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At Village Eye HQ, weĘźre all feeling pretty excited with a little hint of daredevil inside us as tickets go on sale for a ride in the Mortimer fun day Hot air balloon! Check out our community page to see how you can book your tickets. Hurry, theyĘźll soon be gone!

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he warmer weather is upon us, and the days are longer. Zip-a-dee-doodah, zip-a-dee-ay, Village Eye welcomes you to the long month of May! This month weĘźve got you covered with upcoming events, delicious foods and a montage of lifestyle articles to help you kickstart your summer.

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With more sunshine comes less clothing, is it really time to bring out the shorts out again? It sure looks like it. WeĘźll be waving goodbye to cellulite as owner of The Loyal Treatment, Amy Knight talks us through a revolutionary new treatment to banish that delightful orange peel look. Finally! Keeping with the summer theme on page 12 we have put together a guide to applying fake tan (no more orange hands or streaky legs! Then, on page 13 youĘźll ďŹ nd out how you can be wise and protect your eyes with an array of eye care tips and hints on looking after your peepers. Time to dig out those Ray bans and bring out the super cool you.

This month, our regular columnists Megs, Mark, Jack and Rob are writing about foundation, pension planning, Government changes to the driving test and ĘťThe Ghost in the ShellĘź, this summerĘźs must see movie. As Barbecue season fast approaches, weĘźll be discussing how a chance conversation in a pub between some lovely locals gave way to the best bangers in Berkshire. Say Hello to The Mortimer Sausage company. IsnĘźt it incredible where the best business ideas come from? Turn to page 30 to ďŹ nd out more.






We have the lovely folks at SpratleyĘźs of Mortimer lending a hand with all your vehicle needs as they best advise on a few simple ways to help your annual MOT run smoothly and they invite you to an open day where you can meet the staff, browse the cars and get to know some other like minded locals. Go on treat yourself. Find out what Harry Potters number 4 Privet drive and a 1980Ęźs Persil advert have in common and how this may affect your shopping experience in a newly built town centre later on this year..



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We love a good competition here at Village Eye, and are always thrilled when we hear back from our competition winners. This month was no exception - and we were delighted to receive a picture of our 2017 L’Ortolan competition winner Emma Darley and her friend Lorna, who tell us they had an “amazing time” at their Rhone Valley Wine Lunch during March. “What a wonderful venue,” commented Emma, “It’s so tasteful and elegant. The food was divine and the wine complements their food menu perfectly. Clearly a lot of time and effort goes into the food content and preparation”. L’Ortolan, is Reading’s only Michelin starred restaurant and is located in Shinfield. Head Chef Tom Clarke is passionate about his cooking, and ensures that the same quality of interpretation extends right through the whole of the L’Ortolan experience..

Visitors to Burghfield Post Office were forced to do a double-take last month when they found a bunch of brightly clad carol singers outside. People say that Christmas comes earlier every year, but this really took the biscuit! It was, of course, April 1st. Nobody seemed to be fooled but it was an inspired way for members of the Burghfield Bowls Club to raise awareness for their Open Day which took place on Sunday 23rd April. Don’t worry if you missed it, qualified coaches will be on hand to teach you the rudiments of the game on Monday evenings over the next few weeks. Why not contact David Williams on 0118 9813155 or Marnie Henkey on 07702 805042 for more information. Check out the website at www.burghfield.bowls-club.co.uk


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the Mad Stad. His father, Wayne told us that as a family, they go to every home game, but to have had the chance to walk out onto the pitch before the game through the tunnel was an incredible experience for his son, and a day that none of them will ever forget. He was keen to ensure that we passed on his thanks to the team at Spratley’s for their generosity and the club itself for being so welcoming. :)

This month The Tadley Community Cinema is showing “A Street Cat Named Bob” as its main feature film. It’s on Saturday 6th May 2017 at 7pm. The Cinema is on Newchurch Road in Tadley. The Cinema itself is within the Tadley Community Centre and opened in December 2011, featuring a 4m wide screen, 102 seats

(72 of which are tiered) HD projection system and 6:1 Surround Sound System. The retractable tiered seating opens up endless opportunities for other use for hiring the halls. Each hall can now accommodate 72 people on raised comfortable seats ideal for lectures, presentations and performing arts. The Cinema runs on the first Saturday of each month and typically shows films just ending their theatrical release. They also hold a weekly Kids Matinee Cinema on Wednesday

afternoons during school holidays. And now they also have - Thursday Afternoon Classics Matinees. Opened in 1994 the current Tadley and District Community Centre replaced an original building that was a former gymnasium forming part of the US Air Force WW2 airfield at Aldermaston. The community association recently celebrated its 50th anniversary. Seats for all performances can be booked online through the Cinema Box Office on 0118 981 4538.

Burghfield Toy Lending Library Burghfield toy library is a service run by volunteers providing toys to local families. Toys cost between 25p and £1 for a months hire. They can be renewed on payment of another months hire. The service is open the first and third Wednesday of every month in term time from 2pm to 3pm. It operates from the annex in Mrs Blands infant school. The entrance is near the buggy shelter. There are toys suitable from birth up to five years of age. They also provide lots of accessories suitable for this age range bumbos, carriers, bath seats and booster seats. If you would like to find out more, please call: Janet Sykes 0773 297741



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Spring is here and as anyone who has lived in the area for the last 26 years will tell you, this means the May Fayre! Well, the Burghfield May Fayre to be exact. Every year 1000s of people descend on the Burghfield Village Hatch to enjoy ‘knees ups’, (the odd beer or two), dog shows and all the fun of the fair. 2017’s May Fayre weekend will be a classic and it all happens on SatSun 6th-7th May. The annual event, now in its 26th year is the result of many months of hard work by the committee of The Burghfield Residents Association (BRA), led by David Godwin, Tricia Hipwell, Aileen Crawford, Lucy Stewart and many others; Volunteers all of them! Funds raised are distributed to many good causes locally and thousands of pounds are donated each year to local causes, clubs and charities. Things kick off on the Saturday Night (6th) with a touch of Madness. Well, we mean “The Los Palmas 6” who are a Madness Tribute Band . The Los Palmas 6 was set up to offer the total Madness tribute effect. From the beginning, the band has established a fantastic following with a large fanbase, ensuring packed gigs wherever they play The Los Palmas 6 only play Madness, offering ALL the hits from the early days right up to today, including Baggy Trousers, One Step Beyond, Nightboat to Cairo, Lovestruck and It Must Be Love etc. The Show starts at 7.30pm with a set from our Live Local Band “Deaf Dogs” followed at 9pm by The Los Palmas 6 (Madness) there will be breaks for dancing and then a second set from 10pm-10:45pm The Los Palmas 6 (Madness) As Usual there’s an onsite Bar Available and Hot Dogs and Hamburgers will be available to purchase throughout the evening to help you through. Tickets are £15.00 and on sale NOW by contacting tricia. hipwell@btinternet.com Then it’s on to the Sunday 7th’s main event which kicks off at 10am with the annual dog show. There’s all the usual and well-loved components including; The craft tent, refreshment tent, beer tent, many side stalls and of course the Arena Events including dancers, a steel band, May Pole dancing and the winners of Britain’s Got Variety -local duo “Shane & Alex”, who we have featured here in the Village Eye on many occasions. And some exciting news this year, for the first time there will be a ‘Bake Off’ tent. All locals and visitors are warmly (sic) invited to bake a cake and enter it into the competition. There will be a category for both adults and children, so the whole family can take part. Get your tray’s greased and make sure you don’t have a soggy bottom! Prizes include a meal voucher donated by Jayne Tilsley from the Fox and Hounds in Theale. For more information on the May Fayre visit facebook.com/BurghfieldMayFayreResidentsAssociation

A Perfect Family Day Out! Berkshire Country Fayre, Sunday 28th May Berkshire Country Fayre is set to be a perfect family day out! On Sunday 28th May at the Englefield Estate there will be plenty for all ages from Vintage Machinery, Ferret Racing and a Dog Show through to Steel Band, a Fun Fair and Craft Stalls. Dining options will be plentiful with appetising food marquees, a hog roast and a licensed bar for essential refreshments!

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Running from 9am - 5pm, the Berkshire Country Fayre helps to raise money for the Berkshire Federation of Young Farmers Clubs. The Young Farmers will be on hand with Exhibition classes during the day. You don’t have to be a farmer to be a Young Farmer. Young Farmers offers a very varied programme of events to

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where BIG things happen AND, ‘ACTION”... AS THE SOUND OF THE CLAPPER BOARD SNAPS SHUT FOR THE THIRTEENTH TIME TODAY... Possibly not the words you’d expect to hear coming from an old converted barn in a quiet corner of the Berkshire countryside but these words and the hustle and bustle of a film crew adjusting their equipment, make-up artistes dusting down today’s ‘subject’ to get them camera ready, and the runners, scriptwriters and production crew all making sure that today’s shoot goes according to plan. Yes, today’s film creation WILL be a masterpiece, a perfected showpiece and above all, the jewel in the company’s crown. That’s right, the ‘company’. You see, we are not talking about making a Hollywood hit here, we are talking about regular small and medium sized businesses who are turning in droves to professionals to produce video for their own websites, YouTube channels, facebook pages and instagram accounts. Owned by media production company, Pinktomato, Fleetwood Studios was set up back in 2003 on a quiet Mortimer Farm as an alternative Out-of-London TV studio [if you’ve ever wondered over the years, why so many reported ‘celeb’ sightings have been made in the area, then this may give you a clue!] Originally catering mainly for TV, where consumer programmes, Children’s TV programmes, pop videos and commercials were commonplace, it’s the explosion in demand for high quality, professional online content which is now stealing the limelight!

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Over the last few years there has been a significant move towards social media and a demand for organisations to connect directly with their customers. Companies all over the world are using videos to communicate with their customers in really imaginative ways that deliver positive results to their businesses. Following the launch of YouTube in 2005 there has been an explosion in the growth of web videos around the world and believe it or not - in the next 24 hours more than 3 billion videos will be watched on that site alone (give or take a few)! The internet today is full of video. It’s bursting with content, from funny to educational and risky to dull and every where in between. Smart TV’s coupled with good broadband internet connections have changed the way we consume content, at the press of a button we can watch old box sets, live sport from all over the world or view something filmed locally perhaps historical such as the Olympic torch passing through Theale. Companies like Netflix and Amazon are creating their own content alongside other players like Sky, ITV and the BBC - These shows become cinematic experiences dropped right into our home via our internet connection. Fundamentally our viewing habits have changed over recent years and also changing are how brands sell into that space. The change is also echoed in our mobile devices. Vast amounts of video content are viewed on smartphones. Consumers today instinctively reach for their phones. They want the right answer, right away. Mobile viewers are in fact more likely to watch, share, and feel connected to ads and branded video. To put that into perspective 50% of YouTube video is watched on mobile devices and smartphone users are nearly one and half times more likely to pay attention to a video on a mobile device than a “traditional’ screen. And Zenith forecasts mobile video consumption will grow 33% this year and then a further 27% in 2018, when it will reach 33.4 minutes a day. They expect mobile devices to account for 64% of all online video consumption in 2018! CREATING VIDEO IS NO LONGER THE EXCLUSIVE TERRITORY OF HUGE BRANDS EITHER. As production, crew and studio have has become more affordable, what you probably might not realise is that many ‘regular’ companies local to the M3 and M4 corridor create their content right here in the village if Mortimer.


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They create adverts, product videos, customer testimonials, education content and also shoot for broadcast TV all in a state of the art TV studio. They are telling their stories, and the masses are listening. Telling a story is a much more effective way of engaging people and getting your message across than broadcasting statements or facts and figures to your target audience. Furthermore, that message is more likely to be remembered if it’s been conveyed in a narrative form that is easy for people to recall when thinking about your business, product or service. There are thousands of different uses for marketing videos, but commonly businesses want to communicate a lot of information in a few seconds; what their products, or services look like and the kind of people they are. All of this can be done in a punchy 60 second video clip, or a personalised email video message rather than more than 200 words of text. Due to the huge increase in email traffic and squeeze on available time in recent years, people today and in the future are far more likely to take the time to view a video than read a page of text. The demand for personalisation of video content has soared too. How cool is it to open an email or brochure and the person ‘writing’ to you is physically addressing you by name. Firms like TUI, Cadbury’s and Vodafone have been reaping the rewards of video personalisation for some time - and now with more affordable platforms and content creation options in place, this practice is becoming a very popular method for smaller firms to reach their target audience.



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Now that summer is here, getting rid of cellulite could be one of your biggest concerns before the big wave of ‘bikini season’ crashes into shore. What if we were to tell you that there is now a revolutionary treatment that restores healthy Fascia to banish that orange peel look.


ontrary to popular belief, cellulite has less to do with fat and more to do with our connective tissue, or ‘fascia’. Fascia is literally everywhere within our bodies and connects like a giant sticky web, holding everything in place inside our bodies.

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Fascia can also change properties and be altered to become tight and distorted due to hormones, dehydration, toxins, poor biomechanics, injuries and overuse. It can stick together causing facial septa just below the skin, to pull the skin and other tissues into dents and craters. Wherever fat exists between and below the layers of tight fascia, it pushes through the equivalent of a chain link fence like a marshmallow, giving the appearance of cellulite.

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How to Address the Issue The reason liposuction, creams, injections, or even diet and exercise aren’t a universal cure for dimples and bumps is because they don’t address the actual cause: unhealthy fascia. Anywhere on your body that you see a dimple or disproportionate fat, it is ‘stuck fascia’ trapping the fat in a visually displeasing way. The only answer is to pull apart these fascia adhesions and restore healthy fascia lines. The Loyal Treatment, once based in Henley, has recently moved to Yattendon and offers ‘The Fascia Restoration Treatment’ which is designed to do just that. Combining Near Infrared Heat and a purpose built tool from America, the treatment works to break down those adhesions session by session to restore healthy fascia lines, greater blood and lymph circulation and ultimately smooth skin. This is a highly innovative and effective treatment and a first in the UK and exclusive to The Loyal Treatment. Before any treatment is started though, you will be given a thorough consultation to discuss and identify any reasons why the treatment may not be suitable and the after care needed. It is worth noting that, although this is a non-invasive treatment, in most cases there is some level


of discomfort and there is likely to be some bruising - a sign that adhesions are being broken down and blood flow to the skin restored. These are however, temporary, short-term side effects. Other beneficial effects you may experience from this treatment include better blood and lymph circulation, better muscle activation and an increased freeness of movement. As with most things, the results will take some time and you will need a number of treatments. Everyone sees results at different speeds. A delighted client told us, “At the age of 39 I hadn’t worn shorts since I was 25. I felt so uncomfortable about showing my lumpy cellulite. I’d tried exercise, creams, dieting and several treatments. I spent a fortune and none of it worked, so eventually I gave up and covered up. Then a friend referred me to Amy. Her bespoke cellulite treatment has completely changed my skin. I am slowly getting my body confidence back...This summer, the shorts are finally back and just in time for my 40th birthday!” With a full one hour session usually costing £70, The Loyal Treatment is making an incredible offer to Village Eye

readers of just £60 per session when 6 x 1 hour sessions are booked. For each one hour session, you can choose to treat either the front or back of the thighs. The Loyal Treatment is owned and run by Amy Knight Dip. (Anatomy and Physiology). Amy studied fascia and Myofascial meridians when qualifying as a Vibromuscular Harmonisation Technique Practitioner - a fascia and soft tissue therapy. Combining this knowledge with her vocational research into cutting edge body aesthetics, Amy is excited to bring this highly innovative and effective treatment to her clients and in doing so, making this treatment a first in the UK. Other treatments available at the clinic include: Cryolipolysis (Fat Freezing), Ultrasonic Cavitation and Radio Frequency Therapy.

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Having been the butt of many a joke over the years, Bracknell is set to shake off its lack lustre reputation and realise its true potential following one of the largest urban regeneration schemes in the UK. So far, so WOW!


Built as a ‘new town’ in 1949 in the aftermath of the second world war, Bracknell’s highlights have - up to now - been few and far between. Those with connections to the town - Village Eye’s editor included will tell you with pride about the 1986 Persil advert, the infamous roller skating scene from Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em, No.4 Privet Drive from the Harry Potter films, and the Ski Slope making it’s BIGSCREEN debut in last year’s Eddy the Eagle Movie, who all chose areas in Bracknell as their filming location. There really is a love for the town among its residents and neighbours. The Facebook Page ‘We Love Bracknell’ started by local man Mark John just two years ago is testament to that, with over 15,000 - yes 15,500 - members and counting! With everyone very excited about the regeneration project, discussion has been lively on this Facebook group. Interestingly, the one thing that many residents and fans of Bracknell were keen to save from redevelopment was the Bandstand. An Iconic feature of the town to those who grew up there - and the ONLY place one would meet friends in the centre. Sadly, it seems this is not going to be the case as Council Members said that asbestos within the structure had prevented preservation (a shame that a replica could not be constructed - but who knows, it may be a surprise feature if plans change). However, the Floating Ball fountain in the High Street and the fountain outside the Post Office will be saved as part of the development. [Not a cue for local teens to whip out a 5 litre bottle of detergent and have an impromptu foam party!] Having seen the plans and layouts, we certainly don’t think anyone is going to be disappointed when the grand opening takes place in September.

The Lexicon, Bracknell’s new town centre will be an exciting, vibrant familyfriendly destination and a cultural heart for the area, bringing a high-quality mix of shops, restaurants and entertainment. There will be top fashion brands including Fenwick, Topman, Topshop, Dorothy Perkins and Burton, a two-storey Marks & Spencer, Primark, H&M, Fat Face, New Look, KIKO Milano and Pandora! The shopping options really will rival that of The Oracle - a very welcome addition to the town. The entertainment offering will be transformed in Bracknell with the opening of a 12 screen Cineworld and 10 casual dining restaurants, such as Nando’s, Wagamama, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Carluccio’s and Chimichanga. If you’re looking for an easy place to meet friends then there’s no doubt that Bracknell will become a firm favourite. Bracknell Town Centre already has great access to the M4 and M3 and there are a total of 3,800 parking spaces, including a new 1,300-space multi-storey car park at The Lexicon, making it very convenient for those driving into the town centre. Aside from the road connections, public transport links are also good with regular trains to London Waterloo and Reading. The Bracknell Regeneration Partnership appointed a local artist to create an array of unique nature inspired art that will be displayed throughout The Lexicon. Kerry Lemon, who lives in Virginia Water and specialises in illustrations, spent time researching Bracknell’s landscapes to develop a series of installations which can be found across the new town centre when it opens. Inspired by the rich variety of local green spaces, natural habitats and floral and fauna around the borough, the artist created 36 brass design paving slabs, five large benches, six

brass lanterns and a series of gobo lights that project stencilled images. It sounds like The Lexicon really will offer a beautiful environment for shopping, eating and playing. Roll on September!

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Another chemist full coverage favourite of mine is L’oreal’s 24H Matte foundation. This literally locks into your skin and I have a bit of a thing with foundation at the moment, I will not budge for the entire love to buy it, try it and watch reviews about it! day. I warn you, you have to be quick with this one! But, once you’ve Sometimes I just want to wear worked it into the skin it literally makes your skin a foundation that is a bit more look flawless. It’s a foundation where I don’t have to ‘breathable’ and you can still see my worry about touching up at all, I have worn this for skin through it. I have tried so many over 12 hours and it still looks just as great at the light coverage foundations and find end of the day as it did at the start. However, my either they cover nothing or they only gripe with this foundation is the shade range. make my skin look worse that it did I use shade ’10 Porcelain’ and find it to be too pink before. After searching YouTube for and a little bit too dark for me. To get around this I would what felt like ages, I found glowing mix in lightening drops but I would usually tend to use this only in the reviews about Charlotte Tilbury’s summer when my skin has darkened a few shades. But if you’re looking Light Wonder foundation. This is a for a full coverage base that has great longevity and you have a tanned/ fairly pricey foundation so I would olive/deeper complexion then this would be perfect for you. suggest going into store and trying this out - they have a large concession After searching high and low for the best full in Selfridges, London or a boutique store in Covent coverage base, I came across Tarte’s Amazonian Garden - they should be willing to offer you samples Clay foundation. If you’re not familiar with Tarte, to try this out before you buy. I bought shade 1 ‘Fair’ they are an amazing brand whose eyeshadow and I am in love with it already. It’s the perfect base palettes and blushes are to die for. I had heard so where it can be worn as a light coverage foundation many good reviews for years about this foundation or it can be built up to a more medium base. It is one and never plucked up the courage to spend my of those foundations where it looks like your skin money on it. That was until I went to New York but better. It gives off such a natural glow and makes in February and felt a bit ‘spendy’ and took the my skin look so healthy and natural. I would highly plunge! Honestly… it is SO worth the money. It recommend checking Charlotte Tilbury the brand out matches my skin tone perfectly (which is very in general, all of their products are amazing! rare), lasts all day long and doesn’t budge at all. What’s great about this is that it doesn’t feel cakey or heavy at all, it’s In terms of chemist full coverage bases, there are a great all rounder! two that instantly spring to my mind. One is Revlon’s You can buy this Colorstay foundation and the other is L’oreal’s Infallible foundation from 24H Matte foundation. The first one I have talked about QVC online, they for yonks, it’s a great everyday foundation that comes have a deal at the in two formula’s (combination/oily and normal/dry) and moment to buy the doesn’t break the bank. It’s a reliable foundation that foundation with doesn’t wear off really quickly and comes in a great the brush for £35! selection of colours.

Megan’s Moments

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The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has recently confirmed that the driving test will receive some changes to reflect the modern age. The changes will come into effect from Monday 4th December 2017, so if you don’t like changes, get practicing and book your test before then! Firstly the independent driving section will double from 10 minutes to 20 minutes (around half the test time again.) This is to allow more high speed roads, not including motorways, to be used during the test. Collisions on the roads are the biggest killer of young people and this is primarily on these fast roads, so the DVSA want to ensure that new drivers can be assessed in this important area. Research has shown that new drivers found the independent driving section valuable and relatable once they have passed their test.



Most drivers will now be asked to follow directions from a sat nav rather than road signs. Interestingly, however, one in five tests will use the old method of following road signs, so make sure you practice that just in case! 52% of drivers nowadays are following sat nav’s to get around so its important that new drivers are taught how to use them safely. The examiner will supply the sat-nav as you can’t use your own. You can ask for confirmation of where it is directing you if you’re unsure and you will not be penalised for taking a wrong turn, provided you do so in a safe manner.

the side of the road and bay parking. You could also be asked to pull up on the right side of the road, reverse for two car lengths then rejoin traffic. For the bay park your examiner will tell you to either drive in forwards or in reverse. Reverse around a corner and turn in the road will no longer be tested, but apparently your driving instructor should still teach you these.

There are now three reversing manoeuvres that will be tested. These are parallel parking at

Finally you will now have to answer vehicle safety questions whilst driving. The ‘

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Drives... tell me’ question will still be asked before you start driving, however the ‘show me question’, such as show me how you’d clean the windscreen will be asked while you are driving. This should better assess the driver’s ability to have a conversation whilst driving. The changes were made through a consultation with over 3,900 people and trialed with over 4,300 learners and 860 instructors. Of these groups, 88% agreed with the increase of independent driving, 71% agreed with sat nav directions, 79% agreed with the changes to the reversing manoeuvres and 78% agreed with asking the show me question during driving.

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The changes have been made in an attempt to reduce the number of collisions resulting in fatalities and serious injuries on Britain’s roads, particularly with young people. The DVSA also wants to keep the test up to date with modern technology as sat nav’s become more widely accepted and used. This all sounds good to me, anything that improves safety on the roads is a very important thing!





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Scrub, Scrub, Scrub! To get the best canvas for your tan,

waxing, threading or shaving should be done around 24 hours before tanning. Not only does this eliminate the risk of stripping your tan off with a wax strip but also means that your skin has enough time to recover.

it’s important to properly exfoliate first. This will get rid of any dead skin particles, revealing the healthy skin beneath and ridding your skin of dry patches for an all over, evenly golden colour. Opt for an oil free exfoliator and gently buff your skin when you’re in the shower to create a smooth surface to ready for post shower tan application.

When it comes to fake tan disasters, we’ve all been there. From tell-tale fake tan streaks to that fluorescent orange glow, getting a faux glow isn’t always easy. But with holiday season upon us, it’s nearly time to dust off those bikinis and head off to sunnier climes and how better to prep for your holiday than with a cheeky pretan. To avoid any fake tan faux pas and make sure you’re looking like a golden beach goddess before you’ve even set foot on the sand, we’ve put together our top tips on how to fake the perfect faux glow.


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orange palms and always use a tanning mitt to apply. Add your self-tanner to the mitt and starting at the feet, apply the tan in a sweeping motionthis distributes the tan more evenly for a uniform effect.

Faux Face Glow When it comes to tanning

Avoid Moisturizers Avoid using any moisturizers before

your tanning session as the oil contained can create a film on your skin leading to streaky tans and unwanted tan lines! To avoid tan clinging to naturally drier areas like elbows, knees and ankles, apply a small amount of oil free moisturizer or petroleum jelly to these areas as well as the hair line. This will create a barrier and create an even finish.

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your face, it’s best to opt for a gentler approach. Combine a little fake tan with your normal facial moisturizer and apply to your face with a tanning mitt . Not only will this make the formula a little kinder to your skin to avoid breakouts, but it also makes the colour less intense on your face for a more natural effect.

Tantouring Just like contouring for your face,

tantouring follows the same principle, with an extra layer of fake tan (or bronzer!) blended into certain areas like beneath the collar bones, down the abs, down the arms and on the legs. Blend the tan in with a buffing brush for a beautifully bronzed, sculpted look.

Maintaining the Glow To maintain that golden glow as

well as ensuring that your tan fades as evenly as possible, make sure to moisturise regularly. By keeping your skin moisturised, you’ll avoid the tell-tale fake tan scales as your tan fades as well as adding a sheen to your freshly bronzed skin for even more of a glow.





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ith the summer holiday season just around the corner it’s important to take care of your eyes as well as your skin when holidaying whether you’re travelling in a hot climate or sunbathing in the UK. Most people are aware that the sun can cause skin cancer, but are you aware how UV rays can damage the eyes? Cataracts, cancer, macula degeneration - these are just some of the damaging effects that the sun can have on the health of your eyes. Excessive sun exposure can cause irreversible damage to your eyesight and can even lead to blindness. There is evidence that too much exposure to the sunshine, in particular the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can contribute to the development of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.


“A good pair of sunglasses is critical to help protect your eyes,” says Cheryl Bridle of Bridle Eye Care in Theale. Sunglasses should be 100% UV-absorbent for UVA and UVB or be labelled UV400. Some people who have had cataract surgery with the newer intraocular lens implants have UV protection on their implants, but should still wear sunglasses when outdoors. Research has shown that almost 80 per cent of under25s put fashion and price before safety standards when choosing sunglasses. Dark tint and designer labels do not automatically mean full UV protection, in fact you can have full UV protection with no tint. The tint is there just to make your eyes feel comfortable., If a pair of sunglasses s going to protect you from full UV, it will say so. If it doesn’t. It wont! Cheryl told us, “Yes, what they look like is important - but always try and buy good quality, (dark if you prefer) sunglasses – good sunglasses don’t need to be expensive: you can purchase perfectly adequate protective sunglasses from high street stores. Look out for glasses carrying the CE Mark and British

Standard BS EN ISO 123121:2013, which ensures that the sunglasses offer a safe level of UV protection.”


Scientific studies have shown that children who spend time outdoors are less likely to be short-sighted, and some eye problems are linked to unhealthy lifestyles, so don’t stop your child exercising outdoors – just make sure their eyes are properly protected. Be extra cautious for children around mid-day and when sun is reflected off the water, snow or ice. Research has shown that 76 per cent of parents admit to not making sure their child wears sunglasses when out and about in the sun. Since children spend a lot of time outside, it’s important to protect your child’s eyes in the sun. Make sure your child’s sunglasses have 100% UV protection and carry the British Standard (BS EN ISO 12312-1:2013) or CE mark. Research has shown that dark lenses without protection do more harm than good. This is because the dark lenses encourage the pupil to dilate which can expose the eye to more of the harmful UV rays allow the light in.


You can also protect your child’s eyes by making sure they wear a hat with a brim or a sun visor in bright sunlight. This is also true for adults - wearing a brimmed hat, especially when outdoors in the sun for a prolonged period of time is a good idea.


Sunbeds have been linked to skin cancer, so they are best avoided. If you do use a sun bed, always make sure you wear eye protection while tanning. The skin on eye lids is very thin and delicate so it is vital to protect eye from ultraviolet (UV) rays. Lack of protection could lead to benign eye growths called pterygium and repeated exposure to UV may cause long-term damage which could affect your sight so it is vital that you use effective eye protection in the form of goggles or on both sun and tanning beds. Most of us are eagerly awaiting the return of the sunny weather, but let’s make sure we stay safe this summer by protecting our eyes as well as our skin - you only get one pair of eyes to last your lifetime. Look after them!

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Business & Finance

It’s a bit of a recurring theme I’m afraid, but then it is part of what we do! As I write we are in the busy, end of tax year rush to fund pensions and ISAs. It feels busier than normal despite some believing that the stock markets might be too high to consider investing more money. Why? Changes to pensions legislation have made them more attractive for savers who can now pass their pension fund inheritance tax free, down through the generations if they are not needed. Perhaps the regular threat of cutting higher rate tax relief on pension contributions is also a motivator, or maybe the increased ability to access funds (through some schemes) if required. Younger savers should not forget the importance of thinking ahead. It sounds like a nag but as the Sunday Times recently reported, a 29 year old who tried to survive on the new full state pension(£155.65/week) for just two weeks concluded that she couldn’t live on it alone. And that didn’t even include ‘luxuries’(?) such as clothes and holidays. Don’t be misled into thinking that everyone will get the full State pension. The new State pension is less generous for millions and will be paid at a later age. How much to save in to a pension is not an exact science but AVIVA suggest that you should save a total of 12.5% of your gross salary each year to a pension starting 40 years before you intend to retire.

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Sadly, the days of employer funded, final salary pensions are dwindling. I think it’s a shame when corporate cost cutting has put an end to the employer’s willingness to look after their employees’ retirement needs. Is it fair that millions should now fight their way through pension and investment legislation to fathom out how much and where they need to save for a reasonable retirement? In response to the fact that not enough people are saving for their retirement, the Government now requires employers to ‘auto-enrol’ employees in to a pension scheme. The required minimum contributions are well below what they need to be, but legislation requires these contributions to increase over time. So at least it’s a start, but for many it will be too little, too late. Yes, pensions are dull but so will retirement be if you haven’t saved enough!


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The Residential Nil Rate Band Will my estate benefit? PART III As you will have seen from our previous articles, the RNRB came into effect on the 6th April 2017. The legislation for the RNRB is extremely complicated and the additional allowance will not be available to everyone. Even if you own a property at the date of your death which you leave to direct descendants (or the downsizing provisions apply), your estate may not benefit from the RNRB because there are many traps to fall into.

By Alexandra Webb

If you already have a Will it is extremely important to review it and obtain legal advice to ensure that, if your estate could benefit from the RNRB, it will do so. If you do not have a Will, now really is the time to obtain legal advice to ensure that not only will your estate pass on your death as you wish but to also maximise your opportunities for Inheritance Tax relief. Many cohabiting couples believe in the idea of “common law marriage” assuming they have the same legal rights as married couples or civil partners on death, but this is not the case. Without a valid Will, the division of assets on death will be determined by the Intestacy Rules and a cohabiting partner will not receive anything. Couples also need to consider the Inheritance Tax implications, as they will not benefit from the exemption given to gifts between spouses and civil partners. Also unlike a married couple or civil partners, the Inheritance Tax allowance and additional RNRB of the first to die cannot be transferred to the survivor. The complex legislation and potential traps of the RNRB mean that it is extremely important to obtain specialist legal advice and the Private Client Team at Rowberry Morris will be happy to provide you with further guidance on this complicated area. This article is only an abbreviated summary and does not amount to advice in respect of any specific matter. As can be seen, the new rules can create confusion; if you would like to discuss the new inheritance provisions, then please contact Alexandra Webb or any other lawyer in our Private Client Department.

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Emojis in the workplace smiley face or big thumbs down? And should you emoji your boss? Despite their growing popularity and ever expanding range, new research from Monster.co.uk reveals that 80% of UK adults still don’t think it’s appropriate to use emojis in the workplace. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, an emoji is “a small digital image or icon used to express an idea, emotion, etc., in electronic communication”. Though you see them as the cute little pictures you drop into texts, emails and more, emoji are technically a font, and are recognized as text. Should you be using emojis In professional communication? Since their inception, Emojis slowly have become a part of everyday communication. When typing a text, most smartphones will automatically suggest one in place of words. If you wear a smart watch, you have a full range to choose from to quickly communicate a message. Voice technology even allows you to dictate emoticon use in texts and emails. The idea behind emojis is that a picture is worth a thousand words. According to the latest

Don’t use emojis with people you don’t know very well. Even if you notice other employees are using them in internal workplace communication, that doesn’t mean it’s appropriate for you to use. For instance, using emojis in an email to your manager will make you appear unprofessional. Also, if you’re sending an email to a colleague that you don’t know very well, you risk having the colleague misinterpret your emoji use.

statistics, 92 percent of the online population uses emojis. Emoji use has become the norm when sending personal messages, but do they have a place in professional communication? In a recent US study, 76% of workers admit to using them at work, miillennials, in particular, are embracing emojis as they have grown up sending short bursts of communication through texts. However, their older colleagues are less enthusiastic. Their preference is for employees to clearly spell out messages instead of relying on abbreviations and emojis to communicate. Whilst we Brits are a little more reserved (for now) in the workplace, who knows, before long, a smiley faced sign-off might just be the ‘norm’. Andy Sumner, Managing Director for Monster UK & Ireland, commented; “The question of whether or not to use emojis depends entirely on context and it’s important to gauge what is considered appropriate in your workplace before you start adding smiley faces to every email. In more informal environments emojis are probably okay, particularly if people seem to use them a lot. Many companies have style guides that highlight whether or not

they’re considered acceptable, but a general rule of thumb is if you see others doing it, then in the right circumstances they’ll be fine to use. “Of course it’s always best to avoid using emojis with senior staff and people you don’t know very well – if you don’t have a comfortable relationship with someone you don’t want to do something that could annoy them, especially with our research highlighting eight out of ten of people still aren’t comfortable using them in the office.” Here are some guidelines for using emojis in business communication? While there’s no firm set of rules for emojis in business here are some guidelines to help you determine when it is appropriate: Check your company’s style guide. Most companies today have a style guide for professional communication, both internally and externally. When a style guide is not available, carefully monitor inter-office communication and take note of emoji use. Generally speaking, emoji use is not appropriate for external communication with clients.

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Consider the demographic of the person you’re messaging. Older demographics are less likely to be comfortable with emojis or even know what they mean. When you don’t consider how the recipient would respond to your message, you risk losing credibility and respect as a professional. In summary, proceed with caution when using emojis in internal communication, and avoid emoji use completely with external professional communication :)

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Property of the Month Silverdale Road Tadley Semi-detached Bungalow

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Having been extended to the side and rear, this semi-detached bungalow is located in central Tadley and is conveniently set within walking distance of a range shopping facilities, amenities and regular bus routes to Reading and Basingstoke. Benefitting from double glazed windows and gas radiator central heating, internal accommodation comprises of large entrance hall, modern fitted kitchen, dining room, bay fronted lounge, refitted bathroom and two double bedrooms with en-suite to the master bedroom and study/ dressing room to the second bedroom. With slight alteration, this spacious property could offer three double bedrooms (subject to building regulations). Externally the property offers well maintained gardens, including level rear garden, driveway parking and detached single garage with adjoining brick built summer room/ external office.

£325,000 £575,000


Tadley office

Tadley office

Tadley Burghfield Common

• 5 Bedrooms

• 4 Bedrooms

• 4 Receptions

• 2 Receptions

• 3 Bathrooms

• 2 Bathrooms

• Kitchen/Breakfast room

• Kitchen

• Double garage

• Large Plot

• External Gym




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Tadley office

• No Onward Chain

• 3 Bedrooms

• 4 Bedrooms

• 1 Reception

• 2 Receptions

• 2 Bathrooms

• 2 Bathrooms

• Kitchen

• Kitchen

• Garage

• Driveway parking




• Private Garden


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• Double Garage

Tadley office

• 3 Bedrooms

• 2 Bedrooms

• 2 Receptions

• 1 Reception

• Bathroom

• Bathroom

• Kitchen

• Kitchen

• Garden

• Allocated Parking

• Garage in block

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Property of the Month Finch Close Tadley Two bedroom terraced house

£925pcm £950pcm Theale office

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A well-presented 2-bedroom terraced home located in a sought after development in the southern part of Tadley. The larger towns of Reading, Basingstoke and Newbury are all within easy reach. Within Tadley itself there is a good range of local shops, doctor surgery, public library, primary schools and The Hurst secondary school. There is a swimming pool within walking distance and the golf course is within a few minutes drive. The property benefits from 2 double bedrooms, a kitchen/diner, lounge, bathroom and downstairs cloakroom. Outside there is a private rear garden and parking space.

£1675pcm (Tenant’s fees apply)

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Burghfield Common office • Exceptionally spacious four bedroomed detached house

• Two Bedroom Apartment • Desirable Location

• Large living space & mature gardens.

• Panoramic Countryside Views

• Quiet yet convenient location

• Private Driveway

• Fitted kitchen and utility room

• Offered Unfurnished


• Easy access to AWE and Reading

• Available Immediately


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Burghfield Common office

Theale office

• 4 Bedroom Detached House

• 16’ lounge and double bedroom

• Recently Refurbished

• Quiet village location

• Off Road Parking

• Easy access AWE and Reading

• Close to Junction 12 of M4

• Local Rail station and M4 J11 & 12 • Unfurnished Available May

£725pcm Tadley office

• Available in May


(Tenant’s fees apply)

(Tenant’s fees apply)

Tadley office • 3 Bedrooms

• 1 Reception

• 1 Reception

• 1 Bathroom

• 1 Bathroom

• Kitchen

• Kitchen

• First Floor • Available now

• Offered Unfurnished


• 1 Bedroom


• Unfurnished. Available now.

£1,500 pcm (Tenant’s fees apply)

• Modern ground floor apartment

Mortimer Burghfield Common

Tadley Office

• Unfurnished

Tadley Burghfield Common

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Property of the Month Emery Acres Upper Basildon 4 Bedroom Detached Bungalow

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Positioned in the aspirational village of Upper Basildon is this rarely available and very well presented four bedroom detached bungalow. Sitting on a plot of a 1/5th of an acre the property was built in 1962 and has been in its current ownership for the last 24 years. Accommodation comprises living room, dining room, kitchen, cloakroom and utility room, with side access to the rear garden. There are four bedrooms, (master with ensuite). There is also a refitted family bathroom. To the rear there is a private South facing garden and to the front is a garden and shingle drive that could accommodate three cars. There is also a garage. The property offers the potential to be extended at the rear and upwards into the large loft

£640,000 £375,000


Theale office

Theale office

• 2 bedroom detached

• Three Bedroom Town House

• Character cottage

• Newly Built

• Approx 150ft garden

• 10 Year NHBC guarantee

• 17ft useful office space

• Well placed for transport infrastructure

• Walking distance of High Street

Theale Burghfield Common

• Refitted 19ft kitchen/dining room

• Pleasing views




Theale office

Theale office

• 2 Bedroom end of terraced house

• Desirable village location

• Desirable village location

• Designed exclusively for the over 55s

• Garage

• High quality fixtures and fittings

• Conservatory

• Estate Management Service

• Walking distance to mainline station


• Pleasing views



• Energy efficient & easy to maintain • Priced at 30% less than market value


Theale office

Aldermaston Burghfield Common Burghfield

• No onward Chain

Theale office

• 2 Bedroom end of terrace

• 3 bedroom detached

• No onward chain

• Ensuite bathroom

• Private Garden

• Close to canal walks

• 2 Double bedrooms

• Garage and driveway parking

• Designated parking

• Refitted kitchen/dining room

• Walking distance to station

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• Close to mainline station

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Property of the Month The Avenue Mortimer

Four bedroom detached house


An extended 1970’s built detached house in the heart of a desirable village. The property benefits from generous sized rooms throughout with the 20’10 x 12ft modern kitchen/breakfast room being a notable feature. There is also a rear extension to the house which creates a sun room with views over the large mature garden. On the ground floor the accommodation comprises of a lounge, home office, garden/ sun room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room and cloakroom. The first floor offers four bedrooms, en-suite to master and a family bathroom. Throughout the property is ample storage and large double glazed windows befitting the age of the property. To the side of the property is a double garage with workshop space to the rear. The driveway offers parking for approximately 5 cars.


OIEO £500,000

Burghfield Common office

Burghfield Common

Burghfield Common office

• Immaculately presented

• Renovated to the highest standard

• Open plan kitchen/diner

• En-suite to master bedroom

• Two En-suites

• Open plan kitchen/diner

• Ample off road parking

• Excellent sized garden

• Large garden

• Ample off road parking

• Five bedrooms



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n MOT (Ministry of Transportation test) is a thorough annual examination of your vehicle. They are required when your vehicle is three years old or more. The main things that are covered by the MOT are safety of your vehicle and the level of emissions in the exhaust. (DVSA) The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency is responsible for ‘licensing’ both the MOT test station and the MOT tester. Cars & Vans must be examined every 12 months, and this is the owner’s responsibility. Without an MOT certificate, you are unable to renew your road tax and your car may not be insured. It is a legal requirement to have a current MOT certificate in the UK. Motoring safely is, of course of paramount importance, so the checks undertaken are all geared at identifying problems that need immediate attention, but you may also be advised of the need to have things looked at in the future (advisory items). You can have your vehicle MOT tested up to a calendar month in advance of its due date. As you may well know Spratley’s will carry out MOT’s on site for you, either while you wait (by appointment) or if you book in advance, and subject to availability, they’ll even give you a courtesy car to pootle about in whilst your car is with them. While the government’s standard recommended charge for MOTs is £54.85, Spratley’s only charge £40 to their customers!


The History of the MOT The MOT test as we all know it has been around for over 50 years, so we thought that it would be interesting to look at some of the facts and changes over the years The MOT test was started in 1960 under the direction of Ernest Marples the Minister for Transport. When started, MOTs were required when a vehicle reached 10 years old, with a required test every year thereafter. Unsurprisingly, this was known as the 10 year test! A primitive ‘once over’, early test really only looked at brakes, lights and steering. Given the general build quality of the average 1960’s car, the failure rate after 10 years was


huge. They then started testing cars at 7 years of age instead. By 1967, this was reduced to every three years where it has stayed ever since. Since the introduction there have been many changes to what is tested... 1968, tyre check (hard to believe that in 1960 you could pass an MOT with completely bald tyres on every corner !) 1977, windscreen wipers and washers (Always remember to fill your washer - Its an easy fail) 1991, emissions tests were included too. Help your car pass its next MOT Before you take your vehicle for its annual MOT test, it might be advisable to carry out a number of quick and easy visual checks yourself to give your car the best chance of passing the test – saving you time and money. Around 1.5 million vehicles fail their MOT due to simple things such as faulty bulbs, too little tyre tread, or even empty windscreen washer fluid bottles. It’s possible to anticipate most of these issues with a quick check of your car. It only takes a minute or two. Incredibly, in the UK last year 114 people took their car for an MOT with no number plate on it at all. Somewhat of an instant fail! If you do find any faults that you’re unable to easily rectify yourself, it’s advisable to notify the garage in advance so they can complete the work required before the test is carried out. Identifying the work before an MOT test will allow the problems to be rectified, so the car will be far more likely to pass its MOT test first time around. What happens if my car fails the MOT test? “If your car has failed and needs work, in most cases you’re allowed one free MOT retest, at the original testing station if the vehicle has failed on certain items” explains Paul. For a list of these items, please contact Spratley’s. If the car is left at the testing station for repair and re-tested before the end of 10 working days following the initial failure, then only a partial retest is needed, for which no retest fee is charged. To find out when your next MOT is due, simply visit www.gov.uk/check-mot-status and enter your registration number! To book your car in for its next MOT, call 0118 933 2338 or visit www.spratleys.co.uk

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Sales Open Event On Friday 19th & Saturday 20th May Spratley’s will be throwing their doors open even wider than usual to host their annual Open Event. This year, the Mortimer-based dealership will be displaying a Volvo C30, a sporty little hatchback Subject to availability, other cars on display will include a Fiat 500, a BMW 320, a Ford Fiesta and a Mini! “Please do come and join us!” says Paul. You can also view their great range of used cars at www. spratleys.co.uk or contact Paul or Wendy at sales@spratleys.co.uk or phone 0118 933 2338




Spratley’s Open Event Spratley’s would like to invite you to our Open . Event where you can view our range of preloved vehicles. From Fiat 500s to BMW’s and Fords, we have a range of lovable cars to suit every budget. You may even like to arrange a test drive. Have a chat over coffee & cakes... and we’ll enter you into our draw to win a free full service* for your vehicle.

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ver a pint, men talk about a lot of things in pubs... Work, sport, women and children are all popular topics of conversation. But one conversation back in 2011 between six chaps in the Horse & Groom, Mortimer centered around (of all things) sausages! You see, one of the group, had, in the past lived on a pig farm and had made sausages by hand and spoke well of his appreciation and demand for lower fat, tasty sausages. All agreed that standard shop bangers were heavily loaded with fat and water and it should be possible to do much better. From these discussions this group of ‘sausageers’ decided to set up The Mortimer Sausage Company, and a few short years later a new banger was born!


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All bar one of the ‘Sausageers’ (who is now retired from a very senior role in the Electricity industry), all still have regular jobs; One works in Quality Assurance, another in Farm Distribution, there’s a Graphic Design Teacher, a Pub Landlord and another is an IT Consultant at IBM! This eclectic mix of individuals might sound like the start of a comedy sketch - you know, “what do you get if you cross a...’ But actually, their combined knowledge and expertise in the wider workplace gives them the perfect recipe for manufacturing, marketing and distributing what is fast becoming one of Mortimer’s hottest exports! David Winlow, one of the Sausageers explained “At the beginning, we decided on a startup budget (we were going to need some serious kit if we were

going to do it properly), found premises and assigned defined roles to each of the Sausageers. Though, it may have started as a bit of a giggle to start with, making sausages has definitely become a serious business for them - and nearly six years on, their bangers can be found on the shelves at Budgens, Pamber Heath Stores and frozen, from the Beech Hill Village Shop. It’s no wonder the chaps are still smiling. Question is, have you put a Mortimer Sausage on your BBQ yet this year? What’s in their sausages? To guarantee the best welfare for the pigs, their meat is only sourced from local butchers where the pork is free range, outdoor reared and supplied by local farms. The meat and the fat are expertly minced

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and supplied to them separately so they are able to strictly control the fat content of the sausages to maintain their premium flavour and quality. “We pride ourselves on keeping the fat content below 10% in all our products, [almost] as healthy as a freshly unearthed carrot!” explained David. All their flavours start with our secret blend of herbs, spices and natural flavourings gathered from around the globe and blended together. Yeastless rusk is also added to the mix. The rusk is simply unleavened bread that has been baked and dried before being ground into a fine crumb. Breadcrumbs could also be used but using rusk gives a good and consistent texture

to the sausage, it also retains the moisture within the sausage better than breadcrumbs giving you a more succulent sausage, and finally because it is yeastless it gives the sausage a longer shelf-life. The mixture is then enhanced to create or improve the final flavour. Pork & Mustard receives a blend of English, French and Dijon mustard, Leek & Stilton gets a block of local fresh Stilton crumbled in and the Pork & Black Pudding version gets the finest black pudding added to the mix. One of their most exciting and requested flavours is chilli - possibly making them the hottest bangers in Berkshire! With Chillies selected and imported by Dr. G, their range of ‘Dr. G’s Shut Up Chilli Sauces’ and ‘Dr. G’s Shut Up Porkies hot chilli pork scratchings’ are proving so popular that the chaps are now making them weekly! “It’s all a bit of fun’ he explained. And we all still have wives (just)! Actually, it has always been a bit of a family affair, as wives, children and friends get involved with all that we do in the community too. And it’s the community events which have really got the guys (and gals) of the Mortimer Sausage Company noticed. Now a familiar presence at the Mortimer Fun Day, Gun Dog Bash, Felix Festival in

Silchester, the Sausageers are also looking forward to the opportunity to serve their tasty Bangers at The Burgfield Box Kart Bash (in which they are even entering their own Box Kart - affectionately code named ‘The Mortimer Sausage Rocket’), Marvellous Festival and all being well, the second Burghfest Beer festival in September! Dallas, Mortimer! Last year, the Sausageers invited Dallas Hitchen, a beacon of light in the form of an immaculately presented charismatic eccentric American who drives a bright pink car in to the mix... With customer service skills which we’ve witnessed ourselves to be second to none, Dallas was the most obvious choice when the Sauageers were presented with an opportunity to open a ‘halfway house’ cafe to provide hungry and thirsty golfers with fresh and tasty fayre by the ‘10th Tee’ at Wokefield Golf Club at weekends. Having moved to the depths of Mortimer seven years ago from her native home in Orange County California, Dallas is now a familiar face in the village. Working parttime in the Horse & Groom, she dazzles everyone she meets with an infectious ray of bubbly sunshine wherever she goes. Agreeing to take on the challenge, Dallas had only one caveat - if she was going to do it - it would have to be done in her own unique and captivating style... And wow what a style this is. Taking her inspiration from her beloved ‘Jimmy Buffet’ and her Californian roots, Dallas really has bought a touch of the west-coast US-of-A to what was, a plain ‘ordinary’ timber-framed building and turned it into a fun and vibrant ‘sausage-stop’. Complete with inflatable parrots, flamingoes and a giant Hawaiian lai-wearing porcelain pig, the inside of what is now called ‘The Surfing Pig’ is adorned with “happy things which make the customers smile” she told us. The outside is pretty fun and funky too - with bunting, cafe tables and inflatable palm trees, perfect for sitting out in the summer sun and watching the world go by!

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Recently awarded with a 5 Star rating from the Food Standards Agency, The Surfing Pig serves up everything from mouth watering burgers, breakfasts and Dallas’s homemade chocolate brownies. Adding to the menu regularly, Dallas is keen to experiment with fun and quirky ways to include the company’s core products - sausages! “I’ve been working on a new breakfast sandwich called ‘The Piggy Scramble’. It features a farm fresh egg scrambled with some lovely crumbled Mortimer Sausage Company’s sausage meat, slightly spiced with Cajun and sage seasonings, sautéed onions, crisp bell peppers, topped with an ‘ooey gooey’ slice of good old American or Cheddar cheese” she explained. “It is proving to be very popular too!” Other items on the menu include: Naughty Bacon Cheeseburgers, Sausage & Bacon Burgers and their self proclaimed breakfast of champions - The Sausage, Egg, Bacon and gooey Cheese bap! All this tasty fayre can be washed down with a lovely cup of tea/ coffee/chocolate - or, if you’d prefer, how about an ice cold beer or a cheeky glass of wine (yes, they’re licensed!) The Surfing Pig is open to all too ( not just golfers) with parking just to the side. If you go into Wokefield Park, past the hotel on the left towards Unique Outdoors, you’ll see it in all its flamboyant glory on your left! Serving food from 08:00 until 16:00 on Saturdays & Sundays (with plans to extend this to Fridays throughout the summer months), this place is well-worth a visit if you are looking for a fun take on breakfast, brunch, lunch or afternoon tea! You could do wurst :) For further information about The Mortimer Sausage Company, visit www.mortimersausage.co.uk

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If you want to change your teen’s summer (and treat yourself to 18 days of peace and quiet!) - this is an amazing opportunity for them! Local 15 - 17 year olds are now being given the opportunity to make new friends and have an action packed summer with the National Citizen Service (NCS).

On completion of the NCS programme, young people will be invited to a graduation ceremony to celebrate their successful summer and will be awarded with a certificate signed by the Prime Minister. It costs no more than £50 to take part in NCS, and financial assistance is available on request. Don’t just take our word for it. A local NCS graduate said “Do it - it was the best experience of my life!”. Places for NCS are allocated on a first come, first served basis and spaces across Reading and West Berkshire are filling up quickly. To find our more or to secure your teen’s place today at ncsthechallenge.org.uk.

NCS is the UK’s flagship youth programme for year 11 and 12 students across England and Northern Ireland. The four week part-residential programme aims to help young people take their next step in their lives with confidence. It boosts their CV, will add value to their personal statements and is recognised by UCAS. It will be an unforgettable experience which builds independence and confidence. 87% of young people feel more confident in themselves and 79% feel they have developed skills for their future after finishing the NCS programme. On NCS young people will complete exciting challenges through all 3 phases, preparing them for life after school. Overcoming personal challenges in their adventure phase, team’s journey through the programme applying themselves to campaigns and causes that affect them on a local level. The programme is a government-funded initiative that brings together schools, community organisations, businesses and individuals to build a stronger and more cohesive society. As part of the programme, teens put their skills to the test by developing social action projects alongside local businesses and charities like Berkshire Phab and SupportU.

Mortimer St Maryʼs CE Junior School Believe, Achieve & Together We Can Succeed Rated Good by Ofsted, December 2016 Pupils are very positive about the school; they appreciate the support they receive in lessons and the feedback they get from teachers about how to improve their learning. School leaders recognise the importance of a curriculum which inspires pupils to learn and promotes high levels of achievement. Rated Outstanding by SIAMS, March 2017 The passion of school leaders, especially the headteacher, ensures that the distinctive Christian values in the school have a direct impact on the attitudes, respectful relationship and exemplary behaviour of all pupils and staff. For more information contact us on 0118 9332491 or visit our website:www.msm.westberks.dbprimary.com


e are very excited to tell you that Happyʼs Circus is coming to Marvellous Festival this year - and we couldnʼt be ʻhappierʼ as weʼve seen their show a few of times and canʻt recommend it enough!

Festival-goers will be treated to free circus shows for the whole weekend... Making their Marvellous debut, Happyʼs Circus is a professional, all human (no animals) circus complete with Big Top and a whole lot of family fun! The

show, which is great for all ages, stars and features Mr Happy & Serhiy the Clowns, Acrobats, Aerialists, speciality acts Rolla- Rolla and Sword Balancing plus loads of magic, fun and much, much more! Now established in their new home at Dinton Pastures, Marvellous Festival takes place on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th July with masses of live music across two stages. This year, acts include tributes to: Queen, Adele,

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Motown, Coldplay, Elton John, Madness, Phil Collins, Fleetwood Mac, James Brown, Abba, Foo Fighters, Take That, The Beatles & Bryan Adams. We hope youʼll agree that this is a fabulous lineup - with something for all ages. Whether you choose to camp, glamp or simply visit for the day, as usual, there will be tons of activities to keep the whole family amused! For information and tickets visit www.marvellousfestivals.com or call the ticket hotline on 0118 977 4350




It has been a treasured family pastime for generations: taking stale, leftover bread down to the river or pond to feed the ducks. Now, though, it appears we have been doing it all wrong. The Canal & River Trust has recently launched a major campaign urging people to leave the bread at home – and feed ducks with frozen peas, lettuce and grapes instead. The charity, which is officially tasked with looking after Britain’s waterways, is warning families that bread constitutes harmful “junk food” for ducks - while the soggy remnants of the millions of loaves thrown into rivers each year are encouraging rats, disease and algae.

Peter Birch, national environment manager for the Canal & River Trust, said: “Please come and feed the ducks but do it sensibly so your children and future generations can enjoy it too. The charity is asking the public to make a few simple changes.

The trust recommend fruit and veg! While attempts by some councils to discourage traditional duck-feeding have met with hostility, the trust is hoping its campaign – which will see adverts taken out on trains and in washrooms - can win over the public by educating them about the alarming potential consequences in time for spring.

“Bread’s not great for a duck’s health as it’s nothing like their natural diet so don’t over feed them with large quantities of it. Try to vary what you give them and swap it for healthier more natural treats like oats, corn, or defrosted frozen peas. And exercise portion control! “Don’t follow the crowds, spread the love, and visit a new family of ducks to prevent large quantities of the starchy duck ‘junk food’ from clogging up the same places and potentially damaging the environment.”

Ducklings fed on bread will end up malnourished and fail to learn how to forage for food, the trust warns, while birds that become accustomed to hand-outs will lose their natural fear of humans and may become aggressive. “Their loss of fear can also cause other dangers, such as a willingness to cross busy roads in order to reach picnickers and other likely sources of food," it says. Uneaten, rotting bread left by overfed birds can trigger noxious odours and fuel algae that can eventually eradicate fish from the area, as well as attracting rats, mice and insects. Mouldy bread can also cause aspergillosis, a fatal lung infection that can wipe out waterfowl flocks, the charity warns.

According to the trust’s list of suggested “healthy alternatives” for birds, grapes should be cut in half and lettuce chopped up, while frozen peas should be defrosted - but need not be cooked. Oats, barley, rice and vegetable trimmings also make acceptable replacements for the leftover crusts, it advises.

Waterways can become overcrowded with birds at popular feeding sites, leading to “excessive amounts of bird poo”, where other bird diseases such as avian botulism can thrive.

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y new smart phone arrived the other day and I have to admit I was struggling. Putting in the Sim card, restoring my contacts and email accounts... Everything I needed to do seemed to require a Youtube tutorial. I was getting more and more frustrated. Now, I consider myself to be reasonably intelligent. Iʼve got a clutch of Aʼ Levels and a Degree to my name but so often in life these are of no use to me whatsoever. My husband, who was never particularly academic, sorts my phone out in a split second. This led me to thinking, just what is ʻclever?ʻ Look at how Stephen Fry is revered as being so intelligent. He is well known for his IQ being higher than Genius level, as well as being creative and witty. But could he rewire a house? Does he know how to stop damp coming through the walls? Could he unblock a sink? Your typical electrician, plumber or builder know their trade inside out and have a depth of knowledge that most others donʼt (and which we as a society rely on) so why

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arenʼt our tradesmen and women more revered for their knowledge in the same way as academics? Perhaps it harks back to our hierarchical class system, to the days when only the Lords of the Manor had an academic education and were held in such high esteem by their villagers. Similarly, a stay-at-home parent coordinates packed lunches, homework, afterschool clubs, play dates, makes sure school uniforms are clean and pressed, kitchen cupboards are stocked, a healthy dinner is on the table and bed time stories are read on a daily basis. Throw in the management of the housekeeping budget, sibling peacekeeping and managing the family schedules and all of a sudden you have a long list of skills and ability to multitask that any executive would be proud of. But why is it that society doesnʼt uphold our stayat-home Mums as wonder women? Again, I guess itʼs a value system so ingrained in our society that we can hardly recognise it ourselves. So letʼs buck the trend and make sure that we celebrate our own knowledge and skills, as well as the skills of those around us - whatever they are! We really are a clever bunch!

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fter roles in the Avengers franchise: Under The Skin, Her and Lucy, Scarlett Johansson’s love of the sci-fi fantasy genre continues to blossom. This time it’s the turn of a cyberpunk operative in Ghost in the Shell based on the Masamune Shirow’s manga and anime series of the same name. Director Rupert Sanders’ live-action reboot is a familiar ‘nature versus nurture’ morality tale, which explores the world of AI and the consequences of combining a human mind with a synthetic body. Set in a near future cityscape of neon lights and holographic advertising, it’s hard not to draw comparisons with Ridley Scott’s classic Blade Runner. In a world where humans can upgrade their body parts with cybernetic enhancements, the lines between man and machine are blurred. A secretive project developed by tech firm Hanca Robotics leads to the creation of a unique military cyborg implanted with the brain of a young woman. This secret weapon, code named ‘Major’ (Johansson), becomes the spearhead of Section 9, a government funded counterterrorist group charged with tracking down a mysterious cyber hacker. When glitches in her code cause mysterious flashbacks, she begins to question her past and sets out on a quest to discover her true identity. The decision to cast Johansson over a Japanese lead has brought heavy criticism from the fans of the original series, but I never found this a distraction. On the contrary it’s her commanding screen presence that lifts this above what could have been a very average film. Although there is little character development Johansson still brings a steely dedication and focus to the role whether playing the deadly assassin or the vulnerable

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victim. Equally striking is the movie’s breathtaking backdrop. Depictions of futuristic cities in sci-fi movies are commonplace these days, but director Sanders’ visual flair and attention to detail stands this apart from the rest of the crowd. However, just as Major struggles with her identity so does Ghost in the Shell. At times it is undoubtedly daring and bold but too often it feels like a melting pot of well-trodden themes and scenes from past movies. Aside from Blade Runner, there are clear references to The Matrix, The Fifth Element, The Terminator and most blatantly Predator in the climactic scenes. Whilst some are an enjoyable homage, most outstay their welcome and rob the film from any true originality.

The movie’s all star international cast do a more than able job in sticking to type and providing a stage for its star. Standout performances for me were Major’s confidante and lovable rogue Batou (Pilau Asbæk), the zen-like chief Aramaki (Takeshi Kitano) and the ghostly cyberterrorist Kuze (Michael Pitt). I can’t speak for the devotees of the original comic books or animated films but whilst Ghost in the Shell is by no means a classic it is a smart, solid and beautifully shot piece of entertainment that is definitely worth a watch.

Definitely worth a watch

Pig Heart Boy


by Malorie Blackman

You are thirteen. All you want is a normal life. But most normal kids don’t need heart transplants. So there’s this doctor. He says that there is a chance for you but he also says it’s experimental, controversial and risky. And it’s never been done before… This book tells the story of Cameron, a thirteen year old boy with a huge secret that could ruin his life. He blamed it on asthma but little did his friends know he was actually in need of a heart transplant. As he falls to the bottom of the donor list, so does his hope. He becomes depressed and thinks that the end is eventual, but a doctor approaches him with a solution: a transplant from a pig. At first he is disgusted by the idea and refuses, until the reality of death forces him to say yes to the biggest change of his life. This book balances out all the things people look for in a book - some comedy, empathy and a gripping story line that will keep you on the edge of your seat for hours…

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Green-fingered children at Jubilee Gems enjoy the fruits of their labour


he Jubilee name has become synonymous with outdoor learning for young children, with nurseries catering for term-time and full-time babies and children up to the age of five. Children at Jubilee Gems Term-Time Day Nursery have been very busy in their gardens over the last few weeks and it is a great opportunity for young children to begin to understand the processes of planting seeds, growing crops and harvesting. Gardening in the early years has a host of benefits and a study commissioned by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) found that children in settings that encouraged gardening became more resilient, confident,

eager to learn and adopted healthier life styles. It also found that gardening had a positive impact on children’s literacy and numeracy development and led to a more active, inquisitive approach to learning and improved problem-solving skills. There is also an instinctive sense of pride and achievement in growing your own plants, fruit and vegetables. Sian Caine, Manager of Jubilee Gems says “the children gain so much pleasure from every stage of the growing process and love watching little miracles occur every day as they water their gardens and dig the earth. There are so many benefits we gain from gardening projects and it is a great way of engaging children in hands-on, experiential activity. The children can explore freely, develop a respect for nature and also get to enjoy the fruits of their labour (literally!) when they harvest crops and finally prepare their fruit and vegetables.� “There are a wide range of activities daily and lots of outdoor play (at Jubilee Gems). The availability of

the woods and animals is fantastic and definitely a favourite. My child’s progress is evident and she has come on leaps and bounds in her development. The staff are very caring and conscientious - my child settled in very easily. They have been a huge support with eating and have helped encourage her to try new things and eat vegetables again. Staff embrace the children’s individuality and nature and my child often speaks about the staff and the positive impact they have on her is evident.’

If you would like your child to be part of a unique journey of discovery, please contact Sian for a prospectus or to arrange a visit. Just a few minutes drive from the centre of Mortimer, Jubilee Gems cares for children from 3 months to five years of age, offers 2, 3 and 4 year-old entitlement and accepts childcare vouchers. A range of flexible sessions are offered. Discounts are available for NHS workers and the Armed Forces.

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Unique Outdoors Wokefield Estate

Experience something a bit different this weekend!

Take the family along to Unique Outdoors this spring and take advantage of their new Family Package. Unique Outdoors is home to all sorts of adventure, located just down the road in the grounds of Wokefield Estate. The outdoor centre is set within the beautiful 15 acre woodland and offers

thrilling outdoor experiences to families at the weekends and weekday evenings (in the Summer)! Woodland Laser Combat is a huge hit and probably the experience that Unique Outdoors is best known for, but why not try out the Family Package and explore their other exciting options including archery, climbing, trapeze and other high activities to explore... With each Family Package you enjoy an hour of archery and experience the skillful art of propelling arrows with the use of a recurve bow. In this session the qualified instructors will teach you the skills of a professional bowman (or woman). This session is followed by one or two high rope sessions that you can choose. These can include the catwalk - about 5m up, just wide enough for

your foot and nothing to hold on to! Feeling confident? Move up to the high catwalk - around 10m up! There is also the trapeze, the climbing wall and the high multivine which combines three activities into one, each needing a different skill. The experience will last 2 or 3 hours, depending on whether you opt for £30 for 2 activities or £40 for 3 activities (per person) and they cater for family groups from 4-10 people.

party packages include woodland laser combat, archery, survival skills, zorb racers and high ropes! They promise parents a relaxing (although possibly quite noisy!) experience. So now that the weather has made a turn for the better, why not get out and enjoy our great outdoors, taking a leap out of your comfort zone at the same time? I can feel the adrenaline pumping already... can you?

The fully qualified, friendly instructors have your safety as their top priority and whatever activities you go for, they will ensure your experience is truly one to remember. And don’t forget that Unique Outdoors offers fantastic birthday parties for your kids aged from 8 up to 15 years old. Popular

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