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January 2014

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

Inside this month: Nicky Brown: New Echodeco Talk to the Vet: Robert Elliott The Bobbin Bistro: Burlesque Beauties Highworth Travel: Your World Your Way The Pump House Project: What's Happening Karoliina Saunders: New Hairdressers in Highworth Promoting local business, trade and services. Advertise! Be Seen! Call Lou 01367 244975 or 07894 554551


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Wishing you all the very best for 2014 “It can only get better” Lou :) Smile every chance you get. Not because life has been easy, perfect, or exactly as you had anticipated, but because you choose to be happy and grateful for all the good things you do have and all the problems you know you don’t have.

Mandie Haywood Born and brought up in Derbyshire, England, Mandie Haywood has always been close to the wildlife and nature of the Peak District, which along with her very own wildlife refugees, has been the inspiration for much of her work. She served many successful years as a portrait painter and photographer and then later as a commercial artist and illustrator. She has been commissioned by some of the worlds famous names. She can be described as a realist painter but her paintings are so much more than realism. They are imaginative, often quirky and sometimes even a little on the dark side.

Tel: 07884 463014 To Advertise call Lou on 01367 244975 or 0789 455 455 1 or email

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Call Trish: 01367 820060 Cowleaze Farm, Woolstone, Oxon SN7 7QS Email:

Business Update The seventh Faringdon Chamber of Commerce annual ball was a record breaker in every sense of the word. It was the biggest event not only in terms of numbers and amount raised, but also the number of charities supported. The venue was full to capacity with sixteen tables and 135 people who were entertained by a choir and a string trio before being called into dinner. Chamber President, Paul Brame then opened the evening with an introduction from the event’s main beneficiary, Churches Together in Faringdon. After a three course meal, the evening’s entertainment started in earnest with a short set from renowned Oxfordshire swing and jazz band, The CNS Allstars. After a brief interlude for a raffle and the auctioning of a unique piece of cinematic history from the set of Les Miserables, which went to Nick Moore of Nick Moore Cars, the Allstars were back for a longer session which filled the floor until after midnight. This year’s event raised a total just over £3,300, with half of that going towards projects run by Churches Together in Faringdon, including the revamping of their website and other capital projects. The other half was shared between charities nominated by individual tables; each of theses will receive just over £100 each and included four local school PTAs, local charities Mission Motorsport, Faringdon Free Foods Project, the Faringdon Family Centre and the Oxfordshire Women’s Refuge.

There was also support for the new local running club, the Far Runners. Other beneficiaries will include Help for Heroes (last year’s main charity), the Alzheimer Society and the Philippines Typhoon Appeal. Several local businesses supported and sponsored the event by contributing financially, donating raffle prizes and inviting guests – some did all three. Notable contributions were received from Tesco Stores, Garden Games (who also provided Giant Jenga and Connect Four for those who didn’t want to dance the night away), Wicklesham Commercial Properties and Critchleys. Chamber members Den Boer Wines selected wines for the evening and Davenports Media printed posters, tickets and programmes. The date has been set for next year’s event already Saturday 22nd November 2014.

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Wishing you all the best for 2014! Festive Opening Hours Monday 23rd 9:00 - 1:00 Tuesday 24th 9:00 - 1:00 Friday 27th 9:00 - 3:00 Sat 28th 8:30 - 2:00 Monday 30th 9:00 - 1:00 Tuesday 31st 9:00 - 1:00 Friday 3rd 9:00 - 6:00 Sat 4th 8:30 - 2:00 Normal working hours Jan 7th on OPEN LUNCHTIME

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IYENGAR YOGA Sue Read At Carswell golf club/gym Starting Tuesday 26th November 7.30 pm - 9 pm Pay as you go until class is established (£7.50 per session) New year block bookings only of 4-8 Please bring your own non-slip yoga mat and blanket. (Blocks and belt if you have them) Sue will require for you to fill in a medical form for your own safety Any enquiries please contact Sue on 01367-241971

Chowle Farm Estate Faringdon SN7 7SR Jim Couling, his wife Kim and son James from Swindon, have recently taken over the previously named Ady’s Cafe on the A420, and is re-launching it as a superbly run TJ’s Cafe!… The Cafe also boasts a most convenient take away, which really helps the likes of myself, who are hungry but just do not have the time to sit down… James More likely wont get up to quickly from the comforts of the cafe!… Kim's Mother Lin and Father Clive of Highworth, will also be helping out in TJ’s Cafe, so this is truly a family run business! Jim wishes to attract not only the very hungry, large appetite commuters and customers, which travel along the A420 each day or week but the families from the local surrounding villages, who just fancy a good fresh locally sauced breakfast or lunch. The cafe is very welcoming a home from home, extremely clean which we all love….The very large menu, which has something on it for everyone's taste, including the kiddies, from the English Breakfast, Omelettes, Burgers, Pie’s Fish and chips, Sandwiches/Baps, Panini’s, Jacket Potatoes, with many extras, tea coffee and cold drinks. The price and quality of the dishes are very reasonable, you will make it a regular place to catch up with some old friends, or just have a peaceful meal. Opening on Sundays shortly and a delivery service will be available soon!

Tel: 01367 244300

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Hi Everyone Nicky Brown here!‌


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

I’d like to introduce my new venture, Echodeco, which brings creative craft workshops to grown- ups, with recycling in mind. Unwanted clothing, crockery, cutlery and furniture should no longer be destined for the bin but given the Echodeco treatment. Over a cup of tea (or two), Echodeco Morning Makes or Day Workshops will provide you with the skills and ideas to turn otherwise unloved items into new things to treasure or give as gifts.




I am a fully qualified teacher and was also trained by the paint guru Annie Sloane. I hope that my passion for teaching and for crafting will enable you to create something you can truly be proud of and fill you with inspiration for your own crafty projects. Morning Makes Every Wednesday morning during term time. Tea and some materials provided. Just bring your unwanted stuff and a sewing kit.

Starting on Weds 15th January 9.30am - 12.30pm At The Pump House Project, Swan Lane, Faringdon For a list of Morning Makes, dates, prices and what to bring please go to Day Workshops You will learn various techniques throughout the day and take home a number of completed projects. Tea, a light lunch and all materials provided.

10am - 4pm Workshops are limited to 10 people. Booking is essential. For a full list of Workshops dates and prices please go to To book please contact Nicky Brown of Echodeco email 01367 240108

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

01367 243800 visit

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Your world, Your way

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

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Life is a Cabernet! I don’t think that I would be alone in my reference to the noble grape variety, Cabernet Sauvignon as ‘King Cab’. Powerful and weighty, this grape variety produces red wines that are richly concentrated in fruit intensity, backed up with plenty of tannin. This can be traced back to the grape berry itself, being very small and of a thick skin, which contains the berry’s flavour (phenols) and tannin profile. The combination of this with the length of time the skins remain in contact with the juice in the wine making process create a very dark, opaque ruby wine with enough acidity and tannin to support lengthy cellaring. Additional flavour variables include the climate, soil and aspect of the region/vineyard (terroir), where for example, in cooler climates it shows aromas and flavours of black currants and bell peppers, where as in warmer climates, black cherries and black olives are present. Originating in the Gironde, south-west France, cabernet sauvignon is one of the widest travelled grape varieties. It can grow in a range of climates and can be produced as a single varietal wine or works well in a blend. Interestingly, the lineage of cabernet sauvignon has recently (1996) been discovered through DNA profiling to be that of cabernet franc (red grape) and sauvignon blanc (white grape). Not surprisingly, cabernet sauvignon features in Bordeaux as part of this region’s famous blend along with merlot, cabernet franc, petit verdot and malbec. At times, Bordeaux’s unreliable weather fails to produce fully ripe cabernet sauvignon. Borne out of financial necessity, blending with other grape varieties provides an opportunity to maintain production even when one grape variety may not be at its optimum ripeness. Cabernet sauvignon brings to the blend structure, or backbone, providing acidity, tannin and with it, potential cellaring or ageing. In leaner years, when ripeness is not fully achieved, adding a larger parcel of merlot and/or cabernet franc increases fruitiness and floral aromas and flavours. Cabernet sauvignon has a natural attraction to oak, which can be imparted during fermentation (in oak barrels) or during the ageing process. This adds complexity, and depending on what type of oak is used, imparts aromas and flavours of vanilla, coconut or spice, which harmoniously compliments the flavours of black currant and tobacco leaves. When matching with food, the strength of cabernet sauvignon should not be overlooked. It will easily dominate lighter dishes such as Neapolitan pasta, but pair beautifully with game, smoked or char-grilled meats. It behaves beautifully with lamb, as the fat composition balances with the tannin structure. If you are not participating in the nonsense of abstinence this January, then I encourage you to make your New Year’s resolution of trying King Cab as a varietal or a blend. All hail King Cab! Donna 01367 241169 / 07919 241881 Email:

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Since the official opening on the 26th July 2013 The Pump House Project has gone from strength to strength. We now have upwards of 300 children and young adults each week taking part in a wide variety of clubs and activities, ranging from Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers to Dance classes, Parkour, Nerf parties, Unplugged Acoustic Music and Mission Fitness. We have now opened our Bouldering Wall, constructed by Mock Rock with a fantastic mural of famous Faringdon buildings (with a few comic twists) painted by the artist Simon O’Rourke. The wall has been designed to offer a challenge to all age groups. We are looking forward to seeing everyone come down and try it out. The Pump House Media team have been working with the Football Association to create promotional videos for a football coaching programme aimed at homeless adults and Soccercise aimed at young women. 2014 brings many new events: • Echodeco craft sessions for grownups on Wednesday mornings starting on 8th Jan. • Messy Monday craft for toddlers and pre-schoolers. • The long awaited return of slacklining, indoors over the winter. • Picnic Concert on 2nd Feb • Tea Dance on Sunday 23rd Feb and more throughout the year • Sondheim Sunday in May The Pump House Project is now also offering a venue for birthday parties with a choice of just hiring the building or booking a complete birthday package including supervised activities and party food. Please go to our website and Facebook page for all the details. or email: Thanks for all the support we have received from the community and we look forward to seeing you down at The Pump House Project to try a new activity or even to come and help.

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Hello, again!

Talk to the Vet !

Firstly may I wish you, dear Reader, and your Family and all the pets, a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. Although we seem to have had at least 12 month’s notice, January always seems to creep round too quickly and last’s too long! As I write, the weather is more settled and much less windy; some of you may have relatives or friends badly affected by the recent stormy weather and tidal surges. Some Families have completely lost their homes. What are their feelings about the New Year, let alone Christmas just before? Whatever the weather, we have the vehicles to get the work done. This must apply to the carers of people who have personal care and mobility issues, people who rely on regular care whatever the weather. 2014 is a significant anniversary year for families who have had earlier generations of loved ones serving in the First World War. A new book has been recently published by Max Hastings called “Catastrophe – Europe goes to War 1914” in which he argues that the war was vital to the freedom of Europe as a whole. We will have time to reflect better on the men and horses who died for this achievement later in the Year. A number of you will be reflecting the loss of a loved member of your family during the year that’s passed and possibly still coming to terms with this loss. Here, I include the loss of a pet, which is equally devastating no matter for what reason the pet died. Sometimes a pet is lost very suddenly. There is a booklet available from our veterinary practice which can help you as pet owners understand your emotions. The booklet was created because Alex’s parents felt so helpless to do anything, not all Alex’s questions could be answered by them, especially why his pet had been taken away and why they couldn’t do anything to make the situation better again. Everyone started to feel a little bit better when Alex started a “book of memories” and began talking through it, with the feelings, memories and emotions it brought back. It is a very thoughtful booklet. Other help is available through The Blue Cross and SCAS. As a practice, we always try to recognise this need and have counselling training, to help our clients as well as the Staff.

So, what will the New Year bring? What do YOU hope to see or help bring about? Another comet?! More amazing results with tests on the DNA found in the femur of a hominid 400, 000 years ago? Better education for those who genuinely seek help and advice in keeping their exotic pets as well as they possibly can, to fulfil all the needs of that pet in terms of heating, humidity and appropriate feeding? With more demand comes more wild capture and then more issues with transport and trade. The almost astronomical, record donations to Children in Need to get to their intended good causes with due speed, will be matched by an equal awareness of the needs of the pets in our homes and all the animals and plants that are such an important part of the countryside around us. Mission Rabies will still be fulfilling its objectives throughout 2014 helped by our donations. Mr Nelson Mandela’s phrase that “education is the engine of personal development” must continue to have an effect on the lives not only in Africa but all around the World. ..and that we all find genuine, quality time to spend with our families and the pets who so enrich our lives at home… Good health and happiness to you all throughout 2014.

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

01367 710595

“No matter how little money and how few possessions you own, having a dog makes you rich”

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

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

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01793 297668 '' After commuting to work in London and Swindon for so many years, being given a chance to open my very own salon in Highworth is nothing short of a dream come true. I wanted to create a stylish hair boutique where my regular and new clients can come, relax and be pampered with a touch of class. Myself and my team aim to offer a unique personal hair service. Sofia Foxall, Sharon Rawston and Constance Bird are fully qualified and have years of experience at reputable companies behind them. I myself have been hairdressing for 21 years. Trained by Finnish world champion Riitta Urjansson, then became an Artistic director and assistant manager at Toni&Guy for six years leading to me managing a successful Swindon salon which also started out in Highworth. We welcome everyone to our beautiful new salon, let us make you look and feel fabulous' We would also like to offer all the readers 10% discount of all hair services. Could we please ask you to bring the Advertiser page in!

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Friday 31st January 2014 Burlesque @ The Bobbin Staring Tabitha Taboo & Lulu Macaroon £30 including welcome bubbles and two course dinner…

Open Hours Tue - Sat 6 - 12 Closed Mon & Sun

Book Now… New Years Eve Bar Party!

December 31st NEW YEAR BAR PARTY @ 8:00 Happy New Year 2014!…… Pay £10 in advance for guaranteed entry which goes to Macmillan and gives you a plate of something and a glass of bubbly. Come dressed as your favourite movie idol and dance till dawn...Lively music & late bar till 2! Every Tuesday is Film Night as you all know and every Tuesday, before the planned film we show a random public information film. For the first Tuesday 7th of Jan, we will be hosting an evening of Public Information Films dating from between 1946 and 1985. Some real classics including "Charley says " from the 1970's, "Guides to Modern Britain" from the 1940's and 50's

Going back in time is a treat in itself, when entering the Bobbin Bistro the trappings of a by gone haberdashery greet you, counters, shelves, storage draws, the great old stairway and wood panelled walls all highly polished and well used over time, the balcony and high ceiling all a thing of the past. The elegant figure of Delores stood to one side, her voice filled the room for everyone's pleasure. Greeted with a tankard of hot mulled wine was just the thing, being a cold winter evening. The evening started with our lovely host Mel Lane, perfectly dressed in wonderful burlesque attire, introduced the dancers and the undoubtedly talented Delores, answering peoples questions and making everyone feel most welcome. Dinner was served to beautifully decorated tables... the staff were nimbly back and forth to the kitchen with plates of hot main courses and steaming vegetables. A choice of tender sliced breast of Chicken with tarragon cream sauce. Pork apple & cider casserole or Field mushroom risotto, all piping hot. A choice of a bottle of wine per couple was offered, we has a superb South African Merlot, I am slightly bias being of African origins!... The food was succulent, tasty and well presented, most enjoyable. With that the show began, scantily clothed Lou Leigh entered the dance floor with feathers and fans to the beat of the music moving most gracefully, with her exotic gestures, high kicks and fleeting glances. The more the audience approved the more revealing she became, bidding farewell in a flurry of feathers. Desserts were then served... the choice of Apple tart, Chocolate fondant, Christmas pudding or South West (almost) Cheese board. Choosing the Apple tart it had crumbly crunchy pastry filled with juicy apple and spoons of freshly whipped cream. The other was Christmas pudding as tasty as it ought to be, with brandy custard, always an occasion in itself. With that the show continued! Tabitha Taboo, wearing a white sequined costume holding large white ostrich feathers, entered the dance floor... She danced effortlessly tantalizing the audience with her well curved figure as everyone cheered.. she was gone in a flash sadly, as the excitement grew. Delores then took to the stage once more entertaining everyone, a very talented well trained voice singing for her own enjoyment as well as others. With that the dance floor was full, everybody had a fun filled entertaining evening, which is recommend for a totally different good night out!....

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YVONNE ROBINSON Yvonne completed a Fine Art with Drawing degree with the University of Bath in 2009. Her dissertation and final show was based on the theme ‘Lost to Sight’ still evident in some of her current work which suggests absence, melancholy and regret. These topics provide focus and a relationship to the pieces, portraying memories and reflections that are common to us all – home, family and the countryside around us. Yvonne joined the Faringdon Art Society in 2011 and her work can be seen at The Portwell Angel, Faringdon throughout January. She is also a member of the Granary Artists, Stanford in the Vale and exhibits regularly with the group at the Manor Farm Studios. email: website:

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

Tel: 01367 240112

Ashbury Lodge 261 Marlborough Road Swindon SN3 1NW 01793 496827 Residential and Specialist Dementia Care Respite and Day Care

Winter Promotion

Take a short break in one of our luxurious homes and enjoy up to two nights on us. Stay for up to 7 nights for the price of 5 this winter, at selected care homes. Our flexible booking system means that you can arrive and Downs View Care Centre Badbury leave on whichever day of the week suits you best. Maintained Swindon SN4 OEU to high standards, our thoughtfully designed care homes offer 01793 740240 24 hour, premium quality nursing, personal and specialist Residential and Specialist Dementia Care. Dementia Care We provide a complete range of facilities and services to suit Respite and Day Care your individual care needs. Every home offers extremely comfortable, stimulating safe and friendly atmosphere, so its Church View Nursing Home not surprising that our homes have consistently gained high Rainer Close Stratton St. Margaret Swindon SN3 4YA ratings from the Care Quality Commission. 01793 820761 Residential and Specialist Nursing Care Respite and Day Care

If you would like to know more, simply contact Michelle on 01793 528924 or 0785 661655, quoting “Summer Offer” or visit our website

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Special offer for Winter! Four players only £38 Saving you £10 Introducing Our New Social Morning Wednesday 9:00 - 1:00 Free tea and coffee Don’t golf alone… Partner up and play with other golfers Men and ladies welcome

Tel: 01367 243944 Faringdon Golf Course, Great Coxwell, Faringdon, Oxfordshire, SN7 7LU

Proudly supporting Buscot Park Cricket Club

Pasta!……. Winter can be a little bleak for some. I rather like it. I love the cold weather with the frost laying like a little smattering of icing sugar over the land. I love the dark afternoons so I can light the fire and feel snugly. And I also love the robust nature of our seasonal foods. Gorgeous brassicas with which you can do so much, although I think they are often just chopped and steamed or boiled. But there is so much more you can do. Kale, broccoli and cabbages are beautiful shredded and added in to a risotto. Crisp green cabbage is amazing roasted. Cut in to wedges then sprayed with a little oil, season and roast for around 25 minutes until it is just tinged with a little burn on the edges. Or add in to a chunky soup 5 minutes before the end of cooking. These wonderful green vegetables marry beautifully with lemon. And actually oriental flavours like sesame and soy sauce, too. In some Chinese restaurants, a good green cabbage is used to make what is billed on the menu as seaweed. It is a great substitute. But here, today, a beautifully simple pasta dish is on the cards. A good store cupboard supper if you have any unexpected guests perhaps? To serve 4 = Bring a large pan of water to the boil. Whilst that is coming up to heat, crush 2 cloves garlic and chop a red chilli. Shred about 100g cabbage and cut up 100g tender stem broccoli in to chunks. Into the boiling water add 400g spaghetti and cook in a rolling boil. For the last 3 minutes add the greens. Once the pasta has cooked, drain then add to the pan 50ml good olive oil along with the garlic and chilli. Cook gently for around 2 minutes then add the pasta back in to the pan. Turn in the oil then squeeze in the juice of a lemon and add the zest too. Season really well with sea salt and black pepper. Serve with lots of parmesan cheese. Add a couple of crushed anchovy fillets of you fancy a little kick! Happy new year everyone!

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Healthy Tips

Do you need help to lose weight this year? Let us help you on your way to breaking the Yo-Yo dieting trap for 2014. We know that creating a healthy body is the only way to achieve long term fat loss. Most diets ignore this fact including calorie restricted diets. As experts in creating healthy fat-burning bodies we know that protein, natural fat, leafy green vegetables and colourful berries make us feel full and give us nutrition – essential for a healthy body. Now we are clearing up after the Christmas binge it is a good time to start making changes that are for the long term, so how to break the cycle? • Man-made sugary foods give us energy but no nutrition, leaving us unsatisfied so we eat more of it. We store the excess energy as fat and gain weight. • Then we try to diet by reducing what we eat. • But we still don’t give our body nutrition so we feel unsatisfied and hungry. • Then we rely on willpower to fight the urge to eat. • But our body is starving, so it fights back stronger and makes us eat – we are born to survive not to starve. • In the battle of your body versus your willpower, your willpower will always lose! So traditional calorie restriction diets are almost impossible to stick to. • Are you that yo-yo dieter? • So what’s the alternative? Eat nutritious foods and not man-made sugary substitutes that give us energy but no nutrition. Healthy eating and fat burning exercise will help you to lose weight, tone and enhance your shape and burn fat even whilst at rest. We would suggest a simple, easy to follow plan to get you started on the path to health. The New Year is not a time to start another new ‘Fad’ diet, one that will be so hard to keep up or so boring you will give up and get depressed, then end up eating more and putting more weight on. We know what works and can help with all your needs in a simple uncomplicated way. Trust us to help you to get you started on your way to long term weight loss. For any further details on healthy eating and weight loss, or if you want a little free advice to get you started contact the team at The Gym At Carswell 01367 870337

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IYENGAR YOGA at LONGWORTH VILLAGE HALL MONDAYS during term time 19.30 – 21.00 TUESDAYS during term time 11.00 – 12.30 Taken by Jennifer Duncan Contact Jennifer Duncan 01865 820339 or Mickie Hall 01865 820315 for more details

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This month we will resume our tour of the distilleries of Islay, and the next port of call is Ardbeg – just up the road from Laphroaig and Lagavulin. As with the other two distilleries on the road east from Port Ellen, Ardbeg is scenically situated by the sea and with it’s tall white buildings and traditional pagodas makes an imposing sight. Ardbeg’s origins date back to the 18th century, and it was in private hands for many years but was acquired by Hiram Walker in the 1970s and had several periods of closures during the 1980s and 90s. It’s future became more assured when it was bought by Glenmorangie plc in 1997 and the premium branding they gave it was further enhanced when Glenmorangie plc was bought by Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessey (Ken and I were in the still room at Ardbeg when the news came through) and now their quirky marketing, that has involved alligators, tractors and Shortie the distillery dog, combined with a quality whisky has made Ardbeg somewhat of an icon. The distillery only has one pair of stills and its output is mainly very heavily peated (the exception being the lightly peated Blasda) but the presence of a purifier on the spirit still is said to contribute a fruitiness to the smoky, salty, medicinal, spicy nature of the whisky that gives Ardbeg it’s own unique character. The core range includes the always popular 10 year old with it’s complex cornucopia of flavours – lemon, lime, toffee, liquorice, coffee, salt, bonfire smoke, they’re all in there but so well balanced as to make a harmonious whole that is a real Islay experience. Also in the core range are two cask strength whiskies. The Corryvrekan is matured in a mix of ex-bourbon American oak and French new oak casks and its ‘swirling aromas and deep torrents of peaty, peppery taste’ are said to reflect the famous whirlpool that it’s named after. It has meaty, spicy, fruity, tarry, chilli notes, with star anise thrown in for good measure , and is a truly amazing whisky for those who love big flavours. The Uiegedail has more sherry cask influence which results in a smoother, more Christmas cake type dram. The smoke and spice are still evident but along with it there is raisins, treacle, mocha, and dark brown sugar. Another exceedingly well balanced whisky. Ardbeg regularly produce some extremely interesting special releases but, be warned, they are so sought after that they often sell out within a matter of hours. Fran Thomas Arkwrights Whisky and Wines

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| The Advertiser | page 21 | Faringdon Business Breakfast Club There was plenty of festive cheer on show at the last meeting of the Faringdon Business Breakfast Club on 2nd December. A special 12 days of Christmas ditty from our chairperson and a special offer from the club’s treasurer, a tax consultant by day, for any people filing their return on Christmas Day. We heard a story of a night watchman who was afraid of the dark, the latest virus to affect the XP operating system. Looking to the new year, there was the cheery news that house prices are on the move again, in an upwards direction. After everyone had introduced themselves, it was time for a bit of speed-networking, as members were allowed three short sessions with anyone else at the meeting. This allowed people a more in-depth discussion of business needs, including or how referrals might flow, or working together, could lead to strategic partnerships. There was an update on the Coderdojo project which is hoping to go live from the end of January, initially for children from years 5, 6 and 7. At Dojos, young people between 5 and 17 learn how to code, develop website's, apps, programs, games and more. Dojos are set up, run by and taught at by volunteers. The Faringdon group are getting some hardware delivered in the next few weeks and when they get those, they will be on the look out for screens, SD cards, leads etc. The whole concept of the CoderDojo is that it is free to all to attend and once launched, they will be looking for projects from the local community – website's / apps / games that groups of children in the CoderDojo could create (eventually). Anybody who would like to get involved with the running of the club or help to mentor the children should contact Mary Thomas at Concise Training or go to FBBC’s first meeting in the New Year will be on Monday 6th January. It will be back to the usual format where after breakfast we will have a speaker. 2014 will kick off with a presentation from Malcolm Gee, one of Faringdon’s very own First Responders who will be giving us all a few first aid tips. We understand that this will be an interactive session! In addition, we have been promised some exciting news from our hosts, the Sudbury House Hotel, who will be sharing some further details of their plans for the hotel. FBBC, is an informal networking group which has been running since 2004. It meets on the first working Monday of each month at 7.30am at the Sudbury House Hotel. There is no joining fee and no restriction on who may attend, the only cost is your breakfast – just £10. If you are interested in coming to a future meeting, please visit the club’s website or reserve your place by calling 0845 003 1340 or e-mailing FBBC is also on twitter and LinkedIn, follow us on @FaringdonBBC


TEL: 07851 185274

Cameo Glass, 100 Faraday Park, Dorcan Ind. Est., Swindon, SN3 5JF Tel: 01793 513864 Fax: 01793 535476 Email:

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Wed 1st

New Year on White Horse Hill

Meet at Large Car park White Horse Hill


01793 762209 or 07721 671024

£3 per adult, £1.50 child

Thur 2nd

Folk night

The Swan, Faringdon



Sat 4th

Christmas Tree Recycling

Faringdon Market Square

From 9am

Donations please for Helen & Douglas House.

Tue 7th

OCCG . Our Strategic Direction: 2013 - 2018

Oxford Town Hall

6:30pm 9pm


Wed 8th

Walking for Health

Leaving from Old Town Hall


Wed 8th

Folly Dollies WI - Speaker from the Air Ambulance

The Old Town Hall


Thur 9th

Open Mic Night

The Swan, Faringon

Thu 9th

U3A Talk “What have plants ever done for us?”

Sat 11th





Corn Exchange, Faringdon


Sylvia Bowley 01367 241296

January Pop Up Exhibition

West Ox Arts Gallery, Bampton

10:30am 4:30pm

Free. Dates of Exhibition 11-12th, 14th-19th 21 - 26th

Sat 11th

Live Music - AK Poets

The Swan, Faringdon




Mon 13th

NEW Sing & Sign Classes

Old Town Hall, Faringdon

9:30am & 10:30am

Reserve space online

Tue 14th

Ferndale Wives Choir

Ferndale School


Wed 15th

Tony Hadland on 'William Gill, Victorian Explorer & Spy'.

Old Town Hall, Faringdon


Faringdon History Society

Visitors £5

Wed 15th

Walking for Health

Leaving from Old Town Hall



Thu 16th

Folk night

The Swan, Faringdon



Fri 17th - 16 Feb

The Griffin Art Prize 2013 Exhibition

High House Gallery, Clanfield

11am 5pm

Open Thur to Sunday

Sat 18th

One Day Mosaic Workshop

West Ox Arts Gallery, Bampton

10:30am 3:30pm 01993 850137

£40 members £45 non members

Mon 20th

NEW Sing & Sign Classes

Old Town Hall, Faringdon

9:30am & 10:30am

Reserve space online

Wed 22nd

Walking for Health

Leaving from Old Town Hall



Fri 24th


Faringdon Junior School


Adults £8, Child (U16) £6 Family £20

Sat 25th

Live Music - Andy Robbins

The Swan, Faringdon




Sat 25th


Faringdon Junior School

2:30pm & 7:30pm

Adults £8, Child (U16) £6

Sat 25th

Winter Ceilidh!

Village Hall, Grove, Wantage, OX12 7JY


07855 548512

Adults £6, U16s £3

Mon 27th

New Year Speed Networking

The Bobbin, Faringdon


Mon 27th

NEW Sing & Sign Classes

Old Town Hall, Faringdon

9:30am & 10:30am

Reserve space online

Mon 27th

IDraw Drop in Session

West Ox Arts Gallery, Bampton

2 - 5pm

£10 for the session

Tue 28th

Quiz Night

The Swan, Faringdon



Wed 29th

Walking for Health

Leaving from Old Town Hall



Fri 31st


Faringdon Junior School


Adults £8, Child (U16) £6 Family £20

Sat 1st Feb


Faringdon Junior School

2:30pm & 7:30pm

Adults £8, Child (U16) £6

Wed 19th

Peggy Martin on Richard iii

Old Town Hall, Faringdon


Afternoon Tea Dance

Old Theatre, Swan Lane, Faringdon

2pm 4:30pm

Just Turn up


Sun 23rd

Faringdon History Society

Visitors £5

01367 242142

In aid of Pump House Project

To Advertise call Lou on 01367 244975 or 0789 455 455 1 or email

Out and About

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Local Events Date






Sheena or Jane 01367 240311



Regular Events Every Day

Faringdon Home Library Service

Books to your door!

Every Mon, Tue & Wed

Free One to One IT Help

Faringdon Library

2:30pm 4:30pm

Every Mon

Singing group by Mums for Mums

Corn Exchange, Faringdon

9:30am 11am

Every Mon

Lunch Box Singing

Faringdon Library

1pm 2pm

Sheena 01367 240311

First taster session. Free. Open to all

3rd Mon

Faringdon WI

Corn Exchange,


Audrey Jefferies 01367 240464

£33 per year membership

1st Tue

Farmers Market

Market Place, Faringdon

Until 1pm

01367 710445


£2 per family

1st Tue

Coffee Morning

Faringdon Library

10:30am 11:30am

Every Tue


Portwell Angel


01367 248030

£1 per person per game Winner takes proceeds

Every Tue

Pub Quiz

The Prince of Wales, Shrivenham


£1 per person. Cash prizes

1st Wed

Buckland WI - Speaker and meeting each month

The Memorial Hall, Buckland


Libby Calvert 01367 870803

Non members £4 incl. refreshment

2nd Wed

Follies Dollies WI

The Old Town Hall


Becka 07841 431219

Every Wed

Open House - Coffee

Great Coxwell Reading Room

10:30am 11:30am

01367 241179

Coffee and Conversation Everyone welcome

Every Wed in term

Maths Homework Club

Faringdon Library

3pm 4:30pm

Years 1 to 13

1st & 3rd Wed

Faringdon Youth Project Drop-in Sessions

Faringdon Library

4pm 5:30pm


Every Thur

Women’s Drop In

United Church Faringdon

12:30 2:30pm

Term time only

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

1st & 3rd Thur

Folk Night

The Swan



Every Fri

Country Market

Corn Exchange


Jenny Howard-Jones 01367710382

Every Fri in term time


Faringdon Library

10:30am 11am

Tea & coffee available Goods orders taken Free

Every Sat

Family History Sessions

Faringdon Library

Every Sat

Faringdon Farcycle cycle ride

Leave from Market Place


01367 240311

Call to book a 1 to 1 slot

01367 241142

11-12miles or 25-35 miles

1st Sun

Great Coxwell Teas

The Reading Room, Great Coxwell

2:30pm 5pm

1st Sun

15 Minute Club

Cellar Bar Faringdon,


0771 421 8825

1st & 3rd Sun

Folly Tower Open

Folly Tower, Faringdon

11am 5pm

0845 4758386

Last Sun

Messy Church

United Church, Faringdon

4pm 5:30pm

Tea, Coffee and delicious cakes available Free Adults £2 11-16s 50p U11s free Free

Crowdy & Rose Solicitors of Faringdon and Lechlade We have a wealth of local knowledge and are an established part of the local community providing for the needs of our clients

Faringdon Branch

2 Market Place, Faringdon, Oxfordshire SN7 7HW Tel: 01367 240285 High Street, Lechlade, Gloucestershire GL7 3AE Tel: 01367 252644

Lechlade Branch

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Experts - local services Stanford-in-the-Vale

Coxwell Cars

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


Private Hire Any distance - all UK airports and ports, day trips

John Farrow

07772 971 780

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

MTS FENCING Domestic & Commercial Specialising in Closeboard Quality workmanship and reliability at a fair price

For a free Quotation Contact Matthew 07866 792222/ 01993 845669 15 Year Guarantee on Closeboard Fencing

Fully licensed and insured, CRB approved

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

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

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

Chickens & Poultry Feed


All at unbeatable prices Ÿ Ÿ Ÿ Ÿ

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

Nash Motor Vehicle Services LTD

Michael Nash 01367 240082 07889 197046

Independent All makes of car servicing & MOT testing Park Road Faringdon SN7 7BP

Tom Wheeler Comprehensive

Window Cleaning Service Also: Patios, Conservatories Gutters, Fascia Boards

Call Tom: 07762 380733 JANE GORDON NOW @ TANGLES HAIR STUDIO 5 Burford St Lechlade GL7 3AP Also - O.P.I Gel Lacquer Nail Polish

Call Jane on 07788156438 Tel: 01367 252374

01367 244611 F A R I N G D O N C A R S A I R P O R T T R A N S F E R S Corporate Service Short/Long Distances Courier Service Business Accounts Executive Cars Driver Hire Insured Cars 4/7 Seaters

01367 243838 / 07894 572919

Your local electricians Domestic-Commercial-Industrial Faringdon

Tel: 01367 240308

THE SCARLET PUMPERNICKEL By Dave Buchanan The villagers of Saucisson-Sur-Mer are shocked when Citizen Chauvelin threatens to ban their beloved pastime of boules unless they turn over the Scarlet Pumpernickel. When Chauvelin arrests heroine Simone de Boudoir, hero Percy Breakneck plus the Three Fops, Dame Mimi Blancmange and Mayor Gaston Legroom devise a cunning rescue plan. The Chateau where Simone is held is (allegedly) haunted, and the scene is set for thrills and comic horror. Friday 24th January Evening performance 7.30pm Saturday 25th January, Matinee 2.30pm, Evening 7.30pm Friday 31st January, Evening performance 7.30pm Saturday 1st February, Matinee 2.30pm, Evening 7.30pm ----------------Adults £8.00, Children (under 16) - £6.00 Tickets available nearer the time from The Nut Tree or on the door. FRIDAY 24TH JANUARY ONLY - FAMILY TICKET £20.00 ONLY AVAILABLE ONLINE OR ON THE DOOR.

Self Storage Rooms for Business and Home

The Cheap Way to Add Space

01367 240880



Seasoned cut & split delivered to your door £70 per load Corded lengths of pine ideal for woodburners £30 collected or £40 delivered

Call now 01367 243053 07767 241301

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Experts - local services DENTURE REPAIRS GARETH MORGAN MDTA Registered Dental Technician

Express or Same Day Service Call anytime on

01285 711746 / 07761 650346

Personal Training - Sports Massage Core Conditioning Weight Management - Nutritional Advice Tel:07990892575 or 01367 243956 Email: Web: ASTON PINE STRIPPING Caustic and non-caustic stripping of all woods & metals. Established for over 15 years - Water Board Approved

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

Oxford Architectural Antiques Large stock of period fireplaces, doors, panelling, The Warehouse, Ferndale St, Faringdon, Oxon, SN7 7BE

Tel: 01367 242268

Chinese Massage

Den Boer Wines Quality wines, tastings and events

China Massage 30mins £30 Oil Massage 30mins £30 Tel 01367 241169 Contact Min Mobile 07919 241881 For more information Email: donnarogers 3-9pm, 7 days a week 07955176364


For all enquiries & Appointments

Call Sam 07766 867667

Counselling Maureen Hunt MBACP Diploma in psychodynamic practise

Counsellor/Trainer/Supervisor Experienced in

Relationships, Stress, Abuse & Bereavement. Adults /Adolescences /Couples

Long & short term counselling To make an appointment

Tel 01367-244736

Big Paw Dog Care Ltd Providing personal, reliable, professional care Call Herman 0795 5499467 or 01367 241127

Dog walking, day care, pick up and drop off service, home boarding by special arrangement only. 01367 30 20 12

The Advertiser is produced by Lou Guthrie published by The Advertiser Magazine Ltd Tel: 07894 554551. All artwork designed by us is the copyright of The Advertiser Magazine Ltd and must not be used by or in any other publication, in whatsoever format, without our prior written consent. No part of this publication, whether advert, pictures or text, may be reproduced in any format whatsoever without the prior written consent of The Advertiser Magazine Ltd . The information published in the advertisements and other articles is supplied and approved by advertisers. The Advertiser Magazine Ltd does not verify or ratify any claims made in such advertisements or text, nor does it accept any claims or liability arising from contact with or use of services advertised. Every effort is made to ensure the accurate reproduction of information supplied by advertisers in their advertisements or other text submitted. Any inaccuracies must be notified to the publisher immediately following the first insertion so that amendments may be made for subsequent issues. The Publisher does not accept responsibility or liability for claims arising for inaccuracies published in advertisements where the advertiser has not advised The Advertiser Magazine Ltd prior to publication.

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BATHROOM SHOWROOM Open to the Public

For your dream bathroom Let us help!… T:01367 242666 Unit A&B, Park Road, Faringdon, SN7 7DS Follow us on facebook for up-to-date news…

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