the Thame Drive Electric event on Saturday 11th September, 10:00am – 3:00pm, in the Upper High Street car park, opposite Rumsey’s. Organised by Thame Green Living, this is the first EV awareness event to be held in the town and is specifically geared towards residents of Thame and surrounding villages. •

Talk to local EV owners, explore their cars and find out first-hand about their experiences. Cars on the day will include a Porsche Taycan, Jaguar iPace, Tesla Model 3, BMW i3, VW ID3, Renault Zoe and Nissan Leaf

Discuss with specialists all things charging: charging at home and on route, installing a home charger and understanding tariffs

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The event is being very generously supported by many local businesses with our Grand Ecoraffle and more, and there’s refreshments and face painting to keep the children occupied too. The event is being run in conjunction with 21st Century Thame and will be officially opened by Thame Mayor, Councillor Paul Cowell at 11am.

Chinnor and Thame Friends of the Earth upcoming Autumn activities Tuesday 21st Sept | 10am to 1pm: A circular 7 km walk from Chinnor including Hedgerley Wood Deep Time Walk organised by Friends of the Earth and Risborough Environmental Group. Contact Cath Campbell on to register. More details via https:// Thursday 23rd Sept | 9am to 12 midday: Coffee morning in the Pavillion Marque, Chinnor OX39 4PU meet up with your friends and colleagues, enjoy some plant based goodies, help to raise awareness of Climate Change and Cop21 raise funds for Macmillan.

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Chinnor Runners are running the length of Wales for Diabetes Across 6 days from the 6th September, they’ll run +400kms and climb twice the height of Everest In 2020, Simon’s son Ethan was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. To let him know how brave he is, and to help others like Ethan, Simon and his friend Mark are taking part in the world’s toughest mountain race, the ‘Dragon’s Back’ ( By running the length of Wales climbing over every single mountain, they hope to raise money for three amazing charities: • Diabetes UK - to help fund ground-breaking research and support everyone affected by diabetes. • The Paediatrics Diabetes Team at the Children’s Ward in Stoke Mandeville Hospital - tohelp other children who require support from this brilliant team. • St Andrew’s C of E Primary School, Chinnor - to help fund the ongoing development of the School’s outdoor space. This is designed with a focus on the well-being and development of all of the children right across the school. If you’d like to donate or learn more about each charity, please visit this link:

Enjoy Great British food, wine and music as the Thame Food Festival returns on 25th & 26th September The time has come to celebrate everything our wonderful artisan and street food producers offer. And this year’s event is promising to be a real foodie destination with a myriad of food and drink experiences including: Artisan and Street Food Markets: Over 100 artisan producers will be showcasing their food and drink delights. Chef and Baker Demonstrations on the Big Cookery Stage: topping this will be numerous demonstrations on the main Stoves stage, featuring Alex Hollywood, Steven Carter-Bailey, Tristan Welch, The Crabstock Boys and Jun Tanaka to name just a few. Food Glorious Food Stage: for the first time ever, will be the opportunity to get up close and personal with many of our stallholders as they share some of their insights on their business. Pop Up Pub: brought to you by FestivAles, these areas will be packed to the rafters with tasty tipples. Dog Demonstration and Show: shows and demonstrations by Hearing Dogs for Deaf People. And so much more. Easily accessible from Thame town centre with plenty of free parking if you are coming from further afield. Entrance in advance is £12 per day, with weekend tickets also available. All accompanied children under 16 go free. Tickets and further information about the show and Covid restrictions visit Every advance online ticket sale will be entered into our Magimix Prize Draw to win a Food Processor.

So, come eat, drink and do! Join us for a fun, fabulous, feasting family day out!

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elcome to our September music page. 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 TMA is a professional, creative and innovative music school providing tuition to Thame and the surrounding areas. The can provide tuition in a huge variety of instruments including: Piano, Keyboard, Guitar, Ukulele, Bass Guitar, Singing, Strings, Woodwind, Brass, Drums & Percussion. TMA is now taking bookings for September onwards in all of the instruments they offer and with all of their fantastic tutors! Please contact the academy via the details at the end of this article to find out more and make a booking. Alongside this they will also be rolling out brand new Baby & Toddler music sessions which will take place on Friday mornings, these will commence on Friday 17th September 2021.


The fee will be £5 per child/per session and you can find out much more via the TMA website. The music academy has always been a great advocator of singing and they are looking to start a new children’s choir which will take place on either a weekday, late afternoon, or on a Saturday morning. TMA would love to hear from you to gather your opinions on when would work best for your child/ren, then the sessions will be organised. Alongside having a fantastic musical and social group, learning a huge variety of songs and working with like minded people, TMA is keen to showcase our local music talent at upcoming local events and festivals

Char Char Chimps This wonderful local group is aimed at providing musical fun for babies up to toddler age, they are pleased to announce that sessions are now back up and running in various locations across the county and you can check out their website in order to find one which works for you!

Entertainment The group’s aim is to encourage pre-school children to be interactive with music, lights and sounds along with various different props and themes each week. As well as having lots of fun Cha Char Chimps aims to encourage; Language skills, Coordination, Co-operation, Confidence and Concentration in order to enhance young children’s learning as they enjoy the journey of their first few years, gaining skills which will be used later on in life. For further information regarding classes and to make a booking please visit:

Sing in the Vale Choir This well established and popular community choir meet on Monday evenings in term-time at 7:45pm for an 8:00pm start, ending at 9:30pm. The Choir is run at Cuddington and Dinton Primary School, School Lane, Dinton. All tastes and types of acapella voices in four parts make up the choir with genres including gospel, roots and world music. The group provides and uplifting and fun experience for any ability. Just walking through the door is your audition! For further information please contact: Emily Marshall via Tel: 07696 522368 E-mail:

The music kicks off from 8 pm onwards with 20 minute slots given on a pre-booked basis, though some availability may be left on the night. To find our more please search ‘Friday At The Fish’ via Facebook.

The Rising Sun Ickford This fantastic country pub will play host to an afternoon of live music from 2:00pm – 8:00pm on Saturday 18th September 2021! The event will be free and plenty of fantastic food and drink will be on offer. The performances will be based outside with an extensive garden, seating and children’s play area to keep the whole family entertained. For further information please contact the pub via:

This feature is brought to you by Simon Markland of Thame Music Academy Tel: 07743 032292 Email: Web page:

Friday At The Fish Open Mic! This fantastic country pub will play host to We are delighted to announce, after a 19 month break (for obvious reasons!) that the regular monthly ‘Friday At The Fish’ open mic will be re-starting from Friday 10th September 2021! This is a totally free event and a wonderful opportunity to perform or just come along to watch the huge host of local musical talent.

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A great day out for all the family! After a year’s absence and a number of date changes due to the Covid pandemic, the Abingdon Air and Country Show, to be held at Abingdon Airfield, Dalton Barracks, Oxfordshire, returns on Saturday 11th September and will feature a range of attractions for all ages.


year’s three-hour Flying Display is set to include, amongst others, the RAF Typhoon, BBMF Spitfire, Europe’s only airworthy B17 Flying Fortress ‘Sally B’, The Blades Aerobatic Display Team (4 Extra 300s flown by ex-RAF Red Arrows pilots), a ‘Russian’ Spitfire, a Hawker Hurricane Mk I and Richard Goodwin in his Muscle Pitts. Sadly, Europe’s only airworthy Westland Wessex helicopter is now ‘static’ only but has been replaced in the flying programme by a Westland Sea King. Classic Jets radio-controlled models will perform two displays. There could be up to 90 aircraft types flying into Ex-RAF Abingdon, all serviceability and weather dependant of course! Ground displays will include Arena Demonstrations of Falconry, Motorbikes, the Solent Stars Motorcycle Display Team and the Wallingford Dog Display Team, the Saints Sleds Dog Rescue Team, a Crafts Marquee, Live Music and Dance, Steam Engines and a Miniature Steam Railway, Classic and ex-Military vehicles including a parade by the Jensen Car Club who are celebrating their 50th Anniversary, various Trade Stalls, Amusements, food outlets and a bar, and much more!

Please note there are no retail sales outlets this year and this year’s event is currently ALL TICKET. The Car Parks open at 8am, entry into the showground is from 10am. And so, unfortunately it is back to Covid. We hope we have all met a period of stability but please be aware that the situation may change anytime between now and September 11th. Keep watching ours and the Government’s websites for updates on any situation that might affect the show. However, for your safety and for that of our volunteers we will be putting in certain measures to mitigate transmission of the disease. Please observe them when asked to do so, stay safe and enjoy a great day with us!

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GET THE LOOK Updating Your Fireplace? Ideas to Inspire You By Coulon Stone

Does your fireplace inspire you to curl up all cosy on a cold winter night? Does

your fireplace create a serene space to unwind at the end of a long day? Does your fireplace make Christmas extra special hung with stockings and garlands?

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If your fireplace does none of these maybe it’s time to think about making some changes, and we have some ideas which use natural stones like marbles and granites to take your fireplace from dull to focal point this winter.

Arched Typically fireplace surrounds tend to be squarer in shape, maybe with some curved or smooth details. However arched marble or limestone fireplaces were popular in the UK in the Victorian era. This example of an arched fireplace in Carrara marble is softened by the grey brick inlay, compared to the typical cast iron insert which would have been used during the 19th century. We think it’s beautiful, incredibly elegant and perfectly pairs traditional design with a modern twist. For an elevated look replace the grey brick with herringbone style slips in Jura Blue limestone. All White An all-white fire surround will both warm and brighten your room. We love the one pictured which uses both a white Portuguese limestone with a Carrara marble insert and hearth. The mix of materials, along with the detailed surround and sleek insert is another example of both traditional and modern design working perfectly alongside each other. The fireplace is crisp, chic and show-stopping. It would work well amongst a light, neutral palette as in the photo, but could also be part of a bright and colourful scheme. Sleek Black Contrasting with the light and bright fireplaces of above is another favourite of ours, sleek black fireplaces. Whilst the one pictured, made from black granite, looks simple there are some small details which makes it look incredibly elegant. We love that the hearth is flush with the natural wood floor, it suggests the fire surround is part of the bricks and mortar of the house, it has always been there. We also love the floating mantel above which is made from the same material. The whole set-up creates a modern farmhouse look. If you’re looking for more fireplace inspiration visit our Instagram: @coulonstoneltd and Pinterest: @coulonstone pages, and our website where as well as our gallery you’ll also find information on our news page about where to begin and what things you need to think about when deciding to update your fireplace.

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Look locally over the garden gate with Lucie Giselle Ponsford

Hedges: who knew? This month I wanted to talk about hedges – glamorous I know but we all have (love or loathe) a hedge in our gardens or near them! How to best care for your hedge? Well if you haven’t already trimmed up your hedge now is the time to do so. There are two reasons to prune late summer.

The first reason: Although domestic properties are not subject to DEFRA

regulations, farmland is and the 1st of September is the first opportunity until March 1st for farmers to get out and cut their hedgerows. Why this late in the year? Well the nesting birds could, if the year has been hard, have a third clutch (What a lovely word, it evokes images of mothers clutching onto their brood. But in this instance it is from an old English word: ‘Clekken’ which means to hatch). This third attempt for birds to rear hatchling needs all the help we can give as the fledglings will be going through winter as much smaller birds. A two year rotation (pruning every other year) for native hedgerows, with berries that sustain through the winter is an extra boost to wildlife. You could consider this on internal hedges within your garden? However the ramble whipping branches that slap us from paths are less sociable to other local wildlife!

The second reason: is plant biology, now is the time that energy is being stored,

this is happening from the summer solstice but in earnest now as the season starts to change. Cutting from late summer till September will reduce rapid regrowth in the spring as there is less leaf factory available to store energy (you’ve cut it off!

With love, Lucie For more top tips on all things gardening join me (@Mimosa Design) on Facebook and Instagram. Email: | Call: 07737 286784.

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