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May 2014

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

Inside this month: Hare In The Woods: A Little Nibble Book Review: A Norwegian Tragedy Oxfordshire Art Weeks: 3rd - 11th May The Gifted Magpie: 1st Birthday Celebrations Robert Elliot: Our Pigs, Cats & Bob The Street Cat Chickens @ Seven Acres: Little Jim - Their New Arrival Arkwrights Whisky & Wines: Islay’s Bowmore Distillery Chariots and Cherry Pie: Competition Prize Worth £200 Promoting local business, trade and services. Advertise! Be Seen! Call Lou 01367 244975 or 07894 554551


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CALL ALLAN ON 07851 185274

Anna Marlow Anna lives in Faringdon with her husband, two children and one slightly unruly Cocker Spaniel! She is a SEN Teacher by day but spends as much time as possible out and about with her camera. You can find more examples of her work at

Keratin Hair Treatment No more frizzy hair! Transform your hair with the revolutionary progressive smoothing treatment with Keratin… Smooth, silky, shiny and tangle-free hair… Lasts 3 - 4 months, only £50 Call Jane @ Tangles Lechlade 01367 252374 or 07788156438

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Call Trish: 01367 820060 Cowleaze Farm, Woolstone, Oxon SN7 7QS Email: Faringdon Business Breakfast Club Faringdon Business Breakfast Club meeting 7th April 2014 at Sudbury House The members gathered for coffee and to swap ideas before the usual excellent breakfast was served at 8am. Club Chairman, Paul Brame, kicked off proceedings by welcoming three new members. Each member in turn then briefly introduced their business and the kind of opportunities they’re looking for, and Paul chose to introduce himself with one of his trademark poems. The main business of the breakfast was a ‘1-2-1’ session, as members got together in pairs for a quick ten minutes to share business opportunities and offers, before moving on to their next chosen face-to-face. It is a great way to pick each other’s brains. As always, conversations continued after the session, and many valuable contacts were reinforced. Mary Thomas of Concise Training told us about an exciting new community venture – CoderDojo. This is a coding club for young people. Apart from helping them get to grips with IT, it also develops the valuable life skills of logic and testing. The first meeting will be at Costa Coffee at 6pm on 29th April for school years 5-6 (accompanied by a parent or guardian). Participants will need to book in advance on The Breakfast Club’s next meeting will be on 12th May when Valerie King will talk about the Nasio Trust, working with young people in Kenya. To book your place visit

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Business Update The Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate Andrew Hayter and Bethia Thomas on their appointment as the new Town Centre Coordinators, picking up and building on the sterling work undertaken by Mirabelle Mack. They have hit the ground running and came to present to our meeting, last month, about the projects that they will be working on. One of these projects is the expansion of the Faringdon Loyalty Card scheme, which is about to enter its third year. We have dedicated our next meeting solely to discuss the scheme. This will be held on Monday 12 May 2014 at the Old Town Hall starting at 6:30pm. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss best practice in loyalty and retail marketing. We will have representatives from Abingdon, Wantage and Thame as well as Faringdon to share their experiences of similar schemes and discuss what has or hasn’t worked and ask why with a view to improving them for the future. This will be followed by a round table discussion facilitated by Guy Chatburn of Please do come and have your say at what promises to be a very interesting event. Respond to if you would like to come as there is limited space in the venue so don’t delay. Take the opportunity to give your feedback on the loyalty card scheme by taking part in our simple on-line survey at - all participants completing the survey before the end of May will be entered into a prize draw. The Chamber of Commerce was delighted to present the Town Council’s Community Business Award to Lesley Holdship of “Hare in the Woods”.

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

Robert & Staff would like to welcome you To The Eagle Watchfield…

6 Cornmarket, Faringdon Entrance behind “The Barbers Shop”

07920260841 Late Night Appointments available until 9pm

Award Winning Cask Marque Ales £3 pint Open All Day Every Day Live Music - Quiz Nights - Karaoke Your local community pub Serves Traditional Grub & Basket Meals All home made with meat supplied by Pat Thomas Butchers Children and Dogs Welcome

THE GRANGE CARE CENTRE Stanford in the Vale, Faringdon, Oxfordshire Quality 24-hour residential nursing care for elderly persons. Do you need a long or short stay holiday break? If you’re looking for a nursing home for yourself or a loved one, make sure to come and visit us. Ÿ Daily activities Ÿ Beautiful landscaped gardens Ÿ Entertainment Ÿ Nutritional meals Ÿ Residential hairdressing Ÿ Highly trained staff Ÿ Personal furniture Ÿ Single/companion Whether you require 24 hour nursing care, a short break or Ÿ En-suite facilities rooms you’re recovering from an operation, you’ll find just the care you need at The Grange. Ÿ GP visits/24 nursing Ÿ Superb facilities In the serene setting of what was originally a 17th century vicarage, you’ll benefit from the kind of considerate attention our dedicated staff are noted for. We cater to all specialised needs and many of our rooms are en-suite. Although a restful place, there’s no shortage of activities. Live entertainment is often the order of the day and many of our activities take place in the garden.

Please do phone and come and visit us. We would love to meet you and your family. Call 08444 725 182 or email: Visit our website:

Lets Talk about Whisky

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car-Wash & Dry Drive in…only £10.00 01367 244895 behind Esso Garage… Unit 3 RAC Park Rd Faringdon SN7 8LA

Coming into Bowmore, Islay’s main centre of habitation, you pass the rather quirky circular church – built in that shape so as to prevent the devil hiding in the corners! Going on down the wide main street to the bottom of the hill you come to the attractive harbour, then situated right next to the sea, Bowmore Distillery. As with other Islay distilleries, this location made great sense logistically when the distillery was founded in 1779 (which, incidentally, makes it the oldest distillery on Islay) as provisions could easily be shipped in and the whisky dispatched far and wide. Bowmore is an interesting distillery to visit as it still has its own floor maltings and these produce 40% of the distillery’s malt requirements. This makes for a particularly interesting tour, as does the knowledge and enthusiasm of the staff, and the fabulous views from the visitor centre are the icing on the cake even (perhaps, especially) on a wild and windy Islay day when the sea is lashing against the distillery. Like the majority of distilleries on Islay, Bowmore’s whiskies are peated but the medium peating level means their malts are smoky rather than medicinal and you will often also detect the distillery’s trademark notes of ‘parma violet’ in its whiskies. If you’ve not tried an Islay malt before then a dram from Bowmore would be an ideal place to start and their description of the 12 year old as being like ‘vanilla ice cream at a beach bonfire’ evokes beautifully a malt that makes a great introduction to the distillery’s range. Leading on from the 12 year old is the 15 year old - matured in bourbon and oloroso casks. The heady mix of dark chocolate, dried fruits, toffee and smoke make this a rich and complex dram that is very addictive. The 18 and 25 year old in the core range continue and expand on this theme of chocolate and fruit, with the addition of some nuttiness in the case of the 25 year old. Bowmore also release some limited editions and one of my current favourites is Tempest Batch 4. The whiskies from each batch are all distinctly different from each other but the common thread that runs through is a citrus element allied with smoke and an unmistakable salty tang. Batch 5 will be with us any day soon and I can’t wait to try it. In fact, there’s lots to look forward to over the next month or so as not only are several new expressions from Bowmore due in but also some of the range will be featuring in our June whisky tasting so if you want to give them a try sign up for our newsletter now at so you don’t miss out on getting a ticket! Fran Thomas

Arkwrights Whisky and Wines

Come and have a walk around our garden displays to get ideas and inspiration We have handcrafted paving produced on site and also sandstone, travertine & limestone from all around the world Open to trade & retail • Closed Sunday

Tel: 01367 240112


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Twelve artists exhibiting a wide range of art in four venues in the beautiful village of Great Coxwell. Work includes handmade books, silver and stone jewellery, photography, fine art, drawing, stone carving, ceramics and contemporary knitted accessories. Delicious coffees, lunches and teas available in the Reading Room with proceeds going to the Village Hall and St. Giles Church. Plant sale at the church. May 3rd - 5th and 10th - 11th. Open 11.00am - 5.30 pm. Refreshments and toilets at the Reading Room. Free entry. Most venues are wheelchair accessible. Great Coxwell village, near Faringdon, Oxfordshire, SN7 7NB. For more information contact Annabelle: 01367-242768 Or facebook ARTWEEKS in Great Coxwell. Jools Elphick, Margaret Townsend, Annabelle Zinoveiff Martin Carter, Fiona Giles, John Rounce, William Rounce, Julie Smith, Karen Vogt

Vale Artist Venue The Rookery 35 Marlbourogh St Faringdon SN7 7JL 01367 242030 The Vale Artists David Parker-Woolway Sharon Rich WOA Pat Elmore Tara Parker-Woolway WOA Sam Thulin WOA

Granary Studio Venue Manor Farm Stanford in the Vale Oxfordshire SN7 8NN Telephone: 01844 279151 Siobhan Cox Kate Daunt WOA Noriko Macfarlane Alex Madden Marjut Roberts Yvonne Robinson WOA Richard Scott-Watson Jane Stillwell


New Arrival Jim

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Jim arrived on 1st April at 11:00 to a very proud mum Rosie!.. Chickens@Seven Acres Nursery Faringdon road Stanford in the Vale


OPENING HOURS: MON, TUE, WED, FRI, SAT 9AM - 5PM THURSDAY CLOSED SUNDAYS 10AM - 4PM Faringdon Road, Stanford in the Vale, SN7 8NN

Seven Acres Nurseries Bedding plants annuals all now in stock!……

Jim only 10 days old! Tony Maria and Dan would like to welcome you to visit little Jim and mum Rosie, the rest of the chickens, ducks, rabbits and pigs, feed is available to purchase from the shop….. Bring along the children or by yourself, for a close-up look of all the animals. With plenty of bedding plants, garden ornaments, feed and much more to choose from. A special offer of 5 bags of compost for only £10

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Open Quality Shoe Repairs Monday - Friday Key Cutting 8:30 - 5:30 Engraving Saturdays Watch Repairs 9:00 - 5:00 ID & Visa Photo’s Faringdon Cobblers Trophy's 01367 243134 Gifts For all Occasions 8 CORNMARKET FARINGDON



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Finding Value This article has been in the back of my mind for some time and has now thrust itself into the limelight, swept off the coat tails of the Chancellor, George Osborne’s recent budget. As much as it would delight me no end to have a good old rant about the injustices of the continued rises in the costs of living etc., the aim here is to share with you the breakdown of the associated costs inside a bottle of wine; many of which are hidden. Firstly, looking at the cost of what we will refer to as ‘entry level’ wine priced at £5.99 or under, the largest part of the cost is that of the government’s duty and VAT charges of 51%. This is closely followed by the associated costs of production (43%), which includes the costs of winery labour, shipping, general winery overheads, retailer’s margins, advertising etc. The final portion coming in at a whopping 6% is allocated to the wine itself. Moving up the scale, towards the £9.99 price point, the duty and VAT account for 37% and other costs 39%, increasing the value of the wine to 24%. At this level, more care would have been taken in grape berry selection at harvest, the wine may have had longer maturation times or been influenced by oak. Location also has its part to play in the pricing equation. The price of the grapes is influenced by how desirable their region is; the more posh the address, the higher the price. For example, basic chardonnay grapes from Burgundy will command a higher premium than those from the Languedoc. Branding and product placement adds more variables to the mix – where paying £10 for a Bordeaux red will buy you an entry level wine, the same money will buy you a premium level Chilean or Argentinian wine. This then leads onto the question that is often raised: ‘is a £9.99 wine nearly twice as better than a £5.99 wine?’ This is very difficult to quantify. The facts and cost breakdown would imply a definite ‘yes’, one would have a ‘better’ quality wine. However, as I often express to those who pose this question, each of us are different and appreciate different aromas and flavours in wine. There is no right and wrong here. What appeals to one may not appeal to another; one person would rate a youthful fruity Australian Shiraz priced at £7.99 over a complex, concentrated £60 Bordeaux wine any day! Donna 01367 241169 / 07919 241881 Email:

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The Gifted Magpie!



Telephone: 01793 763181 High Street, Highworth, Wiltshire SN6 7AG


TEL 01367 243324 07918 660725 14 Pioneer Road, Faringdon, Oxfordshire SN7 7BU

The Gifted Magpie celebrated its first birthday last month. The gift shop opened in London Street last April, and in spite of these tough economic times, it has gone from strength to strength. Shop owner, Rachel, writes about her first year in Faringdon: The year has flown by so quickly. It took about six months to get established, but it was good to have that time to build up the stock and prepare for the Christmas rush! December was really busy, and business has remained steady into the new year - there are still plenty of local people coming in for the first time, which is very encouraging. I try to stock a diverse range of gifts - things that you won't necessarily find in other shops, or online, so sourcing new products is a constant challenge, although a very enjoyable one. A year into the business I am still developing the inventory, focusing on both quality and affordability, and adjusting the layout of the store to accommodate a wider selection. Shopping can be frustrating when you’re trying to find a gift, so I hope customers will find the products here more interesting than the average gift shop. Something that makes this shop unique is the selection of local goods - fine soaps from The Little Goat Soap Company, works of art by Kathy Webster, hand made gifts, prints, jewellery and textiles from Bohemian Pearl, and exclusive custom-made cushions from Becksie & Lotty. These artists and craftspeople are all an absolute joy to work with and they are creating fantastic things. Faringdon is such a friendly town and I have made some great friends. People are so kind and have made me feel very welcome. What's more, lots of people are actively supporting their local shops, I am fortunate to have some regular customers who always try to do their shopping in Faringdon. I am very grateful to these people, customers and friends, everyone who has supported me in getting the business off the ground. I would like to take this opportunity to extend a warm thank you.

Rachel Gibbs 01367 243004

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Banning the permanent housing of sow in stalls


Ensuring pigs have straw or other materials to root in and explore


Ending the routine docking of pigs’ tails

Whilst some progress has already been made on the sow stall ban, at least 235,000 pigs still remain illegally confined in sow stalls. The routine docking of pigs’ tails and housing of pigs in barren environments are still widespread. Then there is the campaign to end live farm animal exports, with the complementary campaign to reduce the maximum travelling time to 8 hours anywhere within the EU. In 2010 the numbers of animals exported from Great Britain had dropped to 4000 sheep and no calves. But by April 2011, more than 4,000 sheep and 600 calves had been exported. Since then, from May 2011 to December 2011, there were 32 crossings carrying 143 lorry loads of sheep and 39 lorry loads of calves. The main problem area is the welfare of those animals that travel through, then OUT of the protection of the EU, which is why the live export campaign becomes very relevant: “Kill the flea, not the cat” is a poster message from the International Cat Care campaign to stop permethrin poisoning in cats. This will be a bigger seasonal issue as owners now buy DOG-licensed permethrin products, which are invariably fatal to cats in contact with dogs earlier than the 3 whole days of separation, post-DOG-application. Never, ever apply any permethrin to cats. Flea control IS important to the health of your cat but please chose the correct treatment and IF IN ANY DOUBT, PLEASE consult your veterinary practice, where many products, safe AND effective, are available for cats and dogs. Ending on a really happy note, do please explore this link to The Guardian’s recent article on Bob the Street Cat’s books, headlining with: Bob the Street Cat books sell 1 million copies in THE UK “Homeless busker James Bowen was helped in his struggle against addiction by the companionship of a stray cat…..” read on!! For those of you unable to view The Guardian article, online, dated 18th March 2014 “Bowen's agent .. heralded the story's "massive international success", saying "it goes to show that this lovely story, of the mutual love and respect between a man and his cat, resonates around the world". "I think I've opened people's eyes to things they never understood properly" said Bowen of the book's success. "I never ever thought I would be able to turn my life around … and be the voice of people who can't be heard."

Robert Elliott 21-23 High Street, Stanford In The Vale, SN7 8LH

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

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Families Welcome Homemade food served all day Sunday Carvery One Course £7.50 Two courses £10.00 (Booking recommended) Facilities Available for Business Meetings

Ideal Venue For Celebrations of all kinds: Birthdays Christenings Anniversaries Weddings Business Facilities Available

Non Members Welcome All Day Breakfast From £5.00 May Events Quiz night 9th £4.00 per team (max 6 per team)


Chrissie’s Pudding Club 16th

Full Bar Menu

Psychic Night 24th

Fixed or Bespoke Jazz Night 30th Options Available for Wedding Reception Functions For Bookings and Enquiries call Alastair on 01367 870909

Healthy Tips

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Continued from April edition… Weight training – will women bulk up from heavy weight training? The desire to tone muscles but without building them One of the most commonly-stated myths in women’s health is that you can “tone” muscle without building muscle. The fitness industry and media use this term as an alternative to “building muscle” for more effective marketing. “Tone” is an aesthetically-pleasing euphemism used to avoid generating images of steroid-induced, bulky women bodybuilders. The toning myth has also led to the misconception that women should work out differently than men. To develop a fit, strong and feminine body, women need to train using the same type of equipment, applying the same principles of training, and performing the same exercise routines as men. There is no such thing as exercises for men and exercises for women. Fear of being judged by others and intimidated by free weights Many are intimidated by using the free-weight area of the gym, and how to lift the weights. It is possible to purchase equipment for home-based workouts until you gain a baseline level of experience and feel comfortable enough to join a gym. Others may seek out a qualified trainer that can teach them how to properly perform the exercises. So what conclusion might we reach? Well, that lifting weights makes a person ‘smaller’ – the density of fat vs. muscle tissue Muscle tissue is more compact than fat as it has a different density. Fat being very soft and loose, takes up more space than muscle does when comparing equal weights of both tissue types. Muscle is about 18% more dense than fat. If you gained 10 lbs. of muscle and at the same time you lost 10 lbs. of fat, you would be smaller in size. On the scale you’d weigh the same, but your trousers for example would be looser. Top 8 reasons why every woman should lift weights: 1. It increases your metabolism and BMR so that you are burning fat 24/7 2. You become empowered and more confident. This acquired strength carries over into many other areas of life and helps you to be successful 3. It enhances curves, sculpts and shapes your body by increasing muscle tissue 4. It reduces the risk of osteoporosis by increasing bone density 5. It is the most effective anti-aging activity that exists, creating a “Fountain of Youth” 6. It reduces the risk of many life-style related diseases and chronic illnesses 7. It Increases energy levels and improves mood through the release of brain-chemicals that reduce anxiety and depression 8. It raises the quality of life and well-being in countless areas such as sexuality, vitality, and relationships So give weight training a go and feel the benefits. Shape your mind and shape your body! The Gym at Carswell 01367 870837 Please email:

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FOLLYFEST EVENTS FOR MAY Country Sports Afternoon Sunday 25th May @ Faringdon Cricket Club from 1pm to 5pm Come and join us for an afternoon of traditional country sports including “Wife” Carrying! The bar will be open serving refreshments; we have a BBQ, live music from The White Horse Whisperers and a Hog Roast!

Faringdon “Wife” Carrying Trophy 2014 FollyFest would like to invite each public house and business in the Faringdon area to enter at least one team into this exciting event. A set of rules will be available in Faringdon pubs. Sunday May 25th 2014 at Faringdon Cricket Club. Entry fee is £10. Weigh in from 1pm, races start at 4pm 831 foot-long track with 3 obstacles (one is water). Wives must be over 17 and weigh over 108lbs (there will be a weigh in for all wives) and “wives” don’t have to be female. Prize for the fastest racer is barrel of beer and a Trophy Prize. Please register by emailing: Update on Bands Bands confirmed for the FollyFest Main Stage in the Market Place so far include The Original Rabbit Foot Spasm Band, The White Horse Whisperers, The Shapes, The Wirebirds, and Cooper Black. Find us on Facebook – Follyfest Follow us on Twitter - @Follyfestoxon

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Specialising in Muscular Conditions Whiplash, Sciatica, Neck and Back Pain Serious therapy…Serious results (usually) …………….. for serious people.

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GREAT FOOD! Lunchtime 12.00pm - 3pm Evening 6.00pm - 9.00pm


Adrian & Tracy “Look forward to meeting you at the Barrington Arms”

Tuesday - Curry & Pint £10.00 Wednesday - Choice of Homemade Pies & Pint £10.00 Thursday - Sirloin Steak Meal for Two £25.00 Friday - Breakfast Club 9am - 11pm Fish 'n' Chips Eat in or Takeaway Sunday Carvery £9.95 Children £5.95 Choice of 3 Meats!

…Live Music…

Sat 3rd May - Beat Holes

Sat 31st May - Missin’ Rosie

Live Bands!

Nearest hotel to the Defence Academy 9 Luxury en-suit bedrooms £70 per night including breakfast

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Peas Please!…

Come along and join us! HAPPY HOUR 30th May from 6pm

With free sample menu nibbles… Meat raffle last Friday of every month…

Call Josie on:


Peas Please! It's definitely possible to start thinking of summery food in May. Everything is really starting to blossom and bloom and the weather is really getting going in the sunshine stakes. And I often think that a lot of the produce ready now is green! Peas, broad beans, lettuces, spring onions and watercress. All different shades with a wonderful vibrancy reminiscent of high summer. Many of these lovely green beauties mix and match really well creating beautiful marriages of flavour. And all these seasonal treats cook quickly too, so our everyday cooking will change from long and slow to fast and simple. Young broad beans and peas thrown in to a simple risotto with some good Parmesan is a wonderful supper. Eat with some punchy salad leaves simply dressed with balsamic and olive oil. Or why not whizz up a pesto with watercress, pine nuts, parmesan, lemon and garlic. Thin with a little olive oil and use as a dip, coat pasta or thickly spread over salmon then roast. All these wonderful things are here now, so let's get cooking. Why not try this really simple chicken dish for either a quick supper or perhaps even tart it up by serving it with some bubbly. To serve 4: Take an onion and peel and chop it. Heat a generous knob of butter in a wide, deep frying pan and add the onion and also a peeled crushed clove of garlic. Cook gently for 7-8 minutes. Pour in 50ml stock, 300ml double cream and the juice of half a lemon. Season generously. Next, slice 3 chicken fillets lengthways in to 4 and drop in to the sauce. Simmer for around 10 minutes. Add in 100g podded peas and cook for another 4-5 minutes. Check the seasoning and adjust if you need to, then serve with some rice or new potatoes and some more lovely greens.

Lesley Holdship Hare in the Woods 07754 086316 Twitter @hareinthewoods 11 London St Faringdon SN7 7AE

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Open Days May 4th & 18th 11am - 5pm

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

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Longcot Church Sunday 22nd June Tickets for a very special Spanish evening are now available. For the second in a series of musical evenings at Longcot’s St Mary’s Church presented by Longcot Ocktaves, Casa Margarita has agreed to perform Margarita & The House of Love at St Mary's on Sunday, 22nd June 2014 at 5.30pm. This is an intimate show that combines the beautiful and little known music of Spain with cameo love stories. Funny, sad, witty, clever, heartbreaking and hopeful, this is a musical jigsaw of love that fits into an old house in Seville. Scriptwriter Nicola Harrison has collaborated with five worldclass musicians and a narrator to weave the music of Granados, de Falla, Rodrigo and other Spanish composers into a compelling and passionate tale. “It is evening and Jiraldo sits on the roof and watches the sun set over Seville. The air is heavy with the scent of jasmine, and bougainvillea trails over the walls, flecked with golden particles of dust that sparkle in the evening light. The murmurs of lovers rise up from the street, and the bright colours of girls’ dresses move like oblongs of life down the cobbled streets…” “Ravishing music, exciting rhythms and an untraditional approach.” Oxford Times Lisa Moore….07854 651961

There is an optional PreBooked two-course Spanish Supper afterwards at Longcot’s village ‘taberna’, The King & Queen, at 8.15pm (£15 to include a generous £2 donation to Longcot 800). Box Office: Tickets £17.50 each (to include glass of wine or elderflower) from the King & Queen, Longcot during opening hours, online or by post at or LONGCOT OCKTAVES is a series of musical evenings at St Mary’s Church, Longcot to help raise funds for the Longcot 800 campaign to create kitchen & toilet facilities in St Mary’s so it can be used more widely by our community. The inaugural concert in July 2013 was ‘Divas of Swing’ performed by acclaimed jazz vocalist, Val Wiseman accompanied by Nigel Fox on piano. For further information please contact Belinda Boyd 01793 780780 or email More information can be found at or

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Root & Branch Spring Plant Sale Sunday 11 May 1 – 4pm Root & Branch is holding a Plant Sale on Sunday 11 May from 1 to 4pm to which everyone is welcome! Our beautiful organic garden will be open for you to browse and sit in, and you’ll find us at Westmill Farm on the B4508, the road between Highworth and Watchfield.


BARBERS Shop Faringdon

There will be sales of plants to adorn your flower beds and hanging baskets plus a choice of herbs and vegetables, all grown by our gardeners and the volunteers who help them. There will also be delicious refreshments on sale. Root & Branch is a therapeutic gardening and rural craft project for people who experience mental health difficulties, such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder. Located on an organic farm in the beautiful Vale of White Horse, Root & Branch provides the opportunity for people to become involved in a wide range of interesting activities such as organic gardening and horticulture, blacksmithing, woodworking, crafts, artwork, and cookery. So, please come and join us for an enjoyable afternoon in this amazing hidden gem!

Call: 01793 780380

Ashbury Lodge 261 Marlborough Road Swindon SN3 1NW 01793 496827 Residential and Specialist Dementia Care Respite and Day Care Downs View Care Centre Badbury Swindon SN4 OEU 01793 740240 Residential and Specialist Dementia Care Respite and Day Care Church View Nursing Home Rainer Close Stratton St. Margaret Swindon SN3 4YA 01793 820761 Residential and Specialist Nursing Care Respite and Day Care

Welcome to the Barbers Shop Faringdon!

Opening Hours Tuesday & Wednesday 9:00 - 6:00 Thursday 9:00 - 7:00 Friday 9:00 - 6:00 Saturday 8:30 - 2:00 Cornmarket Faringdon Tel: 01367 244611

Coate Water Care Coate Water Care is a family business with care homes in Swindon, Wiltshire and surrounding areas Maintained to high standards, our thoughtfully designed care homes offer 24 hour, premium quality nursing, personal and specialist Dementia Care. Respite Care and Day Care services are available at all homes, this can be a helpful resource which could delay the necessity of a permanent placement. We provide a complete range of facilities and services to suit your individual care needs. Every home offers an extremely comfortable, stimulating, safe and friendly atmosphere, so it's not surprising that our homes have consistently gained high ratings!

If you would like to know more, simply contact Michelle on 01793 528924 or 0785 661655 Visit our website

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A NORWEGIAN TRAGEDY - Anders Behring Breivik and the Massacre of Utoya By Aage Borchgrevink What happened in Norway August of 2012, was a travesty of both human decency and moral behaviour. That a very sad, and utterly brainwashed, myopic fool, would endeavour to indiscriminately kill so many of his own countrymen. Anders Behring Breivik was so calculating and considered in doing so, surely beggars so much more. For one thing, it substantiates the issue of a certain philosophical chill factor of deeply ingrained, charitable understanding, having finally succumbed to an all time low. This highly meticulous study of one of Norway's darkest chapters, could, in a psychologically roundabout sort of way, just as easily have delved into the warped and diseased minds. In fact, Aage Borchgrevink's A Norwegian Tragedy - Anders Behring Breivik and the Massacre of Utoya, sheds a certain light on a subject that in all honesty, isn't exactly a hundred miles removed from that of so many modern-day murderers. Whether it's in the sky above New York, a railroad on the outskirts of Madrid, or a certain barracks in south London, is besides the point. As upon reading the following excerpt from Chapter Five's 'Morg the Graffiti Bomber - Anders Behring Beivik's Youth,' one will undoubtedly recognise the symptoms of crass and contagious stupidity: ''Anders Behring Breivik encountered another side of Oslo when he started at Ris Lower Secondary School in 1992, aged thirteen Hip-hop culture had arrived in Oslo in earnest, offering new opportunities to young people who previously would have been left out. The pig farmer's son was reborn as a hip gangster, and the girls saw him in a different light. Teenagers started turning up and loitering in the West End of Oslo, on the lookout for snobs to rob and girls to chat up. The immigrant boys were feared and mythologize this fear descended on the school-yards when the gangs came in from the suburbs. This had the strongest effect of all on the tagger's, who often allied themselves with what the Oslo rap group Karpe Diem called the West End ******* young people from minority backgrounds with links to the city's gangs. For them, respect is about inspiring fear and exercising power over others. When this type of respect becomes a social value for which young people compete, it is a recipe for conflict. The gangs derived their ethos from criminal cultures, even though they often referred to traditions from other home countries Sound familiar? This is just one instance of Borchgrevink's sublime investigation: an investigation that burrows much deeper, an investigation aligned with a focus one doesn't often come across. Unless of course, one's referring to the recent tidal wave of superfluous tittle tattle of the more thug 'n' gangland persuasion. None of which even come into the equation but for whatever reason, invariably and unfortunately do. It's hardly surprising therefore, that A Norwegian Tragedy received the Norwegian Critics' Award for 2012. Then again, this is the Norwegian writer, journalist and literary critic who has worked as an adviser to the Norwegian Helsinki Committee for Human Rights since 1933 Borchgrevink's fifth book. It really is as Avishai Margalit - Emeritus Professor at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem wrote, Breivik's mass murder, coming of all places from Norway, shook the world. By a cool, clear and yet compassionate analysis, the book throws Northern bright light on the heart of darkness and succeeds in providing a rich context, which helps us partially understand this wretched act of irrationality. The last chapter tells us a great deal about hatred. It is something we should all know about. I couldn't agree more, it is indeed something we should all know about - even if it were to entail teaching right, from that of the potentially devastating wrong at school. If we are to at least try and avoid the following from the aforementioned fourteenth chapter hatred, it's surely worth considering. One of ' our own' had attacked us. Some people discussed the destructive effect of computer games, while others thought that extreme right-wing ideologies and anti-Islamic doomsday rhetoric were to blame, that the Internet and social media could radicalise people, turning them into monsters, or that there was a hidden class of hateful male losers in Norway. Were there invisible rifts in Norwegian society that could reopen and spit out the glowing red lava of hate again? It doesn't even bear worth thinking about - which is why Borchgrevink's book warrants to be embraced by sociologists and criminologists, not to mention all those who endeavour to subscribe to a better world. David Marx

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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Out and About Date






Sat 3rd

Live Music

The Volunteer


Sat 3rd

Pre Loved Children’s Clothes Sale

Buckland Primary School


Donations needed

Sun 4th

Folly Tower Open

Faringdon Folly

11am 5pm

Adults £2, 11-16s 50p U11s Free

Sat 3rd Sun 11th

Oxford Artweeks

Various Locations

Sat 3rd Mon 5th

Oxford Artweeks in Great Coxwell

Great Coxwell village, near Faringdon, Oxfordshire, SN7 7NB

11am 5.30pm

Annabelle: 01367-242768 or facebook ARTWEEKS in Great Coxwell


Tue 6th

Drop-in Information Point AGEUK

Faringdon Library

10.30am 11.30am

Sonia 07827 235414


Wed 7th

Raleigh-ing to the Cause - the Bicycle in Wartime

Friends Meeting House, Lechlade Road


Faringdon Peace Group Meeting Karen Vogy 01367 241707


Thu 8th

Open Mic

The Swan


Thu 8th

Archery Beginner Sessions

Buscot Park

6.30-8.30 01367 240 095

Adults £55 8-18yrs £35 For 5 sessions

Thu 8th

Community Bus Trip to Witney

Depart Market Place


Tickets from Tourist Information Centre


Thu 8th

Faringdon Pre School Shopping Evening

Corn Exchange

7.30pm 9.30pm

Thu 8th

U3A Talk: The World of Fungi by John Tyler

Corn Exchange


Thu 8th

Craft Card Club - Tea bag folding with Beryl

Jubilee Room, Pump House


Sat 10th

Quiz Night & Supper

Little Coxwell Village Hall


Gill 01367 244176 or Julie 01367 241722 In aid of Bell Restoration Project

£5 per person Max 4 players per team

Sat 10th

Running the Ridgeway Day

The Court Hill Centre, Wantage

10.30am 4pm ridgewayfriends


Sun 11th

Root & Branch Spring Plant Sale

Westmill Farm, Nr Watchfield

1pm 4pm

Tue 13th

Free Fitness MOTs to all aged 60+

Corn Exchange

Wed 14th

Folly Dollies: Cookery Demonstration

The Catholic Church Hall


Sat 17th

Buckland Swish - Ladies Clothing Exchange

Buckland Village Hall


Sat 17th

White Horse Gardening Club Plant Sale

Thomas Hughes Memorial Hall, Uffington

2.30pm 4pm

Pamela Preene 01367 820251

Sat 17th

Steampunk Ccelebration with Live Music from VIsion

The Swan


Sun 18th

Folly Tower Open

Faringdon Folly

11am 5pm

Adults £2, 11-16s 50p U11s Free

Thu 22nd

Community Bus Trip to Cirencester

Depart Market Place


Tickets from Tourist Information Centre


Fri 23rd

Live Music - The AK-Poets

The Swan


Sun 25th

A Sunday Sondheim Cocktail

The Pump House

5pm 7pm

01367 242142


Sun 25th

Country Sports Afternoon

Faringdon Cricket Club


In aid of Folly Fest

Sun 25th

Live Music - Andy Robbins

The Swan


Tue 27th

Quiz Night

The Swan



Sylvia Bowley 01367 241296 1st visit Free £5 thereafter

Booking Required: Ashley on 01235 547646


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Local Events Date




Every Day

Faringdon Home Library Service

Books to your door!

Every Mon, Tue & Wed

Free One to One IT Help

Faringdon Library

2:30pm 4:30pm

Every Mon

Faringdon Baby and Toddler Singing

Corn Exchange, Faringdon (during termtime)

9:30am 11am

Every Mon

Sing and Sign Classes

Old Town Hall

Every Mon

Lunch Box Singing

2nd & 4th Mon



Sheena or Jane 01367 240311



Regular Events faringdonbabyandtoddlersinging@gmail.c om

£2 per family

9:30am & 10:30am

Reserve place on website

Faringdon Library

1pm 2pm

Sheena 01367 240311

First taster session. Free. Open to all

Uffington Youth Club

Thomas Hughes Memorial Hall, Uffington

7pm 9pm

Sue Jennings 01367 820013

£1.50pp, £3 per family Ages 8-16yrs

3rd Mon

Faringdon WI

Corn Exchange,


Audrey Jefferies 01367 240464

£33 per year membership

1st Tue

Farmers Market

Market Place, Faringdon

Until 1pm

01367 710445


01367 248030

£1 per person per game Winner takes proceeds

1st Tue

Coffee Morning

Faringdon Library

10:30am 11:30am

Every Tue


Portwell Angel


1st Tue

Junior Book Club

Faringdon Library

3.45pm 4.45pm

Ages 8-11yrs

Every Tue

Ferndale Wives Choir

Ferndale School


Just turn up

Every Wed

Walking for Health

Leave from Old Town Hall


A slower or faster walk available

1st Wed

Buckland WI - Speaker and meeting each month

The Memorial Hall, Buckland


Libby Calvert 01367 870803

Non members £4 incl. refreshment

To have your event here call Lou on 01367 244975 or 0789 455 455 1 or email 2nd Wed

Follies Dollies WI

Catholic Church Hall

8 pm

Becka 07841 431219

£34.70 annual membership

Every Wed

Open House - Coffee

Great Coxwell Reading Room

10:30am 11:30am

01367 241179

Coffee and Conversation Everyone welcome

Every Wed in term

Echodeco Craft Workshops

5 Carters Crescent, Faringdon

9:30am 12noon

07787 532013

Every Wed in term

Maths Homework Club

Faringdon Library

3pm 4:30pm

Years 1 to 13

1st & 3rd Wed

Faringdon Youth Project Drop-in Sessions

Faringdon Library

4pm 5:30pm


Every Thur

Women’s Drop In

United Church Faringdon

12:30 2:30pm

Term time only

Coffee/tea, cake and a chat Free - donations welcome

1st & 3rd Thur

Folk Night

The Swan



1st Fri

Book Club

Faringdon Library

6pm 7pm

All welcome

Every Fri

Country Market

Corn Exchange


Jenny Howard-Jones 01367710382

Every Fri in term time


Faringdon Library

10:30am 11am

Every 3rd Fri

Uffington Messy Church

Thomas Hughes Memorial Hall, Uffington

3.30pm 5.30pm

Every Sat

Family History Sessions

Faringdon Library

Every Sat

Faringdon Farcycle cycle ride

Leave from Market Place


1st Sun

Great Coxwell Teas

The Reading Room, Great Coxwell

2:30pm 5pm

1st Sun

15 Minute Club

Cellar Bar Faringdon,


Last Sun

Messy Church

United Church, Faringdon

4pm 5:30pm

Tea & coffee available Goods orders taken Free

Sue Jennings 01367 820013

Donation welcome.

01367 240311

Call to book a 1 to 1 slot

01367 241142

11-12miles or 25-35 miles Tea, Coffee and delicious cakes available

0771 421 8825

Free Free

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Experts - local services Stanford-in-the-Vale FAB now ICC & Vale licensed Established in 2000. Family run - short or longer stays; Medical management service available on enquiry. Veterinary Care provided by adjacent Robert Elliott Veterinary Surgery e-mail:

Call Herman 0795 5499467 or 01367 241127

01367-710595 Enquiries 0830-1800 M-F & Sat AMs to 1PM.


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

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

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

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

Chickens & Poultry Feed Self Storage Rooms for Business and Home

The Cheap Way to Add Space

01367 240880

All at unbeatable prices Ÿ Ÿ Ÿ Ÿ


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

SERVICES Nash Motor Vehicle Services LTD

Michael Nash 01367 240082 07889 197046

Independent All makes of car servicing & MOT testing Park Road Faringdon SN7 7BP ASTON PINE STRIPPING Caustic and non-caustic stripping of all woods & metals. Established for over 15 years - Water Board Approved

ASTON PINE ANTIQUES Stockist's of English and Continental pine furniture, as well as many other antiques - 8,000+ sq.ft of showrooms

Oxford Architectural Antiques Large stock of period fireplaces, doors, panelling, sanitary ware & garden items. The Warehouse, Ferndale St, Faringdon, Oxon, SN7 7BE

Tel: 01367 242268


MEDICAL SECRETARY PART TIME POSITION - APPROXIMATELY 16-20 HOURS PER WEEK Salary - dependent on experience. We have a vacancy for a part time Secretary to join our friendly team. The position requires someone who is flexible, efficient and works well under pressure . Experience of working in a medical environment is essential and you will need to have good audio typing skills. You must be able to work within a busy surgery, providing an efficient and confidential service. You will be required to deal with telephone queries from both professionals and patients and you should be able to communicate clearly and professionally at all times.

Please contact Liz Hall for further details and an application form on 01367 242407 or by e-mailing Closing date Fri 16th May 2014.

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

All types of gardening - maintenance and some design


Stone work - walls/repairs, pointing, concreting etc


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

Fully insured and excellent references on request Tel Mike on 07957867951 or

Chinese Massage China Massage 30mins £30 Oil Massage 30mins £30 Contact Min For more information 3-9pm, 7 days a week 07955176364

Dog walking, day care, pick up and drop off service, home boarding for walking or day care clients only.

01367 30 20 12


All types of driveways Foundations & Brickwork Shed Bases Patios Fencing-Turfing/Tree & Hedge cutting

01367 243053 or 07767 241301

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

MARY KAY SKIN CARE & COLOUR COSMETICS Personal Training - Sports Massage Core Conditioning Weight Management - Nutritional Advice Tel:07990892575 or 01367 243956 Email: Web:

Your local electricians Domestic-Commercial-Industrial Faringdon

Tel: 01367 240308





Contact Sean :07824317144

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

Corporate Service Courier Service Executive Cars Insured Cars

01367 243838 / 07894 572919

For all enquiries & Appointments

Call Sam 07766 867667

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