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Swan Upping

The third week of July will see the 800 year old tradition of Swan Upping continue along the Thames from Sunbury, Surrey to Abingdon, Oxfordshire. Its rituals and traditions arise from when the Crown laid claim to ownership of all mute swans found in open water. Although technically all mute swans are still owned by the Crown, our present Queen exercises her right of ownership only on certain stretches of the Thames, which is now the annual Swan Upping ceremony being held along its lower reaches today. For centuries ownership of swans was of great significance, the birds were seen as an important source of meat and quills for writing. In order to keep accurate records the post of Royal Swan Keeper was formed. The keeper recorded swan numbers including the new cygnets hatched every year. Although we can’t be certain why it happened, records show that in the 15th Century the Crown shared its ownership of swans with the Worshipful Company of Vintners and the Worshipful Company of Dyers, the sharing arrangement remains to this day. Royal swan uppers conduct the count of swans on the Thames and swan uppers from the two Worshipful companies accompany them to make sure the marking of cygnets is carried out fairly. This long tradition of ownership and marking forms the swan upping ceremony we see today. Normally in the third week of July on a Monday the flotilla of six traditional Thames rowing skiffs 2


Monday 18th - Friday 22nd July

proceeds up river to Abingdon. Two of the skiffs contain the Queen’s Swan Mark and the Royal Swan Uppers. While the markers and Swan Uppers of the Vintners’ and Dyers’ Worshipful Livery Companies man the other four skiffs. Today, this flotilla is accompanied by powered vintage river craft and makes quite a sight as it makes its way up river. As the skiffs proceed up river, they look out for cygnets, which will be about three to four weeks old at this time of year. As soon as a cygnet is spotted, a shout goes up from the swan uppers. Then with great skill they manoeuvre their skiffs around the cygnets and adults, gently pushing them towards the nearest bank. Once close enough to the bank the cygnets are gathered into the boat by the swan uppers. Once aboard the birds legs are gently tied together to prevent the bird struggling and damaging itself. If the bank conditions permit, the birds are transferred to the bank to carry out the next part of the operation. In times gone past the cygnets would have been marked by nicking the beak to show ownership. Today however, this has all changed, along with the reasons for the census and marking. Today’s swan upping is all about swan conservation. Swans, caught today are ringed weighed and measured and examined for any signs of injury. The Queen’s Swan Warden carries out this work. This is a scientific role and not a ceremonial one. The Queen’s Swan Marker records the week’s activities in an annual report, detailing the numbers of swans, broods and cygnets counted by the Swan Upping. These reports provide an invaluable resource in the management and conservation of the swans along the Thames. Jacky and Mark Bloomfield

If you would like to get involved in this years Swan Upping then here are the provisional times and dates. Local schools seeking further information should contact the Swan Marker’s office on +44 (0)1628 523030 or email The observation points and times are as follows (all times given are approximate): Monday 18th July 2011 Sunbury Lock 09.00 Departure point Shepperton Lock 10.45 Penton Hook Lock 12.30 Romney Lock 17.30 Tuesday 19th July 2011 Eton Bridge 09.00 Departure point Boveney Lock 10.15 Boulters Lock 13.00 Marlow Lock 17.30 Wednesday 20th July 2011 Marlow Bridge 09.00 Departure point Hurley Lock 10.30 Hambleden Lock 12.00 Henley Town 13.30 Marsh Lock 16.00 Shiplake Lock 17.00 Sonning Bridge 18.00 Thursday 21st July 2011 Sonning-on-Thames 09.00 Departure point Caversham Lock 10.30 Mapledurham Lock 12.30 Goring Lock 17.00 Moulsford 18.00 Friday 22nd July 2011 Moulsford 09.00 Departure point Benson Lock 10.15 Clifton Hampden Bridge 13.00 Culham Lock 16.15 Abingdon Bridge 17.30

contents Welcome to the June/July issue. I can’t believe where the time has gone and here we are in Summer, well let’s hope so!! This issue has a real a summery theme, covering light bites, what to wear in the Sun and how to keep your feet happy. Also, Alexander gives you hot tips on how to look after your hair in the sun. I’d like to welcome a new contributor - Sally Todd - she will be writing a regular article called “Sally’s Smalltalk” and on page 4 you’ll find her first contribution, all about Mum’s at the school gate. If you’re a Mum I’m sure you’ll recognise some of these characters at the gates, and if not it makes great reading. We have some recipes, perfect for those summer days, from John Burton-Race and David Rhys-Price. Delicious - enjoy! Read all about our new creative writing prize, from Fay Weldon, which we are sponsoring at Brunel University for the next three years. Want to go to Henley Regatta and watch the rowing?? Enter our competition on page 36 for that opportunity. Until next time, Happy Reading..........


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Sally’s Smalltalk

From Playground Probationer to Schoolyard Savvy! Playground politics is a hot topic amongst weekend tabloids, “chick lit” and undoubtedly the post school run coffee catch ups! There are an abundance of articles out there categorising groups of parents, mainly women doing the school run, almost dictating a playground pecking order! These articles all make very interesting subject matter as many readers can relate to it. It’s almost impossible not to mentally scan your children’s playground and plop people into different boxes: Playground Probationer – is a new mum to the school and sticks closely with other new mummies, particularly those whose children are in the same class as her off spring. Generally the Playground Probationer will arrive the earliest for school pick up, often found standing alone until a familiar mummy arrives. Earth Mother – the over affectionate mummy who smothers her children with public shows of love and dresses in organic fair-trade clothing as do her offspring. Her little darlings’ lunches are packed with nutritious food and snacks that would barely keep a sparrow alive. Pushy Parents – will refer to their children’s teachers by their first name and be found in school on a regular basis having one to one meetings about how their son or daughter is getting on. The children of Pushy Parents are rarely available for play dates as they have after school activities every single day. Some might even go as far to suggest that they are trying to achieve their competitive ambitions through their children. Yummy Mummy – This can actually be found in the Oxford Dictionary “an attractive and stylish young mother”. Perhaps what most mummies aspire to but sadly very few carry it off convincingly. The mummy who takes pride in her appearance and actually makes an effort to look good at all times, not just at the school gate. Style



is the key word here and it doesn’t just extend to their wardrobe. Generally their children are equally well turned out and their home will resemble a show home. Slummy Mummy – Sadly this has not yet made it to the Oxford Dictionary which is slightly surprising given the number of Slummy Mummies out there who far outweigh the Yummy Mummy. The Slummy Mummy will be found in the local shop before school buying a convenience food packed lunch having experienced a domestic fail, or in the school office begging to pay for a school dinner. They generally arrive and depart from the school gates in a flap running late for something, dressed in whatever they picked up off the bedroom floor that morning. Absent Mums – the fulltime working mum, who if they are lucky can do a quick drive by and shove their offspring out of the car door at the gates but never picks up sending a parent, au pair or nanny in their place. Mummy Mafia – this is a term given to the established parent who is an active member of the PTA using it as a form of networking. Some Mummy Mafia types have even admitted to using afterschool play dates to network for their mumpreneur businesses! Often found in the school office and on first name terms with all the teachers and governors including the head teacher, these mummies make it their business to know anything and everything about what’s going on at school. Sweaty Bettys – are the ever increasing group of mummies who arrive at the school gates fully clad in the latest gym gear ready for their Zumba class or off for a run

with other like minded mummies. Either that or it beats the choice of clothing on the bedroom floor and does away with the need to have a shower before school run! This is merely a snippet of the cross section of parents in the school playground but the media would have us think otherwise. Keen to categorise us mums, and I have to be included in this as I am indeed a school run mum, I would automatically be dropped into either the Mummy Mafia or Yummy Mummy box. Ok I know it says “young”....and “attractive”, but hey I’ve got style...haven’t I? After six years at the gates of a local primary school I can honestly say that I have, through time, been all of the above. (Well maybe not the earth mother one.) Actually I could probably even suggest that I jump from one to another on a daily basis. One day I will be having a Slummy Mummy day - running late, shoving the kids out of the car with stale sandwiches and dog biscuits in their lunch boxes so it looks full. The children’s clothes have known to have been pulled from the wash basket as I haven’t got round to doing the laundry. Another day when I have more time on my hands I turn into Yummy Mummy.....a rare occurrence. When I find a little energy I am a Sweaty Betty and when a few weeks have passed and I wonder where my sons homework is, or if he is actually going to change his books this term, I adopt the Pushy Parent approach. I do like to help out on the PTA but trust me, that seriously doesn’t make me Mummy Mafia! So from Playground Probationer that I was once I would now like to think of myself as a Schoolyard Savvy being able to pick and choose who I want to be and as secondary school approaches for us, I am now well equipped to become Playground Probationer once again! One thing I will never be is categorised and put in a box. Sally “you’re out of your box” Todd

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Pithiviers of goat’s cheese with walnut cream by John Burton-Race

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INGREDIENTS: 6x 60g/80g goat’s cheese (unpeeled weight)

12 medium spinach leaves

(washed, stalks removed and blanched)

120g shelled walnuts (Blanched and skinned)

Plain flour for dusting 550g puff pastry (shop bought) Egg wash - 1 egg and 35ml milk For the Salad 180g mixed leaves and micro shoots Julienne (“matchsticks”) of Celery and Cucumber For the Walnut cream vinaigrette; 1 garlic clove 110ml chicken stock (fresh) 60ml cream ½ lemon juice Salt and pepper 60ml Walnut Vinaigrette 70ml sherry vinegar Pinch of sugar 1 teaspoon lemon juice Salt and ground black pepper 150ml ground nut oil 150ml walnut oil

Serves 6 6


Preparing the Pithiviers 1. Refresh the spinach in cold water, and then dry on a clean tea towel 2. Push half the walnuts into the cheeses, then wrap the spinach leaves around each cheese. 3. Cut the pastry into quarters. 4. Dust a surface with flour then roll each quarter out to 3 mm thick and 15cm wide. 5. Place a cheese in the centre of one piece of pastry and brush egg around the edge of the pastry. Place another piece on top and gently press and mould both pieces of pastry together without trapping the air. 6. Using a 15cm cutter placed over the pithivier, cut away all the excess pastry. With the back of a knife, lightly score the top, but do not puncture the pastry. 7. Repeat the process for the other pithivier, leaving both to relax for 20 minutes before cooking. 8. Preheat the oven to 220c/425f/gas 7.

9. Brush the pithiviers with egg wash and place in the oven on a baking sheet lined with greaseproof paper to cook for 15 minutes, until golden. To make the walnut cream 1. pour the stock into a saucepan, add the garlic, boil and reduce by half 2. When the liquid is reduced but still boiling, whisk in the cream. 3.Take the pan off the stove and whisk in the vinaigrette. Season with a few drops of lemon juice and salt and pepper, then strain into a sauceboat and add the remaining walnuts. To serve 1. remove the pithiviers from the oven, put each one centre of the plate 2. Toss the salad leaves, cucumber and celery and serve on a plate around the pithiviers 3. Spoon a little of the walnut cream on the pathivier and salad and sprinkle the rest of the walnuts on the salad

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Lebanese Feta Salad with pitta bread A variation on the ever popular Feta salad. It is a healthy way to indulge one’s self, and goes particularly well with a barbecue and hummus with a twist. Serves 4 - 6

INGREDIENTS: 200g Feta cheese diced 1 Red chilli deseeded and finely chopped 1 Garlic clove sliced Zest and juice of one lemon 4 Tablespoons of virgin olive oil 2 Pita breads 2 Sticks of celery strung, and chopped Half cucumber deseeded and diced 3 Plum tomatoes diced 12 Cherry tomatoes cut in half 1 Green and 1 red pepper chopped 1 Baby gem/iceberg lettuce shredded 3 Spring onions trimmed and sliced 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh mint 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh coriander Salt and black ground pepper.

METHOD: 1. Start by marinating the feta, for a few hours or overnight. 2. Place feta block in a dish. Sprinkle with the chopped chilli, garlic and lemon zest. Pour the olive oil over the feta. Cover and set aside. 3. Lightly toast the pita bread under a grill, and then break into pieces. 4. In a bowl assemble the celery, cucumber, peppers, plum tomatoes and cherry tomatoes. 5. Add the shredded lettuce, pita bread pieces, and spring onions 6. Make the dressing, by taking a screw top jar, and putting in the olive oil from the feta marinade, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Shake well and pour over the salad. 7. Toss the salad 8. Put in to salad bowl, and add the diced feta pieces 9. Top the salad with the chopped mint and coriander.

Hummus with red pepper & chilli INGREDIENTS. FOR 1 BOWL

400ml tin of chickpeas drained

(Save 1 tablespoon of juice for the mix, and a few peas for the garnish)

2 Tablespoons olive oil 2 Level dessert spoons of tahini Juice of half a lemon 3 Garlic cloves chopped 1 Red pepper grilled, and skin removed 1 Tsp chilli powder & ground cumin Pinch of sea salt Sprinkle of paprika, a few chick peas, and chopped coriander leaf for garnish.

METHOD 1. Firstly cut capsicum pepper in half and remove seeds and core. 2. Grill for 10 minutes, turning once until skin starts to blister. 3. Remove skin, and roughly chop. 4. Put all the ingredients save the paprika and coriander in a liquidizer, and blend to a smooth paste 5. Pour mixture into a bowl and top with the saved chick peas, paprika and coriander leaf. Chill in fridge for 1 hour 6. Serve with warmed slices of pita bread.



a new garden - step by step So you’ve done the survey and site analysis, carefully thought about how the garden needs to work for you and your family, and bravely come up with some shapes that work to manage the space. Now comes the fun part, finalising the masterplan and deciding on materials along with the finishing touches ... a bit like choosing the paint and furniture when you’re fixing the inside the house! These details can make or break the final success of a garden design so consider the following carefully. SHAPES & SIZES some practicalities to consider include such things as path widths, step sizes and border depths ... be generous with borders to prevent plants from crowding forwards, and make sure you can see planting & features from inside the house too. THE VERTICAL don’t forget the power of the vertical ... a pergola or a simple arch with climbers can transform the feeling of a special corner to sit in or cleverly divide the garden. MATERIALS choose the paving & sizes you like before finalising the dimensions of your patio and paths, avoiding too much cutting will save you money. Consider gravel and sand laid brick paths if you’re trying to keep costs down. Even if you’re not planning to implement your garden project in one go, having a detailed masterplan to refer to, means that every bit of work you do will be leading you towards your long term vision. That way you won’t make any expensive mistakes! and you also have something clearly defined to talk through with a landscaper to get realistic quotes - remember don’t give your plan away, make copies! Next time all about the planting by Marlow gardeners Jill Coleby and Vanessa Faulkner



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Does your home have ‘kerb appeal’? Since the good old days of BBC’s Changing Rooms programme which was launched back in 1996 there has been an explosion of Do It Yourself television programmes, magazines, books, college courses and websites all offering us ideas and inspiration on how to make a house a home. Never has the DIY trade had it so good. But as we busy ourselves painting, decorating and experimenting with colour and unleashing the interior designers in us, we shouldn’t forget to extend our enthusiasm to the outside of our properties, which are ultimately the windows to our homes, and first impressions count! We have all done it, walked down a street on a warm sunny evening and examined all the houses picking out the ones we like the best. Which one has the nicest front door, which has the nicest windows, which has the prettiest garden and which one stands out from the crowd? The appearance of your property from the outside, predominantly the front, paints an imaginary picture of how it might look inside. This is of particular importance if you are trying to sell your home. If your house has an old front door with faded peeling paint, dirty windows and a garden which resembles an overgrown hedgerow, potential buyers are quite likely to just keep on driving! Even if you aren’t trying to sell your property, we all like to come home to welcoming looking house. A home with kerb appeal is so much more welcoming. Spending a little time and effort on sprucing up the outside of your home will even spread further afield. More often than not, if you make your property shine, your neighbours will want to follow suit and in time could even have an overall effect on improving the area that you live in. So what are you waiting for? To help you out a little we have provided a few tips 12


and ideas to get you started. Here are our top ten tips to give your property Kerb Appeal! GARDEN Even the smallest of houses with minimal amounts of space at the front can host a couple of small pots or window boxes. Make sure plants are well cared for and dead headed regularly. If you have more of a garden space make sure that it is neat and tidy, weeded regularly and there is no rubbish lying about. Keep it basic and easy to maintain. FRONT DOOR This is probably one of the most important features and can have the biggest impact on visitors. If you have a painted wooden door, make sure it is clean and give it a fresh new coat of paint. Good quality door furniture is also a must have but make sure it suits the style of your property. If you have a UPVC door give it a good clean and make sure that any glass is gleaming. WINDOWS All windows should be cleaned and any paintwork washed down and if needed given a fresh coat. Any window dressings at the front of the house that are visible should match. Blinds should at the same level and curtain linings should ideally be the same colour. Guttering and Fascias Any drainage pipes, guttering and fascias should be in one colour and be fixed securely and clean. DOOR STEP/PORCH Areas immediately in front of the front door should be clear of any rubbish, bags, scooters, coats AND BAGS AND BE REGULARLY SWEPT. SIGNAGE Make sure your house is well signposted. You and your friends may know where you live but new visitors will need a clue! So a clear sign of either your house

number or name which can be visible from the kerb is essential. LIGHTING Good lighting can give a property wow factor if it is well thought out. Light your house sensitively and don’t overdo it so it resembles Blackpool illuminations. Subtle is best but enough to be able to see your way to the front door particularly if you live where there is no street lighting. GATES AND FENCING Make sure that any gates and fences are in good order and railings are given a new coat of paint. Replace any tired or broken fence panels and give them a coat of wood stain to help maintain their life. PATHS AND DRIVEWAYS Always put bicycles and scooters away each night and try not to leave them lying across the approach to your front door. Pathways should be swept frequently and cleared of leaves and rubbish. NEIGHBOURS After all this hard work stand back and take a look. Like what you see? Cast your eyes further afield to your neighbour’s properties. Do they offer the same kerb appeal? If not, why not offer to help? You don’t need to spend hours doing everything for them, but something as simple as removing some rubbish or cutting their side of an adjoining hedge can go a long way to improving the overall look and will do wonders for the community spirit. Sally Todd

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very July the Tour de France takes over the streets and towns of France, and the TV screens of the world. This legendary event has grown hugely in popularity since its inaugural run in 1903 and is now watched by an estimated two billion television viewers. The 98th Tour commences on 2nd July 2011 from Passage du Gois La Barre-de-Monts and 3,500 gruelling kilometres later, it finishes on the Champs Élysées in Paris on 24th July. In early 20th century France, anyone envisaging a near2,500-km-long cycle race across the country would have been widely viewed as unhinged. But that didn’t stop Géo Lefèvre, a journalist with L’Auto magazine at the time, from proceeding with his inspired plan. His editor, Henri Desgrange, was bold enough to believe in the idea and to throw his backing behind the Tour de France. And so it was, that on 1 July 1903, sixty pioneers set out on their bicycles from Montgeron. After six mammoth stages (Nantes - Paris, 471 km), only 21 “routiers”, led by Maurice Garin, arrived at the end. Le Tour soon won over the sporting public and the roadside crowds swelled. The French people took to their hearts this unusual event which placed their towns, their countryside and, since 1910, even their 14


mountains, in the spotlight. The Tour originally ran around the perimeter of France. Cycling was an endurance sport and the organisers realised the sales of L’Auto magazine they would achieve by creating supermen of their competitors. Night riding was dropped after the second Tour in 1904 after there had been persistent cheating because judges could not see riders. That reduced the daily and overall distance but the emphasis remained on endurance. A succession of doping scandals in the 1960s, culminating in the death of Tom Simpson in 1967, led the Union Cycliste Internationale to limit daily and overall distances and to impose rest days. It was then impossible to follow the frontiers, and the Tour increasingly zig-zagged across the country, sometimes with unconnected days’ races linked by train, while still maintaining some sort of loop. The tour is split into stages, each stage being completed within a day. Stages can be flat, undulating or mountainous. Riders are judged by the time each has taken throughout the race, a ranking known as the general classification. There may be time deductions for finishing well in a daily stage or being first to pass an intermediate point. It is possible to win

without winning a stage, as Greg LeMond did in 1990. Riders normally start together each day, with the first over the line winning, but some days are ridden against the clock by individuals or teams. The overall winner is usually a master of the mountains and of these time trials. Probably the most famous participant in the race is American Lance Armstrong. In 1996 Armstrong was diagnosed with testicular cancer, a tumour that metastasized to his brain and lungs. His cancer treatments included brain and testicular surgery and extensive chemotherapy, and his prognosis was originally poor. Incredibly he went on to win the Tour de France each year from 1999 to 2005 and is the only person to win seven times, having broken the previous record of five wins. TOUR TRIVIA A rider consumes the equivalent of 26 Mars Bars per day in calories. There has not been a French winner since 1986. An estimated 15 million spectators will line the route. “Le Tour” was founded as a publicity stunt for the sports newspaper l’Auto in 1903 The longest Tour was 5,745km in 1926 The oldest winner at 36 was Firmin Lambot of Belgium. The youngest was 20 year old Frenchman Henri Cornet.

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Take your photography to the next level We hope you found last month’s article on photographing flowers useful. This month we are looking forward to long, warm summer days, spending more time outdoors, soaking up the sun and having fun, being with family and friends. Here are some tips on how to improve your pictures of people. A common disappointment is that the person in the finished picture is too small, so move closer to your subject or if you have a zoom lens on your camera, zoom in. Always try to make the person you are photographing the biggest thing in the frame. Another tip about lenses, if you have zoom on your camera try setting it towards the telephoto setting. Your subject will thank you for this, as pictures taken of people tend to look better if you use a slightly longer focal length lens. Line up your camera slightly lower than the eye level of your subject, this gives, a much more flattering result. Please, don’t take it to extremes. A picture looking up



someone’s nose is not a good look. With young children, be prepared to lie on the ground to get below their eye level. The extra effort, discomfort and possibly mud will be worth it! Today’s digital cameras don’t need a bright sunny day to take pictures. So why not choose a more interesting light, maybe an evening sunset. If there is, a bit of sun about make sure your subject is not squinting into the sun. The main source of light should come from over one or other of your shoulders. This lights up the face of your subject and mean you can see who is having there picture taken. Hold your camera steady, there is less chance of a taking a blurry picture. Most people hold a camera with their arms outstretched holding either side of the camera. Try holding the camera closer to you. Put your left hand under the camera. Ideally, you should have the top of your left arm flat against your torso. This is a much steadier way of holding a camera than with arms outstretched. Don’t forget to make use of anything you can lean on. Reduce the number of blurry pictures caused by camera shake. Use a wide aperture. If your camera won’t let you set the aperture, chose the sports mode, which gives you a fast shutter speed and wide aperture. This also helps if you are taking pictures of children running about. Your subject will be sharp and the background will be slightly blurred.

Try to place your subject towards the edges of the frame, so they are not right in the middle. Imagine that your viewfinder is divided into thirds. Try to get your main subject were the lines cross. It will make your pictures look more balanced. People should always be looking into the centre of the frame or towards the greatest amount of space. Put your subject in either to the left or right looking into the centre.

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As part of the prize, winners will have an opportunity of writing for this magazine, practicing their skills, getting the feedback they need as embryo professionals, adding strength to their C V’s. So thank you, Serena. Enough to reassure one that, yes, there actually might be a Big Society out there. There is quite a controversy at the moment – can creative writing be taught or not? I come down on the ‘yes’ side, once having belonged to the ‘no’ camp. You can teach writing. You can’t teach students to be great novelists, but you can teach them how to express themselves clearly and concisely, how to order their thoughts, make themselves understood on page or screen. Just as a painter goes to art classes, as a dancer has to learn to dance,

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This edition of Along the Thames throws light onto some of the latest holistic and yoga holidays on offer whatever your budget. On a shoe string? The London based Yoga Holidays announced recently that it will be the first Yoga School in the UK to offer consumers holidays in Cornwall from £99 per person this summer. Aimed at those feeling the pinch during the economic downturn these cut price trips will last for 3 days and follow the recent trend towards ‘Glamping’ (Sleeping in a tent, tipi or yurt where all bedding and other equipment is supplied). Included in the price are healthy continental breakfasts and nutritious vegetarian dinners, a private tent with comfortable bedding and two yoga classes per day. Laura Watson, Founder of Yoga Holidays stated “After doing a significant amount of research we found that many yoga retreats cost £500 or more per person for a long weekend.” Watson went on to suggest that this is simply too expensive for many people in the current economic climate. She also stated that “Yoga should be accessible to a wide range of people not just those with a high disposable income, so we decided to develop a more affordable service to meet this need.” 22


The format the retreats will take is flexible with customers able to do as much or as little as they want. “On full days yogis will be taught twice per day, once in the morning and once in the evening, and in between it is up to them what they do. We have partnered with a number of local businesses to supply rewarding activities such as surfing, windsurfing and mountain biking which can be enjoyed as additional extras.” Bargain hungry holiday makers are advised to visit www. and join The £99 Yoga Holiday Guest List for the retreat date they are interested in. Need a bigger challenge? Yoga Ishta Style is offering a “Yoga Mountain, Hike, Bike & Spa Retreat in Chamonix in the Haute Savoie region of France next to Mont Blanc. For one week you will be immersed in yoga, hiking, biking and rejuvenation at a stunning location next to Mont Blanc, the third most visited natural site in the world. The chalets’ position allows for amazing panoramic views from the bedrooms and terrace, with Mont Blanc being a focal point. Participants are free to enjoy the tranquil mountainous surrounds in the French Alps starting with an energising and nurturing yoga and meditation practice with

Raphaella Rose, followed by a choice of hiking, mountain biking or other activities, and finishing with an afternoon yoga session on the lovely terrace at the chalet. To make a booking or for further information contact Omkara Retreats, telephone 0845 544 0674 or visit www. Something closer to home? Situated in North Devon, a two hour train journey from London, Paddington, is Yeotown Wellness & Yoga Retreat offering a offering a nurturing get away from the stresses of everyday life, with the intention of holistic health and well being for the whole being: mind, body and spirit. A devoted team of yoga instructors, fitness specialists, nutritionists and therapists await your arrival with specialised programmes to enhance well being. Yeotown provides a tranquil environment to relax and recharge on a yoga holiday. Yeotown Escape dates include: June 9th -12th June 20th - 26th July 3rd - 9th August 7th - 13th To make a booking or for further information contact Omkara Retreats, telephone 0845 544 0674 or visit Harriet Subramanian



Happy Feet! We spend our lives running around on our two trusty feet and yet they are still the most neglected part of our bodies. While we indulge hugely both in expense and time on makeup, cosmetics and massages, our feet continue to put in hours of work, often in ill-fitting shoes or the highest of heels, with barely a mention of thanks! So what with sandal season upon us, it’s about time we praised our pinkies by getting them in tip-top condition ready to show off this summer. It’s not enough just to paint your toenails and hope that a multitude of sins will hide under a coating or three of bright nail varnish. To get rid of dry, flaky skin that has inevitably built up from wearing thick tights and clunky boots throughout the cold winter months, why not be adventurous and try O’Naturelle’s fish spa on Marlow High Street. A fascinating and surprisingly relaxing therapy, you submerge your feet in the tank and let the friendly fish nibble away at the dead skin build-up around your heels and toes, leaving them feeling super smooth and rejuvenated. O’Naturelle practises the highest level of hygiene with this treatment so do not be put off by other spas you may have seen that allow people to use just one tank at the same time as everybody else. The water in O’Naturelle’s fish tanks is constantly filtered and sterilized with regular water changes and they even aquavac (hoover) the tank between clients to provide a happy and healthy environment for the fish and for your feet. The only way to describe this (painless) treatment is to imagine your feet being dipped in champagne and the bubbles 24



are kissing your toes! The result? Silky soft feet and happy fish! Go and try it! For perfectly pedicured feet, Beauty Secrets in Bourne End is a friendly and relaxed salon that offers an impressive array of nail treatments, including gels, acrylics and white 3D. Their highly experienced nail technicians will be able to polish and paint your feet to perfection at very reasonable prices using this summer’s hottest colours - neons and brights. You can also get a nail technician to come to your home and Kim Treacy offers a very relaxed service including minx nails and the all new Axxium gel by OPI If you have a more serious foot ailment that a fish spa or a bit of pampering won’t be able to fix, book an appointment with foot health professional Sue Davies. Based in Maidenhead but also available for home visits, she treats all sorts of foot conditions such as verrucae, corns, ingrowing toenails and bunions so that you too can be confident enough to unveil restored and rejuvenated feet this summer. A little effort goes a long way, and your feet will be thanking you! Clare Chambers O’Naturelle - 01628 476860, Feet First 01628 299404, Beauty Secrets 01628 526652, Liquid Nails 07595 380083

Nail polish makes even the shortest nails look attractive, providing you use a muted tone and not a vivid colour to draw attention to the length. However, even if you don’t have a ‘hands on’ job, you might find your nail polish doesn’t last very long. Below are some tips to make it last longer. • Use a base coat for a smoother surface. • Make sure you add polish to the nail tips to reduce the possibility of chipping. • A build up of thin coats is better than one or two thick applications. • Use a clear topcoat to protect the colour. You can, if you wish, reapply topcoat every second day until you repaint your nails. • Allow at least 30-45 minutes drying time after application of the topcoat. Once dry, submerge your nails in cold water for a few minutes. Dry and then apply hand cream.

Treating Sunburn Although the obvious way to prevent sunburn is to avoid going out in the heat of the day at all, it is both necessary to have a little sun for our health and a pleasure to feel those rays on your skin. Although most people will use a sun cream or lotion as a preventative measure, studies have shown that many people do not use enough sunscreen to provide adequate protection. If you do find that you have caught more sun than you intended, it’s important to treat your skin to minimise the damage. As with any burn the skin will be overheated, so the first thing to do is to find a way of cooling the area. Apply a flannel soaked in cold water or take a lukewarm shower or bath. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids as dehydration will only make matters worse and avoid alcohol. For mild sunburn using a moisturising lotion which contains Aloe Vera or a specially formulated after-sun lotion will both cool and rehydrate the area, and relieve the feeling of tightness. For more intense sunburn ask your chemist about a hydrocortisone cream and take over the counter painkillers such as Paracetamol or Ibuprofen to reduce your temperature. If your sunburn is severe, or it’s on a young child, you should ask for advice from your doctor or – in the worst cases – visit Accident and Emergency. If your sunburn is accompanied by other symptoms such a fever, dizziness or vomiting you could have sunstroke. It is essential in this case that your temperature is lowered and as a minimum you should seek advice from NHS Direct on 0845 46 47.

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It won’t be long before some of us will feel sheer panic and stress out about our holiday wardrobe. With so many fashion trends around and a stricter luggage allowance, putting your holiday wardrobe together might become a real struggle for some. The crucial thing to remember is that a Holiday is your chance to relax and


therefore you should tackle your wardrobe issues with a smile and a sense of adventure. It’s your chance to experiment with your style and discover the new YOU! OU! You can look chic and glamorous without spending hours on your beauty regime or breaking the bank. Our advice is to invest in a few staple pieces that you feel comfortable in and then accessorise when you feel like it. You will have fun, that’s a promise. 1. Cotton spaghetti strap maxi dress in purple - Swish Boutique, Marlow 2. Hat - This fabulous hat will add an instant glamour to your summer outfit Swish Boutique, Marlow 3. Swimsuit by Gottex - Feathers of Marlow 4. Silk maxi dress by Michaela Louisa, £249 - No. 25 of Bourne End 5. Cerise multi maxi dress by Chianti, £95 - No. 25 of Bourne End

6. Blue multi shift dress , £119 - No. 25 of Bourne End 7. Satin short £45, Stand collar hook up shirt £49, Cross body bag £85 - Mint Velvet, Marlow 8. Lace covered cami £59, Belted short £39, Metal Tassel necklace £29 - Mint Velvet, Marlow 9. Bikini by Gottex - Feathers of Marlow 10. Long linen trousers by Michele - Swish Boutique, Marlow

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A pair of metallic leather flats - instead of glitter in an outfit, put it in the shoe; it will look casual but still dressy. Smart summer wedges – wear to transform your look from day to night. The extra height will give you a better posture and will make you look taller and slimmer. Sun dress – an absolute must for a comfortable holiday life. Team up with a sun hat and wedges for the sun glam look. Maxi dress – choose an expensive looking fabric. It will complement your tan during the day and make you feel special in the evening. A touch of make-up and some jewellery will add allure to your look. Dressy top – wear with different bottoms to get different looks. Plain vest in neutral colour – wear with your bottoms during a day. Team up with a cardi and a scarf for the evening. Cover-up – a pretty sarong can serve as a skirt or a strapless dress. An absolute must for any beach lover. Ac Accessories: a large raffia bag p fabulous sun hat p pretty scarf p sselection of jewellery (bangles are inexpensive and effective way of dressing any outfit) Ho Holiday Wisdom: pA Avoid anything that doesn’t fit pK Keep it simple


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The days are longer and warmer now and the sunshine we have had over the last months a welcome bonus. It’s no surprise that our thoughts wonder to holidays either away or even at home. If you are planning a fair few out door pursuits, (swimming, sunbathing, sightseeing, browsing around markets) there are a few things you will need to take into account to protect your hair as well as applying sunscreen to your skin. My “simple to follow” steps should help you to avoid those holiday hair disasters and save you money. 1. Nourish it. Prolonged sun exposure, especially with holidays by the sea, mean your hair will become dry very quickly together with the likelihood that you will be styling your hair more often due to all those evenings out. Take a deep conditioning hair mask/treatment with you and replenish your hair with it at least every other day. Also, pack a heat defence spray and USE IT! 2. Protect it. All major professional hairdressing companies will make a “hair in the sun” product range. Usually consisting of a deep cleansing shampoo, mask/treatment and a UV protecting spray or cream. Most come in a “ready to go” kit form and are more often packaged in a pouch or a handy beach bag. Seek the advice of your stylist depending on the products stocked by your salon and, TAKE ONE OF THESE WITH YOU. 3. Save it. Try NOT to have your hair coloured, if at all, just before your sunshine holiday. The sea, pools and sun’s heat/ UV rays will fade your colour quicker than usual, more so if you have had it done the day before. Why pay all that money for a colour only to



washed away! If you really must have a colour, then get it done a week or more BEFORE the holiday to give the hair time to harden and, have a few treatments/masks to boost the condition before you go. Have your colour renewed when you come back and then at least your hair has only been subjected to one process which is less likely to damage it further. Also, your stylist will find it easier to “correct” a faded colour if the hair is in better condition. Avoid it. 4. Chlorine, mmm, what can I say. Your worst enemy along with sea salt! There are products on the market which are specifically designed to protect and nourish the hair while in the water. Philip Kingsley’s Swim Cap is one of them and avoids that lovely shade of, frizzed out, nylon feeling Khaki! Nice! 5. Pack it. So what do you need to pack? • A specialist “hair in the sun” kit and products • Heat defence spray,.a styling mousse/foam and a hairspray • A travel hairdryer and a set of flat irons. • Put all of this in HIS case to save weight in yours for that extra pair of shoes! BON VOYAGE!





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Users of HEADPHONES beware! We all walk, jog or run with various musical devices on as, using our headphones. They offer us the chance to listen to our favourite music, talking books or radio downloads. Keep the volume control at a REASONABLE level – some headphones can crank out volumes that almost are as noisy as a chain saw would be! Headphones are so much closer to the ears, the potential to do harm is significant. So – guarding AGAINST harming your ears is a sensible way forward and can do much to protect you against hearing loss, as sadly, aging inevitable leads to some loss of hearing. Other things you can do to check your hearing: • Have your hearing checked from time to time. • If you are already experiencing loss of hearing, annual check-ups are vital to help identify any problems – and ensure that you get the right treatment at the right time! • It is believed by some experts that keeping the hearing at as good a level as possible can in many incidences slow down more loss.

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Divorce and the Downturn Financial agreements on divorce can take a wide variety of forms and in a time of economic downturn how you choose to divide your assets demands particular thought. Financial agreements based on current circumstances may be inappropriate if circumstances change, therefore thought needs to be given to this possibility when deciding what form the financial arrangements on divorce should take. When children are involved, a common way of providing for them is by way of child maintenance. Varying the amount paid each week or month under an order is relatively easy to achieve compared with varying capital settlements, which are difficult to adjust. If you do wish to make an application to alter a maintenance order, it is important to do so promptly. The court has the power to backdate any alterations it makes to the order but will normally only do so from the date the application was made. It does, however, 34


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instalments making up a larger lump sum, in which case the amounts could be varied. Although people’s financial situations can change rapidly, the courts will only allow an appeal of an order out of time in respect of capital sums if specific conditions are met. The new event justifying the need to change an order must have occurred within a relatively short time of the order being made and a change to the order must not prejudice a third party. However, these conditions do not include a change in financial circumstances arising from the recession. This also works in reverse – i.e. a divorce settlement agreed in a time of economic downturn will not be altered if the economy booms. Once a capital sum is settled, economic fluctuations are not a basis for appeal. Renegotiation of an agreement will be difficult even if you attempt to do this before an order is made. The current economic situation is likely to make the courts more sympathetic to the idea that husbands and wives should share the risk of holding assets that are subject to rapid changes in value (such as a business or shares). This may lead to a couple having shared interests long after they are divorced. It may also be more difficult to achieve a ‘clean break’, as neither party may be willing to give up an interest in the ‘copper-bottomed’ assets. If a couple does agree that one of them should have less risky assets whilst the other keeps the interest in the riskier ones, then the variation in risk is likely to be reflected in the respective proportions of the total assets retained by each. Contact Karen Newman for advice on any matrimonial issue.

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Relaunching Remenham Farm’s Riverbank for Henley Regatta View from Start enclosure courtesy Copas Partnership

Spanning approximately half of the Regatta course, Remenham Farm will be a hive of new activity this year, all designed for a memorable day at the Regatta. Offering superb views of the rowing from the new Start Enclosure, unique corporate entertaining, gourmet picnics, and champagne afternoon teas, Remenham Farm will not to be missed. Sarah Copas, Partner at The Copas Partnership explains, “We’re delighted to introduce a number of new partnerships to the Regatta this year that will offer a much wider range of activities and gastro delights at Remenham Farm, all with spectactular views of the rowing. We hope local people will take time to walk the towpath and explore for themselves.” THE START ENCLOSURE: Located at the start of the Regatta course, will be run by Mosimann’s and is an excellent place to enjoy their hospitality while watching the racing commence. The Grandstand will provide a spectacular view all the way up the course. While rowing themed activities and a play area for the children make the Start Enclosure a

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fantastic base for families and avid rowing fans alike.

Tickets are available for the Enclosure on Regatta Saturday

Tickets are not required for the Start Enclosure and reserved parking in the Start Car Park will guarantee a riverside base.

JONGLEURS AT THE REGATTA: will be coming to riverbank on Regatta Friday. Jongleurs, the comedy club, which launched the careers of Jack Dee, Paul Merton, Rory Bremner and many other household names, will be at The Courtyard Enclosure during Henley Royal Regatta. Get ready for one of the funniest nights you’ll have this year!

MOSIMANN’S RIVER RESTAURANT AND CHAMPAGNE BAR will open on the banks of The Thames throughout the Regatta. Experience the joie de vivre of a light, refreshing summer lunch or delightful afternoon tea with your friends. Mosimann’s will ensure a memorable gastronomic occasion with summer specialities including lobster, strawberries, an array of salads and seasonal vegetables including freshly picked asparagus and desserts. Reservations can be made in advance by calling 020 8875 0497 or emailing THE COURTYARD ENCLOSURE: Restyled in 2011 The Courtyard Enclosure will go back in time with a Vintage-Styled Regatta Party and this year the Enclosure will feature foodie friends Jamie Oliver’s Fabulous Feasts. Located on the riverside, the Courtyard Enclosure guarantees superb views of the rowing from its private riverside garden.

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Along the Thames and Copas Partnership have teamed together to bring you the opportunity to win one of their Reserved Champagne Riverside Picnic Spaces during Henley Royal Regatta, valued up to £120 from Wednesday 29th June - Sunday 3rd July* Located right on the riverbank with your own view of the rowing during this prestigious event. “Voted one of Britain’s best sporting picnic spots” the front row on Regatta Saturday sells out in minutes each year! This special prize will include a picnic table and umbrella, and provide space for up to 10 guests. The lucky winner will have a chilled bottle of champagne delivered to their space to kick the day off in style. To enter simply send your details by 19th June to Handmade Regatta picnics by Mosimann’s of London, can also be booked in advance and delivered to the picnic space if you would like to make it a special occasion. * Ts & Cs: Space available subject to availability at the time of confirmation. and dependent on day chosen to attend. One entry per family



Relive the days of steam Dates for your diary Steam enthusiasts Wednesday 15th June Saturday 16th July Sunday 14th August Saturday 17th September Cost: £35 single / £60 return

Steamboat lunch and tea cruise: Sunday 10th July Saturday 6th August Saturday 3rd September Cost: lunch cruise £55 / tea cruise £46.50

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


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Making Music for Charity Marlow Music Makers Choir will this year support Iain Rennie Hospice at Home, a charity which is held in high regard in Marlow and beyond. The Choir’s founder and Musical Director Barbara Whitehead said: “This year we are rehearsing for three concerts, in June, July and December, all of which will generate funds to support the vital and wonderful work of Iain Rennie Hospice at Home”. Founded two years ago, Marlow Music Makers offers programmes of lively music which may include popular songs from around the 1920s up to the present day along with appropriate musical numbers played by their own musicians and guest players. MMM’s summer concert in Marlow will be held on Friday, 8th and Saturday, 9th July at the United Reformed Church, Oxford Road, Marlow, starting at 7.30 pm. Tickets for the concert, which includes a glass of wine and light refreshments during the interval, are £8.50. Tickets may be obtained from Insight Opticians, High Street, Marlow or by telephoning 01628 484618 or 01494 883392.

The Cookham Arts Club

The Club was founded for the study and encouragement of the arts in 1941, when people from all sections of the arts escaped from the London bombing, so in 2011 we celebrate our 70th anniversary. Members organised and took part in plays, pantomimes, musical events and poetry readings as well as painting although nowadays our events are solely in the field of visual arts. We offer a wide range of activities – there are usually three or four functions each month. The monthly meetings, held on the third Thursday, include illustrated lectures and painting demonstrations. There are weekly Tuesday afternoon workshop sessions, monthly Sunday painting expeditions and all day workshops four times a year, including life drawing. In addition we have coach outings to the major London exhibitions and to stately homes and gardens and social events such as summer garden parties and Christmas socials. The Club’s main event in the year is the Annual Art Exhibition which attracts a wide entry from both members and non-members. All works go before a selection committee and members have the privilege of having at least one of their entries accepted. The exhibition is of a high standard and visitors come from a wide area. Pottery, sculpture, wood carving and pewter objects are also entered for sale. We have a weekend exhibition and screen sale in the spring each year and a modern-style painting section is included. A monthly Newsletter gives details of forthcoming activities. Membership is £15 single, £24 couples, for more information contact Janet Fois, Membership Secretary on 01628 474538.

Join us for an informal gathering of like minded business professionals, while having a cup of coffee. Open to both men & women. NO JOINING FEE. Share ideas - exchange information - join our community Marlow - 9.30 - 11.30 am Danesfield House Hotel on 2nd Thursday of the month Maidenhead - 9.00 - 11am Temple Golf Club on 3rd Thursday of the month Business Biscotti promotes working in a way that is .flexible, mobile, collaborative and digitally in touch

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The Tales of Mr & Mrs Bartholomew Fox by Colleen Laybourne- Smith

Dolly Evans is 65, and lives alone A wonderful rhyming book for younger readers to learn about Woodland animals Welcome to the home of Mr and Mrs Bartholomew Fox and their family, Peter, Anne and Mary. Step inside, meet their woodland friends and share their fun and adventures, all told in rhyming verses. Mr and Mrs Fox invite the Badgers to lunch, Peter rescues a magic creature, Anne helps a baby unicorn find his mother and Mary plays in the snow for the first time

The Adventures of Tobyron the Tortle by Hazel S. Fairall

Have you ever met a Tortle? That’s a half-tortoise, half-turtle to you and me and after you’ve met Tobyron you won’t forget the word. Tobyron is a busy little fellow; he likes tinkering about and often has ideas for inventing new things. Gadgets like rocket launchers, spaceships, umbrella parachutes, mountaineering suckers and stilts for walking above forests. He keeps his essential tools in his extraordinarily well-packed shell. Everything from a built-in barbecue to a set of high-speed wheels, and so he is perfectly equipped to have all sorts of adventures, from exploring the Great Wall of China to overindulging at an ice-cream fayre.

A Scottish Fairytale by Rosemary McDougall

A Fairytale gets turned on its head! Leckie McKay is camping on the Isle of Skye, trying to prove that he is the heir to the Scottish throne, the direct descendant of Robert the Bruce. His quest takes a rather unexpected turn when he meets a fairy. Weary, bored, and more than ready to hang up her wand, the fairy has one task left to perform before she can retire: she must find a prince to release a beautiful princess from an ancient spell. Is Leckie the right man for the job?

For your chance to win one of three copies of “The Tales of Mr & Mrs Bartholomew Fox” by Colleen Laybourne- Smith please send your name and address to by 15th July 2011

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Cultivating a Creative Business A simple approach is to read the brief through several times, perhaps research some background information online or visit a site then take a step back. Wait for the ideas to come to you naturally at any time of day and write them down. These will then act as your starting point. However in some instances you may be waiting a long time and more is required.


eing ‘creative’ at work is part and parcel of many roles in industry, but it does not always come easily. Marketing, advertising, communications, public relations, design are some of the more obvious business sectors which rely on creativity to deliver. On many occasion I have sat around a table brainstorming with colleagues to come up with the latest idea to launch a campaign, and yet although at times these sessions can be helpful and aid further refinement of an existing idea they do not always help fill a blank sheet of paper. So what does? From mind mapping to idea journals there are many techniques available to your business. Finding one that works for you and your organisation will help you to deliver resourceful and original ideas for your sector. But, when faced with a blank sheet of paper coming up with a new idea can seem like a daunting task.

Think visually. Sketch out ideas and try to visualise concepts rather than writing them down. Draw pictures and look at clippings of previous ideas which have worked, these may not be your own. Use them as a means to develop a new idea or to understand trends or a method of thinking. If you quite clearly plagiarise an idea it simply won’t work for you, but often reviewing and evaluating successful ideas will help to stimulate your creative juices. In the words of Voltaire, “Originality is nothing but judicious imitation.” Work with a trusted partner. Being able to fire ideas backwards and forwards with a work colleague will result in a solution.

Forming a creative partnership will help you to deliver ideas, but both parties must be willing to work together, put criticism to one side or deliver it and receive it constructively, and compliment each other in terms of skills. Hire people who are naturally inventive. These people will encourage original thought and are often characterised by being; open to experiences; have a good sense of humour; are not concerned about what other people think, and are curious. Brainstorming as a group can work as long as direction is given prior to the session. Warm-up your colleagues with a clear brief along with time to prepare and consider ideas beforehand. Book your session mid-morning as brainstorming at 4.30pm on a Friday afternoon in the office rarely delivers results, as minds tend to be focussed on wrappingup for the weekend or which pub to go to next. Prepare the scene with cuttings or clippings of past ideas that worked, pens and paper, and remind colleagues that no idea is a bad idea. The aim is to generate as many ideas as possible, whether these can be developed into a solid deliverable doesn’t matter at this stage. You simply want participation and to foster creative thinking in the workplace. Creativity at work is important as it drives innovation lending your business a competitive edge. Encouraging a workforce to be open to experiences and to learn from all aspects of industry helps imaginations to flourish and will ultimately lead to a regular flow of inspirational ideas. Harriet Subramanian



Welcome to the Thames Valley Business Women’s Group (TVBWG) Established in 1989 in High Wycombe, TVBWG is a successful business support, advice and networking forum for businesswomen to meet like-minded people, share ideas, advice & support, network, make friends and learn ways to expand and improve their business, as well as creating sales opportunities. Today, TVBWG has many long-standing members who not only work together but have become close friends too! We hold monthly meetings at the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Moor Hall, Cookham for interactive sessions, some with specialist speakers; and participants are encouraged to liaise, work and socialise together in-between meetings.

TVBWG Meetings and Diary Planner: June to December 2011: MONDAY 13 JUNE: Paul Hay, Director/Trainer of PCLS Consulting will deliver a presentation on ‘Internet Safety’ for both business and personal use, including children; and TVBWG member, Jane Brocklebank of Jane Brocklebank Marketing, will complement this covering social media sites and online networking. MONDAY 11 JULY: Summer Social (please visit our website for details). NO MEETING IN AUGUST MONDAY 12 SEPTEMBER: QUIZ NIGHT! Interactive and fun quiz with teams battling it out to find out who really understands ‘current affairs in business’. MONDAY 10 OCTOBER: Interactive session on legal requirements and insurance in business, VAT, business & personal finance planning. MONDAY 14 NOVEMBER: Business Fayre, Showcase & Networking evening. MONDAY 5 DECEMBER: Christmas Social (please visit our website for details).

TVBWG monthly meetings are mostly held at the Chartered Institute of Marketing, Moor Hall, Cookham with informal networking in the CIM bar from 6.30pm. Meetings start at 7.30pm with tea & coffee and biscuits, and attendees are encouraged to bring their business cards, leaflets, products and promotions/offers and network!

Non-members are welcome at a cost of £10 per meeting payable at the event. So, if you are a businesswoman, thinking of starting a business or a business manager, feel free to come along to the TVBWG and enjoy what the group has to offer.

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Cheap Convertibles

James Baggott - Editor Car Dealer Magazine

The sun may have only been out for a little bit, but with the sunburn and the smell of barbecues comes that annual hankering for a cheap convertible. There’s nothing quite like a spot of top-down motoring when the temperature manages to haul itself into double figures – and the good news is it won’t have to cost you a second mortgage. Here, we delve into the online classifieds to find you five bargain summer sizzlers that you can put on your drive for less than £2,000. Just remember to save some cash for the Factor 50!



You’ll have to hunt pretty hard, but Audi A4 Cabriolet models do occasionally crop up within this price bracket. That might mean looking in the depths of winter when the last thing people want is a soft-top, but canny buyers will be rewarded for their efforts. The A4 is solid, well packaged and usually comes with a high spec. For this money you’ll find a tired petrol model with intergalactic mileage but, have it looked at by an independent, and you could be onto a winner.

Yes, you read that right. Saab 9-3 Convertibles can be had for under £1,000. That’s a huge amount of car for the money. You’ll be able to seat four in comfort, it’s built like a tank and will go on forever. And that’s handy because for this money you’re looking at a 150,000-miler plus. We found one with 180k, a 2.0-litre turbo petrol lump, service history, tax and MOT for six months at £850 on Auto Trader. Be quick as we’re tempted ourselves…



Ok, so it might be a little over our budget but we think with a little hard negotiating you could pick up an SLK for under £2k. We spotted an R-reg model in black with 120k miles, 6 months tax and four months MOT at a dealer for £2,295 ono – easily negotiable within budget. The Mercedes is a timeless design, has a folding metal roof and, although not the quickest, is still great to drive.

The MX-5 is a perennial softtop favourite and rightly so. It’s been around for 21 years now which means there are plenty of cheaper examples knocking about. Our £2,000 budget can get a well-looked after original model, not an import, with relatively low mileage. The Mazda is brilliant to drive, cheap to run and repair and the perfect entry into convertible ownership.



FIAT BARCHETTA FROM £999 This has to be the cheapest way into Italian two-seater soft-top ownership. The little Barchetta only comes in lefthand drive, which helps bring values down. If you can live with that, you’ll be rewarded with a cracking drive, good looks and a zesty 1.7-litre engine. Some drivers will find the cabin a little cramped, but you’ll soon forget that when you’re blasting along country lanes with the top down. A 1998 model with 50,000 miles and service history can be found for £2,000..

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Stop your dog jumping up!


ogs that jump up at you, visitors to your home or even people in the street can be a real nuisance: knocking children over, spilling the contents of shopping bags and of course those muddy paw prints! I like dog training and correcting problem behaviour to be efficient, effective and as simple as possible so that everyone can enjoy dogs. Dogs jump up at people simply because they are excited to greet other people and have learnt that jumping up gets them that attention, whether it be physical contact from being pushed away, a greeting when they get down or even cuddles when they’re jumping up! But the solution is not in pushing your dog away, spraying it with water, blasting it with a canister of air or throwing things at it – these punitive training techniques are based on outdated methods that have been long superseded by scientific methods to alter behaviour positively. How long will it take? Good question! We’re all busy and don’t have time to embark on long-winded training programs. My ‘personal best’ for teaching a dog not to jump up is 4 seconds. The longest yet is a mere 1 minute 9 seconds: my technique is very straightforward and incredibly powerful because it uses the dog’s natural desire for attention as the key motivator and reward.


ll you need is a helper, your dog’s collar (or harness) and lead and some tasty treats! 1. Enlist the help of a friend and give them a small supply of treats. 2. Secure your dog’s collar and lead. 3. Hold your dog’s lead at the handle end so that the dog can physically jump up (if you don’t allow them to jump up and get it wrong, they won’t learn what the correct thing is). 4. Stand still and anchor your feet to the floor and your elbows to your hips. When your dog pulls, you must do nothing at all: simply allow the dog to jump up. No talking, no moving. 5. Have your friend approach you and your dog with a friendly face, possibly even saying “hello!” to your dog in an excited tone. 6. As soon as your dog jumps up at your friend, have them say “too bad”, turn around and walk off. It needs to be short and succinct as we are showing the dog the ultimatum: if you jump up at people, they’ll simply walk off and you won’t get any attention at all.

7. Have your friend repeat the same process, turning and walking away each time the dog jumps up at them. 8. As the dog realises that jumping up isn’t working any longer, without being asked, the dog will offer an alternative behaviour. When the dog sits, your friend can continue to approach, praise and reward with a treat. The first time the dog sits and your friend continues to approach them, quite often the dog will get excited and jump up again so the same rules apply: have them say “too bad”, turn and walk away. 9. Patience is the key, combined with a consistent approach: the dog only gets praise and a reward when they remain sitting 10. A dog’s learning is very linear: if you teach a dog not to jump up while you’re in the garden, that is exactly what they learn – not to jump up in the garden! So once you and your dog have got the hang of it, change environments to really embed the new training: arrange to meet your friend on a planned walk, have them come to your front door a few times and of course in the hallway, too. Dr. Jez Rose is a canine behaviour specialist who works nationwide. He recently launched the world’s first dog training and behaviour iPhone app, available free from the appstore. For free training and behaviour tips see



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Interested in the Theatre? Enjoy days out? Select-a-Show is for you Regular exclusive luxury excursions to Matinees and Evening performances in The West End and Regional theatres. Visits to interesting gardens, stately homes and Exclusively guided London walks. ● Supper Performances

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Friday 10 June, 8pm Henley Midnight Matinée supporting Chiltern Centre for Disabled Children presents Ben Portsmouth TAKING CARE OF ELVIS Theatre & Dinner £45 (Red Lyon)limited availability, Theatre only £20 MUSIC: Ben Portsmouth and his band, Taking Care of Elvis, present an award-winning tribute to the King of Rock and Roll, with an authentic look, style and voice guaranteed to set hearts racing and feet tapping. Wednesday 15 – Saturday 18 June, 7.45pm Woodley Light Operatic Society presents High Society MUSICAL: Delightful little tale of what shockingly rich people got up to in 1930s America through the Cole Porter score .An amateur production Thursday 23 June, 7.30pm AA UK presents The UK Pink Floyd Tribute Show MUSIC: Pink Floyd fans get a feast for the ears with a full two hour set and a treat for the eyes with a spectacular light and laser show. Sunday 26 June, 3pm, 7pm Mo Cleaver presents Bugsy Malone STAGE SCHOOL: The children of Mo Cleaver’s Dance and Drama School present this much-loved musical. The action takes place in New York during the Prohibition Era and charts the rise of Bugsy Malone, a penniless boxing promoter. An amateur production All Tickets call 07702 648713 Friday 15 July, 7.30pm, Saturday 16 July, 2pm, 7.30pm Sunday 17 July, 2pm Artemis Studios presents Henry’s Arabian Nights! FAMILY: In days of old when Knights were bold princesses tried not to get their heads chopped off! It all happens in the Tudor court, where a bored and slightly spoiled King Henry will be entertained by traditional stories (from Arabian Nights) by each of his wives. An amateur production Thursday 21 July, 7.45pm Good Times Promotions presents Whole Lotta Led - a tribute to Led Zeppelin MUSIC: Keeping the spirit and songs of the legendary Zep alive with their unique energy and stage presence, they don’t try and reproduce what the Classic Led Zeppelin line up looked like because for these guys it’s all about the music, and what music. Whether a fan of the original Led Zeppelin or new to the sound, come and be astounded by the music of Led Zeppelin Please mention Along the Thames Magazine when booking.


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Horoscopes Would you like to know more about your personal journey through life? Although you enjoy cosmic insights into your sign each month, indepth astrology can offer you so much more. You can plan the year ahead by making the most of your potential, tune into productive planetary cycles and gain the clarity and insight needed for optimal abundance and success. Clarify your vision and use your unique cosmic map to understand what’s coming and how best to plan for it. Gift vouchers are also available; give someone you love an exclusive and original present! Examine the exciting connections between the cosmos and football in a unique new book: Football Aims for the Stars. How the constellations can affect planet football, By Alan Ayre. This is a fascinating book – talkSPORT presenter Ian Collins

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GEMINI MAY 22 - JUNE 21 Your ruling planet, the ever communicative Mercury moves into your sign on the 3rd. brilliant Ideas will be coming in thick and fast, but you need to focus and take one day at a time. Jupiter, now in the most introspective sector of your chart encourages you to use your intuitive wisdom. July is a hectic month for versatile Gemini, as energetic Mars races through your sign. Energy levels are high, but make sure you take time out to recharge your batteries. Your ruler, communicative Mercury enters regal Leo on the 3rd and brings a new aura of confidence.

CANCER JUNE 22 - JULY 22 The new moon on the 1st and the arrival of mighty Jupiter in the most sociable sector of your chart open many doors for you and encourages you to take your confidence to an all time high. June brings clearer vision and easier decision making and it’s also a time for increased motivation. July is very important for the moon-ruled sign of Cancer. There are two new moons this month, one on the 1st and the other on the 30th. Introspection is essential as you can now use all your powers and talents to your best advantage. Don’t be afraid of showing others exactly what you’re made of.

ARIES MARCH 21 - APRIL 20 Aries can breathe a sigh of relief, after months of volatile action in your sign all is now quiet, well almost! Finances are at the top of your agenda and as mighty Jupiter arrives money-making opportunities are likely to present themselves, and you feel especially motivated to take advantage of them. July is brilliant for increasing your earning power and for attracting all sorts of abundance. You are bound to take up new interests and you could also be focusing a lot of attention on learning and communication endeavours. You’ll also be making new and exciting connections

LEO JULY 23 - AUGUST 23 Goals and ambitions continue to be the focus for Leos this month. With mighty Jupiter at a pivotal position you are entering a long-term cycle in which your social status increases and others begin to recognize your professional efforts. Doors are opening for improved working conditions and promotions. July brings a social whirlwind as motivational Mars races through restless Gemini. As adventurous as you’re likely to feel, you might find that responsibilities prevent you from getting away from it all. Take time and effort to focus on what is really important to you

TAURUS APRIL 21 - MAY 21 June is an action packed month for Taurus. Mars, Venus and Mercury start the month in your sign and then mighty and benevolent Jupiter joins in on the 4th. Jupiter is in your sign for one year and you’ll enter a long-term cycle in which opportunities to advance are strong. During July your focus is on love and romance as Venus the relationship planet moves into sentimental Cancer on the 5th. Communication will be of utmost importance and your intuitive and caring side will be fully awakened. The full moon on the 15th could bring a surprise journey

VIRGO AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 22 Virgoans have been rather introspective recently and you continue to be somewhat withdrawn, although the mood is changing. Your ruler Mercury, is at the highest point in your chart and you are hungry for adventure and experiences that lift you above your usual concerns and daily routine. During July goals and ambitions become increasingly important and the real drive for success is emanating from within you. You’re especially motivated as Mars charges through restless Gemini. Patience may be hard to come by right now, but is absolutely critical for maximum success



LIBRA SEPTEMBER 23 - OCTOBER 23 June is a strong month for taking charge of finances and in particular those shared with others. Your ruler, the love planet Venus, urges spontaneity and self-expression. Time for a relationship review, the more intimate aspects of sharing with a special someone become your primary concern. July could turn out to be quite restless for normally balanced and peace loving Librans. Venus, your ruler, is in gentle Cancer asking you to nurture and pamper yourself, but motivational Mars is racing through versatile Gemini wants all or nothing. Let your inner wisdom guide you.

SCORPIO OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22 Romance and pleasure are highlights right now with benevolent Jupiter moving to the relationship sector of your chart. The flowing, expressive and spontaneous energy surrounding you attracts like-minded people. Be sure to take time to enjoy yourself, preferably around others! During July your money and finances come back into focus. Shifts in the sources and distribution of income are highlighted this month as Mars, your ruler, points out several new and exciting opportunities that can now come your way. Intuitive communication is vital now.



une is a busy month as the radiant Sun travels through the versatile and communicative sign of Gemini. The month begins with a Gemini new moon early in the morning on the 1st. New moons are all about new beginnings and this one brings a restless curiosity that can be positively used for starting new projects and learning new skills. Mercury, the messenger planet, enters Gemini on the 3rd bringing more imaginative energy, but care should be taken not to take on too many things at once. On the 4th, mighty Jupiter moves in to Taurus, remaining there until June 2012. Jupiter in Taurus expands our desire for material possessions and also brings stability and reliability. This is good solid grounding energy and inspirational ideas can really flourish this month


uly also starts with a new moon, this time in the caring and nurturing sign of Cancer. The love planet Venus also moves in to Cancer on the 5th. This could be a month of serious nurturing and caring, for ourselves and particularly for those around us. Energetic Mars, planet of action and motivation spends July travelling through dynamic and versatile Gemini. Mars in this sign has a tendency to go off on too many tangents and is very easily bored. To get the very best out of this planetary alignment you will need to focus your energies rather than scattering them. Spending time to connect with your intuitive wisdom will do wonders and certainly bring you the success that you deserve. Swim with the cosmic tides rather than against them!

SAGITTARIUS NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 21 By nature fiery and adventurous, Sagittarians Creative and physical activities thrive as generous Jupiter lights up your solar sixth house. This is a busy period that finds you tending to many different details of your daily existence, your work, organization around the home and office, your daily routines and health matters. July places the emphasis on your close and personal relationships. As long as you speak from the heart generous Jupiter ensures that things run smoothly. You might be tempted to take on more work than you can reasonably manage so be careful not to overload your schedule.

AQUARIUS JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 18 Neptune occupied your sign for 14 years and the Your ruler, unconventional Uranus, is well established in pioneering Aries and the pace of some areas of your life continue to be hectic. Your home and family life come into strong focus and are set to improve. You are especially motivated to improve your living conditions. July brings excitement and action in the love and romance department. Sexy Mars and loving Venus start the month in sociable Gemini. Then Venus joins the Sun in sensitive Cancer on the 5th and this becomes a beneficial time to be direct and to communicate your relationship needs

CAPRICORN DECEMBER 22 - JANUARY 20 Your ruling planet, responsible and duty bound Saturn, moves forward again on the 13th and things should start to get easier for you. Expansive Jupiter, now spending a year in the most selfexpressive and joyful part of your chart brings many new ideas and creative inspiration. July energises and highlights your work and your everyday living habits. Job opportunities might arrive and improved working conditions can come to the forefront. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an excellent time for discovering new and even enjoyable health and fitness routines.

PISCES FEBRUARY 19 - MARCH 20 Even though generous Jupiter leaves your financial sector on the 4th you continue to be motivated to increase your potential and earning power. Positive communications are high on the agenda and although thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a wonderful feeling of abundance, try not to go over the top. Take time to enjoy what you already have. During July your attention turns to your home and your domestic arrangements. Motivational Mars is charging through Gemini and changing your surroundings will be important. Your ruler, mystical Neptune, is now in your sign and a compassionate new cycle is beginning for you.



Enjoy our beautiful local countryside and take up the Chilterns 3 Peaks Challenge

This September, Iain Rennie Hospice at Home (IRHH – part of the newly merged charity Iain Rennie Grove House Hospice Care) will be challenging people to get out and enjoy our beautiful countryside and walk the 3 peaks of the Chilterns to raise money for its specialist nursing service. The walk will take place on Sunday 18 September and will set off from Princes Risborough. This will be the third time that IRHH have staged the walk which takes participants up and down the chalky peaks of the Chilterns. The full route is 18 miles long and last year the majority of walkers rose to this challenge. There will also be a 5 mile option taking in the two peaks of



Whiteleaf Cross and Coombe Hill and a 9 mile option which allows walkers to climb Ivinghoe Beacon too. This option includes a bus ride. The choice of routes makes it ideal for families and dogs are welcome too. There is a fantastic atmosphere throughout the day with walkers enjoying a barbecue in Wendover after walking the first two peaks before either returning to their cars, taking a bus to the next peak or, for the most adventurous, continuing on the 3 Peaks Challenge route on foot. Everyone who signs up is being encouraged to aim to raise sponsorship of £150 which will fund an Iain Rennie nurse for 24 hours. Community & Events Fundraising Manager, Ruth Barber said: “Last year the walk raised a fantastic £100,000 and this year we are aiming to beat this total. We live in such a beautiful area and this is a great opportunity for people to get out and enjoy our surroundings whether they are seasoned walkers or not. At Iain Rennie, we see every day how valuable our nursing service is to local people facing life limiting illnesses so this is a superb chance for everyone to enjoy themselves, get some exercise and help a worthy cause at the same time.” For more information and to register for the Chilterns Three Peaks Challenge, please go to

Big Society takes to the streets


f Big Society is about handing power back to men and women on the street, then one Buckinghamshire town has surely put itself firmly on the map. A High Wycombe charity that helps get disadvantaged and disruptive young people motivated and off the streets is being championed by the town’s MP as a shining example of how communities can reap the benefits of social responsibility. "I am excited by what Street Dreams has already achieved and by their rapid development. The project has the potential to boost prosperity and fulfillment for many young people over the years ahead. I look forward to the project's future!" Classic furniture brands, such as Ercol and G-Plan that originated in High Wycombe within the last 100 years are being restored with a 21st century twist, then sold to raise funds for the charity behind the scheme, Street Dreams. The social enterprise project – called Out of the Dark – has drawn on all corners of the local community.

Since its launch not only have local business helped them in a variety of ways, they also have had university students and crafts people support them with their skills. Employees from the local Natwest rolled up their sleeves to help them clear out the old furniture workshop and get the place ready, and companies such as 4C, Grovefield House Hotel, John Lewis to name a few, have all provided help. The enterprise is all about motivating and encouraging teenagers to take ownership of the work – from the idea stage, to sanding and painting and even making a sales pitch on exhibition nights, all thanks to training provided by Street Dreams’ mentors. In addition to this the young people have also been receiving upholstery training from Greengate Furniture, who are a 75 year old local furniture company that make furniture for Polo Ralph Lauren. Now that the enterprise is up and running they hope to be able to make enough sales, and take on enough commissioned

work to become financially self sustainable; this is turn will give more young people an opportunity to learn skills, understand the ethics of work, and increase their self esteem in this supported work environment. Co-founder Jay Blades said ‘We were really inspired by Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Restaurant concept, and wanted to create an enterprise similar to that locally. With more and more people finding it difficult to get jobs, Out of the Dark becomes an opportunity for teenagers, university students, new uni graduates and people who have been made redundant to learn and use skills, which will also help them in their quest for employment.’ Out of the Dark is going to be part of the Bucks Open Studios between 18 June and 3 July, uk, and they also have an open weekend 7-10th July. For more info please visit the website,, or call 01494 550286/ 07730 605564

Ridgeway Relay - Are you up for the challenge? In aid of the Child Bereavement Charity The Ridgeway, Europe’s oldest track, has seen countless people traverse its 88 miles of beautiful countryside for thousands of years. But in 2011 it will witness something a little bit different. And you can be part of it! On Friday 24th June 2011, the Child Bereavement Charity (CBC) is hosting a sponsored walk, setting off from 4 locations simultaneously along The Ridgeway National Trail: Leg 1 - Overton Hill to White Horse (Uffington), Leg 2 - White Horse (Uffington) to South Stoke Leg 3 - South Stoke to Princess Risborough (Brimmers Road),Leg 4 - Princess Risborough to Ivinghoe Beacon Each team member (teams of 4) will start at a different point along the trail, and complete a 22-mile leg. The Child Bereavement Charity is the charity partner of the event and will receive a minimum of £400 per team. The remainder can go to any charity of your choice… or of course, to CBC! At the end of the day, everyone is invited to a celebratory BBQ and drinks at High Wycombe Cricket Club. The Child Bereavement Charity is the UK’s leading charity that supports families and educates professionals both when a child dies and when a child is bereaved. To find out more, please contact us on 01494 568912 or email: ALONG THE THAMES


Useful Numbers MAIDENHEAD- CLUBS Rotary Club of Maidenhead The Maidenhead Players Maidenhead Drama Guild Maidenhead Operatic Society Maidenhead Musical Comedy Society Grimm Players Maidenhead Concert Band Maidenhead Folk Club Tuesday Singers Athletics Maidenhead & Bray CC North Maidenhead Cricket Club Rugby Hockey Desborough Bowls Club Rowing WAMDSAD Maidenhead LTA Thames Valley Cycling Club East Berks Badminton Maidenhead Camera Club East Berkshire Ramblers COOKHAM - CLUBS Tennis & Croquet Line Dancing Petanque

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STOCKISTS - from Pages 26 & 27 Swish t: 476 467 ., a: 5 Liston Court, Marlow No25 of Bourne End t: 528 877 w: a: 25-27 The Parade, Bourne End Feathers of Marlow t: 474 102 w: a: 10 Liston Court, Marlow Mint Velvet t: tba w: a: 57 High Street, Marlow Congratulations to the winners of the following book competition held in the April/May 2011 issue. Aren’t we a Funny Lot by Richard Walters: Tracey Dodds, Sarah Mitney, John Chello



RBWM - COUNCIL Bus Services CIS Council Tax Library - Cox Green Library - Holyport Container Library - Maidenhead Recycling Police Trains Town Hall Youth & Community Centre HOSPITALS St Mark’s Hospital NHS Direct St John’s Ambulance Thames Valley Adventure Playground COOKHAM Library Police Bourne End & Cookham Rotary Stanley Spencer Gallery Medical Centre

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Out & About

BBQ Fridays Throughout June Crowne Plaza Hotel, Marlow Thames Valley Business Womens Group 13th June, 7.00pm for 7.30pm start CIM, Cookham - Local network group

Holy Trinity School Summer Fete 2nd July, 12 - 4pm Furze Platt Scout Group Summer Fair 3rd July, 12 - 3pm St Mary’s School, Cookham Road 100 years of Scouting

Maidenhead Music Society 17th June, 7.30pm Celebrity Concert Marlow

Out of the Dark 3rd July and 7-10th July, at Bucks Open Studios See page 49 for more details

Cookham Village Fair 18th June, 11am - 4pm

Jazz Dinner 8th July, MacDonald Compleat Angler Call 405406 for tickets

Out of the Dark 18th June, at Bucks Open Studios See page 49 for more details

Jazz Dinner 12th August MacDonald Compleat Angler Call 405406 for tickets

Old Thatch Gardens

Child Bereavement Sponsored Walk 24th June - See page 49 for details

Thames Valley Business Womens Group 11th July, 7.00pm for 7.30pm start CIM, Cookham - Local network group

Summer Garden Party in aid of Air Ambulance 25th June, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Marlow

Business Biscotti - Marlow 14th July, 9.30 - 11.30am Danesfield House Hotel, Marlow Local network group Marlow Triathlon 17th July, 7am Court Garden Leisure Complex, Higginson Park

Cookham Summer Fair 26th June, 12 - 3pm Cookham Rise Primary School, High Rd, Cookham Cookham Dean Annual Charity Tennis& Croquet day 26th June, Andrew - 07951952934 NCT Nearly New Sale 2nd July, 1.15pm members, 1.30pm non members St Pirans School, Gringer Hill, Maidenhead Charity Events

Business Biscotti - Marlow 11th August, 9.30 - 11.30am Danesfield House Hotel, Marlow Local network group

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

Business Biscotti - Maidenhead 16th June, 9 - 11am Temple Golf Club, Henley Road, Hurley Local network group

Marlow Regatta 18th & 19th June, Dorney Lake

Key to Events:

Maidenhead Regatta 6th August, Maidenhead Rowing Club

Schools out Disco 22nd July Crowne Plaza Hotel, Marlow Business Biscotti - Maidenhead 28th July, 9 - 11am please note change of date

Old Thatch Gardens is two acres of internationally acclaimed gardens and once the home of Enid Blyton. The popular gardens include a formal garden, cottage garden, water garden, and rose and clematis walk. A starred garden in the Good Gardens Guide and included in The Most Amazing Gardens in Britain and Ireland. Recently featured on BBC Gardeners World.

Royal Windsor Wheel 13th May - 4th September

Stanley Spencer Gallery

until 31st October, 10.30am - 5.30pm daily

Temple Golf Club, Henley Road, Hurley Local network group


One-off events

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

Clubs for Adults

Theatre & Music

Business Meetings

Visit for detals of events inandaround Maidenehad The Farmers Market, Grove Street Car Park, 2nd Sunday of the month from 10am Produce market High Street - every Fornight from 7th July

Missed the deadline? Want your event noticed? Log onto - Enter your event in “Out & About” For a more up to date and comprehensive listing visit Use the QR code (with your phone) opposite to go straight to our website. If you would like your event advertised contact 01628771 419 / 07711 887107 or e: ALONG THE THAMES 51



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