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The House that Jack Built 59/61 Marlow Bottom Marlow Bottom Bucks SL7 3NA 56 Place purpose built children’s nursery

For more information Visit call Claire on 01628 481601 or email Are you looking for exceptional childcare? The House that Jack Built (Day Nursery) Limited has just been awarded “Outstanding” at one of their nurseries and is amongst one of the few nursery chains to have an Early Years Professional within its dedicated team of staff. We strive to offer: A loving and homely environment where young babies feel safe and secure High quality childcare providing an environment of rich learning experiences Caring, committed and enthusiastic staff A strong partnership with parents Registered to care for children aged from 0 to 5 years Open 51 weeks of the year Monday to Friday Opening times are 7.30am – 6.30pm Breakfast, lunch and tea all provided and freshly prepared by our dedicated chef Are you looking for a career in childcare? please call us for more information and an informal chat



contents I just can’t believe how fast the year seems to be going by. I know they say that as you get older the years go faster, and at this rate it will be a fleeting glance by the time I reach older age!! I hope you are all enjoying the Summer and have had the opportunity to get out into the great outdoors. If you’re looking for something to do Cliveden have some ‘daycations’ for you to enjoy. We also have some information on camping sites in the UK if you fancy some time away before the Summer ends. I’d like to welcome Niki Scäfer and Michele Axisa to our team of writers. Also, congratulations to Clare Chambers, our beauty writer, who is taking some well deserved time off to look after her son, William, born 29th May. As always we feature the upcoming fashion and make-up for Autumn this year, along with motoring and gardening and all our other regular features. Welcome to Kate Robinson, who will be featuring walks around the area, with her first being Cookham’s Unique Islands. Until next time, Happy Reading..........


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4 History of Hedsor House 12 What’s on at Cliveden 13 Favourite Walks along the

8 Interview: John Burton-Race 24 Beauty: Guaranteed Glamour 26 Fashion 28 Hair by Alexander 32 Garden 44 Motoring 46 Horoscopes 48 Community information 51 Out & about

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16 Travel - Happy Campers 22 Sally’s Smalltalk 42 5 reasons to network PUBLISHER & EDITOR Serena Edwards

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The History of Hedsor House As you drive between Cookham and Bourne End, nestled high on the hills between the trees you may have spotted a gorgeous Georgian country house. That house is Hedsor House, once the home of the Princess of Wales in the 18th Century and now a rising star in the film and event industry. AlongTheThames decided to find out more about one of our local area’s best kept secrets. Driving along Hedsor House’s endless drive, a sense of anticipation builds that you are in for a big surprise. You are not disappointed. At the end of the kilometre drive suddenly Hedsor House is revealed. A gorgeous golden Georgian stately home of perfect proportions. Sweeping lawns and flower-filled gardens surround the house and vistas look out across the whole Thames Valley. The interior of the house is equally jaw-dropping with a stunning Galleried Domed Hall and Panelled Ballroom. Dating back to 1166, Hedsor House was once the home of the Dowager Princess of Wales, mother of George III and the founder of Kew Gardens. The house then regularly welcomed the Kings and Queens from Windsor Castle as the home of Lord Boston from 1764. The house was originally designed by Sir William Chambers, architect of Somerset House, with the aid of King George III and Queen Charlotte, who picked the location

Centre Hall - 1930’s



specifically for its position high above the Thames. Badly damaged by fire in 1795, a new house was completed in 1868 and unusually modeled on the Italian Villa style but with a domed hall rather than an open courtyard. I met with Hamish Shephard, one of the family who own Hedsor House, to find out all the house’s history. We are standing in middle of the domed hall staring at a huge portrait above the fireplace. “This is the man who keeps an eye on my brothers and I - our great grandfather, Philip Shephard”. Hedsor House was bought by Philip Shephard in the 1930s and four generations later his three greatgrandsons have now launched the house as a leading film and event location. In 2007, for the first time in its eight hundred year history, Hedsor opened her doors to the world by starring in The Golden Compass as Nicole Kidman’s home. The house underwent a complete redecoration and refurbishment for the filming and the Golden Compass carpet is now a centre piece in the Domed hall (below). Since then the Domed Hall has been the location of the launch of new Jaguar, Mark Ronson’s birthday party, Ricky Gervais filming and held the ceremony of numerous weddings to name just a few. I wonder what great-grandfather is thinking! Hedsor House has quickly become recognised as one of the UK’s top wedding venues recently being

Centre Hall - as it is today

chosen as “The No.2 Regal Wedding Venue” by The Times and “The UK’s Prettiest Summer Wedding Venue” by Wedding Day Venues. As you walk between the huge royal portraits on the grand staircase and visit the stunning bridal suite, it is easy to see why. Hamish tells me - “The bridal suite was Granny’s bedroom and my father was actually born in this very room. Now it is where brides have their last few moments before they descend the grand staircase to begin the most amazing day of their lives.” Hedsor House is thoroughly impressive yet also incredibly homely. Unlike many stately homes, you do not feel out of place at Hedsor which really does make it feel unique. Hamish explains “ Whether guests are looking to host their daughter’s wedding or for the global launch a car or to just host next Tuesday’s meeting out of the office with some fresh air, we would be delighted for everyone to consider Hedsor”. I weave out of Hedsor Estate, passing the gorgeous Highland Cattle and with my pot of Hedsor’s famous homemade honey and hope to be back very soon! Hedsor House is available throughout the year for weddings, filming, meetings and private events.

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at Hedsor House Hedsor House is one of the most beautiful private houses in the UK and a unique setting for your Christmas party. Hedsor House is only 40 minutes from Central London and is set in its own private 85-acre estate in Taplow, Buckinghamshire. Choose between Christmas Party Packages from £85+vat with catering provided by Rhubarb, one of the country’s leading caterers, or Exclusive Use Hire for bespoke Christmas events. Perfect for parties of 80 – 140 in the main house or marquee parties for up to 1000 guests.

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w I am a Maidenhead based cookery writer, and Internet Chef. I am passionate about all aspects of cooking, and through my’ spiced up’ recipes, I aim to bring the enjoyment and benefits of spicy food, to a wider readership. David Rhys Price -The ‘Spicy Chef’

Pork Kebabs With Spicy Aubergine dip These spiced pork kebabs are a real treat ,and go well with any finger buffet party or barbeque. This recipe uses a spice mix based on North African spice blend called Aleppo. Serves 4.

PORK KEBABS INGREDIENTS: Wooden skewers 500g Loin of pork diced 3 Tablespoons olive oil Grated rind and juice of 1 lemon 2 Tablespoon chopped coriander Sea salt for seasoning. For the Spice blend 1 Tablespoon black peppercorns 1 Teaspoon all spice 20 bay leaves Seeds from 5 green cardamoms 1 Teaspoon nutmeg 1 Teaspoon coriander seed 1 Teaspoon cumin seed 1 Teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 Dessertspoon of paprika. METHOD 1. Grind all the whole spice, and blend with the powdered spices 2. Mix all the remaining ingredients in a bowl, and add the cubed pork 3. Marinate over night in fridge. 4. When ready to use, preheat grill, and thread cubes of pork onto small wooden skewers, using the bay leaves as illustrated. 5. Place under grill and heat on both sides for a total of 10-15 minutes. 6. Remove and serve with chopped coriander for garnish



SPICY AUBERGiNE DIP Here is another recipe for the ever popular aubergine dip. This has the addition of red peppers, and gives off a gentle and mildly spicy taste. Serves 6-8 INGREDIENTS: 1 Teaspoon each of cumin and fennel seeds 1 Large aubergine 2 Medium sized red peppers 4 Spring onions trimmed and chopped 1 Red chilli de-seeded and diced 4 Tablespoons of olive oil 2 Cloves of garlic chopped Grated rind and juice of half a lemon 2 Teaspoons caster sugar 1 Tablespoon chopped mint 1 Tablespoon chopped coriander 1 Dessertspoon paprika 1 Tablespoon tomato puree Salt and ground black pepper

METHOD 1. Dry fry the fennel and cumin seeds for 1 minute and set aside 2. Prick and cut the aubergine in half, the peppers into quarters, and place under grill. 3. Grill for ten minutes on each side or until aubergine flesh is tender and the skin on the peppers is black and blistered. 4. Remove the soft aubergine flesh from the skin and put in a mixing bowl. 5. Remove the blistered skin from the peppers, and put peppers in the bowl. 6. Place the aubergine, and pepper in food blender, and add remaining ingredients. 7. Blend to puree, and serve in small bowls, garnished with sprig of mint. You could also serve the pork kebabs and dip with pitta or crusty bread and a salad.

An evening with John Burton-Race Along the Thames was fortunate to spend an evening with John Burton-Race recently at Sanctum on The Green in Cookham Dean. Following the refurbishment of this local hotel John was appointed as Consultant Executive Chef where he has made significant changes to the kitchen and menu. In the past John, a Michelin star and celebrity chef, was often seen on our Television screens in many cookery programmes and much has been written about his private life in the press. Therefore, it was fascinating to meet him and have the opportunity to learn more about him over dinner at The Sanctum. John is as busy as ever and is mainly splitting his time between The Sanctum and My Dining Room in Fulham, as well as some TV projects; he has recently appeared again as a judge on ITV’s Britain’s Best Dish for the 5th series. He will start filming the professional version of the show (in association with The Good Food guide) called ‘Best Dish – The Chefs’ in September. It will be shown on ITV from the 11th October, Monday to Friday from 5pm to 6pm. The final will be aired on Christmas eve with John crowning the ‘Good Food Guide –Chef of the Year’.

highest level and the pressures that can bring. In the past he has had a reputation for being, at times, a controversial figure in the media but that is all behind him now. He certainly has strong opinions on a number of subjects and we had a great time discussing these but most of all and he was wonderfully warm, witty and engaging over the course of the evening.

John is very much a man of principle only undertaking projects he really believes in and where he can really make a difference. Just sitting in his company you can’t help but feel the passion he has for what he does, he has certainly made significant changes at The Sanctum and has given us a fantastic local restaurant to be proud of.

Given his current commitments John is very busy and like many active professional’s doesn’t get to spend as much time with his family as he would like. His family live in Devon and, when he can, he likes to get there as much as possible and dedicate the time he has to being an active father with his son.

As we sat by the rustic open fireplace in Sanctum’s restaurant, John kept the company highly amused over his stories of many years in the industry, just what it’s like to be a chef at the

The passion that John exudes for his professional work also comes across for what he likes to do in his spare time when he is away from the hustle and bustle of the kitchen. He speaks with gusto



of his hobbies and interests that include cars, fishing, horse riding, wine but most importantly FOOD. It was an absolute pleasure to meet John and sample the delights of The Sanctum on the Green in Cookham Dean. The hotel is warm, friendly and inviting all polished off with the style and sophistication of it’s big sister in London, Sanctum Soho Hotel. The open-air courtyard and heated outdoor pool area are a gem if you’re looking for a spot of al fresco dining throughout the summer months. The staff were also extremely accommodating. Nothing was too much to ask. We are fortunate to have such a wonderful restaurant in the area. Not to mention a chef who has transformed both himself and this venue into a fabulous must visit location. For more information on dining at the Sanctum on the Green call 01628 402630.

Enjoy a spot of al fresco dining at Sanctum on the Green this Summer. Dine in our open air courtyard and sample the seasonal set menu: lunch from ÂŁ14.50 or dinner from ÂŁ17.00 or take in the English Summer and relax beside the heated swimming pool.

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Dining al fresco at the White Oak I love dining al fresco in the summer months, whether it’s a barbecue in the garden, a pub lunch or a more sophisticated affair at a restaurant. The White Oak in Cookham comes somewhere in between the latter two. It’s more than a pub (although you can just pop in for a drink or a bar snack) and the décor is stylish and elegant, but not so formal that you couldn’t take the kids, enjoy a good value girly lunch or even a set dinner (from just £15 for two courses) with a BYO wine evening on Mondays. I met a pal there the other day for lunch al fresco. We were determined to dine outside on the lovely terrace even though there were threatening black clouds overhead. Of course 20 minutes later the clouds had gone and we were sipping a very good house white and nibbling our starters: mini chargrilled chorizo for me and a caramelised onion and goat’s cheese tatin for her.

My juicy chorizo was the winner here (it’s also available as a bar snack). Other starters on the set £12 for two course lunch included their deliciously rustic corn fed chicken and ham hock terrine. Mains included a pan fried steak (bavette) and a chacuterie board for two to share. We both went for the pea risotto with parmesan and pea shoots. Deliciously creamy, this was comfort food at its best. A wickedly good crème brulée rounded off a splendid lunch. The White Oak is sister restaurant to The Greene Oak at Oakley Green and the new Three Oaks at Gerrards Cross. Set lunch Monday to Friday (two courses £15 three courses £19). Set dinner menu Monday to Thursday two courses £15 three courses £19. Bring your own wine Monday evenings and pay just £5 corkage. Telephone: 01628

523043. The White Oak, The Pound, Cookham.

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What’s on at Cliveden Embrace the nations latest holiday trend and enjoy a ‘daycation’ at the National Trust’s property, Cliveden

New research by the National Trust has identified the South East as being the top ‘daycation’ hot spot in the UK. The term ‘daycation’ has been coined by the Trust following research that revealed a new trend in the way people are using their holiday time. Traditionally, many Brits have taken a two-week annual holiday. However, high prices, the stress of travelling and the inability to switch off from work means that, over the past five years, 15% less people in the South East are doing this, with 46% not planning a fortnight’s break this year. Instead, they are opting for multiple days out with family and friends, with over a quarter of those polled hoping to take at least ten single days off, or ‘daycations’. The physical and psychological benefits of ‘daycations’ have also been revealed by the research, showing that they reduce stress, improve wellbeing, help to bond family relationships and strengthen social networks. Many National Trust sites in the South East appeal to visitors who want to escape the pressures of working life, from the grandeur of magnificent country houses, to more intimate homes which can transport visitors to an otherwise long-lost era. Fragrant country gardens, meadows and woodland are ideal places in which to wander and relax, and most properties are not far from motorways. All of them offer a range of activities and attractions throughout the summer and into autumn. Cliveden’s magnificent gardens have a new star attraction – a huge yew maze of twisting paths to explore. Younger visitors can also let imaginations run wild in the outdoor play area, filled with life-size storybook characters and natural climbing equipment. A free trail sheet encourages children to investigate the garden’s nooks and crannies.



The 19th-century planting displays in the breathtaking five acre Parterre produce a riot colour from August to early October. Thousands of fluffy Ageratum flower heads in powder blue and white are interspersed with vivid colour from scarlet and white pelegoniums, red salvias and yellow marigolds. The summer and early autumn also sees, in the famous Long Garden, a mass of low-growing Verbena rigida produces a haze of purple-blue flowers, perfectly complemented by clusters of bright yellow Lantana flowers. The Long Garden’s giant topiary and Italianate sculpture give additional elegance to the borders. Gain a special insight into the planting and design of these gardens on Cliveden’s autumn guided walks, which operate on a first come, first served basis: 4, 11, 18, 25 October, 11am – 12.30pm, free after normal admission. On selected dates in August and September, visitors have the chance to mingle and chat with celebrities from the past. In its 1920s and 1930s heyday, Cliveden was the glittering hub of society for the famous, rich and powerful. Some of these characters, known as The Cliveden Set, can be seen once again as they

stroll through the grounds (28 & 29 August, 11 & 25 September, 9 & 23 October). 25 September also sees Cliveden play host to a very special classic car display, with a mouthwatering selection of vintage and classic cars lining the impressive Grand Drive. The woodlands are also the exciting location for a day of autumnal family fun, with a 3km guided walk aimed at 6 to 12 year olds, which takes families through the woods, giving them activities to complete along the way, including a ‘mini-beast’ hunt and agility trail. 24, 26 & 28 October, 11am – 1pm, free after normal admission. Cliveden, Taplow, Bucks SL6 0JA, T: 01628 605069. Other National Trust properties in the surrounding area to visit are: Basildon Park, Lower Basildon, Reading, Berkshire RG8 9NR, T: 0118 984 3040 Grey’s Court,Rotherfield Greys, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon RG9 4PG T: 01494 755564 Hughenden Manor,High Wycombe, Bucks HP14 4LA T: 01494 755565

Looking for something to do on a Summer’s Day? What about a walk along the Thames?. In this first issue, Kate Robinson takes us on a walk around Cookham’s Islands

Odney Moor

Cookham Lock

Cookham Lock + narrow boats

Favourite Walks along the Thames

Cookham’s Unique Islands

Odney Island and Cookham Lock are an idyllic amble, particularly after a sojourn in one of Cookham’s excellent pubs or restaurants. After crossing the bridge into Cookham, find Odney Lane on the left with the old Tarry Stone on the corner. There is parking along the wall before a gate. A hump bridge straddles Lulle Brooke and a tarmac path leads across Odney common. The common in summer is a wild flower meadow of buttercups and poppies. Amble along the bank spotting the myriad of wildlife that inhabit the brook and meadow. The path leads to a gate and weir which crosses to Formosa Island. Cross another bridge on to Sashes Island, one of the largest islands in the Thames. Views stretch across pastures of grazing horses to private Hedsor Water. Cookham Lock opened in 1830. The land owner at Hedsor, Lord Boston sued for compensation for lost trade to Hedsor Wharf due to the disuse of the tow path. Seven years later a weir was built at the Cookham end of the tow path, cutting off Hedsor Water. Lord Boston sued again for

compensation and erected a fish weir at the lower end of Hedsor Reach with the eventual conclusion that Hedsor Water became completely private, a unique situation on the Thames. There are footpaths left and right. The left path leads to the tip of Sashes Island with lovely views of Cookham Bridge. The old winch post for the ferry, that took tow path traffic to Cookham until 1956, can still be found here. Turn right for Cookham Lock where a café is open on summer days selling tea and ice creams. Walk past Cookham Lock to the furthest point of the island for views of the steep wooded cliffs of Cliveden Reach. Retrace your route back to Odney Lane. If you see a flash of blue against the dense green river bank, look closer it may be a Kingfisher. Why not visit one of the many places to eat, such as The White Oak in Pound Lane, visit the Stanley Spencer Gallery in the High Street or any of the independent shops that grace the High street. Kate Robinson



The art of shipbuilding on the Clyde The latest exhibition at the Stanley Spencer Gallery features Spencer’s Shipbuilding on the Clyde series, one of the most remarkable artistic records of the Second World War. The paintings are on loan from the Worthing Art Gallery (The Furnace Man, with its preparatory portrait drawing), and the Imperial War Museum (5 long panels: Riveters, Bending the Keel Plate, Riggers, Plumbers & Furnaces), plus 34 drawings for the series. Spencer accepted an official commission from the War Artists’ Advisory Committee (WAAC) to go to Port Glasgow, Scotland, to depict work in a shipyard. The vessels under construction were merchant ships for importing food and raw materials, many of which were lost on Atlantic convoys. The shipyard caught Spencer’s imagination and he produced a series of canvases depicting the major trades involved in ship construction in considerable detail. This type of heavy industry no longer exists on Clydeside. As in his murals in the Sandham

Shipbuilding on the Clyde: Furnaces, 1944 -1946 by Stanley Spencer (1891-1959) Oil on canvas © copyright Imperial War Museum

Memorial Chapel, Burghclere, which commemorate the 1st World War, he concentrates on everyday activity rather than grand events. The distinctive long, narrow horizontal format of the pictures forces the figures to adopt complex and unusual poses, reflecting the cramped conditions under which they worked. The inventive compositions are suffused with heat, noise and the dramatic glare of light on metal. Spencer was fascinated by the abstract shapes of tools and metal, which he uses to form characteristic repetitive patterns.

He drew continuously, sometimes on rolls of toilet paper, and from these sketches worked up his complex and eminently successful compositions, with which the WAAC was delighted. The pictures were widely exhibited to boost national morale. Recently cleaned, they will form a spectacular exhibition in the Stanley Spencer Gallery. Spencer achieved a rare feat by producing some of the most original masterpieces by any artist in response to the two great conflicts of the twentieth century. He was an Official War Artist in both World Wars, producing Travoys in 1919 and Shipbuilding on the Clyde, 1940-6. His great cycle of wall paintings in the Sandham Memorial Chapel, Burghclere (now National Trust) commemorate his experiences in the RAMC and infantry during the First World War. The exhibition will be accompanied by a full colour 32 page catalogue written by Carolyn Leder which is available from the Gallery at £4.00. Please note the drawings will be leaving the Gallery at beginning of October

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Adults: £5.00 Concessions: £4.00 (Seniors, Students), The Art Fund – Free Children: Free under 16 Friends: Free ( on production of membership card)

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Stanley Spencer Gallery, High Street, Cookham, Berks,SL6 9SJ Guided walks are available for groups around Cookham, including locations where Spencer painted. The walk, which takes about an hour, starts on the corner of Cookham High Street opposite the Stanley Spencer Gallery.



Summer on the River Thames It’s not too late to book for the last cruises of the season Steam enthusiasts Saturday 17th September Cost: £35 single / £60 return

Steamboat lunch and tea cruise: Saturday 3rd September Cost: lunch cruise £55 / tea cruise £46.50

The luxurious and genuine coal fire Victorian steamboat, S.L. Nuneham has a number of exceptional trips planned for the final days of the summer season. These red letter days are planned so that individuals can book a unique steam experiencelunch or tea cruises and steam enthusiasts’ specials have proven to be very popular over the last few months as they are particularly suitable to give as a gift for a loved one. Don’t miss out on the rare opportunity to relive the days of steam, with bookings available online; tickets are emailed directly to you. This makes them perfect to be given as a gift. For more information or to book a trip reminiscent of a bygone era Telephone: 01753 Email:

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Happy Campers Whether canopy and stars appeal to you or you are simply answering a call to nature you will not be alone this year in your search for the ideal camping holiday. A resurgence in camping is well under way with family camping holidays in particular hitting a growth curve. Recent figures from the world’s largest and oldest camping club, The Camping and Caravanning Club, show reservations for tent spaces up 188% this year with the Club also celebrating this month the addition of the 1500th Certified Site to its network of small sites across the UK.

variety of subjects including, space planning, tips to prepare for a turn in the weather along with ways of keeping the accommodation clean and dry. Andy Utting, managing director of Wild Country Tents, said: “Over the last few years more and more families have opted to enjoy a camping holiday. Getting the right tent for the job is really important first and foremost and, when out on site, there are many things people can also do to enhance the camping experience. This guide offers some pointers to achieve a happy, family tent.”

The landmark figure for the Camping and Caravanning Club was reached with the Certification of Dyfed Shire Horse Farm in Pembrokeshire. The site is in a secluded and picturesque area of the farm and campers have free access to its facilities for the duration of their stay. Site owner, Huw Murphy, said: “As campers with two young children ourselves, we wanted to provide a smaller, less commercialised site similar to those we often look for when booking our own holidays.” Facilities on site include toilets and showers, a farm trail and an onsite shop and cafe where campers can pre-order breakfasts and lunches. Attractions on the farm itself include Shire Horses, rare-breed sheep and pigs, indoor and outdoor play areas and donkey rides. To book a pitch at Dyfed Shire Horse Farm, please contact the site directly on 01239 891 107 or visit:

Adding to the enjoyment is choosing the right site for you. One of the best places to start is www. . The site provides detailed information on places to stay from small certified sites such as Dyfed Shire Horse Farm to forest holidays and camping sites abroad.

One of the keys to enjoyment of a camping holiday has to be a tent that can cope with the variable UK weather and at the same time offer comfort for its occupants, especially if you are sharing the tent with all the family! Wild Country Tents has produced a fact-filled guide to help people find the right tent to suit their family. To download a copy of the guide visit, .

Another ‘glamping site’ is Crafty Camping in Holditch, Dorset, offering a variety of tents to stay in. Although more suited to couples the site does also provide for children and families. Each space has a whittling kit so you can hone your woodcraft skills. See www.canopyandstars. for more details. This website also offers a wide range of glamping style accommodation for those just wanting to dip their toes in the water.

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If you don’t want to take your own tent then a hidden gem near Barafundle Bay in Pembrokeshire has got to be Fforrest camp. They offer the best bits of camping including freshly brewed coffee in the morning and a glass of locally brewed beer or cider at sunset along with marshmallows over the fire. Fforrest camp has four types of tented accommodation along with their modern crog lofts based on a traditional crofter’s cottage. To find out more or to make a booking visit .

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Kenton Theatre Saturday 3rd September, 2.30pm and 7.30pm Brook Street Productions presents April in Paris written by John Godber. Bet and Al lead a quiet, humdrum life in their small Yorkshire home until Bet wins a ‘Romantic Breaks’ competition in a magazine. The prize, a holiday in Paris, represents their first experience abroad and has profound effects on the way the young couple look at the world around them when they return home. Sunday 4th September, 7.30pm. An evening with Gervase Phinn Gervase Phinn really is at his best and most exciting in front of a live audience. He will have you on the edge of your seat as he shares his hilarious and sometimes poignant tales of life as a schools inspector in the Yorkshire Dales. Dubbed as “the James Herriot of schools”. Friday 16th September, 1.30pm and 4pm Nonsenseroom Productions present Hairy Mclary & Friends. First UK tour of a Hairy Mclary story by the New Zealand author Lynley Dodd from a series which sold over 10 million books. Popular in Nursery and Primary schools,. There is no doubting the popularity of this lovable sky terrier and his friends. Saturday 17th September, 7.30pm Mike Hurst and his all Star Band - For one night only. An original member of the top British vocal group The Springfields, Mike Hurst has been a major player in the music industry for over 40 years. He is back at the Kenton by popular demand, this time with his All-Star Band. An evening of great music is guaranteed. Friday 23rd September, 8pm The name of the game - Abba by Arrival. Bursting on stage with an energy reminiscent of the great band themselves. ARRIVAL maintains a vitality that electrifies the crowds and leaves them shouting for more!! Add to this outstanding vocal and musical ability, a stunning collection of authentic replica costumes and rave reviews from fans around the world. Wednesday 28th September to Sunday 2nd October Henley Literary Festival. The Henley Literary Festival celebrates its fifth birthday this year and will be returning to the Kenton as it stages 100 events in five packed days. Among those who will be appearing are Eastenders actor Larry Lamb, talking about his emotional and moving autobiography, poet Pam Ayres and novelist and presenter Melyn Bragg. www.henleyliterary Please mention Along the Thames Magazine when booking.


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Harvard researchers have reported recently on a study of more than 1,700 female health professionals, published in 2010, showing links between women whose work is highly stressful and cardiovascular disease. Women worrying about losing their jobs and are more likely to have high blood pressure and be obese (overweight). The definition of ‘job strain’ included psychological demands of the role, in amount, pace and difficulty along with the degree of control – the ability to make decisions or to be creative at work. This study was backed up by another carried out in Beijing where women, but not men, were found to have increased thickness of the carotid artery, a early sign of heart disease. The carotid artery is the one that runs up from the heart, through the neck and up to the brain. A 15 year study of Danish nurses also showed, the higher the work pressure, the higher the risk of heart disease for women aged 51 and younger. The exact causes are not yet known, but the ‘fight or flight’ stress response of the body may be implicated.

Yes, you CAN do something about it! You may not be able to reduce workplace stress but you can take some steps to manage yourself better and help yourself cope: Friendships – mutually supportive relationships with family, friends and co-workers help. Regular exercise – not just for weight control, but for the ‘boost’ of the ‘happy chemicals’ made by the body. Also to reduce anxiety, depression and improve sleep Leave work at work – don’t take it home! Try meditation, Yoga, visualization or progressive relaxation to help you ‘tune out’ of the stressors and ‘tune into’ the place halfway between sleep and wakefulness, that calms Body and Mind If you are feeling overwhelmed – get help!

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Stress may lead to inflammation in the blood vessels which in turn may trigger the formation of cholesterol ‘plaques’ (atheroma), which bind onto the lining of the blood vessels in an attempt by the body to heal itself. It is this cholesterol binding that has led to a focus on lowering cholesterol – but another chemical produced by the body, homocysteine, may be the trigger of the inflammation. Research is still going on, but many nutritional experts now argue that the level of homocysteine in the blood is a better indicator of future heart disease and stroke risk than cholesterol. The good news?

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When I say “I do”... for richer or poorer ... Have you thought about the legal implications of your marriage? Karen Newman of Colemans Solicitors highlights some legal issues to consider before the big event! Is the family home protected? The major asset of married couples is usually their home. For each spouse, this represents both a roof over his or her head and a capital investment. To ensure that you are both involved in the discussions and any agreement as to any steps that are to be taken in relation to the home, such as selling it or re-mortgaging it, it is important that you obtain advice in relation to your personal circumstances to ensure that both of you have a say in relation to your home. You also may wish to ensure that should either spouse die before the other, the surviving spouse is entitled to remain in the home. If a property is in the sole name of one spouse, the property may not pass to the surviving spouse and even if the property is in both spouses’ names, it is important to ensure that the home has been registered at the Land Registry correctly to ensure that on the death of one spouse it will pass automatically to the surviving spouse. We have Wills, there is no need to re-do them, is there?

A Will is revoked by marriage unless the Will was made in contemplation of marriage. What is the situation regarding existing children? In today’s modern society couples often live together and start a family before saying, “I do”! Couples entering into marriage with children may wish to consider whether it is appropriate to make provision in a Will for the appointment of a Guardian for the children of the family. Such an appointment would only take effect when there is no living parent with Parental Responsibility. What is Parental Responsibility(PR)? PR is defined as “all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority, which by law a parent of a child has in relation to the child and his property”. Who has PR? There is a wide variety of people who may acquire PR for a child in different ways. For example: PR is conferred automatically on the mother of the child, irrespective of her marital status. If the father was married to the mother at the time of the child’s birth, the father will automatically acquire PR. If the father was not married to the mother at the time of the child’s birth then the father may acquire PR by agreement with the mother, or by Order of the Court, or by obtaining a Residence Order, or by marrying the mother

any time after the child’s birth up until the child reaches 18. From 1st December 2003 unmarried fathers can acquire PR by being registered as the child’s father on the child’s Birth Certificate. Upon marriage I will become a step-parent – will I have PR for my spouse’s children? A step-parent does not obtain PR automatically by virtue of marriage to the child’s natural parent but has to acquire it legally. However, a parent may arrange for some part or all of that responsibility to be met by one or more persons, such as step-parents. As a step-parent will I be responsible for the maintenance of my spouse’s child or children? It depends! A step-parent will be responsible for the maintenance of a child insofar as the child concerned has been treated as a “child of the family” irrespective of whether the step-parent has PR or not. Should you sign a Pre-Nuptial Agreement? A Pre-Nuptial Agreement is a Contract made by a couple prior to the marriage, which sets out the distribution of the couple’s income, capital, assets and any inheritance acquired before and during the marriage, if they separate or divorce. Some couples prefer to plan for such an eventuality rather than leave it to an unknown Judge to make a decision. by Karen Newman

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Nothing is ever THAT simple...

as something quite minor, in the grand scheme of things, ever happened in your life, but at the end of the day actually turned out to be pretty major? Let me explain....

A few years ago we found out that our bathroom shower was leaking slightly. Now most of you would regard this as quite minor (in the grand scheme of things?) Call a plumber? Stop the leak? Simple. Actually, what seems relatively simple kicks off a chain reaction of events culminating in a pretty major bathroom refurbishment to the tune of £5000! I could go into the links of this chain reaction but that’s a whole other story. My point is that this seems to happen to me an awful lot. I wondered if it was just me. Am I melodramatic? Do I make mountains out of molehills? I mean I can’t be the only one who when the car was really dirty, went and bought a new one, or when the dishwasher broke, ended up with a new kitchen, or when the dog chewed the corner of the stair carpet, had to have the all the carpets in the entire house replaced...surely that happens to everyone? Well I am glad to say that I am not alone. Recently my aunty and uncle came to visit my parents and were round at my sister’s house for dinner one evening. We all got on to the subject of what was in their summer house. The point at which she mentioned that there was a bed in there, I laughed and asked if they were renting it out! My uncle rolled his eyes and then challenged me to ask why there was a bed in there. This shaggy dog story stems from my aunty deciding that she would really rather like a king size bed. 22


Simple yes? Read on my friends.

Off they go to the furniture show room and try out all the beds and place an order for the bed of their dreams and at huge expense I might add! In the meantime she has my uncle busily decorating in readiness for its arrival. The bed arrives. One night’s sleep in the new bed and she doesn’t like it! Can’t possibly sleep on it! My uncle ends up sleeping on the new bed whilst my aunty moves into the spare room to sleep on the old bed. I awkwardly ask why they don’t just put their extremely comfortable old bed back in their room and put the new bed in the spare room for guests? Ah no, because she wants a king size bed and besides, it won’t fit in the spare room.

Actually, what seems relatively simple kicks off

a chain reaction of events culminating in a pretty major bathroom refurbishment to the tune of £5000!

Pondering her plight she has an idea. In a way that only a mother can she convinces her son that he needs a new king size bed. Unsure that it will fit into his bedroom he measures up and weighs up the movement of furniture to see if there is any way that he can fit the new bed in his room. The only way it can be done is to have new bedroom furniture. My aunty is clearly of the most persuasive nature (I reckon it’s where I get it from.) She has now not only sold her new bed

to her son, but talked him into buying all new bedroom furniture and having the entire room redecorated to accommodate a bed that he didn’t even want in the first place!

So now she has found a new home for the bed she looks for a new one. She finds one she likes (note that my uncle now has no say on the matter) and goes to place the order. Then she sees that she could save money if she takes out a store card (that old chestnut!) But better still there was a sale starting the following week and she would be able to save an additional £200. The only downside is that they were going to be on holiday, so she brings all of the stuff with her on holiday, the card details, the make and model of the bed and the website and contact details so that she can order the new bed. You know I couldn’t tell you if she has her new bed yet as I had to leave before my brain exploded. As I drove home I thought of my cousin and actually felt rather sorry for him. As a child he terrorised and tormented me every time I saw him but now I felt his pain and shared his feelings of desperation. Next time something minor happens in our house or I have one of my little ideas I will remember this story and think twice, as nothing is ever THAT simple!! Have you ever had an idea to do something that has turned into a major upheaval or drama? - Sally If you would like to share your ideas with Sally, please contact us at and we will pass on all correspondence.

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The nineties were revisited by Vera Wang. Grunge style was re-created with smudgy black liner, roughly applied metallic shadow and frosty pink lips finished with mussed-up hair - in true 'rock chick' style.

But the trend that really seems to stand out is classic Hollywood glamour. Adopted by Diane von Furstenberg the look combines ravishing red lips, flawless foundation, a light smoky eye, curled and subtly mascara'd lashes and, of course, immaculately blow dried hair.

It's a return to full on glamour that pays homage to a bygone era. The vampish style is undeniably sexy and the vintage edge makes it unquestionably chic. It's sophisticated, classy, refined and totally feminine. As a high maintenance trend you might think that it's all a bit too much trouble, but it’s amazing what a difference embracing even just one element can make - it is well worth a try. 24


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Autumn/Winter 2011 MUST HAVES The autumn/winter 2011 catwalks picked up some spring trends and translated them into the upcoming season. There were lots of bright shades around dominated by reds, purple and camel – the colour carried forward from last winter.


Black will still be strong especially in eveningwear, but there were oversized florals, prints and baroque motifs to be seen as well. Fur was huge on the catwalks either worn on its own or used as a detail, mainly in knitwear. Spots and circles were significant and it is expected that they will become a popular and easy way of updating your winter look. Autumn season is all about mixing different textures to get the luxury feel. More is definitely more this season. 1. Purple/Black soft jersey dress and "waterfall" type jacket by Gold No. 25 of Bourne End 2. Black/Tan dress by Gold - No. 25 of Bourne End 3. Plain Purple dress by Michaela Louisa - No. 25 of Bourne End 4. Clever combination of two big trends: red and geometric prints - Swish, Marlow 5. Bell-bottomed trousers are back in fashion! Michele tweed pants - Swish, Marlow

nd matching matchin hingg scarf scarff scar 6. Plain black dress with ruffle bottom and by Michaela Louisa - No. 25 of Bourne End 7. Quilted coat - this season’s staple - Swish, Marlow 8. Silk multi print maxi dress by Michaela - No.25 of Bourne End 9. Tweed will keep you warm and make you look up-to-date with the latest trends 10. Fur details are very popular this season. Cardigan with fur collar - Swish, Marlow

Here are some important trends to look out for while shopping for your new season wardrobe: Quilted coats - main focus in many collections. Look out for details such as fur, asymmetric fastening and cinched waist. Tweed jackets and country checks - wear it 11

with a classic white shirt and a silk scarf. Layered knitwear – loose layering with contrasting texture is a key this season. Fur detail knitwear – one of the biggest trends this season. Don’t miss out! Camel coats – camel colour is still very strong this season and its popularity translated into outwear. A classic camel coat is a must. 70’s Glamour - think dresses that fall like shimmering water in the evening and high-waist pants with elegant blouses by day. Bell Bottoms - with the come back of all things 70’s it was inevitable that fashion would turn to bell bottoms and flared pants as a style of choice. Maxi dresses – continuing on from their popularity M over the Summer maxi dresses are heavier, not in cloth o in so much as it is in colour. 12

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Alexander’s Hair Surgery For this issue, I thought I would share a couple of the most commonly asked questions I receive in the salon.

Alexander Parsons

has been in the hairdressing industry for 30 years and has worked for a variety of major local salons, including hair salon manager for the “Champneys Health Resort” group for twelve of those years. During his varied career, Alexander has taken care of clients from all over the world with many different professions and lifestyles. “I think that I have just about seen or heard it all! However, from time to time, there are a few surprises!” Alexander is currently employed by Stoke Park Salon in Stoke Poges (www..stokepark. com) and his unique take on all matters hairdressing makes him very popular with his clientele.



Dear Alex I’m looking for a real change in hairstyle as I have had the same long bob for the past 15 years, however I’m not quite sure what direction to go in. I never do anything exciting with my hair colour (just have a light brown root colour to cover grey) and I’m a little scared about looking silly for my age, as I’m 47. Are there any current styles or colours that would work for me, I have quite small facial features and am fairly petite in stature. I’m intrigued to know the reason for the change. New job? New relationship? Or, just time for a change. Either way, there are a few rules to

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follow when considering and choosing a new style or colour. 1. After styling your current hair style, look in the mirror and squint. If you see an overall oval shape, then that is the most aesthetically pleasing and you will always look well groomed. If you do not see this shape, then wherever your eye drawn to, that’s the area which needs fixing. Bear in mind that masses

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SALE of hair around a little face is not flattering. Think Yoko Ono from the 60’s. Enough said! 2. Can you clearly see your eyes? Keeping the eye area clear is most flattering feature for any woman, but, keep an eye on the length of any fringe. You don’t want to look like you are frowning. 3. As we mature, it is important that our hair colours become lighter and warmer in tone. This compensates for our skin tones becoming fairer. If you’re worried about any major changes, try cutting out pictures of styles that appeal to you and book a consultation (most salons do not charge for this) with your stylist to discuss your options. Or, perhaps book the consultation with a stylist who has been recommended. New eyes often see things in new ways to create a new you.

Dear Alex, I really want to get to grips with blow-drying at home but I’m absolutely useless, I can never seem to get volume in my hair or any respectable shape! Can you give me any tips for achieving a good blow-dry myself? OMG! This sounds just like something my wife would say, perhaps this is my wife!

Firstly, the key to volume is to keep it light. Try a volumizing spritz rather than a mousse or gel, (sometimes, they may weigh down fine hair) and spray directly onto the roots just before youblow-dry.

Come and join us for our August Sale at No. 25 of Bourne End . For the Mother of the Bride/ Groom there are fantastic bargains with many of our ranges at half price or less. Outfits from Condici, Ann Balon and Linea Raffaelli never date and so are ideal for Weddings in High Summer/ Autumn and even Spring.2012. With a selection of dresses and trousers from Gina Bacconi at Special prices of £99 instead of £219! If you’re looking for a hat many of our Ex-Hire hats are at giveaway prices, some as little as £25! We also have in store our new collections for High Summer/Autumn from Condici and Linea Raffaelli . Visit our website for more information at Turquoise/Lemon silk 3 piece by Coterie reduced to £299 from £799

You must make sure that the roots are completely dry or any volume achieved, will quickly disappear. Some people have difficulty in handling a separate drier and brush. There are driers on the market where the brush fits onto the end of the drier. This will free up a hand and may make the hair easier to control your hair while drying.

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Some people find it easier to use rollers, either heated or Velcro. A few lessons from your stylist will give you the skills you need to master this technique and get a pretty good result and hey presto, Volume! If you would like to ask Alexander any questions about hair, please get in touch with us at We will pass your questions onto Alexander to answer in future issues.

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Book Reviews Books to keep you busy through the holidays as well as some mindbending puzzles for all ages - great fun for the whole family. For your chance to win one of 3 copies of “mind-bending puzzles and fascinating facts, A compendium for all ages, by Paul Wiiliams, please send your name and address to by 9th September, 2011..

Maelstrom Chris Todhunter (£17.99) Fast-paced thriller that moves slickly backwards and forwards through time

Cry of the Machi A Suffolk Murder Mystery Alan S. Blood (£16.99) Murder most foul in the Morris Dancing community of Suffolk!

Patagonian ‘Machi’ through the Morris Men’s ‘Squire’ and the unexpected assistance of an ex-NYPD policeman. A hunt for not one, but two serial killers, is on, and Thorpe Amberley will never be the same again.

Mind-Bending Puzzles and Fascinating Facts A compendium for all ages Paul Williams (£12.99) “Huge Fun!” Gyles Brandreth

Jack Ross is in the rough end of Glasgow late one rainy Monday night having his head kicked in. As the blows keep coming, he regrets everything that happened six months ago in Hong Kong, where a terrible error of judgement seemed to mark the start of all his problems. Forced to reassess his life, Jack persuades his wife and family to support him in pursuit of his dream – which involves the West Highlands of Scotland, a fast boat, and a lot of hope for the future. After a promising-looking start, things slowly unravel for Jack. His charter clients are not what they appear to be, his daughter makes a ground-shattering announcement one night over dinner before apparently disappearing from the face of the earth, and the money’s in danger of running out. Soon Jack and his son Tom are fighting for their lives, and the police are staking out a Glasgow flat with an armed response team. The maelstrom is taking them all down.

Like all English villages, the quiet and charming Thorpe Amberley in the heart of the Suffolk countryside has its secrets, its mysteries and its legends. It also has its traditions, such as the Tamberley Morris Men, a dysfunctional band of ‘blow-ins’, mainly professionals, who rehearse every Thursday and drink in the local pub. Nothing much has served to disturb the tranquillity of Thorpe Amberley for centuries. Until now. A stunningly beautiful American woman comes to the village to teach at a nearby school, and her arrival coincides with the resurrection of deadly seeds of jealousy, evil and murder. When the village is rocked by a series of gruesome and apparently ritualistic killings, it soon becomes clear that the local police are up against dark forces which they are wholly unequipped to deal with. Unlikely help comes from the shamanistic connection with a

How many legs does a harvestman have? When does part of a forwardrolling wheel travel backwards? When is something neither true nor false? Paul Williams’ personal collection of interesting facts, puzzles and conundrums will fascinate all ages. It is divided into five sections according to the reader’s likely ease or familiarity with the concepts and processes involved – from Easy through Moderate and Tricky to Difficult and Fiendish. Some brainteasers involve maths, while some relate to language; others are simply curiosities. Children will enjoy the Easy section, while the Fiendish section presents a challenge to the reader’s knowledge of mathematics and philosophy.

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Established in 2007 Swish offers a great selection of unique labels, some not seen in the UK before. The collections are always versatile, stylish and feminine without being to showy. This season expect to see more jersey dresses, gorgeous tops, a big selection of bestselling trousers by Michele, luxurious knitwear and beautiful party wear. You can update your autumn wardrobe here by picking an amazing classic wrap dress or super soft winter coat in a fashionable toffee colour.

SLIM SHAPE EFFECT Magic trousers give a very attractive figure.They flatten your stomach and your hips look slimmer.

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To complement your outfit you can always choose from Swish’s selection of quirky accessories and fashionable jewellery. Swish is a great example of independent retail. With its unique brand mix and handson customer service the boutique provides a very enjoyable and memorable shopping experience.

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a new garden - step by step All that hard work thinking about the site and shapes and how the garden should work; hours looking at materials finding something you can afford, talking to landscapers about how they can build your plan, and you’re finally there … time to plant! Firstly divide the garden into areas where planting conditions may be different. In the garden we’re watching develop through these articles we ended up with three planting areas ... sunny borders; deeply shaded borders; and the partially shaded border in front of a tall hedge. Make lists of plants suited to each area which match the overall theme or atmosphere you are aiming for. Always start with your structure, evergreen ‘bones’ and any trees you would like .. think about interesting bark textures and how plants will look in the winter, then add the flowering plants and bulbs which add seasonal colour. Consider their shapes ... are they domes, spires, or airy and tall. We find that putting together an image board of the plants helps to give the flavour of how each bed will look. This garden needed a background structure of shrubs, some evergreen, including some plants with variegated or yellow coloured leaves to light up the more deeply shaded areas. We then wanted to overlay a mixture of herbaceous plants and bulbs to add seasonal colour in a mostly blue/purple and white colour theme, to tone with the grey slate paving. When making your lists you have to be disciplined .. less is more! There are so many lovely options and varieties for each set of conditions. We are quite ruthless and really try to limit the number of different plant types used, and to repeat them as much as possible in order to get a harmonious rhythm to the garden. For example, we chose several shrubs which can adapt to the conditions around this garden which we could repeat 3 or 4 times – Choisya ternata Sundance; Hydrangea Annabel and Weigela florida Variegata. For the herbaceous plants choose a selection that will give a long flowering season. For the sunny borders in this scheme: tulips and alliums for spring; salvia and paeonies for early summer; phlox and nepeta for midsummer, and asters for late summer. Be patient and you can create a wonderful seasonal tapestry to look at. Next time… the finished garden – sit back and admire your work!

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Planting your perennials Plant your spring-flowering bulbs until the ground becomes frozen, and then prepare your perennials for the coming seasonal changes. Remember that in the milder climates, bulbs can still be divided and transplanted. Plant hardy bulbs anytime before the soil freezes, but it’s best to plant them early enough so the root systems can grow before winter arrives. In some climates, you can plant until late November or even Christmas. Late-planted bulbs develop roots in the spring, and may bloom late. But they’ll arrive on time by next year. Be sure to position the bulbs at their proper depth. They must be planted so their bottoms rest at a

depth two-and-a-half times each bulb’s diameter. In welldrained or sandy soil, plant an inch or two deeper to increase life and discourage rodents.

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Bulbs look best planted in groups. So use a garden spade instead of a bulb planter, which encourages you to plant singly. Set the bulbs side-by-side and plant groups of them in holes the size of a dinner plate, or dig curving trenches and position the bulbs in the bottom. Water your bulbs after planting to stimulate the roots to grow. Interplanting (planting a fast-growing crop in between a slowergrowing one) creates maximum flowering in a tight space and eliminates bare spots when “dead” bulbs don’t grow. For a succession of blooms and foliage, plant perennials around the bulb holes. As the bulb foliage dwindles, the perennials will grow, camouflaging the bulbs’ yellowing leaves. ALONG THE THAMES


Interior Designers How do you get the best out of an interior designer? What do interior designers actually do? And are they a luxury for the good times only or do they offer benefits even in an economic downturn?

coverings and curtains can be costly, and if they don’t end up working how you envisaged them and need redoing, it can be disappointing as well as damaging to the budget.

Decorating your home can go several ways – a thoroughly enjoyable creative project or an absolute horror of bolshy builders, late deliveries and misjudged fabrics. Obviously, there is also the middle road where the project starts out as exciting and fun but somehow ends up ‘not quite how I wanted it to turn out’. An interior designer would be able to help, but are they really a necessity or an expensive luxury?

To find the right designer for you requires some research. A good place to start is with a professional body such as the British Institute of Interior Designers, which provides an opportunity to peruse portfolios.

Expense Let’s deal with the money issue straight away. Designers vary dramatically in cost depending on their experience and reputation. However, they shouldn’t be dismissed as only for the wealthy as designers can frequently save money on projects. A talented and experienced designer will work to get the very best out of a budget regardless of its size and their regular dealings with various trades people – upholsterers, curtain makers, decorators and fitters – means savings can be made. Avoiding expensive mistakes is another bonus. Flooring, wall 34



Some designers have their own signature style, which will be obvious after seeing a few rooms of their work, but most are more interested in creating a design to match your needs and taste rather than trying to enforce theirs upon you. However, if the majority of their work is not to your liking, it is probably best to leave them off your list and avoid wasting both your time and theirs. Consultation Once you have a shortlist of designers, you can arrange a consultation with them. This can be at your home or in their studios and may or may not be charged for, depending on their practice. This consultation is an opportunity to explain what work you are looking to have done and to discuss your tastes. Collect

examples of rooms you admire from magazines and work out your favoured colour schemes before you meet. This will not only be helpful for the designer but will give you a good sense of control. This briefing will also give them a clear understanding of how you live in your home and what your lifestyle entails, which is important to make sure their designs meets your needs. Understanding After this meeting the designer will write to you listing the scope of work that has been discussed. At this stage you can assess how well they have interpreted what you have told them and make your decision as to whether they are the right designer for you. Hiring an interior designer does not mean giving away control. In your contract, a good designer will have pre-established a number of meetings to take palce for decisions at key times in the design process. Your approval of progress and purchases is the objective of these meetings so there will be no surprises to you when you see the work finished, as you will have signed off the decision for every purchase and seen every sample of fabric and roll of wallpaper long before it has been made into curtains or pasted on to your walls. Niki Schåfer is the founder of dwell-being designs

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A conservatory extends summer through to winter and creates the perfect link between the house and the garden. But how do you ensure that this is a truly versatile room, one that’s useable all year round and that suits your look and your lifestyle? Katherine Sorrell looks at ways to make your conservatory a space that’s functional, beautiful and great to be in.

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Building a conservatory is one of the most popular home improvements. But aside from the question of whether it will add value to your property, will it add value to your life? A good place to start is with the overall colour scheme. By painting the walls the same colour as the adjacent room, you’ll ensure that the conservatory really feels like part of your home, rather than a last-minute addition. Use the floor, too, as a bridge between the conservatory and the house. Tiled, slate, stone and terracotta floors are beautiful but tend to be rather cold and hard underfoot, so it would be a great idea to scatter one or two rugs to add instant warmth and character, perhaps in a colour used in the next room so as to create a visual link. With the background colours, textures and patterns established, it’s time to consider the key pieces of furniture – probably a comfortable sofa and some armchairs, perhaps a dining table and chairs – and soft furnishings. Many people choose rattan furniture for a conservatory, and it can look fabulous, adding a touch of exotic, Far Eastern style 36


to the room. To emphasise this look, accessorise with wooden boxes with large brass handles (handy for coffee tables), woven baskets, carved-stone buddhas or elephants, paper lanterns and carvedwood mirrors. For blinds, cushions and throws, choose fabrics in sand, mustard, deep red, orange and earthy brown. Alternatively, you could aim for a cool, New England look by teaming white-painted rattan with cottons and linens in plains and checks, tongue-and-groove cabinetry and simple floor and table lamps with pale fabric shades. Or go for a soft, English country look by adding chintzy cushions, painted ceramics, botanical prints, delicate chandeliers and vases of informally arranged flowers. Another favourite in a conservatory is metal furniture, though it’s best to avoid chairs and tables specifically designed for the garden, as they can look unsophisticated and clumsy; instead, opt for curly, decorative metalwork, which looks really pretty, especially painted in a soft pastel colour. Team with toile de Jouy fabrics, old metal café signs, oversized chocolate mugs, painted wall clocks and enamelware with French lettering for a conservatory à la Francais.

For a more contemporary effect, faux wicker furniture (for both inside and out) now comes in all sorts of vivid colours and surprisingly sculptural shapes, while high-tech fabrics, which resist staining and fading and are water-resistant, allow you to include upholstered furniture – so you could go for long and lean sofas, or Europeaninspired, modular forms. The finishing touches for this look should be sleek, chic and minimal – an oversized floor lamp, perhaps; a piece or two in acrylic (maybe a curved coffee table or a dining chair), a modern chandelier and maybe some framed black-and-white photographs. And there you have it: glamorous or laid back, traditional or modern, the decoration of your conservatory can reflect your personal style and really make this room an integral part of your home.

Use your conservatory all year round Heating is essential if you plan to use your conservatory in winter, and this is something that’s ideally considered at the planning stage – though a retrofit is always possible. The options are simply to extend your current central heating to the conservatory, placing radiators against the dwarf walls, or to fit underfloor heating, in the form of either warm-water pipes or electric cables. Some systems use convectors, set under the perimeter of the floor and covered with decorative grilles.

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In the summer months, your main consideration will be to keep the conservatory cool enough to be pleasant to sit in. As well as opening windows and vents, you can provide a cool waft of air with a central ceiling fan, and block dazzling sunlight with blinds, which will control the heat in the summer and insulate in the winter. Choose from pleated, roller or roman blinds, vertical and Venetians, woodweave or simple calico, in colours to suit your décor. Katherine Sorrell

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Introduce a bit of summer into your home Nature’s colours outside change dramatically when summer eventually comes around. We are treated with bursts of luscious apple and emerald greens in our trees and vegetation, hot pinks and fiery oranges in the flowers that spring to life in our garden pots and containers, and baby blue skies. The patio doors and windows flung open after months of being shut allow us to smell the summer too: honeysuckle, sweet peas and flowering jasmine are all familiar summer smells in this country. So how can we incorporate summer effectively into our homes? Firstly, with colour; Just like an artist starts with a blank canvas, we too would benefit from doing the same in our homes, slowly introducing our chosen palette of seasonal colour. By keeping the flooring, walls and window dressings in neutral colours, we can bring summer into our home by means of the accessories we choose. Whether you prefer the fiery hot colours of the Mediterranean or the softer English Garden pastel colours that the summer also brings, the long days



allow the natural light to bounce around the room and accommodate either palette. Choose two to three colours for your palette to work with and take inspiration not only from your garden, but also from a permanent feature in the room such as one of your pieces of art on the wall.

Pull up your rugs and expose your wooden or tiled floors so that the flooring feels cooler when you walk barefoot on it. Use picnic baskets for storage and introduce rattan and wicker in the form of table mats and coasters.

In the living room you can choose to add colour in the form of cushions, a new vase to hold your favourite summer flowers, or even new tea light containers.

Fragrance is important too for the different seasons. Go for lavender or citrus room scents that will transport you to the South of France on a rainy British summer’s day, or if you prefer floral, go for rose or lily scents.

In the kitchen why not buy a new set of summery mugs or coloured glassware that comes in an array of colours, and don’t forget the large glass jug for the Pimms and lemonade! Your choice of paper napkins and tea towels can also bring a summery vibe to your kitchen at little cost.

So enjoy the three or four months of summer we normally expect to get here, thinking about colour, textiles/fabrics and fragrance - because before we know it, we’ll be back to using the candles, throws and curtains…but let’s not think about that just yet!

Go for pretty florals, deck chair stripes or sizzling pinks and oranges.

Now where did I put that Pimms and lemonade!

On those hot summer nights white Egyptian cotton bedding works beautifully in the bedroom to keep a fresh cool feel. Textiles and fabrics are just as important as colour. Replace your velvet and silk cushions with linen or cotton ones.

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Five Reasons to network Networking as a business tool is not a new phenomenon. However, many people still do not engage in networking either to an internal audience or an external one. You can successfully use networking within your organisation to raise your profile amongst your peers and management team. By actively engaging with other people at your company you will build strong working relationships which will prove useful throughout your career at that company and when you have left. Furthermore, internal networking can also help enhance your career prospects within the organisation. Many companies seek to fill new openings with existing members of staff and often it is not a question of who you know, but rather who knows you? Raising your profile by networking at your place of business will pay dividends even if you would prefer to keep your head down. There are many different networking groups in operation across the Thames Valley and there is bound to be one to suit your organisation. Many offer ‘free’ taster sessions where you can attend one or two events without signing-up and paying a fee. Others do not charge at all. It is worthwhile visiting as many as you can to find a networking group or event which appeals 42


to you. Some for example, are more suited to trade whilst others cater for women only. If you need more convincing here are five reasons why you should network: 1. Attending networking events offers you an occasion to identify potential clients and customers. Industry specific events such as, Brand Licensing Europe provide an excellent backdrop to network and to secure new business even during a slim-line economy, but this doesn’t stop at the end of the day. Many shows and exhibitions have evening networking parties and these are also worth investigating. 2. Developing and sourcing ideas for joint ventures, and negotiating joint venture partnerships. Strategic alliances can be very successful and by networking you can find joint venture opportunities along with ideas for how you can work with others. 3. Use networking to capitalise on the knowledge and expertise in the room. Many of those who attend have been in business for a long time and are willing to share their expertise and know-how giving you valuable business tips.

4. Listen to how other people in your industry operate and adapt this knowledge to suit your company. Through networking attendees can obtain a valuable insight into how others are securing business deals. Look for inspiration rather than competition. 5. Source new products and services through networking. Whether you are looking for an accountant, PR support, legal advice, or insurance you will find someone who can provide what you are looking for or offer a referral to someone who can. Ultimately, networking is not everyone’s cup of tea but if you are looking to push yourself and your business forward this year then give networking a go. For independent, entrepreneurial support on networking visit . This website also offers a free guide on how to network. And finally if you cannot face meeting people face-to-face then go online. Online networking is not just the remit of the under 25’s, mummybloggers, and ‘facebookers’. The online world of networking is growing everyday with specific business-led groups. continued page 43

For further information visit . For information on different groups in both Buckinghamshire and Berkshire visit and I have also provided a list below. This is not exhaustive and I am sure there are many others around, but hopefully this will give you a feel for the different groups around the area. Remember to visit as many groups as possible to find out which one suits you and your business. You may find that one is not enough!!

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Nissan Leaf Road Test Model: Nissan Leaf Price: £25,990 (including £5,000 government grant)

It’s the first five-seater, all-electric car in production, but is it for all of us?

Engine: electric motor Power: 107bhp, 280Nm Max speed: 90mph 0-60mph: 11.9s MPG: 109mile range Emissions: 0g/km Residual values (three years): 37 per cent

What is it? Nissan would have you believe it’s revolutionary. It’s the first five-seater, all-electric car in production, producing zero emissions and costing just £2 to ‘fill up’. The benefits don’t end there either. Buyers enjoy zero road tax and company car drivers won’t be clobbered by any Benefit in Kind. That means someone driving a 1.6-litre diesel Ford Focus, paying £4,000 company car tax per year, would see that amount back in their pay packets.

What’s under the bonnet? A big fat electric motor. Flip the catch, show any non petrolhead the unit and most will be convinced it’s a standard engine – to the uninitiated it certainly looks that way. It’s the fat power cables that give the game away. That motor produces 108bhp but it’s the big dollop of 280Nm of torque, available immediately, which really makes the difference. That’s equivalent to a Porsche Boxster and certainly makes the Leaf feel sprightly enough.

What’s the spec like? Nissan made little noise about spec on the launch, concentrating more on the technology, but customers will be pleased to 44


hear there’s lots to entertain. Headliners include sat nav and reversing camera as standard, as well as central locking, alloys, climate control, a CD player and electric windows and mirrors. The only option is a solar panel on the spoiler that tops up the 12v battery. That costs £250.

What’s it like to drive? Nissan says the Leaf’s range is 109 miles and has calculated 95 per cent of daily car travel is less than 25 miles and the average journey is 8.5 miles. There are two power modes, a normal and an eco. In eco, power is seriously reduced but the range improved and in normal the Leaf is surprisingly swift. What’s immediately apparent is how quiet the car is and how well it rides over bumps – you forget very quickly you’re driving an electric car.

What does the press think of it? Autoblog said the Leaf could possibly be the most impressive car it has driven all year. The Green Car Website loved it and said owners would claw back the higher purchase price with lower running costs. Autocar also said that despite the ‘real

world range’ being only about 80 miles it was ‘easy to see its huge potential as a comfortable and practical school run car’.

What do we think of it? We like it a lot, but the 26 dealers currently selling it will need to heed the maker’s advice and ensure the right buyers are snapping them up. It’s true that at £25,990, with the government’s £5,000 grant thrown in, the Leaf looks expensive but we’d liken it to a new Apple Mac: It might do the same thing as a normal computer, but knowing you’re at the forefront of technology and slightly wackycool for owning it, will make that extra cash worth spending.

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GEMINI MAY 22 - JUNE 21 August could be quite introspective for restless Gemini. Apart from Mercury, your ruling planet travelling retrograde in Virgo, motivational Mars is in thoughtful Cancer and asks you to review your values and your goals. You’ll feel more drawn to self development and inner awareness. September puts the spotlight on home and family matters. Your ruler, communicative Mercury, moves to analytical Virgo on the 9th and you may have to face some difficult issues that have been swept under the carpet up until now. Career matters come into focus on the 12th and a surprise opportunity could arrive.

CANCER JUNE 22 - JULY 22 Although there’s a great need to nurture and help others this month, with powerful Mars in your sign you’ll also be focussing on assertiveness and your own self-improvement. Both Venus and the Sun in Leo illuminate your finances and money matters take on more importance. September starts off being action packed. Mars, the warrior planet remains in your sign until the 19th. Where do need you put your energies? Focus is essential now and financial affairs continue to loom large, things become quieter after the new moon on the 27th. You’ll have to look at what’s no longer working for you.


Mars, your ruling planet, spends most of the month in gentle Cancer in the domestic area of your chart. Your home and family are now your main focus and things that are not working very well will need some attention. The new moon in industrious Virgo on the 29th brings renewed energy. September: Innovative Uranus is still moving backwards through your sign, probably causing great impatience as Aries never likes delay. Your attention is firmly on making progress in your chosen field. Things should get easier after the 19th as your ruler moves to fast paced Leo

It’s your birthday month and pleasure loving Leo is out to have fun. The love planet Venus is in your sign and relationships are highlighted. But beware, as Mercury challenges you by moving backwards in your sign. To avoid misunderstandings clarify all your communications. The full moon on the 13th in your opposite sign of Aquarius brings new challenges. During September the emphasis in on your finances and new money making ventures come into focus. Extravagant Leo will have to pull back a little; self control is required now, particularly as Venus transits careful Virgo until the 15th. The new moon brings new and exciting ways to communicate.



Venus, your ruling planet, is travelling through the dramatic and creative sign of Leo. August could be a very exciting month as your intuition and imaginative powers are heightened and all writing and artistic endeavours are favoured. Creativity peaks around the new moon on the 29th. September sees the Sun and Venus cruising through the love and romance area of your chart. Mighty Jupiter is now retrograde in your sign and as you turn your attention to a much more serious way of relating, a stable and permanent relationship could be very much on your mind. The full moon on the 12th brings these issues to a head.

Methodical Virgo will be challenged during August. Mercury, your ruling planet is moving backwards in Leo and demands new insight and change. Where do you need to assert yourself? Gaining clarity and insight in this area of your life gives you confidence and helps you to plan for the future. September is your birthday month and although you’ll enjoy celebrating in style, your attention will be turning to tasks of a much more serious nature. Mercury, your ruler, is in your sign from the 9th to the 25th and encourages you to think of practical endeavours. This is a great opportunity to take a leap of faith.



LIBRA SEPTEMBER 23 - OCTOBER 23 Energetic Mars is at the highest point in your chart this month and you are asked to question your goals and ambitions. In fact the grand cross configuration challenges all areas of your life and changes will have to be made. Use the Mercury retrograde period to formulate new plans. During September you continue to grapple with responsible and duty bound Saturn in your sign. Mars, the warrior planet, is at the highest point of your chart and urges a career review. The Libran new moon on the 27th could bring an exciting new opportunity your way..

SCORPIO OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22 Re-organising your priorities and re-evaluating your goals and objectives are highlighted this month. Enthusiastic Mars is in the travel and further education area of your chart and this transit makes you question all of your long term plans. The full moon on the 13th brings your domestic life into the foreground. September brings new and dynamic energy into the adventurous sector of your chart. Feeling rather restless you could find yourself planning an exciting journey or a voyage of exploration. Pluto, your ruler, is challenged by rebellious Uranus - Expect the unexpected and you can’t go wrong! .

THE COSMOS DURING AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER There is a mixed bag of planetary activity during August, with something for everyone! The cosmos is challenging us all to be the very best that we can be. But do take care, as the trickster planet Mercury is in retrograde motion from the 3rd to the 26th – as always with travel plans and communications, please do check and check again. Bountiful Venus is in dramatic and creative Leo until the 22nd. Midmonth sees a rare planetary configuration, the powerful and disruptive combination of Mars, Uranus, Saturn and Pluto all form a grand cross in the heavens. One could say that this represents cosmic war – but we hope to use this face-off constructively. The full moon in Aquarius on the 13th is a great time to start a new adventure or begin a creative project. September: After the turbulence of August we can now settle down to the arrival of the Autumn Equinox on the 23rd. The Sun is in diligent Virgo and our attention is turned to study and acquiring new skills. Schools and colleges start their new terms and the focus is once again on hard work. Fiery Mars is somewhat subdued in the watery sign of Cancer, but after moving to creative Leo on the 19th he finds new ways of imaginative expression. Venus, the Goddess of love, starts out in perfection seeking Virgo, but then moves into her own sign of Libra on the 15th – romance has every chance of blossoming now! The full Moon on the 12th is in the intuitive and spiritual sign of Pisces and gives us all a chance to look at what is not working in our lives and contemplate on how to improve things. Swim with the cosmic tides rather than against them!



With the Pluto and Mars stand-off in the financial areas of your chart, money matters come under intense scrutiny. You may become aware of some alternative routes to reaching your goals and you may meet with resistance from those around you. An opportunity arrives with the new moon on the 29th. During September you should begin to receive the rewards that you deserve. Energetic Mars in pivotal position and Jupiter, your ruler in beneficial Taurus, means that all the hard work of the previous months should now start to pay off. Your social life blooms around the 27th

Aquarians should not pack their cases for holidays just yet as there is some work to be done! The full moon in your sign on the 13th challenges you to review how you communicate and come across to others. Your working life also comes under scrutiny as Mars in Cancer asks you to be more self-aware. Work, health and your daily routines are in the spotlight during September. Venus is in careful and practical Virgo until the 14th, giving you plenty of time to find a new regime that suits your unconventional ways. The Libran new moon on the 27th urges you to broaden your horizons.

CAPRICORN DECEMBER 22 - JANUARY 20 Capricorn will feel somewhat challenged during August. Energetic Mars charges through your partnership sector and demands action. You must now make decisions that you have delayed for far too long. The full moon on the 13th illuminates financial matters and clarification is required. September brings the mighty Saturn, your ruling planet, to the very top of your chart. What are your goals and ambitions? Capricorns always want to climb higher and higher, but now there must be some reflection and the new moon in Libra, the sign of the scales, demands balance in your life.

PISCES FEBRUARY 19 - MARCH 20 Lots of action in the romance department for Pisces during August! With Venus in Leo you may also be feeling particularly creative and are certainly becoming more in tune with inner needs and how best to use your time. Neptune, your ruler, slips back into Aquarius on the 5th helping you with objectivity. Creativity and romance remain in focus during September. Powerful Mars stirs up ideas and Venus, in practical Virgo, assists with seeing them through. You should feel particularly enthusiastic with a brand new zest for life. The full moon in your sign on the 12th brings new challenges in relationships.. ALONG THE THAMES


Bourne End Concert Orchestra 2011 Date : Sunday 2nd. October at 7.45pm. Location: Bourne End Community Association, Bourne End. Tickets: £10.00 Where, this autumn, will you find a medieval populist leader, a young Italian girl and Cinderella all coming together in landscapes that range from an exotic North African city to rural East Anglia, via Bohemia’s forests, with a stop-off on an island populated with Dinosaurs? The Bourne End Concert Orchestra, with leader Muriel Carpenter and conductor John Timewell, will perform perhaps its most exciting programme yet. This will be the orchestra’s 26th annual concert and the challenge was to find a programme that would draw in a capacity audience, as did last year’s silver anniversary event. With a theme of ‘People and Places’ the programme includes: Williams (Highlights from Jurassic Park), Coates (Cinderella Phantasy) as well as music by Rossini, Vaughan Williams ,Rutter , Wagner and Smetana

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“Forum Players’ Autumn Production "CONTROL" is the premiere of member Anthony Deacon’s latest work. Date: Thursday 15th, Friday 16th and Saturday 17th September. Location: Bourne End Community Centre Tickets: ÂŁ6.00 for Friday and Saturday, reduced price of ÂŁ5.00 for Thursday Jack, his wife Mary and their daughter J are preparing to go out for the evening. Things take a terrifying twist when the taxi driver arrives with two others and orders the family to stay in the house for the next few hours. Jack and Mary must discover their captors’ motives and try to find a way out, before it's too late. A psychological thriller with numerous twist and turns, there will be performances at. In addition a FREE performance for senior citizens will take place on Wednesday 14th September. Please note that due to the nature of the play there is a suggested minimum age of 13 years for attendees. Tickets are available from Bourne End library or via Leigh on 01628 523291.â€? Cantorum Choral Concert Faure Requiem and other works Saturday 15th October, 7.30pm All Saints Church, Marlow

Noise complaints should be reported to the local authority who have the equipment and powers to prosecute if necessary. If you are having a party then be considerate to your neighbours, close windows, let them know in advance if you are having a party and finally turn the music down or off at a reasonable hour. The other benefit of glass is security. Thieves are opportunists and an open window is an open invitation to steal your property. It may be uncomfortable sleeping with windows closed but most, nowadays, can be locked in a position just slightly ajar. I am sure you would be even less likely to sleep with the thought of someone breaking into your house. If you want to find out more about keeping your property safe or about your local police team then you can visit us at Inspector Ray Wilks The views GIVEACAR?BUSINESSCARD?&PDF expressed in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the Thames Valley Police

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Maidenhead Produce Market

Maidenhead Produce Market 18th August, 9am Maidenhead High Street

Business Biscotti - Maidenhead 15th September, 9 -11am Temple Golf Club, Henley Road Local network group

Business Biscotti - Maidenhead 18th August, 9 -11am Temple Golf Club, Henley Road Local network group

Forum Players Autumn Production - Control 15th, 16th & 17th September see page 49 for details and dates

Midas Antique Fairs Starting 28th August 10 - 4pm and every 4th Sunday thereafter Crowne Plaza Hotel, Marlow - 496800

Cookham Dean Village Fete

Maidenhead Produce Market

Marlow Carnival 17th September - TBA

Thames Valley Business Womens Group 10th October, 7.00pm for 7.30pm start CIM, Cookham - Local network group

16th - 28th August, Daily Thursday - Sunday 10am - 6pm 70th Annual Art Exhibition

Maidenhead Produce Market 1st September, 9am Maidenhead High Street

15th September, 9am Maidenhead High Street

17th September, 1 - 4.45pm Old Cricket Common, Cookham Dean

Taplow House Hotel Wedding Fair

18th September. 11am - 3pm

Cookham Regatta 3rd September Marsh Meadow, Cookham

Wizard of Oz

6th - 10th September, 2.30pm & 7.30pm Desborough Suite, Town Hall Brought to you by Stage One Youth Jazz Dinner 9th September MacDonald Compleat Angler Call 405406 for tickets

Marlow Food Festival 18th September Crowne Plaza Hotel, Marlow see advert page 23 for details Lions Club Fun Run 24th September Braywick Athletic Club, Maidenhead See page 48 for details

Windsor Dragon Boat Festival

5th Cookham Gravity Grand Prix

25th September For more details: Call Lauren on 0845 130 2248 or

11th September In aid of Air Ambulance

Thames Valley Business Womens Group 12th September, 7.00 for 7.30pm start CIM, Cookham - Local network group

Comedy Club 30th September Crowne Plaza Hotel, Marlow - 496800

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON EVENTS AT Maidenhead Camera Club - 630861 every Tuesday, Cox Green Community Centre Maidenhead Archaeology society - t: 630 839 meet last Wednesday of the month, WRVS, M’head

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Murder at the Wedding 1st October Odney Club, Cookham, in aid of Elizabeth House. Call Lyn 819224/07929638986

Bourne End Concert Orchestra 2nd October, 7.45pm All Saints, Marlow - see page 49 Cantorum Choral Concert 5th October, 7.30pm All Saints, Marlow - see page 49 6th October, 9am Maidenhead High Street

Jazz Dinner 14th October MacDonald Compleat Angler Call 405406 for tickets

Old Thatch Gardens

14th May - 31st August, 2 - 5pm every Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday

Royal Windsor Wheel 13th May - 4th September

Maidenhead Over 30’s Disco parties

every Friday, 8.30pm - 1am, Bird Hill Golf Club, Drift Road, off Hawthorn Hill SL6 3ST

Stanley Spencer Gallery 1st April - 15th January 2012 High Street, Cookham

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