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warm and sunny welcome to May’s issue of Village Eye magazine. At last, we have been enjoying warmer days. The change of season is evident with the fetes, fairs, outdoor sports and outdoor events bursting out of the pages.


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This includes our cover sponsor this month, The Fox and Hounds. Yes, FoxFest is back! This family festival is right on our doorstep with some fantastic bands to be enjoyed with a glass of Scrumpy in-hand. This year Fox Fest is combined with the Scrumpy Festival - what’s not to love? So keep Saturday June 7th free and turn to page 30 to find out all the details.

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This month we welcome a new columnist, Jack Worboys, who will be keeping us up-to-date with all that is happening in the world of motoring. You’ll find his column on p.28. For motoring enthusiasts we also have Paul Spratley’s Guide to Buying a Used Car on p.14-15. This ‘insider information’ is well worth taking note of if you’re in the market for a pre-loved car.

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Our Very Own Local, National & European Cheerleading Champions, CRIMSON HEAT ARE NOW OFFICIALLY USA CHAMPIONS TOO! It was smiles, flicks, tucks and jumps all round in the sun for Willinkbased Cheerleading team, Crimson Heat last month as 45 girls and their coaches descended on the beaches of Miami for a spot of outdoor training in preparation for the ‘Cheerleaders of America’ Nationals in Orlando. The trip was organised by Crimson’s coaches Gareth Green & Delphine Ayckbourn following the team’s win at the European Jamfest finals last summer. After a week of beach training, a memorable trip to the alligator infested Everglades, and the ESPN World of Sport Complex at Disney World, the team were then invited to spend two full days with the current World Champions, Top Gun at their Florida-based gym ahead of the competition. ns

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This intensive training period paid off at the competition over the Easter weekend, when not only did the girls ‘place’, but went on to win it, making Crimson Heat the first ever non American team to compete and win in an American National Championship! “The athletes performance this weekend quite honestly was unbelievable” explained Coach Gareth. “The pressure on the shoulders of these girls was huge, and I am bursting with pride for each and every one of them”. Crimson, who are only in their fourth season, have already notched up an enviable silverwear collection with titles including National Champions and European Champions can now add ‘International Champions’ to the fold. Not a pom pom in sight, Cheerleading is fast becoming one of the most popular sports in the country. According to a recent study by the Department of Education, 37% of schools in the UK (four in ten) now offer Cheerleading as part of the physical education curriculum - though it has to be said, most do not compete at this level. As a high performance sport where teams work together to perform difficult sequences of stunts, tumbles, jumps, tosses, dance and motions, cheerleaders learn the art of self discipline, teamwork and all whilst getting uber-fit at the same time. The team’s Chairman, Gary Ayckbourn told us that the girls’ dedication to the team has been “admirable on every level”; and that the expectation for Crimson to create a world-class team now very much features in their future plans. “In order for us to prepare to compete on the world stage, there are several things we need to do, with the first being to secure a form of sponsorship. We are hoping that now we have National, European and International titles, we can attract the attention of a key brand - in the US, this is commonplace - and, with the growing popularity of the sport in the UK, we’d like to partner with a company who shares our global vision. From us all here at Village Eye (and we are sure, on behalf of our readers) Congratulations from us all ! If you would like to find out more about the team or would like to talk to them about sponsorship, please drop us a line and we’ll put you in touch [Ed].

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It’s nearing that time again – Sunday 11th May is the date of this year’s Burghfield May Fayre. This annual event held on the Hatch – the green triangle in Burghfield Village - is a welcome day out for all those residents of Burghfield and surrounding villages. The Hatch incidentally is where the drovers grazed their cattle overnight some 100 years ago, on their way to Reading market. It was gated at that time, hence the pub known as the Hatch Gate. The original idea behind the May Fayre was as a fun event for the villagers and their children. However it was soon realised, as stall holders applied to display and sell their goods, that here was an opportunity to raise money for the benefit of local charities. Today the Burghfield May Fayre attracts over 50 stall holders with a variety of offerings from home made cakes and marmalades to lessons in embroidery. There is a coconut shy, ferret racing, tombolas and much more. The local schools and associations such as the scouts, guides and air cadets also add their own individual contributions to the day. Satisfy your taste buds with the ever popular Hog Roast and BBQ. Burghfield Spices will be offering their delicious curryies, and we are hoping, this year, to have a pizza stand as well. These delicacies can be complemented by locally produced beers and ciders available from the beer tent and from the wine bar a selection of red, white and rosé wines - or enjoy a glass (or a jug) with friends, of the ever popular Pimms. Tea and coffee is available in the main marquee together with a plentiful selection of cakes, pastries and cheeses. For the children, and the mums and dads, the ice cream van will be there, offering a selection of ice cream and lollies. Throughout the day there will be plenty to see and take part in. You can parade your pet at the ever popular Dog Show, take the youngsters on the ‘merry go round’ - and this year we are hoping to have go karting nearby for the ‘almost adults’. Check in your programme (available on the day) and see what is going on in the arena.

Happy 100th Birthday Brownies! It was party time in the area last month when over 55 brownies and their leaders got together to celebrate the Brownies centenary year (known as the Big Brownie Birthday), from local groups in the local Warennes Wood District, which include; 2nd Burghfield Brownies, 3rd Burghfield Brownies, 1st Mortimer Brownies and 1st Aldermaston Brownies held a party at St Mary’s School Burghfield. During the event, the girls all passed round a special torch that is working its way to all Brownie groups in Berkshire; This was followed by lots of arts & crafts and party games and a eating huge birthday cake!

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There would also be a state of the art transport interchange with fast rail connections to central Reading, London and Heathrow too. John Ennis, Southcote Councillor says “I strongly resent the fact that this Reading-based developer is trying to obtain political support from within Government without publishing any proper plans and without any attempt to discuss this massive scheme with Reading or the other councils affected.” The land has already been the subject of two failed housing bids – the latest for 7,500 new homes in 2008 and 7,500-home development dubbed Kennet Valley Park, which fell through in 2010. Southcote councillor John Ennis said: “As we saw again only a few weeks ago the whole area between Reading and the M4 floods in heavy rain, which makes it all flood plain in my book, and building there is likely to put not only Southcote but also central Reading at risk. Borough planning boss Cllr Pete Ruhemann claims it was only because that development did not go ahead that the Oracle did not flood this year. He added: “As we have seen this winter, preserving the Kennet Meadows is vital to protecting the communities of Southcote, Coley and Calcot and Reading town centre from serious flood risks – a view endorsed by the Environment Agency. But Mr Campbell says unlike those proposals, his plan does not involve building any homes on the floodplain, the extent of which is defined by the Environment Agency. Campbell Gordon recognise that people in Calcot, Southcote and Burghfield Common will have concerns about increased traffic and disruption caused by the lengthy building programme and the submission accepts there will be further pressure on the

Burghfield Road, which also means more traffic on the Bath Road (A4). A petition opposing plans to build the 30,000 homes was launched in April this year with protesters aiming to convince the judges that the proposal is not popular. The petition can be signed at www. bestforreadingwest.co.uk Mr Campbell of Campbell Gordon admits the plans will be controversial and adds that they could only become a reality if the Government set up a statutory authority made up of representatives from the public, private and community sectors with the legal powers over land purchase and planning control. To give you an idea of the scale of this project, we’ve looked at other town and housing numbers and discovered that Bracknell, for instance, is made up of around 30,000 homes, Maidenhead has about 29,000 and Wokingham fewer homes at around 21,000. In terms of the size of this development, another of Campbell Gordon’s projects, Green Park near junction 11 is built on approximately 180 acres of land. The proposal for the NRE spans some 6000 acres - that’s the equivalent of 33 Green Parks put together! For Wolfson’s full press release, visit www.campbellgordon.co.uk What do you think about the plans? A welcome release on the housing ‘pressure-cooker’ or a development too far on local countryside? Whatever you view, we shall keep you abreast of progress as we’re made aware of it, and will be reporting the information in an impartial way. Watch this space!

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n recent years we have become used to the Budget offering little in the way of significant change. However this year the Chancellor surprised many through his sweeping changes to pensions. This has certainly grabbed the headlines and there are undoubtedly some great opportunities for those saving towards their retirement. It is good news for us too as a business, but whether Mr Osborne has gone too far with ‘pension liberation’ will perhaps take many years to establish. Beware those who act on the headlines only. There is always the small print; important facts that didn’t make the headlines. From the perspective of pension savers, being able to withdraw unlimited sums from your pension fund at the age of 55 seems attractive. There are however some warnings:Withdrawals in excess of 25% of the pension fund (which can be taken as tax free cash) will be added to your income for that year and taxed accordingly. About 80% of the enquiries we receive seem to miss the fact that taking all the pension fund in one go would probably result in them being a higher rate tax payer in that year. Pensions are a vehicle to save money in a tax efficient environment in order to create an income for the rest of your life.

Recent surveys show that most people drastically underestimate the fund of money that they will need in retirement. This is, after all, a complex calculation that needs estimations of longevity, income needed in retirement, inflation, investment growth and investment charges to be taken into account. Most people just don’t have this information to hand, so we do have a concern that those who do not work this out or seek advice run the risk of running out of money. Although the Government has set aside money for the provision of ‘guidance’, we do not think that it is enough and do remember that ‘guidance’ is not advice. The positives are that there are some great planning opportunities. For example; the prospect for higher rate tax payers receiving 40% (or more) tax relief on contributions yet possibly only paying 20% tax in retirement. Despite negativity around annuities, we feel that there is still a place for them as they create the certainty of a guaranteed regular income for the rest of your life. We believe annuity rates will become more competitive and will continue to play an important role in retirement planning. So having greater control of your finances in retirement is a welcomed development, but don’t spend it all at once!


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Mark Penston is a Partner and Financial Planner at Bluesky Independent Financial Advisers.



its1st birthday! Village Eye would like to wish Digifocus Photographic Studio in Mortimer a very Happy 1st birthday! The brainchild of Jack Chen, a highly experienced and award winning photographer, the Digifocus studio has been proving to be very popular since opening its doors last May; providing a high quality photographic service for both consumer and commercial customers. We popped in to see Jack this week to see how things have been going. “The response has been great since I opened my studio” he explained. “During the year, I have produced lots of great photography and memories for the local customers with some coming from further field. Most important of all, I have made some great friends along the way. People in the area are really friendly and very encouraging about the business.” The Victoria Road based studio is a dedicated portrait studio for family and pets portraits, with infinity backdrops and some carefully selected props, which lend themselves beautifully to the production of clean, modern and contemporary family portraits (the kind you might see from a certain large national chain). Testament to this can be found on his clean, bright website where there are many, many images available to view from shoots which have taken place in the studio over the past year. With portrait shoots starting at £39 including a 6x4 print in an acrylic frame, clients can also opt to purchase the image slideshow from the session for just £25. These include medium resolution images for their own websites or to share with friends and family on facebook etc. “It’s a safe and fun environment where you’ll enjoy your photo session with me and I can make beautiful and elegant images with artistic flair. There is also a viewing area where customers can view their slideshow and select their images on a large flat screen TV”. The past year has seen some new services added to the studio too, including photo restoring, where Jack uses his expertise and experience in digital manipulation to transform, repair and restore photographs... But the most recent edition is a make up area, which is a purposely devised area for the bespoke makeover photography he has recently introduced. Teaming up with Gini Blesky from TrulyColours, they are now offering the ultimate in photographic packages... A Makeover Studio Shoot “Gini from TrulyColours and I have put our expertise and experience together to bring you a fantastic makeover photo shoot” explained Jack. “Gini, who has

over 15 years of experience in the professional make-up and styling industry really knows her stuff, and together, we aim to give our clients a unique makeover experience, tailoring every aspect of the photo shoot just for them”. The package starts at £199 for 1-2 persons (limited offer for only £99) with each session lasting for one and half hours, including professional make-up, hairstyling and change of outfit. Photography in different lighting styles and backdrops, with or without props; bring your favourite shoes, handbags or even musical instruments and show us your personality. It will be like having your own image consultant who will take care of every aspect of the shoot. The package comes with a bespoke folio style frame containing a set of three printed images and two medium resolution digital image files for website use. This makeover experience also includes Champagne Cocktails and chocolates! Group sessions with up to 5 people are available too. Win a Makeover! To celebrate their first birthday, Digifocus are running a competition for one lucky reader to win one of these Makeover sessions. The prize includes a full makeover package worth £199 and will be for a maximum of two people. If you’d like to inject a touch of glamour into your life - now is your chance! See below for entry details. Free Photography Sessions at Their Open Day! On Saturday May 17th, the Digifocus Studio will be holding an Open Day and you are all invited! From 10am-5pm, Jack will be offering an open-house studio with free photography sessions all day. Any pictures taken on the day will be available to purchase at a special discounted rate. No booking is necessary, just turn up!


To be in with a chance of winning a makeover experience £199 for 1 or 2 People, simply visit www.villageeye.co.uk click on the WIN A MAKEOVER tab and answer the following question:

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Paul Spratley THE

(of Spratley’s of Mortimer) guide to buying a used car


ach year in the spring and autumn when new car registrations become available, many people part-exchange their car for a new one. This causes an over supply which often drives used car prices down making the following months the perfect time to consider buying a new (new to you) vehicle. Whilst there are many who still choose to purchase a brand new car to ensure they receive the most upto-date registration plate, an increasing number of savvy buyers are opting for previously registered or pre-owned vehicles saving themselves considerable sums of money in these purseclinching times.

Q. Paul, Why should I buy a used vehicle instead of a brand new one? [smiling] “By purchasing a vehicle that is say 6-12 months old, you could save yourself £1000s. With a brand new vehicle, the moment you drive away from the forecourt you could, in some instances wipe off up to 30% of the new price from its value. This is not least due to the VAT which is levied against all brand new vehicles.” Q. I do most of my shopping on-line these days - should I consider buying a car on the internet too? “The internet is a great place to start researching the type of vehicle which might suit you. If you consider that buying a car is something which will be an integral part of your life for some time, just like buying a new house, it needs to be seen (and test driven) first to ensure it suits your needs. Would you buy a house on-line without seeing it first?”

We spent some time with Paul Spratley over at Spratley’s of Mortimer, a fifth generation family company who have been expertly supplying the good people of RG7 (and beyond) with cars and light vans (mostly Vauxhalls) for many years.

Q. What about buying from a dealer? “When you buy from a reputable dealer you have statutory rights which means you have total peace of mind and ‘comeback’ if needs be.

Paul is the fourth generation of the Spratley family, based at their Mortimer site since their humble beginnings as a bicycle repair shop over 100 years ago. The team have recently celebrated their 50th anniversary of affiliation with Vauxhall.

At Spratley’s we treat all of our customers with the respect and importance they deserve. We spend time sitting down (usually over a cup of tea or coffee) with you to discuss your requirements at length. Then, unusually for a car dealership and based on trust, we do not ask for a deposit to source a used vehicle for you. We would never expect a customer to commit to any purchase before they have had the opportunity to see it and take it for a test drive first. Then, if we have done our job correctly and the car is right for you, you can choose whether to make the purchase.”

The secret ingredient to this longevity recipe is most likely an ample helping of their refreshingly different ‘no pressure, honestapproach’ ethos and a generous sprinkling of good old-fashioned, courteous service (always served with a smile). 14

So who better to ask for advice about buying a used car during the coming months...

Main picture: The Vauxhall Mokka, used price from £15,500 inc vat. Inset, the Mokka’s award winning interior.

Q. If I decide to buy privately, what should I look out for? “Firstly, there are many cars to choose from both on-line and in print from the private sector. Make sure that you know who the seller is. Trust your instincts - if you are turning up to a private sale and the person wants to meet you at a location other than their address - ask yourself why? If it appears to be too good to be true - then you can answer this sentence for yourself...” As an established dealer, reputation is everything. At Spratley’s, they are especially proud of their customer service record. “Every customer is invited to provide written feedback” explains Paul. “By doing this, we can ensure that the service we provide to our customers continues to be second to none”. Village Eye were given free range to ‘inspect’ the customer feedback forms they’ve received recently and thought we’d share some of the comments with you... “I have always had excellent service from all at Spratley’s. Everybody is always friendly & helpful. Paul is always prepared to help and put himself out to assist & help where possible. Despite now living a significant way away from Mortimer I will always use Spratley’s as I trust them.” 10 April 2014 “Very pleased with our purchase and the level of attention and help that we received. The word professionalism was created for Paul Spratley. Richard in service reception always helpful.” 28 March 2014 “We have been dealing with Spratley’s for over 25 years always had excellent service with no complaints. I guess that’s hard to improve on.” 9 April 2014

Paul’s top tips Test Drive This can be a ‘sticky’ area for private sellers due to insurance coverage however it is essential that you do actually drive the car that you’re considering buying so that you get a good “feel” for it. You will need to ensure that you can find a comfortable driving position also checking for any potential visual blind spots, e.g do the roof pillars obstruct your view? A test drive may also reveal any other issues with the vehicle such as unusual engine and other noises.


Spare Key This is a very important point and On Motoring! often overlooked by buyers in their excitement to drive away in their newly acquired vehicle - but if there is no spare key you should try to find out why and very importantly ask yourself where that key is - are you happy to have a car knowing that someone else out there may have the spare?

Sales Open Event

On Friday 16th & Saturday 17th May, Spratley’s will be throwing their doors open even wider than usual to host their annual Open Event. This year, the Mortimer-based dealership will be displaying Vauxhall’s Mokka SUV which joins an elite group of cars by winning a 100% score for its safety assist technology and the maximum five stars overall in an independent assessment by consumer organisation Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme). Other cars on display will include Vauxhall’s Corsa, Astra and the popular Meriva, a midsized family car which is packed with innovative thinking aimed at making life easier, more comfortable and more convenient. “Please do come and join us!” says Paul. You can also view their great range of used cars at www.spratleys.co.uk or contact Paul or Wendy at sales@spratleys.co.uk or phone 0118 933 2338.

Spratley’s invite you to our Open Event where you can view the Vauxhall Mokka, Meriva, Corsa & Astra! like atotest INVITE our You may even likewould to arrange drive. YOU Enjoytothe OPEN EVENT where can complimentary cakes &you coffee andview enter Vauxhall’s our prize drawMeriva, to win aCorsa full service* willmight also beeven having a . WeYou New & Astra. want qualitya Test raffleDrive? to add to Wendy’s (in over our Sales’ tohigh arrange Have a chat coffee Department) “walkthewalk, uniting against breast & cakes... and we’ll enter you into our draw to cancer” fundraising “marathon” in win a free FULL SERVICE* for your vehicle. London on May 10th 2014.


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Always check that the vehicle has a full service history. This is especially important if the vehicle has an extended warranty period. Warranties are not usually given when buying privately but may be purchased independently. Reputable car dealers will almost always provide a warranty period. HPI Check Before parting with your money, it is worth carrying out a check to discover whether the car has been the subject of an insurance write-off, stolen, or if there is outstanding finance. There are websites which charge a small fee for checking vehicle credentials. Buyer Beware Remember - ‘Sold as Seen’. Always ask to see the registration document/log book (V5C), MOT certificate if applicable, service book and operator manuals. The MOT certificate now displays the recorded mileage of the previous three MOT tests where relevant which gives a good indication of whether the mileage is genuine.

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A complete clean sweep service. Making sure your chimney or flue system is clean and efficient.

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Thinking of extending? If you are tight for space but are not yet ready to move, perhaps you have found yourself wondering if there is anything you can do to increase the current living space in your existing home... There are a number of areas within a house that can be successfully extended or converted to provide useful extra living space without having to build out into your garden either. LOFT CONVERSION Most houses with a reasonable roof pitch can accommodate additional space in the roof. Older houses (pre-1970), will have traditional rafter and purlin roof construction and so the space is already there to adapt. Newer houses (1970�s onwards), tend to have roof truss construction and so a few structural alterations will need to be made. Additional bedroom and bathroom accommodation can be added in the roof-space with the creation of an extended staircase. Dormer window or roof-lights can be built-in to the roof envelope for natural lighting. OVER GARAGE EXTENSION Another method of increasing the floor space of your home without having to build out over the garden is to build over an existing garage. Attached garages are a valuable asset to any property, additional bedrooms can be added without the inconvenience of having to add a staircase as you would with a loft

conversion. The other benefit of building over a garage is that there are no costly foundations/excavation work to be carried out. GARAGE CONVERSION Any attached garage can be easily converted into additional accommodation. An additional living room, study or an extension to an existing living room or kitchen. Most home owners do not use their garages for their cars and so this option can be very sensible. EXTENDING OVER PERIMETER/ BOUNDARY STRIPS OF LAND Most homes have a thin strip of land between the house and the boundary fence. This strip may only be around 1 to 1.5 metres wide and is considered by most homeowners to be of no use. In many cases it is possible to build over this strip of land, right up to the boundary, at ground floor level. This in conjunction with some minor internal reconfiguration can drastically improve internal space. So as you can see there are a variety of ways of extending your property and altering you building plans without having to build out over your existing garden space. Naturally, we’d advise that you investigate what planning permissions might be required for your extension before starting any work! Further information and advice can be found at www.westberks.gov.uk



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Clean Your Chimney. After the cold winter and warm fires, have a professional chimney sweep clean and inspect your active or decorative chimney. Professionals should also check the chimney flue and cap for cracks or leaking. Install a chimney cap to prevent water damage, to keep animals from nesting and to keep debris from blocking the chimney and causing carbon monoxide to flow into the house. Check The Gutters. Leaves and debris from the roof can fill up gutters so they no longer do their job of channelling the rainwater that falls on your roof away from your walls. Remove whatever has accumulated in there so the water can flow freely once again. Make sure, too, that gutters aren’t sagging. If they are, inspect the brackets and make any repairs. Visit The Loft. From your loft space, you’ll be able to make a second check on the state of the roof. Look out for any watermarks on roof timbers, and any daylight showing through from above. Again, be safe and call in a professional unless you are entirely confident of your skills when it comes to roof repairs. Look Out For Cracks. Have you noticed any cracks that have formed recently? Small cracks can be easily filled and decorated over - more serious cracks (those that are wider than 3mm, keep reappearing or are also on the exterior walls) will need professional attention - and could be a sign of subsidence.

Can You See Through Your Windows? You have opened your blinds to let in the spring sunshine only to discover that your view is blurred by a misty film coating your windows which has gathered there over the winter months... Give them a clean, it is amazing how much extra light comes in! Has Your House Been Invaded? Have some unwelcome guests found sanctuary in your home? Whether you’re being invaded by mice, rats or bees and wasps, you should act quickly to banish them before the infestation takes hold. How Does Your Garden Grow? Inspect trees for broken branches. If the limb is high up, hire a professional. Inspect for roots poking through the soil, a possible sign that the tree is starting to list. If you had heavy snowfall in winter, look for bending branches. Make a mental note and check that they bounce back and produce leaves in the spring. Prune the roses, tidy borders and sweep and remove any leaf and tree debris. Make Sure You’re Safe. Take care of your smoke detector by gently vacuuming inside with the soft brush attachment and checking and changing the battery as necessary. Check out your carbon monoxide detector, too, following manufacturer’s instructions. And remember that even though it seems to be working fully, just like a car, your boiler needs an annual service.

SPRING FRESH CLEAN The winter takes its toll on your home and garden, so spring is a good time to do a little inspection. Use our list all year round to ensure you’ve got it all covered, and save yourself expensive repair bills later on.

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We are a local company, successfully offering a personal and professional service to customers for over 25 years. We offer a reliable and dependable service complete with project management from the start of the job right through to completion. We will manage all elements of the job and you will have the comfort of one single contact rather than having to deal with a number of tradesmen. The Bran Partnership is accredited with the Trading Standards ‘buy with confidence’ scheme and also the FMB trustmark scheme. Please call us for all of your plumbing needs for a no fee, no obligation quote.


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Our 4500 sq foot show room is packed with all the best brands and power tool accessories. We also offer a repair service, and mail order service for your convenience. Our staff provide exceptional customer service, giving free advice to customers about power tools (see our video online at www.atc-dewalt.co.uk). Please see our power tools and repair page for more information about our store, or alternatively visit our parent website at www.atc-dewalt.co.uk

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SPORTS WEEK 2014 Saturday 17th - Friday 23rd MAY Following the great success of last year’s Mortimer Sports Weekend, the organisers are pleased to announce that this year the weekend just wasn’t long enough and have extended the usual two day event to a whole week of fantastic sports and activity taster sessions! From Saturday 17th to Friday 23rd May, sports clubs and organisations from Mortimer, Shinfield, Burghfield, Theale and the surrounding areas will be offering a range of taster sessions, lessons and open days to encourage as many people as possible to try something new and have fun. Whilst it’s fair to say that the majority of events will be taking place at the weekend, further sessions and activities will be available during the week too. Whatever your age or ability, there is something for you.  Whether you are looking for something to keep you fit, to meet new people, to keep the kids active or for a shot of adrenaline, you’ll find a huge selection of sports and activities to try.  All equipment and training will be provided and most are FREE or at a reduced price. What do I need to do? To take part, Passports cost £1 each and are available from: Budgens, Mortimer Mortimer Post Office Dad’s Shop, Mortimer The Willink Leisure Centre, Burghfield This Passport lists all the activities, times, locations and booking details so that you can plan a fun-filled weekend. Apart from having a great time and getting fitter, if you try a number of activities over the two days, you may qualify for a medal.  Each time you take part, ask the activity organiser to stamp your passport.  At the end of the weekend, add up the number of stamps you’ve received and see if you have earned a gold, silver or bronze medal.  Instructions on how to qualify for a medal are on the Passports. Named medals will be awarded at the Mortimer Fun Day on 6th July.

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Mrs Wil iams Pre-School is

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Property of the Month Wayside Cottage Beenham Beautiful detached 4 bedroomed cottage

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Located in an area of outstanding natural beauty with far reaching views. Dating back to circa 1700 and completely refurbished throughout to a very high standard, this property offers expansive living space combining In 1963 when Luxurious the average house price was just £3160 and Beatlemania was sweeping the nation, a old character charm such as exposed timbers & open fireplaces. local lady, Mrs Eirlys Williams started a playgroup at St. Joseph’s Catholic church in Burghfield Common. 24’ Kitchen Breakfast room with feature island, separate Dining room with After she retired in 1964, the group was renamed The Burghfield Pre-school Playgroup,and Mrs Nancy brick open fireplace and Large Living / Family Room, Wet Room, 19’ Master Williams (no relation) took over. Bedroom with modern En-Suite, a wooden sun deck with far reaching views of neighbouring fields. The jewel in the crown As is definitely the garden the pre-school grew it was necessary to seek a larger and more permanent home, so in 1971 after extensive fund raising offering a large amount of lawned space secluded by mature hedging and athey moved to the current site at Pinchcut. This building lasted till the early 90s it needed heated swimming pool with outhouse, hot tub and when decking area. to be replaced once again and through the dedication of both the parents and staff


enough money was raised for a new one. This was then renamed Mrs Williams Pre-school as it is today. Many families have passed through their doors over the years sometimes more than one generation £395,000 £304,950 who can still remember when they rode on Rocky the rocking horse all those years ago!

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Berkshire Sail Training Centre’s is inviting Village Eye readers and try watersports on Saturday May 17th at their annual open day. Berkshire Sail Training, a multi-activity centre in Theale, offers training to all with particular emphasis on youth development. If you have young people in your house and are looking for something a little different for them to do, how about popping down to the event with them where they can try a number of sports including Stand Up Paddleboarding and Windsurfing. Paddleboarding is now the UK’s fastest growing sport which is great for health, core strength and exercise - and a lot of fun! Throughout the day fully qualified instructors will be there to guide and assist the young people too. The fun starts at 11am. If you’d like to find out more about the event, contact the club on 0118 930 3467 or info@berkshiresailing.co.uk

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Do you fancy taking up a relaxing game in the open air and making new friends? Then look no further. On Sunday 18th May Three Mile Cross Bowling Club is holding an open day for new bowlers between 2pm and 6pm.

If you live in the area and are looking for a new hobby then why not come along and play on one of the best greens in the county and give it a try? Both ladies and gentleman are welcome and no equipment is needed. The club has spare bowls and flat shoes can be provided if you don't have any.

Ben’s On The Ball! Congratulations to Ben Ferguson of Burghfield Common for winning our Reading Football club Mascot Competition, courtesy of Spratley’s of Mortimer. Ben, who spent the day at Reading FC when they played Derby in March, enjoyed a pre-match warm up, met the payers in the dressing room and walked out onto the pitch with

Reading Winger Hal Robson Kanu at the start of the game at the Madejski Stadium was delighted. “I just want to say a big thank you for letting me be a mascot for the Reading game against Derby. I enjoyed walking out with Robson Kanu”.

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If you are starting to fill your social diary for the summer months - we have an event for you to add. On Saturday June 7th, the Fox & Hounds, Theale are holding their third Fox Fest Music Festival! The first event which was held back in 2012 was a ‘dip your toe (or whole foot as it turned out) into the water’ to see if the residents of the area would support such an ambitious attempt to put on a full scale one day music festival - and they did, with bells on. “People thought we were mad” says Fox & Hounds Manager, Daryl. “We are quite well known for our entertainment and tribute nights throughout the year, but we wanted to create an event which surpassed everyone’s expectations - an event which could be enjoyed by people of all ages.” “People just ‘got it’ and turned up in droves. We had a real mix of people and ages with varying music tastes and when we ran the second event last year, we were delighted to see so many returning faces in addition to the many more who’d joined us for a day of fun in the sun. Everyone who came said they’d definitely come again if we went for a third, so here we are!” This year’s event will see seven bands playing through the day from midday with headlining acts Boot Led Zepplin and Kings Ov Leon in the evening. We’ll be serving a wide selection of world street food throughout the event which can be washed down with a pint of Scrumpy as we are also combining the event with our annual scrumpy festival! Tickets for the event are on sale now either by scanning the link here or by calling the ticket hotline on 0118 930 2295 Adults £20 a ticket Under 16’s £10 Village Eye Family Ticket (two Adults, two Children) £50

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RUNNING, WALKING AND AMBLING FOR THE RESPONDERS RAISES OVER £2K Whilst donations are still coming in, the organisers of the first ever Wokefield Park Charity Fun Run in aid of the Burghfield & Mortimer Community First Responders, tell us that so far, they’ve raised over £2000 for the local scheme. One of the event’s organisers, Andy Macaskill told us “We’re delighted to have helped raise so much money for the Burghfield & Mortimer First Responders through the fun run most importantly, everybody who took part had a great time. We are so pleased that so many local people came along to support the event and this brilliant cause. We look forward to a bigger and better event next year”. With over 300 runners, walkers and fancy dress-clad ‘amblers’ taking part, the event which took them though farms, across

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