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February 2019

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

Inside this month: In Concert: Luke Jackson Become A Town Councillor Uffington Drama: Goldilocks Faringdon Information Centre Regent Cinema: Movies For You Slimming World: Sadie Harrison An Evening With Al Sylvester MBE Faringdon Art Society: Coach Trip Stanford Drama: Daisy Does It Again Faringdon Drama: Wishing On A Star Faringdon Twinning: Calling Year 9&10 Clanfield Tavern: Valentines Evening Menu Promoting local business, trade and services. Advertise! Be Seen! Call Lou 01367 244975 or 07894 554551


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a GOOD LAUGH and a LONG SLEEP are the 2 best cures for anything! This Months Cover Mike Jackson Mike Jackson is a Somerset artist and illustrator based in a quiet village in the West Country. He is well known for painting quirky harbour scenes, hoodies and cute characters. Mike can often be found painting at Wells (Somerset) and at Weymouth (Dorset) where he can be seen painting in oils or watercolour. For more information contact Mike on:

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The Dog Studio Dog Grooming and Hydrotherapy Centre Call Trish: 01367 820060 Cowleaze Farm, Woolstone, Oxon SN7 7QS Email:

Faringdon Business Breakfast Club We opened the New Year with a session called ‘why I love what I do’ where specifically we asked everyone to talk about what they enjoy about their work. It was great to see some familiar faces, who had not been able to come for a little while, amongst the hardy regulars. With two or three minutes available it is a great way to talk in a relaxed manner about our passion for our work. There is an illogical amount of pressure when we are frequently asked to give a 60second pitch so this activity is one of our favourites. Not surprisingly the room went very quiet when Jonathan Russell asked for volunteer to go first, but he quickly nominated a fellow accountant Lawrence Harrison. Over the course of the meeting several common themes emerged and none of them involved making a huge profit as the primary passion for our individual work. No one was going to turn away profit, but the driving themes that emerged were founded on solving problems for clients and adding value to their businesses. The themes were illustrated with some wonderful and varied examples of how solutions had been found and help had been received in tangible and non-tangible areas. A sample of some of the common benefits we heard about were: increased turnover; getting a good night’s sleep; establishing trust; productivity improvements; overcoming stress; and highlighting the benefits of technology and information systems. At our next meeting on 4 February 2019, we will hear from one of our members, Graham Dawson who will be asking the question ‘How effective are you as a Leader?’

Faringdon Bell Ringers In December the bells celebrated the joy of Christmas. We rang on the day but also we announced the coming of Christmas by ringing before the Midnight Communion on Christmas Eve. Really exciting climbing the tower stairs at 11 o’clock at night. English tower bells are the voice of the whole community, not only the church. All Saints is outside the town centre which means not many people can appreciate the beautiful tone of the eight bells. They are an octave in the key of E and considered one of the finest peals in the area. Visiting ringers are attracted to service ringing and practices and on 21st January a visiting band rang a quarter peal. The band is always changing. We lost Katharine our correspondent in December to Abingdon. Was it the grand tower with its ten bells or was it romance ? We can only guess. At the other end of the scale there are new recruits learning. It’d be good to reinstate the tradition of ringing in the New Year but we need some more youthful ringers. Now would be a good time to begin practicing. If you’re interested you are always welcome to visit our Sunday service ringing (9.45-10.30 am) or Monday practice (7.30-9.00 pm) at All Saints Church. Or you can contact us by emailing


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REGENT CINEMA Weds 6 February - King of Thieves (15) (2018 - Crime, Drama) A British crime caper, based on the Hatton Garden robbery in which a group of ageing criminals plan a multi-million pound jewellery heist Stars: Michael Cain, Jim Broadbent, Michael Gambon, Charlie Cox Film duration: 1 hour 48 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 door. Matinee Club Membership Just £24 for 12 films (inc half price pre-booked Blockbuster evening cinema tickets)

Friday 22 February - A Star is Born (15) (2018 - Drama, Music, Romance) A musician helps a young singer find fame, even as age and alcoholism send his own career into a downward spiral Stars: Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliott Film duration: 2hrs 16 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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Weds 20 February - Smallfoot (U) (2018- Animation, Adventure, Comedy) A Yeti is convinced that the elusive creatures known as "humans" really do exist Stars: James Corden, Channing Tatum, Zendaya Film duration: 1 hour 36 mins (plus 15 min interval) Refreshments, ice-creams, popcorn Kids Cinema @ The Regent Cinema, The Corn Exchange, Faringdon Doors open 1.30pm, films starts 2.00pm 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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MAIN Chateaubriand with Slow Roasted on the Vine Tomatoes, Jenga Chips, Mushrooms, Tempura Shallot Rings and Béarnaise Sauce.

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Friday 22nd & Saturday 23rd £10/£12.50 Includes Fish & Chip supper. Doors open at 7pm. Curtain up at 7.30pm Tickets will be available from Uffington Stores 01367 820977 Or on line at For further information please contact Christine Holley 01367 820474 or Email:

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is calling on residents, passionate about their community to stand in the local elections in 2019. What do councillors do? Councillors are the champions of their community and give residents a voice on the decisions the council makes. Becoming a councillor will allow you to make a real difference in your community by engaging with residents, local groups and businesses to find out their needs; making decisions on which services and projects the council should take forward; and getting involved locally to ensure the services are meeting your community’s needs. How long does it take? The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) Local Councillor Census Survey found that councillors put aside, on average, three hours a week for council work. This often includes attending meetings, engaging with residents and speaking on behalf of the council to other bodies. Can I stand? There are only a few rules to stand for election. You must be: • A British citizen, or a citizen of the Commonwealth, or the European Union • 18 years of age or older • Live in an area that is served by a local council How can I get involved? Contact Sally Thurston, Town Clerk at Faringdon Town Council 01367 240281 to find out more.

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Sadie Harrison & Slimming World

Faringdon United Church Wednesday 5.30pm and 7.30pm Thursday's 9.30am *Morning Group* Highworth Southfield Junior School, Thursday's 5.30pm and 7.30pm Contact Louise on 07717681939 Stanford in the Vale Primary School Thursday's 5.30pm & 7:30pm Call Amy on 07514 255703

Sadie started her journey in June 2017 joining Faringdon Thursday morning group with Louise. In the first 2 weeks Sadie achieved her first certificate, her half stone, followed shortly by her one stone award. Just 2 months into her weight loss journey Sadie found out she was expecting a baby, Sadie Now! not wanting to give up her weight loss journey, carried on with the agreement of her midwife (slimming world are affiliated with the royal college of midwives) knowing it was safe to carry on losing weight, under supervision. Staying every week to Image Therapy so we could monitor how Sadie was doing, Tyler, Sadie’s little boy would come along and enjoy chatting to the members of the group, playing in the toy corner. Mia her daughter would come in the summer holidays. The only time Sadie wasn’t able to stay to group was when we had a taster session, as all the yummy food on the table made Sadie feel poorly. Fighting through the cravings and working out what she could eat with the support of the group, making healthy choices where possible, but basically eating normal every day foods, which is the food optimising way. Sadie weighed in every week, including the week before giving birth, she missed the following week but only because Carter was in hospital poorly, however as determined as she was Sadie was back in group the following week to introduce baby Carter to us and lost an amazing 1 stone 9.5 pounds on the scales! Sadie has continued on her journey whilst breastfeeding as this is also supported by Slimming World, Sadie found out that Carter was having allergic reactions to certain foods, but instead of Sadie giving up breastfeeding Sadie carried on but gave up Before certain foods which Carter was allergic to, including Beef, Soya, Dairy, Eggs, Wheat, Strawberries and Onions to name a few. Finding foods she can eat whilst still food optimising with Slimming World. We love having Sadie and her children with us at Faringdon Slimming World which meet every Thursday morning 9.30am at Faringdon United church, she helps out on the social team, contributes to the taster sessions and has even helped us to raise money for charity with getting muddy! During the year we also run member competitions, where the members nominate each other, we hear some very inspirational and emotional stories, then vote who to crown whichever competition is running, Sadie has been crowned our Woman of the Year twice, has also won slimmer of the week and slimmer of the month many times throughout her journey. To date Sadie has lost a staggering 6 stone with 1 stone to go to reach her Personal achievement target. Faringdon and Highworth Slimming World groups, currently have 4 pregnant ladies all doing really well as members, losing weight to conceive a baby, to adopt and even be given the opportunity of IVF. Everyone is welcome to join Louise at Faringdon United Church Wednesdays 5.30 and 7.30pm. Thursday mornings 9.30am. Highworth is held at Southfield Junior School in the main hall every Thursday 5.30 and 7.30pm. Contact Louise on 07717681939

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Faringdon Information Centre We offer government funded Nursery places to some 2 year olds, as well as 3 and 4 year olds The Faringdon Information Centre is passionate about supporting local artists, we stock a great selection of work including: Prints, cards and cushions of local scenes painted by Sheila Isabel Irigoyen Zozaya. Beautiful greetings cards and prints created by the very talented Helen Martin. Helen’s cards include the very popular Folly globe series, which depicts a snowy Folly scene with the midnight Fox and the hiding Hare, a local bird series and seasonal Folly series. If you are looking for a card for a cat lover, we have a lovely range of cards by Val Hughes. Scharlie Meeuws has produced a quirky selection of postcards and cards of buildings and streets of Faringdon and local photographer Al Cane’s cards and prints show Faringdon from every angle they are perfect to send to friends and family near and far. In addition to our extensive range of cards and prints we also stock beautiful handcrafted wooden home wares from Mike Bradley Woodturner, these include candlesticks, chopping boards, bowls and seasonal pieces like Mike’s very popular Christmas decorations. All Mike’s work is made by using traditional methods. If it’s ceramics you are looking for, we have a wide range from Uffington Pottery of mugs, bowls, plates, butter dishes, toast racks, salt pigs and more. We also have glassware on our shelves, local artist Jan Fennelly produces stunning Folly suncatchers. Currently we hold two of Jan’s designs one of the Folly star with glittery moon and stars and a bright cheerful summery Folly scene. For these and more local handcrafted items, please call into the Faringdon Information Centre in the Pump House, open 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday and 9:30am to 1pm on Saturdays.

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Welcome to another ramble through a kaleidoscope of subjects! Our covered bird feeders are swinging in the wind and from movements of the birds busy on the peanuts. So what sort of Winter, can we expect? How can we help our pets keep warm and safe? If it’s cold for you, it’s cold for your pet, that’s the key message from the British Veterinary Association as it urges pet owners to take extra precautions to ensure their dogs, cats and other small pets are kept safe from hidden and potentially fatal hazards as temperatures plunge around the UK. As with humans, pets can fall ill upon exposure to extremely cold temperatures for extended periods. To avoid this, vets advise that dogs are walked for shorter periods of time than usual, but more frequently if required, and to consider putting a coat on old dogs or those with thin fur to keep them warm. Keep older cats inside during an extremely cold spell and ensure that even healthy young cats have easy access to shelter and warmth. When walking your dog in ice and snow, do not let it off the lead and avoid walking in areas where ponds or lakes may have frozen over - animals often don’t understand the difference between solid ground and ice and can fall through. It’s also important to wipe your dog’s paws and belly on returning home from a snowy walk to remove any ice or salt, and to regularly check for cracks in paw-pads or for redness between the toes. Small pets such as rabbits and guinea pigs that usually live outdoors are vulnerable to the cold and damp despite their furry coats. Owners with outdoor hutches and runs should be extra vigilant during the cold snap and make sure that their pets’ living space is well-protected from snow, frost and winter rain and kept dry. Give rabbits and guinea pigs extra bedding to keep warm and check their water bottle or bowl regularly, as these can freeze when the temperature drops. B. V. A. President Simon Doherty said, “Extreme cold weather calls for extra precautions to keep our furry friends warm and safe. Even simple things like leaving your dog outside a shop in this weather whilst you pop in for a bit or putting your cat out all night can risk a range of avoidable illnesses. Domestic rabbits and guinea pigs are also vulnerable to hypothermia despite their warm coats, which is why owners need to be vigilant and take steps to ensure their hutches are protected from the snow, cold draughts and winter rain. If owners have any concerns about their pet in this cold weather, they should consult their local vet for advice.” So, please feel free to ask us for advice! As I prepare for a busy and very varied semi-retirement and volunteer work. I believe that my profession has so much to offer in addition to the best possible welfare for pets, wildlife and our One World way of working with our medical professional colleagues, both locally, nationally and internationally. For one example - Mission Rabies - I’ve written about in past articles and they still amaze me: in India and Malawi, mass vaccination of dogs continues by volunteer vets, nurses and local dog catchers in addition to the education staff extending the Rabies Reduction Education Programme. To date, the staff have reached over 2.3 million children, over 55 thousand teachers and almost half a million communities. Take care, have a safe, warm and enjoyable February! Robert Elliott 21-23 High Street, Stanford In The Vale, SN7 8LH 01367 710595


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Let’s talk about Wine!

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Boxed Wine!

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While wandering round our local supermarkets, I noticed a number of wines sold by the box. At first I thought - can’t be any good. Then I realised I had not tried any boxed wine for a number of years. So I bought some to try out, then invited some friends round to help by giving their opinion on the three wines I picked. I chose a white from Waitrose - called Kiwi Cuvee, a red Merlot from Tesco and a red Shiraz from Aldi. But first, what are the benefits of wine in a box versus a bottle. Wine in a box is actually in a plastic bag inside the box. There is a simple tap attached to the bag, which you fiddle around with to get it out and clip it into the hole made when you open the box. As the bag has no air inside it, the wine will not go off, so it will last for around 6 weeks from the first pour of wine (not a chance of testing that out). A box usually contains at least 3 full bottles of wine and sometimes 4. Clearly this is a plus as you can just have a single glass at a time if you choose, or take a few days off drinking. The downside is that the wines I found were all young, so had not had time to develop extra flavours that you can find in a wine that has had a couple of years to age. Tasting each one I found three drinkable wines. The Sauvignon Blanc from Waitrose at £16.99, was slightly pale in colour and had a nice smell of tropical fruit. It tasted fresh and fruity with moderate acidity, so your mouth will water and you get a good blast of flavours. Chilled, this makes a nice drink for parties. The Merlot from Tesco was £12.75 and is a pleasing medium deep red colour with a light smell of cherries. The taste was also of cherries plus some berries, with just a hint of tannin, balanced by a low acidity. It went down well with the lamb stew and some cheese later. The Shiraz from Aldi at £11.29 is a deeper red than the Merlot. The smell is of various berries and the flavour delivers more of a mix of berries with a little peppery spice to liven it up. Almost no tannin detected and light on the acidity as well. Again, it went down well with the lamb and delivered a pleasant glass of wine. In the supermarkets, Waitrose and Aldi had 3 boxes each on display, though both have more on line. Tesco had 12 boxes to choose from, 7 white, 4 red and a Perry wine. The verdict - try some, you could be surprised. Great value and perfect for having a glass when you fancy. Equally good for a party and those taps work very well on the box. Everyone that tasted the wines could not find fault and all three passed the test of having a second glass. Please enjoy your wine and drink responsibly. Ian Lloyd

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Al SYLVESTER MBE Al shares his epic journey to the South Pole, his willingness to succeed and determination to reach the bottom of the earth. Josh & Beth are hosting a fundraising event - at the Corn Exchange Faringdon, to be able to go to Kenya to volunteer in a small village with the youth group YOCO. They are organising ‘an evening with event’ with an inspirational speaker – Al Sylvester MBE. This event will be held at the corn exchange in Faringdon on the 30th March afternoon 2:30 to 4:30 Evening 7:30 doors open 6:45 The evening is a compelling account of one man's willingness for his team to succeed describing the mental and physical stresses, endless sleepless nights and boundless determination to reach the centre of Antarctica. Josh and Beth are going to western Kenya staying at the chiefs guesthouse in a remote village of Musanda. Involved in activities such as working in spirulina greenhouses, primary school teaching, helping in day care centres for orphans, preparing food for orphans, visiting Mumia slums, building a home for a family in need a new house, jigger eradication and helping in local hospital. By going to Yoco each week they learn life skills and have opportunities for personal growth. They both have passed their level two in food hygiene whilst being a member. They have done a fun run, had stalls at events, run pop up cafes, marshaled at the open air cinema and the firework display, litter picked, helped at Coleshill food festival. Yoco is a registered charity. Josh is 15 and is in year 10 at FCC, he lives in Uffington and has gone through the Scouting Group – beavers to scouts, he now volunteers with beavers in Uffington each week, has completed bronze Duke of Edinburgh, and now working towards silver, He is a Lance Corporal in the Army Cadets and attends Yoco each week, and he’s one of our delivery boys, with The Advertiser Magazine. Beth is 16 and is in year 11 at FCC, she will be sitting her GCSEs this year and lives in Faringdon, she is a sergeant in Lord Mayor cadets and has represented the cadets at the orienteering nationals. Also attends Army Cadets and yoco each week. They both think they are extremely lucky to live where they do, they want to give their time and make a difference to somebody else’s life who is less fortunate than themselves. Volunteering is going to develop them as people and give them a good insight to the real life that we don’t see. Josh and Beth are inspirational teenagers setting a wonderful example by generating the idea, writing to the superstars and companies, showing wonderful confidence, communication and enthusiasm. They are organising the event themselves. They will also make a donation to a charity called ‘combat stress ‘ which helps and supports service men and women as they want to help a charity that supports people from the army. Tickets will be on sale at a number of outlets – including London street barbers, Faringdon Town Council, Uffington post office, through Facebook and online at Tickets will be £7.50 for adults £5.00 children. Two performances are planned - the one in the afternoon, aimed more for a younger audience ( primarily for scouting and guiding groups) and the evening performance is for the general public There will be a Fantastic Raffle! Prizes include Tickets to the Royal Air Tattoo, Tickets to Lechlade Music Festival, Meal Voucher for the Viceroy, a voucher for the New Inn Restaurant Lechlade, tickets to Adam Henson Farm, signed books from Ben Fogle and Kate Humbleto name a few. There will be a Licensed bar in the evening and London Street Barbers & Stay Grounded Coffee Shop, are very kindly sponsoring the event. Other local businesses have donated prizes for the raffle and donated towards costs that will be incurred putting the event on. Contact Tracey on: 01367 820 308 or email: for further information.

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Tuesday Feb 5th 2019

Faringdon Art Society is running a coach trip to Pallant House Gallery, Chichester. Pick ups in Shrivenham, Faringdon, Stanford and Wantage. 3 exhibitions in this beautiful art gallery with a café and restaurant. It is easy walking distance to Chichester cathedral, art shops, other galleries and places to eat in the town centre. Julian Trevelyan: The Artist and His World Mary Fedden: Colour and Simplicity Norman Ackroyd: Wild Isles


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Healthy Living Are you still making mistakes with your lifestyle changes when trying to lose weight? We are a month into the New Year, are you seeing a difference yet? If not what could you be doing wrong? Your scales might not the best indicator of change. Our body weight can fluctuate throughout the day because of things like water retention, hormones, and the food we are eating and digesting. Over the longer term you might be losing fat but gaining muscle which might not be easy to spot. Change of body composition is more important than just weight and can often be seen in your overall shape even if your weight remains the same. So what can we do if the weight doesn’t seem to be coming off or your shape remains the same? Is that belt still too tight around your waist? What can be holding back your weight loss? Some suggestions for you! 1. You might actually just be eating too much. It is quite often the case that we are really careful with our main meals but seem to forget our snacks. A biscuit or two at the office, a bag of crisps in the car, a packet of sweets on the train or a slice of bread or glass of wine while we’re preparing our meals often go unnoticed. These all add to our calorie intake but can get forgotten when filling in our food diary. I wouldn’t be surprised if most of us consume a third more calories than we thought! So be vigilant and honest with yourself – it might explain what’s going on. Remember it’s very easy to drink our calories too. Sweetened water drinks, fizzy drinks and alcohol all affect how our bodies function. 2. When trying to rebalance your weight the body will want to resist any change. Massively reducing your calorie intake can work and have healthy consequences for the body when done correctly but it can also lead to us being hungry and more tempted to give up and go back to our old ways. Focus on improving your lifestyle habits and adding nourishing foods rather than just deleting from your diet. It might make you happier and more likely to maintain some sort of long term programme. 3. It is easy to become addicted to junk food and you might need help to reduce the cravings which are leading to you over eating. Eating cleaner can help with this, as lessprocessed and high fibre foods will release their energy more slowly, and keep you feeling fuller for longer 4. Even when medical conditions hinder progress a lot can be achieved by making small changes to diet and increasing your levels of exercise. 5. We can easily eat a lot of food in a short space of time without considering it too much. Are you eating slowly enough to allow your natural signals from your body to tell you that it is full? 6. Eating ‘on the go’ is a common mistake which leads to overeating. You’re not focusing on your eating and so don’t register that you’ve actually had a meal. 7. Are you in the habit of eating too often? Do you really need another snack? Are you actually hungry? Even if it is nourishing it might contain a lot of additional unnecessary calories.

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8. Busy at work? Had a hectic day? Being busy might not be the same as being active. It is easy to eat more than enough food for an active person even when we are the one stuck at our desk or behind the wheel of our car. Better not to ‘put it in’ than to try to ‘burn it off’. 9. Focusing on the detail and ignoring the obvious happens a lot when we are looking for ways to improve our body shape. Whether you use olive oil or butter to cook with may be less important than what it is that we are cooking. Often the first thing I can do to help people is to point out the simple changes which might affect the weight and shape we are. Then just as importantly supporting and motivating until the end goal is achieved. With knowledge we can make change. Rich Richard Marfell – Wellness Coach 07800636004

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RICS Residential Market

Another, less obvious, characteristic of the current market is the low level of first time buyers (FTBs). This situation was noted recently in the national press and attributed to FTB’s believing that prices might fall during the continued Brexit uncertainty.

Clearly something is making them hold back and with the cost of borrowing still very low, this has to be the most likely reason. The number of properties for sale up to £300,000 in our region is very significantly higher than it was 6 months ago The recent RICS Residential Market and what is usually the strongest and most active end of the Survey for 2018 paints a pretty neutral picture of market market is now markedly quieter. activity across the whole of the UK in terms of activity and Our advice to anyone looking to enter the market for the price changes. As ever though, when it comes to looking at first time is not to wait. First time buyers now have a wide the more regional picture it confirms what most of us will choice and there are a number of great value 2 and 3 bed know: the London and South East has seen reduced prices homes on the market. The danger for those holding back is and demand whilst many other areas are holding up OK. that once clarity on Brexit does appear and the scary headlines recede, there will be a surge of buyers. This will For our local market in the Faringdon and outlying areas we trigger an increase in prices and those FTB’s hoping to get a are witnessing an unparalleled level of new homes activity – “good deal” will be disappointed. at least since the 1970’s – and, with the prevailing Not only is west Oxfordshire a great place to live, it remains uncertainty of Brexit, a reduction of properties coming on to one of the lowest priced areas in the county, with good rail the market with many sellers wanting to wait and see what links and is close to the strong business regions along the happens! This means we have buyers on our books that A34 corridor. don’t want to buy new but are being frustrated by the lack Buy now, against the market trend, and get the most from of choice. the market. Jenny Preece MRICS

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Faringdon Writing Group


Junior Membership Deals Age 11 or below - 12 Month free membership Age 12 to 16 - 12 month membership for ÂŁ50

Club and shoes repairs The bicycle stood by the wall neglected and tormented, along with memories, once so vividly coloured. Its green paintwork so bright had dulled, merging gradually with tendrils of ivy that grasped its weather worn saddle. Your saddle. I reminded myself, blinking hard, not to resurrect that day. No one had warned me about the pain. Pain I had worked hard trying to forget, conceal, obscure until the bicycle provoked it. Unexpectedly standing there, a memorial stone to our relationship. Its tall, strong frame and proud indefatigable desire to live on despite the climatic highs and lows captured me. Your smile flashed into existence for the briefest of exigencies like the chrome wheels that once drove you on. Flashing zirconium-light, the bulbs of a paparazzi sun‌.now pitted with the onset of oxidation, as my memories . Spokes hung in a fragile tracery of Haversham lace illuminated by the hoar frost whose beauty belied the sadness with nothing to say. All deflated rubber now. Just an intriguing journey cancelled, forsaken, aborted in a tangled collision of punctured disappointment.

By Val Hughes

Join us on the third Tuesday of every month From 7-9pm, Faringdon Business Centre Contact Julie Farmer at

Maybe this is a good time to give your club's an MOT. Your club's may be feeling a little tired and in need of some TLC! Our club repair service is fully operational with a very quick turnaround to avoid any disruption to your busy golf playing schedule.

Society Packages Weekday and Weekend packages available and tailored to suit your society.

Sunday Roasts Served 12pm to 3pm with fresh homemade desserts to follow For more info via phone or email: 01367 870887 / 01367 870505 /

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Call us on 01865 820088

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By Michelle Obama

The publication of Michelle Obama’s memoir was greeted by the world with something like hysteria towards the latter end of last year. For a while it was all anyone was talking about. It was accompanied by a publicity tour that took in the audiences of anyone who’s anyone in media and the showbiz world – Sarah Jessica Parker, and that grand-dame of inspiration Oprah Winfrey. I picked up my copy equally feverishly just before Christmas, imagining people all across the world waking up to this in their stocking on Christmas Day. And I am happy to confirm that the fuss was worth it. Michelle Obama’s memoir is remarkable not only for the journey that took the former First Lady from a working class family in Chicago via Princeton and Harvard to the White House. But for the representation of a refined era that is far from the one we are living through at the moment.

If we had to explain to beings from another planet how we had gone from President Obama to ‘President’ Trump they would think we were in meltdown. Contrast the educated, erudite, compassionate former First Family with the circus that is taking place daily at the White House. The contrast couldn’t be more glaring. Michelle Robinson Obama witnessed the journey of Barack Obama from legal intern, to senator, to presidential candidate to Commander in Chief. But by saying she merely ‘witnessed’ it is to take away from her role in informing the man that was Barack Obama. They are two halves that make a whole. Outlining the scrutiny she and her family faced as America’s first black family in the White House, Michelle has grace and objectivity tells it like it is with very little embellishment. She was very clear on the kind of First Lady she wanted to be – one that made a difference. Through her initiatives that tackled childhood obesity, that built support for military families and for the empowerment of under-privileged girls around the world she built her legacy. This is a memoir of hope – hope for a better day, and hope that the pendulum will swing back to a world we recognise again. If the author put a foot wrong in this inspiring book I didn’t notice.

Claire Meadows T: 020 3935 7049 M: 07539 483 061 E: W:

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Crowdy & Rose Solicitors of Faringdon and Lechlade We have a wealth of local knowledge and are an established part of the local community providing for the needs of our clients

Faringdon Branch

2 Market Place, Faringdon, Oxfordshire SN7 7HW Tel: 01367 240285 High Street, Lechlade, Gloucestershire GL7 3AE Tel: 01367 252644

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1000 * Bespoke Windows & Doors * Bi-Folding Doors * Orangeries & Conservatories * Traditional Stained Glass * Sealed Glass Units * Fascias, Soffits & Guttering * All Window & Door Repairs

All work carried out with pride & perfection Tel: 07879016386 email:


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Whisky is very misunderstood, with customers often asking or stating – ‘we don’t drink blends’ or ‘why is whisky spelt in two different ways’. They educate us too. I was somewhat taken aback to find that one memorable customer who had over a period of time been working his way through our Bourbons giving accurate notes, had added coke to them all. we may well shudder at this. But when I thought about it, we gleefully corrupt tea or coffee with milk, sugar, lemon, cinnamon etc but can still confidently tell the difference between each cup, so what is the difference to adding coke to your Bourbon. ‘Food’ for thought, drink it how you wish and enjoy. We’d like to address these misunderstandings in alphabetical order, to help clear the haze, read with a dram – it helps! Alcohol, in pole position. In whisky law almost world wide, whisky is not whisky at less than 40% abv or 80% US proof imagine whisky without alcohol. Neither must it be distilled above 94.8% abv, phew? So there are other uses for alcohol, - it is said that one can spot a distillery worker on frosty days, car windscreens are totally clear and midges also miraculously disappear in it’s presence! Blends. This is one of the most confusing words in the whisky world, most of the whiskies on our shelves are blends. But they are malt whiskies I hear you say. Yes, but, the Master Blenders skilfully blend in older whiskies to maintain flavour and character, so your favourite 12 year old single malt may have some for instance 13 year old, some 15 year old etc. Age statements are not an average but the youngest age of whisky in the bottle. So blends may be of single malts (from one distillery), blended malts (more than one distillery), blended grain whisky or blends of grain and malt whisky such as Famous Grouse, Bells etc. Often considered by many a cheap whisky but think of Johnnie Walker Blue, Chivas Royal Salute and Dimple, they are all aged, high quality blends of grain and malt whisky. Casks, barrels in other words, are whisky containers, nearly always from oak grown in America or Europe, often recycled ex Bourbon Casks (a cask is used once only for Bourbon ) or ex Port or Sherry casks but wine casks from round the globe are also used. Wood is the only legal material with a maximum capacity of 700 litres, but no minimum size. Often re-worked and re-charred inside they are re-used several times. The ageing spirit interacts through the porous wood and air, drawing character from them and it’s previous contents. Spirit and volume drop over time. Cask Strength Single Cask Whisky is the product of one cask only, the label usually shows age, date of distillation, cask number, bottling date, alcohol level and number of bottles filled, they are often expensive and irreplaceable. To be continued… Fran Thomas

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Out and About Date



Oct - Feb

Exhibition ‘Hospital: Faringdon’s Pump House in WWI’

The Pump House

Fri 1st

An Evening Of Wine Tasting

The Beacon Wantage





£20 £8.00/ £6.00 concessions

Fri 1st - Sat 2nd

Wishing on a Star

Faringdon Junior School

7.30pm Tickets from The Gifted Magpie

Sat 2nd

Wishing on a Star

Faringdon Junior School

2.30pm Tickets from The Gifted Magpie

£8.00/ £6.00 concessions

Sun 3rd

Winter Wetland Birds

Earth Trust, Wittenham

9.30am 11am

Adult £8 Child £4

Mon 4th Fri 8th

Pop up Business School

Jubilee Room, The Pump House

10am 3pm gdon.html

Spaces Limited

Tue 5th

Faringdon Art Society Trip to Pallant House Gallery, Chichester

Picks ups Shrivenham, Faringdon, Stanford and Wantage


Shelagh 01367 241173 or

Members £24 Non Members £27

Wed 6th

King of Thieves (15)

The Regent Cinema


Tickets from Faringdon Information Centre


Wed 6th

Climate Change and what to do about it

Friends’ Meeting House


Karen 01367 241707 Helen 01793 861431


Thu 7th

White Horse Garden Club: Shrubs for Situations

Thomas Hughes Memorial Hall, Uffington


Pamela Preene 01367 820251 or

Visitors £2.50

Thu 7th - Fri 8th

`Daisy does it Again`

Stanford in the Vale Large Village Hall


Tickets from Stanford Coffee Shop Enq: 01367 710400

£8 / £6

Fri 8th

Monsieur Lazhar(12A)

Regent Cinema


Tickets from Faringdon Information Centre

Tickets from £3

Sat 9th

Wantage & Grove Lions Cash Bingo

Grove Village Hall


Sat 9th

Winter Tree ID for Beginners

Earth Trust, Wittenham

10am 1.30pm

Sat 9th

`Daisy does it Again`

Mon 11th

Stanford Art Group Mtg: AGM

Stanford Village Hall

7.30pm 9.30pm

Tue 12th

Valentines Bingo & Raffle

Ferendune Court


01367 244267

Thu 14th

U3A Talk: Alycone Round Britain

Faringdon Corn Exchange


Margaret Brown 01367 615385

Fri 15th

Stanford in the Vale Large 2.30pm & Village Hall 7.30pm


Adults only: £16

Tickets from Stanford Coffee Shop Enq: 01367 710400

£8 / £6

Visitors £1.50

Music: Al Jenkins

Stanford Social Club


Sat 16th Sun 17th

Bee Identification Course

Museum of Natural History, Oxford

9.30am 4.30pm

All Welcome

£60 per person

Sat 16th

Ballet on Film - Romeo & Juliet

The Beacon Wantage


Adult £12 U16s £8

Sun 17th

Nick Sharratt’s Right Royal Drawalong

The Beacon Wantage


Tickets £10 Family £36

Mon 18th

Mud Pie Monday

Earth Trust, Wittenham

10am 12pm

Donation suggested £4 per child

Tu2 19th

Tree Climbing - 1hr slots

Earth Trust, Wittenham

10am 5pm

Min age 6yrs £20 per climber

Wed 20th

British Legion Talk: Radio Stations in Liberia

Faringdon Bowls Club


Non Members Welcome

Wed 20th

Smallfoot (U)

The Regent Cinema


Tickets from Faringdon Information Centre

Tickets from £3

Wed 20th

Open Mic Night

Stanford Social Club


All Welcome

Donation suggested £2 per child

Wed 20th

Wildlife Wednesday

Earth Trust, Wittenham

10am 12pm

Fri 22nd

A Star is Born (15)

The Regent Cinema


Tickets from Faringdon Information Centre

Tickets from £3

Fri 22nd

Stanford Gardening Club Talk: Classic, Rare and Unusual Bulbs

Stanford Village Hall


Rosemary Packer: 01367 710494

Visitors £3

Women’s World Day of Prayer

All Saints Church, Faringdon

March Fri 1st

3pm & 7.30pm

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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 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 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

Sandra 01367 718303

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 of Robert Elliott 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:


Court Cattery 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:


Lisa Moore Photography

FARINGDON COBBLER’S � Quality Shoe Repairs � Key Cutting � Engraving - VAPE’S & E-Liquid

01367 243 134

Lisa Moore….07854 651961

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

Rob.. The Cheese Man! Call Vicky 07958 241342

New Barn Farm, Longworth, OX13 5ED


Located 01367705030


A1 MOBILE Car Servicing & Repairs Diagnostics Health Check From Only £15

Closing Down… Thank you very much Rob for all the years you have provided us with cheese!

Short/Long Distances Business Accounts Driver Hire

Corporate Service Courier Service Executive Cars



FARINGDON 01367 244 611

We stock Nitty Gritty Headlice Lotion

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

Tel 0756467025 email


T R A N S F E R S /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

New! Phone: 01865 820565 / 07974886840

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


07919 241881 D.K ELECTRICAL SERVICES ELECTRICIAN All Jobs Considered



Society of Homeopaths

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

Daniel Kerr


Sole Trader / Proprietor

Keratin Hair Treatment No more frizzy hair! Keratin‌ Smooth, silky, shiny & tangle-free hair Lasts 3 - 4 months, only £70 Call Jane @ Tangles Lechlade 01367 252374 or 07788156438

Free consultations 87 Hamfield,Wantage Oxon, OX12 9EG T: 01235 769481 M: 07817 457832

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 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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GARDENSCAPE Individual Design, Construction & Maintenance

The Faringdon-le Mêle Twinning Association Youth Exchange 14 – 27 July 2019 Calling all Faringdon Year 9 & 10 Students

To discuss your personal garden requirements phone: 01865 250372 or 07773333531 Roger Hutchence - BA (HONS) NCH (Landscape Construction)

FARINGDON COBBLER’S 01367 243 134 Has Moved Just Down The Street Opposite Costa Coffee, Please Pop In And Visit Our New Premises… John

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

In the summer, Faringdon will be hosting ten children from le Mêle-sur-Sarthe, which is Faringdon’s twin town in Normandy. Some of the children have been before and can’t wait to come again. They will know the ropes, but others won’t. You could meet and get to know them during their stay here, and when they go back home, you could go with them and stay (usually in pairs, with a friend) with their families in France. You will travel by coach to Portsmouth, take the ferry to Caen, and then on the coach again to le Mêle. While you are in France, whatever transport is needed will be provided by your hosts, as will your accommodation and all your meals. Apart from the educational and cultural benefits of this trip, there are many fun things that are arranged while you are there, often a visit to the seaside and a theme park, sometimes Go Ape or go-karting. Le Mêle has a lake with a beach and pedalos. All the host families are personally known to members of the Twinning Association, so your parents can rest assured that you will be perfectly safe in their care. The French children arrive on Sunday 14 July and return to France on Sunday 21 July. If you go with them, your return date to the UK will be Saturday 27 July. The cost for this all-inclusive adventure is £130. The Faringdon Twinning Association would welcome new young members, and would particularly like to hear from anyone who would like to join us as youth leaders. Youth leaders have their trip paid for. They are expected to supervise the younger members, so should be Year 12 or 13. Some French language is helpful but not essential. Being a leader is great for your personal statement for Uni. For more information on all the above, or to express interest in taking part please ring Andy Hayter on 07552788994 or e-mail:



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

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