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warm and sunny welcome to May’s issue of Village Eye magazine. At last, we have been enjoying warmer days. The change of season is evident with the numerous fetes, fairs, outdoor sports and events bursting out of the pages. There is lots going on in May. Have a look at some of the on page 34. he events e


If you’re in the market for a pre-loved car, then make sure the Spratley’s Open Event is on your calendar on Friday 20th and Spr Saturday 21st May. It’s a chance to view a range of vehicles Satur from Fiat 500s to Volkswagen, to suit every budget. Take a fr test drive, stay for coffee and get entered into a free prize t drawer to win a full service. Find out more about the benefits dr of pre-loved cars on page 30 If cars are your ‘thing’ then check out Jack Worboys’ article on the new Audi A4 on page 15.

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If you have children then there is lots for you in Village Eye this month. From radical tree climbing, to theatre summer school, from family film and book reviews (p.39) to local nursery and schools information. Mums or dads looking for a career ‘around the kids’ may also be interested in finding out more from new recruitment agency, “10-2� (p.17). On pages 12 and 13 you will find a celebration of the work of local registered charity, Bucket List Wishes. Set up in memory of the founder’s mother, who lost her battle with cancer in 2013, the charity grants wishes to terminally ill adults. We speak to Gini Blesky about some of the incredible wishes they’ve been granting across the country.

There’s loads more to discover within the pages, too, so why not take a few moments and enjoy this month’s offering. As always, we’d like to extend a big thank you to our readers, our advertisers and our contributors. Please mention Village Eye when contacting our advertisers. Have a great May! Hellen & the Team xx

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Theale Primary School has been oversubscribed for a number of years, with some children from the village unable to secure a place. The need for a new school has been identified for some time but progress has been slow. Now, plans to provide Theale with an urgently-needed replacement primary school have been submitted. However, West Berkshire Council does not own the land it will be built on. The district council has applied to build the new primary school, capable of accommodating 341 pupils, on the North Street playing fields, off Englefield Road. But first it must acquire five acres of land from Theale Parish Council, which leases it from the Englefield Estate. Before making a decision to release the land, the Parish Council have requested more detail on the pavements, pedestrian crossings and traffic calming in Englefield Road, details of which are rather scant

in the plans, as safety of the children is their biggest concern. The Parish Council must also take into account the groups and individuals who would lose out if they give away part of the public asset of the playing fields, such as dog walkers and sports teams. West Berkshire Council has secured £7m in funding from the Department for Education and evaluated 11 potential sites for the new school, but say that this site is the only one that is suitable and financially viable. You can view and comment on the application by searching for 16/00724/COMIND on West Berkshire Council’s planning website. A decision is expected by Thursday, June 23.

Community Bus Service Comes to the rescue! Back in March West Berks Council finally put the last nail in the coffin on the Mortimer to Willink School Bus service leaving 233 people with no option but to make their own way to school. A group called the SOB’s has been fighting the cancellation but to no avail so the community decided to setup its own bus service instead! Interestingly, we understand that the price offered by the community bus service to families is £200 less than that offered by West Berkshire Council. WBC are reportedly offering spaces at £680 per pupil, per year - and the MCBS at just £480. The new service now operates a bus morning and night for families that cannot walk or drive their children to school. The contract has been given to TK travel a local coach company who have worked tirelessly with the organising committee to make a viable and sustainable solution. It is hoped that as the community grows this service will be able to offer a service for kids in the future. Good work Community! Any questions please email mortimercbs@gmail.com

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t was smiles, flicks, tucks and jumps all round in the sun for our local Cheerleading team, Crimson Heat last month as 47 local girls and their coaches descended on the beaches of Miami for a spot of outdoor training in preparation for the ‘Cheerleaders of America’ Nationals in Orlando. The trip was organised by Crimson’s coaches Gareth Green & Delphine Ayckbourn following the team’s win there 2 years ago - they returned to defend their title!

After a few days of beach training, a memorable trip to the alligator infested Everglades, and the ESPN World of Sport Complex at Disney World, the team were then invited to spend two full days with the current World Champions, Top Gun at their Floridabased gym ahead of the competition.

And guess what VE readers... They did it! For the second time, these local girls have beaten the Americans (at their own sport). Not only did they come first, but these incredible athletes then went on to become Grand Champions for their level, making Crimson Heat the first ever non-American team to compete and win in an American National Championship in this way! “The athletes performance quite honestly was unbelievable” explained Coach Gareth. “The pressure on the shoulders of these girls was huge, and I am bursting with pride for each and every one of them”. The team’s Chairman, Gary Ayckbourn told us that the girls’ dedication to the team has been “admirable on every

level”; and that the expectation for Crimson imson to create a world-class team now very much features in their future plans. “In order for us to prepare to compete on the world stage, there are several things we need to do, with the first being to secure a form of sponsorship. We are hoping that now we have National, European and International titles, we can attract the attention of a key brand - in the US, this is commonplace - and, with the growing popularity of the sport in the UK, we’d like to partner with a company who shares our global vision. From us all here at Village Eye (and we are sure, on behalf of our readers) - Congratulations girls from us all !


Ever fancied trying your hand at bowls? The Burghfield Bowls Club play at the Burghfield CSA at James Lane, Burghfield. The club was established over 25 years ago but moved to this venue in 2014. This involved building a new green from scratch - no small feat - but now Burghfield boasts one of the finest greens in the county. The club welcomes new members of all ages - there is no need to have played before; indeed 90% of our membership learned their trade at Burghfield.


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ale pampering is a fairly recent phenomenon but one which modern men are truly embracing - gone are the days when the ladies were one step ahead with gorgeous hair products and anti-aging beauty treatments - now men can enjoy just as luxurious and effective hair treatments, skin technology and indulgent hand and body treatments specifically designed to keep them looking and feeling great.

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It’s antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties can help improve the digestive system and help you stay healthy and fight disease. It has also been claimed that honey possesses carcinogen-preventing properties, resulting in increasingly more studies pointing to the role of honey in the prevention of cancer. On a less serious


note, pop some honey onto a cut or graze and you should see the healing process take place more quickly. Cinnamon, too, has been well-known for its medicinal uses for thousands of years. Scientific studies have proven some of its benefits. Cinnamon can treat Type 2 Diabetes by lowering blood sugar levels and increasing the amount of insulin production in the body. It is also known for reducing inflammation, lowering cholesterol and offers one of the highest levels of antioxidants of any spice. It has also been proven in treating yeast infections due to its antifungal properties.

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Since ancient times, honey has been enjoyed as a nutritional food, as well as for healing. Honey is a powerful immune system booster.


Honey and Cinnamon... Amazing health benefits - or just a myth? An article on the miraculous health benefits of honey and cinnamon has been recycled and passed around as new information periodically over the years, making a reappearance just last month on many Facebook pages. Those sharing the article touted it as if these medicinal virtues were only recently discovered, but according to Snopes.com, the article originated in 1995 – published in the Weekly World News, a tabloid well-known for publishing fictional outlandish reports of things like Elvis returning from the dead and alien affairs being the cause of a break-up among celebrity couples. It’s sometimes hard to take everything seriously that we read online but in this case there appears to be quite a bit of truth when it comes to the significant nutritional and health benefits of honey and cinnamon...

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A very British British affFAIR FAIR Where your honey comes from makes all the difference Not all honey is the same, however. Honey found on my grocery store shelves, including that honey found in the cute little bear, is not even worthy of its name. Most honey is highly processed, removing the pollen and thus even the origin of the honey. An earlier report found that at least a third of all honey consumed in the U.S. was likely smuggled from China and may be tainted with heavy metals and illegal antibiotics.Not only will you not reap the wondrous benefits of honey, but you could be getting unwanted toxins as well. Your best bet is to purchase raw, unprocessed honey locally or from a health foods store.


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You can buy cinnamon in a powder, in sticks, as a supplement, and as cinnamon extract. If you want to introduce some cinnamon into your normal diet try to use a variety of sticks and powders in different foods and drinks to keep it interesting. (Though we wouldnt recommend ingesting teaspoonfuls of the stuff a’la ‘cinnamon challenge’ - which is probably not pleasant and possibly dangerous!) But you could try adding a stick to the pan when you are cooking rice, or a teaspoon of the powdered stuff in a hot drink to dry up a runny nose. Interestingly, whilst researching this topic, we learned that adding a teaspoon of cinnamon to a meal that is high in carbohydrates can lessen the impact this food will have on your blood sugar levels. After eating, blood sugar rises as your stomach empties, but adding cinnamon can help to slow this process down and thus lower the rise in your blood sugar levels!

Dislaimer: At Village Eye we are not medical experts... We’d suggest checking with your GP if you are considering using cinnamon/honey for medicinal purposes.





Along the same lines as my first, the Estee Lauder Idealist Serum which claims to be ‘pore minimising’. I don’t feel like it does minimise my pores, however it is amazing for reducing spots and acne (my boyfriend is proof of this!) It’s thicker than the Advanced Night Repair and I use this for days when my skin feels completely dehydrated and sensitive or if I’m having a breakout and it really does work wonders overnight. Thinking about it now, I think this will be a winner in the summer as I bet it would be really refreshing on sunburnt or very dry skin – I’ll keep you posted (if we do actually get warm weather!). I couldn’t recommend this enough and I can only imagine how good it would be for someone that suffers from acne or is prone to breakouts.


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When it comes to skincare, my collection is pretty large (sorry bank!) But I always, always come back to these products. They are the heroes of my collection and completely revitalise my face in an instant!

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

My other must-have was only purchased recently but since using it I have to say I am addicted! The Deep Cleansing Nose Strips from Superdrug (I have the tea tree version) are little strips that slot on your nose and the surrounding area and completely banish any blackheads and dirt that was clogging your t-zone. I never even thought I had any blackheads until I used these. It is satisfying (in a gross way) to see all of the dirt and grime from your blocked pores that you never knew you had! After using this just once, my makeup applied SO much better, it’s clear to see that I was missing these strips in my routine all along!


My first (very) expensive but completely worth it purchase is the Advanced Night Repair Serum by Estee Lauder. This serum I have definitely talked and raved about before but my words are still the same – this stuff is the bomb. It works for any skin type but for my dry and dull skin it instantly (and I mean instantly) smooth’s and softens my skin, leaving it very hydrated and fresh. I go against the rules and use this both day and night but ultimately I’d say use it when and as you need. I have heard d that Estee Lauder have just released a foil sheet mask of this serum, um, which sounds heavenly – I best start saving now!


And finally… Sephora’s face mask range and these are some of the best face masks I have ever used and they are only around £3 – bargain! The downside is they don’t have a UK store (boo) but you can order online and they now ship to the UK. My advice would be to make the order worthwhile you will need to order a fair few beauty bits but this is also an amazing opportunity to try some American skincare and beauty products – try the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks they are to die for! Back to the face masks, and the one I am currently loving from the range is the ‘Lotus’ mask which claims to be ‘moisturising and soothing’ which it sure is! They are thick sheet masks so when I use one I do resemble something from a horror film but the result after is so darn good – the glow and brightness is unreal. Afterwards my face looks like I’ve had 100 nights sleep and my make up applies beautifully. www.sephora.com beautifully

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OUR L’ORTOLAN COMPETITION WINNER! As you know, w, we love a w good competition here at Village Eye, and are always thrilled when we hear back from our competition winners. This month was no exception - and we were delighted to receive a picture of Sarah Plestead, a Bramley-based Garden Designer & Horticulturist with husband Marco enjoying their prize - a midweek lunch for two at L’Ortolan, after winnin our Jan/Feb competition.

restaurant” . “The food was exceptional, the service - outstanding and the wine, more than agreeable! “ She told us. Well done Sarah. W

Get together with family and friends at Burghfield Spices on Sundays from 1pm to 10pm For just £8.95 for adults and children* & concessions £6.95 we’ll treat you to a selection of 15 popular dishes, sides and pappadoms - and you can leave the washing up to us! We’d also like to invite you to join us every first Thursday of each month for our live music evenings.

Sarah called us to say thank you (and to ask us to extend her gratude to the “amazing staff and chefs at the


educing our sugar intake is one of the best changes we can make to impact our overall health.

From excess fat, high blood pressure, diabetes, to mood disorders and energy issues, sugar could be at the root of the problem. We won’t sugar coat it: it’s is one of the toughest food habits to break, so you may decide to take it slowly and make a couple of small changes to your diet. Cutting out fizzy drinks, milkshakes, smoothies and flavoured water is a great place to start, switching to the most natural of drinks, water. Steering clear of ‘fat free’ or reduced fat foods is also a key step as they are almost always full of sugar. There are lots more tips on the internet to help reduce your sugar intake; the red flag items to avoid, how to reduce sweet craving and other tips to help you eat better one step at a time.

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Soy Glazed Salmon and Pak Choi

With summer on the horizon, many people are thinking about health, fitness, and flaunting their firm forms while having fun in the sun. To help you gain the body beautiful, we bring you a quick, delicious and nutritious recipe for you all to enjoy!

There are a lot of health benefits of eating salmon... Salmon is a highly nutritious food. It is high in protein, and the “good fats. But did you know that a 4oz serving of wild salmon provides a full day’s requirement of vitamin D? It is one of the few foods that can make that claim. That same piece of fish contains over half of the necessary B12, niacin, and selenium, and is an excellent source of B6 and magnesium too. Tinned salmon also contains large amounts of calcium (due to the bones of the fish).

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Soy Glazed Salmon and Pok Choi Preparation and cooking time: 20 minutes 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce 1 clove garlic, finely chopped 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger 1 tbsp. honey 1 tsp Dijon mustard 6 heads baby pok choi halved lengthwise 1 tbsp olive oil, plus more for the grill 1lb skinless salmon fillet, cut into 4 even pieces Toasted sesame seeds, for serving 1. Heat grill to medium. 2. In a bowl, whisk together soy sauce, ginger, and garlic. Transfer half the mixture to a second bowl and whisk in the honey and mustard. In a large bowl, toss the pok choi with oil. 3.Lightly oil your grill, griddle or BBQ and gently cook the salmon, covered, for 4 minutes. Turn, brush with half the honey-soy mixture and continue cooking until opaque throughout, 2 to 3 minutes more. Brush with the remaining glaze.

Approximate calories per serving 237 cal, 8g fat

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4.After you turn the salmon, place the pok choi on the grill cut side down, and cook for 2 minutes. Turn and cook until just tender, 1 to 2 minutes more; transfer to plates or a platter and drizzle with the remaining soy sauce. Serve with the salmon and sprinkle with sesame seeds, if desired.




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May F ! by Cis Hkey Wk iday 6th - SÂ?day 8th May This year the Burghfield May Fayre celebrates its 25th Anniversary and things have certainly changed since the first Fayre. The Burghfield Village Residents Association decided in 1991 to hold a Fayre on the Hatch and asked the landlord of the Hatchgate, Iain McEleny to help. Iain in turn asked me to join the Committee and that was the start of the show.

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The first year just about broke even thanks to some fine weather but Iain and I were concerned about the possibility of bad weather and the expenditure necessary to set up the show. We decided that we would have a raffle and produce a programme with some advertising from local companies to offset our costs. The programme you will see this year is a much better production and shows how things have moved on. The next step was to use the marquee, which was erected two days before the May Fayre, on the evenings of Friday and Saturday. We started off with a barn

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dance and for two years had the FabBeatles who are back with us this year. We have had various other entertainments and for two years we had a black tie event organised by Linda Morse which helped the May Fayre raise over ÂŁ10,000 for the first time. In the course of the 25 years the May Fayre has raised ÂŁ120,000 all of which has gone to good causes in our local area. Over the years it became apparent that the BVRA alone could not run the May Fayre, as we were getting so much help from “up the roadâ€?, that it was decided to drop the Village part and become what is now the Burghfield Residents Association.


I’m very proud to have been associated with the May Fayre and to see the progress that has been made over the past 25 years. I know I am leaving a great team to run the Fayre and am sure it will continue to go from strength to strength. Please come and join us to celebrate our Anniversary and if you want to say hello I’ll be behind the smoke at the barbecue!


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Spring is here at last. Time to get out into the garden and get it looking new, like Kew! Here’s our pic of the best garden tech available this year!

App Tastic Parrot Flower Power

This is perfect for those with a tendancy to forget to water their plants and baskets! Fantastic piece of kit especially for those who are struggling to keep their houseplants alive – simply stick in your outdoor plant pot, select type of plant from the database and the app will remind you about watering and all your other plants needs. Brilliant! Pack of two sensors £59 www.parrot.com

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Grooming your garden is quicker, safer and simpler with this lightweight, compact hedge trimmer.The Garden Groom electric hedgetrimmer is truly unique! This versatile 3-in-1 trimmer can trim bushes, hedges, lawns and edges, saving you time as it collects clippings too– think, no more raking and bending down to pick up hedge clippings after you’ve finished cutting!. rotary blade used on this machine. Prices from around £59.99 www.robertdyas.co.uk


Greener Mowing

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DO YOU know someone who would like a Wish granted? If you know someone who would like a Wish granted please apply directly through the website www. bucketlistwishes. org.uk - via the submit a list


In 2013, we reported on the launch of Bucket List Wishes, a locallybased registered Charity set up to grant wishes for terminally ill adults throughout the South of England. The Charity’s founder, Burghfield resident Gini Blesky set the charity up in memory of her Mum who she sadly lost to cancer in earlier that year. Inspired by the 1999 film

The Bucket List, starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson, the charity aims to grant wishes to terminally ill adults. Since its launch, the charity has granted a variety of special wishes and created some treasured memories for many people to cherish, and we thought we’d share with you some of the remarkable work the charity has done just three short years...

Steven’s Wish - To visit the Land Rover Factory in Halewood. Steven’s wish is the latest wish we have granted. As a huge Land Rover fan, there was only one place to send Steven... For a very special VIP visit to the factory in Halewood near Liverpool! Steven enjoyed an amazing driving track experience and even got to choose the vehicle he wanted to drive.

Steven’s Wish! He also had a one to one VIP tour of the factory and he got to watch a Land River being built. This up close and personal experience was a dream come true for Steven who enjoyed every moment of it! Shaun’s Wish - To walk his beloved Daughter down the aisle. Shaun’s Wish was the largest wish that has been granted to date. Shaun’s daughter was due to get married in a couple

of years but after his sudden & terminal diagnosis, the family contacted Bucket List Wishes to see if they could help make Shaun’s dream come true. With the help of lots of amazing wedding suppliers and some fantastic fundraising events to fund the day, the charity organised this very special Wedding in just seven weeks. It was a truly magical day! Winifred’s Wish - To visit the seaside resort where she met her husband one last time & take her family there for a holiday! Winifred’s Granddaughter applied for her wish as a surprise - after her diagnosis she often talked about visiting the special place she meet her husband many years ago one last time and taking all four generations of her family with her to share in a final visit. So we arranged for all of them to have a Holiday for a week to make treasured memories together and visit Winifred’s special place. They made the most of every moment & made lots of memories together!

Winfred’s Wish!



Pauline’s Wish - To watch ‘Loose Women’ being filmed and meet some of the Loose Ladies. Pauline’s close friend and carer Carolyn contact us with Pauline’s wish list and we created a very special experience for Pauline together. Pauline had a personal chauffeur for the day and was collected from her home and whisked off to the ITV Studios. Where she watched the LIVE ‘Loose Women’ show filmed, had a behind the scenes tour, was given some signed memorabilia and she also meet some of the lovely ‘Loose Ladies’. The show’s guest on the day was the very handsome (Pauline’s very own words) ‘Mark Wright’ she had no idea he was going to be there and she was completely speechless to be just a couple

of feet away from him as she’s a huge fan of his. Mark kindly wrote Pauline a personal card which the Production Team sent to us for her along with signed ‘Loose Women’ cards as an extra surprise for her after her Wish day, which she was absolutely thrilled with. Also after the show Pauline & Carolyn enjoyed a fabulous

Pauline’s Wish! lunch at the Sea Containers Mandarin London restaurant, before being whisked home

by her lovely chauffeur Ian. Pauline’s day was one both she & Carolyn would always remember - She felt like a true SUPERSTAR the whole day! Full wish stories and photos can be found on our website www.bucketlistwishes.org.uk The charity is currently looking for local businesses and companies to support it, help with fundraising, sponsorship and raising awareness about the charity so it can grant more wishes. If you can help please call or email Gini on 07951 400055 gini@bucketlistwishes.org.uk The Bucket List Wishes Charity is solely ran by volunteers - all of them donating their time and skills - with one aim, to give a terminally ill person a dying wish... Running solely

on volunteers means that every single penny raised by an event or through kind donations the charity receives goes directly to granting wishes. If you would like to donate, please get in touch or visit their donate page which tells you about all of ways you can donate & support this amazing local charity.

Bucket List Wishes is registered in England, Charity Number: 1165082

Shaun’s Wish!

Shaun & his wife Lorraine with Gini

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There is always a lot of speculation about what might come out in the budget. For example, the pensions industry suspected tightening of pension tax relief, especially for higher earners. Yet on reading the Budget notes I can’t help feeling that some things have been left out - the balance didn’t seem right. The cynic in me feels that perhaps they wanted to keep the Budget as positive as possible prior to the Euro referendum! For those that want a Budget ‘lite’ review, read on! The Economy New predictions are not as rosy as last year although growth is still predicted to be 2.2% this year. Borrowing will be less, but we are still borrowing. Personal taxation The personal allowance (before you pay tax) has now increased to £11,000. Higher rate tax now starts at £43,000 representing a smaller increase than the personal allowance, but an increase nonetheless. Business taxation Reductions in corporation tax from 2020 and changes to dividend taxation mean that some businesses will be better off but the salary vs dividend dilemma for directors will need to be revisited. This especially affects directors of small businesses. Capital gains tax Reduced for both basic and higher rate tax payers but beware landlords or second property owners as you will pay CGT at the current higher rate on disposal.

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The A4, the four door staple of Audi’s range has been around for years and has sold very well throughout. It’s no surprise then to see the new car follow the design of the old version very closely. You’d be forgiven for not noticing any differences if one passed you on the road, but there are differences and I’m going to guide you through them now. One of the big targets with the new car was efficiency. There’s three main areas that will help in achieving this; aerodynamics, weight and the engine. The styling isn’t just there for show, Audi have worked very hard to make this one of the most aerodynamic cars in its class. Weight is a big factor in efficiency so they have reduced weight virtually everywhere, utilising aluminium where possible, bringing this car in its lightest form to a quite incredible 1320kg! One of the most impressive features of the new car for me is the efficiency of the engines, with seven options on offer. The smallest option is now a 1.4L turbo petrol with 148bhp that can achieve 53.3mpg

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Drives... Audi A4 and 126g/km of CO2. However, for me the most impressive is the 3.0L turbo diesel V6 that runs at 67.3mpg and 109g/km of CO2 yet can still produce 215bhp! The interior is undeniably Audi, being very good quality, but still quietly understated. There hasn’t been huge changes to all the controls so anyone with the old A4 will still feel at home. One change I am excited about though is the new (optional) Virtual Cockpit TFT instrument cluster which replaces the standard analog dials with a large 12.3 inch screen. Depending on what mode you’re in you can either have the dials in the old layout, or you can have the sat nav showing full screen with the dials minimised to the corners of the screen. This is a very attractive layout and will make the sat nav much easier to use on the move. This is paired with the 7 inch infotainment screen still in the middle of the dashboard. Also on the electronics side you get age and a mobile 4G wireless flash music storage hotspot.

In conclusion, it’s no huge surprise to find that Audi tweaked a winning formula to maintain their position as the makers of one of the most desirable cars in this sector. This may be the most understated car in a group containing the likes of BMW, Mercedes and now Jaguar, but it is definitely a very strong option, especially with the new virtual cockpit. autonomous. The UK government is fully behind developing these technologies so there’s no doubt they’re here to stay. This is a big step towards full autonomous travel, so keep an eye out in the next 5 years for more projects around the UK, bringing us closer to production autonomous cars. So it’s time to start planning what you’ll be doing in all this free time behind the wheel!

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Family break up – what are the options? By Julia Gallimore

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Oh, how far we’ve come! Back in Medieval days, taking a bath once a year would suffice, human waste was throw in the streets and rats, lice and fleas happily flourished in the rushes strewn over • 180ft rear south facing garden the clay floors of people’s houses. Over the few hundred years that have passed since, there has been a ‘Cleanliness Revolution’ in the UK, with the introduction of inside toilets and – the once coveted luxury item – the bath tub! Regular toothbrushing slowly became a ‘thing’ in the 1950s when toothpaste was introduced. Unbelievably, the baby boomer generation will probably be the first generation to be buried with most of their teeth! With the introduction of massproduced items to make housework easier, such as the vacuum cleaner, the iron, the fridge and the washing machine, in the 50s, 60s and 70s our homes were all of a sudden expected to shine! Now, so much time is spent bleaching, scrubbing, spraying and wiping but is it ever enough? Will people think our homes are dirty? Oh, the shame! Well, let us tell you, no matter how clean you keep your house, harmful germs and bacteria heale are High Street lurking in places you may never suspect. From the toothbrush holder in the bathroom to the stove knobs in the kitchen, the germiest spots are often overlooked during a regular clean - leading to a hazardous build up of invisible dirt. In optimal conditions, certain bacteria can divide every 20 minutes, spreading rapidly where they dwell. And germs can make you poorly. But before you freak out, the good news is that our bodies have a fantastic immune system and • Finished to as a high standard are constantly fighting the germs we are surrounded by every day. There is such a thing ‘too clean’, so don’t start hosing off guests when they walk through your door, and don’t obsessively clean your kitchen all day, every day. Killing all the germs prevents our bodies from building up resistance. Read on to find out where those cheeky blighters are hiding!

Thing Your Mobile

Think about it. You use your smartphone almost all the time, sometimes even while you’re sitting on the toilet. But when was the last time you honestly cleaned your smartphone or tablet? Because you’re in constant contact with both your smartphone and tablet, it’s easy for both of them to be smothered in both fingerprints and whatever you’ve come into contact with throughout that day. In fact, the average tablet could be harboring as much as 30 times more bacteria than a toilet while a smartphone may have as much as 10 times more. Want to kill germs? Wipe down your phone and tablet once in a while and make sure you wash your hands before and after using them. You may also want to avoid using them while you’re using the bathroom.

Washing Machines!

As it turns out, your clothes might not be as clean as you think they are. We have read that the average washing machine may have as many as 100 million E. coli bacteria cycling around inside at any given time. What’s the cause of this? Well, think about it. You tend to wash your underwear in the washing machine. Front loading washing machines are especially prone to harboring E. Coli because water has a tendency to settle at the bottom of the machine’s receptacle. Consider washing your underwear separately or clean out your washing machine with a vinegar and baking soda rinse once in a while. This will also be a great way to minimize potential molding.


You rely on your bath towel to dry off after your shower. But in many cases, your bathroom towels can actually be dirtier than your own toilet, especially if you have a habit of letting your towels hang up in the bathroom after you use them. It may come as a surprise but towels actually provide a great environment for bacteria and mold to develop: they can munch on any organic material left behind, the towels are warm, and most importantly they’re moist. Here’s a tip. How about throwing your towels in the dryer after you use them? And wash your towels every other day or so.

Chopping Boards You may think that throwing your cutting board in the dishwasher Y means tthat it’s completely clean after the fact. But that’s not enough. The a average cutting board is significantly dirtier than your o own toilet. In fact, researchers in the US have found that Chopping boar boards can actually harbor 200 times more fecal bact bacteria than your average toilet seat. Yikes. Why is this the case? Well, tthink about the fact that you’re cutting raw meat on a cutting W boar board. Fecal bacteria sometimes still linger in the meat, although these ger germs are killed off if you cook your meat properly. The groo grooves in your cutting board are also fantastic places for germs to liv live. Want to minimize infection? Don’t cut meat and vegetables board. And give your cutting boards, especially on the same cutting boar wooden ones, a good e extended soak in a mix of water and bleach.

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Property of the Month Fallows Road Padworth 3 Bedroom mid-terrace family home

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Constructed circa 2007 and having been recently extended, this mid terrace home positioned within the sought after village of Padworth is conveniently located within walking distance of Aldermaston train station with services running into London. Abutting open countryside and the Kennet & Avon canal, this well presented home comprises of entrance hall, kitchen, dining room, lounge, three double bedrooms and family bathroom. Externally the property offers private rear garden and two allocated parking spaces. Further benefits include UPVC double glazed windows/ doors and gas radiator central heating.


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Property of the Month Mallard Way Aldermaston 3 Bedroom Family Home

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Located within the desirable Aldermaston Wharf development and finished to the most exacting of standards is this three bedroom link detached family home. Built in 1998 the property has been well looked after and sensibly improved over the years. The ground floor benefits from a large living room that leads on to an impressive kitchen/ diner. On the first floor there are three bedrooms with the master benefitting from an ensuite. There is an additional family bathroom. Outside and to the rear is an East facing garden with a garage and driveway parking located to the front. This property represents a rarely available opportunity to purchase a family home in this desirable area.





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• 4 Double bed detached family home

• Around 1/3 of an acre plot

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• No onward chain

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• 35ft garage & additional workshop

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• 2 reception rooms

• Close to Theale High Street

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• No through road location

• Refitted kitchen

• Views over allotments


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Parkers are pleased to offer to the market this immaculately presented 5-bedroom, three bathroom detached family home with 1660sq ft of flexible living space throughout and overlooking wooded copse land. Being located within the catchment area of Willink Secondary School and close to popular primary schools.The property offers a 22’ft living room, separate dining room, 16’ft fully equipped kitchen/breakfast room and utility room. Externally the garden has been fully landscaped, there are twin integral garages and a double width driveway. The property is also situated within easy reach of the village centre.

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• Tucked Away location

• 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms

• ½ acre plot

• 19 ft Living room

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• Siding on to open fields

• Dining room & Study

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• ¼ acre plot

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• Four Bedrooms

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Paul Spratley THE

(of Spratley’s of Mortimer) guide to buying a car the

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ach year in the spring and autumn when new car registrations become available, many people part-exchange their car for a new one. This causes an over supply which often drives used car prices down, making the following months the perfect time to consider buying a new (new to you) vehicle.

Whilst there are many who still choose to purchase a brand new car to ensure they receive the most up-to-date registration plate, an increasing number of savvy buyers are opting for previously registered or pre-owned vehicles, saving themselves considerable sums of money in these purseclinching times.


We spent some time with Paul Spratley over at Spratley’s of Mortimer, a fifth generation family company who have been expertly supplying the good people of RG7 (and beyond) with cars and light vans for many years.


Paul is the fourth generation of the Spratley family, based at their Mortimer site since their humble beginnings as a bicycle repair shop over 100 years ago.

So who better to ask for advice about buying a used car during the coming months...

[smiling] “By purchasing a vehicle that is say 6-12 months old, you could save yourself £1000s. With a brand new vehicle, the moment you drive away from the forecourt you could, in some instances wipe off up to 30% of the new price

and importance they deserve. We spend time sitting down (usually over a cup of tea or coffee) with you to discuss your requirements at length. Then, unusually for a car dealership and based on trust, we do not ask for a deposit to source a used vehicle for you. We would never expect a customer to commit to any purchase before they have had the opportunity to see it and take it for a test drive first. Then, if we have done our job correctly and the car is right for you, you can choose whether to make the purchase.”

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The secret ingredient to this longevity recipe is most likely an ample helping of their refreshingly different ‘no pressure, honest-approach’ ethos and a generous sprinkling of good old-fashioned, courteous service (always served with a smile).

Q. Paul, Why should I buy a used vehicle instead of a brand new one?

from its value. This is not least due to the VAT which is levied against all brand new vehicles.” Q. I do most of my shopping on-line these days - should I consider buying a car on the internet too?

“The internet is a great place to start researching the type of vehicle which might suit you. If you consider that buying a car is something which will be an integral part of your life for some time, just like buying a new house, it needs to be seen (and test driven) first to ensure it suits your needs. Would you buy a house on-line without seeing it first?” Q. What about buying from a dealer? “When you buy from a reputable dealer you have statutory rights which means you have total peace of mind and ‘comeback’ if needs be. At Spratley’s we treat all of our customers with the respect

eye Q. If I decide to buy privately, what should I look out for? “Firstly, there are many cars to choose from both on-line and in print from the private sector. Make sure that you know who the seller is. Trust your instincts - if you are turning up to a private sale and the person wants to meet you at a location other than their address - ask yourself why? If it appears to be too good to be true - then you can answer this sentence for yourself...� As an established dealer, reputation is everything. At Spratley’s, they are especially proud of their customer service record. “Every customer is invited to provide written feedback� explains Paul. “By doing this, we can ensure that the service we provide to our customers continues to be second to none�. Village Eye were given free range to ‘inspect’ the customer feedback forms they’ve received recently and thought we’d share some of the comments with you...

Sales customer April 2016 “ I asked Paul to help me find a car and he did just that! I am really pleased with it and the help he was able to offer! Many thanks! [Five smiley faces] Service customer March 2016 “All staff are very friendly and helpful at every visit I make to Spratley’s� Sales customer December 2015 “You guys are marvellous� Test Drive This can be a ‘sticky’ area for private sellers due to insurance coverage. However, it is essential that you do actually drive the car that you’re considering buying so that you get a good “feel� for it. You will need to ensure that you can find a comfortable driving position as well as checking for any potential visual blind spots, e.g do the roof pillars

obstruct your view? A test drive may also reveal any other issues with the vehicle such as unusual engine or other noises. Always check that the vehicle has a full service history. This is especially important if the vehicle has an extended warranty period. Warranties are not usually given when buying privately but may be purchased independently. Reputable car dealers will almost always provide a warranty period. HPI Check Before parting with your money, it is worth carrying out a check to discover whether the car has been the subject of an insurance write-off, stolen, or if there is outstanding finance. There are websites which charge a small fee for checking vehicle credentials. Buyer Beware Remember - ‘Sold as Seen’. Always ask to see the registration document/log book (V5C), MOT certificate if applicable, service book and operator manuals. The MOT certificate now displays the recorded mileage of the previous three MOT tests where relevant which gives a good indication of whether the mileage is genuine.

Sales Open Event On Friday 20th & Saturday 21st May, Spratley’s will be throwing their doors open even wider than usual to host their annual Open Event. This year, the Mortimer-based dealership will be displaying a Nissan Qashqai +2 the seven-seater version of the popular family favourite. Subject to availability, other cars on display will include a hybrid Honda CRZ,

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a Fiat 500, a Volkswagen Golf and a Mini Cabriolet! “Please do come and join us!� says Paul. You can also view their great range of used cars at www.spratleys. co.uk or contact Paul or Wendy at sales@spratleys. co.uk or phone 0118 933 2338




Open Event .

Spratley’s would like to invite you to our Open Event where you can view our range of preloved vehicles. From Fiat 500s to Volkwagens and Fords, we have a range of lovable cars to suit every budget. You may even like to arrange a test drive. Have a chat over coffee & cakes... and we’ll enter you into our draw to win a free full service* for your vehicle.

Come and join us

Spare Key This is a very important point and often overlooked by buyers in their excitement to drive away in their newly acquired vehicle - but if there is no spare key, you should try to find out why and very importantly ask yourself where that key is? Are you happy to have a car knowing that someone else out there may have the spare? The average cost for a replacement key is around ÂŁ150 - some, considerably more.

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Friday 20th & Saturday 21st May


0118 933 2338

Happy motoring!


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Jubilee Gems is a term-time nursery for babies and children up to five years of age, located just a few minutes drive from the centre of Mortimer in Padworth. Nestled in the heart of the countryside in the former village schoolhouse, and rated ‘Good’ in all areas by Ofsted, we have access to over 50 acres of private woodland, open countryside and our very own working farm for the children to enjoy. We are passionate about outdoor play and learning and our ethos at Jubilee is ‘learning by doing’ – both inside and out every day. Our nursery offers a caring, safe learning environment where your child will be happy, nurtured and encouraged to develop and achieve his or her potential. We believe every child is unique with his or her own likes and dislikes and distinctive experiences that make them the child they are today and shapes the person they will become. Our purpose-designed learning spaces and professional and caring staff give children the best possible start. Sian Caine, manager of Jubilee Gems says, “many people talk about a ‘gut feeling’ when they are looking for a nursery – and we like to think the warmth of our team and our setting contribute to that.”


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As we move into spring and summer, the staff and children are spending even more time outdoors and are developing their planting and growing area, which we encourage the children to be involved in at every stage. We have also been enjoying short trips out on the minibus, visiting the farm animals, the mud kitchen and enjoying bug hunts. Inside, everyone’s been having fun in their brand new ‘Learning Zone’. This is also a great space for our pre-school children to work with the Early Years teacher in fun phonics sessions, to enjoy traditional story-telling, dance and make music. If you would like your child to be part of a unique journey of discovery, please contact us for a prospectus or to arrange a visit. We have a variety of sessions available on a termtime only basis. We also accept 2, 3 and 4 year-old Free Entitlement funding and we accept childcare vouchers which enable you to receive a tax saving on the cost of childcare. To receive a prospectus or to come and visit us, please contact

Sian on 0118 983 4018 Email: info@jubileedaynursery.co.uk Visit: www.jubileegems.co.uk

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

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

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Bradfield MayFayre

Burghfield May Fayre

Village Hall Playing Fields, Bradfield Southend, From 12:30 p.m. Family £6.00, Adults £2.50, Children 50p

The Hatch, Burghfield Common, From 12:30 p.m.

Monday 4th May 2015

An afternoon of entertainment and fun. Plate Smashing, Coconut Shy and Tossing the Bale competition; WI teas and cakes and excellent cellent burgers from the Bar-B-Q or the Hog Roast. World famous amous Pig races!! Music tent, dog show and displays byy local loc groups in the centre ring. Maypole dancing and raffle! r

Berkshire Country Fayre yr yre Sunday 24th May 2016

Englefield Estate RG7 5EN 9.00am until 5.00pm. Adults £7, Children, Concessions £3 Family ticket (2+2) £19, Under 5’s FREE

Sunday 8th May 2015

This year is the 25th Year of Burghfield May Fayre! Celebrations take over the weekend, with Burghfield’s Got Talent on Friday 6th May from Hatch, Elvis and Beatles tribute acts 7pm on The Hatc Saturday 7th May from 7.30pm and the May on Satur Fayre Fayr yr itself on Sunday 8th May! The stalls at May Fayre now fill every area of the Hatch the he Ma offer all manner of goodies from homemade and of jams and cakes, locally grown produce and fun c activities such suc as Ferret Racing, Coconut Shy’s and games. A plentiful variety of food is always ga available, including the traditional BBQ and avv Hog Roast, as well as an Indian Selection from Burghfield Spices. Each year the Beer Tent attracts more mor custom and has proved to be even more popular since sinc the added attraction of the Wine & Pimms Bar. Free entry!

A fun day out for all walks of life. Craft & Food Marquees, Countryside Area, Vintage Machinery, Bar & Food, ood, Classic Cars, Trade Stands, Birds of Prey, Fun Fair,, Hounds, Ferret F Racing, 4x4 Vehicles, Archery & Dog Show. Dogs on Leads Welcome

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Morris Dancing at The Pineapple Wednesday 18th May 2016, 8pm Local Morris dancers, Theale Tattoo and Borderline will be dancing at The Pineapple in Brimpton on Wednesday 18th May at 8pm. With Theale Tattoo offering a range of traditional and original clog step routines, Borderline, who hail from Aborfield, offer Border morris with a difference and tell us, “If Cromwell was still around he'd definitely ban it!”

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For anyone who may have accidentally over indulged at a gathering, it’s likely that you may have reached for a certain effervescent remedy the following morning to help settle a ticky tummy or clear a fuzzy head... But apparently, Alka Seltzer provides more than just relief from indigestion. In fact, these fizzy little wonders can do all sorts of things. Clean hard water stains, algae, etc. off of flower vases by dropping two tablets and filling the vase with water. Walk away and forget about it for an hour or two. Then rinse. Alka-seltzer is rumored to provide relief from insect bites Dissolve two tablets in warm water. Soak a wash cloth in the solution and place it on the bite for 30 minutes—like a compress. Clean toilets. Drop in two tablets, wait about 20 minutes, scrub and flush. Polish jewellery. Drop two tablets {two is the magic number here, huh?} in warm water and let jewelry soak for 20 minutes. (As with any jewelry cleaner, don’t use this on pearls.) Clean your coffee maker. Drop two tablets in the water chamber, add water, and run a cycle. Make sure to run another cycle with just water before making coffee again. Clean pots, pans and cookware. Drop, yep, you guessed it, two tablets into the cookware and fill with hot water. Now walk away. In about 30 minutes, any burnt or stuck-on food should come off easily. Clean shower tiles. Drop three or four tablets into 8 ounces of warm water. Allow the tablets to dissolve completely, and then transfer mixture to a spray bottle. Spray tiles and wipe with a sponge. (if possible, let the spray sit for 5-10 minutes to loosen grime.) Get stains of your tuppawear. A little warm water and 2 tablets of alka-seltzer lift those pesky spaghetti sauce stains. Clean/deodorize your cooler after a picnic or camping trip. Put six tablets in the bottom of the cooler and fill it with about 1-3 inches of water (enough to cover the drain plug - that way it will clean the plug, where gunk likes to build up. Let it sit for about an hour and then rinse clean. As an added bonus, it also deodorises. How about you? Any creative ways you use Alka Seltzer?






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Willink Leisure Centre | School Lane | Burghfield Common | Berkshire | RG7 3XP

Introducing The Whitty Theatre at Luckley House School After over a year of construction, the brandnew Performing Arts Centre - The Whitty Theatre - is open for business at Luckley House School. The centre is named after Mary Whitty, the grandmother of the major donor who has made construction of this building possible. The Whitty Theatre is a flexible 178-seat theatre with state-of-the-art equipment. The venue has excellent facilities and is available for hire by the local community for a variety of events including plays, dance, music, film, lectures and conferences. It also provides the school’s pupils with wonderful opportunities for years to come. The building is packed full of state-of-the-art


technology (supplied by over 100 kilometres of cable!) and is a considerable feat of engineering. Theatre manager, Oliver Bamber told us, “We have been delighted with the way the building has taken shape and are particularly impressed with how flexible the space is.�

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The final stages over the past few weeks included the commissioning of the audio-visual systems and the installation of seating and drapes. Local Stage School, StageAbility has made The Whitty Theatre their new performance home and will be staging Beauty & The Beast there on Sunday 22nd May. Tickets can be purchased from www. stageability.ticketsource. co.uk. Look out for a variety of other events taking place in the Whitty Theatre as they bring in a diverse range of entertainment from, and for, the local community. You can keep up to-date with news and events at www.thewhittytheatre. org


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Groping for Words is a warm comedy about an adult literacy evening class run by the middleaged and well-meaning Joyce. She knows that teaching adult literacy requires tact and respect – unfortunately the only room that was free for her evening class is the crèche.

For her students, even admitting which class they want to attend is agonising, let alone being confronted with the written word. Thelma works as a nanny and her employer wants her to teach her charges to read, but there’s a danger the three-year-old will get ahead of her. George’s family have moved to Australia and he’s lost his job, and is finding that his employment prospects are limited. And Kevin the young stand-in caretaker keeps turning up to the class. Townsend records their embarrassment and life-long difficulty with sensitivity and humour, as well as inflecting the play with an indignant condemnation of the society which has abandoned the illiterate. If you fancy a giggle, the ever-popular Silchester Players will be bringing us their version on Fri/ Sat 13th/14th & Fri/Sat 20/21st May at Silchester Village Hall. For tickets, call 0118 981 5600 To contribute, advertise or let us know your news please call 0118 933 3311 or email info@villageeye.co.uk

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Doors open: 7.00pm


Performances start: 7.30pm



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

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Reg charity No 300104

Country Fayre Sunday 29th May 2016 Englefield Estate, Englefield, Theale, RG7 5EN By Kind Permission of Englefield Estate

9.00am until 5.00pm.

Adults £7, Children & Concessions £4 Family ticket (2+2) £19, Under 5’s FREE Dogs on Leads Welcome

Berkshire Young Farmers Practical and Exhibition Classes Craft & Food Marquees Countryside Area Farms 2 Ewe Vintage Machinery/Tractors Bar and Food Main ring displays

Trade Stands Birds of Prey Fun Fair Archery Inflateables

Hounds Ferret Racing 4X4 Vehicles Dog Show Classic Cars

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Film of the MONTH

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by Rob Barnes Hot off the heels of hard hitting bio-pics Spotlight, The Revenant and The Big Short comes a true story that is like a breath of fresh air. Eddie The Eagle has none of the grit, intensity or thrills of these oscar winners but it soars above them all when it comes to the feel good factor. This remarkable tale of triumph over adversity has a heart and soul that perfectly encapsulates this unlikely sporting hero who chased an Olympic dream.

Set to a synth-tastic eighties soundtrack we flash through Eddie Edward’s (Taron Egerton) childhood years as he sets out on a hapless and hopeless mission to master an Olympic sport. After countless bumps and bruises he tries his hand at downhill skiing but, despite some early promise, narrowly misses out on qualification for the GB squad. Undeterred Eddie refuses to give up on his quest and discovers a technical loophole that would allow him to become Britain’s first representative in the ski jump since 1929. He packs his bags for Bavaria where he enlists the help of reluctant coach and bad-boy American Bronson Peary (Hugh Jackman) and together they plot their way to the 1988 Winter Olympic games. The rest is history! Such as are the familiar themes of the movie comparisons will inevitably be made with Cool Runnings another sports dramedy about the Jamaican bobsleigh team who competed at the very same Olympics. Like Cool Runnings the comedy is pushed to the limit, but what sets it apart is the film’s on-screen talent. Fresh from break out hit Kingsman Taron Egerton delivers a pitch perfect performance as Eddie, capturing his tics, twitches and lovable grin to a tee.

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Sweeping effortlessly between laugh out loud comedy and touching drama Egerton has a screen presence and maturity that belies his years. Added to the mix is the star quality and effortless charm of Hugh Jackman’s whisky swigging coach that provides an edge and credibility that elevates the film well above the competition.

wipeouts to the ‘don’t look down’ dizzying views atop the 90 metre jump. When it comes to the laughs Taron Egerton’s climactic finish to a Rocky style training sequence is a classic but Hugh Jackman steals the show with his own version of the famous When Harry Met Sally restaurant scene when comparing ski-jumping to sex with Bo Derek.

Some of the performances are a little OTT such as Tim McInnerny’s villainous Olympic Association chairman, Jim Broadbent’s posh pundit, and Keith Allen’s working class Dad. But this a minor quibble and easily forgiven for an equally absurd yet wonderful cameo from Christopher Walken.

When it comes to uplifting feel good movies, you’ll struggle to find one better than Eddie The Eagle. From take-off to landing it’ll have you wincing, whooping and weeping with delight, and for us locals there’s even a hidden treat - keep you eyes out for a guest appearance by Bracknell ski slope. Oh the alpine glamour!

Amidst the entertainment Director Dexter Fletcher also delivers some real heart in your mouth moments from the horrifying

Northern Lights

Loved it!

by Phillip Pullman

This thrilling book of classic literature is about a young girl, Lyra Belacqua, who is used to living carefree amongst the scholars of Jordon Collage, Oxford, but her destiny takes her on an extraordinary journey to the mystical lands of the artic North. This story has many elements of real life and is mostly set in real life places, like Oxford, London, and the North, yet is has so many magical elements to it, like animal daemons, witch-clans and talking ice-bears. The many twists to reality is probably one of the reasons I am so drawn to this book – it feels like real life, but it isn’t! I also really like the way the characters’ personalities are built up. You can instantly tell that Pantalaimon (Lyra’s animal daemon) has a serious, sensible personality, but he still has a comical touch to him. Every character has a unique personality to them that bounces of other characters. This makes all the characters a whole lot more interesting and makes them seem more human, rather than fictional characters. Overall, this book is definitely one of my all-time favourites, and hopefully others will enjoy it too - it is simply fabulous! I would recommend this book to ages 10+ because the language can be quite complex, but that just adds to the enjoyment. If I were you, I would consider reading this book right away!

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performances,which culminated Tadley Tigers with one of our teams winning Under-8s the final against a very strong entered two London Irish team. The winning squads into the London Irish St team played six games Patrick’s Day Festival at Reading altogether, winning five, and University last month. The narrowly losing just one, early on the on nt eve Festival is a major in the group stages. mini-rugby calendar, with over from , part g 600 children takin Coach, John Frain, told us,"Every 50 Clubs across Hampshire and single player gave their all, and Berkshire. London Irish players the one thing that stood out was Dominic Waldouck, Christian the superb team effort. The most Lewis-Pratt, Curtis Langdon and important aspect for me was the Joe Cokanasiga were all in enjoyment both the players and attendance to see the action. the parents got out of such an Both the Tadley Tigers exciting days rugby." teams put in some great

My Sporting Times, the organisers of the 3rd Wokefield Fun Run (Run for Responders) in aid of the Burghfield & Mortimer Community First Responders, tell us that they’ve raised approximately £2500 in conjunction with De Vere Venues Wokefield Park, Unique Outdoors & the Mortimer Sausage Company.

Fun Run organiser Andy Macaskill told us “We’re delighted to have helped raise so much money for the Burghfield & Mortimer First Responders through the fun run most importantly, and everybody who took part had a great time. We were so pleased to see so many familiar faces, and

Tadley Tigers includes Once the Festival concluded, all players from Tadley and the in attendance made their way surrounding villages, such as to the Madejski Stadium to see Theale, Burghfield, Mortimer, London Irish defeat Gloucester Sulhamstead, and Aldermaston, in the St Patrick’s Day Game. As and welcomes players of all Festival winners, Tadley Tigers abilities. starting on the back U8s had the privilege of forming Photo of the winning squad, players Frain, Charlie Rand, Lucas row, left to right, Jack Barnes, right, Daniel Hawker, the guard of honour as the Sam Thwaites. Front row, left toault, Harrall, Jack Toby Miles Hammett, James Chaimb Jackson and Eddie part, Brand. Not pictured, but also took teams ran onto the field. Benedict Robinson.

KEEP ON RUNNING WOKEFIELD 10K RAISES another £2,500 FOR our RESPONDERS the people of Burghfield & Mortimer have really got behind this brilliant cause again�. With over 300 runners and walkers taking part, the 10km run took them though the wonderful local woodlands, across fields and along the quiet country lanes. My Sporting Times are very grateful to land owners in the area for permission to run through their beautiful properties for the event. The 1 Mile run/walk took place around the grounds of

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