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April 2019


Essential shops & services with everything you need all wonderfully local!

Inside this month: Draw A Day Bovis Homes Faringdon In Bloom Love Kids Photography Faringdon Writing Group Become A Town Councillor The Folly Tower And Woodland Regent Cinema: Movies For You Val Hughes: Artist Of The Month Dining: The Barrington Arms Hotel Promoting local business, trade and services. Advertise! Be Seen! Call Lou 01367 244975 or 07894 554551


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Faringdon Bell Ringers All Saints’ bells continue to draw visitors. The Royal Naval Guild of Bellringers rang and held their AGM here on 2nd March. Our bells must be better than Portsmouth ! I bet few people even knew sailors rang church bells. A band from Oxford rang a quarter peal, that’s 1,260 different changes. The sound of each bell is a chord so every change is music although some changes are more pleasing than others. The distinctive sound of English bells is caused by the way the different notes in the bell are tuned. The Vale Ringers’ practice was held this month at Stanfordin-the-Vale where we were welcomed by Jackie O’Hagan, the tower captain. All Saints was proud to have sent the largest contingent ! Katharine, who has moved away, is still secretly creeping back (at dead of night ?) to repair fraying bell ropes. We hope our new ones will come soon. Our thanks to Katharine. Whether or not you would like to try ringing, we would love to welcome you to visit Sunday service ringing 9.45-10.30am or Monday practice 7.30-9pm at All Saints Church or you can contact us by emailing

Faringdon Business Breakfast Club As we were not able to guarantee the availability of The Bell, the March 2019 meeting of the Faringdon Business Breakfast Club returned to Sudbury House Hotel. It has been over two years since we last met there and it once again provided a professional business meeting room for us to hold our session. A varied breakfast was taken before members gave their sixty second introduction to their individual businesses. The main programme was an in-depth review of the current state of the “making vat digital” (or MTD as it is described by HMRC) legislation and how it will affect the owners of typical small businesses who make up our membership. This was a presentation ably led by Jonathan Russell with support from Lawrence Harrison and Martin Wright, who are the three resident accountants of the group, referred to by Jonathan as “an addition of accountants”. There are many less respectful names for a group of accountants! For many small businesses, there is a clear choice between choosing to adopt the one of the cloud-based digital accounting packages or opting for their existing spreadsheet systems to be made compatible by the use of “bridging” packages. The merits for and against each option were carefully explained but the ‘Addition of Accountants’ were cautious about providing definitive advice. There was time afterwards for questions from the membership, after which details were given of other networking meetings which might be of interest to the group. Our next meeting ominously set to take place on April Fool’s Day, 1 Apr 19, is called ‘No sooner said than Done’. You will be able to find out how improvements in voice recognition software can now really help people with disabilities such as dyslexia, arthritis and RSI, as well as


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REGENT CINEMA Weds 3 April - Stan & Ollie (PG) 2018 - Biography, Comedy, Drama Laurel and Hardy, the world's most famous comedy duo, attempt to reignite their film careers as they embark on what becomes their swan song a gruelling theatre tour of post-war Britain Stars: Steve Coogan, John C Reilly, Shirley Henderson Film duration: 1 hour 38 mins (no interval) Free tea/coffee and a biscuit Matinee Club @ The Regent Cinema, The Corn Exchange, Faringdon Doors open 12.30pm, film starts at 1pmTickets in advance £4 from Faringdon Information Centre / £5 on the doorMatinee Club Membership - Just £24 for 12 films (inc half price pre-booked Blockbuster evening cinema tickets)

Weds 17 April - Mary Poppins Returns (U) 2018 - Comedy, Family, Fantasy Decades after her original visit, the magical nanny returns to help the Bank's siblings and Michael's children through a difficult time in their lives Stars: Emily Blunt, Ben Whishaw, Lin-Manuel Miranda Film duration: 2 hours 10 mins (plus 15 min interval) Kids film @ The Regent Cinema, The Corn Exchange, Faringdon Doors open 1.30pm, film starts at 2.00pm Advance Tickets: £3 U18s, £4 Adult, £10 Family from Faringdon Info Centre Tickets on the door £1 more

Friday 26 April - Green Book (12A) 2018 - Biography, Comdey, Drama A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali Film duration: 2hrs 10 min (plus 15 min interval) Licensed bar, refreshments, ice-creams and popcorn Blockbuster @ The Regent Cinema, The Corn Exchange, Faringdon Doors open 7.00pm, film starts at 7.30pm Tickets in advance £3 U18s, £4 Adult, £10 Family from Faringdon Information Centre Tickets on door £4 U18s, £5 Adult, £11 Family

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Welcome to another reflective foray into the world around us ….. Watching rook activity while outdoors – thinking how better they know the weather than I do, as they seemed to pause in the recent warm days in February and now, as I write, there’s much more activity. Sheep are also very good meteorologists too, especially hill and mountain breeds. If sheep are coming down off the mountain by their own free will, then in a couple of days, there will be really bad weather arriving. As resourceful as the sheep are in Shaun-the-Sheep, there are some equally smart ones in mid-Wales – and no doubt elsewhere. Some years ago, members of one flock learned to remove gates off their pin-type hinges and then go into town to head-butt dustbins and raid them. It’s a little like a herd of swans who have gone into town at Bowness-on-Windermere to raid bins and consume junk food, after unofficial signs were put-up warning people not to feed them. These birds are travelling over a mile from the Lake shore to one supermarket and to fast food outlets. However, signs should be put up there, surely, to warn the swans themselves that such food, including the oils on the food in the bins, will do them not much good and more harm than just ruffle their feathers – they lose their waterproofing too. RSPB Cumbria advises people to feed bird seed, halved grapes, sliced potatoes and greens, like shredded cabbage or spinach. Going back to sheep farming today, I read a piece on the numbers of sheep stolen off farms to go into the illegal meat trade. Ten thousand sheep last year, including ewes and lambs-at-foot. 400 incidents have been reported, with only one conviction which came in Hertfordshire. Most-affected areas are Humberside, North Yorkshire and Dorset. More are taken each time compared to the years before – bigger lorries and use of dogs. NFU Mutual have also confirmed a similar increase in claims for sheep theft. The lull between strong winds has left many thousands of blackthorn flower petals chasing each other on the roads in swirling patterns. I wonder what the summer will be like this year after such warmth and sunshine in February? The “Butterfly” magazine offers advice to gardeners who may wish to grow heat-tolerant plants. The young plants themselves will still need watering to help them establish, of course. Plants doing best last year include the Ice Plant, Verbena, Cranesbill, Lavender, Cat Mint, Thyme, Rosemary (very good reasons to plant these last few!) and Perennial Wallflower (particularly Bowles’ Mauve). All these are favoured by insects, including butterflies, moths and bees. These insects will struggle without nectar; a revival drink for “downed” bees is two tablespoons of white granulated sugar to one tablespoon of water, mixed and then put in very shallow saucers, so that the bees don’t come to any harm. For butterflies, the weaker mixture is one of sugar to nine of water, warmed to dissolve and then off to make a butterfly feeder! Here is a link below, how to make your own butterfly feeder. Finally, I hope that you have a great April and that you can unroll the magic carpet of colours, scents and sounds of Spring! Robert Elliott

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THE NIGHT BOOK by Richard Madely

I love summer. I’ve always loved it. And I’ve always harboured a fantasy for a Californian lifestyle ever since my early teens. I blame that on excessive consumption of Jackie Collins novels and a weekly mainline into the National Enquirer, that hideous gossip rag. I loved it. Last summer – for all of my husband’s grumbling about it being ‘too hot’ – was a cracker. For starters I had a proper holiday. Kind of. Took a week off and spent it in a gorgeous coach-house in the grounds of a Welsh manor house. It was five minutes from the beach, and felt very Californian indeed to go down to the beach every morning and have a walk, staring out into the distance with the dog at our heels. I’m on this train of thought because it relates to this month’s book – The Night Book, by that co-doyenne of daytime television Richard Madeley. This is Madeley’s third novel, and it’s really very good indeed. Claire Meadows

Set during the sweltering summer of 1976 the story encompasses love, lust, domestic violence and crime noir, the story follows Meriel – a radio agony aunt trapped in an abusive relationship with her hideous husband Cameron. Into the fray comes a radio presenter Seb who offers an alternative life to Meriel, a way in which things should be. Before the romance is allowed to take its natural course something dreadful happens that throws things into disarray. I’ve had a look at the reviews online on this one, and it is true that it’s not universally loved. I will agree that the characters are fairly one-dimensional, and certain plot points are a bit weak. But it’s pacey, and it’s diverting. And it’s atmospheric Madeley captures the restlessness of an eternal summer and evokes the Lake District in all its glory. Maybe we’ve all become too over-reliant on the ‘voice of the people’. Once upon a time we bought books because we liked the look of them and that was that. Now we seem to throw it out to the ‘court of public information’ before we take a chance. If I’d listened to the vox populi I would never have picked up this book. And then I would have missed the chance to experience a roller coaster of a read. Don’t take my word for it, judge for yourself.

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Artist of the Month Val Hughes We are again pleased to welcome Val Hughes as our Artist of the Month in April. Val enjoys both the practice and teaching of art. Prior to her retirement from life as a Primary school teacher/arts co-ordinator, Val successfully ran several local ‘Arts in the Community’ projects. She is an exhibiting member of Faringdon Arts Society and will also be exhibiting at Artweeks in Great Coxwell during May. Working predominantly as a digital artist and maker of wire sculptures, she produces a diverse range of subject matter but is always happy to take commissions for dog and cat portraits. Val is also a published author of poetry and children’s story books some of which will be on sale alongside her art work or they can be purchased directly through Amazon. She also co-ordinates Faringdon Writers Group - a group of local writers and writing enthusiasts. If you wish to contact her please email or see her website at She also has a Facebook page - Val Hughes Words & Art. Come along to see Val’s work in the Information Centre in the Pump House, Mon - Fri 9am - 4pm and Sat 9:30am - 1pm.


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The Barrington Arms Hotel


After a busy week, it was such a treat to get tidied up and make our way over to Shrivenham and the Barrington Arms Hotel. It’s not very often that you can walk into a bar and get such a warm welcome, this is exactly what we had, from the lovely new manager and landlady, Donna Griffiths. Donna has made such a wonderful impact on this local pub, restaurant and hotel, she is like a breath of fresh air being blown into a well-established local landmark. Helping her and giving the place a very warm family run establishment feel, is her mom Dawn, amongst Dawns many talents, she adds sparkle to the kitchen and the delicious sweet menu, but more of that a little later. There are 3 separate areas, a main bar for entertainment and drinking. A lounge bar bright, colourful with relaxing seating, perfect for coffees and business meetings, having WI-FI throughout. The Restaurant area, which we were shown through to, is a warm, tastefully decorated comfortable area in the rear, with plenty of room to move around freely and not feel as if you are on top of one another, a most pleasant bonus! The menu covers all palates, the starters, we had a choice of Sweet Chilli King Prawns, Tomato & Basil Soup, Chicken Liver Pate, Ale Chutney & Toasted Ciabatta, Smokes Haddock Fishcakes with a twist served with salad garnish, Smoked Salmon & Prawn Salad with Hoi Sin vinaigrette or Moules Mariniere, all done with Chef John Browns unmistakable finesse, his presentation and flavours are just perfect! Chef John Brown has been in and around Shrivenham for many years, a few of his restaurants he has been head Chef in are, The Prince of Wales Shrivenham, The Old Rats Castle premises Faringdon, now La Bobina, and returning to Shrivenham in the BA. We both opted for the Sautee Garlic and Sweet Chilli King Prawns which this night, were served with scallops, as with the other dishes if John is able to acquire a little something different he will, I have included a photo of this delicious dish, I could have easily had another plate of the same it was fantastic, the prawns and scallops cooked just right, and the accompanying sauce was so very moorish, the greens just the right amount to accompany the dish and the dressing was simply delightful, what a start to the meal! Main dishes on the menu were 35-day aged 8oz sirloin, cherry tomatoes mushrooms fries and garnish. Steak Burger with a hint of Chorizo in a brioche bun, slaw & fries. Piri Piri Chicken Catalan rice & Salad. Welsh Lamb Rump, red wine & garlic sauce, fresh veg & sautéed potatoes. Salmon Steak with Lobster Bisque. Fillet of Pork with cider & whole grain mustard sauce served with sautéed potatoes & fresh veg. I had the Fillet of Cod with a tomato pesto sauce served on veg with fresh new potatoes, I have also included a photo, it was delicious, the tomatoes and pesto sauce rounded the dish off perfectly, and with all of Johns dishes a work of art on the plate. My other half had the Steak which he likes medium well, I think its well over, but that’s his taste, John asked how he would like it before hand and it was brought out exactly how he like it, no blood and tasted how a good steak should be, he was very impressed, the chips were crunchy outside and fluffy on the inside with his accompanying slaw and garnish, he was more than happy with his meal. There is a section on the menu titled Comfort Food, which covers the classic pub food, Fish & Chips, Scampi & Chips, Gammon Egg & Chips, Ham Egg & Chips, Lasagne, Sausage & Mash, one for the vegetarians, Oven bake Nut Roast topped with Goats Cheese Salad and New Potatoes, three Egg Omelette of your choice & chips or salad. Something for everyone. Then our puddings, I have a very sweet tooth so unfortunately for my figure, this must be a treat only when being taken out! For me Winter Spiced Apple Pie with custard, also a photo for you to see, wonderful pastry, this was worth the calories for sure. My other half had the most amazing Cheesecake New York Style with Black Cherry and Kirsch, what an end to a superb meal. Very well-done John in the kitchen, Donna with her excellent hosting skills and Dawn, Donna’s mum for our lovely desserts! I would recommend having your next meal out at the Barrington Arms and on a Sunday enjoy a three meat calvary. Spoil yourself with the wonderful host Donna and the talented chef John. Please remember to book on: 01793 784 692 25 High Street, Shrivenham SN6 8AN

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An Easter Sherry!

Welcome to the world of wine, once again. This month with Easter coming up, it is a time when we have relatives and friends round. And what better way to welcome everyone than with a nice glass of sherry to accompany the traditional simnel cake. Sherry comes in many forms from very dry to very sweet in flavour and in ages from a couple of years to 30 year old wines. Sherry is made from just three types of grapes in South West Spain, near Jerez. It starts its production in an amazing production process called a solera. I don’t have enough space to describe this production process, but it is fascinating. As the wines pass through this process, they are mixed with older wines and the flavour grows. At some point a barrel is selected as suitable quality for a Fino, Amotilado or an Oloreso, which are specific styles of sherry. These are usually available in supermarkets. Each has a distinct flavour and colour. They are all worth a try as they would all go well with simnel cake or some nuts. When serving sherry it is usual to use a small glass, about the size of a shot glass (which works just fine). I recommend keeping the sherry chilled in the fridge, you will be surprised how much difference there is in flavour between a chilled sherry and a warm one. What about the pale cream sherry or similar products. Well they tend to be sweeter in flavour and a hint of fruitiness, but really, they are made to suit those who like sweetness in their sherry. Now I do acknowledge that a dry sherry can be a bit unusual when first tasted, but please try and put it in context with some nuts, tapas or similar and it comes to life. If you want to push the boat out, try some Noe 30-Year-Old Pedro Ximenez Gonzalez Byass, which used to be available in Waitrose, but I could only find it in Majestic. When I first tasted this, I was blown away, so much flavour and intense fruits. When you pour it, it looks like engine oil - not the most tasty sounding description, but it is thick and you only need a small glass. It is fantastic and goes with pretty much any desert. Remember that sherry is stronger than wine in alcohol terms, which is why it is usually served in smaller glasses. Like everything in the wine world, your taste is what counts and some will find the Fino and Amontilado too dry or not fruity enough. There is a good reason why Croft have sold loads of their sherry, it is medium sweet (pale cream) and has enough fruit flavours to please most drinkers. The cream sherry is even sweeter and at one time was the most popular sherry in the world, Harveys Bristol Cream is the most well known brand. Ian Lloyd

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£10,875 donating the clothes they’ve slimmed out of. So confident they’ll never need their larger sizes again, slimmer's across Faringdon, Highworth and Stanford in the Vale have raised £10,875 by donating the clothes they’ve successfully slimmed out of to Cancer Research UK. The Slimming World groups collected a phenomenal 435 bags of clothes, shoes, home ware and accessories as part of the Big Golden Slimming World Clothes Throw. The Big Golden Slimming World Clothes Throw aims to raise awareness of how keeping a healthy weight can reduce the risk of developing some types of cancer. Each of the filled bags is worth around £25 to the charity, and this year’s campaign is aiming to beat the total raised in 2018 – an incredible £3 million in just two weeks. Since 2012 the partnership has generated more than £12 million worth of stock. As well fundraising, the partnership between Slimming World and Cancer Research UK aims to raise awareness of the links between obesity and cancer. Since 2012 the partnership has generated more than £12 million. Louise, who runs the Faringdon group and Amy the Stanford group, are delighted to have raised so much money for charity. They said: “We can’t quite believe how many bags we managed to collect! We knew my members were amazing but didn’t expect such an incredible level of effort – wow!.” Anyone who would like to find out more about Slimming World or the Big Golden Slimming World Clothes Throw is invited to get in touch with Louise on 07717681939 or Amy 07514255703

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Faringdon Folly Tower and Woodland Faringdon Folly Tower and woodland are hugely enjoyed by so many people, in so many ways. The wonderful Christmas star was brighter than ever this year. As always, a huge thank you to Peter White who installed electricity in the Tower in 1999 and has erected a light almost every Christmas since. 2019 will be the 20th year he has done this for Faringdon, entirely voluntarily. Many people visit the woodland, even in the winter. With no leaves on the trees, it is a good time to find the many sculptures. There's a new sculpture too- find the new mushroom and walk in direction of the arrow to find the (wise old) owl. The clumps of spring bulbs are getting bigger- snowdrops particularly. You have to look harder for aconites, scilla and crocuses, but they are there. Hopefully in a few years they will be a splendid display. The daffodils are well established and enjoyed by everyone. There are bluebells too, also not so very noticeable yet, but they will be in the future. Hopefully people enjoying the woodland avoid treading on the bulbs. Having lost a number of young trees and shrubs in last year's very dry summer, we planted more over the winter. These take many years to become established and grow to a decent size. But then, we are planting for the future. You can see that the ones we planted 6 or 7 years ago are now a good size and providing more shelter for the birds. We have realised that it was 100 years ago that Lord Berners, who built the Tower in 1935, outbid a logging company for the woodland thus saving the trees from being turned into timber. Thank you Lord Berners - we love the Folly woodland. The first Tower opening is April 7th. Let's hope it's a fine day. Until October it will be open on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month. All the dates are on We're on Facebook too. It's good to read the appreciative comments from people. You will know that there are no waste bins around the Folly. This is because the waste collection service is unable to empty them. We therefore, rely on visitors to take away their own and their dogs' waste. Either take it home or deposit it in the bins at the start of each path on the Stanford Road. Thank you to those people who help us by picking up rubbish left by other people. The Folly Tower and woodland are privately owned by the Faringdon Folly Tower Trust (Charity No. 284795) It is not public land though we do allow permissive access. It does not receive financial support from public funds. The land surrounding the Folly woodland is privately owned farmland. More information: and Facebook



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Faringdon in Bloom 2019 Faringdon in Bloom 2019 is set to be a fun and exciting competition and free to enter. Categories will include best large garden, best small garden, best allotment, best business floral display, best business hanging basket, best wildlife garden, best patio garden, best new garden, Joy to the community and best junior miniature garden. Judging will take place on the of 21st, 22nd and 23rd of June 2019. If you would like to take part simply download an application form from Faringdon Town Council website or collect a form from the Information Centre in the Pump House. Winners will receive engraved trophies, and certificates will be given for Highly Commended achievements in each category. We look forward to seeing all this year’s entries.

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I believe my role to be one of providing support to my clients. I help them take action to change their old habits to new, healthy ones. The role of a trainer or coach can be extremely varied. I’m most often asked to help people to improve their fitness or lose weight, but not everyone needs to lose weight or tone up. We all come up against events in our lives when we need a little extra help. I have had the pleasure to work with clients who want to: ● ● ● ● ●

Gain confidence Feel comfortable exercising in front of others Learn correct training techniques Meet their goals and discover new ambitions Be able to make sense of confusing media information

Asking a trainer for help can give you the confidence to know someone is there when times get difficult. We work with you to improve your fitness, relieve the pain of injury with massage and guide you through how the food in your fridge affects your energy levels. Maybe a big event is coming up in your life and you are not sure how to make the appropriate change for the best? Whether you are recovering from a knee operation, fighting the onset of ageing, racing in an historic car race, training for a charity bike ride, taking part in world championship fencing competitions, running the London marathon, riding in an important dressage event - or just trying to stay feeling great - you can always benefit from professional advice. Discussing your requirements with a local professional can help you make the difference you are looking for. I say this not only for myself but for all the wonderful people out there who are always ready to help you achieve your goals. Don’t be scared to ask for advice – it might just be what makes the difference between failing to get the results you want and achieving success.

Richard Marfell – Wellness Coach 07800636004

BATHROOM SHOWROOM Open to the Public & Trade

For your dream bathroom Let us help!… 01367 242666

Unit A&B, Park Road, Faringdon, SN7 7DS

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There is still, very much life in the property market, but to (badly) coin a phrase, not as we used to know it. Our region, like much of the UK, is continuing to see a lower level of property transactions taking place when compared to the most recent peak of activity back in 2014 but this rise and fall in activity levels is nothing new and reflects the ebb and flow of the national economy and the prevailing politics at the time - although clearly our current political situation is a little more unusual! In such circumstances, it is remarkable how robust our local property market is with sales still very much taking place across a wide range of properties, underlining the continuing appeal of our market town and the surrounding villages.

If anything, the bigger challenge to the Faringdon market is the high level of new homes and in particular the availability of Help to Buy. The “Law of Unintended Consequences” from this national policy has resulted in a significant negative impact being felt by those selling nearly new estate houses which in all other regards are directly competing with the shiny new Bovis, Bellway and Crest homes in the town – with Bloors and others to follow. Traditionally, buyers had the choice of: Brand new but more expensive, or: Not so new but better value. With Help to Buy, buyers now have a choice of: Buy new and have 20% of the price paid by the government or: Buy nearly new and have to pay for it all. That cannot be right. Our advice to those looking to sell in such circumstances is to ensure that their property is presented in the very best way, to emphasise the more established setting (garden, trees, neighbours) and yes, to be as competitive as they can be on price. But the great thing about our market is there is such a wide range of appealing properties and places to live that there is always something happening across the region. Our Saturdays remain the busiest viewing days and we are regularly packed full with appointments. From barn conversions and period farmhouses to new executive village homes and town centre mews developments, we are involved in them all and most of these within 5 miles of our office. So yes, there is plenty of life in the property market, it’s just different to how it has been in recent years.

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Faringdon Writing Group Cockadoodling He stands a shaggy patchwork quilt on short feathery legs, his voice hoarse and cocky. At dawn my cockerel recites his poems brings up his feather-brained genius, and asserts noisily his importance amongst the living poets. He plucks up his plumage to crow about cheerfulness, how to start a family, ruffles my feathers with his insistence to rise early. When I turn in my bed, sleep-struck, his pitch gets indignant. I vow to promote the rights of single mother hens, find my feather duster to tickle him out of his wits, collect breakfast eggs to teach him a lesson, as he hurtles towards me, I hold a broom to crush his attack, escape his outstretched spurs, duck his raised blood curdling cock's comb. There will be no chickening out. He flies at the broom, flops with a throaty croak like the victim in a poetic travesty. If he should fall, cock-a-doodle-doo, I should fall too. High on purple prose he swears to peck me into order, wear me as a trophy in his feather boa. I call his bluff. go for breakfast make scrambled eggs. By Scharlie Join us on the third Tuesday of every month From 7-9pm, Faringdon Business Centre Contact Julie Farmer at


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Second None Vehicle Repairs Ltd


EXCLUSIVE TO SECOND 2 NONE FREE CAR TYRE WARRANTY Lifetime accidental damage warranty on all Marshal and Jinyu tyres purchased For more information speak to Bob.

MOT’S Now Testing… Class 1 & 2 Motor Cycles Class 4 Cars Class 5 Mini Busses With 13 or More Seats Class 7 Vans Over 3,000 kg 6 Days A Week


01367 243456 Unit C1, Old Sawmills Road Park Road, Faringdon

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Out and About Date






Wed 3rd

Stan & Ollie (PG)

The Regent Cinema


Tickets from Tourist Information Centre

From £4

Wed 3rd

Should the Military be involved in Education?

Friends’ Meeting House


Jennie 01367 710308 Karen 01367 241707


Thu 4th

White Horse Garden Club The Benefits of Wild Flowers in Gardening

Thomas Hughes Memorial Hall


Pamela Preene 01367-820251 or

Members Free Visitors £2.50

Thu 4th

Bus Trip to Milletts Garden centre

Depart from Market Place


Thu 4th - Fri 5th

Jigsaw Stage Productions Present's 'The King & I'

The Beacon, Wantage


Fri 5th

Entertainment & Popular Songs by Ferndale Communnity Choir

Corn Exchange


Fri 5th

Gin and 60s/70s Night

Stanford Social Club

Sat 6th

Jigsaw Stage Productions Present's 'The King & I'

The Beacon, Wantage

2.30pm 7.30pm

Adults £15 Con £13

Sat 6th

Spring Concert

All Saints Church, Faringdon


Karen Vogt: 01367-241707

Free Donations

Sun 7th

Folly Tower Open Day

Folly Hill

11am 5pm

U11s Free, 11-16 £1 Adults £3

Sun 7th

Spring Concert

St Mary’s Church, Buckland


Janet Sheil: 01367-870276

Free Donations

Mon 8th

Stanford Art Group - Printing Demo and Workshop

Stanford Village Hall


Tue 9th

History of Grove Airfield in WWII

Stanford Village Hall


Phil Morris, 01367 710285

Visitors £3

Wed 10th

Explorer Family Challenge

Folly Park

10am 12pm 07801 203501

Donation £1 per person

Wed 10th

Dollies Eat a lot of chocolate

Blessed Hugh Catholic Church


Members Free Visitors £5

Thu 11th

U3A AGM & Talk: Tour of the Universe

Corn Exchange


Margaret Brown - 01367 615 385

Visitors £1.50

Thu 11th

National Theatre Live: All About Eve

The Beacon, Wantage


Adults £15

Fri 12th

Rock this Town!

Corn Exchange

7.30pm 11pm

£5 adults, £2 children

Fri 12th

£8.50 / Family £32


Adults £15 Con £13 Free Donations

Members £2 Non-Members £5

Pantomime: The Little Mermaid

The Beacon, Wantage


Thu 11th Sat 13th

The 39 Steps

King Alfred's Academy Theatre, Wantage


Sat 13th

Wantage Male Choir Annual Concert

The Beacon, Wantage



Sun 14th

Music in the Vale Concert

Saint Peter’s Church, Charney Bassett


David Pedder 01367 718420


Wed 17th

British Legion Talk: My Life as a Cold War Spy

Faringdon Bowls Club


Non Members Welcome

Wed 17th

Mary Poppins Returns (U)

The Regent Cinema


Tickets from Tourist Information Centre

£3 U18s, £4 Adult, £10 Family

Thu 18th

Fundraising quiz for Swindon & District Samaritans

Supermarine Club, South Marston SN3 4BZ

7pm 10pm

£22 per table of four

Fri 19th

Easter Bingo

Stanford Social Club


U11s Free, 11-16 £1 Adults £3

Sun 21st

Folly Tower Open Day

Folly Hill

11am 5pm

Wed 24th

Cheese and Wine Evening

The Horse and Jockey


Wed 24th

Stanford Gardening Club: Delightful Dahlias

Stanford Village Hall


Thu 25th

Bus Trip to Cirencester

Depart from Market Place


Fri 26th

Green Book (12A)

The Regent Cinema


Tickets from Tourist Information Centre

Fri 26th

The Zoots - Sounds Of The 70's

The Beacon, Wantage



Tue 30th

Faringdon Art Group Coach Trip to Compton Verney Art Gallery

Shelagh 01367 241173

Book before 16th April Members £31.50

Various pick up points

£7.50 per person Rosemary Packer - 01367 710445

£3 per person £6 £3 U18s, £4 Adult, £10 Family

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Local Events Date





Free One to One IT Help

Faringdon Library

2:30pm 4:30pm



Mon, Wed Thu

Lloyds Mobile Bank

Southampton Street Car Park

Mon 9:45 12pm

Wed 12:45pm-3pm Fri 1pm-3pm

Every Mon

Little All Sorts Toddler Group

All Saints Church Barber Room


Margaret 01367 244901


Every Mon

Bridge Club

Faringdon United Church

6.45pm 10.15pm

Françoise Stacey, Secretary of the Club: 01367 241813

£2 per person

Every 2nd & 4th Mon

Disco Dots

Pump House Project


Lucy 07900 800657


3rd Mon

Mon, Tue & Wed


Faringdon WI

Old Town Hall



Every Mon & Thurs

Faringdon Day Centre

Baptist Church Hall Bromsgrove

9:15- 2:15

Supervisor 07523 116918

£10 inc lunch. Transport available

1st Tue

Farmers Market

Market Place, Faringdon

Until 1pm

01367 710445

Every Tue

Coffee Morning

Faringdon Library

10:00 - 11:30

Sheena 01367 240311

Every Tue

Baby & Toddler Sensory

The Pump House Project

10:30am 11.30am Kat Culverwell 07800568040

Every Tue

Chris Davis Fish Van

Outside The Bell

5:30 6:30

Every Tue

Whist Drive

The Old Town Hall


Sylvia 01367 242007

Free Tea & Coffee

Every Wed

Ferndale Choir

Catholic Church



Every Wed

The Crafty Crew

The Pump House Project


Runs during Cake Cafe

Every Wed

Walking for Health

Start at Old Town Hall


Walks to suit all abilities

Every Wed

Community Cake

The Pump House Project


£1 for Cake & Drink

Every Wed

Community Singing Group

The Pump House Project


£3 per person

Every Wed

Citizen Advise

Pump Room Faringdon

10am - 12am

03444 11144

1st Wed

Open Mic Night

Horse and Jockey, Stanford in the Vale



1st Wed

Buckland WI - Speaker and meeting each month

The Memorial Hall, Buckland


Libby Calvert 01367 870803

Non members £4 incl. refreshment

1st Wed

Information & Gadget Drop-in

Pump House Project



During Cake Cafe

2nd Wed


Follies Dollies WI

Catholic Church Hall


Charlotte 07809 225795

1st & last Wed

The Knitting Group

Horse and Jockey, Stanford in the Vale


Ruth Chester 01367710362


Every Wed & Thurs

Slimming World Faringdon

United Reformed Church

Wed 5:30pm Thurs 9:30am

& Wed 7:30pm Louise 07717 681939


Every Thu

Baby & Toddler 0-4yrs

United Church

9:30 -11am


Every Thu

Slimming World Stanford

Stanford Primary School


Amy 07514 255703


Every Thu

Slimming World Highworth

Southfield Junior School


Louise 07717 681939


Every Thu


Horse & Jockey, Stanford in the Vale


01367 710302


Every Thu


Stanford Small Village Hall

10am - 12pm

Yvonne 01367 710400

Coffee/Tea, Chat, Raffle

1st Fri

Book Club

Faringdon Library


Sheena 01367 240311


Every Fri

Country Market

Corn Exchange

9:15am 11.00am

Jenny Howard-Jones 01367710382

Tea & coffee available Goods orders taken

Every Fri


Faringdon Library

10:30 - 11:00

Sheena 01367 240311


Every Fri

Bowling Club - Open Nights

Bowling Club

Fri 7:30

Trevor Durrant 01793 330564

Every Sat

Yoga Classes

Faringdon United Church

9am - 10.15am Adults 7875633923

Every Sat

Stagecoach Faringdon

Faringdon Junior School

Various 01367 240663

2nd Sun

Great Coxwell Teas

The Reading Room,

2:30pm - 5pm

Great Coxwell

Tea, Coffee and Cakes

3rd Sat

Junior Book Club 8-11yrs

Faringdon Library


Sheena 01367 240311


Sat - Sun

Tom Browns School Museum

Broad St Uffington


Karen Pilcher 01367 820 978

Open Bank holidays

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Experts - Local Services The Veterinary Surgery

Court Cattery

As an independently run family practice, established in 1994, we are able to combine traditional standards with modern techniques and selected high-quality equipment. We aim to provide high quality care in an especially warm and friendly environment. E-mail:

Stanford-in-the-Vale FAB now ICC & Vale licensed Established in 2000 Family run – Short or long stays; Medical management service available on enquiry. Veterinary Care provided by the adjacent Robert Elliott Veterinary Surgery you are always welcome to arrange a first-time visit E-mail:



07854 651 961


JOE PEARCE PLASTERING 07709960598 All internal plasterwork,Traditional lime plastering, External rendering & specialist finishes


Quality Shoe Repairs Key Cutting Engraving - VAPE’S & E-Liquid Dry Cleaning

01367 243 134

07799 890845 01367 241932

Chickens & Poultry Feed All at unbeatable prices

Est. 1960

M.J.Hodgkins � � � �

Open Mon-Sat 8am-12 noon Closed bank holidays Tel: 01865 821537 or 07759551946 New Barn Farm, Longworth, OX13 5ED

FARINGDON CARS First Class Services Business Accounts Personal Bookings Standard Booking Private Airport

Short/Long Distances Courier Private Car Hire

01367243838 - 07894572919

Keratin Hair Treatment No more frizzy hair! Keratin… Smooth, silky, shiny & tangle-free hair Lasts 3 - 4 months, only £70 Call Jane Gordon on: 07955499467 07788156438

Located 01367705030

Get ready for Summer! Call Vicky 07958 241342 OUR SERVICES

FARINGDON 01367 244 611

We stock Nitty Gritty Headlice Lotion

Book in for a hot towel and traditional “cut throat” razor shave

Telephone: 01367 243318 07999 495243 Facebook: @keelysfaringdon 3b London Street Faringdon SN7 7AE /TheBarbersFaringdon

Hours of business: Monday: 9am - 1pm Tuesday: 9am - 6pm Wednesday: 9am - 6pm Thursday: 9am - 7pm Friday: 9am - 6pm Saturday: 8am - 3pm Sunday 10am - 1pm


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Experts - Local Services We do all types of tree work including pruning, Planting and felling, as well as hedge trimming and stump removal. Call Gregg on 01865 430536 or 07823 332247

Coxwell Cars Private Hire Phone: 01865 820565 / 07974886840

Call John Farrow 07772 971780 ● All UK Airports ● Any Distance ● Ports & Day Trips All major credit & debit cards accepted Fully licensed & insured, CRB approved


07919 241881



Later Life Planning

Society of Homeopaths

GENTLE EFFECTIVE HOLISTIC THERAPY Daytime & Evening Appointments Clinics in Uffington and Wantage Heather Abel BA/BSc RSHom Tel: 01367 820709

● Carpets & Rugs ● Upholstery ● Curtains ● Spot & Stain Removal ● Stain Protection ● 30 years experience ● Fully Insured Call John for a free no obligation quotation on 07831245007 / 01235767400

Are you Property Rich and Cash Poor? Equity release could be the answer, if you are 55 or over and own your own home!

FREE Advice with no obligation from an established company based in Carterton.

01993 220281

07769 730616

Monika Becker H.P Holistic Practitioner

07742 982757 Grove Technology Park Downsview Road Boston House, Unit 7 Wantage, Oxon OX12 9FF

Now Available Wednesdays 12:45 to 4:45pm Lotus Retreat, Faringdon.

Now moved to Bampton Garden Plants call Sarah on

07767 486627

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