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March Contents 19-20. Properties

Now is a fantastic time to get selling or buying your next property. Is your perfect pad on these pages?

23-29. Trades & Services

Electrician? Roofer? Windows? Whatever you are looking for, check here first!

10. Taking Life for Granted

An inspiring story of illness, recovery and love.

13. Who is the area’s best mum? This is your chance to nominate your mum for a chance of winning our bigest ever prize bundle!

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From Parent Uber to an Antiprocrastination app, Eye Tech looks at some apps we wish really existed!

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This month you’ll find our new What’s On Guide as well as local news, lifestyles articles and a new columnist. We are pleased to welcome Jordan Curtis to our team who will be providing top tips on keeping your garden looking great all year round.

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Willink Students Dazzle for MS Anyone who organises events will know what a huge job it can be, which makes it all the more impressive that a 14 year old student at The Willink School has successfully staged a full scale musical theatre production ‘Willink Meets Broadway’ to raise money for The Berkshire Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre where her Aunt is receiving treatment. Maddie Harvey took the show from concept to completion, recruiting valuable help along the way

from an army of friends and fellow students. She pulled together a cast of 20 friends, persuaded both a drama teacher and an art teacher to support her, recruited help frontof-house, backstage for hair and make-up, as well as a tech crew. Having rehearsed for several months, they pulled off a thoroughly impressive show, raising over £650 for the Berkshire Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre. Congratulations!


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Locals have recently taken to our facebook page ( join the conversation at facebook.com/ villageeyemagazine to ‘discuss’ their thoughts on LIDLs recent announcement of plans to build a brand new neighbourhood 1,411m2 store on the corner of Silchester Road & Mulfords Hill, Tadley. The site is currently undeveloped land and will potentially provide locals with an improved choice and competition for local shoppers. The proposed store will also create up to 40 jobs for local residents. Reaction to the news has mostly been favourable online. Resident, and local Chef, Daniel Tucci was one of the many in favour of the move “Of course! There’s always space for a Lidl! Always!”

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David Lamont, a dad from Spencers Wood, was surprised to receive a letter from Sir David Attenborough recently after launching a blog focused on the problem of plastic pollution. Sir David Attenborough is a well-known campaigner for tougher action on plastics, following his experiences making the second series of the BBC show Blue Planet II and seeing the devastating threat posed to oceans by plastics. It was Sir David’s recent speech at the UN climate change summit that was the tipping point for David Lamont because it brought home how imminent the global risks and challenges are.

been a great success, achieving a monthly reach of 74,108 people. David started the blog to share simple thoughts, ideas and news around the issue in the hope that it might encourage others to think differently and to make small but worthwhile differences. And it certainly has! There are now users across the UK, including many other local groups focused on the issue, and as far afield as the USA and Romania. David hopes that the blog will continue to grow into a valuable online community and resource for those keen to find out how they can make a difference with small and simple changes in everyday life. Well done David!

David started the blog in December and created an accompanying Facebook page, Plastic Free Home - simple changes we can all make. It has

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Donna Jenkins said “A new supermarket will be healthy competition. As a village, a few small shops are great but we are a town and have been for quite a few years and as such need better facilities. Another resident who opposed the move said “Tadley has Budgens, Tesco, Co-op and Sainsbury’s.... Think I’d rather keep a bit of the countryside.” By the time this copy of VE hits your doormat, a public consultation will have been held. Once this process is complete, plans will be submitted. Details can be found at www.tadley.lidl.co.uk

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NIAMH BRAVES THE CHOP AGAIN! When we heard that Niamh O’Brien was donating her hair to charity, it rang a bell with us here at Village Eye. Then we remembered that this isn’t the first time that Niamh has had her hair cut off for charity she’d done it before! Yes, this is the second time that local seven year old, Niamh O’Brien, is donating her hair to The Little Princess Trust. The Little Princess Trust is a charity that provides real hair wigs - free of charge - to children and young adults up to the age of 24, who have sadly


lost their own hair due to cancer treatment and other illnesses. The ‘big chop’ took place in February at Worthingtons, Burghfield. Not only does Niamh look great with her new, shorter stye, her hair donation will be used in real-hair wigs for children with cancer. And she is in good company as both the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, and One Direction star, Harry Styles have donated their own hair, too. Alongside the hair donation, Niamh put out an appeal to raise some money to go

towards the cost of processing her hair. Starting with a target of £150, she has already smashed it, raising £340.00 so far. What an inspiration she is.

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(but don’t worry, it’s all in a Day’s work for Daniel!) Tadley firefighter, Dan Pearce, has been praised after rescuing an ambulance with a woman in labour - and all when he was off-duty! During the snow last month, Dan had gone out in his 4 Wheel Drive vehicle to assist a friend, but when he got there, his friend told him that there was an ambulance stuck at the bottom of the hill.

towed the ambulance around the back roads with the 11-mile route taking them about two hours. Watch manager at Tadley Fire Station, Sally Gould, said: “Ff Pearce’s off-duty actions were commendable. He displays to others the principles that we hold high at Tadley Fire Station and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service. Always willing to help and support others who are in need. I am very proud of his actions, that day.”


The ambulance had been called to a woman in labour whose family car had got stuck in the snow en route to the hospital. Dan

Wokefield Winners! As you know, 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 some pictures from local resident Ellen Amor, the lucky winner of our recent Romantic winter break for

two at Wokefield Estate. Ellen called us to say thank you (and to ask us to extend her gratitude to the “amazing staff at Wokefield”). Spending the weekend at Wokefield with husband Shane, Ellen told us “It was our wedding anniversary - so the timing was perfect. The staff were amazing. They’d even left champagne, chocolates

and strawberries in the room for us! We had a swim and a steam in their leisure area before enjoying a fabulous dinner it was perfect. Thank you Wokefield. We’ll definitely be back, it was like a mini holiday!”

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Rosebourne is packed full of delicious local goodies to get your hands on. And there’s plenty of help at hand to ensure your Spring and Easter entertaining is sorted in style.

Why not try the delicious goats’ cheese made on the Hampshire based Beau Farm. Family run, their goats are free to roam and forage in lush green fields. Margaretha, Bob, Olga and James turn their goats’ milk into brie, soft cheeses, and an award winning gouda, all available from our well-stocked Deli Counter.

We’re a proud stockist of delicious Blackberry Cottage cakes, lovingly made in the beautiful Berkshire countryside. These perfectly constructed cakes and treats have a surprising main ingredient of vegetables! As we all know Easter brings plenty of rich chocolate treats along with it, so having some yummy vegetable based bakes is a tasty and creative way to help get your family’s daily dose of vegetables in. The selection of cakes from Blackberry Cottage will make the perfect finishing touch to your Spring Menu this year. These cakes, with their exciting and unusual twists, will ensure both a great centrepiece and talking point on your Spring table. Rosebourne is jam-packed full of fantastic local companies selling high quality ingredients and we’re proud to be the pivotal place to get your seasonal Spring menu geared up for Easter. Two Cocks Brewery supply us with their award winning beers, locally based on a small farm, their sustainable microbrewery produce distinctive ales made from home grown hops,

Free-range eggs come from Berkshire-based, Beechwood Farm that prides itself on nurturing healthy chickens that have an excellent quality of life. One of the leading independent bakers in Berkshire, Warings Bakery, brings irresistible handmade bread, buns and cakes. This award-winning, family business, uses original recipes handed down through four generations of bakers, providing an unrivalled variety of baked goods. Another local, family-run business, Tutts Clump Cider ensures all produce is made from 100% fruit juice. It also prides itself on sustainable approaches and has won many local business awards. Tricia at Aldermaston Honey tends to her three active hives in her back garden where bees forage from a small orchard – bringing delicious sweetness to your Spring. Local


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If you would like the chance to win one of Rosebourne’s legendary afternoon teas, now is your chance! Enjoy a delicious variety of finger sandwiches, cakes and scones accompanied by a wide range of traditional and contemporary teas - and we’ll even throw in a bottle of bubbles for the lucky winner too! To enter, visit www.villageeye.co.uk click on the competition tab and answer the following question:


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I absolutely love midi skirts and dresses because they can easily be dressed up or dressed down. I’m always on the hunt for the perfect midi dress and have endless midi skirts that are waiting for the slightly warmer months to properly come out of my wardrobe.

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The great thing about midi dresses is that they can be worn during the day, can be dressed up for an evening occasion and also work great for the warm evenings on holiday. To wear them in the winter, you could pair a midi dress with white trainers and a longer style thick coat over the top, in the spring you could either keep wearing a coat if it’s still chilly, but if not pair it with a black leather jacket and trainers. In the summer, you could remove the jacket and wear it with either white trainers or sandals.

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At the moment, the weather has been all over the place! One minute it’s cold, the next it’s mild, then sunny, rainy and it’s even snowed. This makes me dream of the slightly warmer months when I can hopefully start to wear outfits that don’t make my legs freeze!

I am loving the satin bias cut midi skirts, which feel luxurious and can easily be dressed up or down. I feel that this style is one that would work in winter, spring and summer and one that once you buy one colour in the skirt, you end up buying all of the colours! I currently have a few from New Look and find that they are extremely versatile and I love wearing them. To wear this in the winter, you could pair the skirt with white trainers or heeled ankle boots, a chunky jumper and a coat. In the spring, you could remove the coat and pair the skirt with a slightly thicker jumper and in the summer, it would look great with a cami-style top or a t-shirt paired with sandals or trainers. Another style of dress that works well for the colder months is the pinafore dress, which comes in many variations but I particularly like the check-style ones. To style these, you could wear the dress over the top of a chunky jumper, tights and boots with a coat, making it great for if the weather is still cold! The colours! I currently have a few from New Look and find that they are extremely versatile and I love wearing them. To wear this in the winter, you could pair the skirt with white trainers or heeled ankle boots, a chunky jumper and a coat. In the spring, you could remove the coat and pair the skirt with a slightly thicker jumper and in the summer, it would look great with a cami-style top or a t-shirt paired with sandals or trainers.


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The preservation of health is a duty & Fiona Nunn can’t wait to get her hands on you! So what happens when you hit 50, you’ve spent the last 20 years as a full time mum to three children, two of whom have autism, and you want to get back out there in the world of grownups and achieve something for yourself, without compromising family life? First of all, before I rushed headlong from the frying pan into the fire, I had a long hard think about what is really important to me in life and how to earn a living without it feeling like work. I wanted to add a bit of balance not stress to my life. So I thought about what makes me happy and how I could make that into a “job”. I like helping others, and making a genuine difference, however small that is. It gives you that little happy lift that can carry you for the day. I have spent lots of time and energy volunteering over the years (PTA, Air Cadets Burghfield squadron,) It’s a great feeling but sadly you can’t bottle and sell that feeling. I did however find a way that I can generate that feeling in others and really help to make a positive physical and mental impact on their lives. Imagine a job where strangers are looking forward to coming to see you, you talk to them, treat them in a calm, warm, lovely smelling, relaxing room, and then when they leave they are even happier that they came. It honestly doesn’t get much better than that!

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I’ve always loved massage, though felt it was a bit of an expensive luxury, but decided to enrol myself if a 9 month Diploma, which involved a great deal of anatomy, physiology and pathology and how it all connected to massage. It also meant lots of massage for me along the way as well as a lot of studying, and I loved it! I was truly amazed and what I learned and the real physiological impact that massage can have on the body’s muscles, nervous system etc.

Having treated men and women from all walks of life and backgrounds, her clients range from teenagers to those in their 80’s, and no two massages are ever the same. Each massage is planned and carried out depending on the clients needs and wishes on that particular day. After care is always given along with suggested stretches, and self care exercises/ activities where relevant and a course of care recommended, to help the clients reach their desired outcome.

What makes me and most other people unhappy? Rushing from A to B with never a moment to stop. Traffic, being bombarded with phone calls and emails. Deadlines, pressure, tiredness, aching neck, head back body at the end of a day hunched over a computer and all whilst trying to juggle home, family, friends etc. Living on caffeine and pain killers and not getting enough sleep. The long term effect on the body can be pretty disastrous.

Holistic massage involves a combination of techniques and pressures to most effectively deal with any given muscle issue. Gentle Swedish Massage type strokes, to deeper tissue work, trigger point release, join mobilisations and others. It incorporates not just the muscle but looks at the whole person, their liftestyle etc. It is not a set routine like you might get in a spa.

I knew I was not destined to re-join the rat race, but I knew that many others suffer those daily pressures and I wanted to help. That’s when I realised that massage is NOT and should not be a luxury, but an amazing way to trigger the body’s own healing mechanisms, to restore the natural balance that we need to function well and stay healthy. The body is a truly incredible machine – it’s the only place you have to live, so you need to take care of it! I am passionate about the positive effect of massage and I am driven to show people what a positive drug free alternative massage can offer. Massage has been around for thousands of years (evidence found in Egyptian tombs) across many different cultures and we, in the modern western world are only just waking up to the benefits of it.

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Located in a private & tranquil setting in Grazeley, Fiona is offering holistic massages of varying lengths; 30, 45 and 60 minutes to accommodate both time/budget of client. Her prices are slightly below the average as she tells us she wants to make massage more affordable for all. Prices start at £29. As a special introductory offer, Fiona is offering Village Eye readers a £10 voucher which will be redeemable off any 60 minute treatment booked in March. For details on all her treatments visit facebook: search for re:you massage therapy Fiona is qualified in Indian Head Massage too, which is a seated massage where the shoulders, neck, face and head/scalp are treated. It’s a fabulously relaxing massage and lasts around 40 minutes.



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To find our more or to make a booking call: 07940 785472 The Gables, Grazeley, Berkshire, RG7 1JN

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Taking Life for ! d e t Gran Laura’s getting on her bike and not

If your loved one had endured the horrors of a brain tumour, and the treatment that comes with it, what would you do? Local lady, Laura Bullion found herself in that very situation and knowing what a hellish journey her husband Grant experienced, she is keen to raise funds for The Brain Tumour Charity and take on a pretty daunting journey herself to raise funds for the charity that supported him. The story starts back in 2005 when Grant had hit an all-time low. It wasn’t the typical headache, which most of us think to be the first sign of a brain tumour. It was an intense tiredness, to the point of falling asleep at his desk and later, falling asleep while the bath was running. It was making silly mistakes on important paperwork resulting in dismissal from one job after another. And it was losing friends because of a switch in personality they didn’t understand. The stress


and confusion of all these things, including mounting debts, led to more severe headaches and projectile vomiting. It really had all got too much for Grant. Thankfully, with the intervention of his loving parents (Grant was living at home at the time), he was eventually diagnosed and treatment could start. And not before time. The doctors said that left untreated, the tumour would have claimed his life within 48 hours. It was the size of a cricket ball. He was immediately rushed to the Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford, where they performed a life saving operation to drain the fluid which had built up in his head. The drains were in place for nearly 10 days during which time Grant had to stay still. Any shift in position meant that the team of medics had to reposition the drains to ensure they were working effectively. It was boring and uncomfortable, but this journey had only just begun. Following the discomfort of the drains, Grant endured a 9 hour right frontal craniotomy to

remove the tumour. The operation was a huge success, and they removed approximately 95% of the mass. The plan was to attack the remaining residue with radiotherapy. Grant woke up from this operation with very mixed emotions. Relief that he had got through the surgery, but also heart broken that he couldn’t see out of his left eye at all, and could barely see out of his right eye. He spent a further 2 weeks in hospital, only to be let out on his 29th birthday. But only 2 months later, Grant’s symptoms started to re-appear and after a panicked call to the Neuroscience Department at the Radcliffe Infirmary, he was called back in for an urgent scan. The scan confirmed that the residue of the tumour had formed a sack, filling with cystic fluid. The hospital decided to fit an Ommaya Reservoir, which was used to drain the cyst. Thankfully, this gradually reduced to nothing following the Radiotherapy.

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Grant is now 75% blind, and on a life-long buffet of replacement hormones for his pituitary function. Thanks to the amazing efforts at the Radcliffe Infirmary (now Neuroscience Department at John Radcliffe Hospital, he’s still going strong today. He loves to play Ice Hockey, and takes part in annual summer fun leagues at Bracknell to keep in the game. He’s even managed to get on a slope in Bulgaria on a snowboard! He cycles, goes to the gym, travels, and has now found the job of his dreams, living his life how he believes it should be. And now he has Laura. Laura and Grant are embracing life, seeing past the disability and reaping the benefits, including jumping the queue at theme parks instead! Their outlook is very positive, laughing each day and delighted to have found each other.

Grant only got through this experience with the strength, love and support of his friends and family. Now his wife, Laura, wants to honour him by taking on an epic fundraising trip for The Brain Tumour Charity. She has committed to cycling a Discover Adventure 533 km across Africa, from Zambia to Lake Victoria over ten days. To take part, Laura must raise around £4000. The money raised will go to The Brain Tumour Charity, which has successfully committed £41m to pioneering research, reduced the diagnosis time in children from 14.4 weeks to 6.5weeks, and have supported over 25,000 people like Grant get on with their lives with their Support & Information Service. Please help Laura to help others like Grant, and those less fortunate by sponsoring her to do this journey. Good luck, Laura!

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Beauty editors rave about it, likening in the skin texture having a more it to the most flattering Instagram The treatment is Profhilo, a twiceyouthful-look, leaving it tighter, filter; industry experts laud it as the yearly treatment made up of brighter and smoother, whilst also and holy grail of skin remodelling; hyaluronic acid in its purest form giving your face a little lift. patients are rhapsodising that it is to nourish dermal cells and restore the best facial treatment they’ve ever firmness to the skin. Whilst hyaluronic Profhilo is a 45 minute treatment and had! So what is this game changer that acid comprises 78% of the body’s involves five micro injections to the is becoming more popular than Botox skin and is the element that retains area being treated. This is repeated g and fillers and taking the anti-agein moisture to hydrate the skin, the after four weeks, and then lasts six market by storm? body’s natural ability to regenerate months. It is the ideal treatment for hyaluronic acid decreases with age. the face, neck, décolletage, hands and This results in skin losing elasticity upper arms. and becoming saggy and crepey. If you would like to find out more By putting hyaluronic acid back in about this game-changing treatment, to the skin, Profhilo is the perfect contact Aspire Clinic, based at the solution to addressing the ageing Madejski Stadium on 0118 931 3575 process. Profhilo also enhances or info@aspireclinic.com. And if you elastin production, the protein quote Village Eye on booking, you’ll be to that helps the skin spring back entitled to £50 off your its original position when poked or Profhilo treatment. pinched. So, overall, Profhilo results Aspire Matters



arch...The start of spring. The sun keeps poking its head out, flashing a hint of what's sure to come soon. Well, certainly after March 31st at least - the date this year when we should all adjust our clocks ready for British Summertime -YIPEEE. Each year when the clocks go forward, is it me or is there really a general ‘uplifting’ feeling detected in people’s mood? Though most of us would ordinarily be unhappy about losing an hour of our precious weekends, the longer days signify the beginning of British Summertime, something we seem to happily welcome after the cold winter we've had.

Coupled with the fact that it's still light at 7 o'clock at night puts a big smile on our faces. If only those grey rain clouds would stop lurking menacingly... We’re ready to get our Summer wardrobes out of hiding! When Europe first enacted Daylight Savings Time in 1916, the goal was not for us to get more or less sleep, or longer farming days as it is popularly believed. It was in fact to conserve expensive coal burning during World War One by maximizing daylight during labouring hours. After much of the rest of the world followed suit with the twice yearly clock change that became known as “Spring forward, Fall back,” effects began to emerge among them, factors that can even affect how you look and feel too. So. put your clocks forward on Sunday 31st and bring on summer, we are ready for you!


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Drives... I recently spent some time with one of the leaders of the seven-seat MPV class; the Ford Galaxy. I have to say I was impressed, but as always, it wasn’t perfect. Firstly, I spent some time playing around with the seats. Each seat in the middle row can slide forwards and backwards, or fold at the touch of a button in the boot. The sixth and seventh seats can be raised by pulling on a couple of straps and rise in to place easily enough. The middle row has a similar level of space to many cars, but it was the last two seats that really impressed me. I haven’t had a vast amount of experience of seven seat cars, but my memory of being in a seventh seat is sitting virtually on the boot floor and the only view being what I could see between the heads of the people in the middle row. However, with the middle row slid forwards I had actual leg room, with a few inches to spare (I’m 5’9”) and the side windows for the passengers in the boot are full height and the same size as the others. You can have a full view out meaning you feel much less cramped than you otherwise might.

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That was the main theme of the Galaxy; it’s about as big as a galaxy. The roofline was very high and the window line surprisingly low, giving a sense of a vast amount of open space. This theme continues in the boot with a really quite sizeable boot even with all seven seats in place. Drop the back two and you have a really big space, then drop the middle row and you essentially have a large van; something I noticed whenever I tried to squeeze it into a parking space. Given the size of the Galaxy you might expect the driving experience to be a disappointment, but I was pleasantly surprised. One thing that Ford are good at is designing a decent driving experience. It was easy to forget the size of the Galaxy when driving around as it hides its weight very well. It is relatively responsive on turn-in and doesn’t have that much body roll. The 2.0L Diesel in the car I drove produced 178bhp, giving surprising performance off the line and was paired with a six speed automatic gearbox. This got my approval in that I didn’t notice it. Often when driving an automatic I will only notice the gearbox when it’s giving me the wrong gear, holding me in the wrong gear or delivering a sharp change. This box is

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well calibrated and clever enough to keep up with whatever you’re doing. It also has a sport mode that gives you flappy paddles behind the steering wheel, but it’s a bit of a pointless toy in a people carrier! Where the Galaxy let me down - as have the other Fords I have driven was the interior styling and quality. I like Ford’s exterior styling; I think it looks sharp and purposeful. However, when you step inside, the dashboards look bulky. They’re by no means something you couldn’t live with, but it is definitely a step below the german rivals like the VW Sharan and BMW 2 Series Active Tourer. Material choice is of a lower quality and it just doesn’t feel as special. Having said that, everything worked ergonomically and functioned no problem, so maybe I’m just picky. If you are in the market for a large, family bus to carry seven rapidly growing people and their luggage then there aren’t many cars around that would rival the Galaxy for space. The clever buttons and straps to organise the seating are easy to use and it’s surprisingly nice to drive so I would really recommend checking it out.

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Located in the beautiful countryside of the royal county of Berkshire and dating from about the 1600’s, The Old Rectory is a new venue that creates a magical setting for weddings, corporate functions, family occasions and other celebrations. The building’s history is etched in the different architectural features that greet you throughout. With a rural feel and a modern twist this newly reinvented Country House has the best of both, whether your occasion is inside or out. Surrounded by acres of manicured grounds and with a stunning generously sized orangery, outside celebrations are perfectly presented. Enjoy exclusive use of the building which boasts comfortable breakfast and lounge areas, a fully stocked licensed bar and six luxurious spacious bedrooms, one of which is our honeymoon suite with its own private bathroom.


We understand there are many different reasons to get together with family, friends and colleagues. Our caterers and bar staff will deliver a fantastic customer experience for you and your guests. Our own network of recommended event photographers will be there to capture every moment. Our flexible packages enable you to create your own bespoke event, our event co-ordinators are on-hand to ensure everything goes to plan and on budget.

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Weddings Say “I Do” at The Old Rectory! Tie the knot in an idyllic setting, coupled with outstanding food and service, for you and your guests to enjoy. We give you the opportunity to plan a magical event tailored to your specification. We are licensed to hold ceremonies for up to 72 people to attend, also our orangery has a capacity of 144 people for the receptions. We are here to work with you, our dedicated Wedding Co-ordinators will be on-hand from beginning to end, ensuring stress-free preparations. It will become the most memorable day of your life!

Kayleigh’s recent Facebook review: “Absolutely stunning venue, with beautiful countryside views! I’m not often speechless but this place is beautiful. They have done an amazing job of renovating. I loved how quirky it is to explore, so many rooms, and all done up to such a high standard. I highly recommend this venue. The owners are absolutely lovely too.”

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Whether it’s a milestone birthday, anniversary, or christening; we work hard to ensure we deliver the perfect event, tailored for your celebration. For funeral receptions, we offer a sympathetic and efficient service with the level of support required to make those difficult decisions. We’ll manage every aspect of your reception, allowing you precious time with your loved ones.

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No matter how many apps you download, there’s still a void that can’t be filled (even if the storage on your smartphone is dangerously close to full.) That empty space is for the apps that we wish existed but, try as we might, we can’t actually find in the App Store or the Play Store. Everybody has their own app wish list. But the fictional apps here are ones I’d be particularly eager to download if they ever become a reality parent uber

If you’re a parent, you’ll have realised by now that you’re a glorified walking wallet and free taxi service. An app in which your children could do chores, log them and earn parent uber credits would make the Saturday night late pick up from their friends a bit more palatable. Yes. we know you won’t have had the opportunity for a beer all evening, but at least you’ve relaxed in a tidy house.

The app that deletes you from other people's phones Have an acquaintance or two whom you regret giving your phone number? Usually there’s not much recourse except to put up with their occasional text messages, or to block them altogether, which feels pretty harsh. This app will easily and painlessly rid you of communication from unwanted contacts by surreptitiously deleting your number from their phone.

Remembering people's names

Pause and think about this for a second. How good are you at remembering the names of people you see once or twice a year? Can you recall how you know these people and instantly summon a suitable topic of conversation? We thought not. So you need an app that can identify all of the people at a company holiday party or other obligatory function and remind you of their names. The app can also remind you of where and with whom these people work, and what boring things you talked about the last time you saw them.

Appsolute App

Whilst some efforts have been made by developers to create an app to store important personal data in one place, nobody has quite mastered a complete ‘Catch-all’. Imagine being able to access your driving license, passport, insurance, vehicle details, utilities, mortgage and important renewal reminders at the swipe of a screen. Using facial recognition, security and encryption would be the key to its success. Think of it as a mini mobile version of a home filing cabinet!

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Need to stop procrastinating at the office or when you’re doing your homework? Then you’ve probably figured out existing time management GET ON apps probably don’t cut it. So WITH IT! you need an app that stops procrastination by sounding a loud alarm every time you open Facebook, Minecraft, or Instagram on your phone, or each time you stray from work-approved apps on your computer. The only way to shut off the obnoxious alarm? Getting back to work.

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This impressive family home boasting over 3000 sq ft. Situated on a large private plot and conveniently located with easy access to Reading, Newbury and Basingstoke with and access to both M3 & M4. The property has been beautifully renovated by the current owners and offers generous internal family accommodation including Master bedroom with ensuite and dressing area, Guest bedroom with en suite shower room and two further bedrooms with family bathroom. Four reception rooms include 27ft Living room, 24 ft reception room 31ft fully equipped kitchen / dining room, utility room and 23ft conservatory. The outside space gives landscaped gardens with access to double garage and parking for numerous vehicles.

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The lovely Carol Smillie has got a lot to answer to... As we gradually rid our homes of the ragroll decor, floral borders and rip the dado rails from our walls for firewood, we are reminded that trends change - and that at the time, thanks to shows like BBCs 90s show, Changing Rooms, it was indeed cool to have a home which loosely reassembled the decor equivalent to Liberace and Laurence Lewellyn Bowen’s lovechild. 90s aside, some of our homes have witnessed some interesting styles over the decades and we thought we’d take a look at some of the popular choices of yesteryear...

Totally clad - it was Just a fad Painting and tasteful wallpapering is one thing, but when you come home from college one day circa 1979 to find that your parents have turned your sitting room into a sort of sauna type affair by cladding the walls (or even worse - wallpapered it with wood clad or brick print wallpaper), you know it’s time to fly the nest and make your own decor mistakes for your own children to sneer at one day.

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Bold bathrooms & knitted loo roll dolls If you haven’t experienced a sore head the morning after the night before in a bathroom with an aubergine/avacado/ salmon/chocolate bathroom suite, we have no sympathy for any recent over indulgences. Back in the 70s, hangovers and nausea could simply be induced without even having touched a drop of babycham - just by walking in the room. And carpets on the floor, the walls, the sink, the bath? Just no.

Need a new kitchen? Nah, we’d simply paint the old one!

Actually, there was nothing ‘simple’ about it. Thanks to the plethora of design shows on TV in the 80’s and 90s faux paint finishes like rag rolling (using a carrier bag) and stencilling were a popular choice. everyone was doing it - and on every surface. The more elaborate the better... We even used to TOTALLY theme our rooms. Pierrot bedroom anyone?

we have 10 pairs of tickets to give away for this year’s show at London’s Olympia

Courtesy of The Ideal Home, local resin driveway specialists, we are giving away 10 pairs of tickets to this years show. Running from 22 March – 7 April. If you are looking to update your decor, or restore your garden to its former glory - this is the show for you. You can visit Ideal Home at their stand G110 whilst you are there. More information about the show at: www.idealhomeshow.co.uk

If you want to get your hands on a pair of tickets all you have to do it visit www.villageye.co.uk and answer the following question: What was the name of the hit 1990 BBC home decor show? a: Changing Rooms b: Changing Spaces c: Changing Houses.

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Carpet had to be different in EVERY room. Reminiscent of an aging B&B in an old British seaside town, it was once almost mandatory to paint every wall a different colour and each room had to have a carpet to match. Bonus points if you had a trio of flying birds too. Artex swirls and rippled ceilings didn’t seem to escape the technicolour trend either. In the 70s, 80s & 90s, the colours gradually got bolder, carpets deeper until eventually, we started to rip the whole lot out and go back to basics. Nowadays, its a well known fact that hard floors and neutral coloured walls and smooth ceilings sell houses faster!

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Same Old Stories and What Not to Do

Money Stories

by Jeremy Jackson

much. However, when the markets do fall, you’ll want to have a plan. Afterall, you don’t wait until your house is in flames to buy a fire extinguisher. Preventing a client from cashing in a well-designed investment (which was conceived as part of a much wider financial plan) is one of the most important jobs we might undertake as financial planners. It is entirely natural to feel nervous when headlines are dominated by bad news but having a trusted partner who shows empathy and a deep understanding of your overall position is invaluable. Very often, the solution will be to do nothing as history shows that trading in and out of markets is a strategy doomed to fail over the long term. In the ‘here and now’ you will want reassurance and that will only come from talking about your concerns and fears with your financial planner.

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hile we support the concept of DIY investing we see many clients making mistakes, some of which can be costly. We’ve picked 4 of the top mistakes we come across regularly:-

For many people this will be a scary time to be an investor. But, should it be? No one can predict markets with any degree of accuracy. Of course, there will always be some people who claim they can. They tend to shout the loudest at the point of prediction but are often absent when events do not play out quite the way they had suggested.

At the end of 2018 a number of negative events dominated the news. Issues such as Brexit, the US Government shutdown and the slowing of the Chinese economy were blamed by some for making world stock markets fall in a way not seen for some time. As there is no sign of these issues disappearing anytime soon, the likelihood is that markets will remain volatile in the medium term.

And whilst the current market swings are something that we haven’t seen for some time, the reality is that they are entirely consistent with investing in the stock market. If anything, it is likely that history will look back at the period between 2009 and 2017 and deem it as an ‘abnormal’ period when markets were characterized by their lack of significant ups and down. At Bluesky we don’t make short term market predictions. That said, I predict that markets will fall significantly again at some point in the future, of course, I don’t know when and I don’t know by how

At Bluesky, a new client relationship starts with the creation of a robust financial plan. It will have been carefully constructed and will have been ‘stress-tested’, so that you have an understanding of the potential impact of a market downturn and the impact upon your plans for the future. We strongly believe that a combination of an empathetic financial planner and a robust financial plan should give you peace of mind and a high degree of assurance. In other words, you’ll be equipped with a fire extinguisher before the flames start.


Jeremy Jackson - BA Hons, FPFS is a Chartered Financial Planner at Blue Sky Financial Planners

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The arrival of spring has been a long wait, now it’s here there are lots of things you can do in your garden this month.

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Arguably the most important month to get the most amount of colour Frequent sunny days in the garden ready for providing greater warmth the summer. So why not with longer days, coupled plant summer-flowering with the risk of frost means bulbs. Bulbs, corms and that March provides the tubers such as gladioli opportunity to get back and anemone all add bold in the garden. It’s time to colours. Scented lilies are a get busy preparing seed must and should be dotted beds, sowing seeds, doing a around the garden so that general tidy up around the you can smell the beautiful garden, cutting back winter scent wherever you go. shrubs and more.

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Now is the best time to divide perennials. To divide firstly dig the whole clump and divide into smaller pieces. Carefully tear the clump of the perennial apart or cut straight through using a spade. Replant in odd number of groups of three or five for a beautiful display all year round.

My favourite of the three main jobs for March, Finish pruning roses. Be sure to check there are no weeds or plants immediately around the bases of your roses. Considering to plant more bare root roses? Be sure to plant them adding a fertiliser rich in nitrogen and potassium to your roses. Hoe directly into the soil at the base. Be sure to think of your peonies at the same time.


Bulbs to try

Allium christophii huge, round purple flower-heads Agapanthus 'Castle of May' tall with deep blue, showy flowers Canna indica lush green foliage and bright red flowers Lilium 'Arena' impressive, scented, white flowers, Nectaroscordum siculum large, clusters of pink-cream flowers


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Bringing harmony back to Mortimer! Hurst Singers are back in St John’s Hall, Mortimer on Thursday evenings (7.309.30pm). Why not join them?

Singing in a choir is more than just a bit of fun. It’s been scientifically proven that it is good for your health. The aim of the Hurst Singers is to have fun singing and making good harmonies together whilst raising funds for local charities.

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They sing a varied repertoire from pop to folk songs, religious music to jazz. New members with any kind of singing experience are welcome. No audition is needed, just plenty of enthusiasm, commitment and a passion for singing. If you are interested please contact Mari 07882 404337 or Cath cathcooper48@ gmail.com or go along on a rehearsal night.



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A delightful tale of redemption and friendship with a heart of gold Better known for laughout-loud hits like Dumb and Dumber and There’s Something About Mary here director Peter Farrelly takes on a more serious subject. So perhaps it’s not too surprising that despite the central themes of race and oppression, at its heart Green Book is a highly entertaining and warmhearted crowd-pleaser. Set in 1960s America and based on a true story bouncer Tony ‘Lip’ (Viggo Mortensen) finds himself looking for some short term work after the nightclub he works for temporarily closes down. His boss gets him an interview for a job as a driver for a band about to set off on a two month concert tour. At the interview he’s surprised to find that the musician in question is a renowned black pianist Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali), and the tour will take them through the midwest and deep south. Aware of the troubles his skin-colour will attract Don needs both a chaperone and a minder, and after being tipped off about Tony’s credentials he’s determined to get his man. After some initial reluctance and with his wife’s blessing Tony takes the gig, and both men embark on a road-trip that

Inspired by a true friendship

will prove as challenging as it is life-affirming. This is a delightful twohander between Mortensen and Ali, both at the very top of their game. Its strength lies in the chemistry between the two characters who are polar opposites. Don is refined, literate and well-educated, whereas Tony is all braun who loves his food and a good fight. Don lives a reclusive life with no family or friends, whereas Tony is deep rooted in the family values typical of his ItalianAmerican community. Both arrive with their own baggage, notably their misconceptions of each other, but slowly the barriers are broken down as they find common ground. Whilst there are some shocking scenes of racial violence and segregation,

they are largely glossed over in favour of a more mainstream and fuzzy tale of friendship and redemption. The biggest delights of Green Book are found in the smaller details, such as Don helping Tony write love letters to his wife and Tony introducing Don to the joys of KFC. In this way the film lacks a sophistication and nuance that some may find flippant and patronising. But for me this was far from a distraction, in fact quite the opposite. Farrelly’s clear choice to go for a broad brush to get such an important story out to the masses is no mean feat and should be commended. And whilst the film does resist dwelling on the darker side of its backdrop there are still some deeply powerful moments. Don’s constant battle for acceptance

at the hands of his white audiences causes an inner turmoil that threatens his life and career, with Tony having to rescue him from a bar brawl and on another occasion a night in jail. There’s no doubt though that the secret ingredients to Green Book’s success are the superb performances of Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali who are an absolute joy to watch. Mortensen provides the charm and warmth and Ali is utterly captivating as a man of great poise and integrity, who slowly unravels to heartbreaking effect. More than worthy of its Oscar nods, Green Book is a must see movie! 4/5

Children's book of the MONTH: Elephants don't sit on cars by David Henry Wilson This is the second Jeremy James book I have read (the last one was ‘Do Gerbils Go To Heaven). Jeremy is a small boy who is always getting up to mischief and is fed up with grown-ups never knowing the answer to important questions. All of the Jeremy James books are lots of short stories so they are easy to pick up and read when you want to. In this book, Jeremy sees an elephant sitting on his daddy’s car, and wants to tell him but his mum didn’t believe him and told him that he shouldn’t disturb daddy when he is working (even though Jeremy could hear that daddy was actually watching a football match on the TV). When his dad comes back into the room, he is cross to see that his car has been squashed and that there is a big pile of poo on the bonnet and wants to know why nobody told him. I laughed a lot at what happened next. In other stories in this book, Jeremy goes the supermarket and causes chaos with the tinned displays, goes to a football game and finds out the hard way that eating too many sweets can give you a tummy ache. Some of the words are old fashioned as it is an old book but I would recommend it for anyone of any age who wants to laugh a lot.

Amanda Cassar, age 9


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It’s been another busy year for the team at Cutting Edge Catering. It’s such a pleasure to be part of your celebrations, so thank you for all the local support for our catering business.

It’s really interesting to see how food trends change from one year to the next. We’re already booked to cater for events throughout the spring and summer, from christenings to parties and family gatherings, so we’re seeing the trends for 2019 come through now, particularly for weddings. There is a very strong trend this year for Buffets and Food Stations to replace the formal sit-down meal. Here at Cutting Edge Catering, we think it’s time the buffet made a comeback. What’s not to like? One of the greatest things about a buffet meal is that everyone can choose not only what they want to eat, but how much they would like as well. Plus there’s usually seconds! With a buffet, the only prep work the bridal couple need to do is to decide on the meal.

Even if you have conflicting opinions on what food to have, you can choose multiple dishes for each course, ensuring everyone’s left with a full belly. Food Stations are a newer trend and take this one step further, displaying themed food stations covering different cuisines. This, too, is bound to leave

all of your guests with something they enjoy eating. And you’d be bang on trend by having a dessert station spilling over with sweets, doughnuts, and cupcakes, as well as your wedding cake. Stations can be more efficient because they are more spread out than a buffet. It would also add a lot of visual interest to your reception space. So, what will you choose?

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Mother’s Day Cake Pop Bouquet A ready-made supermarket birthday cake White chocolate Sprinkles Food colouring Cake Pop Sticks

Greaseproof paper or foil Cardboard egg box Plastic Sandwich bag Pot/vase Shredded tissue paper or straw & ribbon to decorate

Method Remove outer icing from cake and discard. Break the rest up in a bowl and mix by hand. The inner squishy icing will help make it pliable. Once all the cake is combined you can mould it into ping pong size balls. Place the balls onto greeceproof paper or foil and poke a stick vertically into each one so that the stick goes just over halfway into the ball. Place the sheet into the freezer to harden a little - this should take about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare your pot with the shredded paper, and place ribbon around the outside if using. Take your egg box and make small holes in the peak of each section - you’ll use this to hold the cake pops vertically later. Then melt the chocolate slowly in the microwave (to quick and it’ll go too hard). Colour half the batch of chocolate. Holding the stick carefully, remove each cake pop and dip into desired chocolate. Place each cake pop upright into the egg box holes to dry. If using sprinkles, now is the time to add them. If you are drizzing with leftover chocolate, make sure pops are dry before decorating (pop the leftover contrasting colour icing in a sandwich bag and snip a tiny hole in the corner to drizzle). Place in pot and voila!


Redsky Festival (Sunshine) Padworth Following the huge success of last year’s Sunshine Festival, they’re back under their new name, Redsky Festival, and doing it all again on 25th/26th May, Padworth.! Headlining acts include original artists, T’Pau & Doctor & The Medics (those who were there last year will know exactly why the Doctor is returning - the audience couldn’t get enough of their crazy antics! Other exciting acts announced so far are tributes to: Tina Turner, Tom Jones, Pet Shop Boys, Bruno Mars, INXS & Kylie! Tickets www.redskyfestival.com

Santa’s Bulging Egg Sack

Brace yourselves for the first Santa Event of the year - Santa’s Bulging Egg Sack Pop Up Pub, turning Good Friday to Great Friday! No tickets required, just turn up. Burghfield Village Hall, Friday 19th April from 5pm

Boxkart Bash YEEEESSS, It’s back! The third Sunday in June is almost certainly one of the most popular dates in the local calendar - indeed it’s attracting participants and visitors from all over the country too! It’s Boxkart Bash Day! This year will be Sunday June 23rd. Expect new obstacles, , new karts, fun, mayhem and lots of action all in the name of charity.


With a BIG SCREEN on The Hatch to watch the action conveniently located next to one of the many bars, a fun fair, food and music too, this is a family day out not to be missed! Gates open at 12, racing starts at 1. For tickets and information, visit www.boxkart.org.uk

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Outdoor Cinema

When you hire an ENORMOUS screen for the BoxKart for the weekend it would be a shame not to use it - ALL WEEKEND! On Saturday June 22nd there’s a double helping of movie fun in the grounds of the Guide Dogs, Burghfield. Starting at 4pm, with a family Sing-A-Long-AGreatest-Showman, the fun continues into the evening with one of the greatest music movies ever made - Bohemian Rhapsody starting at 7. For further information and tickets (be quick, they’re selling fast) visit www.ticketsource.co.uk - search: santas open air cinema

Marvellous Festival Get the weekend of 20-21 July 2019 booked out in your diary right now for another superb weekend of music and fun at Dinton Pastures Country Park in Berkshire. Now in its 17th year, and the area’s original festival dedicated to all things ‘tribute’, so far, this year’s line up includes: The Blues Brothers, Michael Jackson, Abba, Queen, Madness, Byran Adams, Blondie,Bon Jovi, Johnny Cash, Mumford & Sons & Little Mix with more acts to be announced! Tickets are currently on sale with a standard EarlyBird discount of 10%, through until 31st March 2019. visit www.marvellousfestivals.com for details



Felix Festival - Silchester

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The Felix Festival is back for 2019! The date for this year’s event is Saturday 7th September - and tickets are on sale now. Look forward to another roaring night of live music in a marquee in a field in Silchester to raise money for the Felix Fund which supports bomb disposal technicians and their families. Thanks to your generosity, the festival has raised £45k from the last two events. Tickets are £25 each and reasonably priced drinks. With live bands, a well stocked bar and free camping and parking! www.eventbrite.co.uk search Felix Festival

What’s On!

Skankin’, Bands & Beer

The Bramley Inn is hosting a Ska & Reggae night on Friday March 1st! Get your skanking boots on and dance the night away to some of your favourite tunes. There will be Madness, The Beat, The Specials, and music from ‘Bob’ (we’re guessing ‘Marley’) - a definite House of Fun! And, if you can’t wait until Burghfest for your beer festival fix, the same venue are hosting a two day Beer Festival on 18th & 19th April, promising a weekend of bands and beers! Is there anything better than Bands & Beers? Apparently not! Details for both at facebook.com/Bramleyinn

motown night!

The BRA is hosting an evening of music classics by Motown, as well as the local band Deaf Dogs on the Hatch in Burghfield on Saturday May 11th! A fully licensed bar and hot food will be available to purchase on the night. Tickets must be purchased in advance @ £16 each. These can be purchased online. Please note there will be no ticket sales on the door.


Now in its fourth year, The Burghfield Santa’s annual beer and music festival will be held on Friday 27th & Saturday 28th September at the Rec in Burghfield. With realale (including the areas new favourite - ‘Santa Brew’), over 70 ales, perry’s, ciders, wine & prosecco, this musical, fun filled family fun day and beer fiesta is fast becoming a notable event on the annual calendar. So far, confirmed bands are: Bottle kids, Murdoch’s, volume, audiotronic, deaf dogs, head of Steam, Shane and Alex are all confirmed. Tickets are already on sale at www.ticketsource.co.uk Search Burghfest

For more info visit: www.ticketsource. Search B.R.A. May Fayre Motown Gold


Geat ready for a free fun packed day of sport, runs, food, drinks, music & entertainment for the entire family this summer. . . Taking place in Mortimer on Sat July 6th, this event replaces the village’s long-running annual Fun Day. For more details www.facebook.com/pg/ MortimerVillageEvents

Bling & Bellini Ball HeckField

Burghfield-based charity Bucket List Wishes is thrilled to host the rescheduled 2nd Bling & Bellini Charity Ball which will be held at Highfield Park. This amazing event will be held on Saturday 28th September and tickets are on sale NOW! Once again, the organisers have pulled out all the stops... The low ticket price of £49 includes Free Coaches*, Cocktails on Arrival, a Hot Fork Buffet, Celebrity Auction, Party Entertainment, Raffle, Music and Dancing with one of the hottest bands in the south, Re:Cover. For tickets & Info visit:


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Padworth & Aldermaston Wharf Vintage village Show The guys and girls in Padworth will be hosting a vintage family fun day on Sun 7th July. With plenty of attractions, including The Rhythm Kicks doing a Charleston Show and Dance Masterclass, Mr Muddle the Magician, a Jazz band, a Flyball dog competition and a variety of craft stalls. There will also be an amazing raffle with lots of prices to be won! For more information www.facebook.com/PadworthandAldermastonWharfShow/



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Go Outdoors at Jubilee

Jubilee has a highly regarded reputation for outdoor learning. From 3 months to 5 years, babies and children learn through hands-on experiences which are sprinkled with imagination and magic every day! Give your child a truly unique experience to learn from the world around them with us at Jubilee. With over 60 acres of gardens, private woodland and farm, Jubilee children are given the freedom to explore and learn from the world around them.

Forest School Older children take part in Forest Schools with our

qualified leaders, whether they are wood wilting and carving or learning about fire and cooking outside. At Forest School children can develop both their teamwork and their personal skill sets which instils them with confidence and a sense of independence. Emma our Forest School Leader quotes “Forest School is a wonderful opportunity for children to explore the world around them and develop a connection with nature. It also allows every child to have a voice, especially those who find it difficult to communicate in a more conventional learning environment”

For Jubilee Day Nursery (full-time), Tel: 0118 970 1600 Email: info@jubileedaynursery.co.uk visit www.jubileedaynursery.co.uk


Farm Life Spring is one of our favourite times of the year as we

welcome new life to our farm. Farmer Pete has been working hard this winter on our breeding program and we are expecting lambs and calves during April. The children and staff are very excited to watch the lambs and calves developing. We can’t wait to see the farm come to life with bouncing baby animals. Our nursery children have exclusive use of our farm and all ages are given the opportunity to pet and take care of the animals. Parent quote “Amazing location and outdoor activities which is why we chose this nursery. Their outdoor space is fabulous. They have a farm and woodlands that the children visit regularly. They get to meet and sometimes feed many farm animals plus play in the woods and stream.” (Daynurseries.co.uk) For more information, For further information, please get in touch with a member of our team, we are happy to help!

For Jubilee Gems, our term-time Nursery, Tel: 0118 983 4018 Email: info@jubileegems.co.uk visit www.jubileegems.co.uk

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Things every British Mother says at some point

m Best Mu

No means no. I am not your personal taxi service You treat this house like a hotel Money doesn’t grow on trees One day you will thank me It’s like talking to a brick wall were you born in a barn? I don’t care who started it. It’s like Blackpool illuminations in here


Let’s face it, Mums are basically superheroes, but with more powers. Here’s why:





No matter what I’m going through my mum is always there, whether its face to face or on the phone. I wouldn’t be the mum I am without her. You will never have somebody else like it in your life. Not just your Mum but your best friend. The one person you can always rely on.


Everything seems better after a good cuddle with your mum.


No other person does as much as a mum can. We gave birth, fed, changed nappies, comforted our children when they were upset, comforted them when they were frustrated, calmed them when they are angry.


When they’re babies you need energy to power through the sleepless nights. When they are older, your kids will have loads of energy and even though we’re tired, us mums continue to power through to ensure our kids are happy and fed. To find the time to play and read with them! E is most definitely for energy!!

Mums are fiercely protective of our young. Our instinct is to protect and cherish. Even the quietest, most timid lady becomes a lioness if her babies are at risk. We are ace, Mums! Mums give it our all!


I rely on my, what I believe to be, a good sense of humour. If I didn’t laugh at half the things my kids do especially my teenage son then I fear I may lock them away in a cupboard somewhere. Sharing our laughter brightens up our days no end.


No matter how much or how little we sleep, despite the endless amounts of washing, the disgusting poonamis, the lack of pelvic floor muscles or even the inability to ever pee alone again we are happy to be parents and nothing can dull our irrepressible spirit of joy, happiness and love that is being a mum.



We have so much on our plates and we have to keep all the balls spinning and juggle every thing all day every day!


Kisses – a kiss from your mum can make everything better.

L for LIFE

Because life wouldn’t even exist without a mum. That’s pretty awesome! 


Multi-tasking is part and parcel of being a parent, however, it is the facilitating of things that make mums stand out. From swapping appointments and activities to juggle a last minute party invitation. To ensuring that homework projects are completed, forms are filled in, signed and returned to school as well keeping the household in clean clothes, food and acceptable living conditions.

LOVE Whether your a tough love mama, an attachment parent, an arts and crafts/bakesale/do everything to perfection giver or a more laid back ‘do what I can without killing myself’ mama, one thing we all have by the bucket load is love that never ends whether they are a newborn, 10, 20, 30 and so on.


Seriously, mums can do all the silly, amazing and down right ridiculous stuff that nobody else can do in the house. Crazy crafts, silly costumes, ridiculous food that looks like animals. All you need to do it wave that magic wand and your wish will be her mum command!


….Actually, what we meant to say is that….P is for Prosecco! Now that’s the kind of P us Prosecco loving mums want to hear about on Mother’s Day. Patience rewarded with Prosecco, and lots of it please!


Mums are the masters of being quick – quick thinking and quick problem resolution not to mention quick flexes!


Mums keep going no matter what, through good days and bad because they have to. They are so strong and can bear anything.


Whether it’s sleepless nights that take it all out of us or another dinner time battle, even hospital stays or school stresses… we will soldier on and we will fight because these are our kids!


If I ever need an honest opinion I go to my Mum, she is the person I know will not tell me what I want to hear but what I need to hear.


LOVE Whatever stresses our children

put us through, we still love them without condition and that’s a force to be reckoned with!

Mums are awesome because they can and do, do everything and anything, often all at once – and without even thinking about it.

W for WINE

Wine. We give it up for a tough 9 months of pregnancy, and drink it sparingly when breastfeeding. Both are tough times when sitting down with a nice chilled glass of Pinot would be bliss.

Z for zzzz’s

A thing of the past? Worry not new mums, the tables will turn in a few years - when they’re teens. You won’t be able to get your darlings out of bed. You can catch up on your sleep then!


Yup, mum always knows what you are up to! #eyesinthebackofourheads


Mums are busy souls, always rushing around to get a million jobs done at once. But with kids, you need to be able to stop ‘adulting’ once in a while and take a sip from that empty plastic tea cup, answer that imaginary phone (which is usually the TV remote or similar) or have ‘intelligent’ conversations with a row of cuddly toys … because that’s what us mums do! Stay in touch with the child within!

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Sunday 31st March




Children get Ready to +


On Leisure

at Bradfield College this Easter



Lots of exciting activities including:

•children Bouncy Castle • Dodgeball welcomed over 500 have at least•anDance ith Swimming the Easter last year. The hour to have holidays Kwikfast Cricket • every Walkday the Plank • children Halloween Party tennis camps cater for fun in the pool. The rest approaching, From 9am - 4pm 8th - Thursday 18th April 2019. children aged 3-16 and ofweekdays the day isMonday filled with parents a great way to get activitiesDrop offare across the region Cost are £26 per dayhigh-energy (10% sibling discount). from 8.30 am. your child starting to such as swimming, on the look-out for fun To findand out more orcastle, book dance, a place call play 0118tennis 964 4600 - whatever bouncy activities, childcare or email their age - in a fun and dodgeball, kwik cricket new experiences for frontdesk@bradfieldcollege.org.uk safe environment. The and walk the plank! At their children. And you’ll just £26 per child per day Easter Tennis Camp be delighted to know is run by LTA licensed (10% sibling discount), that Bradfield College coaches and caters the camp aims to keep delivers on all three for all levels, ages and the children on the go counts. abilities. Not only is all day, aside from the it great fun, but the normal breaks you would This Easter, Bradfield booking flexibility means expect! If you would like College are running that you can balance to book a trial day, just two Easter Camps for your school holidays with get in touch. children, offering quite other activities, too. different set-ups, one Of course, Bradfield of which is bound to suit College is renowned your family. To find out more or to for its state-of-the-art tennis facilities. Local Activ8+ is an activity book your child on to parents clamour to book day camp for boys and either Easter Camp, their children on to the girls aged 8-14 based just call reception on Tennis Camps that run in the sports complex 0118 964 4600. across the year - they and sports fields. The


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