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February 2021


This Month: Country Life Ringing The Bells Covid Vaccination Clinic All Your Business: About You Book Review: Claire Meadows David Johnston MP: Newsletter Churches Together In Faringdon Carterton Gymnastics: The Vault Faringdon Town Council Newsletter Promoting local business, trade and services. Advertise! Be Seen! Call Lou 01367 244975 or 07894 554551

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This Months Cover Artist Mike Jackson Mike Jackson is a Somerset artist and illustrator based in a quiet village in the West Country. He is well known for painting quirky harbour scenes, hoodies and cute characters. Mike can often be found painting at Wells (Somerset) and at Weymouth (Dorset) where he can be seen painting in oils or watercolour. For more information contact Mike on:

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SPREAD THE NEWS ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS In the run up to Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d tell you all about Richard Branson’s very own love story. Also in the February Business column, there’s information about not one, but five new or nearly new businesses starting up in Faringdon. I am really enjoying hearing about all the fantastic businesses out there. So many people have got in touch to let me know how local businesses are coping, being innovative and surviving! If you have a story to tell about your business, I would really love to hear from you. As well as writing in The Advertiser, I also have my own blog/news/promotion website: and a Facebook page for shorter promotional articles Please don’t hesitate to get in touch: 01285 712150, 0744 350 0744, A MODERN-DAY LOVE STORY FOR VALENTINE’S DAY OR HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS Just over 30 years ago, Richard Branson experienced love-atfirst-sight when he met his future wife Joan. Richard said that he generally makes up his mind about someone within 30 seconds of meeting them and Joan won his heart instantly. Unfortunately, his feelings weren’t reciprocated. Richard found out that she worked near his Virgin Records office and so he became her ‘stalker’ – hanging around her shop and buying things he didn’t need and didn’t even have room for as he lived on a small houseboat! Still, Richard thought his visits to the shop were worth it – not only because he got to see Joan, but also an old Danish bacon sign that he bought from the shop had the caption on it ‘Now, that’s what I call music’ and it was this slogan that later inspired the Now! CD compilations. Eventually, his attentions to Joan paid off and they were still seeing each other two years later. However, he wanted to make a grand gesture and impress her by buying an island in the British Virgin Islands that was up for sale, but which he couldn’t really afford, as he had not then made his millions. Luckily for the young Richard Branson, the selling agent didn’t know this and offered Richard an all-expenses-paid trip to see the island that included a house and a helicopter. Richard persuaded the agent to let Joan come with him on the trip and the young couple strolled around Necker Island for the first time. Determined to make an impression on his future wife, Richard offered to buy the island for the highest amount he could afford, which was $100,000. Rather embarrassingly, the agent told Branson that the discounted asking price was $6 million! Needless to say, there was no laid-on helicopter for Richard and Joan’s return trip and they had to hitch-hike back to the airport! Another year went by and nobody else made an offer for Necker Island, so the owner, who was desperate to sell, finally agreed to sell to Branson at a purchase price of just $180,000. Somehow, Richard begged and borrowed the money he needed and bought the island. Eleven years later, Richard married Joan on Necker Island and the rest, as they say, is history.

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New Spanish restaurant in Faringdon The former manager of La Bobina tapas restaurant, Mariella Montenegro and sous chef, Beth, were both made redundant during lockdown, so started up a takeaway service in August from Mariella’s home. The takeaway service has become so popular that they are now planning to open a family-friendly Spanish restaurant in Portwell House in Faringdon’s Market Place. Mariella is currently organising an official opening in February (Covid rules allowing) for this exciting new business to Faringdon. Stephanie Henwood, who manages Portwell House, said: “Portwell House is a strong supporter of the local community and continues to encourage business growth to improve the local economy.” Find out more from Mariella: 07494 125554,

Artist and educator Mary Wiltshire Mary Wiltshire is a local artist based in Shrivenham and exhibits locally including at the Nuffield Hospital in Oxford. Many people will know Mary’s mum, who was Janet Turner and lived in Faringdon from the early 1970s where she and Mary’s father ran the fishing tackle shop that is now VIP hairdressing. As Covid has stopped most live exhibitions, Mary is now trialling online sales and is excited to see how it goes. As an educator of 20 years, she teaches all levels of education and has significant experience of secondary art and design plus textiles, photography, graphics, media and film studies. As an artist, she exhibits and sells her work and has been invited into schools to run workshops. To find out more about Mary’s artwork, visit or contact Mary on 07941 314361, Personalised products by Shark Knight Designs Sherri-Dawn Knight has just moved to the area and offers something completely different. She takes people’s photos or words and prints them on to clothing, mugs, coasters, gifts etc. To find out more, visit: Or email:

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Silverback Access Ltd A new scaffolding company is now located in Faringdon called Silverback Access Ltd. Despite the difficult times, the new company has already secured work with large property and construction companies. They are happy to give all local businesses free quotations and advice. Contact Sarah Gough: 07921 540075,

Beautopia Beauty Clinic Beautopia is a small beauty business run from home by Heidi Dowell and offers a range of beauty treatments. Heidi started her training in February 2020 and worked tirelessly to complete her case studies to enable her to sit her final exams. But then lockdown happened! In August, when beauty services were able to resume, Heidi sat and passed her final exams just before the second lockdown! She is now a fully qualified HD & KB Pro Microblading Artist, but we now have a third lockdown, so Heidi has had to close her doors once again. Find out more about Beautopia at: 07771 616674, or visit:

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Did you know that February is international Friendship month? Well, I didn’t either but I did decide that this month I would focus on my friends and family and celebrate those amazing friendships, family members and people who have been a huge help this last year. I will be reaching out to those that would appreciate the support and surprise of an unexpected gift in the mail! So I decided at the end of January that I would spend my evenings crafting, writing letters and putting together small parcels to post to these people that I haven’t been able to see for the last year, showing them I care and bringing them a little positivity in these otherwise dark and dreary months which have been made a little more gloomier by the continuation of lockdown. With that in mind I thought you might like to do something similar. No matter how small or how crafty you want to be, I always think that sending and receiving letters can be extremely fun and a great way to stay connected without the use of phones and the internet. Below I have put together some fun ideas to get you in the mood for letter writing, which could be as simple as saying hello and saying all the usual things you’d say over email or text but written down on paper. For example, I found myself writing to friends in Norway telling them how we’re getting on, what we’ve been doing at home and how our cats are, along with a small gift box I put together from locally sourced products; or sending my brother who lives abroad a box of British jams and chutneys he’s been missing for the last year. If you’ve got young children, why not get them to draw pictures for your neighbours, send paintings to friends and start up the old tradition of pen-pals and if you don't, well, I’ve been sent some amazing artwork in the post by friends of mine I didn’t know could draw! You could think about writing and sending out Valentine’s Day friendship cards to loved ones as a little reminder that they are thought of as well as a way to bring a smile to their faces in these tough times. A small gesture like that can make the world of difference to someone's day, and will likely brighten yours too! Or why not put together gift boxes of handmade goodies! I have created some foraged gift boxes with mini wreaths, twig hearts, and seeds harvested from flowers in my garden as well as some bird feed and holders to get my friends ready for spring and help people connect more with nature. Visit Lucy

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This regular feature will summarise the meetings and council work over the month.

● The councillors agreed to set up a working party to look at improving the Christmas lights display for next year. ● A list of free food sites is being investigated in Faringdon in order to provide a free foods map. ● The Wilderness: Paths have been re cut, dead wood and rubbish is being cleared from the hedge ready to plant native hedging whips donated by the Woodland Trust. ● New designs for a sculptured recycle bin will be available at the next Facilities meeting. ● Improvements to the town centre, such as new bollards and art, are being explored. Designs will be available at the next meeting. ● Commercial bins are an issue in Southampton Street car park, the Town Council will aim to collaborate with the District Council to find an appropriate storing solution for the bins and stop fly tipping.

The meeting on the 17th December set budgets to recommend to Council. The recommended precept request was also set at £435,577. Detailed budgets are available on our website. The committee also agreed to purchase tablets to enable councillors to fulfil their voluntary roles.

● Information Centre footfall was good throughout December. Many local artists were able to sell their goods. The staff were thanked for their hard work. ● Financial reports were noted. Sadly, income is very low due to the pandemic. ● Council reserves will be transferred from Lloyds and Nat West to the CCLA fund with better interest rates. ● The financial risk assessment for 2021 was agreed. ● The committee agreed to release funding for the long-awaited Better Ways to School Programme, marking cycle and walking routes from Folly Park View to the local schools. This work will be undertaken by Oxfordshire County Council. ● Pay and appraisal schemes for Town Council staff have been reviewed.

● Three planning applications were considered. ● The revision of the neighbourhood plan will be investigated when in person meetings return. Members will consider need and carry out a cost analysis to determine whether the plan is revised.

The Full Council meeting, held on the second Wednesday of every month, always includes a report from both County and District Councillors. These reports are available in the meeting pack on our website. ● Cllr.Morgan was appointed as a member of the Finance and Audit Committee and our new member, Cllr.Brown joined the Facilities Committee. ● The calendar of meetings for April 2021 to March 2022 was approved and can be found on our website. ● Budget 2021/22: The budget was approved. Monies will be taken from reserves to cover loss of income due to the coronavirus pandemic and any capital projects; these include a mower and furniture for the Pump House. This results in a precept request of £435,577 which equates to £142.34 for a Band D property, a small increase of £2.19 per year (4p per week).

I was first elected in 1994 and have seen the Council evolve and develop into a team that works hard to look after the town and its residents. Faringdon has grown and changed and I believe the Council is in a good position to meet the challenges of these uncertain times. My role as Chair of Finance is to work with the committee to ensure the Council is financially stable, able to meet its statutory responsibilities and react to changing circumstances without placing an excessive burden on council tax bills. Away from the Council my interests are live music, most sport, walking and exploring the countryside on my mountain bike.

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Full Council – 10th Feb at 7.15pm Planning and Highways – 24th Feb at 7.15pm Please join us via Microsoft Teams Details, agendas and links are available on our website.

The Faringdon Foodbank is aimed at supporting people who are in financial crisis. Your local foodbank works with referral agencies to issue food vouchers to those in need of food. If you need a referral and support, please contact: ​ Citizens Advice 0808 278 7907​ White Horse Medical Practice 01367 242388​ Vale of White Horse-Support 01235 422600 ​ Wantage Independent Advice Service 01235 765348 LCSS (Locality and Community Support Service) South 0345 2412608 ​ ● Faringdon Churches Together 01367 243605 (Mairead Boyce) ​ ● Your social worker, mental health adviser or any agency who offers you support ● Your Child’s School ● ● ● ● ●

Faringdon Foodbank is held in the Town Council offices in The Pump House, 5 Market Place, Faringdon, Oxfordshire SN7 7HL. ​Open: Monday and Wednesday 10am to 12pm​ If you need support, please call:​ 07548 535855 (this number is only accessed during operating hours)​ or email​ If you wish to donate, please bring donations to the Pump House on Monday and Wednesdays between 10am and 12pm. Each pack includes the following items: tinned meat, tinned vegetables soup, pasta, rice tinned tomatoes/ pasta sauce, lentils, beans, and pulses, cereal, tea/coffee tinned fruit, biscuits long life milk, fruit juice toiletries, toilet rolls, household cleaning products. Anything from the above list is greatly appreciated.

The scheme seeks volunteers willing to organise the gritting of roads and pavements in the most needed areas during periods of extreme cold weather. The project, set up by the Town Council in December, is now looking for volunteers. Please visit the snow warden page on our website, where you will find the information pack with a form to fill in and return to:

Following the results of the speed limit survey in Faringdon, conducted by the Traffic monitoring team, the councillors discussed the progression of the 20-mph scheme. It was agreed to move forward with the consultation, after requests from the community. The cost of the consultation will be covered by OCC. More updates coming to the next Faringdon Area Traffic Advisory meeting in March 2021. Email: Carole: 07973 678837 Lucy: 07973 678827 We cannot wait to when we can start running face to face groups but, in the meantime, look forward to seeing you online. Online groups include: Tuesday – New Parent, New Baby Group Tuesday – Baby Massage Thursday – Story/Singing Sessions Thursday – Baby` Group Contact us if you would like to join us at any of the above groups. They are a great way of getting to know other families and just to feel connected. We also offer a clothes library for children aged one and under and have a wide range of maternity clothes available. We understand how difficult life is at the moment and would love to hear from you.

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This time however, with vaccinations being rolled out across the country, we have a much clearer view of life beyond Covid. In the property world, the other significant difference this time round is that the housing market has remained open. The high level of activity during the latter part of 2020 has reduced somewhat, in part due to time running out to benefit from the Stamp Duty Holiday (at the time of going to print there were rumours that it might be extended) but also because it is the middle of winter, wet and cold, and we are back in lockdown. But whilst it can be hard at times to remain positive during this period, it can be very helpful to have something to focus on in the future. So, if you had been considering a move this Spring don’t lose heart; it can still happen. Whilst sellers may naturally be a little nervous about whether now is a good time to start the process, the following three step guide could help you through the next few weeks: Step 1 - You can still obtain a market appraisal. If you prefer not to do this face to face at the present time then we can undertake detailed virtual appraisals using a number of video based options. Step 2 - Decide whether you wish to start with an “off market� sale. We continue to have many buyers who are unable to find their next home due to very few properties coming to market so we can match buyers to your property without listing your home on the major portals. Step 3 - If the best route for selling your home is to offer to the wider market then we can put everything in place so you can be one of the first to come to the market once lockdown has been lifted. Our experience, coming out of the first lockdown last year, is that the property market is very resilient with the last 12 months making many people reconsider what they need from their home. So, make the first Step and give us a call.

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Christmas was over quickly wasn’t it? A strange one for many, distanced from their loved ones. Not so much those who broke lockdown, but you’ll always get exceptions to the rule won’t you? I salute those who stuck to it. For the past six months, I’ve been working hard on bringing my new business to fruition. I wanted to give it some time, having spent the previous five years in the art world. I knew I wanted to do something that was completely different. The idea arrived fully formed, and it was Susie Bean Home. Through Susie Bean Home, I’m selling textiles – handmade throws and afghans – and wellbeing and beauty products. Everything is handmade, and everything is ethically sourced, natural and organic where possible. It’s a small range at the moment – comprised of candles, soaps, aromatherapy rollerballs – but I have aims to increase the range over the coming year to include skincare and other home products.

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The books of the month are ones from the vaults. I’m very much having an Agatha Christie moment. I’ve probably mentioned before that she has been one of my favourite writers way back to when I was a kid. Some of my favourite literary and film memories have been Agatha Christie ones. Even though I’ve watched them hundreds of times, I still make time to watch the 70s film versions of Death on the Nile and Murder on the Orient Express. I’ve just finished Crooked House. It’s known as one of her best novels, and it really is. It’s a chilling account of a psychopath in action and very ahead of its time. Get hold of it – it’s a great place to start if you’ve never read her books before. Another of her most praised novels is Endless Night, which I read for the first time in October and have been unable to forget since. It’s really unusual – lyrical and elegant, sophisticated and unpredictable. The reader genuinely does not know where this strange journey is going to take them. There’s no Miss Marple, no Hercule Poirot – just Ellie and Michael Rogers, two people in love and at the start of their lives together. The conclusion is one of the darkest in the Christie canon, and I love it so much that I read it to my husband over the course of five nights. He was on the edge of his seat. Exactly where a good book should have you. @bookyandblonde Catch up with more of Claire Meadows reviews at, @thebooktea

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07790 684602 Shrivenham David Johnston MP Newsletter There is no denying that lockdowns are grim and this one is possibly the worst, given it is the longest and we don’t yet have a clear idea on the timetable for leaving it. As I write, my phone says the temperature in Didcot is a balmy 4 degrees – which is higher than it has been in recent days and which of course makes it more challenging than the first one was. But I am reasonably confident this will be the last one. It has been wonderful to see the progress with the vaccine, with over 5.4 million people having already received one at the time of writing, one of the fastest rates of administering it in the world. I volunteered with the Ray Collins Charitable Trust in Wantage earlier in the month, registering patients from the Newbury Street and Church Street practices as they arrived every 3 minutes for their jabs. They were delighted to be receiving them, not least as so many have spent much of the last year inside. MP's have been advised to stay at home and participate virtually, so that is largely what I have been doing – back to asking questions and giving speeches to a webcam as I was earlier in 2020. However, you have to turn up in person if you are on a Bill Committee, which scrutinises legislation line by line, and I am on the one for the Telecom's Security Bill, which I spoke in favour of a few weeks ago. It’s all about how we deal with high-risk companies such as Huawei in our telecom's networks and it is fascinating to hear from experts in the field as part of the process. There was very nice news at the beginning of the year when Andy Baker, the founder of Play2Give, received an MBE for his services to the community. Many of you will know his story, but he has now raised over £250,000 for good causes. I am a patron of his charity and whenever I meet him he has a smile on his face, is optimistic and is full of ideas about new ways to raise money for children and health services. He is a real inspiration. If you haven’t yet, get yourself to Lushlooking Cakes on London St in Faringdon when you can. They opened a shop just before Christmas having worked from their home very successfully for some time. Having eaten cupcakes in around 20 U.S. states, I think the ones at Lushlooking Cakes are some of the best and it’s great to have a new local business in Faringdon, particularly now Stay Grounded has closed. That said, the Stay Grounded van will be back in force and it’s great to hear the Bell’s exciting plans for the venue. As ever, if I can help then please get in touch via:

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Total health matters – bringing in the professionals! Are you okay? One month into 2021 and I sense we are all trying to put on a brave face, but behind the scenes some of us may be feeling differently. In the last year there has been a shift towards a greater focus on our mental health as well as our physical fitness and general wellbeing. A greater value is being put on various professional wellbeing services, delivered virtually and in person where protocols allow. Personally I have seen more people asking for coaching during the pandemic, with a greater interest in more personalised options. The use of technology has made access to trainers easier. Online consultations in our homes mean we are able to fit in workouts around our lives where previously we had to travel to a class or gym. Many lives have been improved by simply being able to consult with your doctor, nutritional advisor, personal trainer or osteopath online. The importance of the physical and mental stress release that comes with exercising is undisputed. It’s just as important now - with so many of us are working from home it can be harder to leave work behind at the end of the day. An online personal training session can help us transition into the evening with a few extra endorphins! Even as our clients and patients see the benefits of switching to online there is still a need to meet face to face, even wearing masks. In a clinical, COVID compliant environment, like that in The Faringdon Clinic, physical contact can improve our state of mind, reduce stress, fix our physical problems and, as a recent study has shown, massage can boost our immunity. Face to face consultations can also be a chance for our clients to talk about their concerns and feelings, which can be especially supportive when we’re in lockdown and sometimes not able to meet anyone. My clients have seen the value in being able to access our team of local osteopaths, physiotherapists, podiatrists, massage therapists, acupuncturists, Yoga and Pilates instructors and other medical professionals. We work together as a team to find the most appropriate therapies for each individual. Social media can still be a great support network. I have experienced more engagement than ever with people messaging me their food diaries and meal photographs as well as fitness questions, updates on daily step counts and recipes. There is a lot of local support out there and I have been so impressed as to the lengths people have gone to supplying masks, transport, food and keeping contact with those shielding and finding time to talk to those simply in need of a chat. Well done everyone! Keep communicating, better days are on their way. Rich Richard Marfell Wellness Coach 07800 636004

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U3A by Zoom on Thursday 11th February 2021 at 2.30pm Mike St Maur Sheil will give a talk about World War One by Zoom. Mike is a professional photographer who collaborated with the late Professor Richard Holmes to produce a major photographic exhibition “Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace” This considers every theatre of war except Iraq. The exhibition was viewed by 13 million people in 9 different countries, and resulted in the creation of an award winning book for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. This talk can be viewed by Zoom, details will be sent to every U3A member a few days before 11th February. If you are unsure whether you have received the link, search through your computer, including spam and junk mail. It will be there somewhere! NO luck - contact Ricky Cunningham on 01367 242 626 for help.

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FARINGDON is a welcoming town. Since I arrived on October 1st 2020, all creatures great and small, pleasantly say hi to me, as I stroll down the High Street on Tuesdays or forage spiritually in the nearby forest of Badbury. My Moreno face is now familiar to the resident red breasted Robins and Grey Squirrels up there, as I wear no mask, when out on my exercising walks. These clever creatures keep socially distanced from human harm and disease. The couple next door welcomed me, with a card and a box of chocolates. This is the first time in my life, I have experienced such a warm gesture. Andrew Chell, our treasurer who just lives across the road, and our sacristan Tony Fecher mobilised the locals to get rid of the old furniture, I’m assisted with the black and green dustbins, having them put out onto the pavement on the right days. I came to the UK from the Philippines in 1994. During my first week in Margate, some little devils shook the old red telephone box I was in so much, I could hardly hear my phone conversation from home. The imps mimicked Bruce Lee’s karate stance and called me a Chink. When I mimicked the voice of the Martial Art star, they ran away. That same week I had my £30 bike stolen. This un welcoming experience has thankfully never happened again.

The Blessed Hugh Faringdon Catholic community greeted me via Zoom, as their new parish priest. In Church, I could see their smiles behind their masks. We have a lovely music group and well organised ministries. On Christmas day I had a homemade English Christmas dinner, with stirred up Christmas pudding and brandy in an empty marmalade jar, I received welcome and Christmas cards galore! I’ve ministered to migrants for 10 years, based in London at the Redemptorists in Clapham. After my term, I joined the Diocese of Portsmouth. I served several churches on the Isle of Wight, Southampton and Portsmouth also. After major surgery, the Bishop sent me to this small parish, and here I am. HINENI - Here I am, I come to do your will Lord I am also Diocesan Ethnic chaplain with particular care for the Filipinos and Chinese groups. In my wee chapel, I celebrate International Masses via Facebook 8am daily. This special ministry keeps me busy as I connect to Filipino frontline health workers here in Faringdon and other places. I bless the sick, the dying and the dead online. Since I started this ministry in March last year, I’ve already blessed and prayed for nearly 300 deceased people, from the BAME. Around 70 Filipino families in the parish greeted me, MABUHAY! It means in Filipino “Long Live!” I thank God for sending me to this beautiful place. SALAMAT! (Thanks!) Cuppas are waiting for me after the lockdown. Fr. Claro V. Conde

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HAZEL INTERIORS Specialist Designers & Makers of Curtains & Soft Furnishings

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Faringdon Bell Ringers I’ll bet you didn’t expect to read fake news in the Advertiser ! Christmas brought the print deadline for the January issue forward to 11th December so I had to guess. I got it wrong ! If you don’t see this column next month the editor has sacked me. The thrill of ringing lies in the combination of physical skill in controlling the rotating heavy metal and the mental skill of negotiating the patterns of changes. When it all comes together there is a real high to be had. While we’re not allowed in towers many ringers are practicing on-line. Try – it’s free. What we’re really looking forward to is the combination of the mental and physical skills, the companionship of the ringers and in taller towers the sway caused by the great weight of the bells. I have had my first dose of vaccine thanks to White Horse Practice who’ve set up a fantastic production line system in a vacant office block behind the Park Road ESSO station. That looks like a move in the right direction - but that only emphasises my age. Programmes are being organised for training and retraining as soon as we are allowed back in towers so if you’re enthusiastic and up for something new don’t hesitate to contact us and get in on the best hobby with everything when the Class of 2021 begins.


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Experts - Local Services ● ●



John Barnes Window Cleaning Established 1981

Celebrating 40 Years


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New Years honours and a new home for Carterton Gymnastic Club! Despite this difficult year for us all, Carterton Gymnastic Club CIC is just a couple of months away from realising our dream of opening a purpose built, high end, gymnastics and sports facility in Carterton, Oxfordshire. The new facility is called The Vault and its opening marks the culmination of over three decades of dedication and tireless hard work by Head Coach and Director, Debra Courtenay-Crane BEM. Over the past 30 years Debra has run Carterton Gymnastic Club from a school hall and despite the limited facilities, has taken gymnasts to the Commonwealth Games and most recently a world championship in Orlando, USA. Debra has coached and supported gymnasts of all abilities, from age 5 to 80+ and had a positive impact on the lives of hundreds of people. 2021 saw Debra’s incredible commitment and hard work recognised with a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queens New Year honours list, for her services to gymnastics. This comes not long after receiving the BBC Sports Personality Unsung Hero award for the South in December 2019, as well as the British Gymnastics Pat English Lifetime Achievement Trophy. After becoming a BBC Sports Personality Unsung Hero in December, Debra, along with the other finalists, got to work with pop legend Rick Astley and numerous sports personalities to create an incredible single 'Every One Of Us' to raise money for Children In Need. As a Community Interest Company, Carterton Gymnastic Club is a not-for-profit organisation that believes every success should feed directly back into our community and we are excited about the opportunities The Vault will offer for the people of Carterton, Oxfordshire and the surrounding areas. Opening in March 2021, and created within two empty retail units in Carterton, this will be our purpose-built new home. Not just a gymnastics facility, but a community hub for other sports, groups and activities as well. The building will house a large main gym, with a smaller second gym/ exercise space, a cafÊ and office spaces. It has certainly been a roller coaster of a ride to reach this point, but with an amazing team of volunteers, a network of amazing coaches and funding from Sport England, West Oxfordshire District Council, Carterton Town Council, The Jim Cousins Trust and more, we cannot wait until The Vault opens its doors to offer sporting opportunities for everyone, regardless of age, ability or disability. We are now taking bookings for gymnastics classes through our website and places are filling up fast. As the venue becomes established, and as Covid restrictions allow, we will be adding other sports and exercise classes, so keep an eye on our website. We are still fundraising to be able to fully kit our new facility out, so if you can help in any way, please contact us through the website. Thank you.

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LEADERS LETTINGS HAVE RELOCATED In September 2020 Leaders Faringdon team moved in to their new, bright and modern office in the market place adding a fresh new look in the town. The Faringdon office has been led by MARLA qualified branch manager Sharon Jackson for near on 14 years. Sharon has lived in the town for 20 years where she started her career in residential sales, before moving in to lettings in 2008. Having 2 children who have progressed through the local schools and working in the town, Sharon has become known by some of the Faringdon residents as “the Lady In Red”. Sharon supports the local community as much as possible, including the local rugby team where you’ll regularly see her supporting the team and her son. Sharon heads up a team made up of local property specialists, including her daughter who has just finished her apprenticeship and is now studying for her MARLA. If you are looking for expert property advice, please contact Sharon. Email us: Call our Lettings team: 01367 248369

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