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I am sure many of you will be looking forward to the Summer holidays and getting away to somewhere warm, despite the hot weather we have had here. Unlike holiday though, it is more difficult to cool down and find respite from the heat. Congratulations to our winners of May/June’s competition, as seen below and if you’d like to visit one of the National Trust properties we have several passes to give away so pop on over to page 46 to see how you can enter our reader’s offer. This edition is full of things to do, places to go, so put the kettle on, put your feet up and enjoy our Summer edition. We hope you all have a wonderful Summer and we’ll be back in the Autumn and as always happy reading

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Contents 12 Food & Drink 20 Facts everyone should know about Skin Cancer 22 Heading on Holiday – DVT facts 24 Travel: Cuba 36 The most important Shade trends of the last 60 years

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Climb, Slide, Splash, Jump, Swim, Bounce … Europe’s largest aqua park, Liquid Leisure is located near Windsor, set on a beautiful private freshwater lake amongst stunning parkland. Suitable for all ages from 6 years and up providing a fabulous time for friends and family alike, so why not take the plunge and make a day of it this summer enjoying all the activities the park has to offer.

The aqua park has four zones of increasing intensity each with their own challenges that can provide fun for everyone and provide as much challenge as you dare to enjoy. The park also has a cable lake for water skiing, paddle boarding and a boat lake for enjoying the infamous Banana Boat, where you can never escape the inevitable plunge into the water. The park also offers open water swimming courses in a wonderfully safe environment. All facilities are overseen by fully qualified life guards to make sure everyone is enjoying themselves while being safe on the water. As well as all the fabulous water activities there is also a newly refurbished clubhouse with a Lakeside grill offering a variety of food and drinks including its own fully


licensed bar to help you kick back and relax after the exertions of the park. There is also an ice cream van on site that proves very popular with the young ones to help cool down after running and jumping around on the park.

“superb”, simply stating that “we had a great laugh and a great day out”. This must have been the most time that each of them had been separated from their electronic devices and none of them missed them given the fun they were having.

We talked with four fifteen year old girls who had made a day of it enjoying the aqua park, paddle boarding and banana boating. They also took time out over lunch to enjoy the beach area which has deck chairs to relax in, take in some sun and watch the others splashing about on the water. The girls had a fabulous day out and all vowed to return to the park again in their summer holidays. They thought it was one of the best days out they could have in the area and rated the park and its facilities as

Showers and Toilet facilities on site with life jackets provided for all activities and wet suits available on request. Open 7 days, 10am – Sundown (please check the website as these times may change depending on time of year). Check out the facilities and book in advance on-line at as the park does get busy, particularly at the weekends.

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4 GENTLE CYCLING ROUTES you can enjoy without feeling like you’re in a race Seeing as it’s the 200th anniversary of the bicycle, it would almost be rude not to explore on two wheels this summer... 1. Drink and drive? You can on a bike... Where: Penedes, Catalonia, Spain With its rich red soil, long hours of sunshine and rolling vineyards, Penedes, an hour’s drive south-west of Barcelona, is one of Europe’s most diverse and exciting wine regions. Inntravel offer a six-night self-guided Cava Country tour, visiting famous wineries such as Condoniu and Freixenet, along with smaller family-run outfits, where bottles are still painstakingly turned by hand. The holiday ends in Sant Sandurni d’Anoia, where the first bottle of Cava was produced in 1872. Sweat rating: Expect to do between 20 and 25km per day. Cost: From £795, including half-board accommodation, luggage transportation between hotels, route notes, maps and bike. E-bikes are also available at an extra cost. Flights extra. Travel now to October 31. 2. Pedal through superb scenery Where: Inner Hebrides, Scotland Cycle along twisted ribbons of quiet island roads, soaking up the atmosphere of wild, dramatic landscapes. Wilderness Scotland offer a seven-day guided Road Cycling - Skye & The Inner Hebrides tour from the Isle of Mull, through the Ardnamurchan Peninsula and on to the Isle of Skye. Highlights include exploring the ancient abbey on the Isle of Iona, dining on superb seafood in Tobermory, stopping off at a local smokehouse to stock up on fish, meats and cheeses for a picnic lunch, and a tour of Talisker whisky distillery.


Sweat rating: The average distance cycled each day is 40km. Cost: From £1,595pp (two sharing), including professional guiding, bike, accommodation and some meals. There is also vehicle transport throughout, including ride support and luggage transfers. Flights or trains extra. Spaces available for set departures from May to August 2018. 3. Get stuck in traffic with giraffes Where: Arusha, Tanzania Thought African wildlife could only be viewed from a 4WD? Well, now you can safari straight from the saddle. Intrepid offer a new 13-day escorted Cycle Tanzania trip, mixing traditional game viewing with opportunities to bike through remote African plains where few tourists go. There’s the lure of seeing big cats and black rhino in the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater (from the safety of a vehicle), and even a chance to walk through villages and learn about local Maasai culture. Sweat rating: Terrain can be hilly and the climate is warm, so you’ll need to be relatively fit! Cost: From £2,145pp and includes accommodation, most meals, bike, support vehicle and activities, such as entry to the national park, game drives and Maasai village visit. Set departures throughout the year. International flights extra. 4. Ride through the pages of a fairy-tale Where: Bavaria, Germany Experience archetypal Germany on this eight-night self-guided Headwater Bavarian Castles and Rivers trip, visiting hilltop fairy-tale castles and lively towns filled with traditional breweries. The region is backed by the German Jura Mountains and the route is dissected by a network of beautiful rivers - look out for Pfraundorfer See, a popular local swimming spot where you can cool off. The final stretch takes you from the charming town of Parsberg along the Schwarze Laber river, to architectural beauty Regensburg. Sweat rating: You’re looking at 45km per day in the saddle. Cost: From £1,209pp, including accommodation, bike, all breakfasts and four evening meals. Luggage transfers between hotels are included, so you only need to carry your daily essentials with you when cycling. Flights extra. Departs every two days until October 14, 2017. Living Along The Thames | JULY /AUGUST 2017

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First Rivertime Accessible Regatta Took Over Bisham Abbey On 14th June, the first ever Rivertime Accessible Regatta welcomed over 300 young people from over 20 schools in Berks, Bucks and Oxon. With a wide range of disabilities and special needs the pupils were able to try out as many sports as available that other young people enjoy freely. HRH The Princess Royal, gave out medals to the pupils and launched the bell boating competition, along with a number of Paralympians and Olympians.

Paralympic medallists Anne Dickins MBE, Jeannette Chippington MBE and Naomi Riches MBE and Olympic medallists Dame Katherine Grainger DBE and Steve Williams OBE. Aspiring champions Rob Sargent and Georgia Carmichael also came to show their support and help motivate the young people.

try a host of indoor and outdoor activities ranging from wheelchair basketball to cycling, football, rugby and air weapons. Simon Davis, Rivertime Boat Trust Co-founder and Chairman said: “ Having

The Rivertime Accessible Regatta was organised by two charities, Rivertime Boat Trust and Give Them a Sporting Chance. The river was brought to life with bell boating, accessible sailing and powerboating, kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding. On the land, they could

so many young people in one place at one time trying out something new filled us with such energy and determination to make next year’s Regatta even bigger and better.” Anne Wadsworth, Give Them a Sporting Chance Trustee said: “The participants today realised that they are capable of doing anything and that is exactly what we strive for at Give Them a Sporting Chance.” For more information

Learn to ROW

Want to try your hand at Rowing? Maidenhead Rowing Club runs a series of adult (18+) Learn to Row courses aimed at those who have never rowed before and fancy giving it a go, run by experienced coaches who are British Rowing accredited. Course Overview We will teach you the basics of sculling (an oar in each hand) to a determined level in wide and stable boats along with the option to go out in a single scull, dependent on river conditions. The Cost: For the Learn to Row Stage 1 course is £175.00 per person, which includes membership of the Club for the duration of the course. To find out more about the best adult course for you, email Marion Holmes at Juniors – For all enquiries regarding Junior Learn to Row (12-18’s), contact

If you would like to use the clubhouse and bar facilities or use the indoor rowing gym then there are social memberships available -

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British Rowing Certified. Maidenhead Rowing Club is one of the major rowing clubs in the country to hold British Rowing accreditation as a Learn to Row Centre. Please note that rowing is a physical sport and there will be some lifting and carrying of boats at each session. In addition you must be able to swim at least 50 metres in light clothing to undertake these courses. Adaptive rowing Maidenhead Rowing Club is launching an Adaptive Rowing programme this summer. Adaptive rowing is for people with disabilities who participate in the sport of rowing. There are many benefits to being involved in rowing; the sense of freedom, making life-long friends, and learning new skills whilst keeping fit and healthy. This can be done on the water or indoors, just for fun or to compete in races. We are offering Adaptive races at our Regatta on 5 August and also establishing an Adaptive Rowing squad. Please contact Nick Steel via for further information. Living Along The Thames | JULY /AUGUST 2017

STUBBINGS OPERA celebrate 20 years on! Stubbings Opera celebrates its 20th year of Summer Opera performances in the grounds of the 18th Century stately Stubbings House. Grounds open for picnics at 5.30pm with performances commencing at 7.30pm. Picnic hampers can be ordered and access to the grounds is via Stubbings Nursery with its large car park. Audiences are located under cover on tiered seating providing clear and uninterrupted views of the stage and orchestral ensemble. The acclaimed “Opera Brava”, one of the country’s foremost travelling opera companies, return this year to perform “The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart) on Friday 21st July and La Bohème (Puccini) on Saturday 22nd July with a cast that includes soloists recruited from the country’s major opera houses, supported by a chamber ensemble. Performances will be sung in English Buy tickets online at Box Office: 01628 825454



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Enjoy a summer picnic within the stunning private grounds of Stubbings Estate followed by a performance of a popular opera by acclaimed touring company, Opera Brava. A perfect July summer’s evening for opera newcomers, and seasoned enthusiasts alike. Tickets: Adults £50.00, Children £25.00

Gates open for picnics at 5.30pm Performances commence at 7.30pm.

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to celebrate summer Sometimes simple is best, and lazy, hazy, days of summer call for long thirst-quenching drinks, from fizzes to spritzes. Much loved by the Italians as an aperitivo (pre-dinner drink), a spritz is officially a mixture of wine (still or sparkling) and soda water; while a fizz veers more towards the cocktail family with the addition of a spirit.

Ingredients: 25ml Brighton Gin, 25ml fresh lemon juice, 10ml sugar syrup (we recommend Monin Gomme Syrup), English sparkling wine. Method: Mix the gin with fresh lemon juice and sugar syrup. Pour into a champagne flute and top up with a fine Sussex fizz such as Ridgeview Bloomsbury NV, England (£27, Ridgeview), adding a twist of lemon for garnish.

Both are incredibly refreshing and can be pimped up with a range of bitters, purees and mixers, but, best of all, you don’t need to waste your energy shaking, rattling and rolling. All you need to create these fresh new flavours is a large wine glass (or carafe), a bar spoon and a truck load of ice and it’ll be plain sailing all the way.

to neatly fit into their ultimate summer essential, The Cointreau Fizz Cocktail Kit (£44.99, Selfridges). Here’s how to craft your own... Ingredients: 50ml Cointreau, 20ml freshly squeezed lime juice, 100ml soda water. Method: Fill a glass with ice, add Cointreau, the juice of half a lime and top off with sparkling water.

1. Pimm’s Fizz

4. Belvedere Spritz

Pimm’s No.1 Cup (70cl, £12 Tesco) with lemonade and sparling wine for extra, fruitier bubbles.

To help create the ultimate summer drink and entice us to be ‘Puttin’ on the Spritz’ this summer, Belvedere Polish Rye Vodka (£37, 70cl, Waitrose) have created a spritz cocktail to make at home.

Ingredients: 50ml Pimm’s No. 1, 25ml sparkling wine (we recommend a French cremant such as Cremant de Loire), 75ml lemonade, 1 orange slice, 1 sprig of mint. Method: Fill a large wine glass with ice cubes. Pour in Pimm’s No.1 and lemonade and stir. Top up with sparkling wine and stir slowly. Garnish with an orange slice and sprig of mint.

2. Cointreau Fizz Classic Cointreau’s iconic square bottle has been miniatured down into a 35cl bottle

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Ingredients: 30ml Belvedere Vodka, 30ml Lillet Blanc, 2 grapefruit slices, 1 sprig of thyme, sparkling water, Fever-Tree Tonic Water.

3. The Sussex 75 Spritz Recently voted The People’s Choice Gin in the 2017 People’s Drinks Awards, Brighton Gin (£37.45, 70cl, The Whisky Exchange) have imbibed the classic French ‘75 by replacing champagne with a local English sparkle.

Method: Combine all ingredients in a Belvedere spritz glass, over ice. Top with equal parts of sparkling water and tonic. Garnish with a grapefruit slice and a sprig of thyme.

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experience the cuisine! he Oxford Blue pub in Old Windsor has recently re-opened after an eighteen month stunning renovation led by Chef Proprietor Steven Ellis and his partner Ami along with best friends Daniel Crump (General Manager) and his wife Margriet Vandezande-Crump (Sommelier) to bring fine dining in a peaceful pub setting.

Steven has spent the last ten years developing his skills, working under such famous chefs, such as Clare Smyth, Gordon Ramsay and Andrew Pern using French cooking techniques with a heavy English influence. Both Daniel and Margriet also join from the Ramsey stable bringing with them exceptional service and wine expertise which they see as an integral part of the whole experience. Steven, Daniel, Margriet and Ami see The Oxford Blue as an incredibly special place retaining the pub feel where guests can sit by the fire and enjoy a pint of local beer from Windsor & Eton Brewery along with bar snacks or experience fine dining in the comfortable restaurant. Guests are also welcome to use the fabulous large terrace with lovely views across the Berkshire countryside. We were fortunate to dine at the Oxford Blue recently and our evening began with a complimentary entrée of venison bon bons, homemade cider bread wrapped up in a paper bag with delicious handmade butter. There is wide variety

of sumptuous dishes to select from which are all beautifully presented as you would expect from the Chef and his team given their distinguished culinary background. Starters included dishes such as Wye Valley Asparagus and a confit egg yolk, Braised Suckling Pigs Trotters, black pudding, apple and sauce Gribiche (Steven’s signature dish), Scallops with Peas, broad beans, smoked pork belly enveloped in a Pea velouté, it was incredibly hard to choose as all the dishes looked delicious and they tasted even better. Once we had chosen our starters we then selected our main courses from a Sirloin of Beef, served with ale braised short ribs bone marrow and a horseradish hollandaise, Pie and Mash (confit of chicken with leek and pomme purée), two fish dishes comprising of John Dory and Cod, Game from Windsor Great Park and a couple of vegetarian dishes. One of our group chose the Pie and had the wonderfully quirky option of choosing a knife from a box of six beautiful individual Laguiole knives. The Pie and Mash had its rich gravy poured into a chimney hole at the pie’s centre. Inside lay shredded confit chicken, now drenched in gravy with majestic shards of crispy chicken skin studded into the smoothest pomme purée, while a poached chicken sausage and sweet leek medallions finished the dish. Familiar flavours delivered in a deliciously contemporary and refined way that is typical of the style of the Oxford Blue. The desserts also had stunning modern touch to them with a Peach Parfait served as a sphere to look like the original fruit, and joined on the plate by poached peach, raspberry and almond. We also experienced the Popcorn Ice Cream with banana galette, salted caramel and popcorn shoots – both absolutely mouth-watering! Margriet is more than happy to offer a pairing of wines that complement each dish from the extensive wine collection she has carefully selected to make up Oxford Blue’s wine list. The wines are stored in a Wine Attic with the wines kept at precise temperatures and this also doubles as a private dining area with its own bar. To round off the meal, a slab of The Oxford Blue’s own salted chocolate was brought to the table, along with a hammer to break it apart, a stunningly delicious end to a wonderful meal and experience from a fantastic team. To book a table call 01753 861954 or visit the website at The Oxford Blue is at 10 Crimp Hill, Old Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 2QY.

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Seafood Spaghetti

Serves 2 Ingredients 2 tbsp olive oil 2 tbsp dry whte wine 2 large onions 6 cloves garlic 800 g chopped tomatoes 1 bunch fresh basil/cheats basil 1tsp sugar 2 tsp paprika 2 tsp dried oregano 1 handful prawns 1 handfull scallops 2 handfuls shell on mussels (de-bearded) 200 g spaghetti – dried or fresh – or your favourite shape 1 handful fresh parsley Seasoning Lemon

Finely chop onions and garlic. Heat the oil in a deep saucepan and add the onions and garlic. Fry gently for 5 minutes until soft. Add the dry white wine and seasoning, cook until alcohol cooked through. Pour in all of the chopped tomatoes and season well with salt and pepper. Once cooked and blended with onions and garlic use a hand blender to whizz down the ingredients, this will give a nice thick sauce. Add the fresh basil leaves/cheats basil, the sugar (reduces the acidity of the tomatoes), season again, if required bring the mixture to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Boil a pan of salted water, add the pasta and cook for 8-9 minutes for the dried variety, until just soft. Or using fresh

pasta, follow the instructions on the pack. Add the prawns, scallops and mussels into a saucepan and fry for about 3-5 minutes, until the prawns are pink and the mussels are all fully opened and the scallops are translucent. Add the paprika and the oregano to the seafood and then ladle in about a third of the tomato sauce and heat it through. Split the rest of the tomato sauce into two tubs and store it in the fridge for later in the week or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Drain the spaghetti and add to the tomato sauce. chop the parsley and stir it through the sauce before serving with a lemon wedge.

Serve with Barefoot Pink Pinot Grigio RRP £6.99 (Tesco) Bursting with flavour and winner of over 2,000 awards, this drier styled Rose features notes of tart apple, raspberry and peach. Pairs perfectly with seafood as it has a crisp and fruity style.

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Newly Refurbished Café and Italian Restaurant Family Run | Authentic Italian Cuisine

2 for 1 on main courses for up to 4 People Evening Menu Only

01628 636137 Bianco Nero Ristorante Italiano | 12-14 Bridge Street | SL6 8BJ Café: M-F 6.30am – 3pm | Sat 7am – 2.30pm | Sun 8am – 2.30pm Restaurant: M-T 5 – 10pm | Fri & Sat 5 – 10.30pm | Sun pm Closed Buy 1 main course and get the 2nd free. Each voucher is valid for up to 4 people and can only be used on the main menu. The voucher cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers. Offer expires 30/08/17. Please book in advance either by phone or through our website mentioning the offer. The voucher must be presented to a member of staff on request of the bill.

how to make lope ariyo’s hibiscus and coconut cake

Method: 1. Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas mark 4. Grease two round 20cm cake tins, then line them with baking paper. 2. In a large bowl, mix together the flour, ground egusi seeds or ground almonds, hibiscus petals, ground cloves, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda and salt. 3. In another large bowl, cream the coconut oil, groundnut oil and sugars together. One by one, add the eggs until well combined. Add half of the dry ingredients to the bowl, followed by half of the coconut milk and mix until well-combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Repeat to add the remaining dry ingredients and coconut milk and mix to thoroughly combine. Finally, add the vanilla extract and lemon juice, folding in gently. 4. Evenly distribute the batter between the two cake tins. Bake the cakes for about 30 minutes. When they’re ready, a skewer inserted into the centre should come out clean. Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tins for 10 minutes, then turn the cakes out onto a cooling rack and allow to cool completely.

A show-stopper this two-tier coconut British-Nigeria fusion cake is sure to wow! Ingredients: (Serves 12) 180g plain flour 60g ground egusi seeds (ground melon seeds, available from Amazon) or ground almonds 80g fine-cut dried hibiscus petals, plus extra for decorating (available from Amazon) 1tsp ground cloves 1tsp baking powder 1tsp bicarbonate of soda 1/2tsp salt 90g coconut oil, softened 60ml groundnut oil, plus extra for greasing 100g caster sugar

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80g light brown sugar 3 large eggs 1/2 x 400ml tin coconut milk 2tsp vanilla extract 2tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice Desiccated coconut, to decorate For the coconut drizzle: 120g icing sugar 4tbsp coconut milk 1/2tsp coconut extract 1/2tsp vanilla extract For the coconut frosting: 300g cream cheese 2tbsp coconut milk 80g icing sugar 1tbsp fine-cut dried hibiscus petals

5. To make the drizzle, mix the icing sugar with the coconut milk to get a thick drizzle, then add the coconut and vanilla extracts. Trickle over both layers of the cooled hibiscus cake. 6. For the frosting, whisk all the ingredients together to create a fluffy purple cloud. Make sure the colour is consistent throughout. Spread half the frosting over one of the cakes and place the second on top. Spread what’s left of the frosting over the top layer and sprinkle over the desiccated coconut and hibiscus petals to decorate. Hibiscus by Lope Ariyo published HarperCollins, £18.99. Available now.

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Be Summer fit at Stoke Park!

One of the UK’s finest Gyms is right on your doorstep As a Gym and Health Member enjoy… • State-of-the-art gym with Star Trac equipment, latest Boditrax technology and the Running Unlimited Immersive Pod • Spinning, HotYoga and Fitness Studios holding over 50 studio classes a week • Access to expert personal training with our highly trained instructors • Beautiful Indoor Pool • Outdoor Hot Tub and Scandinavian Sauna • Changing rooms with underfloor heating, Marble Showers and Steam Rooms • Fabulous Social Events

For more information about becoming a Gym and Health Member or for a show-round, please contact our MembershipTeam 01753 717179 ★ ★

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Tai Chi | Qi Gong | Yoga | Acupuncture A gentle yet powerful approach to fitness and well being Sara Mayne Lic Ac MBAcC

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It’s one of the most common types of cancer and on the rise in the UK, but are you as clued up as you think?

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1. You can get melanoma in your eyes We all know how essential sunglasses are (nobody wants to be squinting all day), and you probably know they’re actually just as important in the sun-protection stakes as the outfit-completing stakes. Sun damage can also cause cancer of the eye area and the eye itself. 2. Skin damage in childhood plays a big part in your cancer risk We’re generally way more savvy about protecting children’s skin from sun damage now than even just a couple of decades ago - and the importance of doing so really shouldn’t be underestimated, as experts believe getting sunburnt during early years can be a key factor in developing skin cancer later on.

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3. UK rates are on the rise - especially in young people Ha - British summers, eh? We may be famed for our dismal weather but, let’s be honest, many of us have still managed to get sunburned in our own back gardens or sunbathing in the park, right? Australia gets way more sunshine than we do, but successful awareness campaigns mean skin cancer rates Down Under are now steadily falling. But in the UK, they’re rising - at pretty alarming rates, with figures doubling over recent decades. According to Cancer Research UK, melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, is now among the most common cancers to affect 15-34-year-olds. 4. Skin cancer causes thousands of UK deaths Skin cancer’s now so common that many of us know somebody who’s had a dodgy mole, or cancerous patch of skin removed. The majority of skin cancers diagnosed in the UK are nonmelanoma types, like basal cell carcinoma, which accounts for around 75% of cases (Hugh Jackman revealed he was being treated for basal cell carcinoma yet again early this year), and squamous cell carcinoma, which accounts for 20%. 5. People with naturally dark skin are not immune from sun damage We often talk of people with fair skin, blue eyes and light hair being more at risk of skin cancer. Generally, this is true - but nobody should assume the importance of slapping on SPF while out in the sun doesn’t apply to them.

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Skin cancer

a dermatologist’s perspective r Joey Lai-Cheong BMedSci(Hons) MBBS PhD FRCP is a UK trained expert dermatology consultant based at the Bridge Clinic in Maidenhead and the Princess Margaret Hospital in Windsor. He uses the latest technology in mole checks and offers a full skin cancer screening and dermatology service. Skin cancer has reached epidemic proportions in the United Kingdom. In 2014, there were an estimated 150,000 people diagnosed with a skin cancer. Among these were 15,000 cases of melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, which accounted for approximately 2000 deaths. There are 3 main types of skin cancer, namely basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and melanoma. BCC and SCC are commonly referred to as non-melanoma skin cancer and are named after the cells in the skin from which they are derived. Melanoma arises from melanocytes, which are the cells that produce pigment in the skin. BCC is a slowly growing pearly looking red plaque or spot usually found on sun exposed skin and often bleeds and scabs repeatedly (Fig 1). SCC is a rapidly growing skin lesion, usually also found on sun exposed sites and can look like a red nodule with variable amounts of scaling or a non-healing ulcer on


the skin (Fig 2). Finally, the most dangerous skin cancer, melanoma, can resemble an “ugly” mole, often with multiple colours on the skin (Fig 3).



Special attention should be paid to a mole that is changing in size, shape and colour or a new mole in an adult. One should also be aware of pre-cancerous lesions such as lentigo maligna which can look like an expanding freckle such as on the face, and solar keratosis which presents as a red scaly patch or spot on the forehead, scalp and back of the hands. A lentigo maligna can transform into a melanoma while a solar keratosis can develop into a SCC. The main risk factors for skin cancer are excessive sun exposure, episodes of sunburn and sunbed use. A family history of skin cancer, large numbers of moles, and pale skin are other important factors. It is therefore vital sun protection starts at an early age with the use of appropriate clothing and sunscreens. What is a mole check and why is it important? A mole check starts with a thorough history of the patient’s risk factors and lesions of concern. A full skin check is performed and each mole is checked using a specialized imaging device called a dermatoscope, which allows the identification of early changes. Suspicious moles are removed under local anaesthetic and sent for testing. Other moles which display early suspicious changes are photographed and archived for future comparison. Patients with a lot of moles are then recommended to have a mole map. Skin cancer is highly preventable if the following recommendations are followed. First, it is important that patients perform skin self-examination every few months to look out for changes in their existing moles or check if they have developed a new skin lesion. Secondly, it is important to be proactive about getting the lesion checked as soon as possible. Finally, it is vital to get your skin checked on a regular basis by an expert, for example, once a year or more frequently depending on the individual’s risk factors. For appointments with Dr Joey Lai-Cheong, please email or telephone the Bridge Clinic on 01628 760 900. for more information

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here’s what you need to know about DVT By Lucy Maddox

It’s summer holiday season, and while jetting off somewhere sunny is all about fun and relaxation, planes can come with their own set of health risks. The first to spring to mind is deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a blood clot that develops in one of your body’s deep veins, usually in the leg. It can occur on dry land, but is associated with flying - mainly long-haul flights - due to sitting in one position for so long. “The human body was designed for movement, not to stay still. Prolonged sitting - staying in one position for a long period of time - adds to the static load on our musculoskeletal system, and prevents effective circulation of blood through your body,” explains Jay Brewer, professional head of Clinical Wellbeing at Nuffield Health. While it is more common in older age groups (DVT affects around one in every 1,000 people, mostly over-40s), it can affect younger people, and there are some specific risk factors that may apply to younger women. Generally, the chances of developing a blood clot on a flight are slim, so there’s no need to panic. But it’s worth being clued up about the warning signs, and any circumstances that may mean you need to take extra care. Professor Mark Whiteley, renowned vascular expert and founder of The Whiteley Clinic, says: “While it’s true that as you age and become less active you have a slightly higher risk of blood clots, some of the patients we see are in their 20s and 30s. “Also, while women have an increased chance of developing blood clots due to lifestyle factors such as pregnancy, or taking birth control, research has found that men actually have a higher rate of developing DVT naturally.” Having a condition or treatment that can cause your blood to clot more easily, such as cancer (and chemotherapy and radiotherapy), heart and lung disease or

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inflammatory bowel disease, should also be considered as factors in the possibility of developing DVT. If you’re concerned or unsure, speak to your GP for advice. The symptoms to look out for Warning signs can include pain, swelling, tenderness, a heavy ache in the affected area and warm, red skin. Often the pain can become more severe when you bend your foot upwards towards the knee. If you notice any possible symptoms, it’s important to get it checked with a medical professional as soon as possible. If a blood clot’s suspected or diagnosed, you may need anticoagulant medicine to reduce further clotting and stop any existing clots getting bigger. The condition is highly treatable, but in more severe cases and without prompt treatment, serious complications can sometimes occur - including pulmonary embolism, where a piece of the clot breaks off and travels through your bloodstream into your lungs.

What you can do to help prevent DVT A number of things are recommended to decrease the likelihood of DVT while flying. Compression socks can help speed up blood flow in the veins, which can cut the risk of clots, and are an especially good idea on long-haul flights. Try not to stay in your seat in one position for too long either - have a stretch and move your feet and legs frequently, even when you’re stuck in your chair. “I always advise people to keep as active as possible when flying, and ensure you walk up and down the cabin aisle at least once per hour,” says Whiteley. Stopping smoking and keeping generally fit and healthy helps too.

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Get away for the weekend to Hotel Sol Ibiza By Lisa Haynes

t’s almost party time on the White Isle. From rooftop extravaganzas to daybed chilling at Sol House Ibiza, which boasts a curated day-tonight soundtrack

Outside, the property is all bleached wood decking and white Bali beds, while inside there are inviting chill-out zones to nurse a hangover. As a flagship Mixed By hotel, your ears are treated to a curated soundtrack by Ibiza Rocks DJs that match the mood of the day. With its infinity pool and giant beanbags ‘Sol Sets’ at Rooftop Nine is the ultimate hangout to enjoy cocktails and DJ-spun tunes as you watch that Balearic sunset.


The hotel has 275 uber-modern rooms, from standard ‘House Room’ to ‘House Party Room’, with extras like a Bluetooth speaker tower so you can blast out your own tunes. Junior Suites are spacious with sea views and the glass shower is positioned in the middle of the room.

This new(ish) island hotspot was fully renovated in 2016 to make it Instagramworthy, wherever you look. The lobby even has a resident white rhino statue to pose with for some super striking shots.



The hot and cold breakfast buffet, served until the night-owl appropriate 11am, is vast. There’s no skimping on Beachside Pool portions, either, with house salads so huge they’ll fill you up until post-party pizza.


There’s no spa, but you’ll find a swish, air-conditioned gym that faces out to the Beachside Pool - all the inspiration you need for an Ibiza beach body.


If you’ve heard of Ibiza Rocks, this hotel collaboration is the tamer, scenic version. It’s more of a chilled crowd at Sol House Ibiza, but you can crank up the party vibes at its sister property, Ibiza Rocks (in the heart of San Antonio), where you get exclusive privileges. ‘Mixologists’, the in-the-know concierge team, will keep you up to speed with the island’s pool parties and nightclub guest DJs during your stay.


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El Megano Beach

There’s more to Cuba than Havana cigars, salsa shows and classic American cars. As Thomson launches direct flights to Santa Clara, Hannah Stephenson discovers a quieter but no less colourful side of this Caribbean island. The first thing that strikes me about Cuba is the colour - the pastel blues and fuchsia pinks of the old colonial buildings, the colourful cigar-smoking street characters carrying songbird cages or selling home-made paper cones filled with peanuts, the classic American cars with their polished chrome bumpers. And, oh, the music. It seems that around every corner and in every town square there’s a band playing salsa, son, or some other derivative, a brightly coloured bata drum being slapped or a guitar plucked to create those famous Afro-Cuban vibes. The rhythm just gets under your skin. The colour doesn’t end there. I spy pink flamingos and red-headed turkey vultures en route to our destination of Cayo Santa Maria, an islet off the north coast of Cuba, connected to the mainland by a 48km causeway which slices through miles of shallow waters, shrublands and a winding network of mangroves on either side. Once at the resort, it’s the colour of the sea which takes my breath away. Walking along a small stretch of the virtually empty 10km beach, the water is not just blue, but rich, bright, show-stoppingly turquoise against an endless azure sky,

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a froth of gentle waves completing the truly brochure-style image. No camera filters needed here for Instagram or selfies. Everything you soak in really is as vivid as it seems. Even the magnolia-hued sand, which feels like finely sifted flour underfoot, doesn’t get hot in the sizzling sun, because it’s coral lime, which doesn’t absorb the heat. So there’s no ungainly hopping to the water if you forget your flip-flops. The beach is undoubtedly one of the main draws of Cayo Santa Maria, an island 16km long by 2km wide, which opened its first hotel in 2001 and is now home to 12 all-inclusive high-end hotels, including the Royalton, a luscious five-star tropical haven, accented by royal palms, rose pink hibiscus and pink and white-flowered walkways. While Cuba’s capital Havana has developed rapidly over the last few years to keep pace with tourism, and the popular beach resort Varadero has become a hotel hotspot, Cayo Santa Maria is coming along at a slower pace, giving the visitor a much gentler introduction to this colourful country. Yet access is becoming easier for UK residents. Thomson Airways has just introduced direct Dreamliner flights from Manchester to Santa Clara airport, a two-hour drive away from where I’m staying, giving British visitors another point of entry and more scope for exploring the lesser known treasures of the island. These include the second largest coral reef in the world, making Cayo Santa Maria, in the Jardines del Rey archipelago - a group of keys earmarked for tourist development - a magnet for divers and snorkelers. Living Along The Thames | JULY /AUGUST 2017

Las Brujas Marina

Municipal Museum

Joining a dive boat from the state-owned Marina Gaviota at Cayo Las Brujas, (20 minutes away in the car), we head east for the Herradura dive site, where I’m instantly engulfed in an underwater garden of corals, aquatic plants and colourful tropical fish. Here, purple sea fans waft in the gentle current alongside brain coral, while electric blue damselfish, snappers and yellow-gold striped grunt dart in and out of leafy, stinging fire coral. Among the bigger fish, chunky groupers glide heavily around khaki green sea rods, which resemble oversized pipe cleaners, while steel grey barracuda lurk immobile between rocks, waiting to strike when an unsuspecting school of smaller fish swim past. There has been some coral bleaching, but when the Cold War ended and the Soviets ceased economic investment and trade in 1991, Cuba couldn’t afford fertilisers and pesticides, and so had to conduct organic farming, which had a beneficial effect on corals and reduced nutrient pollution. There are other good diving opportunities in Cuba, the largest Caribbean island and about the size of the UK. The sprawling Jardines de la Reina (Gardens of the Queen), an underwater national park covering around 850 square miles off the south coast, is home to turtles,sharks and endangered corals, and is designated a marine protected area. So far, Cayo Santa Maria and nearby keys don’t seem to have suffered too much from the tourist footprint, further demonstrated when I explore the stunning nearby coastline of Cayo Ensenachos and Cobos on a catamaran, anchoring off deserted beaches where palm-sized salmon-coloured starfish

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and huge lobster-pink conch are the only things blocking my sandy path. Back at the hotel there’s a good range of activities, including yoga on the beach, kayaking or Hobie Cat sailing, followed by rum-slathered massages (yes, they do have them) in the hotel spa. Tourism on the cayos is expanding. There’s already a dolphinarium off the causeway and plans for a golf course and a water park, so people who want a Robinson Crusoe-style paradise beach, peppered with some throwback colourful culture should visit sooner rather than later. Despite the 45-minute journey from the key to the mainland, you can’t go to Cuba without at least exploring the brilliant and broken colonial towns stuck in a Fifties timewarp, while trying to understand a communist system where a doctor earns the same as a dustman. Havana is six hours away from Cayo Santa Maria, so requires an overnight stay, but other old cities can be done in a day, including the relaxed, stylish, colonial splendour that is Trinidad in the south, threeand-a-half hours away, and Santa Clara, the provincial capital where you can still see the bullet holes on the Santa Clara Libra Hotel, which bear the scars of the historic battle where guerilla Che Guevara led the revolution to triumph, toppling the Batista regime in 1959. The closest city to the resort is Caibarien, just off the causeway, an old port where fisherman still endeavour to make a living catching crabs, oysters and sponges, crumbling multi-coloured buildings try in vain to cling on to their former glory, and a brass band plays valiantly in the town square, determined that the show must go on. And then, we are whisked away to a rumba gathering, a Sunday lunchtime party involving plenty of rum, Afro-Cuban rhythms and hip-swivelling dancing. So much colour, in fact, that I need to put on my shades yet again.

Royalton, Cayo Santa Maria

Travel Facts Hannah Stephenson was a guest of Thomson (; 0871 230 2555) who offers seven-night holidays to Cayo Santa Maria staying at Thomson’s Platinum 5T Royalton Cayo Santa Maria on an all-inclusive basis from £1,507 per person. Price is based on two adults sharing and includes flights from Manchester on September 12, 2017 and transfers.

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Olverum Bath Oil travel sets £16 for 9 baths | Liberty, Conran, Harvey Nichols, Fenwick BRYT Day Cream SPF15 | 50ml £18.50

Murad City Skin Age Defense SPF50 £45 Overnight Detox Moisturiser £65

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Colgate Pro Clinical Pocket-Pro travel Size Electric Toothbrush £69.99 | Dr.Ceuticals | Beach Perfect Body Firmer £19.99 Sculpting Cellulite Treatment £14.99 | Neck and Chest Lift Cream £19.99 |

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Protect your hair this Summer Welcome to my summer column! I’ve taken up my role as the newly elected President of the Fellowship for British Hairdressing (I’m only the third woman in its 71 year history!) and I also just found out that I’m a finalist in the Most Wanted Awards’ Colour Expert category, so plenty to celebrate! But before we start sipping mojitos and enjoying the long days with friends and BBQ’s, I wanted to talk about the importance of protecting your hair in the summer sun… While the majority of us wouldn’t dream of going into the sun without sunscreen on our skin, it amazes me how many people don’t think their hair needs the same protection. You should think of your hair as being just as vulnerable and get into the habit of applying UV protection. Your hair is made up of protein and moisture and when you expose it unprotected to the sun you’re effectively burning it. The sun opens the cuticle and then draws out the moisture drying it out and leaving it frazzled and coarse - it’s comparable to when skin goes dry and flaky and falls off. It’s like exposing hair to a constant hairdryer which you know isn’t good... Don’t forget your scalp! Our skin is so sensitive on our scalps, and it’s the area that’s most exposed to sun as it’s on the top of your head - don’t miss it out when you’re applying sun protection. Don’t think of hair protection as being greasy or as limiting your styling options, you can incorporate a heavier cream into a slicked style or ponytail, or if you don’t want to look like you have anything in your hair then many shampoos and conditioners contain UV protection - combine with a spray protector straight after your hair wash. I personally like to apply a good leave-in conditioner in the sun, it has the added bonus of leaving hair really deeply conditioned because you’re harnessing the sun’s rays for good - they open the hair’s cuticle but instead of then burning the hair, the conditioner is penetrating and treating the cuticle. If you’re lucky enough to be poolside this summer, make sure you wash the chlorine out of your hair everyday. If you don’t, you’ll get a build up and blonde hair will go green! If this happens, don’t be tempted to try and counteract it with a purple shampoo – this is designed to remove brassiness but NOT green tones and will actually make it worse. Instead, slap on some ketchup, which works wonders: the combination of vinegar and red colouring will really tone it down. My other top tip is to have your hair colour done pre-holiday, or if not, pop into your salon for an intensive treatment to keep hair smooth and nourished. Have a gorgeous summer, and I’ll be back in the Autumn talking all things hair! Karine Jackson

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Phil Smith | under 100ml | Total Treat Argan Oil £4 | Glam Shine Glossing Serum £4 | Curly Locks Control Cream £4 | Big it Up! Mousse £2.50 Moroccanoil Moisture | Repair Shampoo 75ml £6.45 and Conditioner 75ml £6.95

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Glorious Autumn! We move towards glorious Autumn now, my favourite season after Spring! It’s when we have the perfect opportunity to layer up, cover up and experiment with different shades (earthy tones), the perfect reason to shop for new clothes. I have chosen two dresses that you can wear during the day or in the evening, meeting friends for lunch or at the office. You can always wear thick opaque tights and hide a multitude of sins and still look stylish.

Dune | Cliopatra | £80

The perfect tote to keep all your belongings in one place and add another texture to your outfits. All of these garments can work for you separately or combined and will also work beautifully with your old favourites. Wrap up warm and find your style Arzu x

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Bag | River Island

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Arzu Kara | Kara Chantilly lace dress | £145

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Accessorize | Foiled Leather Printed Tote | £85

Oliver Bonas | Suede Leather Mix Gloves | £39

Arzu Kara | Sylvie Polka dot Dress | £190

Very | Short Faux Fur Coat | £75

Deichmann UK | Grey flat ankle boot | £24.99

Laura Ashley | Fit and Flare Coat | £15

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We Asked An Expert All The Questions

you’re too Embarrassed to ask about Bras Some women find bra fittings an awkward experience. Baring your bra to the fitter and finding a style which suits you and fits properly can feel a bit out of your comfort zone. On top of that, we’re always being told most women are wearing the wrong size, so it’s no wonder we can feel a bit clueless about bras, even though we wear them on a daily basis. So we asked Tori Crisp, garment technologist at Figleaves, to answer the questions you’ve always wanted to know. HOW OFTEN SHOULD I GET MEASURED? It’s important to ensure you are wearing a correctly fitting bra, so I would recommend checking at least every six months. Check the fit of even relatively new bras, as they can become less elastic over time. If you have lost or gained weight, check your fit more regularly. HOW CAN I TELL IF MY BRA FITS PROPERLY? When wearing a correctly fitting bra, the centre front should sit flush against the ribcage but without digging in and your breasts should fit securely in the

underwire. The cups should fully encase your breasts with no spilling out or sitting away. The straps should sit comfortably on your shoulder, with the majority of the support coming from the underband. It should be snug, supportive and sit level without riding up. ARE UNDERWIRES BAD FOR YOU? Breast health is vital and therefore wearing a bra that fits correctly is extremely important. Underwires should follow the shape of the breasts but should not sit on the breast tissue. WHEN SHOULD I THROW OLD BRAS OUT IN FAVOUR OF NEW ONES? Most bras contain elastane, a material that stretches over time. This is why it is recommended to have a few bras on the go, rather than wearing one bra three days in a row. It is also recommended to fit on the loosest hook and eye, as this allows the wearer to tighten the underband when the bra is becoming worn. Washing can help revert the fabrics back to their natural shape, but over-washing can cause the opposite effect.

With regular wear and washing, a bra can last six months. IS IT BAD TO SLEEP IN A BRA? It is not recommended to sleep in a bra, as the underwire may move, damaging breast tissue and restricting lymph nodes. There are a number of sleep bras available, which are soft but give a supportive feel. Hidden support nightwear is also a great alternative, as they will often have built-in shelves to help support the bust when sleeping. CAN I WASH THEM IN THE WASHING MACHINE AND KEEP THEM LOOKING GOOD? In order to keep your bras at their best, it is very important to follow the care instructions on the care label. If the label advises the bras to be machine-washed, I’d recommend putting them in a delicates bag to stop them getting tangled up with other garments. Ensure they’re washed on a low delicates setting with mild detergents designed for delicate fabrics.

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The most important Shade trends of the last 60 Years

Audrey Hepburn during a primrose Jaguar Sports Car event in Paris

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Jackie Onassis

Kate Moss at Burberry catwalk Show, London courtesy Dominic Lipinski

Spice Girls courtesy John Stillwall

Ella Eyre - Teatum Jones Autumn/winter 17 London Fashion Week | isobel Infantes

From Fifties cat-eyes to modern minimalism, we look back at six decades of sunglasses. Since sunglasses as we know them were invented, back in the 1920s, all manner of shades have come in and out of fashion, prompted by celebs, subcultures and catwalk collections. But now, there are a handful of designs that so epitomise a particular era that they’re pretty much permanently in vogue, from aviators to wraparounds, here are the vintage classics throughout the decades.

John Lennon & George Harrison from The Beatles

Princess Diana in Abu Dhabi | Ron Bell

1960s: Wayfarers

1980s: Aviators

Reportedly the best-selling sunglasses of all time, Ray-Ban Wayfarers initially had their heyday in the Sixties, spurred on by James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause, but they’ve enjoyed a major renaissance in the last decade.

Originally designed by Ray-Ban for US military pilots in the 1930s, aviator sunglasses have had spikes of popularity in almost every decade, the most notable being a major sales uplift after the release of the box office smash Top Gun in 1986 - and they’re still going strong.

The originals were black opaque plastic, but now Wayfarers (and similar square frames) come in a multitude of prints and patterns.

1950s: Cat Eye

1970s: Oversized

Cat eye sunglasses are characterised by teardrop-shaped frames, sometimes with embellishments on the corners, and were beloved of beehive-sporting ladies in the Fifties, as well as iconic actresses like Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe.

Jackie Onassis was the pioneer of gigantic paparazzi-shielding shades, a trend which endured throughout the Seventies and has since been adopted by similarly camera-averse celebs like Victoria Beckham and Kate Moss.

In its most angular form, this distinctive shape suits those with a round or square face, but a more subtle feline curve can suit anyone.

Whether round, oval, square or anything in between, oversized sunnies instantly lend their wearer an air of aloofness.

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1990s: Small and sporty When the backlash against the excess of the Eighties hit, sunglasses were downsized as sporty wraparound styles reigned - and with the 1990’s resurgence in full swing, it’s about time that the era’s eyewear got a look-in.

2000s: Retro meets modern Today, sunglasses are cooler than ever as designers blend the styles of the past and dream up chic new shapes each season. Chances are these extravagant and embellished beauties won’t have the same staying power as an aviator or a cat eye, but for a seasonal style shake-up, there’s nothing better.

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five minutes with...

Julia Stiles

Julia Stiles heads up the cast of Riviera, a glamorous new10-part series on Sky Atlantic. The actress talks to Susan Griffin about filming on location, the luxury of spending so much time with her character and the item she splashed out on in the hope of learning. THE SERIES HAS GREAT WRITERS, INCLUDING NEIL JORDAN AND JOHN BANVILLE. WHAT WERE YOUR FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF THE SCRIPT? I remember thinking that it was very poetic in a way that I hadn’t seen in a screenplay before. It was really intriguing and I loved the setting. There’s such a nice contrast between what the characters are going through and what they’re doing versus the beautiful, glamorous setting of the Riviera. TO WHAT EXTENT DO YOU EVER BUILD UP A BACKSTORY FOR YOUR CHARACTER? I only really build up a backstory or flesh out details of things that I think are going to apply on screen and are relevant to the story we are telling. So, for example, what happens to a character on her fifth birthday probably doesn’t matter, but in this situation, knowing where Georgina came from in terms of her education, her upbringing, wealth and class I thought was relevant. Her relationship with her father was relevant because she talks about it a little bit and I think it affects her view, in hindsight, of her marriage. WAS IT EXCITING TO BE ABLE TO EXPLORE SO MANY DIFFERENT SIDES TO GEORGINA OVER 10 EPISODES? Yes, I’ve never worked on anything for this long and never played a character for this amount of screen time, so inevitably you get to do more. I was really excited at how much I got to do with Georgina. It’s really rare. It’s a privilege to play a sophisticated lead in a show and have the opportunity to play her in all different situations. At times she is naive and at other times she is cunning. WHAT CHARACTERISTICS OF GEORGINA’S DO YOU MOST ADMIRE? Her resilience. One question that would come up is, ‘Why doesn’t she just leave

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[her marriage]?’ Of course there would be no show if she did but she insists on fighting for her understanding of her marriage, her understanding of what happens and also her position in the household. I admire that. I think that takes a lot of strength and courage. WHAT WAS IT LIKE FILMING IN THE FRENCH RIVIERA? It was amazing. It was such a privilege and a delight to be living there for seven months. I would live there permanently if I could. It’s just a lovely place in all seasons. Everything from the language and working with a French crew to the food and the landscape, it was such an adventure. IS THE RIVIERA REALLY FILLED WITH GLITZ AND GLAMOUR? There’s a mix. There are expensive yachts and estates but there is also a middle class. There are also many people who seem to live very simply. Nice is more diverse in terms of economics than some of the neighbouring towns but there is obvious wealth in the Riviera that I haven’t seen in America. There’s new money in the United States but there’s old money in Europe. DID YOU ENJOY WORKING AS PART OF AN ENSEMBLE CAST? It was fantastic. They’re all so talented. It was a delight working with Lena Olin in particular. She’s such a formidable woman. And the actors who play the Clios children were all unique and interesting. WAS IT THE FIRST TIME YOU HAD MET MANY OF YOUR FELLOW CASTMATES? Yes, it was the first time I’d met any of them. I also had many scenes with Adrian Lester, who not only directed us in two episodes but is such a talented actor and a fun and kind person to be around. I really enjoyed my scenes with him and I enjoyed being directed by him too.

GEORGINA’S WARDROBE IS INCREDIBLE. DID YOU GET TO KEEP ANY OF THE OUTFITS? I did purchase some of the clothing and there was a store nearby that had beautifully curated designer clothing that would become my temptation. I’m becoming interested in fashion more and more. I treat it almost like art. GIVEN GEORGINA IS AN EXPERT CURATOR, DID YOU LEARN A LOT ABOUT THE ART WORLD AS PART OF YOUR RESEARCH? I was curious about how you price art and so I did some research in preparation for the show by speaking to some curators and dealers about how that works. That was really interesting to me. WHAT KIND OF ART DO YOU HAVE IN YOUR HOME? I find the business side of the art market interesting but it’s not what I would put in my home. I really like pieces that have sentimental value to me. For instance I have a piece of graffiti art that I got from the last Jason Bourne movie. I like things like that, that provoke memories or are inspiring. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST EXTRAVAGANT PURCHASE? I spend more of my money on experiences like travel. But I bought a piano, even though I don’t really even play the piano. I bought it with the intention of learning!

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won’t give you crazy tanlines These swimsuits are fabulous and flattering, but don’t involve cut-outs, mesh or multiple straps While the majority of us wouldn’t dream of going into the sun After years playing second fiddle to the two-piece, the swimsuit is well and truly back on the fashion map, and we couldn’t be happier one-pieces are infinitely more flattering than itsy bitsy bikinis. From luxury to bargain and plus size, here are 11 fabulous one-pieces to rock this summer...

Red Herring Black Floral Print Swimsuit, £22.40 (was £32), Debenhams

J by Jasper Conran Orange Halter Neck Tummy Control Swimsuit, £29.40 (was £42), Debenhams

Peacocks Blue Bandeau Swimsuit, £14 (was £20)

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Ted Baker Gem Garden Cupped Swimsuit, £80, House of Fraser

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Robyn Lawley Padded Cup Swimsuit, £129.99,

Jane Norman Spearmint Textured Low Back Swimsuit, £25

Paolita Mughal Swimsuit, £195, Animal Bocaccio Swimsuit, £50

Figleaves Monaco Lux Underwired Bandeau Tummy Control Swimsuit, £42

Viva Voluptuous Arielle Plus Size Swimsuit, £47

Sixty Ninety Absinthe Margarita One Piece, £60

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in July 2017 Aquarius January 21 - February 18 July’s full moon in Capricorn on the 9th falls in a rather introspective part of your chart. Although planetary action in your work sector is set to stir up ideas for new projects, you might not feel quite ready to take on new responsibilities. The Leo new moon on the 23rd brings rewarding relationships. Pisces February 19 - March 20 Love and romance is in the spotlight for July as trends suggest that a rewarding time is coming your way. Be sure to spend time with your favourite person and enjoy the lighter side of life. Interesting social opportunities may come from unexpected directions. Aries March 21 - April 20 July is the best month to focus on your home and family as the Sun illuminates the home loving sign of Cancer and your ruler, energetic Mars, brings vitality for new projects. The full moon on the 9th highlights your ambitions and the new moon on the 23rd may bring romance to your doorstep! Taurus April 21 – May 21 Your ruler, romantic Venus, remains in your sign until the 5th and then moves on into versatile Gemini. Relationships will be the most exciting part of life and a love affair, or a friendship could turn out to be very reassuring. The Leo new moon on the 23rd brings your home into focus. Gemini May 22 - June 21 Idealistic Venus moves into your sign on the 5th bringing both optimism and joy. The key to happiness, especially in personal relationships, comes from just being yourself and letting the world know

who you are. The Sun and Mars are strong for you right now and confidence is high. Cancer June 22 - July 22 July is your birthday month as the Sun and dynamic Mars in your sign give you a much awaited energy boost. Practical matters look encouraging and you’ll be ready to put in quite a lot of hard work. The new moon on the 23rd illuminates your financial sector, there could well be a lucky break. Leo July 23 - August 23 Communicative Mercury moves into your sign on the 6th, making this an excellent month for new ideas and initiatives. It’s a great time to reach out and make contact with others, particularly in the business world. Mars arrives in Leo on the 23rd offering renewed energy and drive. Virgo August 24 - September 22 July starts with the Sun, Mars and Mercury highlighting your friendships and your social life. Group interaction may be especially rewarding and an exchange of ideas and information may boost your personal objectives. The Capricorn full moon on the 9th brings creative opportunities your way. Libra September 23 - October 23 July’s planetary line up illuminates the highest point of your chart. Prepare and be organised ahead of any new opportunities that may soon arise. Mystical Neptune is strong for you right now, be sure to take this opportunity to follow any new creative insights. Scorpio October 24 - November 22 Planetary activity during July are ensuring that you have itchy feet and are ready

THE COSMOS DURING JULY July brings the sensitive and emotional sign of Cancer to the forefront allowing insight and intuition to be at an all-time high. This is the perfect time for tuning in and reflecting on your hopes and dreams. Venus, the love planet, arrives in versatile and curious Gemini on the 5th , offering fun and games for all! The full moon is in Practical Capricorn on the 9th, this powerful full moon us aligned with transformational Pluto and could turn out to be a pivotal time for world events. Mercury arrives in Leo on the 6th preparing for the creative and dramatic Leo energy to come later in the month. This cycle really gets going with the fabulous Leo new moon on the 23rd.

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for some exciting new adventures. The winds of change may be blowing away some cobwebs in your personal life – it could be time to make a clean break and put something firmly in the past. Sagittarius November 23 - December 21 Stern Saturn in your sign until the end of the year, makes a positive aspect to unpredictable Uranus in Aries. Don’t be afraid to pursue personal freedom and seek out others who are unconventional or interesting in some way. It’s a good time to make significant long-lasting changes. Capricorn December 22 - January 20 The full moon in your sign on the 9th sets the tone for the month ahead. This is a time when you can benefit from a more extrovert approach than usual, and be open to new information from social contacts. You may find that you are more intuitive and resourceful with major decisions

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Red Kites fly high over the Thames When you have been away for a little while, you get to see somewhere you know very well, from a different perspective.

We know the Thames Valley well, having both grown up here. Having spent some time away, we came back to the river via the M40. As you approach Oxford, you start to see Red Kites in the skies. It set us thinking, just how common a sight this now is. It wasn’t that many years ago, well perhaps it was. I remember spending a summer holiday in Wales, as a teenager. Dad, a keen bird watcher got very excited one day, as he pointed out, a tiny dot in the distance, pronouncing it to be a Red Kite. His words are still remembered, “Take a good look, it will probably be the last time you see a Red Kite”. And so it would have been; as Red Kite numbers suffered due to a combination of human persecution and activities. By the time we holidayed in Wales, taxidermist, egg collectors, & Rabbit myxomatosis, had left a population of about 20-50

breeding pairs in the whole country.

Then perhaps, one of the most successful conservation projects of the 20th Century took place. Meaning we can watch Red Kites in the Thames Valley today. In 1989 the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) (now Natural England) selected two areas, the Chilterns and the Black Isle in Scotland, as potential release sites. Having met strict criteria set out by the World Conservation Union, Red Kite chicks from Spain, where there is a healthy population, were brought into these areas to try and form a new population. Over 5 years, around 90 birds were relocated to the Chilterns. Being first put into wooden release pens. Then once the chicks became accustomed to their new environment and given a clean bill of health, released into the countryside. Successful breeding of the released birds began in 1992. From the original release, it is now estimated

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there are 1000 breeding pairs. They have become so common that they are no longer closely monitored. But a team of experienced volunteers monitor the population on an ongoing basis. Over 25 years the release and breeding program has been such a success that about 270 Red Kite chicks born in the Chilterns have gone on to populate other areas. These chicks are helping to re-establish populations all across the country. These types of re-introduction

can only be successful with dedication. We must support these efforts and with the help of many people all working together we can bring back animals and habitats that were once common. Red Kite numbers are on the increase everywhere. To more and more people they are becoming a common sight, in the skies above. For Loretta, who loved watching the Red Kites. Jacky & Mark Bloomfield

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HOW TO LOOK AFTER your lawn in summer Does your lawn look lacklustre and forlorn in summer? We show you how to perk it up Summer is the time when your lawn gets a hammering - from kids, garden party guests and pets. So, when the heat is on, how do you keep your grass looking great? “After a particularly mild winter, where weeds may have taken hold in spring, warmer temperatures from June to August affect how and what you should do to maintain your lawn,� says Steve Taylor, technical lawn expert and adviser to Green Thumb. He offers this simple guide for those wanting their lawns to look in peak condition this summer.

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Maintenance This spring has been dry and cool and we are now into summer - now is not a good time to be doing much in the way of the aeration and scarification. Cut your lawn correctly by not mowing below 25mm in summer. Watering Adapt your watering schedule to the weather. If you do not water the grass, it will dehydrate and a weak lawn will leave an opportunity for weeds and all the wrong types of grass to germinate and grow in it.

Mowing The most common mistakes concern cutting height and when not to cut. When cutting in spring, keep the height at not less than 25mm (1in). In warmer, drier periods raise the height of the cut to 40mm (1.5in), but if it remains really dry and watering is difficult, then up to 50mm (2in). When the grass is not growing and is becoming brittle, do not cut it. If the lawn has become dry, watering is essential if you want to keep it looking good and you may have to increase your watering program to recover the lawn. Only when you start to see the lawn recover, is it time to restart cutting again.

Water using a sprinkler, moving it about the lawn from place to place leaving it in each area for approximately 10 minutes but no longer. Some people soak it once a week but we find it best to start watering before the soil dries out. If the lawn has slight tinges of brown, then get watering now.

Treatments These should be nutrition-based and applied at both the start and towards the end of the summer. By applying an early and late summer treatment, each plant in your lawn will be strengthened to withstand warm conditions and will ensure a healthy and vibrant green coloured lawn for you to enjoy on long summer days.

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Steps To Planting Last-Minute Patio Pots This Summer Perk up your patio with some last-minute pots of colour 1. Check that annuals aren’t pot-bound When choosing bedding, try to avoid plants which have loads of roots sticking out of the bottom of the pot, which indicate the plants have been in there for far too long and can make it tricky to remove the plants from their containers. 2. Make sure plants have good drainage Line the base of pots with drainage holes with crocks (bits of broken pot) or some other material, which will allow free drainage because most patio plants won’t enjoy sitting in water and wet roots. I usually use the polystyrene I bought the bedding plants in because it’s lighter than crocks if you are going to be moving the pots around. Then fill the pot with multi-purpose compost to around three-quarters full, adding water-retaining crystals to the mix. 3. Structure your display Put your main plant in first, which should be taller than the trailers which go around it and will spill over the side of the pot. The tall plant will form the framework for the rest of the display. Firm it in with more compost. Fill around the edges with smaller plants such as trailing lobelia, bacopa and verbena, adding compost as you go. Often people will use a miniature conifer as the tall aspect of the display, but you can just as easily use upright geraniums or osteospermums in smaller containers or more exotic plants like spiky cordylines or exotic-looking cannas if you have bigger pots and want a more tropical-looking display. 4. Feed your plants Add granular feed to the compost mix which should keep it going through summer and beyond - there are many formulas on the market, which help reduce the need for feeding the plant with liquid feed throughout the summer. Many composts also contain water-retaining and feeding elements. 5. Keep them well watered Water newly-planted plants in well. If it’s dry, you will need to water the plants every day and in prolonged dry spells, twice a day. Do it early morning or at dusk to reduce evaporation. Remember that the smaller the pot you use, the more watering the plants will need because there will be limited compost to retain moisture. Go for the largest pots you have to help avoid being a slave to the watering can or hosepipe. You’re not too late for colour - but don’t delay any longer. Living Along The Thames | JULY / AUGUST 2017

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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 2017

Have you seen this plant? It’s the foreign invader damaging our natural environments. Let’s stop it, before it stops your mortgage! Are you applying for a mortgage and not sure if you have Japanese Knotweed? RootsShootsLeaves can perform a site inspection and advise you as to whether Japenese Knotweed is present. It spreads easily, often by accident, and will quickly take hold in a garden and cause damage to structures, driveways and out competes all other plants. If you do have Japanese knotweed RootsShootsLeaves will produce a Management Plan (approved by most Mortgage Companies) including a Survey Report detailing the extent of the weed and what treatment is required to eradicate it allowing you to buy or sell your

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20 MUST-HAVES to sell your home Do you have a hot property? Here are the 20 features that will help to sell your home. The property market can be tricky to read, so if you’re thinking of putting your home up for sale, either now or in the future, how do you know how “saleable” it’s likely to be?

WHAT’S HOT? quizzed more than 2,000 people to find out what they want from a property. It found a home that’s going to stay warm and cosy, and be energy efficient, is a big priority - with both central heating and double

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glazing coming out top in terms of desirability. Many people also cited a new boiler as being a high priority. With many valuables tucked away around the home, security is also high on people’s minds, with secure doors and windows appearing in fourth place on the top 20. Technology is also a key factor. The research suggests many home buyers will want to make sure their home will accommodate their gadgets and keep them connected to the wider world.

Plenty of electrical sockets was found to be paramount, as was a good broadband connection for streaming films, and a living room big enough for a supersized TV.

...AND WHAT’S NOT? There are also quite a few surprises when it comes to what didn’t make the top 20. Despite adding character, period features failed to make the list, suggesting some buyers may be willing to forego charm in favour of

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practicality when it comes to property searches. While nearly two-thirds (65%) of people were concerned with having a garden, a conservatory also failed to make the top 20.


Open plan kitchens and living areas, and homes located near to highly-rated schools, also didn’t make the cut. Research shows that buyers are becoming more financially savvy and are willing to make compromises on the finer details of a property to keep costs down and avoid expensive work in the future.

Here are the top 20 “must-haves” people want to see in a property,according to 1. Central heating 2. Double glazing 3. A garden 4. Secure doors and windows 5. Driveway or dedicated parking space 6. Plenty of electrical sockets 7. Local shops and amenities 8. A good, reliable broadband connection strong enough to stream TV and films 9. Friendly neighbours 10. At least two toilets 11. A bath 12. A good energy efficiency rating 13. A new boiler/central heating system 14. A reliable, clear mobile signal 15. A shower cubicle 16. A garage 17. Cavity wall insulation 18. A landline telephone 19. A living room big enough for a large, flat screen television 20. A dining room Living Along The Thames | JULY / AUGUST 2017

1. Start by deciding on the look of your new staircase - do you want a similar style and materials to your existing one, or something different? While most of us have wooden staircases, don’t overlook other materials, such as metal, glass and concrete, which can work well in a modern property. “When installing a new staircase, we always recommend working with an expert builder or joiner, because aside from the style and design of a staircase, there are a number of building regulations homeowners must comply with,” says Scott Storey, MD of staircase specialist James Grace. “The maximum pitch of the stairs should be 42 degrees, although many people prefer a shallower staircase as it’s easier to climb. There is no minimum width, but in many cases a staircase 86cm-90cm wide is perfect. Anything more than 1m wide will need a handrail on both sides of the stairs.” 2. There are, of course, different types of staircase, including straight, spiral, curved, and cantilevered, where just one side is attached to the wall. Although you’ll probably want to stick to the same type if you’re keeping the staircase in the same place, you may want something different if you’re repositioning it. Moving a staircase is a big and expensive job, but can dramatically improve your home’s layout and flow, so it’s something to consider if the stairs are in the way where they are, or could work better elsewhere. 3. The basic components of a staircase are the treads, which are the horizontal bits you step on; the risers, which are the vertical bits between the treads (staircases without risers are said to have open risers); the handrail; the spindles; and the newel posts, which are the chunky posts that go at either end of a run of spindles. Some staircases have a wall-mounted handrail (without spindles and newel posts), which can be a nice feature in its own right. Changing one part of the staircase may be something you can do yourself - if the original period spindles have been replaced by modern ones that aren’t in keeping, for example. 4. A new staircase can blend in to the room or stand out and make a statement, and it can cost thousands of pounds, so getting the look right and ensuring it’s practical is vital - stairs without a carpet or runner aren’t ideal for young children, for example. “The staircase is a focal part of the home, so it is important to ensure the aesthetic of the staircase fits in with the rest of the decor,” says Storey. “We often find that people forget to consider the space under the stairs, which can be used as additional storage or an open reception area. For halls in need of light, stairs with open risers are the perfect solution.”

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TIPS for Conservatories As long as they’re useable in all weathers, conservatories are a good way to increase your living space and bring the outside in. 1. Conservatories can be used as sitting rooms, playrooms, dining rooms, dens or multifunctional spaces, and can be cheaper than building an extension. The problem is that conservatories are often boiling when it’s hot, and freezing when it’s cold, but it is possible to make them suitable for all seasons. Some conservatories have low brick walls with glazing above, but if you’d prefer a garden room to a conservatory, you can have more brick walls and perhaps a tiled or semi-tiled roof, which makes it easier to insulate. 2. Conservatories are usually located at the back of the house, but if there’s a sunny spot at the side, you may prefer to put yours there. Its position can make a big difference to how usable it is, so consider how the sun moves across the garden during the day. A south-facing conservatory makes the best sun trap and will get extremely hot when it’s warm. 3. It is, of course, a shame to spend all that money on a conservatory and only be able to use it when the weather allows, so efficient heating and cooling systems are a must. Extending the central heating system into the conservatory may not be cheap, but powerful radiators are a

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good way to counter all that glass when it’s cold. Underfloor heating can be an even better solution, as it provides a nice warm floor and an even warmth that radiates upwards. It’s also ideal if there’s little or no space for radiators. Blinds help to insulate a conservatory in winter, as well as keeping it cool in summer. Wall-to-ceiling conservatory blinds tend to be expensive, but can make a big difference to the usability of the room. 4. Like anything, there are different styles of conservatory, from more ornate period-style ones to plainer, more contemporary ones. UPVC conservatories are typically white or wood effect - they’re relatively affordable and require little maintenance. Conservatories made of aluminium are really strong, durable and versatile, but expensive. Wooden conservatories are also expensive and require more maintenance than UPVC and aluminium, but they are natural and environmentally friendly (as long as the wood is sustainably sourced). The best conservatory is one that matches the period and style of your home so it doesn’t look out of place. 5. You often don’t require planning permission to put up a conservatory - adding one to a house is usually considered permitted development (PD), providing you comply with the PD rules and regulations. Visit for what’s allowed.

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TIPS for planning a deck or patio 1. Where your garden gets the sun at different times of the day could make a big difference to how much you’ll use your new deck or patio. The usual place to put it is near the house, so it’s convenient for alfresco dining and entertaining, but there might be a better spot elsewhere. While most of us want a sunny deck or patio, some people prefer one with shade, which might mean putting it at the opposite end of the garden to the house. 2. When deciding on the location of your patio or deck, think about things like drainage, where the doors to the garden are, and if the patio or deck will be overlooked. Also consider the prevailing winds, traffic noise, if any, and what you’ll be looking out on when you sit and relax. 3. Decking is a good way to make sloping gardens usable, as an alternative to creating tiers. By extending the deck out from the house to cover the whole garden, you’ve solved the problem of an awkward, hard-to-use and even potentially dangerous outside space. Decking can also be the best way to cover something that’s already there, such as concrete or a dated patio, because you can go over the top of it. With small, courtyard gardens, decking or paving the whole space makes sense if they’re too small for a lawn.



4. It’s important to have a patio or deck that’s in proportion to the size of the house, and to use colours and materials that work well with the building, unless you want a deliberate contrast. Decking can be built on different levels, with things like built-in benches and planters that make it more practical and interesting. 5. Before you start building your patio or deck, check if any permissions are required. If your home’s leasehold, for example, you may need the freeholder’s consent and also planning permission because flats and maisonettes don’t have permitted development rights. For general advice about planning permission, click on the deck or patio on the Interactive House at, or ask your local council for specific advice about your home.



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Welcome You to their Stunning Showrooms

With this in mind, Ashford Kitchens & Interiors’ highly experienced, professional installers and craftsmen will ensure that they are efficient, tidy and timely and that you are delighted with the end result.

Proudly designing, supplying and installing quality fitted Kitchens, Bedrooms and Home Offices since 1984. Ashford Kitchens & Interiors are an independent family business based in Farnham Common, Buckinghamshire & Ashford, Middlesex. The family run business have a great team who are friendly and keen to help. They offer a free, no obligation design service and their showrooms are the perfect place to get some new ideas and inspiration. Ashford Kitchens & Interiors pride themselves on offering a complete design and fully project managed installation service for kitchens, bedrooms and home offices, utilising high quality cabinetry from leading British manufacturers and a vast range of appliances, specialised

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worktops, glass splashbacks, flooring, tiles and lighting. They also offer kitchens on a supply only basis if required. Delivering and installing your kitchen, bedroom or home office should be timely, efficient and most importantly stress-free for you.

Their specialist installers have many years experience and can cover all aspects including carpentry, electrical, plumbing, gas, tiling, flooring and plastering. They are particularly proud of the quality of their fitter’s workmanship and of course all installations come complete with the relevant Part P electrical or Gas Safety certification. Being a local, family run business Ashford Kitchens & Interiors genuinely care that their customers receive the best possible service and are happy with their experience from the moment they step into the showroom. They pride themselves on their customer service, and the teams’ friendly and professional approach. Ashford Kitchens & Interiors is at 1-2 The Parade, The Broadway, Farnham Common SL2 3QJ and 85, Church Road, Ashford, Middlesex TW15 2PE. Showrooms are open Monday to Saturday, 9am-5.30pm.

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TIPS for loft conversions Converting the loft can make a big difference to your home, but before you start work, ensure you get the right builder and secure any permissions needed 1. As well as general builders, lots of companies specialise in doing loft conversions. These companies often work to a formula, so you get a certain number of sockets, spotlights and windows, etc, and if you deviate from that, or want a different spec, you often end up paying more, or sourcing things yourself. Some loft-conversion specialists quote for their usual formula, while others tailor their quotation to your requirements, which is good, but makes it hard to compare prices. Most leave you with not much more than a shell, but will hold your hand through the process by arranging the architect and building-regulations inspections,etc. 2. Loft conversions can often be done without planning permission, providing your home has permitted development (PD) rights and you stick to the PD rules governing width, height, materials, etc. For example, you can’t create additional roof space of more than 40 cubic metres in a terraced house, or 50 cubic metres in a detached or semi-detached house (visit https://ecab. for a summary of the rules. If the conversion can be done as PD, it’s a good idea to apply to your local council for a lawful development certificate, which is for

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lamborghini huracan performante LAMBORGHINI HAS GIVEN ITS HURACAN SUPER SPORTS CAR A MAKEOVER, WITH TRICK ACTIVE AERODYNAMICS AND EVEN MORE PERFORMANCE. WHAT’S NEW The Performante is based on the already super-quick Huracan supercar, but in order to make it capable of astonishing lap times - it recently broke the production car record at Nurburgring in Germany - the Raging Bull brand has gone to town. As is often the case with such machines, there’s been plenty of weight saving. The Performante is down 40kg on the standard car, with the redesigned exhaust system contributing a large chunk of that. However, the real headline is Lamborghini’s nextlevel active aerodynamic package. Dubbed ALA Aerodinamica Lamborghini Attive - it manipulates the air flowing over, under and through the car to stick it to the road. LOOKS AND IMAGE The standard Huracan is no shrinking violet, but beside the Performante it almost looks subdued. Even standing still, it looks ready to race. The prominent rear wing perched behind the engine hatch, the pointed front nose with its chunky front splitter and the angular cab-forward design combine to give the impression it’s ready to pounce. Inside, the VW Group influence is immediately apparent. The switchgear feels solid and even the more intricate hexagonal flourishes have clearly been built to last. This car has not been put together with comfort in mind, but the standard seats are supportive without being so solid your back will throw in the towel on a long trip. SPACE AND PRACTICALITY In its role as a track-focused supercar, the Huracan Performante gives little regard to space and practicality - almost everything that doesn’t contribute to the act of going quickly is removed. Lift the bonnet and there’s the same 100-litre ‘frunk’ that’s in the garden variety Huracan, which will fit a few shopping bags or luggage for a weekend away. Meanwhile, the cabin’s excellent ergonomics mean the driving position is excellent and the reach and rake adjustments on the steering wheel make it easy to get comfortable. BEHIND THE WHEEL Despite the race car-like looks and violent performance, it’s surprisingly forgiving on road and track and has the ability to make you look like a hero behind the wheel. And Living Along The Thames | JULY / AUGUST 2017

yet it still takes concentration to get the most out of it. When you finally reach the upper echelons of its performance, it’s a genuinely emotional experience. VALUE FOR MONEY It’s hard to consider any car that costs in excess of £200,000 being good value for money, especially when a Porsche 911 GT3 costs nearly £100,000 less and is utterly brilliant. But if you’re able to put such a vast sum of money down on a car, value almost becomes irrelevant. So, what do you get for your money? Inside, there’s plenty of soft Alcantara and racey bucket seats as standard, though ‘comfort’ seats can be used instead. The digital instrument binnacle is a delight, switching the information it shows depending on which drive mode you’re in, and incorporating the satnav seamlessly. For those who really want to splash the cash, the company’s Ad Personum personalisation programme allows near-infinite customisation. WHO WOULD BUY ONE? Wealthy car enthusiasts will naturally be drawn to the Performante thanks to its 10-cylinder, naturally aspirated engine and frankly astonishing aerodynamic technology. Darren Casey

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Dogs on your phone If you are a dog owner, the chances are you have a few photos of your furries on your phone. Some of us have very little else! However, you may not be aware of how many other dog related items are available for your phone. Just about every activity that you can be involved in with your dog now has an app, or often several apps, designed to provide support, including training, diet, exercise, dog walks, holidaying, taking better photos to name, but a few. So, should you take a look at any of these? Well possibly, so here is brief introduction of some that are out there. Tracking dog walks take many forms. In fact, you don’t need an app specifically for dog walking if you are just looking to see how long your favourite routes are and track calories used – yourself that is! To monitor your dog’s activity, you need one specifically for this purpose where small units are attached to the dog’s collar and data is sent to your phone. Options include PitPat (UK designed), WonderWoof (USA designed) and DogMonitor (Czech designed). With an increasingly obese and unfit dog population, this type of tool could help with making sure your dog is getting enough of the right kind of exercise for its age, and breed. It will also monitor your dog’s activity when you are not at home so you can tell if there is possibly some anxiety pacing going on. With the capacity to count calories, it also lets you see which type of exercise you dog finds the most challenging. Some apps, such as WonderDog and DogMonitor offer a complete package including fitness tracking, calendar service and connections to local dog communities.

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Dog calendar apps allow you to log whether the dog has been fed so that the ‘poor starving dog’ aka Labrador, doesn’t con another family member to give them their breakfast or dinner a second time! They will alert you to when the next visit to the vet is due, groomers appointments, when your dog might be in season and so on. In busy households, it can be a good idea to hold all this information in one place and have to remind you and avoid any embarrassments. The number of dog tracking devises on the market has grown exponentially and at the same time the price has come down significantly. Some require you to subscribe to a service and others do not. Those that rely on a mobile network signal may be of less use in more rural parts of the country where signal availability can be very patchy. GPS based apps tend to be more widely applicable. Options include Kippy, Dog Tracker Nano, (UK designed), Tractive (Austrian) , PodTracker (USA designed) to name just a few. Some dog walking services use GPS tracking when they are out with your dog so you can monitor the amount of exercise your dog is actually getting. If, horror of horrors, your dog runs away from the walking service, they can be tracked by them and you. Should your dog be on a restricted walking regime for any reason, you can monitor that the walker is not over doing it.

Want to know what you dog gets up to when you are not there? Or perhaps you’ve a dog that is presenting challenging behaviour when you are not about, such as separation anxiety barking. Petcube is a home video system that records activity using motion and sound sensors to switch on the camera which sends an alert to your phone so can see immediately whether your dog is in distress. DogMonitor also has a video function in its capabilities. Perhaps one of the most exciting developments in the world of dog related apps is the veterinary use of apps to support the home management of chronic conditions. The Royal Veterinary College has developed apps to help with the management of epilepsy and diabetes and others are on the way eg for osteoarthritis management. These apps allow you to share data with your vet so that you don’t have to try to remember the recent history of your dog’s condition. Clinical signs can be recorded and checked against norms, quality of life is monitored, exact food calculated and so on. With the consent of owners, their data is anonymously added to a central database, the information from which is helping towards the development of new medication and management strategies for these diseases. So, next time you are photographing your dogs’ antics, just think what else you could be doing with the pocket computer in your hand! Dru Ross

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Sofia Coppola’s La Traviata: Teatro Dell’ 2017 (U) A collaboration between American film-maker Sofia Coppola and Italian haute couture king Valentino comes in the form of a revival of Giuseppe Verdi’s classic opera. Sun 9 Jul, 5.00

Cast in the same mould as Richard Curtis’s rom com Notting Hill, Hampstead is a twee tale of star-crossed lovers across the social divide, who find common ground in a court case over squatters’ rights in verdant and des-res London NW3. It has been a year since Emily Walters (Diane Keaton) lost her philandering husband Charles and she has channelled her grief into volunteer work at a local charity shop. Staring through her binoculars one afternoon, she spies hermit Donald Horner (Brendan Gleeson) in his ramshackle hut on Hampstead Heath. Emily becomes fascinated by the foul-tempered misfit and worms her way into his simple existence. Hampstead is like a glass of expensive champagne that has lost most of its fizz, yet still slips down pleasantly

Donmar Presents Julius Caesar The Donmar Warehouse presents the first part of Phyllida Lloyd’s Shakespeare Trilogy in cinemas, which has been described by The Observer as “one of the most important theatrical events of the last twenty years”. Wed 12 Jul, 6.15 André Rieu’s Maastricht Concert 2017 The King Of Waltz is back for his legendary annual Maastricht concert! Captured live. Sat 22 Jul, 7.00 and Sun 23 Jul, 3.00


THE BOOK OF HENRY Director Colin Trevorrow’s eagerly anticipated follow-up to rampaging dino-blockbuster Jurassic World is a different lumbering beast. Clumsily concocted from equal parts rites-of-passage drama, terminal illness weepie and revenge thriller, The Book Of Henry is that car accident on the other side of the motorway that irresistibly draws eyes that should be concentrating on the road ahead. Susan Carpenter (Naomi Watts) relies on her gifted 11-year-old son Henry (Jaeden Lieberher) to manage the household finances and protect his weakling brother Peter (Jacob Tremblay), while she earns a meagre wage as a diner waitress. When Henry witnesses an unspeakable act in the neighbour’s house, he employs his brilliant mind to conceive the perfect murder of an abusive father. Living Along The Thames | JULY / AUGUST 2017

Glyndebourne: La Clemenza di Tito (12A) Spurned by Tito, Vitellia seeks revenge. Besotted Sesto agrees to avenge her as a token of his love, but all does not go to plan. A brand new take on one of Mozart’s final works. Thu 3 Aug, 6.00 RSC: Titus Andronicus (12A) The decay of Rome reaches violent depths in Shakespeare’s bloodiest play. Blanche McIntyre (The Two Noble Kinsmen) returns to the RSC to direct Shakespeare’s brutal revenge tragedy. Thu 9 Aug, 7.00 NT Live: Yerma (15) The incredible Billie Piper (Penny Dreadful, Great Britain) returns in her Evening Standard Best Actress award-winning role. Thu 31 Aug, 7.00 Regal Picturehouse, 2 Boroma Way, Henley RG9 2BZ 0871 902 5738 |

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Diary Dates July, August & September Sundays + Thursdays: ‘House Chapel Tours’ Let our knowledgeable guides lead you into the famous Cliveden House and the remarkable Octagon Temple Chapel, 15:00-17:00, £2 plus normal admission – 01628 605069. 01 - 31: ‘Danesfield House Hotel Seafood counter Summer pop-up’ Everyday except Monday July - Mid Oct: ‘Contemporary Art Exhibition At Cliveden National Trust, feturing large scale steel sculptures up to 9m high by internationally acclaimed conceptual artist, Bernar Venet 10628605069 |


05-09: ‘Henley Festival’ 06: ‘Finding the First Marlow’ An illustrated talk by Colin Berks MCIfA, illustrating the findings of the first Marlow to date and outline, exciting new excavation plans for 2017 at Liston Hall, Marlow, 20:00, £4.50 – 01628 523896.

14-16: ‘Thames Traditional Boat Festival’ Fawley Meadows | 15+16:’Rebellion Charity Open Weekend’ Rebellion Brewery, Bencombe Farm, Marlow Bottom, SL7 3LT, Free, 11:00-17:00 | 15+16: ‘Wimbledon Weekend in Maidenhead’ Live on the big screen, King St, strawberries & cream, deck chairs etc | 16: ‘Grant & Stone Wycombe Half Marathon and 10K 16: ‘ Fugitive Half Iron Triathlon 07:00-12.30pm | Fugitive Sprint & Olympic Triathlon, 08:00-12.30pm | Fugitive Open Water Swim, 08:35-12:30pm |

08: ‘West Wycombe Summer Fayre & Classic Car Show’ Annual summer fayre in National Trust grounds of West Wycombe, 11:30-16:00. 09: Open Gardens in Bourne End Lunches, Cakes, Cream Teas& Plants, One ticket programme entry to all gardens £5 – Children free, 13:00-18:00 07743 037938 09: ‘Pann Mill Open Day’ The Rye, High Wycombe, see the Mill in Operation, craft and other stalls, 11.00-17.00. 09: ‘Commemoration for 2nd Lt. Frederick Youens VC’ On the 100th anniversary of the death of local Victoria Cross recipient who died at Ypres, War Memorial, All Saints Church, High Wycombe 14:30, where a memorial paving slab will be presented to the town. Drop In to Wycombe Museum to see the reconstructed WW1 trench, opportunities to dress up as a solider and nurse 12:00-17:00. 09: ‘The Henley Mile’ 12am, Temple Island Meadows, Henley 11: Marlow Jazz Club presents Rebellion Big Band Marlow British Legion, 20:30, Admission £8

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16: ‘The Odney Club NGS open Gardens’ Cookham, in aid of Charity, 14:00-18:00, Adults £5, children under 16 free 16: ‘Peter Ripper and All That Jazz’ In a programme of chill-out music for a hot summer’s afternoon. A teatime concert at Christ Church URC, 15.30 with tea and cake. Tickets £10 from or 01628 486227. Living Along The Thames | JULY /AUGUST 2017

Diary Dates 20: ‘Jane Eyre – Open Air Theatre’ At West Wycombe Park. Chapterhouse Theatre Company, 19:30.


21: ‘Stubbings Opera - Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro’ Gates open at 17:30 for picnics, performance 19:30, | Stubbings Estate, Henley Rd, Maidenhead, SL6 6QL

01: ‘Rebellion Brewery Open Night’, All ales currently being brewed available on the night,19.00-21.30, Bencombe Farm, Marlow Bottom, SL7 3LT. All welcome, £12.50pp, BBQ all year round!

21+ 22: ‘Open Air Cinema’ 19:30-12:00, Stonor Park, Oxon

06: Open Days & Events at Taplow Court, The house & gardens will be open from 14:00-17:00, 01628 773163.

22 Jul – 03 Sept: ‘Amazing Summer Adventures at Odds Farm Park!’ from Perilous Pirates to Silly Scientists and Supreme Superheroes, different themed weeks, shows and crafts to enjoy –

06: ‘Lillibrooke Manor Family Fun Day’ In aid of Macmillan Cancer and Reuben’s Fight, 11:00-15:00, Ockwells Rd, Cox Green, Maidenhead, SL6 3LP

22: ‘Stubbings Opera - Puccini’s La Bohème Gates open at 17:30 for picnics, performance 19:30, | Stubbings Estate, Henley Rd, Maidenhead, SL6 6QL 22+23: ‘Maidenhead Festival’ Kidwells Park, free entry

05: ‘Maidenhead Regatta at Maidenhead Riverside’ Entries close 10pm 28th July. Carolyn Smithson 05+18: ‘Maidenhead Heritage Centre - free family fun day’ 10:30-15:30 |

24 Jul – 10 Sept: ‘Stonor Adventure Play Park, Open every day of the summer holidays – 29: ‘Henley Town & Visitors Regatta’ Henley Riverside | 29+30: ‘Live & Unwind at Oakley Court’ free entry, to book 30-31: ‘Deepwood Stud Farm, NGS Open Gardens’, Henley Rd, Stubbings SL6 6QW, in aid of health and nursing charities, 14:-17:00, £4.50, children free 06: ‘Henley Regatta for the Disabled’ Phyllis Court Club, Henley 06: ‘ Thames Marathon’ www.henley/ 13: ‘Danesfield House Hotel Summertime Opera’ 14:00-19:00, 16: ‘The Songbirds 10 Year Anniversary’ At Shelley Theatre, Court Garden, Pound Lane, £10/£8, 17:00 – 07966 613744 Living Along The Thames | JULY / AUGUST 2017

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Diary Dates 26: ‘Marlow Community Market’ Local crafts and produce, refreshments available at Liston Hall, 09:30-13:00. 27: Outdoor Theatre – ‘Billionaire Boy’ Heartbreak Productions bring David Walliams’ book to life in the beauty of the walled garden at Cliveden, 16:00-18:00 – 01628 605069. 31: ‘Bucks County Show’

September 16: ‘The Comedy of Errors – Open Air Theatre’ At West Wycombe Park, The Lord Chamberlain’s Men, the UK’s premier all male theatre company. 17: The Four Seasons ‘A Walk through Burnham Beeches’ A talk by Judy Tipping at Liston Hall, Chapel Street, £2, 14:30. 18: Hurley Regatta Funfair, Stalls, Food & Drink, Boat Racing & Land Based events. 18-20: ‘Rewind Festival’ Temple Island Meadows, Henley-on-Thames. 18-20: ‘ Maidenhead at the Movies’ Kidwells Park, Mhead, Free entry, 4 films per day 20: ‘Marlow Rowers Revenge Triathlon’ 24: Outdoor Theatre – ‘The Secret Garden’ Heartbreak productions bring Frances Hodgson’s Burnett’s Classic to life at Cliveden, adults £16.50 child £9 14:30-16:30 or 18:30-20:30 – 01628 605069. 25+26: Outdoor Theatre – ‘Pride & Prejudice’ Illyria brings Jane Austen’s tale of love, family and social politics to Cliveden’s Water Garden, 19:00-21:00 adults £16.50 child £10 – 01628 605069. 25-28: ‘Chiltern’s Craft Fair – Stonor.

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July - Mid Oct: ‘Contemporary Art Exhibition at Cliveden National Trust Featuring large scale steel sculptures up to 9m high by internationally acclaimed conceptual artist, Bernar Venet | 10628605069 01: ‘Maidenhead Heritage Centre - free family fun day 10:30-15:30 | 01+02+03: ‘Foodies Festival South Park, Oxford’, 02: ‘Cookham Regatta’ All day, Cookham Moor | 05+11: ‘River Thames Cruises with M’Head Heritage Centre’ 5 hours cruise from 10am, £23 public, £18 friends of heritage centre | book online at 05: ‘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! 06: ‘Archaeological Finds Surgery’ Bring along your archaeological finds to be identified and recorded by Arwen James, the Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Finds Liason Officer at Wycombe Museum, 12:00-17:00, free, drop-in – 01296 624519 09: ‘Henley Show All day, Greenlands Farm, Hambledon

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ONGOING events Marlow Art & Craft Society 1st Thursday in month | 19:30 Marlow Bottom Village Hall Marlow Antique bric-a-brac fair 1st Saturday of the month at Liston Hall | 9:00 - 16:00

10: Open Days & Events at Taplow Court The house & gardens will be open from 14:00-17:00, 01628 773163. 10: ‘Pann Mill Open Day’ The Rye, High Wycombe, see the mill in operation, 11.00-17.00.

Marlow Museum March to October, Saturday, Sunday, bank holidays 13:00-17:00, Wednesday 14:00-17:00 Marlow Camera Club every Tuesday | 19:45 - 20:00 | The Methodist Church Hall, Spittal Street, Marlow, SL7 3HJ Henley Photographic Club every Tuesday evening | 20:00 - 22:00 | YMCA Hall, off Waterman’s Road, Henley

16: ‘Marlow Carnival’ Higginson Park, more details closer to the time

Stanley Spencer Gallery 30th March – 1 October ‘ An Artistic Affair’, High St, Cookham, Maidenhead SL6 9SJ. 10:30-17:00 |

16: ‘Henley Food Festival’

Speak Spanish in Beaconsfield, Beaconsfield High School Wednesdays | 19:30 | Suitable for all levels except beginners Tony on 07947 508755 |



Maidenhead Camera Club every Tuesday, Cox Green Community Centre | 01628 630861

Maidenhead Produce Market

The East Berks RSPB Group monthly | 7.30pm to 9.30pm on Thursdays High Street Methodist Church Hall, Maidenhead

1st and 3rd Thursday of the month on Maidenhead High Street

The Farmers Market

Maidenhead Heritage Centre last Wednesday of the month | WRVS, Maidenhead | 780555

2nd Sunday of the month from 10:00, Grove Street Car Park

Colenorton Dragon Boat Club Sunday 10.00 - 12.30 | Bray Lake Water Sports, Maidenhead SL6 2EB

Bourne End Country Market

Small Hall 10 - 12, Every Friday

Henley Farmers Market

South Bucks Walking Group Regular walks programme + club weekends, coach rambles, and other social walking events | Di Olden - 01494 714486

every 4th Thursday in Falaise Square, Henley, 8:30-14:00

Bourne End Community Market

Cookham & Cookham Dean Horticultural Society last Wednesday of the month from January - May & September November | 19:30 | Cookham Dean Village Hall

second Saturday of every month 10:00 - 13:00 in the Jackson Room of Bourne End Library.

Transition Town Marlow

last Saturday of every month | 9:30 13:00 | Liston Hall, Chapel St, Marlow 07904 369829

At time of print all dates are correct. For more information/changes to schedules as listed or information please call Marlow Information Centre on 01628 483597 or Maidenhead Library on 01628 796969 or Henley Library on 01491 575278. To add an event:

Maidenhead National Trust second Thursday of every month, except August, at the Jakoby Drama Studio at Desborough College, Maidenhead. More details can be found on our web site at Jazz Every Thursday | 20:30| Hedsor Social Club, Hedsor Rod, Bourne End, SL8 5ES | £6 Henley & Goring Ramblers No need to book, just turn up, we are a friendly group and new walkers and non members are always welcome |

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Midsomer Walking Tours Now – 28 October – 11:00-12:00 | The Argyll Pub, Henley-on-Thames

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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 629012 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 417453 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 Information centre 483597/481717 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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SATURDAY 29TH JULY 2017 The weekend kicks off with the riverside open air cinema showing of ‘Mamma Mia’ at 8.30pm TickeTS MUST be pURcHASeD in ADvAnce £20 peR peRSon (incLUDeS A £5 fooD Token) Hot Dogs, bbQ and Drinks Tent candy floss, popcorn and candy cart

SUnDAY 30TH JULY 2017 The music festival has become a key part of the summer calendar in berkshire and is not to be missed! fRee enTRY Live Music bbQ Wood fired pizza cocktail box champagne Tent Windsor & eton brewery Tent Strawberries & cream

popcorn and candy cart floating Afternoon Tea on-board ‘Streatley’ The Little Top childrens Tent with face painting, helter skelter and balloon artists

for Tickets email: or Tel: 01753 609988 The oakley court, Windsor Road, Windsor, berkshire, SL4 5UR

Living Along The Thames | JULY / AUGUST 2017

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Living Along the Thames July/August 2017  

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