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


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If you want a new summer look, or just feel like a pamper, then our cover sponsors, Worthingtons The Salon can work wonders. Going from strength to strength over the last few years, this team has built up a loyal following at its base in Burghfield Common and it seems they can do no wrong! Turn to pages 6 and 7 to hear all about how they are impressing with cuts, colours, beauty and wedding packages. There is also the chance to Win a Makeover!

Canʼt get enough of beauty features? This month we welcome Christina Cullen, whose new column, Diary of an Aesthetic Virgin, will keep us informed and entertained as she goes through six cosmetic procedures - for the first time - and reports back! Check out regular columnist, Megan, on page 9 who tells us the best ways to keep your tan for longer and on pages 10 and 11 you will also find a feature on Aspire Clinic, based at Madejski Stadium, who offer non-surgical beauty procedures, including Cool Sculpting - a non invasive permanent fat loss treatment. The ʻfoodiesʼ among you may like to turn to page 13 where youʼll find Jamie Oliver gracing the page with details of his latest recipe book - 5 Ingredients - and a totally delicious recipe to try. Our ʻBack to Schoolʼ section covers everything from local nurseries to primary schools, from secondary to adult education. We also welcome new columnist Claire Desai, a local careers advisor, who offers her advice to GCSE and AʼLevel students on their next steps after receiving their exam results in August. Check out page 36 to find out more.


Youʼll find all our regular columnists this month, too. If you were lucky enough to have worked for an employer which offered a pension linked to earnings and length of service, transfer values for leaving appear very attractive right now. Rob Starling, from Bluesky Financial, gives us an overview of the current situation on page 16.

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Don’t stop the music. .

ollowing last year’s impressive event, raising £25,000 for The Felix Fund, FELIX FESTIVAL is back to do it all again!

Tickets are now available for the event on Saturday 16th September and everyone is welcome. There will be three live bands and a DJ set, with a well stocked licensed bar and hot food catering - all in a field in beautiful Silchester. The event will run from 5pm to 2.30am (!) with the live music starting around 6pm. The DJ set will cover everything from 90s dance music to popular chart numbers - and everything in between. And while you’re enjoying yourself, you will be raising money for The Felix Fund, an amazing charity which helps the brave men and women who work in all areas of bomb disposal, both overseas and in the UK. The Felix Fund provides welfare support and financial assistance to serving and ex-serving military and

their families. Further information can be found at www.felixfund.org.uk Tickets are limited to 1400 and once they’re sold, they’re sold! You can get your tickets from The Calleva Arms (Silchester), The Plough (Little London), Dad’s Shop, Budgens and Horse and Groom (Mortimer), Pamber Heath Stores as well as online through the website www. felixfestival.co.uk, where lots of useful information can be found. Here are a few top tips to make sure you enjoy your night: It is a cash only event and there are no ATM’s on site - so take enough money! It is in a field, in September, so wear appropriate footwear and clothing! It is strictly an OVER 18’s event - if you’re lucky enough to look under 21, you will be asked to show appropriate ID. Have fun!

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It was smiles all round for these lucky locals as they joined over 8000 other revellers at this years Marvellous Family Tribute Festival at Dinton Pastures. From Freddie’s emotional farewell, Prince, and James Brown - to Adele, Madness and Coldplay... This year was simply incredible. “We had rain, sun, mud, fun and lots of laughter” said Angela Massey, the winner of our 2017 Marvellous Competition.


Once the organisers have come up for air, the 2018 lineup will be decided with earlybird tickets going on sale on 1st Nov. Follow them on facebook to ensure you receive updates! /marvellousfestivals

“We had a great day and got a good position near the front of the stage. Sam loved the Circus, Abi and Katie enjoyed the music and had their face's painted. Thanks so much for

Fundraise with Flowers!

St Mary’s Church, a local landmark in Mortimer, has invited Nick Grounds, a NAFAS National Flower Demonstrator, who skillfully combines floral artistry with humour. Nick is also a Horticultural Auctioneer and his presentations are well known for their floral flair and larger than life approach. His traditional and contemporary designs are brought to life alongside excerpts of prose and poetry thus creating an atmosphere of pure theatre. This is an evening not to be missed! It is entitled “The Season of Wondering Gratitude” and will be held at St. Mary’s Church, The Street, Stratfield Mortimer, on Tuesday evening, 5 September 2017, at 7.30pm. The cost of the tickets are £15.00 each and the doors open at 7pm. Contact Marjorie McClure on 0118 933 3057 or email marjorie.mcclure@ hotmail.co.uk for tickets.

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tomato! Sulhamstead & Ufton Nervet Village Fete will be taking place on Sunday 3 September from 11am-3pm. There will be fun for all the family, including the not-to-be-missed beer tent serving real ale & other drinks, barbecue, cakes & other refreshments, children’s corner, with bouncy castle, china smashing and lots of other hilarious games. Let’s not forget the ever-popular dog show and produce show which will be accompanied by live music and

entertainment running throughout the day. If you’re an animal lover, don’t miss the reptile and donkey display or the ferret racing, too. Admission for children is free, adults just £1. The fete will be held in Hannington’s Field, Ufton Nervet RG7 4ES (Opposite Ufton Church) For more information, please contact Franny Hornblow 0788 182 1513 or franny@prmotors.biz

Spencers Wood Carnival takes place on Saturday 16th September 2017 from 12 noon to 9pm at The Recreation Ground, Clares Green Road in Spencers Wood. This event provides something for everyone, from clown shows, craft workshops and games for the children to

live music from local bands to round off the day. And for those who are after a bit of retail therapy, there are always commercial stalls selling quality crafts and speciality foods as well. Mason's Funfair, Giant Inflatables, Licensed Bar,

Hands-on Art, Circus Skills, Magic, Displays, Stalls, Side Shows and lots more... Best of all, it’s FREE ENTRY! www.spencerswoodcarnival. co.uk/

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Beer Festival!

Back by popular demand, and following on the major success of the recent Box Kart Bash organised by the Burgfjield Santas, this September will see the return of Burghfest :) This local beer festival will take place once again at the recreation ground on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd September in aid of Thames Valley Air Ambulance. Live music will be staged by Mortimer Music Live and will include headline act Murdochʼs Crazy Eyes on the Friday night. There will be great food from local food outlets and entertainment for the whole family to enjoy! Alongside the fairground, there is a whole host of other activities in the planning, including a film tent, subject to permission being granted. You can benefit from the Early Bird price if you book your tickets in advance – just £6, or £7.50 on the day. Alcohol can only be consumed on the recreation ground by those wearing a wristband, and the numbers are limited – so be quick to guarantee your place!

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

Entrance to the recreation ground is free, so younger members of the community and those not wishing to try the range of beer, cider and wine will be able to join in the fun too!

Friday 22nd & Saturday 23rd September

As with every community event the Santas stage, the team are always needing volunteers, so if you can help in any way, do get in touch! For more details check out www.burghfieldsantas.org.uk/burghfest

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“The Santas are planning on putting on a Beer festival” they said. “We’re also considering running a Soap Box Race in the village -they’ll both be epic” they said... They weren’t kidding! After the success of Burghfest last September, Burghfield’s merry band of Santas set about organising what is now possibly the largest, quirkiest and most community spirited event the area has ever witnessed - and they raised over £24,000 for charity in the process!


he turnout for the first ever Burghfield Box Kart Bash was unprecedented. People from all over the county came to watch these ʻnuttersʼ who made their karts from scrap (special thanks to Jimmy Rawlings at AA Metal Recycling for opening up his yard for free to BoxKarters - heʼs the chap in the Wheely bin above!), have a stupid amount of fun, and to raise money for charity! What an amazing day, off the chart. The event was compered by local entertainers Shane & Alex, supported Village Eyeʼs very own Zahra Willis, and saw 4000+ spectators lining the route along Hermits Hill, with 100s more watching the live Facebook stream online from as far afield as New Zealand and Canada! Friendly rivalries aside too - the folks from Burghfield and Mortimer shared their toys and played nicely all day, and they even shared a friendly beer afterwards on the Hatch! “I am actually feeling a bit emotional when we think of what went into the day, and how many people came together to make it happen” one of the Santas told us.. Now, weʼve worked closely with the Santas for many years (indeed, one of them lives right here at EYE HQ), and from Santa Cruises, to Bunny Hops and Burghfest, the Box Kart Bash was by far the most ambitious undertaking

to date - and an incredible event to be a part of. We are looking forward to next years event - for which the date has already been set - 24th June 2018 (get it in your diaries now!) “People probably donʼt appreciate the cost and complexity of setting up an event like this, we have learned about putting a LIVE stream onto Facebook with 4 cameras and brilliant commentators who worked their socks off all day - which was provided for FREE! Just wow. On top of that 80 volunteers of bar staff and marshals kept us safe (yes 80!) picked up all the litter, and reopened the road on time! There is nowhere else on the planet that could have a village in which a small group of chaps can have a hair-brained scheme, yet turn it into an event that rivals professional event companies with a budget of £millions, all in people's spare time and with loans of their equipment, goodwill and expertise. Not only did everyone have a great time, they watched brilliant karts race, ate great food and drank wonderful beverages.... we raised a whopping £24,200 for good causes! “We thank each and every one of you for your patience, time, ideas, support and photos! It's been a ride and yes, we would do it again, after our next event, Burghfest 2017 where you will all come back to party with us one more time. If you want to get involved with Burghfest, sponsor a beer barrel, volunteer as a marshal or pull pints on the bar - please get in touch. Remember, the Box Kart Bash happened because people gave up their time to support it, Burghfest needs people too!

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Sharing its sixth birthday with Village Eye, like a well maintained head of hair, Worthingtons The Salon in Burghfield has gone from strength to strength. It hardly seems possible that six years has passed since Worthingtons The Salon first opened their doors to the public in Burghfield Common. From humble beginnings as ‘The Hair Shop’ some twenty-one years ago, Emma, Laura and their and their team have worked tirelessly to create an oasis for hair and Ebeauty treatments; since taking over the premises providing a luxurious


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setting and service at not-soluxurious prices. “We wanted to create a salon which would appeal to the wide demographic this village serves. Our clients range from career women, to busy mums, to men and older clientele” Laura told us. “Our aim is to provide every client that comes through our door with a first class service and most importantly with hair and bodies they are proud of”. In addition to their selection of male and female cuts, blow-drys and colour options, their range of services now also extends to nails, waxing, facials, spray tans and even childrens Princess Pamper Birthday Parties! A Big-Hearted Business “We love what we do,” explains salon owner Emma. “All of our team are fab, and with the amazing support of my managers Laura and Paige, our aim is to deliver 100% to our wonderful clients. We have a high rebooking rate which tells us we must be getting it right too. We’re a village salon at the heart of a great community. We love how we’ll be mid-treatment and the client will bump into a friend, a family

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member or a colleague whilst they are with us! If I could describe Worthingtons, I’d definitely say that we are a small salon with a big heart”. In addition to all things hair, the salon also offer a wide selection of beauty services including tanning, waxing, facials, massages, manicures and luxury pedicures.

One of the salons appeals is that they have introduced late night opening twice a week for those who simply cannot get away from work or life’s demands during the day. On Wednesdays they are open until 7 and on Thursdays until 8 and, for those who wish to accept it, a glass of wine will always be offered (if the client is over 18!) Such is Worthington’s success, they are currently hiring. Offering a great place to work, they are asking for qualified stylists and beauticians to get in touch to find out more. If you are interested in working with this great bunch of ladies, please contact Laura@worthingtons.co.uk

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Giving Something Back

This year has seen the girls all dressed in their pyjamas for comic relief where they raffled off a luxury Paul Mitchell hamper and various services which raised a massive £306!! Thank you to everyone that donated. We also raised money at the May Fayre by doing lots of hair ups and raffling services for Mrs. Blands Infant school. Worthingtons also cut hair (free of charge) for the Little Princess Trust who make real hair wigs for children suffering hair loss due to cancer treatment. As well as their own charity efforts, Worthingtons also donate prizes and gift vouchers to support the local schools, nurseries and more recently the Arborfield military wives choir. Worthingtons also sponsor the local Burghfield CSA football team. But it doesn’t stop there... Worthingtons¹ community spirit can be seen in action as they escort less able clients across the busy road and have even picked them up when their car has broken down - now that¹s service!


Worthingtons really do go the extra mile to make sure their customers know how much they’re appreciated, with lots of loyalty rewards in place. New and unregistered clients automatically receive a 25% discount on their booking - and then, every time they rebook they receive 10% off their next service. Returning customers will also be invited to free pamper evenings the salon hold, If a customer needs a beauty treatment as well as a hair appointment, they will receive 20% off their hair bill when the beauty treatment is over £25 & booked for the same day. And if you are a regular hair client (8-12 week wash, cut & finish) then Worthingtons will also give you a complimentary fringe trim.

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With my Mediterranean olive skin I can safely say that I am no English Rose, but despite being half Greek, I’m no Goddess either! Now, I’m not grotesquely hideous, I just figured at the age of 44, with life as a busy working mum, my face was my face and that was it. Until now… Cue a meeting with Aspire Clinic that made me rethink my preconceived ideas about the non-surgical cosmetic industry.

Now the thought of needles does not bother me in the slightest, and I barely felt the tiny injections into my wrinkles. But what was I having injected? What would it do? And what if I didn’t feel like me? Botox®, when injected into muscle, temporarily relaxes the muscle action. By reducing the movement of muscles, the overlying skin stops being creased and is allowed to recover, causing the line to soften or even fade away. Now, I’m not saying that having Botox® has turned me into a ravishing raven-haired beauty; I still looked like me, but if someone had told me that smoothing out the wrinkles that come from a life of laughter and drama would make me feel so confident, I would have had it done years ago.

Having never considered cosmetic intervention I found myself staring into a magnifying mirror examining the angry lines between my eyebrows, a result of my endless frowning, and the many long, deeply etched laughter lines around my eyes.

Friends commented on how well I looked, but couldn’t put their fingers on what was different. My children pointed out that my ‘angry face’ had gone; should I have been pleased or highly offended at that?! As for my husband, he didn’t notice, however once I pointed it out, he was totally freaked out and hated it. Frankly, I ignored that one!

Jenna, my Aspire nurse-prescriber described how, with a little antiageing injectable help (Botox®), my lines would be smooth, giving me a brighter and more youthful appearance that would look natural.

Delighted with the results, the effects will last for three to four months, after which, I shall be knocking on Aspire’s door and having it redone! Next month, I’m going to be trying out Volite. Watch this space! Visit www.aspireclinic.com to find out more about Aspire’s anti-ageing treatments.





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Shaving/waxing! This is a fairly obvious one, but shaving ensures the tan looks more even. Personally I’m way too chicken to get my legs waxed, so I stick to shaving! At the moment I have found the Gilette Venus Oceana razors to be the best. Everyone is different, but I find exfoliating before shaving works best for keeping a tan locked in for longer.

ed with wearing fake tan “Over the summer I have been obsess par the ghost and never as I’m someone who is paler than Cas But I have learnt (the hard tans in the sun. So I have to fake it! ping the tan looking more way) that tan prep is essential to kee bronze, here I come! natural and lasting longer.” Autumn Moisturise and moisturise again! My best tip is to keep moisturising daily as this keeps the tan looking fresh and makes it last longer. It can be a pain to moisturise your body daily ( I know, I’ve been there) but trust me it’s worth it when you’re a glowing goddess! For moisturisers, I can’t recommend Soap & Glory’s range enough. Right now I’m loving their Orangeasm Super Rich Body Butter which smells like oranges and lemons and is SO moisturising.

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Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate!

This is the most vital step by far because bad exfoliation leaves the tan looking patchy and more likely to peel off after a few days. Nothing is more disappointing than your tan only lasting a couple of days! For the body, my scrub of choice is Soap & Glory’s Sugar Crush scrub, which smells of limes – it’s amazing! Also, you need to remember to exfoliate your face! So many people forget about exfoliating their face but this is just as important as your body. For the face, I like to use Liz Earle’s Gentle Exfoliator as it doesn’t have a scent and is really gentle on my sensitive skin.

Use a fake tan that actually works as it claims

It may sound silly, but it’s so true! The cheaper the tan (usually) the worse it is. Sometimes it’s worth saving for a better body fake tan to give better results, save those Boots points! For my face, I use Ambre Solaire No Streaks Bronzer Self Tan Face Mist in Medium/Dark. Now this tan is cheap (around £9 a bottle) but works wonders. It smells like fruit and I tend to spray it before bed and then in the morning my face looks glowy and tanned. This is available from Boots and comes in a range of shades. For my body my tan of choice is 100% St Tropez’ Self Tan Express. I raved about this tan for so long, there isn’t much left for me to say! It works far better than any product or spray tan I’ve tried, I would never sway to any other.

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Introducing the World’s number one permanent non-surgical fat removal treatment from one of Berkshire’s leading aesthetics clinics, Aspire… Based at the Madejski Stadium, mixing a touch of class with the clinical, Aspire brings Harley Street to Royal Berkshire in the form of one of the county’s leading, prestigious non-surgical aesthetics clinics. Since 2008, Aspire has prided itself on providing efficacious treatments that give enhanced, but natural looking results, helping patients to age positively and be the very best version of themselves. Whilst there has been a decline in the number of people going under the knife to get the look they want, non-surgical treatments, such as those offered at Aspire, are on the rise. More and more people are opting for non-surgical procedures, which give a natural look, are more cost-effective and the recovery or downtime is minimal compared to surgery. Aspire offers a wide profile of treatments including non-surgical face lifts, fillers and wrinkle-relaxing injectables, skin rejuvenation solutions, treatments to target acne, pigmentation and thread veins, and the very-popular noninvasive, permanent, fat removal treatment, CoolSculpting. The beauty of CoolSculpting, is that it targets specific areas or pockets of hard-to-shift fat, permanently eliminating up to 25% of the fat targeted and leaving a more sculpted physique, unlike surgery


there is no downtime or after care, and patients can return to normal activity immediately. Whatever the treatment, patients are invited in to Aspire for a free consultation with one of the clinic’s qualified nurses and practitioners prior to their chosen procedure. During consultation, Aspire’s relevant treatment expert will guide the patient on a treatment path that ensures that the best results are achieved. Keeping in touch with patients after treatment is also an essential part of Aspire’s care pathway. Patients receive a follow up call to see how things are settling in the days after their treatments and a two week review is also arranged. This is to check and ensure patients have fully recovered and are delighted with their treatment results and to carry out any ‘top up’ treatment required. Aspire rewards customer loyalty through its Gold Club membership scheme, which offers complimentary treatments and a monthly instalment payment plan. This makes treatment options more accessible to all patients, whilst also facilitating ‘try before you buy’ when considering new treatments that will complement an existing treatment package. To find out more about Aspire’s wide range of treatments or to book a consultation, visit www.aspireclinic.com or call 0118 931 3575 or email info@aspireclinic.com

Meet the treatment Around 15 years ago, scientists at Harvard University observed that a number of children who ate icelollies got dimples in their cheeks caused by the lollies freezing and eliminating small pockets of fat on the inside of the mouth. And so, the idea that cold could target fat cells without damaging the skin or other surrounding tissue came to light, and from there, following 10 years of scientific development, the fatfreezing treatment that is called CoolSculpting was born. With over four million treatments carried out worldwide, CoolSculpting has become the number one permanent, non-surgical fat removal treatment in the World. It is the only FDA-cleared Cryolipolysis® (the science bit) treatment that effectively removes diet- and exercise-resistant fat, and is clinically proven to work. The CoolSculpting procedure works by delivering controlled cooling to gently and effectively target the fat cells underneath the skin while leaving the skin itself unaffected. The treated fat cells are cooled to -10 degrees centigrade, resulting in them being permanently destroyed. Over the next few weeks, the body naturally processes the destroyed fat cells and excretes them through the normal body processes, leaving a slimmer more shapely body. The great news is that the results are permanent and so the fat is gone for good! Because Coolsculpting permanently removes stubborn fat and reshapes the body, it’s ideal for targetting the tummy, love handles, waist, inner and outer thighs, bingo wings, back fat, and even small areas like chin, knees and the area around the bra.

Meet the patient

“I was interested in CoolSculpting because although I’ve always been slim, I wanted to get rid of the two ‘pouchy’ bits under my arms called the axillary puffs. The treatment started with the little bulge under my arm being suctioned into an applicator, and things got quite chilly. After five minutes it went numb and I snuggled in a blanket with a cup of tea to “chill” while the CoolSculpting machine worked its magic. Forty-five minutes later, the CoolSculpting machine finished and I felt some tingling as Sarah massaged the area to initialise the fat cell destruction process. The sensation was a little uncomfortable, but it lasted two minutes and then it was time for the other side. An hour later I drove myself home, rested and excited with the prospect of the results to come. I was told to return to normal activities and that I may start to notice changes as quickly as three weeks, with the most dramatic results noticeable after three months.

Meet the specialist Meet Sarah Archer, Aspire Clinic’s CoolSculpting expert. Sarah’s role is to take her CoolSculpting patients on a personal journey from their initial consultation through to their end results. Sarah explains a bit about her role: “My main aim is to get to know my patients; understand what brought them to Aspire and to CoolSculpting and what they really want to achieve, whilst ensuring expectations are realistic” “Consultation is where it all starts. It’s important that my patients feel cared for, listened to, and reassured that they are going to get the best results from their treatment plan. I am results driven, so work together with my patient and share their joy when they see the difference the results of CoolSculpting have made; for me that’s what it’s all about. And it’s not just the physical results; seeing the increase in confidence and happiness following great results and being able to wear the clothes they’ve dreamed about is nothing short of fabulous!”

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n Ali –v- Capita Customer Management Limited an Employment Tribunal had to consider a father’s claim for shared parental pay.

The father claimed he had been treated differently to a female colleague who had had a baby. After giving due allowance to the birth and the first two weeks of “recovery” the father claimed that he and the female colleague should have received the same level of parental pay in circumstances where he had to stay at home to look after his new baby because his wife had severe postnatal depression. Capita had tried to limit him to statutory parental pay and not pay him contractual parental pay, which was better than statutory pay. The Employment Tribunal upheld the father’s complaint of direct sex discrimination. Having given due allowance for the first two weeks after childbirth the Employment Tribunal agreed that the father could compare himself with a female colleague, with the same contractual entitlement to contractual parental pay of full pay for 14 weeks. Denying the father’s entitlement had amounted to less favourable treatment and the reason for that was the employee’s sex. The Employment Tribunal also found that men are being encouraged to take on a greater caring role for their babies and that parents are the people who should make a choice about who the primary carer should be. It held that the choice should be free of generalised assumptions that the mother is best placed to provide the care. In this father’s circumstances the Employment Tribunal found that he was best placed to perform that role because of his wife’s ill health. The case is being appealed to the Employment Appeal Tribunal. Employers and employees wanting advice about their employment obligation and rights should contact Anna Illingworth at Rowberry Morris Solicitors. 0118 981 2992 anna.illingworth@rowberrymorris.co.uk Anna qualified as a solicitor in 1998. joined Rowberry Morris in 2011 as Head employment and dispute resolution; she is also a registered contentious trust probate specialist.

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At its core, Snapchat is used to send photos and videos to friends. Your friends can view snaps for up to 10 seconds, and then the snaps disappear. But just how safe is it? You've probably heard about Snapchat. It's the popular mobile app that allows you to send videos and pictures, both of which will self destruct after a few seconds of a person viewing them. Snapchat is now the most popular social media platform among young people. The disappearing photo app now has in excess of 166M average daily users worldwide, and according to latest figures, last year, users snapped around 3 million pictures each day - averaging at about 9,000 snaps per second! Whilst the app is designed so that content disappears after just 10 seconds, there are ‘counter apps’ available which can capture these offline. Most of the images I catch my own kids snapping are harmless selfies, pictures of the food they are about to eat and the like. And that’s probably the ‘norm’ - but when it comes to safeguarding your dignity, the general rule of thumb which I reiterate to my own teens - is if you would be happy for your granny to see your snaps then they are fine - but remember, once content leaves your device

- it could be potentially up there in the cloud forever (and who knows when the data cloud might start to rain later on in your life...) As with all software, tweaks and changes happen to improve the users experience, but one such update over the summer has caused safety concerns by Police forces and schools- the addition of a new feature that reveals users' locations. Parents have been warned to turn off "Snap Map" on their children's phones after Snapchat, recently introduced the feature. Critics have described the addition as worrying and called for greater controls for children. Snapchat has defended it, saying users have to opt in and it is helpful for finding friends when you are meeting up. Snap Maps is a street map, similar to Google or Apple Maps, which also shows users' locations. Using your phone's GPS sensor, it can display your location to any of your friends. In Snapchat, adding friends does not have to be reciprocal (one person can add another as a friend without the second person adding them back), but only friends who have added each other can see one another on Snap Maps. Users can disable

location sharing on the map, or only open it to certain friends. As well as users' locations, it shows live events going on around the world, such as Wimbledon or concerts, as well as Snaps sent by users from certain hotspots, like towns, cities and parks. Users are now invited to create a ‘bitmoji avatar’ which shows up on their own map. Whilst a little bit of harmless fun, the appearance of your avatar on the Snap Map will change, depending on what Snapchat thinks you're doing. For example, if it thinks you're sunbathing on the beach, it will show your avatar lying under an umbrella; if it thinks you're walking through an airport, it will show your avatar pushing a trolly; and if it thinks you're sitting listening to music, it will show your avatar wearing headphones. Snapchat deduces what you're doing by looking at things like your location, the time of day, your speed of travel, and whether or not your headphones are plugged into your phone. Your avatar only updates when Snapchat is open, and if a Snapchatter has not opened the app in several hours, their avatar will disappear from the Map.


potentially use the snapmaps feature to their own advantage they get to see in real-time, what their teens are up to and who they are with... they just have to persuade their brood to accept them in the first place! By default, the latest software update includes snapmaps, so it might well be worth checking your child’s settings if you’d prefer their location remain anonymous. All you need to do is follow the instructions below and put their device into ‘Ghost Mode’

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Drives... The previous version of the Swift has proven popular and got a reputation for being a surprisingly good car. This let to the Swift being by far the best selling Suzuki ever. It had a cheap and cheerful attitude, with well behaved driving dynamics and good value for money. Can they maintain this with the new one? The new car is the standard affair of it being bigger, more powerful, stronger, lighter, more efficient and you guessed it; better equipped. The engine has been updated to the popular turbo-3-cylinder and is even available with a very mild hybrid option. This adds a very small electric motor and battery that supports the engine during acceleration, smooths the start stop feature and charges during braking. Naturally the design has been updated, but they’ve kept it close to the old silhouette. The new design has some sharper lines, but also quite a lot of smooth curves when compared to a lot of the other cars released recently. This might work in it’s favour; the ultra/ modern, design heavy new small cars may not be for everyone and this could offer a strong proposition to fill the gap.

The theme of an update, but nothing crazy continues inside the cabin with a pleasingly classic design. Round heater controls and vents give a classic look and the long hoods on the dials remind me of Alfa Romeos, which is never a bad thing! Tech is one of the big steps forward with this model. A lot more tech is available now for much lower price points so we are seeing a surge of tech that wasn’t even seen on executive saloons five years ago. The new Swift comes with a DAB radio and Bluetooth connectivity as standard which are two options I really wish were on my current car! Higher models add on Sat Nav to the infotainment system. The new engine maintains most of the charm of the previous unit, which was commended for being spritely and fun. It is hard to notice any electrical assistance, but the unit pulls well as a whole. In contrast the gearbox could be

a lot more accurate at the gear lever. However, if efficiency is your thing, the new Swift will hit a claimed 65.7mpg, helped no doubt by the extremely low weight. Once you are on the move you find the handling and ride quality sits below that of the European rivals and it has lost some of the charm of the last car, but it is nothing that most won’t be able to live with. To conclude, with prices starting at £10,999, this is not a bargain bucket supermini, but sits somewhere between that point and the more premium European cars. It will offer a nicer car than those right at the bottom of the price range, but cannot match the Europeans for looks, driving experience and refinement. If you like the looks and don't mind a couple of tradeoffs to grab a bargain then this is the car for you!

by Rob Starling If you were lucky enough to have worked for an employer which offered a pension in retirement that is linked to your earnings and period of service with that employer, then it’s likely that you will have read that the transfer values for leaving such a pension scheme appear very attractive at the current time. So, what is driving the increase in Transfer Values (TV) in Final Salary (sometimes known as Defined Benefit) Schemes? Scheme Assumptions The assumptions used by the ‘Scheme Actuary’ are crucial to so many elements of a Final Salary Scheme. The assumptions surrounding the investment return of the underlying investments, rising inflation and life expectancy are particularly important and relevant to the current spike in TVs.


To create a TV the actuary, will need to: - Calculate the pension benefits the member is entitled to at the scheme retirement age. - Work out the cost of providing those benefits. - The actuary will then discount the cost by the number of years the member has before reaching the scheme retirement age. The discount used will be the anticipated investment return expected from the underlying investments. The Investment Strategy In simple terms, the underlying investments need to do two things, they need to generate an income for the scheme members who are already retired plus they need to generate growth. Schemes will not look to take a high degree of investment risk and as a result invest heavily in investments known as Gilts and Bonds. Both are

particularly sensitive to Interest Rates, when interest rates are low the return from Gilts and Bonds will be likewise. Therefore, the actuary’s assumptions for the scheme investment return is impacted by the continuing period of low Interest Rates. The lower the anticipated return, the larger the fund that is required to pay the members pension. In short, the TV is higher. The Employer Not all schemes are the same. Some schemes enjoy good funding from a financially secure employer, often resulting in attractive Transfer Values. Whilst others are less so and in fact the scheme may be ‘underfunded’ (i.e. the value of the scheme assets is not sufficient to cover the Pensions that are or will be paid). It’s worth noting that it is not possible to transfer your benefits held within a Public Sector Final Salary Schemes, e.g. The NHS or the Teachers Pension Scheme).

Transfer or Not? We have experienced an increase in enquiries over the last 12 months and what is clear is that there is no ‘one size fits all’ answer to this big question. Transferring a Final Salary pension is a once only decision, it HAS to be correct, there’s no going back. In our opinion, a full and thorough analysis must be conducted taking into account the wider financial situation, goals and objectives and placing the potential transfer in a much wider context. Less obvious issues might include providing for a spouse on death, leaving a legacy to grandchildren, attitude to investment risk etc. Only once all of the issues have been thoroughly analysed will it be possible to know whether to ‘stick or twist’.


Rob Starling is a Partner and Chartered Financial Planner with Bluesky Chartered Financial Planners


any of us feel a bit strapped for cash at some point across the year, don’t we? But perhaps we have been overlooking an easy way to turn our unwanted goods into cash? The humble car boot sale. You’ll find one close to home most weekends. They are everywhere. So obvious, yet ignored by many - even those wanting a bit of extra cash in their pocket. But why? Many people fell out of love with car boot sales; it’s not much fun when the children are small, then Ebay and Facebook offered a chance to reach more people - and get a better price. But Ebay is time consuming. Taking photos, weighing, listing and then taking each item to the Post Office...how many of us have a ‘pile to sell’ somewhere in the house? How long has it been there? Exactly.

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So I believe that the time is right to re-embrace the Car Boot sale. You’ve got a pile of stuff already, so what next? Find A Sale You may want to weigh up the benefits of staying close to home vs. traveling a little further afield for a larger boot sale. You can find listings in the local paper or online at onlinecarbooty. com and carbootjunction.com, but you should also ask friends and neighbours - nothing beats personal experience.


Making the Most of It Pitch fees can vary from as little as £5, right up to £50, so it’s important to guestimate your anticipated sales before committing to a high pitch fee. It’s a good idea to share with a friend. Not only can you share the expense of the pitch fee, you can also watch each other’s stuff if you need to pop to the loo! Think about how you’ll display your items to increase the chance of a sale. A box filled with small items labelled ‘Everything 50p‘ makes it easy for people to buy. Opinion is divided on whether or not to price up larger items. While some car booters say that if someone is interested they will ask - or offer - a price, others believe that items priced up sell better, due to British inhibitions! Whatever you decide, do a little research before you go. Stories abound of items being snapped up for spare change at boot sales which are later valued at £000’s - I’m sure you’ve seen Antiques Roadshow! Don’t be that guy.

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Get Prepared Make sure you take along a cash float with plenty of change, a table (obvs!) and a good way to display your items. Do you need a clothes rack or some shelves? Take some carrier bags too, your customers will appreciate that. And try to refrain from browsing...you’ve just got rid of your clutter, so be guarded against adding to it! Most car boot sales finish around lunchtime so as you pack up and head home, as well as counting the money in your pocket you can congratulate yourself for adding to your wallet rather than landfill. So, who’s up for a car booty? A33 Swallowfield Bypass Sundays March to December Mortimer West End - Mortimer Sundays and Bank Holidays all year round

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Property of the Month West Street Tadley Detached Bungalow

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Set within a secluded cul-de-sac, this detached bungalow has been subject to a substantial amount of renovation by the current owners. Having been redecorated throughout, this immaculately presented residence is located close to Tadley common and recreation grounds and is positioned within easy reach of various shopping and sports facilitates, local amenities, schools and regular bus routes. This deceptively spacious home comprising of entrance hall, lounge, dining room, new part brick and UPVC conservatory, refitted kitchen, three good sized bedrooms and refitted bathroom, benefits from gas radiator central heating through a new boiler and UPVC double glazing throughout. Externally the private gardens are easily maintainable, there is sufficient parking for up to six vehicles and ample storage through a detached single garage and large storage shed.




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Property of the Month Christy Court Tadley 2 bedroom apartment

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A well-presented 2 bedroom apartment in popular modern development on the southern side of town. The apartment comprises of a communal entrance hall accessed via security entry phone system, private reception hall, living room, kitchen, 2 bedrooms and a bathroom. There is a small balcony off the living room, communal grounds and an allocated parking space. The property has double glazed windows and electric heating, and is located close to local shopping facilities, amenities and various bus routes with services to Basingstoke and Reading.


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Burghfield Common office • Excellent location surrounded by countryside

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• Three bedrooms

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• Comprehensively refurbished

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• Three bedrooms, two receptions • Unfurnished, available now

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• Spacious 3 Double Bedrooms

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Property of the Month Cock Lane Bradfield

3 bedroom Victorian character cottage

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Located in the desirable village of Bradfield Southend the property is well placed to take advantage of all the area has to offer. Believed to have been built in the late 1800s the property has been lovingly cared for and restored to its former glory by its current owners. Work completed includes, but is not limited, to a full re wire, re plumbing, replacement double glazed windows, re fitted kitchen and bathroom and a new roof. Entering the property accommodation strikes the perfect balance between the old and the new and flows effortlessly from room to room. This property represents a rare opportunity to acquire a comprehensively refurbished property with extension potential in this most desirable of villages.

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Property of the Month Strawberry Fields Mortimer 4 bedroom family home


An immaculately presented family house set within the heart of Mortimer Village. Offering over 2000sq.ft of living accommodation, this property offers a front aspect lounge, dining room with modern orangery style roof, family room/home office, large kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, single garage, four double bedrooms, a single room/study, three bathrooms and a ground floor cloakroom. To the front of the property is driveway parking and to the rear is a well-maintained garden that doesn’t feel overlooked by neighbouring properties. The location is quiet and popular with families with good schools, shops and transport links within walking distance, including Mortimer Train station. With a practical layout, storage throughout and modern kitchen and bathrooms, viewings of this property are highly recommended.



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• 17ft modern kitchen

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n my view you should throw away your bathroom scales immediately!! We have all been there haven’t we, when you step on the bathroom scales expecting to see some major weight loss only to be disappointed with what we see before us. But not satisfied with one disappoint that day, we go and step back on them later in the day expecting a different result. The impact of this can be pretty devastating. Without regular exercise and healthy eating the average female weight will fluctuate up and down by 1 to 3lbs during a week and men between 1 to 5lbs over the same time frame. You don’t need your scale to show you have only moved a few pounds up or down because you will do that anyway. So “what’s the alternative”, “how do I keep my eye on my weight” I hear you say? I say trust your instincts more! Let’s be honest, we all know if we have over indulged on the wrong foods or if we’ve had too much alcohol because our conscious tells us we have. Again, we have all said at some point in our lives I “wish I hadn’t eaten

that” but we continue to eat and drink unhealthily then step on our bathroom scales and expect to witness some weight loss, True? I think your clothes are the best measure to whether you have lost weight or not. Think about it how many of us have kept an item of clothing we no longer fit in hoping one day we’ll be able to once again show off in it? On the other hand, when was the last time you had to buy the next size up, because your clothes have started to feel a bit too snug, or you no longer feel comfortable in them? Yep, I’ve been there too, Your weight is only a small part of how to measure your fitness. For me the best way is to measure your body fat. Muscle is much heavier than fat, so if you carry more muscle than fat you’ll be much heavier and vice versa, but your bathroom scales won’t tell you that! My advice is to trust your clothes, get regular exercise and eat healthily and throw away those bathroom scale, but you know this already, yes?

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If you don’t have the time or experience to take care of your garden and have it looking the way you would like, let this local, experienced gardener take the strain so you can sit back and relax this autumn! Autumn lawncare, mowing, digging, sowing, planting, weeding, pruning, hedge-cutting, tree management, sympathetic makeovers and soft & hard landscaping.


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There are some pretty important home maintenance jobs to do before the colder weather arrives, many relating to home heating and the safety of it. Weʼve talked to some local experts for their input, including Williams Home Heat of Padworth, who offer chimney sweeping, supply of logs and coal and stove installation. Hereʼs a handy checklist to get you started. Heating. Most of us turn our heating on mid October. Funnily enough, heating engineers are at their busiest then, fixing lots of broken down boilers because 43% of us donʼt get our boilers serviced annually. Remember, itʼs far more cost effective to have your boiler serviced every year, rather than waiting for it to break down. Only Gas Safe registered heating engineers can legally carry out any gas related work, such as boiler maintenance. If you only tick off one job this September, make sure itʼs boiler maintenance so you stay safe and warm this winter.

Check Smoke Alarms! With most appliances working harder in the winter months, itʼs important to check the fire safety of your home. Smoke alarms should be checked every month, but what about your carbon monoxide detector? You should have one in the sleeping area of the home and in each room that burns fuel. Test it once a month along with your smoke alarms.

Check paintwork on wooden windows and doors for signs of cracking. If the paint has cracked, or has started to split, the damaged area will need to be sanded back and re-painted, to prevent frost getting into the woodwork and causing rot. If this isnʼt a job that you have the time to tackle yourself, a local handyman would take this on.

Sweep that Chimney! Line up chimney sweep cleaning services now before the winter rush! Gavin Williams of Williams Home Heat told us, “We all love a roaring fire in the autumn and winter months, but chimney fires are always a risk if your chimney is not swept regularly.” Most chimney sweep services cost from as little as £40, so keep safe and get that booked in.

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Rocking all over Berkshire The Rock Project Berkshire, now in its second year, has grown from strength to strength. Its adult students from its Encore classes have already performed in three concerts, while the childrenʼs classes are gearing up for their end of year concert.

The Rock Project Berkshire, which now has 13 classes across Berkshire, prides itself on the quality of its teachers. All have performed as professional musicians and some have very impressive tour histories including supporting The Blockheads and the Architects. With the Architects performing soon at Reading Festival, The Rock Project Berkshireʼs Summer School is already sold out and will be its own mini festival with a week full of learning and playing instruments, culminating in its own live concert. Family affair

learning the drums and singing. She really is a great inspiration because not only does she love learning the drums – and is really very good – she is supporting her children and helping them to see that you can learn to play an instrument or be in a band at any age.” The support that The Rock Project Berkshire gives its students is central to its success. Each two hour class involves learning and practicing in small groups and sometimes one-on-one, finishing with an actual performance at the end. Separating itself from traditional music lessons, students can experience from the beginning what it feels like to perform and get that buzz from day one.

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Bringing music to life is at the core of The Rock Project Berkshireʼs directive and some families are fully adopting this with parents and children enrolling as students. “We have a lovely family attending one of our classes and it is really inspiring,” explains Harmeet. “The mother is having drum lessons and her two daughters are To contribute, advertise or let us know your news please call 0118 933 3311 or email info@villageeye.co.uk


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Film of the MONTH C

hristopher Nolan’s epic war drama is a landmark in modern cinema. Dunkirk is undoubtedly a near masterpiece in movie making, bringing to life a vitally important chapter in British history - but crucially it redefines the summer blockbuster format. This is a lean, stripped back barrage on the senses with little dialogue and not a pixel of CGI in sight, and yet it feels every inch a mainstream box-office event.

After the invasion of France by Nazi Germany the allied troops have been forced to retreat and are trapped on the beaches of Dunkirk. Like sitting ducks they are subjected to wave after wave of aerial attack from the Luftwaffe.Their only hope lies with a mass flotilla of private and civilian boats that have been called up to help with a mass evacuation. The film is told through three cleverly intertwining narratives that span different time periods and depict the action on the land, sea and air. Nolan is no stranger to playing with themes of time and space (Memento, Inception and Interstellar) and although this is a very deliberate construct it’s choreographed with such precision and detail it feels completely seamless. We begin on land and are dropped straight into the action.Tommy, a petrified young soldier, is literally running for his life through a deluge of gunfire on the streets of Dunkirk. After retreating behind the allied perimeter he arrives on the beach amid scenes of devastation. Thousands of forlorn

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soldiers line the shores and are crammed onto the pier desperately waiting to board incoming military rescue vessels. Their only line of protection comes from the air where a squadron of Spitfires, including pilot Farrier (Tom Hardy) are tasked with destroying the bombers to save the ships and troops stranded below. Meanwhile on the other side of the channel civilian boats are being commandeered by the Navy to help with the rescue, but Mr. Dawson (Mark Rylance) decides to set sail on his own with his two sons in tow. On route to France they discover the first evidence of bloodshed with the rescue of a shipwrecked soldier suffering from shell-shock (Cillian Murphy) and it’s not long before they are being engulfed in the carnage themselves. Orchestrating the evacuation is stoic pier-master Commander Bolton (Kenneth Branagh) who remains resolute and unflinching in the face of the impending doom. The stellar cast hardly put a foot wrong (including newcomer Harry Styles) but they are completely overshadowed by the sheer scale of the movie, underpinned by Hans Zimmer’s incredible music score. Right from the off this foreboding drone-like soundtrack gnaws away at your nerve ends and perfectly heightens the relentless sense of anguish. Like the dialogue, Nolan and cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema have also held back on the grading and effects to give this picture a very raw and natural pallette. During its quieter moments this approach gives the movie a documentary feel, highlighting the incredible range of genres Nolan is able to successfully blend together. Nolan was hoping to achieve a movie that created ‘virtual reality without the

goggles’, and he’s certainly achieved that and then some. Dunkirk is cinema on a truly epic scale - a jaw dropping and immersive spectacle that is both beautiful and brutal in equal measure. If this movie has somehow passed you by this summer then please...go and see it now! cosmos. Grab your bracelets of victory and royal tiara and make a date with your local multiplex now! "Go see it now!






This book follows the first magical year of Hogwarts for Harry and his two friends Ron and Hermione. Harry Potter is a wizard whose parents have been killed by Voldermort. He is living with the Dursleys. He is curious, fun loving, loyal and a bit cheeky but a lovable character. One of his friends and personally, I think, the best character, is Hermione Granger who as well as being a very loyal friend is an extremely smart cookie who never crumbles under pressure and she will try and answer every question even if she does not know the answer and is curious to learn. Ron is the exact opposite of Hermione as he is not yew bright or smart but as well as that he is very loyal just like Harry. He has been inspired by his twin brothers Fred and George to have a good sense of humour but at the same he can be kind and caring! Family fun can definitely be found in this action-packed book. Fom the dreaded Dursleys, to the sorting hat and the man with two faces. A Hogwatrs tradition is that all the bew students get sorted in to one of these following houses: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Slytherin and Ravenclaw. The three friends lose points for Gryffindor but get back up again and earn points for bravery and risks as big as losing their lives! Now I will talk to you about the pets in the first book. These include Hedwig, (Harry’s pet owl), Scabbers (Ron’s pet rat) , Fang (Hagrid’s dog) and many more! The characters you will truly fall in love with! That is why it deserves sparkling stars! Age range 7 and up

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Move Over Summer BACK TO SCHOOL It’s probably fair to say that most parents begin the long school summer holidays with a joyous heart, but the novelty has usually worn off when September rolls around! Summer holidays can get tough with the kids at home all day. Budget constraints can lead to cries of ‘I’m bored’ and bored kids lead to arguing kids, which can really test the nerves of the calmest of parents.


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board or, if you’re tech savvy, a calendar could be synched to everyone’s phones. So, when the school calls to ask for field trip volunteers, you’ll know at a glance whether you’re free to join the group on the bus that day.

That first day back at school in September can be a huge relief, but the relief can soon turn to dread as the early alarms, the challenging schedules and the piles of paper handouts Plan before you shop jolt you back to August is the reality. But it second-biggest doesn’t have sales month to be that clothing Think six weeks for way. Here retailers of summer is too are a few and back pointers to school long? In Chile, to help clothing sales school holidays the family began as last for about ease in early as July! to a new An informed 12 weeks…. school year shopper is a imagine! as the long savvy shopper, easy days of so prepare before summer become you shop. Take an a distant memory. afternoon and assess each child’s clothing needs. Ease the family into a term Chuck out all of the worn-out time schedule. clothing and pass on all of The first day of school is no the outgrown stuff. Create time for a drastic adjustment a list for each child, but don’t of sleep schedules. Instead, forget to check for possible ease the kids back into a hand-me-downs from older term time routine gradually. siblings as you make your list. During the last two weeks You should be able to headof the holidays, start to off any in-store meltdowns if re-introduce a term time you discuss the needs list and bedtime. Begin waking late the family budget with your sleepers earlier and earlier, children before you hit the closer to the hour they’ll need shops. Do shop early! Stock to rise when school begins. runs out, particularly the Be warned though, you won’t most popular sizes so leave win any popularity contests plenty of time and you won’t for this. get caught out. Create Calendar Central Nothing calms term time chaos like Calendar Central: a centralised place for all family calendars and schedules. Parents’ evenings, scout meetings, music lessons, football training... You need a family event calendar to track all these things in one place. It doesn’t really matter how you do it. A paper calendar, a pre-printed white board or a smart phone app. Choose a calendar format that works for your family. The calendar needs to be in a central place. It could be pinned to a notice

Calendar? Check. Uniform? Check. You’ve got this. And after you’ve waved off the children at the school gates on that first day back, you know you won’t be the only parent doing a secret fist pump as you turn away. Back to routine...and breathe!

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4 of the best Back to Schools Apps These six apps can help students of all ages make the best of the opportunities that today’s mobile devices provide. From homework trackers to ways to chat with classmates, you can do it all with your Android or iOS device. Well, everything except for taking tests — so be sure to study.


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Jubilee Day Nursery and Jubilee Gems Term-Time Day Nursery based in Padworth are well-known for the quality of their outdoor learning and providing a high quality Pre-school education in preparation for children starting school. But why is a Pre-school education so important?

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‘Once seen as simply a preparation for school, what happens to young children between the age of three and five is now an important phase of education in its own right and one with long term implications for children as learners.’ (Dept for Education Effective Pre-school, Primary and Secondary Research Project, 2015) Government research has shown that attending a high quality Pre-school has a positive and long-term impact on children’s attainment, progress and socialbehavioural development and continues to influence outcomes throughout primary school and beyond, proving to be especially important for boys. If the Pre-school was of high quality its influence extended to secondary school through higher attainment, social-behavioural development and children were also more likely to go on to higher academic study. Both of Jubilee’s day nurseries for children from 3 months to five years, place great emphasis on a caring, safe learning environment where children are happy, nurtured and encouraged to develop and achieve their full potential. Jubilee employs highly experienced practitioners who place importance on a well-rounded learning experience encompassing a child’s physical, personal, social and emotional development. Pre-school children have a dedicated free-flow space leading into their own garden, designed to promote and encourage independence. It’s here that Jubilee’s fantastic team prepare the children for their eventual move to ‘big school’. Children naturally develop at different rates and staff support them by encouraging everyone’s unique talents through their in-depth understanding of child development. Children might learn about topical festivities or enjoy visiting the dedicated ‘Learning Hub’

We ask... Why is Pre-school education so important? ‘Children learn strong foundation skills for all future learning’ (Jubilee Day Nursery Ofsted, 2017) ‘Without a shadow of a doubt, this has to be one of the best nurseries in the south of England. We were devastated that we had to move away, and have since never found a nursery school like it. The resources and setting are brilliant, with exceptional

and minutes from the A4), Jubilee offers a range of packages including full-time, term-time* and flexible sessions. Government funding and Free Entitlement is also available for eligible 2*, 3 and 4 year-olds. (*Jubilee Gems only)

where they really start to get to grips with phonics through fun, interactive sessions, and enjoy a wealth of rich and diverse learning experiences – all of which are linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage. Located in Padworth (between Newbury, Reading and Basingstoke

To contact Jubilee Day Nursery (fulltime), Tel: 0118 970 1600 Email: info@jubileedaynursery.co.uk or visit www.jubileedaynursery.co.uk


outdoor facilities. The level of enthusiasm from the staff is unparalleled and the evidence of outstanding care and a happy environment is plain to see in the fact the children race in and refuse to leave at collection time. Our son adored his time at Jubilee and we will be forever searching for nurseries and schools that can live up to this one’. (Parent Review, 2017)

To contact Jubilee Gems, our term-time nursery, Tel: 0118 983 4018 Email: info@jubileegems.co.uk or visit www.jubileegems.co.uk



As a Careers Adviser I have spent more than a few Results Days working with students who haven’t obtained the entry requirements for their chosen course. You might not be able to change the actual results, but you CAN plan for the worst by preparing yourself with information. Don’t panic! Not getting the A Level or GCSE results you had hoped for will NOT make or break your entire future. If your A Level results do not meet the entry requirements your chosen University may still accept you if you only slightly missed the grades, so stay logged into your UCAS Track to find out if you have been accepted or if you have automatically been entered into Clearing. Clearing is not a dumping ground for courses no one wants. It is a treasure trove of courses waiting to be filled. Someone’s ‘insurance choice’ could very well be your first choice. According to UCAS, 65,000 students found their place at University through Clearing last year (UCAS 2016).

For more information on the Clearing process, there is a wealth of information out there: https:// university.which.co.uk/advice/ clearing-results-day If your A Level results are better than predicted, you may be eligible for UCAS Adjustment which allows you to look for courses with higher entry requirements whilst keeping your original offer safe.

Clare Desai Offering guidance and information for your Career Journey

If your GCSE or BTEC (Level 2) results aren’t what you had hoped for and you have applied to a local college, speak to their advisers and staff who will be on hand on results day. Have a look online for the time and location. If you have applied to stay on at school, you need to talk to school staff about whether or not they will still accept you. If you find yourself without a course, don’t panic! Talk to a Careers Adviser about your options, there is always a different step you can take to get to where you want to be... Good luck!

Autumn Courses Try something new this autumn at The Hurst

Name of Course Day Dressmaking for Beginners Mondays Sewing with Confidence Wednesdays Painting with Watercolours Wednesdays Creative Drawing Fridays Stone Carving Tuesdays Knitting for Beginners Wednesdays Introduction Digital Photography Wednesdays Introduction Digital Photography Thursdays Get the most out of Social Media Wednesday Get the most out of Social Media Saturday IPad for Beginners Tuesdays Nutrition, Macro’s and Fat Loss Saturdays Begin to Exercise - HIIT Saturdays Begin to Exercise - Pilates Saturdays Begin to Spin Saturdays Make, Take & Bake Does Christmas Tuesdays Slugs & Lettuces - Outdoor Workshops Tuesdays Makaton Fridays Newborn to Parenting Fridays Safer Lives, Safer Homes TBC Keep up with Your Children - Maths Wednesdays Keep up with Your Children - English Fridays Prepare You & Your Child for School Mondays Understanding Behaviour – Under 5’s Tuesdays Stories, Rhymes & Crafty Times Tuesdays Understanding Behaviour – Over 5’s Thursdays Cooking Counts Wednesdays Mini Messy Fridays Assertiveness & Confidence Building Wednesdays CV Writing & Interview Skills Tuesdays Where the course is FREE, conditions apply – please enquire

Start Date 11th Sept & 30th Oct 13th Sept & 1st Nov 13th & 1st November 15th Sept & 3rd Nov 12th Sept & 31st Oct 13th Sept & 7th Nov 13th Sept & 1st Nov 14th Sept & 2nd Nov 18th Oct 4th Nov 3rd Oct & 31st Oct TBC 23rd Sept 4th Nov 4th Nov 31st Oct 3rd Oct & 7th Nov 22nd Sept 15th Sept TBC 13th Sept 15th Sept TBC 31st Oct 12th Sept 21st Sept 13th Sept & 1st Nov 15th Sept 20th Sept 3rd Oct *cost of materials not included

Wks 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 1 1 3 1 5 5 5 5 3 5 5 2 5 5 5 5 5

Time 19.00-21.00 19.00-21.00 19.00-21.00 19.00-21.00 18.30-21.30 13.00-15.00 10.00-12.00 19.00-21.00 9.30-14.30 9.30-14.30 9.30-11.30 9.30-14.00 9.30-10.30 9.30-11.30 10.15-11.00 13.15-14.15 9.30-11.00 9.30-11.30 9.30-11.30 TBC 9.30-11.30 9.30-11.30 9.30-11.00 9.30-11.30 9.30-11.30 19.00-21.00 5 10.00-11.30 3 10.00-11.30 3 9.30-11.30 3 12.30-14.30 & 19.00-21.00 #own IPad needed

Please call or email for more information on any of our courses. Concessions available for those in receipt of their state pensions or any means tested benefits. TBC courses, please register your interest

Fee £50* £50* £50* £50* £85* £50 £50 £50 FREE FREE £30# FREE £25 £25 £25 £30 FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE

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Wednesday 20 September, 10.30am - 12.00pm Thursday 5 October, 6.30pm - 9.00pm Friday 3 November, 10.30am - 12.00pm Tuesday 5 December, 10.30am - 12.00pm To reserve your place at an Open Morning or our Open Evening please call Admissions on 0118 984 6910 or email admissions@sjcr.org.uk. Alternatively you can book via our website.


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Early Years Open Days Friday 3 November, 4.15pm - 5.30pm Tuesday 5 December, 9.30am - 11.00am

To reserve your place at an Open Morning or Afternoon please call Admissions on 0118 984 6910 or email admissions@sjcr.org.uk. Alternatively you can book via our website.


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Getting Sporty at Luckley Luckley House School in Wokingham is looking forward to another year of successes both in and out of the classroom.

Following the move to coeducation in September 2015, a major focus is to develop the sports provision in the school, particularly for boys. The Year 7 and 8 boys have enjoyed some real sporting achievements this year, with notable wins in both football and cricket matches against local schools. Luckley is now into its third year of co-education and the increasing number of boys has led to the appointment of a Head of Boys Sport from September 2017. Mr Matt Humphrey will bring a wealth of experience, including

teaching PE at LVS Ascot, cricket coaching at Binfield Cricket Club and as a regular on the football field, both as a player and a coach, as he leads the Independent Schools U13 Regional South Central squad. He is also the ISA London West Sports Coordinator, which will be of great benefit to Luckley, in terms of access to new opportunities and resources. Mr Humphrey has outlined his plans to develop certain areas of sport which will include a significant increase in the number and variety of fixtures played. He says “"I am really excited to be working at Luckley House School, there will be a strong emphasis on high quality teaching and

coaching, allowing every pupil to participate and succeed at every level. We have a competitive fixture program against both independent and state schools in place ready for September, across football, hockey and rugby." The school has also secured a partnership with Sand Martins Golf Club in Wokingham. The intention is to commence a junior golf programme in January 2018 and to identify potential golf scholars for extra-curricular coaching. Another plan is to introduce tennis camps from September. Taster sessions will be offered to all pupils who may then sign up for regular lessons as an after school activity. Mrs Kirstie Hobson, Director of Sport at Luckley said “It is an

exciting time to be Head of PE at Luckley and even more exciting to be a pupil. There are lots of changes happening in the sports department which will provide students with many more opportunities and chances to improve their sporting ability whilst also developing a lifelong love of sport’. Meet the Sports Department and find out more at the school’s Open Morning on Saturday 30 September, from 9am. Book a place online at www.luckleyhouseschool. org/open-day-bookingform/ or email Registrar@ luckleyhouseschool.org


Excellent all-round education for boys and girls aged 11-18

Open Morning

Saturday 30th September, from 9am.


Tuesday 15 March 2016, 9am Book via our website at www.luckleyhouseschool.org

School Bus available covering RG7

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Paris! On the 31st August 2017 four local chaps will be cycling from London to Paris to raise funds for the Royal British Legion at their event, Pedal on to Paris. Chris Miller, Nigel Payne, Jason Eccles and Paul Cape collectively known as Team B! - each paid an entry fee and has committed to raising £900 each, so a total of at least £3600 for this great charity.

As Britain’s leading Armed Forces charity, the Legion provides social, emotional and financial care and support to serving and ex-Service people and their families. This includes the running of care homes and break centres, outreach services for homeless veterans and prison leavers. The legion’s campaigns and manifesto recommendations also help to secure additional funding in areas such as hearing loss, mental health funding for vulnerable veterans, a veterans mobility fund and funding for a new Armed Forces Credit Union which will give current and former service personnel access to much cheaper

credit who want to save or repay loans. And the list goes on! Chris Miller, one of the four, completed the event last year alongside 360 other cyclists and he’s delighted to have another three Mortimer locals on board to do the event this year. The cause is close to Chris’s heart following a 17 year career in the army. As the race approaches, it’s time to check the bikes, check the kit and keep up with the training! The 284 mile route goes from London to Calais and then Calais to Dunkirk, where the anniversary of D-day will be marked before they cycle on to Paris, taking four days to


St Joseph’s Church Tilehurst 7pm Tadley Community Centre 9.30am

(Evenings) St John’s Hall, Mortimer ( 2 sessions) 7pm & 8.15pm


Tadley Community Centre 7pm

Thursday Evenings Pharmacy Green, Burghfield Common 7pm



If you would like to support Team B on their epic adventure, you can donate to their group page online at: https://www.justgiving.com/ companyteams/teamb17 Good luck chaps, do let us know how you get on!!

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complete. This prestigious event is the only cycling event - save for the Tour de France - in which the Arc de Triomphe is closed off so that an Act of Remembrance can take place at the end of the event.

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