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April February - May- March 2013 2013

Maidenhead Maidenhead •• Cookham Cookham •• Bray Bray


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dining at the Quince Tree

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fashion

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amazing Aubergine

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hand and nail care

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passion for chocolate

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Stars

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Mercedes-Benz CLA class

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are you ready for RTI?

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adopting a pet

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out and about

Meet our writers Sophie Ward Health articles www.cookhamhomeopathy.co.uk

Vanessa Woolley Freelance Writer and Marlow FM presenter

Christine Chalklin Horoscopes www.RestyleYourLife.co.uk

Natalie Trice Gadgets and Property www.justbecauseilove.co.uk

Harriet Subramanian Travel and Business www.withinpr.com

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reader’s offer - Terre d’Oc

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reader’s offer - hand and foot care

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reader’s offer - Ian Trevelayan by Dermot O’Hanlon

Snippets Celebrity chef, Luke Thomas delighted pupils at Herries Preparatory School in Cookham Dean on Red Nose Day by giving them a very special morning assembly. Luke demonstrated how to make a “quick and easy” white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake with two lucky volunteers from the school

Sally Todd Sally’s Smalltalk www.sallytodd.com

Phil Walker Coaching and Business www.wttresults.co.uk

David Rhys Price Recipes www.thespicychef.co.uk Kate Robinson Something for the weekend www.kate-robinson.co.uk Claire Fryer Pets www.onetothree.co.uk

Jill Coleby and Vanessa Faulkner Gardening www.colebyandfaulkner.co.uk

Jacky and Mark Bloomfield Country Wise www.mandjbloomfield.com

Swish Boutique Fashion www.swishboutique.co.uk

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Welcome to the April/May issue. As the clocks have now gone forward we can only hope that with the longer days the weather will get warmer but as I write this we are still experiencing some snow!!

Editor Serena Edwards serena@AlongTheThames.co.uk

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Contributors Harriet Subramanian, Phil Walker Christine Chalkin, Kasia Cole, Jill Coleby, David Rhys Price, Claire Fryer, Sally Todd, Vanessa Woolley, Jacky & Mark Bloomfield, Sophie Ward, Natalie Trice, Kate Robinson

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I’d like to welcome Natalie Trice to our team of contributors. Natalie is a freelance writer and blogger and will be looking at gadgets/apps and property. We’d also like to welcome Joanne as she will be concentrating on the advertising for the magazine, so do get in touch. On the page opposite you will notice that all our writers are now in one place and we have detailed the areas that they specialise on within the magazine. We‘d like to say a big thank you to them as they are all from the local area and contribute to the articles within the magazine. Love Chocolate or fancy a holiday where chocolate is the centre-piece? Then look no further than page 26. In this issue we look at the latest colour trends this spring and how to look after your nails. There are a vast range of products out there to help you achieve soft and beautiful hands and we give you an insight to some of these. We have two giveaways in this issue the chance to win three products from Mavala for both hands and feet along with some of the latest make-up from Terre d’Oc - see pages 14 and 15 respectively. As ever we cover lots of our usual topics, with Sophie looking at antibiotics, Claire looking at adopting a pet and Harriet gives you a heads up on the new payroll rules. If you are a small business them these new payroll rules may affect you so it may be useful to turn to page 42 for an update on these. Fancy a night out with a difference? We were lucky enough to have the opportunity to review The Quince Tree at Stonor recently What a great venue this is combining a pub, a shop, a cafe and fine dining all under the one roof, with something for everyone at this venue. As the days get longer and hopefully warmer then you might consider getting out in the local area, there is always plenty to do so why not visit our Out and About section, from page 48 onwards, for some ideas on what to do. As always, until next time... Happy Reading

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SLOW ROASTED SHOULDER OF LAMB WITH FETA, RED PEPPERS & HONEY The lamb is slow roasted in a wine based stock for around four hours, which gives it a truly succulent taste. Serves 6 - 8 Cooking time 4 hours Ingredients: 2 kg Shoulder of lamb 4 Medium sized onions, peeled, cut into quarters 6 bulbs of garlic peeled and sliced. 1 Tablespoon sumac 2 Tablespoons of coriander seeds 1 Dessertspoon of sea salt 1 Dessertspoon coarsely ground black pepper Juice from 1 lemon 1 Dessertspoon garlic powder 4 Tablespoons of olive oil 200ml White wine 2 Tablespoons of light soy sauce 400ml Chicken stock 700g New potatoes 2 Large Red peppers deseeded and each cut into 8 chunks 3 Red chilli deseeded, sliced lengthways 4 Tablespoons clear honey 200g Feta cut into cubes 25g Pack of dill Zest of one lemon.

Method: 1. Pre-heat oven on 150C. Dry fry coriander seeds in saucepan for 1 minute and then place in pestle and mortar. Add the sea salt, lemon juice, sumac, powdered garlic and ground black pepper. Grind until a thick paste forms. 2. Using a sharp knife cut several grooves of about 10mm deep in the lamb joint, and rub the coriander mix into them. 3. Place joint in large roasting tin, and pour the soy sauce and olive oil evenly over the lamb. Add the onions and the wine mixed with the chicken stock;cover tray with tin foil. Cook for 2 hours on 150C. 4. Remove foil, add the potatoes and drizzle the honey over the lamb. Cook for another hour on 150C. 5. Pour the stock into a jug and put to one side. Add peppers to lamb. Cook for another hour on 170C. Ensure lamb is cooked through. 6. Skim as much fat as possible from the saved stock, cook until liquid reduces by a third. 7. Transfer lamb to a carving board, allowing lamb to rest before carving 8. Transfer vegetables to a separate bowl and keep warm. TO SERVE: Arrange the lamb slices, the vegetables then sprinkle with the lemon zest, feta, and sprigs of dill on a large serving platter. Serve the reduced stock in a gravy dish as an accompaniment.

Based in Maidenhead, David is a passionate cook and writer who provides catering for local functions. He creates his own take on dishes from around the world, particularly through the use of Spices. David Rhys Price ...The ‘Spicy Chef 4 LIVING ALONG THE THAMES


Summer Wedding Promotion To celebrate the launch of Crowne Plaza Marlow’s two new wedding packages, The Lake Package and The Fountain Package, the hotel is offering an amazing 10% discount on summer weddings which are held on specific dates in May – August 2013.* Crowne Plaza Marlow in the heart of the Thames Valley is a spectacular venue for a luxurious wedding. The stunning lakeside location speaks for itself and the unique facilities, combined with its style and ambience, provide the perfect setting. Combining traditional elegance with inimitable style, sumptuous dining and attention to detail, the team at Crowne Plaza Marlow aims to meet and exceed expectations and deliver an unforgettable day. From civil ceremony, wedding breakfast, to reception, the hotel can cater for any wedding, large or small, in its stylish and contemporary suites. A choice of Wedding Suites is available for wedding receptions and there are 4 areas licensed for civil ceremonies within the hotel, with capacities from 40 to 450 guests. Winterlake Suite seats 275 guests for your wedding breakfast and has panoramic views over the gardens and lake and offers direct access to the Terrace Bar, the ideal place to hold reception drinks.

The hotel is a unique venue with a banqueting suite for up to 300 dinner guests, complete with its own self contained facilities including a bar and kitchen. The suite is located on the first floor and can be allocated exclusively for the wedding party. These facilities are ideal if you would prefer for reasons of authenticity or religion to use a speciality external supplier to create a specific menu and experience for your guests. For intimate weddings and civil ceremonies, the Conservatory is ideal with an abundance of light and views of the garden, lake and its own paved terrace. Call 01628 496 860 to talk to a Dedicated Wedding Co-ordinator today, or email enquiries@cpmarlow.co.uk E: enquiries@cpmarlow.co.uk W: CPMarlow.co.uk Crowne Plaza Marlow, Fieldhouse Lane, Marlow, Bucks, SL7 1GJ.

*10 % discount is available for new bookings only on 6th/24th/31st May, 9th/30th June, 19th/21st/28th July, 2nd/4th/ 31st August. Subject to availability.

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Cliveden celebrates the birthday of one of Britain’s most illustrious women: Nancy Astor’s Birthday Party, Sunday 19 May The National Trust estate of Cliveden near Maidenhead invites you to join a glamorous garden party on Sunday 19 May (11am - 4pm booking required) in celebration of the birthday of one of its most remarkable owners – Nancy Astor. The event takes Cliveden back to the glamorous era of the 1930s when Nancy Astor and her friends and family would have celebrated in the glorious grounds. The picturesque Water Garden will be transformed for the day, with live music, colourful bunting, a traditional Punch and Judy show and of course a very special birthday cake. Craft activities, including the chance to make a paper party hat, free face painting as well as Cliveden’s giant maze and the storybook themed play area provide further fun for youngsters. Visitors will be able to chat with famous characters from Cliveden’s glittering past, as celebrities¹ from

Nancy’s heyday stroll through the grounds whilst live musical entertainment will help ensure the day goes with a swing. “We’re hoping that hundreds of people come to enjoy the celebrations” says Katherine Walton, Visitor Services Officer. “The day will have a really traditional feel to it: informal, relaxed, and great fun for all the family!” Visitors are encouraged to dress in costumes from the period, from feather boas and straw boaters, to flapper dresses and flannels. Everyone is welcome to bring their own picnics; however, delicious refreshments are also on offer, with Catering Manager John Ward and his team laying on a feast of cream teas and other sweet treats, some made from period recipes: “Nancy was very partial to a fruit cake called Tennis Cake, which she served for picnic teas during tennis afternoons, and which we are recreating specially

for her birthday,” says John. Under Nancy and husband Waldorf Astor’s ownership in the early 20th-century, Cliveden became an elegant destination of the rich and powerful. An American society beauty who created history by becoming the first woman to take a seat in Parliament, Nancy transformed Cliveden into a centre of political and literary society. Guests included Kings Edward VII and George VI, writers and film stars such as George Bernard Shaw and Charlie Chaplin, and important political figures, amongst them Winston Churchill. Cliveden, Taplow, Maidenhead, Berks SL6 0JA. Tel: 01628 605069. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cliveden

Nancy Astor (nee Langhorne) was born on 19 May 1879 in the United States. She met her second husband, Waldorf Astor, on a liner bound for England and they married a few months later in May 1906. Waldorf’s father gave them Cliveden as a wedding gift where they entertained in lavish style for over 40 years.

Portrait of Nancy Astor by John Singer Sargent – National Trust Images / John Hammond

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‘Star Quality’

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IS AWARDED 3 AA ROSETTES... Celebrated Chef Chris Wheeler invites you to indulge your tastebuds at Humphry’s, Stoke Park’s 3 AA Rosette award winning restaurant. Open to all, Humphry’s fine dining restaurant allows you to enjoy ‘an experience you want to relive again and again’ (At Home with Marco PierreWhite). Named ‘ Top 5 Out of Town Restaurants’ by Square Mile Restaurant Guide 2012, Humphry’s innovative take on Modern British Cuisine and enviable wine list provide an unforgettable treat, all set within the sumptuous, romantic surroundings of Stoke Park’s Georgian mansion. In celebration of Chris Wheeler’s 10th Anniversary at Stoke Park, an exquisite 10 Course Taster Menu is on offer, showcasing a signature dish from each of the past 10 years! Open daily for lunch and dinner. To make a reservation please call 01753 717171 Stoke Park, Park Road, Stoke Poges, Bucks SL2 4PG www.humphrysrestaurant.co.uk LIVING ALONG THE THAMES 7


Dining at the Quince Tree

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he Quince Tree certainly has it all, a Pub, Café, Restaurant, Shop & Events space – all under one roof. No- one can leave disappointed at the choice on offer.

Located in Stonor, just a stone’s throw from Henley-onThames, The Quince Tree has plenty to offer - during the day you can enjoy a snack or cake in the café while browsing through some wonderful produce in the shop, or drop into the adjacent pub to sample some of the classic British dishes on offer. The pub is open for both lunch and dinner but the evening is when the Quince Tree really comes into its own with its fantastic Restaurant, offering in an intimate, relaxed, and beautifully decorated dining room. We visited The Quince Tree Restaurant recently and enjoyed a wonderful dining experience, with fantastic food complimented by knowledgeable and engaging staff. Chef Peter Eaton has created an array of wonderful dishes, drawing upon his previous experience at Le Manoir and The Vineyard at Stockcross to bring a fresh and modern twist to classic cuisine. The starters leave you spoilt for choice and we finally settled on the pan fried foie gras with a crispy duck crackling, along with pan seared scallop with a homemade black pudding. The black pudding was probably the best we have tasted in some time and had a wonderful melt-in-your-mouth texture. Choosing a main course was just as difficult, finally deciding on the slow roasted sirloin of beef with a 8 LIVING ALONG THE THAMES

braised shin cottage pie pan, along with fried sea bass with a white bean and chorizo ragout. The cottage pie served with the sirloin showcased two textures of the flavoursome beef in the one dish, giving it that innovative touch. The sea bass was perfectly cooked and we were presented with a surprisingly large portion of the lovely fish. Sometimes preferring to enjoy a vegetarian dish we were pleased to discover that the restaurant offered two choices in both the starters and main course offerings - a welcome touch as we normally have to ask what vegetarian choices may be on offer in other places. We weren’t sure if we really needed a dessert after two wonderful dishes each and a pre-dessert from the Chef but we couldn’t resist, and were finally tempted by a caramelised banana served with toffee popcorn and a peanut butter ice cream, along with a tonka bean parfait and salted caramel ganache. They were both stunning and were a great end to a fantastic meal, which left us in no doubt as to the quality of the dishes served throughout The Quince Tree. This Restaurant, Pub and Café & Shop are well worth a visit and given the choice on offer, once just isn’t enough. Opening hours: Thursday, Friday & Saturday 7pm – 11:30pm (last food orders 9pm) Call 01491 639 039 for more details or visit www.thequincetree.com Living Along The Thames


There’s a lot to discover at The Quince Tree: a Pub, Café, Restaurant & Shop – and it’s all under one roof. No froth, no fuss, just great British food. To find out more please visit www.thequincetree.com

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Wear •Top to Toe - wear the same colour all over your silhouette e.g. coat or dress •Block - mix bold colours e.g. green top with red jeans. •Splash - add a bright accessory e.g. belt or clutch to your outfit.

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Trend 2013 In 2013 the bob again surfaces as a trend – both with a fringe and without. So if you’re after a new hairstyle for 2013 and beyond, and want to brave the bob, this may just be the time. The trend has paved the way for shoulder length and chin length bob styles that are simple enough and modern enough to work across a variety of styles. Away from the bob, ultra long hair is the best way for a hair cut to make a big impact. The trend on the runways suggests a hair length that just reaches or covers the breasts, as the look hints at something mythological (think ancient goddesses and mermaids) – anything longer starts to lose its raw sex-appeal. Very long hair in 2013 can be cut in two main ways: blunt, or layered. The truth is that either can work equally well. If your hair is straight and all one length, a blunt can will mean you can work both a straight, sleek look and a more textured one.

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If you have some shorter layers – especially through the front – you’ve still got the right foundations for an on-trend long hairstyle. Since a lot of runway looks use extensions to achieve the right length because the most on-trend styles for long hair are the ones with plenty of volume and texture so it doesn’t matter if your hair is cut with some layers.

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Hand and Nail care READER’S OFFER For your chance to win a beauty bundle from terre d’Oc. please send your details to Office@AlongTheThames. co.uk by 10th May.

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1. Nail Inc present a new collection of manicure essentials - The Kensington Caviar Gel Effect Plumping Top Coat (£!2) and Flawless Base Coat (£12)to give you the WOW factor to your DIY Paint job! Plus the Express Nail Polish Remover (£6.95) - www.nailsinc.com 2. Hand and Nail Treatment Cream 100ml tube (£20) - www.clarins.co.uk 3. Lanolips Rose Balm Everyday for Very dry Hands & Nails (£9.95) - www.lanolips.com/uk 4. Stylfile the nail care brand of inventor and former Apprentice winner Tom Pellereau (£4.49). From various retailers including Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Boots. - www.stylfile.com 5. Younger Hands™ by Skin doctors contains sun skin filters in a lightweight and easily absorbed formula to protect against further damage (£30.60). Available at leading pharmacies and online retailers - www.skindoctors.co.uk

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7. SensatioNail ™ - Products to complete your pedicure are included in the SensatioNail ™ Starter Kit (£69.99), available at Boots stores nationwide. The SensatioNail ™ Essentials Kit (£25.00) and SensatioNail ™ Colour Gel Polishes (£15 each) are also available from Boots stores nationwide and www.boots.com. - www.sensationail.co.uk 8. In Safe Hands can be purchased online from www. angelalangford.com for £17.50 and it’s ideal for treating and healing damaged, dry and chapped hands.

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Terre d’Oc contains natural and organic makeup, with ingredients from fair trade plant oils, butters and vegetable pigments. The products are free from parabens, petrochemicals, artificial preservatives, fragrances and colours and are not tested on animals. The prize (worth £65) contains a black and a blue kohl eyeliner, natural BB cream, and a blue eyeshadow, perfect for creating on-trend looks for summer. Terre d’Oc’s range of natural and organic make-up and skincare products is available to buy from www.terredoc. co.uk and all good independent health stores nationwide.


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nails short but file them to a beautifully elegant shape. When filing your nails, go from the corner to the centre in one direction and follow the groove on the side of your nail. Sawing from side to side can make your nail split. Keep an emergency nail file on hand and smooth over any nicks to avoid your nail ripping and causing it to split or break. Moisturise your hands as often as you can to avoid cracking or drying out. When putting on nail varnish always put on a base coat, or even a clear nail polish, this will protect your nails from any discolouration after you remove the polish. When removing nail varnish do not swipe the cotton pad from side to side as it will stain your nail. Just place the pad on with the varnish remover, leave for 10 second to soak in and then pull off straight.

9. Get in the habit of wearing disposable gloves for all cleaning duties as they do really protect nails and skin from harsh chemicals that can cause broken and brittle nails and dry, rough hands. 10. If choosing a very dark or bright and bold polish on your hands, opt for French polish or a nude colour on toes to balance it out. Avoid wearing two different coloured polishes at the same time. Either match the colour or go for French on feet!

For your chance to win a Mava+ Extreme care for hands and a Smoothing Scrub cream and Hydorepairing foot care from Mavala worth £38.50, please send your details to Office@AlongTheThames. co.uk by 10th May. Mava+ Extreme Care contains nourishing ingredients such as Shea Butter which helps repair skin, seed oil which is excellent for strengthening skin’s barrier and soothe irritated skin while fragrance free products will reduce any irritation. Mava + Extreme Care For hands (£13.50). For the feet‘, Mavala’s Smoothing Scrub Cream (£13) to lightly soften feet.’

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France Baudet, owner of Cannelle (www. cannellebeaute.com) and the world’s leading hand model Gemma Howorth share their tips to keeping your nails looking beautiful 1. Keep your nail polishes in the fridge! You’ll notice drying time shorten and the polish will glide on beautifully. 2. If you have thin weak nails, try soaking them in pure olive oil for 10 minutes a day and watch them strengthen. It’s great for your skin as well. 3. Want your nails to grow faster? Buffing both stimulates growth and keeps your nails looking shiny and healthy. Give yourself a nail massage stimulating the blood circulation to the area to promote healthy nail growth. 4. When caring for your nails, it’s important to consider your lifestyle. If you are active in sports or other activities that are rough on the hands, it’s best to keep you

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Mavala’s Hydro-Repairing Foot Care (£12) contains moisturising agents to provide a protective layer that instantly smooths and controls the skin’s hydration levels.

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Nordic Walking is known by many names but pole walking, ski walking and Nordic ski walking are all basically the same activity with slightly differing techniques. Nordic Walking started in the 1930s in Finland when cross-country skiers would use poles on dry land for training exercises. The actual sport of Nordic Walking took off in Europe about a decade ago and is now catching on in North America. The benefits associated with Nordic Walking are rewarding no matter what your age, gender or size. When people start Nordic walking they generally notice measurable differences in their strength, weight and posture. • Burn up to 40% more calories during your walk. • Pump up your cardio by increasing oxygen consumption up to 25%. • Reduce stress to your knees and lower joints. • Strengthen your upper body and create resistance to build better bone density. • Adapt distance and intensity to weather, terrain, and physical condition of the individual. As with any exercise program, 16 LIVING ALONG THE THAMES

you should consult a physician before beginning Nordic Walking as it can be strenuous without perceived exertion. When selecting poles you should ask the following questions: 1. Are you a beginner? Then you will probably want to go with fully adjustable poles. Until you develop your technique, you may not be certain what size is absolutely best for you. 2. Are you Nordic Walking on different terrain with varied intensity? If so, you will probably use at least partially adjustable or fully adjustable poles. This will allow you to tweak the length when switching terrain giving you the maximum benefit of your workout. 3. Are you a person who always Nordic walks on similar terrain and rarely varies their technique? If so, fixed length poles may be suitable for you. Emmett and Stone Country Sports offers LEKI walking and Nordic Walking poles in store. It is also important to wear the right footwear. Emmett and Stone Country Sports also stock a range of

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Meindl Walking shoes and socks for those of us who enjoy the great outdoors. Meindl shoes have been produced to the highest standards for over 100 years and utilise special systems within the shoe to give you comfort and support when trekking or walking. It is also recommended that you wear correct fitting socks to match the trekking shoe.

For more information and advice about LEKI Poles and Meindl footwear please visit Emmett and Stone Country Sports at Wilton Farm, Marlow Road, Little Marlow, Bucks SL7 3RR. Call 01628474187 or visit their online store www.emmettandstone.co.uk


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Remedies from Mother Nature When GP Dr Rob Hicks wrote Old Fashioned Remedies: From Arsenic To Gin, his own family were a rich source of inspiration on natural ways to soothe common ailments. “My interest in all of these remedies came partly from seeing the female members of my family using everyday products to treat common ailments,” says Hicks. “These treatments are readily available and generally harmless so they’re worth a try if it’s convenient for you,” he says. “Plus, there is often little, if any, research behind these old remedies but they’re generally harmless and worth trying if you want something natural.” GINGER If stomach cramps and 18 LIVING ALONG THE THAMES

travel sickness are blighting your belly, reach for your spice rack and dip into one of the hardest-working roots in the kitchen. “Ginger is rare as an old wives’ remedy in that there is actually research around its antiinflammatory benefits,” says Hicks. “It has been used to treat morning sickness, travel sickness as well as nausea, as it’s thought that the ginger oils relax the stomach muscles, which in turn help ease the symptoms. “Ginger’s anti-inflammatory qualities can also be helpful for other ailments. “If you have a cold, I’d suggest adding gratings of fresh ginger into hot honey and lemon (mixed with hot water to drink), so that you then have the vitamin

C in the lemon and the antiseptic properties in the honey, as well as the anti-inflammatory qualities in the ginger,” suggests Hicks. BICARBONATE OF SODA If you’re struck by a spell of cystitis, raid your kitchen cupboard for a tub of trusty bicarbonate of soda - it could make going to the loo less painful. “To help with cystitis, just add half a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda to a pint of water and drink it,” says Hicks. “It’s thought that the bicarbonate of soda reduces the acidity in the urine, which will then ease the symptoms of cystitis.” APPLES Get to the core of your


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Antibiotics Apocalypse Can we protect our health? BBC headlines have reminded us that inappropriate or overuse of antibiotics has allowed antibiotic resistant infections to flourish to the extent that a simple hospital visit could result in deadly, incurable infection. Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief medical officer for England, described the threat of the socalled super bugs as a “ticking time bomb” and that routine operations could become deadly in just 20 years, should we lose the ability to fight infections. As an alternative and complementary health care professional the pressing question is not only should further research into more powerful better adapted antibiotics be encouraged – clearly a market failure from the pharmaceutical industry - but also, how to assess and change our attitude towards health and drug consumption. As a matter of fact, GPS and doctors were already warmed back in 2008 and urged not to prescribe antibiotics to treat colds and coughs but instead explore with their patients alternative health measures.

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Reconnecting our children with Nature, does it matter? Is it important children have an understanding of how nature plays an important role in shaping our countryside and the survival of the planet? When we were children, running about outside, climbing trees, messing about by the river was the norm. The only word of caution from our parents was the “be back home by”. Apart from that we spent happy days on our bikes exploring the countryside near and far. It gave us a sense of responsibility; mistakes were a learning experience, if sometimes painful. From those mistakes and meeting other people we learnt respect and a sense of adventure. I am not sure if this is what children have now? We are great supporters of our natural world and whenever possible try to protect and inform people about what they are missing. We have given talks to Brownie groups about nature and wildlife; they loved it. One group couldn’t stop asking questions. When one of the girl’s mind wandered and she started looking through the window, we asked what can you see. The answer came back a rabbit, so the whole 22 LIVING ALONG THE THAMES

group went to look. This started a conversation about what had been seen. It takes time and effort, but just trying a little makes a big difference. It is for the children of today that we fight to save the endangered species. Wouldn’t it be a shame if the adults of tomorrow couldn’t give a monkeys, as they have no connection with nature and wildlife. Get children engaging with nature, they are our future. If we cannot get them to see the importance of nature and our environment then why are we trying to save the planet. So get out in the countryside with your children; it’s good for you and them. If you find the right bit of the countryside, the one with no mobile phone coverage you may even succeed in getting them to stop texting and updating facebook. While there are no other distractions it’s a good time to look up and about. We are blessed that we live in an area where we are all close to open green spaces; there are many places along the Thames to visit. If you can achieve the removal of ear buds, sit in a wood, in silence for a bit and watch the woodland inhabitants reappear. Find footprints

of the wood’s visitors; record them so that children can show their friends what they have seen. Oh and for the more technically challenged the cameras on mobile phones do work even without a signal. It is not only you that has to make the effort. Why not get others to take a bit of the responsibility. Encourage your children’s school to connect with nature. Suggest they have lessons outside. Nature is all around you. Go to your local park and you will be amazed at what you can find. Get children outside looking, learning and running around. As well as making them more aware and responsible adults, it has the added advantage that is wears them out. If you are not sure where to start, why not have a look at Berks, Bucks & Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust’s website http://www.bbowt.org.uk/ discover-learn you will find activities for youngsters. At a national level a good place to start is the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds http:// www.rspb.org.uk/supporting/join/. Mark and Jacky Bloomfield Wildlife photographers


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In the third of our series, Kate Robinson looks at the National Garden Scheme where over 3,700 gardens, mostly privately owned, open their gates to visitors for a few days each year. The gardens raise more than £2.5 million a year for charities including: Marie Curie, Help the Hospices and Macmillan Cancer Relief. The scheme was founded in 1927, to raise money for the nurses of the Queen’s Nursing Institute. At that time garden visiting was already a well established pastime, but only for a privileged few. The NGS set up a network of volunteer County Organisers and by 1931 over 1,000 private gardens were open and a handbook was produced, known as The Yellow Book. Entrance fees were fixed at one shilling to ensure that the gardens were accessible to everyone. In 1980 The National Gardens Scheme Charitable Trust was established as an independent charity with, HRH the Prince of Wales, as the patron. The following are local gardens with open days this spring. Stubbings House, Henley Road, 24 LIVING ALONG THE THAMES

Maidenhead, has an 80 acre parkland garden set around an 18th century manor house. It was the home to Queen Wilhelmina of Netherlands in WW2. There’s a large lawn with Cedars, a ha-ha and a farmland vista. A 60m wall, densely covered with Wisteria in May, faces a long herbaceous border. Woodland walks provide access to 250 acres of the adjacent National Trust Woodland. Discover an Iron Age settlement and the old Ice House. Opening days: 29, 30, 31 Mar; 1 Apr; 4, 5, 6 May; 10.30-4.30 Admission: £3. Refreshments available. Whitewalls, Quarry Wood Road, Marlow, is a pretty Thamesside garden of about half an acre with a spectacular view of Marlow weir. There is a large wildlife pond and mixed boarders with shrubs, herbaceous perennials and bedding plants. Open days: 21 Apr, 14 July; 14:00-17:00. Admission: £2.50 The Odney Club in Cookham is a private members club owned by the John Lewis Partnership. The 120-acre Thames-side garden has extensive riverside walks. The front of the manor is covered in magnificent

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wisteria and the long borders of spring and summer bedding plants lead to the river. There are further side gardens and an ornamental lake to explore. The gardens were a favourite of Stanley Spencer who featured the magnolia in his work. Open day: Sun 21 Apr; 14:00-18:00. Admission: £4. Refreshments available. Over the years the gardens have changed in size and style. There are thousands of smaller gardens as well as grand country house gardens. To find a full list of open gardens visit: www.ngs.org.uk, or phone: 01483 211535 to order the Yellow Book. Kate Robinson


Swiss Chard Swiss Chard, related to spinach, is much easier to grow and looks striking as an ornamental plant for containers or border With its impressive, colourful stems in shades of red, pink, yellow, white and orange, this iron-rich vegetable, is a must for salads or the stems can be cooked when the leaves are still small. Chard should be sown in April or it may bolt prematurely. Sow directly into containers, aiming for around six plants in a 10 litre pot, or grow individual plants in a 4 litre pot. Each seed produces a clump of seedlings which can be thinned out later. For border plants, sow the seeds in pots and transplant them later into fertile, moist soil, as you would bedding plants, allowing a 30cm space for each plant. In summer, water it once a

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A NIGHT OF SWEET DREAMS AT THE CHOCOLATE BOUTIQUE HOTEL The Chocolate Boutique Hotel in Bournemouth is a great place to stay if you are passionate about chocolate. With cosy chocolate themed rooms, chocolate cocktails in the Chocolate Bar, and chocolate pancakes on the breakfast menu the hotel makes a perfect destination for sweet dreams. The renovated 19th century grade II listed hotel and is the world’s first chocolate themed hotel. Located in Bournemouth’s fashionable Soho Quarter the Chocolate Boutique Hotel has thirteen unique chocolate themed bedrooms. So the next time you need a break don’t reach for the Kit Kat instead book a Chocolate Weekend which can include: • Two night stay in a fantastic chocolate-themed bedroom • Breakfast - you can even have chocolate pancakes if you fancy • Daily chocolate in your room • Welcome party & free glass of bubbly • Learn about the history of chocolate & the production process from bean to bar • Luxury Chocolate Tasting • Chocolate & Wine Tasting - learn how to pair chocolate to different types of wine • Chocolate Portrait Painting - immortalise yourself in milk, white & dark chocolate! • Try their delicious ‘Choctails’ served in our hotel chocolate bar (charged at £7.50 per choctail) • Belgian Chocolate Truffle Making - resulting in 30 to 40 truffles per person. • Discover the art of tempering chocolate • Chocolate Moulded Shapes - demonstration only • Professional packaging to take your products home. The Chocolate Weekends are usually available on the last weekends of the following months January, February, March and September, October, November. To find out more about a night of sweet dreams at the Chocolate Boutique Hotel, ring 01202 556857 or go to www.thechocolateboutiquehotel. co.uk Prices range from £95 to £170. Harriet Subramanian LIVING ALONG THE THAMES 27


REVIVE YOUR ROSES They are the quintessential English plant, with unrivalled fragrance, beauty and variety of colours, shapes and sizes. Little wonder, then, that many gardeners are baffled as to when to actually prune their roses to ensure a flurry of gorgeous flowers in the summer and beyond. The best time to prune autumn and winterplanted roses and established bushes is early spring, when growth is just beginning and the uppermost buds are swelling but no leaves have appeared. The traditional method involves cutting out all dead wood and diseased or damaged stems, removing branches which are rubbing against each other and aiming for an open-centred bush. Then cut out all unripe stems - if the thorns bend or tear rather than snapping off cleanly, the wood is unripe. You should be left with about six key stems that define the shape of your rose bush. For hybrid teas, otherwise known as modern bush roses, cut back each of these stems by at least half. For other shrub roses, prune lightly so they don’t become top heavy. Also watch for suckers, vigorous growths which emerge from a point low down on the plant, close to the root system. If you leave them, they can choke the plant or reduce its vigour. Suckers are easy to identify because they have different leaves and growth habit. Just pull them off, as cutting encourages them, as does hoeing around the base. If it’s really cold, you can leave pruning as late as early April, which means that your plants will flower slightly later than usual, but at least the soft new growth won’t have been damaged by frost. Rose pruning isn’t rocket science, as many gardeners have learned over the years. Rose connoisseur Edward Enfield, father of comedian 28 LIVING ALONG THE THAMES

Harry Enfield and former member of the Royal National Rose Society, once told me of an experiment in which one group of rose bushes was pruned lightly, another group heavily and a third hacked with a hedge cutter - and those hacked off with the hedge cutter did the best. He himself prunes twice - once in autumn, cutting out the deadwood and spindly growths and shortening the main stems to stop windrock, then again in March, cutting to an outward eye where a group of leaves join the stem. Hard pruning, when stems are cut back to three or four buds from the base, is recommended for newly planted rose bushes, while moderate pruning, where stems are cut back to about half their length, is advised for hybrid tea bushes growing in ordinary soils. If you don’t have time to prune, but love roses, consider investing in some ground cover or patio roses which will just need a tidy-up in spring. Whatever you do, don’t forget to prune your roses because the flowers grow at the tips of the stems, so if you don’t shorten those stems the blooms will end up at the top of the plant where you can’t see them, and the stems will just become a straggly maze of twiggy bits. Hannah Stephenson


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Do You Know Your Neighbours? Whilst we live in an enviable location close to the river and within easy reach of London, a neighbourhood is about more than impressive houses, mowed grass and shiny windows; it’s about community spirit and knowing the people around you. We may joke about twitching curtains and noisy dogs, but neighbours can be friends and a godsend during times of crisis, yet half of the people who took part in a recent survey didn’t know their neighbours and one in four had no idea of their names.

out in times of need. I remember a night when my baby came out in a sudden rash and needed to see a doctor. I didn’t have to think twice about taking my pyjama clad toddler over the road and knew he would be well looked after until we got home. My neighbours are always taking in parcels for me, looking out for our

to live in, but you may find by simply knocking on the door and saying hello you will make new, lifelong friends.” All is not all doom and gloom however as ¾ of people questioned said they would like to see more community spirit in their area so if

The research by the Big Lunch, a Lottery funded initiative encouraging neighbours to share food, friendship and fun on Sunday 02 June, is sad proof that whilst we know the ins and outs of the lives of celebrities, many of us simply don’t know the people living on our doorsteps. We may live in a digital age where we communicate via e-mail and text with friends around the world 24.7, so why is it so many of us shy away from talking to our neighbours? It seems the main reasons are a lack of time, shyness, working shifts, age differences and simply thinking it’s a waste of time – shame hey? I am a friendly person and have taken time to get to know my neighbours and am sure they would help me 32 LIVING ALONG THE THAMES

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If you’re concerned about resale, it pays to ask local estate agents whether the work you’re considering is advisable.

You should have at least one bathroom for every three bedrooms, but when everyone’s getting ready in the morning, there can be a lot of pressure on that one bathroom.

They should know if you’d be spending more than the finished article would be worth and if you’d be spending your money on the wrong home improvements. Modernising a home stuck in a different decade is always going to add value and make it more sellable and nicer to live in, but what should you concentrate on if you can’t afford to do everything at once? Central heating, preferably with a modern condensing boiler, is a must these days, especially if you’re thinking about selling your home. Homes without central heating are often chilly, and installing a new boiler and radiators is an expensive and disruptive job, so it’s not something many buyers will be prepared to take on.

However, investing in off-street parking is often only worth doing in some areas - usually expensive urban ones.

It’s often said that the rooms that most sell homes are the kitchen and bathroom and, again, this is because replacing them is expensive and disruptive - it’s not easy being without either while they’re being updated.

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This is when an en suite for the main bedroom is a godsend. It’s also useful to have a bathroom on every floor where there are bedrooms, so, for example, loftconversion bedrooms with a bathroom are usually more valuable and useful than those without. Few of us would update a bathroom without installing a shower, because most people shower in the morning when rushing to get ready, and this illustrates how our changing lifestyles affect home-improvement trends. Another illustration of this is open-plan living - where once separate dining rooms and kitchens were popular, now the trend is for open-plan kitchendiners/family rooms where the whole family can be together. Totally open-plan living space isn’t necessarily advantageous for sale or day-to-day living, though, as having a formal sitting room/ quiet room as well as a family room works well for families. So get out your sledgehammer, but don’t go mad with it.


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If I had the time.... As I looked over the counter in the kitchen through into the family room, I observed my husband who had not long returned home from work. Within less than five minutes of walking through the door he was horizontally stretched out on the sofa, head back, shoes kicked off and feet up. With a beagle on one side and the TV remote on the other, all he needed was a beer and a bag of Doritos to complete the picture. Part of me thought, wow that’s nice he can relax so easily after a hard day at work. The other part of me was staring at him with dagger eyes like something from return of the zombies, as a spleen exploding rage boiled up inside me. You see there I stood with a to do list so long I could wallpaper the Sistine Chapel with it, whilst he lay there oblivious to my frustrations. Being the sharing type of course, I couldn’t just let him be, oh no, I had to vent. “Errr you don’t have time to be sitting down!” He looked up briefly giving me only a moment’s attention before averting his eyes and re-focusing on the apparently ‘not to be missed’ activities on the television screen. “How can you possibly sit there all relaxed like there is nothing to do, whilst I am drowning in a sea of ‘things to do’?” “Who is going to sort out the child minding and dog minding for the coming holiday?” I wailed like a banshee for a few minutes before the door slamming started and the “nobody helps me” 36 LIVING ALONG THE THAMES

speech reared it’s ugly head. Yes, this is a regular occurrence in our house. My husband relaxes and I fail to see how he has time or more importantly why I do not. I am fairly certain that my lack of time is mainly of my own making, but this does not really make life easier. It doesn’t stop me from wanting to start vacuuming whilst he is watching Top Gear, or like last weekend, make him clean the bathroom just as the England Rugby match has just started. My plans are sometimes scuppered though as he has now installed a TV in the bathroom, so when I asked him to go and clean the bathroom, he went off agreeably without any argument. I kindly shouted up to him that the rugby had started only to be told he was already watching it. Fair play. I guess as we both achieved what we wanted on this occasion. However it has got me thinking about how we could both work more effectively and get all the jobs done between us. But more importantly what would I then do with more time on my hands? Learn how to use my oven. I have had my oven for almost ten years. It’s one of those range types, with a large oven, a single oven and six-ring hob. So far I have only used two rings on the hob and the small conventional oven. I would go as far to say I have no idea how to even turn the main oven on. If you come to my house and need to use the oven, please don’t ask, it only ends

in embarrassment…. On my part. Cook a meal from scratch. I am now on first name terms with the staff at Marks and Spencer and have tried every ready meal known to man. I have most definitely consumed horsemeat at some point. Make an appointment to have my gel nails removed professionally rather than picking them off whilst in meetings and removing the top layer of my nail at the same time. This time saving trick leaves me with terrible looking nails, which then need to be left to recover. False economy on time there me thinks! Not to mention I have just read about someone who never trusts anyone with bad nails! *Looks down sheepishly* Read a book. This is something I only ever do on holiday. My friends are capable of immersing themselves in a novel as chaos ensues around them, whilst they are gripped by the story and it’s characters. The closest I get to this is glancing at the front cover of the multiple magazines I subscribe to but never read and being gripped by the price! What would my husband do if he had more time on his hands? Spend it on the Internet looking for more Mustang parts and accessories. Now that is a whole other story! Right, must dash, I have a Facebook account to keep up to date you know, and a lunch date with the girls is calling!! Sally Todd


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APRIL is an extremely ‘hot’ month, possibly not weatherwise, although I wouldn’t rule out a heat wave! The heavens are on fire - Uranus, the Sun, Venus and Mars all line up in fiery and passionate Aries. A powerful new moon on the 10th, also in Aries, sets the scene for an amazingly energetic time. This is the month to get those projects off the ground, step where you have previously feared to step and let your courage and confidence go wild. Abundant Jupiter, travelling in communicative Gemini, shines a very positive light on all these Aries planets, giving you the go-ahead to be genuine and live your dream. Banish fears and doubts and be true to yourself in all areas of life. Romantic Venus moves to more stable Taurus on the 15th and with the Sun and Motivational Mars also in Taurus after the 20th, the last ten days of the month should be much more stable.

MAY: The radiant Sun and three planets illuminate the down-to-earth sign of Taurus at the start of this month. Taurus also brings the joys of spring and calls us to spend happy and relaxing times outside in the abundance of nature. Creativity is particularly strong around the time of the new moon on the 10th. May will also be a turbulent month as the powerful planets Pluto and Uranus align once more for another challenging aspect around the 20th. Pluto in Capricorn challenges the establishment and calls for the absolute truth, while Uranus in pioneering Aries, wants freedom, liberation and a new start. Wherever these two fall in your personal chart you’ll have to make decisions about where you want to see radical change in your life. The Sun, Mercury and Venus change signs around the middle of the month. Moving into frivolous Gemini, these planetary shifts should bring renewed delight in communication and socialising.

Aries

Cancer

Hot, hot, hot - with so many planets in your sign this is a month full of explosive energy. You might not be in agreement with people who have different views, or try to restrict you in any way. Great revelations are possible, best to wait until end of the month to make big decisions, as rash moves don’t always pay off! May: There’s plenty of action in the financial sector of your chart, heralding the need for a complete review. The time is right to put your fiery energy into new and innovative money making schemes. Stern Saturn in Scorpio enables resourcefulness and keeps you in touch with reality

This is the month of achievement for Cancerians – in your private life or in your career, four planets occupy the most pivotal point of your chart and whatever you feel right now, exciting times are coming your way! Define your strategy for the rest of the year, the powerful new moon on the 10th is very auspicious. May holds the greatest potential for expanding your social networks into new and exciting areas, enabling you to flourish and be your best. The Taurus new moon on the 10th challenges you to take up creative projects and make fresh starts, it’s your chance for successful connections.

March 21 - April 20

Taurus April 21 - May 21

Taurus has lots to think about this month, so many planets in a deeply introspective sector of your chart can only mean one thing – step back and take time out! Reflection is the key word and many things will need addressing. Clarity should return round the 20th, as planetary energy concentrates in your sign. May: The Sun and three other planets are in your sign during the first part of the month. This powerful energy is abundant, and exciting new ideas can be entertained. Your focus will be on learning new things as your cosmic gifts of practical creativity can push their way to the forefront.

Gemini May 22 - June 22

Mighty Jupiter in your sign urges you to communicate in an entirely new way. So many planets in fiery Aries mean that new friends and new adventures are definitely on the horizon. The New moon on the 10th brings your attention to an exciting new project or goal, possibly igniting your caring and charitable concerns. May suggests that sweeping change continues as an exciting ‘new you’ comes into focus. The main emphasis is on the deeply introspective part of your chart, causing you to pay attention to your creative talents and your long term goals. Now is the time to use your communicative skills. 38 LIVING ALONG THE THAMES

June 23 - July 23

Leo

July 24 - August 23

Travel, adventure and further education are all in the spotlight for Leos this month. Your ruler, the powerful Sun, illuminates an action packed area of your chart – the sky’s the limit, so go for gold! The new moon on the 10th is particularly powerful, and Communicative Mercury gives you more strength after the 14th. May draws your attention to your goals and ambitions. With the Sun and three planets occupying the highest angle of your chart, you are now ready to explore new opportunities and possibilities. Follow your enthusiasm and curiosity and you’ll find doors are opening for you.

Virgo

August 24 - September 23

Financial dealings, legacies and your resources are all in the spotlight this month. A complete overhaul may well be necessary now. Let your creativity flow and use your imagination for new projects. Try not to take any major risks, particularly financial ones, until the heavens calm down after the 20th. May: Beneficial Jupiter in Gemini illuminates the highest point of your chart all through this month. Joined by bountiful Venus on the 10th, you may well be feeling that the world is becoming your oyster. Don’t rush to sort things out as the new moon on the 10th brings opportunities that you hadn’t thought of.


Libra

Capricorn

Relationships of all kinds are in the spotlight this month. With so many planets in fiery Aries all partnership concerns and issues will be brought to the surface, whether you like it or not! A relationship may end, may change, or an exciting one may begin. Embrace the change and the liberation that this extraordinary time brings. May: Abundant Jupiter in Gemini shines in an adventurous section of your chart this month. As your ruler, the love planet Venus, joins with Jupiter on the 10th exciting new opportunities may present themselves. Don’t be afraid to explore possibilities from totally unexpected quarters.

Pluto, master of transformation, is progressing steadily through your sign and your need for change and re-evaluation will also be gathering momentum. So many planets in fiery Aries cause you to question some domestic arrangements. The new moon in Aries on the 10th increases confidence – no more holding back! May: Creativity, joy and love all feature strongly during May, but you’ll need to review your work/life balance. Your values and your purpose are being questioned. Do you make enough time to fulfil your potential and your passion? Venus moving to Gemini on the 10th will bring some answers.

Scorpio

Aquarius

Your work, your career and your ultimate future are highlighted this month. Stern Saturn in Scorpio ensures that you build solid foundations for lasting change. Benevolent Jupiter helps existing plans and goals to expand, as you’ll be in the right place at the right time, for maximum benefit. May: Relationships are illuminated during May; the Taurus new moon on the 10th triggers a need for an indepth review. New and lasting partnerships can be formed around this time, particularly in the work areas of your life. Exciting opportunities for growth and development are also available this month.

Your ruler, the ever unpredictable Uranus is joined by three other planets in fiery Aries. Expansive Jupiter in Gemini brings optimism and joy into your life, particularly from people around you. Communication, speaking and writing should be a source of great pleasure now and socialising will also be high on the agenda. May: The domestic area of your chart is illuminated during this month, moving, renovating or rearranging are all possibilities. Communication is also emphasised and involvements with new networks should fire up your interest. Try to stay open to all possibilities and utilise your talents to the full

Sagittarius

February 20 - March 20

September 24 - October 23

October 24 - November 22

November 23 - December 22

A month of heightened creativity and hot passionate love is on the horizon for Sagittarius! We start the month with the moon in your sign and as this cycle builds to the new moon on the 10th you should be feeling at your all time best. The only down side is that you take on too much – take it easy and enjoy! May emphasises your work, your daily life and your career. You may need to bring some areas into balance, a real review of what’s not working will be necessary. The new moon on the 10th has much to offer and you should now start to feel more confident and powerful than ever before.

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January 20 - February 19

Pisces

Attention turns to goals, achievement and your selfworth during April. Finances are also highlighted and rearranging some monetary matters may also be on the agenda. On the 10th the new moon energy starts a new cycle of opportunity and growth, and coupled with energetic Mars your confidence should be high. May: Jupiter, planet of abundance and joy is gaining strength in the domestic area of your chart and your need for change and re-evaluation will be gathering momentum. As Venus joins Jupiter on the 10th you’ll begin feel more attuned to who you are and be more positive about where you are headed

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Majority of SME’s are unprepared for RTI 81% SMALL BUSINESSES STILL IN DARK ABOUT PAYROLL SHAKE-UP IN APRIL

With the biggest shake-up to the Pay As You Earn (PAYE) system in almost 70 years well underway, it is time for employers to get to grips with the changes. From April, employers will be required to move to a new way of reporting PAYE. For the vast majority of employers the first ‘real time’ return will be the first employee payday on or after 6 April 2013. Shockingly, recent research issued from Crunch Accounting (run by One Poll)* reveals that only 19% of small businesses are aware and prepared for the introduction of HM Revenue and Customs’ (HMRC) new Real Time Information (RTI) payroll system happening this month. The introduction of RTI aims to improve the flow of National Insurance and tax information between HMRC and employers to keep records in real time. Payroll information including salary, income tax and National Insurance will need to be submitted monthly rather than annually, and will eventually replace P35s and P14s. The new RTI scheme will be a requirement for large businesses later this year, but there will be eventual penalties starting in 2014 for all businesses that are not RTI compliant. The Crunch survey also highlights that 46% of small businesses have no knowledge of RTI, whilst a further 35% admit they are only vaguely aware of the forthcoming legislation. Steve Crouch, Financial Director at Crunch Accounting said: “These new stats clearly show that despite HMRC’s claims that their communications campaign for RTI is on track, there’s still not enough information from the government about this huge 40 LIVING ALONG THE THAMES

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change to the payroll system. “Small and medium-sized businesses need to be fully RTI compliant by April 2013, so talk to your payroll provider if you’re unsure or if they haven’t yet informed you about changes,” added Crouch. HMRC, as part of their awareness raising campaign, has made available to employers a range of support including: • Webinars • YouTube video • Face to face events • Online interactive sessions, including Twitter Q&As. According to HMRC, RTI will support the operation of Universal Credit – the Government’s flagship welfare programme – which brings together means-tested in and outof-work benefits, Tax Credits and support for housing, and will improve work incentives and make work pay. INFORMATION AT A GLANCE Who does it apply to? RTI applies to anyone who is registered for PAYE (as well as those that need to be). So if you employ staff and they are paid more than £109 a week each in 2013/14, or if you deliver your work through a limited company and pay yourself a salary or reimburse expenses; then RTI applies to you. If you are a sole trader or a partnership that does not employ staff then RTI does not apply to you. What is RTI? Real Time Information is the new way to report wages, salaries, PAYE and National Insurance to HMRC. Before April 6th 2013, PAYE data was submitted at the end of the tax

year. The new changes mean that data has to be submitted to HMRC online whenever employees are paid. When is it being introduced? SME’s will need to start filing RTI from 6th April 2013. What does it mean in practice? Reporting PAYE does not change how or when people are paid, or when employers pay income tax and national insurance to HMRC. Instead of sending in the P14 and P35 forms at the end of year you (or your agent, bookkeeper or payroll bureau) will: • send a Full Payment Submission (FPS) each time, or before you pay employees • send an Employer Payment Summary each month, which shows any adjustments to the amount you owe • send an Earlier Year update to correct errors or make adjustments to earlier years. It’s also worth noting that the FPS is not available through HMRC Online – you will need to use RTI-enabled payroll software to generate your return. FURTHER INFORMATION For more help and advice about reporting in real time on HMRC’s website: www.hmrc.gov.uk/rti. HMRC’s RTI software, Basic PAYE Tools, is available for free for employers with nine or fewer employees: www.hmrc.gov.uk HMRC’s employer helpline for general PAYE queries is 08457 143143. Harriet Subramanain This article is intended to shed light on a subject that is of importance to small businesses. However, it is not meant as a substitute for professional advice. We recommend consulting a professional accountant suited to your business. *Research commissioned by Crunch Accounting and run by One Poll took place in December 2012 it was an online questionnaire of British small businesses.


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MERCEDES-BENZ CLA-CLASS In the four-door coupe market Mercedes has form. When it was launched, the original CLS prompted much head scratching from the press and was dismissed by many as little more than a glamorous sideshow. Oh how wrong they were. For buyers seeking E-Class levels of road presence but wanting something more eye-catching than a traditional saloon, the CLS delivered in spades and was bought in droves. So, how do you expand the appeal of something like the CLS? Simple, you build a smaller one and call it the CLA. Seeking to cause the same disruption in the compact executive saloon market, where conventional cars like BMW’s 3 Series and Audi’s A4 reside, the CLA’s aim is to add some much need glamour and, crucially, encourage younger buyers to embrace what’s often viewed as an older person’s brand. Key to the CLA’s appeal is that it doesn’t look like a conventional Mercedes. Displaying similar design cues as the latest generation A-Class at the front and a pleasingly shapely rear, the car’s appearance blends visual appeal with the ability to slice through the air more efficiently than your average small saloon - Mercedes has the numbers to prove it, too. Rakish looks and the CLA’s coupe-like profile aside, the car is different mechanically from your average Mercedes C-Class in that it’s frontwheel drive. This bucking of the premium market trend continues with power coming exclusively from four-cylinder engines - petrol and diesel including a four-wheel drive AMG version. UK buyers initially get a choice of a 1.6-litre 42 LIVING ALONG THE THAMES

122 horsepower petrol motor badged as CLA 180 and a 2.1-litre 170 horsepower CLA 220 CDI diesel unit. Launch specification is a six-speed manual transmission for the former and seven-speed directshift automatic for the latter. The CLA is a two trim range - Sport and AMG Sport - boasting comfort and sport suspension set-ups respectively. The reality is a car that, despite being a fraction longer than a C-Class, feels surprisingly compact on the road. The largely A-Class influenced cabin fascia works well, especially the generously dimensioned central colour display and familiar switchgear, and there’s enough room up front for two adults to sit comfortably. In the back it’s not quite the compromise you might first think. Granted, headroom is modest for all the obvious reasons, but there’s enough legroom for adults if the journey is short yet there’s plenty of space for a small but growing family. Space isn’t an issue in the boot - all 470 litres of it - and there’s the double bonus of folding rear seats. Funky looks and reassuringly high levels of realworld practicality notwithstanding, the car’s also got to drive well. In front-drive guise the CLS delivers a solid performance on a wide variety of road surfaces. The difference between comfort and sport set-ups is noticeable, although it’s good to know that the latter doesn’t disgrace itself on poorly surfaced urban roads. The lack of pitch and roll when travelling at speed plus above average levels of cabin refinement can be credited to the car’s well sorted chassis and class-leading aerodynamics respectively. And in diesel guise, a choice likely to be popular with company car drivers,


the combination of low noise and ample pulling power help cement the CLA’s engaging driver-focused appeal. For the UK, Mercedes is pitching the CLA as a youthful alternative to conventional compact executive models. As such there’s a predictable sporty theme extending past the car’s model names; 18-inch wheels are the default size for both trim levels along with sports front seats and a chunky three-spoke steering wheel. The glitzy grille found on upmarket A-Class models is standard here, while over and above the audio kit and large central colour display on both cars, AMG Sport variants gain a subtle body-kit, the aforementioned sports

suspension set-up, privacy glass and bi-xenon headlights. After the success of the larger CLS it was only a matter of time before Mercedes turned its attention to the smaller, compact executive market. Despite the firm’s focus on exterior design and delivering a coupe-like four-door profile, the day-to-day compromise is minimal. Luggage space easily matches its conventional rivals and the cabin is plenty big enough. The icing on the cake is the car’s polished road manners, which do much to banish any idea that it’s a car that’s abandoned substance for style. Iain Dooley

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Have you considered adopting a pet? Adding a pet to your family can be an exciting prospect - there are many decisions to be made; • • • •

Which pet? Once that decision is made… Which breed? Which size? Male or female?

Another decision that should be part of the process is will your new pet come from a pet shop, breeder (in the case of cats and dogs) or will you consider rescuing a pet? Companion Care Vets offer some advice. There are many animals in need of a loving forever home - dogs, cats, rabbits and small furries such as hamsters and chinchillas to name a few. There are also specialist organisations who seek to rehome exotic pets and birds. Here we share the key things that need to be considered before adopting a pet into your family and then some more specific tips about adopting a cat or dog. Involve ALL of the family in the process It’s really important to take everyone’s opinion into account. Large dogs may be too strong or active for young children, for example, while some people may prefer cats or a smaller pet such as a rabbit.

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Many families decide to get a pet ‘for their children’ but…..don’t expect the children to do all the hard work. Even the most responsible of teenagers will need guidance and supervision when interacting with a pet. A cat or dog is a big responsibility and the adults in a family must be willing to take this on. Be prepared for the changes to your life that a pet (especially a dog) will bring. There is no doubt that a new pet will bring lots of love into a family but along with this is also a lot of work. Puppies and kittens especially need a great deal of attention and training - you must be ready and willing to be a responsible pet owner. Don’t choose a pet on looks alone. Read up on the needs of a particular breed and be sure you can meet them Always research the needs and temperament of the pet you have set your heart on….they are not toys that sit quietly in the corner remember! Be honest about your lifestyle. Have you time to walk a dog, train a puppy, interact with a cat? Don’t kid yourself just to get your dream pet, it is not fair on anyone in the long run. Claire Fryer


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n insight into the passionate inner life of Stanley Spencer Stanley and Hilda Spencer met the artist Patricia Preece in Cookham in 1929. She was to be disastrously associated with two famous men: WS Gilbert (librettist of the Gilbert and Sullivan Savoy operas), whose death she inadvertently caused in her youth, when he rescued her from the possibility of drowning, and Stanley Spencer whom she married in 1937, four days after his divorce from Hilda. It proved a union in name only and she returned to live with her lifelong companion, Dorothy Hepworth. Spencer’s idea of having as it were two wives signally failed to be realised. For a time, Patricia seemed to Spencer to embody the spirit of Cookham. She recalled that if she found him working she would often put records on his gramophone and dance. In the Scrapbook drawing Patricia and Gramophone, (lent by a private collector), she does just that, while smoking a cigarette, wearing

only high heels and lingerie. Separating Fighting Swans, 1933 (lent by Leeds Museums and Galleries (Leeds Art Gallery)), as he himself recognised, offers several views of love: ‘an incident in my life with a person in my life, and a place in Cookham, and a religious atmosphere…’ Three stout, homely angels offer a blessing as the diminutive figure of the artist correctly seizes a swan around its wings, in order to separate it from its murderous rival. In Patricia at Cockmarsh Hill, 1935 (lent by a private collector), he presents her as a dramatically cut-off figure at the foot of the hill. She wears his gift of an expensive necklace of ‘diamonds and amethyst’, which he hoped would ‘mix & look as natural as the purple thistles.’ Spencer’s devotion to Cookham led him to use it as the setting for imaginative and religious subjects. For most visitors, Cookham is a place for leisure rather than divine

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April 06: ‘Wildlife Train Ride’, join Chiltern Conservation Board volunteers for the chance to observe and identify wildlife as you travel by train along the foot of the Chiltern Hills between Chinnor and Thame Junction (near Princes Risborough). Trains depart at 10.30, 12.00, 13.30 and 15.00, pre booking not necessary. Trains depart from Chinnor station. For more information on the railway, visit: www.chinnorrailway.co.uk 07: Open Day at Marlow Tennis Club, 10.00-15.00, Pound Lane. All welcome, ages 4+. 08: ‘Free Weekly Street Sport Session’, run by qualified coaches on behalf of Wycombe District Council (aimed at 7-16yr olds), 16.30-17.30, Higginson Park. No booking required. 09: ‘The Year Round Container Gardener’, a talk for the Marlow & District Horticultural Society, 19.30, Liston Hall. 09: Hambleden Covered Market, 10.00-15.30, Hambleden Village Hall. 09: ‘Spectacles through the Ages’, a talk for the High Wycombe Support Group of the Macular Society, 14.0016.00, Wesley Methodist Church Hall, Priory Road, High Wycombe. 09: ‘Spring Season – Tuesday Gardening Tours’, explore the unfolding delights of the magnificent gardens in spring! Enjoy a free guided tour, 14.00-15.00, Cliveden, nr. Taplow. (Normal admission charges apply).(NT) 09: ‘Researching before Parish Registers’, a talk for the Buckinghamshire Family History Society, 19.15 for 19.45, Community Centre, Wakeman Road, Bourne End. 09&11: ‘Crazy Creatures’, free drop in by timed ticket, 10.30, 11.30, 13.30, 14.30 & 15.30, half term fun at the Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue, High Wycombe. 10: ‘Wild Wednesday – Weeds & Seeds’, have a go at planting your very own seed to take home and grow. Drop in session for children (accompanied by an adult), 11.0015.00, Cliveden, nr. Taplow. (Normal admission charges apply).(NT) 11: ‘The Lost Manor House of Great Marlow’, Janet Smith, a talk for Marlow Archeology Society. 8pm Garden Room, Liston Hall SL7 1DD 12: ‘Quiz Night & Supper’, St Katherine’s, Parmoor, nr. Frieth. To 46 LIVING ALONG THE THAMES

book your place: 01494 881037. 12: Moving on Theatre Company presents ‘A Coupla Chicks Sitting around Talking’, 20.00, Micklefield Community Centre, High Wycombe. Tickets from: 01494 446790.(B) 13: Hambleden Covered Market, 10.00-15.30, Hambleden Village Hall. 13: ‘Dawn Chorus with Breakfast’, a special guided tour to hear early morning birdsong, 05.30-08.30, Cliveden, nr. Taplow. (Normal admission charges apply). Booking essential: 0844 249 1895.(NT)(B) 13: Moving on Theatre Company presents ‘A Coupla Chicks Sitting around Talking’, 20.00, Bledlow Ridge Village Hall. Tickets from: 01494 446790.(B) 14: ‘Craft & Gift Fayre’, 11.0016.00, Bisham Abbey, SL7 1RR. 15: ‘Free Weekly Street Sport Session’, run by qualified coaches on behalf of Wycombe District Council (aimed at 7-16yr olds), 16.30-17.30, Higginson Park. No booking required. 15: ‘Tales of the Riverbank’, a talk for The Marlow Society, 19.30, Garden Room, Liston Hall. 15: Join Walkfree Breakfree on a free Chiltern Walk entitled ‘Beaconsfield Circular’, a 6 mile walk starting 10.30 at Windsor End opposite the gate of the rugby ground, Beaconsfield. Advance booking essential: iain@ walkfreebreakfree.co.uk(B) 16: ‘Spring Season – Tuesday Gardening Tours’, explore the unfolding delights of the magnificent gardens in spring! Enjoy a free guided tour, 14.00-15.00, Cliveden, nr. Taplow. (Normal admission charges apply).(NT) 16: ‘Into the Darkness’ a talk for Marlow Camera Club, 19:45 for 20:00, Methodist Church Hall, Spittal Street. 18: ‘Excavations at Elizabeth House (St John’s College), Oxford – a Neolithic henge, Medieval farm and the victims of the ST Brices’ Day Massacre’, a talk for Archaeology in Marlow, 20.00, Garden Room, Liston Hall. 19: The Rotary Club of Marlow presents ‘A Jazz Supper’ featuring musicians form Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School and the Society Jazz Quartet, 19.30, Liston Hall. 19: ‘Spectacles through the Ages’, a talk for the Macular Society H/W Support Group, 14.00, Wesley Methodist Church Hall,

Priory Road, High Wycombe. 19: Moving on Theatre Company presents ‘A Coupla Chicks Sitting around Talking’, 20.00, Stokenchurch Longborrow, High Wycombe. Tickets from: 01494 446790.(B) 20: ‘Dawn Chorus with Breakfast’, a special guided tour to hear early morning birdsong, 05.30-08.30, Cliveden, nr. Taplow. (Normal admission charges apply). Booking essential: 0844 249 1895.(NT)(B) 20: ‘Countryside Workout’, join the National Trust ranger team for fresh air & fun. Activities vary from scrub & river clearance to coppicing and nature surveys, 10.0016.00, call 01494 755573 for further details about where to meet. 20: ‘Get Growing - Hanging Baskets’, expert instruction giving tips to transform your garden, large or small, plus bring your own basket to plant up (plants provided), 11.3013.30, Cliveden, nr. Taplow. (Normal admission charges apply). Booking essential: 0844 249 1895.(NT)(B) 20: Moving on Theatre Company presents ‘A Coupla Chicks Sitting around Talking’, 20.00, St Pauls, Wooburn Green, High Wycombe. Tickets from: 01494 446790.(B) 21: St George’s Day Parade, 13.3014.00 (rolling road closure from Riley Road car park – Dukes Place - Spittal Street - High Street – Causeway), service at All Saints’ Church. 21: ‘Cliveden’s Car Display’, enjoy a tantalising line-up of extra special cars on the Grand Avenue, 12.0015.00, Cliveden, nr. Taplow. (Normal admission charges apply).(NT) 21: High Wycombe Rambling Club, 10.5 mile walk, meeting 10.30, Kings Arms Hotel car park, Stokenchurch. For more details contact Roger Lawton, 01494 482743. 21: ‘Trees & People’, a talk by wildlife and countryside expert John Tyler as to why we still need them and why, now more than ever, they need our help, 15.00-16.00, Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue, High Wycombe. To book: 01494 421895.(B) 21: Join Walkfree Breakfree on a free Chiltern Walk entitled ‘Bluebells Walk’ starting 10.30 at the car park adjacent to the library, Wendover. Advance booking essential: iain@ walkfreebreakfree.co.uk(B) 22: ‘Free Weekly Street Sport Session’, run by qualified coaches on behalf of Wycombe District Council (aimed at 7-16yr


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Sunday 21 April 2pm, 5.30pm Ballet Theatre UK presents: Alice in Wonderland Adult £16 Concessions £14 Children £12 Come with Alice on a magical adventure as she tumbles into Wonderland! Guided by the White Rabbit, Alice meets some astonishing characters, including the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts, a studious caterpillar and those mischievous twins, Tweedledum and Tweedledee. Ballet Theatre UK’s Artistic Director Christopher Moore has created a captivating piece, brimming with wit, humour and charm. ‘A ballet company of great achievement’ -The Dancing Times ‘Critics Choice- Top Five companies touring the UK’ – The Independent ‘Glittering Costumes, expressive dancers… a pleasure to witness a production of this calibre’ – Dance Europe Magazine www.BalletTheatreUK.com Saturday 4 May, 8pm British Airwaves Productions presents “Cliff” The Young Ones Tour Adult £18.50 Concessions £17.50 Child £15 Famiily £65 TRIBUTE Jimmie Jemain winner of Stars In Their Eyes is Cliff Richard. The must see tribute show everyone’s talking about. All the classic 1960’s hits together with the fabulous Shadows. The worlds number one Cliff Richard look and sound alike experience. Monday 6 - 10 May 7.30pm, Saturday 11 May 7pm Henley Drama Festival Adult £8 Concessions £6 Season ticket (6 nights) £35 The extended 42nd Henley Drama Festival, brings a wealth of talent in all classes including children and those with special needs displaying comedy, tragedy, weird and the unusual covering all tastes in theatre with three one act plays per night. Entries include: Acorn, Oxford Theatre Guild, Hurstpierpoint Players, Time to Shine, Sinodun Players, North Oxford Youth Theatre, Forum Players,The Marist Senior School, Henley Players, St Peter’s Players, HAODS, Abingdon Players, Aldermaston Players and Beaconsfield Youth Theatre. All entrants receive a constructive adjudication from a GODA adjudicator, with the added hope of winning one of the highly acclaimed awards. A very impressive array of talent awaits you for an excellent night out. May 17 – Saturday 18 May 7.45pm Blackeyed Theatre presents: Teechers by John Godber Adult £13 Concessions £12 Fast-moving, inventive and highly entertaining, Teechers is John Godber’s brilliant take on life at a modern Comprehensive. Through their hilarious end-of-term play, three Year 11 students sketch the new drama teacher’s progress through two terms of unruly classes, cynical colleagues and obstructive caretakers. Disillusioned, he departs for the safe waters of a private school, and leaves behind his students, whose youthful irreverence gives way to despair. Teechers is a modern classic with something vital to say about education for the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’. Sunday 26 May 11.30am, 2.30pm Cambridge Touring Theatre presents Treasure Island - a Swashbuckling Family Musical Adult £10 Concessions £9 Family £36 Take your family on a merry romp to the sunny Caribbee’ with Cambridge Touring Theatre’s swashbuckling musical adaptation of Treasure Island. Boys and girls are invited to come along in their best pirate fashion. Please mention Along the Thames Magazine when booking.

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olds), 16.30-17.30, Higginson Park. No booking required. 23: ‘Spring Season – Tuesday Gardening Tours’, explore the unfolding delights of the magnificent gardens in Spring! Enjoy a free guided tour, 14.00-15.00, Cliveden, nr. Taplow. (Normal admission charges apply).(NT) 25: ‘Springtime’, a demonstration and talk for the Four Ends Flower Club, 14.00, Lane End Village Hall. 27: The Marlow Town Band presents a ‘Stage & Screen Classics Concert’, 19.00 for 19.30, Shelley Theatre, Court Garden Leisure Centre, Pound Lane, Marlow.(B) 27: NCT ‘Nearly New Sale’, 13.3014.45, St Piran’s School, Gringer Hill, Maidenhead, SL6 7LZ. 27: ‘Get Growing - Hanging Baskets’, expert instruction giving tips to transform your garden, large or small, plus bring your own basket to plant up (plants provided), 11.3013.30, Cliveden, nr. Taplow. (Normal admission charges apply). Booking essential: 0844 249 1895.(NT)(B) 27-28: Berkshire College of Agriculture Open Days & Lambing Weekend, 10.00-16.00, Hall Place, Burchetts Green, Maidenhead, SL6 6QR. 29: ‘Free Weekly Street Sport Session’, run by qualified coaches on behalf of Wycombe District Council (aimed at 7-16yr olds), 16.30-17.30, Higginson Park. No booking required. 30: ‘Spring Season – Tuesday Gardening Tours’, explore the unfolding delights of the magnificent gardens in spring! Enjoy a free guided tour, 14.00-15.00, Cliveden, nr. Taplow. (Normal admission charges apply).(NT)

May 01: ‘Make Kids Clothes’, a creative workshop, 19.00-22.00, Choco-Latte, Liston Court. For more information and to book your place, contact: www.life-craft.co.uk(B) 01: ‘Brush up your Bridge’, a 6 week revision and consolidation Bridge course, 16.15-18.45, Liston Hall. To reserve your place or for more info: 01628 522007.(B) 02: ‘Free Spring Wild Flower Walk’, 14.00-16.00, Cliveden, nr. Taplow. Booking essential: 0844 2491895. (Normal admission charges apply. (NT)(B)

04-06: French Market, 09.0017.00, Higginson Park. 05: ‘Spring Walk’, take a guided walk through the woodlands led by a NT Ranger, 11.00-13.00, Cliveden, nr. Taplow. Booking essential: 0844 2491895. (Normal admission charges apply. (NT)(B) 05: High Wycombe Rambling Club, 9 mile walk, meeting 10.30, Kings Arms Hotel car park, Stokenchurch. For more details contact Roy Middleton, 01494 638761. 06: Wedding Fair, 11.00-15.00, Bisham Abbey, Marlow 08-19: Cookham Festival 2013, various venues, for more information: www.cookhamfestival.org.uk 09: ‘Free Spring Wild Flower Walk’, 14.00-16.00, Cliveden, nr. Taplow. Booking essential: 0844 2491895. (Normal admission charges apply. (NT)(B) 09: ‘Marlow Archaeology’s current field work projects’, a talk for Marlow Archeology Society. 8pm Garden Room, Liston Hall SL7 1DD 11: Hambleden Covered Market, 10.00-15.30, Hambleden Village Hall. 11: The Wycombe Sinfonia presents the ‘Spring Concert’,19.30, Parish Church, H/W.(B) 11: ‘Dawn Chorus with Breakfast’, a special guided tour to hear early morning birdsong, 05.30-08.30, Cliveden, nr. Taplow. (Normal admission charges apply). Booking essential: 0844 249 1895.(NT)(B) 12: 2013 Grant & Stone Marlow 5 Road Race, 09.30, Higginson Park. For more information: www.handycrossrunners.co.uk 12: ‘Fantastic Ferrari Day’, a free event, 10.30, Cliveden, nr. Taplow. (Normal admission charges apply. (NT) 13: ‘Free Weekly Street Sport Session’, run by qualified coaches on behalf of Wycombe District Council (aimed at 7-16yr olds), 16.30-17.30, Higginson Park. No booking required. 14: ‘The Greatest Gardening Tips in the World’, a talk for the Marlow Horticultural Society, 19.30, Liston Hall. 14: ‘Free BMD: An Update’, a talk about this very popular and extremely useful website for family history research for the Buckinghamshire Family History Society,19.15 for 19.45, Community Centre,

Wakeman Road, Bourne End. 14: ‘Exclusive Evening Garden Tour & National Trust Supper’, 18.15-21.30, Cliveden, nr. Taplow. Tickets £38, booking essential: 0844 2491895. (Normal admission charges apply. (NT)(B) 16: ‘AGM’ for Marlow Camera Club, 19:45 for 20:00, Methodist Church Hall, Spittal Street. 16: ‘The Shottesbrooke Logboat’, a talk for Archaeology in Marlow plus AGM, 20.00, Garden Room, Liston Hall. 16: ‘Spring Stroll’, join the Burnham Beeches rangers this morning for a gentle stroll around the easy access paths and a chat about the history of the area. Farnham Common, SL2 3TE. For more information and to book: 01753 647358.(B) 17-18: Lane End Players present ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’, 20.00, Lane End Village Hall. For more info: www.laneendplayers.com(B) 18: ‘Dawn Chorus with Breakfast’, a special guided tour to hear early morning birdsong, 05.30-08.30, Cliveden, nr. Taplow. (Normal admission charges apply). Booking essential: 0844 249 1895.(NT)(B) 18: Marlow Horticultural Society Plant Sale, 10.30, Liston Hall. 18: ‘Countryside Workout’, join the National Trust ranger team for fresh air & fun. Activities vary from scrub & river clearance to coppicing and nature surveys, 10.0016.00, call 01494 755573 for further details about where to meet. 18: ‘Let’s Rock the Moor’, the Family Friendly 80’s Festival, from 11.00, Cookham. For more info: www.letsrockthemoor.com 18: ‘National Share a Story Event 1’ presents acclaimed children’s author Tamara MacFarlane and ‘Tales from Moon Lane - The Circus’, inspirational creative writing workshop, 11.0013.00, St John Ambulance Centre, Harlow Road, High Wycombe (off London Road, by the Rye). For tickets (£5 a child): 01494 440849. (Suitable for children aged 6-10 years).(B) 18: ‘National Share a Story Event 2’ presents acclaimed children’s author Tamara MacFarlane and her infamous side kick, comedian ‘Gilbert Giggles’, for unicycling, juggling, plate spinning and discover how to build your own story, 14.30-16.00, St John Ambulance Centre, Harlow Road, High Wycombe (off London

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Road, by the Rye). For tickets (£4 a child): 01494 440849. (Suitable for children aged 10 years+).(B) 18: Chiltern Camerata presents ‘Music of the People – Boughton, Tippett, Beamish, Holst and others’, venue TBC, H/W.(B) 18-19: Fawley Hill Steam & Vintage Weekend, 10.00-22.00 (Sat), 10.0018.00 (Sun), Fawley Hill, nr. Henley, RG9 6JA. For more information: www.fawleyhill.co.uk(B) 19: Join Walkfree Breakfree on a free Chiltern Walk entitled ‘A Village & Valley Spectacular’, starting 10.30. From more information and to book: iain@walkfreebreakfree.co.uk(B) 19: ‘Nancy Astor’s Birthday Party’, celebrate the birthday of one of Cliveden’s most illustrious past owners, 11.00-16.00, free event, Cliveden, nr. Taplow. (Normal admission charges apply. (NT) 20: ‘Free Weekly Street Sport Session’, run by qualified coaches on behalf of Wycombe District Council (aimed at 7-16yr olds), 16.30-17.30, Higginson Park. No booking required. 20: ‘Tales from the Auction House’, a talk for The Marlow Society, 19.30, Garden Room, Liston Hall. 23: ‘Blooming Marvellous’, a demonstration and talk for the Four Ends Flower Club, 14.00, Lane End Village Hall. 24-25: Lane End Players present ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’, 20.00, Lane End Village Hall. For more info: www.laneendplayers.com(B) 24-02 June: ‘Springtime Woodland Wonders’, join the rangers who are running activities throughout the week at Burnham Beeches, Farnham Common, SL2 3TE. For more information: 01753 647358. 25: The Marlow Recital Society presents ‘Viviana Lasaracina’, a piano recital, wine and supper (£25), 19.30, Vine House, 9 Glade Road. For tickets, contact: 01628 482299.(B) 26: ‘Children’s Wildlife Walk’, join the rangers this morning and find out all about the wildlife that makes its home in Burnham Beeches, suitable for children 6 years+. Farnham Common, SL2 3TE. For more information and to book: 01753 647358.(B) 28: ‘Thames Cruiser Wildlife Trips with Hobbs of Henley’, enjoy the

wildlife of the River Thames from the luxury of a pleasure craft on a 75 minute trip between Henley and Hambleden with volunteers of the Chilterns Conservation Board. Cruises depart at 15.00 from Hobbs of Henley Boatyard, Station Road, Henley. Tickets can be pre booked on 01491 572035.(B) 29: ‘Wild Wednesday – Orienteering’, a drop-in session for children aged 4-11 years, 11.00-15.00, Cliveden, nr. Taplow. (Normal admission charges apply. (NT) 30: ‘Springtime Tree Climbing with the Big Tree Climbing Company’, explore the canopy and have a go at tree climbing a zip wire and a rope swing! Fun for all the family, children must be accompanied by an adult. Each session is 30 minutes long, Cliveden, nr. Taplow. (Normal admission charges apply). Booking essential: 0844 249 1895.(NT)(B)

June 02: ‘Remarkable Trees of Maidenhead Thicket’, A walk on the thicket with the National Trust. Booking essential -call Sandra Baer 07768853514 or email sandra.baer@nationaltrust.org.uk 08: ‘Art on the Street’, celebrate our local artists on Maidenhead High street between 10:: and 17:00 09: ‘Maidenhead Relay Marathon’, at Braywick Park from 2pm. For more details contact www. runnersworld.co.uk 15: ‘Cookham Village Fair’, Cookham Moor between aa:00 and 16:00 Proud Sponsor of Along the Thames Creative Writing Prize at

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