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Films on the Fairway


Life is short, and so is the summer. On a balmy August evening, nothing beats watching a movie under the stars! Have you been looking for the perfect date setting or just a chance to have a night with the kids watching a good old fashioned family fun movie? We have just the night planned for you.

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Harleyford Golf Club, set in truly magnificent surroundings, nestled by the River Thames at Marlow. Seriously, discovering Harleyford for the first time is like uncovering a hidden treasure. The golf course is beautifully crafted in a natural downland setting, the 6714 yard par 72 course is both challenging and rewarding to players of all levels.

This August, Harleyford Golf Club, in grounds attributed to the 18th Century landscape designer Capability Brown, is an amazing place to enjoy in any weather and will play host to their first Open Air Cinema Experience “Films on the Fairway”. Showcasing ‘Happy Gilmore’; the brilliant 18th fairway acts as a small amphitheatre, creating a great atmosphere under the stars to watch this classic film.

The history of the estate dates back to the 12th century and is designated as

Harleyford Golf Club has enlisted the help of local businesses to

Harleyford Golf Club has so much to offer and now’s the time to take notice that golf is not the only “thing to do” at this venue!

create a truly unmissable event that encompasses the best of Buckinghamshire and its hospitality. From the moment you arrive at the golf club, you’ll be greeted with a drink of prosecco or pint of beer. A great chance to mingle with friends, old and new as well as grab a bite to eat before the film starts. The Harleyford Golf club team also have a few extra goodies up their sleeves that will be revealed on the night. At £25.00pp it’s a great deal! If fancy dress is your forte then you’re in for a treat. The best golf attire dress will receive a prize Happy Gilmore himself! Films on the Fairway will be taking place on Sunday 26th August 2018. To book your tickets call Rebecca on 01628 816177 or email today!

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A Warm Welcome

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I am sure many of you will be looking forward to the more of this glorious weather we have been having as well as any planned Summer holidays. Mind you as ever, the English Summer Season is in full swing with Henley Regatta and Festival looming.


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Do you love to BBQ, then we have some tips form Josh Katz, Berber & Q restaurant in London, a seabass from Chris Wheeler, a cake from Mary Berry and a chat with John Tarode, about his recipes from his new book, Sydney to Seoul. This is the first book from Chris Wheeler, Stoke Park’s exciting head chef. There are some refreshing cocktails to try and of course what summer wouldn’t be complete without some refreshing Pimm’s recipes for those warm summer evenings.

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‘The Ginger Chef Served Up’. Chef Chris Wheeler, well known for being at the culinary helm of the luxury five star Stoke Park Country Club, Spa and Hotel in Buckinghamshire, and for his appearances on Saturday Kitchen, Great British Menu and Sunday Brunch, is launching his debut cookbook ‘The Ginger Chef Served Up’ on Tuesday 26th June 2018. The book, features over 65 recipes to suit all appetites. Home dishes which guests at Stoke Park have been raving about for years. Chris is often asked whether he has a book or any recipes that he can share with those dining in his award-winning Humphry’s restaurant and is excited thats he now has the opportunity to just do this. ‘It’s been a long time coming and I’ve finally had the time to sit down and translate my recipes from industrial-cooking terminology into recipes that people can make in the comfort of their own home.


4 sea bass fillets 400g Thai/regular asparagus 200g spinach 200g pomme purée (mashed potatoes) For the mussels 100g clams 100g mussels 40g shallots (finely chopped) 10g chives (finely chopped) 20ml white wine For the sauce 200ml fish stock 200ml white wine 100ml double cream 20ml Black Cow vodka 1 small onion (diced) 1 small leek (diced) 1 celery stick (diced) For the garnish Micro-cress


Wheeler comments. ‘It features over 65 of my recipes, from starters, fish, mains, desserts along with dishes for vegetarians, vegans and Gluten free options as well. I’ve also included a more challenging fine dining dish for each course so you can really impress your family and friends!’ Available to buy online from Chris’ website and to pre-order now!

Ready in 45 minutes | Serves 4


Make the sauce by sweating the diced onion, leek and celery with a little olive oil and the white wine. Reduce by half. Add the fish stock and reduce again by half. Stir in the double cream, Black Cow vodka and season. Simmer for 5 minutes. Season the sea bass and pan-fry for roughly 3 minutes on each side. Wash the spinach and sweat in a pan with a little butter. Blanch the asparagus for 30 seconds in boiling salted water and add to the sea bass. Sweat the finely diced shallots in a saucepan, add the clams and mussels, cover with a lid for 1 minute. Add the white wine and cover again for 2 minutes or until all the clams and mussels are open. Add the chopped chives.

To Serve

Place a portion of pomme purée in the middle of each plate, topping with spinach and asparagus. Serve the sea bass on top, skin side up. Dot the mussels and clams around the outside and spoon the sauce over the top and garnish with micro-cress. Living Along The Thames | JULY/AUGUST 2018


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John Torode on exploring Asia and discovering dishes with extraordinary stories The MasterChef host takes us on a journey through Thailand, Malaysia and South Korea in his new cookbook, Sydney To Seoul. Lauren Taylor finds out more. It might not feel like it, but MasterChef veteran John Torode has been putting amateur cooks, and some famous faces, through their paces for 13 years on the popular BBC show. While you might know him best for his TV partnership with co-host Gregg Wallace, he’s also just published his 11th cookbook. The chef, 52, hails from Melbourne, Australia, but has been living in the UK for 27 years. His first culinary love, however, comes from much further afield, the street food of

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the Far East, which, Torode says, “the world is slowly falling in love with”. His new book, Sydney To Seoul, is a culmination of a lifetime of travels around the east of the continent, his Australian heritage, and stories and conversations with street sellers and local chefs who’ve shared or influenced the recipes he’s featured. Torode’s exploration into Asian cooking begun back in the Nineties, “I discovered a world that is fresh and delicious.” That discovery has

influenced his work ever since, from his restaurant menus to the dishes he and his actress partner, Lisa Faulkner, rustle up at home. The focus is really on food that grew out of necessity, which ordinary people knock up at home every day in Thailand, or grab from street food stalls in Seoul. “I wanted people to understand it’s not about big things, it’s about lots of little things,” he says. “I find big plates of food scary now.”

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From simple Thai classics like fish cakes and som tam (green papaya salad), to karipap pusing (curry puffs) from Malaysia, pajeon (seafood and spring onion pancakes) from South Korea and duck noodle soup from China, the book is a journey of cheap street eats, vibrant curries and fragrant broths. Like his accent though, Torode’s latest book still has an unmistakable Aussie twang; an entire barbecue chapter and brunches that would be perfectly at home in cafes along Sydney Harbour. This Australian-Asian mix might seem surprising, but, says Torode: “Australia, and its cuisine was brought about by immigration, with Greeks and Italians arriving in the Fifties and Vietnamese in the Eighties.

“Now, we’re seeing a world where you can get the ingredients,” says Torode. “If I’d put Thai fish cakes in a recipe book 10 years ago, people wouldn’t necessarily cook it, but now it seems everyone has a bottle of chilli sauce in their cupboard and coriander is in everybody’s fridge, instead of just parsley. Sainsbury’s stock gochujang and fish sauce is on every shelf. “When I first arrived in the UK, nobody ate squid, nobody ate pork belly. I remember putting it on the menu at Smiths (his first restaurant) in 2000, and someone said, ‘No one will eat pork belly’,” but of course they do.

There’s huge Portuguese influence in Asia and limes aren’t from South America, they’re from Iran. We talk about fusion of different cultures, but it’s a world of people moving about and talking bits and pieces with them.”

Other dishes might be more surprising such as the Korean army stew. A strange-sounding combination of American hot dogs, spam and processed cheese with instant noodles, kimchi and gochujang, Torode calls “bonkers” but “fantastic”. It’s fusion at its most fascinating, but again born out of necessity.

The book also taps into just how much home-cooking has changed in recent years.

“In the war, when there was nothing left in Korea, they used to buy food

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from the American camps - they had hot dogs and and bologna. But kimchi is eaten with every single meal (in Korea), and there’s noodles because that’s their carbohydrate,” Torode explains. The result was a big pot of hearty stew to feed the family. These stories are woven into the fabric of the book and form the backbone to Torode’s dishes. “For me, all the stories are really important, they make me remember the recipe,” he says. “We put enornmous amounts of pressure on ourselves, thinking everything we make has to be perfect. There are variables, the coriander is going to taste different depending on where it’s come from, the amount of juice that comes out of a lime... Just in enjoy it. If it doesn’t work the first time, your friends don’t mind, (they) love you; that’s why they bring the white wine and have a nice time.” John Torode’s Sydney To Seoul: Recipes From My Travels In Australia And The Far East by John Torode is published by Headline, priced £27.

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Kitty Travers’ Apricot Noyau ice cream Kitty Travers, London born, is the brains behind La Grotta Ices; she is hoping to change people’s mind-set to start making ice-creams at home. Kitty loves ice cream done proper. “It’s whipped frozen Emulsification. The human mouth finds that fun. It’s smooth from the emulsification, it’s whipped which offers high satiety, so you can just keep on eating it; and it’s frozen, which keeps your brain engaged because of the changing textures.” Scientifically and biologically it’s pretty hard to not like ice cream, it turns out. Peach is her favourite because it’s rare to come across, while very little beats a raspberry ice cream that “tastes like one of the bobbles on a raspberry, but giant.”

Ingredients 375g fresh apricots, halved, stones set aside 150g sugar 170ml whole milk 170ml double cream 3 egg yolks 1tsp honey (optional)

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Method To Prepare the Ice-Cream: Simmer the apricot halves gently in a non-reactive pan, just until they are cooked through and piping hot (do not boil). Cool in a sink of iced water then cover and chill in the fridge. Place a clean tea towel on a hard surface, then line the apricot stones up along the middle of the towel. Fold the tea towel in half over the apricot stones to cover them and then firmly crack each stone with a rolling pin. Pick the tiny kernel from each shell then grind them in a pestle and mortar with 20g of the sugar. Heat the milk, cream and the ground kernel mix in a pan, stirring often with a whisk or silicone spatula to prevent it catching. As soon as the milk is hot and steaming, whisk the yolks with the remaining sugar and honey (if using) until combined. Pour the hot liquid over the yolk mix in a thin stream, whisking constantly as you do so, then return all the mix to the pan. Cook gently over a low heat, stirring all the time, until the mix reaches 82°C. As soon as your digital thermometer says 82°C, remove the pan from the heat and set it in a sink full of iced water to cool - you can speed up the process by stirring it every so often. Once entirely cold, pour the custard into a clean container, cover and chill in the fridge. To Make the Ice-Cream: The following day, use a spatula to scrape the chilled apricots into the custard then blend together with a stick blender until very smooth - blitz for at least two minutes, or until there are only small flecks of apricot skin visible in the mix. Using a small ladle, push the apricot custard through a fine-mesh sieve or chinois into a clean container, squeezing hard to extract as much smooth custard mix as possible. Discard the bits of skin and kernel. Pour the custard into an ice cream machine and churn according to the machine’s instructions, usually about 20-25 minutes, or until frozen and the texture of whipped cream. Transfer the ice cream to a suitable lidded container. Top with a piece of waxed paper to limit exposure to air, cover and freeze until ready to serve. La Grotta Ices by Kitty Travers is published by Square Peg, priced £18.99 Photography Grant Cornett. Living Along The Thames | JULY/AUGUST 2018

Barbecue Dos And Don’ts If you’re in need of some barbecue related advice, Josh Katz is your man. Chef and founder of London restaurant and Middle Eastern barbecue joint Berber & Q, he’s a pro when it comes to everything to do with grilling.

DO Keep a clear head: Barbecuing doesn’t need to be as intimidating or scary as people find it. It’s just like any hobby, you just have to get started and get going. Get to know your barbecue: Master indirect cooking over coal, use the lid and turn your barbecue into an oven, learn how the fire works and how to control the vents. Wait until the fire pares back: If you don’t wait your meat will be singed on the outside and raw in the middle; you’ve got to be patient. Learn to cook low and slow: The low and slow smoking of large joints takes much longer, so you’ve got to tend to a fire and maintain the temperature of your barbecue over an extended period of time. Focus on the basics: You can make amazing food by doing things simply with the right quality and provenance of ingredients.

DON’T Always cook the same things: People think sausages, hamburgers and chicken wings; it doesn’t have to be only these ingredients. You can get out there and do things that aren’t necessarily complicated but aren’t one of those three items. Don’t grill everything simultaneously: There’s a perception that you have to grill everything at the same time and you squash it all into one little place. Instead, work out what ingredient takes the longest to cook and start with that and then add the rest of the meat’s, Corn etc, so you can

finish cooking everything at the same time. Chase perfection: Be ok with imperfections. I like burning stuff and it’s alright if the bread’s a little bit burnt around the edge, it adds flavour. Obviously, if it’s completely singed, that’s a problem. Don’t be constrained or constricted by the parameters of a recipe: A lot of my favourite recipes were discovered when I didn’t have something that I needed. I replaced it with other ingredients and it turned out better than intended.

Berber & Q by Josh Katz, photography by James Murphy, is published by Ebury Press, priced £25.

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Honey and Almond cake Ingredients Serves: 6 150g baking spread, from fridge 100g light muscovado sugar 2tbsp runny honey 3 large eggs 150g self-raising flour 50g ground almonds 2tbsp milk 1tsp almond extract

For the filling and topping: 100g butter, softened 2tbsp runny honey 1/2tsp almond extract 150g icing sugar, sifted 50g flaked almonds, toasted

Method 1. Preheat the oven to 160°C/Fan 140°C/Gas 3. Grease a 17.5cm deep cake tin and line the base with non-stick baking paper. 2. Measure all the ingredients for the cake into a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until well-blended and smooth. 3. Turn the mixture into the tin, level the top and bake in the preheated oven for 45-55 minutes, or until well-risen and the tops of the cakes spring back when lightly pressed with a finger. 4. Leave to cool in the tin for about 10 minutes, then turn out, remove the paper and finish cooling on a wire rack. 5. To make the filling and topping, measure the butter, honey, almond extract and icing sugar into a bowl, and mix well until thoroughly blended. 6. Slice the cake in half horizontally and sandwich together with half of the icing. Coat the sides of the cake with half of the remaining icing and roll in some toasted almonds so that the sides are evenly coated. Use the remaining icing to cover the top of the cake then sprinkle with the remaining almonds.

Fast Cakes by Mary Berry is published by Headline Home, priced ÂŁ26. Photography Georgia Glynn Smith.

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Pimm’s O’ Clock There’s no other British drink that quite captures summer in a glass like Pimm’s. “When making a Pimm’s, don’t go overboard on mint or scrimp on the strawberries and always make sure you’ve got enough cucumber and oranges. The garnish is the finishing touch to a perfect glass of Pimm’s,” says Elly Martin, senior brand manager at Pimm’s.

Pimm’s No 6 Signature Botanical Serve

Pimm’s No 1 Signature Serve

Ingredients 50ml Pimm’s No 6 Vodka Cup botanical tonic water a ribbon of cucumber

Ingredients 50ml Pimm’s No 1 Cup good quality lemonade 2 sliced strawberries 2 orange wheels/wedges 2 slices of cucumber 1 sprig of mint

Method Fill a high ball glass with ice. Add the Pimm’s, top with tonic and stir slowly. Garnish with a ribbon of cucumber.

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Method Fill a highball glass with ice. Add the Pimm’s, strawberries, orange and cucumber. Stir slowly and top with lemonade. Garnish with a sprig of mint and a paper straw.

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REFRESHING COCKTAILS As the summer social season rolls in, cocktails play a starring role, especially those that don’t challenge the senses but have just the right balance to leave you wanting another. With the resurgence of the aperitivo, these light, refreshing drinks mean you can enjoy them for longer, while the simplicity of a classic cocktail like a negroni or gin and tonic means you don’t have to forage for loads of implements and ingredients. What’s more, the wide range of botanicals flavouring so many gins, and vermouth (wine flavoured with aromatic herbs) are enjoying a revival; our thirst for these tantalizing tipples and ‘gioia di vivere’ is encouraging more of us to make the most of those aperitivo moments at home.

Martini Riserva & Tonic The vibrant bitter-sweet taste of Martini is finding ever increasing legions of fans and can be enjoyed in two styles:

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Perfect Negroni

Martini Riserva Speciale Ambrato Vermouth di Torino a floral and aromatic blend of small parcels of Moscato d’Asti produces a beautifully honeyed style with a light, bitter taste profile.

Some may say there’s no better fix than the bitterly complex flavours of a negroni that come together with such ease, which could be one of the reasons it’s been inspiring countless variations for close to a century. Today, two Italian mixologists have created Seven Hills Italian Dry Gin, which they cite as the perfect Italian gin for the perfect negroni. An aromatic spirit, with citrus and herbal notes, its inspiration dating back to Roman times, hence the aperitive - Saluti!

Ingredients: One part Martini Riserva Speciale Rubino or Ambrato, one part tonic water.

Ingredients: 30ml Seven Hills Gin, 15ml Campari, 15ml Antica Formula Carpano Vermouth.

Method: Fill a tumbler with ice, add one part Martini and one part tonic water (can tweak to taste), garnish with an orange wedge (Rubino) or lemon wedge (Ambrato).

Method: Half fill a mixing glass with ice. Add the gin, Campari and Vermouth. Stir well, then strain into an old-fashioned glass. Garnish with a twist of grapefruit.

Martini Riserva Speciale Rubino Vermouth di Torino. A bright ruby red vermouth, with a delicate balance of botanicas to create a full-bodied herbal and complex style.

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Not content with a Double Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2017, Silent Pool Gin set their sights on the Chelsea Flower Show this year, where their Silent Pool Secret Garden not only proved a blooming good show by winning a Silver-Gilt medal, but thirsty spectators were certainly taken by their ‘after hours’ G&T party. A floral-inspired tipple, we jostled for their signature cocktail recipe so you don’t have to... Ingredients: 35ml Silent Pool Gin, 15ml Poire Williams, 15ml St Germain, 15ml honey water, 35ml chamomile tea, 25ml Prosecco. Method: Fill a high-ball glass with ice. Add the gin, eau de vie, St Germain, honey water and tea. Stir slowly and top with Prosecco. Garnish with gypsophila (Baby’s-breath).

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Midnight Sun at Hamn

Giant Trolls and Never-Ending Sunsets MAKE SUMMERS EXTRA SPECIAL ON THE ISLAND OF SENJA Fuelled by legends and surrounded by fairy-tale landscapes, chasing Norway’s midnight sun is pure magic, says Sarah Marshall. Warped, twisted and riddled with fractures, Senja’s mountains conceal a million expressive faces. All the peaks tearing from Northern Norway’s coastline, one summit stands out in particular; gazing towards the tempestuous Norwegian Sea, a pendulous nose sagging below matted hair, it’s even been recorded in the book of Guinness World Records.

“You find them up mountains, in forests and out at sea.”

When Leif Rubach started building Finnsaeter’s Senjatrollet in 1993, he had no idea his childhood fantasy would grow into one of the island’s most curious tourist attractions. Celebrating its 25th anniversary earlier this month, the world’s biggest manmade troll towers 17.96 metres, and to date, its hegemony is unrivalled.

Many of those stories have inspired grottoes built inside the giant troll. The Mitten Trolls recalls warnings parents would give their children about mini beasts sleeping in fishermen’s gloves pinned to boat houses; an attempt to keep them away from dangerous quays. More macabre, a tableau of two brothers feeding fish with human flesh is supposedly based on a true story recounted by an 18th century priest.

A source of fascination throughout Scandinavia, trolls could find no better home than Senja, an island sitting above the Arctic Circle which is connected by bridge to the mainland. Often described as Norway in miniature, it has all the natural attractions drawing people to the country as well as creating plenty of places for fairy-tale characters to thrive.

Inside the world’s biggest troll “Trolls are everywhere,” grins softly spoken Leif, now in his 70s, who is up a ladder making final adjustments to his latest family addition, “the sextuplets”, six teenage trolls.

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Growing up in small fishing village Gryllefjord, Leif first encountered the gnarly creatures on boat trips with his uncle, and in the absence of electricity, dark evenings were spent listening to local legends and fantastical tales told by candlelight.

Dressed in a knitted fisherman’s jumper covered in plastic spiders and hessian dungarees with a cow tail, Leif has assumed the role of troll father and even has his own throne. His wife, Siw, who he married at Senjatrollet, writes books and works in the souvenir shop. “Just the other day, someone told me they’d seen Hulder,” Siw whispers conspiratorially, referring to the supernatural siren from Norwegian folklore. She says it without a hint of irony, and I know she believes it’s true. Living Along The Thames | JULY/AUGUST 2018

Photo Renato Granieri

Traroya Island

The land of midnight sun

A tower on top of the world

A short distance from Finnsaeter, Hamn I Senja hotel overlooks the Bergsoyan archipelago, a cluster of coral mounds looped by turquoise waters and a favourite resting point for seals and sea eagles.

While Senja’s dramatic scenery is concentrated in the north, the south of the island is equally alluring - and much more sheltered. Upturned boats rest off the shores of motionless lakes displaying perfect mountain reflections, in a place where shops and service stations seem few and far between.

From the top of Sukkertoppen mountain, I have a clear view of the landscape a gnarled, outstretched hand reaching into the sea, with fjords running gently through its fingers. Defiant streaks of snow cling to crags, marking a switch between seasons and moulting hares bolt through the russet gorse in their mismatched pyjamas. It’s midnight, way beyond their bedtime, but the sun still hasn’t set; it won’t for another few months. Instead, it gently dips and kisses the horizon, leaving a coral lipstick stain that lasts for hours. With so much light, the opportunities to explore are endless. Going to bed just seems like a waste of time. Energised, I drive for half an hour to Steinfjord, through tunnels hewn into rocks seemingly crawling with trolls. At Tungeneset, a wooden walkway leads to the water and a perfect viewing platform for the Devil’s Teeth, a series of serrated rocks biting at the sky, one of the most photographed spots in Norway. Gulls surf on fierce waves thrashing at the rocks, and in the dead of day-night it’s just me and the ocean.

by boat, which has been inhabited by communities for nearly 2,000 years and has remains of a Viking boathouse. Aside from caretaker Chris David Edwards and one long-term resident, only wild sheep roam the fields and forests, where bones, buttons and arrowheads are regularly unearthed.

Former city-dweller Hege Dekkerhus spent five years falling in love with Senja, eventually buying Camp Tranoybotn on the edge of Anderdalen National Park a year ago. Beyond the caravans and clapperboard cabins, a white tower for two sits on the water’s edge, it’s 360-degree windows filled with views of mountains and sea.

Sitting alongside grass-roofed cottages, a wooden church from 775 contains an original altar and pulpit - both remarkably colourful for their time. In the neighbouring priest’s house, Chris David casually shows me a room locked for almost a century until two years ago; peeling flock wallpaper and surprisingly sturdy wooden beams still have so many secrets to reveal.

Inside, the theme is nautical; fishing net curtains, decorative glass teardrop buoys and hanging rails made from wooden oars. At low tide, screaming sandpipers pick for insects while seaweed clinging to granite boulders reminds me of Leif’s trolls.

Back at Camp Tranoybotn, Hege excitedly tells me about her plans to convert traditional fishing boats into accommodation. In an outhouse filled with reindeer skins, she also hopes to start storytelling sessions.

An island with secrets to reveal The number of islands in this fjord makes it perfect for kayaking and Hege describes her daily paddles as a form of meditation. We make a trip to Tranoya, an island only reachable

With so much history to draw upon, she’ll have no shortage of material, and in a place like Senja, imaginations can easily run wild. After a few days, even trolls don’t seem so far-fetched from reality. After all, anything can happen in the land of midnight sun.

How to get there: A stay in the Lighthouse at Camp Tranoybotn costs £220 per night. Visit A stay in Hamn I Senja costs from £64 per night with breakfast. Visit Norwegian flies to Tromso from London Gatwick. Prices start from £123.80 return. Visit For more information on the destination, visit

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BUNGEE JUMPS, PORTUGUESE DESSERTS AND CELEBRITY BARS 7 REASONS TO VISIT MACAU Often considered the ‘Las Vegas of the Far East’, Macau is a hub of bright lights and entertainment. Words: Simon Lovell There’s plenty to see and do in Macau, just a 55-minute ferry transfer from Hong Kong across the Zhujiang River estuary It’s best known as the Las Vegas of Asia, but there’s more to this place than just gambling. Here are seven things to do when you’re there...

Make the biggest jump of your life If you’re going to do a bungee jump, you may as well do the tallest commercial one in the world and jump 233 metres off the Macau Tower. You’ll be following in the slipstream of Lewis Hamilton, Kanye West, Warwick Davis and

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Karl Pilkington. Gasps from spectators watching from the observation tower just below accompany each thrill-seeking plummet. It’s an unforgettable experience which is over all too quickly, although video and photos provide an excellent reminder. Jumps costs £335 from

preferred the more intimate feel of smaller places, such as Antonio ( and Litoral (, which specialise in Macanese food and remind you of the country’s Portuguese connections. The ameijoas (clams) and serradura (biscuit mousse) at the latter were a lunchtime treat which cost around £20, washed down with Sagres.

Dine on Portuguese inspired food

Drink it like Beckham

There are some fantastic restaurants in Macau. Although many people seek out the dim sum at restaurants like The Eight at the imposing Grand Lisboa hotel, where there is a strict dress code, I

You won’t go far wrong if you follow in the footsteps of David Beckham and head for Sky 21 Bar ( The USP of this trendy spot is the panoramic view of the city it provide

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A cocktail and a beer will cost around £15 and if you rock up as the sun’s going down there are few better shows in town you can go to.

Watch wild (and wet) acrobatics Ok, so the competition for good shows is high here. One of the best is the House of Dancing Water play at the plush City of Dreams complex ( The love story is played out on a stage which transforms into a pool, and features actors who perform a stunning display of acrobatics, even involving motorbikes. Tickets for the 90-minute show start at around £60 for adults and £40 for children.

Check out the architecture The Historic Centre of Macau was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005 and there is plenty to see. The iconic ruins of St Paul’s church and the 17th century Mount Fortress are popular places, as is the A-Ma Temple. It’s worth heading off the beaten track too, as you’ll see plenty of Portuguese touches in the pastel shades and architecture. It’s easy to forget you’re only a few miles from the bustling centre of the peninsula when you’re

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watching fishermen in the quiet village of Coloane.

Sleep in a hotel with its own giant fish tank The MGM Grand ( is arguably the grandest hotel in Macau. It was chosen for an episode of America’s Next Top Model and also features an eye-catching 8.3-metre high cylindrical aquarium which is home to thousands of fish, along with a VIP room for seriously high-stake gamblers. Rooms cost from £170 per night with breakfast.

Have a flutter - it’s the done thing Many of Macau’s visitors are here for the casinos having made the short hop over from China, where betting is illegal. Baccarat and blackjack are both popular and if you don’t want to dabble it’s fine to watch the drama unfold. There’s a good crowd at the Sofitel at Ponte 16 (; with a beer and sandwich costing around £3.50 it’s a cheap spectator sport. It may be one of the smaller fish in a very big pool, but that doesn’t detract from the experience.

How to get there: Cathay Pacific flies direct to Hong Kong from London Heathrow (£719), Gatwick (£719) and Manchester (£729). All prices are for return economy fares. Visit for the latest fare promotions. For further information about Macao, see

Ruins of St Paul’s Church

House of Dancing Water Play, City of Dreams

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‘Going Blind Is My Worst Fear - And A Very Real Threat’ The former Olympic athlete tells Gabrielle Fagan about his battle with Type 2 diabetes

Rower Sir Steve Redgrave is a sporting icon who won five Olympic gold medals at five consecutive Olympic Games, but his fifth attempt was nearly thwarted by a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes. Remarkably, despite the health set back, he triumphed, and won his final gold at the 2000 Sydney Olympics in the coxless four. The 56-year-old is facing up to the risk of one of the potential complications of the disease, loss of sight and reveals how he’s coped since his diagnosis.

Do you fear losing your sight through diabetes? “Going blind is, unfortunately, a very real threat for me. Circulation difficulties that affect people with diabetes can increase the risk of developing serious eye conditions, such as diabetic retinopathy, which over time, can lead to permanent loss of sight.” “Loss of vision is everybody’s worst fear, because we rely on it so much.

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Around three years ago during an annual check up, doctors found that I had a small amount of damage to my eyes, but it’s not possible to tell whether that’s down to diabetes or having spent 25 years of my life as a rower on the water in sunny weather, without wearing sunglasses. “Fortunately, my sight’s unchanged since then. Circulation problems are part of the illness and I’ve noticed I’ve also started to have a little less feeling in my toes.” “It’s a real concern that there are around one million people, we call them the ‘missing million’, who have diabetes but don’t realise it and are at huge risk of developing serious eye health complications and even sight loss. A simple eye test could pick up whether they have a problem.”

How did you feel when you were diagnosed with diabetes? “I was 35 at the time. When you’re not just one of the top athletes in the country, but around the world, you have this belief that you are beyond

issues like diabetes. For 22 years, from starting to row as a school kid and then winning four Olympic gold medals, my body had served me well. Suddenly, it had let me down.” “The stigma and misconception of diabetes is that it’s only associated with obesity, lack of exercise and poor diet. I didn’t fall into that category.” “My diabetes developed suddenly and my sugar levels were off the scale, so it was dramatic and I needed urgent treatment. It was odd, bizarre and traumatic for me and it took a long time to come to terms with.” “Early on, I was in denial. I wrongly used as little insulin as possible, because I struggled to accept I needed it. Not long afterwards though, I experienced a hypo i.e a hypoglycaemic attack is when sugar in the bloodstream drops so low sufferers become dizzy, can blackout and in extreme circumstances it can be fatal. It made me realise what a serious condition it was. I couldn’t be blase about it.”

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Did you fear it was the end of your career? “I was in training for the 2000 Sydney Olympics which was three years away and I definitely felt the diagnosis meant the end of my rowing career. I was quite calm but I was also bracing myself to be told it was all over. Luckily, my wonderful consultant, Dr Ian Gallen was so positive and upbeat and he convinced me I could go on competing.” “He only revealed to me three years later, after I’d won gold at Sydney that the first time I competed after the diagnosis, he had a ‘Dr Who’ moment. He hid behind his sofa and peered around it to watch me on TV, because he really didn’t know how I’d get on and what would happen!” “Leading up to Sydney, I had ups and downs with diabetes and even as a

precaution I taped two sachets of sugar to the side of the boat just in case I needed them. Years ago, people were wrapped in cotton wool when they had diabetes but I hope with my career and activities since including running marathons and taking part in other events that I’ve helped to show that it needn’t hold you back.”

How do you cope with the illness? “My attitude is, ‘Diabetes has to live with me, rather than me live with diabetes’. I gave advice to the Prime Minister, Theresa May, when she was first diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2012 .” “She wrote to me and we had a reasonably lengthy conversation on the phone about it. We know each other reasonably well, as I

live in Marlow and she’s the MP for nearby Maidenhead, so our paths have crossed in the local community.” “It’s fantastic that it’s so much easier to cope with now. I have a small insulin pump attached to me which gives me a dose of insulin 24-hours a day, making it easy to monitor my blood sugar. When I was an athlete, I had to inject 10 times a day, but now I only have to inject around three times a week. It’s an incredible difference.”

How do you look after your health and wellbeing? “As I’m no longer competing and training, I don’t naturally burn off the blood sugar like I used to, and can put on weight easily. I’m 6’ 4” and weighed around 104 kilos when I was competing. Now I’m 120 kilos, which for me, is terrible. I hope to lose around five to 10 kilos.” “Two years ago I made a conscious decision to exercise more on a regular basis. I don’t have the discipline to train alone as I did 49 weeks of the year as an athlete, so I’ve teamed up with a friend. We timetable sessions which helps to give me back a routine that I absolutely hated when I competed, as I was longing for variety in life. Oddly, I now miss it. We’ve just done our first 5km Park Run, we cycle three times a week and I use gym equipment at home.”

Fifth Gold at Sydney 2000

“I’ve learnt that it’s only when things are taken away from you that you realise you took them for granted and you don’t realise how lucky you are. However, I still see myself as lucky, even with the two conditions I have, ulcerative colitis and diabetes. They’re under control, I have a healthy lifestyle and they don’t rule my life by any stretch of the imagination.”

photo Rebecca Naden

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What have you learnt over the years?

Sir Steve Redgrave in front of giant Medallion, Southbank, London

Sir Steve Redgrave, who has just been appointed high performance coach for China’s rowing association, has partnered with Specsavers to support Diabetes Week 2018.

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This is why you should always use aftersun, even if you’re not sunburnt Sun protection expert Abi Cleeve tells Katie Wright why slathering on a post-bathing lotion shouldn’t be an after thought. Most people learn about the importance of sun cream the hard way, when a delightful day on the beach ends not with a gorgeous tan, but with frazzled, fiery red skin that radiates heat and causes searing pain whenever you accidentally brush it against your bed sheets. Ouch! In those cases, slathering yourself in aloe vera and heading for the shade is the obvious thing to do, but did you know that even if you haven’t reached lobster levels of sunburn, you should still be applying aftersun? “Whether an obvious burn or not, the skin goes through defence processes when under attack from UV radiation. It should be a daily ‘go to’ after any sun exposure,” says Abi Cleeve, MD of Ultrasun UK.

Why is aftersun so important?

“A truly hydrated skin is key to healthy skin. When cells are hydrated and oxygenised, they cope much better with oxidative stress, such as UV, pollution and infrared-A” Cleeve explains. “An overexposure to UV works in a similar way to an overdose of thermal radiation (heat). When your skin burns, UV or thermal burn, the damage spreads through the skin cells after the exposure has ceased.

“Most people only feel ‘burnt’ after a few hours out of the sun, and we know with a thermal burn, such as from the iron or the oven, the damage continues to spread after the source of the burn has stopped. Getting key cooling ingredients on to the skin really helps.”

What does aftersun do?

Aftersun contains an ingredient called superoxide dismutase that gives the skin all-important antioxidants, plus cooling menthols. “Of course, hydration in a way the skin can utilise is vital. So many products may hydrate in the short term and the product is quickly processed through the skin’s system leaving no longer-term support,” she says. “With this true level of support, the skin is less likely to go into trauma, meaning it doesn’t dry and peel as easily. You’ll prolong your tan with a gorgeous, hydrated glow.”

How much aftersun should you apply?

“Lots!” Cleeve advises. “I mean that, actually an immediate application is important, but don’t be afraid to add more to keep the skin saturated with hydration. That, in turn, will help your tan last longer”. “I will always say sun protection is the most important thing, but aftersun comes a close second!” Aftersun should be part of your sunny day routine, at home and abroad.” Cleeve adds.

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how to chose and buy

swimwear With holidays on the way we’ve looked at how to choose and buy swimwear that will flatter your silhouette and give you the most confidence on the beach this summer. So which swim shapes are best for you?

Large Cups

If you are blessed with a larger bust then make sure you choose a well-fitting and supportive bikini top, underwired balconette styles are a very good choice for support and shape. Halter necks can be fine as long as they are not string types which can very easily leave you showing off more than you bargained for! Also, avoid large prints which will distort your proportions.

Narrow Hips

The simple use of a sarong tied over a bikini gives the appearance of wider hips resulting in a more balanced silhouette.

Apple Shaped

If you have an apple shaped body then your shoulders will be broad and your hips small. Drawing attention to your bottom half will help to balance this out. You can do this by choosing a

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swimsuit with a pattern, embellishment or shirring detail to the waist or lower part, keeping the top half in a solid colour or less embellished than the lower half.

Oval Shaped

If you have an oval shaped body then you will have a fuller bust and shoulders and a more rounded waist and hips. We recommend a deep V necked style. Also, halter neck styles with bust support would suit your shape very well. The bottom should have a fuller coverage. With regard to the fabric, we recommend pattern, shirring or draping in the bust area.

This will give the impression of a smaller waistline. For the lower part of the swimsuit we recommend darker or block colour.

Pear Shaped

Pears carry their weight on the lower half of their bodies which means your hips and waist will be wider than your shoulders and your waist will be smaller than your hips. If this is you then we recommend that you choose a swimsuit with a pattern, shirring detail or embellishment across the tummy. This will help to define the waistline and balance out the figure. Also, a swimsuit which is darker at the bottom will also draw the attention away from the hips and towards the upper body.

Box Shaped

If you have a box shaped body then your hips, waist and shoulders will all be around the same width. To simulate a smaller waistline we recommend you look for a swimsuit that has shirring or embellishment detail around the waist. This will give you a curvier look. Another good option would be the tankini. If you have a long torso the tankini appears to shorten the torso area.

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A good trick to take the attention off wide shoulders is to choose a well-fitting halter neck bikini or swimsuit. Halter straps create a pleasing ‘v’ around the neck line that serves to draw the eye up and away from the shoulders.

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the sparkly eighties trend is what you need this summer This retro redux is not for shrinking violets. Wallflowers, be warned: There’s one current catwalk trend that’s bolder, brasher and a helluva lot more fun than all the others combined - so if your idea of the perfect summer involves wafting around in kaftans and espadrilles, look away now. At the SS18 shows, some of the coolest designers on the planet decided to plunder the Eighties for inspiration, delivering a fashion-forward take on the decade of excess. Leading the pack was Anthony Vaccarello at Saint Laurent, who flipped the classic puffball party dress on its head, with voluminous one-shoulder tops and bodycon skirts. Asymmetry was also key at Halpern Studio, where structural dresses in jewel tones and the label’s trademark sequins sent the front row wild; have subsequently been seen on a host of red carpet beauties, like Adwoa Aboah and Lupita Nyong’o. Now the high street has caught up, and the high summer collections are peppered with stand-out sparkly pieces that are just dying for a whirl on the dance floor. That’s right, this is definitely an after-dark trend: A sequin or metallic dress, or statement top should be the focus of your look (bonus points if it’s asymmetrical), teamed with vintage-style stiletto heels. A pair of dangly earrings completes the look and that’s all you need to for this modern retro homage.

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Beauty Boosting Foods With the UK beauty and personal care market valued at around £13 billion a year, it’s clear that consumers are willing to invest cash and time to look good. Make-up, skincare and supplements can work wonders, but if you’re not careful, they may just be masking the effects of an unhealthy lifestyle. “So few of us actually consider what goes on inside. Get your hydration sorted out, make sure you’re having balanced meals with balanced food groups and, of course, by eating well and drinking well, you will sleep better and that has a big impact on your looks.” Says Consultant Dietician, Lucy Jones. A varied diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables is vital, but did you know there are certain foods that are better than others when it comes to improving your skin and hair?


“Zinc is the only nutrient with an EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) approved claim of supporting nail health. Sources in your diet are meat and fish, and again nuts like almonds. For zinc, shellfish is particularly good and organ meats as well.”

Oils Almonds

“Most people know that vitamin E, an antioxidant, helps to protect cells from oxidative damage. One portion of almonds, which is a handful, contains 60% of your daily requirement of Vitamin E. “Almond milk tends to be much lower in calories so for anybody trying to watch their weight it can be very helpful. Standard almond milks, not organic, are often fortified with calcium, Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D.


“Fats are needed in a healthy, balanced diet, from keeping our cells supple right through to our nails. “Most of our fat should come from plant-based sources like avocado.

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“We have had a generation of people on low-fat diets which is not good for beauty because fat plays a role in cell-structure. Most of our fat should come from plant-based foods like olive oil, rapeseed oil, nuts and seeds and oily fish.”

Shiitake mushrooms

“Sun-ripened mushrooms, like shiitake, are really high in vitamin D. Vitamin D is a big beauty nutrient, it plays a role in our general health, in our immune systems, and right through to our bone health.”

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5 Minutes with Zoe Ball If you’re after your next good read, Zoe Ball is here to help. The radio presenter and TV host is launching her very own book club with a little bit of help from some of her celebrity friends. She tells Kerri-Ann Roper why she’s so passionate about books and what we can expect from her famous guests. WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM YOUR NEW BOOK CLUB? We have 10 books which have been carefully selected by the production team, not by me. We’ve got new authors, we have got a bit of Scandi noir, real life, historic drama; we’ve hopefully got a little bit of something for everyone. Each week, we will have a celebrity coming in who’s read the book as well. We’ve got Frank Skinner doing Dark Pines, Meera Syal is doing The Man I Think I Know and Alex Jones is doing The Summer Of Impossible Things. WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO MAKE IT A PART OF ZOE BALL ON SUNDAY? I have always been a huge reader and love getting lost in books; getting a bit older in life we look to books as more of an enjoyable pastime than going out and having a knees-up. I spend quite a lot of time getting lost in bookshops. I think that it’s nice to be part of a community and hopefully encourage more people to pick up more books that they might not necessarily think of reading and sharing. IT’S NICE TO BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER WITH SOMETHING THEY HAVE IN COMMON, ISN’T IT? Very much so, and I think life can be a bit isolating sometimes and we get a bit cut off from things, or lost in social media or in our own lives. I also think it’s really good to take that time to treat yourself to read a book. A lot of people read on their way to work or on their way home and I love reading on the train. A LOT OF PEOPLE ESCAPE THROUGH BOOKS, IT’S REALLY NICE TO GET LOST IN A STORY... It really is, and I’ve had that since I was a kid. I think as children it is brilliant to

be like that; my Dad used to read books to me, and tell stories to me, and do all the voices, and then encouraged me to read on my own, and you just can get lost in another world. It’s great escapism, but also brilliant for knowledge and learning things about other walks of life, and language and vocabulary. It’s a joyous thing. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE KIND OF GENRE? If you look back at a lot of my favourite books through time, I love the old classics. When I was a kid my Dad got me into Agatha Christie, Jeeves And Wooster and Catch-22, books that actually really made me laugh out loud. I also love a biography. I’ve just read Grace Jones’ biography and have a lot of biographies of Hollywood actresses and stuff like that which I really, really love. To be honest, I am not great with hugely scientific stuff because I don’t really have a scientific brain, which obviously was a huge disappointment to my father. But I am up for reading anything really. WHAT BOOK HAS MADE YOU CRY THE MOST? Oh, lots of books have made me cry. I really loved a book called Stoner, which is a book by a guy called John Williams and it is about a guy called William Stoner who is an English professor and teacher. A friend bought it for me and I finished it on the way home on a long-haul flight from a holiday as the rest of the family were fast asleep, I sobbed my heart out. It is not even particularly sad but it is just something about this man looking back across his life where he failed and where his life is

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at when it ends, it was so moving. I loved it. HOW DID THE CELEBRITY GUEST ELEMENT OF THE SHOW COME ABOUT? They are people who love reading and are friends of the production and of the show. I think it’s quite nice, people always love that discussion thing and it is always brilliant to hear people’s opinions and I think obviously they are all quite outspoken as well, so I think they will be quite honest about the books they are reading. BOOKS ASIDE, YOU RECENTLY DID SPORT RELIEF, CYCLING 350 MILES FROM BLACKPOOL TO BRIGHTON. WHY DID YOU WANT TO DO IT? It was really important to do something and it was a real glory to learn more about mental health and about what you can endure as a human. It’s also about people’s generosity and love and empathy, as well as people sharing their own personal experiences of mental health. I haven’t been back on a bike since the finish after they auctioned my bike off. I went to pick my new one up yesterday, and it was really exciting, it’s orange, it’s amazing! HOW DO YOU RELAX OTHER THAN READING? Gardening and cycling and I try to do a bit of exercise now and again, but my favourite pastime at the moment is watching Love Island. When I am not reading, I am obsessed, it is such a commitment though. The Zoe Ball Book Club, in association with Specsavers

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Sandra Bullock Working With Women: it was all for one and one for all Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett lead an all-star, mostly female cast for heist film Ocean’s 8, a follow-up to Ocean’s Eleven. There is a rare image doing the rounds at the moment, drifting past you on the side of buses. Eight women in a row on a movie poster with not a man in sight. Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Rihanna, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson and Awkwafina stand in formation in the poster for Ocean’s 8, a heist movie follow-up to Ocean’s Eleven, Twelve and Thirteen, which starred George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Matt Damon. In the US, the film, which sees a group of female criminals plot to steal a $150 million diamond necklace at the Met Gala, had the biggest opening weekend of any of the Ocean’s films. Blanchett says, “There is such an extraordinary bunch of talented people involved in front of the camera, behind the camera as well, and that is what I’m excited about and I think audiences want that,” Blanchett says, as she cosies up next to Bullock on a squishy sofa in a London hotel.” “Well they are getting it, whether they want it or not!” Bullock adds with a laugh.” The film’s success at the box office, where it made more than $40 million in its opening weekend, may go some way to dismiss the persisting myth that films starring women don’t make money. “I’ve had very good fortune with films, and as a female I think they’ve done well,” Bullock says.

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“When you have a good story, a good story works whether it’s with women or with men.” “I’m around women a lot and they have constantly said, ‘Why doesn’t the cinema represent how we are in real life?’ Which is taking care of each other, working with each other and having fun. It was nice to finally have a story that did that.” The film brought together a diverse group of stars, who have had very different careers and experiences; for Bullock that was part of the joy.” “I’m proud that we worked together, eight of us worked together as a team.” “None of us separated, none of us felt it was our job to stand out. It was all for one and one for all.” “We helped each other. If one of us was down or struggling with our child, the other would say, ‘Why don’t we switch a scene so you can sleep in?’ It was really lovely - working moms, making it work. “It could have been so different. Getting eight people from different walks of life, male or female, to get along and agree is not easy and somehow we just quickly agreed and got along really well.” The reviews for the film have been rather mixed and it has not escaped their attention that most of the critics are men.

“A studio can support a film and it’s the invisible faces on the internet and often male reviewers who can view it through a prism of misunderstanding.” Blanchett says. Bullock leans forward and says, “It would be nice if reviewers reflected who the film is for, like children should review children’s films, not a 60-year-old man.” Bullock then reflects that men do like Ocean’s 8 too, saying: “We did a surprise screening in New York and we were sort of thrown off because half the audience were very gregarious men. A recent study found that 80% of film critics are male and questions have been raised about how much that impacts films made by and for other demographics. Is this part of the problem of gender imbalance in the film industry? “I don’t know,” Bullock says. “ I would like to see if it is by balancing out the pool of critics so that it reflects the world we are in, like we are trying to reflect the world that I live in and my friends live in.” “It’s not just all men. I love men, I want to be at the table with men but I also want to be invited to the table that the men are at.” Laura Harding

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Curtains or blinds?

From ease and cost of cleaning, to versatility and light control, experts tell Abi Jackson where to start with weighing up the options. How you dress your windows can have a big impact on the overall look of a room but picking colours and materials is just the tip of the iceberg. Often, one of the biggest decisions will be choosing between curtains or blinds (although sometimes a combination of the two is best), but even this isn’t just a question of aesthetics as it’s important to consider functional practicalities and maintenance too. After all, we don’t just dress windows to make a style statement, it’s also about privacy, controlling the flow of light into a room and keeping heat in and draughts out. So, where do you start?

What ‘look’ are you after?

“For many people, choosing between styling windows with either blinds or curtains is a tricky decision. Curtains often provide a more traditional, elegant style in the home, while blinds tend to look more chic and contemporary,” says Adele Shotton-Pugh, resident interior designer at Terry’s Fabrics ( “If you’re trying to keep the costs down while decorating, blinds often come at a much lower price, especially for larger windows and the right blind will still add the perfect finishing touch to your room. “If you’re looking to add an element of luxury and warmth curtains may be the best option. Apollo John Lewis Fabric, You Choose Bedroom roller blinds

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You could also think about combining blinds and curtains to completely block out any unwanted light, and make a stunning style statement in your window.” For some, the soft, flowing finish of curtains will always seal the deal. Curtains also offer the option of creating a ‘layered’ effect, with a sheer net or voile curtain providing privacy and a heavier curtain on top to frame the window and complete the look. In a classical setting, a heavy curtain that cascades and gathers at the floor can add depth and impact - as well as helping trap heat and block out sound and light. That said, the options for blinds are now vast, with designs to suit all needs and tastes. “While blinds come in lots of different types, from rollers and Romans to verticals and venetians, there is also a huge choice of colours and fabrics to choose from. Even venetian and vertical blinds have patterned options,” says Mike Stephen, director of Apollo Blinds (, who allow customers to select their own fabric, send it to them and then have the blinds made up.

Will they be easy to clean?

Generally speaking, blinds will be easier, and cheaper, to clean than curtains, depending on the type of fabric used.

“While most curtain fabrics will need to be professionally dry-cleaned, the majority of blinds can be cleaned at home (with the exception of Roman blind fabrics),” says interiors expert Lorna McAleer from Style Studio ( “You can clean most blinds regularly with a soft cloth on both sides to get rid of any dust build up. For venetian blinds, a feather duster is convenient to get in between those awkward slats.” “For blinds that require a more thorough clean to remove stains, roller, vertical and pleated blinds can usually be sponge-cleaned. Just check the fabric properties with your retailer to be sure your blind is suitable for this method.”

Suitability for the room?

This is mostly a consideration when it comes to bathrooms and kitchens, where there tends to be a lot more moisture in the air along with a faster build up of grease and grime. “With all the grease and dirt from food preparation, plus high levels of humidity in kitchens from cooking, laundry and washing up, there are lots of easy-to-clean window blind options. Moisture resistant coatings can also be applied to fabric blinds to prevent the growth of mould and mildew,” says McAleer. “To stand up to the humid atmosphere and to fit with specialist doors/windows perfectly, pleated blinds are hard to beat in the kitchen, and can be made to measure in all shapes and sizes. Colour looks great at kitchen windows. Why not match up blinds to existing kitchen accessories?

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“Aluminium and wood effect venetian blinds are easy to wipe clean and won’t harbour germs, dirt or smells, so they’re a great option for the kitchen. When not in use, venetian blinds pull up almost out of sight, so won’t to interrupt garden views. Roller blinds are great for bringing pattern and personality to the kitchen.” Lucy Shore, creative designer at Swish (, adds: “As well as the overall look, considering the impact that everyday moisture will have on your chosen blind is vital to ensure it stays looking good. The beauty of aluminium venetian blinds is that they can simply be wiped dry when needed, avoiding the issues of warping, as you often see with wood, or the dark, mould patches which can plague fabrics.”

Light versatility?

In the bedroom, you might want something that totally blocks out the light when you’re sleeping, if you want a light/pale curtain, there’s always the option of fitting a discreet black-out blind underneath. Many blind designs, particularly those with slats or motorised blinds that allow you to ‘open’ particular sections as desired give you the option of adjusting light control throughout the day. This might be handy in rooms where you want to remove glare (while watching TV or using a computer, for instance), but still allow some sunlight through. Similarly where you want natural light but a greater degree of privacy than you’d get with net curtains.

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Oven cleaner To make enough chemical free oven clean for one cleaning session: 60g bicarbonate of soda, 60ml white vinegar, course salt and spray bottle.

Method: Place the bicarbonate of soda in a small bowl and add a little cold water at a time, mixing until it forms a paste. Wearing rubber gloves, take a cloth and rub the paste over the entire surface of your cold oven. Depending on the size of your oven, you may need to make a little more. Leave for 12 hours to work its magic. After that time wipe all surfaces with kitchen paper and discard. Put the vinegar in a spray bottle and spritz all the surfaces of your oven. Use salt as a scourer for any stubborn stains by sprinkling it directly onto the cloth. Scrubbing then rinsing using a cloth and some warm water to remove all of the residue and leave to dry.

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Opening Soon Monkey Island Estate is due to re-open this Summer after a major renovation by new owners, YTL and the award winning Champalimud Design. Monkey Island is situated on the Thames in the historic village of Bray, Berkshire. The island has a rich history, centuries old, and has been the haunt of monarchs, aristocrats and artists, along with writers, famous performers and Berkshire locals and now is home to one of the finest hotels. The two grade I listed heritage pavilions which form the property were originally commissioned as a fishing retreat in 1723 by the third

Duke of Marlborough. These have been completely restored and renovated, with beautifully landscaped gardens and picturesque views of the River Thames. Set across seven acres, Monkey Island Estate features 27 exquisite guestrooms and three sumptuous suites.

with a modern, countryside style, creating a unique blend of past and present. It’s the perfect base from which to explore the area or just immerse yourself in history against the backdrop of the delightful village of Bray.

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Two tone kitchens have become ever more popular in the last few years, as the kitchen has fast become the ‘hub of the home’. They really do make a statement. Perfect if you love two colours and can’t decide, or if you want your personality to be reflected in your new space! We love the contrast of Limestone and Anthracite in the new Savoy range from Sheraton (pictured). The Savoy is a handle-less shaker, giving a twist to the original shaker style door, perfect if you are not looking for handles in your new kitchen, but are still wishing for the look of a shaker style door. The lighter wall units, contrasted with the darker base units as shown here enhance the space and make your kitchen look larger. With 15 painted colours over the variety of ranges, you can choose the contrast that best fits your personality, reflecting you in your new space.

You could also combine a colour in your kitchen with a woodgrain door. The combination of texture (pictured) is New England Oak with Gloss Cashmere. The woodgrain doors add more texture to your space and can give a natural warmth, perfect if you have an open plan kitchen come living space and want it to feel warmer and flow throughout. This gorgeous modern kitchen really makes a statement with the open shelving. By incorporating the Gloss Cashmere finish it accentuates the stylish look of these two door styles.

Combining one colour in your kitchen, with a contrasting colour or texture, such as the Bellato Grey (pictured), really enhances the difference between the units, catching your eye. The fantastic thing about designing your ideal kitchen, is that you can decide exactly where you want to make a statement in order to make your dreams become reality.

You could also have a more subtle contrast of colouring within your kitchen, in order to have two colours you love, without either colour overpowering the other. This Painted Ivory and Painted Cashmere collaboration (pictured) is a fantastic example of this. The colours compliment each other beautifully, leaving a sophisticated impression to the area.

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We offer a no-obligation kitchen, bedroom or home office design visit and planning service with computer aided design software. This helps our clients visualise their renovation project and make adjustments right for them. We are passionate about transforming your space into somewhere you love spending your time. Our showrooms in Ashford, Middlesex and Farnham Common, Buckinghamshire are open 9:00 – 17:30 Monday to Saturday. We invite you to visit our large showrooms, for inspiration towards your new kitchen space! Ashford Kitchens & Interiors is at: The Parade, The Broadway, Farnham Common and 85, Church Road, Ashford, Middlesex. Ashford 01784 245964 or Farnham Common 01753 642362

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Longer days are here to stay, at least for now, so it’s the perfect time for a spot of DIY. According to high-street retailer Robert Dyas even the most basic bit of DIY can add value to your home. But if you’re a novice fixer-upper a lot of jobs may seem daunting. “DIY is really about the basics,” says Robert Dyas’ buying manager Andrew Georgiou. “Get these essentials right and you’ll be hanging pictures, putting up shelves and fixing cracked tiles in no time.”

Plan everything

“If you fail to prepare, prepare to fail”. Think the job through and ensure you have all the right tools to complete the task before you start any project. A lack of prior preparation is probably accountable for most DIY disasters.

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Get a professional in when you need to

If in doubt, always seek help from a qualified professional. It’s estimated that professionals put right £3.3m-worth of botched DIY jobs every year. Living Along The Thames | JULY/AUGUST 2018

JAPANESE KNOTWEED This invasive alien plant from Japan, China and Korea was brought to the UK by Victorian plant hunters as an ornamental plant that every discerning gardener would love. It’s bamboo-like structure and bright green leaves with red stems make it an attractive plant. It grows very quickly in spring, from the ground level to 2.5m (8ft) in 4 to 5 weeks if it is a fully mature plant and will block out light to the surrounding plants in your garden, becoming the dominant species. The roots are strong enough to damage foundations of buildings, walls and drainage systems, but it is the effects to the surrounding environment that people will notice first.

Japanese Knotweed grows into huge plants in a garden and spreads easily by tiny pieces of root being moved by human interaction through the movement of soil containing roots, hence why it does so well in towns and cities. The younger the plant the easier it is to remove. If you suspect that Japanese Knotweed is growing in your garden or near your garden, then it needs to be eradicated as soon as possible, as it can become very expense to remove. If you suspect you have Japanese Knotweed or are looking to sell

or purchase a property Roots Shoots Leaves can provide a report based on a site survey of the findings. If we find Japanese Knotweed on your land we will provide a management plan and quote for removal as it can affect any potential mortgage/sale you may be seeking. The longer you leave it the more it will cost to remove it! Please call us today on 01344 985 885 to help you eradicate this pest of a plant from your property.

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TRANSFORM YOUR PATIO Summer will soon be here, which means it’s time to get your outdoor space ship-shape. It’s key to make suits you and your lifestyle. If al-fresco feasts are your passion then give your patio a roomy table with comfortable chairs. If sitting and chilling’s more your vibe a couple of sofas and a coffee table will probably suffice. A deck as small as a postage stamp can probably only accommodate a compact table (perfect for cocktails and nibbles) and fold-up chairs.

Create a colourful hotspot Banish conventional white furniture for good and embrace the season’s passion for punchy colour. “This season, we’re becoming decidedly braver in our outdoor furniture choices,” says Vicky Angell, outdoor living buyer at John Lewis. “Although woven and wooden textures continue to be very popular, we’re seeing an increasing demand for outdoor pieces that inject a ‘pop’ of vibrant colour into gardens.” “Contemporary furniture designs are increasingly in demand and this trend is personified by our cheerful Salsa collection; a playful outdoor furniture range in six different summer hues,” she adds. Patio project: Avoid a matchy-matchy look and pick colourful individual pieces of furniture rather than a single set. Alternatively, jazz up old furniture by painting it in bright hues; maybe paint each chair a different colour, or opt for softer but fashionable ice-cream shades. A gaily printed umbrella, patterned cushions and a throw will complete the look.

Set a scene with seating “As the warmer months make a welcome return, we all remember the simple pleasures of spending time relaxing in the garden. With so many different looks to choose from, you can easily transform your outside space to become a stylish extension of your home,” says Marcus Eyles, buying director at Dobbies Garden Centres. “Our Refined Coastal collection, inspired by breaking waves and endless skies, is a restful palette of pale blues, warm whites, soft neutrals and breezy stripes,

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which complements sleek, timber furniture and seafarer accessories.”

“Generally, there’s a move towards bold multicultural prints and exotic planting reflecting global influences in decor while but demand for a palette of soft tones and natural materials never wanes.”

Patio project: Mix indoor and outdoor natural materials, so you blur the boundary between the indoors and the outdoors. A balanced combination of rattan, wood, metal, ceramics and glass will give a space a natural, collected feel and connect the interior with the exterior.

Conjure a serene sanctuary With our time-poor, stress-filled ‘modern’ lifestyles, a special space furnished to our taste where we instantly feel calm is an essential; make that a patio area or a secluded corner of a garden. “More than ever, we’re seeing our outdoor space as a true extension of our homes. With many people living in smaller homes than previous generations, every inch of additional space for entertaining and relaxing counts, People are looking for statement pieces for their gardens, from a stunning seat to a pizza oven to a Tiki bar” says Vicky Angell. “Another major trend is accessorising outdoors,” she adds. “Just as we do in our sitting rooms or dining rooms, people are adding those essential details, outdoor rugs, cushions, throws, lanterns and line lights, to make their gardens more comfortable and homely.” Patio project: Make a patio feel more like another room by adding a pergola or an awning. Lighting is key to zone an area and, even without actual outdoor lighting, can be achieved with lanterns and hurricane lamps. As a finishing touch, reflect your decor style with personal touches such as outdoor canvasses hung on a painted fence, throws draped over chairs, and ‘ornaments’ like garden sculptures. Living Along The Thames | JULY/AUGUST 2018

Oak Framed Buildings hand crafted & created in the Heart of the New Forest Oak Craft at Holmsley Mill are experts at creating traditional Oak frame buildings. They design, craft and assemble Oak frame buildings nationally and internationally. There has been a sawmill at Holmsley since the 1880’s. Holmsley Mill, is located near Burley in the heart of The New Forest. This is where the frame is crafted. They specialise in modular and bespoke designed Oak framed buildings ranging Oak Craft have patented their own from simple garaging, boat houses jointing system which is not only & offices to complex bespoke stronger than traditional jointing projects. techniques, but offers space saving advantages when designing upper Why not bring the outside inside with floored buildings. an Oak Framed Garden room or an Oak Framed Conservatory? They Oak craft are happy to assist with your can supply various roof coverings for project from conception to completion garden rooms and fully glazed Oak offering a planning application service Framed roofs for conservatories. The and design facilities in the comfort fresh smell of the oak and the sweet of your own home or at our Principal scent of your garden – pure heaven. Office. Throughout the year they have Perfect for afternoon tea or an ice and Special Offers, the latest information slice with your favourite drink. How can be found on their website about eating under the stars with the or phone the warmth and shelter of your home Principal Office on 01425 402507. around you?

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Top Tips • Always arrange an informal meeting with the planners to expose any potential problems, prior to submission. • Traditional Oak framed buildings are often welcomed as planners understand that you are taking care and thought over your project. • Green Oak framing is a specialist form of construction. Ensure that you employ a reputable company with a proven track record. • As always when comparing quotations from companies, ask for the specification. Check sectional sizes of structural timbers and the specification of any doors and windows. • Ensure your structural calculations are prepared to the new wind code BS 6399. This takes into account the altitude of your building as well as the locality. Required sectional sizes can vary greatly within the same village.

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Mini herb garden If you fancy having a go at growing some summer herbs at home, here are three of the easiest to grow, which will come back year after year if you look after them.

The best time to plant is early summer, after the last frosts, spacing busy, upright types 23cm (9in) from their neighbours and spreading varieties 30cm (12in) apart. Water them in and water again in dry spells until the plants become established, after which time you won’t need to water them much at all, and don’t feed them. Good culinary thymes include T. vulgaris, which has strongly flavoured, short leaves and deep mauve-pink flowers in June and July, T. xcitriodorus, which has lemon-scented leaves and a slightly milder flavour. To harvest, snip young shoots from the tips of the stems.

Chives (Allium schoenoprasum)

These onion-flavoured perennials are among the prettiest herbs to grow, their pocket-sized purple-pink globes flowering in early summer, so are ideal as ornamentals in the front of a border or as additions to a rockery. The snips from their slender grass-like stalks have long been added to sour cream as a jacket potato filling but you can also add them to salad leaves for a peppery taste. Why not sprinkle the cut stalks over creamy soups or sauces for flavour and use the edible flowers as colourful decoration. Sow outdoors in spring in soil with added organic matter and rake to a fine tilth before sowing, or sow them indoors in a sunny spot in late spring or summer, watering them in well. Keep them weeded and watered in dry spells. Remove faded flower heads and stalks to keep them looking tidy and divide clumps every few years in the autumn, which should keep the plants healthy. You can harvest them when the leaves are at least 15cm (6in) tall, cutting them off at the base with sharp scissors.


This easy-to-grow perennial herb offers so much more than flavour. You can inhale its delicious scent on warm sunny days, enjoy its summer flowers and huge variety of leaves, which can cascade over walls or thrive in pots and herb borders. There are many types and some are not really culinary plants but are grown for their flowers, so make sure you pick up the right type if you want to use it for cooking. Thyme needs to be planted in a sunny spot in well-drained soil or in a terracotta pot filled with potting compost mixed with 50% potting grit to make a well-drained mix.

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This is the go-to herb of summer, thrown in to pep up delicious salads, added to Jersey Royals, or livening up a fruity Pimm’s on the patio. There are so many uses for mint and it’s among the toughest of herbs. Plant it in a pot because if you put it in the ground it’s likely to take over. If you want it in a border, contain it in a bucket by digging a hole big enough and then placing the container into the hole, leaving the rim above ground so shoots don’t escape. Again, not all mint is good for cooking, so be careful with your choice. Mint thrives in moist but well-drained soil, multipurpose compost will be fine when growing in pots and many of them prefer some shade during the day. Give mint plenty of water in hot, dry weather and avoid planting different types close together as they may lose their original scent and flavour. Pick leaves regularly to stop it getting leggy - the flavour is also more intense if you harvest it before it flowers. When mint’s finished flowering in summer, cut flowered shoots back to around 5cm (2in) above the base of the plant. If plants become straggly, divide them and replant in new compost.

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What does water & pruning have in common? Answer – they should be done as much as each other to help maintain healthy trees. At Calibra Tree Surgeons we believe that pruning is the most common tree maintenance procedure next to watering. Pruning is often desirable or necessary to remove dead, diseased, or insect-infested branches and to improve tree structure, enhance vigor, or maintain safety. Each cut has the potential to change the growth of (or cause damage to) a tree so no branch should be removed without a reason. Removing leaves reduces photosynthesis and may reduce overall growth. That is why pruning should always be performed sparingly. Overpruning is extremely harmful because without enough leaves, a tree cannot gather and process enough sunlight to survive. When pruning mature trees you may need the services of an Arborist as special equipment, training and experience maybe required. Arborists can provide a variety of services to assist in performing the job safely and reducing risk of personal injury and damage to your property. They also are able to determine which type of pruning is necessary to maintain or improve the health, appearance, and safety of your trees. Living Along The Thames | JULY/AUGUST 2018

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Tips To Help You Find Your Way Through The Mortgage Maze Here’s what to consider and avoid when looking for a new mortgage deal. Vicky Shaw. Finding the right mortgage deal isn’t always easy and new research from the City regulator suggests many borrowers are getting it wrong. With a mortgage being the most costly regular outgoing for many people, this can be an expensive mistake to make. Three in 10 (30%) customers fail to find the cheapest mortgage for them, according to the Financial Conduct Authority, which is looking at ways to make it easier for mortgage borrowers to shop around. Here are some possible factors to consider and pitfalls to avoid. Weigh up whether you want to go for a fixed or variable rate Fixed rates give borrowers certainty over what their payments will be for a certain period, but if you’re taking out a longer-term fixed deal, you’ll also need to be sure that you’re able to lock yourself in for that length of time. Make the most of online tools There are tools that help you see what’s available quickly and easily, for example, has a Mortgage Best Buys tool ( best-buys/). Don’t just be seduced by a low rate Always consider the whole package when weighing up a mortgage deal, not just the rate to work out the overall

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cost. Some mortgages will come with fees, while some may have perks such as cashback which may be worth considering. said by mid-May there were 1,315 mortgage deals on the market offering cashback; just under a third (28%) of the mortgage market. Bear in mind mortgage rates have already been edging up While the Bank of England base rate remained at 0.5% in May, mortgage rates have already been edging up. Charlotte Nelson, a Moneyfacts finance expert, says: “It is important for borrowers to note that there does not need to be a base rate rise for mortgage rates to increase.” David Hollingworth from broker L&C Mortgages says lenders have been tweaking and repricing their rates, although rates currently remain low. He adds: “Although shorter-term deals remain popular, more borrowers have elected to lock their rate in for longer in a bid to keep tighter control of their mortgage costs.” Consider brokers carefully Mortgage brokers have their fingers on the pulse when it comes to scouring the market for a good deal and they understand key details about lenders’ criteria. Choosing the right broker for you could be vital. Ask whether the broker looks at the whole of the market or makes a selection from a panel of lenders. You may also want to consider recommendations

from friends if they have used someone who was particularly helpful. Find out what re-mortgage deals are available If your existing mortgage deal is coming to an end soon, make sure you don’t just end up sitting on a higher rate by default. Research from MoneySuperMarket found one in six (16.6%) people on a fixed-rate mortgage claim they have no idea what will happen to their repayments once their fixed term period comes to an end. Seb McDermott, chief executive at Dynamo, says: “The research shows that far too many people are not switching mortgage deals in time. Last year, one in three mortgage holders ended up on their lender’s standard variable rate for an average of 42 days after their existing deal expired. This can prove costly - to the tune of nearly £62 a week for the six-week period.” Don’t forget about what else is vital while you’re thinking about the mortgage Buying a new house can be a stressful time, with the mortgage being one important aspect to consider. Insurer LV= has found 27% of home owners didn’t spend any time researching which buildings insurance would be best for them, meaning they might not have had the right cover in place.

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Will you be able to shelter more of your estate from Inheritance Tax? The new Residential Nil Rate Band (RNRB) is being phased in to reduce the burden of Inheritance Tax for most families by making it easier to pass on the family home to direct descendants without a tax charge.

transferred. Other eligibility conditions will apply.

Currently this could mean that if you own a home you will have an additional £125,000 allowance before you have to pay Inheritance Tax (IHT). This will reach £175,000 in 2020/21 and then will increase in line with inflation (CPI) each year.

Broadly speaking YES if… • You own or jointly own a property and your share of the property is worth at least £100,000

Downsizing The additional nil-rate band will also be available when a person downsizes or ceases to own a home on or after 8 July 2015 and assets of an equivalent value, up to the value of the additional nil-rate band, are passed on death to direct descendants. High Value Estates Take care if your estate has a net value of more than £2 million, however. In this case there will be a tapered withdrawal of the additional nil-rate band at a withdrawal rate of £1 for every £2 over the £2 million threshold. This may sound like a large estate but it is widely accepted that property values in the Thames Valley area are some of the highest in the UK. This can catch families unaware when considering estate planning. The existing Nil Rate Band of £325,000 will continue to apply and cover all assets. This amount will not change before 2020/21. Spouse Any proportion of the additional nil-rate band unused by the person on their death can be passed to their surviving spouse or civil partner, in the same way that the existing nil-rate band can be

Are you eligible? The rules around the Residential Nil Rate Band are complex to say the least!

• You have children or other direct descendants and you are leaving them the property in your Will Broadly speaking NO if… • You have no direct descendants, that is, no children - the definition of child includes step-child, adopted child or foster child; or lineal descendants of your child/ children • You do not currently own a house or you sold your house before 8th July 2015 • Your estate is worth more than £2,250,000 Where can I find further information? The article does not cover the full complexities of this allowance and specialist advice should be sought in order to ensure tax allowances are maximised. The link below has more detail: publications/inheritance-taxmain-residence-nil-rate-bandand-the-existing-nil-rate-band/ inheritance-tax-main-residencenil-rate-band-and-the-existing-nilrate-band Who can I speak to for specialist advice? Seek advice from an appropriately qualified Will writer or solicitor who writes Wills, or a qualified Independent Financial Adviser.

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Elaine Given of Orchard House (IFAs) Ltd in Henley is an Independent Financial Adviser who can offer you tailored and specific advice to help you understand your overall Inheritance Tax position, as well as whether you are likely to qualify for the RNRB. All advice charges are clear and transparent, with all fees agreed with you before work commences. There is no charge for an hour’s initial meeting. Please email

or phone 01491 412513 and ask to speak to Elaine Given Levels, bases of and reliefs from inheritance taxation may be subject to change. The content of this article is for information only and must not be considered as financial advice. We always recommend that you seek independent financial advice before making any financial decisions.

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Your Stars for July 2018

Action-packed Mars is retrograde in Aquarius all month, expect things not to move at the pace that you would like, be patient and use this time for revisiting anything that might need adjusting. The new moon in Cancer on the 13th brings opportunities for new beginnings and breakthroughs. Sensitive Cancer is the sign of the family and of the past, important adjustments in the home can be viewed in a different light and tackled successfully. Venus, the goddess of love and relationships, is in playful Leo until the 10th and Mercury remains in Leo all month. Leo energy is passionate, creative and fun loving and offers some excellent opportunities for romantic encounters and all kinds of joyous relationships. The full moon is in Aquarius on the 27th, emphasising the importance of being an individual and staying true to your heart. ARIES March 21 - April 20 Mars, your ruler and the planet of action and motivation is somewhat thwarted by the retrograde phase. Use this month wisely to review how you use your energy where friendships and groups are concerned. With Venus in confident Leo until the 10th creative skills are at their best.

LEO July 23 - August 23 Venus and Mercury are favourable in your sign, ensuring that there is plenty of scope for renewed success. Uranus makes a challenging aspect to Mercury indicating that you may have to rethink a career move. The Cancer new moon on the 13th may offer an opportunity to work behind the scenes.

TAURUS April 21 - May 21 During July your home and family are positively highlighted, you’ll also be amazed at how you relate to intuitive and creative new ways of thinking. The new moon in sensitive Cancer on the 13th brings a new project into focus and help may arrive from unexpected quarters.

VIRGO August 24 - September 22 July brings renewed vigour as expansive Jupiter goes back into direct motion after the 11th. Projects that have been on hold can be reviewed and there is opportunity to advance in a positive way. The Aquarian full moon on the 27th indicates that it may be time to put something firmly in the past.

GEMINI May 22 - June 21 July brings a different kind of energy to the forefront as the way you communicate comes into focus. With Venus and Mercury both in fun loving Leo you’ll be ready to examine creative new ways of increasing your earning potential. Now is the perfect time to reach out and be bold.

LIBRA September 23 - October 23 Finances get a boost as mighty Jupiter moves direct on the 11th indicating positive new earning potential. The Sun illuminates the highest point of your chart, emphasising your goals and the importance of planning ahead and making long lasting changes.

CANCER June 22 - July 22 July is your birthday month and new and exciting opportunities are strongly highlighted. Jupiter returns to direct motion on the 11th illuminating love and romance! The new moon in your sign on the 13th marks a turning point and you’ll feel a strong drive to improve your life on many levels.

SCORPIO October 24 - November 22 Mars is in challenging aspect to Jupiter in your sign, emphasising the importance of staying focussed on the task at hand. Strong planetary emphasis on your career and goals offer excellent opportunities for new directions. The new moon in Cancer on the 13th enables you to broaden your horizons.

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SAGITTARIUS November 23 - December 21 July shines the spotlight on adventures and new directions; restless Sagittarians are ready for new challenges. The intuitive Cancer new moon on the 13th focusses on finances and resources and the full moon in on the 27th indicate that things need to become much clearer where your ultimate goals are concerned. CAPRICORN December 22 - January 20 The Sun illuminates the relationship area of your chart nudging you to set your sights very high; you’re not at all afraid to go after what you truly desire. Venus and Mercury in Leo bring finances to your attention as an important issue comes to the forefront around the new moon on the 13th. AQUARIUS January 21 - February 18 Your work, lifestyle and your health are all in the spotlight this month as the radiant Sun illuminates this area of your chart. With Mars retrograde in your sign all month your energy will be low and you might need to keep a low profile and your demands simple. The new moon on the 13th brings a welcome boost. PISCES February 19 - March 20 The Sun, your ruler Neptune and abundant Jupiter form a wonderfully creative aspect pattern in your chart this month. An exciting new idea presents itself and there’s vibrant energy for a project to get off the ground. The Cancerian new moon on the 13th helps negotiations and big plans move forward more positively.

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Your Stars for August 2018

August brings the dynamic sign of Leo into the spotlight, summer is here and the days are expected to be golden! Although this is traditionally the holiday month, Leo is also the sign of creativity and the Leo new moon on the 11th offers an abundance of inspiration. Leo loves pleasure and the whole drama of love and courtship; be sure to enjoy the fun and passion particularly as relationship planet Venus enters the relationship sign of Libra on the 7th. Mercury is still retrograde but picks up pace after the 18th as ideas begin to fall into place. Mars, the planet of energy and motivation, moves back to Capricorn on the 13th and then comes to the end of the long retrograde phase around the 28th. Although Mars is still moving slowly, we should all feel the energy shift for the better. The moon is full in the mystical and spiritual sign of Pisces on the 26th. ARIES March 21 - April 20 Mars, your ruler, finally moves out of retrograde on the 28th, a sigh of relief as your energy levels return to normal and new adventures come calling. The creativity sector of your chart is illuminated and a long held project may now come to fruition. The Leo new moon on the 11th is particularly revitalising. TAURUS April 21 - May 21 August shines the light on your home and family as Mercury and the Leo Sun put you in a generous and light hearted mood. Venus arrives in Libra on the 7th illuminating business matters as some important decisions come to the forefront. As Mars moves forward on the 28th an opportunity comes your way.

LEO July 23 - August 23 August is your birthday month and the dazzling new moon in your sign on the 11th ensures that this will be a month to remember. This is the time to reinvent yourself and strike it big; Venus shines brightly highlighting your finances with some innovative money making schemes. VIRGO August 24 - September 22 Make the most of a romantic first week in August before the love planet Venus moves away from your sign. Planetary cycles show that this month favours a makeover steering you towards a new phase of action. Intuition becomes stronger after the 19th as your ruler moves out of retrograde.

SAGITTARIUS November 23 - December 21 August could start with a surprise boost, Venus is at the highpoint in your chart and the radiant Sun and Mercury continue to highlight travel and adventure. It’s important to invest more time and effort in something that can help you earn more. The Pisces full moon on the 26th illuminates domestic matters. CAPRICORN December 22 - January 20 Money, assets and shared resources are the focus for August. The Leo new moon brings some important issues to your attention, facing facts professionally or personally will eventually make life easier. As Mars gets moving again after the 28th focus and restructuring become easier.

GEMINI May 22 - June 21 With the Sun and Mercury passing through the communication area of your chart you’ll find that you need to speak your mind and make some important decisions concerning your relationships. Pay attention to dreams and coincidences, as it is here you’ll find the best clues about how to proceed.

LIBRA September 23 - October 23 Venus, your ruler, starts the month in an introspective part of your chart offering you some time and space to contemplate on your ultimate goals. You should find some answers to what is holding you back as Venus moves into your sign on the 7th and then the magnificent Leo new moon on the 11th.

AQUARIUS January 21 - February 18 Mars is still retrograde in your sign until the 28th – then at last long term strategies and plans can get moving again! Venus spends the first week in meticulous Virgo, offering a chance to focus on the realities of your financial situation. You could look at better ways of working with your cash.

CANCER June 22 - July 22 The Sun and Mercury occupy the financial corner of your chart this month, new ways of making money should leave you feeling successful and prosperous. As the month progresses you’ll be considering just what you want from your working life. Mars moving forward on the 28th expands your horizons.

SCORPIO October 24 - November 22 Dynamic Mars is retrograde in your domestic area until the end of the month. Use this time wisely to clear up any family issues that have been troubling you. Jupiter in your sign offers some Innovative ideas to boost your earning potential. The Leo new moon on the 11th highlights your creativity.

PISCES February 19 - March 20 The Sun and Mercury both in Leo emphasise the area of your chart concerned with work, routines and daily life. The Leo new moon on the 11th delivers an opportunity to take stock and make any changes that are necessary. Use these positive energies to get really clear on what you want for yourself.


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Beautiful Butterflies Jacky & Mark Bloomfield The ballerinas of the insect world, full of grace, elegance and with good looks to match. We’re of course talking about beautiful butterflies. Like small jewels their iridescent colours adorn our countryside all summer long. What a difference time has made. A few short weeks ago, these colourful marvels would have been dull and so well camouflaged, many of us wouldn’t have noticed them. However, for a caterpillar dull and boring can be a strategy not to end up as a snack for a hungry small bird. Just before they became butterflies, the caterpillars spin a silken chrysalis or pupal case and await the transformation into the adult butterfly. Each species of butterfly has a fairly well defined flight time. These flight times refer to the typical times of the year when you should be able to see the adult butterflies on the wing. Times may vary from year to year as variations in the weather change the butterflies’ lifecycle. Generally speaking they can be a good guide as to what’s likely to be about. There is evidence of a serious and long-term decline in the UK’s butterfly populations. Since 1976 there has been a 70% drop in numbers. This is worrying many scientists as butterfly populations are seen as an indicator of the wider biodiversity, the loss of ecosystems depend on the butterfly for their survival. All is not well, as far as our butterflies are concerned. Butterflies may be one of the most studied insects in the UK. That doesn’t mean that you can’t play an

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important role in current research. Last year 60,000 people took part in the BBC (Big Butterfly Count) This nationwide survey helps assess the health of our environment and it only takes 15 minutes of your time. Visit the BBC website; download the butterfly guide (always handy for identifying butterflies at other times too), pick a warm day, get outside and start counting. The great thing is that July and August are some of the best months to see butterflies, over 30 species should be on the wing. If you are a keen horticulturalist you can do more for butterflies by adding plants to your garden, which are butterfly friendly. Butterflies are attracted to the flowers with the colours orange, yellow, red, pink and purple with the best shape of flower being a flat top or one having short flower tubes. To attract the butterflies, make sure you plant, in a spot that gets full midday or afternoon sun. You could of course go further by planting native bushes and shrubs in your area. Most species of butterfly lay eggs that over winter become caterpillars next year. Native bushes and shrubs will the following year provide a good location for the young caterpillars to start their journey to an adult butterfly. Lots more details are available from Butterfly Conservation on what and where to plant. The important thing is toget yourself and any little ones you look after, out in the fresh air to enjoy the marvel of our beautiful butterflies.

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Once upon a Childhood When we are young, our imagination is at its peak. First from hearing stories read to us by our parents and then as we grow older when we learn to read. We slowly read the stories ourselves imagining we are in that fantasy world dreamed up and described so brilliantly by the author. That time, and specifically the time Lady Brunner spent growing up is the subject of a display this summer at Greys Court, Henley-on-Thames where she and her husband brought up four boys. For Lady Brunner, her childhood was one of acting rather than aristocracy. Young Elizabeth was born Dorothea Elizabeth Irving in 1904 in Bloomsbury, London. Her parents were Henry and Dorothea Irving and her grandfather was Sir Henry Irving. Her childhood was full of art and literature, and her time was spent between London and a holiday home in Whitstable in Kent with her parents and brother, Laurence. The pair grew up in a world of arts and literature and so it is hardly surprising that is different branches of acting that the two came to take on as careers. Elizabeth made her stage debut aged 16, as Titania in Fagan’s production of a ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ in 1920 at the Court Theatre in London.

Her brother Laurence became a book illustrator and celebrated Hollywood Art Director either side of World War II. Perhaps early signs of this genius can be seen in the display, in the school room is a replica of a giant cardboard fort that the children made for their mice and rats, if you look closely when you are there you can see two knitted ones looking from the windows. In her husband, Sir Felix Brunner’s bedroom there is a homage to the relationship with her father, and how he used to read to her; an armchair with a jumper and open book, a shadow projection of an iconic scene from Oliver Twist. As Lady Brunner recalled in her autobiography “Child of the Theatre”; “My father would always try and spare an hour to read to me between

his afternoon rest and when he left for the evening performance at the theatre. David Copperfield, Martin Chuzzlewit and many others were read aloud in his study, which was surrounded by bookshelves topped with busts of Voltaire and others of my father’s heroes. Most vivid is the remembrance of our launch into Oliver Twist which reduced me to hysterical tears because the opening chapters were so sad. My father wore hand-knitted waistcoats, as was probably then the fashion; I sat on his knee with my cheek pressed against the cable stitching. My tears fell silently at first, soaking into the knitting, and by the time my sobs broke out and my full reaction was realised by my distressed father, my cheek was indented with the pattern. From Oliver Twist, we turned to Nicholas Nickleby, ever since my favourite Dickens”. The display through the rooms shows not only the books and stories that formed her and many of our childhoods, but also relationships Lady Brunner had with people close to her through her life. Her mother and father, who introduced her to the world of literature and plays, her brother with whom she enjoyed playing many games as they grew up and finally her husband Sir Felix with whom she lived happily ever after. The extract from “Child of the Theatre” is included by kind permission of Hugo Brunner. “Once Upon A Time: Stories from Lady Brunner’s Childhood” is at Greys Court from 26th July until 28th October for more information please go to Peter Anderson

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Puppy walking it’s a big commitment How does an eight week old bundle of fluff and silliness become a fully trained, reliable service dog, to whom you can trust your life crossing the road or to alert you to an imminent seizure? Well obviously, following a lot of training, but before the formal training begins, there is the puppy stage and many organisations that use service dogs look for volunteers to look after, educate and socialise the puppy until that training begins. This puppy walking stage can last up to 18 months depending on the breed of dog and the type of service for which it is to be trained. Actually, puppy walking is not a good description. What you are doing is being responsible for the education and wellbeing of a puppy that is to become a valuable asset, facilitating the life of its future owner and in many cases a life saver, so it is not to be entered into lightly. Becoming a puppy walker is something of a lifestyle choice since it can place many obligations and some restrictions on your daily life. It takes time, energy, patience and an awareness of the job that your puppy will be doing when he is mature. In the latter stages, you may be required to attend regular training events to ensure your puppy is completely prepared to enter full time training with another handler. Apart from obedience training, the puppy must be exposed to all the everyday things that it may encounter in its working life. For

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those who will work in a domestic environment such as a Guide Dog, Hearing Dog, or an Assistance Dog for someone with another type of physical impairment, this will involve taking the puppy shopping, to the dentist, the doctor, into cafes and restaurants, travelling on buses and trains, exposing it to traffic, joggers, cyclists, stairs, other dogs, cats, and so on. In effect, it is a super-charged version of the socialising and exposure to life that you would do for any puppy as a normal part of their upbringing and education. However, should any aspect prove problematic, instead of adopting the strategy of avoiding a situation, as you might be tempted to do were the puppy to be your family pet, for a service dog, any issues need to be worked through and overcome. Otherwise, that puppy cannot go further in its training and is lost as an asset, possibly prolonging the period that someone is waiting for a canine assistant. Many police forces likewise use volunteer puppy walkers to look after their puppies until they enter fulltime training at around 12 months old. Typically. these are German or Belgian Shepherds, or Spaniels. Some forces prefer the puppy walker not to have any dogs of their own so

that the puppy does not become too used to, or focused on playing with other dogs, in case it interferes with their subsequent ability to work. As a puppy walker, you need to be aware that any bad habits allowed to develop may stop your puppy from qualifying, so extra time and effort has to be made in the training. Is it difficult to give up a puppy you have nurtured for a year or more? Undoubtable so, however, as you will have entered into the arrangement in the full knowledge that the puppy will be leaving, it is a different mindset from loosing a family pet. Everything you do with the puppy is designed to help it succeed as a working dog. The support you receive from the organisation you are working with keeps you focused on the end objective, to deliver a young, well balanced dog that is ready for the next stage of its training. The breeds used as service dogs are working breeds with the mindset and intelligence that requires. They are fulfilled as a working dog and their new owners, whether within the police service or those for whom the dog brings increased access to the world, will love and treat them as valued partners in life. Dru Ross

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SPEED CAMERAS Unsure what all those cameras are really for? Tom Wiltshire explains. The speed camera is a classic part of the British landscape. First introduced more than two decades ago, the big yellow Gatso is instantly recognisable, visible from afar and always signposted, yet drivers still manage to get caught by them. But the Gatso speed camera isn’t the only surveillance and safety device on UK roads. In fact, on any given trip, you could be photographed by hundreds of cameras, each with their own job to perform.

Speed camera

These are the most common, recognisable, and arguably the most hated of all cameras on the road. Most speed cameras work using radar to detect a car’s speed. If it’s above the posted limit, the camera will take two pictures, and use the distance the car has travelled between them as evidence of its speed, usually backed up by painted lines on the road to give a definitive answer. These cameras can theoretically operate at any speed above the limit - you could be ticketed for doing 31mph in a 30mph zone, for example. In reality, they’re more likely to allow a few mph above the limit - the accepted average is 10% plus 2mph, though this isn’t set in stone. These cameras must be easy to spot by law. They’re painted bright yellow, often situated in the middle of the road and well signposted. If you’re caught, you’re better off taking the hit and sparing your time. This is usually three points on your licence and a £100 fine, though it can be reduced to a speed awareness course if you’re a first-time or infrequent offender.

Average speed camera

As with speed cameras, these have to be well signposted, but instead of taking speed readings on a specific point they use two cameras to police a ‘zone’ of the road. Your number plate is read as you enter the zone, and again as you leave; the time of both photos is used to calculate your speed. Average speed cameras are most often used on smart motorways, where they can operate at any speed set by the overhead gantries - whether that’s 60mph to ease congestion or 40mph through roadworks. These cameras may be integrated into overhead gantries or standalone units, painted yellow or grey. As with regular speed cameras, they can theoretically operate at any speed over the limit. A common myth to avoid average speed cameras is changing lane in between them. While this worked on Living Along The Thames | JULY/AUGUST 2018

early systems, it has no effect on modern ones. Another ineffective method is one you might see many employ, which is to slow down as you pass the camera and speed up again immediately after. This also has no effect and merely ruins the traffic flow behind.

Mobile speed cameras

Mobile cameras are usually run by local police forces and allow for a reactionary style of enforcement. Cameras are usually sent to blackspots with a history of road traffic incidents, and locations are publicly available, as well as well-signposted. They usually take the form of a large van with opening rear windows, decorated in eye-catching police colours and peppered with speed camera emblems. Sometimes though, they’re operated by police working from marked or unmarked cars, or standing by the roadside.

ANPR cameras

Standing for automatic number plate recognition, this type of camera is usually integrated into other varieties. As the name suggests, it uses sophisticated software to check your car’s licence and registration which it can then run against the police national database to flag up issues with tax, insurance, or driver disqualification. Most police cars have one of these cameras fitted to allow them to catch lawbreakers while they’re out and about. There’s no real way to avoid these, nor should you want to - unless you have something to hide!

Red light cameras

These cameras are put in place to curb rampant red-light running, often in larger cities such as London. If you’ve dashed across the lights at the last moment, you probably won’t need to worry, the sensors only detect vehicles that cross the line after the light’s turned red. If you began crossing on amber, you’ll be OK. Traffic light cameras are usually installed for safety rather than revenue - they tend to be placed in high-risk areas, or where accidents involving motorists who’ve run the lights have occurred. The punishment for being caught running a red light is usually a fixed penalty of £60 and three points, though the maximum can be £1,000, six points or even disqualification if the manoeuvre was dangerous enough.

Traffic violation cameras

These cameras can monitor traffic areas such as box junctions, bus lanes, high occupancy lanes and congestion zones. London’s congestion zone is chock-full of these cameras, as are most city centres - the only solution to evading capture by these is to not break any regulations.

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Down 1. Somehow unleash about a hundred power boats (8)

8. One’s loud disturbance is no longer restrained (8)

2. A constitutional list of names linked with a good man (6)

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3 & 11 Dn. Falls out, as the soldier does when ordered to fall in! (4,4,1,3)

10. It’s hot stuff, but it doesn’t sound it! (6)

4. Crucial examination for a detective force on trial (4,4) 12. Eastern country inherited by 5. Supply lines on time! (6) the legatee (6) 14. He accompanies the coster in some confusion (6) 16. The sailor needs to reach what is aimed at (6) 18. Part of the Kalahari Desert is (4)









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17. An unseemly noise handled 20. Makes a connection with in court (6) members of the embassy (8) 22. Oratorical extracts showing nouns and verbs, for instance (5,2,6)


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What is it? Aston Martin has taken its DB11, boosted the output of the V12 engine, and produced the DB11 AMR, a cross country cruiser at heart with upgrades, better handling without diminishing the car’s comfort levels, to producing a car more in line with other grand tourers on the market. What’s New? The most significant is the power upgrade, now 30bhp more than the older car’s 600bhp. The eight-speed automatic transmission has been recalibrated for faster shifts, while the chassis has been re-worked to provide better cornering ability without reducing the car’s excellent comfort credentials. What’s Under The Bonnet? Underneath the DB11 AMR’s long, flowing bonnet sits Aston’s glorious twin-turbocharged 5.2-litre V12 engine. It can power the AMR to 60mph in 3.5 seconds, before pushing it to a top speed of 208mph. What’s It Like To Drive? The range of tweaks to the chassis now make the DB11 genuinely capable in corners, with body roll expertly

managed and the well-weighted steering adding to the overall experience. Then there’s the sheer performance of the thing. Press the throttle and there’s an almost undetectable pause while the turbos get going. From there, power is available in spades. The first three gears are practically unusable without threatening your licence, while the whole thing is accompanied by the now-enhanced howl of a V12, one of the best sounds in the business. How Does It Look? Elegant with a few touches that help distinguish it from the regular model, such as dark headlight surrounds, smoked tail lamps and a gloss black roof. Aston is offering the AMR in three versions of ‘Designer Specification’, as well as a limited-edition model that features a ‘Stirling Green’ and lime livery. If it is up your street, be quick, it’s limited to just 100 units worldwide. What’s It Like Inside? The AMR’s interior feels exceptionally well made, with a variety of high-quality materials contributing to a cabin. The seats are supportive yet comfortable, while the leather and

Alcantara sports steering wheel feels excellent in the hands. The central layout of the car remains unchanged over the DB11, and as such stays just a little cluttered. The Mercedes-sourced infotainment screen isn’t too bad but lacks the sharpness or definition that we’ve come to expect, while the general button layout could do with simplifying. Though user-friendly enough, the overall feel of the central dashboard section is just a little behind the times. What’s The Spec Like? Prices start at £174,995. Though that’s an impressively large price tag, the V12 is worth the cost on its own, offering up one of the very best soundtracks around, as well as a colossal amount of performance. It’s a more capable car than the DB11, and the way it drives is reason enough to pick it. Verdict? Aston has said that the AMR is now the fastest model in its current series production range, and going off this test, it’s easily one of the best too. Jack Evans

FACTS AT A GLANCE Price: £174,995 | Engine: 5.2-litre V12 | Power (bhp): 630 | Torque (Nm): 700 | Max speed (mph): 208 | 0-60mph: 3.5 MPG (combined): 24.8 | Emissions (g/km): 256

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WIN! A pair of tickets to the Ocean Film Festival World Tour!

The Ocean Film Festival World Tour is bringing an evening of mesmerising and inspiring ocean-themed films to the Hexagon, Reading, on Friday 21 September and we have a pair of tickets to give away!

The event involves a collection of brand new short films, featuring big wave surfers, unlikely ocean rowers and other characters who have dedicated their lives to the sea’s salt spray. Expect mind-blowing marine life and spectacular footage from hidden depths of the plane, all on the big screen! To be in with a chance of winning, just answer the simple question:

The Ocean Film Festival World Tour is coming to which Reading venue? a. The Pentagon b. The Hexagon c. Decathlon Email your answers to Closing date Friday 7th September



Marlow is full of incredibly creative people that have accomplished incredible things. We at Marlow FM want to be the catalyst for supporting even more talent though some amazing opportunities. Think you’ve got something special? Then apply now for Marlow FM’s ‘Up Next’ and discover where our support can take you.

We’re looking for solo artists or bands who think they have the charisma and talent to go far in the music industry. If you’re starting out, or maybe you’ve been gigging for a number of years, we want to hear from you. All we need is a bio, links to social media, and any tracks you’ve recorded. It doesn’t have to be professionally done; take your phone out and do a quick recording!

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Maidenhead Festival… THE PLACE TO BE THIS SUMMER!

The 2018 two-day Maidenhead Festival will take place over the weekend of 21st & 22nd July in Kidwell’s Park. The family-focused event will feature live music, a beach, fairground, stalls and side shows, and if you’re lucky you might spot a friendly clown or acrobat! Once again, we will be welcoming Traylen’s Funfairs, with favourites for all the family from the traditional carousel, Helter Skelter and of course who can resist having a go on the dodgem cars? In addition, the popular Maidenhead Festival Beach will be there throughout the whole weekend for a bit of relaxation and a break from all the busy festival activity. With a bustling atmosphere, the beach will be surrounded by stalls to browse, along with a wide variety of food on offer with flavours from around the world! New this year are the battery powered Go-Karts to delight both boys & girls with their first real driving experience, and a whole host of other fun activities from water walking to rodeo riding!

Back by popular demand is the Circus, with shows running on both Saturday and Sunday and the chance for adults and kids to learn new circus skills during the workshops also taking place on both days in side the baby big top tent! Saturday’s grand finale will see the Ultimate Beatles, one of the UK’s top tribute band, take to the stage and they’ve said, “we are looking forward to playing Maidenhead festival as we love festival crowds.” Of course, this will be followed by the outstanding free fireworks display! The Headliners on Sunday Night will be Pop Rockin 80’s, a rock and pop tribute band, as well as the high energy International Tribute

Show dedicated to the Music of George Michael. Admission is free over the weekend. Charges will apply to refreshments and some activities. A pull-out guide will be available in The Maidenhead Advertiser closer to the time detailing who and what’s on when, so if you’re looking for weekend of music, food and fun for the family head on down to Kidwell’s Park in Maidenhead. To keep up to date on all Festival news visit the Facebook Page: or website:

Maidenhead Festival photo competition #LoveMaidenhead The Maidenhead Festival Commitee want to showcase just how amazing Maidenhead is and instil a bit of pride in the town. You’re invited to share on the festival facebook page photos you’ve taken of your favourite place in Maidenhead, along with a sentence of why you love Maidenhead. Festival organisers have teamed up with Jodie Humphries, a Maidenhead Mum, local blogger and photographer, who is regularly seen taking snaps of the town and surrounding area and created #LoveMaidenhead. Jodie will provide photography tips in the competition group to help you on your way as well as perform the role of Head Judge!

How to enter: Join the competition Facebook group at Upload a photograph of Maidenhead that you have taken in the last year onto the group. Include your name (or name of photographer if different to yours), age, location of photo, date taken (if known), a sentence on what you love about our town and what device you took the photo on! Make sure you upload before the 14th of July (if you want your photo on the big screen), but all photos uploaded until the 24th July 2017 will be entered into the competition Not on Facebook? No problem, simply email your entry with all the above details to and we’ll upload it for you! The winning categories are for the Professional, the Camera Phone/Other Device and Under 16’s. All 3 winners will have their photo published in the Advertiser and receive a prize for their efforts. Lisa Hunter, Festival Chairman, commented “get snapping and sharing!”

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Diary Dates July, August and September 25 Jul – 05 Sept: ‘Hollie Hedgehog’s Adventure map’ Grab your explorers’ backpack and put on your favourite hat as you go on an exploration trail around the Hughenden estate, Child £1, Hughendon Manor, Valley Rd, High Wycombe, HP14 4LA,, B 0344 249 1895

Jul – Nov: ‘A Room of One’s Own’ in partnership with Paines Plough, an audio experience as part of the National Trust’s 2018 programme ‘Women and Power’. You’ll hear stories and reputations about four influential women of Cliveden. Cliveden National Trust, Cliveden Rd, Taplow SL1 8NS,

26 Jul – 28 Oct: ‘Storytelling in the Secret Garden’ the fairy tale retelling of Lady Brunner’s childhood, the house will be transformed with the memories of its former owner, re-imagined through the stories and tales she so loved growing up, 13:00-13:30 and 14:00-14:30 free event, admission applies, Grey’s Court, Rotherfield Greys, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 4PG,, B 0344 249 1895

Jul – 01 Nov: ‘Celebrate the Feminine: Statue Trail’ explore a selection of Cliveden’s world-renowned statuary collection, chosen exclusively by their onsite art curator, 10:00-16:00, Admission Charges apply, Cliveden National Trust, Cliveden Rd, Taplow SL1 8NS,

Jul – 30 Oct: ‘Guided House Tours’ to discover more about the fabulous Cliveden House. These tours allow you to see some of the rooms that were once home to Nancy and Waldorf Astor, 11:00-12:30, Adults £2, Child £1, Cliveden National Trust, Cliveden Rd, Taplow SL1 8NS,, B 0344 249 1895

July 13+14+20+21+27+29: ‘Big Camps at Cliveden NT’ enjoy a night out under the stars with log fires and nature walks, Adults £27, Child £17, Cliveden National Trust, Cliveden Rd, Taplow SL1 8NS,, B 0344 249 1895 09: Boutique Cinema ‘Phantom Thread’ at Clayton’s Oxford Road, cinema caters for 25 people, entrance is free, however bookings are only taken if you are having dinner with us, screening starts 20:00 – 01628 448404,

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Jul – 30 Nov: ‘The Royal Gifts of Hughendon’ Benjamin Disraeli, Hughenden’s famous resident, was Queen Victoria’s favourite prime minister. Discover the stories behind the gifts she gave him, 11:00-15:00, Adults £35, Hughendon Manor, Valley Rd, High Wycombe, HP14 4LA,, B 0344 249 1895

11:’ Art Classes’, run by Paul Robben’s who has done art in all its forms in his work for the last 40 years. Having taught art and sculpture for the last 10 years, this is his third year at Grey’s Court. A variety of media with be used including graphite pencil, watercolour pencil, watercolour paints plus less obvious drawing tools like the common biro!, £50 per class, includes all the equipment and refreshments, including lunch, 10:00-16:00, Grey’s Court, Rotherfield Greys, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 4PG,, B 0344 249 1895 11-15: ‘Henley Festival’ 18:00-23.30,

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12: ‘Marlow Orchestra free Summer Concerts’ 19:30-21:30, The Two Brewers, St Peters Street, Marlow SL7 1NG, 12: ‘Extending the Season in your Border Carolyn Foster’, 19:00, Stubbings Nursery Evening Talks, £29.95 includes the talk, demos and light dinner in café, 13-15: ‘Marlow Food & Drink Festival’ at Higginson Park Friday 11:00-20:00, Saturday 09:00-20:00 & Sunday 10:00-18:00, There will be live music on stage for all to enjoy, a wide range of food and drink stalls from around the globe and children’s rides to keep the little ones entertained. Craft beer festival will also be part of this event together with a street food and seating area. 15: ‘Henley Mile’ 09:00, Temple Island Meadow RG9 3db 15: ‘Colonel Garrett Cup Cricket Competition’ 09:30-17:30, Cookham Dean Cricket Club, Whyteladyes Lane, Cookham Dean, 15: ‘Marlow Orchestra free Summer Concerts’ 19:30-21:30, The Two Brewers, St Peters Street, Marlow SL7 1NG 16: Boutique Cinema ‘I, Tonya’ at Clayton’s Oxford Road, cinema caters for 25 people, entrance is free, however bookings are only taken if you are having dinner with us, screening starts 20:00 01628 448404, 17: ‘Beginners Floristry Workshops’ Come along to explore some of Cliveden’s stunning gardens through the eyes of an expert florist, make your very own posy to take home and have all your questions answered, 10:00-13:30, Adults £35, Cliveden National Trust, Cliveden Rd, Taplow SL1 8NS,, B 0344 249 1895 17: ’National Garden Scheme – Open Gardens’ Red Kites, Bledlow Ridge, Bucks, 14:00-17:00, Cost £4, Children Free, Homemade teas available. Open until 30th September, Les Terry e: 18: ‘ Royal Swan Upping’ 13:30, Mill Meadows, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 1BF,

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18:’ Art Classes’ run by Paul Robben’s, who has done art in all its forms in his work for the last 40 years. Having taught art and sculpture for the last 10 years, this is his third year at Grey’s Court. A variety of media with be used including graphite pencil, watercolour pencil, watercolour paints plus less obvious drawing tools like the common biro! £50 per class, includes all the equipment and refreshments, including lunch, 10:00-16:00, Grey’s Court, Rotherfield Greys, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 4PG,, B 0344 249 1895 19: ‘ Get Well Soon – 70 years of the NHS’ The Mikron Theatre Company, 18:00 for 19:30, The Eyot Centre, Riverside, Wargrave Rd, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 3SD 20-22: ‘Thames Traditional Boat Festival’ Fawley Meadows, Marlow Rd, Henley on Thames, RG9 3AA, 21: ‘Meet the Bee-Keepers’ Find out about beekeeping and honey production with our friendly volunteer beekeeping team, free entry, admission applies, Hughendon Manor, Valley Rd, High Wycombe, HP14 4LA,, B 0344 249 1895 20+21: ‘Penn Fest’ live music with The Kaiser Chiefs (Friday night headliner) 21+22: ‘Maidenhead Festival’ 10:00 – 23:00, Kidwells Park, Maidenhead. Live Music, stalls and family entertainment - free. 25:’ Art Classes’ run by Paul Robben’s, who has done art in all its forms in his work for the last 40 years. Having taught art and sculpture for the last 10 years, this is his third year at Grey’s Court. A variety of media with be used including graphite pencil, watercolour pencil, watercolour paints plus less obvious drawing tools like the common biro!, £50 per class, includes all the equipment and refreshments, including lunch, 10:00-16:00, Grey’s Court, Rotherfield Greys, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 4PG,, B 0344 249 1895 27: ‘Bat Walk’ 20:30-22:30, Experience the night time world of bats with a guided walk through the woods and trees they call home, £10, Maidenhead Thicket, SL6 4LW, B 0344 249 1895

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29: ‘Fugitive Marlow Trialthlon’ Higginson Park, Marlow SL7 2AE, £70, 30: Boutique Cinema ‘The Shape of Water’ at Clayton’s Oxford Road, cinema caters for 25 people, entrance is free, however bookings are only taken if you are having dinner with us, screening starts 20:00 01628 448404,


04: ‘Outdoor Theatre: Old Herbaceous’ a classic British novel of the garden, brought to life with an outsized and unforgettable title character. Experience this one man show in Cliveden’s gardens relaxing in the atmospheric Water Garden, 19:30-21:30, Adults £16.50, Cliveden National Trust, Cliveden Rd, Taplow SL1 8NS,, B 0344 249 1895 05: ‘ Fawley Hill Railway’ 10:00, Fawley Hill, Icehouse Lane, Fawley,

01:’ Art Classes’ run by Paul Robben’s, who has done art in all its forms in his work for the last 40 years. Having taught art and sculpture for the last 10 years, this is his third year at Grey’s Court. A variety of media with be used including graphite pencil, watercolour pencil, watercolour paints plus less obvious drawing tools like the common biro!, £50 per class, includes all the equipment and refreshments, including lunch, 10:00-16:00, Grey’s Court, Rotherfield Greys, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 4PG,, B 0344 249 1895

07:‘Rebellion Brewery Open Night’ all ales currently being brewed available on the night. Talks also given on brewing history and methods, 19.00-21.30, Bencombe Farm, Marlow Bottom, SL7 3LT. All welcome, £12.50pp, BBQ all year round,

02: ‘Outdoor Theatre: The Midnight Gang’ Heartbreak Productions have taken a David Walliams bestselling book and turned it into an amusing play, 13:30-15:30, Adults £16.50, child £10, Cliveden National Trust, Cliveden Rd, Taplow SL1 8NS,, B 0344 249 1895

08: ‘Outdoor Theatre: The Railway Children’ A magical adaption of E. Nesbit’s classic, performed in the open air on the lawn in Cliveden’s Water Garden, 13:30-15:30, Adults £16.50, Child £10, Cliveden National Trust, Cliveden Rd, Taplow SL1 8NS,, B 0344 249 1895

04: ‘Butterfly Walk’ Join us as we guide you on a walk-through Maidenhead Thicket, sharing details about the local bat population. Learn how to identify these nocturnal creatures and listen in using detectors. Also find out about their life cycle and how woods and trees are managed here to look after these special creatures, Adult £8, Child £4, Maidenhead Thicket, SL6 4LW,

09+10: ‘Outdoor Theatre: The Hound of the Baskervilles’ Atmospheric retelling of Sherlock’s finest hour, performed in Cliveden’s Water Garden, 19:30-21.30, Adults £16.50, Child £10, Cliveden National Trust, Cliveden Rd, Taplow SL1 8NS,, B 0344 249 1895

04: ‘Sound of Speed Festival’ for exotic car owners, collectors,14:00-20:00, Wycombe Air Park, SL7 3DP

11: ’National Garden Scheme – Open Gardens’ Plumtree Cottage, Ascot Rd, Hoyport, SL6 3LD, 13:00-16:30, Cost £3.50, Children Free, Homemade teas available.

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08: ’National Garden Scheme – Open Gardens’ Danesfield House, Henley Road, Marlow SL7 2EY, 10:30-16:30, Cost £4.50, Children Free, Homemade teas available.

11: ‘Maidenhead Regatta’

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18: ‘Bat Walk’ 20:30-22:30, Experience the night time world of bats with a guided walk through the woods and trees they call home, £10, Maidenhead Thicket, SL6 4LW, 24: ‘ Henley Country Crafts Show’ 10:00-16:00, Stonor Park, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 6HF, 27: ’National Garden Scheme – Open Gardens’, St Timothee, Maidenhead, 11:00-16:30, Cost £4, Children Free, Homemade teas available. Open until 30th September, Sarah & Sal Pajwani, e:

September 01: ‘Cookham Regatta’ 10:00-17:00, First race 10:00, opens 11:00, Adults £6, Child £1, Family (2+2) £12, Cookham Moor 04:‘Rebellion Brewery Open Night’ all ales currently being brewed available on the night. Talks also given on brewing history and methods, 19.00-21.30, Bencombe Farm, Marlow Bottom, SL7 3LT. All welcome, £12.50pp, BBQ all year round, 09: ‘Henley 10k Challenge’ 10:00, starts and finishes at Mill Meadows by the Bridge, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 1BF, 09: ‘Gravity Grand Prix’ races from 13:30, @ggprix 13: ‘Planting for Autumn Colour – Carolyn Foster’ 19:00, Stubbings Nursery Evening Talks, £29.95 includes the talk, demos and light dinner in café, 15: ‘Cookham Dean Village Fete’ 13:00-17:00 The Old Cricket Common, Cookham Dean 20: ‘Marlow Archaeology Society + Archaeology in Marlow’ ‘The Boxford Mosaic – Steve Clark’, at Liston Hall, 20:00

For more information or additional events Marlow Information Centre on 01628 483597 Maidenhead Library on 01628 796969 Henley Library on 01491 575278. At time of print all dates are correct.

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Ongoing Events Marlow Museum Mar – Oct 13:00 - 17:00: Sat, Sun & Bank holidays Nov – Feb: 14:00 – 16:00 Sun Maidenhead Heritage Centre 10: 00 - 16:00 Tues - Sat & 2nd Sunday of month Stanley Spencer Gallery Mar – Nov: Tues – Sun 10:30 – 17:30 Nov – Mar: Thurs – Sun 11:00 – 16:30 Closed 24 & 25 Dec | Marlow Camera Club Tuesday | 19:45 - 20:00 | The Methodist Church Hall, Spittal Street, Marlow, SL7 3HJ Maidenhead Camera Club Tuesday, Cox Green Community Centre | 01628 630861 Henley Photographic Club Tuesday | 20:00 - 22:00 | YMCA Hall, off Waterman’s Road, Henley High Wycombe Croquet Club Friday 10:00 -12:00 & Sundays 10:00 - 16:00 6th April - 31st August | 01494 858202 Hazlemere Rec Grd, Amersham Rd, Hazlemere, HP15 7QW The East Berks RSPB Group Monthly | 7.30pm to 9.30pm on Thursdays High Street Methodist, Church Hall, Maidenhead Colenorton Dragon Boat Club Sunday 10.00 - 12.30 | Bray Lake Water Sports, Maidenhead SL6 2EB South Bucks Walking Group Regular walks programme + club weekends Di Olden - 01494 714486 Henley & Goring Ramblers No need to book, just turn up, new walkers and non-members are always welcome Maidenhead National Trust Second Thursday, except August | Jakoby Drama Studio at Desborough College, Maidenhead Midsomer Murder Filming Locations 17 Mar - 27 Oct | Saturday 11:00 | 1 hour Tour Argyll Pub, Market Place, Henley

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IN THE FADE A mother’s courage is warped by grief and righteous indignation in writer-director Fatih Akin’s award-winning drama, which marries on-screen inner turmoil with a powerful score composed by Queens Of The Stone Age front man, Josh Homme. Bookmarked into three emotionally wrought chapters entitled Family, Justice and The Sea, In The Fade is a slow-burning German-language thriller of shifting moral certainties, which is distinguished by a tour-de-force central performance from Diane Kruger. Her fearless portrayal of an avenging angel, who vows to dole out the justice denied to her loved ones by the courts, scorches every frame of Akin’s picture as she careens at high speed towards a precipice of self-destruction. Kruger rips out her anguished mother’s heart as she ricochets between guilt, rage and incomprehension, numbing the pain with drugs scored from her lawyer before she emerges from a suicidal fog to pursue her violent vendetta.

Courtroom scenes shimmer with suspense and there are some deliciously tense exchanges between legal counsels but once the verdict is delivered, tension dissipates and Akin relies increasingly on his luminous leading lady to energise a pedestrian final act that tests both our patience and sympathy. In The Fade is a showcase for Kruger and she doesn’t disappoint, holding firm to her character’s volatile convictions. Supporting performances have little room to breathe, not least the two defendants who are sketched in disappointingly broad strokes. A muddled resolution, which shifts the action to Greece and proposes to quench Katja’s thirst for revenge, begs more nagging, uncomfortable questions than it answers.

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Time Trial (18) TIME TRIAL gives us an exhilarating and terrifying place in the race, providing an immersive experience as close to actually competing as you will ever see on film. Thu 12 Jul, 6.30pm RSC Live: Romeo & Juliet (12A) Set in a world very like our own, this Romeo & Juliet is about a generation of young people born into violence and ripped apart by the bitter divisions of their parents. Wed 18 Jul, 7.00pm Glyndebourne: Saul 2015 (TBC) Barrie Kosky’s blazingly original and visually spectacular staging of Handel’s oratorio pairs baroque music with contemporary choreography and lavish designs to create an enthralling theatrical fusion of old and new. Thu 26 Jul, 7.30pm Glyndebourne: Vanessa (12A) A rare opportunity to see Barber’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work – opera from the age of Hitchcock, with an atmospheric score and tense, psychological twists. Tue 14 Aug, 6.30pm Jonas Kaufmann: Under The Stars (U) Jonas Kaufmann has captivated audiences across the globe with his incredible voice. Join him this summer for a spectacular outdoor concert, captured live at Berlin’s iconic Waldbuhne amphitheatre. Thu 30 Aug, 6.30pm For Bookings: 0871 902 5738 | Regal Picturehouse, 2 Boroma Way, Henley RG9 2BZ Living Along The Thames | JULY/AUGUST 2018

Marlow Picture Postcard Midsomer The ITV drama Midsomer Murders entertains millions of viewers both nationally and internationally but did you know that many of the film locations are right here on our doorstep? The real-life filming locations are spread across Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and The Chilterns, including a number of market towns, villages, pubs, hotels, a winery and a dairy. To immerse yourself in Midsomer and discover all this and more base yourself in Marlow where you can begin your journey on a brand new trail that covers 17 miles of Midsomer! You can taste wine, sample local beer and produce and even spend the night in a choice of filming locations. Follow in the footsteps of DCI Barnaby as the trail takes you into the rural

English countryside of the Chiltern Hills. Many of the village pubs you will come across have featured in the hit show as well as The Chiltern Valley Winery which presented as a gin distillery for the episode ‘The Curse of the Ninth’. There are stunning views and endless opportunities for walks. The brick and flint architecture is a mark of Midsomer and this can be seen in abundance as you make your way through the picturesque villages. The historic town of Marlow is itself a filming location featuring in 3 episodes. Locations include Marlow library which appeared in ‘The Black

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Book’ and St Peter’s Street with the Two Brewers and the church gate which featured in ‘King’s Crystal’ and ‘Sauce for the Goose’. What better place to be able to discover all this from than Marlow, without doubt one of the loveliest locations on the River Thames. The trail leaflet is an independent publication funded by Wycombe District Council and is available to download from midsomer or you can pick up a copy from the visitor information service at Marlow Library.

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Useful Numbers CLUBS: MAIDENHEAD Rotary Club of Maidenhead 632797 The Maidenhead Players 07879 476301 Maidenhead Drama Guild 635017 Maidenhead Operatic Society 671589 Maidenhead Musical Comedy Society 07813 979894 Grimm Players 820429 Maidenhead Concert Band 624514 Maidenhead Folk Club 448268 Tuesday Singers 01628 634124 Athletics 522797 Maidenhead & Bray CC 07885 240209 North Maid enhead Cricket Club 624137 Rugby 629663 Hockey 622669 Desborough Bowls Club 629403 Rowing 622664 SportsAble 627690 Maidenhead Tennis 623785 Thames Valley Cycling Club 638984 East Berks Badminton 636283 Maidenhead Camera Club 630861 East Berkshire Ramblers 634561 Lions Club of Maidenhead 634333 Maidenhead Golf Club 624693 Five Aces Duplicate Bridge Club 625663 River Thames Society 624025 Belmont Badminton Club 638844 Scottish Dancing Club 628372 Stanley Spencer Gallery 471885 COOKHAM Tennis & Croquet 07968 173757 Line Dancing 486362 Petanque 01628 440808 Cookham Bridge Rotary Club 07724 042708 Cookham & Bourne End Inner Wheel Club 07715 441713 Bourne End & Cookham Rotary 810967 HENLEY Rotary Club of Henley Bridge Henley Rowing Club Henley Players Henley Hawks Rugby Club Henley Cricket Club Lions Club of Henley Henley Bowling Club Henley Tennis Club Henley Hockey Club Henley Wednesday Bridge Club Henley Choral Society HADISC Badminton Club Henley Music School Henley Henley-on-Thames U3A

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MARLOW Liston Hall 472558 Archaeology in Marlow 481792 Marlow Archaeological Society 523896 Bowls 485274 Boxing 01494 532826 Crafts 473872/473539 Football 483970 Hockey 521830 Plants (Orchids) 486640 Petanque 521783 Photography 483030 Rugby 483911/477054 Marlow Striders 475548 Four Seasons Club 484528 Tennis 483638 New Marlow Tennis Academy 488438 Rifle & Pistol Club 01494 676676 ALF (Longridge) 486595 Marlow & District Wine Society 483294 Marlow Museum 01628 482515 Marlow Society/History 476140 MOAS 07899 867757 Rotary Club 01494 530952 LETS 01494 523978 U3A 485220/488865 Community Choir 602581/661182 Railway Society 01494 488283 Choral Society 472998 Marlow Orators 07738 540287 COUNCIL SERVICES MARLOW Bus Services 0871 2002233 Marlow Visitor Information Service 01296 382415 Library 0845 2303232 Town Council 484024 Neighbourhood Watch - Nic Martin 01895 837220 Wycombe Council 01494 461000 RBWM Bus Services 0871 2002233 CIS 507587 Council Tax 683850 Library - Cox Green 673942 Library - Holyport Container 796555 Library - Maidenhead 796969 Library - Cookham 526147 Recycling 796474 Town Hall 683800 Youth & Community Centre 685999 Thames Valley Adventure Playground 628599 HENLEY Henley Library Henley Town Council

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Taplow, Berkshire, SL6 0JF Tel: 01628 607107

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Living Along the Thames July/August 2018  

View our latest Luxury Lifestyle magazine for residents of Marlow, Maidenhead, Henley, Cookham and Bourne End in the Thames Valley. Contain...

Living Along the Thames July/August 2018  

View our latest Luxury Lifestyle magazine for residents of Marlow, Maidenhead, Henley, Cookham and Bourne End in the Thames Valley. Contain...