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Lots of us start to think about our next holiday during the Christmas break. You’ll find a really useful article on pages 16-17 all about booking holidays, dispelling myths and finding out why life can be so much easier with the help of a travel agent. Not only that, but we have another money-can’t-buy competition for you on page 5. Leading makeup brand, Urban Decay has got together with Village Eye magazine to offer you and four friends the chance to attend a make-up master class at House of Fraser. It’s really simple to enter, so turn to page 5 to find out all about it.

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All of our regular columnists are back, too. Mark Penston, our Financial advisor, discusses ‘Inflation’ on page 13 and looks at the pros and cons of rising inflation. In Jack Worboys’ motoring column, he reviews the Audi TT for us, so turn to p.35 to find out just what he thinks. And, of course, our Eye Geek is on page 10 with a hilarious look back at the technology flops of yester year. Who can forget the Sinclair C5 or the Betamax video player? Finally, our film reviewer, Rob Barnes bring us his take on Marvel’s Dr. Strange. Not quite so high scoring as last month’s film...read more on page 37.

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Riding on Gold

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Some eagle-eyed readers in Burghfield Common and Mortimer may well have noticed the new gold bus that is now passing through the villages. This special bus was commissioned by Reading Buses to celebrate the achievement of local Olympic gold medal winner Chris Mears.

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with the gold bus displaying an action photo of Chris. It will primarily run along the Lime 2 route, which serves Chris’ home of Burghfield Common. Jake Osman of Reading Buses, said: “After London 2012, the gold medal winning athletes were celebrated with gold post boxes in their home towns. Chris won’t get a golden post box in Burghfield Common so we thought we could give him something to demonstrate that local people are proud of his achievements.” If you haven’t seen the bus yet, it should be coming along soon!

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The Spencers Wood Local History Group (www.swlhg.co.uk) is launching a book telling the story of their village in words and pictures. The launch is on Wednesday 7 December, 18.00-20.00, at St Michael’s Church, Spencers Wood. Prof. Richard Hoyle will speak about the history of the area, and Rev. Marion Pyke will talk about her memories of growing up in the village. Copies of the book will be available at a discount, as they will on 8 Dec., 10.00-12.30 from Spencers Wood Library, and 9 Dec., 11.00-13.00 at the Village Hall, and the Christmas Fayre at St Michaels on Saturday 10th December. what a fabulous Christmas present for those with connections to the village! The book traces the origins of Spencers Wood, Berkshire, from a common in a detached portion of Wiltshire (yes, we were surprised at that too) to the thriving village of today. One chapter is devoted to WWII when the village was home to a POW camp, and “A Walk around The Square” focuses on some of the earliest houses built and the people who lived in them. Fascinating stuff!

You may remember that a while ago, we brought you the story behind a Pride of Reading nomination. The nomination - for three boys from Theale - had been put forward for the Child of Courage trophy by Tracy Little whose son, Alfie had a serious accident on his bike. He wasn’t wearing a helmet, hit his head and had a fit. His friends’ quickthinking in calling the ambulance and putting him in the recovery

position could have saved his life. The three boys Matthew Vockins, Niall Smith and Luke Selmani - all 13 and students at Theale Green School - were named runners up for the 2016 Chris Tarrant Award. Thankfully Alfie had recovered in time to join his friends at the awards ceremony which was held at the Royal Berkshire Conference Centre at Madejski Stadium and got to see his

life-saving friends congratulated. To top it off, the boys were treated to a three-course meal and an afternoon off school!

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Father Christmas is coming to a village near you! Yes, once again, The Loddon Valley Lions will be bringing Father Christmas to us most evenings, Monday to Saturday during the month of December, to bring a little cheer to children young and old during the run up to Christmas.  Take a look at the list of where he will be visiting and on which days. You can see a complete list of streets on our website: www.villageeye.co.uk

Father Christmas will be happy to meet children of all ages during his tours, but will be unable to stop at each and every house on his route. It would a great help to Father Christmas if children, supervised by their parents, could congregate in groups, where it is safe for Father Christmas to stop. Rudolf may be prevented from navigating the sleigh along certain streets if turning areas are blocked or adverse weather sets in, but Father Christmas will do everything he can to avoid disappointment. On the route, as well as taking voluntary donations to help continue their work, the

Lions are also keen to collect unwanted spectacles and hearing aids for refurbishing. Do you have any at home? The spectacles are sent to a factory in Le Havre, which is wholly owned and operated by the Lions Clubs of France. There, they are refurbished and re-graded, before being distributed by Lions in countries of the developing world, where the cost of a pair of spectacles is often beyond the financial reach of most of the population.

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FUTURE Thirty-ish years ago (yes, that long), Marty McFly led us all to believe that by now, our preferred mode of transport would be by Hoverboard... We’d all be using Betamax Video and watching Laser Discs. It’s quite amusing to trawl through some the technological predictions of the future from yester-year and titter at their tackiness, but when you look closely enough, some of the most laughable of technoflops have actually been a pre-curser to the devices and gadgets we all know and love today... 10

Marty Predicted it!

As close to the Hoverboard as is feasible these days was the top selling Christmas toy of last year - the personal Segway, or ‘Swegway’ as it affectionately became known. Taking the number one spot on many a festive wish list last year, these revolutionary personal travel toys enjoyed a brief stint as the coolest must have gadget in town. A mutation on its predecessor, the original handle barred Segway (deemed extremely dangerous after its owner ironically died ‘Swegwaying off a cliff on his own board) This self balancing, two wheeled vehicle was met with curious interest until people realised that even after mastering the art of maintaining a non Mr Bean style vertical stance - they couldn’t actually use them anywhere. Banned from pavements and roads alike, users were confined to their own driveways - and worse still indoors. B&Q must have had a cracking year on the sale of replacement skirting boards. Another problem with the balance board was just how expensive they were. Enter cheaper non regulated Far Eastern imports, and well, we’ve all seen the you tube videos of them on fire...

Long before the Segway, we were introduced the C5, designed as a revolutionary new electronic vehicle to help us get around our tiny congested island. However, it’s low top speed of just 15mph, short range, lack of weather protection and low height which proved to be quite intimidating (and downright dangerous) in traffic meant that it was received rather poorly when it launched. Sinclair had expected to sell up to 100,000 units per year but by October 1985, when his company folded, just 9,000 has been sold. At around £399 a piece, those that were nostalgic enough to hang onto theirs are now the ones having the last laugh, with original units selling for around £700 on Ebay.

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The Rabbit Phone is a glitch in our technological past – a transitional invention that represented where technology

was heading, we just weren’t ready for the tech back then. A cross between a cordless house phone (and a modern day mobile - only 5 times the size), the idea was that you could carry around your ‘lightweight’ Rabbit Phone and use it when you were within 100-200 metres of a Rabbit base station, advertised by a friendly blue and white signs posted in windows and on walls up and down the country. Though the handsets reportedly made excellent domestic phones, it was basically, an expensive brick which incidentally could only make and not receive calls. The British public just simply didn’t get the half-measured mobile point. Attracting


just 10,000 subscribers, the network was closed in 1993. As a replacement, customers were offered an Orange mobile phone on their newly launched cellular network. The Rabbit Phone could be considered one of history’s technological turkeys, but I choose to see the Rabbit Phone as a symbol of the mobile phone’s success - after all, looking back, it could be said that a service like this, where a mobile phone call could be made within 100m of a base station, was the forerunner to say, making a WhatsApp call using the WiFi services we now take for granted.

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The next time you marvel at Lord Alan Sugar’s business acumen as he dismisses another hapless apprentice, consider the fact that the company with which he made his name was responsible for what is considered one of the most popular tech flops of all time... The E-mailer (or ‘E-M@iler’ as Amstrad would have it), was essentially a wired telephone with an LCD. Sugar was convinced that, like Amstrad’s famous word processor, his “emailer” would capture the imagination of millions of consumers who had no access to a personal computer. As the name suggested it acted as an email messaging machine, as well as a dialup web browser. The idea of accessing email through a phone was wildly exciting at the turn of the century, I should know - in a former life, I used to sell modems which connected your mobile phone to a fax machine! [Kids, your parents will explain what a fax machine is] Of course, these days we wouldn’t think twice about email and browsing capabilities - but back then, the concept of being able to access electronic mail from the mahogany/black ash telephone table in the hallway made some sense. Lord Sugar, then CEO of Amstrad, actually thought the emailer would be the next big thing, but it appeared the public simply didn’t agree. Perhaps it was the “pay as you use” system which made checking email expensive (around 12p per email) or maybe it was the constant advert pop ups appearing on the LCD screen, - who knows. A great idea in theory. Sadly all models of the emailer have now been discontinued (though we are sure that his faithful receptionist Frances has one on her desk and in shot at every opportunity on BBC’s The Apprentice?) Famous for his catchphrase “you’re fired”, maybe Lord Sugar should have fired this gadget off a long time before he did. In his own words on a recent episode: “Don’t worry if you make mistakes because that’s how most people learn.” – One thing is for sure though, Sugar definitely predicted the future, and for that I salute him.

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As I write this article the National Institute of Economic and Social Research expects CPI inflation to “accelerate rapidly” and possibly reach 4% by late 2017. It’s important news because the Government and many businesses use inflation to set their future economic strategies. So, an increase can affect us in ways other than prices going up. To put 4% inflation in context, the Bank of England’s target for inflation is 2%. The Bank will typically seek to increase interest rates, in order to keep inflation under control.

area that concerns us at Bluesky. An interest rate rise could have a significant impact on borrowers who stretched themselves while rates were low and may find things difficult in the future.

Increasing interest rates would certainly make savers happier, who in recent years have suffered returns on savings that are well below inflation. The majority of savers are at or near to retirement and while a boost in interest rates may produce a valuable boost to retirement income, it can often mean they experience rising costs elsewhere. As retired people tend to spend more on fuel, travel and health care, for example, they are more vulnerable to rises in these costs than younger people who may be benefiting from low borrowing costs and ever decreasing costs of electronic goods.

In addition, most student loan rates are linked to inflation (RPI). Currently, new student loan interest rates are charged at RPI + 3% which, bearing in mind the interest is generally added to the loan, can lead to alarmingly high debts by the time graduation comes! Where savings are mentioned in this text it generally relates to cash deposits in banks or building societies. Other investments such as stocks and shares often react differently to changes in inflation and interest rates. It’s for this reason that many investors choose not to invest only in cash deposits. Diversification in to other investments has historically given a better chance of beating inflation rates as well as (in some cases) savings in tax.

If rising inflation feeds through to increased interest rates this could be a shock to the housing market which, for some years now, has benefited from record low borrowing rates. This is certainly an

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

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The working women’s “Oscars” launches in Thames Valley!

If ever we met one, Tara Howard is the epitome of an inspiring woman. Ex-commercial pilot, model, business woman and mum of four, in 2009 she founded the Venus Awards to recognise the hard work, effort and skill it takes women to successfully juggle business with other commitments. Starting in her home territory of Dorset with a simple low-key ceremony, fast forward seven years and the awards have grown considerably. Now serving ten regions - we are pleased to announce that the newest of these is right here in the Thames Valley, and they are now looking for your help to discover the brightest and best female business talent we have to offer. The Awards recently held a launch party at Reading University to kick-start nominations and applications and the seven month cycle of events, judging and networking. Along with the sponsors of the Thames Valley Venus Awards,

the event was attended by over 110 invited guests from businesses and organisations across the region spanning Swindon, Oxford, Reading, High Wycombe and Bracknell.

been spot-on and everybody has thoroughly enjoyed it. Everybody loves the enthusiasm so it can’t fail to be the most wonderful success in Christendom!”

The Awards – dubbed by Channel 4 as the “Working Women’s Oscars” – celebrate the vital contribution that women in business make to the regional and national economy. In the Thames Valley this year, nominees and applicants will be competing in up to 16 categories including one voted for by the public.

So, think you know someone who would be deserving of such an award? Perhaps there’s a Wonder woman in your workplace, an exemplar in your enterprise or a Super girl in your setup - whoever she is, the Thames Valley Venus Awards want to hear from you. Make someone’s day and nominate them now, you’ll be glad you did!

The Awards are unique in that anyone can nominate a friend, client or family member. It could be for a number of things too... The nomination categories are: Business Mother of the Year, Employer of the Year, High Achiever, Lifetime Achievement, New Media & Online Business, Young Entrepreneur / Manager of the Year, Customer Service Award, Entrepreneur of the Year, Home Based Business, Professional of the Year, Small Business, Business of the Year, Employee of the Year, Green Business, inspirational Women, New Business, Social Entrepreneur of the Year

For nominations and further information visit: www. venusawards. co.uk

When asked about the launch of the first Thames Valley Venus Awards and his sponsorship and support Sir John Madejski said “It has been absolutely dynamic. I think it’s

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Spray your car windows with a 3:1 vinegar/water mixture. This will keep ice from forming on your windows (though you will still have to remove the snow).

Not sure how many decorations to buy? For each foot of height for a lovely full Christmas tree you’ll need 100 lights, 9 feet of tinsel/ribbon or garland and 20 ornaments!

Spray pipe exteriors and joints with WD40 during the winter to help prevent them from bursting.

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Cover your windscreen wipers with old socks so snow won't stick to them.

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Park facing east, so that the sun will do much of your snow removal work for you.

Baby, it's cold outside. Make getting through winter a little tamer with this collection of warm-ups, icebreakers, and assorted wintry hacks.

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Take vitamin D. Your body naturally produces this when you're in the sunlight, and so you make less in the winter. It can raise your mood significantly.

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Spray your shovel with nonstick cooking spray before you use it, so snow doesn't stick to it.

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If your car gets stuck in the snow, try putting kitty litter under the tyres to gain some traction.

Use your oven as much as possible. One your food is cooked, leave the oven door open and use the heat to add warmth to your home.

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Reduce hat hair by using dry shampoo when you remove your winter headgear. It will help lift squashed roots.

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Use tin foil behind your radiator, space heater, or heating vents to reflect heat back into the house. Make your own winter windscreen washer fluid from 4 pints of rubbing alcohol (surgical spirit is next best thing if you haven’t got any)1 cup water, and 1 teaspoon of washing up liquid

Need a quick and impressive cocktail for unexpected guests? Place crushed candy canes on a small plate or saucer. Wet the outside rim of a chilled Martini glass with water. Holding the glass by the stem, rotate the rim to coat with candy. In a cocktail shaker, combine vodka, crème de menthe, cranberry juice, and ice; shake until well combined.

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Get out in the natural light. It will boost your mood even if it seems gloomy.

Before you put on eyeliner, hold the end of the pencil between two fingers for about 20 seconds. This will warm it enough so it will apply much easier than when it is cold

Stuff wet wellies and walking boots with newspaper and pop them in the airing cupboard. They’ll dry in a jiffy!

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Love an orange or a satsuma? Save their peel and let them dry for a few days... They make an excellent firelighter!

Electric blankets use very little energy. If you plan to stay in one place for while, curl up with one to save energy.

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Wish You Were Here..? Yes, so do we!

Some holiday-makers will always visit their favourite travel agent, but with the rise of the Internet, a swathe of bargain-hunters - for a time - took to their screens to find their own holiday deals online...

This trend seems to be reversing now, as we are no longer prepared to risk our treasured holidays to an ‘unknown’ on the other side of the screen. We all know someone who turned up to an apartment which didn’t look anything like the photos shown or - worse - a villa that didn’t even exist. And the tour operators making the headlines - going bust and leaving unprotected holiday makers stranded - has made many of us all the more careful. Visiting an established travel agent can alleviate many of these concerns. And few agents come more established than Triangle Travel. With a shopfront on West End Road in Mortimer - the heart of Village Eye territory - the team (who boast 300 years of experience between them!) will take time to match the destination and hotel to you, using their experience and knowledge and finding out your likes and dislikes. The staff have a huge amount of contacts in the industry which helps them to get answers to those questions they may not know and provide you with the best holiday experience possible. Triangle Travel was established in 2001 by Rob Kenton, Hilary Reed, Emma Randall and Anne Todd. You’ll still find three of the original founders working in the offices on a day to day basis but today there is a 16 16

team of 15 staff across three shops. You can find Triangle Travel in Pangbourne and Wallingford, too. The business was originally set up with the aim of providing customers with “Good Old Fashioned Service” and to offer a quality product. There’s no doubt that their customer service is second to none, but what about when the shop is closed? Triangle Travel have that one covered, too. Once the shops are closed, the phone lines are switched over to head office which is open 24/7 365 days a year. So if you ever need assistance, you can just give them a call. Triangle Travel’s Trips Programme is another example of exemplary customer service and a quality product. This year the team has run over 25 day trips, 2 short breaks and an escorted tour to China. Next year they have a trip planned to Krakow and Auschwitz as well as a 14 day trip to Rio, The Amazon, Iguazu Falls and Buenos Aires.

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customers alike. The awards were TTNG Worldchoice Member of the Year, TIPTO Independent Agent of the Year Award and Caribtours Chairman Award for Outstanding Support.

Winners of the Tipto Independent agent of the year 2016!

Not only are each of these tours escorted by two members of staff from Triangle Travel, but staff members have already taken the trip to experience it for themselves. You can’t beat first hand knowledge! Aside from the trips, Triangle Travel can assist everyone from the intrepid traveller to the general holiday maker - and the rest of us who fall somewhere in between booking with all major tour operators and independent agents. You may not be aware that these include Saga Holidays, Explore, Exodus, Viking Cruise and Tauck Tours.

And it seems that progress never stops. The Mortimer branch of Triangle Travel now stock US Dollars and Euros at very competitive rates. All other currencies can be ordered, too and take just three working days to arrive in the office. So as we start to think about our short breaks and holidays for 2017, why not re-visit the travel agent approach if you haven’t done so for a while. As well as the knowledge, speed and great customer service they can offer you, you’ll also find that they are not more expensive than the internet. A win-win all round! For further information about Triangle Travel, their trips & holidays, please call 0118 933 1177 or visit www.triangletravel.co.uk

If you’re ever tempted by the travel and holiday offers you see in the Sunday papers but would prefer to deal face to face with a person, these trips can be booked by Triangle Travel, too, so next time you see one that takes your fancy, pop in and see one of the friendly team. And while they are busy sending people all over the world, Triangle Travel can also look after your holidays in the UK, booking hotels, cottages, parks and lodges all over the country. We’re pleased to tell you that all this hard work has been recognised and rewarded this year, with Triangle Travel winning three awards across 2016, delighting staff and

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Offered for sale with no onward chain and in need of cosmetic updating, this executive detached home is located within easy walking distance of Tadley centre with its range of amenities, shopping facilities, schools and regular bus routes running to Reading and Basingstoke. The current internal configuration offers the potential for a large self-contained one-bedroom annexed house (subject to building regulations) with accommodation comprising porch, entrance hall, duel aspect lounge with option of a wood burning fireplace, separate dining room, kitchen/ breakfast room, utility room, cloakroom, 5 double bedrooms with en-suites to the two largest and four-piece family bathroom. Benefitting from gas radiator central heating and UPVC double glazing, externally the property offers ample driveway parking, double garage currently used for annexe with kitchen area and private gardens to the side and rear.

£390,000

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Chapel RowCommon Burghfield

• Two Bedroom House

• 3 bedroom town house

• Countryside Village

• Ensuite shower room

• Large Garden

• Driveway parking

• Off Road Parking

• 23ft loft room/bedroom

• Extension potential

• Village location

• No onward chain

Bradfield Southend

£450,000

Tadley office

• 5 Bedrooms

• 4 Bedrooms

• 4 Receptions

• 3 reception rooms

• 2 Bathrooms

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• Kitchen

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• Driveway Parking

• Private Garden

• Character Property

£307,000

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BBQ SAUCE 2 tablespoons tomato ketchup 1 tablespoon HP sauce 1 teaspoon English mustard ½ teaspoon chipotle Tabasco sauce 1 splash of Worcestershire sauce

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Shred and pull apart your leftover turkey meat and place in a small pan with a splash of water and 4 tablespoons of gravy. Pop a lid on and place on the lowest heat for 10 minutes to warm through. Warm the rest of the gravy in a separate pan, ready to use it for dunking later. Meanwhile, peel and finely shred the carrot, matchstick the apple, peel and finely slice the red onion, and pick and slice the mint leaves. Place it all in a bowl with 1 tablespoon of pickling liquid from your gherkin jar. Finely slice the gherkins, using a crinkle-cut knife if you’ve got one, and the chilli, add to the bowl, mix well, lightly season and put aside. Mix all the BBQ sauce ingredients together. Split and toast your buns, then spread the BBQ sauce inside them, top and bottom. Pile your pulled turkey on the bun bases, drizzle with a little gravy and top with some of that tasty slaw. Pop the bun lids on, and you’re away. Serve the rest of the gravy on the side for a naughty dunk, along with any leftover slaw.

Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Cookbook is packed with all the classics you need for the big day and beyond, as well as loads of delicious recipes for edible gifts, party food and new ways to love those leftovers. It’s everything you need for the best Christmas ever. Chapters: Introduction; Smart Starters; The Main Event; Veggie and Vegan Plates; The Wonderful World of Potatoes; Scrumptious Vegetables Gravy, Sauces and all the Trimmings; Incredible Leftovers; Spectacular Festive Puddings; Afternoon Tea and Sweet Treats; Cute Edible Gifts; Super-Fantastic Salads; Dips, Bites and Handheld Nibbles; Perfect Christmas Drinks; Guide To Roasting Meat. “I’ve got all the bases covered with everything you need for the big day and any feasting meals over the festive period, as well as party fare, edible gifts, teatime treats, cocktails and of course, exciting ways to embrace and celebrate those leftovers. You’ll also find all the deeply important technical info you need, such as cooking charts, and wherever possible, I’ve designed the recipes to be cooked at the same oven temperature, so you can be efficient with time and oven space, and it’ll be super-easy for you to mix and match the different elements and build your own perfect Christmas meal. I haven’t held back. This book is the greatest hits, all wrapped up in one Christmas parcel, and I hope you have fun looking through, picking your recipes, and building your own plan.” - Jamie Oliver. Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Cookbook by Jamie Oliver is published by Penguin Random House © Jamie Oliver Enterprises Limited (2016 Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Cookbook) Photographer: David Loftus

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t Parkers Estate Agents, we have been giving advice to property owners, buyers and landlords in the area for over 15 years. Now as we are drawing to the end of another year we are eagerly anticipating what 2017 has in store for us. We are at that time of year when Bonfire night is over and the Christmas season is on its way. A time where we are busy buying presents, making arrangements and planning the family festive dinner. But what is next? Year after year the topic of conversation over the dinner table this Christmas will revolve around what is in store for the next year. A new job maybe? Holiday destinations? And, for many, The House Move! Looking back over the past 12 months we have had an exciting year within the property market. The year started with an increase and a rush to buy property before the 3% additional stamp duty for investment buyers was implemented. The market settled after this and gave first time buyers the opportunities that they needed to get a foot on the property ladder and buy their first home. Then we saw Brexit. We have all heard about Brexit and the speculation with what might happen, but the truth is, despite any political uncertainty that

New Year New Pad might cause a slow down within any financial market, people still have a desire to move house. Those first-time buyers want to upsize to accommodate growing families, people relocate for work and for many the big decision to downsize once families have left home is still a necessity. Where homeowners might have delayed making the decision this year, early 2017 should see an increase in activity with many deciding what they want their next move to be and taking the opportunity early to enjoy a spring moving date. What is stopping you? If you have the desire to move, maybe you want more living space, a new location, a more manageable house or a bigger garden, 2017 is the time to do it. What can you be doing to get ready? There is the good ol’ cliché about decluttering and there is certainly still some truth in it. Letting buyers see how much space your house has to offer is always appealing to them as well as finishing those last few maintenance jobs that we all put off for several years! Making sure you are prepared includes getting your finances in order too this starts with a valuation. Knowing how much one of your biggest assets is worth is the best starting point for anyone looking to make a move and once you know this you can start making your plans happen. 2016 saw a healthy rental market and talking to your estate agent and

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financial advisor to investigate if becoming a Landlord could work for you is a great idea. Ensuring you have the right team around you during any moving process is key. From the best estate agents who don’t just market your house but support you until your move day, to the right solicitor, mortgage brokers• and surveyors. 3 bedroom town house Ensuite shower So, what is left to•do? Take theroom leap New year, new pad!• Driveway There parking is no better time to start your •next journey for 23ft loft room/bedroom 2017. At Parkers, we are happy to • Village location give you the best advice now to get you • 5 years prepared, taking the timeoldto talk you through the process to start building the right team around you.

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Property of the Month Odiham Road Riseley 5 bedroom family home

£760,000

This character detached family home is located centrally within the much sought after village of Riseley.The interior offers a wealth of charm with many of its original characteristics remaining from bygone days, yet having been bought in to the 21st century with the modernisation of a fully equipped Kitchen and bathrooms. The ground floor living space includes 28ft Living room, Dining room, Breakfast room and family room leading to patio garden, fully equipped 20ft Kitchen / breakfast room, utility room and cloakroom. To the first floor the master bedroom enjoys a stunning en suite wet room, four further bedrooms, study and family bathroom. Externally the property has a private and enclosed south facing garden with patio area. Outside 14 ft office / studio with Light and power. Detached timber garage and parking for several vehicles.

£725,000

£595,000

Burghfield Common office

Rag Hill

Burghfield Common office

• Barn conversion

• 27 ft x 11ft kitchen/breakfast room

• 3.5 Acres of Land

• 22 ft x 10 Family / Dining room

• Views over rolling countryside

• 15 ft Lounge & study

• Two Bedrooms

• Five bedrooms, Three bathrooms

• High quality specification

• Parking for several vehicles

• Hobby / flexi room

Burghfield Common

£560,000

Burghfield Common office

• New build

• Renovated to the highest standard

• 10 Year NHBC Warranty

• Four bedrooms, Two bathrooms

• Four bedrooms, two bathrooms

• Open plan kitchen/diner

• Kitchen / breakfast room with bi fold doors

• Excellent sized garden • Ample off road parking

• Garage & Parking • Finished to a high specification

Mortimer

• New Gas Central Heating System

£340,000

£350,000

• Three bedrooms

• Three bedrooms

• Generous downstairs living space

• Flexible accommodation

• Off Road Parking

• Off Road Parking

• Rear garden with vehicle access

• Gas Central Heating

• Desirable village location

• South East facing garden

Theale office

Upper Bucklebury

• Heart of the village

£518,000

Burghfield Common office

Burghfield BurghfieldCommon Common

Burghfield Common Office

• Extension potential

Theale office

Padworth

• 26’ Lounge / dining room

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Property of the Month Hawkley Drive Tadley 5 bedroom detached family home

Tadley Office

Offered for sale with no onward chain and in need of cosmetic updating, this executive detached home is located within easy walking distance of Tadley centre with its range of amenities, shopping facilities, schools and regular bus routes running to Reading and Basingstoke. The current internal configuration offers the potential for a large self-contained one-bedroom annexed house (subject to building regulations) with accommodation comprising porch, entrance hall, duel aspect lounge with option of a wood burning fireplace, separate dining room, kitchen/ breakfast room, utility room, cloakroom, 5 double bedrooms with en-suites to the two largest and four-piece family bathroom. Benefitting from gas radiator central heating and UPVC double glazing, externally the property offers ample driveway parking, double garage currently used for annexe with kitchen area and private gardens to the side and rear.

£575,000 £390,000

£285,000

Theale office

Theale office

Chapel RowCommon Burghfield

• Two Bedroom House

• 3 bedroom town house

• Countryside Village

• Ensuite shower room

• Large Garden

• Driveway parking

• Off Road Parking

• 23ft loft room/bedroom

• Extension potential

• Village location

• No onward chain

Bradfield Southend

£450,000

£375,000

Tadley office

Tadley

Tadley office

• 5 Bedrooms

• 4 Bedrooms

• 4 Receptions

• 3 reception rooms

• 2 Bathrooms

• 2 Bathrooms

• Kitchen

• Kitchen

• Driveway Parking

• Private Garden

• Character Property

Tadley

£307,000

• Garage & Driveway Parking

£300,000

Tadley office

Tadley Burghfield Common Burghfield

• 5 years old

Tadley office

• 4 Bedrooms

• 2 Bedrooms

• 2 Receptions

• 1 Reception

• 1 Bathroom

• 1 Bathroom

• Kitchen

• Kitchen

• Driveway Parking

• External Workshop

• Large Rear Garden

Aldermaston Burghfield Common Burghfield

• No Chain

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Then look no further and support a local family run business. We groom most sizes and breeds of dog in a fully insured salon with qualified groomers. Collection & delivery can be arranged. We also stock a good range of pet supplies and are RAW pet food specialists 37-39 King Street, Mortimer, RG7 3RS Tel: 01189 331245 Mobile: 07799 073913 Burghfield_doggrooming@hotmail.com www.burghfielddoggrooming.co.uk

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Want a PRINCESS TO VISIT YOUR CHILD? ething It is aways amazing to discover somnev er but in live magical in the area we e hav we uld wo n in our wildest imaginatio s ces Prin ney Dis dreamed that a real life p! would reside right here on our doorste No, we haven’t got carried away in the enchantment of Christmas, it is really true. Apparently, Ariel is now living in a glittering castle in Spencers Wood, along with Princess Elsa, Snow White, Belle, Anna, Cinderella, Snow White and Tinkerbell! Since leaving university, local lady RebeccaFaye John who runs Tutus & Tiaras, regularly transforms herself into one of seven Disney princesses, for children’s princess parties, home visits and school appearances. As a professionally trained performer with a stint at EuroDisney and West End credits to her name, Rebecca spends her time - well, just making dreams come true...

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22nd, 23rd, 24th December book now Why not choose Tutus & Tiaras for your child’s next Birthday party or surprise them with a special home visit from their favourite Princess? Depending on package chosen, Rebecca offers combinations of the following: themed party

We all know Christmas can be a busy time - so many lists to write, shopping to organise and parties to attend! There’s so much going on that often recycling and the reason it’s so important can fall to the very bottom of the priority list. It’s really easy to recycle from around the home, there are so many items! From plastic drink bottles to cardboard boxes and wrapping paper - there’s a variety of packaging that can go into your recycling green boxes and sack. Egg boxes, cardboard sleeves from food packaging and selection boxes and biscuit tins can all be recycled, along with Christmas cards and wrapping paper – although make sure you only recycle cards and wrapping paper if they’re not foil or covered in glitter, as these can’t be recycled. Christmas lunch and New Year’s Eve celebrations often mean our fridges and cupboards are fully stocked with food and drink. Plastic drinks bottles, drink cans and food tins can go straight into the recycling but remember to give them a quick rinse first – this can be done in your used washing up water. Glass jars and bottles are also easy to recycle and remember if you don’t have enough space in your box, you can put extra sorted recycling out in an open topped container And while we might spend a little extra time getting ready for Christmas and New Year nights out, just remember that toiletries such as plastic shower gel and shampoo bottles, deodorant and shaving

games, live singing, photo opportunities, prizes, story telling, transfer tattoos and/ or face paints. She even brings a special gift for the Birthday Child! Starting at just £100, there are lots of party packages available which includes a Pamper Princess option too. Local mum Georgina Elliot told us “My daughter had a home visit from Ariel. From start to finish it was magical! Ariel engaged with my shy little girl and made her a lot more comfortable. The signed picture

gel aerosols along with card packaging from face creams and moisturisers can all be recycled! It’s a good idea to flatten any cardboard boxes to make space in your recycling. If you have larger boxes, these need to be cut down to about 85cm x 45cm in size and placed under one of your recycling boxes or in between your green bin and recycling boxes.

and present was a massive bonus! My little one can’t stop talking about it!”

Magical Princess PreChristmas Home Visits! So, this is definitely one for the memory bank - Imagine the surprised look on your child’s face as Elsa knocks on your door in the days leading up to Christmas? On 22nd, 23rd and Christmas Eve, Elsa will be making house-calls in this area

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Making recycling easy this Christmas Now you’ve recycled all the packaging from around the home, what’s left? If you have a ‘real’ Christmas tree, they are 100% recyclable and can be left for collection by your green bin after Christmas and New Year. To check opening times at the Recycling Centres or for more information on recycling visit www. westberks.gov.uk/waste

to visit children at their homes on a pre-booked basis. And for just £20 for a 15 minute slot, Elsa will deliver a special pre-Christmas gift and spend time with your child reading “The Night Before Christmas’ to build their excitement for the big day. If you live within 30 minutes of Spencers Wood and would like to book Elsa to visit your child just before Christmas, she can be contacted on 0798 333 4445 or via facebook/ partiestutusandtiaras

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Recycle more food this Christmas 4 MILLION

CHRISTMAS DINNERS ARE THROWN AWAY EACH YEAR.

This is the equivalent of 2 million turkeys, 5 million Christmas puddings and 74 million mince pies! To make sure your food doesn’t go to waste, you can freeze it, pass it on to neighbours and family or try a new recipe to use up leftovers. You can find some great ideas at: www.lovefoodhatewaste.com

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e’ve all been there. Whether it’s Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or Boxing Day, the looooong family road trip to visit Aunt Ethel and Uncle Rodney is looming. You know it will be great when you get there but the ‘getting there’ can have it’s challenges, as we all know. The kids are wedged in the backseat in-between the presents and the suitcases with strict instructions not to squash the gifts, not to spill a drink on the gifts and not to put sticky fingers on the gifts. You’re willing the turkey curry not to overbalance in the boot and have propped it up between the cheesecake and the family collection of Wellington Boots. How you managed to squeeze the dog crate in too, you’ll never know. It must have been the Christmas magic.

The car’s suspension looks like it has dropped by about a foot under the strain of the cargo and the windows are already steaming up. When the Christmas songs are cued up in the CD player you know you’re all ready for the off. Woohoo! The family is in fine singing voice as Slade and Shaky fill the airwaves for the third time in about an hour - this is what Christmas is all about. Happy children in Christmas jumpers and happy parents both off work for a change - spending lots of time together. A less-confined space would be nice, but it’s Christmas so we all keep smiling and cherish the moment. But you can’t truly relax as a parent, can you? You know that the countdown is on. The countdown to bored children. The battery life on the children’s Ipad is ebbing away. You could kick yourself. You had wanted to charge the iPad overnight but, well, Margaret from next door popped round with a bottle of Prosecco and you just forgot... And the sweets are running out. Yes, the sweets are running out! Now you know this joy is not going to last the distance. However, the first cry of ‘I need a wee’ from the back seat is - most unusually met with a little relief. As inconvenient as a pit stop might be, you know that it can work wonders for the morale of a

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road-tripping family. A chance to restock sweets, buy that in-car charger and stretch legs can be a gift to any long journey. With a little bit of luck, it might even eke out that Christmas Spirit until you arrive at Aunt Ethel’s front door! Why not check out Spratley’s Top Tips for Christmas Journeys to make your family road trip a more pleasant part of Christmas... From our family to yours this Christmas... Rest, relax and enjoy!

Journey Survival Plan Plan your pitstops! Consider a ‘Winter Service’ to get your vehicle in tip-top condition for the drive. Coolant, tyres, oil and windscreen wash should all be checked before a long journey. Just before you travel, check for delays and accidents and adjust your route if you can. Charge entertainment devices the night before! Why not wrap some mini presents for the children - a colouring book and pencils or an audio book to listen to? Don’t just rely on Sat Nav - the signal can be unreliable at times - take a map. Give yourself plenty of time for the journey. Christmas should be about relaxing. Spratley’s of Mortimer would like to take this opportunity to wish you safe and stress-free travel this Christmas and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year for your MOTs, services and repairs.

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Wow what a year our Santas have had! With the amazing success of the Easter Bunny Hop and Burghfest this year, you’d think they’d be ready for a rest - but no, they’re at it again and the Santas are back for Santa Cruise 2016! Yes, it started off as a bit of a joke - two guys wanting to get out of Christmas shopping, but 11 years on, the cruise has grown and turned out to be something rather unique. To date, our Santas have raised over £120,000 for our Air Ambulance. This year, there will be around 20 of them - all dressed with the traditional costume, and riding decorated reindeer (bikes). Each of the Santas is sponsored by a local business and a few are sponsored by national ones. They cycle, en masse around the area on a given route, stopping off, collecting money for the Air Ambulance. For some strange reason many of the places they stop at seem to sell beer. Rudolf will also be there! At the time of going to print, the route is expanding as we are still receiving requests from potential santas! About the Air Ambulance... When your or your loved one’s life is at risk, the air ambulance, with its highly skilled crew will deliver its unique lifesaving service to you, wherever and whenever you need it. The TVAA bring the expertise of the A&E to you or your loved ones, wherever you or they are. Their highly trained medical crews of doctors and paramedics use a variety of specialist medical equipment to treat patients at the scene in order to stabilise their condition and increase their chances of survival. This is equipment that would not normally be carried on land ambulances. The air ambulance is funded completely by charitable donations and receive no funding from the NHS or the National Lottery. Funded ENTIRELY by donations, the Air Ambulance need your help! In the VE region alone, this past year has so far seen 23 deployments - each costing £2,500 (thats £57,500) Please help us give that money back. If you run a local business and would like to get involved, you can either sponsor a Santa or send a representative Santa and join in with the cruise yourselves! For further information, please contact Christian_frankum@hotmail.com

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HELP US RAISE ANOTHER £10,000 FOR OUR AIR AMBULANCE THIS CHRISTMAS!

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Drives... The Audi TT has always had a bit of a reputation for being a hairdresser’s car. Not any more! The first TT wasn’t far from a sporty VW beetle in its looks and the second generation wasn’t anywhere near aggressive enough to shake the image. With the latest generation, however, Audi may have done enough to bring new buyers to the TT range. Although not drastic, the design changes on the exterior add aggressive lines and sharp corners to the TT’s signature silhouette. Larger air intakes give a more aggressive front end and the brake light stretching discreetly across the rear end is a nice touch. However, what really sets this generation apart is the interior. The second generation TT had an interior that looked like it was a mishmash from the Audi parts bin, with a dashboard that closely resembled the A3, and a generic and not very appealing Audi multimedia system wedged in the middle. The new generation keeps a reference to the past with the triple central air vents, but it has had a radical redesign,

moving all the multimedia to the driver’s cockpit area on one big screen and minimising the number of buttons. The multimedia system can be controlled either from the multifunctional wheel or the control wheel on the centre console and the dials to control the air conditioning are mounted within the air vents themselves.

feels expensive and robust, the ride quality is good and the car is very refined. The engine is quiet under normal driving, but once high in the rev range it makes a really great noise for a four cylinder petrol.

Handling dynamics is another point where the TT has had a reputation for being a bit of a damp squib. The new car has gone on a diet and Audi has worked to improve the handling performance. The handling is sharper, more predictable while the ride is also improved, provided you avoid the larger alloys. The straight line performance is similar to before with engines including a 1.8L, 2.0L and 2.5L turbo petrol and a 2.0L turbo diesel. Power ranges from 180hp with the 1.8 TFSI up to 400hp in the soon to arrive 2.5 TFSI TT RS. The normal TT models will have more than enough power for most drivers and the option of Quattro four wheel drive on the 2.0L TFSI will support the more spirited driver.

it may be a few years till you hear alpha males boasting about their new TT’s down the pub, Audi have definitely done a good job with the new car. It’s better looking, faster, more efficient and more comfortable than before so we’re bound to see even more on the roads.

It’s fair to say those already fond of the TT should love it even more now and although

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hese days it’s hard to keep up with the sprawling Marvel universe of origin stories, sequels, prequels and even pre-prequels that keep rolling off the factory line. Doctor Strange however promised something a little different: less braun and more brains, mind-bending trickery, and some crazy psychedelia thrown in for good measure. So I was a little deflated at the realisation that this wasn’t going to live up to my expectations, a recent fan review I heard described it best as a cross between a bad episode of House and Kung-fu Panda! Our very own Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Dr. Stephen Strange, the genius neurosurgeon with an ego and arrogance to rival his other alter ego Sherlock. It all goes south for Strange when he suffers a horrific car accident that mangles his hands. Robbed of his most valuable asset and no medical procedure able to help him he embarks on a mission for a miracle cure. After a tip-off from an old patient his quest leads him to Katmandu and the powerful sorcerer Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) who introduces him to the mighty ‘ancient one’ (Tilda Swinton). At first Strange refuses to buy into the their mystical and healing powers, but he is soon won over when he is subjected to a trippy out of body experience. Before you know it he’s leaping through astral planes, bending time and kicking ass. Just as well because Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen), a former student of the ancient one, is up to no good. After stealing a ritual from the ancient texts he’s threatening to use his powers to summon the all powerful Dormammu of the Dark Dimension to engulf the earth and gain eternal life.

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Director Scott Derrickson delivers an entertaining romp with the usual wisecracking swagger we expect from a Marvel movie but he does little to push the genre. The trappings may be different but it still follows a pretty standard path: a rich, arrogant, sarcastic loner has a near-death experience and is remade into a superhero. There are some fun, eyepopping special effects reminiscent of Inception and The Matrix that sees the city of London literally fold into itself. What was more original were the psychedelic scenes where Doctor Strange enters alternate dimensions, the sequence when Strange traps Dormammu in an infinite time loop is an absolute joy. Although Cumberbatch inhabits the role with his usual swagger I found hard to take him seriously pulling silly ninja-like poses whilst dressed in

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some Las Vegas glam rock outfit. Tilda Swinton was far more convincing in her role as the supreme sorcerer and her screen presence help to elevate the film. This wouldn’t be a marvel movie without the wisecracks and although this doesn’t match the Avenger movies it has its moments. The best lines fall to Doctor Strange’s sidekick Wong (Benedict Wong) and Swinton delivers some classic put downs when she first meets her new recruit. For those who are still love their dose of marvel origin movies, you’ll certainly get a kick out of mystical and trippy dark arts of Doctor Strange. For me though the diagnosis was inconclusive and I only wish it was that little bit darker and little bit stranger.

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Hamish and the World Stoppers by Danny Wallace

It was Easter and I was looking for something to read and I stumbled across this book. The vibrant yellow cover contrasted with the red and black writing on the front drawing me towards it as if it were a magnet. So on to the story – it all centres around a boy called Hamish who discovers that he is not as normal as he thinks. When the evil World Stoppers along with the Terribles stop time in its tracks, somehow it doesn’t affect Hamish and a gang known as the PDF (Pause Defence Force) so they join up together to fight back. The World Stoppers turn everyone mean and moody just for fun; they even capture Hamish’s mum and brother. Over the course of the adventure, Hamish has to fight monsters, rescue his family and even break into someone’s house – the story is really fast paced and fun. Hamish is also a fantastic hero because at the start he is shy but he ends up doing things he’s scared of and this makes him confident in the end. Finally, I would recommend this story because it made me feel like I never wanted to put it down! Ages 8+ Review by Riley Clack 37


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Rock School strikes chord in BURGHFIELD Taking Time to Care

Helping your loved ones to remain in their own homes Does your loved one need some help each day, getting up and dressed, preparing meals or getting settled in the evening? We offer daily visits to homes across Berkshire ensuring both you and your loved one are getting the support you need. We never rush, we don’t believe in 10 minute visits – we believe in helping your loved ones to feel safe, cared for and independent. Contact us today for a no obligation discussion about your needs. Melanie.Meads@q1care.co.uk

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Berkshire’s fastest growing music school is opening a brand new rock session, but it’s not for kids. The Rock Project Berkshire has nine schools across the county, including Burghfield. While it has so far focussed on teaching 7-18-year-olds to play as a band, it is now opening a new session for adults. Harmeet Nandra who runs The Rock Project Berkshire said: “We have been inundated with requests from parents and adults saying ‘I wish there was something like this for me’. “The children’s session in Burghfield has been running for more than a year, so the time seemed right to start some a rock school for adults.” Like the sessions for 7-18-yearolds, the adult classes will take place at St Mary’s C of E Primary School in Theale Road, focussing on drums, bass, guitar and vocals. The adult session, which is aptly called ‘Encore’, will be 90 minutes long and tutored by professional working musicians.

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“We are very excited to open the session for adults at Burghfield, it will be slightly different to the children’s school,” Harmeet added. “While we carry out the same tuition, there will be more emphasis on regular gigs. “Encore is an opportunity for adults to do something for themselves, pick up a new skill or re-invigorate an old hobby that’s been put aside for too long. It’s also a great opportunity to make new friends with a similar interest.” The Burghfield Rock Project school is one of nine across the county with other sessions taking place in Bracknell, Caversham, Maidenhead, Newbury, Tilehurst, Wargrave, Windsor and Woodley. Children’s sessions are two hours long and split into two, with primary school-aged students taking part in the junior session, while the senior group is for those in secondary school. The Rock Project Berkshire already has an Encore session at its Windsor and Woodley schools. A number of bands have developed from both schools.

For more information go to www.berkshire. therockproject.com, email Berkshire@ therockproject.com or call 0118 334 5562

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Getting Your

Skates ON this Christmas! Hallowe’en has come and gone. So has Guy Fawkes Night and the fireworks that go with it. This can only mean one thing - the ice rinks are coming!

A good old fashioned festive ice skate is one of the best ways to enjoy the season. If it’s been a while since you donned a pair of ice skates, the idea may fill you with trepidation, so here are some great reasons to get your skates on this winter. Burn those festive calories! Skating is a top form of exercise. You can burn up to 500 calories an hour on the ice.

Indoor Rinks

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That’s if you spend more time on your feet than on your bottom which is never guaranteed, but it’s still a cool way to lose those lbs You’ll ROFL (literally) Remember that ice skating is a pretty hard thing to do. This means you can fall over in public and people won’t judge you. On the ice, you can literally roll on the floor laughing. Dress in some snazzy outfits too. Cute Mittens? Check. Bobble hat? Check. Ice skating is cold so it is perfectly acceptable to dress head to toe in wool. Unless you want to go for the Lycra and sequinned option in which case, we salute you! You might fall in love. You’ve seen it in the movies or cheesy dating website adverts: couple go ice skating, they are forced to hold hands, she stumbles, he catches her, sparks fly, a choir starts singing, you get the picture.

Outdoor Rinks

Reading Winter on Ice Forbury Gardens, Re ading www.readingwinteron ice.com Windsor on Alexandra Gardens,Ice Windsor www.windsoronice.co m 01753 743915

The odds of this happening are slim, but what a story to tell the grandkids. There are plenty of options for a festive skate this Christmas, from our local year-round skating rinks at Basingstoke and Bracknell, to the seasonal outdoor rinks at Reading’s Winter on Ice and Windsor on Ice. So what are you waiting for? Get your skates on!

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