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appy New Year and welcome to the very ďŹ rst Village Eye of 2017. And what a fantastic issue we have lined up for you. To launch the new year, we have once again teamed up with Michelin-starred LĘźOrtolan restaurant in ShinďŹ eld to offer our readers the chance to win a very special ĘťRhone Valley WineĘź lunch on us! Flick to page 4 for full details on how to enter.

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Our cover sponsor for this issue is Legacy Leisure, better known locally as The Willink Leisure Centre. How lucky we are to have such a thriving leisure centre on our doorstep? From swimming, to gym, from Zumba to Bodycombat they really have something for everyone so turn to pages 8 and 9 to ďŹ nd the right activity for you. This month, we meet National icon, British actor, comedian, writer and philanthropist, David Walliams, who talks to us about comedy writing and ĘťGangsta GranniesĘź. Turn to p.30 for the full interview!



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If you love an adrenaline rush, youʟll love our IFly competition too. Formerly known as Airkix, this indoor skydiving centre in Basingstoke is offering our readers the chance to win a ʝKickstarterʟ package for two people which includes two ights. What are you waiting for? Turn to page 29 for all the details. KEEPING IT LOCAL



Are you looking for a new project to get stuck into for 2017? A project that will involve lots of ĘťmeetingsĘź down the pub, some local competition and (hopefully) raise a load of money for charity? Then look no further...BurghďŹ eld is launching its very own Box-kart Bash! With an inter-village Red Bull soapbox style race planned to take place in June, it means you have 4 months to plan and build your very own Boxkart to compete against your friends and neighbours! Turn to p.6 to ďŹ nd out how to get involved.


Our regular columnists bring some great variety this month. Rob Starling of BlueSky Financial gives us some facts and ďŹ gures to think about with regard to retirement on p.13. Local solicitors, Rowberry Morris give us some insight into accidents on holiday, appropriately named Holiday Horrors on p.10. In Jack WorboysĘź motoring column, he reviews the Audi A2 for us, so turn to p.33 to ďŹ nd out more. And, of course, our Eye Geek is on page 12 with an overview of 5G, yes you heard me right...5G. Who knew? Our ďŹ lm reviewer, Rob Barnes bring us his thoughts on the latest Star Wars blockbuster, Rogue One and Megan, our beauty editor reveals how to “Get yer Red-onâ€? this winter on page 7.




LetĘźs not forget that ValentineĘźs Day is just around the corner – a chance to treat your loved one. So whether youĘźre looking for beauty treatments or somewhere nice to eat, youĘźll ďŹ nd some great suggestions within the pages of the mag this month. As always, THANK YOU to all of our readers, advertisers and contributors. Please mention Village Eye when responding to any advertisement or featured business within this magazine. Have a great month!


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cross the weekend of January 28th and 29th, the air will be filled with creativity in Sulhamstead and Ufton Nervet as the third Berkshire Music & Arts Festival takes place at Ufton Court and surrounding venues. Why not enjoy some musical performances, from

early grades through to breathtakingly accomplished performers? If drama is more your thing then come along to watch some solo performances, duologues and group songs, as well as a whole host of songs from the musicals. There will be talks from local authors, prize giving and, for the first time, an open mic opportunity for you to

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perform your own work from 4pm! Entry is just £3 per adult and £1 for children with your ticket allowing access to all venues across both days. Come and play!

Can you remember hearing the news that Margaret Thatcher had resigned? Or seeing the footage of Nelson Mandela being freed from prison? East and West Germany uniting? You get the picture...Well, this is around the time that Penny Waterfield started serving as a school governor - and she’s only just stopped!

Having served as a school governor for 27 years, Tadley Town Council has honoured Penny Waterfield with a Good Citizen’s Award. Penny, who is also the council clerk for Baughurst Parish Council, was honoured for her dedication to the community and her service to Burnham Copse Primary School. For 20 of the years that Mrs. Waterfield was a governor at the Newchurch Road school she served as chair of governors. She said: “‘I thoroughly enjoyed my time as a governor, resigning with regret, and would like to thank Tadley Town Council for honouring me in this way.” Headteacher of Burnham Copse Primary, Ali Armstrong added: “We are really delighted for Penny to be presented with this award. She was a great asset and was really involved with all of the building and expansion of the school.” Congratulations, Penny!


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ll good things, as they say, must come to end. So it is with some sadness that we bring you the news that the irrepressible Steve Littlewood is to retire from performing and bid farewell to his alter ego Freddie Mercury. Steve has entertained the Marvellous crowd for more years than we care to remember, each time bringing his uniquely tongue in cheek twist to the role of Queen’s dynamic frontman. Steve will perform his swan song with his band The Great Pretender at this year’s festival on Sunday 30th July we are certain that this performance will be an epic one - so don’t miss it! This year is the festival’s second year in its new home of Dinton Pastures and takes place on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th July with masses of live music across two stages. This year, acts include tributes to: Queen, Adele, Motown, Coldplay,

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Elton John, Madness, Phil Collins, Fleetwood Mac, James Brown, Abba, Foo Fighters, Take That, The Beatles & Bryan Adams. We hope you’ll agree that this is a fabulous lineup with something for all ages! Whether you choose to camp, glamp or simply visit for the day, as usual, there will be tons of activities to keep the whole family occupied. With usual favourites: The Big Kids’ Village, fairground rides, face painting, dance workshops, bouncy castles, obstacle courses, full bar facilities and fabulous food stalls. We even hear a rumour that there might be a full Big Top Circus this year too - how exciting! Tickets are already on sale and selling fast. If you are yet to have a Marvellous experience, and keep meaning to go - why not make 2017 the year you actually do! For information and tickets visit www. marvellousfestivals.com or call the ticket hotline on 0118 977 4350.





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Aldermaston was first recorded in the 13th Century, was a deer park until the 17th Century and is now considered by heritage experts to be an important 19th Century landscape with remains of earlier pleasure grounds.

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t looks like the threat has passed regarding the Grazeley Garden ‘Village’ (1 1/2 times the size of Lower Earley). The initial plans that hit the local press and caused local uproar were to build 15,000 homes on the area of land between Spencers Wood and Mortimer.

Now that the government has announced the 14 initial garden villages, it looks like Grazeley is off the hook, for now at least.

On the other side of our patch though, up to 227 new houses are due to be built in Aldermaston Park as part of proposals “to restore its Grade II listed Victorian manor and grounds”. The Manor House itself would be converted into 23 apartments. But the area to be developed is home to bats, badgers and red-listed birds. The developer, Praxis, has said habitat would be retained where possible or

replaced with new areas within the site. It would also restore the gatehouses and formal gardens, manage deteriorating woodland and protect ancient oak trees. Jill Butler from Woodland Trust, said: “This is an unprecedented planning application in terms of the devastating impact on a historic wood pasture and parkland, which is an incredibly valuable wildlife habitat.”

MD of Praxis, Steve Faber, said it was costing the company £7,000 a week to secure the site and that other efforts to restore the house had been unsuccessful. “This is not project fear, this is project reality, we can’t fund it infinitely.” Aldermaston villagers said that they would rather see the historic manor house fall further into ruin than new homes built in the village. For more on the campaign and the trust visit www. woodlandtrust.org.uk

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Too Funny Not To Share This is a ‘belter - literally!

Last week, possibly one of the funniest things we’d seen thus far this year caught our attention - a video posted on Youtube by local chap and friend to VE ‘Dave’, of his cycling buddies trying to remove a bike from an electric fence! During a ride-out on recent wet Saturday morning, Burghfield chap - 'Paul The Welder' went to put his bike over a fence, but half way through his maneuver, realised it was electric. In panic, he accidentally dropped it on the fence. The video of him and buddy ‘Al’ trying to get if off is bellylaugh funny and we thought worthy of a share. After posting the video on our facebook page, it soon became apparent that others were indeed finding the clip as comical as we did... Before we knew it, the hilarious antics of the hapless peddlers started to go viral - and within hours, it had clocked up over half a million views, attracting attention from television and media outlets from across the globe! With offers to distribute the clip to shows such as Ellen, Good Morning America and MTV’s Ridiculousness to name just a few, the Burghfield Biker Boys and their electrical escapade may soon be seen on TV screens all over the world. If you haven't yet seen the clip, visit our facebook page and have a giggle! facebook.com/villageeyemagazine

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The boys are keen to point out too, that after the ‘incident’ the fence was indeed put back to its original position and that no damage was done to property or wildlife!






ver thought about relaxing in stylish and comfortable surroundings and enjoying exquisite contemporary French cuisine, exceptional service and a warm welcome?

one of their three private dining rooms, and even offer budding chefs the opportunity to ‘train’ in their kitchen for the day with their exclusive Chef’s Experience Package (Always a great gift, for someone special!)

As proud holders of one Michelin star and three AA rosettes, L’Ortolan is also in the Top 20 on the Sunday Times Best UK Restaurants list!

Dining at L’Ortolan costs less than you’d expect too. From January to March, they are offering a Rhone Valley Wine Lunch - a delicious three course lunch with chef’s appetiser and pre-dessert for £37.

Conveniently located just down the road in Shinfield, L’Ortolan is housed in a beautiful listed building and offers a tempting variety of dining options for both business entertaining and social occasions. ...And talking of all things social, in 2016, the staff at L’Ortolan noticed a dramatic increase in spellbound diners taking snaps of their food and enthusiastically posting these images on social media sites. And why not - when the food looks as good as theirs does, it would be a shame not to share it with friends! Now with 1000 followers joining them on Instagram and over 5000 each on Facebook and Twitter, the team has decided to embrace the trend and is running a prize draw each month where diners can win a free midweek lunch for two for uploading their foodie images from the restaurant with #LortolanDining!

The full Rhone Valley Wine Lunch menu and details of other mouth watering offers can all be found on their website. www.lortolan.com

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Village Eye and L’Ortolan have teamed up to give one lucky reader the chance of winning one of these mouth watering lunches... Entry to the competition is free and remember, one of you WILL WIN! Please see the entry details below.

In addition to their regular fine dining experience, diners can also enjoy a Chef’s Table experience – where 2-4 guests get to dine in the kitchen opposite the pass, choose a Private Dining option in

Competition Entry To be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize, simply go to villageeye.co.uk, click the LʼOrtolan tab and answer the following question:

LʼOrtolanʼs social media # is? a: #LortolanDining b: #LortolanFoodie c: #LortolanExperience Entries must be made by midnight on Monday 29th Feb. The winner will be notified on Monday 3rd March. Lunch for 2 can be taken Tues to Thurs, expiry 31st March 2016. Full terms & conditions at www.villageeye.co.uk


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WORTHINGTONS THE SALON What’s trending in 2017... Spring will be here before you know it and you’ll be ready to update your hair colour with one of the latest hair colouring trends in golds and coppers. Try something new this year - ditch the pastel colours, the bold colours or the “no” colour granny looks of yesteryear, and meet ‘Balayage’. First seen in Vogue magazine, Balayage, which was taken from the French word meaning “to sweep,” is a freehand technique in which swatches of hair are sectioned and hand painted against a backing board with a lightening agent. The colouring technique is modern, chic, and creates depth and dimension. Balayage is the hottest way to brighten up your look this season. Ever get a blow-dry and wish those loose, soft curls would last ... forever - then you are in for a treat. With perms set to be ‘big’ in 2017, modern techniques can give you this look, effortlessly, on a daily basis. At Worthington’s, we are celebrating this seasons hottest new trends and, from now until the end of February, we’re offering 20% off all perm and colour treatments*. Please call us to book a free consultation and give your image a lift this spring! Also, don’t forget to check out and like our facebook page - to be kept updated with our latest offers (and very importantly, this is where you can view our client feedback and comments. (Something we’re immensely proud of). We look forward to welcoming you into our salon soon. Much Love,

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GET YOUR TEAM TOGETHER NOW! are hoping that it will meander down Hermits Hill into Burghfield Village*, and the organisers are inviting friends, neighbours, local businesses and groups to get a team together and compete on the day. Themed karts will most definitely be encouraged!

I’ts been a long time in the planning - but we are very excited to announce that the chaps behind The Santa Cruise, The Easter Bunny Hop and Burghfest are organising the first ever Burghfield Box-kart Bash! If you’ve ever watched the Red Bull Soapbox Race on TV, or the Pushcart Derby scene in the film Cool Runnings then you’ll know what a giggle this is going to be. Already a hit in other villages across the country, Pushcart Derbies, Soapbox Races and the like are surging in popularity - and are great ways of getting people together perfect for our villages! The first ever Burghfield Box-kart Bash will be held on Sunday 25th June in Burghfield. With the full course route and details to be confirmed, we

This is going to be a free to spectate fun event run by The Burghfield Santas to raise money for charity, with up to thirty karts which will compete for a variety of prizes. There will be four charity prizes for: *Spirit of the event - This prize will be awarded by the organisers to the team which in their opinion best reflects the fun and sporting nature of the event. • Fastest single time on the day for 1st, 2nd & 3rd places. • Best engineered kart 1st, 2nd & 3rd. • Best novelty kart 1st, 2nd & 3rd. The Burghfield Box-kart Bash is intended to be a free family fun day for the benefit of local residents - from all the local villages. It is being held at the beginning of the summer so that it gives families, friends and individuals a project throughout the spring. What will your team come up with? Perhaps an oversized doughnut (Warings), a giant hairdryer (Worthingtons), or a lifesize Scoobymobile (Tadley Pets)? Who knows... But one thing is for certain - we think that the popularity and fun of this event will provide great platform to raise money for good causes. Traditionally, the Santas have raised money for the Thames Valley Air Ambulance, but recognising that there are so many other worthy causes out


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there, the organisers have decided that the charity prize money can be donated to the charity of choice for each winning team. We really love this idea!

How to enter? For the rules and technical design criteria visit: www.burghfieldsantas.org.uk/boxkart e: burghfieldsantas@outlook.com or like the facebook page facebook.com/BurghfieldBoxKart The entry fee is £50 per kart for individuals or £100 for a company kart. Company entered karts can have their own banner displayed along the course and will be mentioned many times by the event commentator. Entering a company team is a great team building exercise for all. To help with the fundraising, in addition to the entry fee, we ask each kart team to set themselves a minimum sponsorship target of £100. Please Note: Numbers are limited to 30, on a first come first served basis. * subject to final West Berkshire Council approval for road closure on the day. ** images in this article have been sourced online of other fabulous similar charitable events and are truly inspiring & copyright acknowledged!



it’s Valentine’s Day


If you know me then you know I do love a bold lip! Isn’t it essential to have at least one red lipstick in your collection? (Yes of course it is!)

So Valentine’s day is round the corner (how did that happen?) and what would be more fitting than a post dedicated to finding your perfect shade of red. My favourite red lipstick (at the moment) is Sephora’s Cream Lip Stain in 01. This is perfect because as it is a stain, it literally lasts all day long, which is great as it means you can eat and drink all you like and not worry about your lipstick transferring or rubbing off. I would say that this lipstick has a very strong blue undertone (it’s a good thing!) and is very much a ‘true’ red colour. The only thing is that it is a bit of a pain to get hold of… You can order directly through Sephora’s website and they will ship to the UK for a charge. However, I’ve been told they have recently released 40 more shades of their lip stains so there’s plenty more to choose from and make your order worth it! My next option is the priciest of the bunch (Tom Ford why are you SO expensive?!) but it’s definitely the most sheer and glossy red lip of my picks. It’s called Crimson Noir and I think it looks gorgeous on medium - dark skin tones. But, this one is perfect if you want to try a red lipstick but don’t want it to overpower you. It’s so, so so comfortable on the lips you don’t even feel like you’re wearing any lipstick! The cheapest one from my collection and actually one of my favourites is Maybelline’s Color Drama in 510 Red Essential. It comes in a stick form so it means that 1) you don’t need to apply any liner and 2) it’s so easy to reapply on the go if needs be. This is a really deep kind of burnt red which I think would look amazing paired with a winged

liner eye and lots of highlight. Usually with stick formulas I find them to be really drying and uncomfortable to wear, but I definitely don’t get it with this one. I have worn this for a full 10 hours without reapplying - that’s impressive!!

Rita Ora has ‘Total Loyalty to Mac’s Lady Danger

My last option is a cult red lipstick which everyone and their dog seems to own - particularly for the spring/ summer months! Rita Ora, dubbed the queen of red pout has “Total loyalty” to this - Lady Danger by MAC is the most amazing red but with really strong orange undertones (meaning it’s great for summer) and instantly brightens up any make up look! For a matte formula this surprisingly lasts a long time on the lips, but it doesn’t even compare to the longevity of Maybelline’s lip offering. What’s your favourite red lipstick? Are there any more that I should try? Let me know!

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In 2017, as well as offering a state-ofthe-art gym, and an array of fun, fitness workout classes for all levels, we’ll also be running adult and child swimming courses. Split into three age groups (0 - 18 months,18 - 36 months and 36 months - 4 years). Run by ASA qualified teachers, these classes are designed to encourage both adult and child to become more confident in the water together. With structured games include singing, splashing races and much more, all aimed at developing each child’s swimming ability, these courses run back to back, to encourage more consistency with learning and development. SWIMMING The Centre has a 25m pool with four lanes. With a variety of sessions including General Swim, Lane Swimming, 50+ session and ladies only. For children we have parent and toddler set sessions, family splash, fun floats and a pool inflatable! We also have swimming classes for all levels and activities that are run by instructors including Aqua-Fit and Aqua Zumba. For a time table for the pool either go to our website or come in to the centre. SWIM 23 For just £23 per month, you can now swim as much as you like, and attend as many water-based classes as you like (including Aquazumba and Aquarobics!) You can also use your Swim 23 pass at any other Legacy Leisure Centres*.

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ZUMBA™ is one of the most popular group fitness classes in the world. Why? Because it's great fun. Each Zumba class combines dance moves inspired by samba, salsa, mambo and hip hop with classic moves from aerobics and martial arts, leaving you with a unique workout guaranteed to break a sweat and raise a smile. Ditch the workout - Join the Party!


INSANITY® After taking the world by storm online and on DVD, Shaun T’s intense totalbody conditioning program is now available as a class! INSANITY’s high-intensity activity forces the body to work for longer periods of time at a higher capacity than traditional workouts. As a result, people experience faster increases in cardiovascular fitness, and burn carbohydrates and fat more efficiently-as much as 1,000 calories per hour! Call for details.

GYM - The Expressions fitness suite at Willink has been refurbished, with state of the art equipment from Precor to suit every user’s needs. Whether you are training for a marathon, or wanting to shift a few Christmas pounds, the gym has everything you need, and their dedicated fitness team will help you achieve your fitness goals. The gym also boasts a weight area to help supplement your workout.


AQUAZUMBA Splashing, stretching, twisting, shouting, laughing, hooting and hollering – that’s Aqua Zumba classes for you. Integrating the zumba dance class with traditional aqua fitness disciplines, Aqua Zumba - or water zumba - blends it all together into a safe, challenging, water-based workout that’s cardio-conditioning, bodytoning, and most of all, exhilarating beyond belief. YOGA If you are looking for a workout program that’s easy to learn, yoga requires little or no equipment, and soothes your soul while toning your body. If strengthening your cardiovascular system, toning and stretching your muscles, and improving your mental fitness are on your to-do list, then this is the exercise for you. TOTAL BODY BOOTCAMP Is an easy to follow high intensity class, alternating cardiovascular intervals with body conditioning exercises. The ideal way to burn fat, improve fitness and agility, increase muscular strength, endurance and flexibility.

CHILDREN’S PARTIES Let us take care of your child’s special day. For those age 6 and over, how about a private pool party with exclusive use of our pool and giant inflatable - The Devastator for one hour. Tables and chairs will be provided for cakes and nibbles for the 2nd hour (all you need to do is supply the cake and nibbles for your birthday feast). For guests under the age of 6, we offer an exciting Bounce & Play Party. You will be given exclusive use of our large hall for two hours to entertain the special birthday guest and their friends. With a bouncy castle, soft play equipment, hoops, balls, small goal and protective floor mats at your disposal, we are sure your child and his/her friends will have a great time. All of our parties also include Party Mania invitations for you to personalise. For a full list of classes, times and details of our adult and child swimming classes, please visit www.leisurecentre.com or call 0118 983 4845

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Most people return from holiday unscathed, but others are less fortunate and return with woeful stories after an accident. If you are heading off on a Christmas ski trip, what can you do to help yourself to improve your prospects of advancing a personal injury claim when you return?

Remember the onus is on a Claimant to prove his claim so do whatever you can to maximise your prospects of success. Documentation in support of a claim is crucial and might even prove to be the difference between success and failure. •

Keep a diary of the accident circumstances, the aftermath and how the accident affected your holiday. Has anyone elseʼs holiday been adversely affected?

Did you report the accident? If so, when and to whom? Try and get a copy of your Accident Report Form before you return home.

Has anyone else had a similar accident? If they did, before you, and the hoteliers or tour operators did nothing to rectify the cause, they are likely to have difficulties defending further similar claims, including yours.

Were there any witnesses? Statements from independent witness (i.e. not a member of your party) can be valuable to any personal injury matter so take down their names, addresses and contact numbers.

Photographic or video evidence is also extremely helpful. Take photos of the accident location and of any injuries sustained. Were there any “no diving” or warning signs displayed alongside the pool? Were there any warning signs? If there werenʼt, photographs will help to prove this. Something so fundamental can be of paramount importance in succeeding with a claim.


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browse the web, send text messages, and make phone calls—and they could even download and upload large video files without any issues. Then companies added LTE, short for “long term evolution,” to 4G connectivity. LTE became the fastest and most consistent variety of 4G compared to competing technologies like WiMax. The difference between WiMax and LTE is similar to the difference between Blu-Ray and HD DVDs: Both technologies achieved similar outcomes, but it was important to create a standard for everyone to use. LTE did just that, and it made 4G technology even faster! 5G will build on the foundation created by 4G LTE. It’s going to allow people to send texts, make calls, and browse the web as always—and it will dramatically increase the speed at which data is transferred across the network. 5G will make it easier for people to download and upload Ultra HD and 3D video. It will also make room for the thousands of internet-connected devices entering our everyday world. Just imagine upgrading your data connection from a garden hose to a fire hose. The difference will be VERY noticeable.

If its not speeding cars, doggy ‘do’ or antisocial behaviour threads, there’s one topic on our village facebook sites that gets everyone talking... The speed of their internet connection! These days, its all about how quickly we can connect, so it’s no surprise that every major telecom in the world is working to make speeds even faster. Smartphones, watches, homes, and cars are increasingly requiring stable internet connections. In order to pipe in enough bandwidth for that precious wireless feed, we’re going to need an entirely new form of wireless signal— and that’s where 5G comes in.

So, will we really see a difference? Yes. Speeds will be significantly faster. Currently, 4G LTE transfer speeds top out at about one gigabit per second. That means it takes about an hour to download a short HD movie in perfect conditions. The problem is, people rarely experience 4G’s maximum download speed because the signal can be disrupted by so many different things: buildings, microwaves, other wifi signals. The list goes on and on... 5G will increase download speeds up to 10 gigabits per seconds which means it will possible to download a full HD movie will in a matter of seconds! It will also reduce latency significantly (giving people faster load times). In short, it will give wireless broadband the capacity it needs to power thousands of connected devices that will reach our homes and workplaces. Bring it on!

Similar to 4G and 3G before it, 5G is a wireless connection built specifically to keep up with the proliferation of devices that need a mobile internet connection. It’s not just your phone and your computer anymore, either. Home appliances, door locks, security cameras, cars, wearables, dog collars, and so many other inert devices are beginning to connect to the web. Gartner predicts that 20.8 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by 2020. By comparison, there are currently an estimated 6.4 billion connected devices in the world. That’s a lot more devices asking for a quick connection. 5G has the potential to change the world as we know it. It will dramatically increase the speed at which data is transferred, improve response times and provide enough capacity for the billions of devices that will be connected in the internet of things (IoT), paving the way for a slew of innovative new technologies and services.

But what is 5G? Here’s what you need to know. The “G” in 5G stands for “generation.” Wireless phone technology technically started with 1G, and in the early 1990s, and it expanded to 2G when companies first started enabling people to send text messages between two cellular devices.

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Eventually the world moved on to 3G, which gave people the ability to make phone calls, send text messages, and browse the internet. 4G enhanced many of the capabilities that were made possible with the third generation of wireless. People could


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by Rob Starling

recent article in the Telegraph (December 2016) reminded me of a common fear that we come across, particularly when meeting clients for the first time who are seeking our advice on life after work. Frequently the most common financial questions asked are: ‘can we afford to retire?’, ‘Have we saved enough?’ and ‘will the money run out?’. The Telegraph article was based around the concept of how long a £100,000 investment would last if it were invested in a ‘typical balanced’ investment portfolio split between UK shares and Bonds and an income extracted over a theoretical 45 year retirement period. The analysis uses actual investment returns experienced since 1900. The article highlights how timing can be crucial both when investing and at the point extraction of income commences. As we are all aware, the markets have experienced both exceptional and turbulent times during this period. This highlights a key risk when it comes to extracting an income from your investments known as ‘sequential

risk’. To summarise, this means that far greater damage is caused to your investments by extracting an income when values are low, especially if this occurs in the early years. Recovering from this scenario will require significant investment returns in subsequent years. One of the best head starts over the period in question would have been if you had invested at the start of 1982, with the portfolio increasing by 30% by the end of that year, even after a £3,000 income was extracted. The report shows that the worst time to invest would have been 1900, with the funds running out after just 25 years if you were to extract an income of £3,000 annually increasing by inflation. A possible solution to address this degree of variability of outcome would be to diversify your investments across a far wider range of assets. History has demonstrated that diversification can reduce both investment and sequential risks. A well-diversified portfolio will include an element of Cash to cover short term income requirements (perhaps 2 – 5 years), but long-term inflation beating returns will need to come from a

well-constructed portfolio containing a variety of assets, which should be monitored and reassessed regularly. Of course whilst diversifying your investments is an important consideration, having a cohesive strategy and financial plan will increase your chances of achieving your future financial goals.


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First impressions count and while it’s OK to have a small bottle of water tucked in a bag out of sight, do not - under any circumstances - bring a take away coffee to the interview. Yes, it’s increasingly common to walk everywhere with some sort of coffee drink in hand, but never bring one to an interview. Finally, do remember to have a conversation. A question-response, question-response formula can get very dull for both parties. The ability to have fluid conversation demonstrates preparation, intelligence, people skills and active listening. The best interviews are a give and take. FIRST IMPRESSIONS It takes just a quick glance, maybe five seconds, for someone to evaluate you when you meet for the first time. At lightning speed, the other person forms an opinion about you based on your appearance, your body language, your demeanour, your mannerisms, and how you are dressed. You can influence how others see you to a degree; dressing well and feeling confident will translate positively into your body language. Don’t • First impressions • Don't waffle! feel intimidated by this because you, of count. Greet your • Be positive! course, do exactly the same. Yes, you will interviewer with a smile • Remember your body and firm handshake. subconsciously form initial judgements language! about them, too. It’s just human nature! • Expect the unexpected! • Be prepared. Re-read

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Emotional health is about how balanced and confident we feel. If you think of emotional health as being a sliding scale, something we’re all on, and throughout our lives, we will go up and down. Being able to deal with this fluctuation is an important part of being emotionally healthy. Modern life can sometimes take a toll on even the strongest of individuals. When you combine life’s demands with baggage that may follow people from childhood, through adolescence, the teenage years and on into adulthood, it’s no wonder so many people feel that seeing a therapist might help them to feel less stressed, less anxious and generally more happy. This article is for those who have at times considered whether seeing a therapist might help them. There’s no doubt that financial insecurity, unemployment, job uncertainty and high debt all impact negatively on health and well-being in a number of ways but most directly, the current economic downturn is leading to an increase in mood disorders such as depression. So what do people do when they feel like this? Well, surprisingly (or not), according to the latest figures released, only around 20% of people suffering from depression actually go to their doctor, often because they do not want any reference to this subject on their health records. They are instead, opting to consult expert counsellors or therapists directly.

We have all heard of the terms counselling and therapy - but have you ever asked yourself what it actually is? Christine Jones, a local Integrative Counsellor

explains: “Integrative therapy, or integrative counselling is a combined approach to psychotherapy that brings together different elements of specific therapies. Integrative therapists take the view that there is no single approach that can help each client in all situations. Each person needs to be considered as a whole and counselling techniques must be tailored to their individual needs and personal circumstances.” Integrative counselling maintains the idea that all theories are considered to have value, even if their foundational principles contradict each other - hence the need to integrate them. So how does it work? We have all learnt to overcome life’s difficulties in different ways and often become unaware of our coping strategies which originated in the past. These ways of dealing with past problems may not be the best way to deal with problems in the present. The therapeutic relationship between a counsellor and their client enables awareness to lead to understanding and personal growth (change) which tends to give us more choices in life. In a nutshell… being listened to and understood leads to change and a greater awareness of others and their needs.

because of the changes she has seen in people’s lives. She told us “Often, people come to me knowing that something is wrong - though they can’t quite put their finger on what it is. If a client can feel ‘listened to’ and understood, this allows us to work together to find a way forward for them. And whilst, naturally, she can’t talk specifically about her clients, she did give us some examples of past people (and their outcomes), she has encountered over the years.

Emma (not her real name) now realises that her prolonged sense of grief is normal. By working with her, she is now accepting that life goes on and that we all have a purpose. Steven (not his real name) no longer feels stuck in a rut. He realises that his self-defeating behaviour was the result of not wanting to ‘stand out’ as a child. He sees the world anew and feels much more confident about his future. Jenny (not her real name) no longer blames herself for her failed marriage. She now takes responsibility for her part in the relationship and rejects what she was not responsible for. She now feels in a position to move on with her life with renewed confidence.

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If you are feeling low, and have been for a while, then it could be that you are suffering from some form of depression. Thankfully, due to the success of recent social media campaigns, the word ‘depression’ is no longer considered as ‘taboo’ – It’s ok to not feel ok. It is also ok to ask for help when you are feeling like this. If you are feeling at a low ebb, please consider getting help either from your GP or in confidence from a trained counsellor like Christine. For further information about depression and further resources, please visit: www.nhs.uk/conditions/ depression

Based in Spencers Wood, Christine Jones is a qualified integrated therapist, registered with BACP and offers a friendly, professional and confidential service. Specialising in relationship & family issues, anxiety & depression, bereavement & loss and lack of self worth & esteem, she offers free initial sessions with no obligation to take things further. She can be contacted on: 07892 715804




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Property of the Month Wickens Corner Beenham 3 bedroom family home

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Located at the end of a peaceful non through road in the desirable village of Beenham is this three bedroom mid terraced character property. Built in the late 18th century the property has been comprehensively improved whilst maintaining many original features. The proprty consists of a recently refitted kitchen / diner, living room, complete with log burner, and a conservatory that could be used as a dining room and that provides views of and access to the rear garden.On the first floor there are three bedrooms and a recently refitted bathroom. The property also has a large loft that ‘could’ offer loft conversion potential. Outside and to the rear is a South West facing garden. The property benefits further from having a separate garage. This property represents a rare opportunity to acquire a character property in this most desirable of villages.

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Property of the Month Bull Lane, Riseley 4 bedroom family home


Parkers are pleased to offer to the market this modernised Westbuild detached house, situated in the desirable village of Riseley. Located only a 10 minute drive to the M4 J11 & 10 mile drive to Basingstoke. With generous room sizes and an excellent layout this property is located on the edge of the countryside whilst keeping major towns and transport links accessible. The ground floor accommodation comprises lounge, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, utility room and study. The first floor has four bedrooms and two bathrooms. The property also benefits from a double garage, driveway and garden.



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• Three bedrooms

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Property of the Month Heath Road, Pamber Heath 3 bedroom well presented bunglaow

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Offered for sale with no onward chain and set within a highly sought after horse shoe road in Pamber Heath, this extended detached bungalow is conveniently located within short driving distance of Tadley with Sainsbury’s supermarket, various amenities and regular bus routes running to Reading and Basingstoke. Having been redecorated and benefiting from UPVC double glazed windows and gas radiator central heating though a modern condensing boiler, this spacious home comprises of 17’ lounge, separate dining room, UPVC and part brick conservatory, kitchen/ breakfast room, utility, three double bedrooms and refitted shower room. Externally this well present property offers larger than average 23’ garage with driveway parking and well maintained flat rear garden.

£485,000 £335,000


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Property of the Month Franklin Avenue Tadley 3 bedroom family home

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Positioned in a quiet cul-de-sac close to local amenities, various schools and regular bus routes with services running to Reading and Basingstoke, this recently redecorated end-town house is offered unfurnished and available immediately. Benefitting from UPVC double glazing and gas radiator central heating, internal accommodation comprises open plan Kitchen/ diner, lounge, 3 bedrooms and bathroom. (Tenant’s fees apply)

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Senior Citizens Tea Party Just before Christmas, over 45 older members of the local community were invited to The Willink School to enjoy school’s annual Senior Citizens’ Tea Party and Concert. Guests were treated to performances from students from all years including the House Band, Senior Choir, the Year 7 Vocal Group, the Year 8 Dance Group, the Chamber Ensemble and the Year 11 Band. A waiting team of Year 9s served tasty homemade mince pies and scones from the Food Tech Department. Peggy Butler, who was coming to the event for the first time, said, “I’m looking forward to seeing the school because my granddaughter comes here.” Feedback from the event has, as ever, been fantastic. Well done The Willink!


A LUCKY WIN! Congratulations to Rachel Bowen and her family who won a family ticket to see Sleeping Beauty at The Anvil in Basingstoke in our recent Pantomime competition. The family from Burghfield thoroughly enjoyed the show and Village Eye had arranged for them to meet the cast after the performance, too. The cast included Sue Holderness (Only Fools and Horses), Katrina Bryan (CBeebiesʼ Nina and the Neurons) and SarahJane Buckley (Hollyoaks).

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WOW, what an amazing prize we have for you to start the year! How do you fancy ying - really ying? Indoor skydiving is the simulation of true freefall conditions in a vertical wind tunnel. It’s where the dream of flight becomes a reality. When you visit one of the 3 iFLY locations in the UK, get ready to be blown away – literally. It’s thrilling. It’s amazing, and Flyers from 3 to 103 years and can experience the thrill of indoor skydiving at iFLY. Imagine the feeling of freefall as you float on a smooth cushion of air. There’s no parachute, no jumping, and nothing attaching you to planet Earth. It’s just you FLYING in the air. Super fun, super safe and super cool! Whether it’s a ‘just because family day out’, a birthday party, a school trip or a corporate event, the team down at iFly in Basingstoke have many packages to suit every occasion. For details of all of their packages (including special offers) please visit their website at iyworld.co.uk The prize: Our lucky winner will receive a ‘Kickstarter’ package for two people which includes two flights each, equipment hire, and a flight certificate!

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est known for his work with fellow funny man Matt Lucas on Little Britain, a judge on Britain’s Got Talent and swimming 140 miles from Gloucestershire to Westminster raising £2.5 million for Sports Relief, his books aren’t doing so badly either! Since 2008 David Walliams has taken the children’s literary world by storm. His bestselling eight novels have been translated into over forty languages and have sold over eight million copies in the UK alone. Walliams’ books have achieved unprecedented critical acclaim and countless broadsheet reviewers have compared him to his all-time hero, Roald Dahl.


Writing for children is a real passion for him. His novels, including Ratburger, Demon Dentist, Mr. Stink and Billionaire Boy, have all been hugely successful, topping charts and winning a host of awards. His best-selling novel Gangsta Granny, published in 2011, went straight to number one in the children’s book charts and has gone on to be the most successful of all his novels so far... When David was a boy he used to sit captivated at the knees of his two grandmas as they span him tales of their lives. The youngster was amazed at how dramatic and exciting their experiences of World War II had been. Decades later, when the adult David was a successful author,

he decided to return to those days of his childhood and recreate that special bond between children and their grandmothers. After the success of the television film, it seemed only natural that Gangsta Granny should become a stage show. David was approached by the Birmingham Stage Company, whose string of Roald Dahl adaptations including James and the Giant Peach and George’s Marvellous Medicine made it an obvious contender and when David saw their West End production of Horrible Histories – Barmy Britain, the deal was sealed. “Their Horrible Histories show was superb. I loved the humour and the

interaction with the audience. Productions for children need to be fun and fast-paced. I think from pantomimes, children like audience interaction too. They like to be involved. It’s Friday night and Ben knows that means only one thing – staying with Granny! There will be cabbage soup, cabbage pie and cabbage cake and Ben knows one thing for sure – it’s going to be sooooo boring! But what Ben doesn’t know is that Granny has a secret – and Friday nights are about to get more exciting than he could ever imagine, as he embarks on the adventure of a lifetime with his very own Gangsta Granny! Gangsta Granny opens with Ben having to visit his boring old grandma. Ben has to spend every Friday night with his gran while his parents go ballroom dancing – and it’s always an ordeal of cabbage soup and Scrabble. Then one day he finds a tin filled with diamonds and gems which leads to the amazing discovery that his granny was once an international jewel thief! Persuaded by Ben, they decide to take on the biggest heist ever to steal the Crown Jewels and the adventure of their lifetimes is about to begin. “It's a huge thrill seeing Gangsta Granny have this whole new life on the stage. There is lots of action in Gangsta Granny, especially when they try to steal the Crown Jewels. The challenge was bringing those scenes to life. But having seen the production’s first night at Birmingham in November 2015 I think its a fantastic show, so much better than the book! ” David loved watching some of his characters take shape too. “I especially like the characters of Ben's mum and dad. They have an obsession with ballroom dancing which is very funny live on stage. The great thing about seeing Gangsta Granny in the theatre is the audience gets to share the fun together.”

“When I was a child I would spend lots of time with my grandmas,” he says. “Sometimes I would selfishly think spending time with them could be boring but when I got them on a subject like living in London during World War II when bombs were raining down, they would become very animated and I would be enthralled. I realised everyone has a story to tell.” David even added cheeky elements of their characters to his Gangsta Granny. “There was definitely a smell of cabbages in one of my grandmas' houses,” David admits. “The other did break wind like a duck quacking when she walked across the room.” And, casting his mind back to his own childhood, he says that in all the craziness of Gangsta Granny, at its heart is a very special relationship - similar to the one he had with his own grandmother. “There is a special bond between Ben and his gran. “Children love spending time with their grandparents because they love hearing their stories.” “The moral of the story is ‘don't assume old people are boring just because they are old’,” he says. “In fact they are likely to have had a much more interesting life than yours. Talk to old folk, listen to their stories. They are bound to be full of magic and wonder.” Gangsta Granny will be performing at The Anvil in Basingstoke ahead of its West End premiere from 23rd-26th February! Suitable for ages 5 and up, tickets are: £19.50; Under 16s £16.50, Family ticket available (includes £2 booking fee)

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Drives... This month I will be delving once more into the trendy, fashionable part of the motoring world containing words such as crossover, utility and sports. Cars include the Nissan Juke and Kia Sportage, masquerading as 4X4’s, but often without actually having four wheel drive. This time it is the brand new Audi A2 that goes under the microscope. Audi already has a range of 4X4’s ranging from the small Q3 through the Q5 and up to the actually capable (and gigantic) Q7. Of course this being an area of the industry full of niches to fill, three cars isn’t enough, so they will be filling all the gaps and the first out of the blocks is the number 2. It appears to be a mix of A1 and Q3. I’ll start with the looks because that is the first thing you experience with the car. If you ask my opinion I will simply look the other way. Remember what the hulk (or a werewolf) looks like mid-transformation. A hideous mix of gigantic hands and normal human arms etc? Now translate that image onto an Audi A1 and you are neatly brought to the Q2. A bulbous, high body with big open wheels arches and a frankly enormous radiator grill stretched over tiny wheels and small lights, the kind that you’d expect to see on a small hatchback like the A1. I admire the ambition, but in this case I feel it hasn’t paid off. Nevertheless that is all personal opinion so I will move swiftly onto the interior before I offend anyone’s new car… Once inside it is predictable Audi, with beautiful fit and finish with a

design that very closely mirrors the A3 hatchback. Although, being this trendy crossover segment they’ve added a two tone design mirroring the external paint. Room in the back is enough for an average adult with a little more headroom than normal thanks to the raised roofline. Although its no van, the boot is plenty big enough for most family shops.

a little firm as a payoff. This alertness may prove much more alluring in any future SQ2, or even a Q2RS….

Although these even numbered Q models are said to be more dynamic to drive, this isn’t going to set your hair on fire. The 1.4TFSI turbo petrol engine feels a little sluggish in the car, probably due to the increased weight over an A3. The Audi fuel consumption figure is 52.3mpg, so expect more in the mid 40’s, which is middle of the road for cars like this nowadays. As for handling and ride quality, the Q2’s handling is fairly alert which is nice, however the ride is

In terms of prices, it starts at just under £20k for the base model with a 1.0L engine and climbs to £35k plus any options you choose. The equipment levels are good with some really nice options available, as should be expected with Audi. So the Q2 is a very nice car to be in then, unless you’re a proper blue blooded petrol head of course. However the question is, can you bear to see it on your drive? Or be seen driving it? If you are a fan of the looks I’m sure you’ll be very happy together, but not for me thanks!


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If you're one of the many people who saw in the New Year with a little overindulgence, you may also join thousands of Britons who see the start of a new year as their chance to get into a better, healthier shape. And you don't even necessarily have to be ‘overweight’ to do so.

Even men and women who appear to be a good weight aren't always their shape because of the way they eat; metabolisms vary from person to person, and if you tend to choose fried foods, sweets and booze over healthycooked meals, fruits and water, your body may not look as good on the inside as it does outside. Many people are tempted to go all out when January 1st rolls around and start a focussed exercise regime as well as beginning to diet in earnest. Some cut out all of the bad foods from their diets and replace them with healthy options filled with all the good stuff we need to ensure we get all the vitamins and nutrients that help a body grow, and exercise several times a week - some even every day. However, this option may not work for everyone. If you're not sure giving up all of the junk food in one go is quite right for you, then here are some great tips on how you can do it over time. Many people agree that it's easier to change the way you live slowly rather than all at once. There are plenty of fitness and nutrition experts who also say

changing one thing per week is the way to go. As each week goes by, you change something new and build on your new lifestyle in this manner. For example, in week one you might commit to drinking two litres of water per day. The following week, you might replace your midmorning biscuit with an apple and a banana, as well as keeping up with the water. On the third week, you might start taking a half hour walk every day - or joining an exercise class. This slow but sure way of changing your lifestyle is fantastic for many people and easy to adapt to, as you don't overwhelm yourself and have time to get used to each new thing before taking on the next. Before you know it, you'll be trying healthy food and your exercise (and energy) levels will have improved

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Do you have kids, lodgers and/or partner in and out the house after school and in the evening, each doing different clubs and needing to be fed (healthily, preferably) at different times? Itʼs hard to keep up, I know, but I have recently found an answer: a slow cooker - or ʻcrock potʼ as itʼs sometimes called. This humble little kitchen gadget has revolutionised my life. No longer am I rustling up meals across 4 or 5 hours from 4.30pm until late. These days, I chuck all of the ingredients in the slow cooker before I go to work (or at lunchtime if Iʼm at home, or another time of day when I have ten minutes to chop vegetables) and return home to a casserole, chilli or curry that the family can dip into across the afternoon and evening. Pasta can be added, but doesnʼt lend itself to being left for hours. And potatoes can break up if cooked too long, but chunky bread is always a winner and Iʼve invested in some microwaveable bags of rice that serve one and take 2 minutes to cook. Iʼd never have opted for these before, but having seen Jamie Oliver use them on the telly, I gave myself permission and although Iʼm sure itʼs an expensive way of buying rice, itʼs worth the payback in saved time several times over. You can pick up a slow cooker from around £10 at your local supermarket and although some have a variety of settings, all you really need is ʻlowʼ, ʻhighʼ and ʻwarmʼ. Need more convincing? A slow cooker is a great option for young cooks. If you have teens whoʼd like to take charge of dinner once a week, slow-cooker recipes are ideal. If cooked on ʻhighʼ most recipes will be ready by dinnertime if started after school. Why not try out this delicious winter warmer recipe and get started?

“Best Ever” Easy Beef Stew as voted for by my kids! Serves 4-6 2lbs beef stew meat, (cut into bite-sized pieces) 1 tsp Salt 1 tsp pepper 1 onion, finely chopped 2 sticks celery, sliced 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced 1/2 tube tomato puree 1 1/2 pints of beef stock (made with 3 Oxo cubes) 1 cup of sliced mushrooms

2 tbsp Worcester sauce 2 cups baby carrots 4-5 small potatoes,cut into bite-sized pieces Spring onions to garnish 1 tablespoon dried parsley 1 teaspoon oregano 1 cups frozen peas 1 cup frozen sweetcorn 1/4 cup flour 1/4 cup water

1. Combine beef, celery, carrots, red onion, potatoes, salt, pepper, garlic, parsley, oregano, Worcester sauce, beef stock, and tomato paste in the slow cooker. Cook on LOW for 10 hours or on HIGH for 6-7 hours. 2. About 30 minutes before serving, mix the flour and the water together in a small dish and pour into the crockpot. Mix until well combined. This will add a nice thickness to the stew. Next add in your frozen peas and sweetcorn. Continue cooking covered for 30 minutes. Serve & enjoy!




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f The Force Awakens rekindled your childhood love affair with Star Wars, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is sure to light your fire.

Aside from the odd CGI malfunction, director Gareth Edwards’ standalone saga is a near perfect blueprint for a Star Wars movie. It glistens with style, spectacle, wit, and a gritty edge that makes it a little more grown up than its recent ancestors. The narrative may not be original but it does what it says on the tin, and although this is a spin-off the film nestles perfectly between Episodes 3 and 4. We open in stunning fashion. A sleek and sinister shuttle darts through the planetary rings of Lah’mu and descends on its shores to reveal a beautifully rugged and bleak landscape. Through the mist steps Imperial Weapons developer Orson Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn) flanked by elite Death troopers encased in menacing black armour. Here he captures Galan Erso (Mads Mikkelsen), defected research scientist who is brought back in to complete the unfinished Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of mass destruction. His young daughter Jyn escapes and goes into hiding under the protection of extreme militant Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker). Years pass and thanks to the arrival of Imperial renegade pilot Bodhi Rook (Riz Ahmed), Jyn teams up with a motley crew of rebel fighters to help track down her father, steal the plans to the Death Star and prevent mass annihilation of the Alliance.



characters. Our tough, gung-ho heroine Jyn (Felicity Jones) is the driving force of the movie much like Rey in The Force Awakens. And the similarities don’t end there: just like the chemistry between Rey and Finn, it’s Jyn’s love-hate relationship with the ruthless Captain Cassian Andor that really makes things tick. Andor’s other companion is K-2SO (Alan Tudyk), a Rebel-owned Imperial enforcer droid whose acerbic wit provides laugh out loud moments to even out the melodrama.

Chirrut Îmwe (Donnie Yen) a devout believer in the force.

On this rip-roaring intergalactic adventure we meet some familiar faces, most notably Darth Vader, but Rogue One revels in its freedom to tell a brand new story with a wealth of intriguing

This is no jolly band of rebel do-gooders and rascals but rather an underground crack cell of criminals, spies and assassins quite happy to put their life on the line for the rebel cause. And yet beneath the bloodshed there are some charming side stories, not least a touching buddy story between rebel warriors Baze Malbus (Jiang Wen) and

With more spin-offs and sequels set to hit our screens Rogue One is just the beginning of a sprawling star wars universe, but if Disney keep this standard up we’re in for an enjoyable ride.

Children's book of the MONTH

Hetty Feather by Jacqueline Wilson

Edwards manages to mix the old with the new, serving up some jaw-dropping battle sequences that feature the familiar TIE Fighters and X-Wings whilst introducing some new ships to the Star Wars fleet. However, the biggest treat of all is the mouthwatering return to our screens of Darth Vader, his screen time may be fleeting but when it comes...it’s terrifyingly awesome.

"An epic treat!" 4.5/5

The book ‘Hetty Feather’ is one of the best books Jacqueline has ever written. As soon as I saw it on the book shelf, I knew it was the book for readers like me who love interesting, emotional stories with eye catching covers. It also makes you think if Hetty will ever find her true home. One of my favourite characters is Jem, Hetty’s best foster brother who cares dearly for her and seems broken hearted when she has to leave. Then again, one of my least liked is her other brother Saul (apart from the mean matron) who takes pleasure in prodding her with his crutch. I would recommend this book to fluent readers who enjoy complex characters with twists and turns, but with a happy ending. This might not be your cup of tea if you are looking for lots of adventure with fire breathing dragons. However, Hetty does take a long and eventful journey in her quest to find her real mother. If you couldn’t put ‘Hetty Feather’ down, then you’re in luck! Pick up the amazing ‘Sapphire Battersea’ and ‘Emerald Star’ next.

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Jubilee’s nurseries are passionate about the outdoors Children don’t need experts to tell them that mud is good for them and we’re sure you’ll have nostalgic memories of making potions, petal perfumes and the perfect mud pie – growth of imagination and creativity are endless! That’s why we have our very own mud kitchens for the budding scientists, artists and innovators of tomorrow. Playing in mud kitchens encourages children to play with mud in their own way and exposure to dirt and germs works to prime a child’s immune system to help prevent allergies. Mud is also an excellent medium for learning. Rich, engaging sensory mud play allows children to express their creativity while enhancing fine motor skills. Children can also practise social skills such as co-operation, negotiation, communication and sharing as they work together. It’s also a great medium for emerging maths and science skills! We’re extremely proud of our outdoor learning environment and provide a high quality early years education and superb care from a fantastic team alongside outstanding facilities. We are fortunate enough to be located in over 50 acres of open countryside, private woodland and even have our very own farm. Playing and learning outside is a daily activity for all the children at Jubilee and our highly experienced team provide care for babies from 3 months to children aged five with the best possible start to develop intellectually, emotionally and socially. We want to ensure your child can achieve his or her full potential in a loving and secure environment.

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BOOGIE BOUNCE Introducing the latest fitness craze, and this one comes with the NASA stamp of approval! Dubbed “the most efficient and effective exercise yet devised by man” by NASA, and after seeing the hilarious videos of this latest exercise craze on our facebook feed, we challenged our Editor to seek out a class and give it a go. Our challenge was accepted! Her verdict? “After having three children, the thought of bouncing up and down on a trampoline for 45 minutes was a little bit - er, terrifying (ladies, you’ll know what I’m talking about), but I needn’t have worried. The class was insanely fun and even better - the lights

were off - all bar the disco ones, so you couldn’t see any of my wobbly bits jiggling about. So what if I have the coordination of an octopus on rollersakes, it was dark - and nobody could see my flailing attempts to keep up. But keep up I did. Yes, it was hard work, but worth it. I left feeling engergised and have decided that I’m going to keep going as I really need to improve my cardio. Talking to some of the others in the class afterwards, I was regaled with many personal stories of self improvement and fitness levels since they started. “It does get easier” they told me - one lady has even lost three stone since starting back in July! “. Studies by NASA scientists show that bouncing around on a mini trampoline is 68% more effective than jogging and yet requires less effort! You can also develop both upper and lower body strength just as effectively as weight lifting without the strain or threat of pulled or torn muscles. So what exactly is Boogie Bounce? The Boogie Bounce Xtreme programme is FAB, FUN, FUNKY AND FAT BURNING. It is a complete exercise programme on a mini trampoline, with a safety bar, choreographed to chart topping inspiring music which

includes an extremely effective cardio section, and a really powerful bums, tums and thighs section too. Every muscle in the body is worked - even the facial muscles! Boogie Bounce is dancing with intervals of jumping, bouncing, frogging and stomping, to name but a few moves, performed to music and a set programme. The mat of the mini trampoline is used as a resistance tool which makes the whole programme two to three times more effective than a normal everyday aerobics class. Anyone and everyone can do this at their own pace whilst gaining the impressive health results that are normally associated with high impact aerobic classes, without even realising it. Boogie Bounce also uses High Intensity Interval Training (H.I.I.T) techniques to maximise the most effective fat burning process in the cardio section, whilst using the pliable surface of the mat to perform a range of core stability exercises, thus engaging more of the deep core muscles. Local Boogie Bounce classes are running in Tadley at the Tadley Community Centre on Mondays (5.30pm), Tuesdays (7pm) and Wednesdays (7.45pm)



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