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If Christmas preparations are well underway in your house, perhaps you are a ‘Fanatic’. If you haven’t even though about it yet perhaps you are an ‘Ambler’ or an ‘Eek!’. Turn to p.33 to find out what kind of Christmas person you are...

To help you through this festive season, we have a few articles to help you out. You can find our Top 10 Toys on p.39 alongside our cover sponsor this month, Parkway Shopping Newbury’s own pick of the best on p.8 and 9. We also have some tips on food preparation for the big day on p.11.

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After your Christmas dinner, why not enjoy a winter walk? We have a guide to some local country walks on p.38 for you to try out, so grab your gloves, scarf and wellies and enjoy some fresh air. And if you are spending Christmas alone this year - or know someone who is we have some information on p. 2 of some local groups inviting you to spend Christmas with them and join others in a similar situation to enjoy the festivities together.

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Our film reviewer, Rob Barnes, gives us his thoughts on the much-anticipated and most recent addition to the James Bond collection - Spectre. Amid all the hype, has the film lived up to expectation? Turn to page 28 to find out more.

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We’d like to wish a very Merry Christmas to our readers, advertisers and contributors. And remember, if you are responding to any advert or feature for your Christmas shopping, don’t forget to mention the magazine to them! We’ll see you all in the middle of January with our combined Jan/Feb issue. Until then, much festive love and joy to you all.

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Don’t be lonely this Christmas If you, or someone you know, are going to be on their own this Christmas Day and would like to join with others then we have some news to share of local groups who may be able to help. CafActive in Spencers Wood is opening its doors on Christmas Day from 12 - for coffee and mince pies. They are also offering Christmas Dinner for those who are alone this year and would like to share the day with others - whatever your age. Don’t let Christmas Day pass you by. Christmas Dinner is just £15 with a good atmosphere and company thrown in, but places must be booked by 18th December so that the right amount of food can be ordered! Pop into CafActive open 9.30am - 2pm daily (Tuesdays 11am - 2pm) to book your place. Or you can call Debbie Johnson-wait on 07773 947836 to find out more. Although there is a nominal charge for Christmas Dinner, to raise funds for the church, there may be help at hand if you are on your own this Christmas and unable to attend because of financial difficulties, so do get in touch. Similarly, at the Tadley Immanuel Centre, Mark and Julie Ward are inviting those on their own this Christmas to join together and enjoy the day with them. Following the church service at 10.30am, the doors will be open at midday for coffee, drinks and biscuits. While Christmas dinner is prepared, people can enjoy the atmosphere, good company and conversation. There is no cost to go along and enjoy Christmas Dinner - and you don’t have to be from Tadley - this goes out to all the villages around including Mortimer & Burghfield, Baughurst and surrounds. Following dinner will be an afternoon of fun, music and easy entertainment. If you would like to join them for Christmas Day, do make contact before 13th December for catering purposes! Call or email Mark and Julie Ward on 0118 970 1125 or Similar schemes up and down the country mandjward@ ensure nobody has a lonely Christmas hotmail.co.uk

WELL DONE CRAIG! A pupil from Lambs Lane Primary School in Spencers Wood has won a Pride of Reading Award for Remarkable Bravery. Craig Junior Rolfe, aged 7, had more than 20 nominations from friends and family across Reading. Craig suffers from cerebral palsy and epilepsy and he brought a tear to many an eye on Friday as he bravely made it onto the stage to collect his award. Craig’s brave but cheerful battle with cerebral palsy and epilepsy earned him more than 20 nominations for a Pride of Reading Award. The brave young man underwent a major operation in May at the John Radcliffe Hospital to restructure his legs in a bid to enable him to walk. He is now part way through an 18-month recovery. Craig said the best bit about the awards ceremony was winning the trophy but that he also liked having his photo taken with fellow Pride of Reading Award winner Danyl Johnson and being given a special VIP wristband to The Oracle’s firework spectacular. Parents, Craig Senior and Louise, were bursting with pride and know just how well-deserved the award is, having seen Craig Junior cheerfully tackle the daily challenges he faces due to his condition. Well done Craig!


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What a terrible month it’s been for our beloved Wokefield Park. On Wednesday 11th November just after 6pm, local people took to social media sites for answers after the air was filled with the sound of sirens and a worrying amount of emergency vehicles were seen on our streets. The picture built quickly as Mortonians reported seeing Wokefield Park, the beautiful wedding and party venue, on fire.

There was also a water supply issue to the bottom of the village of Mortimer. Following the extreme pumping of water from the mains, the surge that resulted once water returned to normal, resulted in a burst water main. Some homes were without water for 24 hours and the local Junior school almost closed its doors.

The picture quickly built on Facebook, with the photos being posted showing that this was not a small affair. The fire was ripping through the building at quite a rate, but thankfully, early reports were that all of the staff and guests had been evacuated safely and that nobody was hurt. It also became apparent that the original 18th century mansion house on the site was not affected by the fire.

Wokefield Park is the chosen venue for numerous Christmas Parties and their New Year celebrations are infamous. Ironically, they recently ran a recruitment drive with us to attract temporary staff for these events, but who knows what will happen now. Aside from the obvious state of shock they are in, the senior team at Wokefield are still in the process of assessing the way forward. With many unable to yet return to their regular offices, they can’t give us definite information on how the fire will affect those employed there, timeframes for reconstruction, whether or not weddings and functions at the Mansion House will proceed in the short term or indeed even when the golf course will reopen to the public. Put simply, the enormity of the task they face in the wake of the fire is so great, that it could be some time yet before many such decisions can even be made. We are sure that you will join us in sending all of the staff and team at Wokefield our best wishes going forward, with the message that this community is behind you.

At least 13 fire engines rushed to the site in a desperate attempt to extinguish the flames of what has since been described by onlookers as “enormous”. The road between the Cinnamon Tree and Wokefield was immediately sealed off to allow the fire engines to relay back and forth, ferrying tanks of water from the lower section of the village to the site. Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service say that the blaze started in a linen area on the ground floor of the Conference Centre building before spreading to the roof, though they reported, “At this stage we do not know whether the fire started accidentally or is suspicious.” Although it can only be an estimate at this stage, the damage is expected to run into millions of pounds. Police say that more than 230 hotel guests and conference delegates had to leave their room and were taken by coaches to nearby hotels.

SAVE OUR BUSES Do your children go to Willink,School? Do they get the bus? Already, having lost Freda, the lollypop lady.... Now, West Berkshire Council is seeking to remove free buses for all new Willink school children who live in Mortimer from September 2016 as a cost cutting measure. The proposed alternative by the council is a walking route through

the dark woods that link Mortimer and Burghfield to Willink school. The route has been deemed ‘safe’ and ‘reasonable’ by the council, but most parents think it totally unsafe and unreasonable, and likely to lead to an increase in traffic for other villages should this be pushed through.

to the ‘take part in this consultation’ link and fill in the form. Join the SOB facebook page to remain updated on what is happening: Search Sob’s on fb Send John Redwood (our local MP) an email at: john.redwood.mp@parliament. uk requesting he takes action and helps us fight these proposals.

How can you help prevent this happening? You can take action in a number of ways... Send in your own personal objection to the change by December 14th via this link: http://info.westberks.gov.uk/ index.aspx?articleid=31619 scroll down

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12 months on and it’s time for the Santa Cruise again. Please support The Santa Cruise! It started off as a bit of a joke - two guys wanting to get out of Christmas shopping. Eleven years on, the cruise has grown and turned out to be something rather unique. To date, our Santa’s have raised over £90,000 for our Air Ambulance. This year, there will be around 30 Santas - all dressed with the traditional costume, and riding decorated reindeer,(bikes). Each of the Santas is sponsored by a local business and a few are sponsored by national ones. They cycle, en-mass around the area on a given route, stopping off, collecting money for the Air Ambulance. For some strange reason many of the places they stop at seem to sell beer. Rudolf will also be there! At the time of going to print, the route is expanding as we are still receiving requests from potential santas! We anticipate that the route will include most of the areas within the Village Eye region. Once the route is confirmed, we’ll update our website and facebook page... Please like us at facebook. com/ BurghfieldSantaCruise With the air ambulance having been deployed into our area 12 times (at the time of going to print) this year and with the typical costs at around £2,500 per flight that’s £24,000 here alone the VE distribution area! The air ambulance is ENTIRELY funded by donations. Please help us give that money back. If you run a local business and would like to get involved, you can either sponsor a Santa or send a representative Santa and join in with the cruise yourselves! For further information, please contact Christian_frankum@hotmail.com

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Pre and Post Christmas Face Detox Why not give your skin the treat of a preChristmas detox this winter? It will certainly be cleansed and ready to tackle the mountain of chocolate and festive food that awaits come Christmas day! Christmas is approaching thick and fast and I can already taste the turkey and Yorkshire puddings in my mouth (yum)! But consuming three times my calorie intake in chocolate over the period of two days does not do my skin any good, so this year I’m going to do a pre and post Christmas facial detox.

My favourite products that are a must for a face detox are: two cleansers, one to remove my make up and one to cleanse my face, a face mask and a hydrating moisturiser. My favourite cleanser to remove make up is one I have mentioned before, the Una Brennan Superfacialist Vitamin C Skin Renew Cleansing Oil (£10.99 from Boots). This is essentially oil that smells like oranges and gently removes my entire make up in an instant. I start off by putting a few pumps in the palm of my hand and massage it all over my face, particularly focusing on my eyelashes as mascara is the hardest thing to remove! (If you wear waterproof mascara this step will take a bit longer) I then rinse it off my face with a towel and repeat another two times or until my entire make up is removed.

Next, if I’m doing this in the evening I will double cleanse with a very rich cleanser so that my face feels properly clean and prepped for the face mask. For this I use Emma Hardie’s Moringa Cleansing Balm (£38 from Space NK or Feel Unique) which is the most intense nourishing cleanser I have ever used. Granted it is very expensive, but it would make the perfect luxury Christmas treat and it does an amazing job at cleansing! I scoop out a fifty pence piece size of the cleanser and massage it onto my face. I then usually leave it on my face for around two minutes and then take it off using a towel and warm water.

Once my face is prepped and ready for the face mask I then choose which mask I want to use and this completely depends on how my skin is behaving at the time. If my skin is having a breakout (probably from the mass of festive food!) then the best mask to tackle my breakouts would be one that is charcoal based as it really draws out the impurities and prevents any more from forming. The best one that I have tried is the Pixi Glow Mud Mask (£18 from Pixi or Cult Beauty) which not only does a fab job of clearing my skin; it also really brightens the appearance of my skin. But my most used face mask has to be Liz Earle’s Brightening Treatment Mask (£16 from John Lewis) as I am such a fan of glowy and dewy skin all year round, especially in the winter months! This mask is great if you don’t have a lot of time to spare as you can keep it on your skin for as little as 30 seconds and it already works its magic to reveal a brighter complexion. Once my skin feels refreshed and renewed my next step is to put on quite a heavy moisturiser to add back the moisture that was lost when using the face mask. The one that packs the most punch has to be Clinique’s Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief (£34 from Boots or John Lewis) which is great for when my skin is feeling dry, which is usually every day in the colder months! I simply apply a 50 pence piece amount all over my face to really ensure that it has properly sunk into my skin. To contribute, advertise or let us know your news please call 0118 933 3311 or email info@villageeye.co.uk




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You can make a tasty Christmas gravy long before the main event. Simply freeze it in a container, and defrost on the day. You can add the juices from your Christmas turkey to it before serving.


Stuffing freezes well – you can even freeze it in an oven dish, so once it's defrosted, you can pop the dish straight into the oven. Some people go so far as to cook the stuffing before freezing, so on the day it only requires warming up: a good idea when oven space is at a premium.

Red cabbage

Braised red cabbage is one of those foods that actually improves its flavour over time, so it’s well worth making in advance. It will keep a few days in the fridge, and reheats brilliantly.

Brussel Sprouts

Save time by using what chefs call “blanching and refreshing” – boil the sprouts, drop them in cold water to stop the cooking process, then the next day just reheat them in a pan or in the microwave. You can do this with most other vegetables too.


Some people parboil and freeze their potatoes to give them a headstart on Christmas Day. Personally, I like them cooked from fresh, but you can still get ahead by peeling and chopping them the night before. Keep the potatoes in a water-filled container overnight to stop them browning.


Many turkeys are oven-ready, but if you want to do anything messy like deboning, you’ll want to get it out of the way on Christmas Eve. You can also rinse it and pat it dry, and prepare anything you’re planning on filling it with – be it stuffing or something like chopped onions and herbs. Store them in the fridge in sealed containers.

Bread sauce

Nobody wants to be faffing around with sauces on Christmas Day. Bread sauce freezes well, but it also keeps for a surprisingly long time in the fridge - just make it a few days before, and you won't even need to defrost it. Cranberry sauce can also be made ahead.

We all know the feeling. It's Christmas Day, but rather than enjoying a glass of wine or catching up with family, you're peeling carrots, boiling brussels and hoping you'll have time to get the bread sauce out of your hair before the turkey needs basting. Dinner will, of course, taste delicious - but by the time you sit down to it, you'll be so exhausted you'll barely have the strength to pull a cracker. With a little pre-planning, such chaos can be a ghost of Christmas past. At the end of the day, remember, Christmas dinner is just a roast - and there’s plenty of elements in a roast that can be prepared days, if not weeks, ahead.


You can boil your parsnips and keep them in the fridge for up to a day before, to cut down on the cooking time on Christmas Day. Alternatively, you could freeze them.

Yorkshire puddings

If you’re serving Yorkshire puddings, you could make the batter a day in advance. You could also completely cook and freeze them, then, after they're defrosted, just give the puddings a quick 5-10 minutes in the oven to warm them up.


Christmas pudding, of course, can be made months ahead: simply steam it for a few hours on Christmas Day till reheated. Make sure any other desserts are simple and don’t require oven space. Cold desserts that can be made ahead and served straight away, like a chocolate mousse or a frozen dessert, are ideal.

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Are you using online video to promote your business? If not, you’re at an increasing disadvantage as customers who view a product video are up to 85 percent more likely to buy and, according to Cisco, by 2016, 55% of all consumer Internet traffic will be video. In an increasingly crowded media landscape, online video offers entrepreneurs an opportunity to stand out. But without Steven Spielberg’s creativity or James Cameron’s Titanic budget, how can you create cost-effective, compelling videos? And more importantly, how can you ensure that people actually watch your creative masterpiece? At Pinktomato Media over the years we have seen more customers wanting professionally produced video for their website or to send to customers about their products, video screens at trade shows, and also very importantly customer testimonies. Having your customers on camera saying how great your products and service are is the Holy Grail of advocacy. But we have to be realistic. Unless you are creating a TV commercial for broadcast, then two things have to be looked at in detail:

The number of people that will actually watch it … Your budgets - If you are launching a new car then great - Please can we have £200K for the TV commercial! — But if you are selling services or promoting your company brand, then a more realistic budget should be applied. Not withstanding all the reasons to produce video, you also have to be honest about where and when you use it. All of the clients we create video for are business customers. They are promoting their content B2B (business to business). So that really means forget the funny viral video as you are probably not selling to consumers. If you can manage somehow to create the next “Charlie bit my finger” video phenomenon then great but let’s be realistic... Most of the views will be: friends and family, People in your own company, and most importantly prospects and customers. Don’t expect a million views - be happy with a few hundred. After all, it’s the right people watching it that matters.

example, video does drive SEO, but you should also personally email the link to customers. Also consider metrics and hosting. If you don’t know how to host video on your site then we have hosting platforms to do that for you. At Pinktomato Media, we have a number of Fixed price corporate video packages for companies of all sizes in the Thames Valley; Meaning you don’t need to travel to London for access to a studio facility and production company. All our packages include: A meeting to discuss your video project at our studio. In that meeting we will discuss ideas and concepts.

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“I’ve been meaning to ask about this for ages” is a statement often heard in our meeting rooms! Dealing with your finances is one of those important, but not urgent, things that is often overlooked until the occurrence of a bereavement, family illness or the realisation that retirement is looming. Typically, and in no particular order, things on the ‘I must get round to it’ list seem to be:Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney – Making sure that your hard earned money goes to those you want it to is part of good financial planning. A good Solicitor should be able to help and can also talk to you about a Lasting Power of Attorney too which appoints someone to make financial decisions on your behalf should you be unable to do so. Pensions – Recent legislation changes to make pensions more flexible has given an incentive to many to look at their past pensions and decide whether any action should be taken. Sometimes consolidation is a good idea. Sometimes accessing some of the money can also make sense. Often charges can be reduced. Mortgages and borrowing – It’s always good to keep borrowing under review. Generally lending rates are historically very low at the moment. This can create a dilemma. As borrowing is cheap it is often an incentive to borrow more (particularly for those that do not remember the heady rates of 15% in 1990!) Conversely others may argue that you should repay debt while rates are low to protect yourself against inevitable rate rises in the future. Savings – While borrowing money may be cheap at the moment it does mean that savers are getting a pretty raw deal. Seeking better returns need not be associated with high risks. Products that provide guarantees, levels of protection or security through diversification can be an alternative that offer the potential of better returns than deposit rates. We are currently reviewing an equity ISA offering that provides guaranteed returns above most cash ISA rates. Should I buy a property and let it out? – I’ve written before about investing in property having its risks. Memories of the 30% fall in property prices (2007 -2009) have faded. In our experience the full costs and taxation of property rental are rarely factored in to the decision to invest. Furthermore tax changes in 2017 will limit the tax relief granted on interest paid on a buy-to-let mortgage. The result being that many will pay higher tax on rented property income than is currently the case. Whatever your circumstances, maybe the New Year is as good a time as any to take stock of where you are now financially and perhaps with the help of an adviser work out whether it can be improved upon to get you to where you want to be.


Mark Penston is a Partner and Chartered Financial Planner with Bluesky Chartered Financial Planners.


THE DANGERS OF “D.I.Y.” LITIGATION I often marvel at the fact that I can google any question, however obscure, and, as if by magic, an answer will appear before me. Is there anything that Google cannot answer or any topic which it does not cover? For all its convenience, however, the danger with being able to get answers at the tips of our fingers is that with legal issues, particularly in my area of Family Law, Google is of limited use. A case in point is a recent dispute between two related parties. One chose to represent himself having studied the relevant law online. That person, known as a “Litigant in Person”, found, to his cost, that although information concerning the law is readily available online, an understanding of how it is interpreted by the Court only comes with experience and a knowledge of what weight a Judge will put on a particular issue. That Litigant in Person went alone into Court, confident that he understood the law and believing that he knew his entitlement. Within minutes he found himself totally out of his depth and it was too late for him to turn back the clock and seek professional advice. What was lost to him was the opportunity to achieve his best outcome and while this benefitted the client who had sought professional advice, it does remind me of the dangers of the “Do it yourself” approach. Family disputes can be a very emotional time for some and it may be difficult to confide in a person outside of the family nucleus. However, having seen the problems that the “Do it yourself” approach can cause, seeking advice from an experienced professional is always the best recommendation. There is an obvious and understandable fear of the legal costs involved in instructing a Solicitor and this explains the temptation to attempt to do the best you can with the help of the Internet. Although this may appear superficially attractive it is often not in the individuals best interests and almost inevitably leads to greater costs further down the line. An understanding of the subtleties regarding the relevant and prevalent interpretation of the law can really only come with experience. With more than 25 years of experience in the field and for an initial fixed consultation fee of £120, it would be false economy to go it alone and therefore much more advisable to avoid costs in the long run by appointing a professional at the outset. Julie Gallimore Partner, Mediator, Collaborative and Family Lawyer

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Land Rover Discovery Sport As winter is coming I thought it was time to cover a 4X4. The one in question is a completely new offering from Land Rover. The Discovery Sport name hasn’t been used before, but it is actually the replacement for the Freelander. Land Rover is jumping on the band wagon of these small sports crossover SUV 4X4 contraptions made so popular by the brands from the East. These cars are more likely to be seen parked outside a school than trekking across a mountain. This is where this Land Rover sets itself apart from some of the competition, where soft off roaders in this sector would get bogged down, Land Rover has made sure the Discovery Sport can still perform. I haven’t had a chance to drive one off road, but I can assure you it will do it. As to road driving the car is very competent. You can feel the size when cornering but there is very little body roll and all the bumps are well smoothed out. The steering is quite light, but everything feels direct and I had no problems putting the car where I wanted it. There was a 2 litre diesel in the test car, not the most powerful engine in the range and wasn’t fast, but it didn’t feel too strained under the weight of the car.

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For a comparatively small 4X4 this is quite a practical car. The interior is spacious and the boot is a good size, or two extra seats fold out into the boot to make this a 7 seater. Understandably you aren’t going to be taking any rugby players in the extra two seats, but they’re spacious enough for teenagers to fit in general comfort. The Discovery Sport sits at a reasonable starting price of £30,695, surprisingly £495 more than the Range Rover Evoque. Although the Evoque feels more expensive, the Discovery Sport offers much more practicality and space. This is what will decide which car most people get, depending on whether practicality or design is the priority. All in all this is a very good car on and off road, that brings onLand Leisure & Lifestyle together a lot of the great features of the Rover range for a fraction of the price. It is definitely a big step on from the Freelander it replaces and forms a very solid, strong base to the Land Rover Range.


It is a refined place to sit with engine and road noise at acceptable levels. The interior is a great place to be, especially when compared with the Freelander it replaces. The materials are of a very high quality with a subtle, mature design throughout the cabin. It feels like a more grown up car compared to the more whacky offerings from companies like Nissan. The exterior design has been pulled closer to the other Land Rover and Range Rover models, taking many elements of the Range Rover Evoque at the front, which of course is no bad thing.

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With the UK housing market on the up and up and promising signs that the economic recovery is taking hold, we spoke to Dale Kempson and Alan England from Parkers about why the start of the year could well be an opportune time to think about selling your home...


ith the UK housing market on the up and promising signs that the economic recovery is taking hold, our friends at Parkers Estate Agency tell us why the start of the year could be a good time to think about selling your home. Christmas may be a time for turkey, telly and catching up with family and friends, but the aftermath is a good time to think about whether your property is really right for you and your current circumstances. The festive period usually involves people spending more time together at home, so it’s a good time to review whether it still delivers on location and size. There are different reasons for wanting to buy a new home: maybe you have a new addition to the family or considering buying a pet? Maybe you’d like more space in the garden for an outdoor eating area, some stables or even a swimming pool?

Even when it’s clear that a move needs to happen, many people are put-off taking those first steps by wondering if it’s the right time or if the market will suddenly get better. When will the market ‘get better’? Sellers need to be practical. We wouldn’t recommend that buyers wait a few months in the hope that the market will somehow get ‘better’ because it probably won’t. It always used to be claimed that May and June were the best times to sell,


but looking back historically, some of the best sales have taken place in the New Year, often in January, February or March. Parkers have been working in Burghfield Common and surrounding villages for 15 years now, so you can rest assured that they ‘know their stuff’ and can give you solid advice. It’s much better to take a practical approach. You can’t foresee or control fluctuations in the housing market, so concentrate on the things that you can control: maximising your property and getting the best possible deal. It’s pretty simple: if you’ve made the decision to sell, now is the best time. The problem with waiting for things to ‘get better’ is that you could end up waiting forever. If you need a new pair of shoes, you need them now, not in July. The same applies to property. New Year buyers The New Year property market is usually made up of two types of buyer: brandnew buyers and those re-entering the

market having not been successful at the end of the previous year. At this time, there can be fewer properties for sale but plenty of potential buyers, making January, February and March a period of low supply but high demand, which is a great thing for vendors. Selling in a period of high demand but low supply means you are one of few houses for sale. You can then work hard on standing out from the competition, rather than getting lost in a market overload later in the year.

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If you’re keen to sell your home, then get your ducks in a row and enter the market. Getting the best out of a sale is down to you, not what will or will not happen to property prices further down the line. You could achieve as much as 5% more than if you make an ‘adequate’ sale at a later date. And if you manage to buy well too, you could make 10% on the whole transaction. Chasing a better market will rarely yield that much more, and your new home will cost more too. Whatever you decide and whenever you decide to sell, Parkers Estate Agents will be able to offer you great advice and support throughout the process. Good luck! If you are considering selling and would like a free market appraisal of your home please call: Burghfield Common 0118 983 3897 Theale: 0118 930 3133 Tadley: 0118 981 0494

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When you supply a service that nobody wants... A funeral is an important part of the grieving process when family members and friends honour the life and memory of their loved one. Organising a funeral can be an extremely difficult period in a person’s life, but unfortunately it is something most people will endure at some stage.

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by Rob Barnes How do you top Skyfall, the biggest box office Bond film of all time and arguably the most critically acclaimed of the entire franchise? Answer: Get Director Sam Mendes back on board, chuck $200m at it, and ensure your star clocks up even more air-miles than ever before! Say what you want about Spectre, but the dream team of Mendes and Craig have thrown the kitchen sink at this bold, brave and beautiful movie... And it shows! We begin in Mexico City where we find a masked 007 snaking his way through the hoards celebrating the ‘Day of Dead’ festival. In one seamless tracking shot we get it all: stunning vistas, glamour, romance, shootouts, collapsing buildings and a dangerously out of control helicopter. We catch our breath back in Blighty where Bond has been summoned to the headmaster’s office to explain the repercussions of his rogue weekend break. Ralph Fiennes ‘M’ has more unwelcome news, cocky upstart ‘C’ played by Andrew Scott is rebooting MI6 with a plan to replace the old guard with big data and cyber surveillance and throwing Bond on the scrapheap. With a little help from Q, played superbly by Ben Winshaw, Bond takes some well earned gardening leave in Rome to pick up the trail left by an old friend where he uncovers a global crime syndicate led by the deliciously deranged arch villain Franz Oberhauser (Christoph Waltz). After a bit of down time to test drive his new DB10 and enjoy a brief encounter with Monica Bellucci before Bond packs his bags for a trip to the Austrian Alps. Here the story starts to unfold as meets his match in feisty Bond girl Madeleine Swann (Léa Seydoux)

and together they embark on a personal vendetta to bring the organisation to its knees. The gargantuan scale, style and choreography of Spectre cannot not be understated enough and although at times it felt like a series of adverts expertly sewn together it never fails to entertain. The film’s scale is matched by Daniel Craig who for the first time shakes off the shackles and truly lets loose a virtuoso performance. Gone is the raw and broody spy depicted in Casino Royale and Skyfall, and in its place comes a man giving it both barrels and a smug arrogance that at times is completely over the top. Some will love it but for me Craig is at his best as a no nonsense, straight talking bruiser with little time for the tongue-in-cheek quips that too often spoil the action.

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Much hype was made about Bellucci’s performance, an older and sophisticated throwback bond girl to restore a touch of class but sadly all we get is a fleeting seduction scene that was so ‘in your face’ it was frankly quite creepy. The entertainment and production value of Spectre is unquestionable, but it leaves one burning question...Where does Bond go from here? A worn out dinosaur not fit for the digital age who surely must now hang up the tux. As I drove away from the cinema feeling excruciatingly inadequate in my Ford Focus Zetec I felt extremely thankful for the ten years of dutiful service Craig has given us whilst at the same time extremely nervous for his successor.

"A must see" 4/5

The Firework Maker's Daughter

by Phillip Pullman

The book is about a girl named Lila who would like to be a firework maker but her father doesn’t want her to be. She has to go to Mount Merapi to see the fire fiend but when she finally gets to the volcano Lila finds out that the Royal Sulphur she came for doesn't exist and she needs special water from the Emerald Lake which she doesn't have. Will she ever become a real firework maker? I like the way the book has been written because there are a lot of unusual words and I like the idea of the story. I also like the setting because in the book you get an oriental feel. I think people who find it hard to stand up for themselves should read this book because I think that the message of the book is that you need to be more determined like Lila. I don't have a favourite part because all of ‘The Firework Maker's Daughter’ was equally as exciting and I think that is what makes it so good.

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PERSON ARE YOU? Now that December is upon us, there is no avoiding the fact that Christmas Day looms ever nearer. By now many of us will be well under way with our seasonal preparations, and whilst we like to think we are unique, our approach is likely (though there may be exceptions) to fall into one of these four groups

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AMBLERS: I am an expert on this group as I fall into it. We are the people who put nut heads in the sand about all things Christmassy for as long as is decently and sensibly acceptable... or sometimes, and stupidly, longer. We ignore all the warning our approach could fall into one of four groups... Signs that the season is upon us, we turn a blind eye to the displays of Christmas goodies, we refuse to hum along when the shopping centre Christmas Carol sound track commences,and use the back of our children’s Christmas lists to write notes to the milkman. Whilst we know that we will have to take the Christmas shopping plunge at some point we keep putting it off in the hope that it will all go away. It is not that we don't enjoy Christmas it is just that we would prefer it if the Christmas Fairy did all the hard work and we could merely sit back and pull some crackers on the day We keep this up until the first week or so of December and then we rush around like a maniac, performing Christmas feats in a flurry which would leave most people standing and somehow or other manage to pull it all together as the Christmas Bells chime. Our mince pies are served from the box on Christmas Eve, assuming there were some left in the shop that morning and our wine is straight tom the bottle with not a clove to be found. EEKS!: I think it is fair to say that this group is made up of many

of our men folk. They leave all the preparations up to the women in their lives. Their contribution is limited to when, upon request (or command), they venture forth to source the largest, bushiest Christmas tree they can find. They will make much of putting it up, with great precision to ensure level placement; and then disappear behind the paper as the annual family decorating of the tree commences. In the week before Christmas they will purchase what they hope will be the perfect gilt for the woman in their lives, although the success of this depends on whether or not they registered the many hints that were dropped in the preceding weeks. They will ensure that the Christmas drinks are warmed or chilled as appropriate, leap up to serve them to guests and eat more than their fair share of the mince pies. Whichever group you fall into, come Christmas Eve, hopefully everything will be wrapped, stuffed or mulled as appropriate and you can sit back with your wine and mince pie, sing "Jingle Bells, Jingles Bells...", and let the festivities commence.

JOLLIES: These happy campers commence their Christmas shopping at a carefully considered right time. Not too early but not too late. Organized but not obsessed, they tackle the whole seasonal shindig with good grace and a fair amount of good cheer. Their tree goes up a respectable two weeks before the day, their mince pies make their first appearance the week before and the mulled wine is fully enjoyed in one sitting on Christmas Eve. 33

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Illuminate Join in with the countdown to switching on the Christmas Lights in Theale on Saturday 5th December. Always a popular event, It’s an opportunity to do some Christmas shopping and really get into the Christmas Spirit! Whether you choose to visit Father Christmas in his Grotto, watch a Nativity Play with real animals, or peruse the many festive stalls selling gifts, toys and jewellery, we know that this event is one not to be missed. You can also have a chance to check out the annual festive shop window competition - a very competitive affair indeed! This year, the fun starts at 5, with the switch on at 6pm. Patrons are reminded that there will be no parking on the High street. Entrance is free and refreshments (including mulled wine) will be available. If you are not able to get down to Theale on 5th, there’s still a chance to see Santa, but this time he’ll have his reindeer with him too! Yes, Rudolph and some of his real-life friends) will be visiting Tadley Pet Supplies on Heath End Road in Baughurst on Friday 11th December between 16:30 18:30pm. “Last year, I had a great time meeting so many children and families before I went off back to Lapland that I want to come back this year with some of my friends” Rudolf told us. “Oh, and Father Christmas will be there (even though he’s a busy man at this time of year) who will have free gifts for all the children too!”.

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Let’s go for a walk...

The nights may be drawing in and the temperatures may be dropping but that’s no reason to hibernate quite yet. Winter can be a fantastic time of year to get out and about, so grab your thermal socks, your hat, scarf and gloves and enjoy some of West Berkshire’s beautiful woods and countryside. Spencers Wood & the River Loddon Start at the entrance to Spring Gardens on Basingstoke Road. Cross the road and go over the stile, following the footpath across the field. Cross the metal fenced stile into the Kiln Lane track. At Basingstoke Road walk about 50 yards uphill then turn left on the track along the edge of the woods. Continue ahead, bearing slightly to the left, and pass through a gateway with a stile on the right and a narrowed gap on the left. Keep straight ahead at the junction of roads above White House Farm onto Yew Tree Lane. At the end of Yew Tree Lane, cross Beech Hill Road and take the footpath opposite, going down Clay Hill. Bear left when this becomes a roadway (the path on the right leads under the A33 dual carriageway). Turn right into Kings Bridge Road. Go over the stile into the field and follow the path through the poplar plantation then by the side of the Loddon to the Basingstoke Road. Walk on the concrete roads through the farmyard, which has a stile when the gate is closed, turning left to follow the footpath route in front of stables and a house on the left. Turn right onto a concreted storage area and then cross the fields, turning left with the footpath to the stile at the top of the slope. Go over two more stiles and walk down Sussex Lane to Hyde End Road. Turn left and walk along Hyde End Road to the junction with Basingstoke Road, then turn left and walk down to the starting point. Aldermaston Wharf to Theale From Aldermaston station car park turn left at the road. Turn right at the main road and cross to the canal towpath before the swing bridge. Cross Ufton Swing Bridge to the towpath on the other side. Continue along the towpath through the water meadows past Tyle Mill Lock. Cross the road at the swing-bridge and continue to Sulhamstead swing-bridge where a footpath leads to the weir. On reaching the road at Theale Swing Bridge cross the canal bridge and turn left up the road to the station. Burghfield “The Villagers’ Walk” From Burghfield Village, turn into Theale Road. The footpath is directly opposite School Lane, 100 yards on your left. Take the footpath to


Sulhamstead Road. Turn right and take the first turning left into Clayhill Road. Walk pathway past Bedford Cottage to your left to join the footpath at Pond House Farm. Follow this past Pondhouse Copse to Hermit's Hill. Turn left and continue walking down Hermit's Hill to James's Lane. Turn into James's Lane and walk 100 yards to meet a footpath on your left-hand side. Follow the footpath across open countryside and continue your walk, turning left towards Burghfield St Mary's Church. Continue your walk along the footpath past the church towards Reading Road. Turn left and walk through the village back towards your starting point in Theale Road. Exploring Roman Calleva, Silchester From the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, turn right along the road and bear right to follow the Town Trail beside the perimeter wall. At a main gate in the wall, go outside and follow the path through woods to the left of the wall. Halfway round, go through a gate and turn left along the track to a gate. Follow the bridleway, cross a stile and continue to the lane. Turn right, then right again at the junction and almost immediately turn left along Tadley Road. Turn right along a gravel track, passing beside a gate into woodland. Turn right at a crossing, following the path downhill to a fork. Keep left and cross the causeway beside the lake. Where the path curves left, keep right uphill to meet a track leading to a gate. Take the track just before the gate and descend into thicker woods to cross a stream and enter Benyon's Inclosure. Keep right to cross a boardwalk and head uphill to a stile and a road. Turn right, pass the Red Lion, then take the second track on the left. Cross a bridge and follow the bridleway uphill, looking out for the yellow markers on a post on the left. Take Path 23 left through the edge of a copse to a stile and proceed ahead, keeping left along the field edge to a stile. Cross a farm track and the stile opposite, then keep to the left-hand hedge to a stile in the field corner and cross another track and stile. Continue ahead along the edge of the field, following it to the left until you reach a gate on your right. Bear diagonally left across the field to a stile. Proceed straight

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ahead to cross a stile beside an oak tree. Pass under power cables, then turn right to a stile. Bear half-right across the field then downhill to a plank bridge and a stile. Gently ascend the field to a squeeze-stile and turn right up the track. Join a metalled drive leading to a lane. On your right is a gate leading to the amphitheatre. Walk ahead along the lane, turning right to the church. Mortimer Walk From the Fairground, walk east along Victoria Road passing the school and the Horse and Groom public house. Take the footpath on the right that runs along the left hand edge of a broad driveway, then bears left between the gardens, before opening out to follow the backs of some more houses. The path then crosses a field to end at Drury Lane. Turn left down this lane. At the T-Junction, turn right into Pitfield Lane and walk down to Tanhouse Bridge. Just before the bridge turn left onto a footpath which runs down the side of West End Brook. At the junction of this brook with Foundry Brook, turn left. Follow Foundry Brook across three fields, then cross the brook at a footbridge. The path runs along the opposite bank and finishes at a stile by a gate. Cross the stile and the bridge and walk up the drive to St. Mary’s Church. Follow the drive to the road and turn right. Turn left at the next road junction (the right hand turn leads to Mortimer train station). After passing the last house, take the path on the left that leads up to Mortimer Lane. Cross the lane and take the path opposite, leading to Wheat’s Farm. Pass between the farm buildings and up to a track. Cross the track and go through the gate to turn immediately left at the footpath sign. Follow the path round the edge of this field, crossing the stiles where the field has been sub-divided into paddocks. The path leaves the field’s western border at a stile to run for a short distance along another field before crossing a further stile. The path then runs between a hedge and a fence to end at the wood. Follow the waymarks through the wood to emerge at the Fairground. Cross the fairground to end the walk. Enjoy xx






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The 3D Magic Maker, RRP:29.99 This is a revolutionary toy that allows children to create 3D masterpieces from scratch using gel pens and the UV Creation Station. Fill the moulds or stencils with the magic gel, place them in the 3D Creation Station and the creation will magically turn into 3D structures. With a fun under the sea theme in the starter kit, children have everything they need to create their own fun 3D models and creations.

Star Wars Millennium Falcon, £120 This massive Millennium Falcon opens up into a playset for the Chewbacca, Finn and BB-8 figures that are included. It also has a pop-up blaster that fires Nerf Elite darts – what more could you want? aside from a lower price tag !

I-QUE Robot, RRP £44.99 i-Que is the ultimate robot! He knows millions of things. With dynamic lights & sound and robotic movements, you can challenge i-Que to games or test his knowledge by asking him questions.

Chad Valley 3 Storey Summer Winter Dolls House RRP: £149.99 The Summer Winter Dolls house offers two styles of play. On one the house is full of warm colours with a summery background and on the other there are chilly icicles and frozen looking walls! These two contrasting themes will spark imaginative stories as your little one learns through play Pie Face, around £24.99, various Original and exciting, Pie Face! is a super fun game for children that can be played straight away. A game of nerves, players load the throwing arm with squirty cream,place their head in the frame and build with suspense as they turn the handle hoping not to be splatted in the face! Self Balancing Electric Scooter Swegway, Swagway Hover Board - There are so many names for them. A popular toy among teens. About £200£300 online Star Wars Bladebuilders Jedi Master Lightsaber: RRP £49.99, The Jedi Master Lightsaber comes with a main Lightsaber featuring lights and sounds, two independently-lit lightdaggers, expansion hilt, two elbow connectors, dual connector, and cross connector.

Interactive Tracy Island, Prices around £79.99 A must-have toy for Thunderbirds fans, this interactive Tracy Island Playset ensures Thunderbirds Are Go! Take control of the fleet with the International Rescue Communicator...

Peppa Pig: RRP £15 Still in the top 10 list this year, this cute & cuddly interactive animated soft toy features interactive technology that responds to your touch.

Disney Frozen Sing-A-Long Elsa: RRP £39 Frozen is not going to let go of the Christmas hot spot. This year Elsa is singing her heart out – and is ready for the perfect duet – as the clever microphone can recognise who's singing. She lights up and is fabulous too

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Last month the Mortimer ‘lads’ enjoyed a match against our local PCSOs. After being 3-0 down, they fought back hard to win 4-3! There are 225 registered clubs all over the country, with new sessions springing up every week. If you’d like to try Walking Football in Mortimer, why not pop across to the Fairground on Tuesdays from 9.45am – 11.15am. And if your little one is just discovering the joy of football, Burghfield Football Club can start them on their way.

A Game for ALL


Whether you are just starting school or you have just got your bus pass, the game of football continues to be enjoyed, whatever your age. Mortimer has recently seen the formation of a Walking Football Club! Walking Football has enjoyed a surge in popularity across the country after the game featured in a Barclays advert. It enables older men to rediscover the joys of playing football again, but a slowed-down version of the game.

Burghfield FC has been offering football into the community for over a quarter of a century, running teams all the way from the Under 5’s age group through to the full adult squad. The club is run by volunteers and yet has still managed to gain accreditation as a Football Association Charter Standard club which recognises its high standards of coaching, management and child protection. Running hand in hand with the FA Respect Programme, the Code of Conduct expects fair play on and off the pitch by all involved – including players, coaches, parents and match officials alike. Established in 1989, the club has a core set of values that revolves around the ethos of “Football for All” meaning that they encourage boys and girls to play football irrespective of age or ability. Nobody is excluded, and therefore the club is always on the lookout for new members – whether they are the next Lionel Messi or the next Lionel Blair! There is currently a social media campaign to get Burghfield FC recognised as part of the BBC’s grass roots coverage of the FA Cup #BFCFootballForAll. With many more initiatives in the pipeline, the future is looking bright for Burghfield FC and its members. Let’s hope many more boys and girls enjoy the benefits of team sport and get playing with their local club. For more information on joining Burghfield Football Club, take a look at the Contacts page on their website for the appropriate age group for your child. www.burghfieldfc.com

Walking football was only invented six years ago. It was originally designed as a way of tackling inactivity and social isolation among older men. Popular activities for older people, such as tea-dances and sit-down aerobics, tend to be dominated by women, but walking football has definitely worked in attracting older men to the sport. Even if widely flouted, the walking rule is the sport’s biggest appeal as it means games can accommodate a much wider range of fitness levels and abilities than the traditional form of the game. The pace of walking football may be more leisurely, but the game can still be fierce.

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