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Issue 51 Aug/Sept 2016 Circulation 11,000


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elcome to the August/September issue of Village Eye magazine which marks the start of our sixth year of bringing you local news, lifestyle features and information on local businesses. We have lots of plans and ideas to keep VillageEye up there as the ‘must-have magazine’ for all things local.


Issue 51 Aug/Sept


Lifestyle magazine and beyond for the RG7 area

2016 Circulation 11,000

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If you want a new summer look, or just feel like a pamper, then our cover sponsors, Worthingtons The Salon can work wonders. Going from strength to strength over the last 5 years, this team has built up a loyal following at its base in Burghfield Common and it seems they can do no wrong! Turn to pages 8 and 9 to hear all about how they are impressing with cuts, colours, beauty and wedding packages.

Do you have a wedding to plan? If not a wedding, perhaps an event - dare I say Christm...NO! It’s too early! But that aside, nearly a year after fire destroyed the Executive Centre at Wokefield Park, they are back with with bells on, offering party packages, wedding packages and, of course, golf and leisure, too. Find out all you need to know on pages 16 and 17. If you’re a ‘foodie’ then take a look at page 7 where you’ll find Jamie Oliver gracing the page with details of his latest recipe book and a totally delicious, seasonal recipe to try. If you’d rather be catered for then why not try Burghfield Common’s Indian restaurant, Bahgecha. Turn to page 13 to find out about the delights they are serving up, right on our doorstep. You’ll find all our regular columnists this month, too. Rob Starling, our Financial advisor, gives us his thoughts on post Brexit financial implications on p.12. In Jack Worboys’ motoring column, he reviews the Ford KA on p.11, and our resident Eye Geek on page 19 giving us the low down on Baby Tech. We also have our film reviewer, Rob Barnes bring us his take on the current release from Disney , The BFG on page 39. Our beauty columnist, Megan, gives us hints and tips on managing your crowning glory, whether it’s straight or curly. And this month she’s roped her sister in too! Turn to page 4 for more on fighting the frizz.

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Community News - 2 Straight & Curly - 4 Yummy Mummy Offer - 7 Jack Drive s Ford KA - 11 Eye Geek Baby Gadgets - 19

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Spencers Wood Carnival

Spencers Wood Carnival takes as well. Mason’s Funfair, Giant place on Saturday 17th September Inflatables, Licensed Bar, Hands-on 2016 from 12 noon to 9pm at The Art, Circus Skills, Clown Shows, Recreation Ground, Clares Green Magic, Punch and Judy, Displays, Road in Spencers Wood. This Stalls, Side Shows, Live Music and event provides something for lots more...Best of all, it’s FREE everyone, from puppets shows, ENTRY! craft workshops and games for the children to live music from local bands to round off the day. And for those who are after a bit of retail therapy, there are always commercial stalls selling quality crafts Saturday 17th September and speciality foods

Sulhamstead & Ufton Nervet Get Connected If you live in Sulhamstead or Ufton Nervet and are fed up with ‘rural’ broadband speeds, help is now at hand, but be quick! West Berkshire Community Broadband, run by a team of volunteers, can now offer you speeds up to 100 times higher. The first network roll out is being limited to 50 customers only, but they are also taking orders for delivery in the second half of 2016. For more information and to register visit: www.westberkscommunitybroadband.org

Audition Notice!

Many of you will know of - or have children at - our local stage school, StageAbility. They have a thriving after-school drama class in Burghfield which is one of four successful centres across Berkshire. Every year, they stage a Pantomime - for students and non-students - and this year is no different. Auditions are being held for Aladdin the Pantomime on Sunday 11th September. Children are welcome aged 7 - 18 and all abilities are catered for. There will be solo auditions for those who would like to take on a principle role and there will also be group auditions for the dance and acting ensemble. And for those who have never auditioned before and would like to know what to expect, they are holding an audition workshop, too. We all have to start somewhere and StageAbility thrives on seeing the children move up through the ranks over the years as they learn and thrive on their experience. The Pantomime takes place over the first weekend of December. There is no charge for the audition, which is held in Lower Earley, but you do need to be allocated a time, whether you are auditioning as part of a group or on your own. You can do that by submitting your audition form online. Visit www. berkshire.stageability.co.uk for full information on the audition process, the rehearsal schedule, fees and, of course, the audition form!


Berkshire Community Foundation



erkshire Community Foundation (BCF) welcomed their Royal patron, HRH Princess Beatrice of York to their 30th Birthday Event last week. Berkshire Community Foundation works across Berkshire to raise and distribute money directly to local causes

Bucklebury House was the setting for 100 BCF philanthropists, supporters and Trustees to celebrate and the event raised over £20,000 for ‘A Life Less Lonely’, BCF’s current campaign, raising much needed funds to help adults and children across Berkshire struggling with loneliness and isolation. The evening began with a drinks reception, attended by Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrice of York, Patron of The Berkshire Community Foundation. Guests were welcomed by BCF’s President James Puxley - The Lord-Lieutenant of the Royal County of Berkshire, Chairman Chris Barrett and Chief Executive Gerry Lejeune OBE who shared exciting news on another record granting year for the foundation. Guests then enjoyed a dinner using local produce and an auction, including art, hosted by Cash in the Attic’s Jonty Hearnden. “It is particularly exciting that this year Berkshire Community Foundation granted £918,000 to voluntary groups

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and individuals in Berkshire; the second consecutive year of record levels of grant making in our history,” said BCF Chairman, Chris Barrett. Over the past 30 years BCF have inspired local businesses, Trusts and individuals to come together and invest in their local community and grants have supported local charities, voluntary groups and individuals across the county. Since 1986 when the Foundation was formed, over £10 million has been awarded in grants across Berkshire. BCF work throughout Berkshire to influence the critical issues and needs affecting our communities, build stronger communities and enrich lives in the county and help local people and organisations to manage their charitable giving. BCF would like to thank Willie and Marina Hartley-Russell most warmly for their excellent hospitality, which included the opening of their magnificent gardens for guests, as well as CCLA and the Laithwaite Family for sponsorship which made the whole event possible.

Top: Beau Bryan and HRH Princess Beatrice. Bottom: L-R - Rosanne Hall, Teri Kearsey, Brian Knight, Gaye Pottinger, Jane Williams, Gerry Lejeune OBE, Jim Fyfe, HRH Princess Beatrice, David Marks, Caroline Holton, Claire Tyrrell and Simona Kolarova

Burghfield to host Inaugural

Beer Festival Friday 23rd & Saturday 24th September

This year sees the first annual Burghfest, and by popular request it will be held at the top of the hill at the Recreation ground, Recreation Road, Burghfield common on the 23rd and 24th September in aid of Thames Valley Air Ambulance. Live music will be staged by the amazing Mortimer Music Live, food & entertainment will all be on site for the whole family to enjoy! Village Eye readers can get a special price Burghfest entrance wristband and souvenir glass too - for just £5 if booked before Saturday 10th September and quoting Village Eye at the time of booking. Alcohol can only be consumed on the recreation ground by those wearing a wristband, and the numbers are limited – so be quick to guarantee your place! Entrance to the recreation ground is free, so younger members of the community and those not wishing to try the range of beer, cider and wine will be able to join in the fun too!

Event Times Friday 3pm-11pm Saturday 11am-11pm

For more details check out www.burghfest.uk

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Straight & Curly Sistas

If you’re like me and suffer from dry and dehydrated hair that puffs up like a beach ball at the slightest change in weather (literally sun, heat, snow or rain) then you know it is very hard to find products that actually work. Likewise, you could be like my sister Hannah, and have hair that is limp, flat and hard to style, then you know it is equally as hard to manage your hair. Those of you with frizzy/curly hair: My number 1 piece of advice for curly hair is to co-wash your hair Co-wash is literally my savior! If you haven’t heard of co-washing before, it’s basically where instead of using shampoo to wash your hair, you use a co-wash (short for conditioning-only wash). This is a very light conditioner, which lowlathers your hair for less damage. The result? Smoother and detangled curls that are less prone to frizz! I wash my hair every other day and use co-wash each time but have one deep clean a week with a standard shampoo. The best product I’ve found is by Aveda which is pricey I know, but their products are all natural and sulfate free so you know you’re not pumping chemicals into your hair. My favourite co-wash is Aveda’s Be Curly Co-wash costing £21 and is available online or at House of Fraser. My favourite styling item is Label M’s Soufflé. This stuff is amazing. When a hair stylist from Toni and Guy first used it on me, my once limp and frankly lifeless curls literally sprang into action and I was amazed at how curly my hair had become in seconds! Since then, I have gone through countless bottles of this (6 in 2 years!) and nothing beats it! I have spent so much money in the past on Moroccan Oil but found it didn’t work for me at all. So this soufflé is definitely my holy grail item! I use this after washing my hair before blow drying and every morning as a freshen up. Available at Toni and Guy salon’s for £13.25 but can be found cheaper online such as at Look Fantastic. Now if you have straight or unmanageable hair then my sister is definitely the person to speak to. We are polar opposites with our hair and it’s so interesting to get different opinions on various hair types...

Hannah’s Holy Grail Items: GHD Straighteners My number one recommendation for everyone with straight hair is to invest in a pair of GHD straighteners. I would say that GHD are the best company to buy straighteners from, their products are cult worthy and I think the majority of women I know own a pair! I like the fact that you can be versatile with the straighteners, using them to straighten or curl your hair. They also straighten hair instantly so no need to spend hours by the mirror straightening or curling hair! They are currently £20 off on GHD’s website so grab a pair whilst you can!

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My next item that I would say that I can’t live without is L’Oreal’s Studio Line Txt Volume Spray. This spray is cheap (£8.99 from Boots) and creates wonders with my hair – it is literally backcomb in a bottle! On morning’s when I wake up to see that I have slept on half of my head making my hair very flat, this product transforms my hair instantly! All of you straight haired girls need to try this – Megan said it even works with her hair too (not like she needs it any bigger!).

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


Join us during September and take advantage of our special

YUMMY MUMMY offer at Blissimi

So, you have dropped the children off at school, cleared the breakfast dishes, loaded the washing machine, made the beds, planned the evening meal, ironed a mountain of clothes and taken the dog for a walk (and it’s still only 10am) - what to do until you have to pick the children up again? As mothers, we play so many different roles and most of us do not take the time off that we deserve. Just think about it, we play doctor, cook, chauffeur, teacher, lawyer, and the occasional referee as well - but if you ask yourself honestly: When was the last time you took time out for you?

You deserve it.

It sometimes can feel indulgent to admit, but it’s the truth - motherhood is quite tough, and the challenges are relentless. The closer you can come to clocking out for just a little while, the more you’re rewarding yourself for a job well-done. We want to provide you with some well deserved time out from your hectic life to help you feel relaxed and normal again. At Blissimi, we want you to look and feel amazing. We want you to come in, relax, indulge and look forward to welcoming you for some ‘YOU-TIME’ soon.

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Special ‘Yummy Mummy’ Pamper Offer Treat yourself to any 2 hair and/or beauty treatments of your choice in September and we will give you a lovely 20% off.

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Cocоut Oil

Coconut oil has long been hailed as a cure-all, from oiling squeaky wheels to making your pet’s coat shine. With great deals on Groupon and Amazon for great pots of the stuff, we thought it might help our pocket to find out how it could be put to use in our beauty regime! The very first thing on the list is moisturising. Coconut oil delivers a refreshing, healing, burst of moisture that penetrates your skin. It can feel oily at first, but give it a minute and it will dry beautifully. You can use it for dry elbows and cracked heels with great effect, too. Or you can add it to a bath for all-over softness.


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Coconut oil is also great for your hair. Whether you use it on your entire scalp for deep conditioning, or just on your ends - where it’s the hardest for the body’s natural oils to reach. As well as a a great frizz-fighter and flaky scalp treatment, Coconut oil can also be and a good detangler. Your nails also need TLC now and again. Cuticles get raggedy, so rub a little into your cuticles when the little bits of skin get hard and stiff and help soothe the pain with coconuts oil’s anti-inflammatory properties. There are anti-ageing benefits, too. Coconut oil’s biologically active components (such as certain fatty acids) have been shown to increase collagen cross-linking. This may be why it helps reduce fine lines/wrinkles. Coconut oil can help heal a wide variety of skin blemishes, too. Daily application has helped fade sun or age spots. Sticking with the beauty theme, you can use coconut oil as a cheekbone highlighter, an eyelash enhancer and also to help get rid of those dark under-eye circles. And when it comes to ‘taking your face off’, coconut oil will gently and safely remove all traces of make-up. It works well with eye make-up - waterproof or not! A big ol’ jar has already taken up residence in our bathroom and we’re enjoying our new silky-soft skin! We’re going coco-nuts for this stuff!

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CHICKEN FAJITAS, SMOKY DRESSED AUBERGINES & PEPPERS Sticking to super-lean chicken breasts is the key to making super-food fajitas, and also provides us with a great source of protein, ensuring our muscles stay strong and healthy.

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2 x 200g free-range skinless chicken breasts 3 mixed-colour peppers 1 large aubergine 2 limes olive oil 1 bunch of fresh coriander (30g) 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar 1 teaspoon chipotle Tabasco sauce 1 ripe avocado 4 large seeded wholemeal tortillas 1 teaspoon dried oregano 2 teaspoons sweet smoked paprika 50g feta cheese 2 cloves of garlic 1 large red onion CALORIES














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Put 1 tablespoon of oil into a bowl with the vinegar, chilli sauce, oregano, paprika and a pinch of sea salt and black pepper. Crush in the unpeeled garlic through a garlic crusher and mix together. Peel and halve the onion, slice into1cmthick wedges, then slice the chicken lengthways 1cm thick and toss both in the marinade. Leave in the fridge for at least 1 hour, or preferably overnight.

Blacken the whole peppers and aubergine over a direct flame on the hob, or in a griddle pan on a high heat, until charred and blistered all over. Pop the peppers into a bowl and cover with clingfilm for 10 minutes, then scrape off most of the black skin, discarding the stalks and seeds. Pinch the skin off the aubergine and trim off the ends. Nicely slice it all 2cm thick, dress on a platter with the juice of 1 lime and a few picked coriander leaves, then taste and season to perfection. Cook the chicken and onions in all that lovely marinade in a large non-stick frying pan on a medium-high heat for 6 to 8 minutes, or until cooked through, turning halfway. Peel, destone and finely slice the avocado, and squeeze over the juice of half a lime. Warm the tortillas in a dry frying pan for 30 seconds, then keep warm in a clean tea towel. Take it all to the table, with the feta and the remaining coriander leaves, and let everyone build their own.

Jamie’s Super Food Family Classics continues with the popular philosophy behind Jamie’s Everyday Super Food, bringing exciting healthy eating to the heart of the home. Freshen up your family favourites and expand your recipe repertoire with new nutritious, tasty meals - make your weekly menu something to shout about. Sneak in extra veg with Squash Mac ‘N’ Cheese and enjoy a no-arguments family dinner with Chicken Fajitas, Smoky Dressed Aubergines & Peppers. When you need a no-fuss meal on the table fast try Chicken Goujons or Pasta Pesto, or get ahead with freezer-friendly Jumbo Fish Fingers or Proper Chicken Nuggets. Use ingredients you know the family already love in new, exciting ways, with Sweet Potato Fish Cakes or Chocolate Porridge. Every recipe is tried and tested, has clear and easy-to-understand nutritional information on the page, including the number of veg and fruit portions in each dish, plus there’s a bumper back-section packed with valuable advice on everything from cooking with kids and tackling fussy eaters, to good gut health, the importance of fibre, budgeting and of course, getting more of the good stuff into your family’s diet. If you’re looking for fresh ideas and an easy way to make healthy eating a part of everyday family life, Jamie’s Super Food Family Classics is the book for you. Super Food Family Classics by Jamie Oliver is published by Penguin Random House


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Sharing their fifth birthday with Village Eye, like a well maintained head of hair, Worthingtons The Salon in Burghfield have gone from strength to strength. A Big-Hearted Business

Fun facts • One lovely loyal client has had over £1,200 in discounts • This year to date 66% of our clients have rebooked with us • Paul Mitchell ‘Spray Wax’ is our bestselling product so far this year



This September, the corks will be popping in a corner of Burghfield Common as the now, nine-strong team of hairdressers and beauticians at Worthingtons The Salon celebrate their 5th birthday. “We love what we do,” explains salon owner Emma. “All of our team are fab, and with the amazing support of my managers Laura and Paige, our aim is to deliver 100% to our wonderful clients. We have a high rebooking rate which tells us we must be getting it right too. We’re a village salon at the heart of a great community. We love how we’ll be mid-treatment and the client will bump into a friend, a family member or a colleague whilst they are with us! If I could describe Worthingtons, I’d definitely say that we are a small salon with a big heart”.

Beauty too!

Worthingtons had just four stylists when they opened, but right from the start they were busy cutting, colouring, preening and styling hair. Within a few months, they were given the opportunity to expand the salon to offer a full complement of beauty services too. Now they boast two full time beauticians offering everything from tanning, waxing, facials, massages, manicures and luxury pedicures. Lizzie, a fully qualified Beautician and (very importantly

‘Burghfieldonian’ through and through) has recently joined the team and tells us that she is excited about the prospect of making locals feel good about themselves. “I have always had a passion for all things beauty. My favourite treaments are massages and facials - and now that I have my NVQ levels 1, 2 & 3 I am really looking forward to getting stuck in.”

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Giving Something Back

This month will see Strawberry Tea Month taking place at the salon, raising money for Breast Cancer Care. This follows some of the team taking part in Race for Life back in July for Cancer Awareness. Worthingtons also cut hair (free of charge) for the Little Princess Trust who make real hair wigs for children suffering hair loss due to cancer treatment. As well as their own charity efforts, Worthingtons also donate prizes and gift vouchers to support the local schools, nurseries and fun days who are fundraising. Most recently, they gave three hampers of products and a £50 voucher towards the Little Tots Forest mini bus - see our Crowdfunding article for more info! Worthingtons also sponsor the local Burghfield CSA football team. But it doesn’t stop there... Worthingtons’ community spirit can be seen in action as they escort less able clients across the busy road and have even picked them up when their car has broken down - now that’s service!

Hair with Flair

Worthingtons The Salon really care about delivering hair with flair, giving you what you deserve – beautiful cuts and stunning colours. Before the scissors are even looked at, each customer has a complimentary consultation with their stylist about the look they want to achieve. The team at Worthingtons can make proposals on how to tailor hair styles to make the most of your facial features, too. And while all this is happening, enjoy a cup of coffee or glass of wine while checking your emails using the free Wi-Fi. Worthingtons have always worked alongside Henley College, training students in hair and beauty. Simone is taking her NVQ level 2 at the moment and in need of models for colours, so call Worthingtons today if you’d like to work with her.

But it’s not just the every day cuts and colours that Worthingtons specialise in. They are there for you on those extra special days, too. The team will tailor Hair & Beauty packages to suit weddings, proms and hen parties. Wedding hair & make up can be done at the hairdressing salon, at your home or at a venue. Just get in touch to book a free 1 hour consultation. And the kids are not forgotten either. The ever-popular Worthingtons IPad is available to entertain the children while they sit for their hair cut. There is also a popular children’s party package on offer at the salon - the Little Princess Pamper Party - for kids aged 6-12.

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Worthingtons really do go the extra mile to make sure their customers know how much they’re appreciated, with lots of loyalty rewards in place. New and unregistered clients automatically receive a 25% discount on their booking - and then, every time they rebook they receive 10% off their next service. If a customer needs a beauty treatment as well as a hair appointment, they will receive 20% off their hair bill when the beauty treatment is over £25 & booked for the same day. And if you are a regular hair client (8-12 week wash, cut & finish) then Worthingtons will also give you a complimentary fringe trim. But don’t worry if you are new to Worthingtons. New customers get a whopping 25% off their first visit! What are you waiting for?


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t used to be the case that venture capitalists, bank loans, credit cards, family, friends and savings were the ways to fund a business startup. This is now all changing as entrepreneurs and fundraisers are turning to the latest option for raising money - Crowdfunding. For those who are unfamiliar, crowdfunding is a way of raising funds from large groups. Traditionally, financing a business, project or venture involved asking a few people for large sums of money. Crowdfunding switches this idea around, using the internet to talk to thousands – if not millions – of potential funders who all give a small amount of money. Those seeking funds will set up a profile of their project on a crowdfunding website. They can then use social media, alongside traditional networks of friends, family and work acquaintances to raise money. You don’t necessarily have to be a great public speaker or create fancy presentations to win investment any more. All you need to do is find like-minded people to donate a little bit of money. Social media is a key place to find these investors.

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There are two main types of crowdfunding: Receiving Rewards... People invest simply because they believe in the cause. Donors have a social or personal motivation for putting their money in and expect nothing back, except perhaps to feel good about helping the project. Rewards can be offered, though. If you donated to an entrepreneur who was trying to launch a new board game, they might send you the board game as a thank you for your investment. The people who receive your “reward” are not technically investors in your business. This means that if your business became a huge success, a rewards-based investor would not earn any of the profits like they would with other, more traditional types of investing. This sometimes causes people to not want to invest, but because they don’t have to give a large amount of money, the system still works. Sites include: www.crowdfunder.co.uk www. gambitious.com www.justgiving.com www. peoplefund.it www.pleasefund.us Equity Crowdfunding This is a great middle-point between rewardbased crowdfunding and the older, traditional way of pitching ideas to investors in person. People invest in an opportunity in exchange for equity. Money is exchanged for shares, or a small stake in the business, project or venture. As with other types of shares, apart from community shares, if it is successful the value goes up. If not, the value goes down. Sites include: www.angelsden.com, www. banktothefuture.com and www.crowdcube.com To get you started, here are some of the most popular crowdfunding sites: Kickstarter. This is probably the most popular crowdfunding website and has been going strong since 2009.

Crowdfunder.com This website only began operating in 2012, but it has gained some traction over the last few years thanks to its business model. With Crowdfunder, people can purchase stakes in companies as opposed to specific rewards. You can create a profile for free, but to begin earning funds for your company you pay a monthly membership fee that ranges in price. Indiegogo.com This website is probably the best for creative projects and those interested in the arts. They do take a cut of your earnings, but if you can meet your goal you’ll get almost all of them back. In my opinion, this is a good option if the Kickstarter or Crowdfunder audience wasn’t working for you. Setting the Trend The first online crowdfunded project is thought to have occured in 1997. Rock band Marillion were unable to afford to tour after the release of their seventh album so American fans used the then fledgling internet to raise $60,000 so they could play in the US. Although the band wasn’t involved in the first round of fundraising, they have since used the same techniques to successfully fund the production of their following three albums. A Local Triumph Burghfield-based nursery, Little Tots were rocked recently when the children’s minibus was stolen and found burnt out. Use of the minibus is central to the nursery which is a ‘Forest School’, taking the children to their outside space in Mortimer West End. While the minibus was insured, the insurance will only pay out today’s value won’t cover the costs of the vital safety features of 13 car seats. Little Tots set-up a Just Giving page to raise £5,500 for a replacement and at time of writing they are already at 94% of their target!

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Unique styling I give you ford The original Ford KA was a brave step for Ford, but it was one that paid off. It was a great success, combining futuristic design with simple engineering that just worked. How well has the new car followed this formula, if at all?

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Currently the Ford KA only comes with one engine option, a 1.2l petrol offering 69 horsepower and 57.7mpg. With emissions of 115g/km it’s not the cleanest car out there; models such as the Hyundai i10 and Skoda Citigo emit less than 100g/km of CO2. The 0-62mph time of 13.4 seconds is definitely not the fastest, but does that really matter in a car like this? The engine is actually a Fiat unit from the 500. To keep design costs down Ford teamed up with Fiat to create the KA and the 500 out of the Fiat Panda platform. Once fiat had handed over the basic chassis, drivetrain and suspension, Ford went about adding their design touch along with stiffening the suspension to distinguish it from the Fiat. The interior is generally a nice place to be, with a large amount of space on offer for a car that is so small. The design of the interior is good at first glance, but upon closer inspection it can seem a little drab and costs have been cut on materials. On the other hand the basic spec includes a CD player, trip computer, air con and electric front windows which is a big plus. The KA is less refined than other Fords in the range, which comes as less of a surprise when you realise it’s DNA is more closely rooted in Fiat. Ford has developed this car to feel sharper than the Fiat 500 it’s based on. While they have succeeded with this goal, it does make the car’s ride harsher than that of the 500. In terms of running costs, the KA isn’t best in class. It’s not bad by any stretch, but cars like the Kia Picanto and Hyundai i10 offer better value for money. Also for many, the Fiat 500 or VW Up will be more desirable options. The new KA hasn’t set the sector on fire but it is a well built car, offered at a very reasonable price that definitely won’t disappoint those who fall for its unique styling. 11


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Harold Wilson famously said ‘A week is a long time in politics’. It therefore feels like an eternity since I prepared the last article. At that time the debate was all about whether we would Remain or Leave. So what has actually happened in the world of Financial Planning since the ‘Vote’ and how might that have an impact moving forward? Sterling As the holiday season arrives, the drop in the £ will certainly be felt by those heading off to foreign climes. Conversely this could result in a prosperous year for the UK tourist industry. Stock Market Markets don’t like uncertainty, but as it turns out the FTSE 100 has increased to a 12 month high (as at the time of writing). This is not necessarily a surprise, as the 100 largest UK companies are international companies and the drop in Sterling brings opportunities. The FTSE 250 (the next 250 largest companies) haven’t fared quite so well, although the index has largely recovered most of the losses suffered in the immediate aftermath of the referendum result. Commercial Property Funds The one area that has given the Bluesky Investment Committee the most deliberation is property. Shortly after the Vote, the largest Property Funds reported large outflows. This has led to many funds stopping both inflows and outflows.

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A property fund is largely composed of ‘bricks and mortar’, with cash reserves sufficient to deal with normal trading. Once the reserves are depleted, a fund needs to sell property to generate additional liquidity. Of course, those funds which carry large cash reserves will be viewing the properties being brought to the market with great interest, looking to seek out the best opportunities. A firm hand on the Tiller Only time will tell how effective the new Prime Minister and her government will be in what will be a crucial time for the UK. However, from those initial days of great uncertainty following the vote, it does now appear as if some direction is being provided. Whatever our individual views were on Brexit, there does now appear to be a consensus that we should turn our focus and attention to making this work for all of us. As financial planners we believe that that our work helps clients plan for and negotiate turbulent times. Financial planning is about understanding how to make the most of what you have in an ever changing legislative and political environment and determining whether it’s enough to do everything that you want to do. It is not just about investment returns which, to a greater or lesser extent, rise and fall with the markets. More importantly, it is about establishing a plan that is as tax efficient as practical and which delivers the prospect of long term predictable returns. Here diversification is king. Moderation in all things. Either way, we will survive!


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The British have long enjoyed food with a bit of bite. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that our nation’s growing affection for all things ‘curry’ led an Indian migrant to open Britain’s first curry house to cater for the fashion for spicy food over 200 years ago! Two centuries later, and our penchant for a Tikka Masala or a Rogan Josh has certainly intensified. Curry houses – or ‘spice restaurants’ as they’re known in the trade – serving Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Nepali and Sri Lankaninspired food are part of the fabric of modern Britain. They make up a thriving industry with more than 10,000 restaurants and takeaways employing 80,000 people and turning over £3.6bn annually. Interestingly, whilst we commonly refer to them as Indian restaurants, 85 percent of the curry houses in the UK are in fact connected to Bangladesh (not India). One such restaurant, the Bahgecha on Clayhill Road, Burghfield Common, which has long been a popular choice on the local spice scene is, this month celebrating its 16th birthday, so we popped along to to have a chat to owner, Jahan Choudhury (or Jay as he’s known to friends and customers) to wish them a very happy birthday and find out what’s hot and what’s not... “We have been serving good Bangladeshi contemporary and traditional dishes for over a decade” explains Jay. “Established since July 2000, we now employ 7 full time and 2 part time staff”. “All of our dishes are cooked to the highest standards using the best quality & freshest ingredients. Our menu will have something to suit every taste bud. With a large selection of foods from delectable traditional to contemporary, from the healthy to the luxurious. The sauces and side dishes are aromatic and colourful, each bringing a unique eastern experience to you”.

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Every restaurant has its own signature dish, and Bahgecha is no exception. Their ‘Special’ dish is the Gosth Gunta, a medium spiced dish with tender pieces of lamb shank cooked in special spices & herbs - served with potatoes and a thickened sauce which is packed full of flavour. Jay’s personal favourite which he will recommend to those wanting to try something a little bit ‘different’ is the Chingri Scallops, a combination of scallop and tiger prawns cooked in a medium strength sauce with garlic, fresh coriander and kaffir lime leaves. mmmm What’s hot? If your palette can handle it, why not try a Dhansak - or for the daring - a vindaloo. Related to the popular Madras curry, the Vindaloo involves a greater use of garlic, ginger, tomato, potato and black pepper.

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Gosth Gunta

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Not too hot please! If you prefer something a little milder and sweeter, their Kashmir dishes (cooked with bananas and mild spices) are always a popular choice. Seasoned curry addict? Try asking for something not on the menu, or a hybrid of some dishes that are. You won’t be disappointed - and the chef likes a challenge! Whatever the occasion, the next time you fancy a curry, how about giving the Baghecha a try. Eat-in, takeaway or local delivery...

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Whether you are a first time buyer or have moved several times you will probably need a legal professional to help you with the conveyancing process which ensures that you receive the legal title to the property you are purchasing and are registered at the Land Registry as the owner, free of any financial charges which the seller may have created. Decide on the type of service you require from your conveyancer. Services range from remote online assistance, with a number of operatives working on your matter, to an office based firm with a dedicated conveyancer dealing with your matter from start to finish.

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Getting married, celebrating or looking for a sophisticated place to party? Take a look at this spectacular venue in the Berkshire Countryside



t’s hard to believe that it has been almost a year since parts of the Executive Centre at Wokefield Park was destroyed in a fire. Just ten months on, this top venue has risen from the ashes (literally), been re built, remodeled and this Autumn fully reopens to once again take its place as one of the UK’s top 5 Most Glamorous Wedding Venues. Welcome back Wokefield. We are all rooting for you! Unique Country House Wedding Venue A long sweeping driveway is the first delight you’ll experience at this country house wedding venue. With its manicured lawns, lush gardens, picturesque lake and 250 acres of Royal Berkshire’s finest parkland, The Mansion House, Wokefield Park has a special air of romance and a magical sense of seclusion. For generations this has been the family home of nobles, dignitaries and society’s jet set. As you step inside you will notice that it has retained a homely feel, making the perfect backdrop for your wedding. But this 18th century country house offers much more than breathtaking beauty and historic grandeur. Here, it’s the little details that count. The experienced team will plan everything to perfection. Whether it’s your wedding reception, your ceremony or both, your day will be as individual, exciting and memorable as

you have always dreamed. The Mansion House can cater for anywhere between 60 to 350 guests. From intimate Civil Ceremonies for 60 guests to Wedding Breakfasts for up to 350 - larger parties can be held in the sophisticated Maple Suite offering versatility as well as stunning panoramic views of the surrounding parkland. Its elegant country house decor will add charm and character to your special day. Weddings can take place in our modern Executive Suite offering versatility as well as a beautiful blank canvas to create your own unique day. Alternatively, our beautiful lawns which can cater up to 500 guests providing the perfect area on which to place a marquee for you wedding. It’s a backdrop that makes Wokefield Park one of the most picturesque wedding venues Berkshire has to offer.

Tee -off before your nuptials! Whether you’re an old pro’ or just starting out, the golf facilities at Wokefield Park are bound to please. Visitors are always welcome so why not consider a game for a more sophisticated Stag party activity or to settle pre-wedding nerves the morning of the big day. Meandering around mature trees, streams and nine lakes to test your skills, it’s no wonder this course has a championship rating. If your game is a little rusty, you can make the most of the fantastic practice facilities and relax in the knowledge that there is always a resident golf professional on hand to fine tune your swing. There is an on-site shop stocking first class brands such as Nike, Titleist & Footjoy, Glenmuir, Callaway and Adidas. To find out more about golf at Wokefield Park, call Jamie Anton, Golf & Leisure Director on 0118 933 4072

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Home Pick-up included! ...and if you are thinking about getting hitched soon? Wokefield Park offers everything you need in a wedding venue and more, with it’s stunning setting, attentive team, fun activities and beauty treatments on site, so if you’re looking for somewhere that can offer a whole lot more than ‘just’ a venue then look no further. Take advantage of a special all inclusive package for a minimum of 50 guests on selected dates in 2016/17. For £2,950* you’ll receive:

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Wedding Breakfast Room Hire Red Carpet Set Two Course Meal A Glass of our House Red or White Wine per guest with the meal Jugs of Iced Water with the meal A Glass of Prosecco for your Toasts Use of our Silver Cake Stand & Knife White Table Linen Dance Floor for your Evening Celebrations Our signature Bridal suite for your wedding night Plus, our experienced Wedding Co-ordinator will assist with the planning of your day and then one of our Event Managers will be on hand to run your Special Day.

For further information, please call Ren Dennison, Wokefield’s Wedding Coordinator on 0118 933 4378

Sprinkle some seasonal magic this Christmas and New Year at Wokefield Park. The hotel is perfect for a wide range of Christmas celebrations from spectacular parties and New Year’s Eve celebrations, with its stylish event rooms, great food, exceptional service and a dedicated event team to craft the detail.

Christmas Party Tribute Nights Get into the Christmas spirit at Wokefield with one of our festive tribute nights. Enjoy a three course meal from our carefully crafted menu, complimentary wine and table novelties, followed by an evening of your favourite entertainment. Tickets £39.95* per guest Bed & Breakfast from £62 per room 3rd December The Original Rat Pack 16th December Motown Nights

New Year’s Eve

Join us for an evening of glitz and glamour at our Moulin Rouge themed New Year’s Eve party in the Mansion House. After our welcoming drinks reception, sit down to a delicious four course meal, whilst enjoying our live entertainment. Then dance the night away to some party tunes from the resident DJ and raise your glasses at midnight with a glass of bubbly as we countdown to the New Year in style! Price per person (Adult) £99.00 and if you book before 4th November you’ll be able to take advantage of their ‘earlybird’ bed and breakfast accomodation discount which offers rooms from £65.00

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Tour includes: Home pick-up Fully escorted tour by Rob and Sarah Return British Airways direct flights Sunday 9th October 12 - 4pm 11 nights’ Luxury Accommodation Transfers Join us at our Wedding Fayre to meet our dedicated team Excursions who will help you to envisage your perfect day and for Full-board in the Amazon you to take a look around our stunning venue. Entry is complimentary. For further details contact our Wedding Co-ordinator Ren Dennison 0118 933 4378

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Mortimer St. John’s CE Infant School “We Learn Together, Grow Together and Shine Together” Would you like your child to attend a warm, welcoming school where nurturing and learning are key to educating your child?

Quality tuition at affordable prices Fun and exciting dance classes Ballet, Tap, Modern, Street, from 2 - yrs to adults Gymnastic Dance Musical Theatre Course from 5 yrs

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There are certain must-haves when it comes to kitting out a baby’s nursery. Crib, check. Nappies, check. Adorable little rompers, check. Some things you need to have and other things you just want to have, either for convenience or the pure fun of it!

Frog-tastic Bathtime Babies are kept floating safely during bath times with this smiley frog bath support. WIth a nifty little loop for hanging it in the bathroom when not in use, this is an essential for little ones’ bath times. The structured body keeps their head safely above the water while you wash them, and you can even personalise the centre for a charming extra touch. £35 www.my1styears.com

MamaRoo Parents don’t vibrate like bouncy seats or swing like swings. They bounce and sway, and that’s what the ‘Mamaroo’ does. The innovative bouncer from 4Moms is designed to mimic the bouncing and swaying motion of a parent’s arms for more natural comforting. With motion choices between a car-ride, kangaroo, tree swing, rock a bye and the ocean, the seat reclines fully to any position too. Parents can control its movements via their smart device (IOS and Android compatible) to regulate the motion, speed, sound and volume remotely from a distance to avoid any disturbance to baby. £229 www.amazon.com


Clever Feeding! This ClevaFeed is said to be the safest and most hygienic way to introduce your child to solids including fruit and vegetables without the risk of choking. Easy to use – simply open the handle and place food in the teat. Suitable from 6+ months the ClevaFeed is also a great when your baby is teething. It includes a travel cover for when you’re out and about and also comes with a spare teat. Unlike similar products on the market, this product doesn’t use a net bag. Instead, the ClevaFeed uses a silicon mesh teat, which is far more hygenic and softer on gums. The silicone teat is easy to clean, safe and convenient. £5.99 www. gadgetbaby.co.uk

Some say audio monitors will suffice. Those people clearly don’t have toddlers who pretend to be sleeping and then climb all over things when they leave the room. Whether you’re a nervous first-time parent who likes to keep a close watch on your baby or a seasoned mama who wants to peek at your little one on your phone while at work, a video monitor is so worth every penny. We like BT’s 7500 Lightshow monitor which features a 3.5 inch colour touchscreen LCD display with 480 x 320 resolution, HD sound for crystal clear audio so sensitve you can hear cherub breathing, and a twinkly projected lightshow featuring stars and moons to help your little one drift off to sleep. Price around £160 www.amazon.co.uk

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Property of the Month The Copse Tadley

4 Bedroom Detached Family Home

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Backing onto Bishopswood Golf course and situated in a quiet cul-de-sac consisting of executive Rockhold built detached properties, this highly sought after development is conveniently located within short driving distance of various amenities, shopping facilities, primary and secondary schools and regular bus services running to Basingstoke. This spacious family home benefits from gas radiator central heating and UPVC double glazed windows and comprises cloakroom, lounge, dining room, conservatory, kitchen/ breakfast room, utility, four well-proportioned bedrooms with en-suite to the master and separate family bathroom. Externally the property boasts a large, immaculate landscaped rear garden, double garage and off road parking for up to six vehicles.




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Aldermaston Wharf

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• 3 Bedrooms

• 3 Bedrooms

• 2 Receptions

• 2 Receptions

• 3 Bathrooms

• 3 Bathrooms

• Kitchen

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• Allocated Parking

• Allocated Parking

• Low Maintenance Garden

Aldermaston Wharf



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Tadley office

• 4 Bedrooms

• 3 Bedrooms

• 2 Reception rooms

• 2 Receptions

• 3 bathrooms

• 3 bathrooms

• Kitchen/breakfast room

• Refitted kitchen


• Double garage

• Garage & Driveway Parking • Private Garden

Burghfield Common Tadley


Tadley office

• 3 Bedrooms

• 2 Bedooms

• 1 Reception

• 1 Reception

• 2 bathrooms

• 2 Bathrooms

• Kitchen/diner

• Kitchen

• Garage & driveway parking

• Private Garden • Driveway Parking

• Large rear garden


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• Low Maintenance Garden


• Large rear garden

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Property of the Month Wigmore Lane Theale 4 bedroom detached family home

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Located on a peaceful non through road in a desirable are of Theale is this four bedroom detached family home. Enjoying countryside views to the front the property is well placed to take advantage of all the area has to offer. Accommodation comprises entrance hall, a large reception hall and two reception rooms. A refitted kitchen along with a study, conservatory and WC completes the ground floor. Upstairs there are four double bedrooms, the master of which benefits from en-suite facilities and a dressing area. There is also a family bathroom and generous garden including a swimming pool.




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Theale office

• 3 bedroom end of terrace

• Rarely available character property

• Views over fields

• Desirable village location

• Conservatory

• 3 bedroom semi detached

• Refitted kitchen

• No onward chain

• Cloakroom

• 200’ rear garden

• Recently landscaped gardens




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Theale Burghfield Common

Theale office

• 3 bedroom end of terrace

• 2 double bedrooms

• Conservatory

• Semi detached cottage

• Abutting fields

• Approx 100ft rear garden

• 21ft lounge/dining room

• Driveway parking

• Cloakroom

• No onward chain

• Close to village high street



• South facing


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• Walking distance to mainline station

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• 3 bedroom link detached

• 4 bedroom detached bungalow

• No onward chain

• Around 1/3 of an acre plot

• Garage nearby

• No onward chain

• 22ft Lounge/Dining room

• Pleasant countryside views

• Separate study

• Village location

• Ensuite to master bedroom

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• 29ft lounge/dining room

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Property of the Month Shortheath Lane Ufton Nervet 4 bedroom family home


In the desirable village of Ufton Nervet, Parkers are pleased to offer this four bedroom, two bathroom house to the market with no onward chain. With extensive gardens and over 1600sq.ft of living accomodations, Four bedrooms, bathroom & shower room, 20 ft Lounge overlooking gardens, a Family room & conservatory backing on to countryside viewings are highly recommended.



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Burghfield Common office

• 27 ft x 11ft Kitchen/breakfast room

• Situated on a quiet lane in the heart of Mortimer

• 22 ft x 10 Family/dining room

• 3 beds, separate 28ft bonus room

• Five bedrooms, three bathrooms

• Large 20ft x 16ft Living room

• 15 ft Lounge & study

• 17 ft Dining room

• Parking for several vehicles

Burghfield Common

• Heart of the village

• Family bathroom & en suite


Burghfield Common office

Burghfield Common office

• Immaculate throughout

• Excellent condition throughout

• Two double bedrooms

• En-suite to master bedroom

• Large en-suite and family bathroom

• Downstairs cloakroom

• Landscaped gardens

• Large south west facing garden

• Driveway parking and garage

• Two bedrooms

• Heart of Mortimer

Three Mile Cross

• Close to M4 Junction 11



• 3 Bedrooms

• Three bedrooms

• Lounge overlooking fields

• 16 ft kitchen / diner

• Large open plan kitchen/diner

• Lounge & conservatory

• Bathroom

• Gas central heating

• Garage

• South facing gardens

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• South facing garden



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• Private 70ft rear garden

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• Willink catchment area

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Blow the dust off that old oil painting! Dig out your grandma’s ruby earrings! Whether the family antiques are cherished or stored under dust sheets and lay forgotten in the attic, now is your chance to find out exactly what they’re worth! With a huge rise in popularity of antique valuation and auction TV shows, such as Antiques Roadshow, Cash in the Attic, Bargain Hunt, Flog It! and Antiques Road Trip, there is a growing interest in the value of the ‘old stuff’ we collect in our homes. Who can forget the ÂŁ300,000 collection of silver which dated back to the reign of Charles II found on Antiques Roadshow? Or the 19th century drawing of Admiral Lord Nelson which was valued, much to its owner’s surprise at ÂŁ100,000? So where in your home might you start a treasure hunt? A good place to start is the kitchen cupboard. If you have crockery passed down through many generations, it could be surprisingly valuable. The brand is very important, as lots of people collect just one. Look under the item, it should have a stamp from the manufacturer. Royal Worcester, Royal Crown Derby, Royal Doulton, Wedgewood and Staffordshire potteries are all very popular with collectors. Your kitchen is also a good place to hunt for silver, which can be turned into everything from cutlery to candlesticks. Check the hallmark on any silver. This is like an ancient barcode giving information about the maker, age and location of manufacture. Aside from that, vintage toys,

old comics and even the Ipod Classic all have a value, so if you’ve ever wondered if you’ve got ‘Cash In The Attic’ then now is your chance to find out! The charming Thomas Plant, best known for his expertise on Flog It!, Bargain Hunt and Antiques Road Trip will be hosting an Antiques Valuation Day at St. Mary’s Church in Mortimer, along with his colleague Robert Shuttleworth. The event is being held to raise funds for the church. The valuation day will take place on Tuesday 11th October and will run from 10am - 3pm. If you’d like to take part, there is a ÂŁ10 ticket fee and you will be allocated a 15 minute time slot for one of the team to value up to five items for you. There will, of course, be coffee and cake available, too. For further information, ticket sales and to reserve a place, just call Marjorie McClure on 0118 933 3057. If you can’t make this event, but have goods to sell - or buy! - did you know that Thomas is also a partner and main auctioneer at Special Auction Services in Newbury who hold specialist auctions and general auctions - a fun trip out for antiques enthusiasts - your very own Bargain Hunt! Take a look at www.specialauctionservices.com for more information.

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The passing of summer’s glorious beauty in the garden should not be mourned but instead embraced by the gardener who is now presented with new opportunities... By following some of the advice below, you can prepare your garden this Autumn and turn it into a winter wonderland full of drama and splendour.

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Being the first of the autumn months, September can still provide spells of warm, dry weather, In some areas of southern England September can often be quite a dry month. With less rainfall, some additional watering may be required if plants are to receive all the moisture they need to flourish the following spring. . The effects of shortening days are much more noticeable too. The warmth of the sun is decreasing, so that temperatures are rarely high and the nights are appreciably cooler, and often very humid. Also worth noting is the wind... During September gardeners should also consider taking precautions against gales by ensuring that stakes and ties are secure, and be prepared to move plants indoors if frost is forecast. Lawns are easily maintained during September - now is the time to re-seed any worn patches and the application of a good Autumn fertiliser is recommended. If you can, areate your lawn too by applying sharp sand and by scarifying (using a mechanical rake). It is also important to make sure that any moss and weeds are removed as once the leaves start to fall, they may be difficult to spot.

AUTUMN Drama We take a look at what is happening in our gardens this month

Traditionally, autumn heralds the big clear-up - but it is not all about the big ‘tidy’ - the autumn to winter garden is as full of potential as any other season. Here’s a few things to keep you busy in the garden this month.

Divide herbaceous perennials

Pick autumn raspberries

Collect and sow seed from perennials and hardy annuals

Dig up remaining potatoes before slug damage spoils them

Net ponds before leaf fall gets underway

Keep up with watering of new plants, using rain or grey water if possible

Start to reduce the frequency of houseplant watering

Take cuttings of evergreen shrubs, geraniums and hydrangeas.

Cover leafy vegetable crops with birdproof netting

Check that electrical installations are in working order before the winter.

Give evergreen hedges a final trim (check for wildlife which may have moved in during the summer months first!)

Complete major construction jobs, particularly concreting.

Order bulbs, roses, herbaceous plants

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work. Marking the same homework at a later date requires marking without the rhythm. It can be done, but it takes longer and loses the consistency. The parents’ lament, once children go to secondary school, is that they are more disconnected from school life. What their kids have been tasked with, and the expectations of the teachers, become a mystery to parents. They may glean a little information through the grunts of different lengths and velocity offered up by their children, but all in all, it’s a case of crossing fingers. Even at secondary school age, parents can still play a key role in managing diaries. Ensuring that there is time during the week set aside for homework, amid the clubs and sports fixtures, is a challenge without a doubt. And as your child moves from the regular homework routine of a primary school (maths on a Wednesday, spellings on a Friday) to the more adhoc ‘when needed’ approach of secondary school, parental support is vital. You might be familiar with the stress that comes with your child not being on top of their homework, too. Whether it’s a lost print-out or they can’t read their own notes in their homework diary or planner, it can be a weekly battle. For some unfathomable reason, the homework that they didn’t care enough about to bring home, suddenly becomes a huge anxiety trigger when realisation hits that it won’t be handed in on time. And although you will get the brunt of it, it can cause stress for them, too. So The Willink have been proactive in tackling this and started looking into Homework Apps. These systems are set-up across the school. Each pupil, parent and teacher has a log-in. Teachers can upload the homework requirements - including copies of work sheets - and pupils can access this 24/7 from their computers, tablets or smartphones. Not only that, but it gives the pupil an idea of how long they should


spend on it and puts the homework into chronological order, so they know what to tackle first. It can even send them notifications to their mobile phone! Parents can also log in to see what has been set and whether it has been handed in. The Willink recently trialled the homework app called ‘Show My Homework’ across the school, so we went to talk to Deputy Head, Mr. Collot, to find out how this works and what the benefits are for students, parents and teachers alike. One thing’s for sure, gone are the days when ‘The Dog Ate It’ was a worthy excuse for not handing in your homework. Expectedly, there were a few teething problems at the beginning of the trial, with some students having problems logging on and a lack of consistency with how teachers were using the system. But with the app holding electronic copies of worksheets, giving students exact page numbers and instructions and even coming with a personal to-do list containing all homework deadlines, ready to check off, it’s no wonder that over half of the Willink students were keen to implement Show My Homework following the trial. From a parent’s point of view, Show My Homework opens up communication again. At a glance, you can see what the homework expectations are for your child on a daily basis so that you can fully support your child at home - or on the go - with the free app and homework notifications that come with it.

The school itself benefits significantly from the homework app, too. It gives instant insight into how each student, teacher and class is performing, and the ability to quality assure all homework, easily identify gaps in learning. It offers time-saving reports for teachers and all resources are available to reuse online. After 95% of teachers gave the new system the thumbs up, the decision was made to roll it out in full this year. Of course, not all students are online or have their own phone, so homework will continue to be given out on worksheets, too, at The Willink. But for most, the old excuses just won’t wash any more. Times are a-changing and teachers are already seeing a plethora of new IT-related excuses coming through. Here are our favourites - sorry, Sir!

Sorry Sir... I emailed it to you, but I got a bounce-back email My computer crashed and I lost it I finished my homework but was unable to save it My printer ran out of ink My internet was down so I couldn’t do any research or access assignment I spilt my drink on the computer and it broke I couldn’t connect my laptop to a printer My computer was hacked and a virus destroyed my hard-drive Windows Vista crashed my laptop and deleted the programme I lost my laptop

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Is this why you are considering your child’s educational options and looking to find an early years provider or school that caters for these unique qualities?

At Alder Bridge School in Padworth, near Aldermaston, we are experienced at catering for each child (0-14yrs), and their individual requirements. Here, their learning is a ‘journey not a race’. Set in the idyllic Berkshire countryside, we too are unique, being the only Steiner-Waldorf school in the Thames Valley. Steiner-Waldorf education provides an unhurried and creative learning environment, where children can find joy in learning and experience the full richness of childhood. The curriculum is a flexible framework and takes account of the whole child, giving equal attention to their physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual needs and working in harmony with their development. Many of our activities take place outside in the natural environment that surrounds the school. In addition, we have a woodland classroom, complete with wood-burning stove. Here, the children learn to be at one with nature and use the resources around them to create tools, play and develop team and communication skills.

We recently received this from a parent whose three children have attended the school... ‘My eldest son who is now 18, went on to do 6 A levels after leaving Alder Bridge and is about to go to university, says this of the education: “It taught me how to be with myself, how to be with others, and how to be with nature”. The staff at Alder Bridge are hugely gifted, teaching in the most creative and engaging way, and relating to each child with compassion, respect and integrity. My children see the school community as their extended family. I would choose this education for my children again and again without hesitation’. Steiner-Waldorf is respected worldwide for its ability to produce very able young people who have excellent interpersonal skills, particularly when communicating with adults. They have diverse capacities and a strong sense of self. Our SIS (School Inspection Service) report is good and can be seen by visiting our website at www.alderbridge.org.uk For a discussion about how Alder Bridge School can provide a unique experience for your child, call Jayne Mills, School Business Manager or Rachel McCrory, Education Manager on 0118 971 4471.

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It’s Good to Talk! Lesley Thompson, Senior Nursery Manager for Jubilee Day Nursery and Sian Caine, Manager of Jubilee Gems discuss why it’s so important to talk to babies and young children and provide some top tips for parents and carers to encourage language development. From the moment they are born, babies need our interaction and communication as part of their social development. Early years education and care settings can help young children to develop their language - setting them up for school and helping them to be ready to take on the opportunities that strong language skills can offer. Our staff members at Jubilee have a wide range of expertise and training to support children at all stages of language development. Popular children’s poet and author Michael Rosen and supporter of the national strategy ‘Every Child a Talker’ sums up why talking to very young children is so important:


“It may seem an obvious thing to say, but one of the best things we can do with young children is to have interesting and enjoyable conversations. We should also think carefully about how we speak to children... how we can keep being positive, encouraging them as they try to say things. All this is crucial for how young children develop their powers of thinking and understanding. At the same time, it’s how they get to feel good about themselves.” How can adults and older children support and extend language? Some top tips from the Jubilee Team... •

Get down to your child’s level.

Talk, talk, talk! Talk about the things you see and do,

provide a commentary to your day together and listen and add words – this creates new vocabulary and focuses conversations. •

Ask open-ended questions (those which can’t be answered with a yes or no).

Read books with your children and remember to do so slowly, taking the time to discuss pictures and point things out.

Follow your child’s lead and their interests as talking points.

Enjoy music together – fun childhood songs help support learning about the world and about rhythm of language.

To receive a prospectus or to visit our nurseries, please get in touch. Located in Padworth (just a few minutes drive from the centre of Mortimer), we provide exceptional care for babies from 3 months to children up to 5 years of age and offer a range of packages including full-time, term-time and flexible sessions. For Jubilee Gems, our term-time nursery, Tel: 0118 983 4018 Email: info@jubileegems.co.uk visit www.jubileegems.co.uk For Jubilee Day Nursery (full-time), Tel: 0118 970 1600 Email: info@jubileedaynursery.co.uk visit www. jubileedaynursery.co.uk

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brings down the house Just eight months after setting up at St Mary’s C of E Primary School, Burghfield it’s fair to say that students at The Rock Project Reading are playing up a storm. Having completed their first full scale concert on July 16 in front of a packed audience, including the mayor, at Queen Mary’s College in Basingstoke, the youngsters proved how far they have come since November. The Rock Project Reading is a contemporary music school – one of a network of 40 across the UK – that teaches drums, guitar, bass and vocals to seven to 18-year-olds. Harmeet Nandra, who leads The Rock Project Reading, explained how proud he is of the students’ achievements. “It's a huge step to get up on a

“The emphasis is very much on learning while having fun at the sessions,” he said. “The tutors are full of enthusiasm for music and that’s infectious. “The sessions are two hours long, with the first hour being tuition on the student’s chosen instrument, before everyone comes together to play as a band in the second half. “That second hour is fantastic for building confidence and friendships as everyone has to pull together to make it work and leave on a high.” The Rock Project runs every Wednesday during term time only at St Mary's C of E Primary School, Theale Rd, Burghfield. The junior session for 7-11-year-olds takes place from 4:30pm - 6:30pm, and the senior session for 12-18-yearold runs from 6:30pm - 8:30pm. For more information, contact Harmeet Nandra on 0118 3345562, email reading@therockproject.com or visit www.reading.therockproject. com



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teven Spielberg reawakens his inner child in this squiggly, scrumdiddlyumptious, whizzpopping adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic tale. Brimming with irresistible charm, craftsmanship and a wholly believable giant this BFG is sure to a be family hit. Written by Melissa Mathison who famously penned E.T the screenplay tells the enchanting story of Sophie, an orphan child who is plucked from her Dickensian London orphanage by the bogeyman during the witching hour. The mysterious cloaked monster whisks her off to his homeland in Giant Country where his identity is revealed - a lonely and friendly giant who spends his days in a hobbit-like cave capturing and blowing bottled dreams into the heads of unsuspecting sleepers. Like two misunderstood misfits they form an unlikely bond and embark on an adventure that helps the BFG face up to a child-eating clan of bullies, and gives Sophie a new lease of life in a world of fantasy and escapism. This BFG works on many levels but two standout: the motion capture performance of Mark Rylance, who returns with Spielberg after his oscar winning turn in Bridge of Spies, and rising star Ruby Barnhill. In the hands of a glitzy hollywood A-Lister the nuanced approach to the role may have been lost, but instead Rylance’s subtle movements and expressions and authentic dialogue

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has you completely engrossed. This is largely a two-hander and so plaudits must go to Barnhill, a complete newcomer who holds the screen with an invisible actor with such maturity she is surely destined for bigger things. Couple these performances with the incredibly detailed effects and you completely forget you’re watching a live actor with a CGI giant. Spielberg is in his element, orchestrating a near perfect blend of action, humour and childhood innocence, but this is largely a very melancholic tale that does on occasion rather lumber along. For those that want their thrills and spills to come thick and fast, this may be a little frustrating but for me the simplicity of the storytelling and genuine characterisation had me completely hooked. The world of giants that Spielberg creates is truly magical, combining rugged and mountainous landscapes with colourful, dreamlike enclaves that fizz of the screen. There are also laughs a-plenty from a supporting cast that will have you chortling in the aisles. Jermaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords) eats up every scene as Fleshlumpeater, the dimwitted clan leader who is hellbent on sniffing out Sophie for a quick feast. Whilst the latter part of the film does somewhat descend into slapstick and farce

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you can forgive Penelope Wilton for hamming it up as a Her Majesty The Queen. For my money this is a near-perfect family flick that has the warmth and wit to keep the grown ups and gremlins entertained. I encourage anyone to catch this at the cinemas if you can, but it will equally do for a rainy day in front of the tellybox. It’s official folks, the BFG and me are officially BFF! WOW!


by David Walliams

The Demon Dentist is the latest book I have read. It is one of my favourite David Walliams books so far. It is very creepy but also funny SO WATCH OUT! The story is about a twelve year old boy named Alfie, who has very rotten teeth. A new Dentist is coming to town called Mrs Root and she has an evil cat called Fang. But something is not right. She gives out free sweets even though she is a Dentist and she is giving out toothpaste which they found out, had acid in it. Alfie realised he was in huge trouble when Miss Root tied him to the Dentist chair and started to pull out all of Alfie’s teeth. Other children like Alfie, loose a tooth and put it under their pillow and in the morning they would wake up and find a dreadful surprise under there. These are the things they would find… A dead slug; a live spider; hundreds of earwigs creeping and crawling beneath their pillow. Evil was at work but who was behind it? I like this book because it is very entertaining and quite scary at the same time. There was some really emotional parts that made it more real. It put me off going to the Dentist FOREVER!!! Danger! If you’re Dentist offers you sweets, or has whipped cream shaped hair RUN FOR YOUR LIFE! Beware, is a horror story with quite a lot of made up words.

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hen local man, Paul Carless from Mortimer, was diagnosed with leukaemia at Christmas 2013, he took it upon himself to complete a number of challenges to raise funds for Bloodwise, the leading charity for blood cancer research and patient support. In May last year, Paul

and two friends from Mortimer, Tom Stockwell and Craig Hoile, cycled from the east coast to the west coast of the UK from Sunderland to Whitehaven as one of the challenges. This year, they have decided to go one better and this September, Paul and Tom are cycling from London to Paris as part of the Bloodwise Peloton. It’s an ambitious 500km cycle ride which starts on Thursday 15th September. On Sunday 18th September they aim to ride up to the Eiffel Tower itself. What a challenge! You have probably seen Paul and Tom out training across Village Eye territory most weekends. Paul has clocked up over a thousand miles since the start of the year to prepare for this cycle ride and now it’s beginning to become very real! I’m sure you’ll join us in wishing them luck and good fortune for the journey.

As part of the awareness campaign Paul has been accosting public figures to get their support. These include Jon Snow, Lord Kinnock, Goldie, Alastair Campbell, Paul’s cycling hero Sir Dave Brailsford and more recently Hugh Grant. If any readers would like to support there is a Just Giving page www.justgiving.com/fundraising/PaulCarless1 More information on blood cancer can be found at the Bloodwise website at www.bloodwise.org.uk

In addition to raising money, Paul is also keen to raise the profile of blood cancer. There are 137 different types including Leukaemia, Myeloma, Lymphoma but each condition tends to be reported on separately which diminishes the awareness and focus. It is a very significant fact that more people die each year from blood cancer than breast cancer or prostate cancer. It is the third biggest cancer killer.

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