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October 2020


This Month: Barnes Coaches Slimming World Balloons By Linz ProvIT Track & Trace Riding For The Disabled Faringdon Viral Kindness Waitrose: Yellow Submarine CaringPlus: Let Us Help You The Bell: Come Dine With Us Passion Fine Dining At Home David Johnston MP: Newsletter New Country Life: Lucy Blackall Promoting local business, trade and services. Advertise! Be Seen! Call Lou 01367 244975 or 07894 554551

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WHO’S NEXT? Don't mention Joan of Arc, Crecy, Poitiers, Agincourt and WW2! It's always sad when you are informed a close friend of yours has passed on, it happens more frequently of course as you get older. This particular friend was also my next seat buddy at football and cricket. When I think of him I always have a smile when I remember in particular our foreign excursion in 1994. BIG DAVE was 6' 4", 23 stone, a skinhead built like a barn door, intimidating but an absolute teddy bear in reality. At the cricket, he would read out the sports reports. "Nigel Mansell is due to drive in the French Grand Prix next weekend". "Williams had gained permission from Newman/Haas to bring back Mansell for the final three races," he excitedly informed me.

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Mansell had indeed returned to F1 and re-joined the Williams team. Damon Hill was promoted from test driver and Ayrton Senna had finally worked out an agreement with Williams. However, tragically in the third race at Imola Senna was killed in a crash and Test driver David Coulthard had taken over the seat for the majority of 1994. "Fancy going? he asked. "OK, only if while there to you don't mention Joan of Arc, Crecy, Poitiers, Agincourt, and WW2?" I demanded "OK, OK you can trust me," he said. "You're on then!" I replied. At the time I had a 1984 Ford Capri 2.0 Laser and was pretty confident that it would get us there and back in one piece. The following Friday we packed provisions, a roadmap, and a Union Flag, setting off with the ringing endorsement of "Behave yourselves!" from respective partners. On the way, BIG DAVE had booked us into a cheap B&B in Calais. Calling it nasty would be a compliment, but it had two beds and luckily, I had brought sleeping bags. Later we had a walk around. The bars were smoke-filled with Gitanes, and I was introduced to Ricard, a tipple I have loved ever since. Unfortunately, I haven't the room here to retell all of the happenings, but let's just say it involved 3 flat tires, an overheating engine causing us to stop every couple of hours, and BIG DAVE nearly knocking down two nuns, a priest, and annoying a lot of farmers. He never had mentioned to me his problems with road rage! But we had made it to Magny Cours and in time for the race! I'll never forget the smell and sound of 26 F1 cars screaming down the straight at nearly 200 mph, with Hill and Mansell going toe to toe. 70,000 Brits in a crowd of 120,000 were impressive to. And I'll never forget two of them being me and BIG DAVE. I chose to drive us back to Blighty. Ian Gillies Bell

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The Abingdon RDA Group, founded in 1975, dispenses a unique therapy to over 84 children and adults, ages range from 2 to 70. Created to bring a wide range of people together to enjoy the experience of riding, with opportunities to join social activities and competitions, the programme was created to bring new dimensions to restricted lives, encourage independence and confidence and generally improve the wellbeing of everyone involved. RDA caters for many diverse disabilities, including learning difficulties, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy and a variety of syndromes. With 140 amazing volunteers who regularly give their time and energy to ensure the Group provides riding therapy throughout the year. They aim to provide each of their volunteers with training, friendship and fun. With 14 amazing horses under their belt, they do a magnificent job for disabled riders. Their Centre is a place of great achievements, where new friendships are made, confidence gained, and medical conditions are often improved. They are currently fundraising for a new competition size, indoor school to provide a safe, all-weather environment which will enable them to take on more riders and allow blind riders to compete having practiced their dressage skills. It costs £90,000 annually to run the stables, and this is where The Midcounties Co-operative comes in. Abingdon RDA are fortunate to have been chosen by The Midcounties Co-operative to be their community partners for the next 2 years. They were in the process of organising lots of exciting fundraising events in the Co-op food stores and funeral homes before the COVID-19 pandemic came and put a pause on their plans. With fundraising events cancelled and still having 14 horses to care for, the group are asking for donations to help such a worthy cause. To access our page visit: the Community Funeral Director at The Midcounties Co-operative Funeralcare in Faringdon, met with a patron of RDA. Jo said, “it’s such an exciting prospect to have RDA as our new charity partner, we understand the importance of having a group such as this in our local community and can see the joy and achievements accomplished by the riders and volunteers.” The Co-operative Funeralcare, Cardinal House, 5 Park Road, Faringdon SN7 7BP T: 01367 240572 E: To find out more or donate to RDA please visit:

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Over the last few months many of us have reaped the benefits of nature, our gardens and long fresh walks in the countryside, and as such have started to appreciate wildlife more, taking time to digitally detox giving our minds a much needed rest and allowing ourselves to learn and reconnect with nature once more. As we head into autumn, I’ve been planning and preparing the garden for the winter ahead and harvesting autumn fruits from our hedgerows and garden for jams, gin, champagne and all sorts of delicious pies and chutneys. I’ve also got back into crocheting, a hobby I tend to only do in the cooler months. One of my favourite things this time of year is picking damsons and blackberries. A match made in heaven for jam lovers! Later this month I’ll be picking the pumpkins ready for pies and carving. Foraging local hedgerows on footpaths is completely fine so long as you stick to them and don’t diverge. It’s also best to take a foraging book with you if you’re not confident, but damsons and sloes are pretty easy to identify thanks to their colour and leaves. As the year goes on so does the produce we can harvest. We will soon be entering mushroom season, and whilst I don’t forage for mushrooms in the UK without a professional and don’t recommend this to amateurs looking to harvest, I do however love to wander our woodlands looking for all the vibrant colours, fungi and pretty things produced by nature. I’m Lucy from Her Country Living, I run an online blog and Instagram account about life in the countryside with lots of fun recipes, crafting (such as candle making), local travel and general chat about life and nature. If you head over to my Instagram you’ll find lots of photos and stories of my cottage life that I share with my partner Jonathan and our two rescue cats and rescue hamster. I love posting about local places to visit, what to look out for and even host the occasional competition! Alongside this I like to work with local charities such as the wildlife trust, so you’ll find suggestions on local walks & animals to look out for at certain times of the year too. To follow my journey and join our community then head over to my Instagram page here: and sign up to my website here: Lucy Blackall

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The Kennedy Curse By James Patterson & Cynthia Fagen I could line a room with the amount of books I have about the Kennedys. They fascinate me, and have for a very long time. They are closest thing that America has to a royal family, and their exploits have become the stuff of legend. James Patterson is one of the world's foremost thriller writers, and he sure knows how to tell a story. The book is pacey, and he has some fascinating material to work with.

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We start at the very beginning, and then soon move forward to Joseph, the absolute patriarch. I won't beat around the bush - Joe is a monster. There are stories with decidedly unsavoury outcomes that revolve around Joe, not least his all-consuming affair with the actress Gloria Swanson. He set a template for his sons to use and pursue adultery, hardheadedness and winning at the cost of everything else. The tragedy is that Old Joe loses three illustrious sons. The first is Joe Jr, who was the one he actually tipped for president. What Joe Jr actually lacks in talent for political matters, he makes up for in bravery, with shocking results. And of course we all know the story of those two other lost sons. The halls of US history echo with the loss of John F and Robert Kennedy – two events that still shock even all these years later. The youngest son Ted gets himself involved in things that he shouldn't – a young lady in a car accident seemingly on course to destroy his political career. The Kennedy daughters have their own tragedies. The favourite daughter Kick, the Marchioness of Hartington, is killed in a plane crash in 1948. And Rosemary Kennedy’s fate remained hidden for a long time. The horrors do not lessen as we move down to the next generations, most famously, JFK's son John Jr in a plane crash in 1999. There's a lot to suggest a curse. Even if you're not fanciful enough to believe in such a thing, it's a compelling idea. There's nothing new in this book, and there could have been more coverage of daughter Kick's life, and the Kennedy women in general. But this is great for a beginner, or those looking to fill in some gaps in their knowledge. The Kennedy Curse by James Patterson and Cynthia Fagen is available in all good bookshops. Catch up with more of Claire Meadows reviews at, @thebooktea

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Faringdon Viral Kindness Faringdon Viral Kindness in company with the Vale Of White Horse District Council and the White Horse Medical Practice was established to support our elderly and vulnerable residents of Faringdon as part of the United Kingdom response to the effects of the Coronavirus. A team of 21 volunteers co-ordinated the procedures for shopping, prescriptions and welfare support to The W.I.A.C is based in Wantage but helps fulfil a campaign of unknown scale and duration. A shift system of 3 telephone call handlers, and supports lots of people living in manning phones 7 days a week between 0800 – 1700 was set up. villages & towns within the Vale. Communications was critical, fortunately the team had 2 lovely ladies who created our own We run a Community Transport Scheme, website, Twitter, Email address and Facebook page all within a week of our conception. The team volunteer drivers in their own cars, for produced an information leaflet and then volunteers delivered it to just under 4000 houses in elderly and infirm people. To enable them Faringdon. This was the start of Faringdon’s incredible volunteers coming to the fore, in total 235 to reach vital services such as Doctors, people joined us. As the Government ordered minimum movement, volunteers were split into Hospitals & Day Centres. 26 regional zones. We run a Good Neighbour Scheme for To allow us visibility of requests, volume of calls, timings, allocation of volunteer and people who might require a befriending confirmation of completion of task, our tech lady set up a Google Drive database available to all volunteer because they are feeling lonely the team, this included on line requests. or isolated, we help with paperwork and A national lockdown started on Tuesday 24th March, with FVK going live on the 27th March, other small tasks. We can also help liaise providing urgent supplies, prescription collection/delivery and giving reassurance to the with other specialist agencies. residents most in need. As 80% of our calls within the first 2 days were requests for prescriptions, We offer FREE confidential Advice on a we created a safe and secure procedure to reduce the volume of volunteers being employed. The host of subjects including system utilised only 2 volunteers to distribute this medication throughout our town. This saved Debt & Benefits. our volunteers and kept a large volume of our residents off the streets, which in turn supported our National Health Service. Driver As the team received the calls over the first few weeks from frightened residents, the word that Could you offer transport to other encompass what was being achieved was reassurance, as the volunteers not only fulfilled the people in Faringdon? residents requests but also they were their eyes and ears of people who were self-isolating. Your time commitment is Additionally recognised was the outstanding support being provided by the key workers and completely decided by you even one businesses that were authorised to stay open in and around our town. Those people who put hour a week would be beneficial. their heads above the parapet to support our community must also be acknowledged, as those companies were the pulse behind keeping the heart of Faringdon beating. Volunteer drivers are Fortnightly, the team would send out updates to FVK volunteers and every Friday the team reimbursed at 40p per mile would virtually meet at a Zoom conference, to discuss any issues but additionally to enjoy a catch up, which is what you would routinely do if you saw your colleagues in the office at work. As well as receiving requests from the residents, we also received referrals from South and Vale District Council who had received further calls from residents living in Faringdon, who required Good Neighbour If you like having a cuppa, you could additional support. Along with our amazing team of volunteers in Faringdon’s Food bank, FVK befriend a lonely person in Faringdon. ensured that these people also received the support they required. 25th May – 12th June 2020. Following on from reassurance the next phase was appreciation, as Very flexible time our residents were in awe of the support they were receiving from the FVK volunteers. commitment, typically By the end of May the team had received 707 requests but the database allowed us vision to see one or two hours a week. that the volume of calls were slowing down. We responded by reducing our call handlers from 3 to 2, our hours to 0900 – 1700 and we closed at the weekends. This was the first indication that Faringdon was now settling into the new way of life. 15th June – 31st August 2020. In July, we received a slight increase of residents utilising FVK, so we phoned them to reassure and advise them that some restrictions were now lifted and that they could now venture out. Following these calls, our numbers reduced to only 32 households. Advisor To provide sufficient time, the team announced their closure at the beginning of August by Two sessions a week, lasting four visiting the residents and gave them an information leaflet with the supporting agencies details hours are that they may utilise rather than FVK. required or one whole day. During August the team received only 21 calls, allowing time to produce a regeneration plan Full training will be given and will should there be another regional lock down. As of the 31st August, FVK mothballed their website cover a range of topics. and Facebook page, they completed 1074 requests over a period of 5 ½ months, 90% of which Benefits Debt involved prescriptions. Employment Consumer To conclude, I’m aware not every volunteer was called upon, but knowing they were there in Housing issues such great numbers, gave us confidence that we could rise to any challenge. That was the key to If you require any further the success of Faringdon Viral Kindness and we hope that in the event of another regional lock information about our services or down that we may call upon them again. On behalf of the FVK team, thank you for everything you would like to join our you achieved for Faringdon. One resident sentiments read: volunteer team please “Knowing that Faringdon Viral Kindness was there, gave me the strength and will to keep going make contact: during my darkest and most frightening moments”. Should you wish to continue volunteering to support our residents, please contact Roddy at who is the leader of Project West, which is an additional 01235 765348 branch of the Wantage Independent Advice Centre. Al Sylvester


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For this month I have picked South African wines. Partly because a friend pointed out that in South Africa as part of their lockdown, there is a ban on sales of alcohol and you may pick up some of their better wines at reasonable prices. So it is worth some research as this is the 8th largest producer of wines in the world. If you go back 20 years or so, South Africa produced a lot of mediocre wines at budget prices. This may have helped them develop their vineyards and they have since greatly improve the quality. They produce most of the common grape varieties, so you will see Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Also you will find some grapes that are not so common like Chenin Blanc and Cinsault plus the one you can’t miss is Pinotage. This is a mixing of the Pinot Noir grape and the Cinsault grape, known as Hermitage locally. This results in a grape grown mostly in South Africa. Early versions did not get good right ups from the experts, with time however the winemakers have improved the flavours (though a bucket of rusty nails is a pretty low base). I find my own opinion varies by the bottle, but I find following the areas known for producing good to great wines usually gives a good guideline. The best areas for most grape varieties are Paarl, Stellenbosch, Swartland, Walker Bay and Franschhoe. They have a wide range of wines they produce and are found in most supermarkets with Stellenbosch being the most common. I found a good couple of wine’s in Tesco this month, with a Cabernet Sauvignon from Warwick Cape Lady and Kanonkop Kadette Cape Blend, both under £10. Both winemakers also produce much more expensive products, with various wines costing £20 - £40, so I take this as a guide to the quality of their lower price product. Also at Tesco is one of their Finest - Sauvignon blanc, by Johan Gerber also under £8, so good value for a nice Sauvignon. Up the road at Waitrose you will find wines from the maker Reyneke, try the Sauvignon blanc or Chenin blanc, both good value and fresh lightly acidic fruity flavours. Also try the Porcupine Ridge wines, they seem very popular. Aldi also have a small number of wines and I will be giving the Stellenbosch wines a try shortly - as usual, great value. Unfortunately, the theory that we will see some of the better wines coming over to the UK as they can not sell them locally does not seem to be happening. Probably because the better wines will also last longer and can be drunk next year or later, so the sellers are waiting out the current problems. As ever, please try wines from different regions, you could easily find another wine you really like. And please drink responsibly.

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Faringdon Bell Ringers Faringdon Bells rang on Sunday ! People have said how the sound of the bells raised their spirits. I hope you all heard them. It was quite emotional going up the tower again after all this time. 14th September was the first service we’d rung for since March. Well, we sort of rung ! At the moment the covid regulations are very restrictive which means that we can only ring bells where the ropes hang more than 2m apart. It’s like an orchestra that is only allowed to play certain random notes.

Lechlade Branch The sound of a bell is a chord so up to a point they sound pleasing whichever bells are rung and in whatever order. When English church bells are cast, five individual notes are tuned in a ratio that produces the sound that English people recognise instinctively as our national music. Faringdon belfry is not well ventilated which makes the rules more important than ever. The garden Saturday handbell practices are continuing to entertain people walking in the Folly Park. When we are allowed to bring everybody together we should have a really professional band.. We cannot welcome you to visit ringing at the moment but if you would like to know more about bellringing you can contact us by emailing We may need more recruits when we get back in the tower !

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David Johnston MP Newsletter I spent the parliamentary recess visiting as many individuals and organisations as I could. I met with the founders of innovative companies like Rosemor and Aquobex, whose cleaning and flooding solutions respectively attract custom from around the world. I visited hotels like the Bear and Milton Hill House, hotels being one of the sectors of the economy that has been particularly badly hit by lockdown, with some people being more reluctant to return to their previous way of life. At gyms like tfd Health and Fitness and Fitness Space people are keen to get back their previous way of life – and as a gym-goer myself I understand them! – they just have to book in advance and adhere to a higher standard of hygiene than perhaps they did previously. No bad thing, in my book. At Farmer Gow’s I saw not just what a great family day out the farm is for young and old, but also met the proprietors of successful businesses that Anne Gow has as tenants on the site, from LissieLou, the cake decoration business, to Bark and Berry Dog Grooming and the Oxford Yurt, a pretty impressive glamping site – I’ve never been glamping myself, but if you like doing so I’d check them out. I was pleased to make my first visit to the Westmill Wind and Solar Farm and delighted they were successful in their bid for Government funding for a new visitors’ centre that will increase the number of visitors 6-fold. Along the way there were lots of other independent businesses, like Didcot Glass and Glazing, Emma’s Vintage Style, 30 Something and Bob’s Butchers. Charities too, like Children Heard and Seen, which supports the children of prisoners – more on that in a future column. On my Facebook page (davidjohnston4wantage) you’ll see I’ve started ‘three questions’ with the owners of different organisations to spread the word about organisations people might not have heard of. On my week off, we went to the Lake District, but unfortunately I crocked my knee on a crag and am currently on crutches! It’s my first real experience of having restricted mobility and it does bring home quite how many places are inaccessible for those who need to use crutches or a wheelchair to get around, something I’ve understood only theoretically before. Parliament is probably one of the worst examples, although I’m grateful I’ve temporarily been given an office nearer to the House of Commons to reduce the walking I have to do. As ever, if I can help with anything then do get in touch via:

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May I introduce you to Chef Andrew McKelvey, or as he would prefer to be called Mac. Mac is, Passion Fine Dining, and his business is, a home visiting chef. Mac is very passionate about his work, the moment the topic of conversation turn’s to food, Mac’s every word oozes passion in his description of where the produce has come from, how it is prepared, then how it is presented on the table for you to enjoy. The talent of this amazing Chef must be seen and tasted to believe. Mac has an understandable passion for life as well, after surviving a heart transplant 30 years ago, he has such drive and energy, to deliver the best he can. As with most in the hospitality businesses, Mac’s Passion Fine Dining, came to an abrupt halt with Covid-19 in March. He has been producing a selection of readymade meals and now has introduced, fresh fish from his suppliers in Cornwall, which he delivers to your door. Check out his Face Book Page, for his selection of fresh fish, all vacuum sealed, labelled and dated, it tastes as good as if it were being eaten, in a sea front restaurant, fabulous. Only a few years ago, he and his lovely fiancée, moved to Woolstone from London, to live the beautiful country life. Since moving to Woolstone, Mac looked after his many London based clientele, leaving at unearthly hours in the morning. Mac caters for Lunches, Barbeques, Canapés and Dinners including Tapas/Bowl Food Parties, from a few guests, to over two hundred people. For any occasion, whether it is a birthday, business meal, anniversary, or wedding. Mac has on one occasion, had to ask a very high profile person to “stop talking please, as the scallops will get cold” he thoroughly enjoyed Mac’s delights. Mac is a genuinely nice guy very down to earth, his ability to tell stories, is wonderfully entertaining, he has worked with top chefs, in the best hotels and businesses, moving on as soon as he felt he could learn no more, or became bored, this has resulted in his intensive skill’s and knowledge. Mac arrived at my home at 5:30 on the dot, precise with his time keeping, as with his dishes. I had cleared all surfaces ready, to have a professional chef in my kitchen, I must admit I was nervous, but had no need for that, as Mac in a kitchen is like he’s always been there, no problems at all! Lucky it was a beautiful day so able to enjoy a G&T on the patio while he brought in his box’s and made himself at home, I managed to see, everything was beautifully packed or vacuumed sealed. Just hoped he would not open the cupboard doors, now that would be scary! Voila! Canapés: Fried quail’s egg on wild mushroom with melba toast and chopped chives Sashimi of sea bass, chilli, pickled ginger, and yakitori Warm skewered fillet of beef with Béarnaise sauce Tempura Thai flavoured prawns with a spicy ginger, chilli, coriander, and soy Fillet of lamb rolled in garlic and rosemary, sliced, served on a warm sautéed potato with pea and mint purée These were like taking a bite of heaven, the flavours were delightful, unanimously the winner, Tempura Thai Flavoured Prawns, were so Moorish, Mac is incredible with his batter, so light and fluffy, and a tip, he only ever uses the oil once, the spicy ginger, chilli, coriander and soy sauce was perfectly balanced, the sounds of delight coming from the dining room, prompted Mac to bring in a second batch, all dipped and devoured in seconds! Starter: Ravioli of prawn and crab, sautéed prawns, crayfish sauce and wilted spinach. The Ravioli is hand made by Mac, the light flavour of the crab meat, incredible crayfish sauce, on a bed of wilted spinach, delightful. Main course: Roast fillet of bream served on fennel purée, with baby carrots, purple broccoli, Beets, and small fondant potatoes. The Cornish Bream was beautifully cooked, the fennel purée, you wont believe this was the best I’ve ever tasted, no idea what magic ingredient Mac added, but it was so very flavoursome, beautifully presented. Dessert. French lemon tart, Pimm’s raspberry sorbet, fresh raspberries. The plating was a work of art, and the taste even better, our plates were empty! Fresh mint tea and homemade pistachio and chilli fudge The perfect end to a wonderful meal, first time for me as I’m a coffee lover, mint tea, very refreshing. Mac showed me how to make it, I have already received my tea pot from Amazon, now to pick fresh mint from the garden! Whether you’re celebrating an occasion or simply having friends over, if you want something fantastically different in the safety of your own home, especially during these crazy times we are living in at the moment, trust me, call Mac, he will make your event, the most memorable you could ever imagine.

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Track and trace has been a hot topic for the last 6 months with various systems being launched and failing within a blink of an eye. Even before launch, the latest government QR solution is being scrutinised and challenged on how effective it is going to be. PDSS is a local business and has been looking at the reasons the existing systems fail to gain the trust of the public and deliver a reliable service, protecting everyone. The research undertaken has identified that the key reasons for the lack of uptake are around data privacy and accessibility to the technology required. To help overcome these challenges and provide a robust, affordable and accessible solution, PDSS have developed the ProveIT track and trace solution. Their solution doesn’t require a user to have a mobile phone of any kind and instead have a low cost simple to use NFC tag. This tag requires no batteries or maintenance and lasts for many years. The user will simply present their tag to the ProveIT scanner when entering a business or location. If a person has been tested positive with Covid-19 they will enter this into a simple web page giving only the tagID and date of test. The ProveIT system will then work out who needs to be notified, a simple email message will then be sent informing each tag holder of the date and time they scanned at the location and the date and time of the tag at risk. No personal data is ever sent and is completely anonymous. This system is designed to notify you as a user of any potential risks based on locations you have visited. The user can then make an informed decision based on this information as to what action they need to take. For business owners to provide the ProveIT solution to their customers they will need to simply purchase the ProveIT scanner which can be placed at the entrance of their business. The data we collect, and hold will ensure the business is compliant with the current government guidelines. If a tag has been scanned at their location and flagged as Covid-19 positive, the business owner and all their customers at risk will automatically be notified. PDSS have now completed their initial proof of concept and are looking to launch within the next few weeks. To help them launch their solution they are running a kickstarter campaign to raise funds, details will be available on the website in the coming days. If your interested in getting involved or just find out more, please email

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Hello and a warm welcome to my October ramblings. For the first time this month, I’ve witnessed the armada of crows, rooks and jackdaws in their hundreds, sailing over my home towards their future winter roosts, whilst summer migrant house martins were chasing, like frigates, flying insects in the sky below. So very sad to say “Our” house martins left finally early September, what a privilege that was! World Suicide Prevention Day and Back British Farming Day, sadly not unconnected, have only just passed as I write this in some very welcome sunshine. The harvest results for 2020 on the 23rd August, show a reduction in yields, across three main crops grown in the UK, wheat is down 29%, barley is down -35% which include malting varieties, and the yellow rape seed oil down by 23%, all compared to last year. The other stats that have gone down are wildlife populations, which have plunged by 68% between 1970 and 2016. Only 25% of the planet can still be considered ‘wilderness’. These stats are in the latest report from World Wildlife Fund and The Zoological Society of London from global data on 20,811 populations of 4,392 vertebrate species. 2020 has been the year that forced us to stop. A global pandemic, extreme weather, forest fires. The Living Planet Report 2020 shows that our relationship with nature is broken, but we know what needs to be done if we’re going to turn it around. There’s no time to waste if nature is going to recover, and to protect human health and well being. Despite all that, conservation efforts have saved up to 48 bird and mammal species from extinction since 1993, when the UN Convention on Biological Diversity came into force. The Iberian Lynx, California Condor and Pygmy Hog are among those that have been saved. Researchers estimate that extinction rates would have been three to four times greater without conservation action. Many of the species are still endangered. This really is a call to action, says study co-leader Phil McGowan. The loss of entire species can be stopped if there is sufficient will to do so. This leads me on to the increasingly long and deep interface between Man and Nature in those habitats that are being exploited on a very large scale - such as “wilderness” in Africa, Asia and the Americas, which I have written about before. Better funding and concentrated efforts should be made regarding the interfaces’ constant threat of viruses like COVID-19 jumping from wildlife into the human population, where it has spread so effectively. So long as there is this high rate of interaction, we all remain constantly at risk. Wildlife could be tested at this moving interface and wildlife trade be far more strictly controlled. It’s often remarked that wildlife, are potential sources of “zoonotic” disease are themselves tolerant of it. Now what goes on in their immune systems could have a big role in our attempt to come to health-terms with this Coronavirus. Vaccines are being rapidly manufactured and tested, one is at the moment on hold, due to illness in one volunteer screened by the rigorous checks always made. To end this rapid summary of many things that we’re concerned about, may I wish you a safe October, may your enjoyment of later Autumn be fulfilled and let’s also be grateful at Harvest Festivals for the hard work, dedication and skills that farmers use to provide Britain with such wholesome and varied home-grown food! Take care and thanks for following me on this journey today! Robert Elliott

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I don’t know about you, but I feel weird. Is it really six months since we started lockdown? Six months of doing less with others. Limiting contact. Wearing masks, or whatever the latest rule is. There’s a saying that lockdown has left people in one of three categories. Hunk, Chunk, or Drunk. Hunk, because you have spent lockdown getting fit. Chunk, because you have eaten a lot, not being at work. Drunk, do I really need to explain. Life is different. We aren’t living as we used to. Holidays have been cancelled. Self-isolating is a thing. Shielding has to be done. School is different, work is different, buses are different, cafes are different, pubs are different. Life is different. When this happens, we go through a state called ‘Future Shock’, which is a state of distress or disorientation due to rapid social or technological change. Old norms are gone. The one thing that has not changed is God’s love. I want you to know that God loves you. That is the same now and will be the same whatever happens in the next year. Lee Reddyhoff Minister at Faringdon Baptist Church

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Faringdon Business Breakfast Club Our September meeting featured our own Mary Thomas who was asked to give us some tips about improving our LinkedIn performance. With the increasing importance of an on-line presence it is essential that everyone maximises the potential of LinkedIn to generate leads and relationships with other businesses. We gained a lot of interest in this meeting and as Mary attempted to compress her 10-hour LinkedIn course into twenty minutes; notes were taken at a furious pace. One of our attendees, Donna Rogers of Rogers Metal Management said afterwards that before the meeting she had written down three LinkedIn questions that were all answered by Mary in her presentation. The support and genuine intention to help everyone who attended the meeting is one of the stand-out features of this Networking club. Each month we choose a theme that is designed to help businesses thrive in these challenging times. There are no hard-sell tactics and many follow-up meetings take place. At are next meeting we are asking everyone to do a little preparation and focus on their ideal client or customer. The meeting registration is at: There is no fee to attend this meeting and once you have registered you will be sent a link for the Zoom meeting that starts at 07:45 am on 5 Oct 20.


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Specifically YOU! Health, nutrition and fitness are vital to your overall wellbeing By taking an holistic approach with my clients, the results we achieve together improve not only their physical fitness but their overall well-being too. It is important to understand that making realistic and achievable changes to the way we move, eat, rest and relax all work in combination to improve our health. Putting aside any medical intervention that might be necessary (I leave that to the medical professionals), the combination of nutrition and movement tailored to your body is key. Recent research by Tim Spector of King’s College London has shown that there is no such thing as a healthy diet that works the same way for everybody. In fact, he has concluded that people respond to food in such idiosyncratic ways that everyone needs a personalised nutrition plan – you may have heard the term ‘precision nutrition’. Why? We are all individuals, with differing needs and differing responses to food, exercise and sleep. ● Everybody’s response to food is unique ● Everybody’s response to exercise is unique ● You are unique! We often hear of two people on the same diet getting different results. Why? Specific foods can impact your body quite differently from your friend or diet buddy. An individual’s genes and microbiome (gut bacteria) can lead to remarkably different results to others who are eating the same thing as you. For example, you would expect artisan wholegrain, sourdough bread to give someone a lower ‘sugar spike’ than mass-produced white bread. For some people it does, but for others research by Tim Spector has shown that it’s the white bread which gives the lower spike! (The official GI rating reflects the average response across a range of people tested.) In the absence of laboratory testing (which is available – if not widely at the moment) one way to get the results you want is to try different approaches, listen to your body and monitor the changes, both negative and positive. It can work best when you allow someone else to monitor you, to understand and support you to make long term positive change. We don’t always see what may be obvious to a professional who is looking at your situation objectively. We often focus on areas that in reality are not the main issue and we can become confused by conflicting information in the media. It is much better to observe what is happening to your body, your mood, energy levels etc. than to follow a prescribed diet that we now know may not work for everybody! Instead, keep a note of how the activities you do each day and the food you eat impacts you and your body. How to get started on improving YOUR health ● Develop an exercise routine that works for YOU ● Keep a balanced diet (one that energises YOU) ● Establish good self-esteem (socialise with positive, supportive people) ● Don’t be afraid to ask for help Value the health you have got at present. Always look to improve your nutrition by considering how each food you eat affects the way you feel. Exercise in a way that keeps you feeling positive. Make it work for YOU. Make well-being personal. Make it happen. I’m here to support you. Richard Marfell Wellness Coach 07800 636004

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Tel: 01367 820709 So how are we all feeling about the likely emergence of a second wave of Coronavirus? How are we coping as a nation and how can we learn from other countries around the world? Lock down may have caused as much harm as Covid but what are the alternatives? .Sweden hardly locked down at all and the Dutch are not in favour of face masks! What is the case for Herd Immunity and how should we be spending money in the most appropriate way? It has been said that civilisation can be judged on how it treats the most vulnerable in society; so how does that reflect on ours? Social care has been woefully underresourced in our greatest time of need when such things are vital to preventing illness in the first place. Hopefully things are conducted with more care today but the fact that those most at risk were given the least consideration is very disturbing. This is not just a political thing! It’s a HUMAN thing! We need to reflect on this, if we are to make our world a better place to inhabit.

Nationally and globally we struggle to make our opinions heard sometimes but what about on a local level? How are you and your loved ones doing personally? Put safeguards in place now, before they are needed. What are the things that, in hindsight, we can do differently? How can we take stock right now so that we don’t suffer more than we have to; physically mentally and emotionally? As a Homeopath, I’m seeing people with stress related illnesses soar. There is virtually always an emotional aspect to their illnesses which, if not addressed at the same time, means that the symptoms will merely be suppressed and will come back as soon as medication ends or that increasing doses will be needed. Homeopathy doesn’t work in that way. Holistic treatment looks at the whole situation and everything in it. We discuss your life situation to begin with, what is going on, the struggles that you face day to day that are unique to you and how you react to them physically as well as emotionally. All the factors work together to give me a clear picture of you at this time and that, in turn leads me to a remedy or a series of remedies that will enable you to weather the storms in the best possible way, to give you the best chance of getting through these incredibly difficult times not just in tact but hopefully, even stronger and more resilient than before. It’ s a completely different way of addressing health and well-being; all embracing, total and complete. If this is what you need – get in touch. Care for yourself, care for those around you, care for the most in need – in whatever way you can. Zoom and Phone appointments available 01367 820709

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Artist of the month

Peter Wheeler October Artist of the Month Faringdon Information Centre is very pleased to welcome well-known Faringdon Artist Peter Wheeler as October’s Artist of the Month. Peter trained at Walsall School of Art and after twenty years of working with top name advertising, he felt the need to get back to his artistic roots, moved to Faringdon and for the next twenty-five years ran his own very successful graphic design studio. Following retirement in 1999, Peter marshalled his considerable talents and threw himself into recording his travelling experiences in paint on paper. Landscape, architecture, history and cultural treasures are his interests – ranging from the fantastic images of South Africa, through Europe, Asia and the Americas to the cosy rural street scenes and lovely landscapes of his home town of Faringdon. Various solo and group exhibitions have been successfully mounted over the years, and fourteen years after his 2005 debut exhibition with Faringdon Art Society, to his great delight, Peter not only won their award for the Best Acrylic painting, but was made the Overall Cup Winner. Following many requests for greetings Cards he recently produced a small range of Winter themed cards; these have been widely appreciated and it was decided to broaden the range considerably to enable more people to appreciate his unique flair and artistry. Come along to the Information Centre at The Pump House in Faringdon Monday to Friday 9am to 12:30 pm and 9.30am to 1pm on Saturdays during October 2020 to see a selection of Peter’s work together with the opportunity to purchase from the new range of cards. More of Peter’s work can be seen of the Faringdon Art Society website, or do contact him on 01367 241453 or to arrange a private viewing.

Waitrose Faringdon Supports Yellow Submarine Oxfordshire learning disability charity Yellow Submarine was very grateful for the support of Faringdon Waitrose Community Matters green token scheme. Local fundraiser Alice Margey was delighted to receive a cheque for £166 from the store’s Community Champion, Fiona Dawson. ‘We are so grateful to Waitrose. It was really refreshing that even though the green tokens could not be used by customers, Waitrose continued its support by simply dividing the Community Matters fund between three causes each month. Fundraising has been hard this year, but the simplicity of Waitrose’s scheme has meant local causes continued to benefit.

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THURSDAY 8TH OCTOBER ‘20 The October talk will be on Zoom. The speaker will be Paul Colley showing his amazing images of underwater animals and much more. The talk will be photography related with the emphasis on the marine environment and his conservation work which is full of interesting stories and pictures. Paul is a freelance wildlife photographer and winner of the British Wildlife Photography Awards. The Zoom talk will start at 2.30pm. Details of access to the Zoom talk can be found on the U3A website and will be available a week before the talk. The website is

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