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We have some great reader offers this month, too. How would you like to enjoy a free round of golf? Well, thanks to DeVere Venues Wokefield Park, you can! Following the big fire back in November, the wedding venue, golf course and conference centre is back up and running. To celebrate, they are offering a number of special offers, including a free round of golf, which you can find on page 7.

that not all. Elizabeth Williams, local Pilates instructor and nutritionist, But that’s is running a free Pilates session on Wednesday 13th April too. With weekly classes running in Mortimer and Silchester, Elizabeth is offering this free taster session to show people just what they can expect from a Pilates class. Find out more on p40. This month, Eye Tech brings you the world of Virtual Reality, which is now extending beyond gaming and into real life. Having seen all the new developments at Mobile World Congress this year, Eye Geek is keen to tell all. It’s all there on page 9. Of course, all of our regular columnists are back this month, with the exception of Mark Penston our financial guru. This month, Mark’s business partner, Rob Starling, joins the VE team and brings us his thoughts on the State Pension and the opportunity - for some - of an extra £25 per week. Rob and Mark shall be alternating each month, continuing to bring us an overview of all things financial that could be affecting you. Welcome aboard Rob! The start of spring tends to bring with it a boom in the housing market as people come out of hibernation and decide to make a change. The lucky folk of Tadley have now got a brand new team over at Parkers. With tons of experience and a great bedside manner, we’re delighted to introduce them to you on page 20. The pages this month are packed full of articles, community news and more, so grab five minutes to yourself and enjoy.

Community News - 2 Burghfield Scarecrows - 6 Spring Fashion - 10 Interview Gaffes - 17 The Good Life - 19

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The bank that likes to say... Err, we’re closing.

loyds Bank has announced that they intend to close its branch in Theale on 8th June.

Lloyds Bank is the only remaining bank in Theale High Street and relied upon by many for all their banking needs. Lloyds are also

proposing to remove their cash machines. This has caused major upset to both residents and businesses who rely on the bank for cash withdrawals, deposits and a range of other services. Alan Macro, Councillor for Theale, has launched a campaign and called upon Lloyds Bank to rethink the closure. A petition on the issue has so far attracted more than 200 signatures. Closure would particularly affect pensioners and those without cars as the nearest Lloyds branch (in Tilehurst) is very difficult to reach by public transport. Currently


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Refreshments are available to enjoy, whilst children can have a fantastic time in the Straw Play Barn. It is a great day out for all the family. (Pregnant women are advised not to attend the Lambing Days. No Dogs allowed.) The World Wildlife Fund and the Guide Dogs for the Blind will be present to offer hands on activities for the children. For more information: www. amnersfarm.co.uk


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WILLINK’S Weathervane Gerard Dent, grand nephew of Henry George Willink, visited The Willink School last month to see the weathervane which he rescued from where the family lived in Burghfield Common. Restored lovingly by the Engineering Department of the school, the weathervane is now on one of the school buildings. The Willink and Dent families lived at Hillfields, Burghfield Common (now the HQ of The Guide Dogs for the Blind) for many years and gave the land to the council for the building of the school over 60 years ago!



Our favourite fb picture of ‘The Beast’ as seen on Spencer’s Wood Gossip Girls! Have you ever seen the Beast of Spencers Wood? No, we’re not joking. There have been stories over the years of a big cat (or something) killing sheep in Stanbury Park, but more recently, reports have been growing on social media of sightings of a black predatory creature, often glimpsed, but never seen at close quarters. What has been seen or found, however, are the remains of its dinner. Some residents are joining in the discussion with their tongue firmly in their cheek, but others are speculating that, more realistically, it is just a black fox. With so much house building going on in the area and dens being destroyed, some residents have suggested, after an attack on a pet

Memory Cafe to open in Tadley Friday 15th April will see the opening of a Memory Café for local Seniors and their carers. It will be held at the Methodist Church, Main Road, Tadley and will run from 2pm – 3.30pm. The Memory Café and its staff are funded by Basingstoke's 'Home Instead Senior Care' and will serve free tea, coffee and cake in a cosy safe environment. It is ideally suited for those with memory loss, dementia or simply needing company. There will be reminiscing material and activities for those wishing to take part. All local seniors and their carers – whether professional or family – are welcome. All staff are

cat, that perhaps the foxes are more aggressive than usual. Black foxes have been seen playing in local fields. But an eyewitness disagreed, arguing that the beast was definitely bigger than a fox, perhaps double or more. The prime site for spotting The Beast seems to be between the end of Sussex Lane and The Mill House in Swallowfield, so if you’re out that way and spot anything suspicious, do let us know! Be careful out there!

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Last summer everyone went crazy for lip oils and I didn’t understand why anyone would want to soak their lips in oil? But I am now a complete convert after using Clarins’s Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil (£19) in raspberry because it instantly gives my lips a boost of hydration and is not greasy in the slightest. Also, the raspberry one gives off a natural pink tint to the lips and makes a great (and necessary) addition to my summer make up stash!

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Exfoliating my lips is a definite must and there is no better exfoliator than Lush’s Sugar Scrubs (trust me, I’ve tried them all). Yes they are a bit pricey for what they are but they last forever and they taste amazing (seriously). I have the bubblegum flavour and bought it just under a year ago, it does last ages! After using it, my lips are transformed and matte lipsticks go on like a dream!

“There’s nothing worse than applying a matte lipstick and it making your lips look rough and dry (MAC’s Lady Danger I’m looking at you). It is so important to prep and prime your lips, not only to make your lipstick last longer but to prevent it making your lips look like a prune. I have sorted my stash and have found my favourite lip primers that make my lips stay healthy” If there is anything you would like to see me review or any ideas for which beauty topics I should cover next, then feel free to contact me at megan@villageeye.co.uk xx

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Grab your trainers and get ready to take part in the Wokefield 10k or 1 mile Fun Run on Sunday 10th April at Wokefield Park! The event raises money for the wonderful Burghfield & Mortimer First Responders and every penny raised will go to fund their Responder car and their voluntary scheme.

The 10km run starts on the beautiful lawns of the old Mansion House at 10am, and takes in a multi terrain course around Wokefield before heading onto local country lanes and footpaths. This is a beautiful course and rather challenging, so only for runners aged 12 and over ! The 1 mile fun run/walk is within the lovely grounds of Wokefield Park, taking place over the final mile of the 10km course. Ideal for Junior runners and their supporters! 5 year olds and older can run/ walk on their own; under 5’s are very welcome as long as they’re accompanied by an adult. There’s lots of car parking on site as well as ample toilets, baggage storage and refreshments for runners and spectators

All runners will receive a medal and be entered for a raffle, to be drawn after the run, with some incredible prizes offered by De Vere Venues Wokefield Park.

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And while you’re there, why not book in for a Powerfan 13m freefall experience? Specially at reduced rates for the fun run, with all proceeds going to the First Responders.


Did you know that for the past 15 years a game of hockey has been played every Thursday evening from 7 – 8pm on the Willink astroturf (next to the Library)? We welcome beginners, experienced players, any age, boys and girls. Sticks provided. Come and enjoy the game. Call Lynn Bailey at The Willink School (0118 983 2030)

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it’s Showtime!

Most of us are familiar with the story of Belle and The Beast, including characters like Mrs Potts and Chip, Lumiere and Cogsworth. And who can forget the unforgettable song ‘Be Our Guest?’ Local children in the cast include Isla Duncan, Freya Haines, Finlay Stuart, Luca and Piper Monger, Lauren Turner, Isobel May, James and Emma Reynolds, Louie and Ruby Purdom, Courtney Bowers, most of whom attend the weekly classes that StageAbility

runs in Burghfield Common after school on a Monday. The shows are open to all children aged 7 and upwards who can choose to audition ‘solo’ for a part, or as a group to take part in the ensemble. Weekly rehearsals have been taking place on Sundays since February and now the show is looking fabulous, showcasing some incredible local talent. Why not go along with the family and experience the magic of Disney? Pop the date in your diary and visit www.stageability. ticketsource.co.uk to select and purchase your tickets. Tickets are just £10 for adults and £8 for children/concessions with performances taking place at 4pm and 7pm. See you there!


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On Sunday 22nd May StageAbility Stage School will be staging Disney’s Beauty & The Beast Jr. at Luckley House School, near Wokingham. Luckley boasts a brand new theatre - The Whitty Theatre - and the cast cannot wait to get in there to perform!

It’s time to call upon the fair folk of Burghfield to come forth and make Scarecrows for Burghfield’s annual Scarecrow Trail, now in its 5th year! It’s great fun deciding on a scarecrow and planning how to make it, so why not get involved? This year’s theme is ‘Heroes & Villains’, so let your imagination loose and step forward!

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. The entry fee is just £10. Closing date for entries is 29th April 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 28th May until Sat 4th June. 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 and Nisa/Post Office stores.


Free Golf Yes, a free round of golf for every reader at Wokefield Park!

Many of you will remember the shocking fire at De Vere Venues Wokefield Park back in November. Impressively, it’s business as usual there now and the team are keen to thank members for their patience during the aftermath of the fire.

The leisure facilities as a whole, which include a swimming pool, relaxation area, sauna, changing rooms and gym have also benefitted from significant investment. The team at Wokefield Park is keen for you to make use and enjoy the facilities so, for a limited time, they are offering 1 MONTH FREE for all new leisure users and 3 MONTHS FREE golf membership to all new members. With Golf membership starting from just £325 and unlimited leisure at just £24 per month, there’s never been a better time to join.

Thankfully every cloud has a silver lining. De Vere has recently completed a £300,000 investment programme across it’s golf and leisure facilities, making it even more stunning than before. Wokefield Park is now fully open for business.

T&C’s 3 months free golf promotion is valid for new members only joining on a 5 or 7 day category and will be added to the end of a 12 month annual contract. 1 months free leisure applies to new members when joining on a direct debit contract.

To take advantage of this reader offer contact Membership Guest Services on 0118 9334077 or email janton@deverevenues.co.uk

The golf centre boasts an impressive 18 hole PGA Championship course and is now benefitting from a £250,000 investment in brand new, state of the art Toro green keeping machinery. Of course, you’ll find the Pro Shop on site and the newly refurbished changing facilities. To celebrate this exciting redevelopment, Wokefield Park are offering one free round of golf to every reader during April! So if you have wondered what the course is like, now’s your chance to find out. You can go along at any time during April from Monday to Thursday. If you plan to golf as a group, you will need one voucher per person. To make a booking, just call Danielle Shaw on 01189 334077. And when you’ve completed your round of golf, how about relaxing at the 19th Hole, the club bar, with something refreshing to drink or a bite to eat? You will be made very welcome.

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for a few years now et cr se is th n o in n Gamers have bee e invention of the th e k li ch u m , at th - but did you know n the cusp of a o e b st ju t h ig m s ve wheel, our ‘real’ li them forever? ge an ch l il w h ic h w lution technological revo For the last 18 years, my day job has meant an annual pilgrimage to Mobile World Congress, an opportunity globally for all manufacturers and service providers in the mobile space to flout their latest and greatest widget, gadget and gizmos to their potential customers and beat their competitors to have the smallest/ largest/quietest/loudest [you get my drift] products on the market. In fact, this tradeshow is so vast, attendance this year topped 100,000 visitors in a four day period!

[perhaps a tad too intrusive?] One things for sure. I have seen first hand that the pace of technology is gathering speed and that one day, it is inevitable that we’ll all be connected in some way. It wasn’t a surprise to me then that, in what seemed a preplanned simultaneous offensive by most of those exhibiting at MWC, was the loud and clear message that the World of Virtual reality is beginning to merge [with almost stealthlike ability] into our real ones.

surroundings. The ability to take a virtual walk through a new home, visit a restaurant before you go in-person, or do What VR can deliver are a walking tour through the streets of Venice experiences that are allows people to “try even more immersive before they buy.” and reveal aspects of a company, service or It’ll revolutionise the product in ways that Over the years, I have way we educate our have never before seen everything from children, go shopping or been available. In an With our increasing and age when consumers the promise that “one watch films for example. innate desire to connect are also demanding day, you’ll be able to Whether you’re an avid with others, VR offers connect your mobile cinephile or you haven’t even greater a chance to share a phone to your laptop transparency to go with been to the cinema common presence in a their immersion, this can since John Travolta and with a modem and a way that is completely cable to ‘send a fax‘ only be a good thing for Olivia Newton stepped unparalleled. By to wearable devices out in Grease, one thing everyone involved? connecting your phone which track your childs is certain: Over the every step, record every to a simple headset, next few years, virtual Virtual reality opens the device you once word they say whilst reality will completely up availability to used to actually ‘speak’ information; it allows wearing it and relay reboot your relationship to people suddenly that information to you to the moving image. for a complete over the cellular network becomes your gateway understanding of That’s because VR is to experiencing just about everything and anything - whenever you want.

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shockingly good at making you feel as though you’re in the midst of the action. Imagine cycling through the air with E.T. or catching some air with Shaun White—rather than observing from afar. How cool is that. With headsets currently retailing for just a few £s to £100s, the choices, depending on whether you’re on android or iOS are already insane. I’ll review a few for you in a future issue... Now, beam me up Scotty (from the comfort of my armchair of course).


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In a recent survey by adweek, 79% of smartphone owning mums use social media every day... but which kind of social media mummy are you?

InstaYummyMummy Online: So, not a day goes by when you don’t post several shots to your Instagram feed of your seemingly perfect life? Whether you are showing off your super sexy mama swagga, the nutrient-packed homemade chickpea & mushroom burgers you just whipped up or your immaculately presented cherubs rocking the latest kiddy-chic.

“Thank goodness for facebook! Otherwise, I’d have to make 989 calls to my friends to let them know I went running today.”


Real Life: No one need know that in ‘real-life’, you’re actually super-stressed and barely hold it together (shhh, actually, we all are) Your perfect life depiction is hard work... It takes

Bloggerator Online: From reviewing the latest timesaving kitchen gadget or uber-cool kidswear to sharing with the world, every step of your day, minute by minute. Whether it’s tales of back seat ‘bash-ups’ between your warring tots, a blow by blow account of the ‘nappy incident’ in Sainsbury’s or sharing the joyous news that Waitrose has your fave New Zealand Sauvignon on offer - you’ll blog about anything - and people

hundreds of shots and several hours to perfect your stylish selfies, arrange the children into catalogue poses and gallons of ‘licky-spit’ to ensure they look pristine. And when other mums have finally got their little ones to go to sleep, and are busy watching Corrie, glass of vino in hand, you’re super busy scrolling through the 100s of pics you shot that day deciding how you’ll change things up tomorrow and experimenting with borders and filters. It’s not easy maintaining an InstaYummyMummy image you know!

seem to like it! Not only have you amassed thousands of followers, you’ve actually started to make a decent wad of cash from it too - not to mention the daily deliveries of freebies from manufacturers and suppliers who are all falling over themselves to get a mention in your daily ramblings. Real Life: You knew you didn’t really want to go back to work full-time after helping to repolulate the world, and being the tech-savvy soul you’ve turned out to be since going on maternity leave, your new (& unexpected) accidental money spinner is proving to be perfect for your new life as a mummy. Who’d have thought it.

Whatsapp Woman Online: Just like your fb account, your Whatsapp profile pic and status is updated regularly. You have joined the other 990 million users of this well-established app. It is your primary ‘go-to’ social tool which you now use to communicate in equal measure with your children, friends, colleagues and clients. Whether you are sharing pictures of the children with your own mother (yes she’s on it too), telling all of your children what time to be home for dinner through a group chat, or firming up a meeting with a client, this app has somehow managed to become a part of your Real Life. In fact, now you come to think of it - it’s sometimes hard to see where the online life ends and the Real Life actually starts? And since your mobile doesn’t seem to make or receive calls in this area either [without you standing on one leg with a wire coat-hanger in-hand], with the introduction of free wifi Whatsapp calling, you can use it to actually ‘speak’ to real people too. Imagine that.

Does the number of hours you clock up on Facebook far exceeds the number of hours you actually spend talking to reallife human beings?

Facebook Diaraiser Online: Before children, you used to ‘tut’ at those mums who clogged up your newsfeed with endless pics or their little ‘Tallulah/Sebastian’ eating/ sleeping/drinking/sitting/ and daily updates of ‘firsts’ announcements... Until, of course (and you’re not quite sure how it happened or indeed, when) you became one of them! But when your pride and joy is looking adorable, wins a school prize or is rocking the best costume in the school play, you just can’t hold back (as much as you try) and Oops “I posted again”. And why wouldn’t all 989 of your friends want to know that you ran around the block pushing your new super-stroller a few hundred meters today?

Real Life: You know that the number of hours you clock up chatting on facebook far exceeds the amount of time you actually spend talking to reallife human beings, but that’s how the world is now, right? You know that you should be thrilled when your better half gets home or your mum pops round, and, as pleased as you are to see them, and they are trying to chat and tell you about their day, you are not really listening to them - you’re too distracted, not being able to resist the urge to check your feed every few seconds - just in case your received another ‘like or comment on your last post...

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Savyy Snapchatter Online: Ok, so you’re ‘down with da kidz’, and, just like your teen, you too have proved that you can document every waking moment with a snap. Yours (and your children’s) days are spent with your index finger hovering over the shutter button, sharing every ev miniute of the day with everyone you have on snapchat (yes ok, ok all bar about three of them are teens) - but you’re a supercool mummy, mumm right? Real Life: Honestly? You are not quite sure what snapchat is all about, but sometimes it seems like the only way you snapc communicat with your brood. You refuse to accept that you can communicate are growing gr older and this app deletes the ghastly selfies you’ve taken tak after a few seconds anyway. You think?

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Online: You’re sharp, quick witted ed and have always got something to add. A twitter master who is expert in putting your point over in under 140 characters. You always know what’s trending and have something to say about it. Whether it’s tweeting the praises of the latest in ‘green-cloth’ nappies, or outing a fellow (with not a child in sight) motorist for straddling the last parent/toddler parking space in the Waitrose car park, your twittering’s are so popular that one of them was once even ‘retweeted’ by a celeb mum. Real Life: Young, chic and uber-cool, you think you’ve found the perfect balance of the online/offline worlds. You are normally the fun mum who likes nothing more than to be waist deep in the ball pit with the kids. Get in x

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GOVERNMENT OFFER An Extra £25 a week for some Pensioners!

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It’s on the matter of the State Pension that I wanted to draw your attention this month, specifically the offer of increasing your State Pension by up to £25 a week (£1,300 a year). This is known as paying Class 3A Voluntary National Insurance. This limited offer is only available to males born before 6th April 1951 and females born before 6th April 1953, and is only open until 5th April 2017. How much does it cost? The cost will differ based upon your current age, with the cost being lower the older you are. For example: At age 65 the cost would be £22,250 for an extra £1,300 a year. A 75 year-old would pay £16,850 Is it worth taking advantage of the offer? The State Pension works in much the same way as an annuity, i.e. the income is paid until death. Therefore, a 65 year-old who purchased an identical annuity to that offered via the State Pension top up based upon a payment of £22,500 would expect to receive an annual pension of £701 (Source: Money Advice Service 13/3/2016 based upon a healthy 65 year-old living in the RG7 postal code). So on this basis the terms of the offer do look generous.

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It may also be worthwhile considering how long it would take to recoup your investment. The following table includes life expectancy statistics provided by the Office of National Statistics. In summary, this highlights that the earlier you take up the offer the better chance you have of receiving value from your investment.

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Is it right for me? Each case will be different and of course we recommend that you seek the help of a good financial planner, but there are some groups that are likely to be particularly attracted to the offer, such as women who did not accrue much additional state pension entitlement and the self-employed. It’s worth mentioning that if you don’t currently enjoy a full state pension because you didn’t pay National Insurance for the required 30 years, then it’s likely that you would actually benefit more by paying Class 3 National Insurance contributions in the first instance. Where can I find out more? You can obtain further information via the government website www.nidirect.gov.uk/state-pension-top-up .


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Automated selfdriving cars are thought of as something that will happen in the distant future. Some time, a long time from now we will hop in the car with our breakfast, click the button to go to work and put our feet up. However, we are a lot closer to this reality now than most people think. So what is an autonomous car? A fully autonomous car is one that is able to fully navigate the road system without human intervention. We already have fully automated transport delivering people to Heathrow Terminal 5 for example, however the set path these pods run in is a long way from a fully functioning road! Cars have had autonomous features for years, take cruise control, satellite navigation, automatic gearboxes, and automatic lights and wipers. Many cars are aware of the environment around them and can tell you if you’re leaving your lane or if a car is pulling up in your blind spot. In recent years cruise control has taken a step further to be radar guided allowing your car to keep a set distance to the car in front even if they speed up or slow down. Some vehicles are taking this one step further, allowing you to

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take your hands off the wheel on the motorway where the car’s computer systems will keep the vehicle in its lane and even change lanes for you. Cars are also able to sense obstacles in the way and perform an emergency stop at the last second in case you didn’t spot the hazard.

The UK government is fully behind developing these technologies so there’s no doubt they’re here to stay. This is a big step towards full autonomous travel, so keep an eye out in the next 5 years for more projects around the UK, bringing us closer to production autonomous cars. So it’s time to start planning what you’ll be doing in all this free time behind the wheel!

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Fully autonomous cars are still a few years off production, but we can already see them being tested on the streets and pavements of cities around the world. There are small electric vehicles being tested in Milton Keynes town centre, driving around at a brisk walking pace in the many pedestrianised zones found there. Audi have developed a system within a special Audi RS7 which allows the vehicle to autonomously drive at the limit round a circuit, something that takes a lot more skill and thinking power than you might at first think. These two compare sensor values of the world around them to known geography stored in their memory in order to gauge their place in the world.


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On ns Personal Injury Law – How could government plans to increase the small claim limit affect you? By Ian Beavon In his autumn statement George Osborne shocked the legal profession by setting out his intentions to defeat the so-called compensation culture by increasing the small claims limit from ÂŁ1,000 to ÂŁ5,000 and to stop claimants from making personal injury claims for minor “whiplashâ€? injuries. The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and Forum of Insurance Lawyers are lobbying against proposals to increase the small claims limit as the proposed changes are a concern. Why? If the small claims limit is increased to ÂŁ5,000, and a claim is likely to be worth less than ÂŁ5,000, a genuine claimant could find him/herself having difficulties getting legal representation in the event of a road traffic accident. Claimants will only be entitled to claim very derisory legal costs so injured parties will probably have to negotiate with insurers direct. An increase in the small claims limit will do little to assist genuine Claimants. If legal advice is denied, Claimants will be “on their ownâ€?. They will not know what they can and cannot claim for and will not know whether any settlement proposals are fair. Three years ago a lady approached me for a second opinion on an offer which she was about to accept. Her lawyers, instructed by her own motor insurers, were guiding her to accept ÂŁ3,000 in settlement of her claim. She had genuine ongoing medical problems and didn’t know whether to accept the offer or not. I sent her to an orthopedic surgeon - who spent more than an hour with her – and the subsequent report confirmed she needed further treatment. My client had sustained a whiplash and shoulder injury. She works as an equine dental expert – a manual role, looking after horse’s teeth – so it was crucial she received proper treatment because if she didn’t, and her condition deteriorated, her career could potentially have been jeopardised. A year or so later, the claim settled at ÂŁ32,000, making allowance for the cost of private future treatment. Had the “whiplash reformsâ€? been in place then, my client might never have sought further legal advice and the ramifications to her could have been so much more serious, both physically and financially. I find it most disconcerting that on the one hand government officials are encouraging customers to claim compensation for train delays, yet in the event of a debilitating injury, genuine claimants are to be denied access to justice.

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“During a one-way video interview, an applicant wore a Star Wars Jedi robe. The worst part was that the candidate made no reference to the costume at all. We were all baffled!� “The candidate arrived in a catsuit.� “A guy who forgot dark socks to wear with his suit colored in his ankles with a black felttip marker.�

“I was interviewing someone who took a mobile phone call and asked me to leave my office while they talked.� “I had someone eat all the sweets in the sweet bowl while trying to answer questions.�

Stay off the Booze? “I swear this is true: Someone threw his beer can in the outside bin before coming into the reception area.�

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So as Spring comes around the corner and we start to think about new jobs and opportunities, it might be a good idea to swot up on some interview dos and dont’s!

“I once had a person clip her fingernails while we were speaking.�

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GROWING YOUR OWN FRUITT AN AND VE VEG! G! Many of us will remember The Good Life, the 1970s sitcom relating the joys and miseries Tom Good and his wife Barbara experience when they attempt to escape modern commercial living by “becoming totally self-sufficient” in their home in Surbiton. We’ve all got a bit of Tom and Barbara in us and ‘Growing your Own’ is enjoying a new found popularity of late. If you’ve given growing your own vegetables some thought but don’t really know where to start, perhaps this will help you on your way... Firstly, look at how much space you have. If you don’t have garden beds you can grow vegetables in window boxes, pots or grow bags. Starting plants off indoors is a good idea so that you can control conditions (slugs) when they are at their most vulnerable. Start them in small pots and once a plant has four or five leaves it can be planted outside. The seed packets will tell you the best positioning and the amount of sunlight needed. The following plants give a great return even on a small scale:

Lettuce is a brilliant vegetable to begin with if you have never grown anything before. It can be grown in a window box giving you a salad larder on your windowsill during summer months. Tomatoes are delicious and popular but require a bit more TLC. They need vertical space and as they grow taller, they need to be supported. At this time of year you can buy potted young plants to be replanted outside in a sunny, sheltered position after the last spring frosts. Courgettes need a bit more space and like full sun, well composted fertile ground and regular watering in dry weather. The courgettes emerge practically overnight and the flowers are also a delicacy, torn into salads, stuffed with goat’s cheese or fried in tempura batter. There really is nothing like the taste of home grown fruit and vegetables, any gardener will tell you that, so why not have a go this spring and see what you can grow!

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hen so many estate agents are out of sight in the online world it’s an exciting prospect that there are still experienced agents out there looking to invest time to expand in to the traditional way of selling properties, face to face on the high street.

You may have heard the name Dale Kempson mentioned before - being Director of Parkers Burghfield for 15 years and known for his ‘15 Day Challenge’ in which he will undertake the Land’s End to John O’Groats 1000-mile charity bike ride, Dale and his two business partners Bruce Taylor

and Simon Gregory have now moved in to Parkers Tadley! While all three Partners are keen to support local schools, causes and get settled in to the community [indeed, they’ll be playing a part in helping put on this years’ Tadley Tea Party next month], the start of one chapter for them is in no doubt the end of an era for Adrian Noad. Having been at the helm of the office for 25 years and being part of the community having raised his family in the Hampshire village and serving on the Parish Council, his input in to this transition has been key for everyone. Dale who has been in

agency for 37 years has brought up his daughters locally in Spencers Wood with his Wife. He believes in the ‘old fashioned’ approach to make connections with

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Although Martin and Co oversee the Parkers franchise, Dale recognises the support that they offer saying “we

want our clients to feel a personal level of service, but with the security and wide spread advertising they gain from being part of a large network”. Dale’s business partner of 4 years – Simon, is keen to bring with him the approachable and friendly customer service that you experience in their

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Theale, Tilehurst and Burghfield offices. Concentrating equally on matching buyers and tenants to their dream property as finding the right person for the vendor or landlord. Simon who has an excellent grasp on modern technology refers back to the 5 star reviews that they have received on Google saying “We are going to continue our work ethic and traditional approach that motivates us and bring it with us to the residence of Tadley”. Never one to let the grass grow beneath his feet, Bruce is excited for this opportunity. Director of three other local offices he understands that this will give Vendors and Landlords access to reach a wider



audience through the database while benefiting from their 80 years’ combined experience in the industry. So what is going to change? For many businesses, new management means new changes, making a company unrecognisable from what first attracted them to it. For Dale, Simon and Bruce it’s an exciting time focusing on improvement as opposed to change, giving each person they have contact with a personal and bespoke service, Bruce added, “we have a lot to prove following in Adrian’s footsteps” but want to move away from the trend of doing everything online and by email and improve the reputation within the profession.

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The Hatch Gate Inn is a XV1th century inn with lots of character, oak beams and a large inglenook fireplace. Serving a selction of mouthwatering traditional english food, it is a pub that welcomes everybody, with a large garden, ample parking and a play area for younger children.

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Bookkp Requid

We are looking for a full-time bookkeeper / accounts assistant. Must be organised, self motivated, personable and be able to work as part of a small team. Must have excellent working knowledge of Sage and great IT skills. Candidates need to have a ‘can-do’ attitude and adhere to deadlines. We are based in Stratfield Saye, just outside Mortimer. Please email your cv to hello@ melaniecurtisaccountants.co.uk.

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“Take it Outside!”


Jubilee Day Nursery and Jubilee Gems have a highly regarded reputation for outdoor learning and the benefits of outdoor play as a child can have positive and far-reaching effects into adulthood .

For our term-time nursery contact: Sian on 0118 983 4018 Email: info@jubileegems.co.uk Visit: www.jubileegems.co.uk

For our full-time nursery contact: Lesley on 0118 970 1600 Email:info@jubileedaynursery.co.uk Visit: www.jubileedaynursery.co.uk

If we think back to our own childhoods, some of our fondest memories are of playing outdoors but in recent years there has been a cultural shift in society that has led to a reduction in access to the outdoors for many young children. We are fortunate to have access to 53 acres of open countryside, private woodland and even our very own working farm for the children to enjoy. Our ethos at Jubilee is ‘learning by doing’ – both inside and out, every day. We believe it is essential that children explore, learn and play - safely and freely. Free and unstructured play is incredibly important for problem-solving, self-discipline and focus. Being in nature (not just learning about it) can have dramatic effects on mental wellbeing and self-esteem. Fresh air and fun really does make one feel healthier and happier!

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Children in our care gain an understanding and respect for nature through our outdoor learning programme which links directly to the Early Years Foundation Stage. Our philosophy enables a sense of well-being, develops creativity, hones fine and gross motor development and ensures children remain active and healthy. It’s all adds to what characterizes ’Jubilee children’ as confident, independent young learners. To receive a prospectus or to come and visit us, please get in touch. Located in Padworth, we are just a 7 minute drive from the centre of Mortimer, offering exceptional care for babies from 3 months to children up to 5 years of age through a range of packages including full-time, term-time and flexible sessions.



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…and does have a “shared vision to provide the best education possible for all students regardless of background or ability”. We are proud of our collective achievements and continue to strive for more. The “inspirational and determined leadership” has secured rapid improvement. In 2015, 69% of our Year 11 students achieved 5 A*-C grades which far exceeds the national average. Additionally, 74% of grades at A-level were A*-C grades which is significantly better than the national average and placed us in the top 35% of schools in the country. We don’t just concentrate on the Core curriculum as witnessed by our outstanding GCSE and A-levels results for Languages, PE, Art, Drama, Photography and Dance. This rise in standards has come about because “middle leadership has been strengthened and is now effective”. Our staff body has high expectations which ensures that “students…engage very well and enjoy their learning”; furthermore “their passion and care is evident. Thank you for all you are doing. It’s working”. “Students feel safe at school and this is a view endorsed by parents and staff”. Our students are “polite and courteous, wear their uniforms with pride and show respect for their school”. Our “very broad” curriculum, our outstanding range of extracurricular activities and our “very strong” pastoral care, ensure that our students feel safe, happy and fulfilled. This is turn enables them to make

a positive contribution to our community and the world around them. Furthermore, when combined with our strong careers and education advice and guidance it ensures that they are “well prepared” for future life and will have the right attitude, approach and skillset to achieve lifelong success. “Bullying is now rare…when it does happen, it is dealt with quickly and effectively by staff.” We strive for excellence in all we do. Our primary focus is, of course, academic but we do not stop there. We seek to push back the boundaries be it with our, annual ‘Meet the Professionals” evening, our recent drama production of Oklahoma, our dancers performing at Ballet Rambert, our debating team which secured second place in the National Rotary Youth Speaks Contest, our second to none sporting successes – including our Youth Sports Gold Award - or our work with former students – most notably Diane Setterfield a published author who is working alongside the English department and Douglas Gurr, Head of Amazon China, who has inspired our Sixth Formers. Our students also benefit from a range of partnerships including that with our sponsor Bradfield College which has enriched life in and out of the classroom. We have, this year alone, had an English lecture from an Oxford Don, had the opportunity to

attend a number of Café Scientific talks given by eminent researchers, taken part in numerous Music workshops and benefited from the excellent science facilities. We share best practice at every opportunity and have developed strong links with many Bradfield departments. We are also developing strong links with Eton College and our More Able students recently enjoyed a stretch and challenge day with the likes of Lord Waldergrave. In the coming months we will work closely with Eton on a History project, outreach activities for our primary feeder schools and self-esteem workshops to ensure that students have the confidence to aim high. The most important partnership, however, is the one we have with you. We will work closely with you to ensure your child is

supported, challenged, stretched and fulfilled – we will seek your input about how we can further improve and will invite you to attend a range of events including regular opportunities to meet our staff so that you are fully informed about your child’s progress and know what he/she needs to do to further improve. We continue to make rapid improvement because we are determined to provide the very best opportunities for every student in our care. We are an inclusive, supportive yet challenging school that will seek to open every door possible for your child. Why not come along to see the opportunities for yourself… …together, we can.


Quotes are taken from our recent Ofsted report (June 2015) and parental, student and staff voice.


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A UK and international boarding and day school for students aged 13-19 “The high quality of teaching is consistently characterised by a thorough understanding of individual pupils’ needs and a true desire for all pupils to achieve their full potential.” ISI Report October 2015

Day student places available for entry in September 2016 • Scholarships and bursaries available • Small classes which focus on each student • Excellent academic results • Make amazing international friends • Situated between Newbury and Reading • Free transport from Aldermaston Station

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7 Day Tour Departure: 20th August 2016 Price includes: Day 1: An early start and we will be on our way crossing on the Eurotunnel - local pick included. We will travel to Ghent where we will stay at the beautiful 4 star Sandton Grand Hotel Reylof right in the historic centre, close to the restaurants and bars. This is a quirky hotel with high standards of service, a fantastic restaurant, a champagne bar and luxury lounge area. Breakfast is included. Day 2: In the morning travel from Ghent to Leipzig arriving mid afternoon. We will stay for 4 nights at the 4 star Leipzig Marriott right in the centre of Leipzig with the main shopping streets nearby. This is a modern 4 star hotel with well appointed bedrooms and a comfortable restaurant and bar. There is also a leisure area with swimming pool, sauna, whirlpool and fitness centre. Breakfast is included. Day 3: Breakfast is included. Free day to explore Leipzig at your leisure. Day 4: Breakfast is included. Leave early morning for our visit to Colditz Castle. A guided tour and entrance ticket is included. Return to Leipzig for the evening at leisure. Day 5: Breakfast is included. Leave early morning for our visit to Dresden. Travel included. Free time to explore Dresden then return to Leipzig for an evening at leisure. Day 6: Breakfast is included. Today we will travel back to Ghent and stay at Sandton Grand Hotel Reylof for our last night. Day 7: Breakfast is included. We will travel to the Eurotunnel for our crossing and our return journey home. Local drop off included.

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Sometimes this could be quite an exciting job unless, of course, you were doing it in the very British rain - quite a common occurrence. Best described as ‘character building’ and enjoyed by a select few outdoorsy families, the accommodation largely consisted of damp and windswept tents, lumpy air beds and soggy sleeping bags. But of course, camping families took this in their stride as it was all part of the experience and the enjoyment of the great outdoors. Getting ‘back to basics’ was all part of the appeal.


Loved by eco-sensitive middle class professionals, glamping has become the shaft of light for the troubled British tourist industry. There has been a growing demand from campers who want a taste of the outdoors combined with a few home comforts (phone chargers). On top of that, inexperienced campers who have never even pitched a tent or lit a campfire before are wanting to discover the joy of sleeping under the stars without the mud and sagging tents.

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Oh, how times have changed. Many of us will remember camping holidays of the past. The holiday would start with a lengthy drive with the kids squeezed in among the tents, sleeping bags, camping stove, cool box, first aid kit and suitcases. Arguments between husband and wife would ensue over the directions to the campsite and then, when the destination was finally reached, the family would put up the tent together.

In response, the number of camp sites offering luxury camping holidays in yurts and tipis has grown significantly. While a few sites offer this accommodation alongside traditional camping, many are small scale and devoted only to this form of “glamping”. Some have wooden floors, wood burning stoves and cotton mattresses. It’s a warmer, drier camping experience. Swapping the ‘character building’ camping for the comfort of a heated pod, yurt, dome or Romany caravan is the new way to enjoy the best of the outdoors while preserving a little luxury.

These days, however, camping can be stylish, comfortable and you don’t even have to pitch your own tent if you don’t want to. There’s always a company out there that will do it for you. All you need to know is who to ask and sit back while they do the rest for you.

Of course, it doesn’t have to be a tent that you stay in. Why not hire a camper van or a horse box? Yes, that’s right, a horse box. ‘Ges’ is a beautifully converted 1975 Horse lorry.

Luxury camping is known as ‘glamping’ - a term I’m sure you will have heard before. But why has it become so popular?

She is cosy & cute and offers a wonderfully romantic place to stay. Visit www.mycoolholiday. co.uk for more details!

Experience glamping for yourself this summer at our very own Marvellous Festival. This year, the Festival is moving to Dinton Pastures in Hurst and offering weekend glamping with Magnifitents!

And there’s always someone out there who has to take it too far, isn’t there? With the likes of Justin Bieber and Amy Childs reportedly going glamping - not together I hasten to add! - is it any wonder that celebrity-priced glamping has sprung up?

You can book for a party of two (£100 each for the whole weekend) right up to a party of ten (£50 each for the weekend). Tickets are now on sale so visit www.marvellousfestivals.com and book yours now!

Why not visit the Clayoquot Wilderness Resort in the US — only accessible by boat - for a minimum one-night stay costing US$3,681! Whatever type of camping you decide to try this summer, let us know how you get on!

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SATURDAY 28TH MAY The Tadley Tea Party returns for their second year (yes, the first was a huge success) in the beautiful blooming countryside of North Hampshire in May. From noon until midnight, Tea Party-goers are in for a marathon 12hrs of sheer musical bliss with a festival feeling that has never been witnessed in the area before. It is being

dubbed as the festival that has something for everyone, for everyone that loves festivals! The organisers have used traditional festival favourites and blended them with modern technology to bring you one of the best festivals around. If last years efforts are anything to go by, this year is going to be a lot of fun - for everyone! For tickets, check out tadleyteaparty.com

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23th-24th JULY Moving to their new home at Dinton Pastures, we are very excited to tell you that this year, Marvellous Festival takes place on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th July with masses of live music across two stages. Acts already confirmed include tributes to Queen, Adele, Madonna, T Rextasy, AC/ DC, Tina Turner, Johnny Cash, Bruno Mars, Bob Marley, Coldplay, Thin Lizzy, Johnny Cash, The Rat Pack and Rod Stewart. We also hear a rumour that on the Saturday, X Factor star and young hearthrob of stage & screen, Ray Quinn might be completing this years line up! Shhhh. For information and tickets visit www.marvellousfestivals.com or call the ticket hotline on 0118 977 4350.


can always toast from frozen! Just remember to bang your bread gently before freezing, as this will help the slices separate more easily for defrosting! You can also freeze left over cake in slices; defrost slice by slice for a tasty treat.

Bread Bin

Don’t store bread in the fridge; it goes stale 6 times quicker in the fridge! The best place to store your bread is in a cool, dark and dry place, a bread bin or store cupboard is perfect.

Best Before date

Most bakery products have a best before date – these dates refer to quality, so your bakery products can still be eaten after this date, but may no

0th JULY JUL 6th-10th Henley Festival is a boutique cultural experience which takes place over five days in July, celebrating the best of international and UK music, art, food and comedy. It’s a place

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longer be at their best. You can use slightly stale bread to make breadcrumbs for recipes or croutons. To freshen up a day old loaf hold it briefly under a cold running tap, give a good shake and pop in the oven for 10 minutes, it will be soft and crusty as freshly baked bread!


If you still find you are left with food that is past it’s best and can’t be eaten, you can put it in your green bin for recycling! www. westberks. gov.uk/ foodwaste

to soak up the atmosphere and be entertained whilst experiencing a vibrant programme from pop to world music, classical to jazz, blues to cutting edge new musicians, where art and gastronomy share equal billing with music. This year sees artists such as Elton John and Will Young take to the stage alongside Elvi Costello and Shirley Bassey! For a full line up of events and guests please visit www.henley-festival. co.uk



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You can freeze any food right up to the ‘use by’ date, ideal if your plans change.


Fruit and veg lasts longer in the fridge, in a bag that’s lightly tied.


Before you shop, check your cupboards, fridge and freezer so you know what you e. already have. Write a list of what you need and stick to it.

Please put your food waste into your green bins so we can turn it into compost. Or you could compost at home using our reduced priced bins.

PLEASE USE COMPOSTABLE LINERS IN YOUR CADDY Visit: www.biobag-uk.com/westberkshire to buy liners that are delivered direct to your door.


You can add almost any food to a stir fry. They’re great for using up vegetables, meat, pasta and other leftovers.

HOME COMPOSTING BINS Turn your kitchen and garden waste into a rich compost to keep your garden blooming.



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3D printing and coding workshops Children’s shows ‘The Paper Cup Challenge’ Q&A with actor Adam Brown Walks, sketching and collagraph printing sessions World Book Night celebrations, including talk by author Erwin James For details and tickets call 01635 519900 or email library@westberks.gov.uk


Mortimer St. John’s CE Infant School “Growing and Learning together" Would you like your child to attend a warm, welcoming school where nurturing and learning are key to educating your child?

A school set in the heart of the village A well-resourced, bright learning environment Creative, fun curriculum An education based on Christian principles Specialist sports and music coaching

Come and see the Lambs being born at Amners Farm!

Warm, caring staff We foster a love of learning Visit us anytime. Please contact the Headteacher: Nicola Sumner 0118 933 2242 Our Learning Community is built on love, hope, trust and friendship which develops the spark of God in everyone.

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Film of the MONTH by Rob Barnes

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Watching a Coen Brothers film is like taking a lucky dip from a box of Quality Streets, you’re never quite sure which one you’re gonna get but more often than not it’s a real treat. The genre-busting writer directors who have brought us so many dark and twisted classics such as Fargo, The Big Lebowski, O Brother Where Art Thou?, No Country for Old Men and Inside Llewyn Davis have really thrown off the shackles in their latest screwball comedy Hail Caesar! The sibling auteurs have completely dispensed with their hallmark cynicism in this wonderful homage to the Golden Age of Hollywood, that dazzles and baffles in equal measure. Set in the early 1950s on the lot of Capital Pictures Head of Production and ‘Fixer’ Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) has a big problem. Hollywood star Baird Whitlock (George Clooney) has his drink spiked and is kidnapped whilst on the set of the studios biblical epic ‘Hail Caesar, A Tale of the Christ’. He wakes in a bond-like lair still dressed in his roman fibula, sword and sandals confronted by his kidnappers, a mysterious group of beard-stroking, pipe-smoking communists. However, the idiotic Baird is blissfully unaware of his plight and instead finds himself engrossed in philosophical debate with his new friends. Whilst fending off the prying press lead by identical twin gossip columnists Thora Thacker and Thessaly Thacker (Tilda Swinton) Mannix sets about trying to retrieve his leading man. In the midst of the mayhem he does what he does best, keeping the machine rolling and his stars clean from dirty scandal. This is a task easier said than done when your young starlet DeeAnna Moran (Scarlett Johansson) is pregnant with an illegitimate child, and you are forced to shoehorn singing cowboy Hobie Doyle (Alden Ehrenreich) into British director Laurence Laurentz’s (Ralph Fiennes) sophisticated highbrow drama.

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First up the plot is utterly ridiculous, and serves only as an amusing backdrop to the stunning set-pieces that string it all together captured beautifully by cinematographer Roger Deakins. The swimming scenes with Scarlett Johansson are like a kaleidoscope on water, and the old fashioned dance numbers led by Channing Tatum are a joy to behold. Whilst it could quite easily come across as a self-indulgent sketch show there is also an immense amount of fun and affection in this goofy mix of stupidity and style. Whilst the dazed and confused Clooney has his moments, the standout scenes are provided by the rest of this stellar cast. In particular Fiennes and Ehrenreich who share a hilarious scene when the debonair Laurentz gives his new leading man a completely fruitless elocution lesson.

It’s impossible not to get caught up in the technicolour nostalgia of Hail Caesar and the warm affection that the Coen Brothers have for its subject matter. This is perfectly personified through the real star of the show, Josh Brolin, who inhabits the role of Mannix with such a swagger, confidence and humility that you genuinely believe in the personal dilemmas he grapples with throughout this comedy caper. If you’re a fan of classic Hollywood cinema and like your laughs thrown with a complete curve ball then you’ll find Hail Caesar just swell!

Worth a watch 3.5 /5

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

byJK Rowling

Nearly twenty years on, this book is still a firm favourite! This book is filled with adventure and with every page you turn comes the urge to read on. The story starts with young Harry Potter as a baby being dropped off at his auntie and uncle’s doorstep after his parents, James and Lily Potter, were killed by the ultimate villain, Lord Voldemort. As he grows up by the side of his selfish, spoilt cousin Dudley Dursley, Harry is treated as if he doesn’t exist. He is given the cupboard under the stairs as his room. At the age of ten Harry receives a letter telling him that he is invited to a magic school, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. When Harry turns 11, he is luckily whisked away from the Dursleys and to Hogwarts, by a mysterious giant of a man, who Harry becomes good friends with. Harry is taken to Gringotts Bank to collect some money, that his parents left for him, afterwards he was ready to start school. He made two friends, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, they weren’t always friends in the beginning of school. Together Harry and his friends take big risks, find an anonymous package, meet a strange dangerous creature, begin to dislike one of their teachers and become very suspicious of another. Harry Potter The Philosophers Stone is an amazing book in my opinion, it is action packed and mythical. I would recommend to read this book.

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Pilates? If you have tried a number of fitness classes and gym workouts and not really seen the changes you want, perhaps you should try Pilates? A regular Pilates work out is one of the best ways to change the shape of your body.

FREE Class!

Wednesday 13th April Tadley Community Centre 09.30 - 10.30

morning and another early evening, there should be a time option to suit most people.

Elizabeth told us, “Women especially tend to focus on cardio exercise only for fear of becoming bulky. However building a higher muscle to fat ratio can actually make you look more And you can try it for FREE! Local HSinstructor, Pilates for men & women toned and increase your metabolic Pilates Elizabeth Williams, rate which means you will burn more will be running a free taster session calories at rest, which means you can at Tadley Community Centre on eat more! Yes that’s right, long cardio Wednesday 13th April from 9.30sessions and calorie restriction don’t 10.30am. So why not go along and work for long term health or weight see what you think? loss!� ‘Pilates works on strengthening the body using the individuals body weight There has also been an increase of men taking up Pilates,too. They seem as resistance. It can help to improve posture, strength and also breathing which is an essential part of the practice, along with mobility of joints and flexibility of muscles. As Pilates can help to build to maintain muscle it can also help towards changing the Regular Mat Pilates Group Classes overall shape of your body.’

to respond well ell to the part-by-part approach to muscular development, similar to that of resistance training. The other fantastic thing about Pilates is that anyone can do it. It isn’t high impact and there is little jarring and stress placed upon your body. And if you can’t make the class times, Elizabeth also offers 1-2-1 instruction or a small group Pilates class which can be held in your own home.

Elizabeth Williams Pilates

Elizabeth, who is also a Personal Trainer and Nutritionist, is bringing her Mat Pilates group classes to Mortimer and Silchester. Running one in the

Tuesday’s at 6.00-7.00pm Silchester Village Hall Club room Thursday’s at 9.30-10.30am Mortimer Community Hall

www.wholehealthliving.co.uk liz@wholehealthliving.co.uk

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