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Keeping our community connected

The Didcot Directory

The Independent Directory of businesses serving the residents of

Didcot & District





JULy - AuGUST 2019. Editions 111 - 112.

In this issue..

Pimm’s on the patio

Military History Society

Didcot Concert Orchestra

Goring & Streatley Regatta

Book Reviews

Wantage Camera Club

University of the Third Age

Sudoku, Wordsearch

Local clubs

Readers’ Competition

& more..




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

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Editor's message

Dear Neighbours,

With so many events and initiatives happening

at the height of the summer months and further

on into September, we hope you get the chance

to take part in some of them. Whether you are

enjoying a ‘staycation’ of spending a deserved

break in far away places, we hope you find the

time to relax and recharge your batteries

before autumn.

A newly-formed society, the British Modern

Military History Society (BMMHS), has a rich

programme of presentations and visits for the

next few months. We’ve profiled them on page

18. They warmly invite you to come along to

their meetings.

Goring Gap Boat Club are busy putting the last

touches to the organisation of their main event,

the Goring & Streatley Regatta regatta on July


Didcot Concert Orchestra bring a performing

symphony orchestra to Didcot and continue

their season at the Cornerstone. The next

concert is on Sunday 6th October.

Much more from clubs like Wantage Camera

Club, University of the Third Age, as well as

our local businesses, on whose behalf we’d like

to extend a thank you for using them. Find

them throughout the magazine or by 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

6 Goring & Streatley Regatta

12 U3A Meetings & Presentations

15 Pimm’s on the Patio

31 Didcot Concert Orchestra: Concert Season





8 Food: Raspberry Ripple Ice Cream

14 Book Reviews

16 How to boost your Wi-Fi signal

20 Your Garden: Black-eyed Susan

Spotlight on Local Groups / Charities

6 Goring Gap Boat Club

12 University of the Third Age

18 NEW - British Military History Society

19 Wantage Camera Club

Games and Competitions

22 Mindbenders

22 Sudoku

23 Competition Crossword

25 Kids Page

Index of local businesses page 30

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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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Goring Gap Boat Club

Latest News from GGBC -

Open Day, Regatta & River Festival & more…

Learn to Row – Summer 2019

The Spring Learn to Row Course run by and at Goring Gap Boat Club booked up early this year, but the

club are happy to announce dates for the Summer course which will run from Saturday August 3rd,

ending Saturday August 24th.

Taught by British Rowing certified coaches, the course comprises of a total of six sessions, four

Saturdays on the water at the club’s Lower Basildon boathouse and two Wednesday evening sessions at

the British Rowing tank in Oxford helping you to perfect your technique. For more information and to

sign up please see the website www.goringgapbc.org.uk/rowing/.

Goring Unplugged – Goring and Streatley Regatta – July 20th 2019

Goring Unplugged has long been a mainstay of the Goring and Streatley Regatta. Founded in 2003 by

Chris, Mark and Howard, the Goring Unplugged line up is shaping up.

The provisional listing for this year is:

12 noon Spokes (Dave Holt) Local "ambient" band

12:30pm Jon & Chris

Veteran duo originally from Bristol

1:00pm Zep Unplugged (Tony Lyons) 1 rocky trio

1:40pm Fox-Palmer Female lead Indy

2:10pm Dads R Loud Crowd pleasing covers

2:40pm Georgia Solo female with presence

3:10pm Jim Reynolds Legendary singer songwriter

4:00pm Heather Jayne & the Red Shoes Goodtime band

5:00pm Old Baby Mackerel (Sam) Up-tempo bluegrass band

For more information on Goring Unplugged go to www.goringunplugged.weebly.com/home.html. If you

have heard them before you know you will be in for a treat at the regatta, and if not, prepare to have

your toes tapping at one of the best days out the Goring Gap has to offer.

A reminder for all other key points of contact for the regatta:

Gazebo space - contact Nick at nickjbubb@aol.com.

Stall space - contact Madeleine

at madeleinehammond@talktalk.net

Crew entries, Crafty Raft Race, Baby Dragon Boat entry


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Summer isn’t summer without a village fete.

Part country fair, part sale of home-grown and

locally made produce, part celebration of

community, the English village fete is a social

institution, barely changed

since the 1920s.

The Village fete is enshrined in

our literary history, from The

Famous Five, to PG Wodehouse

and Agatha Christie, the

Village fete has provided the

perfect backdrop against

which to set a drama or two,

and never attend any fete in Midsomer which

is also attended by Inspector Barnaby!

If you want a measure of how well a village is

thriving in 21st Century Britain, take a look at

its summer fete. More of us are looking for a

sense of community in a Britain that seems in

danger of fragmenting. To that end, tenth

generation locals will rub shoulders with new

residents, 2nd homers and young families to

discuss the merits of Bert’s onions, Sharon’s

Victoria Sponge and whether young Tyler will

win the talent competition.

Let’s face it, where else can

you buy a pot of rhubarb and

ginger preserve, enter a

competition to guess the

weight of a cake, bounce on a

bouncy castle and throw a wet

sponge at the vicar…or

scoutmaster…or head teacher,

or all three if you’re lucky?

Village fetes are alive and well in Britain, and

I for one am very happy about it. I have just

moved from the town to a village and intend

to enter my scones in the baked goods

competition this year. I doubt I’ll win but it’s

the taking part that matters. Now I wonder if

there will be a murder…

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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 400 members and

Singing Group

35 Interest Groups,

ranging from Art Appreciation,

Family History, various Languages, Singing, Latin,

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 in the numerous

Interest Groups, is

encouraged to arrive 15

National Trust Visit

minutes before 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

Membership is £25 per year - April to March.

Visitors are welcome to come to one meeting as a

taster before joining. It should be noted visitors are

unable to join an Interest Group prior to joining

U3A as insurance only applies to paid up members.

To find out more on all matters U3A you can visit

the website at http://u3asites.org.uk/didcot or

contact via email.

Chair - chairman@didcotu3a.org

Secretary - secretary@didcotu3a.org

Membership - membership@didcotu3a.org

Upcoming Meeting Dates for

July & August 2019

at Didcot Civic Hall

16th July -

Cons, Conmen and How to Avoid


Speaker Simon Williams

20th August -

Myths & Legends of the

Bermuda Triangle

Speaker Captain William Wells

17th September -

The National Arboretum

Speaker Tbc

Meetings start at 2pm.

Early Arrival Recommended

The members of Didcot U3A look forward to

seeing you there.


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Kids love to splash in a pool on a hot

summer’s day. If you are thinking of buying

one, we have some top tips.

Inflatable pools - These are easily inflated so

can be up and filled as soon as the sunshine

appears. Smaller inflatable pools are ideal

for toddlers and can be inflated by one

person with a good set of lungs, but larger

pools can accommodate the whole family -

you will probably prefer to inflate these with

a pump!

Quick up pools - These are super-easy to set

up. Spread the pool out and inflate the top

ring. The design of the pool means that as

you fill it with water the sides of the pool

will rise up. These are particularly good if

storage space is tight.

Frame pools - Sturdier pools with a bigger

bathing area. Frame pools are ideal for larger

families and teenagers. Look for rustresistant

galvanised metal frames; heavyduty

PVC & polyester 3-ply walls; beams &

joints that snap together for easy

construction. A filter pump to keep the

water clean, and a repair patch kit to mend

small tears or punctures.

Site your pool on a level surface, with room

to make it easy and safe to get in and out.

Remember, toddlers and young children

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Local Societies

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The British Modern Military History Society

Newly formed BMMHS started activities in May


ay 2019 saw the launch of the British Modern

Military History Society (BMMHS).

From September the society will have a permanent

home just a few minutes away - the nearby

Woodcote Village Hall - and will normally hold

talks on the second Wednesday of each month.

Check the society’s website www.bmmhs.org for up

to date details.

The launch event in May was given to a full house in

Crowmarsh Gifford by local historian, writer and

broadcaster Bill King and was entitled ‘Dad’s

Underground Army‘. It detailed how Britain

intended to repel a German invasion in 1940

through the use of ‘underground resistance

fighters’. Sponsored by Churchill himself, this was

a forerunner to the Special Operations Executive

whose task was to ‘Set Europe Ablaze’. This talk

was followed later in the month by a trip to the

refurbished and modernized D-Day museum at


BMMHS’ programme has expanded rapidly in the

last few weeks with some varied and interesting

talks and trips now confirmed for the rest of this

year and into 2020. Plenty more will be added as

time goes on. The society are also building links

with the Royal British Legion and other military


Whether you have served in the forces, or are just

enthusiasts like the members, do check out the

website www.bmmhs.org and contact the society

on info@bmmhs.org.

You can be assured of a warm welcome and a

varied and interesting series of talks and events.

Andy Cockeram, Chairman BMMH

Calendar of Events

Wednesday 25th September 2019

Speaker: Dr Helen Fry – Author and Historian

The Walls Have Ears: The Greatest Intelligence

Operation of World War II

Wednesday 2nd October 2019

Trip to Bletchley Park - limited spaces available –

register interest via the website

Wednesday 16th October 2019

Speaker: Prof John Buckley, War Studies,

Wolverhampton Uni.

British Airborne Landing at Arnhem in 1944 –

Myth and Reality

Wednesday 13th November 2019

Speaker: Maj. Gen. Gordon Risius ret’ d.

A Remarkable Murder Court Martial

Wednesday 11th December 2019

Speaker David Ray - historian

Colditz: Beyond and Behind the Myths

Wednesday 15th January 2020

Speaker: Grp Capt David Drew RAF Pilot ret’d,

County Chairman, Royal British Legion

Air-to-Air refuelling during the Falklands

Campaign and for the period 1982-84

Wednesday 5th February 2020

Speaker: Robert Dicketts – Historian

Agent Celery – Our Man in Hamburg - a true spy

story of World War II

All talks will take place at Woodcote Village Hall,

Reading Road, Woodcote, RG8 0QY, unless

separately notified, and will start at 7.30pm.

Light refreshments will be provided.

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Judith Sulley -


Judith Sulley, Chair of the Audio Visual Group which is affiliated to Wantage Camera Club, will show

how images can be combined with video clips and audio tracks to create an audio-visual slide show of,

for example, holiday or wedding pictures.

Judith will demonstrate how easy it is to put a simple audio-visual sequence of images together with

the latest version of the 'Pictures to Exe' software, and then go on to show how to set up and import

files, look at timing, import music and videos, and finally complete the audio-visual by publishing the

final version.

A great evening for everyone with thousands of pictures on their computer, and who would like to find

ways of showing them to other people in a new and exciting way.

Tuesday 2nd July, 7.30 pm - 10 pm, doors open at 7 pm; visitor fee £3.

Martin Cooper -

Wantage Camera Club welcomes Martin to talk about his photography. Martin tends to describe

himself as a landscape photographer, as he loves the British countryside and hopes to convey this

through his images. The talk is therefore mainly landscape based and covers 3 aspects; colour, mono

and impressionist work. This promises to be an evening of landscapes with a difference.

For a preview of Martin's work please see https://www.martincooperphotography.com

Tuesday 27th August, 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.

Berkshire Family History Society

“Queues, U-boats and useless mouths: Food in WW2” Talk

with Mike Cooper – 25th July (Thursday) 2-4pm. Tickets: £5 (society members £4) – includes tea and

cake. Booking recommended but you can pay at the door, subject to availability. More people starved in

WW2 than were killed by bombs or bullets, yet Britain emerged from

the war healthier and with a better diet than ever before. This

fascinating talk looks at the choices made by the warring nations, and

at food at home in Britain and the British Army.

“Jack of Newbury” Talk

with Dr David Peacock – 22nd August 2-4pm (Thursday). Tickets: £5

(society members £4) –

includes tea and cake.

Booking recommended but you can pay at the door, subject to

availability. Jack of Newbury (John Winchcombe) was producing

cloth on an industrial scale in and around Newbury during Henry

VIII’s reign. It brought him immense wealth and considerable

status. Come and hear local historian Dr David Peacock, unravel

the story of this colourful and important character.

Booking in advance is highly recommended, but turn up and you can pay on the day, if places are still

available. For more information on the society and to book your place see: www.berksfhs.org.uk


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Laura Makin Legal Services Ltd

Simple, straight forward, no fuss. Fully

qualified local Lawyer.

Wills (single £150 double £200

Will trusts £300)

Powers of Attorney (£150 / £200)

Probate advice (£120 per hour)

In the comfort of your own home,

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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


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


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

concerts of 2019, Didcot Concert Orchestra is

back for the next performance at Cornerstone

on Sunday 6th 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 (ASTA)

A small, retirement age group affiliated to

U3A, meeting Wednesdays 2pm–4pm at

Hanover Court, Craven Way, off Newlands

Avenue, Didcot OX11 8NU (opp. Edmunds Park)

A good chat over tea or coffee and sometimes

a card or scrabble game. On the 3rd Wed of

each month a visit to a local pub for lunch.

New members welcome. Please contact

Margaret on 01235 352904 to let ASTA know

you would like to give them a try.

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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Heating Services

- Boiler Installation, Servicing &


- Landlord Gas Safety Certificates

- Central Heating System Design

- Plumbing Maintenance

- L.P.G. Certified

M. 07875 954659

T. 01235 413288


Gas Safe Reg. 561112

‘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 Didcot Writers

at http://bit.do/didcotwriters



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

as part of GirlGuiding for girls aged

between 5 and 14.

Great Western Park, Didcot





01491 872853





ACG Locksmiths

Door & Window Locks

Fittings & Repairs

Over 25 years experience

01491 68 20 50

07710 409216


A group of professional

people working together to

continue to raise the profile

of Didcot and opportunities

for businesses of all sizes in

Didcot and District.

Tel. 01235 511550 or Visit




To advertise e-mail Mike at mgmags@btinternet.com

30 The Didcot Directory

Index of Advertisers

Next issue: September / October ’19

Copy Deadline: 8th August ‘19

Aerial Services

Oxford Aerials……………………..….5

Bathrooms & Kitchens


Garden Rooms

Bathstone Garden Rooms…………5

Handyman & Decorating

The 50 Plus……………………….……29

uPVC Windows & Doors

The Window Doctor…………..………..11

Water Softeners

JM Softeners…………………….………….7


Beauty Essentials………..……..…..7

Care Homes

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

Clubs & Events……………..26 - 28


Oxford Fencing Supplies…………11

Didcot Film Club………………….22


The 50 Plus……………………..……29

Estate Agents

Church Robinson.......................BP

Family Law

Amanda Greenough Solicitorsl…13

Laura Makin Legal Services……..21


Oxford Fencing Supplies……….…11

Inheritance Planning

Amanda Greenough Solicitors…..13


Church Robinson…………………….17


ACG Services………………………….11

Mental Health Support


Plumbing & Heating

Liam Corrigan Heating Services….29

Passey Plumbing & Heating………..7

The 50 Plus……………………………..29

Retirement Living

Williams Pl., McCarthy & Stone….15


EL-ITE Roofing………………………..5


Amanda Greenough Solicitors……13

Laura Makin Legal Services…….…21


Amanda Greenough…………………….13

Laura Makin Legal………………..……..21

Window & Door Repair

The Window Doctor………………..……11

Association of Independent

Magazine Publishers


The South Oxfordshire Business Network (SOBN) has been established to provide a peer

to peer group networking opportunity for businesses based in and around South


The concept of the network is that people buy from people. The events of the network

encourage collaboration and relationship building.

Our aim is to help established businesses build long-term profitable relationships and

strategic alliances with each other.

The majority of events are held in or near Didcot, a unique location for networking. Some

events are held across South Oxfordshire. The main events contain a social element and

are based around building relationships in a relaxed environment.

If you own or work in a business in or near South Oxfordshire, why not come and check

what SOBN can do for you?

More information on www.sobn.co.uk

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