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Christmas in Thame Vale Life : Nov/Dec 2018

Bizzie Lizzie

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With more than 120 independent businesses in the town centre a short stroll soon reveals jewellers, gift shops, arts and craft galleries, clothes and accessories boutiques, bookshops, florists, a toy shop, beauty products, and several speciality food delicatessens. At Christmas these shops come into their own, providing beautifully presented and unique gifts. The next few pages are filled with some of what is on offer, but there is more, so much more, to see - so make sure you visit the town and pick up some gifts that are certain to delight and

inspire whoever is lucky enough to receive them. This year shopping in Thame couldn’t be easier. There is free, 3-hour car parking in the Upper High Street Car Park every day, except Tuesday, and free long-term parking each Saturday in December – so you can make a day of it. In addition to this many shops in the town centre will be staying open late on Thursdays and opening on Sundays through December for the run up to Christmas, allowing you to combine your shopping trip with a night out.

There will be offers and activities throughout the month, so to make sure you don’t miss out on these follow the ‘Christmas in Thame’ Facebook page: www.facebook. com/ChristmasInThame From November 1st, 2018, those who live in Thame and the surrounding area can also sign up to ‘Thame Rewards Club’, a brand new initiative that will give shoppers incentives and rewards when they shop with participating independent businesses and services within a 5-mile radius of Thame. More Continued on Page 12

Thame Rewards Club Sign up to ‘Thame Rewards Club’and receive regular incentives and rewards when you shop with participating independent businesses in Thame and surrounding area. For more information and to see the offers available now and across the Christmas period please see:

Plastic free shopping is Jolly good!


ollybrew is not something Santa Claus knocks back to keep out the chill, it’s a delicious range of teas you can drink all year round! Founded in 2014 by tea lover Greg Hassell, Jollybrew has recently expanded and added to the amazing range of loose leaf teas, whole leaf teabags and tea accessories, for which they are known, to become Jolly Wholefoods. This is in response to an increasing local demand for plastic free, by-the-scoop, supplies of wholefoods such as nuts, oats, muesli, seeds, dried fruit, pasta, rice, lentils and more, which Greg can now serve from his containers into your own jar or one of his recyclable/compostable bags. Greg has a background in retail and has used his skills to produce stylish eco-friendly packaging and branding for his Jollybrew tea and coffee products and an inviting and inspiring display of goods in his cosy shop, which he opened a year ago, opposite The Cross Keys at the top end of Thame’s Upper High Street.

“There’s quite a movement in Thame to get rid of plastic Greg Hassell with wholefood dispensers packaging,” says Greg. “People were saying they wished they could buy food items such as pasta and nuts loose, and supply their own containers, but there wasn’t anywhere locally that did it. I’m into reducing plastic and food waste, so I thought i would respond and set up a supply here. We sell our tea and coffee in wax paper lined recyclable bags and in reusable tins already, so we are used to Jolly Wholefoods shop Jolly Brew teas measuring items out and many more... and selling by weight.” For Christmas Greg has lots of Jollybrew has around 55 blends brilliant gift ideas and in addition to of tea in the range - you can buy his range of mugs, cups, strainers, online or infusers, tea pots and timers, you pop into the shop where there are can make up a presentation box set around 35 blends on display from of three glass containers filled with All Day Breakfast to Absolutely your own selection of wholefoods. Assam; Bonfire Brew (Lapsang “We also stock Chiltern Candle Souchong); Calming Chamomile; Company’s naturally scented Delicate Darjeeling; Elegant Earl Grey; Majestic Mint Green; Rooibos candles, which smell gorgeous,”

says Greg. “and Mama Dor’s curry spices, which are ready mixed for specific dishes and come with a recipe card - they are amazing and produced by a lady from Chinnor.” Coffee is generally available ready ground and bagged and there is a coffee of the week which can be ground while you wait for ultimate freshness. Jollybrew’s Thame Blend is a delicious combination of Arabica beans from Brazil and Indonesia - a velvety smooth, full-bodied coffee with sweet cinnamon notes. Greg also stocks a selection of decaff teas and coffee. Jolly Wholefoods is making a positive impact on the environment by reducing both packaging waste and food waste. Greg is keen to ensure that the business is ethical and sells only the best quality foods, teas and coffees.

l Jolly Wholefoods, 1 East Street, Thame, Oxfordshire, OX9 3JS Tel. 01844 690210 E: W: Open Tue-Fri: 9am-2.30pm Saturdays: 11am-4pm Vale Life : Nov/Dec 2018


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Vale Life Magazine Nov-Dec 2018 Edition  

Local interest magazine for Aylesbury, Thame, Tring, Wendover, Princes Risborough, Chinnor, Waddesdon, Winslow and surrounding villages.

Vale Life Magazine Nov-Dec 2018 Edition  

Local interest magazine for Aylesbury, Thame, Tring, Wendover, Princes Risborough, Chinnor, Waddesdon, Winslow and surrounding villages.