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May 2018

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Inside this month: Oxfordshire Artweeks Positive Pigeon Project Book Review: Claire Meadows Regent Cinema: Movies For You Perry Bishop: Coffee At The Rookery Slimming World: Successful Newbies! Lavender Bathroom: Savings On Tiles Sensory Garden: Bringing Barney Home The Bell Hotel: Celebrate The Royal Wedding Promoting local business, trade and services. Advertise! Be Seen! Call Lou 01367 244975 or 07894 554551


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Call Trish: 01367 820060 Cowleaze Farm, Woolstone, Oxon SN7 7QS Email: Faringdon Business Breakfast Club On a chilly Spring morning there was an excellent turnout for our April meeting with nearly all the spaces at the tables taken, even if one or two of them were occupied by hares; more of that later. After our initial meet and greet activity where we welcomed one new member and welcomed back another who had not been able to come to recent meetings we sat down for our breakfast. During our 60 -second round we covered a wide spectrum of topics with a reminder that we had just entered a new tax year, nicely balanced by the need to gain clarity through stillness. We hear that a renowned wine expert will be visiting Faringdon in May and that there is always room to improve your digital image by getting your website updated. Our member speaker this month was Pauline Beesley whose talk was titled ‘Making Faringdon a Tourist Destination’. Pauline, a town counsellor, told us about the exciting Cotswold Hares initiative that is being extended to Faringdon. The project started in Cirencester several years ago and has created great interest there. We heard that the plan is to have three large hares on display one each at The Folly, the Market Place, and at the Tesco supermarket. These would be part of the Cotswold Hare Trail 2018 with more information on the overall programme available at In addition to the large hares a number of smaller hares will be on display at various locations around the town. Maps with their locations will be available together with very small hares for children to paint or decorate themselves. The idea is to bring more tourists into Faringdon with the help of sponsorship by local businesses. At our next meeting on 14 May 2018, we will be hearing from one of our members, Sue Copeland about her interpretation of how to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). You can book your place and why not bring a friend or colleague, just go to:

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As you are probably aware, 2018 marks the 800th year of Faringdon’s Market Charter. There are plenty of events going on around the town to celebrate this landmark and it is great to see the enthusiasm with which the community is embracing and supporting these. Keep your eyes out for news on future events which are sure to attract more people from surrounding towns and counties to see what Faringdon has to offer. Indeed, tourism is what it’s all about right now. Have you noticed any hare statues popping up around town? This is part of one larger project which is looking to bring in more visitors; the “Cotswold Hare Trail”. Meanwhile the District Council is investing in a town economic development officer whose primary focus will be to develop more tourism locally. Hopefully they can build on the work the Town Team and Council have done and help promote Faringdon as a great tourist destination in the future. It is excellent to see the community taking an interest in the apparent decline of the town centre. This was sparked by a petition to our local councils entitled – “Make sure the Budgens site is used to benefit Faringdon”. Some fantastic ideas have been discussed already and hopefully some of these will be acted on. If you have any thoughts to add please contact the Town Team, town council or the Chamber of Commerce. A reminder for all businesses to check out the Vale4Business (V4B) website; there are many free events to help small and medium business people start up or develop their ventures. There have also been a number of “Elevate grants” awarded and more are available through the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP). The closing date for applications is 31 May. Guidance and information is available on the V4B website. Finally, this Month sees us celebrate our annual Blackbird Day and our quirky Saturday market will once again be supporting the tradition.


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Wednesday 2nd May - Breathe (12A) (Biography, Drama, Romance - 2017) After contracting polio at the age of 28, Robin Cavendish is confined to a bed and given only months to live. With help from his wife Diana and her twin brothers, and the groundbreaking ideas of inventor Teddy Hall, Cavendish emerges from the hospital ward and devotes the rest of his life to helping fellow patients and the disabled. Stars: Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Hugh Bonneville Film duration 1 hour 58 mins (no interval) Free tea/coffee and a biscuit Matinee Club Doors open 12.30pm, film starts at 1pm Tickets in advance £4 or £5 on the door Friday 25th May - Three Billboards Outside

Ebbing, Missouri (Crime, Drama - 2017) A mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter's murder when they fail to catch the culprit Stars: Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell Film duration: 1 hr 55 mins (plus 15 min interval) Licensed bar, sweets, popcorn, refreshments and ice-creams served Blockbuster @ The Regent Cinema, The Corn Exchange, Faringdon Doors open 7.00pm, film starts at 7.30pm Tickets in advance £3 U18s, £4 Adult Tickets on door Wednesday 30th May - Coco (PG) (Animation, Adventure, Comedy - 2017) Kids Half Term Film Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family's ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer Film duration 1 hour 45 mins (plus 15 min interval) Popcorn, sweets, ice-creams all 50p each plus FREE squash! Doors open 1.30pm, film starts at 2.00pm Tickets on Door: £4 U18s, £5 Adults, £11 Family

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By Winifred Watson This month’s column is a re-read, which is something that I do every now and again with books that made a significant impression the first time around and those that stand up to repeat readings. In this group are Atonement by Ian McEwan, most things by Sarah Waters (apart from The Little Stranger – that bit with the dog upset me too much), The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood, Love in a Cold Climate and The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford and entire swathes of Jackie Collins.

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Collins is my spirit animal, and the subject of a life-long love affair that first began when I read Hollywood Kids at the tender age of 14. I was captivated by love, loss and lashings of leopard print and I vowed way back then, that I would always live as fabulously as possible. The question ‘What Would Jackie Do?’ has served me well. But it’s none of these books that has been subject of a re-read this month, but a novel from 1938 that has a very similar message to ‘live fabulously’. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day is a delightful confection that was extremely popular when it was first released in the 1930s, but unfortunately managed to slip into obscurity in the years after, along with the name of its author Winifred Watson. Watson and Miss Pettigrew were allowed to slide away from all awareness until they were rescued, thankfully, by the eagle-eyed publishers at Persephone Books, who arranged a re-issue in the year 2000. Watson was a well-to-do secretary who was challenged by one of her sisters (after complaining about the quality of fiction at the time) to come up with a novel of her own. She didn’t just come up with one, she had massive success with two books before Miss Pettigrew came along. Guinevere Pettigrew is a downtrodden governess who is almost on the poverty line when she is given a chance to work for an actress. I’m not giving away too much because I’d like you to read it.

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It’s frothy, frivolous, daring and contains a valuable message to all of us to seize the day. It’s quite easily in my top five favourite books and reading it again has been as much of a delight as the first time. Miss Pettigrew Lives for the Day is available from Persephone Books

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Hello again, as another month flys nearer to the horizon! By now, we may have seen our first swallows as they fly overhead or heard the first cuckoo of Spring? Swifts will arrive very soon, I’m sure. Certainly butterflies, moths and bees have long been taking advantage of any warm sunshine. One orange-tailed bumblebee was checking out our Cattery and very indignant when easily captured and released outside, to the puzzlement of the collared dove, nesting on the security light near the main door, for her second year. With the great and vital importance of the UK and World bee populations, as well as all other pollinators, there’s a greater awareness in my profession now, I’m delighted to say. Last week, we had a web-based lecture (webinar) on the ravages caused by the very large Asian Hornet, which patrols bee hive landing strips and catches and kills the vulnerable worker bees as they prepare to deliver their hard-earned pollen. Many tips were given for us to share with local beekeepers. The Asian Hornets summer nests are very difficult too spot high up in UK treetops, but when found, are destroyed under DEFRA rules of engagement. This is an attempt by UK authorities to counter the huge threat from France, in particular, where the first hornet queen arrived in a Chinese porcelain shipment, only a few years ago. DO NOT attempt to destroy nests – only those trained professionals with full body protection will be allowed access to carry out their work. Very rarely will these hornets present a significant threat to people and pets. The comprehensive UK ivory ban has been announced by the Government – “the toughest in the World”. The proposal announced by Michael Gove will cover ivory items of all ages, closing the current antique ivory loophole that’s allowed huge amounts of ivory to be exported from the UK to Asia. And the Government has taken IFAW’s advice and included a few very tightly defined exemptions for things like musical instruments and trade between museums, which aren’t linked to elephants being poached. Both the IFAW and Space for Giants have issued statements in early April. This is fantastic news for many reasons. All ivory markets must close. Legal markets provide cover for illegal markets, and any legal trade confuses people and raises questions over what ivory can be bought, and what cannot. It's in that confusion that the illegal trade flourishes, sentencing thousands of elephants a year to an excruciating death, enriching international criminals, and robbing Africa's economies and people of assets and livelihoods. In short: all trade must be ended. Unlimited fines or five years in prison await those found guilty of breaching the ban. By one account, from the respected Environmental Investigation Agency, Britain was the world's largest exporter of ivory between 2010 and 2015. Closing its markets therefore brings it in line with China, Hong Kong, and the US - other major former ivory traders and again sends the powerful message that globally there is simply no demand for ivory any more. With no demand, there'll be no supply. However, the European Union continues to permit ivory sales. At the recent Giants Club Summit, the presidents of Botswana, Gabon, and Uganda, the Environment Cabinet Secretary of Kenya, and representatives of 29 other African governments, all signed a petition drawn up by Avaaz that called for the EU to close its ivory market. The UK's move now adds even more pressure on Brussels to act. Avaaz is a U.S.-based online site launched in January 2007 that promotes global activism on issues such as climate change, human rights, animal rights, corruption, poverty, and conflict, founded in January 2007. More local to home is a campaign supported by our RSPB to celebrate Oxford as a City of Swifts. From the RSPB: “Superb flyers, quintessentially urban and a symbol of the British summer, swifts are also in serious decline. Oxford has been home to many generations of swifts over the years and we would like your help to keep it that way. The Oxford Swift City project aims to improve the outlook for swifts in Oxford. There are many ways that you can help these vulnerable birds. How about getting creative and celebrating swifts with some art in our competition? perhaps you can undertake a swift survey in your area? One little point to end with, is to reassure everyone who has been misinformed by the local veterinary grapevine that we have “sold out” and that I’m “retiring”. I can officially reveal that I have, after 24 years in my own Practice in the Village, joined a very caring group of practices called VetPartners. The only effect on you, my loyal clients, is an acceleration in the provision of extra services offered and longer appointment opportunities. I will continue the habit of a lifetime and continue to practice the art and science of modern veterinary medicine and surgery, by keeping myself up to date as I always do and enjoying working within our very caring Team, with our great clients and pets. It’s a real privilege to continue to look after your family’s special companions. So, with much less admin on my shoulders, I now look forward even more, to meeting up again with you next month. Have a great May-time. Robert Elliott 21-23 High Street, Stanford In The Vale, SN7 8LH 01367 710595

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Oxfordshire Artweeks 2018 In and around Faringdon this May, more than 30 artists and designer makers welcome you for Oxfordshire Artweeks, the county’s art festival (from 5th-28th May and 19th-28th here in Faringdon) during which artists showcase their creativity, talents and eye-catching art and crafts from local landscapes to designs with a difference: there’s everything from paintings and photography to jewellery, and furniture making. Artist David Bage is exhibiting in Marriots in the Market Place with strong colourful paintings inspired by past masters in various ways or head to Great Coxwell for their ever popular series of art spaces, whilst Longcot is a hotbed of stone carving and there are ceramics little and large in Shellingford. To see something new this Artweeks, in Pusey a new group of artists are showing delicate jewellery inspired by the sea, bold bowls and eye-catching paintings in a countryside barn in a wonderful spot beyond a gypsy caravan! Or head for Bishopstone to see new artist Usham Sargeant’s award-winning felted textile pictures. And over in Stanford, Faringdon artist Richard Rodrigues joins other artists with his intriguing abstract representations of the colourful places he has travelled. Be intrigued and inspired by the past and the present, local people, places and passions, and find a treasure to take home with you. See more at or pick up a festival guide in local shops and venues.

Clanfield Artists Peter Farley & Michele Wallington will be taking part in this years Oxfordshire Artweeks. They will both be showing at their respective homes in Main Street, Clanfield (close to Blake's Kitchen cafe) from Saturday 5th May until Sunday the 13th May. For Peter Farley it is a special year as he is not only celebrating over 50 years of painting, but also overcoming an unfortunate stroke he had last December. He first took part in Artweeks in 1984 and has been working hard to take part this year and some of his early works will also be on show as part of a retrospective exhibition at his home. Best known for his watercolours of the Mediterranean he is continuing his Mediterranean Odyssey with paintings of Elba and Sicily, he will also be showing some oils and other new works. Michele is a contemporary painter and works in most mediums including watercolour and mixed media. She is inspired by a variety of subject matter including local scenes such as the river Thames and the Ridgeway as well as flowers and seed heads in her garden. There will also be affordable prints for sale and a range of greetings cards, bags and cushions featuring her original artwork designs. Michele also teaches weekly adult art classes in Langford and Standlake, please see her website for details if you are interested in joining. The studio opening times: Michele: 10.00-4.30 Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Wednesday and Thursday 2pm-4.30pm (also whenever the 'Artweeks' board is displayed at the end of the drive (near the cafe). Peter: 11.00-6pm daily

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Damp! Discovering that the home you are selling or buying has damp does not necessarily mean that the property has a structural defect. The word ‘damp’ in residential property terms tends to cover three main types namely: 1. 2. 3.

Rising Damp. Penetrating Damp. Condensation.

Rising Damp Typically, however not exclusively, rising damp is more associated with older properties. The tell tale signs are normally damp skirting boards, flaking paint or plaster and a watermark. Black spot mould is not typically present and if it is, it is likely to be one of the other kinds of damp. A DPC, be it a membrane or chemical injection, is very effective at preventing rising damp. It is unusual for a DPC to be damaged and therefore, when there is a diagnosis of rising damp and a DPC is present, it is worth asking the following questions: 1. Has the DPC been bridged? i.e. if there something providing a link from the ground and going above the DPC? 2. How high are the external ground levels? 3. Could any cavity wall insulation be compromising the DPC? Answering the first two questions is relatively easy and can be done with a physical walk around the external walls.

Drain pipes, plants, and trellis work can all potentially bridge a DPC and current building regulations recommend at least 15 cms between the DPC and the ground. Penetrative Damp Penetrating damp is caused by water leaking through walls. This type of damp may expand across walls or ceilings and typically will move horizontally, rather than by travelling up walls (as is the case with rising damp). Penetrating damp is usually caused by structural problems in a building. Things like faulty guttering or drain pipes, damaged roofing, cracks in the walls, damaged chimneys or windows can all provide ways of water entering the property. Condensation Condensation is the most common kind of damp. It is caused by moist air condensing on walls, particularly in rooms with a lot of air moisture, such as kitchens and bathrooms. It's mainly, but not always, a winter problem, as the walls are much colder than the air inside. Issues around condensation are usually alleviated with improved ventilation. Problems can occur with older properties, which were typically built to ‘breath’ and dampness would just naturally evaporate out of the property. Applying modern building standards to these older properties can mean that the natural circulation of air is halted or concentrated in certain areas. Closing up chimneys and installing double-glazing may provide warmth but they can also lead to reduced air circulation. We deal with all types of property on a daily basis and know that damp does not have to be a showstopper, however, it is worth getting further professional advice. For all things property, why not drop in to our office in Faringdon for a coffee and a chat. Jenny Preece

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The Positive Pigeon Project The Positive Pigeon Project is our next Community Art project to coincide with the 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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How is your summer body coming along? We know from our previous articles that improving the quality of our food is a proven, effective way to achieve long term benefits to our weight, health and vitality. It’s easy to achieve as well! We also know that exercising regularly has massive benefits, but is it easier said than done? We often let life get in the way, preventing us from going in the first place or continuing a regular regime. Exercise must become part of your life to see the benefits, so why is it so difficult? How do we even get started? Then when we are in a routine how do we stick with it? ● Understand your motivation ● Set realistic goals (and rewards!) ● Create a support network If you nail down your true reason this will keep you motivated. One piece of advice I would recommend is to know your real reason for starting on your regime. ● Did someone comment on your weight? ● Do you not like what you see in the mirror? ● Have you been invited to a special event? ● Have you been advised to improve your health by the doctor? Whatever you decide to do, choose something you enjoy – if you don’t enjoy it you won’t stick to it. Set realistic, achievable targets ● Put exercise time slots in your diary that you can keep ● Have a back-up plan just in case you have to change your routine ● Write down an exercise program so you know what you are doing each day ● Reward yourself when you’ve reached a goal! Preparation is everything – planning ahead will help you keep on track ● Be prepared to start off slowly! ● Be prepared to change your behaviour ● Be prepared to make mistakes – and learn from them

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Free Pick Up & Delivery To All Wantage & Surrounding Villages One Night Only – Aussie Wine Producer in Faringdon! Working in the wine industry means that you have the wonderful opportunity to meet some interesting characters. Bob Berton of Berton Vineyards is no exception. I met Bob in Den Boer’s early days, being a fellow Aussie, we shared a mutual interest in the Australian wine regions. Bob’s story is one of those ‘escape to the country’ adventures. In 1996, Bob and his wife Cherie ‘up sticks’, took the kids out of school and relocated after purchasing a block of land in High Eden, a sub-region of the Barossa Valley, South Australia. They bought a caravan and lived in that whilst they had their house built and set about planting the first Berton Vineyard cuttings that spring; ten acres of Shiraz and seven acres of Chardonnay - without any permanent water. It wasn't until the following year, in 1998 when the dam filled that the vines got a decent drink!! It was due to these conditions and the seemingly hydrophobic podsolic soils that the vines struggled to become established. After a few years where the vines still looked like rootlings, a Swedish friend jokingly called it the ‘Bonsai Vineyard’. The name stuck and later became the name of their premium Shiraz. High Eden has a high annual rainfall so the vines are looking good these days... but they still remember the early days every time they crack open a bottle of Bonsai! After the dam was established and water plentiful they went on to plant Cabernet sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc. I was fortunate enough to visit this property in Eden Valley a few years ago. The dam and vineyards provide the perfect backdrop to the setting sun. There was also a couple of locals (kangaroos) spotted amongst the vineyards! If you’d like to hear more about Bob and Berton Vineyards, (the next chapter), I am pleased to announce that he has Faringdon firmly planted on his UK Visit itinerary. Bob will be presenting a tasting with an Aussie Style (no…not just BBQ – Paul at Sadlers has got a ‘ripper’ menu in store!) four course meal on Thursday, 10th May 7.30pm at Sadlers, Market Square, Faringdon £32.50pp. Bookings essential: E: or M: 07919 241881

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Successful Newbies! Running, Friendships & Weight loss. Slimming Worlds Amazing Champions! Jo Groves, Gill Lewington, Louise Preece (consultant), Billy Bonson, Joyce Hammond, Lindsay Long and Sidney the dog. A group of Faringdon Slimming World members have recently completed a 5k run to raise over £500 for Breast cancer. The previous non-runners decided to push themselves to not only improve their health by losing a whooping total of 150 lbs between them, but to improve their fitness by challenging each other to complete a 5k charity run. Since joining the Faringdon group, the members have come together to support and encourage each other, also making new friendships along the way. Meeting regularly at the Wednesday Slimming World group at the Faringdon United Church and also throughout the week to continue and improve their fitness. Most of them would never have contemplated entering a run, let alone completing one and are all feeling very proud of their achievements. Louise the consultant who runs with them said, she's so proud of how well they have done with their weight losses, their running and the friendships made.

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Wed 2nd

Breathe (12A)

The Regent Cinema


Wed 2nd

The Balfour Declaration: Resistance in Palestine

Friends’ Meeting House, Lechlade Road


Jennie 01367 710308 Karen 01367 241707


Thu 3rd

Live Event: Luke Daniels Solo show with Polyphon Machine

The Beacon, Wantage



Sat 5th

Wantage & Grove Lions Grand Plant Sale

East Hanney British Legion Hall

10am 1.30pm

Sat 5th

Coffee Morning and Plant Sale

Large Village Hall, Stanford in the Vale

10am noon

Rosemary Packer 01367 710445

Sat 5th Sun 13th

Oxfordshire Artweeks - Michele Wallington

Main Street, Clanfield

10am 4.30pm

Sat 5th Sun 13th

Oxfordshire Artweeks - Peter Farley

Main Street, Clanfield

11am 6pm

Sat 5th Sun 13th

Tom Browns School Museum

Broad St Uffington


Karen Pilcher 01367 820 678

Mon 7th

Blood Donation

Corn Market, Faringdon

10am 2.30pm

0300 1232323

Tue 8th

Cheese & Wine

Ferendune Court


Volunteers needed to help for events


Tue 8th

History Society Talk: Jack of Newbury

Small Hall, Stanford in the Vale


Phil Morris 01367 710285

Visitors £3

Thu 10th

U3A Talk: Passports, Assassins, Traitors and Spies

Faringdon Corn Exchange


Thu 10th

National Theatre Live: Macbeth

The Beacon, Wantage



Fri 11th

Kathy Lette’s Girl’s Night Out

The Beacon, Wantage



Sat 12th

Mega Plant Sale

Thomas Hughes Memorial Hall, Uffington

2.30pm 4pm

Pamela 01367 820251

Sat 12th

Charter & Blackbird Day Market

Market Place

10am 1pm

Sat 12th

Farmer Gow’s 10th Anniversary: Country Market

Farmer Gow’s

10am 5pm

Mon 14th

Stanford Art Group: Self Portraits - talk & Demo

Stanford Village Hall

7.15pm 9.15pm

David Morton 01367 710754

Tue 15th

Coffee Morning for Christian Aid

Barber Rooms, All Saints Church

10.30am 12noon

Julie Campbell 01367 242589

Fri 18th

Happy Circus

Longcot & Fernham School, Longcot


Sat 19th Mon 28

Art Exhibition, Artweeks sites 454 & 455

The Vine, Stanford in the Vale SN7 8NP

11am 6pm

Lawrence Ward 01367 710255


Sat 19th Mon 28

Artsweeks at Littleworth

The Reading Room, Littleworth

12noon 6pm 01367 718274


Sat 19th Mon 28

Oxford shire Artworks Sculpture Exhibition

Henleaze Farm, Fernham

11am 5pm

Sharon Rich 01793 782382

Sat 19th Sun 20th

Great Coxwell Artweeks

Great Coxwell Village, SN7 7LZ

11am 5pm

Karen Vogt: 01367 241707,


Sat 19th

Royal Wedding Lunch Afternoon Tea

Ferendune Court

12:30pm 3:30pm

Lunch is £5 Michael 01367 244267

Afternoon Tea Free

Sat 19th

Concert for Christian Aid “Instruments & Voices”

All Saints Church, Faringdon


Julie Campbell 01367 242589 /

Adults £10 U17s £5

Sat 19th Sun 27th

Longcot Flower Festival - A Village Wedding

St Marys Church, Longcot

10am 4pm


Wed 23rd

British Legion Talk: Conscientious Objectors in the 1st World War

Faringdon Bowls Club



Fri 25th

Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri (15)

The Regent Cinema


Sat 26th Sun 27th

National Trust Great Barn Festival

Great Barn, Great Coxwell


Sat 26th Mon 28th

Great Coxwell Artweeks

Great Coxwell Village, SN7 7LZ

11am 5pm

Karen Vogt: 01367 241707,

Wed 30th

Coco (PG)

The Regent Cinema


01367 615385

Visitors £1.50

Free Non members £4 Members £2

Family £36 Single £10

U18s £3 Adult £4 Family £10

Free U18s £3 Adult £4 Family £10

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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

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

Old Town 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

3rd Sat

Junior Book Club 8-11yrs

Faringdon Library


Sheena 01367 240311


Sat Sun

Tom Browns School Museum

Broad St Uffington


Karen Pilcher 01367 820 978

Open Bank holidays

£3 per session

Tea, Coffee and Cakes

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01367 240880



Hair & Beauty

30% discount on first visit, at one salon only! May18 Stanford in the Vale Southmoor 01367 718 844 01865 821 554

Swan Hill

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

Call Beth Keene on 07398 505794


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

Corporate Service Courier Service Executive Cars Insured Cars

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P&T PARTNERSHIP CARPENTRY LTD Specialists in all aspect of Carpentry

FARINGDON 01367 244 611

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

Society of Homeopaths

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

Over 30 years experience ● Experts in - Timber outbuildings summer houses - man caves - cat trees ● Conservatory roof replacement ● Loft / garage conversions ● Kitchens - replacement doors Wardrobes ● Laminate flooring, fencing etc Contact Steve 07827 949 or 01367 710 065


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Experts - local services Ohm Electrix Electrical services and Installations ● ● ● ● ●

20% Off First Booking

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

Phone Gary:

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07879 013359


Carswell Golf & Country Club, Faringdon, SN7 8PU

JOE PEARCE PLASTERING 07709960598 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


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

01367 243 134 Fully licensed & insured, CRB approved



07919 241881

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.

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Regular Haircuts Kids Cut 10 & under Senior’s 65 & over specials Hot Towel Shave Eyebrows Beard Trim Istanbul Specials

For men’s grooming treatments ask within Mon-Wed 9am-6pm Thurs 9am-7pm Fri-Sat 9am-6pm Sunday 10am-4pm

01367 615 388 9-10 Cornmarket Faringdon SN7 7HH

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