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Contents 14.DIY Tech

As we put our hopes of an Indian Summer behind us, there is lots to look forward to. October half term sees The Scarecrow Trail take over the streets of Mortimer once again with local schools, businesses and residents all playing their part. You’ll see that big changes are afoot at Budgens Mortimer - one of the sponsors of The Mortimer Scarecrow Trail - so do pop in and see their new arrival, Jon Thorner’s of Somerset. Jon Thorner’s is a multi-award winning butcher and we’re looking forward to trying something new for tea! At the end of the month we have Hallowe’en to look forward to, of course. Hallowe’en is always a favourite with the children so why not make it extra special and try out our themed recipe on page 34. Look out for the pumpkins or decorations on the doorstep before you go a-knocking and keep the neighbours happy.

Know a DIY enthusiast? This month Eye Geek checks out the latest in DIY Tech. Some great [ahem] Festive gift ideas...

18. Property Spotlight Your local WHILE-U-WAIT 4. Who Ya(Gonna Call? 24. Trades & Services MOT by appointment) Testing Station

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Find out what’s been going on in your village this month. Spot anyone you know? Tell them they’re in it!

Get yourselves down to Newbury Parkway this half term and meet the Ghostbuststers Puft Man. They also have the car from the movie there too. How exciting.

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THEALE LIBRARY RELAUNCHES

Keep Friday 13th October free in your diary because from 10:30 – 17:00 the Grand Day of Celebration and Re-Launch of Theale Library is taking place! There will entertainment across the day, provided by the primary schools of Theale, Bradfield and Calcot and at 4pm the guest of honour, local children’s author Holly Webb will be cutting the ribbon to re-launch Theale Library. Holly’s story books - most telling stories of puppies and kittens - have been enjoyed by many children, including favourites Smudge the Stolen Kitten and Max the Missing Puppy.

There will be the announcement of their brand new competition – Zoom from School! as well as a collaborative craft project taking place for 3 – 11 year olds.

Theale Community Quilt will be on show alongside a fascinating display of archive material about Theale Library. Light refreshments will be available to buy all day, too. Theale Library has changed over the last few months. There are refreshments available every day during opening hours with an area for relaxation where newspapers, magazines and games are available, and jigsaws, toys and colouring for children. There is space for private study and 8 computers for use with no charge. There is a photocopying and scanning machine – and of course a huge range of books to borrow! Membership is free and if you are not yet a member you can join at any time – just bring along proof of address. And if you’ve lost your card, you can get a replacement for free in the week leading up to the Re-Launch Event (Monday 9th October Sunday 14th October).

Really, we do! Village Eye team member, Zahra Willis is on a mission to collect cotton underwear for girls at a North India orphanage, Ramana's Garden. The orphanage, which is also a school, a home and a community centre offers a loving, safe, welcoming environment for children rescued from dire situations. Despite the love and warmth offered at Ramana's Garden, Zahra's friend, Cathy Richardson, was taken aback when she saw the poverty and plight of the children there first hand. Cathy was inspired to do something to help and is now on a mission to collect cotton underwear for these girls and Zahra has offered to be a local agent. Although hard for us to understand,

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cotton knickers are not common in the poor areas of Northern India and to wear them not only signifies a cared-for child – as opposed to a disposable commodity to an adult intent on harm - but they also protect from infection if a child is sitting on a dirty street. The underwear is going to be personally delivered to the orphanage next year, so if you can join us in donating some (new) cotton knickers for girls aged 7 – 15, you can rest assured that they will be going to great use. You can bring them to the Village Eye office at Butlers Lands Farm, Mortimer during October. Thank you! If you would like to find out more about Zahra’s mission to help Ramana’s Garden, please email her directly zahra@villageeye.co.uk


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PC Powell will be raising money by walking around 25 to 30 miles each day, covering approximately 1000 miles of the UK! Wow. The plan is for the challenge to take between 35 and 40 days.

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This epic walk is due to take place next year on 27 April 2018. PC Powell will be taking the trip completely alone, completely unsupported, with only the contents of his rucksack and will sleep in a tent each night. This challenge is in aid of the charity Mind which runs a Blue Light Programme. The Blue Light Programme provides resources, advice and support for members of all of the emergency services and their families. They also provide peer-to-peer support to colleagues in need by training Blue Light champions in the various emergency services.

PC Powell told us, “Mental ill-health is something that can affect anybody at any time; especially within the emergency services, where we can be exposed to horrendous experiences which can stay locked up within the confines of our minds and seldom shared or spoken about with others. “By undertaking this walk, I’m hoping to help to tackle the stigma around mental health issues and promote the service that Mind offers to our extended emergency service family, as well as the service they provide to the public.� I’m sure you’ll join us in wishing PC Powell the very best of luck and if you would like to support Tyrone’s fund raising, please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ tyrone-powell-00

Happy 100th Birthday to the Lions This year, Lions Clubs International is celebrating its 100th year of Service and is the world’s largest and premier International Voluntary Service Organisation. Our local Lions Club, Loddon Valley Lions Club, currently has 37 members drawn from all walks of life. Their work in the community has been continuing in abundance across 2017 and last month was no different. September saw the Loddon Valley Lion Club’s 23rd annual Charity Golf Tournament take place at Bishopswood Golf Course. Eighteen pairs competed and the event raised £1500. The beneficiary of this amount was St. Michaels Hospice in Basingstoke who provide the highest quality palliative care. Lion President Peter Haggith presented the cheque to the Hospice representative who gave a very informative talk on the running of the organisation.

Teenage Imperfections

Local teenager, Paige Heath has taken her first steps to a musical career by launching her debut album. Having started singing at the age of six, the Hurst Community College student, who is now 15, has already played Basingstoke Live, The Tadley Tea Party and Basingstoke Beer Festival. More importantly, she went down a storm at Basingstoke Live and earned herself a new army of new fans. Impressively, Paige writes her own material and says that song writing comes quite easily to her. She has been writing

songs since she was just eight years old and has composed a large back catalogue of music. Recording an album was initially Paige’s mum’s idea. She suggested it to Paige, knowing how much music she had created over the years. Paige’s singing teacher and friend, Simon Driscoll, also played a key role and gave his support and guidance to getting her material recorded. So Paige took the leap and has now released her debut album, Imperfections. Paige accompanies herself on her ukulele, an instrument which she learned at school. She

was inspired by a YouTuber she discovered called Doddie who also plays Ukulele and sings. The ukulele is enjoying a massive surge in popularity in the UK and Paige has found that the sound of the Ukulele matches - even enhances - her songwriting style. You can purchase Imperfections by visiting Paige’s Facebook page at facebook.com/ PaigeHeathMusic.

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Pop in during half term with your cherubs and they’ll get a free lolly too! Scarecrow Trailers need not worry about getting weary this year, as one of the popular stops on the route is likely to be The Baobab, the delightful coffee shop and gift shop on West End Road in Mortimer which is celebrating its first birthday this month. Having finally thrown off its shackles as ‘The Old Post Office’ this gem of a shop has truly come into its own over the last year. The personal welcome and service is second-to-none and often commented upon. There is wide range of quality stock - gifts, cards and stationery - for all ages and occasions, too.

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The unusual gifts here give the impression to the recipient that you have spent hours searching high and low for ‘just the right’ gift, which is how everybody wants to feel! The introduction of the coffee shop has been embraced by villagers and visitors alike, welcoming the opportunity to sit and chat in a cosy environment with drinks and, of course, cake! For those in a hurry (or mid-Scarecrow Trail) The Baobab also offers a take-away option, so why not take a tea, coffee or hot chocolate on the trail with you? And when you pop in during half term week, you might just find a lollipop for the kids, too...

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Combination�Oily Skin If your skin, like mine, can be very temperamental, one minute it’s soft and supple, the next it’s dry yet strangely oily, then look no further than the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel. This absolute beauty of a moisturiser is yellow in colour which glides onto the skin perfectly, I can really feel it hydrating and moisturising my face. What’s even better is that it acts as an amazing base for applying makeup, making foundation blend into the skin beautifully. I am totally in love with this moisturiser and I think it is perfect for oily and combination skin in the cold winter months, ensuring that your skin does not become dry whilst minimising the oiliness found in the t-zone area of the face. For £17.50 it is on the pricey side… but the gel-like consistency of the product means a little goes a long way, and it seriously does, my bottle has lasted me 7 months!

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Hydration is absolutely key throughout the autumn and winter months (I know, where did the summer go?) and this applies to all skin types, oily, dry, sensitive, ageing and young. For the past few years I have tried and tested various moisturisers, both high end and high street to try and find the perfect one which would make my dry and dull weather worn skin become fresh and awake….so not much to ask eh?

Megan’s Moments

Only recently have I discovered the wonders and benefits of using an eye cream daily and a little really does go a long way! One of my favourites is The Miracle Worker by Philosophy Philosophy, which is tinted and quite thick, making it a good base for applying make up underneath the eyes. Personally, I feel that this can be used on any skin type, not just ageing, and I can’t comment on it reducing wrinkles! However, it definitely covers the dark circles and I do feel like my make up looks more radiant when applied over this eye cream. If you are looking to invest in an eye cream that will reduce the signs of ageing as well as making you look more glowing and radiant, then definitely look no further than this!

Normal Skin If you are a lover of a spa-like feel from your skincare products, then look no further than the photo. If there is any brand of skin care products that never cease to amaze me, it’s Liz Earle, all of their products are absolutely worth the price tag. The moisturiser smells so pure and natural and blends so nicely into the skin, afterwards you’re left feeling refreshed and awake – just like you’ve visited the spa! If there are any products I can recommend for getting rid of blemishes and acne and that would give your skin a well needed revitalised boost no matter what age, it is Liz Earle. Just one week after purchasing their Hot Cloth Cleanser my skin was completely clear – and that never happens! As if you don’t already need more tempting, the moisturiser is packed with natural ingredients such as borage and avocado oil, beta-carotene and vitamin E. Again, the price tag is a little hefty at £19.50, but a little does go a long way, and trust me, it will be one of the best skincare purchases you make!

Ageing and Dry Skin

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If you are looking for a moisturiser that will transform your ageing complexion into a youthful and more radiant one then look no further than the Dr Organic Intensive Daily Treatment Day Cream*. This moisturiser is extremely nourishing and rich, which I found unusual for a daily treatment. However, I tested this moisturiser on a few people other than myself and found that it works absolute wonders not just on ageing skin but for very dry skin too. If I had a day where my skin felt tight and dry, just popping some of this moisturiser onto my face instantly gave my skin a wake up call, which is why I think it is perfect for applying during the winter months when your skin really needs a boost! Even on my young skin, this moisturiser left my skin feeling firmer and more awake, definitely something I wasn’t expecting! Also, for the price of just £8.19 I am seriously impressed with the glass packaging, making it look far more expensive than it really is.

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FAST CARS & FINE DINING!

Fast cars and fine dining met once again when L’Ortolan hosted its Annual Supercar Gourmet Event last month. Thirty guests and car enthusiasts were given the opportunity to test drive an array of incredible cars including Teslas, Porsches, Bentleys, Jaguars, BMWs, Range Rovers and Audis. The drivers (who must be aged 25 and over) sampled champagne and canapes before enjoying chef Tom Clarke’s incredible Michelin starred three course lunch. If you are a supercar owner - or potential owner - who would enjoy test driving one of these cars, not to mention meeting like-minded individuals in a unique and enjoyable event, then register your interest for next year’s Super Car Day by emailing ellie.nicholls@lortolan.com

We are used to slapping on the moisturiser to keep our skin soft and supple... But imagine being able to moisturise your skin from the inside out - that is precicely what this product claims to do. But did it work?

What with trips to Devon, France, and Wales, combined with lots of snorkeling, walking, paddle boarding and any other physical activity my kids challenged me to, combined with plenty of sun, wind and rain, by the end of the school summer holidays frankly my skin had taken a battering! I was in need of help, so off I went to Aspire Clinic for a little me time and some serious rejuvenation. The treatment I was prescribed was the brand new Juvéderm Volite, a skin booster designed specifically to improve skin quality on the face, neck, décolletage and hands. In just one treatment, lasting up to nine months, Volite rehydrates the skin, improves skin smoothness and elasticity, and gives your skin a long-lasting, healthylooking glow. Just the pick-me-up my skin needed. Lying on the treatment bed in the comfortable surroundings of Aspire Clinic at the Madejski Stadium (I caught a glimpse of the newly-laid Reading pitch on my way up), Laura, my lovely nurse applied a local

anesthetic cream to numb my entire face and neck. Then, using a white wax pencil, she created a grid pattern to define the treatment area, before giving me a series of microinjections…and I didn’t feel a thing! So what was actually being injected into my skin? Volite is composed of hyaluronic acid (HA), which is found naturally in the body and skin. In fact, 75% of skin is HA, and each HA molecule holds 500 times its own weight in moisture, thereby hydrating skin and smoothing wrinkles. The body’s natural ability to regenerate HA slowly decreases with age, so the Volite treatment boosts the amount of HA in our skin leaving it smooth, glowing and rejuvenated. Jenny, Aspire’s Clinic Director was explaining that expensive creams containing HA don’t work because the skin is designed to be a protective barrier against outside elements and bacteria. Penetration of the skin’s surface is therefore limited and the absorption of topical

Does it creams is minimalised. By injecting HA directly into the skin, the Volite treatment optimises skin quality with instant results. There was no downtime with this treatment; just a couple of micro-needle marks which had faded by the next day. As promised, over the next few days the treatment results continued to improve hydration and my skin felt and looked refreshed, leaving me feeling rather fabulous. I’m now back on the school run and have had lots of comments about my healthy, glowing and well-rested skin. And the good news is the treatment is long-lasting so only needs doing once a year, which suits my busy lifestyle!

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News from Madejski-based Aspire Clinics’ Jenny O’Neill...

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3,500 regular Established in 2008, Aspire Clinic boasts ointments per month. patients and averages 5-600 patient app s on natural It offers a wide profile of treatments with a focu rley Street ir Ha looking results with expert care. Bringing the team is made up nic experience to Royal Berkshire, the Aspire Cli aestheticians. and of friendly, qualified doctor, nurses, therapists

Aspire Clinic, one of Berkshire’s leading prestige medical aesthetics clinics based at the Madejski Stadium has been chosen as a finalist in the Best Clinic, South England category of the prestigious Aesthetics Awards 2017. Aspire offers a wide range of cosmetic non-surgical treatments from skin rejuvenation to fat reduction. Awards are presented to those who have worked hard to represent the highest standards in clinical excellence, product innovation and practice achievement and have truly excelled in the field of aesthetic medicine, from clinics and individual practitioners to manufacturers and suppliers. The Aesthetics Awards bring together the very best in medical aesthetics and

leaders in the profession to celebrate the achievements of the past year. Each category has been designed to recognise expertise as well as customer service. So Aspire is thrilled their dedication to providing a ‘red carpet’ service to their patients has paid off. Commenting on the award, Aspire’s Clinic Director, Jenny O’Neill said: “To have our customer service skills, aesthetic expertise and hard work recognised through the Aesthetics Awards is absolutely wonderful. It’s an honour to be up against the industry’s finest for the Best Clinic in the South England.”

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ere at the Village Eye we thought we’d help readers find out more about Aspire and why you should choose them. So we caught up with Clinic Director, Jenny O’Neill for a quick fire Q&A: Firstly Jenny, congratulations on making the final of the Aesthetics Awards. So, what is it that sets Aspire out from the rest? “We love what we do and we really care about getting things right for the client. So, we offer a free consultation where we take time to discuss all the options available and patients are given plenty of time to chat through all aspects of their treatment plan.” What’s one of your most popular treatments? “We are Berkshire’s most experienced and affordable provider of a fat freezing treatment called CoolSculpting. CoolSculpting is the only FDA cleared medical device for permanent fat removal and it’s giving fantastic results. With over 4 million treatments performed worldwide, not only is it safe, but also, it’s been scientifically proven to permanently reduce fat cells by 25% at each treatment session.” CoolSculpting has become popular amongst beauty and fitness-focussed celebrities such as Khloe and Kim Kardashian. Other celebrities known to use CoolSculpting include the Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner and Will and Grace’s Debra Messing, who has become CoolSculpting’s brand ambassador. What other treatments do you offer? “Wrinkle smoothing, Dermal fillers, Skin tightening, Skin rejuvenation, Medical microdermabrasion, Light therapy for skin disorders, Non-surgical face lift, Thread vein removal, Skin tag, mole and wart removal”.

Actress Debra Messing is said to swear by the Coolsculpting procedure

Who are your typical customers? “Our customers are from every walk of life; any age group and any gender. In today’s world if there is something about our face, skin or body that we don’t like or want to improve on, it’s likely that there is a solution available. What is your philosophy? “I worked in a large practise in Harley Street for many years, where I developed my passion for this business. I wanted to provide a local, more personal service, where patient satisfaction is paramount.” To find out more about Aspire visit www.aspireclinic.com and follow them on Facebook and Twitter @AspireClinic

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patient, Aspire wantsand to post or retweet, like or share a post One of the leading current window, door conservatory installers in Berkshire, #MyAspire know why you would choose them. that we’ve created on your behalf Using the hashtag tell from duringa your appointment, you offering and#MyAspire, advice company with a formidable and win free quotations us on Twitter or Facebook what will also be entered into a fantastic brought you to Aspire. And don’t competition to win one of five £100 reputation years. Choose from a wide range of products in a style £100! spanning 50 forget to tag us: @AspireClinic Aspire vouchers. The competition will run until 30 November 2017. and finish which suit your budget and T&Cs needs, we onare only a phone call away. To celebrate being shortlisted will as a can be found the Aspire Whether you’re a prospective or

finalist for a prestigious Aesthetics Award in the Best Clinic South England category, Aspire Clinic is launching #MyAspire, an exciting new social media campaign.

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Sleep Do You

like a baby?

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Our challenge to you is to try this for one week and see if your sleep improves.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, the recommended number of sleeping hours depends on the age factor. The quality of your sleep determines the energy you have throughout the day, and affects your health condition. How much is enough? It is common sense that our bodies need to unwind and rest each night and that insufficient sleep can leads to severe health problems, so trying to get enough rest throughout the night is paramount. Recently, Charles Czeisler, a professor at Harvard University, gathered a team of experts, to research. They went through numerous studies conducted in the period between 2004 and 2014. The goal of their research was determining the proper number of sleeping hours for every age group. They also studied the effects of sleeping on overall health. What stops us? If you are having trouble nodding off when the lights go out, it could be down to a number of factors. Stress and modern technology are the most common. Stress stimulates the secretion of cortisol. Excessive secretion of the stress hormone causes sleep disorder, sickness, and discomfort. The light released by technological devices blocks the production of melatonin. To help combat this, most modern smartphones have a nightime mode which turns the screen to a yellowish tinge - but experts recommend that we ditch the tv and tech at least an hour before retiring. If you are, like many of us so often are these day - scrolling your messages or faffing on Facebook late in the evening, now might be time to get back into old fashioned habits and read a good paperback?

Unhealthy sleeping patterns often lead to fatigue, and make you unable to make decisions, concentrate, think clearly and even eat. Scientists have now confirmed the link between sleep disorders and health problems. If you sleep less than five hours a night, your heart will suffer a lot. Sleeping less than 7 hours creates perfect conditions for the development of severe health problems like uncontrolled weight gain and diabetes. Try to sleep well, and your body will thank you. So, how can you achieve sleep nirvana? Apparently, it’s all about keeping in sync with your body’s natural sleep-wake cycle. Getting in sync with your body’s natural sleep-wake cycle, or circadian rhythm, is one of the most important strategies for sleeping better. If you keep a regular sleep-wake schedule you’ll feel much more refreshed and energized than if you sleep the same number of hours at different times, even if you only alter your sleep schedule by an hour or two. Experts also advise that we should try to go to sleep and get up at the same time every day. This helps set our body’s internal clock and optimize the quality of the sleep we get.. Choose a bed time when you normally feel tired, so that you don’t toss and turn. If you’re getting enough sleep, you should wake up naturally without

an alarm. If you need an alarm clock, you may need an earlier bedtime.

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Avoid sleeping in— even on weekends. The more your weekend/weekday sleep schedules differ, the worse the jetlag-like symptoms you’ll experience. If you need to make up for a late night, opt for a daytime nap rather than sleeping in. This allows you to pay off your sleep debt without disturbing your natural sleep-wake rhythm. Be smart about napping. While napping is a good way to make up for lost sleep, if you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep at night, napping can make things worse. Limit naps to 15 to 20 minutes in the early afternoon. Apparently - 18 minutes is the optimum we need for a pownap reset - who knew! Fighting after-dinner drowsiness. If you get sleepy way before your bedtime - we’ve all done it... midway through the evening and we find ourseves dozing in front of the TV... Even if you don’t feel like it, get off the couch and do something mildly stimulating, such as washing the dishes, calling a friend, or getting clothes ready for the next day. If you give in to the drowsiness, you may wake up later in the night and have trouble getting back to sleep.

Are you getting enough? Here’s what is needed and what is not throughout our lives. Newborn (0-3 months) -- 14-17 hours. Babies (4-11 months) -- 12-15 hours. Children (1-2 years) -- 11-14 hours. Preschool (3-5 years) -- 10-13 hours. School Age (6-13 years) -- 9-11 hours. Teens (14-17 years) -- 8-10 hours. Youth (18-25 years) -- 7-9 hours. Adults (26-64 years) -- 7-9 hours. Seniors (over 65 years) -- 7-8 hours.

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I was summoned to the garden this summer “Build me a deck” she said. I’m chuffed to say I managed to complete it just before the heavens opened for the gazillionth time too so it’ll be ready to use in the spring. Now that the autumn is upon us, I’ll no doubt be given a quota of jobs to finish around the house. But, as I’ve said to her before - “There’s no need to remind me every six months or so - I’m on it already”.. Truth is, I’m actually holding out for a while as I’ve seen some very handy gadgets which I am sure will help me get these jobs done a little bit sooner. So, without abusing my column space... “Darling only 15 weeks to go until...”

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n the recent case of Hertfordshire County Council –v- Davies [2017] EWHC 1488 (QB) a court has considered, and given useful guidance, on the issue of accommodation tied to contracts of employment. The Defendant in the case (Mr Davies) moved into a school bungalow owned by the local authority when he became a school caretaker in January 2003. He was later dismissed in June 2015 for gross misconduct but did not vacate the property following his dismissal.

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The question for the court was whether or not the Defendant was entitled to remain in possession. By the time of the hearing, the local authority no longer ran the school and did not require the school bungalow for another caretaker, but the court held that the Council were entitled to possession of the property when the Defendant’s employment ended. The court found that the agreement between the parties amounted to a “service occupancy” agreement tied to the Defendant’s employment. The Defendant was therefore required to vacate the property. The case highlights the need to understand the distinction between a service occupancy and a service tenancy. The former will provide an employee

with the right to occupy the property during the term of their employment, and will automatically end without notice upon termination of their employment. The latter will be regulated by the Housing Act 1988 and rights of occupier will depend on type of tenancy in place. It is a far less certain place to be. Where an employer has given an employee a right to reside in accommodation tied specifically to their employment, they should be mindful of the interesting issues raised in this case. They should be careful to ensure that any agreement is clear in specifying that an employee is occupying as a licensee under a service occupancy agreement rather than as a tenant under a service tenancy. Premises under service occupancy are deemed to be vicariously occupied by an employer, meaning that the employee does not have any interest or estate in the premises in comparison to service tenancies, and an employee would therefore have no rights to remain in property after termination. Liam Connolly is a specialist dispute resolution solicitor and can advise on all landlord and tenant matters.

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by Mark Penston

Student Finance... The Bank of Mum & Dad Now that the summer is over and the kids go back to school or university, life returns to ‘normal’. Time to return to that list of ‘to-do’s’ (maybe sorting your finances out!) Our son starts his second year of university soon and once again his finances and student loan are discussed. This year the student loan interest rate goes up to 6.1% (3% above the March 17 RPI rate of 3.1%). This is considerably higher than our mortgage rate and indeed even a bank personal loan rate. Once interest free, student loans have gradually notched up and being pegged to inflation could give some eye watering interest rates if RPI increases again. Some friends of ours discussed adding their son’s student loan to their mortgage - something we had considered as, on the face of it, it would save money. It would however mean that our mortgage would now run on in to our retirement and with number 2 child due to go to university soon, we could easily ramp up an additional mortgage debt of over £100,000. The matter of how we would get our children to repay this and over what time conjures up all manner

of scenarios, many of which I don’t like the sound of!

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Many financial commentators have concluded that, despite the high interest rate, student loans are the best way forward as in a reasonable proportion of cases the loans are never fully repaid before the 30 year date when they are wiped out. In effect, this would make the loan cheaper. Some comment that the loan repayments (which are deducted from the student’s salary when they earn over £21,000 p.a.) are a form of tax. A tax for the privilege of going to university perhaps? Maybe this should focus the mind on whether going to university makes economic sense. Going to university for the experience is all well and good if it helps with a vocation that wouldn’t otherwise be possible through apprenticeships or other avenues. For those who have yet to experience the conundrum of financing student loans, maybe some prior financial planning would assist in softening the burden. Mark Penston is Partner and Chartered Financial Planner with Bluesky Chartered Financial Planners

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aguar has been crawling back from a reputation of not very nice cars with poor reliability and build quality for years and this has accelerated in recent years. The XF, a 5-Series rival got the ball rolling, alongside the XK. Jaguar received a big boost in popularity when they brought out the F-Type, but now with the XE, a 3-Series rival, it is even more important that this car is well received. It is the XE that will have the biggest effect on the bottom line of the business. The XE is the first Jaguar to use the Jaguar Land Rover modular platform which will underpin most Jaguars and Land Rovers. The body is mostly Aluminium with steel used to add strength and improve the weight distribution. Jaguar is known for making some very good looking cars. The XE is still a very good looking car, however, it is much more toned down when compared to cars like the F-Type. This is to allow this ‘breadwinner’ car to appeal to a wider audience and (they hope) sell in much bigger numbers. Inside the styling is very Jaguar with much of the hardware being borrowed from higher models. It is a refreshingly minimalist interior that looks premium without trying too hard. The infotainment system and buttons are intuitive to use and well laid out.

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The engines in the XE consist of mostly 2.0L four cylinder petrols and diesels at various power levels. These levels vary from about 160 to 300 horsepower. There is also a 3.0L V6 petrol available in the S model with 380 horsepower. The various engines are available with rear wheel drive or all wheel drive, generally with an automatic gearbox, but there is also a manual option available with the lower powered diesels. The power is more than enough to keep up with modern traffic and the efficiency ranges from 75mpg in the least powerful diesel to around 35mpg in the V6 petrol. The XE is great on the road. The car is very refined with a comfortable ride and a quiet, smooth drivetrain. The controls all have a great weight and feel and the driving experience is very enjoyable. It is very unlikely you will find a car in this class that you enjoy driving more than the XE. Space is rarely vast in this sector, and the XE is no different. It is slightly tighter than some of the competition in the back and in the boot, but only by a tiny amount. The XE starts at £28,295 and the top models with a 2.0L engine are priced at around £38,000. The S model is priced

from £48,045. For business users, the lower power engine emits less than 100g/km of CO2 which is a great thing. The XE is a great car, building on the Jaguar image, but making sure it appeals to as many people as possible. It drives so well and competes at the same level as the other options from the various German companies. As to whether you should buy one over them is whether the Jaguar appeals to you more than a BMW, Audi or Mercedes. These are all very good cars with great styling, performance, quality and technology and most people would be very happy with any of them. If you are looking for something that (at the moment) is a little rarer, or you like the idea of owning a Jaguar then this is definitely worth getting and you will not be disappointed.

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Half Term

Scarecrow Fun

The Mortimer Scarecrow Trail is now a firm fixture on the calendar and every year, the groups of families walking, cycling and scooting around the village during half term increases! The trail will be running across the half term holidays from 9am on Saturday 21st October - 4pm on Sunday 29th October. Each scarecrow has been created by local families, schools and businesses and will be on show daily from 9am to dusk.

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This yearʼs theme - ʻʻOne of a Pairʼ - covers famous and infamous pairs such as Beauty & the Beast, Posh and Becks, Batman & Robin, Bonnie and Clyde...Vote for your favourite scarecrow, be in with a chance of winning £50 and enjoy a ʻJust For Funʼ Quiz to test your knowledge of the pairs. The organisers would like to say a big thank you to the scarecrow makers without whom there would be no scarecrow trail! Are you ready to spot some scarecrows?

Trail maps cost just £1 and are available from Budgens and Dads Shop from Thursday 19th October. The maps contain a voucher which can be exchanged for certain goods in Budgens. Please don’t leave your car in Budgen’s car park, though. There is plenty of on-street parking and two public car parks.

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Theale 0118 930 3133 Burghfield Common 0118 983 3897 Tadley 0118 981 0494 www.parkersproperties.co.uk

Property of the Month Sheridan Crescent Baughurst Detached Family Home

Tadley Office

Located within a quiet, highly sought after quiet cul-de-sac, this impressive detached home has been well maintained by the current owners and offers spacious accommodation. Positioned within easy reach of Tadley and Baughurst centres, local amenities, various schools, shopping and leisure facilities and regular bus routes to the larger towns of Reading and Basingstoke can be easily accessed. Fitted with UPVC double glazed windows and gas radiator central heating, internally the property offers large entrance hall with fitted storage, cloakroom, dual aspect lounge with feature fireplace, separate dining room that leads onto a substantially sized and well-maintained part brick and UPVC conservatory, kitchen with breakfast area and utility to the ground floor. To the first floor, accommodation comprises of family bathroom, four double bedrooms, with the master accommodating an en-suite shower room and the second offering a balcony which could be extended to provide additional living space and further single bedroom which is currently being used as a study. Externally there is ample brick paved driveway parking and double garage to the front and private well tendered garden to the rear.

£575,000

£565,000

£500,000

• Detached House

• Detached House

Tadley office

Tadley office

• 3 Bedrooms

• 4 Bedrooms

• 3 Receptions

• 4 Receptions

• 2 Bathrooms

• 3 Bathrooms

• Kitchen

• Kitchen

Silchester

• Garage & Driveway Parking

Tadley

£400,000

£348,000

Tadley office

Aldermaston

Tadley office

• Semi-Detached House

• Detached House

• 3 Bedrooms

• 3 Bedrooms

• 1 Reception

• 1 Reception

• 4 Bathrooms

• 2 Bathrooms

• Kitchen

• Kitchen

• Allocated Parking

Tadley

Tadley office

Tadley office

• Ground Floor Maisonette

• Semi-Detached House

• 2 Bedrooms

• 3 Bedrooms

• 1 Reception

• 2 Receptions

• 1 Bathroom

• 2 Bathrooms

• Kitchen

• Kitchen/Diner

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• Driveway Parking

• Garage & Driveway Parking

£195,000

£345,000

Baughurst Burghfield Common

• Garage & Driveway Parking

Tadley

• Allocated Parking & Garden

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Property of the Month Highfield Court Burghfield Common 1 bedroom apartment

£600pcm £800pcm Theale office

(Tenant’s fees apply)

A well presented one bedroomed first floor apartment in excellent decorative order throughout and with new fitted carpets. The property benefits from gas radiator central heating and has a fitted stairlift (which could be removed if not required). There is a fitted kitchen with cooker, fridge/freezer, washing machine and microwave. The shower room has a large walk in shower. There are ample storage cupboards. There are well maintained gardens and parking areas. The apartment is conveniently situated in a quiet location close to all local amenities including shops, buses and doctors surgery. Over 55s only. Available now. Unfurnished.

£1,800pcm

(Tenant’s fees apply)

• Immaculately presented detached house

• Newly Refurbished

• Four bedrooms, two bathrooms

• Allocated Parking Spaces • Excellent Transport Links Nearby

• Three reception rooms and fitted kitchen and utility room

• Offered Unfurnished

• Quiet location with private gardens

• Available Immediately

Burghfield Common

£1,750pcm (Tenant’s fees apply)

Theale office

• Detached country cottage

• First Floor

• 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms

• Open Plan Kitchen/Lounge Area

• 21ft kitchen / family room

• Allocated Parking

• Parking for several vehicles

£995pcm Tadley office

• Offered unfurnished

Theale

(Tenant’s fees apply)

Tadley office • 3 Bedrooms

• Large Lounge

• Llounge/Diner

• Kitchen/Diner

• Kitchen

• Garage

• Driveway Parking

• Unfurnished • Available immediately.

• Available October

£1,095pcm (Tenant’s fees apply)

• 3 Bedrooms

Tadley

(Tenant’s fees apply)

• One Bedroom Apartment

• Surrounded by open countryside

• Fully refurbished Available October

• Convenient for AWE, M4 and rail stations. Unfurnished. Available now

£695pcm

Burghfield Common office

Mortimer Burghfield Common

(Tenant’s fees apply)

Burghfield Common office

• Two Bedroom Apartment

Beenham

Burghfield Common Office

• Unfurnished

Tadley Burghfield Common

• Available immediately.

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Property of the Month Clay Lane Beenham

5 bedroom period barn conversion

Theale Office

A rare opportunity to acquire a 5 bedroom period barn conversion set within 1.5 acres, that benefits from outstanding countryside views, equestrian facilities and a 6 car garage that could have annexe potential. Offering seclusion but not isolation the property is positioned on a quiet lane and is surrounded by farmland. Believed to date back to the early 1800s the property was converted 30 years ago by master craftsmen to create an outstanding family home. The property has been in its current ownership for the last 20 years and has been lovingly cared for and improved during this time. The property is full of character with exposed beams and brickwork.

£1,250,000 £520,000

£400,000

Theale office

Theale office

Padworth Burghfield Common

• 3 bedroom Semi Detached family home

• 3 Bedroom Semi Detached Character Cottage

• 34ft lounge

• Desirable Village Location

• Separate dining room

• Comprehensively Refurbished

• Study

• Outbuildings

• South facing garden

• Off Road Parking

• Refitted kitchen, granite surfaces

Bradfield Southend

£320,000

£495,000

Theale office

Theale office

• 3 bedroom terrace

• 4 Bedroom Semi-detached Family Home

• Driveway parking

• 3 Double bedrooms

• No onward chain

• Finished to an Exacting Standard

• Separate dining room

• 21’ x 20’ Kitchen Diner

• Close to High Street

Theale

• Walking distance to Train Station

Theale

£320,000

• Driveway Parking • Gardens

£735,000

Theale office

Theale office

• Three Bedroom End of Terrace

• 5 bed detached family home

• Village Location

• 2,300 square feet of accommodation

• Lounge/Diner

• Conversion Potential

• Close to Theale Station

• Far Reaching Rural Views

• Gardens

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• Extension Potential

• No onward chain

Bradfield Southend Burghfield Common Burghfield

• Desirable Village Location • Ample Off Road Parking

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Property of the Month Spinneys End Burghfield Common 4 bedroom family home

£700,000

This detached family home is in a semi-rural location on the outskirts of Burghfield Common Village. It offers flexible accommodation that can be utilised to suit any prospective buyer’s needs. Offering over 2100sq ft. of living space in total there is a substantial entrance hall, 25ft rear aspect lounge, dining room, kitchen, utility room, three bedrooms and family bathroom to the ground floor, two further bedrooms and en-suite to the first floor. Outside is a driveway and garage as well as a mature private rear garden.

£725,000

£890,000

Burghfield Common office

Burghfield Common office

• 4/5 bedrooms, 2 en-suites

• 4 bedrooms

• 18ft stunning kitchen/breakfast room

• En-suite to master bedroom • Larger than average garden

• 15ft dining room & separate study

• 28’10 x 14’7 Studio/garden room

• Striking family bathroom

• Overlooking fields to the rear

• Double garage

Burghfield Common

• Private south westerly gardens

Mortimer

£400,000

Burghfield Common office

• Flexible accommodation

• Village location

• Sought after village

• 4 bedrooms

• Garage and driveway parking

• 20’10 x 12ft kitchen/breakfast room

• Overlooking village green

• 2355 sq.ft property

• Master bedroom with en-suite • Two double bedrooms

Silchester Burghfield Common

• Total property size of 2049sq ft.

£775,000

Burghfield Common office

• Double garage & driveway

Mortimer

• Mature garden

£525,000

£315,000

• Extensive living accommodation

• 3 bedrooms

• 4 bedrooms

• Set within a quiet location

• Master Bed 19’11 x 18’10

• Private rear garden

• Juliette balcony from master bedroom

• Viewings recommended

Burghfield Common office

Mortimer

Burghfield Common Office

• Garage and parking • Enclosed private garden

Burghfield Common office

• Single garage

Burghfield Common

• Walking distance to amenities

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BOO It’s scary what we waste at Halloween!

It’s not just ghosts and witches that can be scary at this time of year, but also it’s scary to think about all the extra rubbish that Halloween festivities can generate - including pumpkins sweet wrappers, packaging and costumes. Follow our tips to enjoy this late autumn tradition without creating so much rubbish and have a GREEN HALLOWEEN! 10 million pumpkins are sold in the UK every year and 95% of them are used to carve scary jack-o-lanterns for Halloween. Most of these pumpkins end up straight in the bin after 31st October being completely wasted! Love Pumpkin Soup…Hate Waste! Don’t waste your pumpkin this Halloween…turn it into yummy pumpkin soup for the whole family to enjoy! Soups are a great way to use up any wrinkly vegetables you may have hiding in the back of the fridge! Don’t forget to help save Spud by mixing in some potatoes with your delicious, nutritious pumpkin. Worried about making too much? Soups can easily be frozen and make an easy warming meal for the busy days leading up to the holidays when you may not have time to cook.And don’t bin those pumpkin seeds you scoop out either; they can make a tasty snack or plant them to grow next year’s terrifying creation.

When you’ve finished with your pumpkin don’t forget to recycle it in your green wheelie bin or compost it in your home composter. If your compost bin is dead and buried, visit www.getcomposting.com or call 0844 571 444 to get a discount on a new one. Don’t be in the dark! While trick or treating, use rechargeable batteries in your torch. They will last much longer and reduce waste at the same time. Even better, try a wind up torch that doesn’t use batteries at all! Treats without the trick! Look for treats that are waste-free like fruit and homemade biscuits, or reusable toys like colouring pencils and puzzle books. For more information on recycling services visit www. westberks.gov.uk/waste, contact Customer Services by email: customerservices@westberks.gov.uk or telephone: 01635 519080

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ur local drama school StageAbility is bringing the magic of Hogwarts to Mortimer and Pangbourne this half term!

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This mystical day takes place on Thursday 26th October 2017 in both Mortimer and Pangbourne from 10.00am 3.00pm and costs just £25 per child. Download an info pack or book now at: www.berkshire. stageability.co.uk/halfterm. html

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n a thriving village like Mortimer, there are some things - people, businesses, landscapes - that are a ‘constant’ and over the years there is very little change. Annual events support this, too, with the Fun Day and Scarecrow Trail becoming part of the village character. These things provide a sense of security and identity to a village and the supermarket on Victoria Road, currently known as Budgens Mortimer is certainly one of these. Budgens, formally known as Sewards has been on the high street since 1957. But inside the store, it’s a very different matter, with constant change needed to keep up with customers’ expectations and needs. In recent years, we have seen the relocation of the

village Post Office to Budgens, the introduction of a coffee machine, Contactless Payment, even more local suppliers and the much-loved Cook outlet. Well, now it’s all change again as Budgens welcomes Jon Thorner’s of Somerset to the butchery counter this October. Jon Thorner’s belongs to the Q Guild of Butchers - an organisation which represents the finest quality independent meat retailers in Britain. Admission into the Q Guild of Butchers is based on an audit of the whole business; shop, products, staff, procedures and customer service. That’s why you can trust your Jon Thorner’s butcher to provide only the best! And that is certainly reflected by the impressive list of awards that Jon Thorner’s have won this year. This includes a total of 5 Stars from the Great Taste Awards for their fabulous pies! Great

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So, the question ‘Trick or Treat’ is posed and the children are pretty confident that, faced with this ‘terrifying’ band of young pirates, superheroes, pumpkins and princesses that the householder will answer ‘Treat’ and present them with a bowl of sweets. If you’re a cavityfearing parent, you might want to

encourage the householders that you’re visiting to answer ‘Trick’. Task the kids with thinking up some tricks to play before you go out. It’s just a bit of fun, the “tricks” are as scary as a knock-knock joke is funny.

One of our readers gave us a great example of this, “We used to chant, “Trick or Treat, you’ll smell my feet, if you don’t give me something good to eat!” Then if they said trick we’d wave dirty socks at them. Poooeeey! You could have a bowl of lollies outside with a walkie-talkie in the bottom of the bowl. Scare people with it when they reach for lollies. Another fun trick on halloween is to make caramel

covered onions instead of apples. Or maybe you could spend some time making chocolate covered par-boiled sprouts... (yes, we’ve tried this!) Wrap them up in old ferro rocher wrappers (of course you’ll have to eat these yourself - shame) Hand these to the householder that asks for a trick and they will get a nasty surprise as they bite into one!

But be careful, some householders may be getting ready to trick you back. Oh yes, those who do enter into the spirit of Hallowe’en may be looking for their own entertainment. Mwahahaha!

Some will dress up and decorate their hallway, answering as a witch or another scary character. One particularly fun Dad we spoke to dressed up as a scarecrow and sat in a chair outside his door looking limp and lifeless with a bowl of sweets in his lap. As the trick or treaters approached he came to life. Now THAT’s scary! If you want to really confuse the trick or treaters, when you’re asked ‘Trick or Treat?’, try saying “Ooh, treat please!‘ and watch their confused little faces... Whatever you and yours are doing this Halloween, enjoy!

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Children don’t need experts to tell them that mud is good for them and we’re sure you’ll have nostalgic memories of making potions, petal perfumes and the perfect mud pie – growth of imagination and creativity is endless. That’s why we have our very own mud kitchen for the budding scientists, artists and innovators of tomorrow. Playing in mud encourages children to play in their own way and exposure to dirt and germs works to prime a child’s immune system, helping prevent allergies. Mud is also an excellent medium for learning. Rich, engaging sensory mud play allows children to express their creativity while enhancing fine motor skills. Children can also practise social skills such as co-operation, negotiation, communication and sharing as they work together. It’s also great for emerging maths and science skills. We’re extremely proud of our outdoor learning environment and provide a high quality early years education with superb care alongside outstanding facilities. We are fortunate to be located in over fifty acres of open countryside and private woodland. We even have our very own working farm! Playing and learning outside is a daily activity for all the children at Jubilee Gems. Our highly experienced team provide care for babies from 3 months to children aged five, giving the best possible start for intellectual, emotional and social development and ensuring your child can achieve his or her full potential in a loving and secure environment. Just a few minutes drive from Mortimer, we highly recommend a visit to see firsthand the fantastic opportunities we can offer your child and to meet our team. Open during West Berkshire Schools term-time from 7.30am-6.00pm, we offer a number of flexible sessions and also offer discounts for Armed Forces and NHS workers. Free entitlement is available for 2, 3 and 4 year-olds.

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guises. Each from broken homes and dysfunctional families the kids spend their summer escaping the clutches of the town’s bullies whilst hunting down the bloodthirsty clown. Muschietti’s decision to focus the narrative more on the lives of the children rather than on Pennywise means you are drawn in by familiar childhood themes that we can all relate to: fear, anxiety, joy, and sadness. But the most important running theme throughout the movie is a real sense of fun, innocence and adventure with a spirit that is hard not to buy into. By placing the story in the 1980s means that for some of us there is also a real feeling of nostalgia, with plenty of nods to the pop culture of the day (most notably with an amusing nod to boy band New Kids On The Block)

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f you happen to suffer from coulrophobia (a fear of clowns) then I recommend you give new shock horror movie IT a wide berth. That said the only real shock in this adaptation of Stephen King’s classic killer clown story is the lack of any genuine horror. This is not the fright-fest the trailer may have you believe, but instead a teenage coming of age tale with a few scares thrown in….but it’s a pleasant surprise. It’s riffs on Stand By

Me, Goonies and TV hit Stranger Things give it a mass appeal and make for a real crowd pleaser. Although the movie retells just one part of the novel, Director Andy Muschietti has stayed pretty faithful to the original story. Set in the sleepy town of Derry, a group of young misfit kids bond to help face their worst nightmare: Pennywise - a shapeshifting demon clown who emerges from the town sewers every 27 years to feast on its children. Self-dubbed ‘The Loser’s Club’ the group all have their own personal fears that manifest themselves in freaky encounters with Pennywise in various

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A fun and freaky carnival ride with bumps, jumps and plenty of clowning around!

Amidst the mayhem there are some heartwarming moments as the group’s bond deepens and their lives and loves are laid bare. The relationship between the leader of the club Bill (Jaeden Lieberher) and the only girl member Bev (Sophia Lillis) is especially touching. Tim Curry did a fine job portraying Pennywise the clown in the 80s TV Mini-Series but hats off to Bill Skarsgård who makes this role his own. His all-out, ambidextrous action style tempered by a baby-like demeanour is both creepy and entertaining but never too terrifying.

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BEAST QUEST by Adam Blade

Beast Quest is a fantastic page turner and keeps you reading for hours on end. I think the book is the best book ever written. When Aduro ,Tom and Elenna hear a groan coming from behind a locked door they discover an unconscious man and the missing golden armour. Aduro explains that the real owner of the mystical armour is Tom, and Tom and Elenna will need to go on another marvellous mission to get the fantastic, powerful armour back. This Quest is going to be more dangerous than they could imagine because the amour is in six pieces scattered throughout Avantia. Overall, I thought that Beast Quest was an excellent book because there is adventure, fantasy and many beasts to defeat. My favourite two parts of the book is the introduction and the battle because these are the most interesting parts of the book. I would recommend this to people who like fantasy and adventure. What is brilliant is that there are lots of books in this series, so if you like the first one, you can read them all and it will keep you busy until Christmas!

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Career

Choices

Clare Desai Offering guidance and information for your Career Journey

Year 11 student? Let’s talk about Options Year 11 is the year when YOU start to decide what happens next. You might be considering A LEVELS – you can take these at either a School Sixth form or a Local College. Contrary to popular belief, A Levels obtained from a College are just as good as A Levels obtained from a Sixth Form – in fact they are exactly the same A Levels!

Prep Open Morning Thursday 5 October, 9.30am - 11.00am

Early Years Open Days Friday 3 November, 4.15pm - 5.30pm Tuesday 5 December, 9.30am - 11.00am To reserve your place at an Open Morning or Afternoon please call Admissions on 0118 984 6910 or email admissions@sjcr.org.uk. Alternatively you can book via our website.

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If you want to take A Levels, you will be expected to get a 4 and above in your GCSEs – For some subjects such as the Sciences, Schools or Colleges may want you to have higher results in those subjects at GCSE. http://russellgroup.ac.uk/ for-students/school-andcollege-in-the-uk/subjectchoices-at-school-andcollege/ A Levels not the route you want to take? Many students don’t feel that A Levels are the right route for them and so start looking at alternatives such as BTEC. Local Colleges offer many different courses, all with different Entry Levels. It is possible to go to College even if you don’t get the GCSE grades that you had hoped for. College courses run from Entry Level Courses right through to Level 3 Courses (the same

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level as A Levels) and above. You CAN apply to University with BTEC Qualifications https://www.ucas.com/ ucas/16-18-choices/ search-and-apply/ qualifications-you-cantake/btec-diplomas You might want to learn more about APPRENTICESHIPS – these combine practical work with studying. It is a myth that Apprenticeships aren’t as good as A Levels, they are just a different way of working towards a goal. They allow you to become qualified, gain work experience and get paid a salary – what’s not to like? Apprenticeships start from Level 2 (the same level as GCSEs) and go up to University Level. https://www.gov.uk/ apprenticeships-guide You might want to think about WORKING – You must be working for 20 hours or more per week and combine this with a part time Training or Education Course. https://www.gov.uk/knowwhen-you-can-leaveschool It is never too early to start thinking, “What Next”? Book an appointment with your Careers Adviser to discuss your options further.

Thursday 5 October, 6.30pm - 9.00pm Friday 3 November, 10.30am - 12.00pm Tuesday 5 December, 10.30am - 12.00pm To reserve your place at an Open Morning or our Open Evening please call Admissions on 0118 984 6910 or email admissions@sjcr.org.uk. Alternatively you can book via our website.

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HIIT FOR FAT LOSS

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t the centre of the community, The Hurst Leisure Centre prides itself on offering something for everyone. Many of you will know the centre for the range of courses it offers - some of which are free! Courses include Social Media Workshops and Ipad for Beginners for those wanting to learn more technical skills, Sewing and Stone Carving for creative types and Assertiveness and Confidence Building for those interested in selfdevelopment.

Kicking off the autumn term is a fantastic Fatloss Workshop which aims to reset your thinking, inject some fun and inspire a new way of keeping fat at bay!

But the Hurst has an impressive leisure offering, too. The centre offers a comprehensive programme of weekly classes, gym memberships from just £14.50 per month and a whole host of facilities to hire. These include badminton and squash courts, the sports hall and snooker tables. Why not get down there and take a look? Kicking off the autumn term is a fantastic Fat Loss Workshop which aims to reset your thinking, inject some fun and inspire a new way of keeping fat at bay! The Macro Tracking & HIIT for Fat Loss Workshop takes place on 28th October from 9.30 - 2pm. Health Coach, Amy Phillips introduces a better way - a fun way - to lose fat and keep it off. So say goodbye to the quick fixes, meal plans, detoxes and restriction diets and say hello to macro tracking and HIIT workouts - High Intensity Interval Training.

If you are interested in living a healthier lifestyle whilst still enjoying the foods you love, getting fitter without spending hours at the gym, learning how to improve your core, arm and leg strength then this is for you. And best of all... itʼs free! Thatʼs right. There is no charge.

Amy is an expert in this field and she will teach you about the macro nutrients you need, why you need them and what they do for your fat loss. She will also show you how to work out with no equipment in as little as 10 minutes! Feeling motivated? As well as the home work outs discussed on the course, The Hurst Leisure Centre is running some mini fitness courses that can run alongside. And once youʼve got the fitness bug, donʼt forget the team runs an extensive studio programme which offers a range of classes to guests and members of the gym. Letʼs do it!

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*BODYPUMP* *BODYBALANCE* *BODYCOMBAT*PILATES* *SCHWINN (Indoor Cycling)* *YOGA & RELAXATION* *FREESTYLE CIRCUIT* *FRIDAY BURN*HIIT* *PURE STRETCH*ZUMBA* www.hurstcentre.co.uk

If you haven’t been to the Hurst Leisure Centre for a while, why not take a moment to see how you could benefit from an adult education course, or a gym membership . For further information on all the Hurst has to offer, please call 0118 981 1611 or visit www.hurstcentre.co.uk

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