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Harleyford Golf Club Euro-pro Tour Harleyford Golf Club has been selected as one of the host venues for the Euro-Pro Tournament 2018. This televised event will draw some of the best golfers in Europe from Wednesday 30th May – Friday 1st June and spectators are welcome to attend free of charge. We asked our very own PGA Advanced Professional Jon Jones, about what this exciting opportunity means to him: What does it mean as the professional for Harleyford to host the PGA EuroPro Tour in 2018? This is exactly the kind of event that Harleyford has been striving for since our change of ownership in 2015. The plan has always been for us to be recognised as one of the best clubs in the County and hosting such a well renowned tour will certainly help us with that vision. As a club, we supported our very own Tyrrell Hatton as he made his way up the ladder and we’re fully aware that the Euro-Pro Tour was an important stage in his development. We would be very proud if we were able to support another one of our members on their journey towards the European Tour so we feel it’s vital for us to be involved as one of the venues.


What can the golfers expect when they play Harleyford? The players can expect to be baffled by our greens! Conforming to USGA standards, our greens are renowned for being tough to read and even tougher to putt on. They will be in fantastic condition so competitors will have to be smart with their approaches. Missing the greens will make for a very long round.

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Are there any particular holes or features of the course that will challenge the golfers? While all of the holes at Harleyford could be classed as difficult in some way, the ones to look out for are generally the par 3’s. Ranging from 170 - 225 yards, missing the greens on any of them will lead to treacherous up and downs. Lucky bounces onto the dance floor don’t exist at Harleyford, so competitor’s should expect to have a lot of loft in their hands for their second shots if they are wayward off the tee. Couple that with the undulations on our greens and players will see why a par on any of our short holes is invaluable.

How does the course play in May/June when the Euro-Pro comes to Harleyford? It is the perfect time to come to Harleyford as the course completely changes over the summer months to almost an inland links. We don’t water the fairways through Summer so it means the course will be looking its best.

Are there any holes that golfers could, and should, score well on? The best two scoring holes at Harleyford tend to be the 9th and the 14th. The former is a downhill par five that doglegs to the left and is easily reachable in two. When the pin

green it can present a great eagle opportunity so players should look to get their drives away and then attack. The 14th is a drive-able par four that should be taken advantage of. Even a slightly wayward tee shot leaves a reasonable chance of an up and down so a birdie there should definitely be on the cards.

What style of golfer should play at Harleyford? Harleyford is a tough test no matter how you look at it. If you’re missing the target then you will need a fantastic short game to bail you out. Striking the ball well and hitting greens in regulation is generally the best way to score. Should anyone have any questions about the Euro-pro Tour at Harleyford or is interested in membership please contact the Golf Club on 01628 816161 or

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What a year we’ve had with snow, the odd glimmer of Spring, some lovely sunshine, very warm temperatures and then that constant rain that just doesn’t want to go away. I think I echo the thoughts of many when I say ‘I’m fed up with the grey wet days’. The pace of life certainly picks up at this time of year, with many festivals, regattas and social events to go to, as well as plan for the all-important holiday. Have you made your plans yet?? We feature trekking with Gorillas in Uganda and five secret beaches to visit on the Greek island of Alonnisos. We have an article about a new project supporting sea mammals in captivity, fantastic news for these beautiful creatures. Have you sorted your hanging baskets yet? If not, we have some step by step instructions on how to build your own rather than buy them. We feature some lovely beauty products that help get your body ready for the beach and with Father’s Day on Sunday 17th June we have a small gift guide if you aren’t sure what to get, Dad! Our Diary date pages are full of ‘things’ to do and see, so if you are short of ideas, head over to pages 61 – 64 and I’m sure you’ll find something to get you outdoors. We have teamed up with Firefly Events to give one lucky reader the opportunity to win 4 tickets to one of their outdoor pop-up cinema events, so for your chance to enter, head over to page 59 for all the details.

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6 English Wines With English wine production set to double in the next five years, there couldn’t be a better time to enjoy it. The industry is flourishing thanks to a significant investment and there are now more than 500 vineyards and 135 wineries in the UK. Indeed, homegrown English fizz has won 14 international trophies during the past 16 years and beaten some top champagnes in blind tastings. There’s still more to come as our white and red wines are gaining recognition too. Often made from lesser-known grape varieties suited to the UK’s cool climate, they tend to be naturally high in acidity with low sugar levels, and typically slightly lower in alcohol than New World wines. While still whites only account for around 24% of all English wine produced, and reds a modest 10%, tipplers have never had more choice, with around five-million bottles produced every year overall.

Lidl’s Broadwood’s Folly English White, Surrey (£7.99, Lidl, in-store only)

Denbies Pinot Gris Vineyard Select 2016, Surrey (£16, Marks & Spencer, in-store only)

Bolney Estate Dark Harvest 2016, Sussex (£8.99, Ocado)

Denbies have deftly blended reichensteiner, muller-thurgau, bacchus and ortega (Germanic grapes) to create this dry, fresh white that’s delicately fragrant, with aromas and flavours of green apple, flinty stone fruits and a light spritz on the finish.

A speciality in the Denbies line-up, the Select range is only made in the best years, and 2016 was cited as a high quality vintage. Otherwise known as pinot grigio, this wine’s calling cards are its rich aromas of honeyed stone fruits, florals and tiny touch of musk. Complex, with a hint of vanilla from oak ageing, the ripe fruits come together beautifully with a rich, spicy character and fine acidity.

Red wines may not be our strongest suit, but if you’re not keen on over-ripe, fruity bombs then this savoury red from the award-winning Bolney Estate has the edge. Made from the deeply coloured rondo and dornfelder (Germanic) grapes, the blackberryscented fruit has peppery, spicy hints with soft, supple tannins.

Chapel Down Bacchus, 2016, Tenterden, Kent (£12, Sainsbury’s) England’s leading wine producer offers a sizeable range of award-winning sparkling and still wines. And this ripe style of bacchus (similar to a sauvignon blanc) has inviting aromas of elderflower and fresh-cut grass, leading to light tropical fruit and mouth-watering green apple flavours, with perfectly balanced acidity on the zesty finish.


Hush Heath Estate Skye’s English White 2016, Kent (£18.99, Along with producing one of England’s best sparkling roses, Hush Heath turns out this impressive chardonnay -based blend in a crisp, unoaked style. With classic varietal aromas of citrus and apple, it also hints at hedgerows and shows plenty of class, with flavours of baked apple and citrus fruits cut by just enough acidity to keep it fresh.

Gusbourne Estate Pinot Noir 2015, Boothill Vineyard, Kent (£24.95, Berry Bros & Rudd) Of all the major grapes, pinot noir is considered to be the most fickle and difficult to grow, so it’s testament to the winemaker’s skill that Gusbourne have turned out this perfect parcel of pinot. A ruby red with sweet and sour black cherry, cranberry and raspberry fruit, a touch of earth and spice, lively acidity and a smooth, silky finish. Living Along The Thames | MAY/JUNE 2018

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Asparagus, Peas and Radishes with Pistachio Pesto Bright and zingy, this simple recipe makes the most of asparagus. Diana Henry notes: “The pesto here is rich, so you need the radishes to provide a clean contrast.”

Ingredients (Serves 6)

For the pesto: 150g shelled unsalted pistachio nuts 8 spring onions, trimmed and chopped 15g unsalted butter 1 fat garlic clove, crushed 170ml extra virgin olive oil 130g ricotta, preferably fresh rather than UHT 40g pecorino or Parmesan cheese, finely grated Sea salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper For the vegetables: 8-10 radishes, preferably French breakfast radishes 650g asparagus 3tbsp extra virgin olive oil 3/4tbsp white balsamic vinegar 200G fresh raw peas 25g pea shoots

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Method 1. Start with the pesto. Boil two-thirds of the pistachios in water for four minutes; this softens them and makes the pesto creamy. Drain and dry them in a tea towel. Rub off all the papery skin (laborious but therapeutic). Lightly toast the rest of the nuts in a dry pan for about 30 seconds. You will be able to smell the toasted aroma. Immediately transfer to a plate. 2. Cook the spring onions in butter in a small saucepan until soft, but not coloured. Add the garlic and cook for another 30 seconds or so. Blitz all the nuts with the spring onions and garlic in a food processor, gradually adding the extra virgin olive oil. Stir in the ricotta and pecorino or Parmesan. Season and taste. 3. Now for the vegetables. Shave the radishes using a mandoline, or cut them very finely with a sharp knife. Break or cut off the base of each asparagus spear (if you use your hands rather than a knife, you can feel where the natural break is). Bring a pan with about 7.5cm of water to the boil. Stand the asparagus in this, bases in the water, spears leaning against the side (they cook in the steam). Cover with a lid. Cook until only just tender, testing with a point of a knife. How long it takes depends on the thickness of the asparagus. If it’s of average thickness, I reckon on seven minutes, but I usually start checking after four. Lift the asparagus out of the pan, then quickly dry it of excess moisture by patting it with a clean tea towel. 4. Add a little of the asparagus cooking water to the pesto to loosen and thin it. Mix the extra virgin olive oil and the white balsamic vinegar together and season. Divide the asparagus, raw peas, radishes and pea shoots between six plates - or put them all on a platter - and drizzle with the white balsamic dressing. Spoon on some of the pesto and offer the rest at the table. Living Along The Thames | MAY/JUNE 2018

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Rhubarb and Raspberry Rainbow Meringue Layers of meringue, smooth whipped cream and a sharp taste of raspberry come together to make this elegant dessert



3. Whisk the eggs on a low speed at first, turning up the speed gradually to medium, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Add 250g of the sugar, 1tbsp at a time mixing well after each addition. Divide the meringue between 4 bowls and very gently fold into each, a few drops from one of the food colouring gels. Using a spatula, spread each mixture into the template on the baking sheets. Bake for 45 mins then leave to cool in the oven.

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1. Put the egg white powder in a bowl, mix with 8tsp of warm water until smooth, gradually mix in 8tsp of warm water until combined. 2. Heat the oven to 140C, 120C fan, gas 2. Line 2 large baking sheets with baking parchment and draw 4 x 17cm circles on each of them to use as templates.

4. Meanwhile in a wide saucepan heat the remaining sugar and 2tbsp of water until melted and, add the rhubarb and turn up the heat slightly. Poach for 6 mins of until tender. Using a slotted spoon transfer the tender rhubarb to a plate and the juices to a small saucepan, bubble for a few mins or until syrupy. Once cooled mix with the rhubarb and raspberries. 5. Whip the cream until softly peaking. Put one of the meringues on a serving dish spread with some of the cream, then drizzle over some of the rhubarb and raspberry mixture and juices, repeat with the remaining layers leaving the top plain.

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Should you shower in the morning or at night? While everyone has their rituals and traditions, what actually are the benefits of AM versus PM? We spoke to the experts to find out how the time of day you wash can affect everything from your hair and skin to your sleep.

Why you should shower in the morning... From a purely mental point of view, many of us far prefer showering in the morning. It definitely has the power to jolt you awake and press the reset button for the day ahead. Senior stylist at KH Hair, Helen Stilwell, thinks there are many benefits for washing your hair bright and early. She says: “If you wash your hair before bed, you still have the danger of it going oily through the night. This could be due to sweating, or your scalp producing too much oil through the night. “If you wash your hair in the morning, you can wash away any oils produced from the night’s sleep and it will feel nice, clean and be easy to style. It might take more time than washing your hair before bed, but it has a feel-good factor when you do it in the morning.” Studies show that showering in the morning does actually set you up forthe day. If you turn the water cold for the last few minutes of your wash, your metabolic rate will increase and your body will effectively be shocked into action. It might not sound like the most pleasant start to the day, but it could make you more alert and reduce fatigue.

Manor Hospital, says: “During the daytime people sweat, and sweat irritates the skin so it is helpful to wash it off and moisturise your skin after showering.” Celebrity hairdresser, Mark Woolley from Electric Hair says: “It’s very much down to your own time and needs; it’s perhaps preferable to wash your hair at night so that you can allow it to air dry and not always go for the heat of a hairdryer. You’re also washing out all the dirt and grime from the day and it means your bed and pillows are kept clean.”

Actually, you should shower twice a day... Facialist Jasmina Vico has an alternate suggestion, and it’s pretty compelling. Vico firmly believes in taking two showers a day. Consultant psychiatrist and sleep specialist at BMI The Albyn Hospital in Aberdeen Dr Olga Runciee thinks that there are benefits in both the morning and evening showers when it comes to your sleep. Runcie says: “In order to get to sleep better, our bodies usually drop temperature by almost one degree. So, if we have a hot shower in the evening, the body starts cooling. This reduction in temperature naturally creates sleepy feelings and might help us to fall asleep.”

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Whilst a warm shower might help you fall asleep, the logic also works the other way around. Runcie adds: “A cool shower in the morning might have a stimulating effect, and can help us to wake up.”

Many of the skin experts we spoke to agreed that showering in the evening was the best course of action. Dr Anton Alexandroff, consultant dermatologist at BMI The

At the end of the day, most of the experts agreed that there’s not a huge difference in when you decide to shower. It’s about finding what’s right for you.

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Stress, Diet and Shampooing Incorrectly Could be why your hair is in bad condition We pay a lot of attention to our faces, with daily cleansing and moisturising but have you ever considered how much we neglect the skin on the top of our heads?

environmental grime and product residue. Doing either of these things can tangle your hair and damage the hair cuticle.”

Focusing solely on the condition or our hair, rather than our scalp, can have drastic consequences, even leading to premature hair loss, experts say.

“Don’t use metal-pronged brushes, “ Kingsley adds. “These can scratch the scalp and, as they can get very hot when you blow-dry, they can also burn your hair. Instead, use a brush with round plastic prongs.”

“Scalp health has a huge impact on hair,” warns Anabel Kingsley, Trichologist at Philip Kingsley. “Like any skin, the scalp sweats, sheds dead skin cells and produces oil. To help keep your scalp in tip-top shape, give it similar care to the skin on your face.”

How can I fix a flaky scalp? Friedmann says “I’d always advise patients suffering with a scaly scalp to wash their hair with medicated dandruff shampoos containing salicylic acid which dissolves away the skin cells, coal tar and has a natural anti-fungal agent.

“It is your scalp that mainly determines what your hair is like, whether it’s dry or greasy, dull or shiny, thick or thin,” agrees Trichologist Tony Maleedy. “Your scalp is the starting point and its health determines the quality of the hair.”

“If it is troublesome and cannot be treated with over-thecounter remedies, it is worth seeing a dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment,” Friedmann says. “Signs of inflammation include redness, itching, weeping or flaking. All of these can be markers of scalp disease.”

Whether you want to improve the look of your locks or are already experiencing problems like a flaky or itchy scalp, there are lots of things you can do to boost its health.

What can I do about hair loss? Did you know that hair loss isn’t just genetic, you can actually cause it by the way you style your hair?

How can lifestyle factors affect my scalp and hair? “A good diet is essential for follicular health, so make sure you eat plenty of foods, like eggs, for the biotin,” recommends GP Dr Unnati Desai. “Selenium is another must have - which you can get from oily fish, like mackerel or sardines and zinc. You can find zinc in red and white meat, and spinach.

“When you wear your hair up, tie it back loosely as tight hairstyles can place a lot of stress on your hair follicles,” Kingsley warns. “Initially, this can give you a sore scalp. Long term, traction can damage hair follicles and cause a type of hair loss called ‘traction alopecia’.”

Kingsley points out that you could be inadvertently causing scalp problems with the way you wash your hair: “A common mistake is to simply plop shampoo onto the root area, and quickly move your hands over it. However, being skin, your scalp needs to be cleansed properly. Using a similar method to how you would cleanse the skin on your face, spend around one minute gently massaging your scalp when you shampoo and rinse well.” Don’t scrub your hair or pile it on top of your scalp. As Kingsley says “Its not necessary, the suds that run down through your lengths will be enough to remove daily

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Stress is also a risk factor, Friedmann says: “Stress-related hair loss is particularly common in people who suppress feelings of stress and anger. We never switch off and it can result in chronic stress.” “Stress hormones called neuropeptides push hairs out of the growing phase into the resting phase - slowing regrowth to the point thinning hair is more obvious.” Ultimately, you need a proper diagnosis to discover the underlying cause, he says: “Forget the wonder creams and supposed miracle shampoos, visit a dermatologist to discover the actual cause of your hair loss, and whether it’s treatable.”

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Basket bags While leather and metallic hardware usually dominate on the catwalks, for SS18, we saw the emergence of sweet, Seventiesstyle bags at Miu Miu, Giorgio Armani and even Alexander Wang (the latter in black, of course).

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Micro bags Barely bigger than a fist, evening bags have seriously shrunken in the SS18 collections, from Fendi’s adorable top-handle miniatures, to Chanel’s egg-like hardcase bags.

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A small, sporty crossbody bag looks great by day (as long as you can survive with only your keys, cash card and phone). Dune hite Doannee Wen Basket Wov 0 £7 Handbag,

Simply Be Trixie Mini Glitter Shoulder Bag, £18 Therapy Woven Mini Tote, House of Fraser, £30

Bum bags More designers than ever jumped on the bum bag bandwagon this season, with Balenciaga, Gucci, Marc Jacobs and Alexander Wang all showing the hands-free pouches (many of them worn across the chest rather than around the waist).

Bucket bags Bucket bags have been around for a few years now, but they’ve had a bit of a makeover for spring, with bright jewel tones seen at Emporio Armani and candy-striped box bags at Carolina Herrera.

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Your Stars for May 2018

May is an exciting month as Uranus, the planet of revolution and radical change moves into Taurus on the15th, marking the start of global transformation over the next seven years. Taurus is an earth sign ruling money, business and possessions; during this long transit we can expect huge upheaval in these and many other sectors of life, hopefully paving the way for positive change. Venus in versatile Gemini until the 19th, offers the perfect opportunity for socialising and having fun. Dynamic Mars leaves practical Capricorn and moves into faster paced Aquarius on the 16th. Mars in this sign enjoys experimentation and diversity, it could be the ideal time for taking a risk with ideas that have never been tried before. The new moon is in practical Taurus on the 15th and the full moon is in adventurous Sagittarius on the 29th. ARIES March 21 - April 20 The Taurus Sun starts the month in challenging aspect to Jupiter, illuminating the financial axis of your chart. It may be time to take another look at all matters concerning your wealth and assets. It’s all change for new beginnings after the 15th as the maverick planet Uranus arrives in Taurus.

LEO July 23 - August 23 Your ruler the Sun is at the highest point of your chart, illuminating the way for bigger and brighter career prospects. The arrival of the maverick Uranus on the 15th means that the next seven years could be full of surprises in connection with all your professional dealings.

SAGITTARIUS November 23 - December 21 Energetic Mars moves into Aquarius and illuminates the communication area of your chart on the 16th. You could also profit from a new sense of resolve when it comes to getting things done. It’s time to let go of outmoded situations and discover inspirational new ways forward.

TAURUS April 21 - May 21 The Sun is in your sign and is soon to be joined by the rebel planet Uranus. The next seven years will see plenty of change, your new motto could be - expect the unexpected! Venus, your ruler, moves into sensitive Cancer on the 20th, offering a chance to clear up some emotional matters.

VIRGO August 24 - September 22 This month brings a sense of adventure and exciting new possibilities as the Sun offers opportunities to broaden your horizons. Communicative Mercury in dynamic Aries ensures that you enjoy popularity and recognition. Use positive thinking to get the very best out of social endeavours.

GEMINI May 22 - June 21 Venus in your sign offers a pleasing social period as opportunities open up and you can bask in the limelight. Practical matters also look encouraging and you’ll feel ready to put in lots of hard work. Relationships come into focus after the Sagittarian full moon on the 29th.

LIBRA September 23 - October 23 The new moon in Taurus on the 15th illuminates the important decisions that you have taken in recent months, success looks almost certain. Improved communications show that you can make a powerful impact on others and your optimism and confidence can make all the difference.

AQUARIUS January 21 - February 18 Mars moves into your sign on the 15th offering you the opportunity for renewal and clearing out. It’s time to rid yourself of anything that is not essential, even if it requires some serious soul searching. This is the start of a dynamic phase of change and self- determination.

CANCER June 22 - July 22 Energetic Mars is busy in the relationship area of your chart, working in close proximity to powerful Pluto and giving you the determination to stand firm on a recent issue. Venus moves into your sign on the 20th enabling you to focus exclusively on your needs and wants.

SCORPIO October 24 - November 22 Uranus, planet of rebellion and change and arrives in your opposite sign on the 15th over the next few years you will determine who you really are, what matters most and what your ultimate goal is. The Sagittarius full moon on the 29th brings a financial challenge to the surface.

PISCES February 19 - March 20 How you relate to others is about to be challenged, a new plan of action is on the cards as you become more open to making some major decisions. Inspirational new ideas start to form with the new moon in Taurus on the 15th. Mars and Pluto in Capricorn ensure that you thrive on practical challenges.

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CAPRICORN December 22 - January 20 Pluto, Saturn and dynamic Mars are all strong in your sign, paving the way for determination and success on many levels. Uranus enters Taurus on the 16th setting the scene for the winds of change to blow away any cobwebs in your social and romantic life.

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Your Stars for June 2018

June starts with a brilliant aspect between love planet Venus and Jupiter, the planet of luck and abundance. The mystical planet Neptune is also involved, offering the opportunity to use visualisation and intuition for all creative projects. Relationships are positively favoured this month, ushering in a sense of the dramatic as Venus moves into Leo on the 14th. Mars remains in Quirky Aquarius all month, but be aware that Mars is entering a long retrograde phase on the 27th, this could seriously slow things down, so do try to get any important projects that must be finished off the ground before then. The potent Gemini new moon on the 13th stirs up some motivating energy; communicative Mercury is also in Gemini offering excellent opportunities for brilliant new ideas. A challenge between home and career is possible with the Capricorn full moon on the 28th. ARIES March 21 - April 20 Mars, your ruling planet, is in eccentric Aquarius all this month offering you the perfect opportunity to sweep out the old and create space for the arrival of exciting new energy. Romance and friendship look lively as Venus moves into passionate Leo on the 14th, take advantage and make sure that socialising is your top priority.

LEO July 23 - August 23 Keep an open mind if you have any set plans around the time of the Gemini new moon on the 13th. The social sector of your chart is in the spotlight offering new friends and exciting new experiences. Venus moves into your sign on the 14th, maximise your potential and put your powers of judgement to the test.

TAURUS April 21 - May 21 Unpredictable Uranus, newly arrived in your sign and in challenging aspect to Mars is demanding that you continue with the changes that now have to be made. Take positive action to expand your ambitions and be sure to take advantage to meet new people who can in turn influence your work progress.

VIRGO August 24 - September 22 Abundant Jupiter is strong in your communication sector at the moment and urges you to take a different viewpoint on things have been bothering you lately. This could be the most important month of the year for new developments and radical change. The new moon on the 13th suggests a rapidly-changing work picture.

GEMINI May 22 - June 21 It’s your birthday month and it starts well with the Sun in close alignment with Mercury, your ruler. It’s time to be absolutely clear about what you want, what’s best for you and not for others. Make the most of partnerships and relationships, particularly around the new moon on the 13th

LIBRA September 23 - October 23 The Sun and Mercury are highlighting the sector of your chart that loves faraway places, this is emphasised by the new moon on the 13th. Making travel plans will be fun this month, particularly those involving the one that you love. New friends appear as Venus moves into playful Leo after the 14th

CANCER June 22 - July 22 Venus the love planet is in brilliant aspect to mystical Neptune, offering the perfect opportunity for a new romantic encounter or the chance to vamp up an existing one. After the 14th your finances come into focus and you should be in the right frame of mind to make some important decisions.

SCORPIO October 24 - November 22 The Sun, Mercury and the new moon all gather in your financial sector around the middle of the month. A review is overdue and this is a good time to check your investments and resources. Jupiter in your sign indicates that a bold approach might pay off when it comes to making money.

SAGITTARIUS November 23 - December 21 Close relationships are the focus of the month for freedom loving Sagittarians. You might be asking yourself if you are giving enough time to family and to your loved one. The new moon on the 13th has the potential for new beginnings, but take care that you are not insensitive to those close to you. CAPRICORN December 22 - January 20 June brings your working life into the spotlight, it’s time to banish fears and allow yourself to consider what you really want before leaping into a new job or taking on a new position. Working with the inspirational Gemini new moon on the 13th opens up some exciting possibilities that you don’t to want to miss. AQUARIUS January 21 - February 18 Make the most of the love planet Venus in the sensitive sign of Cancer until the 13th. It’s perfect for a new romance or the revival of an established one. Motivational Mars in your sign favours getting out and about and doing your own thing, but as the retrograde phase begins things will slow down to a more steady pace. PISCES February 19 - March 20 Your home and family life are top priority this month and it looks as if things could get rather hectic! Important planetary movements in restless Gemini stir up the way you communicate your ideas and feelings. Take the opportunity to fulfil several different task simultaneously as you need to be prepared for inevitable change.


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Temple much more than “just a golf club!” Temple Golf Club is beautifully situated in unspoilt landscape and enjoys extensive panoramic views of the River Thames and Chiltern Hills beyond. The view from the 1st tee is simply stunning. Although Temple is over 100 years old, the Club combines heritage with a modern approach. Our progressive, affordable, family-friendly and flexible Lifestyle membership continues to be tremendously popular with men and women alike. This membership is aimed at today’s time-poor golfer who is trying to juggle business and family commitments but at the same time seeks value for money. Prospective members can choose from a range of usage-based packages each of which attracts the usual benefits associated with being a member of a club. Our entry-level Blue membership provides up to 9 rounds of golf but is currently full, Bronze membership up to 20 rounds, Silver up to 35 rounds, Gold up to 52 rounds and our Platinum category includes unlimited golf. Rounds can be used on weekdays and weekends for competition or social golf. The excellently maintained and beautifully presented course, designed by twice Open champion Willie Park Jr. has wintered well and is in great shape going into the new season. During the close season we have continued our programme of course improvements including some truly spectacular bunker refurbishments. Living Along The Thames | MAY/JUNE 2018

Our greenkeeping team, prides itself on producing a golf course that is challenging enough to test the low handicap player but friendly enough to encourage those with higher handicaps; and we aim for 3 hour two-ball rounds and a maximum of 4 hours for a four-ball. We are introducing a Temple Golf Academy later in the year with the aim of offering men, women and juniors a pathway through to playing membership. The Academy will offer professional group coaching for men, women and juniors wishing to take up, or return to, the game. Our well stocked Professional Shop offers a wide range of the latest golf clothing and equipment and uses advanced video analysis software to help golfers improve their game. Work is underway on an exciting new project. We are building a new swing studio within the existing Pro Shop which will enable golfers of all skill levels to receive the best available service in both coaching and custom fitting.

The original clubhouse with its simply breath-taking views is still in use today and provides a wonderful setting for a quiet drink, a snack or a meal and the Club prides itself on providing a friendly and efficient service in relaxed and comfortable surroundings. With the flexibility of our Lifestyle membership scheme, a great golf course set in a stunning location and a friendly and welcoming environment, Temple combines tradition and heritage with modern-thinking, momentum and vibrancy. To find out how you can join Temple Golf Club or for more information on the Temple Golf Academy, please call 01628 824795, email or visit

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Make your home a pollen-free zone Abi Jackson

From nuisance sneezing attacks to full-blown illness, hay fever can make life pretty miserable during pollen season, and if you’re a sufferer, chances are you have a few tricks up your sleeve for when you head outdoors during spring and summer. What about when you’re indoors at home? Pollen sticks to just about everything and gets carried in the air, so it’s inevitable that some of the pesky particles will end up infiltrating your home too. Cue broken sleep, rotten evenings and starting the day with streaming eyes before you’ve even set foot outside. So, what can you do to keep your house a pollen-free zone?

Keep windows closed as much as possible

Pollen can waft indoors through open windows, so it’s advisable to keep them closed as much as possible during pollen season. Naturally, nobody wants a stuffy house, and you may need to let some air through occasionally, but be savvy with your timings to minimise pollen infiltration. Allergy UK points out that keeping windows closed is especially “important in early mornings, when pollen is released, and in the evening when the air cools and pollens that have been carried up into the air begin to fall to ground level again”. Keep an eye on daily pollen forecasts too, so you can judge when it’s best to let some air through.

Wash curtains and fabric covers

Despite your best efforts, there’s still a good chance some pollen will get into your home, so it’s a good idea to wash

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your curtains, along with any removable sofa or cushion covers, as often as you feel necessary.

Don’t hang laundry to dry outdoors

Being able to hang washing out to dry in the garden during spring and summer is super-convenient, but for hay fever sufferers, it’s a no-no, as by the time it’s dry, your laundry could be coated in pollen.

Invest in an air purifier

So you’re keeping the windows closed more than you’d ideally like and your laundry has to be dried indoors. Investing in a quality air purifier could be a good bet if your symptoms are troublesome. The Vax Pure Air 300 Air Purifier is billed as the ‘UK’s most effective way to clean the air in your home’, removes 99% of harmful particles from the air, monitoring and trapping pollen, plus particles like dust and pet dander.

De-pollen your pets before they come indoors

Got a dog or cat that spends time outdoors? Pollen can stick to their fur, so to prevent them traipsing this all over your house (and transferring it to your sofa, carpets and bedding), Allergy UK recommends wiping their coats with a damp microfibre cloth before they come in.

Up your vacuuming game

Being a bit more gung-ho with your vacuuming is a good idea during pollen season. Don’t just do the floors; run the vacuum-cleaner across soft furnishings, sofas, cushions, curtains and beds if required too. Airborne allergies expert Max Wiseberg recommends investing in a vacuum with a HEPA. (High Efficiency Particle Arresting).

Have an arriving-home wash ritual

You might normally wait until right before bed to have a wash, but during pollen season, it’s a good idea for hay fever sufferers to adopt a quick washing routine as soon as they get home as pollen can stick to skin and hair. Keep your shoes and jacket by the front door, or shut away in a closed-off utility room or cloakroom, as these will bring pollen inside.

Avoid mowing the lawn

This might sound like a no-brainer, but if you’ve got hay fever, you probably want to avoid gardening - particularly mowing the lawn and raking leaves during pollen season.

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Health Benefits Of Honey Kowsar Abdilahi Thick, gooey and golden in colour, raw honey has been used as a natural remedy for thousands of years. The sweet liquid, which is produced by bees using the nectar of plants, has been touted as a potent healing agent in cultures around the world. In ancient India, it was even believed honey could ward off evil spirits and ensure a happy romantic life. Since it tastes delicious, is a good alternative to sugar and can pretty much be added to everything, there’s really no excuse for it to be missing from your shopping list.

It’s great for the skin

If you’re suffering from a nasty flare-up, honey is a brilliantly effective skin saviour that won’t cost the earth. Its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties can calm and soothe irritated skin, as well as being loaded with enzymes and other nutrients that nourish and cleanse. If it’s a natural summer glow you’re looking for, get slathering as honey is a natural humectant, meaning it hydrates the skin by drawing in moisture from the air. Try mixing two tablespoons of raw or Manuka honey with one tablespoon of uncooked porridge oats for a DIY exfoliating mask.

glucose, the sticky stuff makes for a high-powered, natural energy snack. Unlike refined sugar, it also contains small amounts of proteins and minerals such as B6, riboflavin and amino acids; compounds that help the body metabolise bad cholesterol and fatty acids. Whizz a spoonful into your smoothie and remember it’s important to eat honey in moderation. “It’s a source of energy, but it’s still sugar, so it should be eaten more as an indulgent treat rather than a substitute for more nutritionally-rich foods such as fruit and veg,” says nutritionist Liz Tucker.

It can heal wounds and burns

When applied topically, researchers believe honey can have a healing effect on painful burns and lesions. Applying honey to wounds has been a technique that’s been around since ancient Egypt, and modern studies have found it can be effective. One study published in the Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice journal found a 43.4% success rate of using honey on diabetic foot ulcers, while another published in The Scientific World Journal found honey could also be an effective home remedy for reducing painful haemorrhoids.

It can treat dandruff

Suffering from a dry, itchy or flaky scalp? A 2001 study conducted by the Dubai Specialised Medical Center discovered that raw honey can be used to treat scaling, itching and hair loss. This is thought to be thanks to its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and antioxidant properties. Fancy giving it a go? Mix two tablespoons of vegetable oil with equal amounts of honey and apply it to your hair for a DIY hair mask. Leave it to sink in for 15 minutes, and then rinse it off before you shampoo.

It’s good for the heart

As well as being a super tasty topping to your morning bowl of porridge, honey is jam-packed with polyphenols; helpful antioxidants that have been linked to increased blood flow and preventing blood clots from forming.

It gives you an energy boost

Looking for a pre-workout snack that will fuel you through a sweaty HIIT session? Try adding a dollop of honey to your protein balls. As a carbohydrate made up of fructose and

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It can help suppress a cough

When flu season strikes, we all know there’s nothing worse than being kept awake at night by a dry, tickly cough that simply won’t go away. Next time you’re a victim of this infuriating health woe, try easing the aggravation with a spoonful of soothing honey. A 2012 study published in the journal Pediatrics found children with upper respiratory tract infections experienced more cough relief after drinking 1.5 tablespoons of labiatae (it’s an aromatic) honey 30 minutes before bedtime, than those that received a placebo.

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You can burn more than 51,000 calories a year in the garden here’s how...

Lose weight and get fit by using your outside space as a gym, while also looking after your grass, beds and borders. Brits are burning a whopping 51,428 calories a year in the garden, according to a new study. Research commissioned by Argos found that the average green-fingered adult spends almost five more hours a week working out, compared to non-gerdeners. Some 78% of regular gardeners claim it reduces their stress levels and 80% report better nights in the land of nod. It also found the average green-fingered Brit can burn 632 more calories per month. Gardening expert David Domoney, who’s partnered with Argos says: “Most people enjoy working in their garden, because it gives them a mental boost. Digging, tilling and planting can be extremely therapeutic, and gives people a chance to think while working outside, which is enjoyable in its own right.” Phil McCann, founder of Great Little Garden (, offers the following tips to avoid injury...


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The jobs that burn the most calories?

1. Mowing the lawn

Pushing a mower up and down the lawn for 35 minutes can use up 200 calories.

2. Weeding

Pulling up stubborn weeds for 35 minutes can burn 158 calories.

3. Digging

Digging is a great cardio workout and an excellent way to de-stress. You can burn up to 250 calories an hour when digging heavy soil (but don’t overdo it if you have a bad back).

4. Raking

Raking is vital to let your lawn and plants breathe - and it’ll work your upper body, and burns around 120 calories in 30 minutes.

calorie-burning session. It’s so easy to pull a back muscle on a cold, spring morning by grabbing the spade and plunging in deep. Stretches work best - start gently with whatever exercise you do, working up a sweat as you warm-up.

Start with a plan

In the garden, plan to weed a bed and turn the compost, or dig over a veg plot and plant up a border.

Use the right tools

Have the correct tools for the job you are doing. It will ease the strain on backs, arms, wrists and knees. Secateurs are great for cutting smaller branches, but loppers are the thing for thicker ones. Petrol mowers make light work of the lawn but for exercise purposes, think about a manual push version.

Don’t overdo it

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Pruning Mature Trees

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Calibra Tree Surgeons says pruning is the most common tree maintenance procedure, with landscape trees requiring a higher level of care to maintain their safety and aesthetics. Pruning should be done with an understanding of how the tree responds to each cut. Improper pruning can cause damage that will last for the life of the tree, or worse, shorten the tree’s life. Most routine pruning to remove weak, diseased, or dead limbs can be accomplished at any time during the year with little effect on the tree. As a rule, growth is maximized and wound closure is fastest if pruning takes place before the spring growth flush. Heavy pruning just after the spring growth should be avoided as it can stress trees as they have just expended a great deal of energy to produce foliage and early shoot growth.

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Create a bloomin’ lovely hanging basket from scratch Hannah Stephenson

Choose a basket and liner

There are many on the market, from traditional wicker and wire circular types, to conical containers and baskets which have water reservoirs in the bottom and removable ‘gates’ at the sides, which allow you to plant your plants and then secure them by replacing the gates. Those who want natural looking liners may go for sphagnum moss or coir. Some gardeners then line the liners with plastic of some sort, whether it be from an old compost bag or a rubbish liner and put holes into the plastic to allow for drainage. I have tried this and it does help retain moisture, so the compost doesn’t dry out so quickly. Others swear that the best liner is an old woolly jumper, which is stretchy enough to allow you to plant your chosen blooms through, but also retains moisture.

Select your plants

If you are making your hanging baskets up now, you may still be able to buy some bargain plug plants, baby plants that cost less than larger equivalents, which should be easy to plant in your basket. Good bedding for baskets include geraniums, petunias, bacopa, lobelia, verbena, diascia and fuchsia, although some require more watering than others. Styles vary - some gardeners prefer a globe of the same variety and colour, to create order and continuity, and tend to be lower maintenance as the same plants will have the same needs in terms of watering and feeding. Others will plant a riot of different colours in the same basket, some trailing, some bush varieties. If you are going for a mixture, plant trailers on the outside or at the sides of the basket

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and a feature bush plant in the middle to create some height and balance.

Use good compost

You can buy compost specifically for hanging baskets, which already incorporates water retaining crystals and plant food, but if you already have multipurpose compost, add a handful of slow-release plant food granules and water-retaining crystals to the mix.

Think about the planting process

Once you have lined your pot, put in compost up to the first holes at the side, then insert your plants and place more compost over them. Leave enough depth to plant your main subjects at the top of the basket and then infill around them with more compost. I generally sit the basket on a bucket, which allows me to turn the basket while planting up the sides, without damaging any plants.

Don’t forget about maintenance

If you’re planting your baskets up now, most of the annuals won’t be frost hardy, so make sure you bring them under a porch or under cover in the evening until all chance of frost has passed. They will need watering thoroughly at least once a day initially, and possibly twice a day during the height of summer. If your basket dries out, don’t just get the hosepipe out on it as the water will just come through. The best way to re-hydrate the soil is to take the basket down and place it into a washing-up bowl of water, until the soil has become soaked underneath. Deadhead the blooms regularly to keep them going throughout summer and give them a diluted feed once a week, even if you have plant food in your compost.

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If you can’t decide on one colour for your new kitchen, why not pick two!

Painted Ivory & Cashmere

Bellato Grey

Savoy Painted Limestone & Anthracite

New England Oak & Gloss Cashmere

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

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

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

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

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SHELF life There’s something so pleasing about shelves. Such a simple, understated thing in the grand scheme of all things homes and interiors but so useful, and so fun to look at. Closed cupboards are great for storing unsightly clutter, but shelves are made for keeping things on show, making them an extension of your personal taste and style. Shelves are practical, but their visual and curiosity-coaxing appeal goes so much further than that as they add character to a room.

How to put up Shelves Check your walls Safety always comes first - so don’t even think about drilling or hammering into a wall before you’ve checked it’s safe to do so

and the wall is suitable. If you’re unsure, the pros at B&Q suggest using a multi-purpose digital detector: “They’re simple to use and will let you know if there are any pipes, cables or studs where you’re planning to work - simply run it over the surface of the area and it will tell you where any hazards lie.” Test the strength Make sure your shelf is going to be strong enough for what you intend to place on it and how it’s affixed to the wall. Get the right materials and brackets There are a variety of shelving materials to suit different needs, from chipboard and MDF, to high-quality hardwoods like oak and beech. It’s usually best to choose and space brackets according to the shelf material, its thickness, and the load the shelf will be supporting.

Style it up! Task complete - and it’s straight? Big pat on the back for you. Now for the really fun part, styling it up. Your shelf might already have a designated purpose in mind (mugs, jars or cookbooks in the kitchen; lotions and potions in the bathroom) but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the process of making it look nice. If its purpose is more to add to the style of a room, think about adding extra dimensions, colour and light (draping some fairy lights on a shelf works well in a bedroom or lounge), and a striking objet d’art on a high-up shelf is a great way to draw eyes upwards and elevate a space. Abi Jackson

Make sure it’s straight No really - please make sure it’s straight before you start drilling and attaching. It might ‘look’ straight from where you’re standing, but holding up a pencil, squinting or standing on the other side of the room never matches the accuracy of actually using a spirit level.

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We can Improve the Appearance & Value of your Paintings Over time, varnish discolours and general wear and tear means you see less and less of the artist’s original painting. Ohlenschlager & Rice offer a personalised service to clean and conserve your paintings so they once again show their true colours. Here Jane and Anne talk to us about their love of art and how that interest laid the foundation for the conservation skills they offer today. How did you two meet? We met through work 15 years ago and always got on really well. We discovered we shared a love of art and also theatre, travel, good food and red wine. On starting their business some 5 years ago, Anne recalls: “We had been following news on repairs to famous paintings damaged by knife attacks or by fire and flood and decided we wanted to learn how this work was done. We have now studied and worked all over the UK and also in Italy.”

How do you assess a painting for a client? “We prefer of course to examine a painting at first hand,” explains Jane, “but we can provide a free, no-obligation estimate with initial information about condition and size of the painting together with as much of the history of the painting as the client knows.” Anne confirms that a physical examination of both the front and reverse of the painting is undertaken to assess the conservation work required and this is discussed with the client before any work is started. What do you enjoy most about what you do? “Definitely restoring a painting as closely as possible to what the artist originally painted,” says Anne. “The cleaning process is detailed but the difference it makes can be striking.” Jane agrees and adds,” And of course we get a huge buzz from our clients’ delight when they see their revived painting and know they have taken care of it for another generation.”

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Improvements which could boost the value of your home Whether you want to move or just to improve, doing some ‘homework’ could really pay off, says Vicky Shaw. Spring is finally in the air and for some home owners, it’s time to start thinking about redecorating or even putting their property on the market. Across the UK, owners have spent a total of £41 billion doing up their homes over the past five years, according to estimates from NAEA (National Association of Estate Agents) Propertymark.

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Nearly three-quarters (73%) made improvements to their properties during this period, with redecorating, landscaping the garden, adding new flooring and refreshing the bathroom among the most popular home improvements, forking out an average £1,875 in the process. Mark Hayward, chief executive of NAEA Propertymark, says: “There are many reasons why home owners are improving their property - whether it’s because they have realised the value and sale potential it can add, or they cannot afford to move and are looking to make the most of what they’ve

already got. Your house will almost certainly be more attractive to buyers with some general sprucing up and cleaning, and improvements that create a sense of space, privacy and give a great first impression will increase saleability.” A quarter (25%) of home owners thought improving their property would be a good investment and add value However, home improvements can be costly and the potential to add value often depends on what’s happening in your local property market. So make sure you weigh up whether they are worthwhile.

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Here are NAEA Propertymark’s home improvement tips based on the survey undertaken Redecorate and make simple upgrades Those who redecorated spent around £889 typically. Fresh paint can give a home a new lease of life. If you’re planning to sell, make sure any redecoration will still allow future buyers to adapt the property to their needs. Makeover the kitchen Painting units or replacing cupboard handles or doors are a cheaper way of refreshing kitchens. The average cost of a kitchen overhaul is £5,016. Kitchens are often the focus for buyers, who may be prepared to pay more for a home to save themselves the hassle of buying a new kitchen. Add or update a bathroom Re-grouting, eliminating limescale and replacing taps and shower screens can keep the bathroom fresh and clean. The average sum spent on bathroom upgrades was £2,719. Garden appeal The garden should feel like an extra space for entertaining or relaxing, so trim borders, clear pathways and cut back overgrown trees and bushes. Those who had improved their garden spent £794 on average. Are the windows up to scratch? Noisy roads can impact the value of a property. Double glazing will help keep the home warm and the noise out. The average amount spent on new windows was £2,719. Does the layout of your home work? An open living space can be attractive, particularly for the kitchen and dining room. Combining the two into one large room creates a sociable space. Remember the practicalities with this though, as many people still like the idea of separate rooms that can be used for special occasions or to give family members their own space. Replace or spruce up tired-looking doors First impressions count. The front door of your home can say a lot about the rest of the house to viewers seeing it

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for the first time. If you can’t afford to replace the door, make sure it looks its best by giving it a power wash or a fresh lick of paint. New doors set people back £906 on average. Would a loft conversion solve space issues? A loft conversion is a more expensive improvement, yet it can be a great option for adding space for growing families and saving money if it saves you having to move house. Be energy efficient Energy efficient appliances can attract buyers keen to save money on bills. Energy efficient products are increasingly becoming a key feature for new homes. Consider creating a driveway In some areas, the ability to park close to your front door comes at a huge premium. If you have the room to add off-street parking this could add appeal and value. Those who spruced up their driveway spent £1,873 on average.

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before starting an extension

Decided to make your kitchen bigger, or tag on an extra room or two? Faith Dune asks, “You’ve made your house a home, and now want to tag on some extra space, but is it really that simple?” Extending offers great potential for transforming your home, adding value and much-needed room for growing families, but there’s a number of important things you’ll need to think about beforehand.

Do you need planning permission? Before you think seriously about starting your extension, it’s vital to make sure you have the correct planning permission. Although the majority of extensions can go ahead without seeking permission, in some cases (such as listed buildings or height restrictions), future plans can be stopped. Referring to your local council’s website or to the ‘permitted development rights’ system is a

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helpful way to find out whether there are any restrictions in place that could hamper your plans.

Is there adequate access to your house? It seems obvious, but it’s easy to forget how important it is to make sure you and the builders can gain access to the property. Maybe you have a terrace house, maybe you don’t have a driveway, maybe you’ve got low beams on your ceilings. From guttering to gateways, make sure you have all of the practicalities covered so that the work can go ahead. So, if you have a terrace property, meaning all the building materials will have to be carried through the front door and house to wherever they’re needed, consider whether this is actually going to be possible. If you don’t have a driveway, consider whether there is enough parking for yourself and potential builders.

The conditions of your home’s surroundings You’re getting to the point of drawing up plans, but are you sure you’ve scrutinised everything about your home and it’s environment? Issues such as soil conditions, surrounding trees, and any history of flooding could cause problems with an extension, so you should make sure you’ve checked them out before hand.

Avoiding cowboy builders We’ve all heard the horror stories about people paying thousands of pounds for building work that never gets done. Don’t worry, you just have to do your research. Ask your friends for a recommendation or speak to people locally who might know a good, reliable builder. Don’t be afraid to call it quits if you’re having doubts. Living Along The Thames | MAY/JUNE 2018

Does the design suit your existing home? According to renovation expert Michael Holmes, extensions should seamlessly merge into the original part of the house.

Have you chosen the best bit to extend? You might already have somewhere in mind, but is this the best place for the extension? It might make sense to demolish a garage or shed to make room for the extension, or perhaps build on top? “It’s usually more cost-effective to build over two storeys than one because it spreads the cost of expensive elements, such as foundations and a roof and sacrifices less garden space than a larger single storey,” says Holmes.

According to, you should allow around £1,000 - £2,000 per square metre. Depending on the number of storeys, the cost of an extension can range between £10,000 - £50,000, says Jill McLintock, product manager at Everest.

How will you cope when the building work takes place? The end product will look great, but the day-to-day logistics in the meantime can be tricky. “For a dust-free life, moving out and finding temporary accommodation can be one of the most hassle-free options, but that’s not always possible,” says Robert Wood, founder of “If you do decide to stay in the property, it is likely you will have to navigate life, for a short period

of time, with dust, no kitchen, and occasional breaks to the power and water.” At least take all the steps you can to make managing the upheaval easier: Invest in dust sheets, move other belongings to storage, and even take the family out for dinner more often so you can escape the mess.

Don’t forget the building certificates! Once the building work is complete and the extension of your dreams has become a reality, make sure you ask your builder or contractor for all the necessary certification, including building control certificates along with electrical and gas safe certification. “Without these, it will be harder to sell your property later should you wish to,” says Wood.

Keeping the neighbours happy Of course, you’re free to build your own extension in whatever way you like, but do bear a thought for your neighbours. Even if planning permission is granted, it’s courteous and considerate to, at least, inform your neighbours about your building plans, rather than falling out with them.

What it’s all going to cost Your location, the size of the extension and even things like soil conditions will all affect the overall cost of the work, but there are average figures which you can keep in mind. Living Along The Thames | MAY/JUNE 2018

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THE WORLD’S FIRST DOLPHIN SANCTUARY An ambitious new project supported by Virgin Holidays provides hope for sea mammals in captivity. Sarah Marshall finds out why.

In a pioneering move, Virgin Holidays has announced it will be investing $300,000 with the non-profit National Aquarium in Baltimore to support the creation of North America’s first dolphin sanctuary.

According to Joe Thompson, managing director of Virgin Holidays, the company currently sells “around 25 marine parks and swim-with-dolphin attractions, predominantly located in the USA, Caribbean and Middle East”.

in captivity, have never spent time in the open water and would not be able to survive for long without human care. A sudden shutdown of captive facilities would be detrimental to these animals while there is nowhere else for them to go,” he explains. “We hope that the National Aquarium Dolphin Sanctuary will prove that an alternative is possible.”

The three-year, US $10-15 million project, will rehabilitate seven dolphins in an as yet unknown Florida location. It the first of it’s kind and

Thompson admits the future of these animals is one of the biggest challenges facing the tourism industry. “The majority were born

In 2014, the company suspended working with any attractions removing whales and dolphins from the wild and in 2017 they stopped

The debate about the ethics of dolphin tourism has been raging for years, but finally there appears to be a breakthrough.

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will hopefully serve as a blueprint for the ethical treatment of captive cetaceans.

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selling any new attractions or hotels featuring cetaceans. As part of their continuing drive to provide ethical wildlife tourism, Virgin has also been working with the World Cetacean Alliance to create new Responsible Whale Watching guidelines, which it’s hoped suppliers will adopt over the next two years.

be customized to meet individual dolphin needs,” explains John Racanelli, CEO and president of the National Aquarium. “An on-site clinic will be fully staffed with marine mammal experts and an attending veterinarians. The sanctuary will also serve as a centre for applied science that advances knowledge and conservation.” How will the space compare to the dolphins’ current home? “We are exploring sanctuary sites that are approximately 100 times the size of the dolphins’ current habitat, which is approximately 1.1 million gallons,” says Racanelli. “With more than 100 million gallons of water, there will be more distance and depth for the colony to swim and interact in a more natural environment.”

Photo of ‘Spirit’, one of seven Dolphins being rehabilitated at the National Aquaruium

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How will the dolphins be trained to adapt to new living conditions? A three-year project is already underway, teaching the animals how to live in a more natural environment. They will be encouraged to drink water so their system can be flushed if they eat the wrong thing, the temperature in the tank will be raised to 26 degrees Celsius to allow algae to grow, and they will be taught to swim onto stretchers in preparation for transport to their new home. Why is it not possible for animals in captivity to be released fully into the wild? “Some individuals that have spent time in captivity can be rehabilitated

Renderings of National Aquarium’s Dolphin Sanctuary

“It’s a very exciting period for whale and dolphin lovers.”

and later released into the wild. However, other individuals, especially those that have been born in captivity, would likely stay in a seaside sanctuary where they can be overseen by humans,” says Dylan Walker, the CEO of World Cetacean Alliance. “In captivity, cetaceans are hand fed, so many of them have never learnt how to hunt for their own food. A seaside sanctuary provides vast improvements in terms of welfare, while still ensuring the human care they will need for the rest of their lives.” So why has a project of this sort taken so long to come to fruition? “The idea has existed for many years and in the last decade some rehabilitation projects have used temporary sanctuaries for rescued wild cetaceans and captive cetaceans,” says Walker. “In these last few years, however, public perception has drastically changed regarding cetaceans in zoos and aquariums and, as a result, projects to create permanent seaside sanctuaries are being developed for individual animals that will undoubtedly need them in the near future. “It’s a very exciting period for whale and dolphin lovers.” For more information on supporting the dolphins’ journey, go to

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Chimp in Kibale

GORILLAS, CHIMPS AND BIG CATS there’s monkey business and more on offer in Uganda It’s been 25 years since the first gorilla family in Uganda were habituated for tourism.

“I knew him since he was born 20 years ago,” recalls Gladys fondly. “He was a playful silverback who always liked interacting with tourists.”

A spluttering, guttural growl startles me early in the morning, but I’m relieved to discover it’s not being generated by the stern-faced silverback looming two metres from my face.

Sadly, Kanyongi died earlier this year following a fight with a rival silverback, but his legacy continues, in both the cups of steaming espresso brewed in Entebbe and the continuing success of gorilla tourism in Uganda.

Espresso machines have been whirring almost constantly since Gorilla Conservation Cafe opened in Entebbe last year, serving coffee farmed close to Uganda’s prime mountain gorilla habitat.

Trekking gorillas in Bwindi

“Kanyongi was one of my favourites,” explains project founder Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, as she stares up at a black and white mural of the great ape who also features on 500g bags of the arabica beans, which are purchased from farmers in Bwindi at a fair, fixed price. A Ugandan veterinarian and modern day Diane Fossey, she set up the social enterprise as part of her successful NGO Conservation Through Public Health, with a view to improving relations between the local community and wildlife on their doorstep. A portion of product sales is also donated to gorilla conservation. Being a member of the Mubare (or M-group), the first habituated gorilla group in Uganda to be introduced to tourism 25 years ago, Kanyongi is a fitting mascot for the company.

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Along with neighbouring Rwanda and the DRC, Uganda is home to many of the world’s population of mountain gorillas. At last count, in 2011, numbers were estimated to be 880, although a new census currently taking place, is likely to see that figure rise. There are seven habituated troops living within Uganda’s borders and with permit prices temporarily frozen at US$600 (less than a half of the cost in Rwanda) tourism numbers are increasing, too. I’m staying at Bwindi Lodge, where eight individual bandas (thatched cottages) tumble down the hillside, in a steep-rising forest that peaks and troughs like a stormy ocean. Even from bedroom windows, it’s possible to touch the spindly white Living Along The Thames | MAY/JUNE 2018

barks where hornbills swoop and red colobus monkeys scamper. A winding path forms a green tunnel around the property and slopes alongside a river where, I’m told, one gorilla troop crossed only last week. “They were here for several hours,” explains my gentle, attentive butler, who wakes me every morning with coffee, biscuits and a song. Unfortunately, I need to travel a little further for my one-hour gorilla encounter. Leaving town, we drive for 45 minutes, passing women stoking mud bricks in kilns the size of temples and men on tea plantations stooping beneath the weight of heavily-laden baskets.

Vibrant, earthy, radiant and calm, the landscape is a spectrum of greens that would exhaust the shades on a Pantone palette. The terrain in Uganda has a reputation for being challenging, but I find our 90-minute trek surprisingly manageable; even when the silverback in charge of the Habinyanja group makes us run for our money, we manage to keep up. Whether they’re gnawing sticks of bamboo, shimmying up trees (Uganda’s gorillas are famously arboreal) or meticulously grooming one another, spending time with gorillas is priceless. Dr Gladys tells me even Prince William once revealed to her that

seeing gorillas in the wild was top of his bucket list. Our own encounter is both humorous and endearing; one hormone-pumped teenager swings from a branch to steal a ranger’s cap, and two tussling, fluffy-haired toddlers elicit endless oohs and ahhs from our group of eight.

Tea plantation in Bwindi

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On the trail of chimps in Kibale The comparisons with human behaviour are uncanny. A much closer relative of ours can be found further north in Kibale National Park where a troop of 120 chimps has been habituated for tourism.

Sweating and panting, we’re finally treated to a tender few minutes as two chimps groom each other on a fallen tree trunk. Their actions mimic each other, lifting legs and scratching armpits; lost in concentration,the primates are even more transfixed than us.

You can find big cats, too

“They feel emotion when a member of the family dies, chimps stay with the body until it swells.” says Gerard Kirungi, a tracker who has been guiding since 1991.

So many travellers fly in and out of Uganda, seeking a safari elsewhere, but in addition to gorillas, the country also has a healthy big cat population.

Gerard, who grew up 6km from here recalls his dad building trenches to catch bush meat. Those activities ceased years ago and tourism has since become a key source of income. When Gerard ‘retires’ next year he plans to develop a cultural centre educating visitors about his community’s way of life.

Lake Mburo National Park, where British ex-pat Ralph Schenk and his wife, Suni, built the beautiful Mihingo Lodge 10 years ago, claims one of the highest leopard densities in Africa. Although you’ll have a hard time finding predators in the scrubby, thorny bush, crowd-free drives through the park are a delight.

Tracking chimps is rewarding, but it is also hard work; they have a habit of moving - at pace!

Built on a granite kopje (small hill), with an infinity pool overhanging a plateau, the tented camp is a welcome recharge stop between Entebbe and Bwindi. Even the view from my toilet is superb and when I’m not spending time coasting across

Using her forearms like pistons a female runs on her knuckles, leaving me caught in a tangle of thorns and spider webs. Looking round, her expression is fixed with a mild smile; it would be improper to anthropomorphise but I suspect she’s sniggering with glee.

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Lake Mburo in search of African fish eagles, I’m relaxing on my terrace, enjoying Africa’s vast, untamed landscapes. In Queen Elizabeth National Park, 42 lions roam the southern sector, all adept at climbing trees; a response to the large number of elephants once found in the park. Further north, I’m told, they’ve even learned to clamber up euphorbia candelabra cacti. We spend hours looking for paws draped over the branches of broad, open-armed fig trees, but focusing solely on big game is a big mistake. Elegant butterflies, garish agama lizards and acrobatic Angolan swallows are some of the many smaller species deserving attention. At the peaceful Ishasha Wilderness Camp, you don’t have to go far; a riverside location brings all these things to my canvas door. Because that’s the real joy of Uganda, beyond the headline-grabbing wildlife acts, there’s a place and people we should all get to know. Sarah Marshall

How to get there Audley Travel (; 01993 838 575) offers a tailor-made 11-night trip to Uganda from £5,985 per person (based on two sharing). Price includes international flights from Heathrow with Kenya Airways, transfers and accommodation with most meals included. The price also includes a chimp tracking excursion, game drives, gorilla trekking and a boat ride on Lake Mburo, as well as all necessary wildlife-viewing permits.

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BRIAN CONLEY Brian Conley fronts Channel 4’s new show ‘Buy It Now’, which gives British inventors the chance to sell their products. The presenter tells Georgia Humphreys why he feels lucky to have landed the job. What Appealed To You About Buy It Now?

and it did go wrong. There were quite a few where [the product] broke, it went wrong, it wouldn’t work... I like to feel that I’m supportive, that’s all. My job was to make sure that they were relaxed.

I love the fact that we don’t know what the product is, how much it means to that person, and how much they’ve sacrificed to get to that point ... sold their house and maybe left their wife, we had a few of them! You think, ‘What is this thing that he’s got that’s going to change the world?’ Suddenly you see it, and then, of course, you hopefully get a few people that genuinely want to buy it.

Were There Products You Were Tempted To Buy Yourself?

The Show Sees Inventors Pitch And Sell Their Products To Potential Customers And Major Retailers. How Would You Describe It?

You Get To Chat To The Audience A Lot In Buy It Now. Was That Something You Really Enjoyed?

We’ve got a cross-section of the audience as our shoppers, so the retailers can see how popular the product is. We have the price reveal which could change everything. It’s like a game where there’s lots of questions leading to the big payoff or little payoff. They only need one audience member to buy the product to get through to the retailers. Will the retailers buy it, will they not?

The Inventors Must Have Been Pretty Nervous? What Was It Like Watching Them Pitch Their Products? The Inventors get 90 seconds where, even it all goes wrong we still film it,

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There were many things that I thought, ‘Isn’t that brilliant?’ and, ‘How wonderful no-one’s thought of that?’ Blow up booster seat for when you’re in the cinema, and you just get a blow up booster seat out for your child, and it just folds up in your bag! I was amazed by how incredible these people are to think of these things.

Yeah, because it’s ad-libbing. I love the fact we don’t know what’s happening next. That kept it all fresh for me and all of the inventors are different, that’s what I love. They were more anxious than anyone on The X Factor. They’ve invested everything to show it to the retailers.

You’re Currently On Tour At The Moment Too. How Are You Finding That?

I love making people laugh. I think it’s a wonderful honour and a wonderful art form. I am celebrating 45 years doing it professionally, so, I think it’s a marathon not a sprint. I’ve enjoyed every aspect of it. I’ve actually been in more musicals than Michael Ball and I’ve done so

many varied things including films and all that. It’s amazing that I’ve enjoyed it, and survived.

How Does It Feel Looking Back On Such A Long Career?

Life is full of ups and downs, but to be in something that you genuinely love and get paid for is the ultimate. I count myself so lucky to be doing what I love. I’m very proud of ‘Buy it Now’ as it has been around for a lot longer than Strictly.

How Do You Deal With Being In The Public Eye?

I’m fine - I can dip in and out of it. I can wander along with my baseball cap on and no-one knows who I am. I can just pootle along. I’m glad of that really.

You Starred In The Last Series Of Strictly, Too. Are You Still Dancing?

God, no! I always thought I was a better dancer than I actually was. In a musical, you have three months to learn something. You only have four and a half days to learn a dance on Strictly because you have to do so many other things. It all becomes very hectic and it’s really nervewracking, it’s the best known laxative in show business!

So Would You Say Strictly Is The Most Challenging Thing You’ve Ever Done?

Yes, because of the turnaround. Knowing that everyone’s going to watch it, it takes over your life, you watch video’s and dance in your bathroom ... But, what an experience!

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Gerakas Beach

on greek island paradise alonnisos

This quiet island in the northern Aegean is also home to Greece’s first National Marine Park. Steve White recommends the top spots where there’s barely a soul in sight. They may say, ‘Beware of Greeks bearing gifts’, but there was nothing but genuine hospitality when the elderly couple living near my Greek island villa sat me down with a generous glass of raki and a smile when I appeared at their door asking for help after locking myself out without my phone. The island in question, Alonnisos, in the Sporades chain just off Greece’s east coast, is remarkable. In fact, its relaxed unpretentious friendliness, quiet and uncommercialised (no nightclubs, no loud music), has the innocence and unassuming charm of a bygone era. My villa, in contrast, is very of-the-moment and recently added to GIC, The Villa Collection’s portfolio. I love the monogrammed towels and pillowcases and night-lit spiral staircase, not to mention the gadgetry. Outside the huge grounds include a private pool, a shaded area and even resident tortoises. A large sun terrace offers stunning views down to the island’s main town, Patitiri,

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and the sea beyond. It’s perfect for magnificent sunrises and great for watching the rare, elegant Eleonora’s falcon found in this region. In the other direction is a tantalising view of the picturesque Old Village, reached by a pleasant 15-minute walk along a donkey track. Partly abandoned after an earthquake in 1965, today it’s a flourishing artists’ haven; its narrow streets are a charming mix of restored, flower-clad houses, gift shops and tavernas. From here you can see just how green this tiny fifteen by three-mile island is. The hilly terrain softened by rich pine and oak woodland that are criss-crossed by well-marked trails. Apparently, if you stayed for two months, you could visit a different beach every day and still not see them all. Even more remarkable is the crystal clear sea as the island lies in Greece’s first national marine park, established in 1992 and now offering some of the cleanest water in the Med. Living Along The Thames | MAY/JUNE 2018

If you only have a few days to play with, these are the beaches you should try.

Reached via 2.3 miles of rough, single-track, unmade road, the drive to this beach is not for the fainthearted and be prepared for a steep, 10-minute walk through woodland once you arrive. The small, sheltered, white-pebbled beach, with vivid green pine trees clinging to the hillside, is pretty and pristine. Megali Ammos means ‘big sand’ , but all the sand lies underwater, so bring beach shoes to negotiate those pebbles, especially the gentle slope into the sea. The water, however, is great for snorkelling. There are no facilities; it’s just you and the odd bit of driftwood.

Kokkinokastro This breathtaking bay is named after the island’s iconic red cliff (the so-called ‘red castle’) at one end of a long sand-and-pebble beach. Unusually for Alonnisos, there’s a car park, basic toilets, steps to the shore, and even a cute changing hut, not to mention sunbeds and a pop-up taverna in high season. The water is shallow and clean, so it’s ideal for children. Just to the south is the island’s most popular beach, Chrisi

Kokkinokastro Beach

Megali Ammos

Milia, which, with fine, golden sand sloping gently into a turquoise sea, gets packed in high season.

Cape Marpunta Hunt out this beach, just before the end of the unmade Cape Marpunta road, on the island’s southerly tip. You’ll spot the word ‘beach’ painted on a telegraph pole just before a makeshift parking area for a handful of cars. The path down is challenging; first, a steep, stony track, then wait for it, a six-metre drop to the beach, negotiated with the help of a thick

black knotted rope tied to a tree. Not a flip-flop day, then, nor for small children, but the sheltered, ultra-exclusive, south-facing pebbly beach is worth the effort.

Agios Petros There are spectacular sea vistas on the pine-scented drive down to this beach sign posted off the main road, north of Kokkinokastro. The final walk to the sea is down a pretty flower-strewn path (steep in places). There are no facilities, but the beach, a mix of sand and pebbles, has easy access into clear water. It’s overlooked by the odd villa though, so you may have company. A 10-minute walk leads to the tiny, adjacent fishing port of Steni Vala, an idyllic quayside, with tavernas, a shop and a rescue and rehabilitation centre for wounded and orphaned baby seals.


Megali Ammos Beach

How to get there

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A 30-minute drive north from Patitiri along Alonnisos’ occasionally hair-raising ‘main’ road, ends at this tranquil fishing bay. The pebbly beach has sunbeds, but those in the know come to eat at the tiny kantina run from a Ford Transit van by the wonderful Kostas. After a fisherman’s life travelling the world, Kostas ‘retired’ here in 2008 and calls it his ‘small paradise’. Enjoy his morning’s catch, simply fried, with salad and chips, or Greek staples such as souvlaki, washed down with beer or his own-recipe Tsipouro (the local grape spirit), for around E10/£9.

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Tales from the riverbank Take a walk along a river or waterway, just before sunrise or just after sunset and if you’re very, very lucky you may see a flat broad head of a wild Otter swimming. Not so many years ago, the sight of an Otter on the Thames, would have been impossible. The history of Otters does not reflect well on us. By the 1970’s, Otters were only found in Scotland and western Wales. Organochlorine pesticides and pollution made our rivers and waterways toxic to much of our wildlife which led to a massive decline in Otter numbers. A decision was taken to clean up our rivers and waterways so they now flow with clean fresh water. In England, as rivers became cleaner, Otters returned from the verge of extinction. At the same time persecution by man dramatically reduced as it is now an offence to disturb Otters or their habitat under the Wildlife & Countryside Act.

territory can cover 20km or more of river. Within this territory there will be many holts and day beds were an Otter can hole up, waiting for the cover of darkness, before venturing forth. You can increase your chances of spotting one by researching where the ideal habitat might be. Clean waterways, abundant prey stocks and vegetated banks are all Otter must haves. Look out for tell-tale tracks and signs, such as distinctive webbed toe paw prints in soft riverbank mud. Also, Spraint (droppings, often containing fish bones and scales) left at strategic points along an Otter’s territory, such as beneath bridges.

Its aroma has been likened, to that of jasmine tea. Once a shy, secretive animal, the Otter’s return to ancestral rivers and the increase in numbers has brought it closer to humans. If you find the signs of Otter activity, then with a lot of time, patience and luck, you could witness, what we think is one of the best sights in nature, a wild Otter. What better way to spend a summer evening, than walking along a river bank, looking out for Otters? Jacky & Mark Bloomfield

This renaissance has allowed our rivers and waterways to become a haven once more where wildlife flourishes. By 2011, every county in England reported Otters in their rivers. So at no time since the 1970’s have you had a better chance of spotting Otters on your local patch. Mind you, ‘easier’ is a relative term, when applied to Otters. They have a wide range of aquatic homes, from small ditches, moorland streams, lakes and ponds to large rivers. Many now make their homes in urban centres. This makes road bridges, a good place to spot an Otter from. The trick to spotting an Otter is patience and luck. All adults have a stretch of water they call home. This

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Marvellous moths By Katy Dunn Overlooked and undervalued, moths are the Cinderella of lepidoptera. Butterflies get all the glory, but at night, moths come to life in all their colourful and intricately patterned finery. With national moth night(s) coming up on 14-16 June this year, now is an ideal time to find out more about these fascinating insects. If your only experience of moths is flapping around the bathroom light or nibbling natural fibres in your wardrobe, it’s understandable you might not be their number one fan. (Although only one moth species out of 2500 in the UK eats wool.) I’d never given moths much thought until I went to a moth-trapping event on Berkshire common with a National Trust ranger. It was an absolute revelation. On this particular morning, in a wide woodland clearing with the dew just starting to lift from the grass, our random group of the vaguely interested were suddenly poised in anticipation like children around a Christmas present. Owen the ranger was about to lift the lid on the moth trap. He’d explained that the moths were attracted overnight to the UV-rich light bulb and then found themselves funnelled into the box unharmed. And there they were, nestled peacefully in the egg cartons lining the moth trap. A couple fluttered away, but the others looked like they were asleep (Owen assured us they were alive, just docile in the daylight). It was the beauty of the colours and patterns which struck us first. There was a lime hawk moth with army-camouflage wings and furry green head, and a chunky elephant hawk moth striped in gradations of bright pink and mustard-brown. My absolute favourite was the aptly-named ermine moth with its luxurious snowy fur ruff and black spots like a royal cloak. I was desperate to give it a stroke, but resisted, as damaging the delicate wing scales could affect its flight. The moths quite happily sat on a hand or finger though and it was thrilling to be able to see them in such detail. The moth-trapping wasn’t just a visitor attraction. Like butterflies, moths are an Living Along The Thames | MAY/JUNE 2018

‘indicator species’. They’re great pollinators and a vital link in the food chain, providing a food source for mammals and birds and bat snacks throughout their life cycle. Regular surveys of the volume and variety of moth species can tell National Trust rangers a lot about the health of the landscape they look after and the effects of climate change. There are 59 species of butterfly in the UK, but more than 2500 species of moth. There are some moth species which fly during the day, but most become active at twilight. The way to tell the difference between a butterfly and moth is by their antennae – butterflies’ have a club at the end, whilst moths’ are feathery or saw-shaped. Moths also rest with their wings flat, whilst most butterflies fold their wings upright. Besides their beauty, it’s moths’ weird and wonderful behaviours that make them fascinating. Some have incredible camouflage to avoid detection by predators, so that they look exactly like the lichen or bark of a tree where they live. Others have evolved great mimicry skills. When a hawk moth caterpillar feels threatened his body swells up to the shape of a snake’s head with two huge black markings like beady eyes. There are other moths whose markings disguise them as birds or even bird poo to avoid being eaten. Some moths use squeaks to confuse bats into not eating them and bees into not stinging them so they can steal their honey. The short life-span of moths means mating is a priority and it’s here that moth behaviour can get really crazy. As they’re usually operating in the dark, they locate their mate by scent. Most males can sniff out a female with their feathery antennae from up to 100m away. However, the Emperor moth takes olfactory aptitude to another level. A frisky Emperor male can locate a female

from five miles away. It’s like smelling a potential girlfriend’s perfume from the next village – far more effective than swiping right on a phone app. Some moths serenade the object of their affection with ultrasonic singing once they’ve zoned in on her and there’s one species which employs a very dirty trick. The Asian micro-moth mimics the hunting call of a bat. The female then stays absolutely still to avoid attracting the attention of the supposed predator. The dastardly Lothario then takes the opportunity to nip in and mate with her whilst she’s frozen with fear. However, when it comes to reproduction, bagworm moths are the weirdest. The females have no wings and live their whole life in a silken case. After mating, she pokes her head out of the bag and waggles it at a passing bird so that they’ll eat her and disperse the eggs, as these pass through the predator’s digestive system unharmed. And we thought we sacrificed a lot for our kids. A moth trapping event is a fascinating way to spend an evening and/or morning and having a knowledgeable ranger or moth-specialist on hand is a fantastic introduction to the wonderful world of moths. There are lots of public moth-trapping events to attend across the country on national moth night(s) 14-16 June and a quick internet search will bring up those near to you. To find out how to make your garden more moth-friendly and start mothspotting for yourself, head to The website is also a great source of moth info. Why not give it a go? You’ve got ‘mothing’ to lose.

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5 Minutes with Lisa Stansfield The UK’s biggest soul star of the 90s, is back with a new album, Deeper. There’s video footage somewhere of a young up-and-coming Lisa Stansfield doing forward rolls through Paris airport while she was being interviewed by what one can only imagine was a bewildered journalist.

The couple spent 14 years in Ireland but moved back to England in 2008 after her mother died and Devaney’s fell ill. They now live between Rochdale and London but miss Ireland, she admits.

That’s according to her anyway. The video seems not to have made its way online but, given the energy of the woman sitting across the table, it’s quite believable.

It’s 38 years since she won the Search For A Star competition. But you’d never find her encouraging anyone to take part in their modern televised equivalents.

The 52-year-old is here to talk about her new record, Deeper. Announcing the album, the soul singer said she believed there was “something special” about it, but she’s struggling to explain what exactly that is. “I can’t put my finger on it ... there’s an excitement, an energy to it... If I knew I’d put it on every record,” she says in her broad Lancashire accent with vowels as flat as the black cap she has pulled over forehead. Stansfield returned from a 10-year break in 2014 with Seven, which shot into the top 20 and drew a sell-out European tour. Before that, of course, was number one hit ‘All Around The World’, 20 million records sold, and an array of trophies including Brits and Ivor Novellos.

“I don’t think I’d go on the X Factor or The Voice,” she says adamantly. “Unless you know exactly what you’re going to do and you’re very, very strong as an individual, you can get so lost on it,” she adds. “And if you’re on a show like that when you say you’re 23, 24 or younger, if you don’t succeed, but you have that period of a few months or weeks when you’re on TV all the time, that will define the rest of your life. “You’ll get thrown to the wayside and everyone will go, you’re the one who was on X Factor eighty million years ago. That can send people barmy.”

Deeper was, like its predecessors, created alongside her music partner and husband of 30 years, Ian Devaney. Full of funk, groove and soul, Stansfield envisions it as perfect.

She’s also concerned about musical tastes of the youth. They’re not “f*****d up” enough, she says. Normally, she adds, it’s the kids who are forced to listen to their parents’ boring music, but Stansfield thinks it has now reversed.

“I think it captures that moment when you’re getting ready to go out on a Friday night,” she says. “You get your music on and then you face the night.”

“Kids have got so much responsibility now,” she says. “They’re being born into a lifetime of debt and they’ve not even started. So they have to really

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learn to be sensible which is horrible. Her opinions are hers. More intriguing are her views on Harvey Weinstein’s alleged behaviour and the MeToo movement it gave momentum to. “I think women have to be very careful,” she says, describing the revelations as a “bandwagon” which she believes is attracting a minority of people who are speaking out for attention and to “whip up the f*****g frenzy”. “They’re completely trivialising the whole thing,” she continues. “Women have worked for years and years and years to be taken seriously and a handful of women are trivialising it for everybody else. I think it’s disgraceful for an issue which is so serious to be trivialised.” It’s a difficult point to prove and, in drawing attention away from the main message of MeToo, might somewhat veer in the direction of hypocrisy. She does agree the world is in flux, however. “It’s weird at the moment, innit. “But I think you’ve always got to be an optimist though, the world is just deciding what to do. It’s like going to the cinema and trying to find a seat, the world hasn’t found its seat.”

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Where do you stand on dog mess? it’s a messy subject! It seems, dog poo is just about everywhere. Since everyone claims to pick it up and are irritated by those who don’t, it’s puzzling that there is so much of it in places it shouldn’t be. It’s a touchy subject, and touching it is definitely the problem for most people. We are so faecal averse that we find it extremely difficult to pick up something that is no more than the processed result of material we have fed our animals, even though we are using a waterproof bag. So, is this a rant? No, not really, but it is mystifying that people fail to remove a material that they presumably do not want to step on themselves, the next time they walk in the same area. “It’s off the path” is often claimed. Well, no, it isn’t if there are two people walking abreast, or the path moves as people walk round muddy patches. So, really unless your dog sticks its bum into a bramble patch to make a deposit, it should be picked up. In this new era of single use plastic awareness, it’s best to opt for biodegradable plastic bag. Scented ones are available if it is a bit whiffy. Carrying some wet wipes for your hands is a good idea in case of too close an encounter. However, dog faeces should be firm and easily handled. If you dog is regularly producing a squidgy or semi-liquid splodge, you should review what you are feeding them, as it is obviously not suiting their digestive system. The next thing is to pop it in the nearest bin, but for unfathomable reasons some people think it is sensible to leave the bag on the ground or hang it in a bush. Why Living Along The Thames | MAY/JUNE 2018

would anyone do that? Surely that is littering as well as inconsiderate? No bins nearby? No excuse. There are a wide range of carriers designed specifically for carrying dog poop sealed away until a bin can be found. A quick online search reveals a great selection. Even in the ‘middle of no-where’ which, in reality, is hard to find in the UK as you are always in someone’s backyard, there are good reasons not to leave it lying around. Neosporosis which causes cattle to abort and Sarcocystosis are both caused by parasites that can use dogs as intermediate hosts. Livestock can pick up the parasite when grazing on land that has dog mess left. Grazing animals directly lift quite a lot of soil when grazing, depending on the sward length and will also ingest faeces adhered to grass. In the name of good neighbourliness, it’s best to remove dog mess from grassland fields. Regular worming treatment of dogs will also help minimise the occurrence of diseases with parasitic vectors. There is more and more pressure on public areas and an increasing number of local authorities are requiring dogs to be kept on leads in public parks, partly to reduce the incidence of uncollected dog faeces. Let’s keep those parks open to dogs to play in by being more considerate to other park users and never allow

your dog to poo on a sports field. No-one wants to wear it! On pavements too, the issue of uncollected dog mess is attracting increasing levels of political attention with the DNA testing of poop being proposed in several European cities including Paris and most recently, Madrid. In the UK, Barking and Dagenham Council, it had to be, didn’t it!, piloted such a scheme, which has been made easier to operate following the UK wide introduction of mandatory micro-chipping of dogs in 2017. While widescale adoption of poop policing is hopefully something for sci-fi stories, we all need to take responsibility for removing what our dogs leave behind. Finally, to the poop powered street light! Yes, this innovative idea is in use at a car park often frequented by dog walkers in Worcestershire. Paper bags are provided, and the scooped poop is placed in a receptacle where it is mixed to promote methane gas production. The collected gas is used to illuminate the car park, typically for two hours per poop. Wouldn’t it be fabulous if all rural car parks were so lit? Much better than having a bin overflowing with plastic poop bags waiting to be landfilled! Dru Ross

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Range Rover PHEV Tom Wiltshire

What is it? The Range Rover hybrid gives city-dwellers an alternative to plain old internal combustion. It combines a four-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor and battery, capable of travelling up to 31 miles on battery power alone. What’s New? The Range Rover PHEV receives some extra glitz aimed at making it feel even more luxurious. There’s a Velar-inspired grille, new lights front and rear, and the tailpipes have been integrated into the rear bumper. Inside, nearly every button on the centre console has gone, replaced instead by a dual-touchscreen setup. Thicker windows and noise cancelling tech aim to make the car even more eerily silent than before, and there are new seats, too. What’s Under The Bonnet? The Range Rover PHEV debuts the brand’s first plug-in hybrid powertrain. For 0-60mph sprint it takes 6.4 seconds and a top speed of 85mph if travelling on electricity alone. Land Rover claims

a combined fuel economy figure of 101mpg. The reality is very dependent on how you drive. If you charge the car every night and the majority of your journeys are within the 31-mile electric range, you might hardly need to use the petrol engine. In solo cruising with a discharged battery, though, we achieved a more realistic Range Rover economy figure of 24mpg. The engine is powerful, with a seamless transition between power sources. Push it hard, though, and the raucous note of the comparatively small engine penetrates the cabin. What’s It Like To Drive? Range Rovers are at their best at high speed on smooth roads. The heavy hybrid model isn’t quite as responsive as its siblings down a twisting road but it’s ideal in the city, though, where the serene sensation of running on pure electricity makes the Range Rover feel somehow even more luxurious. What’s The Spec Like? Vogue models, at £86,965, get a full Windsor leather interior,

triple-zone climate control, a fixed panoramic glass roof, 20-inch alloy wheels, and Matrix LED headlights to name but a few choice items. Step up to £93,465 Vogue SE and the wheels become 21-inchers, the excellent Terrain response system comes as standard and the stereo becomes an excellent Meridian system, while top-spec Autobiography brings executive rear seating, walnut veneer, 24-way electric seats with heating and cooling and a suede headliner for £105,865. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are still disappointing omissions. Verdict The new hybrid model is an impressive achievement but works best in city conditions, those with regular long trips to accommodate would be best served by one of the diesel engines. The Range Rover is a serious rival to the best luxury cars out there - and one that makes you feel like a king every time you drive it.

FACTS AT A GLANCE Price: from £86,965 | Engine: 2.0-litre petrol with electric motor | Max speed (mph): 137 | 0-60mph: 6.4 seconds MPG (combined): 101 | Emissions (g/km): 64

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Coffee Break Across 6. Clause amended right in affairs of this world (7)

Down 1. Number of Poles divided about first lady (5)

7. Criminal taken in hand by bishop (5)

2. Young lion or scout (3)

9. Colour of the leftist (3) 10. Coach ill? Nothing wrong! Merely a liquor addict (9) 12. Threatening demand for wage increase? (3,2,2,4) 15. Leaving as obsolescent (2,3,3,3) 17. Knew a bird could provide some shelter (9) 19. Sound made by dejected cattle? (3) 21. Transport after six for minister (5)




4. Wrong, or sure one is wrong (9) 6

8. Corpse missing? It’s an inconsequential person (6)

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11. Herald uncertainly follows feline into big church (9)


13. Ascending to where the patients are out of bed? (6) 14. Not at all polite _ military, perhaps? (7)



5. The soil that is most sacred (7)


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16. Self-possession shown by one in assumed attitude (5) 18. Copy ten at the top (4)

22. Did he compose _Buds’? Yes (7)


3. Greet with stones? (4)

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20. Place in dispute (3)



Down: 1 Seven; 2 Cub; 3 Hail; 4 Erroneous; 5 Holiest; 8 Nobody; 11 Cathedral; 13 Upward; 14 Uncivil; 16 Poise; 18 Apex; 20 Put. Across: 6 Secular; 7 Crook; 9 Red; 10 Alcoholic; 12 Pay up or else; 15 On the way out; 17 Windbreak; 19 Low; 21 Vicar; 22 Debussy.

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2018 Vehicle Tax changes explained Jack Evans

At the beginning of April, the tax rules on new diesel cars changed. This only applies to cars registered from that date - those that were registered before April 1 will be unaffected. All cars currently follow the standard first-year tax rules set in April 2017. This can vary from £0 for a zero-emissions electric car to up to £2,000 for the worst-polluting vehicles. Then, when the car is taxed for the second time, another standard rate is introduced. Most petrol and diesel cars have a £140 standard rate, alternatively fuelled vehicles see a £130 rate, while zero emissions don’t incur any cost. The first-year rate is usually included in a new car’s on-the-road price. However, if the car you bought cost more than £40,000 at the time of registration, there’s an additional rate to take into consideration and this is applied on top of the standard rate. It’s £310, regardless of the type of car and is payable for five years from the second time that the car is

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taxed. That means that drivers of a high-emissions, high-price car could be paying £450, while the bare minimum that drivers of cars over £40,000 will have to pay is £310. Even if your £40,000 car is zero-emissions, you’ll still pay that additional rate. You’ll have to be careful with the options box-ticking, too, if you want to avoid a higher rate of tax - even a car with a list price of under £40,000 will be eligible for the additional £310 if its price is pushed over £40,000 with any extras. Then, when this five-year period is up, the vehicle will be taxed at the standard rate of £140, £130 or nothing. The shake-up, which was announced in last year’s Autumn Budget concerns new diesel cars. The revision adds a tier to the table of taxation of new diesels that don’t meet new Euro 6 emissions legislation and could see drivers having to pay up to £500 more. The new rules require new diesel cars to meet real-world driving emissions (RDE) standards,

meaning that vehicles will have to emit no more than 120mg of nitrogen oxides per kilometre - 1.5 times the current limit of 80mg/ km - during real-world conditions. If a car fails this, it doesn’t get that all-important certificate. That means there’s a bump up in the cost for taxing new diesel cars, which could range from £15 to £500 and is only payable for the first year. No cars currently on sale meet these targets, so all new diesel vehicles are now going to be affected. It’s worth remembering, however, that these costs are included as the car’s on-the-road price and are designed to penalise cars that are the highest polluting. As with the rest of the rules, this only applies to diesel cars and not vans. The amount of tax for older cars remains the same and is based on an emissions-related table introduced in 2001. Any car registered before March 1, 2001 qualifies for a different system of tax, and this one is refreshingly simple. If your car has an engine that’s above 1,549cc it’s £245 a year, whereas if it’s under 1,549cc it’ll cost £150 a year to tax.

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WIN! WIN! WIN! Living Along the Thames and Firefly Events are giving one reader and three friends the opportunity to win cinema tickets to one of their fabulous outdoor pop-up cinema events this summer. Firefly Events are running a series of pop-up cinema screenings at local venues this summer with a range of films for all tastes, from the cinema blockbuster “The Greatest Showman” to the 2017 remake of Stephen King’s scary “IT”.

There are several ways in which you can enter this fabulous competition

There are two local locations on offer if you are one of our lucky winners - Hambleden and Cox Green. Sit with friends under the stars in the stunning Hambleden Valley or join us for an evening al fresco watching the sun go down before settling down to watch an all-time classic at Lillibrooke near Maidenhead. Alternatively, we have some family-friendly movies playing in the barn at Lillibrooke Manor.

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Competition closes on 1st August 2018. Terms and conditions apply. Firefly has a summer packed with fabulous films so if you’d like to join us at other events visit

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

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Diary Dates May 01 May – 30 Jun: ‘Theatre display in house’ Discover the links Greys Court has had with the theatre over the years, including an original costume worn by Lady Brunner, Grey’s Court, nr Henley on Thames, RG9 4PG, 01491 628529 26 May – 03 Jun: ‘RHS Wisley’s Gardening Festival’ with a theme of ‘Get Set Grow!’, For more information or 01483 224234, Wisley, Woking, Surrey GU23 6QB 28 Apr – 03 Jun: ‘Wycombe Arts Festival’ 10: ‘Death from Above’ - Zeppelin raids in WWI’ with Harvey Watson Bourne End (Bucks) Community Association ‘Centre Talks at Bourne End Community Centre, 19:30, £5 on the door 11: ‘Hambleden Pop Up Cinema Pretty Woman’ (15) @ The Woodland Lodge, Culden Faw, Hambleden, RG9 3AP, Doors open 19:00 Film showing 21:00 12: ‘Marlow May Fayre’ 10:00 – 17:00, BBQ, Craft Stall, Live Music & Entertainment, Duck Race at 15:30, Higginson Park, Marlow. 12: ‘The Great British Dog Walk’ at Hughenden Manor, walk starts at 11:00, £12 adults (on-line £10) children free, in aid of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People – 12: ‘Fawley Hill Railway’ Fawley Hill, Icehouse Lane, Henley on Thames, RG9 6JA, 01491 571373, Living Along The Thames | MAY/JUNE 2018

12: ‘Great War Buckinghamshire Showcase’ 10:00-15:00, a day celebrating the lives of local people who participated in WW1, exhibitions, family history tips, craft activities, live music/poetry and refreshments. Arts4Every1 Centre, Desborough Road, High Wycombe, HP11 2PU. For more details email: 12: ‘Hambleden Pop Up Cinema The Breakfast Club’ @ The Woodland Lodge, Culden Faw, Hambleden, RG9 3AP, Doors open 19:00 Film showing 21:00 13: ‘The Grant & Stone Marlow 5 Race’ Entry £18, Rolling Road Closure 09:00-11:00 13: ‘Hambleden Pop Up Cinema You’ll Float Too’ (15) at The Woodland Lodge, Culden Faw, Hambleden, RG9 3AP, Doors open 19:00 Film showing 21:00 14: ‘Hambleden Pop Up Cinema The Greatest Showman’ (PG) at The Woodland Lodge, Culden Faw, Hambleden, RG9 3AP, Doors open 19:00 Film showing 21:00 16: ‘Interactive Storytime’ at Marlow Library, bring your under 5’s along to hear and engage with stories, 10:30-11:00. 16: Summer Concert ‘The English Countryside’ Performing Arts Theatre, Borlase School, West St, Marlow, Tickets £12/£10, Part of the Wycombe Arts Festival. 17: ‘In Search of King Alfred’ a joint talk with Marlow Archaeology Society and Archaeology in Marlow by Katie Tucker at Liston Hall, 20:00, £4.50, students £1.50. and

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17-19+23-26: Open air production of Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’ By Fourways Theatre Company at Pipers Corner School, Great Kingshill, HP15 6LP, 19:30 01494 522722. 17-20: ‘Pub in the Park’ Higginson Park, Marlow Tom Kerridge presents Pub in the Park, 4 days of chef demos, pop up quality restaurants and live music. 19: ‘Une Fleur Sur Les Ruines’ performed by Les Baladins de Marly for Marlow Players at the Bourne End Community Centre, SL8 5SX, 20:00, £12, students £5, tickets from Marlow Library 19: ‘Rock the Moor’, Cookham Moor. 19: ‘Chilterns Walking Festival’ A programme of hikes, guided tours and special events across the Chilterns. Runs until 3rd June. 20: ‘Maidenhead Junior Regatta’ 20: ‘Henley on Thames Bowling Club – Open Day’ 11:00 – 15:00, The Pavilion, Mill Meadows, Henley on Thames. RG9 1BE. Come and have a go at bowls, all for free. Wear flat shoes as all other equipment provided. Light refreshments provided. Call Nigel 07752 771117. 24: ‘Open Mic Poetry Night at The Perch’ 91 High Street, Marlow, 20:00 – 22:00. Come and read a poem you’ve written, or a favourite someone else has written. It’ll be entertaining either way. Bar/refreshments available. Reserve a table 01628 290505.

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26-30: ‘Marlow Arts & Crafts Annual Exhibition’ The Church Hall, The Causeway, Marlow 10:00-17:30. 27: ‘Archaeology and Wild Flower Walk’ 11:00 – 13:30, Maidenhead and Cookham Commons, Maidenhead. Join one of our Rangers and ramble across Cock Marsh discovering the wildflowers and the history beneath your feet, Adult £8 Child £4 0344 249 1895 28: ‘Meet the Beekeepers’ 11.00 - 16.00, Find out about beekeeping and honey production with our friendly volunteer beekeeping team. Hughenden High Wycombe. HP14 4LA 0344 249 1895 28+29+30: ‘ Tree Climbing’ Cliveden, Taplow SL1 8NS, Zip through the treetops with the Big Tree Climbing Co. £20 0344 249 1895 29: ‘Trail Trackers’ 10.30 -12.00. Kids can be a ‘trail tracker’ with our ranger team. Put your orienteering skills to the test with a compass and map. Child £4 0344 249 1895. Hughendon, High Wycombe HP14 4LA, 0344 249 1895 29-01 Jun: ‘Get Buzzy at Hughenden’ 10.30 - 16.00, Get Buzzy this half term and make your very own bee themed craft. Hughendon, High Wycombe HP14 4LA, 0344 249 1895 30: ‘Children’s Half Term Craft’ at Marlow Library, 10:30-12:00, no charge or need to book - under 10’s should be accompanied by an adult. 31: ‘Behind the Scenes Manor Tour’ at Hughenden Manor, 45 minute tour, £4 plus admission, 11:00-11:45 Hughenden, High Wycombe. HP14 4LA, 0344 249 1895

June 01+02: The Great Big Tree Climb 10.00 - 16.45 into the canopy of the great horse chestnuts, Hughenden High Wycombe. HP14 4LA Tel: 01494 755573 01-17: ‘Love Marlow Festival’ Arts & crafts, Community, Family & Kids, Food & drink, & music events 02 - 24: ‘Oxford Sculpture Group Exhibition’ See sculptures from local artists in the walled gardens and Cromwellian Building. Sculptures available for purchase, Grey’s Court, nr Henley on Thames, RG9 4PG, 01491 628529 02: ‘Marlow Antique & Vintage Fayre’ Hot & Cold Food available, All day breakfast, Sandwiches at Liston Hall, Marlow 09:00-16:00, 07711 646536. 02: ‘Fawley Hill Railway’ Fawley Hill, Icehouse Lane, Henley on Thames, RG9 6JA, 01491 571373, 02: ‘National Garden Scheme Open Gardens’ Cookham Gardens, 14:00 –17:00, Cost £5.50, Children Free. 03: ‘National Garden Scheme Open Gardens’ Burrow Farm, Hambleden, RG9 6LT, 11:00-15:30, Cost £5, Children Free, Homemade teas available 04-29 ‘Butterflies, Bees & Bloooms’ 10.00 - 17.00, Stroll across the parkland & discover the wildlife. Hughendon, High Wycombe. HP14 4LA. Tel: 01494 755573

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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! 14: ‘Cox Green Roman Villas’ A short vintage film for Marlow Archialocial Society at Liston Hall, 20:00 | £4.50, students £1.50. with AGM to follow 14-17: ‘Traylens Amusements’ at Higginson Park. 16: ‘Henley on Thames Bowling Club’ 90th Anniversary bowling day’, Members only, Dress 1928 style. The Mayor and team will be attending. Viewing Gallery open to the public. The Pavilion, Mill meadows, Henley on Thames, RG9 1BE. For more info call Nigel 07752 771117. 16: ‘Scouts Cookham Village Fair & Dog Show’ Cookham Moor, 11:00 – 16:00, To book a stall email 16: ‘Marlow Town Regatta’ Rowing, Daytime: Trade, Charity & Food Stalls, Music entertainment, 8:00-19:00, Cost Adult £12.50, Youth £8 + Child £5. Saturday Evening Entertainment includes chart topping band Toploader & local favourites Rockstar & Abbas Angels, 18:00-22:00 Evening cost Adults £20, Youth £15 + Child £5 Packages available from

17: ‘Fawley Hill Railway’ Fawley Hill, Icehouse Lane, Henley on Thames, RG9 6JA, 01491 571373, 23: ‘Marlow Rock Bottom’ 23: ‘Marlow Regatta’ Dorney Lake, Eton – 24: ‘Henley Symphony Orchestra’ at Shiplake College, Shiplake, RG9 4BL 23-29: ‘Maidenhead Week’ celebration to mark the 25 years since the inception of Maidenhead Heritage Centre | 24: ‘Marlow Open Water Swim’ Higginson Park, cost £25, 24: ‘Climb a tree and tick off a 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’ Grey’s Court, nr Henley on Thames, RG9 4PG 01491 628529, £20 24: ‘Cookham Dean Tennis and Croquet Charity Tournament’ For more information Chris Scanlon 07860 444445

16+17: ‘Father’s Day model Train exhibition’ 10.30 - 16.00, Child £3, Hughenden, High Wycombe. HP14 4LA, Tel: 01494 755573 17: ‘Marlow Town Regatta & Festival Family Fun Day’ Dragon Boat Festival, Showcase & Charity Stalls, Trade & Craft Stall, Food & Drink available, 09:30 -16:45, Free entry 17: ‘Father’s Day’ Living Along The Thames | MAY/JUNE 2018

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28-30: ‘A Grand Night for Singing’ Marlow Music Makers established in 2009 is a choir of mixed voices. The United Reformed Church, Oxford Rd, Marlow, Tickets £10 (includes glass of wine and light refreshments) from Leightons Insight, High St, Marlow 01628 484618 | 01494 883292 | Profit from ticket sales will be split between Headway South Bucks – the brain injury association, and Marlow Age Concern

July 01: ‘National Garden Scheme – Open Gardens’ Burrow Farm, Hambleden, RG9 6LT, 11:00-15:30, Cost £5, Children Free, Homemade teas available 01: ‘Henley Classic – Henley Swim’ Temple Island Meadows, Henley on Thames, RG9 3DB, 01: ‘Fawley Hill Railway’ Fawley Hill, Icehouse Lane, Henley on Thames, RG9 6JA, 01491 571373, 01: ‘Bray Open Gardens’ 14:00 – 17:00 cost £10. Funds raised will be shared between Thames Hospice and St Michaels Church, supported by High Sheriff of Berkshire. Contact Julie Graham 01628 778054 or email: 03: ‘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! 04-08: ‘Henley Royal Regatta’ 13: ‘Marlow Food Festival’ at Higginson Park 11-15: ‘Henley Festival’ 20: ‘Thames Traditional Boat Festival’ Fawley Meadows, Marlow Rd, Henley on Thames, RG9 3AA 20+21: ‘Penn Fest’ live music with The Kaiser Chiefs (Friday night headliner) 21+22: ‘Maidenhead Festival’ 10:00 – 23:00, Kidwells Park, Maidenhead. Live Music, stalls and family entertainment - free. 24-27: ‘Towersey Festival’

At time of print all dates are correct. Marlow Information Centre on 01628 483597 Maidenhead Library on 01628 796969 Henley Library on 01491 575278.

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Ongoing Events Marlow Museum Mar – Oct 13:00 - 17:00: Sat, Sun & Bank holidays Nov – Feb: 14:00 – 16:00 Sun Maidenhead Heritage Centre 10: 00 - 16:00 Tues - Sat & 2nd Sunday of month Stanley Spencer Gallery Mar – Nov: Tues – Sun 10:30 – 17:30 Nov – Mar: Thurs – Sun 11:00 – 16:30 Closed 24 & 25 Dec | Marlow Camera Club Tuesday | 19:45 - 20:00 | The Methodist Church Hall, Spittal Street, Marlow, SL7 3HJ Maidenhead Camera Club Tuesday, Cox Green Community Centre | 01628 630861 Henley Photographic Club Tuesday | 20:00 - 22:00 | YMCA Hall, off Waterman’s Road, Henley High Wycombe Croquet Club Friday 10:00 -12:00 & Sundays 10:00 - 16:00 6th April - 31st August | 01494 858202 Hazlemere Rec Grd, Amersham Rd, Hazlemere, HP15 7QW The East Berks RSPB Group Monthly | 7.30pm to 9.30pm on Thursdays High Street Methodist, Church Hall, Maidenhead Colenorton Dragon Boat Club Sunday 10.00 - 12.30 | Bray Lake Water Sports, Maidenhead SL6 2EB South Bucks Walking Group Regular walks programme + club weekends Di Olden - 01494 714486 Henley & Goring Ramblers No need to book, just turn up, new walkers and non-members are always welcome Maidenhead National Trust Second Thursday, except August | Jakoby Drama Studio at Desborough College, Maidenhead Midsomer Murder Filming Locations 17 Mar - 27 Oct | Saturday 11:00 | 1 hour Tour Argyll Pub, Market Place, Henley Living Along The Thames | MAY/JUNE 2018

AVENGERS: infinity war It’s the beginning of the end for the various factions of the Marvel Comics universe as mighty Thanos (Josh Brolin) continues his quest to claim the Infinity Stones to power a gauntlet that will allow him to exert power over every living creature. It has been two years since Captain America (Chris Evans) and his superpowered allies - Bucky Barnes, aka Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), Sam Wilson, aka Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Wanda Maximoff, aka Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Scott Lang, aka Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) - went toe-to-toe with billionaire inventor Tony Stark, aka Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), and his cohorts, Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), James Rhodes, aka War Machine (Don Cheadle), Vision (Paul Bettany), Prince T’Challa, aka Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), and Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man (Tom Holland).

An American in Paris: The Musical (TBC) This breathtakingly beautiful Tony® Award-winning Broadway musical, inspired by the Oscar® winning MGM film, tells the impassioned story of discovering love in the ‘City of Light’. Wed 16 May, 7.45pm | Tue 22 May, 7.45pm Mon 4 Jun, 12.30pm English National Ballet: Akram Khan’s Giselle (U) Hailed as ‘a masterpiece of 21st century dance’ from the English National Ballet, the production comes to cinemas for the first time with Artistic Director of English National Ballet Tamara Rojo, dancing the role of Giselle. Wed 23 May, 6.15pm Exhibition On Screen: I, Claude Monet (U) “My head is bursting – I want to paint it all.” Award-winning director Phil Grabsky presents a fresh new look at arguably the world’s favourite artist, Claude Monet, using the painter’s own words. Mon 28 May, 6.30pm

The threat posed by Thanos has dire repercussions for hundreds of civilisations across the universe, which compels the Guardians of the Galaxy to stand in solidarity with the Avengers and their allies. Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), green-skinned assassin Gamora (Zoe Saldana), genetically engineered raccoon Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper), his tree-like sidekick Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), vengeance-seeking warrior Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista) and Mantis (Pom Klementieff) must bridge deep divisions between the two factions. They work alongside the likes of Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Bruce Banner, aka Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) to end Thanos’s reign of terror. Avengers: Infinity War, directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, in cinemas now. Living Along The Thames | MAY/JUNE 2018

Oscar Wilde Season Live: An Ideal Husband (12A) A new production of the Rolls-Royce of English comedies, Oscar Wilde’s play, will be broadcast live to cinemas from the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End. Tue 5 Jun, 7.15pm ROH: Swan Lake 2018 (12A) The Royal Ballet creates a new production with additional choreography by Artist in Residence Liam Scarlett. Live: Tue 12 June, 7.15pm Encore; Sun 17 Jun, 6.15pm Picturehouse Pop-Up : Regal By The River Our cinema under the stars returns to Mill Meadows for three days of classic film from the 80’s. Gates open at 7.00 with films at dusk. Thu 15 Jun – Thelma and Louise Fri 16 Jun – The Greatest Showman Sat 17 Jun – Top Gun For Bookings: 0871 902 5738 | Regal Picturehouse, 2 Boroma Way, Henley RG9 2BZ

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

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MARLOW Liston Hall 472558 Archaeology in Marlow 481792 Marlow Archaeological Society 523896 Bowls 485274 Boxing 01494 532826 Crafts 473872/473539 Football 483970 Hockey 521830 Plants (Orchids) 486640 Petanque 521783 Photography 483030 Rugby 483911/477054 Marlow Striders 475548 Four Seasons Club 484528 Tennis 483638 New Marlow Tennis Academy 488438 Rifle & Pistol Club 01494 676676 ALF (Longridge) 486595 Marlow & District Wine Society 483294 Marlow Museum 01628 482515 Marlow Society/History 476140 MOAS 07899 867757 Rotary Club 01494 530952 LETS 01494 523978 U3A 485220/488865 Community Choir 602581/661182 Railway Society 01494 488283 Choral Society 472998 Marlow Orators 07738 540287 COUNCIL SERVICES MARLOW Bus Services 0871 2002233 Marlow 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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Living Along the Thames May/June 2018  

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Living Along the Thames May/June 2018  

Luxury Lifestyle magazine for residents of Marlow, Maidenhead, Henley, Cookham and Bourne End in the Thames Valley. Containing regular feat...