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February 2020


Inside this month: Farcycles: Join Them Where Is Lloyds Bank? My Carer: Now Recruiting Faringdon Drama: Aladdin Just Mortgages: Josh Forth Regent Cinema: Movies For You Churches Together In Faringdon Matthew Adcock: Our Young Superstar S.Curtis: Roofing & Property Maintenance Uffington Drama: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Promoting local business, trade and services. Advertise! Be Seen! Call Lou 01367 244975 or 07894 554551


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My name is Olga Driagina and my mother is the Aritst, who's paintings are on the front and inside cover, is Livija. She lives in Vilnius (Lithuania). A few month’s of the year she spends with us, as she has a couple of little grandchildren in Faringdon. She started to paint quite early in her life, but there wasn't a lot of support from her parents for her passion for art, so she had to wait until she was old enough to decide about her own way in life. She went to the Art Academy in Vilnius and also studied in Moscow and St .Petersburg. Even though it was never easy to be an artist, she believed it is important to do in life what you like the most and although she has tried a lot of different jobs, she has always come back to painting. Livija enjoys a lot of different styles so it is never the same. One day it can be oils and acrylics, and other days she would rather go for soft watercolours. She is very good at portraits, this is me expecting, opposite. This year she had a very nice experience presenting her pictures at the Annual Faringdon Art Society Exhibition, I was very proud to be next to her and hear all the warm reviews about her paintings. To view more of Livija’s work, here is a link to her FAS profile: also she can be found on instagram as Livija Art ( artlivija).

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Despite all our good intentions we were not able to hold our first meeting on 6 January 2020. Due to unforeseen scheduling problems we had to postpone the meeting at the last moment but fortunately Lisa Hollander is available and so we will hear from her again on 3 Feb 20, the date of our next meeting. With no activity to report we thought it an opportunity to let everyone know the benefits of attending and becoming a member of Faringdon Business Breakfast Club. As the saying goes ‘Rome was not built in a day’ and you are not likely to come to one FBBC meeting and get lots of business from a single visit. By attending regularly, you will be able to build trusted relationships with other members who in turn will be able to recommend you and your services to their clients or other business they meet when attending other networking events. FBBC is an ‘open’ networking group that encourages all businesses to come along. There are no restrictions by business category, and it has been very encouraging to see collaboration rather than competition between our members. We have several members in the finance and accounting sector as well as coaches and trainers Our next meeting will be on 3 February 2020 when we will hear from Lisa Hollander from ‘All Eyes Off You’ who will give us some tips and hints about giving that dreaded presentation with renewed confidence. So, book your place by going to:

Faringdon Bell Ringers After the Christmas season bell ringing is back to regular service ringing and Monday practices but for the moment with the addition of bell handling sessions on Saturday mornings. Until you have learned to ring a bell you can’t begin to enjoy change ringing. Hayley Scarlett and her daughter Fiona have been learning to ring a bell and Fiona has now joined us on Sunday mornings. Welcome to the Band ! Adam Brockman who has been learning to ring at Corsham near Bath has recently moved into one of Faringdon’s new developments. He has now rung with us several times and we hope he will join us regularly. This month we went to Shrivenham for the combined Vale Practice. Something of a shock for us as they have 10 bells. Far more complicated than Faringdon’s 8. The Faringdon Historical Society was addressed by Marian Wincles of Lechlade on bells and change ringing. Some of us went along to heckle. The talk was very well presented and we learnt many interesting thing about the history of bells and ringing. Thanks to the Historical Society. Whether or not you would like to try ringing we would love to welcome you to visit Sunday service ringing (9.45-10.30 am) or Monday practice (7.30-9.00 pm) at All Saints Church or you can contact us by emailing


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REGENT CINEMA Weds 5 February - Mrs Lowry and Son (PG) (2019 - Biography, Drama, History) A portrait of the artist L.S. Lowry and the relationship with his mother, who tries to dissuade him from pursuing his passion. Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Timothy Spall Film duration: 1 hour 31 mins (no interval) Free tea/coffee and a biscuit Matinee Club @ The Regent Cinema, Corn Exchange, Faringdon Doors open 12.30pm, film starts at 1pm Tickets in advance £4 from Faringdon Information Centre / £5 on the door Matinee Club Membership Just £24 for 12 films (inc half price pre-booked Blockbuster evening cinema tickets) Weds 19 February - Abominable (U) (2019 - Animation, Adventure, Comedy) Three teenagers must help a Yeti return to his family while avoiding a wealthy man and a zoologist who want it for their own needs. Stars: Chloe Bennet, Albert Tsai, Tenzing Norgay Trainor Film duration: 1 hour 37 mins (plus 15 min interval) Kids Cinema @ The Regent Cinema, Corn Exchange, Faringdon Doors open 1.30pm, film starts at 2.00pm Tickets in advance £3 U18s, £4 Adult, £10 Family from Faringdon Information Centre Tickets on door £4 U18s, £5 Adult, £11 Family

Fri 28 February - Downton Abbey (PG)) (2019 - Drama, Romance) The continuing story of the Crawley family, wealthy owners of a large estate in the English countryside in the early twentieth century Stars: Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Matthew Goode Film duration: 2 hrs 2 mins plus 15 min interval Blockbuster @ The Regent Cinema, Corn Exchange, Faringdon Doors open 7.00pm, film starts at 7.30pm Tickets in advance £3 U18s, £4 Adult, £10 Family from Faringdon Information Centre Tickets on door £4 U18s, £5 Adult, £11 Family For more info or to join the mailing list, please visit our website Tickets can be bought in advance from Faringdon Information Centre, 5 Market Square, Faringdon SN7 7HL

FARINGDON ALLOTMENT SOCIETY The Annual Meeting of the Faringdon Allotment Society will be held on Saturday the 22nd February 2020 at 10am in the Bowling Green Clubhouse, Gravel Walk, Faringdon All tenants are invited to attend.

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The Uffington Players Present

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice By Duncan Saunders Performances will take place at The Thomas Hughes Memorial Hall February 20th, 21st & 22nd Tickets will be available from Uffington Stores Or on line at Adult/Concession Thursday £9/£7 Friday & Saturday £12.50/£10 (Supper Included) Doors open 7pm. Curtains 7.30pm For further information please call 01367 820474 or visit our website


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Blood Orange by Harriet Tyce Christmas has come and gone and it feels like it was a million years ago. The tree is heaped into the corner of the garden where it will continue to shed its problematic needles until it is a skeleton of its former self.

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New beginnings. They’re good for us. And a new year is an opportune moment to see what is no longer working for you, what excites you and what you want to do more of to make yourself happy. Each of us has our own idea of happiness…and this, without a doubt, can change from one month to the next. The quest to find the best version of yourself is a lifetime study. The important thing is to take that first step. And trust your instincts. Those moments where I disregarded my inner barometer are the moments that caused me the most misery. The reading pile is getting bigger. I often wonder if I have a problem. I fill bookshelves as soon as we buy them and we’re running out of room. I often have visions of featuring on a Channel 5 documentary called ‘The Woman Who Wouldn’t Stop Buying Books’ with only my legs sticking out from under a pile of books like the Wicked Witch under the house in The Wizard of Oz. But that fear is not enough to stop me. I’m looking at one pile while I’m writing this and there are a variety of volumes – two Barack Obama books, Tina Brown’s revised edition of The Diana Chronicles, a Max Hastings chunky chronicle of the Vietnam war and ‘Shattered’ about Hillary Clinton’s doomed presidential campaign. Yesterday I went to Faringdon library and came out with arms full from their ‘For Sale’ shelf. It’s the book lover’s life. I didn’t choose it. It chose me. My fiction highlight of the past few weeks has been Harriet Tyce’s ‘Blood Orange.’ Tyce – a former lawyer – has written an absolute beauty of a thriller for her first foray into the literary world. Alison (a lawyer, like the author) has a charmed life – a career on the rise and a loving family. But her life starts to unravel into a storm of alcoholism and adultery, and she’s forced to realise that those who should don’t have her interests at heart. This one had me on the edge of my seat. I’m expecting great things from this author. Claire Meadows


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Is not, as the name suggests, only mortgages. Mortgages are just one of the things, prospective clients can be helped with. Josh helps with sourcing buildings, contents insurance, life insurance, critical illness cover, income protection, accident cover and Wills to name a few of the more popular services. Just Mortgages is part of a much bigger firm of self-employed advisers with over 300 around the country. Josh operates out of his own home in Faringdon, which is very rewarding helping local people get onto or move up the property ladder! Josh has worked as a mortgage adviser for over 3 years now, after spending a couple of years as an estate agent in Faringdon previously. He chose to move from his employed position and start “on his own”, albeit with the help of JM in September of 2019, so he can now spend more time with his family and try and forge more of a career for himself. All initial consultations are of course, private and confidential, free and with no obligation to use his services going forward. So quite simply if he can’t help you, there no charges! Josh aims to help as many people as possible, to move into new homes in Faringdon and the surrounding area, with lots of local new developments being built, it is the perfect time to try and look to make that first or next move. Josh has been very successful as he has helped a number of clients purchase homes on the new Faringdon Fields development in recent months, one in particular was told via another IFA in town they would not be able to obtain a residential mortgage due to credit issues, they are moving into their new home complete with flooring and a nice discount on the purchase price next Friday! The best thing about the job is helping people move into properties they didn’t think they could afford and giving people good news about mortgage offers or exchanges. Josh is a well-known figure in our Faringdon community and has lived in Faringdon all of his life, was schooled at all three Faringdon schools, studying for his A levels at FCC. A wonderful achievement for Josh if you’re a football fan, as most of us are around this area, he represented the town as Club Captain of Faringdon Town Football Club. He now has a lovely wife Penny and a new addition to his family little Frank who is only 7 months old. Josh and Penny were married locally in All Saints Church Faringdon 2018. Josh’s mum Julie Forth is also a well-known Faringdonian, working as a special needs co-ordinator at Faringdon Infant school, having lived here since 1994. Josh does quite a bit of charity work for Helen & Douglas House, his sister Ruby used the hospice throughout her life and sadly during her final days, so he wanted to try and give something back, he completed the 2018 London Marathon for them raising £2600 and has also raised over £400 on a sponsored haircut, having had some pretty crazy curls back in the day. Josh was granted a spot in the Times Newspaper, Top Mortgage Advisers for 2019, he was in their guide which is being issued nationally with a copy of the days paper on the 12th of February. This is probably the proudest bit of my short self-employed career. Josh can help you! If not, no charge at all, so please give him a call on 07808 526470

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Wine Made Easy!

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Chile Wine’s!

I hope those of us who tried to do a dry January and failed are back to a simpler view of wine, which is drink it when you feel like it. I thought we could take a look at wines from Chile this month. When you look at the wall of wine in your supermarket, there is always a group of reds and whites from Chile available. The wine growing area of Chile is vast, running down the country, squeezed between the massive Andes and the Pacific Ocean. Both of these have an impact on the wines grown there. If you get a vineyard close to the Ocean, then the grapes will ripen in a different time and absorb the moisture from the sea breeze. If your vineyard is nearer the foothills of the Andes, then it may be cooler and a different type of grape will grow better. The main grape varieties you will see for red wines are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Carmenere. This last one is unique to Chile, though so similar to Merlot that for many years they were mis identified. It is only with the arrival of DNA testing that the experts where able to tell the difference. You will also find blends of these three wines as they do complement each other. All are quite fruity, so you will get plenty of berry and cherry flavours when tasting the wine. They tend not to have much tannin as they are often not aged in barrels, which appeals to many wine drinkers. The main red wine regions are Maipo, Maule and Rapel regions. The white wine varieties are Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay mostly and these are often produced in the costal areas. Look for wines from San Antonio and Casablanca regions. Again, they are fruity wines with a nice freshness. It is common to find these large district names on the lable, a bit like Bordeaux in France. The quality of Chilean wines has improved enormously over the last 30 - 40 years and the country is one of the top 5 wine exporters in the world. Tesco have a Diablo red blend, which delivers a good mouthful of black cherry and black berry flavours. The fun fact is 60% is matured in barrels for 6 months, 6 weeks and 6 days (Diablo being devil in Spanish ! ). I doubt.a day or two either way would make that much difference to the flavours, but someone thought it would be different. I also tried a Chilean Malbec from Tesco, which was much softer than the Argentinian versions (less tannin and the fruit flavours are more gentle). From Aldi, you can get the Leyda Sauvignon Blanc, which has plenty of green apple acidity plus some tropical fruit flavour and great value. Waitrose have a nice Carmenere which was on offer as I write. I often find that each supermarket puts a wine on offer several times during a year, so keep an eye out. The web sites for each supermarket tell you when offers are on by the way. I hope you enjoy your wines this month and please drink responsibly Ian Lloyd

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Roberts Reflections!

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Welcome to the Leap Year adjustment month of February and the changing night sky. You may have the opportunity to look for the constellation of Orion in the evenings with its normally two bright stars. The red star on the Hunter’s shoulder, left hand side, is called Betelgeuse. This star is actually a red super-giant but its bright light emission is steadily diminishing away from it, its normally very easy to spot. Astronomers are now believing that the star/sun is very close to becoming a supernova, releasing vast amounts of energy to leave behind a neutron star and possibly a black hole. Light will take 640 years to reach Earth, global warming permitting, so it may even have already started to happen! Out in the rest of the Universe, one star explodes every 5 seconds! A little closer to home, there is a debate amongst vets in practice and with administration, regarding the legacy of author and vet Alf Wight, better known as the Thirsk vet, James Herriot. Some people feel, we must abandon the values he upheld throughout his working life and ignore the real inspiration his writings had on people of all walks of life and professions. I consider that a significant number of students going into veterinary science would have been influenced by this great man – and still are across the World it seems! So James Herriot remains an influence and relevance, with his style of working and professional care and generosity of spirit that still lives on. This is in the face of so called, evidence-based medicine, which in my interpretation is a loss of the ability to look “outside the box” and draw upon knowledge and experience gained by the individual vet. If a simple solution exists, why not use it? We’ve come a long way since ancient Greek and Roman medicine, but my studies show many similarities. I know that my first years of large animal practice in Powys, where I had no real knowledge of the Welsh language, with amazing thanks to the Herriot-effect and a laughing, respectful mispronunciation of my surname was my passport into Welsh farming life. I shall never forget that and will always remember with a smile! It sounds like I’ve started my memoirs, but no, lovely memories of Welsh farming and my continuing contact with a farmer who was but a toddler when I was visiting the family farm. Hence my rare Welsh breed sheep flock! Snow cats the European Lynx and an Octopus called Heidi have graced and flowed across our screens a while ago, and still do on iPlayer! Heidi the octopus, was able to unravel puzzles, recognise the people around her and to demand attention with a light and buzzer, set up near her big indoor tank. The question still remains – for such an ancient, wise species, which separated from Homo Sapiens at the flatworm stage a very long time ago - to be so intelligent and adaptable, to live such a short life, rarely more than a year, to be apparently solitary, other than for reproduction. However, a colony of octopi has been found by scientists, with much interaction going on between the inhabitants of this tropical reef. Nine brains, three hearts and blue blood & very, very flexible. Till next month take care. Robert Robert Elliott

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Matthew Adcock Superstar! Young Matthew Rimmer is 12 years old. He asked his mum Becky the other evening, if he could donate some of his own money to all the animals and wildlife in Australia. Becky’s heart melted, to hear such a thoughtful request and of course she said yes. She also suggested him raising money for it too? Matthew is passionate about animals and this has upset him, listening to all the sad stories and the suffering these animals are going through by the horrific bush fires. So for the next few weeks Matthew has be making ‘Bird Houses’ by himself and supervised by an adult as assistance was needed and decided to sell them for £10 each. All the money raised by his ‘Bird houses’ will go towards the animals and wildlife in Australia, whether that be for re housing, food, water or medical treatment. Matthew has now a total of 146 this is rising by the day. This young man certainly needs a big shout out! Well done Matthew you are an absolute star!

Announcing the

13 June Faringdon HealthFest

This summer there’s going to be a fantastic community-led festival showcasing the many ways we can keep ourselves healthy. This major Faringdon town-centre event will have stalls, demonstrations, club and group activities – including singing and dancing, advice services, info desks and even emergency services demonstrations. And all organised by a team of local people and the Patient Group, with NHS support, and invaluable help from our Town Council. So highlight Saturday 13 June in your diary now and please let us know of any clubs, groups, businesses or other activities which would really benefit from being part of our town’s first major health festival. Phone Emily Norton on 01367 870 665 or email her now with any suggestions or contacts. And watch out for Team HealthFest’s upcoming Facebook page.


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The Fundamentals of Nutrition I have recently had the privilege of presenting a talk to two local groups interested to know more about fitness, exercise and nutrition. It is good to discuss our general health and wellbeing as we progress through 2020. At one of the events I was asked why I have not written much about nutrition. It got me thinking! I am a qualified Nutritional Advisor as well as being a certified Personal Trainer and Sports Massage Therapist. However, in these articles I have concentrated on topics to do with fitness and motivation and the barriers we use to avoid getting results. In my one to one sessions I always try to include nutrition and I have realised that everyone has an opinion on the subject! When it comes to nutrition there is a lot we still don’t know and a lot of official advice that changes over the years as research becomes more advanced. As far as I can see, science has not yet managed to recommend a diet that works for all - and there probably isn’t a ‘one size fits all’. There is always contradictory advice out there which can be very confusing when embarking on a new eating regime. When helping to improve my clients’ eating habits I always start by asking them what currently works for them. Then I try to make sense of the science behind their approach and advise them if I think it can be tweaked to give better results. It’s always good to explore new ideas and to gather data before choosing the best path for the individual going forward. However, if we put to one side all the different health fads and research, there are some very basic principles that virtually everyone agrees with: 1. Eat mainly whole foods (fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, and grains) 2. Consume foods high in nutrients (vegetables, legumes, fruit, whole grains, nuts and seeds) 3. Incorporate lots of vegetables (especially cruciferous vegetables) 4. Get enough protein (meat, fish, eggs, dairy products, and plant based protein such as quinoa, legumes and nuts) 5. Minimise the use of processed foods (any packaged foods with a long list of unrecognisable ingredients) 6. Eat slowly until satisfied (listen to your body. Eating slowly gives your body a chance to realise it’s full before you’ve cleared the plate and gone for seconds!) As an individual, you will probably try different approaches and stick with whatever works for you in the long term. If you are about to change your eating regime consider: 1. What is it about the new diet that appeals to you 2. How do you think it will benefit you 3. Will it be too challenging to keep up in the long term No matter what you decide, if you were my client, I would support you and together we would analyse the results to see how it affects you. As a coach I am not here to preach but to empower and to motivate, to work with you to create an effective plan. If you can stick to the main principles, then results will follow! Here to support you through Personal Training, Nutritional Advice and Therapeutic Massage – Have a Healthy 2020 Rich Richard Marfell Wellness Coach 07800 636004



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Getting to grips with food labelling If you are trying to eat more healthily, manage your weight or looking for a balanced diet then it is very important to understand the jargon used on food labels to guarantee that you know exactly what you are consuming. The words ‘reduced fat’, ‘less fat’ or ‘less salt’ are used to attract us into thinking a product is a healthy choice but what that actually means is that they are reduced or less than another or original version of the same product. Therefore, it might be healthier rather than healthy! Similarly, ‘vitamin enriched’ sounds healthy but the product can still be highly calorific. Some food packaging (about two-thirds of packaged products) contains traffic light labelling, which shows at a glance if the food has high, medium or low amounts of fat, saturated fat, sugars and salt: red means high. amber means medium etc. These are useful to compare the nutritional content of different products but be smart, the information may not relate to the serving size but per 100g so double check how much you are eating and adjust your calculations accordingly. The ingredient list, usually on the back of the packaging, must list the ingredients in descending order of weight. By looking at the first couple of ingredients you will get a good idea if the product is high in fat or sugar. In the UK we consume 79 million ready meals each week and the labelling on these products can be a minefield for the disconcerted shopper. Most supermarkets have their own range of ‘healthier’ ready meals and although they may be lower in calories, they are also low in other important ingredients. Premium own brand ready meals may use the words ‘luxury’ but will most likely be higher in fat, salt and sugar. Remember a ready meal is processed and will contain preservatives too to increase the shelf-life. Have a go at guessing how much sugar is in these products: ● 1/5 of a jar (100g) Pasta sauce ● 30g Chocolate coated breakfast cereal ● A fat-free yoghurt Have a go at guessing how much fat is in these products: ● 1 tablespoon of French style dressing ● An oat biscuit ● ½ pack of Instant noodles (chicken flavoured) ● 30g serving of microwaveable popcorn Answers and more information on food labelling can be found on my website here:

Churches Together In Faringdon Churches Together In Faringdon LENT GROUPS Lent Groups will run throughout March. There will be one meeting per week in each of the five Faringdon places of worship in turn, plus a weekly afternoon meeting starting in February. All evening meetings at 7.15pm for 7.30pm start. Talks will cover topics which should concern all Christians, and many others besides, and are as follows:Tuesday 3rd March - At the Quaker Meeting House, Lechlade Road. ‘Who is my Neighbour?’ Immigration, Refugees, and Asylum seekers. A speaker from ‘Asylum Welcome’. Tuesday 10th March - At the United Church ‘Forgiveness and Reconciliation’ with special reference to Prisons. Speaker: Fred Ireland Thursday 19th March at All Saints ‘Addressing Inequality’. Speaker: Eddie Lyle from ‘Open Doors’. Monday 23rd March at Blessed Hugh Sustainability. ‘Back from the Brink’. Speaker: Richard Benwell and members from Blessed Hugh Tuesday 31st March at the Baptist Church “Living as Christians with Integrity and Dependability” Speaker: Rev Mark Greenwood Tuesday afternoons starting on 25th February at 2pm, at the United Church. “The Mystery of Everything”. Film and five study sessions on consecutive Tuesdays. This is an opportunity to meet together in all the churches in the town. Everyone is very welcome to one or all the talks, regardless of whether you attend a church or not. Enquiries to individual churches, or 01367 240929

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CYCLING TICKS ALL THE BOXES Stave off Dementia. Save the Planet. Enjoy the Ride Did you resolve to get fitter this New Year? Feel better? Live longer? Not sure what exercise to choose? Read on – we may have the answer for you. Cycling ticks all the boxes. Do you want to improve your physical health, lose weight, and maybe even live longer? What about helping with mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression? Worried about dementia? You could also be helping the environment, doing your bit for climate change and reducing your contribution to pollution. There is really strong evidence that cycling does all of these (yes, even living longer). Being physically active reduces a person’s risk of dementia by 30%, depression by 30%, heart disease by 40%, type 2 diabetes by 40%, breast cancer by 25% and osteoporosis by 50%. These gains are at a ‘dose’ of 150 minutes per week – maybe one or two cycle rides a week. There is a dose–response effect, in other words even doing some exercise will improve your health. It has been said: ‘If exercise were a drug, it would be a miracle cure’. We at Farcycles, the local cycling group, want to help you to benefit yourself and the community with regular cycling, maybe to replace those short trips that you make by car, reducing local pollution; or to cycle with your family, and encourage them to get the exercise habit. We have several initiatives, one of which will be suitable for you!

For beginners or people who haven’t cycled for a long time, we are running teaching sessions to get you riding. These can be individual or in a group - your choice. We use the new Faringdon Cycle Park. If you know how to cycle but you aren’t feeling confident or fit enough to get out, we are starting a ‘Couch to 10k’ programme which will be a supervised group activity on a Monday morning. As you get stronger and more confident, you could join the Sunday leisure cycling group called Whimcycles (pronounced whimsical). We also have teenagers cycling afternoons in half-term week, 17-21 February. Contact us by email or 07900403954 to find out more. Or check out our website – just google ‘Farcycles’ Do come and join us, we’re sure you will find cycling ticks all the boxes.

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Out and About Date






Wed 5th

Mrs Lowry and Son (PG)

The Regent Cinema


Tickets from Faringdon Information Centre

From £4

Wed 5th

False Flag Operations

Friends Meeting House


Karen 01367 241707



Pamela Preene (Chairman) 01367 820251 or

Visitors £2.50

Tickets from Stanford Coffee Shop 01367 710400

Adults £8 Conc £6

Thu 6th

White Horse Garden Club Talk: Thomas Hughes Memorial “The Year-Round Bulb Garden” Hall

Thu 6th Fri 7th


Stanford in the Vale Village Hall

2.30pm 7.30pm

Sat 8th

Wantage & Grove Lions Cash Bingo

Grove Village Hall


Sat 8th

Fairtrade Stall

St Denys Church, Stanford in the Vale

10am 12noon

Mon 10th

Stanford Art Group AGM

Stanford in the Vale Village Hall

7.30pm 9.30pm

Mon 10th

FREE Functional Fitness MOT for 55+

Stanford in the Vale Village Hall



Thu 13th

U3A Talk: Eleanor of Aquitaine

Faringdon Corn Exchange


Margaret Brown: 01367 615 385

Visitors £1.50

Fri 14th

Cinema: The Good Liar

The Beacon, Wantage



Sat 15th

Faringdon Art Society Workshop - Pictures in Clay

Faringdon United Church

10.30am 3.30pm

Sat 15th

Cinema: Abominable (U)

The Beacon, Wantage


£4 Family of 4 £14

Wed 19th

British Legion Talk: Horrible Curious History of Wiltshire

Faringdon Bowls Club


Non Members Welcome

Thu 20th

National Theatre Live: Cyrano de Bergerac

The Beacon, Wantage



Sat 22nd

Faringdon Allotment Society AGM

Bowling Green Clubhouse, Gravel Walk, Faringdon


All tenants invited

Tue 25th

Faringdon Art Society Coach Trip to Wallace Collection

Pick up - Shrivenham, Faringdon Tesco, Stanford in the Vale & Wantage

See Website

Shelagh 01367 241173

£12 concessions £9

Fri 28th

Downtown Abbey (PG)

The Regent Cinema


Tickets from Faringdon Information Centre

From £3

Fri 28th

GIN and 60s/70s Night

Stanford Social Club


Fri 28th Sat 1st March

Acoustic Blues Weekend of workshops, jams and performance.

The Beacon, Wantage

From 1pm


All welcome


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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Local Events Date






Stanford Art group

Village Hall


£2 members £5 visitors

Mon, Tue & Wed

Free One to One IT Help

Faringdon Library

2:30pm 4:30pm



Wed & Fri

Lloyds Mobile Bank

United Church SN7 7HA

Every Mon

Little All Sorts Toddler Group

All Saints Church Barber Room


Margaret 01367 244901


Every Mon to Sunday

Blue Light Breakfast

Ferendune Court


Claire Morbey


Every Mon

Bridge Club

Faringdon United Church

6.45pm 10.15pm

Françoise Stacey, Secretary of the Club: 01367 241813

£2 per person

Every 2nd & 4th Mon

Disco Dots

Pump House Project


Lucy 07900 800657


3rd Mon


Every Mon

Wed 12:45 - 3:00 Fri 9:45 - 12:00 & 12:45 - 3:00

Faringdon WI

Old Town Hall



Every Mon & Thurs

Faringdon Day Centre

Baptist Church Hall Bromsgrove

9:15- 2:15

Supervisor 07523 116918

£10 inc lunch. Transport available

1st Tue

Farmers Market

Market Place, Faringdon

Until 1pm

Rosemary Packer 01367 710445


Every Tue

Coffee Morning

Faringdon Library

10:00 - 11:30

Sheena 01367 240311


The Pump House Project

10:30am 11.30am Kat Culverwell 07800568040

Every Tue

Baby & Toddler Sensory

Every Tue

Whist Drive

The Old Town Hall


Sylvia 01367 242007

Free Tea & Coffee

3rd Wed

Repair Cafe - Stanford

Coffee Shop Stanford in the Vale


Derek Sayers

Free donations for repairs

Every Wed

Ferndale Choir

Catholic Church Hall



Every Wed

The Crafty Crew

The Pump House Project


Runs during Cake Cafe

Every Wed

Walking for Health

Start at Old Town Hall


Walks to suit all abilities

Every Wed

Community Cake

The Pump House Project


£1 for Cake & Drink

Every Wed

The Shed (term time only)

Faringdon Community College CDT block

6:30 - 9:00pm

Mike 01367 240235

Every Wed

Citizen Advise

Pump Room Faringdon

10am - 12am

03444 11144

1st Wed

Open Mic Night

Horse and Jockey, Stanford in the Vale



1st Wed

Buckland WI - Speaker and meeting each month

The Memorial Hall, Buckland


Mary Hughes 01367 870233

Visitors are welcome

1st Wed

Information & Gadget Drop-in

Pump House Project



During Cake Cafe

2nd Wed

The Knitting Group

Horse and Jockey, Stanford in the Vale


Ruth Chester 01367710362


Every Wed & Thurs

Slimming World Faringdon

United Reformed Church

Wed 5:30pm Thurs 9:30am

& Wed 7:30pm Louise 07717 681939


Every Thu

Baby & Toddler 0-4yrs

United Church

9:30 -11am


Every Thu

Slimming World Stanford

Stanford Primary School


Amy 07514 255703


Every Thu

Slimming World Highworth

Southfield Junior School


Louise 07717 681939


Every Thu


Horse & Jockey, Stanford in the Vale


01367 710302


Every Thu


Stanford Small Village Hall

10am - 12pm

Yvonne 01367 710400

Coffee/Tea, Chat, Raffle

1st Thu

Book Club

Faringdon Library


Paula Draper 07414 531609


1st & 2nd Thu


St Deny’s Toddler Group


Yvette Upton 07949 499044


Every Fri

Country Market

Corn Exchange

9:00am 11.00am

Val Smith 01367 242 005

Tea & coffee available Goods orders taken

Every Fri


Faringdon Library

10:30 - 11:00

Sheena 01367 240311


Every Fri

Bowling Club - Open Nights

Bowling Club

Fri 7:30

Trevor Durrant 01793 330564

3rd Sat

Junior Book Club 8-11yrs

Faringdon Library


Sheena 01367 240311


2nd Sun

Great Coxwell Teas

The Reading Room,

2:30pm - 5pm

Great Coxwell

Tea, Coffee and Cakes

Sat - Sun

Tom Browns School Museum

Broad St Uffington


Karen Pilcher 01367 820 978

Open Bank holidays

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Heather Abel BA/BSc RSHom Tel: 01367 820709

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Monika Becker H.P Holistic Practitioner

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

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Now moved to Bampton Garden Plants call Sarah on

07767 486627

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Below is not an exhaustive list but a guide of prudent things to consider if you are looking to put your house on the market this Spring. 1. De-clutter - The easiest job to tackle is clutter, whether it be piles of old clothes, books or toys that are waiting to go to a charity shop or unwanted gifts left over from Christmas. Creating space and freeing up work tops and floor spaces allows viewers to appreciate the full extent of a room. 2. Tend to those niggly jobs - So that tap that has been dripping, the door that doesn’t quite close or the brown stain of a past leak long remedied that remains on the ceiling – get them sorted. Minor imperfections in a house can raise unnecessary concerns to viewers over the general maintenance of a property, so if it is easily rectified, tend to it before marketing. 3. Do the walls need a refresh? – That bold statement wall seemed a good idea 10 years ago and you have long since stopped seeing it – but it’ll be the first thing that catches a viewer’s eye and not always for the right reason and will remain with them throughout. I am not advising that everybody thinking of putting their property on the market paints their house head to toe in Magnolia, but neutral colours make it easier for a viewer to visualise themselves living in a property. 4. The term “Spring Clean” is thought to either derive from the Persian New Year which falls on the first day of Spring where Iranians “shake the house” or from the days when houses were heated by fires and efforts were made to prevent heat escaping the house. Either way, it is a good time to get the windows open, hoover behind that heavy furniture that hasn’t moved since last spring and give your property a good clean. 5. Make those windows sparkle. With days getting longer and the promise of sunnier days ahead, give your windows a quick clean. The sun will still be sitting fairly low in the sky, just the right level to highlight grime on windows - both inside and out. 6. Don’t forget the outside…. Gardens are not at their best during the Winter season and with the rain we have had over the past months, many are very soggy, but as we move into the New Year, bulbs will start sprouting and buds on the trees will start appearing. Tidy away any dead plants and shrubs that have not made it through winter. If you have pots, plant them with some colourful bedding plants and if you have gravel driveways or paths, consider getting some fresh stone or raking through to freshen things up. If you are considering putting your property on the market, we’d be pleased to assist here at Waymark. Jenny Preece – Director – Waymark Property

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