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elcome to the August/September edition of Village Eye magazine. We hope youʼve been enjoying the local fairs, fetes and summer holiday clubs in the best of the British weather. Meanwhile, weʼve been working hard at Village Eye HQ to bring you our latest issue which combines getting the best out of our remaining summer, but also preparing for back-to-school time.

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Is an eye test on your kidsʼ back-to-school check list? Perhaps it should be. Cheryl Bridle of Bridle Eye Care in Theale gives us some information on the importance of childrenʼs sight tests on p.6.

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A number of development proposals have got us all talking recently, so we were keen to find out more for our readers. The first of these is a solar farm in Pingewood. Using an old landfill site which is currently used for - and can continue to be used for - sheep grazing, the solar farm is set to save at least 4866 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year. Find out all about the proposals on p.12. The second proposed development is on Theale Lakes where proposals include 250 houses including some which float! Turn to p.3 to read about the flood alleviation scheme and the development of a nature reserve which comes with it. Modern homes have come along way, but are we really in the robot age yet? Our Eye Tech column this month looks at some of the gadgets that are now on offer as well as a hint as to what may be coming. Turn to page 4 to find out more.

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Feeling sporty? If you love the gym Iʼm sure you will want to look at the major refurbishments that Bradfield College have undertaken recently. Find out all about the level of investment, the changes made (which include the changing rooms!) and what the centre can offer now on p. 28. Thereʼs also news about the Reading Triathlon on page 32. And have we got a super competition for you this issue? Yes, we have! Airkix in Basingstoke offer an indoor alternative to launching yourself out of a plane and have given us a fantastic indoor sky diving experience and DVD package to give away, so whether youʼre a big kid or a small kid, turn to p. 23 and get entering.

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Well, we are two-thirds through the year, and we are still receiving nominations for your local Community Champions! We are delighted to announce that the winners for June and July are Pauline McKay from Theale (June) and Steph Awbery from Burghfield (July). Pauline was nominated for her dedication and hard work with Theale’s Future steering committee, her monthly newsletter update and for her work as Theale’s befriending co-ordinator. When Steph’s nomination arrived on our desk, we were not surprised as, here at VE, we know only too well about the amount of charity work she puts into the community. For the past ten years, Steph has (almost) single handedly put together the popular Berkshire 4x4 show which has, over the years raised over £10,000 for local charities! We think that both these ladies are worthy winners! If you know of a ‘local hero’ who you think deserves to be officially recognised, please visit www.villageeye.co.uk and get nominating (you don’t even have to give your name!

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Village Eye would like to congratulate Burghfield Common resident and former Willink and Garland pupil, Amy Kingston who has just returned from Austria where she was an integral part of the Wales Senior Ladies squad at the FIBA European Basketball Championships for Small Countries. Amy told us that she would like to thank the Rifle Volunteer in Theale and the Local Patrons for their sponsorship and support as having to self-fund these trips without help is not easy. Amy will be continuing her Basketball with Wales and is hoping to play in the next tournament and work towards the next Commonwealth Games in Australia in 2018.

Tea Room and Beenham Wind Orchestra will be playing music of the period whilst history re-enactors in uniform mingle with the crowd. The Exhibition will show Theale as it was 100 years ago as well as displaying the stories behind the names on Theale War Memorial. Put the date in your diary and bring the whole family to this Village Fete with a difference!

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The fabulous Spencers Wood Carnival will be held once again this year at the Recreation Ground, Clares Green Road, Spencers Wood on Saturday 20th September 2014 from 12 noon to 9pm. This eagerly anticipated event brings the whole community together for a day of family fun. There really is something for everyone with fairground rides, giant inflatables, a licensed bar, hands-on art, circus skills and games for the children. There will also be commercial stalls selling quality crafts and speciality foods. Live music from local bands will round off the day. The event is designed to build up community spirit and has a real village focus, with Spencers Wood businesses responsible for much of the event catering, and local schools, churches, clubs and groups running stalls to raise some funds for themselves. Always a great day out for all the family. Everyone is welcome and best of all, entrance is free!


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Artist’s impression of the proposed Burghfield Park development in Theale

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With their penchant for floating candles and floating shelves, we think the planned Ikea in Theale will like the proposed idea of floating houses in the vicinity. Yes, you heard right. Back in July, Floodline Developments held an exhibition and public consultation at Burghfield Sailing Club and Burghfield Village Hall for a lakeside community and flood alleviation scheme. The housing of the lakeside community included 30 ‘Can-Float’ houses. These properties, located on the edge of the lake, are able to rise and fall with varying water levels when the lake is being used to store or redirect excess floodwater. Alongside the floating homes, there are another 220 ‘Gold Standard’ homes being proposed. These will be exceptional properties using the highest quality materials and technologies.

Floodline Developments are also proposing a significant contribution to the upgrade of the local Sailing Club as well as a new road infrastructure to Theale Village, Burghfield Common and surrounding areas. The development is located in an area ideal for wading birds and plans for a formalised nature reserve are proposed to enhance and protect the existing environments and create habitat corridors to neighbouring lakes. So what are your thoughts on this most recent proposal for new housing? To find out more, visit www.burghfield-park.com Example of ecological floating homes. Image: archexpo.com

The Lakeside Community and Flood Alleviation Scheme is designed to accommodate around 1 million cubic metres of floodwater, keeping flooding off local roads and out of local housing. There are plans to improve access to the canal and lake with new cycleways, footpaths and open spaces.

EYE LUCKY WINNERS! Now, we love a good competition here at Village Eye, and so too do our readers... Back in the summer we ran two competitions to win a family ticket to Marvellous Festival and another for one lucky reader to win a makeover photoshoot with Truly Colours and the Digifocus Photography Studio over in Mortimer.... and here are the winners enjoying their prizes!

Hereʼs Melanie King from Swallowfield enjoying her family ticket to this years Marvellous Festival! Melanie joined a crowd of over 5000

local happy festival goers in the summer sunshine who enjoyed a superb line-up of artists at this yearʼs event. If you missed out on the fun - donʼt dispair, the organisers are already planning next years Festival. Weʼll keep you posted!

Congratulations to Burghfield Commonʼs Claire Keep, our Digifocus and Truly Colours makeover and photographic session winner. Claire was lucky enough to spend the evening in the capable hands of Gini from Truly colours, a popular and experienced make-up artist who prepped, preened and made her ʻsubjectʼ look like a star before Jack

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from Digifocus worked his magic in his Mortimerbased photography studio. I felt like a celebrity said Claire. Iʼve just had a baby and was feeling a little bit ʻmumsieʼ so this session gave me a real boost and made me feel like ʻme again”. We think she looks stunning :) Congratulations to both our winners!

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What if your home could suddenly become much more intelligent?

Today, your aging boiler is probably blissfully unaware of every other heat source in the home, whether the window blinds are open or closed, and even if you are at home at all. You might have a home server you use to stream video to another room, but it is probably not connected into the oven or the lighting system on your front porch. Thatʼs all about to change over the next 1015 years. Smart gauges that can report on energy consumption are finally making in-roads, wireless connections like Bluetooth are more prevalent (and use less power). And today, there are cars emerging onto the market which connect to a dedicated power socket in oneʼs garage to charge whilst uploading itʼs (and the driverʼs) performance via a mobile app at the same time! So, this month, I thought iʼd share with you some of the technologies you can expect in your part of town in the not-too-distant future. Metal Mickey A far cry from our envisaged future robot helpers with arms and legs, in the future home, robots will meet our every need. Indeed, they may already be doing so... They are extensions and future models of home appliances we already love and use daily. As the technology evolves, these appliances will become more self-aware – take the iRobot Roomba range for example. A ʻrobotʼ which can be set to vacuum on schedule, find its way around furniture, and even stay within a specific zone. Itʼs fair to say that these devices have been about for a while (and for some reason, never really taken off) - but, I am sure that in 15 years, devices for cleaning windows, sweeping the floor, and even making minor repairs will do their work inconspicuously. Yet, even the predictive technology in your home – using less energy during one week because the weather forecast says you will need more heat for an upcoming cold spell – has robotic intelligence. As you might expect, the number of screens in the future home will increase exponentially. To avoid overload, the visual information will integrate better into appliances, mirrors, and even the tools and household items you use. At this point then, enter bar code scanning to the masses... Already available to us mere laymanʼs is the ability to scan bar codes using nothing but our trusty phone. So imagine a reader on your fridge door or recycling box for example. A simple swipe as you deposit your waste and the item is automatically added to your next online shop - never forget the sugar again!

Conserve your energy The future home will act more like a hybrid car too. Your heating system, for example, will not just have a high efficiency – the amount of energy it uses to produce heat. Instead, a hybrid furnace/boiler might automatically switch to battery packs in the home during low usage times. Sensors in the home will know when you are not present, and use less energy. Data about the refrigerator settings will be fed directly to a central home energy server that can make adjustments to the coolness level based on your consumption, how often you have used other appliances, and even the usage level for your own neighbourhood. It probably wonʼt be able to unplug the iron/hair straighteners youʼve suddenly thought about after leaving the house - but, youʼll probably be able to switch of the power to those devices remotely (thatʼll be handy for my wife). Getting Siri-ous And finally, whether you are a fan of Apple Siri or not, one thing is clear: speech tech has finally hit the mainstream. The next fertile ground: your home will understand what you say. Already, Samsung and others are developing smart televisions that understand spoken commands. In the future, your home will respond to voice requests for the news, sports, and entertainment. More importantly, your home will using advanced algorithms that determine when you are speaking to the home or to your spouse – sensing a change in your tone, or interpreting a phrase that must be an instruction to change the house temperature. Now thatʼs clever. In fact, the future home will be smart enough to know what you want – sometimes even before you know you want it yourself... Welcome to the future!

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Why you should include a sight test in your 'back to school' routine... Many parents assume that their child will have their vision checked at school, regardless of whether this actually happens or not. Vision screening provision is patchy – many areas do not provide it. Even where vision screening is provided in school, there are many conditions which, although they may cause significant problems to a child and their ability to learn, will not be picked up at a screening. Poor eyesight can have a significant effect on childrenʼs ability to learn and on their behaviour – yet often goes unrecognised by teachers, parents and by children themselves. Children may not be aware or may not be able to explain their vision difficulties and - as a parent - you may not notice any problems. Fun FREE children's eye tests! At Bridle Eyecare on Theale High Street, children's eye tests are FUN... Even the Optician thinks so! Almost all children thoroughly enjoy the eye test and can't wait for the next one. Try their ʻmagic glassesʼ It is quite different from an adults eye test and is tailor made to suit your child's age, development and needs. They have a fun test chart with pictures, lower case letters and numbers all to make it interesting

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and easy - and whatʼs more, they get to try on 'magic glasses' so that the optician can assess their 3D vision and with boys particularly - it is important to check their colour vision as young as possible. Donʼt you just wish you were a child again! If your child does need glasses it is quite common to have a check up every six months, otherwise the lovely people over at Bridle Eyecare normally recommend a yearly check up. For children under three, if you suspect that there might be an eye problem, Bridle Eyecare would normally advise referral to the hospital eye clinic via your GP. But please do come in and discuss your concerns with them - they are there to help.

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Sleeping Soundly

Craving more sleep and waking up exhausted is common in autumn. Shorter daylight hours cause increased levels of melatonin – the sleep hormone – making you feel sleepy in the day, then restless at night. Research shows that exposure to early morning light helps reset our internal body clock and fight SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), so an early morning walk can help.

We often make the problem worse by overriding our natural sleep/wake systems by drinking coffee to stay alert, and using alcohol to sedate us at night. Instead, try to cut out that evening drink and stick to a routine of going to bed and getting up at the same time to get some healthy, happy sleep.

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Happy Food There’s no denying that when we eat better, we feel better, so it’s important to make eating well a priority as autumn approaches.

Some celebrities have been known to publicly support fad diets, some which appear quite unhealthy, but Cameron Diaz has long been a supporter of natural eating, revealing that she limits refined sugars and processed food in her diet and who wouldn’t want to look like her! This means cutting out - or reducing - cakes, biscuits, sweets, crisps, ready meals, sausages and pies, among other things! If you really want to go for a mood boost then dairy products, fish, bananas, dried dates, soya, almonds and peanuts all have naturally occurring tryptophan from which the body makes serotonin. And don’t forget that eating seasonally can help too because the produce has been grown naturally and will have had a shorter journey to get to you. Fresh, local produce just can’t be beaten.

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The word “exercise” may fill your heart with dread, immediately conjuring up images of you pounding the streets, exhausted. But think again. Exercise includes a wide range of activities that can help you feel better. Certainly running, lifting weights, playing basketball and other fitness activities that get your heart pumping can help. But so can gardening, washing your car, walking the dog and other less intense activities. Playing with your children or grandchildren for just one hour can burn as many calories as walking briskly for the same amount of time. Now, which is more fun? In fact, anything that gets you off the sofa and moving is exercise that can help improve your mood.

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Broaden how you think of exercise and find ways to fit activity into your routine. Add small amounts of physical activity throughout your day. For example, take the stairs instead of the lift. Park a little further away from your work to fit in a short walk. Or, if you live close to your job, consider cycling to work. Getting up just 30 minutes earlier each morning makes it easier to fit exercise into a busy schedule. An early workout can also boost your energy levels for the rest of the day and give you an endorphin high for up to seven hours after exercising.

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With the arrival of the eagerly anticipated ‘64 registration plate this September, we talk to Paul Spratley at Spratley’s of Mortimer about plates, dates and happy customers! You may already know that March and September are two of the busiest months for car dealerships as it is then that many new vehicles are registered and supplied. This is due to the fact that these months herald the start of the new registration periods and therefore the brand new numerical registration sequences on number plates (not to mention for some, the experience of driving away from a showroom in a brand new shiny car). However, March and September are not just exciting times for motorists with a penchant (and a well-stocked wallet) for buying brand new cars but they are also happy times for prudent motorists looking to buy a great used car (or in Spratleyʼs parlance, a “pre-loved” car). The latter is due to the significant increase in newly registered vehicles during these months which means a plentiful supply of part exchanges onto the market, thus resulting in (due to the well-known economic principle of supply and demand) a potential bargain for those looking to buy a pre-loved car. However for some of us, the changes in the numerical format of the number plates due to the current registration “seasons” have led to confusion whilst we try to work out the

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approximate age of a vehicle, so we turned to no other than Paul Spratleyʼs at Spratleyʼs of Mortimer for help! He kindly explained how the current system works for standard (not cherished) number plates…and, like so many things in life, it all turns out to be surprisingly easy… once you know how!

Did you know that in September 2013, the British public .purchased 360,000 cars in just four weeks ! Firstly, the initial alpha character on a registration plate denotes the place of registration (e.g. R for Reading). The second alpha character is completely random. Now letʼs move to the following “oh so” crucial numerical characters on the number plate. If a car registration plate has the following numbers, 02, 03, 04, 05 …09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 this means that the vehicle was registered between the 1st March and 31st August of that particular year (e.g. 02 = 2002, 10 = 2010). This new format was introduced in September 2001 with the last of the previous alpha/ numeric registration format (e.g Y123 ABC) finishing on 31 August 2001. The new format began with “51” plates, e.g. AB51 XYZ, with the “51” denoting the registrations from 1st September 2001 to the end of February the next calendar year (2002). Therefore if a car registration plate has the following numbers 51, 52, 53, … 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63 it means that the vehicle was registered between the 1st September of that year (e.g. 51 = 2001, 52 =2002… 59 = 2009, 60 = 2010, 61 = 2011, 62 = 2012, 63 = 2013, 64 = 2014) and the last day of February of the following calendar year. Apparently there were all sorts of good reasons why the registrations were timed for March and September (rather than January and June) but for reasons of space, we wonʼt go into that now! Just suffice it to say it was all about avoiding the Christmas and post-Christmas period as it was agreed, quite rightly, not to be a good time for registering/ supplying new vehicles.

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To finish off the number plate conundrum…the last three alpha characters are completely random! Phew! Thank goodness for that! And thank you Paul for making it all perfectly clear! Talking of thanking Paul, it seems that we are not the only ones to do so! Paul so often receives words of appreciation for the friendly yet efficient service that Spratleyʼs provides to its salesʼ and service customers. We noted, whilst we were in their Victoria Road showroom in Mortimer unravelling the mysteries of the number plate system, some July 2014 customer surveys embellishing Paulʼs “very busy” desk. One beautifully penned survey from a customer in RG30 said… “Wendy and Paul were so nice and helpful when I purchased my new car. I wish I had visited Spratleyʼs before purchasing my previous cars. Thank you to you both” Another survey from a customer in RG6 said “Spratleyʼs continue to provide an extremely high standard of service. The staff (in particular Paul and Wendy) are friendly, helpful and courteous and ensure that the highest standard of service is achieved and maintained (my new car is great – thanks!!)” So, returning to the original topic of March and September, not only are these two of the best months to consider buying a pre-loved car due to the favourable market conditions, but even more importantly, there is a greatly trusted, family-

run and owned garage/showroom in the local community to help advise you. Spratleyʼs always has an extensive range of used car stock (mostly Vauxhalls) however they also buy to order to meet individual customer needs. And there is never any pressure to buy. Never ever! Paul helpfully explained that Spratleyʼs supplies many beautiful cars from their showroom each month, with one of the most popular being the Vauxhall Corsa. “The Vauxhall Corsa remains a hugely popular first time car thanks to its universal appeal, refined drive and low running costs,” explained Paul. “Itʼs also popular with some of the larger UK driving schools - testament to its handling, comfort and ease of drive. The Corsa looks great, has the added bonus of a large boot and quite a bit of room for passengers compared to other superminis in its class. Thereʼs a wide range of engines available too, many with low CO2 emissions. The Corsa is also one of the few cars which does not cost a second mortgage to insure for newly qualified drivers.” So, if youʼre thinking of changing your car this autumn, or in fact, at any time, Paul Spratley, Wendy and team would be happy to advise you. Part exchanges are welcome and Spratleyʼs also buy vehicles for resale/trade from private individuals. Itʼs all part of the amazing service that Spratleyʼs provide! For more information please call 0118 9332 338 or click sales@spratleys.co.uk

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Thinking about the unthinkable with Mark Penston

Independent Financial Advice • Investments • Pensions & Retirement Planning • Inheritance Tax Planning • Long Term Care • Mortgages For an initial consultation call Mark Penston on:

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Full financial planning should consider what happens on death. The most likely time that a client will discuss this matter with us is when considering inheritance tax. Normally this is the older client who is concerned that when they die their ʻestateʼ will attract tax and they want to ensure that their beneficiaries will not have to pay large inheritance tax bills. Correct financial planning can ensure that assets will pass to the right people, at the right time, with minimal taxation. But the more important consideration of death should be when a death leaves financial issues for dependents.

Need help with your Computer? ABComputers is a local IT support company based in Burghfield. We are here to help you resolve your PC or Laptop Repair problems at sensible and affordable rates. ABComputers will visit you at your home or office to make an initial assessment of the problem, and aim to complete the work on site. However, if it proves to be more cost-effective to take the PC away, we will collect it, carry out the work at our premises, and return it to you at no additional cost. • • • • • •

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Just pause for a moment and think how your family would fare if a breadwinner were to die. Be honest with yourself. Do you even know how much income you would need? Do you know where all the relevant paperwork is if such a tragedy occurred? In our experience most of our clients do not have sufficient insurance. Our male clients generally have the most cover. Our female clients generally have either little or none at all. But last year The Institute of Public Policy Research reported that 2.2 million working mothers are now the familyʼs chief breadwinner, an increase of 83% over the last 15 years, so the need for cover for women is increasing. We are conscious that being too enthusiastic about the need for life cover is dangerous in case we sound too much like insurance salesmen! On-line well known life insurance companies offer calculators and cheap cover without the need to come and see us - weʼd rather you did it on-line than not at all! Is your will up to date? When did you last review (and understand) what your financial position would be should a breadwinner in your family die? Does your family know where your paperwork is if it were needed? Donʼt join the ʻIʼve been meaning to get round to thatʼ club!!

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AS PLANS TO BUILD A 25 HECTAIRE SOLAR FARM ON OUR DOORSTEP ARE REVEALED, WE ASK IS THIS

A POWERFUL WELCOME ?

Climate change, green energy, renewables, risk of future power cuts. These are all current, hot topics in the news! So itʼs timely we talk about this monthʼs announcement by Haymaker Energy who are proposing to build a 12 - 14MW solar panel farm on approximately 25 hectares of land immediately south of the M4 at Pingewood.

The solar farm itself will consist of three fields, nestled in a strip of land north of the Pingewood Road South and to the south of the M4 and which is owned by the Englefield Estate but managed by Amners Farm. Itʼs a former landfill site which has been restored to grass and is currently used for grazing sheep. In fact current plans mean that the sheep will still be able to ʻlaze and grazeʼ underneath and around the solar panels.

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planning permission be received and we invite any ideas or suggestions which Village Eye readers may have for use of this fund. If itʼs green credentials that interest you then this farm will save at least 4,866 tonnes of CO2 emissions each year. This is almost 150,000 tonnes saved over the 30-year lifetime of the project. The solar farm itself will consist of solar panels arranged in rows (arrays) running across the site and will be fixed to concrete foundations sitting on the ground to allow the land beneath to remain as grass. The arrays will sit approximately 0.7m off the ground to enable sheep to graze underneath, and will extend to 2.8m at their highest point. Around twelve inverter buildings will be placed around the site to convert the energy generated from DC to AC, before connecting to the grid via an existing connection that runs next to the site. A deer fence will run around the perimeter of the arrays but will still allow small mammals to pass through. We asked Haymaker the obvious question about it being an eyesore or a blot on the landscape but Giles replied : “The site is relatively flat and well screened from the nearest property due to existing hedgerows and trees. Itʼs unlikely to be visible from any other properties in the area as itʼs screened along most of its boundaries with mature trees. These will be supplemented with infill planting to provide further screening.”

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And what about the Motorway? Potential Accidents? “Yes…The solar farm will be visible from the M4,” said Harry “However the panels would face southwards, away from the motorway itself and wouldnʼt cause an issue with glint or glare. To screen views of the solar farm from drivers, a woodland belt will be planted along the siteʼs northern boundary to a height of 10 foot and 10 meters width.” So we asked “what happens next? ”Well weʼre here today (sic) to consult with local residents and councillors over their thoughts and reactions. Subject to the findings of our surveys and assessments, we hope to submit a planning application to West Berkshire Council shortly.” Climate Well weʼre here today (sic) to consult with local residents and councillors over their thoughts and reactions. Subject to the findings of our surveys and assessments, we hope to submit a planning application to West Berkshire Council shortly.

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Village Eye has learned from Haymakerʼs Public Affairs consultants that 23 people attended the event and whilst only one feedback form was completed (in support of the project), verbally comments were overwhelmingly positive towards the proposal. Only 1 resident directly local to the development who came to the exhibition evening raised concerns about being able to see the site from her house and possible noise and that she went away satisfied that these worried were alleviated. She also liked the fact that the sheep could continue to graze around the site. Should planning permission be received, the solar farm would take around 16 to 20 weeks to build, and could be operational in early 2015. In an age where we are all being encouraged to be much greener and look for alternative sources of heat, light and power - possibly, this solution will prove a popular choice?

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A booklet outling the plans for the proposed solar far has been produced by Haymaker and can be downloaded from our website: www.villageeye.co.uk

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If your Christmas traditions involve going to a pantomime, why not let your kids actually star in one this year? StageAbility, our local drama school, is holding open auditions for local children and teenagers who would like to take part in Robin Hood the Pantomime. The cast will be made up entirely of young people from 7 to 18 and although some experience will be needed to carry the main parts, children with no experience are also warmly welcomed into the cast.

If you have a child who currently takes music or drama lessons, then why not give them the opportunity to play or perform a little something at the Berkshire Music & Arts Festival 2014.

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The Festival will be held on Sunday 2nd November at the beautiful Ufton Court, a Grade 1 listed Tudor manor in Ufton Nervet. Set in stunning grounds, it is a glorious location to hold a music and arts Festival. Every performer will be presented with a certificate or trophy in recognition of taking part and will also receive written, supportive and constructive comments from the adjudicators.

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The atmosphere in the Theale branch of Parkers is buzzing. The phones are ringing, customers are coming in and out, and there are people browsing the window displays. Moving to Theale has clearly been a good move for Parkers.

It’s fair to saymost that essential Parkers have ensured that their unrivalled Italian’s senses – exceptional and service has continued to be delivered the area.food. The three beautifully presented tasty, butin simple offices together form an expansive network that stretches The ingredients are sourced from around Britain across the South East. and Italy interpreting dishes from Piedmont, to

The Parkers office on Theale High Street was newly refurbished and opened in July last year. The expansion was a natural progression as Parkers already had established offices in Tilehurst and Burghfield Common. Opening an office in Theale had been on the ‘wish list‘ for some time.

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Much of the success must be credited to the close-knit team of Directors; Simon Gregory, who looks after the Theale office, Dale Kempson of Parkers Burghfield & Bruce Taylor of Parkers Tilehurst. Simon has been a ‘constant’ for customers, having worked with Sansome & George before trading as Parkers. He was delighted to be able to continue to assist customers moving home in Theale and the surrounding villages. This management team have brought to Parkers an array of new technology that both buyers and sellers have benefitted from. Another factor, particularly important to customers, is the length of service and experience of the team. Alan England (Branch Manager), Emma George (Sales) and Nick Holman (Lettings) share many years of combined experience in the estate agency business. Emma, whose father-in-law started the Sansome and George company some thirty years ago, has been with the company for over 13 years.

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About WeParkers. look forward to welcoming you soon! Over the past 50-plus years, Parkers has selectively expanded from its original base in Gloucester and in an increasingly competitive world, maintains a strong presence across the South East. With 7 local Parkers offices in Reading including those in Burghfield and Theale, they are proud of their long established links with other independently operated Estate find us on facebook: Agents across the country too. These links now total over Red Lion Mortimer West End 80 branches dedicated to providing their customers with the highest levels of service at both local, and national level.

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If you are thinking of buying, selling or letting please call The friendly team at Parkers Theale

Burghfield Common 0118 983 3897 or Theale 0118 930 3133

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Wetrooms, easy-access showers and bathrooms We are a local company, successfully offering a personal and professional service to customers for over 25 years. We offer a reliable and dependable service complete with project management from the start of the job right through to completion. We will manage all elements of the job and you will have the comfort of one single contact rather than having to deal with a number of tradesmen. The Bran Partnership is accredited with the Trading Standards ‘buy with confidence’ scheme and also the FMB trustmark scheme. Please call us for all of your plumbing needs for a no fee, no obligation quote. Proud installers of

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Experts in metal recycling We accept everything from small domestic jobs to full factory clear outs. We are a Licensed waste carrier based in Burghfield.

Mortimer Flooring is run by local man Andy Oakley. Andy is a NICF (National Institute of Carpet & Floorlayers) registered approved Master Fitter and has over 20 years experience.

Demolition Site Clearances We can come and collect your scrap from site or you can bring your scrap to us and use our 50 ton weighbridge! Residential Scrap Metal Drop in your scrap metal from home, old copper pipes, washing machines, power cables etc. We will pay you top prices. Weirside Green Lane Burghfield Bridge Industrial Estate Reading RG30 3XN Mon-Sat 8am-6pm

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Theale 0118 930 3133 Burghfield Common 0118 983 3897 Tadley 0118 9810494

Property of the Month Wellington Court Spencers Wood 5 Bedroom detached family home

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South Lodge is an individual split level detached family home located in the much sought after village of Spencers wood. This unique property boasts generous sized family accommodation, giving ample space to allow working from home with 17ft storage room and office facility. A further benefit includes a self contained apartment with kitchen, shower room and bedroom. The interior features include 18ft living room, 20ft family room/dining room, 19ft kitchen/breakfast room, four bedrooms and family bathroom, Gas Central Heating, Garage, parking for several vehicles and private secluded gardens. Viewing is essential

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a good move... Can you believe that it’s been a whole year since we told you about Parkers’ move to Theale High Street? Village Eye went along to find out how the first year in their new home had turned out for them... The atmosphere in the Theale branch of Parkers is buzzing. The phones are ringing, customers are coming in and out, and there are people browsing the window displays. Moving to Theale has clearly been a good move for Parkers.

It’s fair to say that Parkers have ensured that their unrivalled service has continued to be delivered in the area. The three offices together form an expansive network that stretches across the South East.

The Parkers office on Theale High Street was newly refurbished and opened in July last year. The expansion was a natural progression as Parkers already had established offices in Tilehurst and Burghfield Common. Opening an office in Theale had been on the ‘wish list‘ for some time.

Community Spirit As you’d expect from any successful local business that serves the public directly, building a certain ‘rapport’ with its customers and potential customers is ‘key‘ to its longevity within the communities they serve - and Parkers are certainly testament to this philosophy. Over the years, they have provided many sponsorships to local sports teams, including Theale Green Community School’s School Football kits, supported numerous school events and even bought a Parkers Bouncy Castle to loan to theses schools to help them raise funds.

Much of the success must be credited to the close-knit team of Directors; Simon Gregory, who looks after the Theale office, Dale Kempson of Parkers Burghfield & Bruce Taylor of Parkers Tilehurst. Simon has been a ‘constant’ for customers, having worked with Sansome & George before trading as Parkers. He was delighted to be able to continue to assist customers moving home in Theale and the surrounding villages. This management team have brought to Parkers an array of new technology that both buyers and sellers have benefitted from. Another factor, particularly important to customers, is the length of service and experience of the team. Alan England (Branch Manager), Emma George (Sales) and Nick Holman (Lettings) share many years of combined experience in the estate agency business. Emma, whose father-in-law started the Sansome and George company some thirty years ago, has been with the company for over 13 years.

About Parkers. Over the past 50-plus years, Parkers has selectively expanded from its original base in Gloucester and in an increasingly competitive world, maintains a strong presence across the South East. With 7 local Parkers offices in Reading including those in Burghfield and Theale, they are proud of their long established links with other independently operated Estate Agents across the country too. These links now total over 80 branches dedicated to providing their customers with the highest levels of service at both local, and national level.

If you are thinking of buying, selling or letting please call The friendly team at Parkers Theale

Burghfield Common 0118 983 3897 or Theale 0118 930 3133

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Chimney serviCes Williams Chimney Services is an established, professional family run chimney sweeping Business.

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We have a wealth of knowledge and experience in solid fuel, gas and oil appliances. Using the latest and most up to date equipment to make sure you and your appliance are safe and working efficiently.

OFFICE: 01189 831246 Mobile: 07766 646430 Email: info@jwfisher.co.uk www.jameswfisher.co.uk The Forge, Reading Road, Burghfield Common, Reading, Berkshire, RG7 3BL

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Control We are local family company of 20 years Pest Pest Control Control Services Limited specialising in the discreet removal of:

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Vehicle servicing We specialise in cam belts We fit engines and gear boxes Pre MOT checks and can arrange MOT SALES -onSERVICE - REPAIRS Diagnostics most vehicles Classic car servicing & repairs 0118 971 0199 Car, van and classic car sales SALES - SERVICE - REPAIRS WHAT WE DO: WORKSHOP: • Servicing Unit 1 Clovelly Works Valeting service 0118 971 0199 • We specialise in cam belts A4 Bath Road

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Is your child due to start school soon?

Drives...

Mortimer St. John’s CE Infant School now have spaces available!

Honda Jazz

This review has a little more experience behind it than normal, having had a Jazz in the family for over 4 years. It is a very sensible option in the medium hatchback market, offering vast amounts of space and great reliability at a reasonable price, though not cheap. The driving position is good with everything within easy reach. The engine is very refined, being smooth very well insulated from the cabin with very little noise or vibration. There is plenty of power at higher revs, but it will happily get 50mpg if you back off. The brake pedal is a little sharp and can feel numb, but you soon get used to it. The handbrake is fairly easy to use, although it quite often needs a lot of effort to hold the car on a hill. Changing gears is a nice experience, Honda have made all the controls high quality, which is unusual for a car of this type and makes the car feel better than most of itʼs competitors who usually have one or more of the controls that feel cheap. Steering is a nice surprise, its fairly heavy for a car in this sector, but it feels very direct. The suspension is fairly firm, so the ride can feel a bit jumpy over rougher roads, but as usual the trade off is having competent handling. Direct steering and small amounts of body roll mean cornering never feels out of control and high speed stability is very good, although it can be pushed by the wake from lorries on the motorway.

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The interior is very high quality, with everything held together tightly. Itʼs also very spacious and extremely clever. We have a running joke in our family that there isnʼt anything that doesnʼt fit. To this day there still hasnʼt been anything Iʼve needed to carry that hasnʼt gone in, the most impressive being five people, a gazebo, a camping table, six camping chairs and around three cool boxes worth of food; all at the same time. The rear seats can either fold completely flat and fold up creating a clear route through the car and there is also a removable boot floor. The Jazz is medium to high priced, but unlike a lot of cars in this sector it doesnʼt feel cheap, every part of the car feels well made and none of the surfaces you touch regularly are the normal cheap scratchy plastic.

Would you like your child to attend a warm welcoming school where nurturing and learning are key to educating your child? Set in the heart of Mortimer Village with close links to St. John’s church with parallel classes where your child can mix well with other children. A well resourced, bright learning environment that will engage your child’s imagination. We foster a love for learning that will set your child on the right path for the rest of their learning career. We employ warm, caring staff who genuinely care for the wellbeing of your child. We offer a creative, fun curriculum to bring learning to life and to inspire your child. You are warmly invited to come and take a look around. Please contact the headteacher.: Nicola Sumner

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Not everything is positive though, there is one area where the Jazz is a long way behind other cars; fun. It does everything so well, in a clinical, practical way, but there is no excitement. Itʼs devoid of character and street cred, which for some will be a huge deal breaker. The argument of whether this is a good or bad car depends greatly on who you ask. The Jazz is a hugely practical and well built car. If that is all youʼre looking for you canʼt go far wrong, although if itʼs excitement youʼre after you should definitely keep looking.

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A WeddingVenue for all seasons Whatever the weather, Highfield Park offers a truly unique setting for your special day. The 17th century Queen Anne style mansion house with its stunning spiral staircase set in 35 acres of beautiful grounds offers the perfect backdrop for those picture perfect memories

Wedding Open Day - Sunday 28th September 11am - 3pm Complimentary admission Special offers • • • •

February 2015 - amazing package from £2015! Special Sunday packages available all year Winter Wedding packages available in November, January, February, March and selected dates in December Late availability - book for remaining dates within the next 6 months and receive exclusive discounts

Only one wedding takes place each day at Highfield Park ensuring that you have an intimate celebration with your family and friends To find out more or to book a showround call 0118 932 6369 or email highfieldsalesteam@deverevenues.co.uk Terms and conditions apply

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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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We’re going on a Bear Hunt! Jubilee Day Nursery is passionate about the outdoors Jubilee Day Nursery is very proud of our outdoor learning environments, not only do we own the whole site that the nursery is on but we also have, just a short walk away, our very own private natural woodland and 54 acres of private farm. On the Grounds The outdoor environment that we have within the grounds of the nursery itself, has been specifically designed, resourced and developed to offer children a rich variety of experiences to discover and explore – from the garden areas, climbing frames, ground recessed trampoline, giant sand-pit and donkeys. Also many other role play areas ranging from a pirate ship to a beach hut and builders workshop. On the Farm Our farm is located across the road from our main gate and is complete with cows, sheep, goats, chickens, etc. and a year round growing poly-tunnel. The children can visit the paddocks and see the farm animals and delight in the arrival of new lambs, calves, chicks and ducklings in the spring time. Other seasons have other activities. In the Woods At Jubilee we have our own private woodland area ‘Roughwood’, which is a fantastic learning resource. It is a short walk from the nursery. The young children have time to trundle through the paddocks, spotting bugs and insects, collecting treasures such as feathers, seed pods, golden leaves and sticks. Plus they have the added advantage of visiting the farm animals along the way. The experience is further enriched by our experienced staff who encourage the singing of songs, playing of games and re-enacting much loved stories such as ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’. Forest Schooling To enhance these experiences, our Forest Schools leader, Emma Hirst, delivers exciting and educational Forest School activities in our private woodland. Children throughout the nursery visit our woodland and so when they start Forest School at pre-school age they are familiar with and feel very comfortable in the environment. Each activity is child-led and allows self-exploration. From making dens, whittling sticks to toast marshmallows with, sawing and drilling wood to make wooden jewellery and learning to build camp fires safely. The children love the opportunity to show their independence and enjoy seeing what they have achieved or made during their woodland adventure. The Benefits We find that because the children enjoy what they are doing it helps to engage concentration in a natural way. Outdoors the children use all their senses. They learn to express themselves and develop a keen awareness of what is going on around them. They observe things from their natural surroundings, learn respect for the environment and they begin to notice how different trees and plants change over the seasons and years. As children grow, they begin to demonstrate independence and gain an increased awareness of the consequences of their actions, for example when paddling in the stream they learn to negotiate and plan ways to cross without getting wet. Through watching friends and through team activities, such as building a den, children learn to share tools, participate in taking turns and support each other.

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Theale Green School EXCELLENCE THROUGH PARTNERSHIP

Whats on…..

Discover your future here Open Evening

Tuesday 23rd September 2014 6.00pm - 9.00pm

(Head teacher’s presentations at 6.30pm, 7.15pm and 8.00pm)

Open Morning

Wednesday 24th September 2014

9.15am - 10.45am (Tours at 9.30am and 10.00am) Daytime visits are welcome throughout the year by individual appointment. Please phone the Head teacher’s P.A. on 0118 930 8517.

COMMUNITY GUIDE AUTUMN 2014 NOW AVAILABLE Pick up your copy now from

The Hurst Leisure Centre Woodlands Road, Baughurst, RG26 5NL Tel: 0118 9812918/1611 email: aded@hurst.hants.sch.uk www.hurstcentre.co.uk Church Street, Theale, Reading, RG7 5DA T: 0118 930 2741 E: inmail@thealegreen.w-berks.sch.uk www.thealegreen.w-berks.sch.uk

The Hurst Leisure & Learning Centre Learning Centre

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Bradfield College Sports Complex

Recent refurbishments, a friendly clientele and a warm welcome put Bradfield College one step ahead. Chrissie Collins, Sports Complex Administration manager, looks on with a glow of satisfaction as another piece of Technogym equipment is commissioned by the Engineer. “It’s so exciting” she tells me. “This is the biggest thing to happen at the Bradfield College Sports Complex since the Tennis Centre and Golf Course were opened 15 years ago. Our members are going to be over the moon!” Chrissie, having worked at the Sports Complex since it opened 20 years ago has reason to be pleased, the new gym at Bradfield simply looks superb. “We’ve worked hard to buy the best equipment and make sure that the balance of machines is correct for our membership. Working with Technogym and listening to our members has, we think, achieved this balance.” James Wade, Sports Complex manager tells me.“It was especially important to get that quality correct so we stand out against the budget operators and that runs all the way through to the new changing facilities.” The new gym at Bradfield is a world apart from the old facility. Whereas the original gym was always well equipped with good quality machines, the space was no longer big enough to satisfy the demand of a loyal membership base which was frequently over-subscribed. The gym was also let down by having shared changing facilities with the swimming pool whilst the new gym has its own changing facilities devoted to gym users, fitness classes and clients of fitness coaching and gym management partners Gecko Fitness, who provide specialist fitness instruction and gym management on behalf of the Bradfield team. About Gecko Gecko Fitness, which was founded in 1998 with the goal of raising the standard within the health and fitness industry, prides itself on the high standard of knowledge, personality and calibre

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of its team. In 2005, a relationship between Gecko and Bradfield College was formed when it became clear that the two entities shared a vision of only supplying the highest level of service to their members. Today, this partnership has gone from strength to strength with the Gecko team continuing to provide their scope and expertise to Bradfield’s members. Gecko’s current team consists of registered healthcare practitioners, fitness professionals, nutritionists and strength & conditioning coaches, all of whom hold the highest qualifications in their respective fields. “The new facility will allow the club membership to grow by around another 200 members” Chrissie goes on. “It is going to be important that we offer prospective members something that they can’t get elsewhere whilst preserving the friendly atmosphere and small club feel that we know our existing members love. As we have largely made the alterations to the building that the members have been asking for, we hope that we’re showing our loyal membership base that we are listening to them.” It is clear that Bradfield offers something that is rare in modern leisure facilities. The underlying principal is that of a high quality, traditional leisure centre with a 25m pool, dance studio and double size sports hall at its heart, however the gym is no longer an afterthought, it is a facility that matches the top clubs. When you consider that there is also a fantastic 3 court Indoor Tennis Centre, 4 squash courts and a 9 hole golf course, Bradfield has more to offer than a lot of country clubs! For membership enquiries or for a tour, call the sports complex team on 0118 964 4600 www.bradfieldenterprises.co.uk


Megan’s Moments

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Set in the beautiful Hampshire countryside, Bishopswood is rated as one of the finest 9 hole courses in the south, a great entertainment venue and superb restaurant - and you don’t even need to be a member to use the facilities either! For further information or to make a reservation in our restaurant, please call:

01189 408600 www.bishopswoodgc.co.uk

Bishopswood Lane, Tadley, RG26 4AT

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It is so important that everyone takes good care of their skin with a simple cleansing and moisturising routine. However, it is easily forgotten that face masks are such an easy and quick way to give our skin a quick burst of energy and moisture. For about three to four months now I have routinely used “Drink Up”, “Clear Improvements” and “Drink Up Intensive” from the Origins skincare range. I have to say I have used hundreds of face masks and these have to be the best I have ever tried! They are perfect for any age group and skin, and range between an overnight mask to a quick 10 minute one. Origins Drink Up Intensive: This mask is unusual in the fact that instead of putting on a very heavy layer of mask to your skin, itʼs a clear cream gel-like consistency. Itʼs perfect to use just before going to bed whereby you swap your normal moisturiser for this mask and leave to soak all night. It acts as an intensive moisturiser that works amazingly on tired, dull and dry skintypes. Typically, my skin is combination/oily but in the summer months in the heat it can get very dry around my t-zone area so I have found that once I take this mask off in the morning, my skin is glowing and feels clean and refreshed. I use a 10p size amount on my face, probably once a week and it works wonders, I definitely feel like I have just been to the spa! The smell is so fruity and fresh and overall I would 100% say that this is worth the £23 price mark, as this has lasted me for months so far and the bottle is nowhere near empty. Origins Drink Up: This face mask is basically the same as the ʻDrink Upʼ Intensive but instead of using it overnight, it gives you similar effects in the space of just 10 minutes. Again, the consistency is gel-like, but Iʼd say more so than the intensive mask, a lot thinner too. It still has the fruity spa-like smell to it, and feels like you have a thicker moisturiser on as opposed to a heavier typical face mask. In all honesty I feel that in the 10 minutes my face does feel more glowy and refreshed but I prefer the intensive mask as I feel it really does have more of a ʻwowʼ factor! If you want a good quick burst of moisture into your skin routine, I feel that you should go for this one, but I wouldnʼt say it is worth the £23 price tag. Origins Clear Improvements: Now this face mask is in my holy grail list of products I love, it is by far one of my favourite things to put on my skin! I canʼt rave about this one enough, the active charcoal within the mask really purifies and cleanses skin to clear pores – a must for any age! The description says that the clay helps to “absorb environmental toxins, Lecithin dissolves impurities” so that skin can “breathe a sigh of relief” and for me I really agree with that statement. This mask is more traditional, it has a thick consistency, something that you can really feel working on your face. I probably use around a 50p size amount on my face and leave it until it is dry, after my skin feels soft and refreshed, and I definitely notice a difference when applying make up, it glides on easier and pores are definitely not so visible. I feel that this one is perfect for those who feel that their pores is a problem area or anyone with acne as by using this face mask once a week for the last few months my skin has been so clear, I have honestly barely had any breakouts at all. I canʼt recommend this facemask enough, even my boyfriend sometimes uses it (but donʼt tell him I said that!). For £23 I would definitely purchase it again and again, itʼs one of the best skin care items I own!

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WIN A SKYDIVING EXPERIENCE with jjjjjj If you have ever dreamt of Sky Diving but thought it was too scary or too expensive then perhaps Airkix in Basingstoke may have the answer. An indoor alternative to launching yourself out of an aeroplane, it is a genius way of getting a real flying experience - without having to travel more than a few feet off the ground (bye bye vertigo!) Located at Basingstokeʼs Leisure Park, Airkix houses the UKʼs first purpose built 14ft (4.3m) diameter, super-smooth, super-fast wind tunnel. Providing an exhilarating indoor sky diving experience, and giving flyers the chance to get their adrenaline pumping by freefalling at 110mph within a safe environment. Suitable for anyone* aged between four and 104, the Airkix experience closely simulates the adrenaline-charged feeling of outdoor sky diving - proving to be a perfect activity for the ʻwhole familyʼ to enjoy. We have a fantastic sky diving experience and DVD package (worth £63) at Airkix to give away. To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is answer the following question:

What is the diameter of the Airkix tunnel? a. 10 feet b. 12 feet c. 14 feet To enter visit www.villageeye.co.uk and click on the competition tab. Fill in your details and answer the question - easy eh? Oh, and donʼt forget to like our facebook page too facebook. com/villageeyemagazine (as thatʼs where we will announce our winner on October 1st.) Further information about Airkix can be found at www.airkix.com or by calling 0845 331 6549 Good luck!

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Whatʼs on at this September Thereʼs so much on at the Fox & Hounds in Theale this month, weʼve had to dedicate an entire page to tell you about it! Having recently won Marketing Pub of the year (for the second year running), and Britainʼs Best Ale pub, Daryl, Katie and their happy team are keen to let you all know about another quirky little addition to their already popular eating and drinking venue... a baby grand piano! On the 1st and 3rd Saturday evenings of every month and every Sunday Lunchtime, diners will be able to enjoy the sounds of a fabulous all mahogany, baby grand piano whilst they drink and dine. Speaking of which... Who likes good food? We do. We are so blessed in West Berkshire to have so many good pubs, restaurants and farmers markets. So when we heard that the most famous local farmers market of them all - the long running Buckleburyʼs Artisan Farmers Market have now extended their offering to include regular dates at the Fox & Hounds in Theale, we couldnʼt help being a little bit excited. Having had a ʻtasteʼ of success (excuse the pun) with their first Bucklebury Artisan Farmers market back in May, Daryl and the team are delighted to be holding the next one on Saturday 13th September from 10-midday (and then every second Saturday of the month thereon). On the day, stalls offering local produce with favourites from the regular market over in Bucklebury will be making an appearance. These include a great range of meats, fish, scallops and mussels to cupcakes, meringues, cookies, bread, jams, pestos, vegetables - and even sausages with Marmite! There will even local ciders, cheeses and plants on sale too. In fact, if itʼs produced locally, then itʼs likely to be available.

Guns 2 Roses - Friday 5th Sept Famed for their array of tribute bands, this autumn the line up at The Fox & Hounds is looking fabulous and kicks off on Friday 5th September with Guns 2 Roses, who are the most notorious Guns N Roses tribute band around today. Having played top venues and festivals all over the UK, Europe Dubai, India and the USA, GUNS 2 ROSES are the longest running, closest looking and sound alike tribute to the legendary heavy metal band around. Tickets for this event are £10.

All Weller - 27th Sept A FINAL FAREWELL To kick off National Cask Ale Week which runs from 25th Sept through to Sunday 5th Oct at the venue - thereʼs a real treat in store for music fans. Having played at the Fox & Hounds many times over the years, regulars will agree that the All Weller band is always a very popular choice for Paul Weller, Style Council and Jam Fans. And despite having played gigs all around the globe this excellent tribute to the Modfather et al have selected the Fox & Hounds as their venue of choice for their last gig. Yes, thatʼs right, after nearly two decades together, this definitive tribute act are hanging up their parkers, and going their separate ways. So, if you fancy Going Underground to a Town Called Malice and Shouting To The Top with the Eton Rifles before the Walls Come Tumbling Down, then we are delighted to report that tickets £10 and on now! Call 0118 930 2295 for details.

For information, tickets or to book a table in the restaurant please visit:

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SWIM - BIKE - RUN

Triathlon The roots of Triathlon are firmly planted in the local area with the first ever event taking place on our doorstep 31 years ago at Kirtons Farm Water Sports Centre back in 1983. Now the Reading Lake Hotel, the venue is now home to the Tri2O Swim Centre where triathlon events are going from strength to strength.

Reading 2014

In conjunction with the hotel, there is also VIP entry on offer for which involves an overnight stay at the hotel, full use of facilities and, of course, a relaxed morning with no travel before competing. Every entrant will receive an event memento and a fantastic personalised medal with their name and timings on them. There will be massage and bike mechanics available on race day and, of course, refreshments a-plenty at the hotel. This yearʼs official event charity is Macmillan and there will be an opportunity to make a donation when entering the Triathlon online.

Why not get involved... Whether you are a seasoned triathlete or a complete novice, you may be interested to learn that the Quintiles Reading Triathlon will be taking place on 7th September 2014 at Reading Lake Hotel. This yearʼs event offers a choice of Sprint, Olympic or Sprint Relay categories - so something for every level. The Sprint distance is a 750m swim, 22km cycle and a 5k run, whereas the Olympic category is a 1500m swim, 44km cycle and a 10k run. Alternatively, you may wish to get together a team of three for the Sprint Relay. The three-man team event is a great way to experience a triathlon by just doing your strongest sport.

To get involved, visit www.mysportingtimes.com where you can browse the events, register to enter and get yourself kitted out! Alternatively, if entering this yearʼs event isnʼt on the cards for you, why not get up early on Sunday 7th September and go down to the lake and cheer on the athletes!

Learn to Ride • • • • •

Beginner lessons to advanced level, including BHS exams Jumping, cross country and hacking Clinics, shows and competitions throughout the year Livery spaces From now until the end of September, we are offering a course of 8 private children’s lessons at half price! This course, which includes one-one tuition is contact enquiries@burleylodge.co.uk usually £245 is now priced at £122.50

Owner: Manager: Office hours:

Group Discounts Available

Bridget Hart Jenny MacArthur Tues-Sun, 9am-5pm

Burley Lodge is a very Friendly riding school located in beautiful surroundings. With highly-qualified instructors, Burley Lodge offers lessons to all ages with horses to suit all abilities!

0118 988 6936 www.burleylodge.co.uk

Burley Lodge Equestrian Centre | Hyde End Road, Shinfield |Berkshire | RG2 9EP

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