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March 2013

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

Inside this month: Book review: Life of Pi Wine Review: Spring into Rose` Birdie Tales: Our House Sparrows! New in Faringdon: Mission Fitness‌Gym Promoting local business, trade and services. Advertise! Be Seen! Call Lou 01367 244975 or 07894 554551


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This Month’s C over Kim Haskin Has been painting funny-looking animals since childhood, but didn't try doing it for a living until 2009 after a couple of successful exhibitions in the south east of England. Since then her paintings have been published (by Washington Green and Art Marketing) and sold as originals around the world. She paint’s a range of animals, especially chickens, British birds, dogs and of course cats. Also enjoys painting still life pictures that feature jam (in particular half-eaten doughnuts and jam tarts). Kim’s paintings are available as originals and prints, and welcomes discussions about commissions. Currently living in Leeds, UK. If you'd like to find out more, please contact her on

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Business Update

The Faringdon & District Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary organisation which aims to put business at the top of the agenda. It represents all sectors of business from established manufacturers to sole traders starting out; and from tradesmen to retailers and commercial organisations. The Chamber represents the voices, views and opinions of local commerce and it is the best way for a local business to have its say on its future. During 2012, the Chamber was involved in the following: The most notable achievement came along in the middle of the summer holidays last year, when it was announced that Faringdon had been awarded funding from the Mary Portas “High Street Innovation fund to the tune of £22,500. The Chamber came up with no less than eight ideas upon which to spend this sudden windfall which won approval at the District Council’s cabinet meeting in December. They are now about to be delivered by the town’s very first “Town Team Administrator”, and local resident, Mirabelle Mack. The concept of the Town team Administrator role was one of Mary Portas’ flagship ideas. The Neighbourhood Plan, which has probably had the highest profile of all in recent initiatives within the town and is a unique opportunity to shape the future of the town in a meaningful way. As an organisation the Chamber has been represented on at Call Trish: 01367 820060 least three of the sub-committees and has contributed to the Cowleaze Farm, Woolstone, Oxon SN7 7QS ideas which have been mooted at three well attended public Email: meetings. It had sought to inform the retained consultants as to what are the town’s commercial aspirations especially in relation to retail, employment and housing in order to help shape what Faringdon Loyalty Card Scheme, which was launched in June Faringdon might look like in twenty years time. 2012. There are now over thirty business actively involved and in excess of 300 card-holders. The scheme is exceeding expectations, but needs to be taken to the next level and that is one of the agreed roles for the Town team Administrator. The improvement of town sign age – there are now up to date town plans in various places around the town to guide visitors to where they want to go. The Chamber of Commerce Winter Ball, now into its seventh year, which smashed all previous records when it raised nearly £1,800 for Help For Heroes back in November 2012. In 2013 the Chamber is looking to build on its 2012 achievements by working closely with the Town Team Administrator to help to deliver approved projects; Help take the Neighbourhood Plan to referendum in May2013; to put together a plan that will promote Faringdon as a location for business; The 8th Annual Winter Ball to take place on 23rd November 2013; the development of the Chamber website and work closely with other organisations for the good of Faringdon. The Chamber of Commerce holds and Annual General Meeting for members to review the activities and elect Committee members. This year the AGM is on 11th March at 6:30pm at Sudbury House Hotel and in addition to our usual formalities, we would like to invite all businesses to an open meeting where BT will give a presentation on the broadband situation in Faringdon and surrounding villages. All businesses are welcome to this free event but so that we can cater for numbers we would be grateful if you would book your place by contacting Chamber Secretary, Jane Haynes on 01367 246130 or email

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sensed spring in the air even though I write this in mid February. No doubt winter will bite back a few more times but the bulbs are appearing and the days are getting longer. Hopefully this means us dog owners will be able to get out a bit more with our much loved companions. I have noticed it is not just us owners that lose a bit of fitness and put on a few pounds over the winter! We need to remember, though, that we are not the only ones getting out more. Other people who perhaps don't share our love of dogs will also be looking forward to the spring and taking advantage of the longer days and better weather (hopefully!) to pursue their interests. With that in mind we must all be responsible dog owners. Our companions must always be under control. This does not necessarily mean on a lead, if appropriate, but we must be aware of the people and livestock around us. Not all people like dogs and some, especially children, can be frightened of them. Sometimes I think we forget that. I know I do. Also, we probably don't need to be reminded that worrying livestock causes undue stress and can have an economic impact on the farmer. Then there is the poo bag! No dog owner should be without one! Over the years the improvement in clearing up after our dogs has been tremendous but we all still see it and it not only gives us dog owners a bad name, it is a health hazard, especially for our children. Sometimes I see poo that has been bagged but not binned. We all need to do the whole job otherwise someone else has to. If we all follow these simple habits, as the vast majority of us do, we can all enjoy the town and countryside with our loyal companions and share it happily with others. There is, however, a more concerning aspect to getting out and about with our dogs as the press has highlighted recently. The frequency of dogs going missing on walks or from gardens, presumably stolen, has increased of late. While, unfortunately, we cannot remove all risk, there are some things we can do to reduce the chance of our best friend disappearing. The government is going to bring in compulsory microchipping but don't wait. It gives you the best chance of being re-united with your dog but make sure you keep your details up to date with the microchip database. It isn't a substitute for a collar and tag but these can be removed. If your dog is neutered I would suggest you get that engraved on it's tag so unscrupulous people know it has no breeding potential. Also, it is generally not a good idea to put your dog's name on the tag. On a happier note spring is around the corner and we can all get out and about with our dogs, whether it's up on the Ridgeway, along the Thames Path or just around town. Have fun and take advantage of the wonderful part of England we live in.

Graham Pursey 01367 242 777

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Graham and Hayley (Father and daughter) are both ex serving British Army personnel with a passion for health and fitness. Graham has seen service in the Falkland Islands, Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. Having recently retired after 33 years service, he decided to refocus his energy alongside his daughter to open a Health and Fitness Centre in Faringdon, with the primary aim to support the local community. Graham and Hayley are Recognised Exercise Professionals and Personal Trainers with the latest qualifications across a number of disciplines. Graham has completed in several ultra marathons, has trained with elite British Athletes and is a qualified rugby coach. Hayley is qualified in Kettlebell Instruction, group circuits and studio cycling. These two individuals are what every town needs to get people healthier and fitter for the future, providing real results. Now opening a Health and Fitness Centre that provides personal training, a range of fitness classes (Zumba, Circuits, military style High Intensity Training and much more). With state of the art equipment and a personal touch in a relaxed environment, this is the place to be if you want to get fit and remain fit.

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Chowle Groomers Chowle Cottage, Great Coxwell, Faringdon, SN7 7LT

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Where have all the House Sparrows gone? Once an extremely familiar and common garden bird the House Sparrow has seen a huge decline in numbers right across the country even to the extent that it has completely disappeared in some areas. It is still, however, one of the most easily identified and best known wild birds if you are lucky enough to have them as visitors or residents. The male House Sparrow has, predominantly, brown upper parts with thin, buff and dark grey to black striping on its back, wings and tail and a small white wing bar, with mostly grey under parts. The head is chestnut brown on the rear half with a grey crown, white cheeks and black eye stripe and bib. The female and juvenile are paler in appearance, lack the multi-coloured head and have a straw coloured stripe behind the eye. The House Sparrow's diet is diverse: seeds, nuts, berries, buds, insects and scraps, etc. They will eat just about anything: sunflower hearts, high energy seed, peanuts, suet. During the spring, House Sparrows often damage plants with yellow flowers, such as crocus, for reasons that are not yet known. The House Sparrow is a Red List species owing to a serious decline (over 60%) in its population over the last 20 to 30 years. The reason for the decline is not known, though several theories have been suggested that certain chemicals in unleaded petrol is affecting the abundance of insect for feeding young, autumn sown cereal crops leaves little stubble for them to forage in or spilt grain to glean, predation by the increasing number of cats, modern buildings have fewer holes and crevices where the birds can nest. Collared Doves compete for a greater share of the same food types as the Sparrows. Recent research has revealed that 2nd and 3rd broods in suburbia are twice as likely to fail as in rural areas, possibly because insects are less abundant in towns later in the breeding season. While the decline in numbers is worrying, a more worrying prospect is if the House Sparrow population falls below a certain critical size then the reproduction and survival rates decrease and the species "loses the will to breed" - this is called the Allee Effect. It’s hard to believe that a bird so common to us all should be disappearing at such an alarming rate!

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Faringdon Business Breakfast Club The next meeting of Faringdon Business Breakfast Club will be on Monday 4 March from 7:30am at Sudbury House Hotel. The guest speaker will be Frank Pavy of Pavy Ltd who will talk about “Health & Safety Gone Mad!” The cost will be £10.00 to cover Breakfast and Refreshments. If you'd like to join them, please call the booking line on 0845 003 1340 or email to book your place. th

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Mothers Day Special 10th March Treat your Mum to a lovely 2 Course Meal £12.95 The Red Lion Faringdon Ÿ Ÿ Ÿ Ÿ Ÿ Ÿ

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March bursts forth with the promise that spring is on its way; where daffodils and snowdrops make their appearance, brightening and refreshing our spirits after what has felt like a very, very long winter! This draws my focus to rosé wine, suitably reflecting this mood, celebrating all things spring, Mother’s Day and Easter, packed inside one magic bottle! By definition, rosé wine is wine that is pink (rosé being the French term). There are several methods from which rosé wines can be made, although commercially one of the following two methods most commonly used: Maceration: In this process, black skinned grapes are crushed and the skins left in contact with the juice in order to extract the colour as well as other phenolic characteristics found in skins such as flavour and tannin. This is the same process used in red wine making, where the production of red wine requires a maceration period of a few days to a few weeks, compared to that of 8 hours to 3 days for rosé wine. The grape skins are then separated from the juice and the wine goes through the same processes as white wine production. Blending: The more cost effective, entry level rosé wines are produced by simply adding some red wine into white wine. Colourwise an obviously pink wine is produced; however, the flavour profile is not as well balanced and integrated as those produced via the maceration process. Beyond the realms of Mateus Rosé (which, by the way, when tasted in a blind tasting comes into its own – try it sometime!), the rosé market has flourished! There is such a range of flavour profiles – almost as varied as the shades of pink that feature on retailer’s shelves! A rosé producing region of note is Provence, southern France. I recently enjoyed this tasting (and interestingly, an organic wine): Domaine du Jas D’Esclans Cru Classé 2011 Côtes de Provence, France £11.99 Available from Den Boer Wines (Grape varieties: Grenache and cinsault) It was the colour that appealed to me initially; the lightest of pale salmon. On the nose, subtle nuances of freshly ripened red strawberries and watermelon set the scene for higher intensity of these flavours detected on the palate. This rosé wine is dry in style and well balanced by refreshing citrus; lime zest. A well integrated and elegant rosé that would match garlic prawns or seafood chowder – or divine on its own! Other Rosé facts: - The Spanish call it Rosado - The Italians call it Rosato - Paler rosé wines are also referred to as ‘Blush’ - The varying shades of pink are the results of maceration time. The longer the skins are left in contact with the juice, the darker the colour. Other factors that play a part is the variety of Den Boer Wines grape berry (some are Quality wines, tastings and events naturally darker than others due to the thickness of the Tel 01367 241169 berry’s skin) and wine Mobile 07919 241881 making techniques. Email: donnarogers


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Healthy Tips

The Fastest Way to Lose Fat. Part 1…… Fat loss does not have to be difficult. It does however involve making new choices over the food you eat and changes to how you spend some of your spare time. As it requires you to change some of the habits that you may have had for a while, it is best done as part of a community of people that will be able and willing to support you with your fat loss goals. Until you have decided that you are prepared to make those changes and commit to them with no excuses you are going to find it difficult to lose fat and maintain fat loss in the long term. There are no short cuts to long term fat loss. We have spent many years looking into all aspects of weight loss and found the various diet fads to be ineffective after their initial honeymoon period. They will always put you in a worse position for future change. You will go back to putting on more weight and more fat – we know as we have seen it with the people that finally see sense and come to us for help. One reason people resist change is that they focus on what they have to GIVE UP rather than what they have to GAIN The commitment has to be 100%. Most people fail with fat loss due to not committing themselves fully. So what changes will you need to make? EAT REAL FOOD – The quality of the food you eat is extremely important. Think of it as fuel. It has to be the best quality fuel you can afford to give your body the nutrients it needs. We have heard in the news recently that packaged meals contain all sorts of ingredients that you were not aware of. Cook from fresh – give your body a chance to become healthy again. EAT PROTEIN - Base all your meals around lean protein and non starchy vegetables that are high in natural fibre. If in doubt eat green vegetables – they are high in fibre and nutrients and low in carbohydrates. DRINK WATER - You will need plenty of it to flush all of the toxins from the excess fat you are getting ready to lose. Most people will lose weight just by doing this alone. Water helps the nutrients from the food you are eating to be absorbed into your digestive system. FIX YOUR DIGESTION – For the best fat loss results fix your gut health. By doing this you will get more out of your food which will alleviate some of your cravings for sweet things. Try taking a high quality probiotic supplement. You will need advice as to which ones work well and which ones are a waste of your money. EXERCISE SMART - Every workout you do in the gym should train the full body and all three planes of motion. High intensity is the key; you must work as hard as you can each time you train. It is best to get advice with your exercise plan so that you can train safely and effectively and ensure you get the results you want in the time you have available. Do not be afraid of lifting weights – results will come far quicker than just doing CV exercises. And if you do CV exercise it must be high intensity interval training! BE CONSISTENT – Do not expect miracles over night. If it has taken you many months or even years to become overweight and out of shape, with a life time bad habits and fad diets, you’re not going to change shape over night. By committing to the long term approach permanent results will follow.

Part 2…….To Be Continued in April edition! The Gym at Carswell 01367 870837 Do you have a question? Please email:

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Hand Car Wash!…… Small Cars-Wash & Dry …only £10.00

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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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

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Children’s Day Nursery in Shellingford, Faringdon Recognised by OFSTED in September 2010 as OUTSTANDING in Leadership & Management Excellent quality Children’s Day Nursery combining traditional loving Care with a stimulating educational programme to provide a wellBalanced environment for your child. Ÿ Children from 6 weeks to 5 years Ÿ Open 7.45am to 6.15pm Monday to Friday Ÿ Full time or part time (51 weeks) Ÿ Pre-school educational curriculum Ÿ French and music classes Ÿ Secure Door Entry System

To organise a visit please contact Steph Chapman, Nursery Manager on 01367 718888

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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 leave on whichever day of the week suits you best. Maintained to high standards, our thoughtfully designed care homes offer 24 hour, premium quality nursing, personal and specialist Dementia Care. We provide a complete range of facilities and services to suit your individual care needs. Every home offers and extremely comfortable, stimulating safe and friendly atmosphere, so its not surprising that our homes have consistently gained high ratings from the Care Quality Commission.

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Life of Pi Yann Martel

Life of Pi was published in 2001 and won the Man Booker Prize in 2002. It has now been made into a major film, released in December 2012, which has now been nominated for 11 Oscars. At the time of writing this review the Oscar winners have not yet been announced, but by the time this is printed we will all know how many it has won. I decided to review the book because the film may have sparked a bit of new interest which I would like to encourage. It is often the case that the book should be read before seeing the film and I suspect that is the case here, but it certainly is not a pre-requisite!! Piscine Molitor Patel grew up in in the Indian town of Pondicherry. His family owned the local zoo. In the first part of this novel he tells us about his early life, his schooldays and his interest in a variety of religions. He also explains how and why he became known as Pi. We get to know him as a gentle and sensitive boy with a deep understanding of animals. Politics in India made Pi’s parents decide to leave Pondicherry and emigrate to Canada. They sailed on a Japanese freighter called Tsimtsum and took some of their animals with them as they had been sold to American zoos. Sadly the boat sank. The real adventure starts in the second part of the story. Pi manages to be thrown into a lifeboat and finds himself in the company of a zebra, a hyena, an orang-utan and a giant Bengal tiger called Richard Parker. His adventures on the lifeboat make riveting reading. It is exciting, improbable and nerve-racking. I found myself forgetting to breathe during some of the action. He survives 227 days before washing up on the shore of Mexico. The third part, of this story takes place mainly in a Mexican hospital where Pi is questioned by Japanese officials who are trying to discover why the Tsimtsum sank. He tells them his story and they do not believe him. He tells them another story. The end is so shocking and unexpected that I will not say any more about it – I would hate to spoil it for anyone. This is a really gripping adventure story, extraordinary, entertaining and completely different. It is beautifully written. If at times you feel yourself becoming bogged down with the intricate and detailed descriptions please persevere – the surprising and thought provoking ending is worth waiting for. I have heard the film being described as a “must watch” - well I would say then that the book is most certainly a “must read”.

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Brilliant Beetles! Here is a big fact for you - out of all the species of life on Earth that have been described so far, just over 80% are invertebrates and there are still more of those yet to be discovered. That is simply a huge number of amazing variations of life! About 800,000 of those invertebrates are insects and we are not including arachnids (spiders), mirapods (millipedes), gastropods (snails) etc here! I think everyone who likes invertebrates has a favourite order. (When classifying organisms they are broken down in groups until a single species is identified. 'Order' is a taxonomic rank, in our case this is at the point where we are listed as 'Primates'). The great thing is that there are simply so many orders to choose from! My absolute favourite is the Coleoptera order. This order embraces all the beetles. Coleoptera actually means 'sheathed wing' in Greek which is a pretty accurate description as beetles have an elytra. This is a hard body casing that has evolved from their front pair of wings and now protects their single set of wings underneath. (Not all beetles have wings and not all beetles can fly though just to add a bit of spice). Us humans have had a thing about beetles for a long time. The Egyptians worshiped the Scarab beetle, the Vietnamese win or loose money betting on fighting beetles, over a third of the world eat beetle larvae and in Mexico they even stick gem stones on them and wear them as living jewellery. We know for sure that they were around in the Lower Permian period, a mere 299,000,000 years ago. As more fossils come to light, they might be even older. We also know that the first flowers were around at this time. Simple flowers such as the Magnolias we still have with us today. Bees, butterflies and moths had not evolved yet so guess who was doing the pollinating? Yes it was the beetles and some of them are still extremely important pollinators today. It is pure favouritism I will admit, but there is no getting away from it - beetles are quite simply brilliant!! Sally-Ann Spence runs Minibeast Mayhem, an entomological based business that specialises in a variety of educational roadshows for schools, events and media usage. Email: Web: Twitter: @minibeastmayhem

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It is my honest opinion that everyone likes a drop of cake. And what makes me get on to the conversation of cake is that it is the month of March. The mad march hare comes to mind and then it just makes me think of the mad hatters tea party. A bit tenuous I hear you say but there it is. It's a good excuse to eat cake this March what with Easter towards the end of the month and a requirement to keep warm during those cold early spring afternoons. I love making cake - as you may have gathered if you have been in to the shop - and so I don't really need any excuse at all to talk about cake, write about it and cook cake. The history of cake is fascinating. It is thought that the Egyptians were the first people to bake using fruits and honey. Fruits has always played a key part in cake making along with ginger which were both used prolifically in medieval times. And cakes were often made with yeast until the 19th century when baking powder was invented. So cake has morphed quite a lot in the last thousand years. It has been traced back that the word cake derives from the 'kaka' which is a Norse word dating back to the 13th century. So really, cake has been around for rather a long time! But don't worry, the ones I sell certainly haven't! Cupcakes are all the rage at the moment although funnily enough they are not something that sells at hare in the woods. But actually they are so easy to make with children for a fun Easter hols past time or try making and giving as a gift instead of the classic chocolate egg. To make 12 delicious cupcakes, cream together 200g of each butter and golden caster sugar. Add 1tsp of good vanilla extract and 2 large eggs beating well. Lastly, 175g self raising flour, 25g cocoa powder and 100g chopped dark chocolate, mixing it all really well. Then spoon in to a 12 hole muffin tin lined with cases. Bake at 180째c/gas mark 4 for 15-20 minutes until springy. Cool them completely. Cream 150g butter with 275g icing sugar, 25g cocoa and 2tbsp milk then spoon the icing in to a piping bag and ice the cakes flamboyantly. Top with some chocolate mini eggs. Oh and don't forget the fluffy chic! Lesley Holdship Twitter @hareinthewoods

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y Lets Talk about Whisk It’s St Patricks Day on March 17 so why not treat yourself to an Irish whiskey this month? Predominantly of a soft, smooth, fresh style, there are single malts, blends and grain whiskeys to choose from along with the uniquely Irish pure pot still whiskeys – made from both malted and unmalted barley. th

Whiskey production in Ireland is in the hands of just a few companies nowadays and much of the whiskey originates from the vast distillery at Midleton. Owned by Pernod Ricard, it has a mix of both pot stills and column stills which allow it to produce a variety of whiskeys. Jameson, for example, is a blend of triple distilled pure pot still whiskey and triple distilled grain whiskey. This triple distillation, combined with maturation in both bourbon and sherry casks, produces a silky smooth, rich and spicy whiskey that will bring a smile to your face and there is a good range of ages to sample. Also from Midleton distillery are Green Spot and Redbreast whiskeys. Both are pure pot still so, again, are made from both malted and unmalted barley and are triple distilled. However, these have no grain added so you get the true character of this quintessential style of Irish whiskey. Green Spot was, and is, produced for Mitchell & Son of Dublin and the Green Spot refers to the paint that marked the end of the cask to show the age of the whiskey. It is light, citrusy, and spicy with malty overtones and a long finish. Redbreast is a more rich and perfumed whiskey, with hints of vanilla, dried fruit and spice, and the deliciously oily mouthfeel that comes from pure pot still whiskey. Both of these are always in short supply outside of Ireland but worth seeking out (we have a few in stock…) Ireland do produce single malts but, surprisingly, only one of these is peated. This is the Connemara, and it is well worth trying if you’re a peat lover. Double distilled but still retaining the characteristic Irish smoothness, it is available at both 40% and cask strength, and has fresh, sweet and fruity notes smoothly combined with peat plus vanilla overtones from the bourbon cask maturation.

Fran Thomas Arkwrights Whisky and Wines

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CELEBRATE Mothers Day AT JUDGE JEFFREYS RESTAURANT IN THE OLD CROWN COACHING INN, FARINGDON Mothering Sunday 10th March "Mothers Day Sunday 10th March, Treat your Mum to a delicious, home-cooked meal at Judge Jeffreys Restaurant in the Old Crown. Choose from our acclaimed carvery (with a selection of roasts, potatoes and fresh vegetables) One course £6.75 or two courses £8.95 We anticipate this will be a very busy day so don't delay - book today! Call now to reserve a table – or pop in

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Tel: 01235 770592 Mob: 07724831349 E-mail:

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Now available also in Uffington In this ever more complicated world, where even basic skills such as cooking, cleaning and bringing up our kids have to be taught to us by ‘experts’ on the telly: we are getting more and more alienated from our surroundings. As we hand over authority for so many aspects we have gradually and insidiously lost confidence in ourselves how to be healthy and ‘at home’ in our own environment. The word ‘home’ comes from the Greek ‘homo’ meaning ‘similar’. To be ‘at home’ means to recognise the similarity between us and our surroundings and to seek comfort and delight in that harmony…. In the word ‘Homeopathy’ - the similarity (homo) refers to the remedy and the suffering (pathy) of the patient - (from the Greek word ‘pathos’ for suffering). Homeopathy recognises that in order to restore optimum health and well being with nature we can learn to work together. Good food, fresh water exercise, fresh air, sleep and being happy all keep us well in most instances. But there are times when things inevitably go wrong that's where Homeopathy can help - without making matters more complicated. Keep it simple! - one of my favourite tenets of Homeopathy When each symptom is treated by conventional medicines, drugs can end up fighting each other, with sometimes tragic consequences. Homeopathy addresses the need of the individual - body and mind not just the symptoms - to restore health. I work as a local Professional Homeopath, seeing patients of every description as well as teaching animal owners with their own livestock/pets. However, I am also passionate about practising what I preach! I have been using Homeopathy for over 30 years, for myself, my children, grandchild and pets. Homeopathy works in harmony and with respect for the natural world - including us! A sustainable healing system taking us safely into the future. For further information on Homeopathy or to contact Heather please call 01367 820709.

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Out and About Date






Fri 1st

Buckland Swish - Girls Night Out

Buckland Memorial Hall


Katie Jones 01367 870551 / 07500 535450

Tickets £5 All items £2

Sat 2nd

Coalition - Hip Hop Night

The Cellar Bar, Faringdon


Jackie on 07738 006015


Sat 2nd

Rock Doctors are Back Again

The Bell Hotel

9pm midnight


Wed 6th

“War Plan Oxfordshire” by Nigel Day

Friend Meeting House, Lechlade Road, Faringdon


Jennie 01367 710308 Karen 01367 241707

Free Faringdon Peace Group

Wed 6th

Story Reading Marathon

Faringdon Library

2:30pm 5pm

Story Reading all afternoon


Thur 7th

Meditation Classes

Shrivenham House, Claypits Lane, Shrivenham

9:30am 11:30am 01793780750

£25 for 2 people

Fri 8th

Bob Bowles

The Bell Hotel



Sat 9th

Dales Disco and Karaoke

The Cellar Bar


Jackie on 07738 006015

Fundraiser for FollyFest

Thur 14th

Ladies Night

The Cellar Bar


Jackie on 07738 006015

Fundraiser for FollyFest

Thur 14th

Longworth & District History Society AGM

Southmoor Village Hall, Swallow Room


Janet Keene 01865 820522

Free wine and nibbles plus archive exhibition

Thur 14th

U3A Talk: “Foul Deeds and suspicious Deaths”

Corn Exchange, Faringdon


Sylvia Bowley 01367 241296

Fri 15th

The Celtic Duo are @ it Again British Menu Night at the Bell

The Bell Hotel


Fri 15th

Come & Sing Along with a Bit of Country and Western

The Bell Hotel


Sat 16th Sun 17th

Lambing Weekends

Earth Trust, Wittenham Clumps, OX14 4QZ

10am 4pm

Adults £6, Children £3, Family £13

Sat 16th

Craft Fair

Corn Exchange

10am 4pm

01367 241204

Refreshments available

Sat 16th

Night at the Arrows with Eric Bristow and Bob Anderson

Corn Exchange


Ticket £12 incl. Ticket to play pros in Volunteer

Sun 17th

The Faringdon Singers Spring Concert

All Saints Church, Faringdon


Julia Burn 01367 240670

Free, Donations to the Barber Rooms Appeal

Fri 22nd

The World Champion Elvis Tribute Act

Thomas Hughes Memorial Hall, Uffington


Geoff Foster 01367 820668

£25 per person Incl. 2 course supper

Sat 23rd Sun 24th

Lambing Weekends

Earth Trust, Wittenham Clumps, OX14 4QZ

10am 4pm

Adults £6, Children £3, Family £13

Sat 23rd

Craig Live

The Bell Hotel


Thur 28th


The Bell Hotel


Sat 30th

The Berries Live

The Bell Hotel


£25 per person

April Thur 4th

Friends of Faringdon Folly Tower AGM

Jubilee Room, Pump House, Market Place


Fri 5th

Family Bushcraft Day

Earth Trust, Wittenham Clumps, OX14 4QZ

10am 4pm

Sat 13th

Eat Love Sing

The Bell Hotel

Sat 13th

Uffington Afternoon Club Sale

Uffington Village Hall


Ann Smith 01367 820511

Admission 20pm Tombola, raffle etc

Sun 28th

Faringdon NCT Nearly New Sale

Faringdon Leisure Centre, SN7 7LB

3:!5pm 4:30pm

£1 adult admisison

Adults £20, Children £15

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Local Events Date






Regular Events 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 £33 per year membership

£2 per family

3rd Mon

Faringdon WI

Corn Exchange,


Audrey Jefferies 01367 240464

1st Tue

Farmers Market

Market Place, Faringdon

Until 1pm

01367 710445

1st Tue

Coffee Morning

Faringdon Library

10:30am 11:30am


Every Tue

Free One to One IT Help

Faringdon Library

2:30pm 4:30pm


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

1st Wed

Open Mic Night

Horse and Jockey, Stanford in the Vale


2nd & last Wed

Knitting Group

Horse and Jockey, Stanford in the Vale

2nd Wed

Follies Dollies WI

Old Town Hall


Becka 07841 431219

£33 per year membership

Every Wed

Open House - Coffee

Great Coxwell Reading Room

10:30am 11:30am

01367 241179

Coffee and Conversation Everyone welcome

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

Every Thur

Quiz Night

Horse and Jockey, Stanford in the Vale


1st Fri

Jelly Co-working Session

1-cafe, 10 London street, Faringdon

10am 2pm

Every Fri


Faringdon Library

10:30am 11am

Every Sat

Faringdon Farcycle cycle ride

Leave from Market Place


1st Sun

Great Coxwell Teas

The Reading Room, Great Coxwell

2:30pm 5pm

1st Sun

15 Minute Club

Portwell Cellar


United Church, Faringdon

4pm 5:30pm

Last Sun

Messy Church

Free Free

01367 241142

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

07714 218825 Free

Experts - local services LOGS

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

Shrivenham Hardware Friendly and reliable service…

Open 7 days a week

Mon-Sat 9.30-5.00pm & Sun 10.00-2.00pm Key Cutting and Dry Cleaning done here! 52 High Street Shrivenham, Swindon SN6 8AA

01793 783 449

Any size breed, fully insured

Tom Wheeler Comprehensive

The Body Shop @ Home

£25 gift for hosting a party with complimentary foot massage, up to 70% discount on products Try before you buy, exclusive & free offers! Book a party call Kelly 07519395273

For all Your Fencing Patios

Window Cleaning Service Dry stone Walling Call Suzanna 07825 873730

Also: Patios, Conservatories Gutters, Fascia Boards

Call Tom: 07762 380733

Garden Clearance

Contact Kenny 07733273100

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Experts - local services SERVICES Nash Motor Vehicle Services LTD

Michael Nash 01367 240082 07889 197046

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

D.G. Joinery City & Guilds qualified carpenter and joiner. All Carpentry work undertaken Specialist in fitted wardrobes • Kitchen installations Bookcases • Bespoke joinery - including stairs All exterior carpentry including decking, sheds etc. Any building alterations including guttering etc.

Free Quotations Telephone: 07831 680440

Your local electricians Domestic-Commercial-Industrial Faringdon

Tel: 01367 240308

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

Personal Training - Sports Massage Core Conditioning Weight Management - Nutritional Advice Tel:07990892575 or 01367 243956 Email: Web:

Self Storage Rooms for Business and Home

The Cheap Way to Add Space

01367 240880


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

For all enquiries & Appointments

Call Sam 07766 867667

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.

6 Cornmarket, Faringdon Entrance behind “The Barbers Shop”

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

Jane & Michelle At Creative Hair Company Watchfield SN6 8SZ

Open Monday - Saturday From 9am evening appointments available… Also - O.P.I Gel Lacquer Nail Polish Call Jane on 07788156438

Ofsted Registered Childminder GOOD grading Has full time and part time places available, flexible hours, Drops off and pickup up from Faringdon Junior and Infant school. Please call Hayley O'Leary on 07585226285 or email

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Experts - local services ASTON PINE STRIPPING

Health, Nutrition and weight management Imagine..........a healthier lifestyle To be fit and free of aches and pains and If you had no more digestion challenges That time is now..... We have a range of natural healthcare products just for you and your family Therapies to reduce stress and muscular pain..... Book a massage, reflexology or facial

Start feeling great today Call: Ali Wiltshire 07403 216682

Caustic and non-caustic stripping of all woods & metals. Established for over 15 years - Water Board Approved

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

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

Chris Lewis Electrical

Tel: 01367 242268

Emma Hudson DO


CranioSacral Therapy

Osteopathy & Sports Massage 20 Years

Alison Auger

Helps to relieve back, neck and other musculoskeletal pain and tension

M.A.R for appointments telephone:

Call Emma on 01367 820526 or 07792 599512 For appointments or advice

01367 242127 or 07742 816230

Hermon: 07955499467 01367241127

Chickens & Poultry Feed All at unbeatable prices 타 타 타 타

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

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

Fiscal Business Services Ltd How profitable were you last month? Knowing the current position enables you to pursue opportunities and take appropriate action. Book a one hour Financial Health Check consultation to see if you can save money on your Year End Tel: 07403 216682 Email:

The Advertiser is produced by Lou Guthrie and Holly Davies 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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Mysterious Disappearance: An Insurance Perspective

Here's a moral dilemma for you. If you lost your mobile phone up a cow's backside, would you come clean (as it were) to your insurance company? Or just pretend you'd left it on the bus?

What is mysterious disappearance? The theft of goods or possessions without the use of forcible 1. A Devon farmer put in a claim saying his iPhone had entry, or exit - or involving the use of or threat of violence. disappeared up one of his cows when he'd been using the torch Insurance policies do not generally provide for loss by function to help out during calving. mysterious disappearance. 2. A woman from Nottingham baked her Nokia 6303i into her daughter's birthday cake. However, it was unable to withstand As a home owner, you really must make sure that: 1. You have adequate locks (or other security as agreed with the heat of Gas Mark 5. Insurers) 2. You have evidence of ownership photos, receipts, valuations 3. A builder said his iPhone 4s fell out of his back pocket while he was on the loo. He'd flushed the toilet before he realised. are all helpful 3. You can show that the theft has happened following violent 4. A man claimed his HTC One X was snatched by a monkey at &/or forcible entry/exit 4. The insured item is included within the listed high value items, Longleat Safari Park. insured against all risks or included within the "unspecified" 5. A couple re-enacting that scene from Titanic on a cruise ship items extension. dropped their phone overboard while trying to take a photograph of themselves. As a business owner, the same is (generally speaking) required. However, there are occasions when shortage and mysterious disappearance can be insured. This may be particularly important 6. A pyrotechnician accidentally left his iPhone 3GS within the where goods are changing hands, possibly across continents. "blast zone" at the British Firework Championships in Plymouth. If you need advice or information, please call 01367 246130 7. A woman from Liverpool threw her HTC Desire X at her cheating boyfriend. Unfortunately, it missed him and hit the wall Insurance is provided by underwriters on the strict observance instead. of utmost good faith. That is to say, you (the insured) must be absolutely truthful in your disclosure of all and any material facts 8. A man dropped his phone from halfway up a tree while trying to insurers. If your house is in a flood area, you must say so. If you to film a Blur concert in London's Hyde Park. have just come out of prison, you must say so. If you’ve had previous claims, you must say so. These are all fairly obvious, but Is your phone insured? some insurers now ask if any of your family have had claims or convictions. If you tell a lie (or even an innocent untruth), take care. Your claim may well be rejected and the insurance terminated without refund of premium. Utmost Good Faith

Claims The purpose of taking out insurance is to protect oneself from the unexpected. Smart phones are complex and expensive bits of kit, and they go missing from time to time. For example:

Portwell House, Market Place, Faringdon, SN7 7HU 01367 246130

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