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The Didcot Directory

The Independent Directory of businesses serving the residents of

Didcot & District


march - april 2019. Editions 107 - 108.


A copy of

‘A Golden


In this issue..





Jenny &


Goring Gap Boat Club

Checkendon Run 2019

Dash Cams

Book Review: Local Author

Oxfordshire Mind

Wantage Camera Club

University of the Third Age

Lechlade Vintage Rally & Country


Monthly Recipe

Sudoku, Wordsearch

Local clubs

Readers’ Competition

& more..

Inside Local news What's on Features Puzzles Reader competitions & more..

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5th Lechlade Annual Vintage Rally & Country Show

25th/26th/27th May 2019


Opening at 10.00 am all days.

Classic Cars & Motor Cycles, Commercial Vehicles, Collections,

Miniature Steam, Tractors, Model Tent, Classic Caravans, Craft Tent.

Fun Fair, Bouncy Castle, Face Painting, West Oxfordshire

Animal Sanctuary, Parrots and much more.

Ring events:

Saturday - Blue Cross Fun Dog Show, Great Western

Youth Band

Britannia Majorettes.

Sunday - Morris Dancing.

Monday - SNDog Rescue from Swindon

Save Needy Dogs) Fun Dog Show.

Boot Sales, Trade Stands, Auto Jumble, Car Boot. Food and Drink.

Raffle & Tombola all days.

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Editor's message

Dear Neighbours,

Welcome to the March - April issue. I hope

you’ve all started spring well.

Goring Gap Boat Club have a very full diary of

events during the spring and on to summer

culminating in the regatta in July. Make sure

you check all the events on page 6 and read all

about their new club house on page 10.

The book review this month is on ‘A Golden

Future’, the topical novel written by another

of our local authors, John Bennett.

The Crossword Competition is keeping with the

local flavour because readers have a chance of

winning a copy of ‘A Golden Future’, signed by

the author.

Didcot Concert Orchestra bring a performing

symphony orchestra to Didcot for the first time,

and have announced the dates for this season

at the Cornerstone. The next concert is on

Sunday 9th June at 4pm.

Much more as usual from the likes of Wantage

Camera Club, University of the Third Age,

Lechlade Vintage Rally & Country Show,

Checkendon Run 2019 and more.

On behalf of all the local businesses a great

thank you or using them. Find the local

businesses featured in this magazine by

perusing the pages and using the index on page

30 to help you locate them.

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Welcome to

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Community Pages

4 Useful numbers

26 - 28 Local clubs & societies

What’s on

2 Lechlade Vintage Rally & Country Show

12 U3A Meetings & Presentations

18 Camera Club Presentations

19 Checkendon Run

31 Didcot Concert Orchestra: Concert Season





8 Food: Spinach & Ricotta Lasagne

14 Book Review: A Golden Future

16 Technology: Dash Cams

18 Mothers’ Day Musings

22 The Dr Martens Story

Spotlight on Local Groups / Charities

10 Goring Gap Boat Club: Coming Home

18 Wantage Camera Club

Games and Competitions

7 Mindbenders

21 Sudoku

23 Competition Crossword

25 Kids Page

Index of local businesses page 30

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Thames Valley Police

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Crimestoppers 0800 555 111

Samaritans 0845 790 9090

Citizens Advice Bureau 03444 111 444

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Goring Gap Boat Club

March 2019 -

Goring Gap Boat Club, Preparing for Spring…

Anyone who has been following Goring Gap Boat Clubs progress in recent months

will know that they have now been operating from the new boat house at Lower Basildon since early


They are now getting ready for Spring and would like to share upcoming dates for your diary:

➢ After the start on Sunday 3rd March, Go Row sessions continue of subsequent first Sundays of

each month. All are welcome (over 16s) to try out rowing on the Thames.

➢ Mad March Dash on Sunday 17th March, come and see the club in action competing against

clubs from the surrounding area. Friendly time trials and skills assessment.

➢ The Boat Race (Oxford & Cambridge) on Sunday April 7th, a social gathering (hopefully at the

Catherine Wheel, Goring) to cheer on this magnificent event.

➢ Learn to Row course will start on Saturday 27th April and end on Saturday 18th May.

➢ Open Day on Saturday 15th June, local community event to celebrate the new boathouse

➢ The Regatta – the event of the season, Saturday 20th July, a family day out with full schedule

of racing, stalls, bar, food, music and fairground.

Additionally, off the back of the stupendous support they have had from the local community and

volunteers, the club also wants to put a call out to anyone who is able to donate their time during the

next stage of development and invite you to join the Boat Maintenance or Bank Maintenance teams.

Boat Maintenance: In the same way that they’ve mobilised volunteers to build the boat house, the club

take great pride in the way they keep over 40 rowing boats on the water throughout the year. Behind

this achievement sits a small team of club members who over the years have developed their skills to

work fibreglass, carbon fibre and wood repairs.

Bank Maintenance: Likewise, now that there is a larger piece of land to manage, the club is ready to

welcome volunteers who wouldn’t mind rolling up their sleeves to help develop and maintain the

beautiful riverbank and grounds.

Both teams are voluntary, meet weekdays and/or weekends according to individual schedules and, if the

Boat Maintenance team is anything to go by, are not all work and no play. The social aspect of Goring

Gap Boat Club being integral to all that the club does.

If you would be interested in trying out either of these teams for size, or just want to come down for a

look around to see what the club is about, please email David sitemanager@goringgapbc.org.uk.

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Local Clubs

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Goring Gap Boat Club has come home!

New Club House signals new era


oring Gap Boat Club (GGBC), started by a

few individuals off the back of the revived

Goring and Streatley Regatta in 1992, has

found a permanent home at Lower

Basildon. As we write, the club have

completed the final move from the

‘temporary’ site near Hardwick House to their

new home along the beautiful stretch of the

Thames between Goring and Pangbourne. To

find them by car look out for the entrance

opposite Hook End Lane in Lower Basildon.

In recent years GGBC membership has swelled

to 140. With facilities now

better than ‘a bit of outdoor

racking and a brolly if it

rains’, it is hoped that more

will join. Members come

from all walks of life -

veterans of the river and

beginners alike, no

experience is required to

join GGBC. The club’s aim is

to offer recreational rowing for the community

- an opportunity for all adults to enjoy

unpowered boating on the Thames.

The Goring and Streatley Regatta, which the

club have run since 1992, has been integral to

putting GGBC on the map. All funds raised

from the regatta have been saved for the day

that GGBC could build its own boathouse. In

2015, with then chairman Hugh Baker-Smith at

the helm, the search for land and planning

permission completed and the build of the

new boathouse began. Just over 3 years later

Hugh, now GGBC President, says: “Over the

last 25 years, several hundred club members

and local benefactors have contributed in

some way to the financing and building of

GGBC’s permanent home. As we finally move

in, it is right to thank them all for their

individual contributions to this community


Although some

of the work

required to build the new site necessarily

needed to be done by professional

contractors, a large amount of the effort to

get the new boathouse site to what is today

has been done voluntarily by GGBC members

and even some non-members who have seen

the progress from the other side of the river

and come to help. Every possible skill has

been utilised, and the long hot summer of

2018 saw many members giving up their

weekends to toil the land, clear debris, build

access, erect the main


January 2019 saw Phase 1

of the new site build

complete with the main

building erected, access

and pontoons installed to

enable rowing from the

new site from January. But

it has not stopped there -

GGBC will continue to fundraise for Phase 2,

which it hopes to complete in the next few

years and which will see GGBC continuing to

strive to fully develop this precious

community resource. Phase 2 is intended to

include a grass roof, further landscaping, a

slip way, utilities, and internally a mezzanine

floor with kitchen, changing room and

training room.

So, GGBC now sits where the name itself

intended it always to be, in the Goring Gap -

an area of outstanding natural beauty - and

it's from here that GGBC will continue to

welcome new and old members alike. If you

are interested to join the club, or just want

to look at what the past few years have

culminated in, please do go and pay them a



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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!


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


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


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

March & April 2019

at Didcot Civic Hall

19th March -

Up in the Clouds

(with fluffy bits!)

by Andrew Brewer

16th April -

Didcot U3A’s

Annual General Meeting

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,

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A Golden Future

by John Bennett


his book is fictional but describes the pressures

which are shaping British universities today. It

explores the opportunities and risks faced by

today’s students and academic staff. It draws on

John Bennett’s long career at Reading University

where he led his department in undertaking

international research which helped shape teaching

and practice in the UK construction industry.

A Golden Future describes how Gordon Holmes,

Vice Chancellor of a third-rate university, aims to

improve the university’s reputation by cooperating

with a large Chinese conglomerate whose interests

include a company developing intelligent implants

able to identify health problems. This pushes the

university’s professors into a commercial world

which they understand very little. NHS doctors feel

the new approach to health care devalues their


Protestors claim the implants linked to massive

computers are a Chinese Big Brother aiming to

influence individual behaviour. After many shocks

and compromises, the new approach is launched. It

is based in a new biology building manufactured by

the Chinese conglomerate in China and assembled

on the university campus. The building is

dominated by three golden dragons and generates

excellent publicity for the university.

The eventual winners from Gordon Holmes’

initiatives are not his professors but two PhD

students. Their research gives them a deep

understanding of major changes in their subjects

resulting from the university’s links with the

Chinese company. This creates surprising

opportunities for them which should inspire all

young people thinking about their own university


Local resident and author John Bennett had a

successful career in the construction industry

before becoming a professor at the University of

Reading. His research centre published many

influential reports, including Investing in Building

2001 endorsed by Prime Minister, Margaret

Thatcher. He has undertaken research in the USA,

Japan, Australia and the EU. He was founding editor

of the leading academic journal Construction

Management and Economics. Between 1985 and

2012 he wrote four influential books describing the

current theory and best practice of construction

management including Construction - The Third

Way. Since he retired, he has turned to writing

novels; A Golden Future is the first.

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Dash Cams

The dashboard camera has become

increasingly popular recently. So, should you

think about buying one?

A dash cam is a special camera, mounted on a

dashboard for the purpose of recording sounds

and images while you're driving. But why might

you want one?

First-hand evidence in case of a car accident -

The main reason why people invest in one. If

you are involved in a collision you can prove

that you were not at fault by submitting the

footage as evidence.

Reporting a dangerous driver - Sometimes you

see a driver do something reckless or

irresponsible and fear for the safety of other

road-users. Reporting becomes much easier

with evidence.

Extra insurance for parents - An extra

incentive for our teens to pay attention if the

knowing that there is a dash cam monitoring.

Prevention of insurance claim scams -

Insurance fraud is a growing problem. Some

drivers purposely cause accidents in order to

put the blame on the other party, so they can

extort money from the victim, who has no

way of proving their innocence, so these

people also fake injuries in order to collect

the insurance money. A dash cam will allow

you to prove that you were not at fault.

It keeps an eye on your car while you are not

in it! - Have you ever returned to your car in

a car park to find it's been scratched? A dash

camera can record such events, as most can

be set to record even with the car engine off.

Some can send the data to your laptop or

smart phone, giving you peace of mind.

Dash cams are set to become as necessary an

addition to driving as sat-navs. If you don't

already have one, perhaps you should think

about it.

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Mothers' Day

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Mothers’ Day Musings

March 31st is Mothers’ Day and I wonder if I’m

the only mum who finds it irritating?

I mean, I love flowers and chocolates as much

as anyone, but I value them more when they

come ‘just because’, rather than because

Clinton Cards emailed a prompt. And don’t get

me started on Primary schools and their

‘Mothers’ Day mornings. Rearranging my

working day so my child won’t be disappointed

by my absence is stress I don’t need…I thought

Mothers’ Day was supposed to be about me!

No, Mothers’ Day feels phoney. My husband is

a hands-on dad, who knows how to cook and

wield a vacuum cleaner; but if I didn’t remind

him about Mothers’ Day he’d forget, and so

would the kids, because he wouldn’t remind


Last year I didn’t remind, they forgot, then

they all felt bad, which wasn’t my aim,

because I didn’t care. So, we had a chat. I told

them I knew they loved me, and Mothers’ Day

Wantage Camera Club


John Credland -

On 26th March Wantage Camera Club welcomes John Credland who will present his 'Salon des

Refusés'. When John turned 70 he tried but failed to become an 'Associate of the Royal Photographic

Society' first time round, or get a 'Distinction of the Photographic Alliance of Great Britain' for his

audio-visual work. He has been a professional photographer for many years and knows how to take a

good photo, so this was not quite what he expected. He will describe to us with a great deal of

humour his experience of the judging process illustrated by his 'Gallery of

Incompetent and Uninteresting Images', consisting of prints and AV sequences. We look forward to

an interesting evening!

Tuesday 26th March, 7.30 pm - 10 pm, doors open at 7 pm; visitor fee £3.

Roger Bryan -

On 16th April Wantage Camera Club welcomes Roger Bryan, who is a passionate photographer of

the British landscape and has travelled the length and breadth of the country in search of 'that perfect

shot'. This evening he will show a selection of these images and tell about his experiences and the

circumstances in which he took them. For a preview of Roger's work see www.rogerbryan.co.uk

Tuesday 16th April, 7.30 pm - 10 pm, doors open at 7 pm; visitor fee £3.

wasn’t important to me, but perhaps each of

them could pick a time when they did

something little and nice for me, when I least

expected it, and tell me it was for Mothers’

Day. I don’t think I expected much to

happen, other than to free them (and me)

from social pressure, but a few weeks later

my 12-year-old left a dark chocolate Bounty

Bar on my desk one evening (food of the Gods

and difficult to find!), with a little post-it

that read ‘For Mothers’ Day because I know

it’s your favourite’; and a few weeks after

that my nine-year-old drew me the most

beautiful picture of a dragon because he

knows I like dragons. Somehow those gifts

felt more real than any I’d received before.

I’ve not mentioned it again this year. Maybe

they’ll remember, maybe they won’t. Maybe

I’ll get another dark chocolate Bounty…I

won’t complain.

Kath McLean

Meetings’ venue: Methodist Church Hall, Newbury Street, Wantage, OX12 8DA.

Nearest parking: The Beacon, Portway, Wantage, OX12 9BU,

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14 Paddle-wheel driven river vessel (9)

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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


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


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



Didcot & Wallingford Orchestra

Meets every Monday 7.30-9pm at

the Northbourne Centre, Didcot.

New players welcome.



T. Tel. 01865 276738


Following its


debut in 2018,

and the 1st

concert of 2019, Didcot Concert Orchestra is

back for two more performances at Cornerstone

Sundays 9 June & 6 October, 4pm. Come &

hear tuneful music by the great classical

composers. More information and tickets at


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


geoff.oldham@talktalk.net or

visit www.didcottwinning.org.uk

Community Board

What’s on & Groups



Goring Gap Boat Club

Recreational rowing on the Thames at

Pangbourne. Beginners and new members



Read our

article on

page 6!


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.




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


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


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


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


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.




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


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


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


Association of Students of the Third Age


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


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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‘Shut Up and Write!’

Every Thursday Morning

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Local Networking Meet ups

Dates and Times

Newbury – 4th Thurs 10.00am –

12noon The Lodge, Newbury


Wallingford - 2nd Tuesday 10am

– 12 noon The Old Post Office,


Oxford - 3rd Tuesday 9.30am –

11.30am The Tree Hotel, Iffley

Visit www.businessbiscotti.co.uk

Ridgeway Division

An exciting opportunity, new units

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A group of professional

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Tel. 01235 511550 or Visit




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Next issue: May / June ’19

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