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2017 Bookings open The Mortimer Community Bus Service is into its second term and the numbers of passengers have doubled. With the weather becoming more inclement it is expected that demand will soon increase and have now opened bookings for January 2017. It quite amazing how every cloud has a silver lining. From WBC causing disruption and chaos to families of Mortimer when they removed the school service last April, this new school bus service which was set up and is run by comunity spirited locals, has actually worked out to be cheaper than the original West Berkshire Service. This is thanks to the MCBS team and the cooperation of TK Travel, the local company who provide the buses. This is what village life is all about - bringing the community together! What else is Mortimer going to do to enrich its community we wonder... If you have a pupil at Willink School, live in Mortimer and would like to find out more about places on this service, please email mortimercbs@gmail.com.

a score of 633.1 after competing last month in the SH2 prone R5. The scout group were all watching out for Tim and cheering him on. And it was the scout group at district and county level, who together funded an adaptative rifle loading aid. Tim shoots right handed, due to having his left hand amputated, and was determined to make a success of shooting after

overhearing people say he would not be able to. Tim is keen to thank Graham Morrison for starting the shooting group for Baughurst Scouts and Guides and his mother for motivating him by telling him at the age of 11 with the words “Have a go, Tim”. Tim now helps run the Scout shooting club, offering valuable help and advice to young shooters. Well done, Tim. You are an inspiration!

It’s a Piece of Cake for Warings Bakery! It was a night of celebration, an evening when the very best of Reading’s shopping sector gathered to pay tribute to the best of the best. More than 3,500 nominations were received for the awards and it was independent baker, Warings, who came away with the top prize being named as Retailer of the Year. Dan Carr, public relations manager said “We weren’t expecting an award so to hear the announcer read out the business history of our company before receiving the award, it really was an emotional moment.” Warings Craft Bakers is a small family business started in 1932 by Lawrence Webster Waring. The business upholds its traditional family values and baking techniques with two grandchildren and a fourth generation of family still involved in the business. It now has shops in Burghfield Common and Spencers

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floor performance hall and a fully- equipped recording studio. The centre is available to the wider community during the daytime and weekends. Local businesses offering sponsorship and donations are still being sought, to fund furnishings and equipment. Volunteers for the café area are also needed. For more details contact Tadley and District Community Association on (0118) 981 4538

Wood, which Village Eye readers will probably be aware of, and there are also branches in Thatcham, Caversham, Hartley Wintney and two premises in Tilehurst at Armour Road and School Road. Meridian Tonight presenter, Sangeeta Bhabra, hosted the awards ceremony alongside Jack FM’s Steve Randall. Well done Warings!




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Well well well, who knew..? People of Burghfield, you rock! That’s the official line from Team Burghfest! Thanks to you, and the friends that joined you from the surrounding villages at Burghfields innaugral beer festival - Burghfest - you’ve helped to raise a Staggering £11,500 for the Thames Valley Air Ambulance, a huge amount of money that will mean a great deal to the heroes of the skies! Given that most festivals are lucky to break even in their first year, we’d say it was somewhat of a success! During the festival, revellers were invited to sample from a selction of 35 beers, 6 types of cider, wine and prosecco. But, alchohol wasnt the only attraction either - throughout the weekend, there was a great lineup of bands and artists to entertain the crowds. From bopping along to Super-cover band ‘Murdochs Crazy Eyes’ on the Friday night, comdey shinannigans g with Burghfield’s g very y own Shane & Alex (Britains Variety y Winners 2016) on the Saturday afternoon, the festival also had a selction of fairground attractions and a Bucking Bronco!

sponsor - Bahgecha, to all the ticket sellers – Budgen’s, g Dad’ Shop, p Parkers Properties and The Fruit Shop (Wellers), Village Eye, Mortimer Music Live, the Burghfield Scouts for all the Marquees, and Cafe B for offering non-alcoholic alternatives all weekend! the marshals, the beer token sellers, the bar staff and all of thevolunteers who made it happen! “This has been an amazing experience for a g group p of chaps p that have never run a beer festival before (or any y sort of event) - we really enjoyed it, and from the comments and messages we’ve received are really glad you all enjoyed it too!”

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From the facebook comments and countless number of congratulations and “we want more” messages we’ve been privvy to since the event, we think that the chaps might have to do it all again next year!

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£25K FOR Bucket List Wishes

Were you watching 'The Chase' on ITV a few weeks ago? You may have spotted Mortimer’s own Melinda Messenger winning £25,000 for local

charity, Bucket List Wishes! Gini Blesky, who founded Bucket List Wishes, posted on Facebook, “Thank you so much to the lovely Melinda Messenger for raising an amazing amount for us on ITV's The Chase tonight!!! This money will grant so many wishes for terminally ill adults in the South of England.”

has played in raising such a large amount of money for this wonderful local charity. BLW aims to grant a wish from a bucket list of terminally ill adults throughout the South of England. Fin dout more at: www.

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Chocolate: It’s almost everyone’s favourite sweet treat. We crave it daily, we eat it when we are sad and need to indulge, and we give it to a special someone to show how much we care. Dark chocolate is a special type of chocolate because it contains more unprocessed cocoa, depending on the percentage you buy. While milk and white chocolate don’t contain as much of cocoa’s natural properties, dark chocolate has them in abundance and they offer plenty of benefits for your body. But before you run off to have dark chocolate for dinner, keep in mind that it should still be consumed in moderation in order for the good to outweigh the bad. If eaten with moderation (just one or two pieces a day) dark chocolate can be your body’s best friend — who knew that something so yummy could also be good for you?

Dark Chocolate Benefit #1: Provides Antioxidants Dark chocolate is loaded with good-for-you compounds like polyphenols, flavanols, and catechin, which serve as antioxidants. These antioxidants protect your body against free radicals that can kill cells and cause damage to the body.

Dark Chocolate Benefit #2: Protects Your Skin The aforementioned flavanols in dark chocolate can also improve blood flow and protect your skin against sun damage. This increases skin density, which will protect your body from harmful UVB rays. However, chocolate or no, always be sure to apply sunscreen regularly — even in the fall and winter, and even if you don’t plan on being in the sun for very long.

Dark Chocolate Benefit #3: Helps Your Heart Those magical flavanols can also stimulate nitric oxide production in the body. This relaxes the arteries and lowers heart-stressing blood pressure, which lessens the chance of blood clots happening.

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Dark Chocolate Benefit #4: Provides Important Nutrients And Minerals One or two pieces of dark chocolate every day can deliver a lot of important nutrients and minerals into your body. According to Authority Nutrition, a 100-gram bar contains 11 grams of fibre, 67 percent of the recommended daily use (RDA) for iron, 58 percent of the RDA for magnesium, and 98 percent of the RDA for manganese.

Dark Chocolate Benefit #5: Helps You Lose Weight Since dark chocolate contains fibre, it helps your metabolism keep a regular, healthy pace. When you feel like snacking, one piece of dark chocolate can help satisfy your cravings in a positive way!

Dark Chocolate Benefit #6: Improves Brain Function Since dark chocolate promotes blood flow and fights against free radicals, it is already helping your brain stay strong. But studies also show that eating it preserves brain function as we age, and helps protect ct the brain against diseases seases like dementia.

Dark Chocolate Benefit #7: Reduces Depression And Anxiety Who could be stressed when they’re eating dark chocolate? It’s definitely one of the first things I reach for when I’m upset. It turns out, though, that this is not just a placebo effect: Eating it releases serotonin and endorphins, making you feel happier and calmer.

Dark Chocolate Benefit #8: Improves Your Eyesight Those flavanols, what can’t they do? According to Men’s Health, researchers at the University of Reading in England found that the eyesight of people who ate dark chocolate improved 17 percent as opposed to those who ate white chocolate, which has fewer flavanols.

Dark Chocolate Benefit #9: Reduces Inflammation The antioxidants in dark chocolate can also help fight inflammation. This can help regulate your body’s disease-fighting abilities and keep you from putting on weight.

Dark Chocolate Benefit #10: Raises Good Cholesterol Chocolate doesn’t only help your heart and blood by reducing bad cholesterol, it also promotes good cholesterol. This will actually help improve circulation in the body rather than slow it down..

AND THE NEWS JUST GETS BETTER! And if the news that chocolate is good for you has you a tad excited, then how about this ladies and gentlemen.... Turns out, there is something we Brits love more than a bar of chocolate paired with nice chilled bottle of Prosecco – its a bar of chocolate paired with a chilled bottle of Skinny Prosecco! Skinny Prosecco is here! Launched by luxury drink specialist Thomson & Scott in a number of high end department stores – including Harvey Nichols and Selfridges earlier this year. Understandably, it’s proved so popular that the company’s now in talks with Britain’s biggest supermarkets, to make it available everywhere in early 2017. It’s also been added to the menu nationwide at pizza chain Zizzi, in case you can’t wait till then. The slimline fizz is 100% organic and suitable for vegans. Tasting notes describe it as ‘light and refreshing with floral and apple aromas on the nose. The palate is fresh, lively, and fruity with great acidity and notes of green apple, golden apple, honeydew melon, and pear.’ One glass contains only 7 grams of sugar per litre – around half the e sugar found in regular prosec cco, which typically contains around d 12-15g of suga ar per litre. Basica ally, no sugar is adde ed during the produc ction process. We thin nk we’ve found our new health drink*. Skinny prosec cco also contains just 67 es a glass, calorie compa ared to 80 calorie es a glass with regular prosec cco. That’s less than a banan na! Sure, it’s not a huge saving when you’re just having g the one glass – but who ever on nly had on ne glass?

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:mma^\akblm^gbg`h_ma^dbg`Zg]jn^^glehg`&pbla^]&_hk baby, seven good fairies are invited to be godmothers to the Princess. However, the evil Carabosse is left off the list, so she curses the baby. Princess Briar Rose will prick a^kÛg`^khgZlibg]e^h_Zlibggbg`pa^^eZg]]b^'Ma^ Good Fairy manages to change the enchantment to falling asleep for 100 years – to be awakened by a kiss from a prince. Featuring traditional pantomime ingredients for the pahe^_Zfber%Le^^ibg`;^Znmrl`ebmm^kbg`\hlmnf^l% sensational songs and dazzling dance routines are guaranteed to keep you awake! Sleeping Beauty, at The Anvil, will run from Thursday 8 December 2016 to Monday 2 January 2017. There is a relaxed performance on Wednesday 21 December at 2pm. This is a specially adapted performance for those on the autistic spectrum and with other disabilities. La[c]lkYj]fgogfkYd]$kg[YddL`]9fnadZgpg^Ú[]gf 01256 844244. For the most up-to-date information, visit www.anvilarts.org.uk

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Enter ourr great g competition p to win a family y ticket (4 people) p p to see Sleeping ping p g Beauty y at The Anvil on n Saturday y 10th December at 6pm. And chance d you y will also have the cha ance to meet some of the stars rs of the p panto before the p performance! To be in with a chance of winning prize, g this fabulous p prize e, g go to www.villageeye.co.uk, \eb\dma^IZgmh<hfi^mbmbhgmZ[Zg]ÛeebgrhnkZglp^k'K^f^f[^k& Zgmh<hfi^mbmbhgmZ[Zg]Û i ÛeebgrhnkZglp^k'K^f^f[^k& r someone will win - and that someone e might be you! How long does oes the Princess Sleep for? a: 1 minute

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Sue Holderness is best known as Marlene Boyce in one of the nation’s favourite sitcoms Only Fools and Horses. A seasoned performer on stage, Sue regularly performs in pantomime which she loves (usually being wicked!).

Katrina Bryan is known to children as Nina in the hit CBeebies series Nina and the Neurons. The award-winning show has been on television since 2007.

Sarah-Jane Buckley is best known for playing Kathy Barnes in Hollyoaks. On stage, she has appeared as Eva Cassidy in Over the Rainbow and Songbird (which she co-produced)

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Clear thinking, straight talking

By Anna Illingworth

Many people are paid daily, weekly or monthly based upon an annual wage. It is not always easy to ascertain what the hourly rate being paid is... Hg*/L^im^f[^k+)*/%*0\Zk^phkd^klblln^]Z\eZbfZee^`bg`maZmZ contractor, Sevacare, had failed to pay the minimum wage. The workers union, Unison, says that an employment tribunal will examine some of the worst breaches of pay rules that it has ever seen and claims that some staff were being paid a rate of £3.27 per hour. Sevacare says that it paid above the minimum wage for hours worked and that workers are seeking pay for off-duty hours. The case has huge implications for the care sector. Sevacare has contracts with a number of local authorities across England and provides care and support to 9,600 people each week. Unison says that the situation is not unique to the workers who are bringing their claim.

1 Apr 2016 - 30 Sep 2016

£7.20 National Living Wage (per hour) Age 25+

£6.70 Standard adult rate (per hour) Age 21+

£5.30 Development rate (per hour) Age 18-20

£3.87 Young workers rate(per hour) Age 16-17

£3.30 Apprentice rate (per hour)

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“The National Living Wage came into effect on 1 April this year and applies to everyone aged 25 and over.” £7.20

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£6.95 Standard adult rate (per hour) Age 21+

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£3.40 Apprentice rate (per hour)

£6.00 Accommodation offset limit (max daily deduction from NMW)

Care of the elderly and those in need is a subject which touches almost all of us at some stage in our lives and it must be right for the people who provide the care to receive at least the National Living Wage, if not more. This case will be watched with interest. For further advice about employment matters please contact Anna Illingworth at Rowberry Morris Solicitors. 0118 981 2992 anna.illingworth@rowberrymorris.co.uk

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Enough to # he danger of what I’m about to do is that it can be significantly inaccurate.


Even the mildly financially educated could shoot holes through my methodology. I do however think that it’s a shame if we have to hide behind legislation and compliance standards to the extent that we can’t give some help to people to at least start the thought process.

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So this is my (inaccurate) ready-reckoner, just to get the thoughts going:-

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by y Marrk Pe ens n to on

(after tax)?

e this figure by 0.8 to retirement (positive or negative). Divid Adjust for costs that might change at in retirement e incom red requi gross total is now your give the pre-tax income needed. This figure(s) from your on scheme(s) put the pension income If you are a member of a final salary pensi latest statement(s) in this box. (If not and you think you (available on-line) put this figure here. If you have a State Pension forecast ) right t £8,000 p.a. is abou have a full national insurance record then except final salary savings, investments, pension funds (all In this box put the total of all current retirement), possible in rty prope your size you might down pensions), downsizing equity (if you think d count towards shoul think and any other capital that you inheritance (if you think appropriate) major spending when any ipate antic you if e figur this ce Redu generating an income in retirement. ) mortgage repayment – all today’s costs you retire (e.g. property costs, holidays, e in today’s relevant factor below to give you an incom Multiply the figure you have in ‘5’ by the sum. terms that could be generated by this 30 25 20 15 10 5 ment Years to retire 0.084 0.074 0.066 0.058 0.051 0.045 Factor Add the figures that you have in ‘3’, ‘4’

and ‘6’ together.

The result you have in ‘7’ is an estimation of your gross retirement income and can be compared with the figure in ‘2’ (what you ideally want in retirement). The figures are expressed in today’s terms to give you an idea now how far you are adrift or in surplus. There are so many factors that could affect the above result one could argue that this is a useless exercise. If you have followed it this far though, at least it may have got your thought

Retirement Ready Reckoner

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Our view is that many (or most) people sleepwalk in to retirement without much idea of what their income might be, or whether it’s enough. The solution is then to adjust spending to meet income, but that can be uncomfortable and / or inconvenient.

processes started, which of course might be a good time to make contact and ask for more personalised assistance. Whatever you do, please don’t rely on the above as your definitive guide to your retirement income!


Mark Penston is Partner and Chartered Financial Planner with Bluesky Chartered Financial Planners

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Nobody ever got poor from giving... It was year ago this month that Village Eye reported on a new communityspirited Facebook group that was being launched in Mortimer. Buy Nothing Mortimer – part of an International ;nrGhmabg` movement – was set up by a local lady, Jo Kay...

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Families & Leisure Bmlma^l^kob\^l h__^kk^] Zg]h__ _ &[^Zmk^jn^lmlmaZ ZmZk^ perhaps the most touching, ena n bl b ing pe eople to giv ve in the most precious ways. These have included a group p member fetching over-the-co oun u te er me edi dici ciness from a late nig ght pharmacy for a neigh hbour ur in ne eed, a librarian offfering a k^\hff^g]^] [hhd d h_ ma^ ^ p^^ ^ d pbmaZ[kb^_k^o ob^pZg] ZfZ ZgZldbg` _hk[eZ eZ\d Z\ [^kk kkb^ b l_hkpbg^a^lfZdbg b^ g` Zg] th hen e sharing the win ne with h the h whole com he mmunity. Keeping It Local Intrrig i ued by the idea, Jo star a ted Buy Nothing Mo Mortim mer 12 2 months ago and d sinc n e th hen ov ver 450 0 residents of Morttim i er have joined in the fun! They y have seen all manner of things g requested, borrowed and pa p ssed d on…. Tomato seedl d ings, baby y k t, handbags, shoes, cour ki urge gettes, ge games, craft materials, wa wate terp rproof p trrousers, revision guide es, s rec ecip i e ip b oks and even a drain cov bo o er to name but a few! Me emberrs ha h ve offered liftss to (u (unknown) neighbo ours to local events and fetes, as a wel e l as giving away tickets k t and d ohn\a^klmaZmf^f[^kll \Z \Zg gm m nl m n ^' W rk Wo rkin ing g al alon on ngs gsid ide e Jo o as an admin on th the pa p ge ge, Si S an G^ ^ellhg h k^Ü^\ ^Ü Ü^\ ^ ml m hg g pa paZm Z ma^ Zm a `khniaZl Zl h__^k^]a^kZg] a^ ^k k _Z _Zfb fber fb er% P


P ^ aZ Zo^ o^[^^ ^g g _hkmngZmm^ ^ mhk^\^bo^ fZg Zgr r item it ms wh whic ich ic h we hav a e be been en excep ptionally grateful fo forr and have ha ve e sav aved d us ex expe pe ense but, more than that, it has saved th he ti time me e of go g in ing g in into to the busy town to buy these items. More Mo rre e imp mpor orta or ta ant n ly y it ha has gi g ve en me the e opp p or o tu tuni nity to meet e more mo e peo eopl opl ple in n the he viilllage lage, la ge e, sso ome e of wh whom hom m I wou uld d nev e err h ve cro ha ossed ed e d pat aths hs wit i h ha ad it not bee en fr f om m giv vin ing g an nd r ce re eiiv vin ing g thro th h ou ug gh gh Bu Buy y No N thin i g. in g I has rei It eint n ro odu uced d me m to pe people e tha ha at I ha hadn n'tt had a tim i e to t see e and d ope pene ned d doors to new fri r en nds dshi hiips ps. Ad A ve vent nt gave ga g v me and d Jo o the h challlllen enge ge e of n ne ew id dea e s to keep p Mo M rtimer e smiling ng in the e rru un n up p to Ch Chri r st ri stma mass an ma and d my y per erso so sona ona n l high hi g liligh gh ght was seeing n alll the fac aces es of the th e lu uncch cl club b mem emb bers bers be rs wh ho o we erre a l so al o tou uch hed d by th t e lo love vely ly giff ts dona dona do nate ted te d by by thi hiss fa fant ntas tassti tic bu tic bun nch off nc f^f[^k ^kl l A^k^lmhfZgr r fh fhkk^ r^Zklh__ ;nr r Ghm hmab abg` ` Fhkmbf^k G oups Gr p Hg g^h_ma^ a `k^ k Zm Z mab a g` `l l Z[hnm m ;n ;nr rGh Ghma abg`bl b maZ aZmmbmm \k^ k Zm^l an n opp p ortu t niity for o mem e bers to em o fr free eely l offer the heir ir tim i e and im skills to ot o her hers in the he th group. This iss when e nei eigh gh hbo our u s can real re ally ly y get e to kn now eac ach h otthe h rr.. F Fo or example,, a gro oup was a as f rm fo med d for peo eople wh w o wa want nted ed support to lo ose weiigh g t with hou o t th the eh hu umi miliatio on of o a wee eekl k y pu p bl blic i wei ic eg gh h-in, n, so on one e off the mem mbe bers r ope rs pene ned d th theirr ho home me to ac me acco commod comm mmod mm datte th the he g oup gr oup wh ou who th hen n off ffer fered ed enc ed ncou oura rage geme ment ntt and d sup ppo port rtt to on one e a otthe an herr.


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Christmas Fairs & Shopping Events Theale Christmas Shopping Evening Thursday 10th November 8pm to 10pm.

This year the annual Christmas Shopping event is raising funds for The Berkshire MS Therapy Centre. The entrance fee is just 50p for adults, which includes a lucky door prize ticket! There will be jewellery, sweets, Christmas decorations, gifts, ladies' accessories, cards, wrapping paper and lots more. Enjoy the refreshments, which will include Theale Club bar, along with a raffle. It promises to be a social evening and an opportunity to do your Christmas shopping in a stress-free, relaxed atmosphere. Take family and friends along and help to raise funds for an excellent cause! Theale Village Hall RG7 5AS

Winchester Christmas Market Shopping Trip Saturday 26th November

Ra aising money for Cancer Research, SUN School, 1st Ufton Nervet Scouts and St Mary's Church, Sulhamstead this annual shopping trip to o tthe beautiful Winchester Christmas Market is one not to miss! Tickets are just £15 per person and the coach picks up from Willink, Mortimer and the RAF estate. There are limited tickets for this festive day out. You can book your place by emailing winchester-trip@hotmail.com

Silchester Christmas Market Friday 2nd December 10am - 12.30pm

Once a mont nth Silchester Village Hall becomes a bustling market filled with independent traders. Most are food or drink related and attend regula arly, whereas the arts and crafts stalls rotate month by month. This special Christmas market takes place on a Friday morning, as opposed op to the regular Saturday slot, so put it in your diary now and don’t miss out! Silchester Village Hall, RG7 2ND

Calleva WI Christmas Bazaar Saturday 3rd December at 1pm

Come and find that at special gift. There will be seasonal refreshments available as well as a lovely variety of stalls including craft stalls, Party Dayz, sweets, ts, pickles and cheese. The ever-popular tombola and raffle will be running too so go along and enjoy some Ch hristmas shopping without the bustle of town! Pamber Heath Memorial Hall RG26 3TQ

Tadley School PTA Christmas Fair Friday 2nd December 5-7.30pm

A wo on ond n erf e ul, u festive evening for tthe whole family. Come and enjoy carols, a performance by a special guest, Santa’s grotto, games, shopp sho ho opp ppi pn ng g and a more. With free ent ntry to the evening for all our pupils and their families and the wider community. Children can select and nd dw wrrap p the th iri parents a surprise gift ft to put under the tree, while the parents enjoy some traditional Christmas food favourites. Amazing prizes pr pri es ca es can n also l be won on the raffle du during the evening. The Tadley School PTA, teachers & pupils would love you to join us for this festive evening, while helping uss tto raise funds for our wonderful school. Tadley School, The Green, Tadley, RG26 3PB

Mortimer St John’s Christmas Fair Saturday 10th December 2pm - 4.30pm

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Hunt for the Wilderpeople! beautifullyy daft scenes between our two fugitives g and a calamitous hunting g mob who are always one step behind them. However it’s true charm lies in Waititi’s abilityy to always y bring g it back to the core story of two lovable and lonely souls who need each other more than theyy care to admit. At first the Gangsta-rap-loving g Ricky, y who describes Tupac p as “like my best friend” and the hermit-like Hec appear pp polar p opposites, pp and yyet both find themselves isolated from society each with their own insecurities. Thanks to his rugged gg beard Sam Neill is almost unrecognisable g as Hek, and despite his star quality it is the young g Denison who steals the limelight g with a magically g y deft performance.

which of them is the Terminator and which is Sarah Connor: ‘But in the first movie, before she could do chin-ups.’ You may have to veer off the beaten track to unearth this heartwarming g and understated gem but it is well worth tracking g g down. Hec puts p it best in his short poem “Me and this fat kid, We ran, we ate and read books, And it was the best.” WOW!


We are guided g through g the story with the help of Wes Anderson style chapter titles that grow ever more bizarre, and an awesome 80’s synth soundtrack. There are moviereferences galore g from Rambo to Scarface to Lord of the Rings, all beautifullyy weaved in. One of the standout lines comes in an argument g between Ricky and Paula, over

The Assassins of Rome

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A young boy called Jonathan has always thought that his mother died in the destruction of Jerusalem whilst his father took him and his sister and fled to Ostia. One day a visitor from the past appears and the next morning Jonathan and the visitor are gone. Flavia, Nubia and Lupus are determined to find him but their search takes them to The Golden House of Ne-ro where a deadly assassin is at work! My Opinion on This Book: I especially love this book because it always kept me guessing. My favourite part was when Jonathan found hope that his mother may still be alive but I disliked the part where a convict’s punishment is announced – having his eyes pulled out and having his big toes chopped off. I would recommend this book to all who like the mystery genre and I would rate this book 9/10. Ages 11+ Review by Thurka Ananth To contribute, advertise or let us know your news please call

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