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November 2020


This Month: Wantage 4X4 New: Food Passion My Carer: Recruiting Curtis Property Services Something Nice Pet Services Let Us Not Forget: 11:00 11/11 My Friend Chloe: Chloe Noke The Curry Queen: Simply The Best Faringdon Town Council Newsletter Lushlooking Cakes: The Infamous Leg Promoting local business, trade and services. Advertise! Be Seen! Call Lou 01367 244975 or 07894 554551


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ARMISTICE DAY At the Eleventh Hour on the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month. A Two Minute Silence is observed, the day marks the END of the FIRST WORLD WAR. Remember those who have DIED for us!

Let Us Not Forget! JOY BETTERTON I would like to say a very big thank you to all my family and friends for the lovely cards, flowers and gifts for my 85th BIRTHDAY Love Joy

This Months Cover Jen


Photography has become a way of life to me, a passion which keeps me sane through difficult times. I found it invaluable during the years I was a full-time carer for my husband who suffers from Alzheimer’s Dementia and equally useful during the long isolated days of lockdown back in the spring. A means of taking pictures is with me at all times, whether it’s with my iPhone or DSLR - I’m constantly on the lookout for the next shot. That’s the thing about photography - once you’re ‘in’ you’re hooked and life is viewed in terms of light, colour, shape, angles viewpoint etc. What this means is that you’re never at a loss to find something to photograph, even when visiting the same location day after day, because the truth is, the location changes all the time. I lost count of the number of shots I took of Folly Park during lockdown, but each one was different from the last. Yes, I’d love to travel the world and capture shots of new and exciting places, but in the current climate and also not being a multi-millionaire, I have to content myself with finding something new to photograph in familiar places and that becomes a challenge in itself. I captured this shot of Folly Tower a few years ago when I had just started to take photography seriously. I had been trying for a long time to photograph the Tower full length and finally got a shot I was happy with. Since then, I have taken many more Folly shots as well as several others from the local area, so this year I’ve decided to offer prints that people might like to use as Christmas presents. If you are interested and would like to know more, you can contact me using this email address: or visit my website

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WHO’S NEXT? Anyone for podding? I must admit that I've become an avid Radio listener rather than a TV viewer over the past couple of years and I've become a huge fan of a medium that has grown greatly in almost every subject imaginable and can be completely free to use! Podcasts are similar to radio programs in form, but they exist as audio files that can be played at a listener's convenience, anytime, or anywhere. You can subscribe to your favourite subject and receive notifications when a new episode is available. You can place them in a personal playlist of your choice and catch-up anytime you want.

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I find the greatest advantage for me is it being really Radio On-Demand, I can listen to what interests me the most and cut through the stuff that doesn't. It's a medium you can download onto your smartphone, desktop computer, Alexa, and even transfer to your Smart TV. Many podcast series provide an associated website with links and show notes, guest biographies, transcripts, additional resources, commentary, and even a community forum dedicated to discussing the show's content. People are motivated to create a podcast for a number of reasons. The podcast producer, who is often the podcast host as well, may wish to express a personal passion, increase professional visibility, enter into a social network of influencers or influential ideas, cultivate a community of like-minded viewership.


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Sports podcasts are booming across all platforms with the coronavirus pandemic sending larger audiences than ever before in search of news and light relief while in isolation. From former sports stars sharing their top anecdotes to journalists revealing a lighter side to themselves, the sporting podcast world is abuzz with new content. There are so many to choose from across all sports. There is also now the chance to produce your own podcast, all you will need is a voice recorder, all smartphones have one, and some software to transfer the file onto an audio converter and editor. It really is that simple. Maybe you follow a certain sport or club and you would like to get involved in promoting them? Go to a game and would like to review it? maybe even catch an interview with one of the players in the clubhouse post-game? you'll probably find that most participants are willing to have a quick word or two as they usually love to hear their own voices! Remember practice makes perfect and It's all possible to do and won't cost you a penny! If you would like any help on how to put a podcast together and get it online feel free to drop me a line at and I'll point you in the right direction. Ian Gillies Bell

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Christmas Competition Time for children up to 16 years

We actively promote young crafters at and encouraging them to try new crafts and experience the challenges these crafts may bring. Has the lockdown brought out new talents for you? Then come and see us or send us some photos. We can help you to take the next step in your crafting business

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Food Passion Hi Readers. My name is Mac and I am the local owner of Passion Fine Dining Ltd, based in Woolstone. Under normal conditions I would be going into my clients homes and creating parties for them, as well as organising the hire, staffing, cocktails etc for you. At this moment in time with C-19, this is not possible. Therefore, during the current climate, I’ve been preparing ready cooked meals, as well as supplying fabulous fish, and brand new, this month two delicious sauces, Shellfish Sauce or Vermouth & Chive Sauce. All delivered, directly to your door locally. As you all know, the fish is of excellent quality and I like to think that the meals aren’t too bad either. Here is a photo of one of my fish dishes and also the method for you to make it yourselves?

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Tempura Prawns Ingredients: A. 6 large sized raw de-veined prawns. (I can provide) B. 1/2 small fresh green birds eye chilli. 1 clove of garlic peeled. Dash of soy sauce. Quarter bunch of coriander. Small piece of peeled ginger. Juice of two limes. 100 ml olive oil. C. 1 Litre of sunflower oil. D. 125 g self raising flour. 30g corn flour. 300 ml of very cold sparkling water. E. Extra flour for dusting the prawns. Method: A. Lay the prawns on some kitchen roll once defrosted and pat dry. B. Blend all the ingredients together in a blender until nice and smooth and resembles a dressing. Add seasoning if required but remember that the soy is salty. C. Place into a small dipping dish on your serving plate. Heat the oil safely (ideally in an electric thermostat controlled fryer) to 190 degrees. D. Meanwhile, mix the two flours together and then gradually whisk in the ice cold sparkling water until nice and smooth. When the oil has reached temperature, dip the prawns into the flour, shake them off and drop them into the batter. Very carefully, drop the prawns one by one into the hot oil but not overloading the fryer. Cook for about one minute until nice and crispy. Remove from the fryer and place onto kitchen towel and serve immediately with the dipping sauce.

Enjoy, Mac E:Mail FB: Passion Fine Dining Ltd Mob:

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We hope our new monthly newsletter, in the Advertiser, will help keep you informed. I have had the pleasure of being your Town Clerk for 6 years I enjoy serving the community. I manage all day to day activity and action all the decisions that your Town Council make. You can now join our council meetings via Microsoft teams. Please find links on our website. If you can’t join but would like to ask a question please email As a regular newsletter feature, I will pick out some important decisions from recent council meetings: •Faringdon War Memorial Trust and the Full Council agreed the building specifications for the renovation of the Old Town Hall. The council hope to see the first phase of this work, external renovation, start in March 2021. •Covid -19 update: The Corn Exchange has reopened to some regular hirers. The Pump House remains closed as the main room is being used as the food bank. The Information Centre and Town Council office is open mornings Monday to Saturday. The Old Town Hall remains closed. Both our play areas at Oakwood Park and Tuckers Park are open. •The Finance Committee has received a clean audit for the 5th year in a row and has begun budget setting. •The Community and Partnerships committee are focusing on a safer streets partnership and building a partnership with the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust. They are launching a footpath warden and snow warden scheme and investigating a community fridge.

Faringdon Town Council manage the monthly Saturday market, held on the 1st Saturday of every month in the Market Place. We have seen a wide range of stalls and live music at recent markets. Come along on the 7th November or 5th December, visit the stalls and stay in town to support our local cafes, pubs, shops and businesses. Please adhere to Government social distancing regulations when at the market.

Faringdon Information Centre has a wide range of Charity Christmas cards from Cards for Good Causes. With over 20 different Charities and hundreds of different designs, you can pick the perfect Christmas card for your family and friends. We stock charities such as British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK, Marie Curie, Mind, Stroke Association, RNLI Lifeboats, SSAFA the Armed Forces Charity and many more. The Information Centre is open from 9 am to 12:30pm Monday to Friday and 9:30 am to 1pm on Saturdays.

Details, agendas and links are available on our website

• As well as managing facilities through Covid, the Facilities Committee have brought benches to the town centre, working with the Town Centre Regeneration Working Party. •The Planning Committee are a statutory consultee on applications that affect Faringdon. They have considered 10 planning applications in the last two months. Contact 01367 240281

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In 2001, after 37 years working as a scientist and engineer in both industry and universities and moved to Faringdon to take a position with Tetronics Ltd. I joined the Town Council in 2004 because I wanted to offer my skills and experience, gained over many years of voluntary work for the engineering profession, to the service and benefit of the Town. Since then I have served on all its committees and been Mayor, representing and promoting the town locally, nationally and internationally. I was the lead on the Faringdon Neighbourhood Plan and, more recently, helped to establish ‘The Place’. I continue to strive to ensure that the Council serves the people of Faringdon to maintain what’s good and to improve wherever possible.

Because of the Covid-19 virus we weren’t able to assemble as normal to commemorate the 75th anniversaries of VE-Day and VJ-Day. However, it was essential to me, as one born in WWII, that on May 8th, the 75th anniversary of VE-Day should be marked to honour those who had given their lives for our freedom. Despite lockdown, we held a small ceremony where I laid a wreath on behalf of the town and the Royal British Legion, and instead recorded a few words on VE-Day and the war for the Town Council website. On August 15th, VJ-Day, I was glad that more of us could assemble to commemorate both the end of WWII and the forgotten war in the far east that should never be forgotten. It was an honour to have the opportunity to say a few words to express our indebtedness to all those who had fought, suffered and died there, yet who had achieved a remarkable victory against a relentless enemy.

Sadly, we are not able to hold the Remembrance Sunday parade, service and wreath laying ceremony this year, and we ask you NOT to come to the War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday morning. The church service will be accessible online. The Royal British Legion has suggested that people stand on their doorsteps to hold the 2-minute silence with their households, and/ or follow coverage on radio and television instead.

The People Who Sew, working in conjunction with the Royal British Legion Faringdon and District Branch, will be making poppy face coverings which will be available from 24th October until 11 November 2020. These face coverings will be available on all four of the community tree’s, in Tesco, Costcutter, Stay Grounded and from the Faringdon Information Centre in the Pump House. 100% of the donations will go to the Poppy Appeal. A Poppy Appeal donation box can be found during this time in the Information Centre which is open from 9 am to 12:30pm Monday to Friday and 9:30 am to 1pm on Saturdays.

We are pleased to welcome Anne Saunders as November’s artist of the month. Anne is a farmer’s wife and lives in Stanford-InThe-Vale. Anne makes shoulder bags, crafted from hardwearing furnishing fabric, which are fully lined with zipped pockets, as well as vinyl shoppers which come with matching purses. They make great gifts. Anne also has a new range of colourful leather shoulder bags that are limited editions. Faringdon Information Centre in the Pump House is open Monday to Friday 9 am to 12:30pm and 9:30 am to 1pm on Saturdays.

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As we step out of October and into November it is clear from the countryside that frosty mornings are on the horizon. It's time to get the log baskets out, the fires on and copious amounts of hot chocolate made! As we all know November is famous in the United Kingdom for its celebrations on the 5th which usually include fireworks, a bonfire and sparklers. Whilst things are a little different this year and a lot of celebrations might not be going ahead, there is still plenty to keep you occupied at home from game nights with the family or if you’re into baking like me, have a go at some seasonal baking with recipes like apple and cinnamon cake, and delicious homemade toffee apple popcorn. If you head over to my blog and Instagram page you’ll find lots of tips and tricks on things to do locally as well as recipes and activities to keep us busy (and off our phones) one of which was making our own Wellington boot stand from scratch - a great and also useful activity that now means my boots no longer fill with water and mice - win win! Speaking of Wellington’s, why not put a pair on and take a walk locally? November is a fantastic time of year for exploring local wildlife and with an abundance of nature reserves and walks on our doorstep (i.e. Chimney Meadows) there is so much to enjoy. One of my favourite things to do is go mushroom hunting in local woodlands and note down the various species growing there, not to mention if you look up then the beauty and colour of autumn leaves are truly a sight to behold. If you don’t want to venture out of the comfort of home and keep to your garden then why not look forwards and get ready for spring? November is a great time of year to buy and plant up tulips ready for spring, and a good time to get a head start on sweeping fallen leaves and have a general tidy up in the garden. If gardening is not your thing then it’s time to get the craft box out and think about prepping for Christmas. Whether you want to make your first door wreath or mantelpiece decorations or paint there really is no better excuse to get creative than on a dark November evening. If you would like to follow my journey throughout the year then head over to my Instagram page by visiting @HerCountryLiving on Instagram, alternatively you can visit my website at: Get in touch if you would like any advice on managing your digital marketing by email:


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On Chesil Beach By Ian McEwan My lockdown reading has seen me heading back into the archive. Call it seeking comfort in these strange and uncertain times. My reading, perhaps inevitability, has trailed off as I seek ways to mix up the days. I’ve started my own ‘kitchen table’ business with Susie Bean Handmade Throws. It’s early days, but I’ve had orders and have been occupied with working on my show samples. I’ve also been enjoying watching all of my favourite old films in my newly created den. It means I can watch my old 50s and 60s Hammer horror films without my husband coming by every ten minutes to say it sounds ‘gruesome’. If I give the impression that I am in despair in lockdown, that’s very far from the truth. I’m very happy in my own company and always have been. As soon as I’ve done something ‘extrovert’ I need to pull back into my shell and regroup. I know many people who are the same. Maybe like attracts like? No, lockdown has been strange, but I can’t say I’m in despair. Reaching into the archive – both in films and books – is a way of acting mindfully. By really delving into my favourite things, I can appreciate them all again from the start. My archive book for this month is On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan. His Atonement is one of my favourite books of all time. He is one of our foremost literary natural treasures. And On Chesil Beach is almost pitch perfect. The story begins in 1962 with newlyweds Florence and Edward enjoying the first few hours of their honeymoon at a country house hotel in Dorset. They are hesitant, but loving. They are certain but also bewildered by the ‘adult’ responsibilities now placed on them by convention and custom. The detail is painstaking, and the reader feels almost like a fly on the wall watching the scene play out. We move ever closer to a cataclysmic moment that will deeply affect the rest of their lives, and the tension is almost too much. It’s a deeply moving book, definitely one that stays in the mind. It ripens there, like a complex web of emotions. I found myself thinking about it for days afterwards, about the nature of love, forgiveness and the mistakes we have all made, and those made by other people. There are many lessons therein. Catch up with more of Claire Meadows reviews at, @thebooktea

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As the days get darker because we’re heading into Autumn and Winter and as they feel darker as COVID restrictions continue, it may seem very hard to look forward with confidence, when so much is uncertain. So here are some helpful suggestions I heard, that we can do when we can’t look forward with confidence. First, when it’s hard to look forward with confidence, look up with hope. We can look to God, who is never stuck in lockdown and remember who he is and what he promises. That doesn’t mean that everything is all suddenly ok and that we’ll all get through this unscathed. But whatever we have to go through, we are never cut off from God’s presence and his care and help. You can download some Verses on Hope, a bible verse for each day of the month, from All Saints’ website front page When it’s hard to look forward with confidence, look in, acknowledge how you are doing and look out to others for help. Be honest about the frustrations of lockdown and about its pain or anxiety, its fear or sadness. Whether or not praying is something you usually do, it just means talking in ordinary words, not holy language, to God, who is always ready to hear us and help us. It’s ok and honest to be sad with God, to lament about what we’ve lost or are missing through COVID, but also to be thankful for what we do have and enjoy. Don’t feel that you’re on your own and that no-one would want to chat or listen, get in touch with a friend or family member and say “you know what?, it would be nice just to have a chat, no agenda, just to share how I’m feeling at the moment”. When it’s hard to look forward with confidence, look around for possibilities. Try small things, when it isn't easy to plan for the future, doing small things that make a simple difference can build hope. Choose one small thing to do – thank someone for something they have done recently, or read a book that will help you in these uncertain times, or identify a small need that you could do something about and do something about it or adopt a new and realistic health habit, one that helps your spiritual or physical or mental health and that will boost your well-being over the coming months. So when it’s hard to look forward with confidence – try looking up, looking in, looking out and looking around.

God bless you, Steve Bellamy Vicar of All Saints’, Faringdon

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Faringdon Bell Ringers I hope you heard Faringdon Bells on Sunday! All Saints Parish Church is now holding a service every Sunday at 10.00am, albeit socially distanced with very restricted numbers. The Central Council of Church Bell Ringers has negotiated national rules with the Church of England which have enabled us to welcome people every week. We are still of course not yet allowed to have a full and vibrant belfry but many people have said how they enjoy hearing even a few of the bells that show some sign of normal life returning. Longcot bells can be rung silently! I know that sounds ridiculous! The clappers can be fixed so that ringers can practice their skill of turning the bells over and over without any sound. We are very grateful to the church wardens and ringers who have allowed some of our less experienced ringers to refresh their skills there. While we’re only allowed five people in the belfry at any one time we are steadily increasing the pool of Sunday ringers and look forward to the day when we can ring our full peal of eight bells. Now that the winter is almost on us we’ve stopped our Saturday morning hand bell ringing and here are photos of Daniel, Fiona and Hayley taken on the last day. Some neighbours have said they miss the ringing. We cannot welcome you to visit ringing at the moment but if you would like to know more about bell ringing you can contact us by emailing We may need more recruits when we get back in the tower !

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12 London Street Faringdon are husband and wife team Amelia and Scott Holden, both completely self taught, in the art of cake baking. Amelia was a full-time carer to their autistic son and Scott a lorry driver. They decided to start making cakes and within the first year had won an award at the worlds largest cake competition, from there on, have gone from strength to strength. They have experienced wonderful results, by placing as much importance in the taste, as well as the looks and are forever striving to find new ways to delight their customers, visually and with new flavours. A great love of theirs, is making sculpted realistic cakes, that are sensational, along with wedding cakes and personalised modelled cakes, there isn’t much they can’t do and is all done to a very high standard. Their delicious cupcakes, not only blow your taste buds away, but are each a work of art, created to impress. And then there are the brownies… oh, they are to die for, fudgy squares of pure indulgence that are cooked to perfection. It’s their artistic creativity, professional cake making skills and attention to detail that sets them high above anyone else. With the high standards they set themselves with every order, you can understand why they have continued to grow, so much so that the are now… Opening their own little cake shop in Faringdon! We cant wait. When placing your order with Amelia and Scott, their focus is on the detail, with new and existing customers. They are such a lovely genuine professional couple, who want and will make the exact cake you ask for, and more! Which brings us to the now infamous Leg Cake in last months issue. It was commissioned by Kate Norton-Hewins and here are her words to explain the story behind the cake. My husband, Major Pete Norton-Hewins (retd) an Ammunition Technical Officer in the British Army was going to the aid of a US army patrol that had been attacked by an improvised explosive device (IED) on 24 July 2005, he was checking for the presence of further devices when a secondary victim-operated IED exploded. He lost his left leg and part of his left arm, and he sustained serious injuries to his other leg and lower back. Despite his injuries, he continued to give instructions to his team, suspecting that further devices might be in the vicinity. He refused to be evacuated until he was certain that all personnel on the ground were aware of the danger. A third device was subsequently located and dealt with the following day. Peter was awarded the George Cross for his actions that day, the highest award of the United Kingdom honours system awarded "for acts of the greatest heroism or for most conspicuous courage in circumstance of extreme danger". Due to the nature of his injuries Pete had been wheelchair bound for over 14 years when the option to take part in a new surgery arose last year- a surgery known as osseointegration. A surgery that was so complex that we were asked to fly to Australia to have the surgery by the worlds leading expert. This would be Pete’s only chance to walk again. However, in order for it to work, he would have to remove the remaining right leg. Pete willingly agreed to have the surgery and last year we threw a surprise gathering to say goodbye to Pete’s leg, and wish him well on the life changing journey he was going to undertake. A page called #operationlegless was set up for people to follow his progress and to date has over 1000 followers. His supporters have been with him for the whole journey and have seen his good days and his bad ones over the last yearand these supporters include the wonderful Amelia and Scott from Lushlooking Cakes. My husband and I went on our first EVER walk together last week and it was truly emotional. If you would like to follow Pete’s progress please do sign up to #operationlegless where you will find that he has recently accepted the challenge to walk 5km to raise money for other amputees. Please visit Amelia and Scott at their new shop 12 London Street, their cakes have to be tasted, they are delicious and irresistible. Support Local and Buy British.

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Our Wine World! Welcome to the world of wine. This month I have been trying a few wines that you may not have seen, but have heard of. As usual, they are all wines found in our local supermarkets and mostly under £10. I first saw a white Rioja, which as the name implies is made in the same region of Spain as the more famous red Rioja. The white version is made from a single grape called Viura which gives a pleasant light aroma of flowers, but when you taste it, you get a good sharp acidic taste, a bit like an apple, but with other citrus fruits thrown in. Overall a nice refreshing drink, best drunk chilled. Another Spanish grape that has been appearing on our shelves more often is Albarino which comes from the North West of Spain. I couldn’t resist a lovely looking label and the fact it was from Rias Baixas plus the tall blue bottle (just shows these things work sometimes). Called Faustino Rivera, it had a nice pale lemon colour and a gentle smell of lime and peach. When tasting it you get a bog hit of the lime, lemon citrus fruits and a little of the peach flavour, the flavours last a good time in your mouth and leave you wanting more. This is one of the nicest Albarino wines I have tasted and shows the strength of the grape and the quality of manufacture. It does come at a bit more cost though, around £12. Later in the month I spotted an Italian wine that many turn their noses up at, but if you look for the right information on the label, you can get a lovely wine.

The wine is Soave from the North of the country and varies depending on the vineyard. In this case there are several things to note. First it is a Soave Superiore Classico which tells us the grapes chosen and the vineyard must be at the top end of these wines. Secondly, on the neck of the bottle is a DOCG label. This is an independent certification showing the wine to be of incredibly good quality. It is a nice light easy drinking wine which has a lovely hint of melon when you smell it. This is enhanced on tasting as you will find a mix of melon, peach and a little lime hit for the acidity. This wine goes well with most pasta dishes. The last wine this month is one for drinking with spicy food. In the past, I usually recommended a Gewürztraminer which has a sweetness and depth of flavour to survive a curry. I have also found that a Vouvray from the Loire region of France is also good with spicy food. The wine has an almost honey like sweetness, not too much and balanced with some acidity to give enough depth of flavour to still be there when eating spices. This one from Tesco had a nice smell of pears and apples, which are also in the taste, plus that lovely hint of sweetness and acidity to balance everything. I hope you enjoy trying these wines and please drink responsibly. Ian

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The weather is changing and although we have been very fortunate throughout lockdown with months and months of warm weather, there is now a chill in the air and winter is just around the corner. With the market remaining very busy with many potential buyers on the scout for their next new home we thought we’d come up with a few pointers to help you show off your property in the best possible light. Spruce up the Front. We all understand the importance of a good first impression. Keep drives and paths clear of weeds and leaves, if you have outside lighting then make sure they’re working and switched on for those dusk viewings and, apply a quick coat of paint to the front door if needed, all of which helps with that all important first impression. Guttering. Those leaves and moss have to go somewhere but make sure your guttering is clear once the leaves have dropped in late Autumn. If someone is viewing on a rainy day, we don’t want the sound of overflowing water putting them off. Christmas prep. There always seems to be a huge amount of extra rubbish and recycling so make sure that your rooms are as clear as possible and your bins not overflowing! If it’s the run-up to Christmas, adopt a light touch with the decorations. Less can be good when it comes to tinsel! Think Lighting. The mood and feel of any property can be enhanced with the subtle use of lighting. Warm lighting on a cold day can transform a room. A good tip is to consider a table lamp in room instead of what can be harsher ceiling lights. Mats & Carpets. Have both an outdoor mat to wipe feet on and then a mat inside should viewers want/need to take off their shoes. Consider having carpets that take a lot of foot traffic professionally cleaned and treated. Freshly brewed coffee and buy some freshly baked bread. Smell is one of our five senses and decisions can be formed instantaneously if triggered. Studies have shown that eight in ten people admit an aroma can make them happy, and fresh coffee was found to be the UK’s fifth favourite smell behind fresh bread, flowers, clean sheets and a cake baking in an oven. These colder months can still be an ideal time to find a buyer. If somebody has braved the elements to view, then let’s make them feel as welcome as possible.

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Chloe Noke is a wonderful new artist, who has lived and grown up in Faringdon since she was 4 years of age. Chloe says, she was never an academic at school, but naturally took to her love of drawing, Chloe was never taught to draw, it was in her genes, thank you very much Mum, whom Chloe herself says, is an excellent artist in her own right. Chloe found that during school, the more she drew the better she became, and the more confident she became, enabling her to study art at GCSE and A Level standard. At the end of her studies at school, she decided to do a Art Foundation Course at the University of Bournmouth, following on the next year, studying textiles. Chloe chose to study textiles as she wanted to apply her drawings to home furnishings, for example Cushions and wallpaper. During her time at University she was asked to do a few commissions, one of these was a portrait of her friends dog, this was such a success, that she was asked to do more and more similar commissions, which she thoroughly enjoyed. From then on she was encouraged to carry on doing her art, exactly what she was enjoying and set up her own business. My Friend Chloe Art Design. See More of Chloe’s Beautiful art

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How the Pandemic has changed our exercise habits Wow, it’s November and we are still feeling the effects of COVID-19. Since the pandemic began it seems that some of us are moving more and others much less. For most of us our lives have been turned upside down. How and when we exercise has changed since this all began, and some have had to stop all together. A lot of factors influence our exercise regimes with age, gender, socioeconomic group and where we live all playing a part. I have noticed more people running, walking dogs and a lot more of us are now cycling. Research shows that the over 65s are more active since the pandemic started. The good feeling we get when we exercise is more crucial now than ever before. Activity trackers give us motivational badges and goals to aim for, electric bikes allow more people to feel exhilarated by cycling to places they would not normally have been able to get to. Zoom sessions have allowed those shielding or nervous about going to classes to continue their routines at home. Some have achieved great things in this pandemic, raised huge sums of money, walked and run virtual marathons and even climbed virtual mountains. Body shapes have changed and new connections have been made. For those who have made massive positive changes that is fantastic, but please share a thought for those who have not found this such an easy time. I meet, in person and online, some who have found this all a little overwhelming. On top of the huge impacts to family and work they are also having to forego the social contact and health benefits of exercise classes, running clubs and personal training. It’s been hard for those of us in the fitness industry too. Our local gyms have had to close temporarily, and have had to make financial outlays to create COVID-safe environments. They are left with reduced client numbers and increasing concerns for their finances and staff. We have had to get to grips with the new protocols that keep everyone safe and keep our distance when we want to be more ‘hands on’. Adapting to online sessions is easier for some than others and I’ve seen some fitness professionals starting to open up about their feelings too. Our work is important to us, we have strong bonds with our clients and we want to carry on helping others no matter what it takes. A big thank you to all my clients who have adapted to the new COVID training rules – we now exercise outdoors in the dark and cold to keep safe, and we’ve mastered the new technology of Zoom, Skype and Teams! Together we can get through this and with professional, friendly and supportive advice we can move better, eat better and most importantly feel better. Here to support you through Personal Training and Nutritional Advice and Massage. Richard Marfell Wellness Coach 07800 636004

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Tel: 01367 820709 When we think of November, we think of Memory! Remembering the past – “Lest we Forget”. Remembrance Day on the 11th November, is when we remember all who have died in wars. The first World War had the very first Armistice at 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, signalling the end of the Great War. Poppies are used as the symbol of all those war time casualties and that is because of the fields of poppies that emerged on the disturbed earth, springing up from the mud of the trenches in Flanders fields; reminding us of the bright red blood spilt in conflict. But it is also symbolic of rebirth and new life appearing even after such destruction. Poppies are particularly appropriate to mark such suffering because it is the poppy from which we get perhaps our deepest acting pain killers; derived from opium. For hundreds of years, opium has been used to anaesthetise pain and to provide a blissful escape from the harshest of realities and especially as a compassionate relief for the dying. So this is why we wear poppies in November. The charitable donations from the sale of commemorative poppies give support and welfare to those injured or bereaved by the actions of war. A poppy – in whatever colour you choose – is a flower that certainly speaks volumes. However, the gift of the poppy to humanity is unfortunately, also our curse. Wars have been fought over opium and actually continue to this day. The flower power that can take away grim reality is of course, highly addictive, easy to exploit and funds the darkest of black markets around the world; profiteering out of poverty and misery in the most deprived and desperate of situations. How can something so helpful have such a powerful shadow? And yet it is so. Plants have always been used for their healing properties and with the right knowledge, caution and respect, are part of our heritage on this wonderful planet. Even animals have an instinct for seeking out healing plants to nibble. Homeopathy uses the humble poppy as a remedy. We often use the plants of herbalism or even drugs, but we harness their power in quite a different way. All Homeopathic remedies, (originating from plants, minerals etc) are made by a process of dilution and succession, making them more energy, than physical substance, which means that they are non-toxic and never addictive. Moreover, Homeopathy is completely sustainable as only a tiny amount is needed to make countless remedies. There is much in a little and one little poppy can help to heal the wounds of nations. Zoom and Phone appointments available 01367 820709

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Paul Colley’s talk about Photography in Wildlife Conservation Paul Colley is a freelance wildlife photographer and winner of a British Wildlife Photography Award, he joined us on a video conference call and gave us a talk about the position of wildlife photography in environmental conservation. Because the oceans are being over fished by the Chinese in particular, fleets are deciding to go further and further afield. Paul showed images detailing the current health of the oceans and what was at stake of being impacted. Work he did on Ascension Island helped create a Marine Protected Area in 2019, now the biggest protected area in the Atlantic Ocean. There is a need for Marine Protected Areas as there are many threats to declining native species because of human intervention and industrial fishing. The marine life is staggering as the islands are so far from anywhere that the fish cannot be plundered as easily as elsewhere; the waters are teeming with marine life. Shoals of fish can have up to 100,000 fish. The deeper seas are full of sharks, whale sharks and yellow fin tuna. Yellow fin tuna is an especially important species, and they are in huge numbers. This is how nature should be. The North Sea used to be full of fish. There used to be big blue fin tuna there too. But we have fished every single one of them out. Tuna is a big fish and valuable. A single tuna was recently sold for over a million pounds in a Japanese market. Paul explained about work he did in Cambodia, to again help create a case for Marine Protected Areas.

Cambodia has quite a small coast compared to some countries, but 85% of jobs are tied to fishing. This area is extraordinarily rich in wildlife, however like everywhere else in the world, it has been raided. Close to China and Vietnam these countries are trying to fish inside Cambodian waters. Paul made images to illustrate the richness of life in three marine habitats vital to local fishing communities, mangroves, coral reefs, and sea grass, important delicate habitats which could get destroyed by boat mooring lines and trawling. Paul’s work has been used in books, magazines, blogs and websites and a small film. Some of the work is used to educate young people who, if they are given good education programs, will help us win in conservation.

Thursday 12th November’20 at 2.30pm The speaker will be Debi Evans, a local author of children’s books who comes highly recommended; she speaks at festivals and to many groups. Her talk is entitled Dragons and Rescue Dogs – My Inspiration to Write Books. Debi writes as if she is her Jack Russell and her books include lots of history woven into the adventure stories in which Rolo (the dog) takes part in the events. Debi will be talking online but there is a possibility to purchase books in time for Christmas presents for the grandchildren. The talk is taking part on Zoom for which details can be found online at Put the talk in your diary!

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