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Issue 37 April 2015 Circulation 11,000


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The Easter holidays are upon us you can find a whole host of things to keep the family entertained this month. Why not try Wellington County Park if you fancy enjoying the great outdoors, or perhaps a trip to the theatre is more your thing? Annie Jr. is being staged at Bearwood College and full details are on page 37. And don’t forget Amners Farm Lambing Days which will be running at the end of the month, too.

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And as we move into a new school term, parents of little ones may be looking at nurseries and schools in the area to start pre-school sessions or to make a change. This month you’ll find Mrs Blands Infant & Nursery School in Burghfield Common tell us all about their approach to learning on page 34. Jubilee Day Nursery in Padworth are on page 36 to tell us what they can offer for babies through to pre-schoolers. You can also find Mortimer St. John’s Infant School within our pages for those considering infant schools in the area.

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The arrival of spring often encourages us to make changes on the work front, too. Have you been thinking about a new job in 2015? If you have, you’ll find our article on pages 12 and 13 really useful when you start your job search.

Annie Jr. This month’s film review is of Still Alice, a new release causing waves in the film world. The movie stars Julieann Moore with an Oscar-winning performance of a 50 year old suffering early onset of Alzheimers 37 disease. Our film reviewer, Rob Barnes, shares his thoughts on page 32. Friday 17th April 7pm-10pm Our regular columnists are back in full force. Rowberry Morris Solicitors in Tadley give us some insight into conveyancing Sundy 19th 8am-11am and the home-moving process on page April 29. Mark Penston, our financial advisor, can be found on p.15 with this month’s


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ach participating child was given £1 and challenged to turn that £1 into as much money as possible over a two week period, with all profits going to charity. The ideas and business plans that the children came up with were so impressive that all of the participants were given a certificate and a small prize. There were also four ‘outstanding’ winners. Just take a look at what they did! Sophie. Sophie bought a loaf of bread with her £1. She made baskets out of newspaper and sold bread at Dinton Pastures to feed the ducks. She then reinvested her money into ingredients to make cakes. Sophie made £13.91 profit! Ollie. Ollie used his £1 to buy goggle eyes. He decorated pebbles, turning them into paperweights and selling them. Ollie’s business ‘Rebel Pebbles’ made £44 profit! Phoebe. Phoebe used her piano playing skills to perform a concert. She sold tickets, refreshments for the interval and also made a DVD to sell to family and friends. Phoebe made £39 profit!

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Annabelle. Annabelle bought a bag of sweets and divided it into smaller bags to sell at a profit. With her profit, Annabelle then went back to the shop and repeated the process. When she had made more money, Annabelle went back to the shop and bought ingredients to make cakes. After selling 48 cakes, Annabelle made a profit of £62 and was the highest earner of the competition! As the winner, Annabelle was able to choose a charity for the proceeds of the initiative to be donated to. The grand total of £345.01 will be donated to Magic Breakfast, a charity that delivers free, nutritious breakfasts to schools with a high proportion of children in receipt of free school meals. Well done to all the children who took part. You are amazing!



he users of Theale Medical Centre will be very pleased to learn that, following an inspection by The Care Quality Commission (CQC), the village’s GP Practice in Englefield Road has been rated ‘Good’. Theale Medical Centre was part of The Care Quality Commission’s first round of inspections, assessing practices across the country. The reports reveal that the surgery provides ‘Good’ services for older and vulnerable people, patients with long-term conditions or mental

health illnesses, and children. It was also noted that the culture was caring and the centre well-led. Welcome news to the users of the centre! The GPs and staff were congratulated by Professor Steve Field, the commission’s chief inspector of general practice who said that the service was “safe, effective, caring, responsive and well led. Patients should be able to expect high quality and consistent care from every GP practice.” Well done Theale Medical Centre!


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But is your smile ready? If you are someone who smiles with their mouth closed for fear of showing their not-quiteperfect teeth and always shies away from a camera, maybe it’s time to investigate a solution. And we’re not talking Harley Street here. Not when there’s a perfect solution much closer to home in Burghfield Common. The Burghfield Dental Practice has been running since 1988 and has been owned by Dr. Hossein Hesami since 2008. With a great reputation locally and with a much sought after ‘good’ rating from the Care Quality Commission inspection, why look anywhere else? Dr. Hesami’s team can offer a full makeover including Botox - yes, really! - implants, teeth straightening and teeth whitening. The fact that a dentist is carrying out Botox procedures may surprise you, but in reality, dentists are perfect for these procedures as they really know and understand the facial muscle structure, having studied this at degree level. They are also well-practised at giving injections!

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The teeth straightening solution that Burghfield Dental Practice offers may also surprise you. Long gone are the days of metal brackets and ugly wires to straighten your teeth. Smilealign straightening is an invisible orthodontic aligner system that uses the latest technology on the UK dental market. Smilealign’s revolutionary clear brace aligner gives you the straight smile you always dreamed of. It’s practically invisible, so people won’t even know you’re having your teeth straightened. It’s also comfortable, removable and easy to use. The aligners are changed every 2-4 weeks to move the teeth in very small increments, little by little into the desired position prescribed by your dentist. The whole process can take as little as 10 weeks, depending on the alterations required. Best of all, prices start from just £1500 and finance packages for Smilealign are available. A Hollywood Smile? Perhaps it’s a bright, white Hollywood smile that you’re after? You could have the whiter teeth you’re longing for in just 4 weeks. Enlighten whitening can whiten up to 16 shades, though results do vary. If it’s used correctly, all teeth will whiten dramatically. All it takes is just three visits to the practice and the rest is done at home. Burghfield Dental Practice have been using Enlighten whitening since 2008 because of its guaranteed results. So how do they do it? First of all, the whitening trays are custom made for you. For this, there is a two week lead time. You then wear the trays overnight for two weeks. Don’t worry, they are thin and comfortable! The results are


unbelievable too, and the practice has already helped hundreds of local people gain beautifully white teeth. Results can last indefinitely with some very simple maintenance (wearing the trays for 1 night every other month). And it’s really safe. The materials used in Enlighten Whitening have been used in dentistry for over 100 years. There are whitening brands on the market for around £250, but results from these products are not guaranteed like they are with Enlighten. The standard cost for Enlighten Whitening is £400, but Dr. Hesami is offering Village Eye readers this treatment for just £350. Just mention the EYE to receive your discount. And don’t forget that the Burghfield Dental Practice can fulfil all your regular dental needs, too, and offers Denplan cover for those who prefer to spread the cost of their regular dental treatment. So whether it’s Botox, straightening, whitening or just a regular check-up, get in touch with the friendly team at Burghfield Dental Practice on 0118 983 3563 and see how they can help you.

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know how hard a hair salon has to work to get it absolutely right. I used to be the editor of several Londonbased hairdressing magazines and was lucky enough to have my hair cut by Kate Middleton’s stylist Richard Ward and to interview Trevor Sorbie on how he built his empire.

Elizabeth Kempson Hairdressing, which opened on West End Road in May 2014, is finished in soothing light blue, silver and white, and from the moment I walked in I felt my shoulders relax. It is a haven

I’ve also had some decent haircuts in local salons but there have been some under whelming experiences. No one wants to be subjected to a half-hour conversation between your stylist and her colleague about a missing invoice while gasping for a cup of tea.

of calm. I was greeted with a smile and the offer of a glass of crisp white wine. Had Elizabeth read my mind? It was an evening appointment, the kids were in bed so I happily accepted. Lying back at the basin was a nice surprise. For every aspect of her business, including the design of the extremely comfortable shampoo chair, Elizabeth has thought carefully about the client’s experience. She knows her stuff, having worked for over 20 years in high-end salons across Berkshire and Hertfordshire.

So what’s the difference? Those at the top of their game all share one thing: a passion for making every client feel the centre of the world and to deliver the haircut of their lives. Elizabeth Kempson shares this sort of passion in her beautiful salon right on your doorstep in the heart of Mortimer.

She knows her stuff, having worked for over 20 years in high-end salons across Berkshire and Hertfordshire.

Flexibility in hair salons is rare but invaluable for anyone who works long hours or has kids. Elizabeth will endeavour to look after you anytime between 9am and 10.30pm on most weekdays and she offers Saturday appointments too. “My initial vision for my salon was just as a place for me to do what I love around my girls and to work very little,” Elizabeth told me as she washed my hair with products from her range of Wella SP products. “It has blossomed in a way I never imagined and now I am here more than 30 hours a week.” Quality and consistency has been Elizabeth’s goal and it seems to be working, with most clients booking their next two appointments before leaving the salon. On Facebook, outside the school gates, on the train, people are talking



about Elizabeth Kempson Hairdressing and one chair has already become two. In November Elizabeth took on Megan, a former colleague and stylist who specialises in cutting and is fast becoming a trained colourist. “She shares my passion for consultation, which I believe is the most important part of my job,” says Elizabeth. After a lovely chat, a few sips of wine and a flick through some magazines we landed on something that would suit me. During the cut and colour Elizabeth was completely focused on me, not darting off to check someone else’s colour or gossip with her colleagues, but also gave me space to zone out and read a magazine with my lovely wine. Aside from the colour which a good friend described as “The most natural golden blonde I have ever seen on you” and a fabulous cut, I felt I’d visited a top salon with a hairdresser who somehow knew exactly what I needed during those two precious hours. As a regular customer now, I am delighted that there is no need to hop on a train or drive for miles to find a salon that offers such a winning combination of friendliness and exclusivity. Lisa xx

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hen getting ready each day, many forget to keep up the maintenance of their ‘brows, including filling them in. Not everyone needs to do this, though, and if you are blessed with full Cara Delevingne-esque ‘brows then pat yourself on the back you can have an extra 2 minutes in bed! For me, I have 2 steps to filling in my ‘brows with my first involving a brush and some powder. The best option is to get an angled eye brush, the one I use is the Zoeva 322 Brow Line Brush, and this will allow precision when applying the powder. To apply simply dab the brush in the powder and draw each individual hair of the eyebrow, don’t worry it doesn’t take as long as it sounds! The eye shadow I use at the moment is by MAC in the shade Charcoal Brown. And eyeshadows are perfect for this but remember to try and choose a colour as close to your hair colour as possible and most importantly make sure it is a matte formula, you don’t want your eyebrows to be shimmery! My next step of using an eyebrow gel is key for me as because I work full time it is essential that my eyebrows stay put all day! Eyebrow gels have only recently launched over in the UK for the past year or so and I cant live without mine! The one I have at the moment is Benefit’s Gimme Brow in the shade Medium/Deep, which is too dark for me now but at the time of

purchase I had much darker hair! The gel works with a mascara type wand, which you simply brush through your ‘brow, adding a bit of colour and keeps all of the hair in place all day, perfect for those of you who have fuller eyebrows! Alternatively, a high street dupe for the Benefit’s ‘Gimme Brow’ is Maybelline’s Brow Drama Sculpting Mascara which comes in a variety of shades and for just £4.99 is only a fraction of the price of Benefit’s ‘Gimme Brow’.

Others may prefer filling in their eyebrows with an eyebrow pencil, but this needs some serious skill as often this method leaves eyebrows looking a little too fake. But, the eyebrow pencil that bloggers have raved and praised is the Anastasia Beverley Hills’ Brow Whiz pencil (a mouthful I know!) for £15.50. Available only online at Cult Beauty this beauty of an eyebrow pencil has a very fine pencil nib, which prevents the fake ‘brow look. If you are beauty obsessed like me then you are either waiting to purchase (I’m trying to pluck up the courage to spend that much on an eyebrow pencil) or have purchased this product! Hopefully you are feeling inspired to give your ‘brows a bit more love and I may have to prepare my bank account for some ‘brow product spending (oops!).

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are easily forgotten for many in their makeup routine, I mean who has time to perfect those tiny bits of hair? But, once eyebrows are waxed and plucked, filled in and perfected, they can change the dynamics of your whole face. Throwback to 12 year old me getting my eyebrows waxed for the first time, I went in looking like The Gruffalo and came out looking like a new person, it honestly does change you for the better!


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With the new season about to commence, it’s time you gave your wardrobe a spring clean and embraced the trends dominating the clothing rails in Parkway stores. Catwalk fashion has filtered down to the high street bringing you the newest styles along with some age-old favourites. If you’ve got the seventies bug, channel your modern groove with the newest collection at Monsoon. Dare to denim with Topshop and H&M, say ‘Ooh La La’ with Joules, or invest in some classic tailoring with Jigsaw, Mint Velvet and Jack Wills. Whatever your style, Parkway is bringing the very best of Spring Fashion straight to your doorstep.



DARE TO DENIM Denim has been given a fresh lease of life this season with new cuts, new styles and no boundaries. Throw out the rule book on everything you thought you knew, Denim is raising its fashion credentials as a casual look with designer foundations. Visit Parkway’s Topshop, New Look & H&M to explore…


Nothing says ‘summer’ like a crisp white blouse and it goes a long way to energising your work attire. Layer with a white pencil for a look that is fresh, feminine and absolutely fearless.

Designers have been donning their rose tinted glasses in a wave of retro appreciation as flared trousers, suede fabrics and patchwork prints have become common place. Tone down your revival with subtle notes of the decade and add a touch of the seventies to your personal style.






The utilitarian look has been dominating the catwalks for some time but in 2015, it is officially at the forefront of spring fashion. Channel your inner war hero with luxury, feminine fabrics with a masculine edge. Focus on signature regimental elements in soft dresses and relaxed styles.

Forget the power suit, this season is about soft and subtle tailoring. Give your workwear a feminine edge with statement pieces in pastel colours. JIGSAW PINK LONGLINE JACKET £198


FLOWER POWER Say hello to an old Spring favourite, florals. This season combine with a seventies style and opt for clashing colours and optical prints. CATH KIDSTON PARADISE FLOWERS LIGHTWEIGHT SHAWL £35 DEBENHAMS STAR BY JULIEN MACDONALD BAG £55



This year fashion is taking a Parisian twist. Breton tops with white and blue stripes make the perfect casual fashion statement. Add some red lipstick and you’re good to ‘va va voom’.

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Suede is this seasons most coveted fabric and there’s no easier way to sport the trend than on your feet. Try a desert boot for a perfect trans-seasonal shoe. SCHUH FRANK WRIGHT STRACHEN BOOTS £85


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mart TVs, Smart Phones, Smart Watches...most of us are loving the latest developments in technology, but shhh! Let’s just say you might want to be a little careful what you say in front of these devices which are smarter than you may think...

Recently, The Daily Beast reported that Samsung’s new Smart TVs are now being programmed to listen to every word you say and send it over the internet to Samsung - and to any other companies with whom it chooses to share your data. Unsurprisingly, comparisons were immediately made to George Orwell’s novel 1984 which depicted a scary, dark world of a state listening in to its citizens. Samsung’s ‘privacy’ policy states: ‘Please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party through your use of voice recognition.’ This ability for the TV to record your conversations (and arguments?) on the sofa is part of the set’s voice command feature, which enables viewers to tell the TV to change channels rather than use a remote. And it’s not just Samsung. This feature is typical of many smart TVs. The TV is programmed to understand phrases, such as ‘turn on’, but it can also record everything else that is said in the room. It’s always listening, ready to take a command. The idea that your most


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private conversations could be shared with anyone whom Samsung sees fit is, well, disturbing, isn’t it? And it’s not just television sets. Millions of Xbox users are being listened to by Microsoft’s voice-activated consoles. In its privacy policy, Microsoft states that it is ‘only interested in your voice commands to Xbox, which we capture along with any ambient background noise.‘ The company says it stores this data and, under its privacy policy, states that it can share it with ‘affiliates and vendors’.

And, just like those fictional ‘telescreens’, many smart TV sets today don’t just have ears, but they also have eyes, in the form of cameras used for facial recognition, which are - supposedly - designed to allow only specific people to watch the set.

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Even Smart phones using Siri - the voice recognition service - it’s always listening... And a little device called Amazon Fire TV. A small box that connects to your TV and the internet, enabling you to download TV shows and films directly from Amazon. One of its features is voice recognition. Oh yes, here we go again. And Amazon Fire TV terms of use’ says that third parties ‘have access to personal information needed to perform their functions’. Of course, you can disable this feature. But can you? A recent case brought to light that smart TVs sold by LG continued to monitor users’ viewing habits, even when they had disabled the relevant feature!

Hmm. You don’t have to be much of cynic to consider how much advertisers would pay for this data. Chilling comparisons can be drawn between these tech devices and a passage in the novel Nineteen EightyFour, in which every home in George Orwell’s frightening vision of a future which is constantly monitored by the state is equipped with an all-seeing ‘telescreen’. ‘There was, of course, no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment,’ wrote Orwell in the book that was published in 1949.

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All of these companies claim that they are tracking our behaviour simply to make the services more personal to us, but with the current state of affairs and the constant challenge of terrorism, will it really be that long until the state are given access to this data in the name of fighting terrorism? What would George Orwell have made of all this? In 1984 the people have no choice but to allow Big Brother to watch them. In 2015 we have willingly allowed lots of Little Brothers into our homes and lives. Until we have global policies that deal with the privacy of our data and how it is used, it is possible that in the future anything you say could be used in a different way than you originally thought. So, perhaps for now, it’s worth watching what you say in front of your TV … and your smartphone … and also your new smartwatch. (source Daily Mail online February 12th 2015)

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Part One - 10 steps to Getting That Job The humble CV can be a major stumbling block. Employers, faced with hundreds of applications, shortlist quite aggressively, discarding weaker applicants, sometimes without a second glance, if a ‘pet hate’ has been spotted. Employers’ annoyances are universal, regardless of industry, so make sure you don’t fall into these common - and sometimes surprising! traps. Text-speak, poor spelling and bad grammar is still

the number one turn-off. Mistakes will put you at the top of the ‘No’ pile as it tells employers that you have spent little time or effort to check your CV and calls into question how much you actually want the job. Presentation is the key! Make sure your CV is well-presented with good formatting, has a logical order and is no more than 2-3 pages long. If layout isn’t your ‘thing’ ask a friend to look through your CV and suggest ways it can be improved.

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Over-used phrases which cover all bases are up there among ‘Most Annoying’. Phrases such as ‘I enjoy working as part of a team, but can also work as an individual‘. We’ve all done it, but at such a competitive time, it would be wise to phrase this another way, or demonstrate it within your work history.

Once you’re there, first impressions are key. Make sure that you look smart and business-like. Iron your shirt, polish your shoes and brush your hair. And don’t forget the handshake! A limp handshake is an instant turn-off so get practising! Obvious stuff, but overlooked surprisingly often according to surveys.

If a recruiter is actively looking for the tiniest of things with which to disregard you, pay attention to your hobbies, too. ‘I enjoy socialising’ came up as a major annoyance for recruiters in recent research, and really tells the employer nothing about you so leave it out. Similarly, ‘I enjoy clubbing’ could say the wrong thing about you, so take a moment to think about what you could be communicating through your listed hobbies and ask yourself, is that a good thing?

Personal hygiene is also a key consideration. Nerves can make us perspire a little more than usual, so bear this in mind when choosing your top and apply a little more deodorant than usual. Bad breath is also a big no-no, so invest in some gum (taking care to discard it before you enter the office!). Be aware of your body language. Recruiters like eye contact and an easy manner, both of which can be difficult to master naturally if you’re nervous, but just try to relax and view it as a two-way chat.

Check the privacy settings on your Facebook page, or at least review it from a recruiter’s point of view. Most employers now check social media as a matter of course. Drunken photos, cheeky messages, 400 friends or 4 friends...like it or not recruiters will make a judgement about you based on what they see.

Preparation is crucial. Turning up at an interview without any knowledge of the company is unforgiveable. Research the company before you go in. If there are things you don’t understand then make a note and when you’re invited to ask additional questions, you can!

So, you get the interview - congratulations! A recent survey shows that calling ahead to check the interviews are running to time and enquiring about parking are viewed positively by employers. And definitely don’t be late! If something unforeseen occurs which will make you late, inform them at your earliest convenience to minimise the damage.


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s many of you will have read in the press, from April 2015 those over age 55 will be able to have total access to their pension fund if you have what the industry calls a defined contribution pension. (This is normally something like a personal pension or a pension that is valued by the number of units it holds and a value per unit.) The changes are cited as the most radical changes to pensions in nearly a century. Those who hold sceptical views about pensions have much less to be sceptical about now! From age 55 individuals have always been allowed access to 25% of the pension fund value as tax free cash. In the past there were various restrictions about how the rest of the money could be taken. Typically, this was to either buy an annuity or draw an income from the fund while it was still invested. The changes will still allow an individual to take 25% of the fund as tax-free cash but will also allow the rest of the fund to be withdrawn too. But beware! The funds withdrawn over the 25% tax-free cash will be added to the individual’s income for that year and taxed accordingly. I think that this will catch many people out who had not considered the taxation issues that will come with this ‘pension liberation’.

Carefully planned though, I think that the changes can add some real benefits to financial planning. It’s certainly given us some more creative ways of saving money in a tax efficient way. In addition to greater access, the tax charges on death have been changed so that pension funds can effectively be passed down the generations in an inheritance tax free manner. Another tool in our financial planning bag! There are of course some deeper aspects to this which may be relevant depending on individual circumstances. Of importance here is understanding your options and acting on them. Free guidance on this area is available at www.pensionwise.gov. uk although for specific advice we are always happy to help!


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perfect lawn really is the ‘Holy Grail’ of gardening. Who wouldn’t want a lush, green lawn with Wimbledon stripes?

But here in the UK our attempts are often thwarted by our cold, wet, damp climate and...MOSS! Yes, moss really is the enemy when it comes to achieving that perfect lawn. It gets everywhere; on the front drive, the roof, in the guttering, but especially in the lawn. Due to our climate, and limited sun in the winter, moss can develop and spread very easily. But why does moss spread into the lawn?


Thanks to Phil, we have some top tips on controlling moss to share with our readers: Prune and trim trees right back to allow more air movement through the lawn. Apply moss killer in Autumn and early Spring. Use a Iron Sulphate material to kill moss. Once moss is dead it must be removed by raking by hand or machine scarification. Aerating the lawn helps drainage allowing grass roots to strengthen. Apply Autumn and Spring feed with nitrogen.

Poor drainage is often a big problem. Do you have areas on your lawn where water lays on the surface? You’ll probably find moss there. Similarly, shaded areas - particularly under trees - can be susceptible, and the type of soil that you have in your garden can also be a contributing factor. Moss is a lover of clay soil, but also loves soil that is very acidic. You tend to find it most in areas that have limited air movement, too, such as the sides of the house, garage, fences or trees.

In some cases over seeding where the moss was removed is necessary.

So, it’s a lost cause, right? Wrong! There are lots of things you can do to prevent the spread of moss spoiling your lovely lawn. We spoke to Phil Adshead of Supagrass for his thoughts. He told us, “A lawn with heavy moss can look really unsightly, especially in the winter when it comes to life. It can have a bright green look, and unless it is controlled and physically removed from the lawn, it can regenerate itself year after year.”

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We look forward to seeing the lawns of the region looking lush this summer!

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Pedal Power Sunday 12th April Picture the scene: a group of like-minded cyclists, pedalling through the beautiful Berkshire countryside, passing through the traditional villages of West Berkshire and enjoying the stunning scenery and quiet country lanes. Entries are now open for the annual Guide Dogs ‘Tour of Berkshire’ Cycle Ride. This event, now in its second year will be held on 12th April 2015 and will be setting off from the Guide Dogs HQ in Burghfield.

The ‘Tour of Berkshire’ Cycle Ride is open to everyone and has distance options to suit all abilities; regular sportive riders, beginners to cycling and charity riders. Choose from the 41.5km Fun Ride, the 84km Classic Sportive and the 125km Epic option aimed at cyclists looking for an early season challenge. If you’d like to enter or find out more, everything you need to know can be found at www.dengieevents.co.uk

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To enter a Scarecrow all you have to do is go along to the website www.scarecrowtrail. org and download the application form. Or if you prefer, e-mail the team on bcscarecrowtrail@btinternet.com who will help you with your application. Closing date for entries is 1st May so once you’ve decided on the Scarecrow you are going to make, get them entered! Then, of course, it’s all hands to the pumps to get them made and ready for the first day of the Scarecrow Trail. Rope in the kids and make it a family affair.This year the trail will run from Saturday 23rd May until Sat 30th May. Entry costs just ten pounds and this year’s prizes are £100 first prize, £50 second prize and £25 third prize. Trail sheets will be on sale at the Burghfield May Fayre and you can also pick up your trail sheet from Wellers Fruit Shop, Willink Leisure Centre, Burghfield Common Library, Nisa/Post Office stores and Burghfield Area Children’s Centre.


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t’s time to call upon the fair folk of Burghfield to come forth and make Scarecrows for Burghfield’s annual Scarecrow Trail which will soon be upon us. This year’s theme is ‘Children’s TV Characters’, so let your imagination loose and step forward!

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nce a month the doors of the recently extended scout hut in Burghfield Common on Hollybush Lane are now being opened to host a tabletop sale. The idea of a regular, indoor sale each month has been welcomed by the community and you don’t have to be up with the lark or brave the elements if you’re a seller either (à la carbooting)!

scout sessions they get to experience the outdoors, interact with others, gain confidence and have the opportunity to reach their full potential. So why not have a Spring Clean and a good sort out? If you fancy having a go at selling, but not sure where to start, take a look at this handy list of What’s Hot and What’s Not in the land of the table top sale!

Do you have cupboards bursting at the seams? Is your attic caving under the pressure of all those storage boxes filled with goodness knows what? Well, the good news is, you can hire a table for just £10 to sell your preloved items. These monthly sales will give you a perfect opportunity to sell your goods and turn your trash into cash! What you sell on your stall is down to you (as long as it’s legal!) You can sell home made craft, homemade cakes, or clothes, books and bric a brac too.

Attracting people to your stall over your neighbouring tables is easy, too. It just takes a bit of imagination. Why not give bright tablecloths a try? Or anything tartan, leopardskin or animal print! Quirky items on the table like a mannequin or wooden chest, or even a fancy dress costume will make people smile and strike up a conversation with you. And if you’re selling clothes, rigging up a screened-off area where people can try things on may help, too. If you’re permitted to, make some noise to draw the crowds. If you’re selling a guitar, play it! If you’re selling a CD player, putting on some fun music will also win you customers.

The profits from the £10 table hire charge go directly to the local Scout Group who are doing fantastic work with our young people of all ages and giving them experiences that they’ll remember and treasure, as well as kitting them out with life skills for the future. During their


Drinking glasses Fondue sets, cocktail sets Foot spas Used boots and shoes Anything not very p.c. like Smoking related items, stuffed creatures & genuine fur.

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StiLL ALiCE "Not to be missed" 5/5 Julianne Moore delivers an acting masterclass in this oscar-winning portrayal of a 50 year old woman dealing with the early onset of a rare form of Alzheimer’s disease. So sensitive, subtle and stripped back is her performance that you can’t help being drawn into her world, and at times you genuinely feel like you are experiencing the journey with her. Based on Lisa Genova’s book inspired by her own mother’s battle with Alzheimers, Still Alice is a film that is less about the medical condition of the disease but more about one woman’s experience of it. Alice has it all: a world renowned linguistics professor with an adoring husband, and three loving children who have all flown the nest. When Alice starts to forget simple words, and finds herself momentarily losing her memory whilst out jogging she

visits a neurologist who subsequently delivers the shocking diagnosis. The scene when Alice and her husband John (Alec Baldwin) announce the news to their children is hard to watch, and made more painstaking when they are informed it is genetic and so likely to be passed on to them. Alice’s life slowly unravels exposing a seemingly impenetrable marriage, and a strained relationship with her rebellious daughter Lydia played with an immense maturity by Kristen Stewart. Some scenes are hard to bear but are handled with such delicacy that it never once slips into melodrama. Like a voyeur, the camera gets so up close and personal with Alice that we witness much of her decline through her face alone without any need for words. The love and care given to this film by directors Richard Glatzer and Wash

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Westmoreland radiates from the screen, thanks no doubt to their own real-life story. Glatzer was diagnosed with ALS (Motor Neurone Disease) shortly before the couple decided to adapt Genova’s novel and his condition declined to the point that he communicated with the cast through a text-to-speech iPad app, a process that Moore herself has attributed to the film’s success. This no doubt influenced the role technology plays in the film - Alice tracks her condition using her smartphone and even records video messages to her future self that results in one of the film’s most dramatic sequences. This film is not an easy ride, but thanks to the brilliant Julianne Moore there are moments of humour and optimism amidst the deep tragedy, making this a trip not to be missed.

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief

by Rick Riordan

This is an adventurous, action-packed, exciting book and will blow your mind! Percy Jackson is the son of Poseidon, God of the Sea. He is a half-blood: half-human, half-god. He is taken to Camp Half-Blood in New York, a camp for kids like him that is safe from monsters that like to attack half-bloods. In this excellent story, Zeus, God of the Sky, thinks that his brother, Poseidon, has stolen his master lightening bolt and will declare war if it is not returned. Percy has to go on a quest with his friends Annabeth and Grover to try to find it. Through his epic journey he has to defeat lots of mythical monsters, and even some Gods, and outwit them. Will he succeed? Percy Jackson is a troubled kid who is scared easily. Annabeth is up for anything. She is a powerful girl. Grover is a half-man, half-goat and is always worried! I liked it because it’s full of lots of little adventures and mythical creatures. I like Annabeth because she’s a great person and up for anything. I would recommend this book to people who love adventures and fighting monsters. I could not put this book down.

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T Buy Your Silchester Brewed Beer Today!! Your local brewery is now open for home sales Mon - Fri 10am 'til 5pm & on most Saturdays. With lovely fresh beer from our taps in your fridge, surely no weekend or holiday should start any other way. Our new brewery bar is open for tasting any time you would like to pop in. Take your time and taste away! We have 6 -10 constantly changing beers to take away in bottles, refillable swing tops and beer boxes. We encorage you to taste before you buy and chat to the people who brewed it for you. We have blondes, stouts, IPAs, milds and ambers. We promise we will always have a beer to suit your mood!!

he release of a new car is always an important moment in the life of any car company, so the release of a new C Class couldn’t be more pivotal for Mercedes Benz. The company sold over 2.4 million examples of the previous model worldwide since its release in 2007. No pressure. The new release brings new engines. There was a 2 litre petrol and diesel from launch, with the petrol managing around 50mpg and the diesel a more impressive 70mpg. New engines have now been added including a frugal 1.6 litre diesel and more powerful hybrid models. Once you choose a suspension setting you will find a competent car that all but the most seasoned drivers would complain about. It is very good at motorway speeds, which is a vital asset in this sector.

design. A lot of features are accessed through a laptoplike touchpad on the centre console controlling the dash mounted screen. Practicality is a difficult subject in the compact executive sector. This is not a particularly spacious interior; I would call it snug. There is enough space but it doesn’t feel open and airy. With a 480 litre boot the C Class equals its main rival, the BMW 3 Series. The new model starts from £27,000 on the road, well over the £24,000 starting price of the 3 Series, although in my opinion there isn’t another car in this segment that can match the C Class for interior quality and feel. This is a very competent new package from Mercedes. A lot of the decisions by any customers will be made on the back of the new styling. Personally I think this is a

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“Mrs Bland’s Nursery are making a first step to inspire a lifelong love of learning”

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t Mrs Bland’s Infant and Nursery School learning is creative and fun, this is especially true in the Acorns Nursery Class. Following a complete refurbishment of the nursery, we have a new modern look with bright paint, new furniture and equipment. Our next step is to redesign our outside area too, all designed to foster creativity. Why not come and take a peek?

Our Early Years Foundation Stage trained teacher, Tracey Dolding and her wonderful team encourage independent learning through free flow play, exploration and music using our re-vamped indoor area and outdoor exploration centre. Recently we have been exploring our senses

with cooked spaghetti, light boxes and caves, also finding out about shapes using the interactive whiteboard and learning the days of the week through song. Each day is different, just as each child is unique. This is revealed in the children’s ideas of what they would like to learn: from, ‘I would like to learn my shapes’ to, ‘I would like to learn to colour inside the lines’ and ‘I would like to learn to write my name’. Last October we introduced Forest School to our Nursery class and on Forest Fridays we visit a local woodland area, where we develop self-esteem and confidence through hands on learning in an outdoor environment. From it’s early years start, Forest School learning continues right through to the end of year 2, making Mrs Bland’s the only school in the area to offer the Forest School experience. Following the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), Mrs Bland’s nursery class specifically caters for the children in the year before

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they start school. You can use your state nursery vouchers for 3 year olds, for a morning or afternoon place, 5 days a week. Need extra child care? You can pay for your child to stay for the additional half day session which includes a hot lunch. When you come to visit, you will see that our nursery is all about the children and, as you

can see from the photos above, they are more than capable of telling you all by themselves. If you are interested in coming to see the nursery class in action, then please contact the School Office and ask to speak to Mrs Dolding (Nursery Teacher) or Mrs Nisbet (Head teacher) at Mrs Bland’s Infant and Nursery School 0118 9832332.

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MISS CALEDONIA Award-winning Theatre

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F Princess Anna and Queen Elsa are travelling all the way from Arendelle to visit all the children of Reading and Newbury at the Holiday Inn Reading–West on

Friday 10th April 10am- 12pm Join us in our Bourne Suite for a morning of a fun filled entertainment with Elsa and Anna. Who will be meeting and playing with all your princesses, joining in the actives and of course a sing along!! Activities include:

Games Colouring Glitter Tattoos Face Painting Picture opportunities so have your camera ready!! Snack and drink included £10.00 only per child

arnham Maltings Travelling Theatre returns to St Johns Hall, Mortimer for one night only on 6 May 2015 to present the award-winning Miss Caledonia.

The play is set in 1950s Canada and is the story of a girl’s dream to escape small-town life through winning the local pageant and becoming a movie star. Brimming with love, comedy, music and song, it promises to be a heart-warming evening. This Canadian play is touring around rural audiences across the UK this spring. However what makes this performance special is that Mortimer has been chosen to be part of a pioneering live theatre streaming project. This will see the performance shown live online simultaneously. To celebrate this special collaboration all profits from the evening will be donated to the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance. Tickets for Miss Caledonia are just £10 each. To purchase tickets email boxoffice@ mortimervillage.org.uk or buy online www.mortimervillage. org.uk (an additional booking fee of £1.50 applies when tickets are purchased online).

No charge for an accompanying adult & the bar will be open for tea, coffee & adult drinks! Full non-refundable pre-payment and Pre-booking is required No tickets available on the door, Numbers strictly limited For more information or to book please call Alison on

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Quality tuition at affordable prices Fun and exciting dance classes from 2 - yrs to adults Musical Theatre Course from 5 yrs

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Great news for Frozen fans. Disney has announced it will produce a sequel to its runaway hit Frozen, which last year became the highest-grossing animated film of all time. Frozen 2 will reunite the team behind the original feature, including director Chris Buck, writer Jennifer Lee and producer Peter Del Vecho. So far, a release date is unknown... Watch this space!

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Spring in to Jubilee We have a very busy spring time ahead at Jubilee Day Nursery with lots of exciting events, activities and outdoor learning experiences for all.

Upcoming events... Summer School 2015 Our tried and tested Summer School offers: Flexible Sessions, P.E. and Phonics, Cycling Lessons (please supply own bike and helmet), Themed Days and Weeks (Princesses and Pirates, Circus Workshop, Science Week), With lots and lots more fun, learning and playing throughout the six week summer holidays.

Book now online for Easter and Spring school holidays at www.jubileejets.co.uk

If you would like your child to be part of the Jubilee Day Nursery experience then please contact Lesley on 01189 701600 or info@jubileedaynursery.co.uk, alternatively, visit website www.jubileedaynursery.co.uk to find out more.

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Local Children ‘Making A Song & Dance of It!’


hanks to the recent film remake, the original story, ‘Little Orphan Annie’ has been enjoying a comeback and reaching a new, younger -and local - audience.

The auditions seem a long time ago now. Rehearsals are well underway, costumes and props are sourced and the cast are now adding the final polish for the audience on Saturday 11th April.

Back on the 1st February in an unassuming church hall, over 40 children from all sides of Reading - and beyond! - went through an audition process to take part in StageAbility’s forthcoming production of the well-loved original stage show Annie.

Rehearsals have taken place on Sundays, February half term and some of the Easter Holidays, so the cast have been working really hard. Principal, Jackie Stuart tells us, “The main cast is made up of some very talented young people who have been a joy to work with. Several of them have worked their way up from the ensemble having gained experience and skill. That’s always great to see, and an inspiration for those taking to the stage for the first time.”

Some of the children came from StageAbility’s drama classes which run across Berkshire and other children responded to flyers or a Facebook promotion. The shows that StageAbility produce are always cast by open audition which means that anyone can have a go! Ranging in age from 6 to 16, the children sang, danced and acted in front of Choreographer and Director, Bernadette Vanderkar and Jackie Stuart, Principal of StageAbility to win a role in the show. And what a talented bunch we must be nur turing here in Village E y e ter r itor y. “ We ’ve cast quite a lot of children Annie 2014 Out on DVD soon! from your area in this show, “ Bernadette told us - or ‘Bee’ as the kids call her. “We have children from Sulhamstead and Ufton Nervet Primary, Burghfield St. Mary’s, Garlands Junior School, Aldermaston Primary, Mortimer St. John’s and Mortimer St. Mary’s!”

Honey Bulger who has landed the role of Annie has been taking part in StageAbility’s shows since 2011 when they first staged Annie Jr. But back then Honey was only 6 and the chance of playing Annie seemed like a dream. However, after taking roles in pretty much every show since – Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, Seussical and Robin Hood – Honey was over the moon when she learned that she had won the part of Annie this year.

You can see Annie Jr. At Bearwood College Theatre, Winnersh on Saturday 11th April at 4pm or 7pm. Tickets are available from www.stageability.ticketsource.co.uk

You can see Annie Jr. At Bearwood College Theatre, Winnersh on Saturday 11th April at 4pm or 7pm. Tickets are available from www. stageability.ticketsource.co.uk

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Main picture: The amazingly talented Aileen Quinn, Star of the original Annie in 1982. Did you know that she’s now 43 years old!


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This production of Annie – “Annie Jr.” - is a special adaptation for school aged children. The show contains all the songs you know and love but is a one act show which has a running time of 75 minutes. Perfect for little ones in the audience! Why not go along and support our local school kids and enjoy an Easter family trip out at the same time?


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Amners Farm Lambing Days Open 25th & 26th April and 2nd, 3rd & 4th May 2015 11am – 6pm (last entry 5pm) Pregnant women are advised not to attend the Lambing Days. No dogs allowed.

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Come and enjoy a great day out, there is so much to see and do including: • Seeing lambs being born • Steam train rides • Pets Corner • Straw play barn • Crafts & refreshments • Archery • Tractor and trailer rides • Pony rides • Falconry and more......

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ishopswood Golf Course in Tadley is thriving at this time of year. The new season for golf membership is underway so regular golfers, returning golfers as well as those trying golf for the first time are signing up to enjoy the 9 hole course and 12 bay flood lit driving range.

On the upper floor of the Club House, the Sands Restaurant is also causing quite a stir and has established itself very firmly among the best places to eat out in Tadley and the surrounding area. The Sands Restaurant at Bishopswood Golf Course has always been a stunning place to enjoy a meal, particularly at this time of year, with its own terrace overlooking the golf course, but the arrival of new Head Chef Neil Perkins has taken it to a whole new level. Neil Perkins is an award-winning chef with over 30 years’ experience and until recently was Executive Head Chef at Bramshill Police College, where he catered for Members of Government, overseas dignitaries and Members of the Royal Family. Bishopswood guests were recently invited to an event where they were treated to a menu tasting evening to celebrate Neil’s arrival. The guests sampled the delights of all the new menu dishes that he has designed and introduced. The sumptuous starters included a Terrine of confit chicken with celeriac remoulade. Mouth-watering mains featured a Loin of lamb with a pine nut and parsley crust and tarragon gnocchi and the delicious desserts included a Chocolate, rum and raisin marquise with coffee mocha sauce. The guests were clearly delighted, highly praising the food and also the presentation and service. Sands Restaurant is open seven days a week to members and non-members. Why not go along and sample the new menu for yourself for lunch or dinner?

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The club also fields teams in a Friendly Sunday XI and a Midweek evening 20-20 side.

ortimer West End Cricket Club (MWECC) is a thriving family oriented village club based at the Mortimer West End Recreation Ground on Church Road. The club’s aim is to provide an environment where players of all ages can enjoy the game of cricket and achieve their cricketing aims, whether that be through competitive or friendly cricket.

Indoor pre-season nets are currently taking place on Sunday mornings at Theale Green School from 11am, each week until April 12th, after which practice will move outdoors on a Tuesday evening at the club on Church Road, from 6pm.

The club nurtures budding cricketers through its Junior Section which has ECB Clubmark Accreditation and offers programmes ranging from Under 9 through Under 15 age groups. The club has ECB qualified coaching staff who oversee the player development and manage the junior sides fixtures.

Families and supporters are very welcome at the ground, especially enthusiastic ones who are keen to come along and enjoy summer afternoons watching cricket or enjoying the family friendly facilities, wellfurbished clubhouse and well-stocked bar!

The club fields teams in two competitive Saturday Leagues, the 1st XI in the Premier Division of the Berkshire League and the 2nd XI in Division 2 of the Berkshire Cricket League. The club has enjoyed terrific recent success with the 1st XI competing in the Premier Division, winning the title in 2008, 2010 and 2012. Mortimer West End Cricket Club are keen to build upon this and maintain MWECC as a centre of excellence for cricket in our area.

If you are interested in learning more about joining the club, please contact Andy Johnson. He can be reached via email MWECCSecretary@ outlook.com or for more general information visit the website at www.mwecc.co.uk

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