Advertiser Jan21

Page 1

| The Advertiser | page 1 |


January 2021


This Month: Nick Moore Cars Ringing The Bells U3A Faringdon & District Homeopathy: Heather Abel Rotary Young Citizen Award Book Review: Claire Meadows Lushlooking Cakes: Now Open All Your Business: New Column Swire Ridgeway Arts Prize 2021 Churches Together In Faringdon Faringdon Town Council Newsletter Slimming World: Louise & Amy Losing It! Promoting local business, trade and services. Advertise! Be Seen! Call Lou 01367 244975 or 07894 554551

| The Advertiser | page 2 |


|January 2021|


07834 983 155 Faringdon based electrician Call us today to see how we can help you?

Oxfordshires No.1 Award Winning Cake Artists. Call us, Amelia & Scott Holden 07484 181 688 12 London St Faringdon

Now Open!

Out With The Old And In With The New Wishing You All The Very Best For 2021 Lou

White Rose Accountancy Let me help you with all your accountancy services for small businesses & charities ● Accountancy and tax support for small businesses, the self-employed and charities. ● Flexible and tailored to the needs of each individual client. Please contact me to discuss how I can help you.

07745 656603

01367 718105

| The Advertiser | page 3 |


The Dog Studio Dog Grooming and Hydrotherapy Centre Call Trish: 01367 820060 Cowleaze Farm, Woolstone, Oxon SN7 7QS Email:

New year! New job! This is my first business column for The Advertiser and I’m looking forward to you sending us interesting news stories about your business. Have you got new premises; or a new member of staff; have you won an award; any special offers that readers would love to know about? Just let us know. I’ve lived in the Cotswolds for over 40 years and have been writing about and promoting businesses, organizations and events for many of those 40 years through newspapers, magazines, newsletters and social media. During lockdown, I started up a blog/news website to incorporate the news and information all on one site with Facebook page 01285 712150, 0744 350 0744,

Lush Looking Cakes Fantastic news for us cake lovers, we now have the most incredible cakes and bakes, available on our doorstep, Amelia and Scott Holden, have opened there doors to us, at 12 London street Faringdon. The Gin To My Tonic Em and Paul are the new proprietors of this lovely Gin bar serving Pizza’s, situated in the wonderful building once La Bobina, this stunning building with all the old fittings, from when it was once a haberdashery, situated at 1 Bromsgrove Faringdon. Concise Digital is delighted to welcome Eden Szymura to its team. Eden will be creating and publishing branded content for Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and websites to help their expanding list of clients to achieve a higher level of brand awareness and sales. Visit:


Unicorn Oxon Ltd Plumbing & Heating Specialists

All Gas Work All Plumbing Work Bathrooms Gas Appliances Boiler Servicing Central Heating Landlord Cert's QUALITY WITH CARE Locally based - call Steve 07901 772 058

The Purple Plumbing People have recently recruited Pru, who will be the first point of contact for your plumbing and heating needs. Her pleasant, helpful manner will create an enjoyable customer experience each time you need to contact the Purple Plumbing People. Visit: Ye Olde Swan, Radcot Function, event and wedding barn opening 2021 Staff at Ye Olde Swan at Radcot are getting really excited about the completion of their function and wedding barn due to open in the Spring of 2021 with events scheduled to take place from June 2021. There’s a rustic theme running throughout the barn, which has two storey's with the upper level having a balcony overlooking the River Thames. The new venue will be suitable for all types of events including birthday parties, corporate meetings and indoor music events. It will also be possible to host civil wedding ceremonies, from the wedding ceremony itself through to afternoon and evening receptions. Competitive price packages are available for all budgets, and bookings are being taken for mid 2021 and 2022 celebrations. To find out more, contact Carmen and Keeley at Please send details of your growing or new businesses information to

The Advertiser Magazine Deadline for the February Edition is 22nd January

| The Advertiser | page 4 |

Warren Cochrane used to be a ‘postie’ in Faringdon but, with no overtime and money getting low, he started window cleaning. He spent the last £100 in his bank account “on blind faith” and built up the business reaching his target in just 18 months. Luckily, Covid did not affect his business too much, but falling off his ladder and breaking his leg caused major problems! Warren was forced to train up someone to carry on his business for him and this left him almost penniless again. However, thankfully, Warren hopes to be back to full health in the New Year and is up for the challenge of getting back on the ladder and earning again. He said: “Now that I have had a taste of what it’s like to hire someone, I will be looking at growing the business – cleaning houses and business premises in Faringdon as well as surrounding villages.” For more information, contact Warren at: 07877 255338, Perry Bishop & Chambers One of the very best Estate Agents in the country! Perry Bishop and Chambers have been independently identified as one of the top estate agents in the country and now feature in the Best Estate Agent Guide. There are around 15,000 estate agents in the country and Perry Bishop and Chambers were among this year’s Best Estate Agent Guide Award winners confirming them to be one of the very best agents in the country for both sales and lettings. The Best Estate Agent Guide is a website ( that provides an independent reference source for sellers and landlords and is compiled by Property Academy, an organisation that works with agents to improve service standards in the property industry. Over 3 billion data points were analysed in the search for this year’s top performers – the biggest assessment of any industry. The Awards are made for property marketing, results and customer service – which consumers consider to be among the most important criteria when selecting which agent to use when selling or letting their property. Peter Knight, founder of the Property Academy, commented: “Only the best branches make it into the Best Estate Agent Guide and only the very best agencies have been recognised with an Award.” Philip Bishop, Managing Director at Perry Bishop and Chambers said: “These awards follow a rigorous and independent assessment and we are thrilled to have been recognised as among the best in the country.” If you are thinking about selling or letting a property, then please get in touch with Perry Bishop and Chambers, one of the very best estate agents in your area! Contact: 01367 240356,

| The Advertiser | page 5 |

Country Life

Happy New Year to all - I hope everyone had a splendid Christmas and after the whirlwind of 2020, are looking forward to the New Year which I hope brings lots of positivity and happiness to everyone's homes. Why not look to set yourself some nature themed challenges of things you perhaps didn’t get round to doing last year like tidying up the garden, adding a window box or two, or visiting one of our local wildlife reserves. Did you know there are kingfishers, otters and all sorts along the Thames Path just waiting to be discovered. Over the last few months I found a number of excellent walks nearby that I intend to continue exploring over the next month, two of which I will share with you today. One of my favourites is a walk from Great Coxwell to Coleshill. If you plan to do this walk I suggest a sturdy pair of walking boots or wellingtons as the paths go through fields and can get extremely muddy! Coleshill is a beautiful little National Trust village that (if you plan it right) has a little tea room to stop off in making it a great walk with a treat halfway round. Since parking can be tricky in Great Coxwell as it’s a small village, it’s best to park your car either by the Tithe Barn or to walk from Faringdon. Another of my favourite walks takes you nicely past the Eagle Tavern - the perfect place to stop for lunch or a drink in Little Coxwell. The walk can start at a number of places - Great Coxwell where you can do a loop of the Coxes, or Fernham which takes you across the countryside and up a hill over into the dreamy little village of Little Coxwell. Again this is a particularly muddy walk so walking boots and wellingtons are in order, and make sure to take a cosy jacket, as it can get quite cold in the more exposed areas of this walk. If you do decide to venture out on any of these walks, make sure to check routes online before you go and be mindful of parking and residents. It’s also a good idea to check the weather forecast as January is known for being particularly cold with the chance of snow. That said, I would absolutely love to see your adventures and learn of any other walks you might be taking, so please get in touch via where you can join my community of like minded country lovers and keep up-todate on crafting activities, walks and things to be doing locally, in the garden, and at home throughout the year.

Oxfordshires No.1 Award Winning Cake Artists. Call us, Amelia & Scott Holden 07484 181 688

| The Advertiser | page 6 |

This regular feature will summarize the meetings and council work over the month. Full minutes can be found on our website.

● The location for the Welcome to Faringdon sign, on Park Road, was considered. It was decided to follow OCC advice and locate the sign slightly closer to the A420. ● Six applications were considered – no objections were made

● Youth Grants have been made to Faringdon Brownies, Yoco and Faringdon Junior School ● The Place had the first face to face interaction in their new home at the Corn Exchange. Baby massage groups will start meeting this month. ● A draft budget figure of £16,885 was put forward ● The community survey has attracted 160 responses so far and will run to the end of December. ● Users of the Food Bank continue to increase; thanks were given to all the staff who have worked hard to operate the service throughout the pandemic ● The Community Snow and Footpath Warden schemes were approved. To volunteer or for further details contact ● Welcome Packs for new residents in Faringdon have been created and can be collected from the Information Centre

● A presentation was received from the ‘Solar Streets’ green energy scheme. This will be investigated further and a partnership to promote green energy use will be considered in January. ● Members considered a revision of the Neighbourhood Plan. It was decided that a full cost / benefit analysis would be needed from the Planning and Highways committee before this could be considered ● It was decided that a formal policy to name two new streets using names from the Faringdon War Memorial would be put in place. A clause would be included that other names could be used in exceptional circumstances.

The public are urged to attend the virtual Full Council meeting on 13th January to tell the council what the community needs.

2020 saw a very different Christmas light switch on, due to CV-19 restrictions. However, It was wonderful to have Matthew, our community volunteer of the year, pressing the button! The Town Centre looked Beautiful. If you have any ideas how you would like your Christmas lights to look in 2021 let the Facilities committee know by emailing: office@faringdontown

You can now join our council meetings via Microsoft teams. Details, agendas and links are available on our website. If you can’t join but would like to ask a question, please email If you miss a meeting, a recording will be available for one month on our You Tube Channel: ‘Faringdon Town Council’

Full Council

13th January

Planning and Highways 27th January

Work has begun again on the Wilderness, after the project was halted due to the CV-19 pandemic. This is a wildlife area on the land adjacent to the Hobble. Paths have been cleared and wildlife cameras have been installed. New hedging plants are being added, using plants donated by the Woodland Trust. A plan of the site will be published in early January and we will be contacting our volunteers to join us in the new year. If you would like to join our list of helpers please email You can also help by making bird boxes, bat boxes and hedgehog homes. You can find templates and follow progress on our Facebook group:

Contact 01367 240281

| The Advertiser | page 7 |

The Information Centre hosts a local artist every month. Local artists can use this as a platform to promote their work. This could be anything from painting, jewellery, soaps, bags, felt work and much more. If you would like to be one of our artists, please email

Our Information Centre, in the Council Office, stocks a wide range of books, guides, maps, Faringdon souvenirs, wooden gifts, pottery, cards, prints and much more. We are currently open from 9am to 12:30pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 1pm on Saturdays.

For 96 years the Faringdon Women’s Institute has placed a flower arrangement on the War Memorial, sadly this group is no longer running. The task as been taken on by the community and overseen by the Town Council. Flower arrangements for next year will be provided by Faringdon History Society, Faringdon United Church, Folly Dollies WI, Rotary Club of Faringdon and District, Faringdon Allotment Society, Faringdon Community College, Flowers from Molly and Faringdon Town Council. We would like to thank these community groups for taking part in this very important community project. If you would like to take part in 2022 please email:

If you are struggling, we can help. The food bank operates from the Town Council office on Monday and Wednesday from 10am to 12pm. Please get in touch by emailing: or calling 07548 535855 and leaving a message – this number is only accessed during operating hours. If you need urgent help please call 01367 240281

Two favourite Faringdon walks starting in the Town Centre have been re-marked and new leaflets created. The Folly Pink walk and the Badbury blue walks will help you start the new year in the fresh air. Leaflets are available in the Information Centre and further details on our website.

Happy New Year! Really, I believe we can make it so. We can look forward in hope to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November, for an international response to the climate crisis. I am your local Green town councillor. I initiated, and Faringdon Town Council has acknowledged and declared, a climate emergency with local action points to seek to prioritise and help our town to respond. Supporting Vale and District plans to reduce car emissions (walk to school or turn off your engine if you pull up outside!), there are things that many of us can do to make a difference. Our town's young people deserve a future beyond the climate emergency we are all currently facing; please look at the Town Council Climate Emergency web page (and associated Facebook pages, including Faringdon Nature Action group) for ideas as to how you can help. The council have also created The Wilderness project and are looking for volunteers. As a community, the last year has shown how we can pull together to amazingly support each other. I gave a lot of time to Faringdon Viral Kindness in setting up and supporting the behind-the-scenes technical support, as well as being website manager. On pause at the time of writing, the group are in touch and ready to step up again if needed. If you need help now, please check the Faringdon Town Council Covid-19 front page for help lines and support; or call the Information Centre for the help line numbers during opening hours. Here’s to a better year and a win for the climate and nature! Contact:

Faringdon Town Council Would like to wish all their residents a Happy New Year

Contact 01367 240281

| The Advertiser | page 8 |


● ● ● ● ● ● ●

Commercial Mowing Gang Mowing Grass and Hedge Cutting Saw Blade Work Tree Surgery and Planting Paddock Maintenance Firewood


split hardwood logs for sale

Offering the complete Gardening and Tree Care service

By email: Facebook: the crafters emporium Faringdon 8 London Street Faringdon Phone 07497 332916

| The Advertiser | page 9 |

Happy New Year from all of us at Perry Bishop and Chambers

What a roller-coaster of a year 2020 was for us all. As we ease ourselves into the new year there is new hope with the covid vaccine being rolled out and expectation of a new ‘normal’ for us all to look forward to. The property market came to a stop during the first lockdown in 2020 but bounced back vigorously after the Government announced the Stamp Duty holiday in the summer. We have seen sales increase by eighty percent comparing summer 2020 with summer 2019 and this continued into the autumn months as buyers hurried to get their sale completed in time to qualify for the duty holiday by the end of March. Many city dwellers have taken life changing decisions to move into the smaller towns and rural villages and we see this continuing past the stamp duty deadline into the second half of this year. To add to this demand there is still a backlog of pent-up activity from buyers who put plans to move on hold during the Brexit negotiations. So if you are planning a move this year ask for details of our 11 Step Plan to help you achieve the best price from the best buyer in the shortest time frame. Meanwhile here are three top tips to help you prepare your home for sale: 1. Declutter! Piles of post, papers, books, shoes, children’s art work and toys will detract from the space your home offers. 2. Spring clean and touch up that scuffed paintwork. A fresh, clean and well-presented home will always beat its competition 3. Don’t forget the outside of your home – first impressions are lasting impressions even in the winter – pop to the garden centre and buy a pretty pot to put by your freshly cleaned or painted front door.

If 2021 is the year of your move, call us and our award winning agents will guide you through the process every step of the way.

Tom Mellor Branch Manager

Sarah Benson Residential Director

Kevin Harford Lettings Manager

16 Market Place - Faringdon - Oxfordshire - SN7 7HP - 01367 240356

| The Advertiser | page 10 |

Call us on 01865 820088

| The Advertiser | page 11 |

Battle of Brothers

William & Harry By Robert Lacey

Over 25 Years Experience - City & Guilds Qualified All Aspects of Painting & Decorating For a prompt and friendly service No VAT & Fully Insured

01793 783312 The result of Battle of Brothers coincided with the release of the Duke & Duchess of Sussex approved Finding Freedom. The response to the release of both of these books has convinced me that there is no middle ground in consideration of the next generation of young royals.

07790 684602 Shrivenham

Finding Freedom was mooted as being unofficial, but the Duchess of Sussex came forward recently and admitted that she had collaborated with the authors. I’ve wondered about that title, and still do. Freedom from what exactly? Freedom from a comfortable life of inherited privilege, which guarantees a massive return on the investment of very little? Many column inches have been devoted to the departure of the Duke & Duchess from the royal ‘establishment’. And many more column inches will be devoted to it. There are many who are for the Duke & Duchess, and those who will always be against. Maybe their concerns were valid, maybe they weren’t. There will be those who say that the Duchess, the former Meghan Markle, knew what she was marrying into, and those who will devote themselves to her revolution. I haven’t read Finding Freedom yet, but I have read Battle of Brothers, and it was rather satisfying. The pro-royalist faction were looking forward to it being a thumb to the nose finger up at the Duke & Duchess. But it didn’t quite land like that. It’s more subtle than that, and it looks at the strengths and weaknesses of both William & Harry. There’s very little judgement, but quite a few revelations. Prince William does not come out of it especially well, if anything. He comes across as a petulant spoiled creature, even before the death of his mother. He railed, probably rightly, at Diana’s ever more public scandals. I can imagine Diana’s very public confession of her love for James Hewitt being mortifying to a teenager, and William does rage, with Diana feeling that, after one of their confrontations, something was broken in her relationship with her elder son. But the book also asks us to consider the burden of responsibility on the shoulders of the eldest son, compared to the freedom afforded the younger. Harry’s escapades of the 200os are discussed at length, with no judgement. Which is refreshing. We are left to make up our own minds. Which is also refreshing. I enjoyed this book very much.

● ● ● ● ●

Clean, Friendly and Reliable Professional and Fully Insured Service CCTV Chimney Inspection Flue Sweeping Member of the Institute Of Chimney Sweeps

Phone Mark: 07450940317 e:

Catch up with more of Claire Meadows reviews at, @thebooktea

| The Advertiser | page 12 |



01235 768506



Unit 8, W&G Estate, Faringdon Road, East Challow, Wantage, OX12 9TF

| The Advertiser | page 13 |


On the 10th December Faringdon U3A was visited on Zoom by Dr. Francis Burroughes a renowned expert in his field, who has appeared many times on television antique programmes. His talk was entitled ‘The Wonderful World of Glass’. He was able to demonstrate types and designs of glass through many centuries by using examples from his own collection He started by saying that he was delighted to be back in Faringdon as he used to play the organ at All Saints church and knows the town well.. Astonishingly glass appeared about 7.5million years ago as Obsidian which resulted from extreme pressured volcanic activity. Modern glass, made by humans first appeared in 3500-3000BC in Mesopotamia but quickly spread eastwards and down through the Mediterranean to Egypt, often brightly coloured and used in burial sites. The Middle East became the hub for glass making but it was the Romans who in about 100BC started blowing glass, thus extending the uses to which glass can be put. They also brought glass making to all the countries they conquered. If slightly opaque it shows that the glass was made by an itinerant glassmaker who was not fussy about the materials he used. If bubbles appear in the glass, the glass was melted at too low a temperature instead of 1400C. In the Middle Ages, Venice developed as the most important and wealthiest trading city in Europe, due to the Silk and Spice roads, importing luxury goods from the east. Middle Eastern glassmakers realised it was far more sensible to make the glass in Venice rather than send their priceless goods there. They arrived in their droves until 1264 when Venetian lawmakers declared that all glass should be made on Murano. After time, many moved to the countries of Europe and into the UK. Sussex became very important in the 12th, 13th and 14th centuries; forests for furnaces and sandy soil suitable for glass making. By the beginning 17th century, King James I/VI made a law, still existing at present, making it illegal to blow glass in Sussex, thus preserving the forests. The glass makers moved to Southwark, Newcastle and one glassmaker moved to Bristol. Each location had sand suitable for glassmaking close by. Glass still appeared quite opaque at that time but a George Ravenscroft from Southwark found a formula to make clear glass. This took him 15 years. Ravenscroft glass is now very sought after and expensive. Bristol, in the early 18th century was second only to London in population but more important in terms of goods imported and exported throughout the world. Cobalt from Saxony was brought through Bristol towards the Staffordshire potteries. The glassmakers in Bristol found that cobalt turned glass blue as well; as a result blue glass made anywhere in the world is always called Bristol Glass. Henry Wilkinson was a silversmith from Sheffield who, in 1876, made enormously collectible items, by using silver to decorate blue glass. Continued on Page 24

TONY’S BLINDS 01367 243 533 07825 771 912

● Conservatory Blinds ● Perfect Fit Blinds ● Venetian Blinds ● Roman Blinds ● Vertical Blinds ● Vision Roller Blinds ● Traditional Blinds ● Velux Blackout Blinds ● Installation Service For Pre-owned Blinds

| The Advertiser | page 14 |

DMW LANDSCAPES LTD 07799 890845 - 01367 241932

R.J. HARRISON Plumbing & Heating Ltd Tel: 01367 242473 Mobile: 07909 915595 ● Oil, Gas & LPG, boilers & fires, installation and maintenance ● Central Heating System - design, installation maintenance & repairs ● Bathroom Design - sanitary & shower instillation

Healthy Living! Looking Forward!

| The Advertiser | page 15 |

Is this the year you are going to make change? I am sure Christmas has brought many new fitness gadgets, wearable fitness trackers, active wear and exercise equipment! Gadgets can be great at keeping us motivated - we can immediately see the results of all our hard work – but is it the same as having one to one support? Will a virtual instructor care if you skip a couple of sessions? Streamed classes are ‘one size fits all’, so what happens if your knee twinge gets worse or your back starts to irritate? It’s likely that the discomfort and risk of injury will result in you having to rest or stop all together. I’ve found that more of my clients are choosing tailor-made exercise and nutrition. People tend to make rapid improvements by working with a trainer - we correct your technique and adjust your routines to head off the chance of injury. And if something does happen we can provide therapy and alternative regimes to keep you moving until you recover. Whilst trackers provide valuable stats to keep you motivated, personal support is invaluable when things start to get tough. Helping my clients lose weight, become more mobile and eat well is extremely rewarding. We’ve managed to keep going over the last few months with outdoor one to one training, online sessions and digital consultations. My more hardy clients are still exercising outdoors first thing in the mornings in rain and frost – you know who you are! At the moment exercise combined with the (distanced) social contact of personal training is more valuable than ever. Exercise gives us a buzz and, with more of us struggling with job related stress, health fears and the ongoing political crises, the benefits of exercise - reduced stress, sense of achievement, feeling better by eating better - is certainly worth the effort. I know it’s winter and often cold and wet, but a 10 minute brisk walk, a 30 minute Zoom session or an hour with your trainer will help improve your fitness level and mental wellbeing - no matter what your starting point is! A close friend of mine, working long hours at home and barely moving from his desk, decided something had to change. He committed to getting his step count up a little each day and, from a starting point of 1,500 steps, we achieved a 12,000 step walk together last weekend. Simply by maintaining a reasonable level of movement he has already seen huge benefits. Looking forward to a better year for all! Rich Here to support you through Personal Training and Nutritional Advice and Massage Richard Marfell Wellness Coach 07800 636004

BATHROOM SHOWROOM Open to the Public & Trade

For your dream bathroom Let us help!… 01367 242666

Unit A&B, Park Road, Faringdon, SN7 7DS

| The Advertiser | page 16 |



Call Michael Nash on: 01367 240082 - 07889 197046



INDEPENDENT Why travel out of town? SERVICING & REPAIRS OF ALL MAKES OF � Tyres CARS & LIGHT � Brakes COMMERCIALS � Tracking VEHICLES � Clutches � Exhausts � Diagnostics � Timing Belts � Re-Gas Air-Con � Mobil 1 Service Centre 27 PARK ROAD FARINGDON SN7 7BP Rear of “STORAGE 4 ALL”

| The Advertiser | page 17 |


NICK MOORE CARS 01367 244895 07435 977336 Behind the ESSO Garage, Unit 3 RAC, Park Road, Faringdon SN7 8LA

HYUNDAI 1.2 2010

SUBARU Forester 4x4 2010


SKODA Fabia 1.2 S 2010


HYUNDAI i 30 1.4 2010

| The Advertiser | page 18 |

HAZEL INTERIORS Specialist Designers & Makers of Curtains & Soft Furnishings

“ Come and see our fabulous new fabric collections or arrange a free home consultation” 1 Mill Street, Wantage T:01235 799914 |

Rotary Young Citizen Award The award recognises young people who have gone the extra mile to help others, whether in their own family, school, local community or even nationally. Faringdon & District Rotary want to identify the best of these young people, those who have excelled themselves deserving recognition and reward. The awards can be for individuals or groups. Nominees do not necessarily have to be working on a Rotary project to be eligible. What matters is that they have made a positive difference. For example: they might be champions in their school or local community, young carers, fundraiser's, volunteers. They might have overcome adversity or have shown particular courage in some way. There will be three age categories: 7-to-11, 12-to-18 and 19-to-25. Maximum age 25 on 31st August 2020. Local winners will receive a prize and a certificate of recognition. The best will go forward to a national competition where awards will be presented by BBC TV Presenter Ellie Crisell at the Rotary Volunteer Expo being held at the NEC Birmingham from 7th to 9th May, 2021.

Window Shopping?

then why not look into ours, one of the areas most highly recommended window companies

● Range of windows & door to suit all budgets ● Large range of colours available in upvc ● Latest energy rated products ● No deposit required ● Local business 25 years trading ● Testimonials available ● Craftsman fitting team ● One of the best guarantees in the industry ● Deal direct no pushy salesmen ● 1000’s of satisfied customers ● FENSA registered Call us today for your free no obligation quotation

Paradise Windows

01367 850188 01869 343317

Wine Made Easy!

| The Advertiser | page 19 |

Our Wine World!

January is one of those months where you think of reducing or abstaining from alcohol for several weeks / a month, so I am avoiding the obvious route of looking at low / no alcohol wines as a subject. Instead I thought of a different view; what to do with the money we are not spending on wine this month. So my thoughts are that if we spend say £6 - 7 on a bottle and have a couple of bottles a week, then we are saving say £50 in the month. So with this we could treat ourselves to a couple of bottles of more expensive wines for the beginning of February. What to buy then? Keeping to the supermarkets leaves a number of choices, unsurprisingly Waitrose having the most choice in this price bracket. Yes even Aldi have wines in the £15 - £30, but our local store doesn’t usually stock them, though you can buy online. My recommendation is their Bordeaux wines from Pomerol and Margaux, Pomerol is strong flavoured and often has strong tannins with plenty of cherry flavours coming through. The flavours will stay on the tongue for some time. The Margaux has a similar deep colour and tannins, but the flavours are more red cherry. You will also find a nice Medoc (next door to Margaux in the Bordeaux region) from Tesco - this one has a cru bourgeois classification, which shows a high quality wine from this region. Over to Waitrose for some lovely Gigondas or Chateauneuf du Pape, which have a lovely deep purple/red colour and a variety of black fruit flavours, from France. In Italy you can find Barolo or some Brunello di Montalcino. The Barolo is a fairly strong flavoured wine with usually heavy tannin. The flavours are red fruit like cherry and raspberry plus a hint of Licorice. Down to Australia for some Margaret River wines, great cabernet sauvignon full of black cherry and blackberry. Of course, it is not just red wine that you can find in this price bracket, in the white wines, try Chablis - premier cru should be available and Puilly Fuisse both have lovely crisp apple and citrus flavours. As with all wines, there is an element of deciding what you want, a fair few of the red wines are on the rather heavy in their tannins and this is not to all tastes. I would stick to the Rhone wines of France and the Italian Chianti Classico for full flavours, but low tannins. With white wines, there are less issues with a particular flavour, the more expensive wines should give more intense flavours and linger longer in your mouth. If you want some sparkle to restart your tasting of wines, then head for Tesco grand cru champagne. The grand cru designation tells you it comes from the 12 of 319 villages that are designated as having the top quality grapes in the region. As ever, I hope you enjoy your wines and lets all hope for 2021 being a year to get back together with friends over a nice glass.

Ian Lloyd

Wine Enthusiast


| The Advertiser | page 20 |

Second None Vehicle Repairs Ltd


EXCLUSIVE TO SECOND 2 NONE FREE CAR TYRE WARRANTY Lifetime accidental damage warranty on all Marshal and Jinyu tyres purchased For more information speak to Bob.

MOT’S Now Testing… Class 1 & 2 Motor Cycles Class 4 Cars Class 5 Mini Busses With 13 or More Seats Class 7 Vans Over 3,000 kg 6 Days A Week


01367 243456 Unit C1, Old Sawmills Road Park Road, Faringdon

| The Advertiser | page 21 |

Faringdon Bell Ringers

Our Bellringers A Happy New Year to all our audience throughout Faringdon. We remember all those who have suffered this year and we pray that 2021 will be safer and happier than 2020. During the November lockdown some churches, but not All Saints, rang a prayer bell at 6pm each day. Longcot church kindly allowed some Faringdon learners to practice by ringing for them. We could not ring the tower bells when we were in Tier 2 but as soon as we moved to Tier 1 we were allowed to ring in a limited way for the church service on Sunday 20th and on Christmas morning to welcome the Christ Child. The Annual tower party could not be held in the tower because of social distancing but instead we held it on Sunday lunchtime in the Market Place divided into separate groups of six. Norman Leslie, our longest serving ringer is at home recovering from an operation so we took him some mulled wine. It was a very happy occasion, if a little cold, and was the first time we had all met together for nine months. I committed a serious misdemeanour last month in that I didn’t credit the photos to Anne Rogers who used to ring with us when she lived in London St. To put that right here is another of Anne’s photos, this time of the seventh bell. You can see that it was originally made by the Aldbourne foundry in 1803 and was recast in 1926 at the expense of Colonel and Mrs Ward Bennett and Lord Berners.

We won’t be able to ring in the New Year so here are the ringers raising a glass to you !

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

| The Advertiser | page 22 |

Curtis Property Services Ltd

●Specialists in flat roofing with up to 20 years guarantee ●High performance flat roof torch approved ●Sealoflex one ply approved ●We are rubber bond single ply approved ●All aspects of lead work from flat roofs to flashing's ●Covering all types of roofing, pitch, slate, tile, stone ●Also supply and fit all types of guttering ●Perform annual drain cleans both internal and external ●Free estimates on request ●24/7 Emergency service available


| The Advertiser | page 23 |

STANFORD IN THE VALE Mill Farm, Faringdon Road, Thursday Afternoon & Evenings Call Amy on 07514 255703

FARINGDON United Church Wednesday Afternoon & Evenings Thursday Mornings Call Louise on 07717681939 HIGHWORTH Recreation Centre, The Elms. Thursday Afternoons & Evenings Call Louise on 07717681939

Hi, I'm Louise your local Slimming World Consultant here in Faringdon and Highworth. I became a consultant 7 years ago in January after losing 3 stone myself with the Slimming World plan. I found that it fitted around my family, after all its just normal food, just maybe cooked differently and choosing more wisely with the things you think you should have, but you absolutely can. I think sometimes my friends and family get bored of me going on about Slimming World and how easy it is to follow without going hungry, all said and done its because I am passionate about it, I love the fact you eat as much as you like, of our free foods, without the hassle of weighing, measuring or counting! My members know I am honest about my journey and will always be truthful with them, yes I gained weight during the first lock down after being at target for 7 years. Yes I was mortified, what I found most difficult was not being able to get the fresh foods which is now just a habit to buy, I couldn't get 5% mince or fresh fruit and veg, this made it difficult and yes I gained weight, my willpower went out of the window, I didn't need to drive so a glass or two of wine, which then turned into a bottle. And the doughnuts were reduced to 10p so why not. Yes my head wasn't in it and therefore I suffered, I am only human, which I think my members like! I have since turned that around and loosing again nicely, with the love and friendship Slimming World groups give, I am back on my way to my target weight. I have been so proud of my members, sticking with it, sending me their weights each week, coming along to our Zoom meetings, still getting the support they love and need. We are back in groups full time, in smaller sessions, booking is essential.

Hi, my name is Amy Linsey and I joined Slimming World as a member in January 2014. When I joined group, I worked full time in the fast food industry and threw myself into the Food Optimising plan, I was blown away by the amount of food I could eat guilt free, whilst never going hungry! I had wonderful support from my consultant Louise and my fellow members and friends in the group. I was thrilled to achieve my dream weight, that I had chosen myself and amazed I could lose 3 stone in 6 months. I even started Body Magic by running and have now completed 5 of the 6 World Major Marathons, something I never dreamed of before. I wanted to help people like myself find the confidence and belief that they too could lose weight and feel healthier. I believe whole heartedly in the plan and know it works for everyone. 7 years on and I run 3 Slimming World groups, Stanford in the Vale is the most local, and I am supporting so many wonderful members to find a better version of themselves. We meet weekly, not only to step on the scales, but also to give each other the fabulous support we know you need to achieve your dreams. Members with diabetes, pregnant, breastfeeding, young adults and food intolerance’s are all able to follow the Extra Easy plan and achieve the results they want.



| The Advertiser | page 24 |

Continued from Page 13 A life time study by a Birmingham silversmith, who has since retired, discovered how to rivet silver on to glass. A German silversmith also found the method, but has also since retired. So far, no one else has been able to achieve the same result. Graus art glass has multi colours within the glass, making the surface iridescent. A bottle was shown with a silver stopper dated 1805 and engraved with the name Victory. It had a silver collar hallmarked 1876 placed where the top of the bottle had been broken. Nobody knows to whom it belonged. This was a very informative and interesting talk, with many beautiful items shown to us, but also peppered with most amusing anecdotes. Faringdon & District U3A On 14th January via Zoom Have you ever wondered if an item is recyclable or for land fill? This month's speaker will attempt to answer our questions. Jessica Beare works for the Vale of the White Horse District Council and is a Recycling and Education Officer and part of her work is to give talks to the local community. She hopes to explain what happens to the waste that is collected from the kerbside and how recycling works. She will be speaking to us on Zoom at 2.30 pm. Details of how to access the Zoom talk can be found on the U3A website or by contacting the chairman on 01367 615385.

Manufacturers of Natural Goats Milk Soap, Lotions, Shampoos & More.

Our website is open 24/7 at and we offer a click and collect option

01367 810346

Park Farm, Littleworth, Faringdon, SN7 8ED

| The Advertiser | page 25 |

Homeopathy Society of Homeopaths

Heather Abel BA/BSc RSHom

Tel: 01367 820709 Writing in 2020 right now, I have yet to kindle what little festive cheer I can muster, so please forgive me if I still feel the urge to jump right back into Santa’s sack, looking for some sparkle in these dark and dismal times. Here’s a little starlight to guide us into 2021. January 6th is traditionally the Feast of the Epiphany when 3 wise Oriental travellers, known as the Magi, arrived in Bethlehem bearing gifts for baby Jesus; a story rich in mystery and symbolism that I will use today to illustrate Homeopathy; the breadth and depth of which, surely knows no bounds! As a Homeopath, I’m intrigued by the gifts that they brought; of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh, all of which can, as it happens, be made into Homeopathic remedies. Gold runs deep in the Earth; precious, rare and beautiful. Unlike other metals, it stays clean and uncontaminated. It is made into wedding rings to represent the circle of neverending love that stays eternally pure. As a Homeopathic remedy, gold is associated with the most tragic of situations such as grief and despair, as well as the physical heart and our bones as well. Gold could symbolise the physical life with our beating heart at its centre. Frankincense, whilst made from the resin of a tree, is actually known for its purifying smoke from the burning of sacred incense in various religions through the ages. This perfume carried prayers up to God and could be seen as symbolising air and the focused mind. Homeopathic remedies are made from gases as well as many different trees. The synthetic ‘Asprin’ of today originally came from Willow trees. Myrrh is a tree resin, used in Ancient Egypt for the embalming of mummies in order to safeguard their spirits in the afterlife. Homeopathy maintains that all life is determined by a vital force that although invisible is known by its effects. The human body relies on ‘invisible’ electrical impulses and Myrrh in this context, is therefore representing the spirit. So the 3 gifts of the Wise Men could be seen to represent the Body, Mind and Spirit. What an epiphany it is when you start to see each person in a totally new light. We are not just physical bodies but a conscious interaction of these 3 gifts. The body will not function well if the mind is in disarray; and the mind can find no peace if you are in low spirits. Homeopathy sees the whole person; Mind, Body and Spirit longing for balance and harmony.


A true reflection of quality GLASS PROCESSORS & GLAZIERS GLASS CUT WHILE-U-WAIT MIRRORS • BEVELLING SANDBLASTING • POLISHING DRILLING • DECORATIVE GLASS COLOURED SPLASHBACKS Tel: 01793 513864 Fax: 01793 535476 Email: Cameo Glass, 100 Faraday Park, Dorcan Ind. Est., Swindon, SN3 5JF

Reasons to be cheerful – one, two, three! Happy New Year everyone. Appointments via zoom and telephone at present 01367 820709

079 4187 1323

| The Advertiser | page 26 |

| The Advertiser | page 27 |


Swire Ridgeway Arts Prize 2021 The Ridgeway – the oldest road in Britain – historically was a trackway providing a reliable trading route from the Dorset coast along the chalk Downs to the Wash in Norfolk. Today it is not only the oldest road but is also a wonderful resource for all the communities that live along its route, where all can enjoy walking, riding or just being there. The Friends of The Ridgeway have established an annual arts competition and prize – the Swire Ridgeway Arts Prize. In 2020 this had to be cancelled. For 2021, it will be held in April 2021; if practical and possible, there will be an exhibition in Thomas Hughes Memorial Hall, Uffington on Saturday and Sunday 24 25 April 2021; if not possible there will be an online exhibition and prize giving. The aim of the competition is to bring The Ridgeway to life not only as a long distance trail but also as an artistic inspiration, and to show The Ridgeway, its history and environs, in all their aspects throughout all seasons. The theme of the competition is ‘Spirit of the Ridgeway’.

● Repairs ● Installation ● Gas Service ● Maintenance ● Heating & Plumbing ● Landlords Gas Certificates


07887 874330


The main points of the prize competition are: ● There will be separate classes for painting, sculpture (including ceramics and textiles), photography and writing (poetry or prose); ● Competition is open to artists, amateur and professional, of any age; ● Art work submitted must be produced in the 24 months prior to closing date; ● The results of the competition will be announced and prizes awarded at the Ridgeway Friends Day planned for 25 April 2021 or online at that time; ● The closing date for entries shall be one month prior to the Ridgeway Friends Day (i.e. 25 March 2021); ● The full rules of the competition are given in a separate document. All entrants will receive one year’s membership of The Friends of The Ridgeway. Each category winner will receive a keeper prize plus £100. The overall winner will receive a keeper prize plus £250 and a trophy. To enter applicants should contact The Friends of The Ridgeway. Entrants need to complete the Entry Form and submit it with their art work. Why not seek artistic inspiration from the Ridgeway and then, through the Swire Ridgeway Arts Prize, share it with all those that love and value the Ridgeway? Further information can be obtained from: Anthony Burdall, 2 Fernham Road, Faringdon Oxfordshire SN7 7JY Tel: 01367 240713 Mob: 0784135 2938 Email:

FREEDOM MAN & VAN CLEARANCE SERVICES Cheaper than a skip, and we do the work! Registered Waste Licence Clearance House • Garage • Loft • Shed • Garden General & Garden Waste - Furniture - Fridges - Freezers Cookers - Bikes - Sheds Clearance Man & Van Single item to whole house - Blankets - Straps Long wheelbase high top van T: 01285 713305 • M: 07905 258731

| The Advertiser | page 28 |

Experts - Local Services ● ●




Chickens & Poultry Feed All at unbeatable prices

M.J.Hodgkins Tel: 01865 821537 M: 07759551946


Open: Mon-Sat 8am-12pm Closed bank holidays

Lisa: 07854 651 961

Est. 1960

New Barn Farm, Longworth, OX13 5ED

Rebecca Louise Mobile Hairdresser For All Your Hairdressing Requirements In the comfort of your own home


Considerate Foot Care

Bespoke picture framing

Considerate - Professional - Foot Care

David Keeling 01367 240775 07775 906 881

Nails - Corns - Callus - Fungal - Verruca - Diabetes

Belinda Billinge DipCFHP RFHP 07791 093023 -

07723 704462

12 London Street Call us, Amelia & Scott Holden 07484 181 688

SARAH’S BEAUTY ROOM Nails - Beauty - Massage Call/text 07825 888 264 e: Unit 10, Stanford Business Court SN7 8LH

Dog Walks - Puppy Visits - Cat Visits Pet Sitting - Small Furry Visits

| The Advertiser | page 29 |

Experts - Local Services 01367 244 611 6 Cornmarket, Faringdon

● ● ● ● ●

Opening Hours Monday: 9am - 1pm Tuesday: 9am - 6pm Wednesday: 9am - 6pm Thursday: 9am - 7pm Friday: 9am - 6pm Saturday: 8am - 3pm

From general maintenance to landscaping, watering systems, patios & ponds, we can help. Any size project/job considered.

Please call on or email Based in Faringdon

Now moved to Bampton Garden Plants call Sarah on

● ● ●

07767 486627


● Estate Maintenance. ● Fencing. ● Complete structural landscaping, including raised beds, Decking, Patios, Pathways. Free Quotes & Competitive Prices All Tasks Undertaken Efficiently & Professionally

Dan: 01367 243694 - 07970 524944 JOE PEARCE PLASTERING All internal plaster work, Traditional lime plastering, External rendering & specialist finishes


FARINGDON NAILS 01367 244 988 6 London St Faringdon SN7 7AA

M.Y. Garden Services Qualified Experienced Gardener Over 20yrs of Garden & Estate Maintenance All Types Of Gardening Work Stone Work - Walls & Repairs - Pointing - Concreting Painting - Plumbing & Building Work Fully Insured & Excellent References

Mike 07957867951 - 01793 976709 email

01367 705030

Do you want your small garden and pots, spring cleaning for your own easy maintenance? Elderly & Vulnerable, I'm here to help. *Social distancing is adhered to* Call Angela at Matrix Gardening 01367 821056

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

| The Advertiser | page 30 |

YOUR COMPLETE OXFORDSHIRE SERVICE & REPAIR CENTRE Call Malcolm on: 01367 718698 � � � � � � � �

MOT’s Tyres - Tracking Brakes - Clutches Battery Replacement Exhausts - Timing Belts Servicing For All Makes Of Vehicles Mechanical Repairs - Air-Con Re-Gas Professional Diagnostics & Fault Finding

Foxtail Garage is Oxfordshire’s premier independent BMW Specialists offering a full range of professional diagnostics, fault finding and servicing for all vehicle makes and models. White Horse Business Park Ware Road, Stanford in the Vale Faringdon, Oxfordshire SN7 8NY

| The Advertiser | page 31 |

Churches Together In Faringdon Here we are in the middle of Advent – What is Advent? Yes its a preparation time, to get us in the right state of mind and heart for the celebration of Christmas. But is that the right way of doing things? Yes and No? Sure, it is a time of preparation, but what does that mean? We could spend time reading Scripture from the books of Isaiah, Mark and St.John. This time of year we join with millions of our fellow Christians who are following the same path: God's people in dialogue with him through his word. This kind of preparation is very different from the card writing, present buying, and to say nothing of the litres of wine, beer, coke and squash. The main reason for Advent is the waiting, which as humans, we do not usually like the waiting bit. But we need to understand the value of it. Waiting gets us in touch with our humanity, which shows us that we are dependent on God and one another. Waiting is quite mysterious - God wants and nature wants, so that when we as individuals wait, we go beyond ourselves and enter into a sacred life-giving process, namely that we are made in the image and likeness of God - hence why we say that Advent is a time of celebration. But we must also make it a time of teaching; so our teachers, catechists, preachers and guides should explore the mystery of waiting; true and false ways of waiting; the danger of not knowing how to wait and practices that might help us to wait more creatively. The readings in Advent weeks are teaching moments for us. We do not need to learn truths, but celebrate them, and perhaps pray that we will enter more fully into Gods plan for us. That his Kingdom will come. So, another grace of Advent is hope, which helps us recognise and welcome our God, present in our world, but not experienced with our senses. It is a time in the history of mankind when the word became flesh, but was not visible, just an object of hope, like the seed of mustard that becomes a tree in whose branches the birds of the air find shelter. The fruit of Advent then is that we grow in hope that God is present, and the readings of the season present us with biblical persons who are models of hope. The rest of Advent is time for prayer, yes that action that many of us have a problem with. The raising of our mind and heart to God we find difficult; but that is our private time with Him and how we learn from the thoughts that circle our mind, and often we finish up asleep, which is not as wrong as many tell us, just try and stay awake and enjoy the New Year. HAF. Blessed Hugh Faringdon

Ware Road Stanford in the Vale Faringdon Oxon SN7 8NY 01367 718998

20 Gloucester Street Faringdon Oxon SN7 7HY 01367 244044

A & L Garden Maintenance All aspects of garden maintenance including grass cutting, strimming, turfing, hedging, decking. Free estimates without obligation. Fully Insured.

Call Les: 01367 870305 Mobile: 07969 264304

E:Mail FB: Passion Fine Dining Ltd

| The Advertiser | page 32 |