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Oxford Story-telling and Music Festival

Wed. 21–Sun., 25 Mar.: a full weekend of stories and musical entertainment for all the family. Story-telling shows for adults/children's events/come-all-ye story-telling circles/story walks in town and country/museum events/beginners workshops/master classes. Featuring Sally Pomme Clayton (of The Company of Story-tellers), and Scottish vocalist Janet Russell, plus a host of local talent. Prices from £6 to free. For a full brochure and bookings contact The Old Fire Station 01865 794494.

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Oxford Bach Choir

Sat., 10 Mar., 7.30 p.m. at the Sheldonian Theatre, Carmina Buranaby Carl Orff, and Mele Livida(Songs of Catullus) by Robert Walker. Conducted by Nicholas Cleobury. Tickets £6–£35 from Oxford Playhouse Box Office (tel.: 01865 798600).

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Oxford University Museum of Natural History Shop

Heralding the approach of spring, our traditional, non-calorific assortment of stone eggs is joined by seasonal mugs, botanical cards, and a totally new product–nesting tubes for attracting red mason bees to the garden. A 10% discount is offered Mon.–Fri., on production of a University card at the start of a transaction. Easter closure Thurs., 12 Apr.– Sun., 15 Apr. inc. Otherwise open daily (inc. Easter Monday and the May bank holidays), 12 noon–5 p.m. Sales enquiries (2)72961.

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Restoration and Conservation of Antique Furniture

John Hulme undertakes all aspects of restoration: 30 years' experience; collection and delivery. For free advice, telephone or write to: The Workshop, 11A High Street, Chipping Norton, Oxon., OX7 5AD. Tel.: 01608 641692.

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Tuition Offered

Junior English Courses: are you an overseas parent studying or working in Oxford, and looking for an English language course for your children at Easter? Atlas English is a small, high-quality school which provides Easter course for Juniors from 11–17 years old, from 26 Mar.–20 Apr. Central location, qualified teachers with long experience of dealing with this age group. Full social activities programme included. We also run summer courses from mid-June to Sept. Please contact Stephanie Gosling on 01869 247671, or e-mail:

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Services Offered

Big or small, we ship it all, plus free pick up anywhere in Oxford. Also 24-hour photocopying, private mailing addresses (24-hour access, and mail forwarding world-wide), binding, fax bureau, colour photocopying, mailing services, and much more. Contact or visit Mail Boxes Etc., 266 Banbury Rd., Oxford. Tel.: Oxford 514655, fax: 514656, E-mail:

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Domestic Services

Northern Italian family (from Vicenza), with 2 children, 3 and 6 years, offer accommodation and small salary to a girl willing to play and speak English at home–3 month minimum. Please respond to:

Carpet/upholstery/curtain cleaning by Grimebusters, your local specialists. Quality work, competitive prices. Domestic, commercial, college. Also carpet/upholstery stain protection, pre-occupancy cleaning, flood cleaning/drying, oriental rug cleaning. For free estimates and friendly advice, call Grimebusters. Tel.: Oxford 726983 or Abingdon 555533.

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Situations Vacant

Part-time Assistant: needed for the Oxford University Society, for interesting work on Oxford University Alumni Travel Programme. Good English and computer skills required. Pleasant office, central Oxford: 6–10 hrs p.w. Pay according to experience. Please contact, Caroline Harrison, Alumni Travel Administrator on tel.: 01865 288087, fax.: 01865 288086, e-mail:

Secretary, part-time, required by retired North Oxford academic; times flexible. Tel.: 01865 511413.

Local Garden Picture Library seeks temporary help inputting data into computer library management system. Accuracy and attention to detail is essential, and a knowledge of plants would be an advantage. Hours flexible to suit the right candidate. Small, friendly office, based in Charlbury, just 15 minutes by train from Oxford. Applications in writing to: Andrew Lawson Photography, Gothic House, Church Street, Charlbury OX7 3PP.

Local Garden Picture Library seeks full-time office assistant to provide general support in our small but busy library supplying images of plants and gardens to the publishing world. Enthusiasm and willingness to learn more important than experience but you will need to be neat, accurate and at ease with computers. Good working conditions and pay. Applications in writing to: Andrew Lawson Photography, Gothic House, Church Street, Charlbury OX7 3PP.

Graduates required to write abstracts of English- and foreign-language articles/books about modern and contemporary art on a freelance basis. Flexible schedule and workload. All languages: German and French particularly welcome. Please send c.v. to Catherine McBeth at ARTbibliographies Modern, 35A Great Clarendon Street, Oxford OX2 6AT. Tel.: 01865 311350, fax: 01865 311358, e-mail:

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Houses to Let

An attractive and newly re-furbished, and re-furnished, 2-bedroom property in Wolvercote Village, within the Oxford ring-road: comprising, reception, kitchen, bedroom, bedroom/study, bathroom, private garden, own off-street parking. Close to Port Meadow and The Trout. No pets. Non-smokers preferred. £795 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 762502 after 6 p.m.

Old Headington: award-winning, converted chapel, in a quiet secluded position among beech trees, 5 minutes' from John Radcliffe Hospital. Fully furnished. Living room, 2 stories high, double bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, larder, garden, car parking space, gas c.h. £900 p.c.m. plus services. Tel.: 01865 763886.

New Marston: 3-bedroom house, furnished, garage, easy access to city centre by cycle path, to be let from 1 Apr.–31 July (possibly mid-Aug.if desired). £750 p.m. inc. utilities (but plus phone bill). Dr B. Frellesvig, e-mail:

Fully-furnished house to let (short term) in Yarnton: 2 double bedrooms, gas c.h., washing machine, telephone, TV/video etc. Garage. £800 p.c.m. plus bills. Tel.: 01452 617627.

Oxford: a very pleasant 4-bedroom house close to the city centre with bathroom, kitchen, garden, washing machine etc. Available from 1 Sept., preferably for 1 year. £850 p.m. Please contact Margaret Brett 01865 554384 or e-mail:

Lifestyle Letting and Management, 1 North Parade Avenue, Oxford: Foxglove Cottage, Woodstock–£850 p.c.m.; spacious modern 2-bedroom cottage with garage, offered unfurnished. Available Apr.: Hobson Road, Summertown–£1,300 p.c.m; smartly presented 3-bedroom family house with parking, fully furnished. Available now. Contact us for a full list of property: tel.: 01865 554577, fax: 01865 554578, e-mail:, Web-site:

Large Victorian town-house, in central Jericho, set over 4 floors. Extensive family rooms, inc. large living room over 1 floor, and kitchen and dining room over lower ground floor. First and second floors accommodate 2 double bedrooms, 1 large single bedroom and family bathroom with shower. The property is available furnished, with a small enclosed garden to the rear of the property. For more information please contact Julia at Finders Keepers, 226 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford, OX2 7BY. Tel.: 01865 311011, or visit our website at:

North Oxford furnished house available from 1 Sept., for 1 year or less. Charming, quiet, easy to maintain, fully furnished house in Jericho/north Oxford. Walk to university, train station, bus station, near Port Meadow, c.h., recently re-decorated, secluded garden, 2½ bathrooms, washing machine, dryer, telephone, linen, dishes, 2 bicycles. Two bedrooms, £990 p.m., or 3 bedrooms, £1,350 p.m. (inc. bedsit with separate kitchen and entrance). Contact: OXFORD: J.Mackrell (eves., or mornings 7-8 a.m.), tel.: 01865 775567; CANADA: A. Gaston, tel.: (613) 745 1368, fax.: (613) 745 0299, e-mail:

Make finding accommodation easy. Finders Keepers have a dedicated approach to helping you find the right property. Browse through our website for up-to-date detailed information on properties available and make use of our interactive database, priority reservation service (credit cards accepted), personal service and professional advice. For further information please contact Finders Keepers at 226, Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7BY. Tel.: 01865 311011. Fax: Oxford 556993. Email: Internet site:

Oxford: Eighteenth-c. house, furnished, secluded garden, 3 miles city centre, frequent buses. 1 Sept.–20 June 2002. Three bedrooms, gas c.h., fully equipped kitchen, locked carport. Rent £900 p.c.m. Tel./fax: 01865 778768.

Summertown (near St Edward's School): large comfortable 3-bedroom, semi-detached house with garden. Easy access to city and colleges. Available 21 July–2 Sept., (6 wks). Rent £950 plus bills. For careful and caring tenants. Non-smokers please. Deposit and references required. E-mail: Tel.: 01865 516556.

Restored coach-house to let to single person/couple in historic location, 10 miles north of Oxford–bus service, magnificent views, parking, sitting room, kitchen, 1 bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, hall. Fully-furnished and equipped. Available mid-Apr. £525 p.c.m. exc. Tel.: 01993 813569.

Old Headington: award-winning, converted chapel, in a quiet secluded position among beech trees, 5 minutes' from John Radcliffe Hospital. Fully furnished. Living room, 2 stories high, double bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, larder, garden, car parking space, gas c.h. £900 p.c.m. plus services. Tel.: 01865 768775.

Lovely luxurious Victorian house, with gardens and parking, in sought-after location south of Summertown. Very attractively furnished and well equipped, this academic's home is available during owner's sabbatical for the following periods (some flexibility): 26 Feb., for 4–6 weeks, Trinity term plus, i.e. 20 Apr.–late June, possibly July. Double living room, kitchen/diner, large conservatory/second living room, available on 2 or 3 bedroom basis (4th bedroom out of use) to careful caring tenants. References essential. Phone/fax: 0131 668 1067.

Modern furnished family house available for 6 months with 2 double bedrooms and study, large easily maintained gardens, and ample parking. Located near to Bicester with access to M40 junctions 9 and 10, as well as A34 north and south. Large kitchen/breakfast room, family bathroom, downstairs cloakroom, integral garage and patio are to the rear. Excellent for short term visiting family. For more information please contact Julia at Finders Keepers, 226 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7BY. Tel.: 01865 311011 or visit our website at:

An Englishman's home is his castle---so the saying goes. We cannot pretend that we have too many castles on offer but if you are seeking quality rental accommodation in Oxford or the surrounding area we may be able to help. QB Management is one of Oxford's foremost letting agents, specialising in lettings to academics, medical personnel, and other professionals. Our aim is to offer the friendliest and most helpful service in Oxford. Visit our Web site at: and view details of all the properties that we have currently available to let. Alternatively, telephone, fax, or email us with details of your requirements and we will do whatever we can without obligation. Tel.: 01865 764533, fax: 764777, email:

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Flats to Let

Cambridge flat, city centre, fully furnished, to let for 6 months, Apr.–Sept. Private entrance, 2 floors, balcony, all appliances. £750 p.c.m., inc. all charges: electricity, gas, water, council tax, service charge, T.V. licence. E-mail: Tel.: 01223 322290.

Central North Oxford, 10 minutes' walk from city centre, University Parks, all main university buildings, and very close to the river. Available for short/long lets. Three exceptionally well-furnished, comfortable flats in extremely quiet, civilised, large Victorian house in this exclusive, leafy, residential Victorian suburb, with large, light, airy rooms: (1) Ground-floor, available 1 May, 1 double, 1 single bedroom, large drawing-room, kitchen, bathroom. (2) First-floor flat available from 1 Apr., second-floor from 1 July. Each with large double bedroom, large drawing-room, kitchen, bathroom. Off-street parking, large secluded garden. Tel./fax: 01865 552400.

North Oxford : 2-bedroom, furnished purpose-built first-floor apartment, with large lounge, 1 double, 1 single bedroom, at a stone's throw from Summertown shops and restaurants. One and a half miles from city centre. Available from late Mar., best suited to professional or visiting academics. £725 p.c.m. Tel.: 01865 516144 or fax: 01865 437996.

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Accommodation Sought

Urgent: professionals require 2/3 bedroom accommodation with garden, to rent, 1 year+. Semi/unfurnished, Oxford area, from end-Mar. Deposit and excellent references. Tel.: 01865 224101 (work) or e-mail:

Friendly, young academic/professional couple seek 1-bedroom flat to rent in central/north Oxford, for 1 year from mid-Mar. Excellent references available. All responses most gratefully received. Please call James or Halina on 01865 511529.

Medical Professor, accompanied by his wife, and working at the John Radcliffe Hospital seeks accommodation in or around Oxford for 5 weeks from the 30 Apr., 2001. Two-bedroom flat or house would be ideal but happy to consider anything. For further details please contact 01865 220970.

Going abroad? Or just thinking of letting your property? QB management is one of Oxford's foremost letting agents and property managers. We specialise in lettings to both academic and professional individuals and their families, and have a constant flow of enquiries from good quality tenants seeking property in the Oxford area. If you would like details of our services, or if you simply need some informal help and advice without obligation, telephone us: 01865 764533, fax us: 764777, or e-mail us: Alternatively, we would invite you to visit our Web site at: http:/ and see how we could be marketing your property.

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Accommodation Offered

Two rooms (bedroom and sitting-room/study) available for rent in a large house in Oxford (Headington). Close to bus stops, walking distance to Churchill/Warneford sites. Suit female postgrad/academic/professional. Non-smokers only. £400 p.m. exc. bills. Phone 01865 741666.

Quiet room in attractive and comfortable old family farmhouse, in rural setting, in village 8 miles drive north of Peartree/north Oxford. £60 p.w., parking, use of facilities. Would suit sociable postgraduate or weekly commuter. Short or long let. Tel.: 01869 350034 or 0831 718231.

Grandpont, south Oxford, 10 minutes from city centre. Four bedrooms (2 linked), dining room, kitchen, bathroom, and separate w.c. Small patio. Available 1 Aug., (possibly earlier) until 1 Oct., 2002. Suit non-smoking graduate couple and 2 friends. Rent £850 p.c.m. plus bills and council tax (if applicable), call 01865 241845 to view.

Paying guests, visiting academics, welcomed for short or long stays in the warm, comfortable home of a semi-retired academic couple in exclusive, quiet, central North Oxford, within walking distance of all main university buildings, town centre, parks, river, shops and restaurants. All rooms have colour TV, tea-/coffee-making facilities, microwave, and refrigerator or refrigerator availability, c.h., and independent heating. Breakfast included in the very moderate terms. Tel./Fax: 01865 557879.

Fully-furnished accommodation in South Oxford. Entrance hall and spacious ground-floor bedroom with twin beds, first-floor kitchen, sitting/dining room with TV, bathroom, and a second large bedroom with twin beds. Central heating, gas cooker, fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer. Available from Apr. Rent £790 p.m. inc. electricity, water and gas but exc. telephone and Council Tax bills. Non-smokers only. For further details please tel.: 01865 249063.

Large bright beautiful basement room for rent in our home in North Central Oxford; c.h., own access, telephone, bathroom and basic cooking facilities; ideal as study or artist/writer's studio; applications to use as living space from single professionals or mature graduate students considered. £95 max. p.w., inc. bills (except telephone and council tax increment, if applicable). Tel.: 01865 557932.

Finders Keepers specialises in managing your home and investment. With our 27 years' experience we assure you of a high level of service from dedicated and professional letting and management teams. Many of our landlords have remained with us since we opened and are still reaping the benefits of our high standards of property management. If you would like details of our services please contact Finders Keepers at 226 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7BY. Tel.: 01865 311011, fax: Oxford 556993, email: Internet site:

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Accommodation Exchange

Free Summer holiday accommodation exchange in the US: a professor from Hingham, Massachusetts, US (Boston area) would like to exchange his home for housing accommodation in Oxford this summer. The approximate dates are mid-July–mid-Aug., with flexibility on both ends. Basic needs are: 2-3 bedroom house or flat, in or around Oxford, and a car (bikes would be an added plus). Please contact: for queries or further details.

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Summer Let

Large semi-detached house, less than 2 miles north of city centre: 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, all modern conveniences, extensive garden leading onto playing fields. Non-smokers preferred. Available mid-July–mid-Aug. £500 p.w. (fully inc.). Boswell 01865 432597, e-mail:

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Holiday Lets

Kyle of Lochalsh: fully modernized traditional West Highland house (3 bedrooms) in own secluded grounds of acre surrounded by National Trust for Scotland woodland gardens, 40 yards from sea and with magnificent views to Skye and Glenelg. Available all year. Tel.: 01865 761000.

Thatched house in historic village near Oxford: ETB 5 Star, sleeps 9/10, 3-acre garden, duck pond, private, luxurious heaven. Web site: Also, in same village, ancient thatched house, sleeps 6/7. Spacious, comfortable, ½ acre. Available Easter, Summer. Tel.: 01865 881553.

Renvyle Bay, Connemara: 100 yards from the Atlantic, cottage, sleeps 10, all mod. cons except TV/Tel., linen included, high chair, cot. Available now to 11 Aug., except 31 Mar.–28 Apr., and 25 May–2 June. Unspoilt beaches, adventure centre, scuba diving, golf, fishing, National Park with facilities for children, all nearby. Tel.: 01993 811142.

Italy, Umbria: `Casa Colonica' on its own road in hills, 5 miles NE of Assisi, in National Park: superb views, wild life, kitchen/dining/sitting room, 2 double bedrooms, large bathroom. Car essential; Lombardia, Lake Como: apartment in village house, closely overlooking lake; 25 minutes from Como city. 1 double bedroom, sitting room/kitchenette, bathroom, open terrace. For either let: £300 p.w., £550 per fortnight. Tel.: 01865 768775.

France: beautiful old farmhouse high above the Sorgues valley in the Languedoc/Aveyron hills. Easy drives to the Gorges du Tarn, Millau, Montpellier, Albi. Enormous stone-flagged living area with mezzanine. Magnificent kitchen. Huge beams and fireplace. Five bedrooms (sleeping up to 11). Utility room. Barn. Roof terrace. Orchard garden with hammocks. Stunning views. Glorious walks. River bathing. Riding and tennis. Excellent restaurants. Completely unspoilt area. £250–£550 p.w. Tel.: 01865 244619.

Italy, Umbria: traditional country house set within its own land of 6 hectares, guaranteeing privacy and quiet. Golf course, and water sports at Lake Trasimeno nearby, 35 minutes from Perugia. Two apartments available with beautiful views and private terraces. Each apartment has 1 double and 1 twin/double plus use of pool. Prices from £350 p.w. Tel.: 0039 075 9410217, e-mail:

Delicious Irish cottage, Donegal, sleeps 4–6. Open fires, Aga, overlooking lake, rowing boat and scenery included, pets welcome. You are in the heart of Ireland's lake district, perfect country retreat. A place to dream and relax. Beaches, golf, fishing, good pubs, music and much more. Tel.: 00353 96 49 181.

Catalonia: well-appointed 4-bedroom house in the unspoilt Catalonian village of Regencos (about 60 miles north-east of Barcelona and 4 miles inland), near Palafrugell; available May, June, July and Sept. Several superb beaches within a radius of 6 miles. Several superb beaches within a radius of 6 miles. The house, which sleeps 7, is on 2 floors, each of which is a self-contained flat with kitchen, bathroom, and lounge/dining area. The ground floor has a large double bedroom, and a single, while the upper floor has a similar double bedroom, and a further twin-bedded room. Attractive roof garden with superb views over surrounding countryside. Spanish maid visits every Sunday and will cook delicious meals. £1,000 p.c.m., £550 per fortnight, or £300 p.w. Ring Dr Charles Mould, 01451 860876 (fax: 01451 861691), e-mail: for further particulars.

Castle in Edinburgh! Fifteenth-c. tower house on hill, easy access to city centre, 2 bedrooms, one with four-poster, battlements with splendid views, magnificently restored and furnished. 7–12 May. Phone/fax: 0131 668 1067.

Tuscany, Italy: charming, seventeenth-century farmhouse in unspoilt mountain village with magnificent views. Spacious accommodation, fully modernised with lovely garden and swimming pool. Near Lucca, easy access to Pisa and Florence. Sleeps 8–10. Not available in Aug. Tel.: 0208 446 4913.

Dordogne and Rome holiday rentals: stone house in an acre of garden in the Dordogne, France, with a fabulous 270 degree panorama (sleeps 8/10). Also Rome, 19th-c., country farmhouse with lovely views, 45 minutes' from Rome, and two hours to Florence (sleeps 4 with downstairs rooms available to sleep 4 more). Prices vary from £250--£550 p.w. Private owner. Tel.: 01223 353603 or e-mail: for details.

Crete. A traditional Cretan house in old town Rethimno, superbly renovated to provide space and comfort in beautifully furnished surroundings. Elevated, vine-covered, sitting area with brick barbecue---perfect for alfresco dining. It is in a quiet area, and close to long, sandy beach, taverns, shops, and the many interesting sights in and around this historic area. Sleeps 4 (1 double, 1 twin). Available all year round. All linen, electricity and cleaning inc. 2001 rates on request. Tel./fax: Nikolaos Glinias, 0030 831 56525, e-mail:

Cevennes--Gard/Lozere/Ardeche borders: spacious, newly refurbished apartment in stone Cevenol `mas', on the periphery of Mont Lozere National Park. Vine-covered terrace, adjoining modern kitchen; salon; 3 double bedrooms--sleep 8+; bathroom, and 2 shower rooms. Set at about 1000 ft, in over 2 acres of mature gardens, the house is on the edge of a very quiet hamlet- -near a village with shops--in an area of dramatic mountain scenery, with attractive river- swimming. Nimes, Pont du Gard, Avignon, Arles, Montpellier, Southern Rhone vineyards--and the Mediterranean--all within easy reach. Available April onwards (from £200 p.w.). Non- smokers only, please. Longer stays encouraged at lower rates; full c.h. available for winter lets. Apply (eves.): 01527 541360.

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House for Sale

Spacious 2-bedroom house with large L-shaped sitting-room/dining-room in Witney (12 miles from Oxford); upstairs bathroom and downstairs w.c. Generous cupboard space. Gas c.h. Secluded, walled garden. In excellent condition. No chain. Price £103, 950. Tel.: for further information: 01865 554684.

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Flats for Sale

Seaside flat for sale in Italy: south of Ancona overlooking Adriatic Sea, and gardens. Third-floor, 2-bedroom flat, lift, own c.h., large living-room with kitchen corner, storage room with shelves, 2 very large balconies, telephone and all facilities connected and working. Informally furnished in well-built, secure block. £95,000. Tel.: 01865 514007.

St Thomas Street, Oxford: a unique opportunity to acquire a first-floor modern flat in a development close to the city centre, railway station, and Said Business School. Entrance hall leading to sitting-room, exceptionally well-equipped kitchen, 2 double bedrooms with built-in wardrobes, bathroom with overhead shower, double length garage. Entry phone security system to secure Mews courtyard. £198,000. Contact: A. N. Lane, 01865 514516 (home), 01865 459204 (home).

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For Sale

Vintage Oxford bike for sale: gents Raleigh bicycle c. 1944. Ridden almost daily at Oxford during my 3 years at Worcester 1953-56. In very good condition. Cable brakes and 3-speed. Offers invited. Can be viewed in Oxford. Contact: Patrick Tolfree, 12 St Helen's Road, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1SD. Tel.: + 44 (0) 1305 266273, e-mail: n

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