Advertiser June21

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June 2021


This Month: All About: Gin To My Tonic Art Unlocked: FAS Cotswold Sculpture Park Timeless Lines: Aesthetics In Concert: Paige Jackson All Your Business: About You Pantsula Boy: Neil Thompson David Johnston MP: Newsletter Edward Moss: Wildlife Watercolour Faringdon Town Council Newsletter School Holiday Fun: Ultimate Activity Camps Promoting local business, trade and services. Advertise! Be Seen! Call Lou 01367 244975 or 07894 554551

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RELEASING A Beautiful Bronze Sculpture by Jonathan Hateley Can be Viewed or purchased at Cotswold Sculpture Park Email Tadd for all sales enquiries or call on 07545 648918

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Based in the Cotswolds, I write articles, blogs and PR for the media and on social media for people, businesses and events in Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire and also help to promote businesses large or small about what you do and what you offer. Or Chris 01285 712150, 0744 350 0744, Faringdon has another new business called ‘Faringdon In Stitches’ recently set up by Sarah Keen. It offers custom embroidery items for both personal and business use, such as: tea towels, tote bags, bottle bags, children’s clothing, work wear, key rings, teddy bears and more – basically anything that can be embroidered on! Sarah can also offer a custom service with your own picture or design. For example, she has recently taken an order for a baby-grow in blue with a picture of an elephant and the baby’s name on it. If you want to see what Sarah can offer, some items are on show in the Crafters’ Emporium. Sarah is running ‘Faringdon In Stitches’ alongside her established care at home business called ‘Sarah Keen Private Carer’, which she set up in 2018. The Private Carer business offers at home services, caring for people in their own homes. She provides personal care, administration of medication, companionship, shopping, collecting prescriptions, transportation to appointments etc. She is fully trained, has an enhanced DBS, full insurance including vehicle insurance to be able to take clients out and excellent references. Sarah also has had both vaccinations for Covid and has twice weekly rapid testing. There are packages available to suit clients’ needs.


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Both businesses are run from Sarah’s home in Faringdon and she can be contacted 24/7 (within reason) via email, phone or messenger and you can be assured of a reasonably quick response. Contact Sarah Keen for both businesses on: 07512 664236. For Stitches, email: For Sarah Keen Private Carer, email: Or visit: or Facebook. ‘Impact Coaching’ is a new business launching in June and founded by Helen Philip from Faringdon. This is Life Coaching and Executive Coaching with a difference because Helen’s co-facilitators are her horses! She will be offering Equine Facilitated Coaching, which is an experiential form of coaching, in which participants observe and interact with horses on the ground. There is no riding involved. Its transformative power lies in the fact that horses have a natural ability to instantly recognise our true emotional state regardless of what we are projecting and will reflect this back without judgement. This leads to an increased awareness of self, shines a light on how we are in relationships, allows us to uncover and understand our particular individual view of the world and patterns of behaviour and how this might be preventing us from reaching our potential, whether personally or professionally.

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It is huge in States and multi-national companies Google, Facebook and IBM all send their top executives for this type of coaching. Helen explained: “Horses are truly powerful development partners and never fail to show exactly what is needed in the moment, always offered without judgement and with real impact. Clients often come to an equine facilitated coaching session without expectations and they leave blown away at what they saw, felt, released and embraced!” To find out more, visit or contact Helen directly on: 07717 573354, Emma Bartlett is a baker, mum and full-time worker. She has been baking for a number of years but, during the first lockdown, after gentle persuasion from family and friends, decided to open ‘Custom Cakes Faringdon’. Working from home, her baking business has rocketed and it’s been a real adventure for her meeting lots of amazing people and building a great customer list of new and existing customers. Emma makes birthday cakes, wedding cakes, brownies, cupcakes and giant cookies. She is now thrilled to be collaborating with the Gin To My Tonic bar in Faringdon providing afternoon teas on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1pm-5pm. Booking is essential to make sure of dietary requirements and availability. Why not pair up a chilli chocolate brownie with a chilli gin or a raspberry and mango cupcake to compliment a no. 3 raspberry and mango gin? Cupcakes, brownies, scones, sandwiches and gin are all on offer for your special afternoon tea. For more information, contact Emma on 07949 876951, Or visit her on Facebook and Instagram: @customcakesfaringdon. Lucy Hayward is an aromatherapist and massage therapist specialising in aromatherapy, hot stone and relaxation massages. Lucy believes that in this Covid world, we are all needing connection and touch again. She says: “Massage can benefit people living with many conditions – stress, anxiety and sleep disorders and can also boost immunity.” A pre-treatment phone consultation with Lucy allows her to discuss your individual needs and desired outcomes calmly and professionally with compassion and in confidence. Contact Lucy at: or find out more at: or read the August issue of The Advertiser when Lucy and her business will feature in a special editorial. Watcharaporn Boom Sri-Uthai is a professional photographer based in Faringdon. She covers Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. Her passion is to photograph people, places and nature in ‘the moment of happening’. When not working, she loves to ramble endlessly through fields and woods and stroll through the alleys and streets of towns and cities to photograph. Find out more from: or contact Boom at: 07971 518629 Or read the September issue of The Advertiser when W Booms Photography will feature in a special editorial. If you would like to feature your business in a free editorial in The Advertiser, please find out how by contacting the Editor, Lou on 01367 244975, 07894 554551 or

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THE WILDLIFE WATERCOLOUR STORY (39) was brought up in the Vale of the White Horse, where Uffington has always been his family home. His dream as a young boy was to become a wildlife biologist, but he decided to move away from the academic world when his epilepsy and subsequent long-term mental health problems became more challenging. Despite these difficulties, he successfully studied the Golden Eagle and achieved a PhD in wildlife ecology in northern Sweden. After this, he moved back to Uffington last August to live with his parents and find a less stressful career that would benefit his health. He drew upon his newly found artistic talent to establish a small online business called ‘Wildlife Watercolours by Edward Moss.’ This offers a good quality picture framing service as well as a range of his original paintings, prints and other unique products. ‘Wildlife Watercolours’ is a growing success story that naturally draws upon Edward’s considerable knowledge and understanding of wildlife – in particular birds. His work is inspired by a love of the outdoors and his passion to capture the character, behaviour, movement, form and energy of wildlife on paper. The picture framing business is also growing with orders for his framing services being taken at local craft and gift markets in Uffington, Marlborough, Highworth, Aldbourne, Hungerford and other towns and villages in neighbouring counties. Edward’s online art business with shop is already active at and features his unique artwork and designs in numerous colourful products. You can buy his beautiful watercolour prints or order commissions – either framed or unframed – from the online shop and choose from various frames, stains, mount cards and wash-lines. Edward also offers his unique images for sale on high quality 100% cotton tea towels, bone china mugs and numerous large and small gift cards. In his eye-catching collection of bird paintings, he features several different owls, including the tawny owl, barn owl and, what has been named the wise owl. Other paintings include a startled mallard duck and a green woodpecker. The feeling of movement is especially captured in his painting of the sprinting, long-legged ostrich and the elongated leap of a cheetah. Many of these exquisite paintings are also replicated on to tea towels, cards and mugs. Edward’s future ambitions are to become an experienced, accredited wildlife artist. He loves to try and challenge himself to capture ever increasingly more dynamic and interesting poses of wildlife. He said: “I paint new paintings most days and want to develop my skills as an artist. I hope also to expand my picture framing business further to offer both my own framed pictures for sale and picture framing services for others. With my long term mental health problems, I find painting is a way to relax my mind and also connect with nature. I love the challenge to evolve as an artist.” If you would like to find out more, contact Edward at: 07469 242060, Or visit the website:

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This regular feature will include a round up from the meetings over the month. Full minutes are available on our website.

Cllr. Kiera Bentley was elected Mayor and Cllr. Liz Swallow elected as Deputy Mayor. Cllr. Mike Wise was thanked for his many years of service to the town. The following committee chairs were also elected: Finance and Audit: Cllr. Leniec, Planning and Highways: Cllr. Boulton, Community and Partnerships: Cllr. Castle, Facilities: Cllr. Burns. Members were also elected to committees, working parties and outside bodies.

The Town Centre bollard replacement project was approved. The Pump House Project were granted a 5 -year lease. A project to make Eagles Park a Boules Court in partnership with the Twinning Association was moved to the next stage.

The annual meeting of town residents took place online. Reports from the council and a variety of organisations were received. Members of the public were given the opportunity to ask questions and a presentation from Solar Streets energy was received. The Solar Street project will be launched with a public meeting in the summer. Date to be announced shortly.

The committee reviewed and approved end of year reports, balances and reserves, Asset Register and Financial Regulations. These can be viewed on our website. Members agreed to continue the Painting and Planting Bursary. The Clerk was delegated authority to apply for funding to replace the town centre bollards, this project would be recommended to the town council. A project was considered to purchase the ground floor of the former Volunteer Public House to ensure it remained a community space. This was approved in principal but was referred to the Strategic Working Party for full discussion and investigation and to formulate a recommendation to Council.

OCC will conduct a speed survey in Lechlade Rd, the 20-mph scheme is moving forwards and a new Faringdon street name policy is in place.

The following grants have recently been awarded:


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Various initiatives around the cycle park Running costs

Tuckers Recreation £1100 Ground Trust Folly Tower Trust


Running costs

Folly Fest


Running costs

The Pump House Project


Youth Counselling

Faringdon Community College


Duke of Edinburgh Award running costs

I have been lucky enough to make my home in Faringdon for the past six years. Since retiring from teaching, I have immersed myself in this fine community, helping at the library, our fair-trade shop and running a U3A activity group. I support local businesses and take part in many local ventures. Last year I joined the Faringdon branch of the Labour Party and have recently been elected as its chairperson. In May 2019 I was elected as a town councillor and continue to look for ways to serve our local community, by involvement in the different committees, with particular focus on projects such as the reintroduction of young traders market, town regeneration and in the preservation of some of the green spaces in Faringdon.

We welcome any organisation and community group in Faringdon to apply for funds from the Community Infrastructure Levy Fund, using the form on our website. /community-infrastructure-levy-cil Please get in touch if you have any ideas or comments. You can email or call the Town Clerk: or call: 01367 240281 01367 240281

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Tuckers Recreation Ground Trust and Faringdon War Memorial Trust Meeting Full Council Planning & Highways Committee Meeting Grant Sub Committee Meeting Community & Partnership Committee Meeting

Now open 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday and 9.30am to 1pm on Saturdays. Our museum will re-open on 1st June.

Fundraising for the Place Family and Children’s Project The Place is still seeking new fundraising volunteers who can raise funds for an important cause. If you are looking for a rewarding role with an organisation that makes a difference to families in Faringdon. The Place would like to hear from you. Contact:

Mission Fitness delivers three short sessions to teach people how to get fit whilst having fun and meeting new people. The sessions take place every Saturday morning from 9:15 until 11:30 in Town park, behind the library. New exciting training classes are on their way suitable for rainy or sunny weather. Check the Faringdon Town Council website or FTC Facebook page to register your free place. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Take part in our anti-litter campaign by designing an eye catching poster. Please send your designs to by the 21st of June 2021. Open to children up to 12 years old.

Faringdon Information Centre are happy to welcome Rose Coughlan as our Artist of the month for June. Our aim this year is to promote artists that have started a new craft or skill during lockdown and give these artists a platform to showcase their newly learnt skills. Rose moved to Faringdon five years ago and has been learning the new craft of pom-pom making during lockdown with her sister, Mary Corbett, who lives in the Peak District. They started with hairbands and went on to pompom crowns, wands, bobbles and ties. They are excited to expand the range to now include nursery items. They are currently working on Christmas tree decorations, which include Christmas pudding baubles! Please do pop into the Information Centre in the Pump House during June to see the fantastic pompom creations.

Faringdon Town Council continues to investigate green solutions in response to the Climate Emergency declaration of 2019. At the Annual meeting held on the 20th May the council changed all utilities contracts to green suppliers. A tree planting campaign has been launched by Earth and Faith with the support of the Town Council. Sites are being investigated to allocate planting. If interested, please contact

Join us for our weekly Saturday Market from 10am to 1pm in the Market Place. To book a stall please contact:

We had our first volunteer day in the Wilderness on Saturday the 22nd May. Thank you to everyone who took part and collected so much rubbish! If you would like to volunteer for the Wilderness Project, a designated wildlife sanctuary in the land next to the Hobble footpath. Please contact 01367 240281

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Wine Made Easy!

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Wine Down The Rhone This month we shall wander down the Rhone in France. Another destination I am looking forward to visiting as it has a combination of wonderful and varying scenery, several places renowned for their food plus many vineyards. Starting in the North, where the Rhone and Saone meet is Lyon. This is a mecca for foodies and has a wide variety of restaurants and bistros to choose from, it also happens to be on the edge of the Beaujolais region. This heads North along the Saone river and has a wide selection of wines to choose from. The bulk of the wine is made from the Gamay grape, which is a little like the Pinot Noir in its flavours, but softer and easier on the taste. There are of course plenty of wines, but to keep the flavours stronger look for the Beaujolais Villages, which the locals regard as a better quality than the standard wine. Then you move up to half a dozen other areas in the North of Beaujolais where you should look out for Fleurie in most supermarkets, which has a lovely light slightly perfumed smell and gentle flavours of plums and peaches mingle to make an easy drinking wine. Heading south from Lyons, you meet the Northern Rhone wine region, which contains some famous names like Hermitage and the surrounding area of Crozes Hermitages, plus St. Joseph. This area produces lovely strong flavour Syrah based wines, with quite a lot of tannin and plenty of flavours of black berry and other dark coloured fruits. You will certainly find the Crozes wines in our local supermarkets, but be warned they can get a bit pricey. Heading further South, you pass through stretches of around 20 miles with no vineyards and then you get to the Southern Rhone. Here the primary grape changes to Grenache, which has a set of flavours around red currant and some red cherry, plus other red fruits. First there is Chateauneuf-du-Pape, which produces some very expensive wines, but you can also get wines around the £10 - 15 price bracket in the Supermarkets. The more expensive wines will keep for years and improve in their flavours. A useful tip when looking at the wines of this region is that the bulk of the wine is simply called Cote du Rhone and is a light coloured and subtle flavoured wine. If you want to go for a bit more flavour without blowing the budget, the Cote du Rhone Villages should do the trick. Then you get the named villages, where the village name can appear on the label - the rules are precise and followed by all the makers. Then just as you think you have got the hang of the names, there are some small areas with their own name, like Gigondas and Cote de Ventoux where you get full bodied wines with deep colour and complexity - plus a price to match. The wine growing region spreads out to the East and West around Avignon, so you will be exploring a large geographic region. One last tip for the Beaujolais, try chilling it to 12 - 14C - leave it in the fridge for 20 - 30 minutes. You will find the fruit flavours more pronounced and in the summer it makes a refreshing drink. I hope you enjoy tasting your way around this region and please remember to drink responsibly. Ian Wine enthusiast Ian Lloyd

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Country Life Landlords We Need You! Do you need more help marketing your property? Now that the frost has finally left us and we’re able to look forward to what I hope will be a warm and wonderful summer, with the odd rain shower for our gardens, we can start to spend more time outside foraging and enjoying all the beauty that our local nature and wildlife has to offer. This month's article is all about foraging local foods for free from our wonderful woodland walks nearby. If you do choose to go exploring your local area for food it is important to always pick with care, in small quantities and to only go if you’re 100% sure what you’re doing. If you head over to my blog you’ll find some fabulous recipes I made last month such as cherry blossom jam and wisteria fairy cakes which are very good fun and add a floral spin on otherwise simple recipes! Moving forward into June you’ll be able to try your hand at other foraged recipes such as stinging-nettle soup, wild garlic pesto, lilac sugar, elderflower champagne and all manner of fun and delicious foods.

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For the cherry blossom jam you only need a few simple ingredients; it’s extremely easy to make and if you pick the blossoms like I did, just after they fall, you’ll have an abundance of flavour and colour in your jams. The jam has a light and sweet floral taste to it and is in many ways its own unique flavour. You will be able to find most of these things in our area and if not you might have a friendly neighbour nearby who would be more than happy to give you a few lilac buds here and there (but please, always ask permission). One of the things I am most excited about cooking however is the nettle soup. Nettles are rich in vitamins and minerals and are a brilliant leaf for vegan diets! I have been told by one of my lovely followers on Instagram that it’s important to only pick the new growth at the top as the older leaves can be quite tough and bitter, so when I have perfected my recipe I will be sure to share it on my blog along with a delicious homemade bread perfect for eating with the soup! If you head over to my Instagram page @hercountryliving and make sure you’re following along, you’ll find a range of recipes, walks, gardening tips and craft ideas, local trips and (now we are allowed) further away trips in our beautiful part of the world. You’ll also be able to stay up to date when it comes to the best (and easiest) things to do to stay connected to nature.

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Timeless Lines offers a holistic range of facial aesthetics and medical grade skin treatments to enhance your natural beauty. Timeless Lines was founded in 2019 by Emma Grant (Registered Nurse and Aesthetic professional) after 25 years working for the NHS. Emma’s nursing career started in General Medicine at the JR, before moving to Coronary Care, Breast cancer and finally District Nursing. This eclectic and myriad of experiences in nursing was focused on caring for patients and managing the collective expectations honestly, clearly and with empathy. The foundations in which Timeless Lines was launched in 2019. Her transition from full time nursing to a new world of entrepreneurialism and Facial Aesthetics, has had it challenges. Coming to terms with running a small business, providing the environment for an intimate and caring environment for her clients and tackling the issues faced with a business closure due to Covid. All this, in her own words ‘has strengthened her resolve and her desire to provide the very best holistic service to her lovely clients’. With the foundations laid around building an aesthetics business that is tailored around the clients’ needs, the business has gone from strength to strength. Emma said ‘it was clear to me that we needed to deliver the same holistic approach that I was trained to deliver as a nurse. At Timeless Lines Aesthetics we aim to provide the support mechanism through a medical trained structure. I am so lucky to have an awesome GP working with Timeless Lines to provide a professional and safe experience for all my clients’. The combined skillsets means that we can take our clients on a safe aesthetics journey that is tailored on the individual. We believe strongly on honest feedback, and ultimately enhancing the client’s natural beauty. So, what exactly do Timeless Line Aesthetics do: ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

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True professionally dispensed medical-grade skincare brand Emma has been humbled by the number of clients she has welcomed to Timeless Lines Aesthetics and built some truly wonderful friends along the way, ‘it has been a privileged to have had this opportunity to enhance these beautiful people since we started’. Emma would love to welcome new clients to a free consultation to discuss their individual aesthetic and skin care needs and can be contacted on 077 250 476 41 or at

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Pantsula Boy By Neil Thompson

I was pleased to be put in contact with Neil Thompson a few months back, as he is a local author of rare talent. I lost myself in his latest anthology of African stories Pantsula Boy for a whole week, and came out of every session feeling something different. A bit of background on the author – he grew up in what is now called Namibia, South West Africa. Describing himself as a ‘white African’, he explains ‘I have a deep affinity with Southern Africa and Africa as a whole, having grown up in Namibia (previously known as South West Africa) during the apartheid era. As an Englishspeaking boy from a very poor family background, life in those days was very difficult. Aside from the large black population, the existing German and Afrikaans communities tended to view English speakers with suspicion and antagonism.’

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Some of this suspicion is reflected in this collection of short stories. Some are sweet, some are gentle like a breeze and others are horrifying. It’s the author’s ability to swing so suddenly between poles, that captures the reader’s attention. Nothing is safe, it seems. You’re not allowed to get too comfortable. It’s edgy, exciting and not in the least wearisome or experimental just for the sake of it. Continues the author In Africa, people from very different backgrounds meet and form relationships, enter diverse levels of trust, find respect and love. The human heart and mind can seek new places and discover a desire to be challenged. But sometimes situations explode out of all control…" He’s not wrong. Some of the imagery stayed with me for days, and one particular story, Amira, tore my heart out and made tears come. It really is a powerful collection. I really did not know what to expect and am so glad to have had the opportunity to consider Neil Thompson’s work. You can find Pantsula Boy on Amazon. Do try it. You may love it. In other news, this is my last column for the Faringdon Advertiser. It’s been great having the opportunity to share my reading world with you for the past few years and I’m going to miss it. My final words to you are, keep reading and discovering those little windows in to new worlds. They’re precious, and essential. Catch up with Claire Meadows at @bookyandblonde

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David Johnston MP Newsletter We’ve had 2 Cabinet Ministers visit the constituency in the past month. First up was Priti Patel, Home Secretary, in support of Matt Barber’s (successful) campaign to be the Police and Crime Commissioner. She visited Great Western Park, where residents have had considerable problems of unauthorised traveller camps. This is something I have raised in the House of Commons on more than one occasion and something that Matt has campaigned against with people like Cllr Ian Snowdon. GWP residents appreciated meeting her as she is bringing forward the new laws on this problem. The second was Kwasi Kwarteng, Secretary of State for BEIS. This came about after I told him about Johnson Matthey’s new flagship site at Milton Park to develop and test the next generation of electric vehicle batteries; he said he’d be pleased to visit. After the official opening I took him to Greencore Construction’s Springfield Meadows development in Southmoor. I have already brought the Minister for Science, Research and Innovation to see their impressive homes and set up Greencore to meet the Government’s Net Zero Champion, too, but I am keen for as many in government as possible to see how they’ve built not just net zero but carbonpositive homes. While on the subject of the environment, I am holding a preCOP26 summit for constituents on 1st July at which we’ll talk about some of the key issues we need to make progress on, showcase some of the great local organisations we have locally – including Greencore – and agree ideas to send to Alok Sharma, President of COP26, ahead of the summit. It has been good to be able to have more face to face meetings and visit more places as lockdown has eased. I have had very enjoyable visits to all sorts of shops, pubs (such as the Radnor Arms in Coleshill) and restaurants (such as the Fish in Sutton Courtenay). Other highlights have included Tom Brown’s School Museum in Uffington, still in its original 1617 school building, and Flowers from Molly in Faringdon, which allows you to nominate someone to receive a bunch of flowers or a letter of hope if you think they could do with a lift. I have secured the cross-party support I needed to be able to hold a debate in parliament on the performance of Royal mail; it is clear we are not the only area that has been having problems. It is now just a question of when the debate can be scheduled. I read in the paper that in Wantage and Grove some residents have just received post from up to 13 years ago as a former postal worker had it in their home this whole time, but I don’t think that accounts for the problems we’ve had! As ever, if I can help with anything then do let me know via:

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A great time to move on to the next chapter of your life The local housing market shows little sign of abating with unprecedented demand for property outstripping supply. Rightmove recently announced the highest ever average asking price of a property at £333,564. Faringdon falls into the South East of England where prices have increased an average of 7.9% since March 2020.

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Year to date we have agreed sales on 119 properties in 120 working days and have had multiple buyers competing for many of our properties. In May we achieved an average of 1.2% over the asking price for our clients. With economists forecasting a boom economy over the next three years, this really is a great time to move on to the next chapter of your life. If you would like free, confidential and personal advice tailored to you, and a bespoke marketing strategy, Sarah Benson please call us today Residential Director 01367 240356 16 Market Place Faringdon Oxfordshire SN7 7HP



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The history of Faringdon United Church We continue to have new people moving into Faringdon, I thought it may be of interest to find out the history of the church, known as ‘The Church On The Roundabout’, one of the churches that make up Churches together in Faringdon. In 1968 the Methodist Minister, approached the Congregational Minister as he did not think the Methodists would get another Minister. Then in July 1969 the Congregational minister left and the two churches agreed to begin working together with the Rev. Baker as their minister. The following year in July the constitution of Unity was finally agreed, and on Oct 3rd there was a service of institution, with both churches accepting membership of both churches. That same year the Rev. Baker approached Alan Bristow, a Methodist Local Preacher and Architect and eventually the new church was built beside the old one which became the hall which is used by many community groups. The congregational church was subsequently sold to the Catholic Church, Blessed Hughes. In June 1974, a stone was laid and dedicated by Mrs. Gertrude Waters widow of the last Congregational minister. It is under the cross on the front of the church and there is a box in there with names of the young people from the Sunday school in it. On 1st March 1975, the New Church was finally dedicated. It was not an easy process in getting to that point there were planning delays, legal problems, and a slump in the market.

Also, as in any family it appears that not everyone was happy, but the new church was the point when both churches could meet in a new building and move forward as Faringdon United Church. Hence 1st March 1975 is the date that we commemorate the dedication of the new building and the point when we truly called ourselves ‘United’. Whilst this was all happening, in 1972, the Congregational Church became the United Reformed Church, and we are now a partnership of these two denominations with a minister from either one of them, we are also part of the West Oxfordshire Methodist Circuit. The church came about because of the perceived difficulty with getting a minister and today we share our minister with 5 other churches but have many ministers and local preachers that lead services. As in other churches our members are from various Christian backgrounds or have come to faith without previous church affiliation. It truly is a United Church - all are welcome.

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CLARE MORAN NUTRITION Five Reasons why mandatory calorie labelling on menus will be damaging to our health and five things you can do about it The UK government has decided that mandatory calorie labelling on restaurant menus will “help the public to make healthier choices when eating out”. As a Registered Nutritionist, this is not evidence based and worse, will be damaging to our health and here’s why… 1. Mandatory labelling takes away our autonomy and right to choose what information we want to see. Information should be available to those that request it rather than a blanket approach which has the potential to do harm. 2. The calorie content of food is not neutral information and will come with consequences. It is damaging to those working to heal a disordered relationship with food and survivors of eating disorders when eating out can be an important part of recuperation. 3. Calorie labelling reduces food to just its energy content when nutrition is so much more than this. It lacks any consideration for the reasons why we eat out – whether that be for fun, celebration or necessity. Generally speaking, we don’t eat out to then have to over-think and micro-manage what we choose. 4. Reporting calories further erodes our natural intuitive relationship with our hunger and appetite cues. Let’s say you really fancy fish and chips and nothing else looks good to you on the menu - who is going to feel they can make that choice when it is possibly the most energy dense dish? Now add in the difficulties you may feel if you are deemed to be higher than average weight. Focusing on energy is inherently fat phobic which adds to discrimination – what is healthy about stigma? 5. Above all, there is no evidence that this information is useful (which includes the traffic light system on products) or even accurate. But there is evidence that focusing on calorie numbers and even just thinking about restricting food leads to weight cycling, eating disorders and poor health. What can you do? 1. Continue to eat at smaller eateries - the regulations are likely to apply to those larger businesses with more than 250 employees, so this is a great opportunity to support independent restaurants. 2. Protect children from viewing calorie numbers on menus if you can, to preserve their intuitive relationship with food. Avoid discussing numbers and focus on what they look forward to tasting and enjoying. 3. If you are reconnecting with your own intuitive eating skills, ask someone to read the menu to you or tell them what you fancy and see if they can suggest something for you so you can avoid the calorie numbers. 4. Rebel! When you’re craving your favourite restaurant food (and who isn’t at the moment) then eat it! Building resilience to this nonsense (as well as resisting it) is unfortunately a big part of what I help my clients to do. 5. Write to your MP – BEAT, the eating disorders charity, are calling for ‘public health not public shaming’ and have drafted a letter you can use to write to your MP. Above all, senseless legislation such as this completely misses a critical understanding of what makes us un-healthy (economic disparities and social inequalities) and pushes the responsibility back onto the individual. In the meantime, keep eating, keep enjoying and get support if you are able.

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Faringdon Bell Ringers Bell ringers throughout England are gearing up for 21st June when we hope all covid restrictions will be lifted. There have been many Zoom conferences and discussions and as with all activities the big question is how many will still feel too fearful to join a group activity ? We ring church bells for a number of reasons. Yes, to proclaim the message of the church but also because we enjoy the music, companionship, physical exercise, practice of our skill of controlling a heavy bell and practicing the mental agility needed to follow the methods to ring the changes. Lockdown has curtailed all of these except the last. Several of our younger ringers have bought e-bells that look like handbells but don’t make any noise until you plug them into your computer. Then you can ring with friends miles away or if you haven’t enough friends, the software can ring with you instead. We have been restricted to one household and now two but that still means only five ringers. The 27th June should be the first Sunday we are allowed to ring all eight bells. I hope you’ll all come and listen ! If you’d like to try this fascinating social hobby as we come back to life do contact us on


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| The Advertiser | page 27 | Healthy Living! BATHROOM SHOWROOM Your Personal Trainer! Why exercise? The human body is built to move. “Human beings move because it is a primordial instinct, a need both to survive and for wellbeing”. Hunting and gathering, walking, climbing, running, jumping, crawling, lifting, swimming, fighting and reproduction, to name a few! Some of us move a lot with our jobs, others less so. Those who take up regular exercise to compensate for a sedentary lifestyle benefit in several ways. The body works better when we exercise - regular exercise is known to lower chronic inflammation and regulate hormone levels. It keeps us strong and fit, but how else does it benefit us? Regular exercise: ● helps to keep our blood pressure low ● helps with the movement of sugars (glucose) from our blood into our cells ● increases blood flow to the brain ● improves our immune system. So what? – it keeps us healthy! Which is so important when it comes to our responses to outside stimuli such as everyday stress, the mix of foods we eat and the viruses and bacteria we come across in our environment. Moderate training is good for us, it keeps various mechanisms in the body in a balanced state. This in turn suppresses the inflammation that could build up and affect our mood and our ability to regulate our eating. It is also great for managing weight when we have lost it. However adaption to exercise happens quickly and our regular routines can become less effective over time, so if you are trying to lose weight I suggest changing your diet. Greater amounts of exercise will provide greater health benefits but even small amounts of physical activity are helpful. The type of exercise you choose will depend on your personal preferences and your abilities along with how much free time you have and the facilities at your disposal. A range of activities from climbing the stairs to using the gym will improve your heart, your metabolism and your health. The most important thing is to do enough exercise and to do it often. 30 minutes of moderate exercise or 15 minutes of intense exercise a day has been suggested as the minimum but these statistics can vary. A mix of formal workouts and daily activities, with additional exercises to improve our balance for the elderly, usually gives us the best results. Make health your priority. When deciding on an exercise programme my advice would be to choose activities that can easily fit into your daily routines and budget. Try something that suits your current ability but that you can build on and, most importantly, pick activities you can continue into the long term. Richard Marfell Wellness Coach 07800 636004

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Sunday 13th June 2-6pm At least 12 cottage & house gardens will be open in this delightful small village Teas at the Memorial Hall Admission £5 (accompanied children free) Proceeds to Buckland Memorial Hall Enquiries: 01367 870285

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Homeopathy Heather Abel BA/BSc RSHom

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Happy June to all our readers and let’s hope that by now we’ve managed to have one or two warm days. Let’s not be over ambitious now! Perhaps that’s the theme for this month’s article after all. Cautious optimism with a healthy dose of common sense mixed in. Just what the Homeopath ordered! I’m a Northerner, born with an inbuilt ‘down to earth’ approach to life; not prone to over-excitement or exaggeration and always with plan B up my sleeve. Most of the people who come to see me have personal experience of Homeopathy or have trusted recommendations. However increasing numbers who have never tried Homeopathy before, are looking for something new – though you could hardly call Homeopathy ‘new’ as it has been around for centuries! Socrates understood and advocated homeopathic principles. Millions worldwide use Homeopathy and it is the second biggest main form of healthcare. The word ‘Homeopathy’ is derived from 2 parts; ‘homo’ meaning ‘similar’ and ‘pathy’ meaning ‘suffering’. The emphasis in Homeopathy is on similarity and that is key to how it differs from conventional medicine. We look for what is ‘similar’ in order to work with the person to encourage their own immune system and by supporting body systems to rebalance them towards health. This is the direct opposite of ‘modern medicine’ which is called ‘allopathy’ and whose focus is primarily in opposing what the body is trying to do, and superimposing medicines to control the body by chemical means. The prefix that goes with modern medicine is ‘anti’ which refers to being ‘against’ something – e.g. anti-histamine, anti-inflammatory. The body’s attempts to restore homeostasis are overridden by chemicals. When we stop taking the medicine – the symptoms come back! In the meantime, suppression can lead to generalised weakness and further complications leading to a reliance on further medication and dependence. Homeopathy works ‘with’ the body rather than against it. Hippocrates stated (who wrote the Hippocratic Oath) – by similar things a disease is produced and through the application of the like is cured. A Homeopath first observes the unique and individual nature of the patient in the suffering state in order to find a remedy that is known to also cause a similar state in a healthy person. That is known as the ‘law of similars’. Remedies are sourced mostly from plants and minerals and diluted and succussed, whereby the ‘energy’ of the substance can medicate a ‘carrier’ pill or liquid. So a uniquely prescribed remedy addresses the whole ‘person’. Less is always more – so remedies are given in the minimum dose and stopped easily as soon as balance has been restored. No addiction, no toxicity, no side effects! Appointments still on zoom for now

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ART UNLOCKED! Faringdon Art Society is embracing release from lockdown with a series of workshops designed to encourage aspiring artists and re-ignite existing artists’ enthusiasm. Basic drawing techniques, learning the secrets of 3D perspective and discovering the vitality of impressionistic watercolour are themes being explored. Art tutor George Boyter will be in the picturesque village of Little Coxwell on 10 July 2021 to guide both beginners and those who need to pick up their drawing tools again. Sheila Isabel Irigoyen Zozaya - artist, architect and urban designer - will lead a workshop in September covering the pesky issue of managing 3D perspective. At a location of interest yet to be revealed, participants will have the opportunity to produce a village scene that ‘looks right’! Vibrant cascading watercolour techniques will be shared by Catherine Beale in early October. Catherine has exhibited with the Royal Watercolour Society, Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour and is a member of Society of Women Artists. This should be a fun and colourful day for all involved! Everyone is welcome but numbers are limited

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Please Enjoy Easing Of Restrictions Safely!

Residents in southern Oxfordshire are being urged to enjoy the easing of restrictions safely with new messaging they’ll see while out and about from their district councils.

was the speaker for the u3a meeting in Faringdon in May. We were all enthralled by his experiences of serving for over 20 years with the Royal Air Force Mountain Rescue Service. Al began by explaining that he joined the RAF in 1983 as a communicator and shortly after completing his initial training he was attracted by an advert for the RAF Mountain Rescue Service. So, he applied and was successful and then travelled all over the world doing his work. During this time, he completed over 400 rescues in difficult terrains. Al explained how the prime objective is to respond to aircraft crashes within the UK and now throughout the world. The Mountain Rescue Service started in 1942 in the second World War when people realised that trainee pilots were not dying from their impact injuries but from hyperthermia as they were not being found very quickly. That is still the main objective today, the rescue and recovery of aircrew and passengers from downed air crafts. Today, there is a lot of training and health and safety is very important. There are now three regional teams in the UK and each team has 36 men and woman who respond on a one- hour basis to move into action over 24 hours, 365 days a year. The minimum requirement to make the team operational is ten people, that is a team leader, a radio operator and eight stretcher bearers. The RAF Mountain Rescue Service also responsible for finding military people who are missing while on adventurous training, civilian aircraft crashes, missing people and supporting the local mountain rescue teams and other emergency services. During his time in the RAF Mountain Rescue service, Al was involved in the Lockerbie tragedy and the aircraft crash at Kegworth on the M1. He told the audience how on one rescue lots of small packages of drugs were found near the site of a crashed private helicopter. Finally, Al answered members’ questions of which there were many. Everyone found the talk engrossing and were very glad that we have such brave individuals who choose to work in the RAF Mountain Rescue Service. By Shela Rowan.

The meeting will start at 2.30pm. The speaker will be Dr David Jones who will talk about The Ecology of Earthworms. Dr Jones is one of our most popular speakers; working at the National History Museum in London, he lectures at Imperial College. As an entomologist he specialises in soil ecology; during this talk he will address issues such as how many native species of earthworms there are in Britain, what do they eat, and how do they contribute to soil processes and the ecosystem health. He will reveal some of the fascinating secrets about earthworms and their role in temperate habitats. U3A members will be sent the Zoom link a few days before the talk.

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Second-2-None Vehicle Repairs Ltd, is the latest garage in the UK to partner with engine cleaning specialists, FlexFuel Energy Development UK. The team at Second-2-None has invested in FlexFuel’s carbon cleaning machine, Hy-Carbon 1000s, which uses hydrogen gas as a natural solvent to break down carbon deposits in combustion engines, which are responsible for multiple issues. Today’s drivers are typically urban drivers, not driving more than 10-12,000 miles, due to congestion engines fail to reach optimum operating temperatures and speeds. As a result, fuel is inefficiently burnt. This, coupled with latest developments on modern day engines to address emissions and fuel economy, leads to carbon deposits clogging key components. When this happens, fuel economy decreases, emissions can increase and parts such as EGR, turbo or DPF can prematurely fail costing consumers hundreds if not thousands of pounds. Bob says “FlexFuel’s Hy-Carbon 1000s introduces hydrogen gas into the air intake manifold under pressure and high temperatures. The hydrogen gas acts as a natural solvent on the carbon build up and the deposits are expelled through the exhaust system. By removing the carbon deposits, you can return the engine to the original manufacturers performance; and improve fuel economy, reduce emissions and avoid replacement of costly parts. We put a lot of value on customer service and high quality work; we need to be sure we are using the latest technological advancements. With FlexFuel’s Hy-Carbon we are offering our customers an environmentally friendly solution that brings their vehicle back to life and saves them money.”


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