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March 2018

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

Inside this month: Howdens: Special Offer Positive Pigeon Project Faringdon’s Folly Tower Faringdon’s Sensory Garden Book Review: Claire Meadows Regent Cinema: Movies For You Faringdon Business Breakfast Club The Bell Hotel: Mothers Day In Style Nick Moore Cars: Wanting Your Car For Cash Promoting local business, trade and services. Advertise! Be Seen! Call Lou 01367 244975 or 07894 554551

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Al Hayball derives much inspiration from the creatures and coastline around his Dorset home. His wildlife drawings let the animal's character shine through, whether it be captured in the way the eyes are drawn or that little smile he includes in some of his subjects. In a departure from his usual naive way of painting, Al has taken a change of direction and now portrays wildlife, in his unique style of graphite, featuring hares and his 'muse', Tilly the Whiplington Lurcher! Using a range of pencils, on Bockingford watercolour paper, his priority is to capture the personality and essence of the individuals he chooses to portray. The movement created in the drawings relates a depth of quirky realism, that enables the observer to view the scenes as if they were leaping from the surface of the paper! Al says, "I am really enjoying this new way of working and am looking forward to taking on new animal subjects'. Al has always had a vivid imagination and sense of humour, from his school days when he would doodle in the margins of his exercise-books. It is only in recent years he became a full-time artist. Upon leaving school Al worked for a Bank, then became a printer and eventually joined a graphic design studio as Production Manager. This experience was a useful insight into the art world. He says,"I feel my work to date has only scratched the surface of my imagination and ideas. I am excited about new projects and possibilities that lie ahead."

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It’s not every month that you get to celebrate an 800th anniversary, but that is exactly what is happening this month in Faringdon. It was in 1218 that King Henry III gave the town a Royal Charter to hold a weekly market (he was the tender age of 10 at the time!) This will be acknowledged and celebrated at the Tuesday market on 6th March. In addition to the usual farmer’s market there will be further stalls, entertainment and refreshments. There are due to be more formal celebrations later in the year; plans will be announced very soon. Any businesses that wish to get involved with this event should contact the Town Council as soon as possible. The awards season continues apace; the Fairford and Lechlade Business Club gongs were distributed last month, next up are the Vale4Business awards. Good luck to anyone who has been nominated. Don’t forget that voting for the Town Council’s Community Awards will be starting soon. Go to for more details of the nominated businesses, groups and individuals that enrich our community. On a more serious note, most businesses will be aware that the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) come into effect in May. There are serious consequences for those who do not comply or fail to demonstrate that they can comply. GDPR sets new standards for the storage, collection, distribution and usage of all personal information and data pertaining to a company’s customers. Both the Fairford and Lechlade Business Club and Vale4Business are holding free seminars to assist with compliance. Go to their respective websites for further information. Finally, the Chamber of Commerce is holding its AGM at Sudbury House on Monday March 12th at 7pm. This will be an open meeting and anyone is welcome to attend and contribute to a discussion about the opportunities and challenges that the town faces following the recently announced closure of Lloyds Bank. Are we edging ever closer to a cashless society? Contact:


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REGENT CINEMA Wednesday 7th March - Murder On The Orient Express (12A) (Crime, Drama, Mystery - 2017) When a murder occurs on the train he's travelling on, celebrated detective Hercule Poirot is recruited to solve the case. Director: Kenneth Branagh Stars: Kenneth Branagh, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe Film duration 1 hour 54 mins (with no interval) - if using town car parks, we advise paying for 3 hours Free tea/coffee and a biscuit The Corn Exchange, Faringdon Doors open 12.30pm, film starts at 1pm Tickets 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 23rd March - Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool (15) (Biography, Drama, Romance - 2017) Hollywood actress Gloria Grahame finds romance and happiness with a younger man, but her life changes forever when she is diagnosed with breast cancer in the 1970s Director: Paul McGuigan Stars: Jamie Bell, Annette Bening, Julie Walters Film duration: 1 hour 45 mins plus 15 min interval Licensed bar, sweets, popcorn, refreshments and ice-creams served 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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A recent order for a bottle of the Shackleton blended malt from a customer who lives and works in Antartica in sight of Shackleton’s hut brought to mind my first visit to Islay and the incredible art collection at the Port Charlotte Hotel – in particular, a powerful image of Shackleton’s men hauling a lifeboat across the ice fields after their ship Endurance, got trapped in ice, during the 1914-1917 Trans-Antarctic Expedition. Courage and fortitude in extreme conditions shone through from the painting and the series of Shackleton whiskies that have been recreated following a chance find in 2007, are a fitting tribute to a great explorer and his men. The story of the recreations, starts with the expedition that Shackleton led to Antartica in 1907, when supplies included 25 cases of Mackinlay’s Highland Malt Whisky. Over a year later, after setting a record by coming closer to the South Pole than anyone before, the expedition had to leave in haste and several cases of whisky were left behind under their base camp. When it was rediscovered in 2007 some was made available to Whyte & Mackay for analysis and for Richard Paterson, Master Blender and a man with a great knowledge of and passion for history, as well as whisky this was indeed a ‘gift from heaven’. Clever detective work by Richard revealed the strength of the whisky was 47.3% abv, that Orkney peat was used in the malting and that the spirit had been matured in American white oak sherry casks. Armed with this knowledge, Richard set about recreating a whisky whose profile would be as similar as possible to the original. He used a blend of malt whiskies that included, amongst others, some rare Glen Mhor (the original malt used by Mackinlays) and Dalmore, to produce a delicious dram called the Discovery that reached back in time to touch history. In 2013 a second recreation followed, with this expression being to commemorate Shackleton’s 1914-1917 expedition, the one that inspired the painting I mentioned above, which ultimately led to Shackleton and five of his men making an epic journey from Elephant Island to South Georgia to get help. Based on the same whiskies that went into the Discovery but building on it to create an even more refined whisky, it is described as ‘with a nose of delicate crushed apple, pear and fresh pineapple, this golden, straw-coloured whisky has notes of oak shavings and smoke with a hint of buttery vanilla, creamy caramel and nutmeg.’ This expression, along with its predecessor and another more recent Shackleton blend plus other historically based whiskies like the Aberlour A’bunadh, is a great example of how historic finds and events can lead to recreations of whiskies that allow us to experience whisky as it would have been many years ago, and also stimulates our curiosity to find out more about the history they represent. Fran Thomas

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Eleanor Oliphant Is Complerely Fine By Gail Honeyman I’m a little bit contrary on occasion, truth be told. I don’t know whether it’s because I like to form my own opinions before committing to something, or whether it’s because my back goes up whenever something is lauded to the rafters. Maybe a combination of the two, but I’m generally very wary of books that are over-hyped. And films too. I remember many moons ago my younger brother kept insisting that I see The Matrix. That I would love it. But EVERYONE was talking about it and I just went ‘nah’ until I couldn’t get around not seeing it. And I loved it. Still do. But I’ve had cause over the past twelve months to question my wariness. I remember giving a bit of a thumbs down to His Bloody Project, the novel by Graeme Macrae Burnet in this very column having seen the massive window display that was devoted to it in Waterstones Oxford. I wrote that it was a letdown. But blow me down if I haven’t thought about the imagery in that book every month since I wrote that scathing review. And I’m ready to admit here that I was wrong.

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Our heroine Eleanor is quite unlike any protagonist you’ve ever had to engage with. A deeply damaged person but also touchingly genuine and very, very funny, mainly when she isn’t trying to be. Eleanor has dark shadows in her past, and with the help of Raymond from IT, a most unlikely hero, sets about discovering just what it is that’s haunting her. And it’s dark. It’s very dark. But the novel is handled with skill, compassion, humanity and a large scoop of humour that the darkness doesn’t pervade. We care deeply about every single character because Honeyman has created them that way. She has a very bright future ahead of her. I gave the novel a very rare (for me) five stars on Goodreads where I keep track of the books I’ve read, and monitor the challenge I set myself to read 75 books this year. If they’re all as good as Eleanor Oliphant, I see more five stars, and less contrariness, in my future for 2018.

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March Ramblings!

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Hello and welcome to March’s month’s ramblings. Despite all those ups and downs in temperatures, we seem set for a full-bloom Springtime very soon. We enjoyed our Big Garden Birdwatch citizen science bird count. The RSPB will be collating results to be published a little later this year. I’ve already seen lambs on Welsh farms in early February and a Red Admiral butterfly this month. From now on this is the time where all responsible dog walkers must be extra vigilant regarding livestock, particularly sheep of any age, in the fields we’ve walked that were empty of livestock over-winter. It’s generally accepted that most dogs’ instinct is “to chase”. Livestock worrying can occur when a dog attacks, chases or in the case of sheep, is at large (not on a lead or otherwise under close control) in a field where livestock is kept. Pete Rawcliffe, Scottish National Heritage’s People & Places manager, said, “As winter turns to spring, more people will be enjoying the outdoors – but it’s important to remember livestock will be taking advantage of the longer daylight hours, too. Dog walkers should look out for sheep in fields, even if the field seems empty at first. If you see sheep, keep your dogs on a short lead or close at heel and maintain a good distance. Sheep are scared of dogs and when dogs are (loose or) too close, it can have significant impact on the farm and sheep themselves. For more information and tips on walking dogs near farmland, have a look at the Scottish Outdoor Access Code website at Just as applicable in any part of the UK! While on the dog walking side of life in general, can I please stress responsibility towards livestock and other dogs and their owners by removing dog faeces that seem to accumulate along pathways all too frequently. Not every “present” can be found if in long grass but close to grassy tracks, they’re easy to find and I won’t be alone in clearing up the faeces from dogs clearly not our own. Would it not be far better for every owner to stop briefly, do their bit - every day - and dispose equally responsibly. That’s before I talk about transmissible diseases…!! Thank you for bearing with me – I salute everyone who does their responsible bit. One further discussion on the environment concerns us owners enriching the lives of our senior dogs and cats – tailored environmental enrichment can slow down age-related cognitive decline and also strengthen the human-animal bond of each individual pet, who, with advanced veterinary care, is generally living longer too. Deterioration of cognitive decline can manifest itself in disorientation, altered or reduced social interactions, altered diurnal – nocturnal rhythms – that is, night time wakefulness, house soiling, overplayed vocalisation, decreased activity levels and also leading to increased anxiety or even short-tempers (which can be exacerbated by undisclosed or unpresented aches and pains, such as in OA and the loss of ability to groom or tolerate handling). Do please discuss this issue with your veterinary practice team, as much can be done – along with the use of targeted anti-oxidants, enhanced circulatory medicine and pheromonal therapy. Briefly, these enrichment options can be tailored to the pet’s age and abilities , from specific physical exercise, enhancement of olfactory, visual and auditory signals, non-slip surfaces, unfamiliar items like your lifetime shopping bags and cardboard boxes, treatdispensing toys that need to be moved about, classical music and finally bird tables closer to a window for senior cat window-indoor-shopping – or that fish tank! All food for thought! I shall see this for myself in regard of owls, hawks, kites and eagles, when I travel to the ICBP in Newent, Gloucestershire this month, for a whole day’s handling and flying hawks. The ICBP started life in 1967, so it is an old, well-established part of the raptor world – probably the best known raptor centre in the conservation world, with links to Swansea University, the RSPB and many others. The Prince of Wales has praised the idea of government incentives that could encourage farmers to adopt more widespread environmental measures once the UK leaves the EU. Policy-makers are increasingly aware of an impending ecological crisis, he suggested. In a video address to the Norfolk Farming Conference in February, Prince Charles said that mixed farming systems managed well, combine both conservation and food production in an very integrated way. I’m sure that Prince Charles’ is equally aware of the great efforts that farmers and wider livestock keepers make towards the high and necessary welfare standards of farm livestock, both organic and conventional. Maybe our diminished hedgehog population can come back as well, in response to all the hard work that farmers do to help conserve and respect the environment. Until next month….. Robert. Robert Elliott 21-23 High Street, Stanford In The Vale, SN7 8LH 01367 710595

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Spring Is In The Air!


At the time of writing, the sun is shining, birds are chirping and an increasing number of crocuses, snowdrops and daffodils are emerging, despite the 2 degrees centigrade. One thing that the UK delivers well on is the seasons. Each season presents us with its signature character; from dark, rainy days to long warm evenings. Spring brings with it a brilliance of colour and an emergence from dormancy and all being well, an increase in sunshine (hooray!). Likewise, the seasons reflect a change in cuisine, where it is optimal for eating fresh seasonal produce. This carries on down the line, playing a big influence on which wine is paired with said seasonal cuisine. Spring sees an abundance of asparagus, that pairs beautifully with chicken or fish. However, it can cause a nightmare with wine. This is due to it being a ‘very vegetal vegetable’, presenting itself with a very green chlorophyll flavour which makes a great deal of wine taste metallic and harsh. However, there is a solution……you can always create an asparagus dish loaded with cheese (cheese and wine match beautifully) – or carefully select a wine that compliments ‘le asparagi’. If you aim for wines that are citrus in character, herbal and unoaked, for example, Sancerre or Pouilly Fumé from France’s Loire Valley, Grüner Veltliner from Austria, Alsace Riesling or New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, you will experience a harmonious match. Avoid heavy tannic reds and oaky whites or you’ll have a flavour war on your hands! This Mother’s Day I’ll be sipping something sparkling: Doña Paula Sauvage Blanc NV Uco Valley, Argentina 12.5% abv £10.99 Den Boer Wines A sparkling sauvignon blanc from Argentina that has pronounced aromas of orange blossom and white peach with citrus zest on the palate. It is light and refreshing and will make the perfect partner to pan fried asparagus.

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The Faringdon Folly Tower. The average number of visitors to the Folly Tower on open days was over 300, just slightly more than in 2016. Private booking numbers almost doubled, with Halloween attracting over 200 visitors, mostly families with small children dressed up for the occasion. The Tower is now more than 80 years old and in need of significant repairs. We've started this with refurbishing the 21 windows, and repairs where water ingress has caused damage. We will also be decorating the Lantern and Belvedere Rooms to make them even more attractive venues for private bookings. The wonderful Christmas light is brighter than ever this year. As always, a huge thank you to Peter White who installed electricity in the Tower in 1999 and has erected a light almost every Christmas since. The first Tower opening is April 1st, Easter Day. It is also April Fools Day - so what a wonderful occasion to climb the Folly Tower. Let's hope it's a fine day. You can see other dates on We're on Facebook too. It's good to read the appreciative comments from people. Many people, with or without children spend time in the Folly Woodland. Many are regular visitors, and a good number come from outside Faringdon. On any sunny day there will always be family groups, walkers, dog walkers enjoying the woodland and having fun seeking out the sculptures, getting lots of fresh air and exercise (there's a list of sculptures on the Folly website). We estimate there could be between 15,000 and 30,000 visits to the woodland each year. In September 2017 we were delighted to be listed 5th in the Telegraph's 10 best picnic spots in the UK. The woodland is looking good too, largely due to a band of volunteers who each have agreed to look after their own patch. They do as much as they wish when they have time. It has made a huge difference and it would be good to have a few more such volunteers. Most of you will know that the snow and wind in December and January caused significant damage to our trees. Our contractors spent more than 2 days making damaged trees safe and releasing hung branches from high up in the pine trees. Poor trees. They are vulnerable, being exposed and on a hill, and the damage this time was extensive. We've been reducing the very large patches of nettles and brambles, and self-seeded sycamore, as left alone they would take over. As a result, there are places where more interesting plants have appeared - campion, foxglove, oxeye daisies and lots I don't know the names of. More major woodland work has been paid for through the Tesco Bags of Life grant we were awarded in 2016. It's generally been a good season, with fine weather, though the dry spell through April and May meant that newly planted shrubs and trees struggled. Sadly it looks as if we have lost a few of the big ones we bought - but who knows the roots may be OK - fingers crossed they'll start to grow again. We've planted a large number of spring bulbs - aconite, snowdrops, scilla, crocus and more bluebells. All of these will take a few years to multiply into wonderful swathes of flowers. We've also planted shrubs and trees every year since 2011. Most shrubs - hawthorn, hazel, hornbeam, privet, holly, and yew - have survived though they are taking far longer than I would wish for them to grow to a substantial size. When they do they'll provide mid layer habitat for birds and insects. The trees - Scots pine, beech, oak and field maple - seem to be taking even longer to really thrive and grow. Hopefully, these trees will be well established as and when some of the very old (over 200 years) trees die. You may have wondered where the huge stones came from. They were generously donated by Grundons, of Little Coxwell. They transported them to the Folly for us and a local farmer kindly moved them to their current position. You will know that there are no waste bins around the Folly. This is because the waste collection service is unable to empty them. We therefore, rely on visitors to take away their own and their dogs' waste. Either take it home or deposit it in the bins at the start of each path on the Stanford Road. Thank you to those people who help us by picking up rubbish left by other people. The Folly Tower and woodland are privately owned by the Faringdon Folly Tower Trust (Charity No. 284795) It is not public land though we do allow permissive access. It does not receive financial support from public funds. Our dedicated band of loyal volunteers take care of all of the work associated with maintaining the Tower and woodland and provide stewards for Tower open days. If you would like to help out I'm sure we could find something that suits you for the amount of time you have available. Just contact The Folly Annual Meeting will be on Thursday 8th March at 7pm in the Pump House, in the Market Place. Please join us to hear more about the wonderful progress we have made over the past year and our exciting plans for the year ahead. Please help to repair the Folly Tower go to for ways to contribute, Thank you very much.

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What Do You Know About MEES? You would be forgiven for answering “not much” to this question as there is still a great deal of uncertainty surrounding the new legislation for bringing rented property up to a certain energy efficient standard. MEES, or to give it its full title of Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards, is a move to ensure that all rented property has an energy efficiency score of ‘E’ or above. The Governments 99-page document about its stated intentions were published in October 2017 and it has two key dates that all landlords need to be aware of. Firstly, all new tenancy agreements starting after 1st April 2018 will require the property to have an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) of an ‘E’ or above rating and then, from 1st April 2020, all rented properties must achieve this rating. Whilst there are some exceptions those that breach this new ruling could incur a fine of up to £4,000. In preparation for the 1st of April 2018, Waymark Property wish to provide a summary of some of the key point of MEES: The scope of the regulations applies to most, but not all, domestic private rented sector properties in England and Wales. It covers the following tenancy types: Ÿ A tenancy which is a regulated tenancy for the purposes of the Rent Acts. Ÿ Properties let on a tenancy which is an assured agricultural occupancy and similar tenancies relating to agricultural dwellings.

Ÿ Properties let under an assured tenancy including an assured shorthold tenancy (the majority of all new residential tenancies). If a property is legally required to have an EPC then it is potentially within the scope of the Regulations. A six-month exemption can apply where someone has recently become a landlord to allow time for work to be done, provided one of the following conditions are met: Ÿ The grant of a tenancy is due to a prior contractual obligation. Ÿ If a tenant becomes insolvent and a guarantor takes over the tenancy. Ÿ A new lease is created by operation of law. Ÿ As from 1st April 2020 a temporary exemption applies where someone becomes a landlord on purchasing an interest in a property and on the date of purchase it is let on an existing tenancy. In all cases the exemption is for six months from the date when the person becomes the landlord. After six months, the exemption will expire and the landlord must either have during the six month period improved the property or have registered another valid exception or exemption where the property is F or G rated and required to have an EPC. There is much about the legislation which needs to be clarified and even now there is an ongoing government consultation process over the implementation of parts of the new rules! If you are already a landlord or are about to become one and have any queries as to what you need to do to comply then we will do our very best to pick our way through the maze!

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Rob.. The Cheese Man! Rob

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

Faringdon Business Breakfast Club On a frosty morning there was a very good turnout for our February meeting and the new table arrangements in The Bell were very suitable for our session this month entitled ‘Why I love what I do’ or sometimes called ‘The floor is yours for two minutes’. Although this activity only increases the time each member can speak by one minute, it appears to remove ‘the pressure’ that sometimes exists when we do the 60-second round. This is helpful to anyone who is completely new to business networking and gentler on newcomers who are attending their first meeting. There was a common theme running through many of the messages from the members and that was one of helping other people and businesses. Faringdon Business Breakfast Club is renowned for its friendly and helpful atmosphere so come and try us out – we won’t bite! We had a very broad representation of business services available in and around Faringdon ranging from accountancy through to web services and marketing to name a few. There was a slightly relaxed atmosphere amongst the accountants as they had just got through the annual filing panic at the end of January. I suspect that this will never really go away. At our next meeting on 8 March 2018, we will be hearing from one of our members, Rob Spratley. Rob will be talking about the importance of keeping good posture especially as many of us spend such a long time ‘hunched’ over a computer. You can book your place and why not bring a friend or colleague, just go to:


10 - 4:30PM 10 - 4:30PM 10 - 4:30PM 10 - 4:30PM

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

Lechlade Branch

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01367 240402 We offer government funded Nursery places to some 2 year olds, as well as 3 and 4 year olds For more information, contact

01367 243800 Old Sawmills Rd, Park Rd, Faringdon, SN7 7DS


The Positive Pigeon Project in conjunction with The Crafty Crew at The Pump House Project The Positive Pigeon Project is our next Community Art project to coincide with Folly Fest 2018 27th-29th July We want everyone to make an origami paper pigeon which will be displayed in the Corn Exchange and The Folly Tower, after which the pigeons will be given as gifts to visitors to Faringdon via The Tourist Information Office and The Folly Tower. This is a positive affirmation of thanks from the people of Faringdon to visitors to the town. Get involved by making a pigeon or helping with the display. If you can fold a piece of paper, then you can make a pigeon. Instructions on how to make a pigeon, paper templates and further information can be found on The Positive Pigeon Project page on the website Or maybe you would like to help with creating the display or working with the local groups to ensure as many people as possible get to make one. Email


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Monday-Friday 8am - 5pm Saturday 9am - 4pm

Tel: 01367 240112 *We reserve the right to remove the online coupon at anytime without notice

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Out and About Date



Thu 1st

Celebrate World Book Day

The Information Centre, Pump House





Thu 1st

White Horse Garden Club Talk: Summer flowers from Seed

Thomas Hughes Memorial Hall, Uffington


Pamela 01367-820251 or

Members Free Visitors £2.50

Fri 2nd

Faringdon Breastfeeding Cafe

The Pump House Project

noon 1.30pm astfeedingcafe

Free - Every week

Sat 3rd

Community Litter Pick

Meet at Old Town Hall


Rebekah Pugh 01367 240281

Sat 3rd

Faringdon Day Centre Quiz Evening

Blessed Hugh Catholic Church Hall


Sue Thrower 01367 240848

Tue 6th

Medieval Market

Market Square


Wed 7th

Murder on the Orient Express (12A)

The Regent Cinema


Wed 7th

“Why we need an anti-war government.”

Friends Meeting House, Lechlade Road


Thu 8th

U3A Talk: About Alfred Williams

The Corn Exchange


Thu 8th

Faringdon Folly Trust Progress Meeting and AGM

Jubilee Room, Pump House

7 - 9pm

All Welcome

Fri 9th

Goodbye Christopher Robin (PG)

The Beacon Wantage


Call To Book 01235 763 456


Sat 10th

The Yearning with Cotswold Voices

Corn Exchange


Sat 10th

Fairtrade Stall

St Denys’ Church

10am 12noon

Sun 11th

Mothers Day Lunch

The Bell Hotel


01367 358 050


Sun 11th

Mothering Sunday Lunch



Michael Hillyard 01367 244267

Lunch 1pm Music from 3pm

Mon 12th

Stanford Art Group Meeting

Stanford Village Hall


David Morton 01367 710754

Non Members £4 Members £2

Tue 13th

Stanford Local History Society: 2nd World War Evacuees

Small Hall, Stanford Village Hall


Phil Morris: 01367 710285

Visitors £2

Wed 14th

Archery Free Taster

Faringdon Leisure Centre

5 - 7pm

Book a place 01367 241755 or email

Over 8s

Wed 14th

Another Year Gone! Folly Dollies

Catholic Church Hall


Membership £41 Visitor £5

Fri 16th

Faringdon Twinning Quiz Night

Catholic Church Hall


Hazel on 01367 241893 or email

£10 per team

Sat 17th

Faringdon Singers Spring Concert

All Saints Church, Faringdon


01367-820230 or

Free Donations for Helen & Douglas House

Sat 17th

Jumble Sale

Langford Village Hall


Doreen (01367) 860060 or Janet 860509

Raflle & refreshments

Sat 17th

Women’s Breakfast Talk: “The Child in the Adult”

St Denys’ Church


To book Julia Thorp on 07760370717 or


Sun 18th

Paddington 2 (U)

The Beacon Wantage


Call To Book 01235 763 456


Sun 18th

Paddington 2 (U): Autism Friendly screening

The Beacon Wantage


Call To Book 01235 763 456


Wed 21st

British Legion Talk: The Oldest Road

Faringdon Bowls Club



Fri 23rd

Sadlers Gastro Evening Welsh Cuisine

Sadlers in Faringdon


01367 240678

5 Tasting Courses for £25

Fri 23rd

Film Stars don’t die in Liverpool (15)

The Regent Cinema


Fri 23rd

Red Nose Day: Coffee Morning and Cake Sale


10:30am 12:30pm

Fri 23rd

Easter Bingo

Stanford Social Club


Sun 25th

Worlds Rock Against Dementia Weekend



Michael Hillyard 01367 244267

Pandemonium will enteratin

Fri 30th

Live Music: The Zoots

The Beacon Wantage



All ages welcome Parents must stay

£10 includes hot supper

Advance £4 On the door £5 Jennie Karen

01367 710308 01367 241707

Donations Visitors: £1.50

Free Entry Bar

Tickets from £3 U18s, £4 Adults £10 family Michael Hillyard 01367 244267

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Local Events Date






Every Sun

Easy Cycling

Under the Town Hall, Faringdon


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


Mon, Tue & Wed

Free One to One IT Help

Faringdon Library

2:30pm 4:30pm



Every Mon

Sing and Sign Classes

Old Town Hall


Reserve place on website

Every Mon

Bridge Club

Faringdon United Church

6.45pm 10.15pm

Françoise Stacey, Secretary of the Club: 01367 241813

£2 per person

Every 2nd & 4th Mon

Disco Dots

Pump House Project


Lucy 07900 800657


3rd Mon

Faringdon WI

Catholic Church Hall



Every Mon & Thurs

Faringdon Day Centre

Baptist Church Hall Bromsgrove

9:15- 2:15

Supervisor 07523 116918

1st Tue

Farmers Market

Market Place, Faringdon

Until 1pm

01367 710445

Every Tue

Coffee Morning

Faringdon Library

10:00 - 11:30

Sheena 01367 240311 Kat Culverwell 07800568040

£7 inc lunch. Transport available Free

Every Tue

Baby & Toddler Sensory

The Pump House Project

10:30am 11.30am

Every Tue

Whist Drive

The Old Town Hall


Sylvia 01367 242007

Just turn up

Every Tue&Thur

Baby & Toddler 0-4yrs

United Church

9:30 -11am Alex Molton


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

United Reformed Church

Wed 5:30pm Thurs 9:30am

Wed 7:30pm Louise 07717 681939


Every Thu

Slimming World

Stanford Primary School


Nancy 07710177808


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


Faringdon Leisure Centre

Fri 5-6pm

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


£3 per session

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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:


Self Storage Rooms for Business and Home

The Cheap Way to Add Space

01367 240880


Chickens & Poultry Feed All at unbeatable prices Ÿ Ÿ Ÿ Ÿ

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

Swan Hill

Dog Grooming & Spa Swan Hill Farm Buildings Townsend Road Shrivenham SN6 8HR

Call Beth Keene on 07398 505794


We stock Nitty Gritty Headlice Lotion

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

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

Corporate Service Courier Service Executive Cars Insured Cars

01367243838-07894572919 01367705030


Homeopathy FARINGDON 01367 244 611

Short/Long Distances Business Accounts Driver Hire 4/7 Seater's

Society of Homeopaths

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



Quality Shoe Repairs Key Cutting Engraving Watch Repairs ID & Visa Photo’s Trophy's Gifts For all Occasions Authorized Zippo Retailer VAPE’S & E-Liquid *NEW IN*

Open Mon - Fri 8:30 - 5:30 Sat 9:00 - 5:00

01367 243134

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Experts - local services

SECRETARIAL WORK REQUIRED. Mondays £15 - £17 per hour. Please contact Rupert on: 01367 820313 07976747427

20% Off First Booking See Facebook For Our Specials Carswell Golf & Country Club, Faringdon, SN7 8PU


Call Vicky 07958 241342

All internal plasterwork,Traditional lime plastering, External rendering & specialist finishes

Robbie Anger Plastering

All Of Your Pets Needs Under One Roof

075430129076 Local, with references you can call, no job is to small

Tel: 01367 240126 - 07837500985 Oakfield, Great Coxwell, SN7 7LU 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


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

Monika Becker H.P Holistic Practitioner

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

New Now Available on a Tuesdays 12:45 to 4:45pm in Lotus Retreat, Faringdon.


07919 241881

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

Phone: 07879 013359 Mail:

Fully licensed & insured, CRB approved


Registered with the NICEIC domestic installer “part P” SCHEME

FERNDALE CHOIR, Just turn up and Sing! Everyone Welcome Wednesdays 7-8.30pm - Term Time Only £3.50 per session - Free first trial No experience needed Join us at: The Catholic Church Marlborough Street Faringdon SN7 7JE Doors open 6.45pm For more information please contact:

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Claire Marie: 07774 510599 Well where do I start!!! What a amazing night at The Bell hotel Faringdon. From start to finish the atmosphere was just electric, Lots of activity going on in both groups, Room 8 never fails, with guests having to be taken out, our meters going wild, dark shadows being seen by all, also what sounded like a male groaning, with guests being touched. In room 8, everyone heard someone coming up the stairs, when we went to investigate, thinking it was one of our team members coming up...... there was no one there!‌We were the only ones in that part of the building! Our two separate groups, both picked up on the same things! Down in the cellar two Monks made there presence known, they also had, great table tipping and glass moment going on, with great response from our meters, the doors were even slamming on there own! The list is just endless! Sorry for our live feeds, lol (I’m not used to these live feeds) but hoped you enjoyed them, we will get better at them with time. Thanks you to Bell Hotel, for letting us investigate your amazing 14th century inn, and for the warm welcoming we always receive from you guys, a special thank you to Jamie New for the fantastic buffet, looking after and helping us! Thanks to My crazy gang Stevie Bird, Jamie Dodson and Charlie. To my amazing ghost walker Jason Priest but most of all my guests, old and new, you guys rocked! See you next time.......Claire P x

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