Faringdon Newspapers is a small, friendly local run business based in the heart of the Market Place in Faringdon, Oxfordshire in the south-western corner of the county, in the Vale of the White Horse. Faringdon, whose population is around 8000, is approximately 18 miles from Oxford and 12 miles from Swindon and sits just off the A420 trunk road, which links the two. The town sits underneath Folly Hill, which is notable for its landmark tower and tourist attraction, the Faringdon Folly, after which the newspaper is named.
Faringdon Newspapers is owned by Tindle Newspapers, who are based in Farnham, Surrey and who own over 200 free and paid for titles all over the country.
Tindle Newspapers was founded by Sir Ray Tindle, who began the group with £300 demob money given to soldiers at the end of the Second World War, and was knighted in 1994 for his services to the newspaper industry.
Tindle Newspapers acquired the Faringdon Folly in 2000 from its original owners, Ian and Carmen Smith, who founded the title in 1989. The What’s On in Faringdon, founded in 1982, was acquired from Steve and Jenny Braithwaite around the same time, together with the What’s On in Fairford and Lechlade and the What’s On in Wantage - a later acquisition in 2006.
Faringdon Newspaper has one paid for title and three free editions that reach over 23,000 homes every month covering local events, local news stories and local advertising, particularly local trades. The circulation area reaches several miles in each direction and includes the villages of Stanford-in-the-Vale, Watchfield, Shrivenham, Coleshill, Buscot, Eaton Hastings, Great and Little Coxwell, Shellingford, Bourton, Ashbury, Littleworth, Kingston Bagpuize with Southmoor, Buckland, Radcot and other small hamlets in the area.