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January - february 2019. Editions 105 - 106.

In this issue..

Short Story Competition 2019

Didcot Phoenix: Panto

Goring Gap Boat Club

Reading Phoenix Choir

Book Review: Local Author

Oxfordshire Mind

New Year Tax Resolutions

Didcot Writers Workshops

Wantage Camera Club

University of the Third Age

Your Garden

Monthly Recipe

Crossword Competition

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2013

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Editor's message

Dear Neighbours,

Welcome to the January - February issue

and a very happy New Year to you all.

Many events are planned for January and Feb.

Didcot Phoenix invite you to Didcot Civic Hall

on Jan 18th/19th 7.30pm (Saturday Matinee at

2.30pm) and to Harwell Village Hall on Sat 26th

Jan at 3pm to see their annual panto, which

this year is Rumpelstiltskin.

Goring Gap Boat Club, located off the A329 in

Lower Basildon near Streatley and Goring,

invite you to come along and check their new

Club House.

The Oxfordshire Short Story Competition is

back again and this year the best stories will be

rewarded with publication as an eBook. Get

your story in. Details on page 31.

The book review, penned this month by local

resident Joe Hoskins, is about ‘The Grantham

Pillars’, a great new ‘alternative history’ novel

by local author Anthony ‘Tony’ Yeates.

Much more as usual from the likes of Wantage

Camera Club, University of the Third Age,

Didcot Writers and more.

Resident experts Shaw Gibbs continue the

series dedicated to helping owner managed

businesses, partnerships and private clients.

This month: New Year Tax Resolutions.

Find them on page 5 and find all the other local

businesses throughout the magazine or use the

index on page 30 to help you locate them.

Copy deadlines on page 4

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January / February 2019

Welcome to

The Didcot Directory

Contents

Community Pages

4 Useful numbers

26 - 28 Local clubs & societies

What’s on

9 Rumpelstiltskin

12 U3A Meetings & Presentations

20 Camera Club Presentations

20 Didcot Writers Workshops

31 Oxfordshire Short Story Competition 2019

Ask the Expert

5 Financial Planning: From A to…

Features

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8 Food: Tray-Baked Chicken with Root Veg

10 Your Garden: Great Gardening Books

14 Book Review: The Grantham Pillars

22 Learn a New Language

Spotlight on Local Groups / Charities

7 Goring Gap Boat Club: New Club House

20 Wantage Camera Club

Games and Competitions

6 Mindbenders

21 Sudoku

23 Competition Crossword

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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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

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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

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Goring Gap Boat Club

January 2019 -

Racking for your Scull -

Competitive rates at your local community rowing club -

Goring Gap Boat Club, soon to move to its new site and clubhouse located off the A329 in Lower

Basildon near Streatley and Goring, is offering new opportunities for those who want to row their own

sculls on this beautiful and quiet stretch of the river Thames between Goring Lock and Whitchurch Lock.

Located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty the new Goring Gap Boat Club clubhouse is next to

Gatehampton railway bridge and is busily planning for rowing from the new site to start in January 2019.

Racking is also expected to be available to start January 2019. Members will be able to rack their own

singles at a cost of £250 p.a. Fees for Annual Membership are just £100 p.a., meaning that you can take

advantage of racking and the pleasure of rowing on this beautiful stretch of river for just £350 p.a.

The Club is already taking reservations from existing members and those who would like to join, on a

first-come first-served basis. If you would be interested in discussing renting rack space in the new

Boathouse please send an e-mail to Captains of Boats (captainofboats@goringgapbc.org.uk).

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Didcot Phoenix Drama Group Presents…

The Didcot Phoenix Drama Group have been performing their annual pantomime since 1983,

offering an affordable alternative to other local professional Christmas productions. This season,

they are delighted to be performing their 36th pantomime, “Rumpelstiltskin” by Gavyn Lugsden.

This original version of the Brothers Grimm tale is brought to life with a few twists & traditional

pantomime turns! Meet the funny characters in the town of Happy-Jolly-Funny as they audition for

the role of the next Queen. Marie will surely win the heart of the King as she has a talent of spinning

straw into gold...... or does she have help from the evil little goblin, Rumpelstiltskin!

Join Phoenix for a veritable feast of songs, slapstick and

terrible jokes to cheer up a dreary January day and banish

those post Christmas blues!

Performances: 18/19 January 2019 7.30pm

(Saturday Matinee at 2.30pm) at the Didcot Civic Hall.

26th January 2019 3pm at the Harwell Village Hall.

Tickets: £10/£6 or Family Ticket (2 adults/2 children, or 1

adult/3 children) - £26. 10% discount on groups of 10 or more.

Tickets are available from the Didcot Civic Hall (Didcot

Performances only) or online from

www.didcotphoenixdrama.co.uk, or email

didcotphoenixdrama@hotmail.co.uk /

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Your Garden

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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

Newly Retired? In need of inspiration? Join U3A to Live, Learn and Laugh!

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

January & February 2019

at Didcot Civic Hall

15th January - Order of the Garter by

Angela Panrucker.

Learn about the mysteries of the highest

Order of Chivalry founded by

King Edward II in 1348.

19th February -

Exercise Your Brain to Keep Moving

by Jill Wigmore-Welsh.

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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Meeting either in our offices or in the comfort of your own home

We offer highly competitive and transparent pricing

So no unexpected bills

Contact Amanda to see how she and her team can help

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Book Review

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The Grantham Pillars

By Anthony Yeates

ISBN. 978-1-912694-37-2

A

nthony Yeates, now an octogenarian, has

lived in Oxfordshire all of his life. He uses

his knowledge derived from his upbringing

in a local village and all that village life

entails.

The Grantham Pillars is the latest one of a

number of books written with a simple style

that easily paints mind pictures for the

reader. A book that might be best described

as plausible fiction, introducing the reader to

the unacceptable realism of England being

overrun by the Nazis during WW2.

The story takes place in a small Oxfordshire

village and Anthony introduces the village

characters as they play their part in an

unfolding story of deceit, compromise, fear

and hope under an umbrella of the good old

fashioned British Bulldog!

Within the apparent quiet village life where

the locals get on with their daily chores

working for their enemy oppressors, there

operates a web of anti-Nazi cells working to

fight back when the time is right. Anthony

allows the reader to see how ordinary people

can change their character under extreme

pressure, some for good others not so. No one

knows who they can trust anymore, thus

introducing another level to the whole story.

The characters are

sympathetically

treated on both

sides for good and

bad, for

relationships and

survival, not

forgetting the odd The story takes place in a small

revenge bubbling to

Oxfordshire village

the surface. In parts no compromise is given

and the feelings of the

reader are given a good

shake up with events

that one finds

themselves hoping will

not happen.

This book for me is a real

page turner, I found it

difficult to put it down

at times. There are many personal stories

interwoven as indeed would have been the

lives of the villagers in the 1940’s England.

It is easy to imagine walking into a small

cottage out of the cold night with the

family sitting around, the fire burning in the

hearth, the smell of wood smoke and a

warm welcome with the offer of a cup of

tea.

By the time I reached the final page I found

myself wanting to know even more about

the characters I had come to know. I felt

that I almost knew how they felt and what

their actions and futures might be. I needed

more assurance that those who survived

were going to be ‘alright’.

Anthony, ‘Tony’, Yeates’ books are

available through local book stores as well

as online.

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Wantage Camera Club

present

Cliff Hide -

On 22nd January Wantage Camera Club welcomes Cliff Hide, a professional photographer, who

will talk to us about the world of freelance photo-journalism, i.e., news and editorial work. He will

take us through his career to date, showing his favourite press photos, and telling us about the

how and why of the circumstances that put him in the right place at the right time. These stories

range from the humorous and light hearted to the deeply tragic and we look forward to an

interesting evening.

Tuesday 22nd January, 7.30 pm - 10 pm, doors open at 7 pm; visitor fee £3.

Adrian and Vanessa Herring -

On 5th February Wantage Camera Club welcomes Adrian and Vanessa Herring, who will show us

images from trips made to Sri Lanka in 2009 and 2016. These aim to give a visual impression of

the impact on the people of a civil war which ravaged the country for some 25 years. Adrian and

Vanessa also travelled widely in India, and they have taken pictures in many of the touristic high

spots which they will also show on the night. We very much enjoyed their interesting and

informative talk to the club last year and look forward to this return visit.

Tuesday 5th February, 7.30 pm - 10 pm, doors open at 7 pm; visitor fee £3.

Meetings’ venue: 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.

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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

See page 9 for info on our next performance.

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

https://www.rotary-ribi.org/clubs/

homepage.php?ClubID=531

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, OX14 4QH

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

What’s on & Groups

The

DD

Goring Gap Boat Club

Recreational rowing on the Thames at

Pangbourne. Beginners and new members

welcome!

www.goringgapbc.org.uk

Read our

article on

page 7!

captainofrowing@goringgapbc.org.uk

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

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

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


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

D i d c o t K n i t t i n g

Machine Club

A small friendly group

l o o k i n g f o r n e w

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

Didcot Baby Monday

didcotbabymonday@gmail.com

Every Monday, 12.30-2.30pm

at Didcot Baptist Church.

Tea, Coffee, Cake/Biscuits,

access to a lactation

consultant, monthly sling

library & book library.

Our crews attend

three critical incidents

every day

www.tvairambulance.org.uk

Association of Students of the Third Age

(ASTA)

Affiliated to U3A. Meet Wed 2pm–4pm in the

Lounge at Hanover Court, Craven Way, Didcot

OX11 8NU. Games, quizzes, speakers. Pub lunch

on the 3rd Wed of each month. Occasional

visits to local attractions. Visitors welcome

(£2.00 per visit, up to 2 sessions). Yearly

membership £15+£2 fee each week attended.

Feel free to come along; Margaret on 01235

352904 will be happy to answer any queries.

Didcot Divas

Ladies Choir, singing for health & fun,

entertain at nursing homes on Thursdays. WI

groups, private parties & other events, all for

a donation to a chosen charity for the year.

Contact Judith 07557 940801

judithsawyer2010@hotmail.com.

Founded in 1976, the society is looking for

new members. Meetings are on the 2nd Thurs

of the month, Oct-June at the Northbourne

Centre, Church St, Didcot, OX11 8DG. Fees:

Adult £15, Family £28, visitors on the night

£4. Contact David Taylor, on: 01235 816376 /

07843421029 or by email dave@zygal.co.uk.


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More info on Didcot Writers

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Buy Local, Spend Local,

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SUPPORT THE LOCAL

BUSINESSES

WHO SUPPORT

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WHERE YOU

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Business

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Dates and Times

Newbury – 4th Thurs 10.00am –

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Index of Advertisers

Next issue: March / April ’19

Copy Deadline: 8th February ‘19

Accountants/Business Services

Shaw Gibbs…………………………….5

Bathrooms & Kitchens

Assana Ltd…………………….………..7

Kitchenroom……………………..…….9

Beauty

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Care Homes

Goring Care Homes...................29

Carpet Cleaning

Zero Dry Time………………………….2

Clubs & Events……………..26 - 28

Conservatory Roofs

Guardian Roofs………………….……15

Decking

Oxford Fencing Supplies…………11

Employment Law

Slade Legal…………………………….19

Family Law

Amanda Greenough Solicitorsl…13

Laura Makin Legal Services…….16

Fencing

Oxford Fencing Supplies……….…11

Funeral Plans

Honey Group………………………….13

Learning & Courses

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Lettings

Church Robinson…………………….18

Locksmiths

ACG Services………………………….11

Mental Health Support

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Plumbing & Heating

Assana Ltd……………………………….7

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uPVC Windows & Doors

The Window Doctor………………..11

Water Softeners

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Window & Door Repair

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Honey Group…………………..…….13

Solicitors

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Laura Makin Legal Services…….…16

Upholstery Cleaning

Zero Dry Time……………………….2

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