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Fall in love March with the dress Welcome to March where the colours of Spring are just around the corner! Spring brings many delights for the whole family, from Mother’s Day to tasty Easter treats. This month we celebrate Mums with delicious food ideas, find out more on page 30. As the day length increases and the warmth of the sun tempts us outside, our long lazy mornings in bed slowly fade away. But when you are in bed how can you make sure you avoid back pain, see page 23 for ideas.


Are you an avid reader? Turn to page 18 for World Book Day, a great time to encourage youngsters to read.

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As well as celebrating books, we are also sharing with you facts about modern apprenticeships and its dynamic and flexible way to launch into a new career. Read more on page 44 to understand why there has never been a better time to start an apprenticeship.


Plenty more to read in this issue, so make a cuppa and enjoy!

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Your Local Buzz On 10th February 1943 two German Dornier 217 bombers from ll/KG40 Bomber unit in Holland on a nuisance raid followed the Great Western Railway line running west from London to Reading. At 4:35pm one of the bombers veered off towards South Reading while the other continued to follow the railway line to Newbury.

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The day Newbury was bombed in 1943 At 4:43pm the Dornier 217 bomber arrived at Newbury and dropped eight high-explosive bombs, there was no time for a warning siren. The church was totally destroyed by the bombs, leaving only the altar standing, but was rebuilt after the war. The Senior Council School (Eastfield), St.Bartholomew's Almshouses, St.John's Church and Southampton Terrace were also destroyed and another 265 dwellings were damaged, many were later demolished. The local civil defence commanders had to use the Police and Home Guard to keep back the crowds while there was an organised search for survivors. 15 people were killed and a further 41 people who were injured, which 25 were seriously hurt.


Some people in Cheap Street were blown off their feet by the blast, with wood flying past them from the nearby explosions. In contrast, the Reading raid fell across the town centre, straddling what is now the site of the Oracle shopping centre and moving north to the Town Hall. There was greater loss of life with forty-one people killed in Reading, despite an air raid warning. Thirty-five of them were dining in the People’s Pantry, a Governmentsponsored restaurant behind the Market Place. The other casualties, including two children, were taking shelter as best they could. Both bomber crews also became victims of war, their Dornier 217 bombers were brought down as they flew back South towards Germany.

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Eyewitnesses, which at the time were children at St Batholomew School said that they had only left school about 20 minutes before and remembered seeing the planes flying in above as they were walking home, and then the bombs being dropped. 15 people who died were 3 pupils and two of their teachers who had stayed behind to finish off some work.

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Thatcham in Domesday Thatcham at the time of the Domesday Survey in 1086 was a thriving community. Domesday records Thatcham being the centre of a Hundred; a Hundred being an administrative area and including Ulvritone, Midgham, Shaw, Donnington, Crookham and several other surrounding settlements. At this time Thatcham is valued at £34, much more than any surrounding settlement and is recorded with having two mills and two priests. It is not known which mills these were, Ham Mill, Chamberhouse Mill or Colthrop Mill, if any. The church at this time would have served not just Thatcham but a wider area. The population has been estimated to be 250 people, a large settlement for the time and larger than any surrounding settlement. Thatcham continued to grow when in c.1100 Thatcham gained a market and soon after was allowed to hold a two-day fair. In 1125, King Henry I granted the manor of Thatcham to his new foundation of Reading Abbey. Then in c.1141 the church was rebuilt in stone. To find out more contact us via email enquiries@ uk or visit our website www. local buzz

Research & Development Funding Workshop for local businesses 2 March

Research & Development Funding Workshop at West Berkshire Council, Market Street, Newbury RG14 5LD on Friday 2 March 2018 from 9:15am to 12:30pm. Newbury based United Konsultants has teamed up with West Berkshire Council to offer a FREE workshop for local businesses. Grants of up to 70% are available for commercial research and development, separately from Research & Development (R&D) tax credits or other

tax allowances. Nevertheless many proposals fail because applicants don’t understand what is needed for the application. This workshop will equip you to present your proposal in the best light. So, if you, or someone you know has a technically innovative idea (whether it’s a new type of children’s shoe or cutting edge cryptography for banks) the government could fund the technical development of your idea. Grants are allocated in open competitions and assessed to rigorous and transparent standards.

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The stages of R&D which can be funded.


How much can I get, and what do they want in return?


How to find what grant competitions are open.


Why a great technical idea is only 10% of what you need.


Picking your project team single company or consortium?


Ten questions and what they are looking for.


Project plans and financial plans.


Risk management, not zero risk.


Common mistakes and how to avoid them.


The timetable from submission to funding.


Running the project - how you will be monitored.


What can go wrong during a project.

To book your place, please email Janet Duffield, Lead for Economic Development at or call (01635) 519475. local buzz

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Modern slavery is the illegal exploitation of people for personal or commercial gain. It covers a wide range of abuse and exploitation including sexual exploitation, domestic servitude, forced labour, criminal exploitation and organ harvesting. Report it If you recognise any of the above signs and suspect someone may be a victim of modern slavery, tell someone. You will always be taken seriously and protection and support is available. To report a suspicious event or seek advice you can contact the Modern Slavery Helpline confidentially on 08000 121 700. This is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Deputy Supt Lindsey Finch - Local Policing Commander West Berkshire


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Author Events from Hungerford Bookshop March 20: Peter Marren, introduced by Charles Flower, for his book Chasing the Ghost: My Search For All the Wild Flowers in Britain. 7:30 Hungerford Town Hall Tickets £6 April 17: Leanda de Lisle on White King: Traitor, Murderer, Martyr. “well researched and beautifully written, probably the defintive modern work on Charles I’ - The Observer. 7:30 Hungerford Town Hall. Tickets £6

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10am - 3pm Newbury Masonic Centre London Road RG14 1JN (Next to Travelodge) Ever wondered what Freemasonry is about? It is certainly NOT a secret society. Come along and see for yourself: you’ll be pleasantly surprised! Interestingly, 22 former town mayors, two MP’s and the Fourth Lord Carnarvon were all Masons here in Newbury, as well as many businessmen and merchants. Free admission and parking. Amners Farm Lambing Days

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This harmonica and mandolin led five/six piece play exciting folk-jazzblues-tinged music with improvised melodies. Featuring singer Amy Kakoura who "gives Imelda May a run for her money" Northern Sky.

Sun 4 Mar The Legendary Pete Allen and his band will be playing from 3pm to 5:30pm (doors open at 2pm).

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Come and enjoy an audience with Joe Brown: uncut, solo and uncensored. Joe will talk about his early days, growing up in London’s East End, becoming a rock‘n’roll pioneer and touring with the likes of Eddie Cochran, Billy Fury and Gene Vincent.

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Newbury Spring Festival 12 to 26 May

The Newbury Spring Festival returns in May with over 45 concerts

featuring a host of artists from the worlds of classical, folk, jazz and cabaret including Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Philharmonia Orchestra, Piccadilly Dance Orchestra, Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers, Joe Stilgoe and Ciare Teal. There are also three shows specially for children and families.

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Simnel cake The name 'simnel' probably comes from the ancient Roman 'simila', meaning 'fine flour' (as does 'semolina'). Simple, everyday cakes of 'simnel bread' have been known in England at least since the 13th Century, and are always described as being boiled as well as baked. We don't know quite what they tasted like, but we do know that, around the time of Queen Elizabeth I, fancy simnel cakes came to be associated with springtime. In most modern versions marzipan or almond paste is used as a filling for the cake with a layer laid in the middle of the mix before the cake is cooked, and it is also used as decoration on the top. Conventionally eleven, or occasionally twelve, marzipan balls are used to decorate the cake, with a story that the balls represent the twelve apostles, minus Judas. However, this style of decoration, together with its story, did not become the norm until the 1970s, and the older, Victorian tradition of decorating the cakes with preserved fruits and flowers was the dominant form in recipes throughout the twentieth century.

Hot Cross Buns The ancient Greeks may have marked cakes with a cross. One theory is that the Hot Cross Bun originates from St Albans, where Brother Thomas Rocliffe, a 14th Century monk at St Albans Abbey, developed a similar recipe called an 'Alban Bun' and distributed the bun to the local poor on Good Friday, starting in 1361.

Celebratin Chocolate eggs The first chocolate Easter eggs were made in Europe in the early 19th Century with France and Germany taking the lead. A type of eating chocolate had been invented a few years earlier but it could not be successfully moulded. Some early eggs were solid while the production of the first hollow chocolate eggs must have been rather painstaking as the moulds were lined with paste chocolate one at a time! John Cadbury made his first 'French eating Chocolate' in 1842 but it was not until 1875 that the first Cadbury Easter Eggs were made. Progress in the chocolate Easter egg market was very slow until a method was found of making the chocolate flow into the moulds. The modern chocolate Easter egg with its smoothness, shape and flavour owes its progression to the two greatest developments in the history of chocolate - the invention of a press for separating cocoa butter from the cocoa bean by the Dutch inventor Van Houten in 1828 and the introduction of a pure cocoa by Cadbury Brothers in 1866. The Cadbury process made large quantities of cocoa butter available and this was the secret of making moulded chocolate or indeed, any fine eating chocolate.

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The earliest Cadbury chocolate eggs were made of 'dark' chocolate with a plain smooth surface and were filled with dragees. The earliest 'decorated eggs' were plain shells enhanced by chocolate piping and marzipan flowers.

Easter Sunday, also called Resurrection Sunday, is a Christian observance celebrating the resurrection of Christ.

ng Easter Easter is a time to invite family and friends for Sunday lunch, and the most traditional dish is a lamb roast. Common decorations are dyed or painted eggs, little yellow chicks, bunnies and spring flowers, such as daffodils, white lilies, and tulips. The colors yellow or gold are usually associated with Easter, as these are the colours the Church of England uses for the Easter Sunday celebrations.

Why Is it Called Easter? No one knows for sure where the English name Easter comes from. The most common explanation is that it is derived from the Anglo-Saxon goddess Eostre. She was associated with spring and fertility and was celebrated around the vernal equinox. This theory was first introduced in the late-seventhcentury by Bede ("The Venerable"), a historian from Anglo-Saxon England. In most other languages, the name is

White lilly A popular symbol of the Easter festival, the white lily is held as the traditional Easter Flower and represents love and hope. The single flower stem originating from a bulb represents the resurrection of Christ three days after his apparent death by crucifixion.

derived from the Hebrew word Pesach, the Jewish holiday Passover.

Easter Worldwide Many Christians worldwide celebrate Easter with special church services, music, candlelight, flowers and the ringing of church bells. Easter processions are held in some countries such as the Philippines and Spain. Many Christians view Easter as the greatest feast of the Church year. It is a day of joy and celebration to commemorate that Jesus Christ is risen, according to Christian belief. Many towns and villages in Italy have sacred dramas about the episodes of the Easter story – these are held in the piazzas on Easter Day. Pastries called corona di nove are baked in the form of a crown. Other traditional foods include capretto (lamb) and agnello (kid/goat). Easter in Poland is celebrated with family meals that include ham, sausages, salads, babka (a Polish cake) and mazurka, or sweet cakes filled with nuts, fruit and honey.

The Easter Bunny The Easter Bunny is a folkloric figure and symbol of Easter, depicted as a rabbit bringing Easter eggs. Originating among German Lutherans, the 'Easter Hare' originally played the role of a judge, evaluating whether children were good or disobedient in behaviour at the start of the season of Eastertide. Legend has it that the Easter Bunny lays, decorates and hides eggs as they are also a symbol of new life. It doesn't do all the work alone though. In Switzerland, Easter eggs are delivered by a cuckoo, and by a fox in parts of Germany.

Although Easter maintains great religious significance, many children in countries such as Australia, Canada, the United States, think of it as a time to get new spring clothes, to decorate eggs and to participate in Easter egg hunts where eggs are hidden by the Easter Bunny. Some children receive Easter baskets full of candy, snacks, and presents around this time of the year. 15

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All time top ten childrens books

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone J K Rowling

The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins

According to Guinness World Records, the Bible is the best-selling book of all time with over 5 billion copies sold and distributed.

The BFG Roald Dahl

Can books really improve your life?


The Very Hungry Caterpillar Eric Carle


Winnie-the-Pooh A A Milne

Many people perceive reading as an introverted hobby, for the feeble, anti-social. However, you will be pleasantly surprised to find out that reading has numerous positive effects on your emotional, intellectual and psychological state of mind.

Memory enhancing Every time you read something new, your brain ‘makes room’ to fit it in. With these new spaces, you can take advantage of any new information that may arise.

Expand your vocabulary

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The more you read, the more words you will come across. The more often you read these words, the more likely you are to understand them, and use them in your own writing and speaking.

The Cat in the Hat Dr Seuss

Reading can be therapeutic

The Fellowship of the Ring J R R Tolkien

Reading can help with any stress or turmoil occurring in your life. If you’re going through a break-up, or simply just need to relax, try a new book.

Charlotte's Web E B White Northern Lights Philip Pullman

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe C S Lewis

Encourage young reading Reading is important because it develops the mind. Teaching young children to read helps them develop their language skills. You can help by. . . 1. Read to your child starting at an early age. 2. Fill your child's room with books.

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3. Be a good reading 'role model' for your children. 4. As your children grow, introduce them to books that match their interests and hobbies. 5. Encourage your child to find new books on their own to read.

Book lovers are celebrating their favourite stories once again as World Book Day (1st March) is back! It is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and - most importantly it is a celebration of reading and is marked in more than 100 countries around the world. World Book Day is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate storytelling and there are many ways in which you can participate. . . Storycraft Do you ever get stuck when you are writing a story? Don’t know where to start (or end for that matter)? Not sure how to make your readers laugh? Need to cut it down but don’t know what to cut? Getting stuck will be a thing of the past, because Storycraft is here! Storycraft is World Book Day’s web-based storytelling tool, which takes children on a unique step-by-step journey to writing and sharing stories in different genres. All with the help of more than 50 top author Storyguides, who share their top tips and inspiration with budding young writers at every stage.

Countries who celebrate World Book Day. . . Spain To celebrate this day, Cervantes's Don Quixote is read during a twoday 'readathon' and the Miguel de Cervantes Prize is presented by the Spanish king in Alcalá de Henares.

Sweden In Sweden, the day is known as Världsbokdagen and is celebrated on 23rd April.

America In Kensington, Maryland the International Day of the Book is celebrated with a street festival on the Sunday closest to April 26.

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William Shakespeare 26 April 1564 – 23 April 1616 Shakespeare - regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist produced most of his known work between 1589 and 1613. His early plays were primarily comedies and histories, which are regarded as some of the best work ever produced in these genres. He then wrote mainly tragedies until about 1608, including Hamlet, Othello, King Lear and Macbeth, considered some of the finest works in the English language. Shakespeare's The Globe Theatre opened in autumn 1599, with Julius Caesar one of the first plays staged. Most of Shakespeare's greatest post1599 plays were written for the Globe, including Hamlet, Othello, and King Lear. 19 15

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Back pain can keep you up at night, it prevents you from enjoying a good night sleep and saps your day’s energy. But what causes it and how can we avoid it? Mel Harrison

Back Pain The main cause of back pain in bed is poor posture, either from how a person sits at work or how they sleep at night. Between the vertebrae in the spine are intervertebral discs, which rehydrate at night (which is why we are taller in the morning, and part of the reason that the elderly lose height as they get older). Poor posture can prevent the discs rehydrating. Poor posture can put the muscles into awkward positions that can cause irritation over a prolonged period of time, resulting in aches or pains.

Prevention of back pain in bed

Desk Neck Do you get neck ache, back ache and stiffness, which you put down to bad posture? You may have Upper Cross Syndrome (UCS) which means there is a muscle imbalance between the muscles of the neck, shoulder, upper back and chest. UCS is usually associated with desk workers as they tend to sit slouched for long periods throughout the day. As we tire, our head moves forward towards the computer screen. Scarily, for every 2 inches that our head protracts forward, approximately 20lbs of weight is added through our body! So, why does this cause pain? As the head moves forwards and our shoulders hunch, the muscles in our chest and the ones we use to shrug our shoulder become short and tight, while the muscles at the front of our neck and the ones in our upper back become longer and weaker.

In order to prevent back pain in bed, taking care of your posture is essential. A great start is to sleep on your right hand side, with knees bent up slightly. Laying on the right hand side is good for blood flow, as you have the smaller and lighter left lung resting on the heart in this position, maximising blood flow. Ensure that the gap in between the shoulder, neck and head is filled with pillow, so that the spine and neck remain in good alignment. Imagine how your neck sits vertically in line with the rest of the spine when you are sitting and standing; when you are laying on your side, you want to maintain that. Pillow depth is key here, and firmness or softness is personal preference. When it comes to picking the right mattress, it is important to get the correct support for your spine. A mattress that is too hard can put too much pressure on the areas where you feel discomfort, whereas a mattress that is too soft will not provide support for the areas that need it, allowing the spine to spend long periods in poor and unhealthy positions. Most people can’t go wrong with a memory foam-type mattress, as this will provide support where support is needed, and allow for adjustment to the body where that is also required.

Having this muscle imbalance for long periods of time can lead to the dreaded “hunchback.” Other signs and symptoms of UCS are: Increased spinal curvatures, winged shoulder blades, headaches, shoulder instability, nerve pain, rotator cuff problems and even osteoarthritis in the long term

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We spend about a third of our lives in bed so if we live until 75 we'll have been asleep for 25 years! We all know that a good night's sleep is important but how much sleep do we really need and why do we do it?

March is National Bed Month The question of why we sleep is actually quite mysterious. In simple terms it is a daily extended bout of rest where we lay down with our eyes closed. But there is more to sleep than meets the eye.

The perfect sleep environment

During this time, our bodies replenish energy stores and make vital repairs, while our minds organize and store the memories from day before. The amount of sleep we need depends on our age, sex, health and other factors, and our sleep cycles change as we grow older.

Dark - try using blackout blinds or an eye mask.

Each sleep cycle lasts around 90 minutes, and in order to feel fully rested and refreshed when we wake up, we must experience at least four stages. A full night’s sleep will include five or six cycles, while a disturbed, restless night consists of fewer.

Comfortable temperature (16-18C). Fresh air circulating but no draughts.

A large bed - Buy the largest you can accommodate. A quality mattress - try out lots and buy the best you can afford. Ban technology - The blue light emitted by screens is hazardous to good quality sleep. Quiet - you can buy soft earplugs if noise is a problem though some people sleep better with white noise in the background.

A regular bedtime routine is an important cue to help us fall asleep.

Routine - A regular bedtime routine is an important cue to help us fall asleep. Think about the bath, book, bed routine we often establish for our children. You can use essential oils, a good book and a warm milky drink. Avoid caffeine, alcohol and screen use too close to bedtime, and never go to bed on an argument!

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“I know Harry is smart and he tries so hard. I just don’t get it.” His mother, Charlotte said. Sarah, Clinical Director at The Key Clinic explained “A child may be perfectly smart, but unable to access that intelligence, as something is literally blocking the way. It’s our job to figure out where those blockages are and then to remove them.”

Harry felt deflated as he looked at his exam marks. He always tried his hardest to sit still in class and listen, but could not help getting distracted. He would try to focus his eyes when reading, but the words would jump.

Daily neurodevelopmental movements were carried out with Harry, over a couple of months, in order to get rid of these early reflexes once and for all. His mother was thrilled with the results “On returning to school, Harry gained an average of 20% increase in his exam results across the board – we could not believe it! “

Regular hearing tests had never flagged a problem, but the more advanced test Harry took at The Key Clinic showed Harry actually had hypersensitive hearing, making it virtually impossible for him to block out background noises. Nor could he hear every part of a word clearly. No wonder he was so easily distracted! Harry carried out a 10 day course of Auditory Integration Training at the clinic, listening to specially modulated music through headphones. A final hearing test showed his hearing had normalised and the hypersensitivity was gone. His mother said the changes were quickly noticeable “I did not tell his teacher the work we had been doing at The Key Clinic, but she said today that he is paying much better attention in class and not asking for things to repeated so often.”

Further physical tests revealed Harry also had some immaturities in his nervous system, infant reflexes which should have gone by the time he turned one, were still locked in place. These were making many tasks extremely difficult. This is why Harry’s eyes struggled to read without skipping over words, why he would fidget, why catching a ball or getting dressed was such a challenge and why his handwriting, despite his best efforts, was always messy.

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Victoria sponge cake The perfect celebration cake - the Victoria Sponge combines strawberries and cream and is delicious served for afternoon tea.


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Banana bread

Bananas are low in calories

Banana bread is perfect for using up overripe bananas – the browner they are the better. Mum will enjoy a slice with a cup of tea or toasted for breakfast.

Mother's Day

Sunday 11th March Breakfast in bed Breakfast in bed is a classic winner as mum can have a much-deserved lie in while the kids help out in the kitchen. Who can resist a generous, fluffy pancake? Let the kids get busy choosing and setting out a variety of toppings, perhaps blueberries, raspberries with almonds?

Carrot and orange soup Carrot and orange soup is the ideal starter for a Sunday roast.

Delicious biscuits

Fluffy scones No afternoon tea would be complete without some generously buttered scones with lashings of cream and jam. These can be rustled up in no time and kids will love stamping out the scones and painting them with egg wash.

Rose and vanilla biscuits Delicious and delicate, these biscuits are a welcome treat with a cuppa!

Lemon drizzle cake Some traditions are hard to beat!


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Experts who examined in detail the social habits of wine drinkers found their lifestyles really can be generalised according to their preferred wine colour.

Red or White? Those who drink red wine are also more likely to have a degree, be married and drink more frequently than those who have a preference for white or rose. But white wine drinkers are home-lovers who enjoy a holiday in the


UK and are content with their position on the career ladder. Outside of the workplace, red wine drinkers are most likely to be happily married, with 52 per cent having walked down the aisle and 86 per cent say their relationship is a happy one. White wine drinkers are also more likely than other wine drinkers to be happily single, with 85 per cent saying they are not looking for a relationship.

wine drinkers are more likely to holiday in the UK than overseas rather than travelling to far flung corners of the world. Other traits red wine drinkers see themselves as include confident, relaxed, strong and intelligent. White wine drinkers tend to use words such as practical, bright, shy, quiet and reserved when describing themselves.

Researchers also revealed that red wine drinkers also enjoy spending the money they earn. A quarter of those who enjoy a glass of red take around three overseas holidays a year, with a third also taking three or more UK mini breaks on top of that.

When it comes to style, 59 per cent of red wine drinkers think they are stylish; with 88 per cent taking pride in their appearance. White wine fans are similar with 87 per cent taking care of their looks, and 56 per cent describing themselves as stylish.

As a result of their travel, with red wine drinkers visiting an average of 10 countries, 76 per cent consider themselves to be 'cultured'. But white

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Review, restore, replenish, renew. For us March and the early Spring is all about showing you all what we have been tasting and discovering in the early new year months. From the 400 ish wines I’ve tasted so far this year, these four wines put a smile on my face and are sure to impress you too. 1. Bodegas Lavaque Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina Black in colour, this wine looks like it’s going to massively powerful, but the core of fruit is soft and juicy with a very fine blackcurrant and sweet jam flavour.

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Penley Estate Pheonix Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra, Australia £15.99 ea.

Argentine Malbecs like this are hard to beat for value and flavour. 2. Penley Estate Pheonix Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra, Australia If you can stop gazing at the beautiful intricate label, this wine just knocks you for six when you taste it. The balance of flavour, tannin and fruit is superb. I cannot convey enough the joy this wine offers, you must buy some to see what I mean!


West Cape Howe Old School Chardonnay, Western Australia £15.99 ea.

3. West Cape Howe Old School Chardonnay, Western Australia The days of balanced oaked Chardonnay are well and truly back, and if there ever was a wine to show you that these styles are easy and refreshing to drink, then this is it. All the way from the other side of the world, and yet this tastes as though it was just straight from the barrel yesterday. 4. Château Sainte Marguerite, Cuvée Symphonie, Cru Classe Rosé


Château Sainte Marguerite, Cuvée Symphonie, Cru Classe Rosé £19.99 ea.

Yes its £20, but this is stunning. Being one of only a handful of Cru Classe wines from Provence, this wine has head start over all the others. Organic practices contribute to the magical multi level palate of floral juicy summer fruits. A glorious Rosé.

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The kids will love making these tasty Easter treats

Slow-cooked shoulder of lamb with fennel and marsala

Chocolate Easter egg nest cakes Makes 12

Serves 6 Takes 10 minutes to make, 4 hours to cook The fennel and marsala in this slow-cooked lamb recipe add wonderful sweet and aniseed notes – perfect for a special feast.

ingredients 2.5kg shoulder of British spring lamb 400ml fresh chicken stock 100ml dry white wine 3 fennel bulbs, thickly sliced


2 onions, cut into wedges

225g/8oz plain chocolate, broken into pieces 2 tbsp golden syrup 50g/2oz butter 75g/3oz cornflakes 36 mini chocolate eggs

2 tsp fennel seeds 200ml marsala (or madeira)

METHOD 1. Preheat the oven to 160°C/fan 140°C/gas 3. Season the lamb well and put in a large roasting tin with 150ml of the stock and the white wine.

LET'S Get GoinG 1. Line a 12-hole fairy cake tin with paper cases. 2. Melt the chocolate, golden syrup and butter in a bowl set over a pan of gently simmering water, (do not let the base of the bowl touch the water). Stir the mixture until smooth. 3. Remove the bowl from the heat and gently stir in the cornflakes until all of the cereal is coated in the chocolate. 4. Divide the mixture between the paper cases and press 3 chocolate eggs into the centre of each nest. Chill in the fridge for 1 hour, or until completely set.

2. Roast for 2 hours, then add the fennel and onions to the roasting tin and sprinkle over the fennel seeds, adding another splash of stock if it looks dry. Cook for a further 1.5 hours until tender. Remove the lamb to a warmed platter, remove the vegetables from the tin with a slotted spoon and arrange around the joint. 4. Strain the meat juices from the tin (discard the fat) into a small pan. Add the remaining stock and the marsala, and season. Bring to a simmer, then reduce to a flavoursome gravy. Once the lamb has rested, serve it along with the vegetables and gravy.

Deluxe hot chocolate Ingredients 600ml milk 142ml pot double cream 100g chopped chocolate

LET'S Get GoinG 1. Pour the milk, double cream and chopped chocolate into a pan. Bring gently to the boil, whisking until smooth. Serve in individual cups or mugs topped with cream, mini marshmallows and a little grated chocolate.



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Why work for us? Brendoncare is a Charity, our ‘Care for Life’ promise means that no-one will have to leave their Brendoncare home if their financial situation changes. We do not pay profits to shareholders and any surpluses are invested back into improving services and delivering our ‘Care for Life’ promise. Our Staff recommend us. In our recent staff survey, 95% of staff agreed that they were proud to work for Brendoncare 89% of staff said they were very likely or quite likely to recommend Brendoncare as a place to work. We invest heavily in staff training and believe in supporting our staff by providing access to an Employee Assistance Scheme offering advice and access to counselling. We’re looking for people to join our Brendoncare family in Marlborough, Alton and Winchester. We offer competitive rates of pay and a commitment to further training and development. if you would like to find out more, or if you wish to apply, please email, telephone 01962 857480 or visit KiNdNess






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There are currently 223 Admiral Nurses working across England, Scotland and Wales and Dementia UK’s target is to have 300 in place by 2020.

UK Fundraisers Prepare to Par-tea in aid of Dementia UK UK-wide tea parties will help to raise funds for families facing dementia Icing sugar is flying off the supermarket shelves and the kettle is officially on! It can only mean that people are gearing up for one thing: Dementia UK’s annual ‘Time for a Cuppa’ campaign. From 1st - 8th March 2018, fundraisers up and down the country will be channelling their inner baker and leaving no teacup unturned as they raise money for Dementia UK’s specialist dementia Admiral Nurses. Admiral Nurses provide the specialist dementia support that families need. When things get challenging or difficult, Admiral Nurses work alongside families affected by dementia, giving them one-to-one support, expert guidance and practical solutions, helping families face dementia with more confidence and less fear.

Admiral Nurses have had a positive impact on people like Alison, whose long-term partner Philip has been living with young onset dementia since his early 60’s. Alison said: “It’s so important that I have my Admiral Nurse, Rob, there for me as Philip’s health deteriorates. I trust his opinion implicitly and he understands what I am dealing with on a day-to-day basis. He even supports my initiative to train Jess, a loveable Labrador, as a therapy dog for Philip. Ultimately Rob is an absolutely fantastic listener and I only wish I had found him sooner”. Funds raised from this year’s baking will help to grow the number of Admiral Nurse services in the UK, helping more families face dementia. It will also help to employ more Admiral Nurses on the Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline

To find out how to get involved you can call: 020 7697 4052 or email:

which is used by families who do not have direct access to an Admiral Nurse. Dr. Hilda Hayo, Chief Admiral Nurse at Dementia UK, said: “A diagnosis of dementia can be a life-changing experience, with people and their families feeling alone and scared as a result. Time for a Cuppa is all about bringing people together over some tea and cake, to talk about experiences, to encourage support and to raise funds for more desperately needed Admiral Nurses. Whether you’re a builder’s tea or an Earl Grey sort, we’re hoping you can join us for a cuppa.”

Drinking history Britain, always a little suspicious of continental trends, had yet to become the nation of tea drinkers that it is today. Since 1600, the British East India Company had a monopoly on importing goods from outside Europe, and it is likely that sailors on these ships brought tea home as gifts. But the first dated reference to tea in this country is from an advert in a London newspaper, Mercurius Politicus, from September 1658. Catherine of Braganza - she made tea fashionable in Britain. It announced that 'China Drink, called by the Chinese, Tcha, by other Nations Tay alias Tee' was on sale at a coffee house in Sweeting's Rents in the City. The first coffee house had been established in London in 1652, and the terms of this advert suggest that tea was still somewhat unfamiliar to most readers, so it is fair to assume that the drink was still something of a curiosity.

Tea becomes popular It was the marriage of Charles II to Catherine of Braganza (pictured) that would prove to be a turning point in the history of tea in Britain. She was a Portuguese princess and a tea addict. It was her love of the drink that established tea as a fashionable beverage first at court, and then among the wealthy classes. Capitalizing on this, the East India Company began to import tea into Britain, its first order being placed in 1664 - for 100lbs of China tea to be shipped from Java.

Stanley Bruce drinking tea with 2nd AIF Division from a canteen given by the Young Men's Christian Association, in London, circa 1940

In 1851, when virtually all tea in Britain had come from China, annual consumption per head was less than 2lbs. Bt 1901, fuelled by cheaper imports from India and Sri Lanka (then called Ceylon), another British colony, this had rocketed to over 6lbs per head.

A way of life Tea had become firmly established as part of the British way of life. This was officially recognised during the First World War, when the government took over the importation of tea to Britain in order to ensure that this essential moraleboosting beverage continued to be available at an affordable price. The

government took control again during the Second World War, and tea was rationed from 1940 until 1952. 1952 also saw the re-establishment of the London Tea Auction, a regular auction that had been taking place since 1706. The auction was at the centre of the world's tea industry but improved worldwide communications and the growth of auctions in tea producing nations meant that it gradually declined in importance during the latter half of the twentieth century. The final London Tea Auction.


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Emperor Shen Nung 'discovers' tea.

Tea introduced to Japan.

Lu Yu's The Tea Classic is written.

Tea presented to and rejected by Czar Michael I of Russia.

Portugese traders bring tea to Europe.

British East India Company places their first order for tea.

Boston Tea Party in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Rich tea biscuit Rich tea is a type of sweet biscuit; the ingredients generally include wheat flour, sugar, vegetable oil and malt extract. Originally called Tea Biscuits, they were developed in the 17th century in Yorkshire, England for the upper classes as a light snack between full-course meals.

Fancy a cuppa?

In the UK we drink

165 million cups daily 60.2 billion per year Around the world

Tea is the most popular manufactured drink consumed in the world, equaling all others, including coffee, chocolate, soft drinks, and alcohol combined. Most of the tea consumed outside East Asia is produced on large plantations in the hilly regions of India and Sri Lanka, and is destined to be sold to large businesses. Opposite this largescale industrial production are many small 'gardens,' sometimes minuscule plantations, that produce highly soughtafter teas prized by gourmets. These teas are both rare and expensive, and can be compared to some of the most expensive wines in this respect.

The tea bag In 1907, American tea merchant Thomas Sullivan began distributing samples of his tea in small bags of Chinese silk with a drawstring. Consumers noticed they could simply leave the tea in the bag and reuse it with fresh tea. However,

2 billion people will drink tea every morning

the potential of this distribution and packaging method would not be fully realised until later on. In 1953 (after rationing ended), Tetley launched the tea bag to the UK and it was an immediate success. The 'pyramid tea bag' (or sachet) introduced by Lipton and PG Tips/ Scottish Blend in 1996, attempts to address one of the connoisseurs' arguments against paper tea bags by way of its three-dimensional tetrahedron shape, which allows more room for tea leaves to expand while steeping.

Everyone loves a cuppa, so why not pop the kettle on during 1st - 8th March and support Dementia UK.






Mother’s Day!

The Tetley Tea Company was founded by Joseph and Edward Tetley.

Tea successfully grows in Assam, India by the British.

Afternoon tea was introduced by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford.

First Kenyan Tea plantation opens.

Tea bags invented by Thomas Sullivan.

Afternoon Tea a delicious treat for Mum on Sunday 11th March

Don’t miss Basingstoke’s largest business networking event!






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Local firms lead the way at annual Business Expo Hundreds of businesses from across the region will arrive in Basingstoke for the area’s largest networking showcase event in a couple of weeks.

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Local firms including Philips Solicitors and Mercedes-Benz Basingstoke will be showcasing their services and demonstrating why Basingstoke is a great destination to come and do business. Over 50 exhibitors will be exhibiting at the show being held at Apollo Hotel. As well as giving businesses the opportunity to network, the business expo will also feature keynote speakers, seminars and free business workshops. Exhibitors will also be Available To Offer Free advice on those who are planning to start a business or grow a business in Basingstoke. Whether you operate an existing business and are always on the lookout

for fresh opportunities to offer your services, or a new business wishing to break into the local commercial scene this is the perfect opportunity, and the most cost-effective, that you could hope for. The event is being organised locally by Neal Purvey of thebestof Basingstoke, and is part of a nationwide network of business shows founded by Basingstoke based firm, Memo Events. Director, Matthew Larcome, recently told us why events like these are important for small and medium sized businesses.

Mr Larcome said, “I hope local businesses seize the opportunity to attend the Basingstoke Business Expo as it’ll be a great day to network and forge relationships with local companies. If you’re serious about your business and networking – make sure the date is firmly in your diary, because if you miss it, you’ll miss out!” 41

Being your own boss needn’t make it harder to get a mortgage I’m a self-employed florist and wish to get a mortgage. However, I’ve been told it can be a very difficult and lengthy process. I’m worried I won’t be successful. Can you help? Mrs Michaels, Newbury Flexible working hours and the desire to ‘be your own boss’ has bolstered the UK’s self-employment community to 4.77 million – nearly 15 percent of the workforce.

if you can prove a track record of regular work, you have left employment to work as a contractor in the same industry, or you have evidence of work lined up for the future.

However, the self-employed, contractors and freelancers, may find it harder to get on the property ladder as getting a mortgage can be challenging. It doesn’t need to be. With the right amount of preparation and planning, obtaining a mortgage can be easier than you think.

Step three: Consider if remortgaging is right for you

Let’s start with step one: Getting your paperwork in order. It may sound like we’re teaching you to suck eggs, but ensuring you keep up-to-date records and accounts is vitally important - self-employed workers still need to prove income to any mortgage lender you apply to. Our top tip is to provide more information than you think necessary, for example: • • •

Two to three years’ accounts prepared by a chartered or certified accountant, The average of your last two years’ net profit or A track record of regular work.

Accounts should be up-to-date and in order before you apply – otherwise the application will be delayed or declined. Step two: Understand your own figures Knowing your numbers and being able to talk the lender through them is equally as important as providing the paperwork. If you have a dip in your income at a certain point, you will need to be able to clarify what happened and why. By pin-pointing and explaining any fluctuations, you will seem more credible to the lender and therefore, increase your chances of getting your mortgage application approved. If you don’t have two years’ accounts, don’t panic. Some mortgage lenders will still consider your application, especially

If you already have a mortgage and want to re-mortgage to save money or move home, your existing lender may be able to help. If they have a history with you, they will be more likely to help than a lender who doesn’t know you. Are you a Director of a limited company? If so, the same rules apply. Some mortgage lenders will consider retained profits when assessing an application. In some situations this can mean company directors find it more difficult to get a mortgage than their employees. The key is to not assume it’s impossible to get a mortgage if you’re self-employed – it’s not. You just need a lender that understands the world of the self-employed. Good luck! If like Mrs Michaels, you are self-employed, a contractor or freelancer and would like to talk to us about a mortgage, please contact us and arrange an appointment in a branch local to you or by telephone. Visit our Newbury branch, call us on 01635 522588 or email Jane Bosher, Senior Office Manager of Newbury Building Society’s Newbury branch.


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Cultivate better hearing Evidence suggests that people wait, on average, 10 years before seeking help for their hearing loss. But is putting o getting help worth lessening your quality of life or isolating yourself from the people and activities you enjoy most? To book your free initial assessment call Mary Hare Hearing Centre on 01635 523 343 or come and see us at 10 Weavers Walk in Newbury.

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Apprentice There has never been a better time to employ an apprentice or start an apprenticeship

491,300 Apprenticeship starts in the 2016 to 2017 academic year.

including foundation degrees, HNDs and full honours degrees. These include job roles ranging from legal services to banking and engineering.



Apprenticeship starts were under 19.

23,000 The average apprenticeship opportunities listed on find an apprenticeship every month.

1,656,630 Online apprenticeship applications made in 2015 to 2016.

520 Over 520 apprenticeship standards have been published or in development, with over 200 that are approved for delivery.

1,670 There were over 1,670 degree level apprenticeship starts in 2016 to 2017, 44

Over 90% of apprentices currently go into work or further training.

97% Nearly 9 out of 10 (89%) apprentices were satisfied with their apprenticeship overall, and 97% of apprentices said their ability to do the job had improved.

92% The majority of apprentices in work felt that their apprenticeship had had a positive impact on their career.

87% Employers said they were satisfied with the programme, 76% say that productivity has improved and 75% reported that apprenticeships improved the quality of their product or service.

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eship Week March 5th - 9th Are you taking your GCSEs or A levels this year? Have you decided what to do afterwards? Many schools champion university or further education colleges but have you considered an apprenticeship? During the week employers and apprentices from across England will come together to celebrate the success of apprenticeships whilst encouraging even more people to choose apprenticeships as a pathway to a great career. An apprenticeship is a chance to earn and learn. It allows you to mix working full-time and learning on the job with gaining a qualification. Anyone over 16 can be an apprentice. Courses last at least a year, and are available in a huge range of industries – there are apprenticeships in everything from accountancy to social media. It's not just small companies who offer them; many of the big players such as Google, IBM, Barclays and Nestle offer excellent apprenticeships with good long-term prospects. In terms of learning styles, apprenticeships are best-suited to those people who want to get into the workplace straight away, or those who

prefer a hands-on approach to learning. Some people (some teachers even) worry that an apprenticeship might limit a more able student's options. This isn't the case at all, if anything it opens them up. Thanks to the in-depth industry experience apprenticeships provide, many apprentices progress further and faster in their chosen fields. There are also higher-level apprenticeships and some people choose to move into further education at a later stage, either at a conventional university or through a body like the Open University. Spending time in workplace as part of your apprenticeship means that you naturally develop important ‘soft skills’, such as communication and team work. These skills are transferrable whatever path your career ultimately takes.

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Thames Valley Business Women Its less than a year since the business women of the Thames Valley were recognised at a grand ceremony at the Madejski Stadium. Supported by The Breeze, Reading Chronicle and of course Local Buzz the 2018 awards process is well underway. Hundreds of influential women are competing for who will attend the next “working women’s Oscars” as finalists in their respective categories. With the Santander Venus Awards Thames Valley in Association with Marshall Volkswagen now in its 2nd Year at the Royal Berkshire Conference Centre, the standard of applicants was high. Categories include the IKEA Green Business, Reading University Inspirational Woman and the Entrepreneur of the Year category supported by Sir John Madejski. With the other categories supported by Benefex, Rapid Search, Interim & Firefly Human Capital, Grandesco, Sandler Training, Newbury Racecourse and Showstate the event will be a who’s who of business in the Thames Valley.

Tara Howard the Venus founder added “with this our 33rd Venus Awards ceremony we are so happy to be back recognising the women of the Thames Valley for a second year and excited to announce the opportunity for businesses to support the inaugural London Awards launching in May.”

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