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September 2021


This Month: Join Rotary Great Barn Festival Charney Bassett Fete The Place: Open Doors Regent Cinema: For You Faringdon Town Council FCB: Wonderful Days Out India Electric Co: In Concert FRC: Rugby Club Family Day David Johnston MP: Parish News Sarah’s Beauty Room & Deevers Hair BNI: Business Network International Launch Promoting local business, trade and services. Advertiser! Be Seen! Call Lou 01367 244 975 or 07894554551


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Are re-grouping after 18 months of inactivity caused by the Covid pandemic and the subsequent restrictions placed on choirs. All being well w

If you are interested in singing with us we would love to hear from you. Google Faringdon Singers, or call

WHITE HORSE YOGA Yoga classes starting Sep-Oct in Fernham Village Hall Fridays start 10th Sep to 22nd Oct 7:45 - 9:15pm Saturdays start 11th Sep to 23rd Oct 9:45 - 11:15am £60 seven week course, first session free! One-to-one sessions available Instagram: White Horse Yoga UK

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Check out my new website: I am based in the Cotswolds and I write articles and PR marketing in the media and on social media for people, businesses and events in Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire. I help to promote businesses – large or small – about what they do and what they can offer. Or contact me: 01285 712150 m: 0744 350 0744

Two students, who study at Faringdon Community College, have been celebrating their success in The Cotswold Challenge 2021. in Year 12 at Faringdon Community College won fourth place in the Creative Writing category for her poem entitled ‘Perfect’. Amelia wins a £50 cash prize and a certificate. Author and judge, Amanda Jennings said: “A searing poem dissecting the concept of perfection and the standards society imposes on us. Expertly paced with super rhythm and wonderful use of language.” of Longcot is in Year 11 and won two Commended certificates in the Art & Design category for her pieces: ‘Drowning in Koi’ and ‘Bodiless Beauties’. Judge, Lady Bathurst said: “’Drowning in koi’ is gorgeous. Beautifully done.” Art director and oil artist, Paul Cottrell commented about Bodiless Beauties’: “Mesmerising in concept and strong in draughtsmanship. An excellent piece!”


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This year, The Cotswold Challenge comprised three categories, 12 top money prizes; 3 Special Recognition Awards; 12 Highly Commended awards; 26 Commended awards; 25 illustrious judges; 9 generous sponsors; 27 schools/colleges and four members of The Cotswold Challenge team, who organised the initiative – Chris Roberts, freelance writer, Nigel Chute of Chute Design, Allison Murray of Allison Murray Design and Fiona Scott of Fiona Scott Media. To see a full list of winners, entries, judges’ comments, judges, sponsors and participating schools, please visit:

The sad news is that Tangled Hair Salon in Stanford closed on 18th August. The good news is that it re-opened and rebranded as Luna Blush in Highworth on 1st September. Nicola Lewis, who has been in Stanford for seven years, has now re-located the business to her new home-garden salon at Park Avenue, Highworth, SN6 7AW. During lockdown, Nicola created her own range of hair-care products specifically for children’s hair, such as: 100% natural shampoo and conditioner; Tea-Tree Treatment shampoo; NoMore Tears Shampoo formulated to be gentle on the eyes and has a sweet-smelling strawberry scent and After Swim Shampoo that has been specially formulated to remove the build-up of chlorine from the hair. Also available are products for nail care, body care, lips, facial products, brows and lash care.

The Advertiser Magazine Deadline for the October Edition is 24th September

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Nicola’s new Lush Blush home-garden salon is open MondayWednesday from 9am-2.30pm and Thursdays and Fridays from 9.30am-2.30pm. It is closed on Saturdays and Sundays. To find out more, contact Nicola at

To all friends, customers, colleagues of, and visitors to Faringdon Business Centre: if you recommend the Faringdon Business Centre to all your contacts - business or personal and, if they take up office space at the Centre, you will receive a £100 Amazon voucher! All you need to do is set up the introduction or, alternatively, provide their details and Faringdon Business Centre will contact them.

WRIGHT CHOICE TRAINING Book Now For A 10% Discount, Booked & Paid For In September Online Mental Health First Aid course 13th & 14th Sep £190+VAT per person, discounted price. Online Mental Health Champion Course 3rd Dec £125+VAT per person, discounted price. Emergency First aid course Watchfield Village Hall 10th Dec £85+VAT per person, discounted price. Health and safety in Construction (for a green CSCS card) Watchfield Village Hall 16th Dec £95+VAT per person, discounted price.

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When your office is your dining room or garden shed, running a business efficiently is not always easy. The house is full of distractions and holding a business meeting at the kitchen table is not really professional. So how can you maintain a professional image while working from home? Try to have some part of your house devoted solely to work. When you’re at your desk, it’s time to work. When you’re sitting on the settee, it’s time to relax. It is also a good idea to have a place outside of your house for meetings. There is often office or meeting room space available in the local area to rent by the hour or the day (see article re Faringdon Business Centre above). Alternatively, a quiet table in the local pub or café can provide a neutral environment. It is important to stick to a work schedule and not give in to the temptation of having a lie-in till noon or popping out to the shops in the afternoon. Being self-disciplined means that customers or clients will know what those hours are and when they can reach you. Don’t waste too much time on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. They are notoriously time-consuming, so allocate a limited amount of time for each. Be friendly, but professional. The same applies to incoming phone calls. If you use your mobile for business and personal calls, remember to answer calls from unfamiliar numbers in a professional manner and always make sure you turn off the radio or television before you answer. If you can create both physical and mental separation between your business and your personal life, your business will be more successful and you’ll have better peace of mind.

If you would like to feature your business in a free editorial in The Advertiser, please find out how by contacting the Editor, Lou on 01367 244975, 07894 554551 or

White Rose Accountancy Let me help you with all your accountancy services for small businesses & charities ● Accountancy and tax support for small businesses, the self-employed and charities. ● Flexible and tailored to the needs of each individual client. Please contact me to discuss how I can help you.

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(12A) (2019 - Comedy, Drama, Music) With their partners away serving in Afghanistan, a group of women on the home front form a choir and quickly find themselves at the centre of a media sensation and global movement Stars: Kristin Scott Thomas, Sharon Horgan Film duration: 1 hour 52 mins (no interval) No refreshments will be served at this initial screening but please feel free to bring your own! Matinee Club @ The Regent Cinema, Corn Exchange, Faringdon Doors open 12.30pm, film starts at 1pm ADVANCE TICKETS ONLY £4 from Faringdon Information Centre Matinee Club Membership - Just £24 for 12 films

(PG) (2020 - Biography, Comedy, Drama) Dream Alliance is an unlikely racehorse bred by small-town Welsh bartender Jan Vokes. With no experience, Jan convinces her neighbours to chip in their meagre earnings to help raise Dream in the hope he can compete with the racing elites Stars: Toni Collette, Damian Lewis Film duration: 1 hrs 53 mins plus 15 min interval Blockbuster @ The Regent Cinema, Corn Exchange, Faringdon Doors open 7.00pm, film starts at 7.30pm ADVANCE TICKETS ONLY £3 U18s, £4 Adult, £10 Family from Faringdon Information Centre For more info or to join the mailing list, please visit our website Tickets can be bought in advance from Faringdon Information Centre, 5 Market Square, Faringdon SN7 7HL

My Home Maid has vacancies for home cleaning staff on either an employed or self-employed basis for both full and part time hours As part of a professional cleaning team, your role would involve ensuring our clients’ homes, are cleaned to the highest of standards, including dusting, polishing, vacuuming and moping. Always providing a high level of cleaning services for regular cleans, spring cleans, as well as specialist and specific cleaning requirements. Monday to Friday and some Saturday mornings. Flexible working available. Products, equipment and uniform supplied. Further career opportunities available and development within the company. ● Driving license essential and references required. ● ● ● ●

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The first physical meeting since lockdown was held in the Pump House. ● Cllr. Finn was elected as vice chair ● The Information Centre staff were congratulated on their work throughout the pandemic. ● A new internal auditor was appointed. ● The committee was informed that the cost of the Town Centre bollard replacement had risen. It was decided that the budget should not be increased, and the Town Centre Regeneration Working Party would be asked to review the project.

Work to renovate this much-loved building, in our town centre, is almost complete. After 3 years of planning and searching for funding, we are very excited to have the Old Town Hall back to tip top condition. The work has been possible with a grant of £66,050 from FCC Communities Foundation, a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community through the Landfill Communities Fund. Maymessy, £2450 for healthy eating school. Royal British Legion, £177 room hire. Citizens Advice, £3000 for advice service in Faringdon. Adventure Plus, £2000 five Saturday morning sessions. Applications for the next round of funding are invited. The deadline for applications is 20th September

Private residence £150 Wheatsheaf £200 Pat Thomas £50 Perry Bishop £35 If you have a property in the Town Centre, you are invited to apply for a bursary - details here:

Members considered 10 applications, full details on our website.

Held at the Council Office in the Pump House. All Welcome! 6th 6th 8th 22nd 27th 29th

Sep Faringdon War Memorial Trust 7pm Sep Tuckers Recreation Ground Trust 7.30pm Sep Full Council 7.15pm Sep Planning & Highways 7.15pm Sep Grants Sub Committee 6.30pm Sep Community and Partnerships 7.15pm

Free six-week online course starts on the 4th of October 10am to 11am in partnership with Oxfordshire Adult Learning. The course is suitable for anyone wishing to build confidence or take a more active role in the community. For more information, please email

The Town Council are very sad to say goodbye to our Deputy Town Clerk, Marzia Sellitti, who has been appointed Town Clerk for Woodstock Town Council. We offer our congratulations and wish her well in her new role.

requires a full time (37 hours) We are looking for a person with a flexible and positive attitude to join our team. Candidates must have good communication skills and be computer literate. Relevant experience would be an advantage although training will be provided. ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

To deputise for the Town Clerk To act as Clerk to two committees To act as Clerk to appointed working parties To act as Clerk to Tuckers Recreation Ground Trust To act as Clerk to Faringdon War Memorial Trust Website Management Health and Safety Support

Salary SCP: 18-23 (£24,982 – £27,741) depending on experience. Closing Date: Friday 24th September 2021 1st Interview: W/C 27th September2021 2nd Interview: W/C 4th October 2021 For further details please visit or contact Sally Thurston on 01367 240281 01367 240281

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Our new town Mayor Cllr. Bentley is organising a summer market for the residents of Faringdon in the Market Place on Saturday 4th September. 10am to 2.30pm.

Come and join her for lots of summer fun! ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

Stalls Beach games Ice cream Sand pits Fish and Chips Music Bring your own deck chair

Details on our website and social media. If you would like a free stall or would like to be involved, please get in touch!

Faringdon Town Council are happy to announce that the Regent Cinema will open its doors again in September 2021. It is great to be able to offer a community cinema once again for the residents of Faringdon. Our first blockbuster will be Dream Horse on 17th September.

I was born in Faringdon and have lived here pretty much all my life. I really like it: It's the place I want to be and the place I care about most. I've been involved with a few things in Faringdon over the years - Folly Tower and Woodland, various health groups, Ferndale choir. I created with a friend in 2000 and have been maintaining it since. I hope now to join with others to make Faringdon an even better place to live. A place that looks well cared for and one that encourages community spirit and engagement. I am particularly interested in initiatives that help Faringdon become greener, cleaner, livelier, and even more attractive.

Faringdon Town Council are working in partnership with Folk Weekend Oxford who are bringing a one-day folk festival to Faringdon. The day will include: ● Morris dancers around town from Midday ● Music from Local performers in The Bell ● Concert in the Corn exchange: Nancy Kerr and James Fagan, with support act Josh Newman and Mitch Keely For more info and tickets (£15/£12) please visit:

Faringdon's Big Green Day A day to highlight green activities, green projects, and green businesses in Faringdon. Held on 25th September in the Corn Exchange from 10am to 2pm during nationwide Great Big Green Week. There will be lots of information and a vegan café – please come and join us! To book a free stall contact

Faringdon Information Centre is delighted to host Maggie Bohm for an additional month Maggie creates mixed media acrylic and water colour abstract artworks, using items from nature, everyday objects, and hand inking. These are original one-off pieces, created on water colour, rice or deli paper. Maggie also makes hand - stitched books and booklets which can be used for journal writing, sketching, or painting. To see Maggie’s beautiful work please stop by the Information Centre in the Pump House. 01367 240281


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FARINGDON RUGBY CLUB F.R.C GET INVOLVED! Maybe you are a long-term resident or are new to Faringdon. Perhaps you are here for a few years at one of the nearby service bases. Either way, make rugby union YOUR sport and Faringdon YOUR rugby club. Rugby promotes activity, health and wellbeing and is a great family sport that all can enjoy and Faringdon has members aged from 5 to 99 and runs teams from U6 to Seniors “The Silverbacks”. We are delighted to welcome new members of all abilities and both sexes of any age – be it player, coach or social member. You can find out more about how boys, girls and adults can get involved in rugby union at Faringdon at ● Why not get involved in the Faringdon 8 Nations Competition on 5th September? A fun way for kids and adults to kick off the season! visit for details. ● Or get stuck into the women’s “Inner Warrior” event on 11th September - Warrior Camps are free rugby fitness sessions that will get you out in the fresh air, whilst introducing you to the basics of the sport. The Faringdon Rugby Club Warrior Camp is running at Folly Park between 12 and 3pm and can be booked online at ● Or come and join the Families Day and support the Silverbacks in their first home game of the season at Folly Park on 25th September? for details. You can be assured of a warm rugby welcome at FRUFC!

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Saturday 11th September Ticket price £10.00 (card only) Leave Faringdon 9.30am Leave destination 4.30pm Thursday 23rd September Ticket price £6.00 (card only) Leave Faringdon 1.15pm Leave destination 4.30pm All tickets from Faringdon Information Centre Tel: 01367 242191 (Children 5-16 Half Price

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Sarah's Beauty Room & Deevers Hair

, who lives in Faringdon, has been running her business, Sarah’s Beauty Room in Stanford-in-the-Vale, for five years. She did her initial beauty therapy training at Reading College 18 years ago and has since amassed a huge folder full of further training certificates in beauty and related fields, including a diploma in equine sports massage. She said: “I really enjoy the diversity of treatments I offer, everything from a variety of manicure and pedicure options to eyelash extensions and Hollywood waxing! I am also trained in many different massage techniques, Swedish, pressure-point, aromatherapy, sports, drainage and deep tissue.” Earlier this year, Sarah teamed up with , who lives and works in Stanford. Lisa has been a hairdresser for over 18 years and started her own hair salon, Deevers, in 2008. Both Sarah and Lisa were looking for bigger premises for their respective businesses so, when the opportunity came up to take on a brand new salon in the heart of Stanford that could be designed to meet both their specifications exactly, it made sense to share the space and work alongside each other. Originally, Sarah and Lisa had planned to get the new salon ready to open on 1st March 2021, but were further hindered by the pandemic restrictions on the health and beauty industry, and were finally allowed to open on 12th April. Sarah has been qualified for nearly 20 years in beauty therapy and her main client base comes from the local area, but she has a few clients who still come back despite having moved away to places such as Devon or Wales. She strives to provide high quality professional treatments to all her clients whilst keeping a really friendly and fun atmosphere in the salon that people really look forward to visiting! Stanford is a rapidly growing village, which means Sarah is getting new clients all the time. Word is definitely spreading about the partnership she has created with Lisa and the beautiful airy salon environment that has been designed by them. Being tucked away at Stanford Business Court means the salon is very private and quiet and has the benefit of its own dedicated parking spaces directly outside the door. Sarah says: “I am lucky enough to absolutely love my job. Running my own business in beautiful new premises is definitely my dream come true and I would love people to come and visit the new salon and share the dream with me.” As it hasn’t previously been possible to have a grand opening, Sarah and Lisa are now planning a Christmas Open Evening on Saturday 4th December for existing clients and prospective new clients with nibbles, bubbles and goody bags galore. Sarah’s Beauty Room contact Sarah: 07825 888264 or Deevers contact Lisa: 07760 919092 or

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What’s The Point of Exercise? Whilst some of us enjoy exercise others can be more reluctant to take part. After all, it does take time and effort, it’s not always fun and can be painful – and if you don’t experience any gain or reward, what’s the point? The point is that any exercise is worth the effort! Whilst it’s true that the more work you put in the greater the benefits, anything you do will bring rewards. Sometimes they aren’t apparent at the time but you will notice them later - when you’re out walking with a non-exerciser who’s puffing going up Folly Hill and you’re not even breathing hard. Or maybe you find that your back no longer gives you problems. Or you get up from a chair easily rather than with a moan and a groan. Being active has been shown to have many health benefits, both physically and mentally. Exercise Helps to: ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ●

Maintain a healthy body weight - Improve quality of life Increase muscle strength - Boost your energy levels Improve range of movement - Strengthen bones Improve balance - Improve posture Stimulate blood flow - Reduce pain Decrease stress - Promote better sleep Decrease feeling of depression Boost your immune system - Reduce risk of disease Improve coordination - Improve memory Reduce anxiety - Improve mood - Help you to relax Improve social interactions - Improve self esteem

Exercise offers incredible benefits that can improve nearly every aspect of your health, and it can be fun!


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There are many more reasons why we could benefit from starting some sort of exercise plan, and enhancing the one we already have. Regular exercise along with a healthy eating regime will help you get more out of life and feel better, healthier and happier.

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I absolutely love this time of year, the transition into Autumn from our beautiful mixed Summer months (that in reality made my tomato crop fail due to blossom blight as it was hot - cold - hot - cold). Last month I was asked by our local church to help out with some flower arrangements and since we live right next door and I love flowers I was very happy to try! I always love picking flowers and making little arrangements, it’s not too difficult and something you can do with flowers from the fields around us (if on footpaths and the plants are not protected) and from your very own garden! You’ll see from the picture above, Lilly (my cat) was only too happy to help me with this task. At first I started with the idea of using some of my Dahlias, but I decided however it was much better to use some giant daisies that grow in abundance around the cottage. I planted some of these from seed last year and it’s always a joy to see them pop up all over the garden; they also look really pretty in a vase, especially surrounded by the grasses - it felt like the perfect bouquet for the church to compliment the stonework alongside showing a little nod towards Autumn with the tones, colours and arrangement. Lilly is a huge fan of exploring so any excuse to potter along and look in the church and see what I’m up to, she’ll be there. She is quite dog-like and really does love to be taken out for a walk and follow me wherever I am. If you head over to my Instagram page @hercountryliving you’ll see a cute little video I put together of Lilly helping me with the arrangement and choosing the best spot in the church for the flowers to go. Alongside the flowers I am really happy to announce that over the summer Jon and I got engaged after a few days in Malta for my 30th birthday! Since then I have set up a new account for travel @hercountrytravels so if you’re looking for tips on how to travel safely and what that means moving forwards then feel free to pop on over and follow for tips and ideas. As we move forwards into the Autumn I’m going to be attending a few craft courses and try my hand at making an Autumn wreath and am also preparing the garden and cottage for the colder and wetter winter months we have coming! I absolutely love crafting, gardening and creating so if you’d like to follow along or get in touch with me, why not visit my website

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This month’s podcast review is that of Rachel Johnson’s “Difficult Women”, a name inspired by Ken Clarke’s description of Theresa May as “being a bloody difficult woman”. In this podcast, the journalist, presenter, and writer speaks to a variety of influential and successful women in their industry. She discusses the fact that they have been described as “being a difficult woman” (typically by men) or are they, in fact, just passionate and determined.

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The podcast style is very much interview/conversation. Johnson lets the woman being interviewed the opportunity to answer the question being asked without much interruption. It is obvious some of the interviewees are friends with Johnson, or they socialise in the same circles. The opening podcast is with Lady Brenda Hale, who in 2004 was the only woman appointed as a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary. Then in 2017, she served as the President of the Supreme Court of the UK. She is now a member of the House of Lords. There has been criticism of the podcast in that, so far, the women are all middle class with middle-class views. What is wrong with that? It is not a crime to be a middle-class woman with views and opinions. Indeed, in the interview with Sasha Swire, Swire discusses how the wives of some politicians express their political views and are denigrated and an object of fun. If you listen to the stories, some of the women interviewed had to work hard from poor backgrounds and carve out a career for themselves. The significant takeaway is that education is a great advantage. Whether you went to grammar school or secondary school, and then worked your way through the education system, you must take a risk, fight the ‘Old Boy Network’ and at times fight prejudice and discrimination. Podcast: Rachel Johnson’s – Difficult Women Website: I have enjoyed these podcasts and if you want to listen to Sarah Vine, Baroness Joan Bakewell, and Prue Leith discuss the differences, barriers, and discrimination they had to overcome, this podcast will be for you. Leave your political view of her brother aside, your idea of what a middle-class woman should be and listen to the inspirational stories of these exceptional women at the top of their field. Julie Farmer 01367 246003 myPA Virtual Services and

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Grand Draw ~ Teas ~ BBQ ~ Cake Sale ~ Tombolas Books, DVDs, CDs ~ Bric-a-Brac ~ Plants & Produce Games and Activities ~ Face Painting Music by our very own village ukulele group! Special attraction: historic steam rollers & local old tractors Follow signposting for fête parking. Disabled access parking available on request. Access to Chequers Inn car park from the Longworth Road end of Main Street. Track & Trace will be expected. In the event of new Covid restrictions being applied, we reserve the right to limit access or movement at the Fête, or to cancel the event. We need your offers of help and donations please! Contact: Lucy 868782 or Eve 868710


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Specially Selected

This month I have been happily trying the specially selected wines from Aldi and Lidl. These are wines where you pay a little more than the average £5 - £6 for a bottle, but the choices in the £7 - £11 region are worth exploring. The downside is the wines are usually only there for a short period, sometimes not to reappear till next year. So these may be ones you have to keep an eye out for, or follow my thought process here and try out the selected ranges. Note, I also rate the Tesco selected ranges highly, but they are usually only cheaper when Tesco runs a buy 6 bottles and get 25% off. The first wine to catch my eye was the Specially selected Gavi at £6.99. The wine had the classic pale yellow colour, lovely smell of white flowers ( I know it sounds odd, but I think you will get it). The taste is lovely with peaches, melon and those flowery flavours come in too. Gavi wines are regarded as one of the best Italian wines and have their own protected status. Another Italian wine leapt out, the red wine Valpolicella Ripasso, which is another one I like to buy. It is made in northern Italy and has the unusual production method of re passing and fermenting the wine over the grape skins from the previous fermentation. This imparts a lovely additional sweetness to the wine. You get a lovely deep red colour and a hit of the red fruits in the smell. On tasting, you will find red cherry and berries, plus plum. A hint of sweetness, but countered by the fruit and with light tannin. A good buy at £7.99 and it will go with most meat or vegetarian dishes. Next up is the Rioja blanco, or white Rioja. We normally only see the red wines in the UK, but I have noticed a number of these white Rioja appearing in the supermarkets. The colour is a deeper yellow than the Gavi, but still not too deep. You will get a hit of citrus and peach when you smell it. The best bit is the flavours of peach, pear and citrus acidity which linger in the mouth. I found this a bit of a revelation and equal to many sauvignon blanc wines and at £6.99 another good buy. I include the Gigondas wines for you to look out for. I have been lucky and found them on sale in both stores. I suspect they are end of line and will not appear at the low price I found, but well worth keeping an eye out for. On the champagne front, I have tried the Aldi ones and greatly prefer the Monsigny No. 111 over the earlier champagne they sold which was just called Monsigny. For a special occasion as it is £13.49 usually. You will get a lovely fruity citrus flavour with this champagne. Very refreshing to drink. As always, please drink responsibly and I hope you enjoy these wines if you try them. Ian Lloyd

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Faringdon Bell Ringers You will have heard the bells ringing each Sunday which has been a happy occasion in the tower. Numbers are still down owing to holidays and covid caution but we have welcomed Yolanda and Lisa who we hope will join us. Of course, all bellringers have a home tower (usually, but not always, a church) but we are all part of a national organisation and ring at many other towers. In the last few weeks Faringdon ringers have helped at Bampton and Hinton Waldrist. All Saints bells were originally cast by the Aldbourne foundry. The oldest one was cast by William and Robert Cor in 1708. Another says God Bless the Queen, presumably Queen Anne. The Aldbourne foundry passed to the Wells family who cast bells for us in 1779 and 1803. I wonder what state the Berkshire roads were in then.

Sometimes founders cast bells in the churchyard because of transport difficulties. In 1874 the Whitechapel Bell Foundry which had taken over Aldbourne (and which itself closed in 2017) cast three more bells to make eight. If you’re still with me you’ll notice there is one missing. We guess it came from Aldbourne but it had no inscription at all. The tuning of this mixed bag of bells probably upset Lord Berners in Faringdon House who had to hear them more than most people. In any case he was one of the donors who paid to have all the bells broken up and recast in 1926 by the Loughborough foundry who reproduced the original inscriptions. We don’t think people are sufficiently relaxed about covid yet to make an open day viable but anybody who would like to find out about bells and ringing is very welcome to come to All Saints tower at 9.45am on Sunday morning or contact


Faringdon & District U3A Zoom meeting on Thursday 9th September at 2.30pm The speaker will be Alison Rees who has spent 16 years in Zambia “Living the African Dream”. Alison has worked on reservations and has had the opportunity to follow her wildlife photographic interests and conservation passion. She has been involved in the Serengeti Cheetah project, learning about individual cheetahs. The talk will include many photos, especially of cheetahs but also information about Alison’s conservation and community work.

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David Johnston MP Parish News

Parliament is currently in recess. My last spoken contribution, on the last day, was a speech on housing and planning issues which you can watch on my website or Facebook page. I tried (within a 3-minute limit for us all!) to get across why quite a number of constituents have concerns ahead of us seeing the proposed legislation later in the year. Contrary to the impression given by news articles, the definitive proposals haven’t been published yet, and I am hopeful the concerns that I and others are expressing will be factored into them. If you listen to some national journalists – of course not esteemed Herald/Oxford Mail ones – recess is some sort of long holiday for MPs. The reality is I am as busy as ever, and I have filled the days with surgery appointments, meetings with constituents and visits to local organisations given that I can do them every day, where usually I have to be in London Monday-Thursday when parliament is sitting. I’m back at home in Didcot for most of recess and one of the best things about this summer compared to last year is all the events that are taking place across the constituency. I’ve had a great time wellie wanging at the Letcombe Fun Day and attending celebration events like the anniversary for the Driving Miss Daisy service and the garden party of the Didcot Good Neighbour Scheme, which I recently became a volunteer for. One event was the fundraising football game at Cholsey Recreation Ground in memory of Charlie Allum, who was a player and manager for Wallingford Town FC, but sadly lost his battle against the rare cancer, cholangiocarcinoma, in 2011 – his son Chris is helping to raise money for the charity AMMF, the only charity dedicated to this particular disease. I’ve spent a few more hours at Harwell’s space cluster, where there are the largest number of space organisations within walking distance of one another anywhere in the world and we’ve welcomed the Vaccines Minister, Nadhim Zahawi. There’s been table tennis at Richmond Retirement Village and questions from young people on the National Citizens Service; plenty of the constituency’s 85 pubs for lunches and chats, and catch-ups with charities such as Sofea. Besides this, I’ve written my letter to Alok Sharma, President of COP26, outlining what came out of my pre-COP26 summit in July (again, you can read it on my website/Facebook page and I’ll publish his reply) and continued my Opportunity Gap project with Claire Coutinho – our first report will be on the role of parents. So recess doesn’t involve much rest. But it’s been great fun so far and its nice to see the local area coming to life again.

Faringdon Peace Group (FPG) turned out on a very wet day in Shellingford to cheer on some 200 riders who were passing through on their ‘Big Ride for Palestine’ from Bristol to London. The local vicar who was passing also stopped and joined in the cheering. The purpose of the ride was to raise awareness of the situation in Palestine and to raise funds for the Middle East Children’s Alliance (MECA) who are creating a recreational park in Gaza where children and families can relax and take part in sporting activities. FPG raised £125 towards the project. The riders really appreciated our efforts and spoke of the ‘incredible atmosphere of solidarity and friendship and outstanding support’ that they experienced throughout their 4 day challenge.

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I wonder how you are feeling with the easing of the lock-down restrictions since 16th August? It has been such a difficult and restrictive time over the last 18 months, with enforced and social isolation which has taken its toll on so many aspects of life as we knew it before the pandemic. Many of our businesses, families and social support structures have been side-lined, or, in some cases removed. Innovations have helped reduce some of the impacts, as technology helped us keep in communication with family, church and friends…..we can be thankful for the positive aspects of the Internet , science and telephony. As we enjoy more social freedom once again, it can feel a little strange for us all. For some, fears for their health, and the social anxiety of others, (brought about by the length of time it has taken to get medical appointments and missing social interaction), will take time to overcome. Sadly, in some cases, the damage to health, both physical and emotional , may be permanent, or irreversible. With all that and looking at the world; with the climate impacts, governments falling and natural disasters occurring along with the pandemic, it would be so easy for us all to lose heart and any hope we have for the future. The Old Testament story of Job describes how a wealthy but Godly person lost everything he owned including sons and daughters, and suffered with bad health, and yet, despite all of this, remained faithful to God. The story tells of how Job reflected on his situation and talked with God in very human terms, pulling no punches.

Yet when he heard God talking to him from a storm (Job 38) , Job realised it was God who was in control, not himself. The end of the story describes how God doubled Job’s previous wealth and provided him with new children and grandchildren. As followers of Jesus, Christians of every denomination have their hope set in Him. We are humans too, so experience emotions just like every other human being…..we are not immune to suffering and loss. At times it certainly is not easy to hold onto that hope, but because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, we can say with confidence with the hymn writer of old:“We have an anchor that keeps the soul Steadfast and sure while the billows roll, Fastened to the Rock which cannot move, Grounded firm and deep in the Saviour’s Love” I wish you all peace this Autumn, whatever the future holds.

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A new morning networking group for business owners who live or work in Oxfordshire and specifically in or around Faringdon is starting up in September. The Folly is a new Chapter of the BNI (Business Network International) group that mostly consists of small business owners, although medium and large organisations are also represented.

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The organisers of The Folly Chapter are Chris Homer and Jason Priest, who both live and work in Faringdon. Chris has been in the financial management business for ten years and currently works from home for Shires Wealth Management (aligned to St James’ Place). Jason has been working in and around Faringdon for 34 years as a locksmith with his son, Robin, in the family business, JPriest & Family Ltd. Jason has been a BNI member for five years and is currently Vice President of the Oxford Spires Chapter, Ambassador for Bliss Chapter in Chipping Norton and will be setting up the Faringdon Folly Chapter with Chris to bring a wealth of business connections and experience in professional networking to Faringdon. Both Chris and Jason believe that The Folly is set to become something special with members helping each other to grow and develop their businesses. The aims of the BNI Chapters are: ● To increase business prospects – substantially increase your business through referrals. ● Professional development – have access to BNI’s exclusive training programmes. ● Great networking opportunities – increase your exposure to many other business professionals in your community. ● Exclusive member resources – have access to a range of tools and educational materials on networking, public speaking and business best-practices. As this is a brand new networking meeting to Faringdon and beyond, the first Folly meeting will gauge the interest and best format for local business owners in Oxfordshire. Future meetings are likely to have interesting, informative guest speakers and the opportunity to network 1-2-1 in ‘break-out’ rooms to gain the maximum amount of interaction between members. Eventually, there will be the possibility of holding face-to-face meetings as well as virtual meetings. It is planned to meet fortnightly to begin with and then eventually, when established, hold regular weekly meetings with three virtual meetings and one face-to-face meeting. If you are a business owner looking to expand your network, then please come and attend the virtual BNI Chapter Launch meeting on Wednesday 8th September from 9.30am-11.30am. The meeting will enable you to meet other like-minded business owners and exchange business opportunities. To book your place, please contact Chris Homer on 07876 448565, or Jason Priest on 07557 196890, and they will send you a ‘SaveThe-Date’ confirmation email followed by the Zoom link nearer to the date.

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After months of Zoom Meetings, it was an absolute joy to be together again with fellow Rotarians for our first in-person club meeting at Sudbury House Hotel last month when 202021 President Shaena handed the reins to incoming President for Rotary year 2021-22 Clive Clark. With the relaxing of restrictions, we’re now planning future activities and so looking forward to once again organising events for our local community. Whilst we have not been as evident in the community as normal, our Facebook followers and others of you will have been aware of our efforts to assist in the community where possible since lockdown. Covid brought new challenges for us all and with our satellite White Horse Rotary Group we were able to support Faringdon & Shrivenham Food Banks and our wonderful RotaKids delivered Amazon Fires to Ferendune to help residents stay in touch with their families. In June last year, great local support helped us bring smiles to a few faces with a very successful Scarecrow Competition which was featured by the BBC and raised some much-needed funds for Helen & Douglas House. Later in the year, three of our members hauled, chopped and sawed a good supply of wood for Root & Branch to see them through the winter. Sadly, there was to be no Festive Faringdon Lights-On event: nevertheless, we made town centre bright for Christmas. The main tree was erected by the Rotary team and on a misty morning team Rotary wrapped the small Christmas trees with lights and installed them around town. Thanks to generous local support, White Horse Rotary Group was able to hand gift bags to The Place and Faringdon Food Bank for local disadvantaged children for Christmas. Earlier this year, several Rotarians were on duty at Faringdon vaccination centre, the WHRG held a virtual Balloon Race to raise funds for Thames Valley Air Ambulance and Oxfordshire Mind. For our young ones we held a Young Citizen competition. Since January 2020, the last time we were able to fully interact with our community, we have had to cancel all major fundraising activities. Well, that’s beginning to change; with Buscot Run and our regular events later this year and into 2022. If you are keen to help, come and enjoy Rotary with us. Men and women from 18 upwards are welcome. We meet Wednesday evenings for a variety of fun, fellowship and business. Our Satellite White Horse Rotary Group, meet less formally twice monthly. For more information, message us on or our website One of our members will get back to you. You might like to come along to one of our meetings to see what Rotary is about.

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Thursday 9th September, at the United Church Hall in Faringdon at 7:45pm Saturday 4th September 1.00 - 4.00 pm Charney Bassett Village Green Saturday 11th September Ticket price £10.00 (card only) Leave Faringdon 9.30am Leave destination 4.30pm

Wed 15th September 11am-4pm Little Coxwell Village Hall Thursday 23rd September Ticket price £6.00 (card only) Leave Faringdon 1.15pm Leave destination 4.30pm All tickets from Faringdon Information Centre Tel: 01367 242191 (Children 5-16 Half Price) Fossil Fuels and their Effect on YOUR World Open from September 28th Until October 10th on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10am, and Sunday afternoons and other times by request(240929) at The Quaker Meeting House in Lechlade Road Free Entry

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. Return to the Corn Exchange Saturday Oct 16th. Homemade cakes and Cream Teas Cole and Joe are excited to be back here, available inside and outside (weather permitting) Until the end of September a place they love playing. from 2.30pm.. Tickets are available from Maybe occasional Saturdays. Enquiries F.Forster 01367 820363 Info Val Sansford 07766077115.

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MUSIC, MOSAICS & MAGI My friend Janet came to stay in early August. We had a great time, relaxing over a bottle of bubbly, kitchen dancing, me, making home-made chicken pie and getting covered in flour due to a lost flour dredger, (and an attempt at creating a flour snow scene GIF…) eventually eating at nearly 10 p.m. on a Friday evening.

Next day, we headed into Faringdon Town Centre to visit: An at the . Lovely day! In the square, a guitarist, David Reynolds, was playing the kind of music to rock to; Santana among other pieces. His collection hat was there to raise money for a local Mental Health charity: Root & Branch. David is part of a band called ‘White Ridge’. I hope to catch him again when he next performs. Have you noticed footprints in the Advertiser Magazine? We took the 55 steps (from the square) to Lushlooking Cakes where I bought a couple of delicious chocolate brownies. We shared these in quarter pieces later in the day, (a scene from Matilda came to mind, where Miss Honey cuts a chocolate in half). There’s something cosy in sharing bite size chocolate treats. Meanwhile, we stopped at the Faringdon Coffee House for immediate coffee and cake. We managed to get the window seat; people watching, guitar music playing, and a good cup of coffee. Another eye-catching display was decorative hand-painted glassware by Trishy B, items such as a kingfisher on a bottle, bees, a fish bowl, many shapes and personalised pieces are available on request. Trishy B’s work is on Facebook, or e: I bought coasters with brightly coloured local town scenes and a view of Faringdon Folly. The artist, Sheila Isabel Irigoyen Zozaya, is, a woman of several talents that include architect and urban designer. Janet and I both honed in on mosaic artist Jo Webster. I was drawn to a beautiful mirror surrounded with bird of paradise flowers. Janet bought a hand-crafted mosaic of bleak, yet captivating scenery. It was fascinating, gazing at all these fragments (ceramics, china, glass, mirror, tiles, some with tiny bits of writing that I wanted to ‘interpret’), and musing on the work and passion involved in creating an abstract scene, reminiscent (as Jo hinted) of an Icelandic landscape. My next purchase was a selection of early Christmas cards, (by Peter Wheeler), each of which featured Faringdon town centre scenery; it is the first time I’ve seen camels and the Nativity depicted in a setting other than Bethlehem, in this case, inside the entrance to the Crown Hotel! But then, of course, Jesus and Mary had tried to find room at an inn in the biblical story. This was a nicely painted upgrade. Take a look at Faringdon Art Society website for a list of all artists and samples of their work. Thanks also to Al Cane for help with information. Contact: Mobile: 07789 302995

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