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This Month: Artistic Craft Fair Great Barn Festival Splash Pads: Now Open Wayfinder: Deborah Chalk All Your Business: About You David Johnston MP: Parish News Stanford In The Vale: Repair Cafe Lucy Hayward: Massage Treatments Faringdon Plus Solar Streets: Scheme Introducing Writer & Author Diana Moore Faringdon Town Council: Awarded Quality Gold Promoting local business, trade and services. Advertiser! Be Seen! Call Lou 01367 244 975 or 07894554551
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On 17th May this year, hospitality opened again following a difficult time of being under lockdown and restrictions. The local pubs offer huge benefits by bringing local communities together and are important in the rural economy of villages and market towns. Geoff and Jo Robbins, who have had businesses in Faringdon for nearly 25 years and currently run The Wheatsheaf Inn, believe that the UK is the only place in the world that has real pubs. They are envied throughout the world and offer a very relaxed, informal backdrop to life.
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Geoff said: “I think all the pubs in our town play a huge role. We each offer something different and that gives the public choice, which is so important. Many of our pubs are historic inns. In fact, the Wheatsheaf has records dating back to 1830 when the Prime Minister at that time was the first of Duke of Wellington! It really is incredible to think that there has been an inn on this site for so long.” As from 19th July, local pubs and many other businesses saw Freedom Day with the cessation of nearly all the restrictions. So what does that mean to our pubs, the customers and The Wheatsheaf in particular? During lockdown 2020, Geoff and Jo spent a lot of time redecorating the entire pub from top to bottom and couldn’t wait to welcome back their supportive local customers. They had a good steady stream of people come through the doors. And, to their surprise, it was mainly the older customers who returned at first with many saying they had had a very lonely time in lockdown. The constant doom and gloom of the news was making them feel very depressed. “It also had that effect on Jo and me,” said Geoff. “We had no idea when we would be able to open again – if ever.” The great British pub is many things to many people but, primarily, is a place where people can meet friends and family and have fun. For many of us to have interaction with our fellow human beings over a pint of beer or glass of wine and having a laugh is hugely important for people’s physical and mental wellbeing.
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Local pubs provide the friendship and companionship that people need, give a sense of belonging in a community, offer a support network, a job exchange centre and supplement the local economy. After having had restrictions and closures for 16 months now, Geoff and Jo are very grateful to be trading again and are delighted to have all their staff back on full salaries. “We have some great full time staff,” said Jo. “But we are always looking for experienced part time staff.” Opening hours for the Wheatsheaf Inn, which can be found at 5 London Street, Faringdon SN7 7AE, are: Monday-Thursday from 3pm-late; Friday from 2pm-late and Saturday & Sunday from 12 midday-late. To contact the Wheatsheaf, phone 01367 244219 or visit www.facebook.com/TheWheatsheafFaringdon.
Sarah Wright started up Wright Choice Training last August after her previous employment came to an end due to the pandemic. She delivers training to predominantly the construction industry and others. She has a range of courses e.g. Manual Handling, Mental Health, First Aid to mention just a few. To find out more, contact Sarah on: 07830 133764, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.wrightchoicetraining.co.uk.
Since 2002, Faringdon Artistic Roller Skating Club has trained 20 Faringdon children to represent Great Britain skating at home and abroad. There are different elements to the sport – sport, free skating and figure skating. It is open to adults and children to learn either as a recreation or to improve ability to compete in different home club competitions. Training is usually held at Faringdon Leisure Centre but, since the pandemic, training has been held at Highworth Recreation Centre. There is currently only one session per week on a Saturday from 10.30am-1pm. The beginners’ session is 10.30am-11.30am. The club has coaches who have represented Great Britain in their specific elements of the sport – Steve England (British Champion in Figure Free and Pairs skating); Richard Whitlock (British Champion in Figure skating); Selina James (Figure skater); Annabel England, Mark Cosshall and Bill Bickley, all of whom have represented Great Britain in Dance and Dance Couples. For more information, contact Dee England: email@example.com.
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LUCY HAYWARD MASSAGE TREATMENTS 07776 104980 Lucy Hayward is an aromatherapist and massage therapist who lives with her husband and two children in Faringdon. She has lived in the Faringdon area for 14 years and her children attend the local schools. She enjoys spending time with her family and going on adventures, exploring new areas, the outdoors and appreciating nature. After graduating from University, Lucy worked in the travel industry for about 25 years specialising in bespoke holidays to Latin America and travelled quite a lot herself exploring new areas for people to spend their holidays. With a family and job to juggle, she realised she wasn’t giving herself the time to unwind and relax. She was becoming increasingly stressed and overwhelmed with everyday life – it was time to make a change. So, Lucy retrained and is now an aromatherapist and massage therapist. She started her business, Lucy Hayward Massage Treatments, a year ago and, for quite some time, wasn’t able to open because of the pandemic. She said: “It has been a tough 18 months, but I tried not to be too hard on myself when having a down day, feeling anxious or frustrated. I found that meditation, regular exercise and going outside every day really helped.” However, the pandemic did provide her with more time in Faringdon discovering and supporting other local businesses, as well as being able to study aromatherapy and massage. “I have always had a fascination with the mind and body after practising yoga for over 20 years,” said Lucy. “And so, during the pandemic, I started to study more about how stress can affect our physical wellbeing and how massage can help.” Her ongoing research and study into anxiety and stress broadened her knowledge on this condition and has now enabled her to help others manage their busy lives. Lucy believes that, in this Covid world, we all need connection and touch again. She says: “Massage can benefit people living with many different conditions – stress, anxiety and sleep disorders and can also stimulate the immune system.” Lucy has a real passion and empathy in treating everyone as an individual and wanting to give the best to each person. She loves to see the change in clients – both physically and mentally – at the end of a session with her. She can treat all ages and says that her own children love a massage and she can see a wonderful calmness in them after a treatment. “For the future, I want to continue learning and enjoying helping others through massage,” said Lucy. “I really feel that I am now doing my dream job.” A pre-treatment phone consultation with Lucy allows her to discuss the client’s medical conditions and what the client would like to get from the massage calmly and professionally with compassion and in confidence.
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It’s been a busy month at FTC. We are delighted to announce that we are the first council in Oxfordshire to be awarded Quality Gold Status from the National Association of Local Councils. The award shows we are at the forefront of good practice and have excellent governance structures in place. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all our councillors, who are unpaid volunteers who give up their time for the town and the whole staff team.
Here’s my monthly summary of meetings: Full Council Meeting 13th July 2021 The council co-opted and welcomed to the council, replacing Cllr. David Brown who resigned in May. During the District Councillors’ Report Faringdon Portway underpass mural was discussed. Cllr Thomas agreed to investigate the schedule of bridge repairs as County Councillor, she will also investigate what has happened historically with the mural and progress within the Arts Department as District Councillor. This will be discussed at the next meeting. An application from Faringdon Rugby Club for £50,000 to improve facilities was received. There was concern that this was not Town Council land and, therefore, that the District Council could be funding improvements. Members decided to defer the application to enable the Clerk to request more information. Members received a letter from the preschool regarding termination of the lease when the school relocates. The council will write to Faringdon Academy of schools and County Council for their input on ideas for the future. It was reported that costs had increased due to material shortage and a foundry going out of business. The Clerk is investigating options and will report to Finance Committee. will be launched on Tuesday 10th August. Our new town Mayor Cllr. Bentley is organising a summer market for the residents of Faringdon in the Market Place on Saturday 4th September. Starting at 10am. Come and join her for lots of summer fun! Details will be on our website and social media shortly. If you would like a free stall or would like to be involved, please get in touch! firstname.lastname@example.org
A discussion meeting was held online. Members considered several applications. There was a STRONG OBJECTION to the application on the Rogers Concrete Land for the proposed mixed-use development of 95 residential dwellings and business space units. The objection was based on loss of employment land. You can find the official letter of objection on the Vale of White Horse website.
Newly elected chair Cllr. Castle presided over a busy meeting. Vice Chair - Cllr. Martin was elected as Vice Chair. Community Learning Hub – a successful community adult learning sessions had been held in conjunction with Abingdon and Witney College, next step is to start courses with Community Champions in September. Please get in touch if you would like to join. – sessions are up and running again and a full programme is being developed for the summer and coming months. - It was agreed to support: ● A Green Day event to be held at the Corn Exchange on September 25th to support Oxfordshire Green Week ● Street Food Festival in partnership with The Bell and Stay Grounded, to be held later this year. ● Folk Festival in partnership with Folk Weekend Oxford in October, will take place in various venues ● A Mayors summer market in September – FTC will work with The Place, Food Bank and SOFEA, to operate a Community Larder in the Corn Exchange, on Tuesday between 2.30pm and 4.30pm, from mid-September. - Members discussed setting up a youth council. Cllr. Swallow will research. If you are interested in a Youth Council, please get in touch.
Cllr. Burns chaired her first meeting where: Cllr. Famakin was elected as Vice Chair ● An update on all council venues and parks was received and discussed, including finance and health and safety. ● A suitable industrial mower was selected for the facilities team ● Members were appointed to the Christmas Lights Working Party ● An addition - a notice board in the town centre would be investigated ● Tree locations to support Earth and Faith and Queens tree Canopy would be investigated.
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I was brought up just outside of Highworth and was married to a local farmer for 25 years. My qualifications are in accounts, business studies and IT. I moved to Faringdon in 1996 with my partner. We both had plans to join Faringdon Town Council. I joined Faringdon Town Council in 2006 after his death in 2005. I have been Chair of Recreation & Open Spaces for several years and when it was amalgamated with Venues to become Facilities, I was Chair of that committee. I am currently Chair of Planning & Highways. I was one of the instigators of the Faringdon Neighbourhood Plan together with other people. I support Faringdon Town Council and our residents in making where we live a vibrant community rather than a dormitory town. Cllr.firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to the two young residents of Faringdon who created bright and colourful posters to use in our anti-littering campaign. They give a clear message to look after our town and will be used in our social media anti-littering campaign as well as on our community notice boards. Thank you to Heather and Joshua for these wonderful posters!
The Town Council and Oxfordshire Play Association will bring another FREE Play Day to Tuckers Park on August 6th 11am to 3pm. Please keep an eye on our website and social media for details
Faringdon Information Centre is delighted to welcome Maggie Bohm as our August Artist of the Month. Maggie creates mixed media acrylic and watercolour abstract artworks, using items from nature, everyday objects, and hand inking. These are original one-off pieces, created on watercolour, rice or deli paper. Maggie also makes hand stitched books and booklets which can be used for journal writing, sketching or painting. To see Maggie’s beautiful work please stop by the Information Centre in the Pump House. We are open 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday and 9:30am to 1pm on Saturdays.
If you are looking for something local to do during the summer holidays, stop by the Information Centre and pick up one of our walk leaflets, Folly nature trail sheets or Fun trail leaflets. Have fun in Faringdon!
A day to highlight green activities, green projects, and green businesses in Faringdon. Held on 25th September in the Corn Exchange from 10am to 2pm during nationwide Great Big Green Week. To book a free stall contact email@example.com
Faringdon Town Council are happy to announce that the Regent Cinema will open its doors again in September 2021. It is great to be able to offer a community cinema once again for the residents of Faringdon and surrounding villages. Please check our website for film details.
Free six-week online course starts on the 4th of October 10am to 11am in partnership with Oxfordshire Adult Learning. The course is suitable for anyone wishing to build confidence or take a more active role in the community. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Faringdon Plus Solar Streets is a discounted Solar PV Scheme supported by Faringdon Town Council. It is designed to bring affordable solar panels to your community so you can be instrumental in halting climate change and become carbon neutral by 2030. It also builds a Community Fund to be used for green issues by donating £50 to the fund for every Residential Installation and £100 for a Commercial Installation. The offer is open to all the villages in the surrounding area. Solar Streets started out in Frome in 2018 when the local Council declared a Climate Emergency and wanted to create a discounted solar scheme. IDDEA, a solar company operating since 2007, came up with the best scheme and added a community fund benefit. The Frome campaign was very successful and, as well as saving residents’ money and carbon, also paid for half of the cost of installing solar panels on the local Youth Club with the Community Fund. Since then, Solar Streets has grown and is currently running 18 schemes across the South of England, including Wallingford, Didcot, Thame, Chinnor, Haddenham and High Wycombe, with several other schemes coming on board in the next few months.
Why is the scheme so successful? It’s simple really: people want to be greener; solar panels are cheaper and more powerful, so you need less roof space to install a viable system, and electricity prices increase every year so, it feels good to be in control of part of your energy production. For more information and to book on the Zoom Launch Presentation and Q&A on 10th August 7pm, go to www.SolarStreets.co.uk/FaringdonPlus
There is a Grant Scheme for Low Income Households run by The National Energy Foundation (NEF) working alongside Oxfordshire Council for Low Income Homeowners and Low Income Tenants where you or your landlord may get the whole installation paid for. Eligibility is a Household income of less than £30,000 (can increase to £45,750 if 2 adults and 4 children) AND your EPC rating of C or lower (EPC is Energy Performance Certificate and all houses must have an EPC done when sold). Call the NEF for more information or to apply, on 0800 038 6030 – they can also help with finding your EPC.
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The Graveyard By Beil Gaiman
The Graveyard Book is a Children’s/Young Adults horror story targeting 9+. As you would expect with a horror story, there is a dark side that tells the history of Bod, (Nobody Owens) and his journey into becoming a young man of 15. We are introduced to Bod as a baby when a stranger breaks into his family home and murders his parents and sister. The stranger spends the next 15 years looking for Bod “to finish the job”. Unbeknownst to the stranger, Bod has found his way to the local graveyard and has been adopted by Mr and Mrs Owens, who died over 200 years ago. Bod is raised by ghosts and taught all aspects of ghost behaviour, although Bod is very charming and inquisitive. We are introduced to several ghosts whose attitudes and language reflect the era of their birth and death. Bod has a guardian who is mysterious in his own right and becomes his second father and mentor. Bod obey’s his guardian without question until he expresses a desire to spend time with the living and out of the graveyard.
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The book itself explores a number of adolescent issues, for example bullying and telling lies which resulted in police intimidation. There is also extortion and additional threats of violence. There is a sarcastic description of how Britain used to treat witches and ultimately kill them. If reading this book with a child, there may be some words that will need to be explained as the language is quite grown-up. If your child is a science fiction fan, this may be a story for them. However, it comes with a warning that there are some violence and scary themes. The book was written in 2008 by Neil Gaiman, who has won several literary prizes. His pace and storytelling are superb. The story has been sold to an American film company hoping to turn it into a film. From a personal perspective, it was a charming horror story with a scattering of violence, extortion, and bullying. My only criticism of the book was that it left a few loose ends. There is certainly scope for a second story about Bod and what he does next, and more information about his guardian and what it is he is protecting. I would recommend this book for children of 9+ but with a healthy warning. Availability: Printed version £5.99 from Amazon and other book shops Electronic version £4.28 from Amazon and other ebook providers Audio CD and Multimedia CD
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Kindness Matters! When I started out as a personal trainer my colleagues thought I could be “the friendly face of fitness”, which is the slogan I adopted for my first business card. I am not bold enough to think everyone will agree but I do feel that being friendly and considerate are important factors when helping others with their fitness and weight issues. Since 2006 when I began to work in this industry I have been aware that the benefits of helping others can last long after the act itself. Some of my clients and friends have even gone on to become personal trainers themselves. Being kind to others can be linked to increased feelings of wellbeing not only for the person receiving but the person giving too. Being a personal trainer can be seen as being a job, a career or a vocation. We all operate our businesses in different ways some take the military approach but I much prefer the friendly, caring and empathetic approach. We can sometimes be so caught up in the stresses and struggles of our own lives we forget that others might be experiencing their own pressures, affecting their motivation, exercise, eating habits and self-esteem. By passing on my knowledge and experience I hope to boost my clients’ feelings of confidence, being in control, happiness and optimism. Not by being competitive, nor by selling the latest health product, but by encouraging, understanding and supporting those who come to me for help. This gives results (and long term friendships) that last beyond the first block of training sessions. I am writing all this because I feel we under estimate the power of the kindness. Caring about others allows us to connect with other people and build meaningful relationships, and when we feel connected we are more likely to cooperate and continue with our journey to a better life. Sharing skills, ideas, recipes, interests and finding time to make someone else’s day a better day can improve your life just as much as theirs. Helping others has changed my life and I would never look back apart to remember all the lovely people I have had the pleasure to meet. “Kindness is a potential path to happiness and a happy way for us to potentially find our paths”.
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It’s been a wonderfully warm start to August and I’ve been lucky enough to already harvest my charlotte potatoes and see some colour appear on my tomatoes. It’s also the month where I’m turning 30, an exciting and nervous prospect! You can follow me on Instagram @hercountryliving to see what I get up to and join a community of like minded country, garden and animal lovers! Not only have I been lucky enough to spend some time in the garden, but I’ve also been over to Woodstock for afternoon tea and a walk round the Palace. If this is something you haven’t done before, I highly recommend it as it’s both good fun and a lovely day out. If you’re still keeping an eye on your purse strings, you can visit the Palace grounds (not the gardens) for free, by entering through a hidden gate off the high street. It’s a great place to drive too (about 30 minutes) for a walk and pub lunch on a Sunday and something we always love to do when we’ve friends visiting. As well as that, I’m currently planning for Autumn and Christmas (yes I’m probably the first person in the Advertiser to mention these words), but I always think it’s good to be prepared. Not only have I already harvested some red currants from my lovely neighbour Fiona, but I’ve had the wonderful idea of making red currant jam from them. Growing up we always used red currants at Christmas, adding a sharpness to our roast potatoes and a splash of colour to our plates. Something else I’ve been up to as mentioned before in my articles, is gathering pretty plants and flowers for pressing. I’ve been pressing flowers since I was little, but after visiting a flower exhibition a few miles away, I decided it would be fabulous to rekindle that passion properly. You can press all manner of flowers and plants and don’t need any fancy equipment to get started. I’ve been using old birthday cards and wrapping paper pressed between the pages of heavy books. At the exhibition I went to, some of the plants even had their roots exposed which made for a beautiful shape and style to the pictures. As always you can head over to my social media page by visiting me on Instagram @hercountryliving or if you’re not on Instagram sign up to my blog by visiting www.hercountryliving.com and also find me on Facebook! I look forward to seeing more of you there, and chatting about what you’re getting up to in the garden, any new bakes or trips you’ve been on in the last few weeks and learning more about our area.
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Introducing Writer and Author Diana Moore
Diana has been writing since she was nine years old. She received her first prize, a watch from Bunty magazine, for writing witty books titles. Word play and humour come naturally, and since then, Diana’s comedy sketches and short plays have been performed in Oxfordshire theatres, with awards and nominations for best play and originality of writing. She writes poems about art and objects in the Ashmolean Museum which she performs live in Poetry Tours to visiting audiences. This is a small example of the many events Diana writes and devises. In the process, Diana has published three illustrated poetry books which are used in her creative writing and poetry performance workshops. The poem below, says Diana, is light verse that brings in conversation between a business owner and a customer with a glimpse at how changes in the manufacture of shoes can affect a business. I wonder how many readers go to a cobbler to get their shoes repaired? Do try John the Cobbler in Faringdon - I was very pleased with the work he did on my favourite boots.
Cobbler cobbler mend my shoe Can I collect at half past two? And what’s that etched in your tattoo?
Cobbler cobbler my sandal is split Can you fix it pretty quick? I like the style, comfort and fit But I don’t want to trip
I’m left to muse on throwaway shoes… Back here my leather boots renewed A job well done brings happy mood Now I’m well-heeled I’ve got new sole Thank you cobbler For your role Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Mobile: 07789 302995 Website www.diana-moore.com
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“You CAN draw!” Popular art tutor George Boyter will welcome beginners, artists with experience and sketchers ‘somewhere between beginner and experienced’ to his workshop on Wednesday 15 September 2021.
Drawing Unlocked! The workshop will be held in the village hall in picturesque Little Coxwell (SN7 7LW) from 11:am to 4:00pm with an hour’s break for lunch. This is such a great opportunity to explore or return to some drawing creativity in an encouraging environment! The village hall was chosen for its light, airy atmosphere and with limited numbers, it will allow good space as well as time with this experienced tutor. There is easy parking available, the pub is a gentle walk away from the hall, and Faringdon food and coffee outlets just over a mile’s drive further. The outline of this workshop, details about what you need to bring (including an apple!) Simple online booking can be found on the Faringdon Art Society website faringdonartsociety.co.uk
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Wow, what a scorching hot week we had in July. So as well as staying hydrated with plenty of water, what wines work in hotter temperatures? The most obvious point to make is not to leave your bottle in the direct sun as it will quickly heat up your wine and can easily alter the taste from pleasant to downright horrible, so stick your bottle in a cooler or bucket of cool water - yes, even your red wine needs this.
So for a surprise, try a light red wine like Beaujolais wines chilled to around 12C - or 20 minutes in the fridge. This gentle chilling will bring out the fruit flavours first of tart cherry and raspberry both of which contribute to the acidity which makes your mouth water. These wines have a light red colour and you may detect the fruits when you smell the wine, though sometimes not! There are many examples of the Beaujolais wine and I include the Villages versions in the easy drinking group. Obviously, rosé works well in hotter weather, having a natural light refreshing flavour and gentle acidity. There is a lot of rosé coming from southern France - the Languedoc region which will give you plenty of flavour and freshness. I recommend sticking to the 12C temperature as fully chilled down to 5C can deaden your taste buds a little. It takes around 15 - 20 minutes indoors for a full bottle of wine to increase from 5C to 12C roughly. With rosé wines, you will get hints of red cherry and raspberry, plus a light acidity and the pink colour varies from pale pink to salmon pink, depending on the makers preference and the chosen grapes. In Aldi there are some specially selected wines which offer great value. At Sainsbury’s there are some interesting Taste the Difference rosé, like the Bordeaux version to try, plus I could not resist a Black Tower rosé - fond memory of drinking Black Tower white in my youth! For the white, obviously Sauvignon blanc, with its sharp citrus fruits and peach or apricot flavours will work. Or you could try Gruner Veltliner from Austria, available in all our supermarkets. This has a similar set of flavours to sauvignon blanc, though more emphasis on the peach and apricot and less citrus flavours and this makes a very slurp able summer wine. Another grape to look for is the Chenin blanc, which is often found in the Loire region of France, but also in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand wines. And finally, the sparkling wines, which are served at 5C and you must keep that bottle chilled. A favourite of mine is Cremant de Loire, which is made in the same method as champagne, but in the Loire region, plus it is much better value. Sainsbury’s TTD version is worth the extra money, or try a Spanish Cava though I note the supermarkets seem to be running low on these. I hope you enjoy your wines over the summer months and please drink responsibly. Ian Lloyd
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Faringdon Bell Ringers This month the bells have rung every Sunday to start the main service. I hope you’ve heard them. We don’t ring to call the faithful to church; they’re coming anyway, but to remind everyone that a service is about to start and that all are welcome. Come and see what it’s all about. Have you noticed there are no windows in All Saint tower ? There used to be one until the South Transept was built in Victorian times with the high-pitched medieval style roof you can see underneath the clock. The window is now a cupboard.
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David Johnston MP Parish News
I held a very productive pre-COP26 summit for Wantage and Didcot constituents this month. We had a great range of speakers, including the CEO of the independent Climate Change Committee. Interesting fact: the UK is currently 20 years ahead of the global average for cutting emissions, as well as cutting them faster than the other G20 countries. It won’t surprise you that the way we build houses featured regularly. I put the event on because tackling climate change is very important to me, very important to a significant number of constituents and we have a big opportunity to demonstrate leadership when the world’s leaders come to Glasgow for the actual UN summit in November. It was also a great chance to showcase good local organisations like Greencore Construction, Westmill Wind and Solar and the Earth Trust. I am sending a summary of the concerns and ideas raised at the event to Alok Sharma, President of COP26, and will let everyone know how he responds. As you might have seen, I held my debate in parliament on Royal Mail’s performance recently, making clear again that I don’t blame their workers for the problems. The following day I visited the Didcot Delivery Office. It’s clear that Royal Mail HQ have taken the criticisms seriously and have worked to try and improve the service – many people have told me it has. But you should let me know if you continue to encounter problems. My first ‘10 minute rule bill’ will be on behalf of the AEAT Pension Campaign. This constituency has more of the AEAT Pensioners than any other constituency and they were all encouraged – via assurances that turned out to be false – to transfer to a pension scheme that has meant their pensions are now worth considerably less than they should be. It is a tale that sounds familiar, but a unique case in that it was advice from the Government’s Actuary Department in the 1990s that was strengthened to encourage the transfer and, at the moment, the advice can’t be investigated as the Ombudsman in question doesn’t have the powers to. The Bill would enable the Ombudsman to investigate the advice given and was first introduced by Ed Vaizey not long before he stood down. It is a long and difficult route to pass a law this way, but I am full of admiration for the campaigners who have been dogged in seeking to right the wrong. Recess is fast approaching. I will be back home in Didcot for most of it, albeit working, contrary to the suggestion MPs are on holiday! In addition to regular meetings, surgery appointments and visits, I’ll be holding some roundtables on issues constituents have raised repeatedly with me (including on GP appointments) and trying to attend as many of the events that couldn’t take place last year as I can let me know if you think there is a good one for me to attend near you. As ever, if I can help with anything, do email me via
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Have you ever wondered whether Quakers ought to be part of Churches together? This is a question seldom raised explicitly, but it is valid. Quakers have no creed, liturgy, or Eucharist. Our worship consists mainly of reflective silence with occasional extempore spoken ministry. At Faringdon we have chosen to begin with a reading. Our more formal name is The Religious Society of Friends, and we acquired our usually used name from the trembling in Meetings for Worship of people possibly suffering from PTSD as they remembered the butchery of the Civil War. Here is an attempt by a Quaker to explain why Quaker membership is justified on the basis of statements of what is required of us in the Bible, quoting from the King James version. Micah 6.8: about 600 years before Jesus “He hath showed thee O man and what the Lord requires of thee but to do justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with thy God”. Matthew 20.26-28 The precise meaning of Jesus’s words about bread and wine at the Last Supper has been the subject of inter-faith controversy for centuries. Quakers have not been part of that controversy because the consumption of consecrated bread and wine is not consistent with the simple form of our worship. Matthew 22. 36-40 Jesus answering a Pharisee lawyer by quoting from the Old Testament. “Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him. Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it. Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” John 4.24. Jesus teaching. “God is a Spirit and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth”. John 15.12 Jesus commanding. “This is my commandment. That you love one another as I have loved you.” The foundation of our Quaker communities is loving friendship: like other churches, we welcome new friends. We say we have no shared creed, that what each of us believes is a matter of conscience and we may have differing views. You might ask: isn’t your pacifism a sort of creed? We are aware of a dilemma, and absolute pacifism it is no more a creed for lay Quakers than it is for clergy in other denominations. This is supported by the words of William Penn, a revered early Quaker, quoted in the book of guidance for British Quakers, “Quaker Faith and Practice”. “I speak not against any magistrates or peoples defending themselves against foreign invasions or making use of the sword to suppress the violent and evil-doers within their borders.” We look forward to continuing membership of Churches Together and to sharing worship with other members. Tim Eccles
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The speaker for the July meeting of the u3a was Sarah Somerville, the Visitor Services Manager of Shaw House which is very near to Newbury. She talked enthusiastically about the history of the Elizabethan manor house and described its present-day facilities for everyone. Sarah explained that before Shaw House was built there was a smaller manor house and that the site was owned by many different people over its history. Firstly, Winchester College for a couple of hundred years and then Henry VIII, when it was sold. In 1581 the current house was built and was probably begun in the 1570’s. Thomas Dolman was the owner and he had made his money from the cloth industry. He was very flamboyant and wished to show off the wealth that his family had obtained. It was built with the notion that Elizabeth 1 would stop during a Royal Progress around the country and apparently, she did visit 11 years after the house was built, in 1592. The Dolman family lived at Shaw House for six generations until they ran into debt and then the Duke of Chandos, a very wealthy man, bought the estate and moved into it in 1728. He did not live in the house but used it as a holiday house when he was travelling. He did though spend a lot of money on the house making it modern and fashionable. However, debt was again the downfall of the Duke of Chandos’s family and the house was sold to the Andrews family in 1751 who had grand ideas for the house. He died very soon after but his family lived for many years in the house and extremely detailed records and notebooks were kept. A more recent owner in 1905 was Kathleen Farquhar who moved into Shaw House from Scotland with her family, who lived in the house until the War Office requisitioned it in 1939. There are many records of how the house was used during the Second World War. In 1943 the house was taken over as a temporary school building, following a bombing of a nearby school and this became St Gabriel’s school in 1945. Shaw House has been owned by the Council since 1949 and has been restored and is now open to the public, mainly during school holidays. It is also used for private functions such as weddings and conferences and as a Registry Office. This was a very informative talk with interesting photographs showing Shaw House through the ages and we were all tempted to visit, in the near future.
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