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September 2019

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

Inside this month: Homeopathy: New Beginnings BeautyFantastic: A-Lift Result Regent Cinema: Movies For You Folly Tower: Open 1st-8th-15th-22nd Faringdon Community Bus Trips Tangled: Stanford’s Hidden Secret Artist Of The Month: Sheila Zozaya The Snooty Mehmaan: Food Review The Language Centre: New Courses Start Many Tears Animal Rescue: Need Your Help! Faringdon Allotment Society: Available Plots Promoting local business, trade and services. Advertise! Be Seen! Call Lou 01367 244975 or 07894 554551

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Advertiser Faringdon Fire Engine Snack Bar Best Breakfast & Fresh Lunch Using Local Butchers Meats Come Taste the Difference Hot Breakfast Baguettes & Baps Tiger Loaf Sandwich & Bagels Full English in a Take Away Box Burgers – 95% Juicy Beef Mince Giant Cheese and Ham Toasties Quality griddled Lamb Donor Call Paul and Collect 07743 395699 Pioneer Road, Faringdon SN7 7BU Open Mon – Fri 8am – 3pm Sat 9am – 1pm Support your local Snack Bar so I can continue to be your On–Call Fire Fighter

Chris Lewis Electrical Domestic and Commercial Works Free Quotations

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Local Firefighter Paul Faulkner

Never put the Key to your happiness in somebody else's pocket. TheFolly Tower Open4timesinSeptember 1st, 8th,15th&22nd Come and see the pigeons We now  have  2019  paper  pigeons  decorating  the Tower. These are from the Pump House, 2018 Positive Pigeon Project, and were made by a wide range of people in the Town. Climb the 100 foot Folly Tower for beautiful views Find out about the interesting history Have fun in the woodland finding the sculptures. (Find the full list in Things to do on the www.faringdonfolly.org.uk) Entrance to Tower: Adults £3, 11-16s £1, Under 11s free The woodland is always open and entry is free. Book the Tower for your own event enquiries@faringdonfolly.org.uk https://www.facebook.com/FaringdonFolly Tel: 0845 475 8386



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The Dog Studio Dog Grooming and Hydrotherapy Centre Call Trish: 01367 820060 Cowleaze Farm, Woolstone, Oxon SN7 7QS Email: thedogstudio@live.co.uk

Faringdon Business Breakfast Club Despite the holiday season there was a very good turnout for  August  meeting  with  the  promise  of  hearing  Jonathan Russell  talking  about  past  present  and  future.  There  were some very welcome new faces from in and around Witney and clearly Jonathan's reputation had gone before him. We started with our traditional ‘60 second’ round where all attendees are invited to talk for approximately one minute about their business or a topic that is of importance to them at the moment.  It is always amazing to hear the vast range of  businesses  that  are  available  in  and  around  Faringdon. From  the  essential  to  the  exceptional,  the  products  and services that are talked about generate significant interest for all those attending. It’s not every day an accountant explains how the history of horse breeding can help you understand how you can plan your future business. This is exactly what Jonathan from Rees-Russell did to help us understand how we must look very closely at the changes happening  around  us  and  how  we  need  to  consider  how they might impact on our businesses going forwards. We  concluded  the  meeting  with  announcements  of  future local  events  in  Witney,  Wantage,  Highworth,  and  Fairford and Lechlade Our  next  meeting  will  be  on  3  September  when  Mel Humphries from the HR Company will tell us what to think about  when  you  want  to  expand  your  business  and potentially recruiting your first employee.  Despite the

current economic  climate,  it  appears  that  the  majority  of business  attending  FBBC  are  experiencing  good  growth. This might be a good reason for coming along and enjoying the  success  that  others  are  having  and  applying  it  to  your own business.

Faringdon Bell Ringers August is usually a very low month due to holidays but with the help of our newest recruit, Daniel Watson, we have rung all eight bells most Sundays for our prime task of announcing to the world that the service is about to start and that all are welcome. Daniel has joined other youngsters at the Friday afternoon practices at Longcot for a while to learn the basics and Faringdon  is  now  benefiting.    Faringdon  ringers  now include all age groups from teens to eighties. If you’d like to try a new community based activity that could become a lifetime passion ! This is a good time of year to start. Whether or not you would like to try ringing  we would love to welcome you to visit Sunday service ringing 9.45-10.30 am or Monday practice 7.30-9.00 pm at All Saints Church or you can contact us by emailing faringdonringers@gmail.com.


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REGENT CINEMA Weds 4 Sept - Red Joan (12A) (2018 - Biography, Drama, Romance) The story of Joan Stanley, who was exposed as the KGB's longest-serving British spy Stars: Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson, Stephen Campbell Moore Film duration: 1 hour 41 mins (no interval) Free tea/coffee and a biscuit Matinee Club @ The Regent Cinema, The Corn Exchange, Faringdon Doors open 12.30pm, film starts at 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 20 Sept - Wild Rose (15) (2018 - Drama, Music) A musician from Glasgow dreams of becoming a Nashville star. Stars: Jessie Buckley, Julie Walters Film duration: 1 hrs 41 mins plus 15 min interval Blockbuster @ The Regent Cinema, The Corn Exchange, Faringdon Doors open 7.00pm, film starts at 7.30pm Tickets in advance £3 U18s, £4 Adult, £10 Family from Faringdon Information Centre Tickets on door £4 U18s, £5 Adult, £11 Family

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He Said She Said by Erin Kelly I’ve never been one for music festivals. I’ve only ever been to one and it was back in 1999. Big Day Out Milton Keynes. Thousands  of  people  in  a  field,  screaming  at  Metallica.  I enjoyed myself as things go, as you tend to do when you’re 18. But I never got the urge to repeat it. My  friends  group  at  school  was  inhabited  by  seasoned Glastonbury attendees. Kids with what I guess would have once  been  called  ‘Bohemian’  parents.  People  with  names like Astro, Robin, and….Mike. Mike  called  his  parents  by  their  first  names  and  his  father would  sit  in  the  treehouse  smoking  joints  and  being  very earnest.  They  read  the  Guardian,  and  they  went  to Glastonbury. The  thought  used  to  make  me  shudder.  I’m  too  fond  of luxury. I’m too spoilt. I don’t drink anymore, and haven’t for over two years. There’s nothing worse than being the sober one in a group of people steadily getting drunk and stoned. And add in mud, the cost of tickets and camping….. The scene of the crime in this month’s book is a festival. Not a music festival, but an eclipse festival. There are such things apparently – crowds of people following the progress of the sun around the globe, gathering in crowds to watch the sky go dark. He  Said/She  Said  is  a  blistering  crime  novel,  and  the  latest gripper from Erin Kelly. It’s my first book of hers, and it was a gripper. I love an unreliable narrator. There are two here, and the story plays out from different points of view. Did Laura and Kit witness a real crime, or is there something more sinister at play? The victim infiltrates their lives – is she genuine or a lying stalker? This  was  one  of  the  unputdownable  ones,  and  the conclusion  was  well  worth  the  wait.  It’s  atmospheric  and genuinely puts the reader off wondering who to trust. I love those ones..it’s the sign of a persuasive writer that you are reading,  fully  immersed  and  doubting  what  you  think  you know. What you think you know is probably wrong, and it’s  a  thrill  finding  out  who’s  right.  It’s  done nothing to improve my appetite for festivals, I can tell you that much. Who’d look after the dog anyway? Claire Meadows claire@clairemeadows.co.uk www.clairemeadows.co.uk


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THE SNOOTY MEHMAAN Littleworth A420 Faringdon SN7 8PW 01367 242 260 The Snooty Mehmaan, Mehmaan means guest, just in case you’re wondering and by George the moment you walk through the door, you are treated like a superstar, a true “A lister” guest! The Snooty Mehmaan has a Bar, Lounge & Restaurant, they also provide, takeaway orders too, beautifully packaged and piping hot! I was hoping to be able to make the show on Thursday night, which was an Abba tribute band, sadly I was delayed in London so couldn’t make it back in time. Although I had previously been for a fantastic evening, to see a Michael Bublė tribute, who put on a spectacular show. On these special evenings the Snooty Mehmaan have a wonderful offer which is the Live Tribute Show, accompanied by a four-course buffet meal. A super evening out, entertainment and a quality meal only £30 what value for money? So there we were the following Friday night, welcomed and taken to our table by Riz. Riz has been working at the Snooty Mehmaan since 5th August 2011 and boy does he know his stuff, he can tell you every single thing about anything which is on the menu, which is such a treat and a massive help in deciding what to have, as you will see when you treat yourself to a meal there, the menu is full of choice, every pallet is catered for with Indian Cuisine and Thai Cuisine selection on the menu. We started with Poppadum’s & Chutney’s, crispy and moreish, I really battled to stop myself eating them, the accompanying four chutneys were delicious, my favourite the sweet chilly. Following this we had a sharing platter of malai tikka, smoked lamb tikka, grilled prawns and paneer tikka, served with chutney and salad, I was in the mood for Scallops and Nick was feeling like Squid, so also had the Grilled Scallop and Salt & Pepper Squid! The plating of the dishes is a work of art, stunning, with the flavours totally matching, it’s not very often a person can go out and have prawns cooked so well, soft perfection, what a treat, the scallops were mouth-watering, have a look at the photo, stunning! I must say, that Nick loved the Chicken, he rarely eats it as it’s not his favourite but this was the most tender chicken ever, the cottage cheese fried and presented between peppers was light and refreshing, the Squid turned out to be a star as it came a very close second to the prawns on the platter, the plate was clean! How could the main course compare to this? For main I had the Labadar with lemon Rice and prawns, I asked Riz for his advice as I wanted to try a curry as I’m not very good with major hot, this had the two chilli symbol by it, which is a brilliant idea they have, indicating the hotness of each dish, also if its vegetarian, contains nuts or gluten free. Riz assured me it was not going to be too hot for me, so I went for it, and thank goodness, it wasn’t too hot, it was the best curry I have had in a very long time, I also had the Acari Baigan which is baby Aubergines and Onion Bhajee! Following this, still indulge ourselves with an Eaton Mess, me and my sweet tooth, which was just the right amount and sweetness to follow the massive amount of food we had eaten, a perfect end to a wonderful meal. Asad Ahmed owner of The Snooty Mehmaan, has done an unbelievable job with his Restaurant, he has won so many awards over the years and has just won his last at the English Curry Awards, for the most wanted restaurant of the year 2019! The Snooty Mehmaan is the place to impress, get yourselves down there for a wonderful Indian or Thai meal or Dinner and Dance package! Very highly recommended!

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“People who eat quickly are more likely to weigh more” says psychologist Leslie Heinberg, PhD, MA.

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2.  Eat without distraction – sit to the table without your mobile phone or other electronic devices 3.  Listen to physical hunger cues and eat only until you are full  –  we  have  been  programmed  from  childhood  to  finish our plate

When you  eat  do  you  sit  at  the  table  with  minimal distractions?  Do you pay attention to what you are putting in your mouth?  Do you take notice of the smell, the texture and the flavours of your food as it hits your taste buds?  Do you  spend  time  chewing  each  mouthful,  initiating  the process of digestion and giving your stomach the chance to send a vital message to the brain that you are full?  If you do all  these  things,  brilliant,  well  done,  but  the  chances  are most of us don't!  Mindful eating or eating with awareness is a  great  tool  for  weight  management  and  may  also  reduce food cravings, improve portion control as well as lowering our risk of obesity.

4. Distinguish  between  true  hunger  and  non-hunger triggers for eating – are you eating because you are hungry or are you thirsty, bored, anxious, stressed? 5.  Engage your senses by noticing colours, smells, sounds, textures, and flavours 6.  Notice the effects food has on your feelings and figure 7.  Appreciate your food These small behaviour changes will help with overall weight management and general health and wellbeing. Go on, give it a go! Theresa

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My A- Lift Journey So Far...… I was  excited  and  intrigued  when  Rebecca  from BeautyFantastic by Rj introduced me to the A-Lift Facial by Nouveau Skin Therapy. I had read that this advanced anti-ageing treatment can take FIVE years off your face in 30 minutes. You  can  FORGET  needles,  chemical  peels,  botox  and fillers.  This  non-invasive,  non-surgical,  pain-free  skin health  treatment  is  revolutionising  the  beauty  industry, the results speak for themselves!! The  high  tech  A-Lift  Facial  uses  a  combination  of microcurrent and unique nanocurrent waves to combat the signs of ageing at a cellular level. It targets frown lines, bunny  lines,  crow’s  feet,  laughter  lines  and  expression lines  by  repairing  and  reviving  all  skin  and  muscle  cells. Dark  puffy  eye  bags  are  reduced  due  to  increased lymphatic  drainage  and  boosted  circulation.  The  skin  is deeply  hydrated,  restoring  it’s  natural  softness  and smoothes  out  uneven  texture.  Delicate,  fragile  and damaged  skin  is  strengthened,  improving  the  elasticity and tone. This super collagen boosting unisex skin health treatment is suitable for the face, neck, décolleté and the hands. Rebecca  explained  to  me  that  a  completely  tailored treatment  is  delivered  each  and  every  time,  with  its unique self regulating output system,

evaluating the skin and muscle cells precise requirements, 16 times per second. Wow! Enough science. After  discussing  my  facial  requirements  and  evaluating my  skin,  I  was  soon  enjoying  my  first  relaxing  facial.  I couldn’t  believe  how  plump,  smooth  and  hydrated  my skin  felt  after  just  ONE  treatment.  I  wanted  more!  I agreed to have a starter course of 10 treatments over 5 weeks  and  then  to  move  onto  a  monthly  maintenance program.  I  am  thrilled  to  say  the  A-Lift  treatment delivered  beyond  the  results  I  expected  and  in  such  a short time frame. Rebecca is very warm and friendly with a  vast  knowledge  of  skincare  with  treatments  to accommodate all your holistic needs. The  BeautyFantastic  by  Rj  salon  is  clean,  fresh  and relaxing  with  no  rushing  clients  in  or  out  the  door.  I couldn’t recommend her enough. So what are you waiting for? It couldn’t be easier to have the dream complexion you’ve always wanted!! Curious  To  How  This  Treatment  Could  Benefit  You? Rebecca  offers  a  Free  15  mins  Express  Facial  or  Hand Treatment. Call Rebecca on 07747802616 or email rjhazlewood11@sky.com Lou

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Faringdon United Church Wednesday 5.30pm and 7.30pm Thursday's 9.30am *Morning Group* Highworth Recreation Centre, The Elms. Thursday's 5.30pm and 7.30pm Contact Louise on 07717681939 Stanford in the Vale Primary School Thursday's 5.30pm & 7:30pm *From 5th September, Mill Farm, Faringdon Road, Stanford in the Vale* Call Amy on 07514 255703

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Welcome to the glorious month of September. A month of mists and mellow fruitfulness. Reflections on the Summer and the harvest started already back in June and July. We  have  been  watching  our  apple  tree  branches  quietly subside with the increasing weight of rosy fruit being held on  each  one.  The  hawthorn  berry  crop  looks  good  too,  so wind,  bees  and  other  insects  have  achieved  much  against the odds, earlier in the year. Interestingly a tree in the same field hedgerow that had so much fruit last year, is simply all leaf this year – a “gap year” maybe? As I write, I hope the sales of cool pads for dogs, cats and owners  has  been  astronomical,  rather  like  our  weather extremes! They work really well, for our hot friends. I  was  watching  the  gathering,  screaming,  fluid  knots  of swifts in evenings, before and after the July thunderstorms, then  all  went  quiet  about  30  minutes  after  sunset.  Some birds,  the  younger  or    “unattached”  adults  stayed  on  the wing,  where  as  those  adult  birds  with  broods  of  chicks returned to their nesting place. Back home our two swift boxes have been put up too late for  this  season’s  breeding  but  will  be  ready  for  next  year along  with  more  House  Martin  nests  from  the  RSPB.  The House Martin nests will supplement the privilege of a pair of successfully-breeding Martins under the eaves, I have been most discreet in observing the two chicks who are very close to fledging, one of the adults grip tight to the nest cup and sing a most delightful special warbling song. Our  UK  swifts  often  fly  ahead  of  thunderstorms,  at  full speed, which can be at least 70 MPH, as they catch insects caught  in  the  strong  updraft.  Many  times,  swifts  have returned to discreetly-observed nest boxes completely dry, having  flown  around  such  storms,  they  are  amazing  birds and in my volunteer list. Swifts  are  vulnerable  to  current  trends  in  loss  of  nesting opportunities and they are on the “amber” UK list as there has been a big fall in breeding pair recordings. Breeding swifts, once they have found and occupied a nest site, will return to this same nest site year after year. Some nest sites in Northern Ireland have been in continuous use for over 100 years! Redeveloped buildings usually seal the nest sites, so being left with no place to breed. New buildings can have nest box bricks built into the walls as they’re built, or external nest boxes. This comes under the concept of urban bio diversity. One  of  the  closest  relative  to  swifts  are  in  fact, hummingbirds.  Swifts  are  not  classed  as  “perching”  birds (as are the swallows and martins) if you find any birds crashlanded,  please  follow  the  essential  advice  to  be  found  on www.swift-conservation.org/SwiftFirstAid.htm So to conclude and to round-off Summer for this year, I give you this: BRIEF ENCOUNTER by Peter Brown. Three precious months is all that they could stay May, flaming June and hot July now swifts have left to our dismay. Like anchors, grappling clouds in seas of sky they weighed, to let birds slip away. We had no way to say Goodbye. I’ll tell you more about my charity work next month. Have a great September and keep well. Robert Elliott

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GARDENSCAPE Individual Design, Construction & Maintenance To discuss your personal garden requirements phone: 01865 250372 or 07773333531

Ruth 07969 451 366

Why is my child hitting? Hitting other children is a very common problem between one - three years. Often the hitting occurs because the child is frustrated and is trying to get his/her point across to others. Sometimes  the  hitting  can  be  because  the  child  can’t express  themselves  with  words,  and  verbalise  their  needs, other  times,  it  can  be  purely  because  the  other  child  has done something they don’t like and it is a reaction to that! Children are human after all, and if they are pushed they can loose their temper. Children need to learn how to vent their frustration in the right way, and be helped to understand their feelings. Whatever the reason, if your child is hitting, then it needs to be  addressed,  as  other  children  don’t  like  to  be  hit,  it  can cause  a  very  unpleasant  situation  with  their  parents,  and ultimately,  they  need  to  understand  that  they  cannot continue to do it. So, what should you do if your child hits another child? My  advice  would  be  to  give  your  child some  ‘thinking  time’  to  reflect  on  what they  have  done,  and  also  give  them  a chance  to  calm  down,  away  from  their friends. There are two reasons to do this, one, to defuse the situation and two, to make  the  child  realise  that  that behaviour is going to result in them being by themselves and missing out on fun and playtime with their friends. You can use the ‘Thinking Spot’, either a step, or a cushion that your child sits on when they have done something you don’t like. They will have to sit there for the same amount of minutes  as  their  age  (two  minutes  for  a  two-year-old  for example) and think about what they have done. Once  the  child  has  ‘served’  his/her  time  on  the  ‘Thinking Spot’  ensure  that  they  apologise  to  the  child  they  hit,  and then they can go back and play. Repeat  this  consequence  each  time  the  hitting  occurs, wherever  you  are,  you  need  to  be  consistent  with  this,  as otherwise  they  will  not  take  you  seriously.  they  will  soon realise that they don’t want to sit on the ‘Thinking Spot and miss out on all of the fun! Ruth

Contact Ruth on 07969451366 ruth@firststeps-consultancy.co.uk www.firststeps-consultancy.co.uk

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Homeopathy Society of Homeopaths

GENTLE EFFECTIVE HOLISTIC THERAPY Daytime & Evening Appointments Clinics in Uffington and Wantage

Heather Abel BA/BSc RSHom Tel: 01367 820709 NEW BEGINNINGS The days  are  getting  shorter  and  the  Autumn  term;  the beginning  of  the  school  year,  is  about  to  begin.    Teachers, lecturers, parents and carers wait with baited breath to see what lies in store for each unique child, whether they are 3 or 18 years of age, this time of year is certainly ripe with mixed emotions.    The  season  of  mists  and  mellow  fruitfulness needs  some  careful  handling  when  it  comes  to  our  own precious offspring. Love it or loathe it, education is one of the most profound rites of passage in our culture and has huge implications for our future success, happiness, self-esteem and general wellbeing.  You  may  have  toddlers  entering  Pre-School, youngsters who consider themselves ‘too cool for school’ or adolescents,  bursting  with  excitement  at  the  prospect  of ‘Freshers’ Week’ at their chosen Uni’. All of them face all sorts of challenges ahead. With so much at stake, getting as good an education as possible and surviving the experience, with a good dose of wit and wisdom, is what it’s all about. Working as a Homeopath over the last 15 years, I have seen children  of  all  ages,  with  a  wide  range  of  difficulties  to overcome.  Being away from home and family, whilst having to socialise, as well as being introduced to an ‘education’ in a new  environment  can  be  overwhelming.  Children  cannot easily  communicate  how  they  feel  and  so  can  become withdrawn, aggressive or even disruptive.  These insecurities may  have  associated  physical  effects  such  as  incontinence, constipation, eating disorders and sleep disturbance.  All this stress  can  put  extra  demand  on  our  body’s  resources, making the child more susceptible to every bug that comes along and putting the notion of ‘learning’ to the bottom of the agenda. Older  children  also  have  exam  pressures,  fluctuating hormones,  changing  bodies,  addictions  and  the  FOMO culture exacerbated by social media, highlighting feelings of inadequacy,  anxiety,  panic  attacks  and  depression  that  are all too common in our young people.  Physical challenges in this  group  often  consist  of  menstrual  problems,  skin, respiratory, digestive and sleep disorders.  It’s a wonder we can learn anything at all! This Autumn, help your children to turn over a new leaf!  No matter what the challenges are, ignoring them is rarely the solution  and  addressing  them  now  can  grow  strength  and resilience for the future.  Homeopathy cares for the ‘whole person’ psychologically and physically, as a unique individual. You know your own child and which areas they need most help with; let’s start from there and let them know and feel that they are listened to, cared for and valued.  Then school really could be the happiest days of their life!


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Root and Branch needs YOU! We  are  a  small independent charity looking for volunteers to help support adults with enduring mental health difficulties,  helping  build  confidence  and  self-esteem through learning new skills. Do you have skills you could share? Could you lead a small group? Are you willing to lend a listening  ear?  Want  to  make  a  difference?  We  need volunteers with skills in gardening, woodwork, cooking and blacksmithing. Hours are typically 9:30 to 2:15 on Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays. Come and join our friendly team on our beautiful site on Westmill Organic Farm, Watchfield. Please visit our website www.rootandbranch.info Or contact Karen on 01793 780380.

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WHAT IS EXERCISE?  Exercise is an activity requiring physical effort, carried out to sustain or improve health and fitness. WHY DO WE DO IT? ● It can help people lose weight ● It can lower the risk of some diseases ● It can help a person age well ● It can help to maintain mobility ● It can improve body image ● It can help improve self esteem ● It can help with depression There are many reasons to exercise. Some of us love it, some hate it and some find it boring. Some of the many reasons we  do  it  are  to  improve  health  and  happiness,  to  enhance our bodies, to lose weight and to socialise with friends. I see exercise ‘as a way to replicate movement’. It is a way to add movement back into our lives which has been reduced through our busy and mostly sedentary jobs. Hiking,  cycling,  swimming,  gym,  dance,  fitness  classes  and PERSONAL TRAINING  sessions  are  some  of  the  ways  we exercise. As I said last month, anything you do to move more makes  a  difference.  Whatever  you  do,  enjoy  it.  If  you’re having to force yourself to exercise each time then look at changing what you do. Just remember - you should always feel better afterwards! Exercise alone is only part of the story to achieve health and happiness, NUTRITION is key too. Improving  what  you  eat  is  important  if  you  are  looking  to improve  your  health.  Getting  in  all  those  vitamins  and minerals  is  essential  for  many  of  your  body  functions.  It doesn’t  have  to  be  difficult  –  reduce  your  intake  of processed  low  nutrient  foods.  Make  time  to  cook  from scratch. It really doesn’t take long to cook a meal from basic raw ingredients. ● ● ● ● ●

Boil Steam Roast Fry (not all frying is bad) microwave  (if  you  have  to).  It  can  be  a  quick  way  to reheat a nutritious meal

A good  diet  will  improve  your  health  and  even  affect  your weight and appearance, which in turn improves self-esteem and confidence - as well as energising you. If  you  find  all  the  above  exhausting  then  balance  it  by allowing  time  for  relaxing,  de-stressing,  and  repairing through  the  quieter  forms  of  exercise  such  as  yoga  and Pilates.    Both  are  really  effective  for  improving  flexibility, core strength and posture. Add in MASSAGE for relaxation or injury prevention and you have a marvellous cocktail for health and happiness. Have a Healthy Month Rich Richard Marfell – Wellness Coach 07800636004 Richardmarfelluk@gmail.com


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September Artist of the month Sheila Zozaya Faringdon Information  centre  is  happy  to  welcome  Sheila Isabel  Irigoyen  Zozaya  as  September’s  artist  of  the  month. Sheila  is  a  Mexican  Architect  with  a  master’s  in environmental  urban  design  and  has  been  a  Lecturer  in higher Education, BA in Architecture, and Habitat Design in Mexico. Sheila has combined her professional practice with teaching in Mexico and uses her art in her professional and academic practice. She is currently a research student and an Associate  Lecturer  in  the  UK  and  is  at  the  end  of  her Mphil/PhD  in  Urban  Design  at  Oxford  Brookes  University. The  topic  of  her  research  is:  Defining  and  restoring  the cultural  landscape  and  place-identity  of  historic  cities:  the case  of  Merida,  Yucatan,  Mexico.  This  research  has  been recently awarded. She developed her passion for painting at an early age and started  taking  classes  formally  with  Ofelia  Erosa  Cámara, when  she  was  8  years  old.  The  work  of  talented  people  in Mexico such as Alberto Urzaiz, Jorge Carlos Zoreda, Miguel Angel Reyes, Fernando Castro, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Luis Barragan, Orozco, Tamayo, Siqueiros and Goeritz have been an inspiration in her work. Sheila does not have a favourite art technique as she chooses it  depending  on  the  theme,  time  and  resources.  Capturing the  essence  of  what  she  is  painting  is  paramount.  You  can find some examples of her work here: http://www.faringdonartsociety.co.uk/sheila-isabel-irigoyenzozaya.html https://www.facebook.com/SheilaIsabelIrigoyenArt/?rc=p Come along to Faringdon Information Centre open Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm and Saturday 9:30am to 1pm to Sheila’s work.

Many Tears: 01269 843 084 info@manytearsrescue.org

PleaseHelpMany Tears Animal Rescue *Urgently Needed* Thank you to the generous people of Faringdon who continue  to  support  the  work  of  Many  Tears  Animal Rescue - they are in desperate need of Sardines in Oil 40p, Washing Up Liquid 50p, Chappie dog food 70p and Thick Bleach 45p - all available in our local Tesco. Call: Alison Parker 07901712340 Alison is very happy to collect any donations just text her or DM on Facebook.


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Wine Made Easy!

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Summer Red Wine


This month I thought I would pick a few wines bought from the  various  local  supermarkets  over  the  last  few  weeks. There are so many to choose from, it is easy to get stuck in a rut,  so  I  have  tried  some  wines  I  haven’t  bought  for  some time. From Tesco, I thought I would try a Tesco branded Medoc, which is a Bordeaux wine.  The Medoc area has some wines that  are  regarded  as  the  best  in  the  world,  with  prices  to match.    Outside  those  mega  prices  are  many  lovely  wines, which is why I gave it a try.  A mid range price of £8, has a lovely  deep  red  colour  and  a  good  sniff  found  some  black cherry type of smell and a good glug gave more black fruits, a noticeable tannin, though not too much.  Altogether a nice medium  bodied  red  wine  to  drink  with  a  meal  and  good value.  I have tried several of the other Tesco tabled wines and have only good results so far. For a complete difference, I tried a Gruner Veltliner a Taste The Difference offering, at £8.25.  This is from Austria, which I  guess  is  not  the  first  country  you  think  of  as  a  wine producing region, but they have been at it for centuries.  This is a straw coloured white wine, with a nice whiff of peaches and citrus fruit.  There are loads of other fruit flavours when you taste it and the flavours linger nicely in your mouth.   I enjoyed  this  with  a  fish  supper,  though  I  think  it  is  good enough to enjoy on it’s own or with nibbles. While in Sainsbury’s, I spotted a Gigondas red wine on offer, reduced to £14.  I used to buy this regularly before it became famous and a lot cheaper.  So out of nostalgia, I bought it. this is a French wine from the Rhone region.  It lived up to my memory of it, starting with a deep red colour, then a good sniff  of  black  and  red  berries.    Once  you  drink  it,  this  all comes together to deliver a really full mouth feel with just a hint of tannin and it lingers in the mouth after drinking it.  If you want to splash out a bit, this is a good choice. Over in Waitrose I found a Slovakian wine on offer - well I did say  I  was  trying  outside  the  regular  countries.    This  is  a Sauvignon  blanc  /  pinot  grigio  blend  from  Puklavec  and Friends  at  £8.79.    I  just  love  the  idea  of  a  bunch  of  mates getting  together  to  make  wine.      The  result  is  definitely worth their efforts.  A light yellow colour and then a punch of citrus fruit to the nose followed by a big dollop of citrus fruit, plus some granny smith apple and a dash of peach for good measure.  I would happily just drink this before a meal, with white meat or fish or just on an afternoon sat outdoors over the weekend.

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Sorry I didn’t get to buy any wines from Aldi this month but remember  their  Rioja  Riserva  from  the  tasting  I  did  earlier this year. I hope you enjoy your wine this month and please remember to drink responsibly. Ian Lloyd     Wine Enthusiast    ian@getwine.co.uk


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Out and About Date






13th July 14th Sept

Space Chase Reading Challenge

Faringdon Library

Sun 1st

Folly Tower Open Day

Folly Tower

11am 5pm

Tash www.faringdonfolly.org.uk

U11s Free, 11-16 £1, Adults £3

Tue 3rd


Old Town Hall




Wed 4th

Red Joan (12A)

Regent Cinema


Faringdon Information Centre

From £5

Wed 4th

NATO: Peacemaker or Warmonger

Friends Meeting House


Jennie 01367 710308 Karen 01367 241707

Donations for expenses

Thu 5th

Bus Trip: Cotswold Wildlife Park

Depart Market Place

1.15pm 4.30pm

Thu 5th

Highs & Lows of Growing Veg

Thomas Hughs Memorial Hall Uffington


Fri 6th

Art Exhibition: Stanford Art Group

The Vine, Mill Farm

2pm 5pm

Sat 7th Sun 8th

Art Exhibition: Stanford Art Group

The Vine, Mill Farm

10am 5pm

Sat 7th

Cinema: Aladdin

The Beacon, Wantage

Sun 8th

Folly Tower Open Day

Sun 8th


£4 Park entry not included Pamela Preene 01367 820 251

Visitors £2.50




Folly Tower

11am 5pm


U11s Free, 11-16 £1, Adults £3

Longworth Church Fete

Longworth Manor


Richard 01865 821276 07831 569 940

Adults £2 children Free

Mon 9th

Stanford Art group - Still Life Workshop

Small Hall, Stanford Village Hall


None members most welcome

Members £2 Visitors £5

Tue  10th


Old Town Hall


Tash faringdonyoga@gmail.com


Tue 10th

Stanford Local History Soc: History of Donnington Castle

Small Hall, Stanford Village Hall


Phil Morris, 01367 71028

Visitors £3 Refreshments & Raffle

Thu 12th

U3A Talk: The Most Dangerous Animals

Corn Exchange


faringdondistrictu3a.com/ Margaret Brown 01367 615 385

Visitors £1.50

Thu 12th

National Theatre Live: Fleabag

The Beacon, Wantage




Fri 13th

Stanford Social Club: Night Life Duo

Stanford Social Club

Sun 15th

Folly Tower Open Day

Folly Tower

11am 5pm


U11s Free, 11-16 £1, Adults £3

Tue 17th


Old Town Hall


Tash faringdonyoga@gmail.com


Fri 20th

Wild Rose (15)

Regent Cinema


Faringdon Information Centre

From £5

Fri 20th

Wine Tasting

The Beacon, Wantage

7.30pm 9.30pm



Sun 22nd

Longworth Run

Longworth Village Hall


Richard 01865 821276 07831 569 940


Sun 22nd

Folly Tower Open Day

Folly Tower

11am 5pm


U11s Free, 11-16 £1, Adults £3

Tue 24th


Old Town Hall


Tash faringdonyoga@gmail.com


Wed 25th

Stanford Gardening Club: The Green, Green Grass of Home

Stanford Village Hall

Rosemary Packer 01367 710445

Visitors £3

Thu 26th

National Theatre Live: One Man, Two Guvnors

The Beacon, Wantage

7.30pm 10.30pm



Thu 26th

Bus Trip: Marlborough

Depart Market Place

1.15pm 4.30pm

Purchase tickets at the tourist Information Centre


Sat 28th

Community Event: Superstars of Wrestling

The Beacon, Wantage



Adult £12.10 Child £9.90

Tue 1st Oct

U3A Annual Open Day: Meat up with different Folk!

Corn Exchange


Margaret 01367 615 385


All Welcome

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Local Events Date





Free One to One IT Help

Faringdon Library

2:30pm 4:30pm

Faringdon.library@oxfordshire .gov.uk


Mon, Wed Thu

Lloyds  Mobile Bank

Southampton Street Car Park

Mon 9:45 12pm

Wed 12:45pm-3pm Fri 1pm-3pm

Every Mon

Little All Sorts Toddler Group

All Saints Church Barber Room


Margaret 01367 244901


Every Mon to Sunday

Blue Light Breakfast

Ferendune Court


Claire Morbey


Every Mon

Bridge Club

Faringdon United Church

6.45pm 10.15pm

Françoise Stacey, Secretary of the Club: 01367 241813

£2 per person

Every 2nd & 4th Mon

Disco Dots

Pump House Project


Lucy 07900 800657


3rd Mon

Mon, Tue & Wed


Faringdon WI

Old Town Hall


Jan vinerjan@hotmail.com

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 wantage@babysensory.co.uk Kat Culverwell 07800568040

£10 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

Free Tea & Coffee

Every Wed

Ferndale Choir

Catholic Church Hall




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

Pump Room Faringdon

10am - 12am

03444 11144

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

2nd Wed

The Knitting Group

Horse and  Jockey, Stanford in the Vale


Ruth Chester  01367710362 caston@tlkc.co.uk


Every Wed & Thurs

Slimming World Faringdon

United Reformed Church

Wed 5:30pm Thurs 9:30am

& Wed 7:30pm  Louise  07717 681939


Every Thu

Baby & Toddler 0-4yrs

United Church

9:30 -11am



Every Thu

Slimming World Stanford

Stanford Primary School


Amy 07514 255703


Every Thu

Slimming World Highworth

Southfield Junior School


Louise  07717 681939


Every Thu


Horse &  Jockey, Stanford in the Vale


01367 710302


Every Thu


Stanford Small Village Hall

10am - 12pm

Yvonne 01367 710400

Coffee/Tea, Chat, Raffle

1st Thu

Book Club

Faringdon Library


Paula Draper 07414 531609


Every Fri

Country Market

Corn Exchange

9:15am 11.00am

Jenny Howard-Jones 01367710382

Tea & coffee available Goods orders taken

Every Fri


Faringdon Library

10:30 - 11:00

Sheena 01367 240311


Every Fri

Bowling Club - Open Nights

Bowling Club

Fri 7:30

Trevor Durrant 01793 330564

3rd Sat

Junior Book Club 8-11yrs

Faringdon Library


Sheena 01367 240311



St Mary’s  Church Uffington


Fay Forster 01367 820 363

Tea, Coffee and Cakes

2nd Sun

Great Coxwell Teas

The Reading Room,

2:30pm - 5pm

Great Coxwell

Tea, Coffee and Cakes

Sat - Sun

Tom Browns School Museum

Broad St Uffington


Karen Pilcher 01367 820 978

Open Bank holidays

Every Sun

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Darren Turl-Yoxall dpyelectrical@mail.com

07773 249 807

Searle School of Motoring Hi, I'm David Searle & I'm a Driving Instructor offering professional & patient tuition to new learners as well as those seeking refresher courses etc. I cover a wide area that includes Wantage, all the surrounding villages & beyond.

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I have a first time pass rate of 80% whereas the national average is 47%

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FARINGDON 01367 244 611

We stock Nitty Gritty Headlice Lotion

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

Telephone: 01367 243318 07999 495243 Facebook: @keelysfaringdon 3b London Street Faringdon SN7 7AE

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Hours of business: Monday: 9am - 1pm Tuesday: 9am - 6pm Wednesday: 9am - 6pm Thursday: 9am - 7pm Friday: 9am - 6pm Saturday: 8am - 3pm Sunday 10am - 1pm

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Coxwell Cars Private Hire

Call John Farrow 07772 971780

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● All UK Airports ● Any Distance ● Ports & Day Trips All major credit & debit cards accepted Fully licensed & insured, CRB approved


07919 241881 donnarogers@denboerwines.com




Later Life Planning

Society of Homeopaths

GENTLE EFFECTIVE HOLISTIC THERAPY Daytime & Evening Appointments Clinics in Uffington and Wantage Heather Abel BA/BSc RSHom Tel: 01367 820709 www.homeopathy-oxfordshire.co.uk

● Carpets & Rugs ● Upholstery ● Curtains ● Spot & Stain Removal ● Stain Protection ● 30 years experience ● Fully Insured Call John for a free no obligation quotation on 07831245007 / 01235767400

Are you Property Rich and Cash Poor? Equity release could be the answer, if you are 55 or over and own your own home!

FREE Advice with no obligation from an established company based in Carterton.

01993 220281

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Monika Becker H.P Holistic Practitioner

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

Now Available Wednesdays 12:45 to 4:45pm Lotus Retreat, Faringdon. groveclinicoxon@gmail.com www.grovewellnessclinic.net

Now moved to Bampton Garden Plants call Sarah on

07767 486627 www.rubybeautysalon.co.uk

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Own or Renting!

“Is the  balance  between  owning  and  renting  your  home changing?” Recent  surveys  show  the  continuing  increase  of  those renting as a proportion to owning their own property. The main reason behind this is affordability, not just in the cost of buying a house as a proportion to earnings, but also in the charges which are levied through SDLT (Stamp Duty). Whilst the cost of a monthly mortgage has probably never been cheaper (often more so than the rent for an equivalent home)  finding  the  5%  or  more  deposit  on  the  ever  higher house  prices  and  the  stamp  duty,  requires  a  lot  of  hard earned cash which many can find hard to find. Central  government  have  struggled  to  deal  with  the affordability  for  many  years,  always  promising  to  deliver more and more homes in the forlorn hope that more homes means lower prices but in practice this has never happened. So they introduce nil stamp duty to first time buyers and 20% Help to Buy on new homes. The result? Still higher prices and the mainstream house builders posting huge profits. So renting continues to be a low entry cost option for those still saving for their deposit, or simply wanting the flexibility renting  a  home  can  give  when  changing  jobs  and  moving into new areas. It also remains the only option for those who might struggle to secure mortgages due to credit history or lower salaries. So, in accepting the inevitable, the government is trying to improve the supply and control of the rental market. This is happening  in  two  ways.  It  is  encouraging  financial institutions to invest in large scale developments which are for  lease  only,  making  this  an  acceptable  investment proposition. On the control side, and somewhat perversely, it  is  simultaneously  discouraging  the  private  buy  to  let landlord by, for example removing tax breaks and adding in a  3%  surcharge  over  and  above  normal  stamp  duty  levels. (We  have  our  own  views  on  why  this  is  the  case  but  that would fill another article!) Another way government is reacting is in the current review by the government in  AST’s – assured shorthold tenancies which are the standard basis of renting. The review is out for consultation  until  October  and  largely  centres  around removing the ability of a landlord to terminate a lease unless under certain prescriptive grounds – much like we have had with commercial tenancies for many years. By doing so they are looking to give tenants greater security, understand that for an increasing number, renting is no longer a short term stop gap until buying. Are we to be worried about this? No; in our view it should be embraced.  Any  reasonable  protection  for  tenants  from having  to  keep  moving  home  must  be  a  good  thing.    But instead of penalising those who see buy-to-lets as a sensible alternative pension planning, they should be encouraged. It is after all the way of things to come. Jenny Preece MRICS

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