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any of us who live in this area enjoy getting outdoors, but perhaps you are looking for a new woodland to explore? How about 36 acres of mixed woodland that borders the River Bourne (a tributary of the River Pang). Greyfield Wood is on the north-west edge of Beenham and is designated an ‘ancient woodland site’. It has several footpaths which link Beenham to Chapel Row and Douai Abbey and onward to Woolhampton. So what’s the story here? The woodland is owned by the Douai Abbey who lease to Beenham Investment Group (BIG) - mostly Beenham villagers - who maintain the woods for the benefit of the local community. Alongside the BIG Directors, there is a monthly Saturday work party from the local community.

The team has coppiced 30 tons of Sweet Chestnut. As well as supplying a traditional fencing contractor, it also enabled them to donate sawn timber to replace the village churchyard fence. Greyfield Wood was also able to donate the village Christmas tree in 2016 as well as making 50 ‘Rudolfs’ from Greyfield sourced hardwood which went down a hit with the local community! All this hard work was recognised last year when the team were awarded Grown in Britain accreditation. (www. growninbritain.org) for the high standards of woodland management. Not only are they delighted with this accolade, they are also delighted at the changes and improvements they can see in the woodland and how the wider community is now enjoying it, as was their aim when they got involved in this project. If you fancy visiting the woodland you can download a handy pocket guide from www.beenhamonline.org Enjoy exploring!

Jam, Jerusalem & Jumper Stitches! Anyone driving through Burghfield Common mid-June couldn’t fail to miss the colourful knitted decorations lining the fences of the Burghfield Village Hall. But what was it all in aid of? Well the knitted, oversized letters ‘W’ and ‘I’ may have given it away...Yes, the Burghfield Women’s Institute are celebrating their centenary this year and these knitted wonders decorated the fence for a week to mark the occasion.

planned in Burghfield. Earlier this year a commemorative bench was installed in the recreation ground to mark the centenary and two historical plaques will be installed on the building where the club first met in 1915 and on the village hall. There will also be a free exhibition detailing the branch’s 100 years of history and involvement with the community which will run at Burghfield Village Hall in September.

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Our local youngsters really are a talented and dedicated bunch aren’t they. This was demonstrated recently when the annual two day Burghfield FC Festival of Football took place. Due to various demonstrations at AWE and poor weather, last years tournament had been postponed until the autumn. This year, there were no such demonstrations and Mother Nature was extremely kind - with lots of sunshine and not a drop of rain in sight! With over 216 teams taking part from Hampshire, Surrey, Hertfordshire and Berkshire, the warm weather meant that lots of parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, friends and relatives went along to watch too. Over the course of the weekend, it is estimated that there were over 1500 visitors at the James Lane site. The club’s chairman, Keith Curtis told us “The atmosphere this year was fantastic. We had winners and losers, and all the games were played with good sportsmanship. I couldn’t be prouder of the teams. As you can see by the photos, one of Burghfield’s younger players moment of scoring a goal, celebrating it with his team mates and then being congratulated by his Dad. This summed up perfectly the Burghfield Festival of Football, young and old players enjoying themselves.” If you are interested in football but didn’t make to this years Festival, we think that the tournament should definitely be a date for your diary for next year. Or better still, why not get involved in the village club Burghfield FC yourself. With teams for all ages and abilities, from under 4‘s to ‘walking football’, there’s something for everyone, and you don’t even need to live in the village to be a part of it! To get in touch with the club and find out more, visit www.burghfieldfc.com

Spencers Wood Summer Fete If you’re in the Spencers Wood area and looking for something to keep the kids - or grandparents - entertained on a weekend, then look no further! On 15th July, St Michael’s Church is holding its summer fete. As ever, it promises to be a lovely afternoon out for the family - come rain or shine - and will take place from 12 noon - 4pm. There will be lots of

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things to enjoy and activities to take part in. These will include everyone’s favourites including a tombola, a raffle, hook a duck, crockery smashing, a plant sale, a book sale and the silent auction - to name but a few! There will also be books, gifts, bric-a-brac and jewellery to browse and buy. Of course, no fete is complete without refreshments and these will be on offer, too, provided by Caf’Activ. There will also be a

barbecue and a cake stall on the day, so if you’re feeling peckish, they’ve got it covered! There is something special in store for dog owners, too. If you have a furry friend, bring them down to the fun dog show. You can parade your pooch from 2pm. There’s no doubt there’s something for everyone - don’t miss it! You will find the church on Basingstoke Road, Spencers Wood, RG7 1AP.

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Pete picked up the guitar aged 11 and has hardly put it down since. In the 80s and 90s he toured the globe with Tina Turner, Shakin’ Stevens and Danii Minogue, to name but a few. From 1996 Pete became front man for 70s band Sailor and then, in 2005 Pete joined glam rockers The Sweet as lead vocalist and bass guitarist. They are still touring extensively, particularly in Europe, with a huge following in Germany. Throughout his career, Pete has written music for TV shows, commercials and pop bands and in 2013 released his first solo CD, “Soul Searching” which was followed in 2016 by his second solo CD, “Heartbeat”.

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PLEASE�JUST� SUCK�YOUR� CRISPS Does the Sound of Noisy Eating Drive You Mad? Does it make you want to scream and shout at the culprit, or confiscate their food until they can learn to eat with more decorum? It turns out you are not alone.

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Misophonia, a disorder which means sufferers have a hatred of sounds such as eating, chewing, loud breathing or even repeated pen-clicking, was first named as a condition in 2001. Over the years, scientists have been sceptical about whether or not it constitutes a genuine medical ailment, but now new research led by a team at the U.K.’s Newcastle University has 6

proven that those with misophonia have a difference in their brain’s frontal lobe to non-sufferers. In a report published in the journal Current Biology, scientists said scans of misophonia sufferers found changes in brain activity when a ‘trigger’ sound was heard. Brain imaging revealed that people with the condition have an abnormality in their emotional control mechanism which causes their brains to go into overdrive on hearing trigger sounds. The researchers also found that trigger sounds could evoke a heightened physiological response, with increased heart rate and sweating. For the study, the team used an MRI to measure the brain activity of people with and without misophonia while they were listening to a range of sounds. The sounds were categorised into neutral sounds (rain, a busy café, water boiling), unpleasant sounds (a baby crying, a person screaming) and trigger sounds (the sounds of breathing or eating). When presented with trigger sounds, those with misophonia presented different results to those without the condition. While we all might feel a

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I have tried many face masks in my time but I have never seen a mask like this available at a decent price on the high street! If you suffer from acne prone skin then this is definitely the mask for you. The mask was already filled with batteries and all you need to do is have a spare 10 minutes for the mask to work its magic. The red light works to reduce inflammation and the blue light kills the bacteria. For a mask that is so powerful it comes at a small price of £59.99 and is available at Boots (if it hasn’t sold out already). It’s also within the 3 for 2 offers so you can grab yourself a few bargains whilst you are there. If you want to look like a cast member from a horror film but whilst treating your acne then grab this mask whilst you can!

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Whether you’re keeping tabs on older kids, or even keeping tabs on another group of friends at a festival, one of the challenges is keeping in contact. Even if you all have phones, loss of reception is often an issue. There is one simple fix for this: Walkie Talkies. Binatone’s simple Latitude 100 comes in a pack of two and boasts a two-mile range. Because it uses a completely different system of communication to a smartphone, you will remain contactable, no matter how busy a festival gets or how remote your camping gets! www.amazon.co.uk Price: around £22

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Despite your encouragement to ‘enjoy the outdoors’ and ‘get back to nature’ there is no doubt that the kids will want to be Facebooking and Instagramming while you’re away, sharing all their pictures. With this handy charger you can expect at least three full charges of an iPhone from this single power pack while you’re camping, which should mean you remain contactable throughout.www.amazon. co.uk Price: around £80

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- which hascountries all helped to drive • Saga’s incredible portfolio of holidays, tours and river cruises trade in over 150 “The ser�ice and food were outstanding.” the pub on from success to success. and islands worldwide always offersII welcoming, “Had a ver�winning enjoyablesmall-ship evening withcruises my family,aboard the foodSaga SapphireJimʼs • Their award andteam Saga Pearl attentive service and has really was excellent, house white ver� good and the view is g�eat. brought its unique skills to the pub. • TheLooking chauffeur services included on their long-haul holidays and cruises for�ard to going back on a sunny Sunday for lunch!” Ryan is an excellent barman with a great understanding of all things liquid • Hundreds of single rooms at no extra cost on selected holidays – even, somewhat begrudgingly at • Plus, all the fantastic special offers available when you book now! times, the non alcoholic elements! Alex present a lighter menu. The new menu will have an assortment of classics as well as the very best the sea has to offer. At time of writing, the new summer menu is due out any day and is bound to encourage you out onto the decking to enjoy the summery dishes, a cool drink and, of course, take in the stunning view.

Itʼs been four years since the Elm Tree burst back on the scene - under new management - and was embraced by the residents of the sleepy Berkshire countryside once again! The Elm has held many guises over the years but it would seem that in its current form it has truly caught the interest and appetite of the locals for its food and drink alike. The cuisine has improved steadily since it opened under Jim Kimber & Jem Dance back in 2013 with Head Chef Andrew Peach now bringing an experienced hand to proceedings.

The lunch and evening menus offer up different options, but the core ethos behind everything is the same – fresh, seasonal ingredients cooked with care. The menus have always held true to their British roots but with subtle hints to overseas influences. This nod to other cuisines keeps both customers and the chefs on their tip toes!

is a brilliant front of house with a calm manner and welcoming smile whose love for the personal side of running a pub is evident. The wine list has been revamped of late – with Majestic wines taking on the mantle of supplying the pub. They now use the Verre De Vin wine preservation method which makes for a mouthwatering 20 plus wines by the glass. This allows the Elm to offer an array of wines to suit any palate and marry closely with the dishes being turned out by Andrew and his team in the kitchen.

The self appointed Gardener and coowner, Jem, has done a brilliant job making the outside space inviting and comfortable, with the annual flash of purple Petunias trailing the walls as you walk up the decking. Jem has brought with him a wealth of knowledge of the trade, providing a steadying hand in the day-to-day running of the pub. Indeed it was his foresight that brought about the partnership arising at the Elm – and since he lived opposite for many years he rightly saw an opportunity to bring the venue back to its glory days.

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he current ‘Baby Boomer’ generation have generally made good gains from property. Many also have good company pensions, making this generation wealthier than ever before.

But has property been a good investment in the past and what is the forecast for property growth in the future? The Sunday Times ‘Money’ commissioned a report that analysed the growth of total household wealth in pensions and property from 2008 to 2016 drawing on data from the Office of National Statistics. Interestingly it found that the growth in pension wealth has outstripped that in property since the 2008 credit crunch in every part of the country, including London! This growth is not only due to the investment performance of pensions but also due to the fact that people are now paying more in to them. The future for property valuations remains unclear, especially with Brexit and the new political landscape still to be determined. As a firm, our belief is that continued increases in property prices are unsustainable or we will reach a position where first time buyers will never be able to enter the market. Data from the Land Registry Office shows house prices have only grown by an average of 3% per annum since 2005. This includes an 18.6% fall in prices between April 07 and May 09. Unlike many other nations, the British psyche is that home ownership is important. We should remember that property is primarily a place to live and not an investment. The statistics provide only facts, they do not address how people ‘feel’. They demonstrate that investing into property may be no better (or worse) than alternative investment strategies. This includes Buy-to-let property which, since recent changes in taxation legislation, is one of the least tax efficient ways to invest (as well as having other associated letting issues the owner will need to manage). If you are wedded to the idea of investing in bricks and mortar, bear in mind that you can put your money into funds that invest in property that allow for much greater diversification and cost efficiencies than direct ownership.

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ivorce is hard for all involved – and you may not feel like co-operating with your spouse during the process. Unfortunately, the consequences of not cooperating can be serious. There are numerous options available for couples who have chosen to end their marriage. Mediation and collaborative law offer the opportunity to resolve financial issues and avoid the stress and expense of acrimonious court proceedings. Choosing one of these methods involving negotiation indicates a willingness to discuss matters and compromise. However, even if compromise is not something you are willing to consider and court proceedings are taken, you still need to co-operate. Court procedures are designed so that there should be no surprises, and, as with other kinds of legal proceedings, there are certain steps that you need to go through before attending any court hearing. The most important area where separating couples need to be open and honest, is their respective financial circumstances. This is often the cause of many problems as parties may not want their true financial position known.

In a recent case, a wife applied for finances to be resolved by the court. She and her husband were required to complete a financial statement before a hearing on 19 May 2016. The husband did not complete the form, nor attend the hearing. He was given until 8 July 2016, but he did not complete the form. The husband failed to attend hearings in August and October 2016, and found himself sentenced to 3 months imprisonment; this sentence was suspended for 14 days to give him time to provide the information. This may sound harsh, but failing to co-operate is not in anyone’s interest. All of our lawyers are members of Resolution and we advocate a nonconfrontational approach to resolving all issues arising from family breakdown, focusing on both the short and longer term. We understand that not all divorce can be resolved through dispute resolution procedures, and will work with you to achieve the results that will help you move on with your life as smoothly as possible. Julia Gallimore Partner, Mediator, Collaborative & Family Lawyer

The Kia Rio is one of those cars that sits quietly in the back of shot, never really making the headlines, but still selling a fair amount of cars. It sits behind many other cars such as the Skoda Fabia and Seat Ibiza, but Kia has tried to address this with the new model. The old model is now looking pretty outdated with bulbous shapes and soft lines. In contrast, rivals such as Hyundai and Skoda are forging ahead with very modern, sharp designs. The styling of the new Rio is now much sharper and better proportioned. It is a less extreme design than many competitors, but this may appeal to some buyers while many manufacturers engage themselves in a compact car styling war. This theme continues on the interior styling where it looks simple, well proportioned, uncluttered and clean. It is a much more European looking design with a very straight forward layout. The quality of the materials used on the interior sits a little below the big players in Europe, but most people would find little problem with it day-to-day. A slight increase in wheelbase maintains the spacious interior feel and accommodating boot space that was part of the appeal of the outgoing Rio. Visibility is fairly good, but fairly large c pillars can obscure over-the-shoulder visibility. The new Rio brings in Kia’s new 1.0 litre, turbocharged three cylinder petrol engine alongside 1.25L and 1.4L petrol and 1.4L diesel engines. Power ranges from 76bhp in the lower of the two diesels to 118bhp in the upper 1.0L petrol and is put to the wheels through either a five or six speed manual gearbox. Combined fuel consumption ranges between 46mpg and 80mpg with CO2 emission being just over 100g/km for all petrols and 92g/km for the diesel. The most powerful engine is the upper 1.0L Turbo petrol which can pull the Rio to 60mph in around 10 seconds. In terms of technology, the model to go for is the 3. This offers the largest, 7 inch screen option for the infotainment system that allows you to have satellite navigation powered by TOMTOM. The middle model, the 2, comes with a 5 inch screen which does not support Sat Nav and the bottom model, the 1, only has a 3.8 inch screen. The interface itself is fairly simple and is easy to use. Model 2 and up get an extra 2 speakers in the stereo and a reversing camera. In terms of safety tech there are a range of vehicle stability programs, emergency stop signalling, tyre pressure warning sensors and a lane departure warning. The new Kia Rio starts at £12,135 and reaches as high as £17,585. In addition though, it comes with a 7 year/100,000 mile warranty, which isn’t to be sniffed at. In my opinion Kia have not yet quite made a Rio that can match the best cars in this sector. They have made great steps forward in the styling department and have met the tick box for a 1.0L turbo petrol 3 pot eco-warrior, but there is still something missing when compared to other cars. For me the car is a little bland and lacking in character, but also misses the high quality or low cost that would step it to equal, or even ahead of the Europeans. However, it is still a perfectly ‘good’ option and is boosted by the very strong warranty offered by Kia. Given the improvements made this time, I wouldn’t be surprised if the next generation is a very strong proposition. Time will tell.

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Property of the Month Burney Bit Pamber Heath Spacious Family Home

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Constructed circa 2002, this individual detached property is set on a quiet no through road in the highly sought after area of Pamber Heath and is conveniently located within short driving distance of Tadley town centre with its range of amenities, shopping facilities, schools and regular bus routes running to Reading and Basingstoke. This well-presented home has been well maintained and comprises of entrance hall, cloakroom, lounge, dining room, study, modern refitted kitchen, utility room, 4 bedrooms with en-suite shower room to the master and bathroom. Benefitting from UPVC double glazed windows throughout and gas radiator central heating, externally the property offers single garage with driveway parking for several vehicles to the front and a private garden to the rear.

£540,000

£700,000

£575,000

• Detached House

• Detached House

Tadley office

Tadley office

• 5 Bedrooms

• 5 Bedrooms

• 2 Receptions

• 4 Receptions

• 4 Bathrooms

• 4 Bathrooms

• Kitchen/ Breakfast Room

• Kitchen/ Breakfast Room

Bramley

• Double Garage

Tadley

£335,000

£425,000

Tadley office

Tadley

Tadley office

• Semi Detached Bungalow

• Detached House

• 2 Bedrooms

• 4 Bedrooms

• 4 Reception Areas

• 1 Reception

• 1 Bathroom

• Kitchen/ Diner

• Kitchen

• 2 Bathrooms

• Garage & Parking

Pamber Heath

Tadley office

Tadley office

• Detached House

• Mid Terrace House

• 5 Bedrooms

• 3 Bedrooms

• 2 Receptions

• 1 Reception

• 2 Bathrooms

• 1 Bathroom

• Kitchen

• Kitchen

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£565,000

£285,000

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• Double Garage

Baughurst

• Car Port & Parking

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Property of the Month Englefield Road, Theale 2 bedroom cottage

£1150pcm £995pcm Theale office

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Located in the popular village Theale is this comprehensively refurbished two bedroom semi-detached character cottage. The property has recently been refurbished throughout which has resulted in a character property that strikes the perfect balance between the old and the new. Entering the property accommodation is spacious and flows well room to room. The property is comprised of a lounge, kitchen, utility room, two bedrooms and a spacious bathroom. Outside and to the rear is a courtyard garden that is laid to patio and shingle. Within the garden, is a brick built outbuilding and a separate detached garage. Outside and to the front is a garden laid to lawn and herbaceous borders. The property further benefits from off road parking which comfortably accommodates 4 cars.

£795pcm

(Tenant’s fees apply)

Burghfield Common office • Ideally located for amenities & transport links

• Private Garden • Close to J12 of M4

• Immaculate & modern throughout

• Close to Theale Train Station

• Integrated white goods

• Offered Unfurnished

• Double bedroom with fitted wardrobe

• Available July

£1200pcm

Mortimer (Tenant’s fees apply)

Burghfield Common office

(Tenant’s fees apply)

Theale office

• Ground Floor Apartment

• Spacious three bedroom semi

• One Bedroom

• Private garden & convenient location

• Modern Feel Throughout

• Close to shops, buses & schools

• Designated Parking

• Easy access to AWE, Reading and M4

• Close to Theale Train Station

• Unfurnished. Available now.

£1095pcm Tadley office

Theale

(Tenant’s fees apply)

(Tenant’s fees apply)

Tadley office

• Ground Floor studio

• Large Lounge/Diner

• Popular Cul de sac

• Conservatory

• Kitchen

• Stunning Family Bathroom

• Bathroom

• Fitted Kitchen • Un-furnished.

• Available Immediately

£625pcm

• Spacious 3 Double Bedrooms

Tadley

• Allocated parking & entry telecom system

£675pcm

• Bright & airy living accommodation

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(Tenant’s fees apply)

• Available end of June

• Two Bedroom Cottage

Theale

Theale Office

• Parking

Tadley Burghfield Common

• Unfurnished

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Property of the Month Fallows Road, Aldermaston Wharf 5 bedroom family home

Theale Office

Rare to the market is this substantial, modern family home that boasts 5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and uninterrupted rural views to the rear. Tucked away in a peaceful part of the Fallows Road development, the property occupies a generous plot which abuts a nature reserve and gives the property an air of tranquillity. The property is on the doorstep of miles of public footpaths and canal side walks and is well placed to take advantage of the regions excellent transport infrastructure. Aldermaston station is within walking distance whilst Junction 12 of the M4 is a short 7 minute drive. Reading and Newbury are both roughly 20 minutes away.

£795,000 £350,000

£740,000

Theale office

Theale office

Theale Burghfield Common

• Recently built ‘New Home’

• 3 bedroom Semi Detached

• Three Bedrooms

• Extended - Lounge/Diner

• Impressive Kitchen / Diner

• Attached Garage

• Desirable location

• Off Road Parking

• Driveway parking

• 5 Minute Walk To Station

• Garage

Aldermaston Wharf

£550,000

£420,000

Theale office

Upper Bucklebury

Theale office

• 5 Bedroom Detached Family Home

• Sought After Location

• Desirable Village Location

• Four Double Bedrooms

• Open Plan Kitchen/Diner

• Two Reception Rooms

• South West Facing Garden

• Garage

• Off Road Parking

• Walking Distance To Station

• Conversion Potential

Theale

£489,950

• No Onward Chain

£475,000

Theale office

Calcot Burghfi Burghfi eldeld Common

• Desirable Location

Theale office

• 4 Bedroom Detached House

• 4 Bedroom Detached

• Bonus Room in Loft

• Ensuite Bathroom

• Conversion Potential

• Separate Dining Room

• Private Walled Garden

• Cloakroom

• Driveway Parking

• Close To Linear Park

• Integral Garage

Calcot Burghfi Burghfi eldeld Common

• Driveway Parking

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Property of the Month Stable Close Burghfield Common 4 bedroom bungalow

£314,950

This end of terrace property is set within a popular development in the heart of Burghfield Common. Backing on to woodlands, the property is set away from main roads and doesn’t feel overlooked by any of the neighbours. The internal accommodation comprises a porch, lounge, dining room, kitchen, three bedrooms and a newly fitted bathroom with bath and separate shower unit. Parking is available to the front of the property and also has a single garage. To the front, side and rear is a private enclosed, low maintenance garden made up of decking, lawn and mature shrubs. This property is ideal for any individual or families and has the added benefit of being just a short walk from local shops and schools.

£575,000

£495,000

Burghfield Common office

Burghield Common

Burghfield Common office

• Immaculately presented

• Lounge, dining room & study

• Open plan kitchen/diner

• Four double bedrooms

• Two En-suites

• Two bathrooms

• Ample off road parking

• Integral garage & driveway parking

• Large garden

• Quiet cul-de-sac location

• Heart of the village

Burghfield Common

£312,500

Burghfield Common office

• 4 bedrooms or 2 reception rooms

• Semi-rural village location

• 17’4 Modern kitchen/diner

• En-suite to the master bedroom

• Conservatory and garden

• Garage and driveway parking

• Refitted bathroom with shower

• Generous sized rooms

• Views overlooking green • Parking to the rear

Mortimer Burghfield Common

• Heart of the village

£409,950

Burghfield Common office

• Backing on to woodlands

Mortimer

• No onward chain

£775,000

£475,000

• Village location

• Open-plan kitchen diner

• Generous sized rooms

• Garage and driveway parking

• 20’10 x 12ft kitchen/breakfast room

• Master with ensuite

Burghfield Common office

Burghfield Common office

• Well-presented throughout

• 2355 sq.ft property

Mortimer

Burghfield Common Office

• Double garage & driveway • Mature garden

• Separate utility room

Burghfield Common

• Quiet cul-de-sac location

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Proud of your pooch? – then prove start to thetime. worldMidday: that you own a top dog. (under Classes 12 and chosen competition category Cutest Puppy times are as follows: Midday - cutest 12 months) Waggiest Tail, Like months),12:3Opm: Waggiest Tail,puppy 1pm: (under Best Family Dog,12.20pm 1:3Opm: Dog Most 12.45pm Best Rescue, 1.10pm Dog Most Like Their Owner, 1.35pm Best Child Handler Their14 Owner, 2pm: Handler (under 14 yrs), 2:3Opm: Most girl Appealing (under yrs) 2pm BestBest Trick,Child 2.25pm Most appealing Eyes, 2.50pm Gorgeous Eyes, 3pm:Best Prettiest Girl, 3:3Opm: Handsomest Boy,4pm: Golden (8 years +) dog, 3.15pm boy dog, 3.35pm Golden Oldie (8 years +) Entry is up to 10Oldie minutes before each class is judged and costs just £2. Rosettes are awarded 1st to 4th place All donations will go to Philip (aged 2) and Emily (aged 6) For more information about their plight for life search Facebook for “Emilka i Filipek Zdeb” Don’t forget to buy your raffle tickets for the Fun Day Prize Draw too. We will be giving away over a dozen beautifully wrapped gift hampers full of generous donations from the Market Row traders, Marvellous Festival tickets and many fabulous prizes from local businesses including: The Cinnamon Tree, Reading Calor Centre, Elizabeth Kempson, Beautiful Escape, Digifocus Photography, McColls and more... You’ve got to be in it to win it!

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ver wonder what became of the old post office in Mortimer? In Sept ‘16 the Post Office moved premises & the shop closed its door. Rachel, the exPostmistress, drafted in her family for help. Armed with 3 trollies of varying sizes, they emptied the entire building & set about a full shop refit. One month, a large skip & a lot of sweat & tears later, the new shop was born...The Baobab. We get asked about the meaning behind the name all the time. The baobab tree is known to be a meeting place for residents of the area, to discuss local matters and exchange news. Many stories are told around the world about why the baobab tree is so unusual and yet so helpful. Rachel always felt the post office was a meeting place, so thought the name was well suited.

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The Baobab boasts a huge variety of greeting cards, unusual & unique gifts & jewellery, helium balloons, essential stationery & toys to keep the kids occupied. There are also local walking & cycling maps which are specially commissioned. Herbaceous & bedding plants adorn the forecourt throughout the planting season, creating a lovely surrounding for the new coffee shop which has recently extended outdoors, complimented with free wifi. Many services are available here on your doorstep so that you can avoid those frustrating trips into town. The local UPS access point, dry cleaning & laundry, shoe repairs, clothing alterations, watch batteries & straps to name but a few. As always, they will have a stall in the Market Row tent on Mortimer Fun Day. To find out about new products and offers available, find them on facebook : The Baobab Mortimer, or phone 0118 933 2444. Seating is limited. To ensure yourself a spot, ring to reserve a table. Opening hours : Mon-Fri 09:00-17:30, Sat 09:00-13:00, closed on Sundays. So if you fancy an award winning cup of coffee, a relaxed atmosphere & somewhere local to find beautiful things, take some time out to pop in.

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udgens Mortimer has been a jewel in the crown of the village since time began, or so it seems! The store has evolved over the years with name changes and premises changes. People still talk about the times when Budgens had split premises - shops on opposite sides of the road. Customers would leave one store (without paying) and push their trolley across the road to complete their shop. Only in a quirky English village! The store that is currently in place is a modern, one-stop shop. The local retailer not only supplies us with our bread, milk, Costa-ďŹ x and after-school sweets, but offers a whole lot of other services alongside. Top of the list has to be the new Post OfďŹ ce which is thriving at its new home within the store. It’s funny how such a big change in the village, which caused some concern among the villagers at the time, can soon become the norm. Whether you are sending letters, weighing your parcels, paying your bills and getting your foreign currency, you can now do it all at Budgens. The butcher’s counter was another new introduction which has been welcomed and embraced by the shoppers of Mortimer. And it’s easy to see why. The range and quality of the meat on offer is second-to-none and a much-valued addition to the store. Elsewhere, the shelves are full of

locally sourced produce, from eggs and sausages to bread and cakes, supporting local producers like The Mortimer Sausage Company and Bramley Village Bakery, and pleasing customers at the same time with such fresh produce. Special offers greet shoppers as they enter the store, but, unlike some other ‘deals’ these special offers are actually special and can save everyone a few pounds. Moreover, the offers are changed on a regular basis so it is always interesting to see what’s on offer from week to week. Another unmissable perk which you see as you enter the store is the delicious ‘COOK’ range. This ďŹ rst-class range of frozen food sets itself apart by using exactly the same ingredients and techniques that you would at home. You can see the name of your chef on the label of every dish. Each meal or pudding is frozen at -35°C to lock in the avour and nutrients (no nasty additives or preservatives required). You could argue that ‘you get what you pay for’ but you might be surprised how affordable COOK can be. Now offering ‘The Grand’ range, these dishes serve 8+ people for less than ÂŁ3 per portion (a large vegetable lasagne). So if you have a big family, perhaps the COOK range will become more ‘every day’ cooking rather than special occasion food? Monday Saturday 7am–9pm

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Their puddings are equally delightful. Hot puddings, cold puddings, cakes and tray bakes, artisan lollies and ice creams are all on offer. If you’re entertaining and want to impress your guests, ďŹ ll your kitchen with the aroma of fresh baking and serve up one of these! Have a browse next time you’re in Budgens. But be warned, once you’ve tasted COOK, you may never look back! It’s part of the Budgen’s philosophy that their stores become close to local issues and are able to recognise and cater their services to the community’s needs. And this seems to extend to services that don’t generate revenue, too. Just to, well... be nice! At the Mortimer Fun Day 2017, Budgens will be found, once again, supplying and serving the tea, coffee and cake to the Fun Day visitors. And this year there’s an extra surprise in store (‘scuse the pun!) as they will be giving away goody bags on the day, too. So make sure you pop along for a cuppa and - subject to availability pick up a goody bag, too. Changing with the times as well as supporting the local community. It’s busy at Budgens! And a little birdy told us that more change is afoot... look out for Apple Pay and Contactless payment, coming soon!

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n the Marvel vs DC stakes DC are playing catch-up. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was more a stodgy mess of a movie and Suicide Squad was another false dawn. Suffice to say Warner Bros had a lot banking on Wonder Woman, so credit to director Patty Jenkins who has paid them back handsomely. Jenkins, the first female director of a studio super-hero movie, has breathed new life into the genre with a compassionate, joyous and old skool interpretation of one the most cherished comic book characters. We open on Themyscira, an ancient paradise island cut off from the world by an invisible shield and home to the female warrior race, the Amazons. Created by the Gods to protect mankind against corruption and the evil Aries, who has sworn to return, the amazons stand guard over the world. Here we follow an inquisitive and spirited young Diana, who’s training reveals special powers bestowed on her by the gods. The island’s force field is breached when an American World War I pilot and spy Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) crash lands. Learning of the atrocities on the battlefields of Europe, including a secret plot to engineer a deadly chemical weapon, Diana is convinced that Aries is to blame and both set off on a joint mission to end the war. The opening set-up of myths and gods that introduce us to the Amazon clan inevitably feels a bit hammy, somewhere between Xena: Warrior Princess and a poor man’s Game

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of Thrones. The only actor that didn’t look out of place was Gadot, who completely embraces her role with a passion and empathy that totally distracts from her appearance. Thankfully Chris Pine’s introduction brings a much-needed injection of comedy. The wit and charm with which he struggles to suspend his disbelief helps to draw you into this fantasy world. The decision to set the majority of the movie against the backdrop of the Great War is a wise move. This time it’s Diana who’s the fish out of water, as she grapples with the modern moralities of modern society, and the dress code. This not only gives us some light comic moments that pay homage to the original Superman movies, it also allows Jenkins to explore the darker and disturbing themes of warfare. The juxtaposition is very effective, the standout scene when Wonder Woman charges across noman’s land deflecting a barrage of gunfire is surprisingly stirring. But it’s the relationship between Diane and Steve that is the glue that binds this story together. Gardot is a complete revelation. Yes, she’s definitely bad-ass and more than handy with a lasso, but what makes her inspiring is her ruthless drive and unwavering belief in the good of humanity. Pine is also key to the movie’s success. His own noble intentions, together with his roguish charm keeps the movie free of any egotistical pomposity that has weighed down the latest DC movies. Wonder Woman is an absolute blast. Gardot has not just revived the DC Universe, she’s helped to fill a much-needed void in the super-hero

cosmos. Grab your bracelets of victory and royal tiara and make a date with your local multiplex now! "A little belter."

The Graveyard Book

4/5

by Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard book is about a little boy called Nobody “Bod” Owens who goes to live in a graveyard when his parents are murdered one cold night and is adopted by some unusual people with supernatural powers. This is a book which has lots of fantasy and mystery. It’s about Bod’s life between the ages of 18 months and 15 years (ish). He is raised by a Vampire guardian and lots of other ghosts and he has many adventures which include the likes of ghouls and snake-like Tomb Guards. I couldn’t put this book down, it was very creepy. I got really into it and it felt like I was there with all the characters. I like the friends that Bod makes as they are all very different and unique. Some of them have magic powers. This taught me that even though we are all very different, we all have something unique to offer. It’s a story with a good moral. Bod makes lots of friends and tries to solve the mystery of his parents’ murder, but I wont give the ending away ;-) There’s a lot of fantasy and magic in this book, so if you’re looking for something that will keep you on your toes then this is the book for you. This book is my favourite since The Harry Potter books and is written by the same author who wrote Coraline. I will be recommending this book to all my friends at school. Enjoy! Age range 9-12 but parents must be aware that this book is creepy and does contain some violence.

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Give your child a summer to remember at Jubilee Jets! It’s that time of year when many of us start to think about how we can juggle our annual leave alongside the long school holidays, whilst ensuring our children are having memorable adventures during the times we cannot be there. Jubilee’s name is synonymous with the outdoors and being great advocates of ‘free play’. All of us remember those memorable long, hot summers which seemed to go on forever and many of us want our children to experience that freedom rather than filling every moment with structure. Since Jubilee Jets was established in 2004, the

holiday club for 5-11 year-olds has welcomed hundreds of children and provides a safe, fun and caring environment in which to play. There are so many activities on offer to suit everyone from the sporty to the creative – including team games, free play with old and new friends alike, toys, puzzles, arts and craft activity. The Jubilee Jets Crew are superb, inclusive and know exactly how to ensure children have oodles of fun and are well-cared for. We are all unique and staff know that all children have different requirements, likes and dislikes – which is why each Jubilee Jet is encouraged to decide with the team what they would really like to do that day.

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Some children want to go with members of the Jets crew on an adventure to Jubilee’s private woodland or farm, whilst others will enjoy playing with toys, enjoy sporting activities, painting and crafting or maybe try their hand at baking. Whatever children choose to do each day, encouraging unstructured child-led play is one of the best ways to guarantee a fun-filled holiday adventure. Jubilee Jets’ premises in Padworth, just a few minutes drive from the centre of Mortimer, are purpose-built and use the facilities of their term-time Nursery (Jubilee Gems) during the holidays. It offers numerous indoor play areas for those who do not wish to spend all of their

time outside, as well as a spacious, enclosed garden for multiple outdoor activities. Children also have the opportunity to explore (under supervision) the private farm and woodland. Jubilee Jets offer a number of sessions and will be open from 24th July – 1st September.


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h, summer. When you were a child, summer was exciting not just because the sunshine meant more time spent outdoors, but because it meant a month and a half off school. Back in those days, it felt like the summer holiday was endless, a sprawling expanse of time when you didn’t have to be anywhere or do anything – especially not maths homework. The tradition of the sixweek summer holiday runs all the way through the British school system, so if you stay in education through university, you’ll get to enjoy those long lazy weeks until you’re in your 20s. But no-one sets up a schedule just to give kids more time to ride their bikes, so why are the summer holidays so long? Well, you can thank (or blame) the Victorians for that. The school timetable

that seems so familiar now – with a school day of 9am until 3.30pm, and a new term starting every September – is a product of the 19th century. The break wasn’t designed to give kids a holiday: it was for them to go back to work.

seems pretty archaic. It’s kind of inconvenient, too, with parents needing to juggle their work around the whims of the school calendar; back in the Victorian era, it was more likely women would be at home to take care of the kids, but now it’s more likely parents will have to move their schedules around (or book babysitters) to cover the school holidays.

Yup, the school calendar is based on the agricultural calendar. In the summer, children were needed to work the land, harvesting fruit or performing other menial duties, which they obviously couldn’t do if they were sitting in a classroom. Other breaks were fitted around significant times of year for crop-growers: in spring, children would be needed to help with planting, while in autumn they’d need time away from school to harvest food.

But that might not be the case for much longer. Over the last few years, government officials have been talking about changing the school year to reflect the fact that most of us don’t do all that much farming any more. According to some, it might be beneficial to abolish the long holiday and instead spread breaks out across the year. Those in favour reckon it’ll be better for the kids, who’ll get more regular breaks but also be less likely to forget what they’ve learned over a long holiday; it might also be better for teachers, who get more frequent time off, and for parents, who won’t need to fit family holidays into the more expensive summer break. Not everyone’s so keen for things to change; some

The 3.30pm daily finish owes its existence to similar logic – children would end their school day in time to go home and help with housework. Farmers would generally be up and dawn and finish their work in the midafternoon, so school hours took a similar shape. From a 21st century perspective, that all

teachers value the long break, which gives them a chance to rest and recharge for the next year, while kids might feel like they get to do some growing up between one school year and the next, and see the six-week summer holiday as a time of transformation. But with some independent academies already moving around their term dates and all headteachers now being given the power to set their own term dates, it looks like things have changed.

That everlasting summer holiday you remember from your school days might be going the way of the penny-farthing – great for Victorians, maybe, but kind of useless nowadays.

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All you need is 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, 1 tsp vanilla and 2 1/2 tsp sugar. Just pop the ingredients into a sandwich bag and press the air out. Fill a large freezer bag half full of ice cubes, and mix with 6 tablespoons of coarse rock salt. Then put the sealed sandwich bag into the middle of the ice and seal. Toss the bag to each other for 10 minutes! Grab some spoons and eat it out the bag!

LEGO Building Competition

Let their imgination run wild... Put that tub of LEGO to use and challenge the kids to each build a house – with a 30-minute time limit – then judge first, second and third prize.

Recreate a Sports Day

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Itʼs easy to organise a sports day at home. Create everything from the outfits to the medal ceremony. Mark out a start and finish line, then hold sprint races, egg and spoon, obstacle races and use beanbags for the shot put. Why not use chocolate coins for medals for the winners, too?

Get the kids involved in baking a batch of cupcakes or cookies, then set them loose with a rainbow of icing colours, bowls of sprinkles and lollies and their imaginations to come up with the most amazingly decorated cupcake of the day.

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l, Baking ge Sports Hal Making, ar L d an e tl Bouncy Cas Arts ‘n’ Crafts - Model izzes, and Cooking ouring, CardMaking, Qu ature Painting, Col ts, Group Games and N ng: Treasure HunTrips Out. Sports includi ockey Walks and , Football, Badminton, H nnis Rounders, Te and lots more.

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The Hurst There’s no doubt that The Hurst Leisure Centre has become a real hub of the community, offering an impressive range of services which enrich and support the local residents. Itʼs The Centreʼs philosophy which drives its success - the belief that everyone in the community, regardless of age, culture or ability, should have the opportunity to continue learning, enjoy recreational and cultural activities as well as sport and leisure time. Competing pressures in our lives such as childrenʼs extra curricular activities, household responsibilities and our jobs, make demands on family time and finances, but the Hurst Leisure Centre remains absolutely convinced that amidst all that there is a time and a place for ʻmeʼ. Learning a new skill is not necessarily about obtaining a formal qualification. Getting Active is not necessarily about going to the gym…. Why not learn something new just because you would like to, because it sounds fun or different? Each term there is a new programme of courses available, including arts &

crafts, computer courses, cookery, sewing, parenting and lots more. Many homes in the local community have a brochure delivered termly, but you can also collect one from many local pickup points. You can enrol in person, via email or over the telephone. Learning something new is proven to be great for improved self-esteem and confidence, as well as giving you a new skill for life. Woodlands Gym is a great place to start your journey back to fitness. Open throughout the week, youʼll find the gym warm and welcoming with plenty of support from the team of fitness coaches, should you need or want it. If your fitness goals are more advanced, youʼll find the gym has everything you need. It is packed with the latest equipment and there is an extensive studio class programme, too. Membership starts from just £14.50 per month. Many of the sports facilities are available to hire to the

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community, as well as the Meeting Rooms and Function Rooms. Various sizes and combinations are available so do speak to the team if youʼd like to find out more. Every age bracket is catered for at The Hurst Leisure Centre. There are plenty of Under 5s activity sessions on offer to keep your little ones busy. There is something from Monday to Friday that preschoolers can enjoy and includes Toddler Group, Messy Play, Music & Movement and Bounce & Balance. Best of all, the Coffee Pot - the centreʼs cafe - offers a lovely space to relax, socialise and enjoy a drink and a snack before or after your visit. It also serves as a great meeting place - whatever the occasion. Alongside the leisure and learning offerings, the centre has also been providing excellent childcare services and meeting everyday needs for working parents for over 30 years!

Miss Pollyʼs Kinderg*arten *BODYPUMP* runs for*BODYBALANCE* 51 weeks of the year and*BODYCOMBAT*PILATES* has a large adventure garden for the(Indoor Cycling)* *SCHWINN *YOGA & RELAXATION* children to enjoy. *FREESTYLE CIRCUIT* *FRIDAY BURN*HIIT* *PURE STRETCH*ZUMBA*

Miss Pollyʼs works in partnership with local councils, schools, childrenʼs centres and voluntary organisations in the aim that the community gets the best. If you havenʼt been to the Hurst Leisure Centre for a while, why not take a moment to see how you could benefit from an adult education course, or a gym membership . For further information on all the Hurst has to offer, please call 0118 981 1611 or visit www.hurstcentre.co.uk

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