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November - December 2018. Editions 103 - 104.

In this issue..

Oxfordshire Mind

Ask the Expert: Your Financial Planning

Didcot Events

Wantage Camera Club

University of the Third Age

Servicing Your Boiler

Your Garden

Monthly Recipe

Local clubs

Book Review

Crossword Competition

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Editor's message

Dear Neighbours,

Welcome to the November - December

issue. With the summer well and truly

behind us, this is often the time when we turn

our thoughts to things we put off doing in the

warmer months. We also look forward to the

forthcoming seasonal festivities.

Check out our new Community, what’s on and

Group Pages. Have you visited Didcot Film

Club recently? Their November film, on Wed

28th, is a classic: Some Like it Hot.

If you are more of the ‘Still Images’ persuasion,

Wantage Camera Club appears on this pages

this month with a profile of the club and an

invite to go and meet them.

Resident experts Shaw Gibbs continue the

series dedicated to helping owner managed

businesses, partnerships and private clients.

This month’s expert, Ed Gibson, writes about

how important Financial Planning is and how it

can help achieve whatever goals you might

have.

Use the index on page 30 to help you locate

our local businesses in the magazine.

On behalf of all the contributors and

advertisers, let me express our thanks to you:

by using the services and products of businesses

featured in The Didcot Directory, you are

helping them thrive and, by doing so, you boost

our local economy. So, keep it up, you’re doing

a great job!

…Ho, and have a great Christmas!

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November / December 2018

Welcome to

The Didcot Directory

Contents

Community Pages

4 Useful numbers

26 - 28 Local clubs & societies

What’s on

12 U3A Meetings & Presentations

20 Camera Club Presentations

21 Didcot Events

Ask the Expert

5 Financial Planning: From A to…

Features

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6 Boilers: Save with a Service

8 Food: Bacon & Pumpkin Pasta

10 Your Garden: Leaf Matter: Leaves Matter

20 Society: How do you get to Wimbledon?

22 Home: Why you need Air Purifiers

Spotlight on Local Groups / Charities

2 Oxfordshire Mind

14 Wantage Camera Club

Games and Competitions

7 Mindbenders

21 Sudoku

23 Competition Crossword

25 Kids Page

Index of local businesses page 30

Buy Local

Eat Local

Spend Local

Enjoy Local

Emergency Numbers

Ambulance, Fire, Police 999

Gas Leaks 0800 111 999

Southern Electric 0845 770 8090

Thames Water 0845 9200 800

Leakline 0800 714 614

Floodline 0845 988 1188

Thames Valley Police

Non emergency enquiries 101

Crimestoppers 0800 555 111

Samaritans 0845 790 9090

Citizens Advice Bureau 03444 111 444

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or otherwise material or business included in this publication. You are advised to make your own checks. The views

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Emergency

Ambulance, Fire, Police

Gas Leaks

Southern Electric

Thames Water

Floodline

Helplines

Crimestoppers

Police (non emergency)

Samaritans

NSPCC

RSPCA

Citizens Advice Bureau - CAB

Mind - South Oxon

Councils

Didcot Town Council

South Oxfordshire D.C.

Oxfordshire

Useful Numbers

999

0800 111 999

0845 770 8090

0845 920 0800

0845 988 1188

0800 555 111

101

0845 790 9090

0808 800 5000

0300 123 4999

03444 111 444

01235 522 096

01235 812637

01235 422422

01865 792422

Telephone Preference

Service 08450 700 707

Transport

National Rail Enquiries

Thames Travel

0845 748 4950

01491 837 988

Doctors

Woodlands Medical Centre

Oak Tree Health Centre

Didcot Health Centre

Hospitals

Didcot Community Hospital

-The elderly / General enq.

-Dental Reception

-Podiatry Reception

-MSK Physio Reception

Abingdon Community Hosp.

Wallingford Community

West Berks Community

The John Radcliffe Hospital

Royal Berkshire Hospital

Chemists

Boots, Broadway

Lloyds, Britwell Road

Boots, Lostock Place

Lloyds, Woodlands Road

Lloyds, Sainsbury’s

Tesco Pharmacy

Recycling

South Oxon Recycling

Recycle for West Berkshire

01235 517760

01235 810099

01235 512288

01865 904 423

01865 904 070

01865 904 725

01865 904 968

01865 904 346

01865 904 488

01635 273 300

01865 741 166

0118 322 5111

01235 813107

01235 812116

01235 811428

01235 812242

01235 706613

01235 451303

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01635 519 080

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University of the third age

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Didcot & District University

of the Third Age

Registered Charity No. 288007 www.u3a.org.uk

It’s never too late to expand your horizons…

T

he University of the Third Age offers the

opportunity to share your knowledge,

experience and talents with others and to learn

from them in friendly surroundings. Nationally, the

U3A was founded in 1982 and has grown steadily

since then. U3A organises learning for people in

their 'Third Age', that is,

people who no longer have

responsibility for children

or full time work!

The Didcot & District U3A

has over 30 Interest

Singing Group

Groups, ranging from Art

Appreciation, Family History,

various Languages, Photography, Science &

Technology, Ukulele to Wine Appreciation! Why not

come along to the next meeting and find out what

we are all about? Meetings are held on the third

Tuesday of each month at 2pm at the Didcot Civic

Hall.

Anyone interested in these

topics, or indeed in any of

the numerous Interest

Groups, is encouraged to

arrive 15 minutes before

National Trust Visit

the start and will be met

by Meeters & Greeters willing to advise on what

U3A is all about and on the benefits it provides to

those who wish to keep active (both mentally and

physically) in their

retirement. At each

monthly meeting, there is

a Guest Speaker providing

a presentation on a subject

interest or personal

experiences.

Gardening Group Visit

To find out more on the over 30 interest groups,

monthly presentations or to enquire on all

matters U3A you can Google: Didcot & District

U3A. Alternatively contact via email.

Shirley Rouse - chairman@didcotu3a.org

Bob Ashby - membership@didcotu3a.org

or on the Web at http://u3asites.org.uk/didcot

Upcoming Meeting Dates for

November & December 2018

at Didcot Civic Hall

20th November - The Fair Mile Hospital

by Ian Wheeler.

An illustrated talk about the former

mental hospital in Cholsey.

18th December -

Christmas Lunch and Music

with Keith Harris & Lesley Morris.

Meetings start at 2pm.

Early Arrival Recommended

Hopefully, these talks will whet your appetite and

interest, enough for you to come along on the

dates above. There will always be Committee

Members and Meeters & Greeters to welcome you

to this 'National institution' for semi or retired

individuals wishing to continue with Living,

Learning and Laughing.

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Wantage Camera Club

W

antage Camera Club was founded 51 year ago

by a group of enthusiasts who were passionate

about their photography and keen to share

their hobby with like-minded individuals.

Photographic techniques are different now, but the

friendly atmosphere of the club has never changed

and the club are as enthusiastic as ever about their

photographs. Images are now taken with anything

from high level DSLR cameras all the way down to

mobile phones. The secret of a good picture has

much more to do with the keen eye of the

photographer and an ability

to use the camera

effectively, than with the

equipment used.

Wantage Camera Club meet

every week throughout the

©

year and have a varied

programme of practical evenings, external

speakers, and competitions. This mix has proven

very effective to help improve technique and learn

new skills, find out about other people's ideas on

photography and put these into practice. Seeing

other people’s images can be very inspiring, and

also helps to look at our own photographs more

objectively.

A few times each year members go out together as

a group to take images in a specific location, with

an opportunity to show them informally at the club

at a later date. It is always interesting to see how

different these images can be and how people see

the same subject but come up with excitingly new

interpretations!

A highlight this year

was the outing to

Sheepdrove Farm,

Lambourn, where a

w o n d e r f u l

opportunity arose to

photograph farm When there were six towers.. ©

animals and

machinery. Members were allowed to walk the

length and breadth of the estate in search of photo

opportunities. The weather was great and the

evening ended with the added bonus of a fantastic

sunset!

If you are interested in photography and would

like to improve your skills in a friendly

environment, why not join the club for one or

more evenings to see what the club has to offer.

Visitors are always welcome to club evenings and

members are more than happy to help you

develop your photographic skills.

There is a wide range of abilities in the club,

from novice to highly experienced. Wantage

Camera Club pride themselves in helping and

encouraging beginners. Whether you would like

to learn more about the controls of your camera,

how to achieve a specific effect in one of the

many photo editing programs, or how to make

better prints at home, there is usually someone

able to help. The break halfway through the

Modern Didcot ©

See page 20 for details of

our forthcoming

meetings

evening is a great opportunity for meeting other

club members and discussions about anything

photographic.

Meetings are held on Tuesday evenings at 7.30 pm

in the Methodist Church Hall in Wantage.

The Club also has a flourishing Audio Visual

Group, which regularly runs tutorial sessions on

the popular software package Pictures to Exe,

and the use of sound recording equipment. It

regularly partakes in 'battles' against similar

groups from across the globe. This group meets

monthly on the second Wednesday at 7.30 pm in

Grove Village Hall.

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What the Funk is eating your roof?

ALGAE, FUNGUS, LICHENS, MOSS, BACTERIA AND MOULD…

Causes of moss or lichens

growth on roofs

Moss growing on any roof surface

will be more severe on roof sections

that are shaded and exposed to

periodically damp cool weather

conditions.

The presence or absence of much

sunlight on a roof surface is often a

determining factor in the amount of

moss or lichens growth (more sun,

less moss and lichens.) When shade

and cool moist conditions combine,

moss or lichens growth on a roof

surface is more likely.

Moss and lichens are just cosmetic

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Moss and lichens are more than a

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What’s the Cure?

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roofing materials - asphalt

shingles, clay tiles, slate tiles,

concrete tiles.

By holding moisture against the

roof surface, lichens but more so

moss speed the wear of the

surface. In freezing conditions

they increase the frost damage to

the mineral granule coating.

Sometimes there is so much moss

and funk on a roof that we're not

sure what roofing material is.

What are the effects of moss growth

on roofs?

Because moss or lichens growing

on a rooftop will hold moisture on

the roof longer than other areas,

these growths can reduce the life

of the roof covering.

Holding water on the roof surface

by any means (leaves, debris,

moss, or lichens) speeds up wear.

In freezing climates there may be

faster frost damage, cracking, and

wear of the surface under the moss

or lichens. Even in non-freezing

climates, the roots or growth

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eventually penetrate and separate

the roofing materials, speeding

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Feature

The True Cost

of not Treating Your

Home Infestation

Leaks, roof repairs and even

replacements are the simple

bi-product of not treating the

infestation. Furthermore

mould spores often spread

into the house and can affect

the air quality..

The No No Blaster

It’s likely that you are now

thinking we should take pressure

washer to the surface and blast

the funk away. Well, you’re not

alone in your thinking however

you are wrong! Water under

pressure created the Grand

Canyon. The process that

created this is called erosion.

Water erosion strips away

materials that have been

loosened by decomposition or

by ageing. Pressure Washing is

destructive for cleaning roofs!

Why would you expect to clean

away a decomposer with an

eroder and not cause premature

ageing of the surface?

What happens if I just

leave it?

Like a tree’s roots breaking

through concrete, these tiny

plants feed on all types of

roofing material like an all you

can eat buffet. Nature uses

bacteria, algae, mold, mildew

and lichens to break down large

objects into smaller objects to

become part of soils and dirt.

This is called decomposition.

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Wantage Camera Club

present

David Hatfull -

On 20th November Wantage Camera Club welcomes David Hatfull, who will take us on a visual journey

through his photographic career. He initially made black and white prints in a traditional darkroom and is

now a freelance photographer who works for numerous multinational, national and smaller private

companies, both in the UK and abroad. David is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and a past

recipient of both the Kodak and Canon Photographer of the Year awards, and we look forward to a very

interesting evening.

Tuesday Tuesday 20th November, 7.30 pm - 10 pm, doors open at 7 pm; visitor fee £3.

There will be no external speakers in December and January due to the club’s end of year

competitions, social events, and other activities.

The meetings’ venue is: Methodist Church Hall, Newbury Street, Wantage, OX12 8DA.

Nearest parking: The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, OX12 9BU, with entrance to

the church hall via Church Street.via Church Street.

For more information about the club’s programme, visit www.wantagecameraclub.co.uk

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Didcot Gift and Craft Festival

Saturday 17th November 10.30am - 4pm

Didcot Civic Hall £1 door entry

Children under 16 Free.

25th Didcot Christmas Street fair

Thursday 29th November 4 – 9pm

Broadway and Orchard Centre. The theme this

year will be ‘Winter Wonderland’.

Stalls available to local groups, clubs, charities,

churches, schools, businesses craft & gift

traders at The Street fair.

More information and

application forms for stalls at

the various events at

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6 Slender, narrow (4)

8 Climbing apparatus (6)

9 Untidy person (6)

10 Deprived of weapons (8)

13 Distort (4)

14 Confession, disclosure (9)

17 Hinged barrier (4)

18 Revolution, twirl (8)

19 Exercise treatment (6)

21 Tainted, unclean (6)

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4 Being careful with expenditure (9)

5 Distress call (initials) (3)

6 Evicted, expelled (6,3)

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The

DD

Community Board

What’s on & Groups

The Didcot Phoenix Drama Group

A very friendly, social amateur

drama group that has been in

existence since 1983 and welcomes

members of all backgrounds and

abilities.

Meetings on Wednesdays from 8pm at the

Northbourne Centre, Church Street, Didcot.

More info at www.didcotphoenixdrama.co.uk

Royal British Legion

The Didcot & District Branch of RBL

welcomes new members. RBL is the

nation’s leading Armed Forces Charity

and provides care & support to members of the

Armed Forces past & present. Membership open

to everyone whether they’ve served in the

Armed Forces or not. Contact the secretary for

membership & meeting details. Tel.01235

211488. Email: jrunderwood@virginmedia.com.

Wallingford Photographic Club

If you love photography, come

and visit this friendly club

where you will be inspired by

some excellent visiting presenters. Meets 8pm

on Thurs at Crowmarsh Pavilion just past

Wallingford bridge. More info & a programme

for the season via

wallingfordphotoclub@gmail.com or

www.wallingfordphoto.club.

Rotary Club of Didcot

The Rotary Club of Didcot

meet every Thursday at

12:45pm at the Steventon

House Hotel.

For more information, contact

the secretary Liz Tappin Tel. 01235 817530

or visit

www.didcotrotary.org.uk

Didcot & Wallingford Orchestra

Meets every Monday 7.30-9pm at

the Northbourne Centre, Didcot.

New players welcome.

didcotandwallingfordorchestra@g

mail.com

T. Tel. 01865 276738

www.didcotorchestra.org.uk

Wallingford & Didcot District Rotary (WDDR)

WDDR meet on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays at 8pm

at The Plough, Long Wittenham.

The 1st Tuesday is a meeting night, the 3rd is

a meal.

More info on:

https://wddrotary.wordpress.com/

Didcot Twinning Association

Did you know that Didcot is twinned with

France’s Meylan & Germany’s Planegg? Would

you like to get to know the real France &

Germany? Perhaps your club would like to

meet up with the equivalents in Meylan &

Planegg? For more info email Geoff

Oldham

geoff.oldham@talktalk.net or

visit www.didcottwinning.org.uk


Community Board

The

DD

What’s on & Groups

Goring Gap Boat Club

Recreational rowing on the Thames at

Pangbourne. Beginners and new members

welcome!

www.goringgapbc.org.uk

captainofrowing@goringgapbc.org.uk

‘Shut Up and Write!’

Every Thursday Morning 10am - 12pm

First Sunday of each month, 11am - 1pm

In the Cafe at Cornerstone Art Centre,

Didcot

Email alice.little@gmail.com

or just turn up on the day.

More info on this and on Didcot Writers at

http://bit.do/didcotwriters

Didcot Cricket Club

Didcot Cricket Club, in their new premises at

Boundary Park, Greenwood Way, Didcot, OX11

6EY are on the lookout for new players. Cricket

for Boys & Girls from the age of 7. Four adult

teams also run. After the last few

very successful seasons, they are keen

to continue recruiting more players,

both junior and senior. More info on

www.didcotcricketclub.com

Didcot Rugby Club

Founded in 1933 and now based in

Boundary Park, DRC have 2 mens

teams, 1 ladies Tag Rugby team & 5

children’s age groups, with 100+ children

aged between 4 & 10. You are welcome to

visit a training session to see what it’s like,

have a chat with the players or coaches about

t h e C l u b o r p l a y i n g r u g b y . V i s i t

www.didcotrufc.com

Didcot Bowls Club (DBC)

The benefits of playing bowls are amazing,

both physically and mentally. DBC invite you to

come and have a go! Please phone to arrange a

visit at a time that suits you.

The club is in Britwell Road, behind the Civic

Centre. Ring 01235 516660. Saturday mornings

or Monday evenings are very suitable for new

Bowlers. All ages welcome. Bring a pair of flat

shoes if possible.

Didcot Dragons Korfball Club

(DDKC)

Similar to Basketball, Korfball is

played by 2 teams of 8 players (4

men, 4 women). DDKC train on Tuesday

evenings, in the summer 7.30-9pm at

Boundary Park & in the winter 8-10pm at

Willowbrook Leisure Centre. New players

always welcome! www.didcot-korfball.co.uk

didcotkorfball@hotmail.co.uk

Harwell and Hendred Youth FC

Join a successful & fun youth football team,

now based at Boundary Park, Great Western

Park. Get in touch with them on 07740 337553

or Under12@HHYFC.info www.hhyfc.info

Didcot Netball Club

Didcot Netball Club focuses on fun, fitness &

team participation for Didcot and surrounding

villages. DNC have bronze level ‘Club Action

Planning Scheme’ and multiple senior &

junior teams competing in the Oxfordshire

Netball League.

Visit

www.didcotnetballclub.co.uk

Enquiries@DidcotNetballClub.co.uk


The

DD

Community Board

What’s on & Groups

Barnes Close Social Club

A warm welcome awaits new members to this

friendly Social Club. Regular Bingo, Tea or

Coffee break with biscuits or cakes!

Meetings are on Wednesdays and Fridays with

the Bingo starting at 2pm. Doors open at 1.30

Annual membership is £5

Didcot Knitting Machine Club

A small friendly group looking for new

members.

Beginners or those wishing to get back into

machine knitting most welcome. Meetings on

the last Tuesday of the month. For more

information please call Rosemary Fidler 01235

210179

Didcot Citizens Advice

Oxfordshire Adviceline: 03444 111 444

Didcot Office: ‘Dales’, 9-15 High Street,

Didcot OX11 8EQ

Offices also in Wallingford, Abingdon,

Thame & Henley

Visit www.caox.org.uk

or www.citizensadvice.org.uk

Girlguiding Ridgeway

Spaces at Brownies in Didcot, Wallingford,

Brightwell & Long Wittenham on Mondays.

Is your daughter aged 7-10? Does she enjoy

adventure, crafts and making friends while

finding out more about local & national issues?

Find out more at www.girlguiding.org.uk.

Also Rainbows, Guides and Ranger groups in

the area, for ages 5 to 18.

discovergirlguidingridgeway@gmail.com

Our crews attend

three critical incidents

every day

www.tvairambulance.org.uk

A thriving, nonaudition

society

based in

Pangbourne, Berks.

Rehearsal & concerts

at The Falklands

Memorial Chapel at

Pangbourne College.

www.pangbournechoral.org.uk

info@pangbournechoral.org.uk

Twitter: @PangbourneSings

RG8 Badminton Club

A local, fun, friendly & fit-making adult &

youth club at Langtree Community Sports Hall,

Reading Road, Woodcote, Reading, RG8 0QY.

Thursday evenings

7.30-9.30pm, term time. Past

& present players welcome.

Call Julie for more information

on 07980 413026.

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