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

Inside this month: Josh Kehoe: What A Lovely Lad Book Review: An Honest Deceit Regent Cinema: Not To Be Missed Charles Lucas Marshall: Family Law Need Help With Christmas: Call Lucy Pat Elmore Sculptor: Teaching Us How Arkwrights: Christmas Presents Made Easy Celtic Magpie Hair: Kirsty Carpenter New Stylist Deacons: Diamond Day Prize Draw For December Coxwell Garden Machinery: Christmas Forget Me Not Promoting local business, trade and services. Advertise! Be Seen! Call Lou 01367 244975 or 07894 554551

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What a lovely Lad Josh! This amazing young man did something wonderful yesterday, that made us proud to call him our son. At half time he caught one of the shirts thrown into the crowd! There was a group of disabled lads in front of us, all of varying disabilities. Josh decided to give one of them the shirt he caught. When we asked him why he did it, he said “the boy in the chair tried really hard to catch one but couldn't get under it like I can and that's not his fault�. Josh's kindness stunned not just us his parents but the carers of the young man he gave the shirt to couldn't believe it! Well done Josh, it makes us so proud of the young man you are fast becoming. Wrote by his Mum Jane Kehoe. Well done Josh, we are proud of you too! Lou

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This picture was taken by Rob Brown, at the top of Folly Hill. Walking his dog Sam, as the sun rose over Faringdon Folly. It was a misty morning over the lowlands towards Didcot, the sun seemed to bounce off it, lighting up the Folly, creating this great view. I'll be looking forward to more wintry sunrises over the coming months!

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Business Update So another year is drawing to a close and what an eventful year 2016 has been for our business community. It opened with Geo-4D winning an award for innovation and their success has continued throughout the year; they have expanded and moved to larger premises in the town to accommodate the demand for their product. There are many other success stories out there too numerous to mention and there are plenty of businesses capitalising on what Faringdon has to offer. The markets continue to be an integral part of life in our town. The monthly Saturday markets have built on last year's successes with regular stall holders and themed additions that get other groups and community members involved, all adding to the uniqueness of our town. We have had local and national referendums this year which will deeply influence our lives in the future; the result of the plebiscite on the Faringdon Neighbourhood Plan was not available at the time of going to press, but has generated a lot of lively debate. Then there was the "Brexit" vote, the outcomes of which will play out over time. This has already produced a few winners and losers who deal overseas and were affected by the dramatic change in exchange rates. The Christmas Lights switch on is in the Market Place at 5pm on Saturday 3rd December with events starting from 1pm and the Christmas Market is on Saturday 17th December. Faringdon Chamber of Commerce would like to wish all readers a very Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.


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REGENT CINEMA Wednesday 7th December - White Christmas (U) (Comedy, Musical, Romance - 1954) A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont Inn of their former commanding general. Stars: Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney Matinee Club @ The Regent Cinema, The Corn Exchange, Faringdon. Doors open 12.30pm, film starts at 1pm. £4 Single Friday 16th December - Absolutely Fabulous - The Movie (Comedy, Crime - 2016) After attracting both media and police attention for accidentally knocking Kate Moss into the River Thames, Edina and Patsy hide out in the south of France. Stars: Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Jane Horrocks

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*** Kids Christmas Movie Time *** Weds 21st December - Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas (U) and The BFG (PG) (Animation, short, adventure - 2011) - 30 mins Sid, Eddie and Crash get into trouble with Santa and have to get their names taken off the naughty list.

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The BFG (PG) (Adventure, Family, Fantasy - 2016) A girl named Sophie encounters the Big Friendly Giant who, despite his intimidating appearance, turns out to be a kind-hearted soul who is considered an outcast by the other giants because, unlike them, he refuses to eat children. Kids Movie @ The Regent Cinema, The Corn Exchange Faringdon. Doors open 1.30pm, film starts at 2.00pm. £4 Adults, £3 U18s,


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0 0 0 1 I always find that those last minute stocking fillers or ‘Secret Santa’ presents can be the most difficult to buy but for the whisky lovers in your life then we’ve got some great gifts that fit this category, and at prices to suit most pockets. Normal rules apply i.e. avoid peaty whiskies unless you know the intended recipient enjoys them and if you need some guidance give us a call or pop in and see us. Perennial favourites for gift giving are the 20cl and 35cl size bottles. These give whisky lovers an excellent opportunity to sample drams from distilleries both large and small to see if the style of whisky is to their taste, or to try a different version of their usual favourite. From the smooth and refined Edradour 10 year old to the ‘knock your socks off’ (in a good way!) Glenfarclas 105, there’s something for everyone. There’s also a chance to impress with bottles of premium whiskies that would normally break the budget at Christmas time but in these smaller bottles become a lot more affordable, so whether it’s a Glenfiddich 21 year old or the famous Johnnie Walker Blue giving one of these could make you the recipient’s favourite person! These may not be full sized bottles but there’s certainly enough to share so if you’re a fellow whisky lover try and be around when they open them… Taster packs give even more chance for someone to explore different whiskies, particularly when they showcase a variety of drams. Springbank distillery is a great favourite of ours and the 3 expressions in their Campbeltown Malts gift pack represent the 3 different styles of whisky that they produce. These are the light, fruity Hazelburn, the full bodied, maritime Springbank, and the heavily peated Longrow – quality whiskies that have 100% of the production and maturation process carried out at the distillery. Finally, why not tell them they’re ‘The One’ with an aptly named miniature from the Lakes Distillery, which contains a blend of whiskies from around the British Isles. Alternatively, if it has to be Scottish, then the 5cl Monkey Shoulder is a deliciously smooth and tasty dram. This is a vatting of malt whiskies from Balvenie, Glenfiddich and Kininvie – all of which belong to family owned distillers William Grant & Sons. Talking of Glenfiddich, we also have a delightful tasting pack that contains their 12, 14 and 15 year old single malts in 10cl bottles along with 2 glasses – all beautifully presented in a box complete with tasting notes. All great whiskies and the 14 year old is one of the distillery workers’ favourite drams so you can have no better recommendation! Wishing you all a very Happy Christmas and New Year from Ken and I. Sláinte!

Fran Thomas Arkwrights Whisky and Wines 01793 765071

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Diamond Day

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Come and join us on Friday 16th December 12:00pm to 5:00pm You will have the opportunity to view a dazzling array of Diamond and gem set jewellery.

Prize Draw for December With every purchase made throughout the month of December, you will have the opportunity to enter our prize draw to win this beautiful 18ct yellow and white gold diamond cluster ring, comprised of 9 round brilliant cut diamonds in claw settings, with a total diamond carat weight of 0.43ct. RRP £1,485.00. Draw will take place on Friday 23rd December and announced on Saturday 24th December. Making Christmas that little extra special this year. See in store for details.

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An Honest Deceit By Guy Mankowski

With the world in what seems like a constant state of upheaval at the moment, my reading this month has taken me into interesting places. Just this past week I’ve revisited Patricia Highsmith’s pithy and unsettling cult classic Little Tales of Misogyny and am currently deeply involved in Broken Vows, Tom Bower’s masterful analysis of Tony Blair’s tenure at No. 10. Both of these are highly recommended. Another book that has impressed me is An Honest Deceit by Guy Mankowski. Released by independent publishing house Urbane Publications in October this year, the book opens with a line spoken by Marine, the treasured and highly spirited daughter of our protagonist Ben, a teacher: ‘Mum, where do fish go in the winter? They’re not in the sea any more. I’ve checked.’ At this point, I did not know what to expect from this book but Mankowski’s poetic prose and knack for hooking the reader from the get-go drove me on. The prologue has Ben looking back wistfully about these lines spoken by his daughter so it’s natural to assume that something is going to happen to her within the coming chapters. And it does. A school trip goes very, very wrong, and what follows is a quest for truth on the part of Ben, his mysterious partner Juliette and their varied group of supporters. One barrier to truth is Ben’s employer, the arrogant and obstructive headmaster Kraver who is so vividly written it gave me shivers of repulsion whenever he appeared. Ben uses the celebrity he has gained from his school taking part in a reality television series in his battle to gain justice for his daughter. I was struck at this point by how skillfully Mankowski has brought together new spheres of exposure – reality television, Twitter – with, and into, a classic pageturning thriller structure. Mankowski is a journalist, so it should come as no surprise that the research behind this book – exposing what it’s like for those who are brave enough to blow whistles on corruption - is thorough and pulls no punches. This was my first book by this author, though a friend of mine had spoken highly of his previous book How I Left the National Grid. I’m heartened that there are brave writers like him, and even more heartened that there are independent publishers like Urbane discovering them. An Honest Deceit by Guy Mankowski is available on

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K9 Care Centre New Doggy Day Care Centre For Your Best Friend. Fully qualified and dedicated dog handler Jade, giving your friends the exercise and care they need to have a happy fun filled play day. No need to leave them alone at home any more, its worth your dogs happiness, to have the company of friends and be cared for all day long. Drop your loved ones off, before work from 7am and pick them up after work, till 7pm in the evening. Beautiful inside relaxing areas and outside exercise areas, to give your friends the best possible stay and play day.

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December Ramblings!

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Looking after your pets in the car. A recent survey by Direct Line Pet Insurance found that despite Rule 57 in the Highway Code asking for suitable restraint. 18% of the veterinary surgeons asked have treated animals with injuries as a result of poor restraint. The injuries ranged from broken bones to bruising and minor injuries. Roaming free, on laps or lead restraints are unsafe. The safest methods of restraint for dogs are harnesses with seat belt restraint fittings, crates fixed in the luggage space, a secure dog guard separating the two spaces and by strong baskets secured by seat belts on the back seats. For cats, a towelling cover over the basket or crate adds a large degree of extra emotional security. After a recent check-up at my Dentist’s, it was interesting to get results back from a survey taken in 2015, run by the University of Bristol Vet School about cats enrolled in the “Bristol Cats” study. One of our cats is enrolled. The results show that there is a clear progressive increase in gingivitis as cats get older. By 4-5 years of age of cats in the survey, almost 50 % of cats are affected. If gingivitis is left untreated, it can develop into irreversible periodontitis. This involves the gums becoming retracted, red, swollen and thickened, with the ligaments that hold the teeth into their sockets becoming exposed. Severe gingivitis can cause signs of pain, excessive salivation - and often a smell - with difficulty eating. Please do keep in touch with your veterinary practice and take advantage of nurse-run dental health clinics, whether your dog or your cat. Much useful practical advice on prevention will be given. We are gearing ourselves up to move further up the RCVS Practice Standards scale of customer, staff and patient care. I have completed the NSPCC Child Protection certificate course and we are covered by Oxfordshire Employers Business Partnership codes of conduct for school student placements, in conjunction with reviews by the Oxfordshire CC under the Oxfordshire Work Experience Scheme. This covers both the Practice and the Cattery. I am developing contacts with school child safeguarding leads, as the NSPCC strapline says, “every childhood is worth fighting for”. I’m continuing to read the Training Your Cat book. Current research is looking at the provision of food puzzles for cats – feeding for physical and emotional well-being. (Dantas et all, Journal Feline Med Surg 18(9) ). This is particularly important for the mental well-being and mental stimulation of house cats, outdoor cats may regularly experience this. In over 30 cases reviewed from their own practices, the authors found that food puzzles helped with obesity, impulsive frustration-based aggression and fear of new things and people. Commercial versions are available but the authors used old soft-drink bottles with kibble-sized holes in them for dry kibbles. Not all cats will readily take to them, but always should be kept in mind. Thinking of outdoor cats, let’s move outside to find a few trees for the cats to climb and for us to enjoy the sunshine by sitting under them! Research has found that trees on UK farms will significantly reduce the loss of nutrients and valuable topsoil; wheat yields will rise towards 4% extra where shelter belts of trees are planted; the same trees will reduce losses of lambs in another field on the other side by 30%. That belt of trees planted on the same Welsh sheep farm reduces surface run off by two thirds and so reduces flood risks downstream. The varieties of trees planted will provide places for pollinating insects to hibernate, nest and feed.I hope that you’ve enjoyed this month’s ramblings. Robert Elliott 21-23 High Street, Stanford In The Vale, SN7 8LH 01367 710595 Wishing you a very Happy Christmas.

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Christmas Trees On Sale Now! 12 Market Place Faringdon SN7 7HP

A specialist firm dealing with Private Client work including Wills • Estate Administration • Lasting Powers of Attorney and all aspects of residential property and conveyancing work such as Sales • Purchases • Remortgages • Shared Ownership Development Transactions • Land Transactions • Property Investment Angel Wilkins LLP, The White Barn, Manor Farm, Manor Road, Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12 8NE Tel: 01235 775100 Fax: 01235 775101 Email: - - - Angel Wilkins LLP is regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority: SRA number: 524327

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Celtic Magpie Hair at The Rookery has established itself with its loyal clients as one of Oxfordshire’s premier salons. In the three years that the salon has been open, many changes have taken place - this winter sees the most exciting developments yet. Without a doubt, the arrival of Kirsty Carpenter as Celtic Magpie’s newest fulltime stylist is a most joyful turn of events. Kirsty has fourteen years of experience in the hairdressing industry in Oxford and Manchester. She is delighted to be expanding her considerable repertoire and focusing on organic and sustainable methods and techniques – from the feedback that Kirsty has received in her first month at Celtic Magpie Hair, we can say that her clients are just as delighted as we are! The salon continues to be a centre for excellence in hairdressing standards, and both Shane and Kirsty are Senior State Registered Hairdressers, and Shane is also a ‘Master Craftsman in Hairdressing’, a highly sought after and prestigious title within the industry and he works closely with various organisations, pushing for legislation which ensures the highest professional standards and client satisfaction. Celtic Magpie Hair’s commitment to sustainability and the highest standards of hairdressing has led to a wonderful new partnership with Oway (Organic Way), a sustainable and ethical hair styling and colouring range that contains biodynamic ingredients, essential oils and natural botanic's. Celtic Magpie is working with Oway’s research and production team in Italy and on the shop floor with Oway stylists to ensure that every aspect of the hair styling experience is healthy, satisfying and fun. Oway will be sending stylists from the UK and Europe to Celtic Magpie Hair in Faringdon to draw on Shane’s twenty years of experience as an educator in hairdressing and if you visit us in the coming year you may be part of a vibrant international collaboration. With two talented stylists and premium products, Celtic Magpie can guarantee all of our clients a beautiful and healthy transition from 2016 into 2017 and beyond. The Rookery, 35 Marlborough Street, Faringdon, SN7 7JL

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Join our 8 week course, available on a Tuesdays & Thursdays 4hrs each lesson, Sundays will be available in the new year, only £160 per person with tools and materials provided. Make your own home or garden unique learn to make your own sculptures or with Pats own sculptures, for sale on site, come along for a viewing. CHRISTMAS GIFTS AVAILABLE NOW!

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Christmas Forget Me Not! Unit 14 Faringdon Business Park

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Myself Gordon and my father George Russell, have been in forestry and farming all of our lives, Dad was using a chain saw, long before they were made (according to him)! All of my life I have followed him and it’s nice now for him to be following me. Where he was a boy scout, I was a sea cadet, he learned his knots, I followed with mine. My dad, had an ambition, to follow me in driving articulated lorries to Covent Garden Market, which is what we ended up doing quite often. After our deliveries it was a race to see who could get home first, thundering through the streets of London at 2 , 3 o’clock in the morning both hoping to outdo the other! I have always been a racer, myself and my nutty friend Ray competed together, winning some and always with the dream of word rally championships in mind. When both of the farms myself and my dad worked on came to an end, we were asked to take over Bernie Argent place, repairing, servicing and selling Chainsaws and lawnmowers. I recently overheard a chap saying to his friend “my mowing is done for this year, I’m buying a new lawnmower, I’m sick of trying to start this, it's only 5 years old!” Why waste of money, when he could join 40% of mower users and bring them into myself, Coxwell Garden Machinery? If your lawnmower, strimmer, hedge cutter, chainsaw does not start within 1-3 pulls, then it needs attention, left it will get worse. Take advantage of this amazing offer when you book your machine in for a service, bring along this page and you will have a £10 discount, just book your machine in before Christmas to qualify. At the moment we don’t have new machines in stock but they are available for next day delivery, when purchased from us. We have been selling Christmas trees and logs for the past 18 years, this year we’ve added some nice hot roasted chestnuts, collect a free bag when you pick up your trees and logs, while stocks last. We are a Briggs & Stratton service dealer and stockist's of parts for Countax, Hayter, Honda, Stihl, Danarm, Oregon bars & chains and most other makes. We do take part exchange, and collect and deliver, for your convenience. We wish all of our customers a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Gordon and George Russell. Coxwell Garden Machinery. On the A420 west of Faringdon, SN7 7SR

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INDEPENDENT Why travel out of town? SERVICING & REPAIRS OF ALL MAKES OF Ÿ Tyres CARS & LIGHT Ÿ Brakes COMMERCIALS Ÿ Tracking VEHICLES Ÿ Clutches Ÿ Exhausts Ÿ Diagnostics Ÿ Timing Belts Ÿ Re-Gas Air-Con Ÿ Mobil 1 Service Centre 27 PARK ROAD FARINGDON SN7 7BP Rear of “STORAGE 4 ALL”

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Christmas Cheer! Join Debbie and Stuart Thursday 1st Folk Night 8.30pm Saturday 3rd Live Music - The Corsairs 9.00pm Sunday 4th The 15 Minute Club 8.30pm Tuesday 6th Quiz with Quizmaster Ray 8.30pm Thursday 8th Totally Acoustic Night 8.30pm Tuesday 13th Music Quiz with Quizmaster Justin 8.30pm Thursday 15th Folk Night 8.30pm Saturday 17th Live Music Powertrain 9.00pm Tuesday 20th Quiz Night 8.30pm Thursday 22nd Cards Against Humanity 8.30pm Tuesday 27th Quiz Night 8.30pm Friday 30th The 15 Minute Club Saturday 31st New Years' Eve Party with The Man with the Stereo Hands

JIM GRIFFITHS CARBODY REPAIRS UNIT 14 PIONEER ROAD FARINGDON OXFORDSHIRE SN7 7BU Minor accident damage, dent and bumper repairs Paintwork to all types of vehicles

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GARDENSCAPE Individual Design, Construction & Maintenance To discuss your personal garden requirements phone: 01865 250372 or 07773333531 Roger Hutchence - BA (HONS) NCH (Landscape Construction)

Spreading the Christmas Cheer! Christmas is a time for celebration, with Christmas day being the highlight of the family’s culinary calendar for many. However, planning and preparing for the occasion can be fraught with problems. Catering for sprout-hating children, the solo vegetarian and an uncle who would prefer roast beef can be a nightmare; getting the wines right is not straightforward either! Such a special occasion deserves special wines: Champagne is virtually a necessity, yet the type of trimmings, as well as individual tastes, need to be considered when it comes to choosing what to serve alongside the turkey or goose. Here’s a few tips to help steer you in the right direction: Ÿ Match the weight of both the food and wine. Fullbodied wines complement rich and heavy foods. Ÿ Balance the flavour intensity of both (full-flavours like Sauvignon Blanc and asparagus) and also consider the wine’s fruit characteristics (the raspberry flavours in Pinot Noir complement duck the same way a delicious fruit sauce would). Ÿ Match the acidity in wine and food. High-acid wines complement fatty foods the same way lemon cuts through the greasiness of smoked salmon. Ÿ The greater the texture a food has (fatty food like duck, chewy like steak) the more tannin the wine should have for counter balance. Ÿ Salt is not found in wine but does clash with tannic wines, so this pairing should be avoided. Ÿ Always remember to serve a wine with greater sweetness than the food. Sweetness in wine also acts as a foil to rich foods (Sauternes and foie gras is a classic example) Here’s a sample menu – perhaps worthy of a trial run prior to the big day? Breakfast Champagne Edouard Brun Cuvée Spéciale Brut NV Ay, France £26.99 Served with eggs benedict or scrambled eggs & wilted spinach on sourdough toast. After Church Domain Jean Goulley Chablis 2014 La ChapelleVaupelteigne, France £16.99 Accompanied with smoked salmon . With the presents Lismore Barrel Fermented Sauvignon Blanc 2014 Greyton, South Africa £16.99 Matched with king prawns dressed in a creamy dijonnaise. Lunch Fox Gordon ‘The Dark Prince’ Nero d’Avola 2015 Adelaide Hills, South Australia £16.99 Served with turkey and cranberry – of course! The Queen’s Speech Viňa Pomal Rioja Gran Reserva 2004 Haro, Rioja, Spain £19.99 Matched with a cheese platter The Christmas Day movie El Candado Pedro Ximenez Jerez de la Frontera, Spain £17.99 Accompanied with homemade Christmas pudding with brandy butter Have a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!

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December is a true time that the nation wears it's celebration shoes. Really, it all centres around Christmas. Dinner parties, buying gifts, visiting, stockings and much more. The amazing colours, smells and textures of winter. Warming and comforting, all rolled into one holiday season designed to bring fun, deliciousness and happiness. It's a lovely thing to eat foods that you wouldn't do ordinarily. We feel we can really spoil ourselves at Christmas. Why not? We work hard and in turn, deserve all the luxury we can afford ourselves. People seem to eat rather more food, than at any other time of the year! I always find it rather extraordinary how much people eat. Well hey, it's Christmas! Often celebration foods are really rather heavy, sugary, iced fruit cakes, rich mince pies, thick cream, fatty roasties, cheeses. It's rather nice to counteract with something a little lighter. Fresh fruits in the form of sweet Satsuma’s or tart pomegranate, plump for a Christmassy sorbet or perhaps a lighter fruit cake. Christmas pudding can be rather heavy after a big turkey luncheon. In our house, we reserve the Christmas pudding for later on Christmas Day whilst sitting in front of the fire, accompanied by the obligatory spoonfuls of cream or brandy butter. Then to beautifully end lunch we have something lighter which incorporates those lovely flavours, that capture the moment. A tart of boozy fruits but set in a little pastry case in amongst some lemony cream cheese, or poached fruits infused with cinnamon and star anise. To make proceedings ultra special I love making a jelly. With prosecco or cava. So very easy and it keeps the bubbles and looks stunning served in a champagne flute. Just remember to make sure you have iced teaspoons to eat it! Actually, you can make a jelly with pretty much any drink you love, even down to some simple apple juice or coffee. Or elder flower and lemon perhaps, diluted with lemonade to give that gorgeous sparkle. To make the jelly, take 4 leaves gelatine. Soak it in cold water, just enough to cover. You don't need to measure it. Next, warm up 150ml elder flower cordial along with 25g caster sugar, once hot, take off of the heat. Bring the gelatine out of the water, squeezing a little to get rid of excess water, then drop in to the hot cordial, swirl the pan to dissolve, let it cool a little then stir gently together with 450ml prosecco or cava, or champagne if you fancy it, it will foam a little. Gently pour into 6-8 glasses - depending on the size of them. Then if you like, you can drop in some berries - out of season I know but beautiful! If you are somewhere you can get hold of a little edible gold leaf, it will look spectacular. Then leave the jelly to set. Serve with a little softly whipped cream if you feel like it, if not, just indulge in the sparkles! Lesley Holdship Hare in the Woods 07754 086316 7A Market Place,Faringdon SN7 7HL

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Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas


Healthy Living!

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Weight Loss: How to get through the Christmas Party Season Is Christmas going to scupper your weight loss goal? The festive season is a time when we over-indulge on food and drink. Which can be tricky if you’re trying to lose weight! You can avoid making January a difficult month to get back to where you were by behaving differently over the Christmas period. Stepping on the scales in 2017 to discover you have piled on the pounds can be very upsetting and de-motivating. So, take some simple steps to prevent disappointment. 1. Avoid stocking up with party foods to early. The longer those Christmas foods sit in the cupboards at home the more chance that you’ll tuck in early – it’s too tempting! Try to stock up closer to the actual day or get your Christmas food planned and ordered but not delivered until a few days before you need it. Once delivered put it somewhere out of sight so you don’t have to look at it every day. 2. Think quality. It’s better to eat quality food products, even if it means buying less, than a lot of poor-quality food. Quality over quantity. If you are going to go crazy over Christmas, then choose the best you can afford and savour the experience rather than buy the lower quality more processed food that will leave you craving more. 3. Avoid those Christmas special offers. Most Christmas special offers are designed to encourage you to buy more. Do you really need three boxes of mince pies when you only meant to buy one? It’s hard to turn down a 3 for 2 offer but it will be even harder to resist eating all three! Do you really need six bottles of Prosecco just because you get 25% off? Maybe, but they will tempt you until you have finished them! 4. Eat before you party. The combination of hunger and alcohol will sabotage your resolve. If you have eaten even a small healthy snack before going out you will probably end up consuming fewer calories than you would do on an empty stomach. Avoid turning up hungry. 5. Treat yourself responsibly. Before going out to your company Christmas dinner decide what food you are going to eat and stick to it. I have found that my clients who know before the event what they are going to eat always do better and tend to stick to the plan. You can still enjoy yourself especially if you are prepared. You are more likely to be disappointed if you come home after eating too much and not sticking to your plan. It may be easier to say you will start again after Christmas, but this makes the task much more difficult and less likely to happen. 6. If it all goes horribly wrong! Remember, if you have not applied any of the above techniques and the pounds have piled on, you can still recover the situation by ‘drawing a line in the sand’ and moving on. Constantly beating yourself up about past mistakes will get you nowhere. Look forward and work hard on making improvements. Yes, it will be harder now, but not impossible. If you are determined enough and with good support around you, results will come. The setbacks can be temporary if you are committed. I know some of you will enjoy Christmas and still get great results. So well done if that is you. It’s better to not put the weight on in the first place than to have to lose it afterwards! Wishing you all a Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year Rich Richard Marfell – Wellness Coach 07800636004

We offer government funded Nursery places to some 2 year olds, as well as 3 and 4 year olds For more information, contact

01367 243800 visit

01367 240402 Old Sawmills Rd, Park Rd, Faringdon, SN7 7DS

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Faringdon Business Breakfast Club It was a relatively quiet meeting this month as there were a few regulars (including the author!) who were not available for one reason or another. However we did have a new member attend, and welcomed Toni Ryder to the club and look forward to seeing her again. In the absence of most of the management committee, we asked Jonathan Russell to be MC and he did a sterling job and might be a candidate for future events as well. The attendees were treated to an enlightening impromptu talk by Verity Manners about her having recently passed her social media learner test and was now starting to understand how to use the techniques properly, using the analogy of a learner driver having passed the driving test and now having to absorb what actually happens on the road. She was now familiar with Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram usage. Toni Ryder, having emigrated to UK 25 years ago from New York, added her insights into how she used social marketing for her online flower and bouquet business. We are all very much looking forward to our Christmas meeting on 5th December when we will all be tested on our Yuletide knowledge through Jonathan Russell’s infamous Christmas Quiz. This is a great opportunity to meet local businesses in a warm and friendly atmosphere and have a bit of early Christmas fun. So please book now through Eventbrite.

Rob.. The Cheese Man!

Selby Lowndes Family law solicitors

Experts in Divorce Family and Children law Chambers & Partners Legal Directory Oxford Faringdon Swindon Cirencester Cotswolds

Free First Interview Fixed Fees Available

0845 521 2071 Selby Lowndes Solicitors LLP, 3 Ram Court, Wicklesham Lodge, Faringdon, Oxon SN7 7PN

Best Cornish Pasty’s. Really Tasty Gammon Ham. 01367 241702 Market Place Faringdon SN7 7HP


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A mature detached and extended chalet style bungalow offering up to four bedrooms and a pretty, private garden.

Enjoying an elevated position, this is a wonderful, detached, recently built family home.

Recently refitted kitchen | Separate dining room | Utility | Pretty mature and private gardens | Ample parking and garage with workshop No onward chain

Five bedrooms, two with en suites | Family and dining rooms | Wonderful kitchen | Elevated position with views across countryside | No onward chain





Longcot Faringdon


Three storey period town house within walking distance of the town centre, with garage and courtyard garden.

A delightful and charming Grade II listed cottage set within a desirable location and offered for sale with no onward chain.

Four/five bedrooms | Master with en suite shower room | First floor Thatched end of terrace cottage | Brimming with character | Three 01367 2 bedrooms | Pretty cottage garden | Separate external office | sitting room | Modern family kitchen/dining room | Flexible 40356 accommodation | No onward chain Driveway parking and garage Grade II Listed


Grade II Listed

Offers in Excess of


16 Market Place Faringdon - 01367 240356 Cirencester - Cheltenham - Fairford - Tetbury - Nailsworth - Stroud - London

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Out and About Date






Thu 1st

Talk: The Art of Craft Cider White Horse Gardening Club

Thomas Hughes Memorial Hall, Uffington


Pamela 01367-820251 or

Visitors £2.50

Thu 1st

Folk Night

The Swan Faringdon


Deb 01367 241480


Fri 2nd

Christmas Bingo

Stanford Social Club


Malcolm Hutt 01367 710451

Sat 3rd

Kelmscott Christmas Craft Fair

Morris Memorial Hall, Kelmscott

11am 3.30pm

01367 253103

Sat 3rd

Faringdon Christmas Light Switch On

Market Square


Sat 3rd

Live Music - The Corsairs

The Swan Faringdon


Deb 01367 241480


Sun 4th

Craft Fayre

Langford Village Hall

2pm 4pm

Chrissy 01367 860514

Tables £5 in advance

Sun 4th

The 15 Minute Club

The Swan Faringdon


Deb 01367 241480


Sun 4th

Great Coxwell Christmas Fair Fundraiser

Great Coxwell Reading Room

10.30am 5pm

Tue 6th

Quiz with Quizmaster Ray

The Swan Faringdon


Deb 01367 241480


Wed 7th

White Christmas (U)

The Regent Cinema


Contact Faringdon Information Centre on 01367 242191

Single £4

Thu 8th

Totally Acoustic Night

The Swan Faringdon


Deb 01367 241480


Thu 8th

U3A Talk: The French Way of Celebrating Christmas

Corn Exchange


Thu 8th

Community Bus to Burford and Garden Centre

Depart Market Place


Tickets from Tourist Information Centre


Sat 10th

Faringdon Singer Christmas Concert

St Faith’s Church, Shellingford


Sue Terry 01367 710687 or Rosemary Packer 01367 710445

Tickets £10 including refreshments

Sun 11th

Faringdon Singer Christmas Concert

Blessed Hugh Catholic Church


Mon 12th

Christmas Puzzle Workshop

Stanford Village Hall


David Morton 01367 710754

Tue 13th

Music Quiz with Quizmaster Justin

The Swan Faringdon


Deb 01367 241480

Wed 14th

Stanford WI Christmas Lunch

Thu 15th

Folk Night

The Swan Faringdon


Deb 01367 241480


Thu 15th

Community Bus to Witney

Depart Market Place


Tickets from Tourist Information Centre


Fri 16th

Absolutely Fabulous

The Regent Cinema


Contact Faringdon Information Centre on 01367 242191

Adults £4 U18s £3 Family £10

Sat 17th

Live Music - Powertrain

The Swan Faringdon


Deb 01367 241480


Sat 17th

Christmas Market


10am 1pm

Mon 19th Tue 20th

Stagecoach Faringdon Christmas Workshop

Faringdon Junior School

10am 4pm

Book your place TODAY Call: 01367 240663

£36 per child per day (£65 for 2 days)

Tue 20th

Quiz Night

The Swan Faringdon


Deb 01367 241480


Wed 21st

Ice Age Mammoth Xmas The BFG

The Regent Cinema


Contact Faringdon Information Centre on 01367 242191

Adults £4 U18s £3 Family £10

Thu 22nd

Cards Against Humanity

The Swan Faringdon


Deb 01367 241480


Sat 26th

Wantage Mummers

Opposite Bell Hotel



Tue 27th

Quiz Night

The Swan Faringdon


Deb 01367 241480


Fri 30th

The 15 Minute Club

The Swan Faringdon


Deb 01367 241480


Sat 31st

New Year’s Eve Party with The Man with Stereo Hands

The Swan Faringdon

Deb 01367 241480



01367 241 241

Visitors £1.50



Lin Blackwell 01235765461


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Local Events Date



Every Day

Faringdon Home Library Service

Books to your door!

Every Sun

Easy Cycling

Under the Town Hall, Faringdon

Mon, Tue & Wed

Free One to One IT Help

Every Mon




Sheena or Jane 01367 240311



Cycling at a gentle pace, Families welcome. No on gets left behind


Faringdon Library

2:30pm 4:30pm



Button Bicycle School Of Sewing



Every Mon

Lunch Box Singing

Faringdon Library

1 - 2pm

Sheena 01367 240311

Free Open to all

Every Mon

Sing and Sign Classes

Old Town Hall


Reserve place on website

Every Mon

Bridge Club

Faringdon United Church

6.45pm 10.15pm

Françoise Stacey, Secretary of the Club: 01367 241813

£2 per person Free tea/coffee

3rd Mon

Faringdon WI

Corn Exchange,


Denise Monk

Every Mon & Thurs

Faringdon Day Centre

Baptist Church Hall Bromsgrove

9:15- 2:15

Supervisor 07523 116918

£7 inc lunch. Transport available

1st Tue

Junior Book Club

Faringdon Library

3.45- 4.45pm

Sheena 01367 240311

Ages 8-11 yrs

1st Tue

Farmers Market

Market Place, Faringdon

Until 1pm

01367 710445

Every Tue

Coffee Morning

Faringdon Library

10am - 12:00

Sheena 01367 240311

The Pump House Project

10:30am 11.30am


Every Tue

Baby & Toddler Sensory

Every Tue

Whist Drive

The Old Town Hall


Sylvia 01367 242007

Just turn up

Every Wed

Open Coffee House

Great Coxwell Reading Room


Sylvia Athawes 01367 241179

Everyone welcome

Every Wed

Kelmscot Craft Fair

Kelmscott Morris Hall


01367 253103


Every Wed

Community Coffee Morning

The Pump House Project

9.30am 11.45am

Every Wed

Slimming World

United Reformed Church


Louise 07717 681939


Every Wed

Walking for Health

Leave from Old Town Hall


A slower or faster walk available

Every Wed

Faringdon Shed

Woodwork Classroom at F C College

7pm - 9pm

0845 4740142


Every Wed

Community Singing Group

The Pump House Project

11.45am 12.45pm

£2 per person

Every Wed

Citizen Advise Bureau

Pump House

10am - 11am

01367 242191


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 Dropin

Community Cafe, Pump House



7827 235414

2nd Wed

Follies Dollies WI

The Old Town Hall


Becka 07841 431219

Every Wed in term

Maths Homework Club

Faringdon Library

3pm - 4:30pm

Years 1 to 13

1st & 3rd Wed

Faringdon Youth Project Drop-in Sessions

Faringdon Library

4pm - 5:30pm


1st & last Wed

The Knitting Group

Horse and Jockey, Stanford in the Vale


Ruth Chester 01367710362


Every Thu


Stanford Small Village Hall

10am - 12pm

Sandra 01367 718303

Coffee/Tea, Chat, Raffle

1st Fri

Book Club

Faringdon Library

6pm - 7pm

All welcome Jenny Howard-Jones 01367710382

Tea & coffee available Goods orders taken Free

Every Fri

Country Market

Corn Exchange

9:15am 11.00am

Every Fri in term time


Faringdon Library

10:30am 11am

Sheena 01367 240311

Every Sat

Yoga Classes

Faringdon United Church

9am - 10.15am Adults 7875633923

Every Sat

Family History Sessions

Faringdon Library

10am - 12:00

01367 240311 01367 240663

Every Sat

Call to book a 1 to 1 slot

Stagecoach Faringdon

Faringdon Junior School


2nd Sun

Great Coxwell Teas

The Reading Room, Great Coxwell

2:30pm - 5pm

Tea, Coffee and delicious cakes available

Last Sun

Messy Church

United Church, Faringdon

4pm - 5:30pm


(14/01 - 01/04)

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Experts - local services The Veterinary Surgery of Robert Elliott

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:



Ohm Electrix Electrical services and Installations Fully qualified and insured electrician. All types of domestic work undertaken, from small jobs to garden and garage power, to full rewires. Commercial and Solar PV work also catered for. Friendly, professional service from a local company.

Contact us to discuss your needs, and get a free, no obligation estimate and advice.


Phone: 07879 013359 Mail: Registered with the NICEIC domestic installer “part P” SCHEME



Chickens & Poultry Feed Self Storage Rooms for Business and Home

The Cheap Way to Add Space

01367 240880

All at unbeatable prices Ÿ Ÿ Ÿ Ÿ


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

House and Animal Sitting If you need someone to help look after your animals or home whilst you’re away. I’m happy to help out. I have a car and am happy to travel between Faringdon and Woodstock twice a day. If you’d prefer me to stay over, that could be arranged too. I charge £10.00 per visit or £40 per stay over.

07890 539 877

Call: 07909 393839

Cath Parris Sneyd’s Dog Food Buscot Wick

FARINGDON 01367 244 611

We stock Nitty Gritty Headlice Lotion

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

Tom Wheeler Window Cleaning Inside and Out! Cleaning Service

Call Tom: 07762 380733 /TheBarbersFaringdon

Hours of business: Monday: 9am - 1pm Tuesday: 9am - 6pm Wednesday: 9am - 6pm Thursday: 9am - 7pm Friday: 9am - 6pm Saturday: 8:30am - 2pm

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Experts - local services M.Y. Garden Services Qualified gardener with over 20 years of garden/estate maintenance. ·

All types of gardening - maintenance and some design


Stone work - walls/repairs, pointing, concreting etc


Winter - leaf collection, painting, some plumbing/building work

Fully insured and excellent references on request Tel Mike on 07957867951 or 01793 976709 email

Home and business support Windows 10 Upgrades Desktop, laptop,server support and installs Virus removal and repair Free advice - no fix, no fee Based in Faringdon

We do all types of tree work including pruning, planting and felling, as well as hedge trimming and stump removal.

Personal Training - Sports Massage Core Conditioning Weight Management - Nutritional Advice Tel:07990892575 or 01367 243956 Email: Web:

All Of Your Pets Needs Under One Roof Tel: 01367 240126 - 07837500985 Oakfield, Great Coxwell, SN7 7LU


Call Gregg on 01865 430536 or 07823 332247

Saturdays Adults class 9:00am Kids 10:30am Pump House, Swan lane, Faringdon.

Call Deborah 07875633923

Den Boer Wines Quality wines, tastings and events Tel 01367 241169 Mobile 07919 241881 Email: donnarogers

Short/Long Distances Business Accounts Driver Hire 4/7 Seaters

Corporate Service Courier Service Executive Cars Insured Cars


20% Off First Booking

Do you want your small garden and pots, spring cleaning for your own easy maintenance? Call Angela at Matrix Gardening 01367 821056

See Facebook For Our Specials

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

Keratin Hair Treatment No more frizzy hair! Keratin… Smooth, silky, shiny and tangle-free hair… Lasts 3 - 4 months, only £60 Call Jane @ Tangles Lechlade 01367 252374 or 07788156438

Monika Becker H.P Holistic Practitioner

07742 982757 Grove Technology Park Downsview Road Boston House, Unit 39 Wantage, Oxon OX12 9FF

The Advertiser is produced by Lou Guthrie published by The Advertiser Magazine Ltd Tel: 07894 554551. All artwork designed by us is the copyright of The Advertiser Magazine Ltd and must not be used by or in any other publication, in whatsoever format, without our prior written consent. No part of this publication, whether advert, pictures or text, may be reproduced in any format whatsoever without the prior written consent of The Advertiser Magazine Ltd . The information published in the advertisements and other articles is supplied and approved by advertisers. The Advertiser Magazine Ltd does not verify or ratify any claims made in such advertisements or text, nor does it accept any claims or liability arising from contact with or use of services advertised. Every effort is made to ensure the accurate reproduction of information supplied by advertisers in their advertisements or other text submitted. Any inaccuracies must be notified to the publisher immediately following the first insertion so that amendments may be made for subsequent issues. The Publisher does not accept responsibility or liability for claims arising for inaccuracies published in advertisements where the advertiser has not advised The Advertiser Magazine Ltd prior to publication.

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The Grange Care Centre RATED OUTSTANDING BY CQC Stanford in the Vale Faringdon, Oxfordshire, SN7 8HU Requires

CARE ASSISTANTS Full Time & Part Time Training will be available. Starting rate is £7.85 To discuss this further please ring Wendy Mead on 01367 718836 Or email The positions are subject to Enhanced Disclosure And a POVA check being carried out



Swan Hill Garage, Townsend Road, Shrivenham, Wilts, SN6 8HR

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