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November 2012 Essential shops & services with everything you need all wonderfully local!


Inside this month: New: Book Review Talk to the vet: Vaccinations‌ Birdie Tales: Long-Tailed Tit‌ Den Boer Wines: A taste of Australia Delicious Of Wantage: Lays on a feast Promoting local business, trade and services. Advertise! Be Seen! Call Lou 01367 244975 or 07894 554551


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Editors Blog! November already!… Fireworks, bonfires hotdog's & fried onions not forgetting the mulled wine…. What more could you want? Enjoy, but please look after our 4 legged friends…. Have a Happy November…. Stay safe….. Lou :) Deadline for Dec Issue For Advertising Fri 23rd Nov or Features call Lou Guthrie Mobile: 07894 554551 01367 244975 E-Mail:

Ben F Jeffery

This Month’s Cov

Born in 1986 grew up in Barnet north London. Always having a keen interest in art ever since his Grandad introduced him to the work of John Varley, the renowned 18th Century watercolour artist. The Varley’s are related to the Jeffery family. First realising he wanted to be an artist in secondary school Ben and a few classmates used to have bets to see who could draw the best portrait of someone. He really enjoyed going to school and showing them to see their reaction. He painted a portrait of his dad for a mock GCSE which got admired by the entire art class. His work is fairly diverse ranging from portraits to landscapes in both pencil and oils. Ben loves working with vivid, bright colours to create a unique and modern style. To see more of Bens work visit…


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Business Update Faringdon Chamber of Commerce Winter Ball There are a few tickets left for one of the town's top social events when the Faringdon Chamber of Commerce hold their traditional black tie Winter Ball at Sudbury House Hotel on Saturday November 24th. There's a champagne reception. Three course meal with wine. Music from the very popular Boogie Me And we’re supporting Help for Heroes this year. Have you got a Faringdon Loyalty Card? They only cost £2 each but the very reasonable £45 cost per ticket reduces to £40 for a card holder. For more information email Chamber President Paul Brame at or phone Chamber Secretary, Jane Haynes on 01367 246130 will be held in the Market 1st

Place on Saturday December, come along and see Father Christmas, sing some Carols and see the festive lights being turned on.

Call Trish: 01367 820060 Cowleaze Farm, Woolstone, Oxon SN7 7QS Email: Faringdon Business Breakfast Club The next meeting of the Faringdon Business Breakfast Club will be at Sudbury House on Monday 5th November. The guest speaker will be Ian Thomas, who will be setting out his “Five Stages for Business Growth”. As always, the cost of breakfast is £10 which includes a hot or cold buffet breakfast. You can reserve your place today by phoning the booking line on 0845 003 1340.

eworks! Don’t forget the Fir 2 Nov Gates open 6pm, bonfire lit 6.15, main display 7pm 3 Nov Sat Gates are open from 6.00pm fireworks at 7pm

Faringdon Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome new businesses to the town; Rachel’s Weddings in Coxwell Street Rachel: 07917726308 Hare in the Woods in London Street Lesley: 07754 086316 Chowle Groomers, Chowle Cottage, Great Coxwell Linda: 07532 184174 and wish them good luck in their new ventures.

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Chickens @ Seven Acres Nurseries

Lets Talk about Whisky People tend to assume that age and gender affect the type of whiskies people enjoy but what is far more important when choosing a whisky is how much experience of whisky drinking someone has and what direction that has started to lead them in. Regardless of whether you’re young, old, male or female, the best choice for someone trying curry for the first time would probably be something only mildly spicy and, in the same way, when starting out on discovering whisky something light and citrusy or smooth and creamy would be a good place to start. My own first love was the Aberlour 10 year old – flavours of fruit, honey and toffee are all evident, with enough complexity to make it interesting without confusing the novice palate. There is a good choice amongst Speyside whiskies as they are often of a lighter and slightly sweeter style but other interesting alternatives can be found by exploring American bourbons and some single grain whisky. The next logical progression is a slightly more robust and richer whisky, perhaps one that has been matured in sherry cask which will often give the ‘fruit cake’ flavours that are irresistible to many. The GlenDronach 12 year old is an excellent example of this type, and other great whiskies to try include Tomatin 12 year old and the Mortlach 16 year old. At some stage most people will want to try a smokier whisky and, again, stereotypes don’t apply – just as many ladies as men are ‘peat heads’! Gentle introductory malts include the Tomintoul with a Peaty Tang, Highland Park 12 year old and the superb Springbank 15 year old. If these appeal move on to mid peated whiskies such as BenRiach Curiositas or the new Caol Ila Moch and then it’s on to the ‘big boys’ such as Ardbeg, Laphroaig or Lagavulin (the Distillers Edition being a particular stunner). There is no space to mention the diversions that can be found in exploring varying cask finishes and other influences but the main thing to remember is that the whiskies you or anyone else may enjoy are very much the result of personal preferences and past experience.

Fran Thomas Arkwrights Whisky and Wines

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Specsavers Wantage

1a Grove Road Wantage OX12 7AB 01235 773980 3P a des irs of glas igner s b e w e s to on!

Book your Xmas Parties now!

New Specsavers store in Wantage are giving you a chance to win designer glasses worth £125 Fill in your details below and deliver to the store to be in with a chance of winning………. Entrants must be 18 or over, the draw will take place on Saturday 1st December. Name: ……………………………………………..……………………………………………… Address: ……………………………………………………………………………………… …......................................................................................................................... …......................................................................................................................... Email:……………………………………………………………………………………………… Contact Number: …………………………………………………………………… Terms and Conditions: Over 18s only. Only original entries accepted: no photocopies. Draw will be made on Saturday 1 December. Prize must be claimed by Friday 1 March 2013. One entry per person. All glasses made to entrant’s prescription. Entrants will require valid prescription / eye test at standard charge. Glasses to be chosen from our £125 range and includes standard PENTAX single vision lenses only. Other lenses and Extra Options available at an additional charge. Prize cannot be exchanged for cash. Excludes all other offers and vouchers. NHS customers, safety glasses and reglazes are excluded from this offer. Employees and agents of The Advertiser Magazine and Specsavers are not eligible to enter or benefit from this offer. All benefactors must be prepared to take part in all post-event publicity if necessary. Entry implies acceptance of these rules as final and binding. The legal promoter of this offer is Specsavers Marketing Department. All details of this offer can be obtained from: Specsavers Marketing Department, La Villiaze, St Andrew’s, Guernsey, Channel Islands GY6 8YP.

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to th e Ve t We all know what is can be like with new born babies – vaccinations for this disease, check-ups for another, ! weight checks and growth charts. It can seem like an endless number of visits to the doctor to help protect our kids from infectious, and potentially life threatening, diseases. It’s much the same with new born kittens and puppies. Everyone loves them – well, who wouldn't, they are adorable! But they need as much protection as their cross-species friends, the human babies! Many people are already aware that kittens and puppies need injections, but what are they actually for? Puppies are routinely vaccinated against a number of diseases caused by various viruses. Parvovirus is a virus that caused serious, and occasionally fatal, hemorrhagic gastroenteritis. Others include distemper virus, which cause respiratory problems and sometimes convulsions; infectious hepatitis which attacks the liver and parainfluenza virus and the bacteria Bordetella which cause coughing, commonly known as “kennel cough”. We also vaccinate against a bacterial disease caused leptospirosis, which affects the puppy's liver and kidneys, and can also cause disease in humans too. Thankfully, many of these diseases are rare in the UK. This is because we have managed to reduce their incidence by vaccination. Vaccination protects not only the individual but - if enough of the group are done – it has community benefits as well! Kittens are vaccinated against 3 main diseases; cat 'flu, feline enteritis and feline leukemia. Flu in cats is much like flu in us. It causes sneezing, a high temperature, snotty nose, and a general feeling of being a bit under the weather. It is highly infectious, and if your little kitty is out and about and another cat with cat flu is sneezing near them, they can quickly pick up the virus. The flu virus can also cause severe ulceration in the mouth, gingivitis and arthritis. Feline enteritis causes a severe stomach upset, but this is also now very rare in the UK. The third disease, feline leukemia, is a very serious and often fatal disease caught from mating or fighting with other infected cats. It can cause cancers, anaemia and depresses the cat’s immune system. Currently, there is no effective treatment for leukaemia, so vaccination is presently our only defence against the deadly virus. After a primary course of injections, dogs and cats will have to visit their vet annually for booster injections to ensure they are continually protected as the vaccinations can only give a guaranteed immunity for up to a year for some of the diseases. It is especially important to have your annual vaccinations for your pet as many dogs and cats in the UK are not vaccinated, and therefore may be carrying the diseases that put your pet at risk. Annual injections also present an ideal opportunity for your vet to examine your pet head to toe, and help identify any underlying health problems early. One year in our lives can be the equivalent of a few years to our pets, so it is vital they are checked yearly to identify problems. It's a great time to grill the vet on all the measures you could be doing to help keep your pet as safe as possible; for example ensuring they are correctly protected against fleas, ticks and mites, and all the various types of worms too. Other than the routine injections, pets can also be vaccinated against rabies. As we do not have any rabies in the UK, this vaccination is only required for those that travel to Europe, and other countries, on their holidays. If you are interested in taking your pet abroad, speak to your vet about rabies vaccination and pet passports. With all sorts of viruses and bacteria out there, you can see how important it is to keep your pets up to date with their vaccinations. We can't wrap our beloved pets in cotton wool but at least with vaccinations, we are helping to protect them as much as possible! Graham Pursey 01367 242 777

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Children’s Day Nursery in Shellingford, Faringdon Recognised by OFSTED in September 2010 as OUTSTANDING in Leadership & Management Excellent quality Children’s Day Nursery combining traditional loving Care with a stimulating educational programme to provide a wellBalanced environment for your child. Ÿ Children from 6 weeks to 5 years Ÿ Open 7.45am to 6.15pm Monday to Friday Ÿ Full time or part time (51 weeks) Ÿ Pre-school educational curriculum Ÿ French and music classes Ÿ Secure Door Entry System

To organise a visit please contact Steph Chapman, Nursery Manager on 01367 718888

Lets talk about books

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By Jeffrey Archer This is the first in Jeffrey Archers latest series of books, The Clifton Chronicles. Archer is a brilliant story teller and keeps you enthralled till the very last page – and that leaves you with a bombshell of a cliffhanger - gasping to get your hands on the next one. Set in Britain the story involves Harry, as he grows up during the period between the world wars. From his school career to his wish to join the navy as war with Hitler becomes inevitable. His mother’s struggles to finance his education, and the secrecy of Harry’s father’s identity add an element of suspense to the tale. It is a book that holds your attention throughout and keeps you involved with the story lines and the interesting characters you meet along the way, who reveal the story little by little from their different points of view. A real page turner and a very enjoyable read. It is reported that there will be at least three and possibly five books in the series and the second one, called The Sins of The Father, is available and I will tell you about that one another time. Happy Reading………. Pat Evans

Antique Vintage & Reclaimed Furniture & Homewares

Main Street, Clanfield, Nr Bampton 01367 810485

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Charity Event! Ruth Mitchell, and her friend Sarah Smith are organising what will be their fifth shopping evening , raising money for various charities, this year raising money for a local cat charity ‘Sunshine Cat Rescue’ and ‘Little Hearts Matter’ a children's heart charity. Our stalls are varied and aim at something for everyone. It’s a chance to get your Christmas shopping started or even finished in a relaxed and friendly environment. The event is on Tuesday November 6th at the Corn Exchange Faringdon , 7.30-9.30. Entry price is £2.50 and includes a welcome drink and entry into a luxury Christmas food hamper draw. Refreshments will be available on the night, including homemade cakes For a last minute booking for one of our tables which cost £15, please contact Ruth on 01367 242613 or Sarah on 07837978440

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Chowle Groomers

Chowle Cottage, Great Coxwell, Faringdon, SN7 7LT

Pampering Guaranteed A friendly stress free environment where your dog can unwind and relax during his/her grooming experience.

Call Linda on 07532 184174 E-mail

Ye Olde Woodworkery Oxfordshire Established 1981

Specialising in Listed Buildings & Period Style Properties Bespoke Carpentry and Joinery By Qualified Craftsman All types of Carpentry and Joinery Modern building works undertaken Repairs & Renovations

01235 772600 / 07711 868164 2 Hans Avenue, Wantage, Oxfordshire, OX12 7DB

The Den Boer Wines Story

The cellar door experience

in my

homeland of South Australia gave me the idea to develop Den Boer Wines and to recreate this opportunity for wine tasting enthusiasts in the UK. Living in Adelaide and having the renowned wine areas of Clare Valley, the Barossa and the Adelaide Hills on my doorstep, meant that wine became a big influence on my weekend activities. As such the cellar door experience provided an opportunity to try a wine, and to find out what you liked or disliked, before you bought it. By bringing the cellar door experience to the UK, Den Boer Wines aims to offer you a journey of discovery; to learn about wine and grapes, how wine and food flavours marry together and to experience wine tasting in a social and relaxing way. I want to encourage you to try something new and to make decisions about what you really like. It’s your wine journey after all… Based in Faringdon, Den Boer’s tasting room evokes an ambience and character, recreating a “cellar” feel. At a tasting you can sample a range of wines to suit your individual taste; at the same time developing your palate and knowledge of wine. Discover simple ways to match food and wine to harmonise flavours. Or simply enjoy an evening out with friends or to meet new people in a friendly and open place. I get a kick when I see how people interact at a tasting, especially as the night progresses… As the wine industry is forever changing, it means that I am continually discovering new tastes and learning about new products. Finding new wines is something I love to do and to share them with others is my passion. Please don’t forget Fri 30th Wine Tasting in the Old Town Hall, Faringdon 7.30 - 9.30pm for Macmillan Cancer support Tickets £7.50, £2.50 to Macmillan Cancer Support Donna Rogers 07919 241881

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Unit 9 Faringdon Business Park, Chowle Estate, Great Coxwell Faringdon SN7 7SR On the A420 towards Swindon

Delicious Of Wantage For all your catering needs

Office lunches meals in your own home weddings & Xmas Parties Special for November, book a hog roast and get it for a special price £600.00 save £150.00

tel 07539 207048 Delicious Of Wantage are a company that specializes in outside catering and offer a smart and reliable team of waiting and bar staff. We have many years’ experience in our chosen field, giving you the confidence to run a successful event together with Delicious of Wantage (Near Wantage) and will ultimately provide for all your catering needs. All our staff are fully trained and are able to work under pressure, whilst ensuring that nothing is over looked. Delicious of Wantage has a dedicated team each with their own expertise. James, our in house chef is of the highest caliber; he is a passionate chef with unique styling and is driven by challenge. Donata a business associate delivers a front of house service that is second to none, always warm and welcoming with a professional air. Delicious of Wantage is always striving for excellence, offering a bespoke service for any event. A highly experienced and motivated team works with the client to meet dietary requirements including diabetic, celiac, allergies, vegetarian, vegan and religious requirements. Call James on 07539 207048

Est. 1986

GARDENSCAPE Individual Design, Construction & Maintenance To discuss your personal garden requirements phone: 01865 250372 or 07773333531 Roger Hutchence - BA (HONS) NCH (Landscape Construction)

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Festive Dining Menu

Christmas Day Menu



Butternut Squash & Ginger Soup (v) Bread and butter

Jerusalem artichoke soup (v) White truffle oil, bread and butter

Chicken Liver, Foie Gras and Port Parfait Fig compote, toasted brioche

Clam Linguine Parsley foam, bisque, breaded oyster

Assiette of Loch Duart Salmon Dill creme fraiche, cress

Duck, Foie Gras & Pistachio Terrine Prunes with Armagnac, French bread

Main Course

Oxford Blue Brule Pear, walnut and sea salt cracker

Baked Cod Mashed potatoes, welted greens, saffron cream with fresh mussels

Main Course

Lamb Two Ways Chump of Lamb, slow roasted shoulder, potato fondant, garlic puree, carrots, rosemary jus Homemade Tagliatelle (v) Oxford blue sauce, broccoli, walnuts Traditional roast turkey served with roasted potatoes, seasonal vegetables, Yorkshire pudding and roasting sauce is available on request minimum order of 8 portions! Dessert

Poached duck egg (v) Herb gnocchi, wild mushrooms, cress, parsley & garlic sauce Baked halibut, saffron and lobster cream sauce Dexter beef rib eye Challow Hill farm beef slow roasted on the bone Rack of lamb Local free range lamb roasted with rosemary and garlic Traditional roast turkey Breast and stuffing, pigs in blankets and bread sauce

Mulled Wine Poached Pear Vanilla ice cream, almond biscuit, mulled wine sauce

All main courses are served with roast potatoes, seasonal vegetables, honey roasted parsnip, Yorkshire pudding and roasting jus

White Chocolate Cheesecake Flamb’e banana, coconut ice cream

Pre dessert Champagne Sorbet

Christmas Pudding Homemade brandy custard Tea, coffee and mince pies Novelties will be provided and are included in the price of the menu! Lunch One course £11.95 Two courses £17.50 Three courses £22.50 Dinner One course £13.95 Two courses £19.50 Three courses £24.50

Book your w o N y t r a P Xmas

Dessert Christmas pudding, Homemade brandy custard Assiette of Valhrona Chocolate Apple and Cinnamon Crumble Cinnamon ice cream Mango cheesecake Lime sorbet, tuille biscuit, mango compote Coffee or tea and mince pies £50.00 per adult £25.00 per child

A Christmas to Remember

Why not sleep over?……Beautifully refurbished rooms now available! Little Coxwell Faringdon, Oxfordshire SN7 7LW

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Cameo Glass, 100 Faraday Park, Dorcan Ind. Est., Swindon, SN3 5JF Tel: 01793 513864 Fax: 01793 535476 Email:

a specialist firm dealing with Private Client work including Wills • Estate Administration • Lasting Powers of Attorney and all aspects of residential property and conveyancing work such as Sales • Purchases • Remortgages • Shared Ownership Development Transactions • Land Transactions • Property Investment Angel Wilkins LLP, The Woolpack, Church Street, Wantage OX12 8BL Tel: 01235 775100 Fax: 01235 775101 Email: or or Angel Wilkins LLP is regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority: SRA number: 524327

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Birdie Tales

(Aegithalos caudatus) The Long-Tailed Tit is definitely one of the cutest visitors to enter our gardens. Best described as a fluff ball on a stick, they are often seen hanging upside down from twigs and branches, feeding on insects, spiders and larvae. They may appear to be small black and white birds, but if you look closely they are a visual treat, white and pinkish plumage, red eye rings and true to their name, long black and white tail, much larger than their body. Their nest building is a work of art, they are dome shaped, made from cobwebs weaved together with thousands of feathers and camouflaged with moss. The process can take over three weeks to complete, resulting in an elastic construction which can expand as their young grow larger. Extremely handy when you can lay 8-12 eggs at a time! Long-Tailed Tits have significantly increased in numbers over last few years, probably due to a run of milder winters and garden feeders. Small insect- eating birds are particularly susceptible to snowy and frosty conditions which make their food hard to come by, so warmer winters improve their survival rates. Garden feeders have boosted their success rate, peanuts, seeds and bird feed are an excellent food source which they thrive on. Having a complex social system, Long-Tailed Tits prefer to be in groups of ten or more and are rarely seen on their own. During cold nights, large numbers will huddle together along with different type species, to keep warm. If you are lucky enough to see one in your garden, take a minute or two to look out for its friends, they won’t be far away!

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Healthy Tips

What can we do about our hormones and Fat Loss? Last month we looked at hormones that affect your ability to burn fat. So what can we do to re balance, improve, boost or reduce some of these hormones to aid fat loss in our bodies? Probably the two most important hormones we can affect on our weight loss journey are Cortisol and Insulin. · Cortisol, the “stress hormone,” can lead to weight gain if you constantly have high levels in your bloodstream. Although this hormone is responsible for providing you with energy it can also help your body release insulin which may lead to an appetite increase. The longer it is at work in your body, the more hunger pangs you will likely feel which may lead to overeating. Cortisol also increases your blood sugar when you’re feeling stressed and the excess glucose is stored as fat, usually around your middle. So what can you do to reduce the negative effects? ·

Learn to Relax: Make relaxation a daily part of your routine. Get a hobby, try meditation. Try low impact exercise.


Eat Healthy, Natural Foods: Avoid eating processed foods, this can put a lot of digestion pressure on the body, leading to stress and more cortisol production. Learn to develop healthier eating habits.


Get Enough Sleep: A good night’s sleep can set up your body for the next day, ready to take on new challenges. Learn to develop regular sleeping patterns, get to bed before 10.30pm and try to wake up at the same time every day. If you feel your energy dipping in the middle of the day, take a nap to recharge your energy levels.


Avoid Caffeine: Drinking coffee and other caffeinated beverages can cause you to develop high levels of cortisol. A mug of coffee can raise your cortisol levels by as much as 30% in just an hour. If you wish to block cortisol, removing caffeine from your diet is one of the best things you can do.


Get Some Exercise: De-stress with an exercise routine. This can lower your cortisol levels significantly. However, too much aerobic exercise will stress the body, so try intervals and resistance training rather than lengthy aerobic sessions.


Drink water with lemon: Start the day with a glass of lemon or lime water! It ignites the metabolism early in the morning, it is also said to alkalise the body and reduce digestive stress. Insulin: The master weight loss hormone is insulin. It is impossible to have high levels of insulin in your system while burning fat at the same time. If you eat a meal that has too high a Glycaemic Index, your blood sugar will spike, causing a large release in insulin. During this period of time your body cannot use fat for fuel, you may shut down the body’s ability to burn fat for several hours. When insulin is absent (or low), glucose is taken up by most body cells and the body begins to use fat as an energy source. Foods That Cause High Levels of Insulin are foods such as sugar, white rice, baked or boiled potatoes, boiled carrots, rice cakes, cornflakes. Foods that Keep Insulin Levels Stable are foods such like live yoghurt, hummus, unroasted nuts, some beans and lentils. Generally, vegetables have a zero impact on blood sugar levels. The same goes for meat. Eating lean meat with green vegetables is a simple approach to a lean body.


Next Month: The advantages of a healthy eating plan over a diet and can supplementation help with weight loss.

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Faringdon Drama! Laugh Faringdon Dramatic Society ter… presents for your entertainment …

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Simon Rawlings Property Services Windows, Doors, Conservatories, Soffit, Fascia, Guttering, Cladding Wall & Floor Tiling, Bathroom Fitting, Decorating, Fencing, Carpentry Patio’s, Paths & Driveways, Plastering, Building Work, Kitchen Fitting All work considered - No job too small - Fully insured

Tel: 01235 770592 Mob: 07724831349 E-mail:

Laughter by Noel Coward. Thursday 1st, Friday 2nd, and Saturday 3rd November, 2012 Faringdon Junior School, curtain up 7.30pm Tickets £8 and £6 (under 16s) from or The Nut Tree,Corn Market, Faringdon. Contact Fiona on 01367 242967

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TEL 01367 243324 MOB 07918 660725 OPEN MON-SAT 8-6ISH

King prawns and smoked salmon served with creamed horseradish and a citrus vinaigrette Cherry tomato, goat’s cheese and basil tartlet served with salad garnish and basil oil Onion and mature cheddar soup, topped with croutons and served with crusty bread and butter *** Roast Norfolk turkey served with roast potatoes, pigs in blanket, pork and herb stuffing, roast parsnips and seasonal vegetables Poached fillet of haddock served with wilted spinach, a poached duck egg, buttered new potatoes and a creamed fish stock sauce Herb crusted medallions of pork tenderloin served with Parisienne potatoes, parsnip puree, parsnip crisps and an apple brandy sauce Mediterranean vegetables in a white wine and stilton sauce served with cheesed mashed potato and seasonal vegetables *** Mulled wine poached pear served with home made cinnamon ice cream Christmas pudding with brandy butter Ginger sponge served with caramel sauce and home made vanilla ice cream *** The Christmas menu will be available from Tuesday 4th to Saturday 22nd December, excluding Sundays and Mondays Price £21.00 per person for Lunch or Dinner

Come and have a walk around our garden displays to get ideas and inspiration We have handcrafted paving produced on site and also sandstone, travertine & limestone from all around the world

A non-refundable deposit of £10.00 per person is required to confirm your booking Final numbers and menu choices are required seven days in advance

Open to trade & retail • Closed Sunday

Tel: 01367 240112

25 Faringdon Road, Stanford in-the-Vale, Oxford, SN7 8NN Tel: 01367 710302

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THE GRANGE CARE CENTRE Stanford in the Vale, Faringdon, Oxfordshire Quality 24-hour residential nursing care for elderly persons. Do you need a long or short stay holiday break? If you’re looking for a nursing home for yourself or a loved one, make sure to come and visit us. Ÿ Daily activities Ÿ Beautiful landscaped gardens Ÿ Entertainment Ÿ Nutritional meals Ÿ Residential hairdressing Ÿ Highly trained staff Ÿ Personal furniture Ÿ Single/companion Whether you require 24 hour nursing care, a short break or Ÿ En-suite facilities rooms you’re recovering from an operation, you’ll find just the care you need at The Grange. Ÿ GP visits/24 nursing Ÿ Superb facilities In the serene setting of what was originally a 17th century vicarage, you’ll benefit from the kind of considerate attention our dedicated staff are noted for. We cater to all specialised needs and many of our rooms are en-suite. Although a restful place, there’s no shortage of activities. Live entertainment is often the order of the day and many of our activities take place in the garden.

Please do phone and come and visit us. We would love to meet you and your family. Call 08444 725 182 or email: Visit our website:

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Mulled Wine! You have to keep this one quiet, if it got out to all the Aussie folk back home, who knows what will be waiting for me when I step foot back into the country? Now, here is the confession – (in print no less!): I really enjoy drinking mulled wine (aka in Oz as ‘warm wine’, almost as sacrilegious as drinking warm beer – but that is another topic of conversation thanks to the tuition from my friends at the Halfpenny Brewery!). Interestingly enough, mulled wine is not a recent phenomena (although its availability on tap in some places is), but dates back to – you guessed – the Romans. A blog from reckons it wasn’t called mulled wine until the 14th century, coming from an Old English word meaning muddled. Well, this answers it all in one, being the description of how one feels if they over indulge in this delightful drink or become the victim of an over zealous concoctor of this red wine, fruit and spice mix, sometimes spiked with a dash of brandy or whatever happens to be lying around in the spirit cupboard! Nevertheless, the aromas that fill the room from the aromatic spice mix; cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg evoke the feelings of warming oneself from the inside on a wintry bonfire night or Christmas time, gathered around a roaring fire. Charles Dickens is credited for promoting mulled wine into a traditional Festive drink. It makes a guest appearance in several of his novels, but features in his famous story ‘A Christmas Carol’, which sealed its position in traditional English Christmas culinary practice. This November, at the Portwell Angel, you can try your hand at concocting your own version of mulled wine and enter the Portwell Angel’s mulled wine competition. [Please get details from Nick or Yvonne]. Chief mulled wine mixer at the Portwell has provided you with a heads up: ‘Generally speaking, anything cooked can only taste as good as the constituent ingredients. When you are considering a mulled wine the same rules apply.’ A good start: Four bottles of a good robust red wine (not a vintage with a posh title but a good solid wine!) Half a bottle of good ginger wine An orange – cut in half and pierced with cloves (this looks nice, adds to the flavour and smells fantastic!) A blend of spices (which will remain a little secret – but you can experiment: it’s great fun! A generous splash of cognac One litre of orange juice (free of all the bits that are good for you) And perhaps some cinnamon sticks. An extra grating or two of nutmeg can make the consumer think that the spring is almost sprung All this needs to go into a bowl and heated gently until it is hot – but never, never boiling. If you are serving into glasses or glass tumblers it is a good idea to put a splash of cognac in the glass first – this reduces the risk of the glass cracking when adding the hot wine. If you are serving in a plastic or paper cup, it is a good idea to add a splash of cognac after filling the container – as this reduces the ill-effect of drinking from plastic (or paper) cups. It’s now down to you: On your marks, get set, get mulling!!

Call Donna on 01367 41196


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Out and About Date






Thur 1st Sat 3rd

Laughter by Noel Coward

Faringdon Junior School

7.30pm or The Nut Tree

Adults £8, U16s £6

Fri 2nd

Fernham’s Fabulous Fireworks


From 6pm

Fireworks for children

Family £10, adults £5, Children £2

Sat 3rd

Live Music with Lawrence

The Swan, Faringon

9pm 01367 241480

Sat 3rd

Hallowe’en Boogie Me

The Bell, Faringdon

8pm Tickets from The Bell or on the door

Mon 5th

Jack & the Beanstalk Read through

United Church, Faringdon

7.30pm Fiona 01367 242967

Tue 6th

Shopping Evening for Sunshine Cat Rescue

Corn Exchange, Faringdon

7.30 9.30pm

Ruth 01367 242613 Sarah 07837978440

Entry £2.50

Wed 7th

Nuclear Concerns and How to Ban the Bomb

Faringdon Peace Group Friends Meeting House


Jennie 01367 710308 Karen 01367 241707


Thur 8th

Carers Outreach Surgery

White Horse & Fernhill Surgery, Faringdon

10am 12noon

Merisha Anderson 07557 430882

Thur 8th

Jack & the Beanstalk Auditions

United Church, Faringdon

7.30pm Fiona 01367 242967

Thur 8th

U3A Talk: The United Nations: Could and Must Do Better

Corn Exchange, Faringdon


Sylvia Bowley 01367 241296

Thur 8th

Jez Cook Trio

Prince of Wales Shrivenham

8.30 11pm

Enthusiastic, exciting, brilliant vocal/violinist

01793 782268

Fri 9th Sun 11th

War Memorial Exhibition

The Old Town Hall, Faringdon

Fri 9th

Festival of Remembrance

All Saints Church, Faringdon


Joy Blake 01367 242277 Tickets: Tourist Information Centre

£5 in aid of poppy appeal

Fri 9th

Three in One

The Corn Exchange, Faringdon


Tickets from Portwell Angel


Fri 9th

Disclosure - an acoustic set

The Bell Hotel, Faringdon

9pm midnight

01367 240534

Sat 10th

Help Tidy Folly Woodland

Folly Wood

10am 3pm

01367 242222

No heavy work, please bring tools

Wed 14th

Longworth & District History Society Talk

Southmoor Village Hall


Janet Keene 01865 820522

Members Free Visitors £2

Fri 16th

Jive Aid

Faringdon Junior School


Tickets from Nut Tree £6, £7 after 9pm

£6.50 including BBQ

7pm children 8.30 Adults

Call Lou to have your events on this page 01367 244975 or 07894 554551 email: Fri 16th

Dale Disco / Karaoke

The Bell Hotel, Faringdon

9pm midnight

01367 240534

Sat 17th

Craft Fair

Corn Exchange, Faringdon

10am 4pm

01367 241204

Sat 17th

Oh Be Joyful

All Saints Church

4 - 6pm

Margaret Starr 01367 240201 Dave Headey 01367 240808

Sat 17th

Live Music with Log Off Band

The Swan, Faringodn

9pm 01367 241480

Sat 17th

Family History Surgery

Faringdon Library

10am 1pm

01367 240311

Call to book a slot or pop into the library

Sun 18th

Christmas Market

Thomas Memorial Hall, Uffington

1 - 4pm

01367 820297

All proceeds to Uffington Primary PTA

Wed 22nd

Jazz Evening with Dave Newton, Colin Oxley Duo

Prince of Wales Shrivenham

8.30 11pm

01793 782268

Thur 23rd

Bob Bowles Guitarist & Singer Playing Live

The Bell Hotel, Faringdon

9pm midnight

01367 240534

Thur 23rd

Faringdon NCT Toy and Equipment Sale

Corn Exchange, Faringdon

8.15 9pm

£6 in aid of WATSAN Rooms Appeal

£1 in aid of NCT

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Local Events Date






Sat 24th

Megaphones for the Unheard: Music and Poetry

Blessed High Church, Marlborough Street


01367 240670

Adults £10 Concessions £8

Sat 24th

Faringdon Chamber of Commerce Winter Ball

Sudbury House Hotel


Tickets £45. £5 discount with Faringdon Loyalty Card

Fri 30th

Christmas Fair at Fernham & Longcot Primary School

Fernham & Longcot Primary School


Bar and BBQ. Gift Stalls for shopping, raffle, Sants Grotto

Fri 30th

Cotswold Voices Christmas Concert

Corn Exchange, Faringdon


Faith Carpenter 01367 241237 Tickets: Faringdon Tourist Info

Adults £5, U16s £3 Family £12

Fri 30th

Wine Tasting

Old Town Hall, Faringdon

7.30 9.30pm

Donna Rogers 07919 241881

Tickets £7.50, £2.50 to Macmillan Cancer Support

Every Mon

Singing group by Mums for Mums

Corn Exchange, Faringdon

9:30am 11am

1st Tues

Farmers Market

Market Place, Faringdon

Until 1pm

01367 710445 £1 per person per game Winner takes proceeds Coffee and Conversation

Regular Events £2 per family

Every Tue


Portwell Angel


01367 248030

Every Wed

Open Coffee House

Great Coxwell Reading Room

10:30am 11am

01367 241179

Every Wed

Jazz Night

Portwell Angel


01367 248030

Every Thur

Women’s Drop In

United Church Faringdon

12:30 2:30pm

1st Fri

Jelly Co-working Session

1-cafe, 10 London street, Faringdon

10am 2pm

Every Fri


Faringdon Library

10:30am 11am

Every Sat

Faringdon Farcycle cycle ride

Leave from Market Place


1st Sun

Great Coxwell Teas

The Reading Room, Great Coxwell

2:30pm 5pm

Tea, Coffee and delicious cakes available

Last Sun

Messy Church

United Church, Faringdon

4pm 5:30pm


Coffee/tea, cake and a chat Free - donations welcome


Term time only

Free 01367 241142

11-12miles or 25-35 miles

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 2 Market Place, Faringdon, Oxfordshire SN7 7HW

Tel: 01367 240285 High Street, Lechlade, Gloucestershire GL7 3AE

Tel: 01367 252644 Faringdon Branch Established within the local community since 1790

Lechlade Branch

Experts - local services For all Your Fencing Patios Dry stone Walling Garden Clearance

Contact Kenny 07733273100

The Body Shop @ Home


Seasoned cut & split delivered to your door £70 per load £25 gift for hosting a party with complimentary Corded lengths of pine ideal for woodburners foot massage, up to 70% discount on products £30 collected or £40 delivered Try before you buy, exclusive & free offers! Call now 01367 243053 Book a party call Kelly 07519395273 07767 241301

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Experts - local services Fiscal Business Services Ltd How profitable were you last month? Knowing the current position enables you to pursue opportunities and take appropriate action. Book a one hour Financial Health Check consultation to see if you can save money on your Year End Tel: 07403 216682 Email:

Counselling Maureen Hunt.M.B.A.C.P. diploma in psychodynamic practice Counsellor/Trainer/Supervisor Long & short term counselling Trained & Experienced in Relationships,Depression,Stress & Bereavement working with Individuals/Adolescence's/Couples Counselling provides support in times of emotional pain For more information or to make an appointment ring

01367- 244736

Den Boer Wines Quality wines, tastings and events Tel 01367 241169 Mobile 07919 241881 Email: donnarogers

Chris Lewis

Hermon: 07955499467 01367241127 ASTON PINE STRIPPING Caustic and non-caustic stripping of all woods & metals. Established for over 15 years - Water Board Approved

ASTON PINE ANTIQUES Stockists of English and Continental pine furniture, as well as many other antiques - 8,000+ sq.ft of showrooms

Oxford Architectural Antiques Large stock of period fireplaces, doors, panelling, sanitary ware & garden items. Architectural salvage sourcing service available. The Warehouse, Ferndale St, Faringdon, Oxon, SN7 7BE Tel: 01367 242268

Tom Wheeler

Comprehensive Window Cleaning Service Also: Patios, Conservatories Gutters, Fascia Boards

Call Tom: 07762 380733

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Experts - local services

Ohm Electrix Electrical services and Installations Fully qualified and insured electrician. All types of domestic work undertaken, from small jobs to garden and garage power, to full rewires. Commercial and Solar PV work also catered for. Friendly, professional service from a local company.

Contact us to discuss your needs, and get a free, no obligation estimate and advice.

Phone: 07879 013359 Registered with the NICEIC domestic installer “part P” SCHEME

Ofsted Registered Childminder GOOD grading

Health, Nutrition and weight management Imagine..........a healthier lifestyle To be fit and free of aches and pains and If you had no more digestion challenges That time is now..... We have a range of natural healthcare products just for you and your family Therapies to reduce stress and muscular pain..... Book a massage, reflexology or facial

Has full time and part time places available, flexible hours, Drops off and pickup up from Faringdon Junior and Infant school. Please call Hayley O'Leary on 07585226285 or email

Start feeling great today Call: Ali Wiltshire 07403 216682

F A R I N G D O N C A R S A I R P O R T T R A N S F E R S Corporate Service Short/Long Distances Courier Service Business Accounts Executive Cars Driver Hire Insured Cars 4/7 Seaters

The Cheap Way Your local electricians to Add Space

Domestic-Commercial-Industrial Faringdon drew.cameron@ 01367 240880 Tel: 01367 240308

01367 243838 / 07894 572919

D.G. Joinery City & Guilds qualified carpenter and joiner. All Carpentry work undertaken Specialist in fitted wardrobes • Kitchen installations Bookcases • Bespoke joinery - including stairs All exterior carpentry including decking, sheds etc. Any building alterations including guttering etc.

Your local electricians Domestic-Commercial-Industrial Faringdon

Free Quotations Telephone: 07831 680440

Tel: 01367 240308

For all enquiries & Appointments

Call Sam 07766 867667

Faringdon Rod & Reel Outside Leisure Unit 1a Faringdon Business Park Great Coxwell, Faringdon Oxon SN7 7SR

Phone:01367 358082 or 07971002491 The Advertiser is produced by Lou Guthrie and Holly Davies 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.

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