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Longed for by some, dreaded by others, the school summer holidays are looming! Our cover sponsor this month, Willink Leisure Centre, holds the answer to any worries you have about keeping the children entertained as Camp Adventure is once again running right across the summer holidays and has even more on offer than usual! Turn to pages 6 and 7 to find out more about Camp Adventure and all the other classes and facilities that Willink Leisure Centre have to offer old and young alike. Event

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Need help with some ‘Days Out’ ideas for the summer holidays? Manydown Family Fun and Wellington Country Park, both fantastic local attractions, are here to tell us what they have in store this summer. Get lost in a maze, pet animals, enjoy pirate or princess fun, the list goes on, so turn to pages 25 and 29 respectively to find out more.

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And while you’re out enjoying the great outdoors, take a look at the new addition at Unique Outdoors p32. As if they didn’t have enough activities to offer local groups and children’s parties already, they have now added Zorbing to the list of activities and what fun that looks! And, if you have small children and are starting to think about nursery, pre-school or school, you’ll find several providers among the pages of this issue, eager to tell you about what their school or nursery can offer you and your child.

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Village awarded The Queen’s Award!

The CCB then needed details about MVP activities and letters of support from people and groups who have benefitted from MVP activities to support the nomination. The committee were thrilled when the nomination was accepted. 22 groups in Berkshire had nominations accepted and received a certificate from the Lord Lieutenant at a ceremony back in March. No more than a small handful of the groups who were nominated would receive The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, but to be acknowledged like this for their voluntary work was very special. However, very recently, the MVP heard that they have indeed been awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. As a result two MVP members had the honour of attending a Garden Party in all their finery, hosted by the Queen and Prince Phillip at Buckingham Palace. The actual award (a certificate signed by The Queen and a special engraved crystal like this one) will come later.

MVP’s Rebecca & Lynn enjoying a day at the Palace With the annual Mortimer Fun Day, the Scarecrow Trail, Easter Egg Hunt and Sports Weekend, thousands of us across the region have enjoyed fun days out thanks to the village volunteers of the Mortimer Village Partnership. Last year, West Berkshire Council and the Community Council for Berkshire nominated Mortimer Village Partnership for The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the MBE for voluntary groups.

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The MVP are very keen to make sure that the local community know that this award has been given as a result of the volunteering of the community as a whole. That includes every volunteer who serves at the Lunch Club, families who pick up litter at the Spring Clean, Mums and Dads selling refreshments at the Pantomime, those who put up tents at the Fun Day, deliver newsletters and collect Bags2School from pavements. It was the range and number of volunteers which impressed the panel that decided the award. So many congratulations to the MVP committee but also to the army of volunteers who support them!

A Big ‘Thank You’ To Passengers Users of local bus route 75 to Newbury will have noticed that it is now run by Newbury & District and no longer by DJ Travel who have serviced the route since 2008. Julie of DJ Travel has asked us to convey their thanks... “We’d like to thank all the lovely passengers who have travelled with

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A campaign to ‘walk to the moon’ has now come to Mortimer and Theale after its initial Blast Off in Reading. Beat the Street is a real world walking or cycling game designed to increase physical activity levels. People can score points and win prizes by walking and tapping their beat the street card on a dedicated beat box. The challenge is for the residents of Reading, Mortimer, Pangbourne and Theale to collectively walk 238,857 miles in just over one month - the distance to the moon! Beat the Street Reading is being run by Intelligent Health and is funded by North and West Reading and South Reading Clinical Commissioning Groups. The project is also supported by Reading Borough Council. The overall aim of the initiative is to get people walking, cycling and generally changing their habits to get more physically active. Much to the excitement of the local school children, the Beat Boxes arrived in Mortimer and Theale on Thursday, June 26 and will stay until the end of the challenge on Tuesday 22 July. Lots of primary schools are taking part in the competition to walk the most miles in the hope of winning a share of the £5,000 prize fund for schools and businesses. Each school has a unique identity so that all of its students’ miles are added together and their individual progress is charted on the leader board online.

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Schools are also competing for extra prizes donated by LEGO Friends and LEGO Movie. ‘Spot prizes’ are being handed out every week from today to children and adults. These prizes have been donated by Reading FC and other local businesses and include two VIP Reading Festival tickets.

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Were you a local scout? Have you been involved with Scouting in Burghfield at any point over the last 50 years? As 2014 marks the 50th Anniversary of the re-formed 1st Burghfield and Sulhamstead Scouts, the group are seeking out past members, leaders and helpers who were involved with Scouting in 20 4 14 Burghfield during that time. Perhaps 196 1st BURGHFIELD & SULHAMSTEAD you have photographs or stories to share. TH

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The 1st Burghfield and Sulhamstead Scouts will be holding a celebration to mark this significant anniversary and the opening of their new HQ in the Autumn and would love to invite these people to share the celebrations. If you are an ex-Scout or have some information to share, please email burghfieldgsl@outlook. com or call 0118 970 1189 or www.1stbands.org

Perhaps you still have some scouting equipment from times gone by.

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Zoku Quick Popsicle Maker

Portable Ice Maker Having a party? Need ice on tap? Look no further! This portable ice maker is can make 12-15kg of ice cubes per day and no plumbing or drainage is necessary! Buy it for yourself at www.amazon.co.uk for £115.99

Do you have young kids who just can’t wait for their home-made ice lollies to freeze the ‘old fashioned’ way? The Zoku Quick Pop™ Maker freezes ice pops in just seven minutes without electricity. Simply store the compact base in your freezer. Just £36.00 at www.lakeland.co.uk

Slushie Maker Hot days need cool drinks, so why not treat yourself to this slushie maker which will add some fun and colour to hot days in the garden. £79.99 at www.tvsolutionsuk.co.uk

Inflatable Serving Bar If putting all your beer and wine bottles in the bath to keep them cool doesn’t quite cut it at your garden party, invest in an inflatable serving bar. Easy to store and whip out for entertaining. £29.99 www.amazon.co.uk

Solar Powered Speakers It’s time to go green and use some of that hot summer sun to power up the music - where ever you are! These fantastic solar powered speakers are available from a number of retailers from £199 www.zeroabove.co.uk

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At Willink, there is more than just a swimming pool and gym. With a wide range of fitness classes and activities on offer, there is something to suit everyone - with friendly staff to help you in every way. NEW!! TOTAL BODY BOOTCAMP 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. BODYCOMBAT™ is the empowering cardio workout where you are totally unleashed. This fiercely energetic programme is inspired by martial arts and draws from a wide array of disciplines such as karate, boxing, tae kwon do, t'ai chi and Muay Thai. Supported by driving music and powerful role model instructors, strike, punch, kick and kata your way through calories to superior cardio fitness. 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. WATER AEROBICS class-goers do traditional workouts in waist to neck-high water in a swimming pool. The resistance of the water makes the workout feel far more intense, while the water cushions you from the impact. Some of the more cutting-edge classes use equipment such as webbed gloves to make the workouts tougher. SWAY DANCE™ Sway Dance is an energetic dance brand that offers excellent teaching in an environment where smiling is as important to us as the dancing itself. Enjoyment is at the heart of what makes Sway Dance so special. The ultimate aim and vision is to ensure that all age groups, backgrounds and dance genre are included in developing a dance brand that encourages everyone to take part - from the amateur athlete to the hard-core competitor!

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Property or the Stock Market

Which Investment Would You Choose? with Mark Penston Much of our work involves working with our clients to get the return on their hard earned money that they want or need in order to reach a goal (often retirement, but could be school fees, mortgage repayment etc). Generally deposit accounts are only appropriate for emergency money or reasonably imminent needs. Current low deposit interest rates reduce the attractiveness of this area of investment anyway.

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So we have to look further afield for investments that have the potential to give the required returns. The merits of investing in property is a regular discussion that we have with clients. For some this may mean buying a property to let out and others have the view that ‘my house is my pension’. Property is, after all, a tangible asset that most people feel they understand. What people invest in is partly an emotional decision and being able to see and touch your investment certainly does have its attractions.

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Have you climbed on board the video marketing train yet? Chances are that if you work in Corporate, video is already beginning to ‘blip’ on your radar, but if you own a business or are in business for yourself, there’s a lot of compelling evidence suggesting that online video marketing should now be a major focus of your advertising and marketing budget too.

Fleetwood can produce very affordable web video in high quality for you. Moreover we will work with your marketing team to help them every step of the way along the creative process. From a simple concept, storyboard, and script and shoot, through to the edit and distribution of your finished film. And, If you already have a production partner, that’s fine too, as the studio can be dry-hired by them.

Businesses are increasingly turning to modern mediums to promote products or educate customers. They are also using the power of their visual communication productions to connect with stakeholders and staff. When you post an online marketing video to a business website, you’ve got a great chance of engaging with a busy executive who is specifically looking for your services but might not have reached out to schedule a meeting for a presentation. Your marketing video is a great way to get your elevator pitch out into the ether and let it reel in leads. Espares.com are a prime example of a company getting it right. With their online electrical spares and components advice - available on their own website and all over You Tube, their experts provide you, the end user, with step by step instructions on how to replace parts on ‘most’ domestic appliances. [you then go on to buy the required component or spare from their site] Clever. But that is just one example. In an age when savvy companies are turning to high quality video, and reaching beyond a white sheet, a handycam®, and the obligatory cheese plant in the corner of the boss’s office is no longer ‘in’ - modern production techniques are now surprisingly inexpensive.

Did you know that Youtube is now the world’s 2nd lalargest search engine? If you’re not using video marketing yet, you might be interested to learn that YouTube is now the World’s second largest search engine... And, according to research company, Forrester.com, adding video to your website dramatically improves the volume and quality of traffic from search engines such as Google, Yahoo (and YouTube) too. Their research has shown that an online video is fifty times more likely to hit the front page of Google than a single text web page. Whatever business you are in, we’d love to talk to you about your corporate video content. If you have just started thinking about video for your business and would like to start creating compelling videos in to order to showcase your products and services more effectively in-house, on TV, at events and across the web - then our door is always open.

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TRUNKWELL HOUSE Many of us will have driven past the brown heritage signs pointing towards Trunkwell House in Beech Hill, but it is only a privileged number of us who have ventured down their sweeping driveway to take a peek...

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vident in the early records of Beech Hill, the house dates back to 1190. The original Trunkwell House was pulled down and rebuilt in 1878. In 1881 the Census revealed that Trunkwell was actually a small village in itself. Even today it stands in 34 acres of beautiful Berkshire countryside.

and Events, many of their Brides choose to keep in theme with the Victorian House and era. Trunkwell’s splendid permanent marquee within the grounds of the house, lends itself to many themes. Over the years they have had Caribbean themed weddings and even had Las Vegas come to them! Trunkwell is so beautiful and exclusive that many celebrities have attended functions there too (though to protect their privacy, the staff at Trunkwell are keeping ‘mum’ as to their identities!) As well as Weddings, Trunkwell caters for small intimate gatherings, parties, afternoon tea, stag and hen do’s. In fact, it seems that there is no private occasion they cannot cater for. Trunkwell is also proud to offer conferencing facilities, corporate parties, team building events and family fundays.

In days gone by, Trunkwell was once very well known in the area for breeding race horses. The most famous horse to come from the Trunkwell stables was the winner of The Oaks in the 1880’s. In 1937 the Udall family bought the house and its beautiful grounds. During the Second World War the house was opened up to evacuees to provide shelter and safety. The house remained a family home until the son of the owner converted the house into a hotel soon afterwards.

Celebrating 25 years as one of Berkshire’s premier venues In 1990, the house was bought by Mr Robert Walton MBE which by our maths, means that next year he will be celebrating his 25th anniversary at Trunkwell. These days, the house is now used for a multitude of purposes. The perfect setting for exclusive and sophisticated Weddings

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Trunkwell’s Christmas (yes, we did mention that word in July) Parties are legendary too. Providing glittering, indulgent festive affairs for companies and groups alike, their efforts to dazzle, cater for and entertain their guests is now one of the most popular places to go during the party season. This year is no exception, and the House will be hosting a Great Gatsby themed party in the Grand Marquee. Their dedicated staff will be whisking guests back to the roaring 20’s and the era of glittering jazz, art-deco and glamour. The Great Gatsby parties will run from 22nd November until 3rd January 2015. So, the next time you are in Beech Hill, don’t just drive past the gates, stop by and take a peek (and don’t forget to wish the current owners a very happy 25th anniversary at the same time!) For further information about Trunkwell House, its facilities and the events they host visit www.trunkwell.com


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Probably one of the oldest pubs It isn’t just the inside which attracts customers either. In addition in Berkshire, The Hatch Gate Inn Theale office to Three bedroom detached bungalow. at Burghfield Village has been the bar and restaurant areas serving traditional ales and food they have a large garden with Situated within the sought after Whilst village of Theale and nestlingplay towardsarea the for an enclosed since the XV1th century. end of a quiet cul-de-sac is this spacious well presented three- a bedroom younger children rare ‘gem’ its surrounding landscape may and detached bungalow. Thedramatically property has beenfamily upgraded by thethese findand forextended british pubs have changed days! During the warmer throughout years,provide the pub current owners the and could 4 bedroom accommodation if necessary. weather, theroom, team (most of itselfproperty has maintained a certainbay fronted The benefits a cloakroom, family 22’ living employed at the ‘charm’ withpiece its character oak Thewhom room and four bathroom suite. gardens were have bee meticulously before changes) beams, large opena inglenook maintained and provide secure, lawned,pub outside area the offering great ‘almake most of the garden areas fireplace original with artifacts. fresco’ diningand possibilities well stockedthe boarders, storage sheds and a by hosting monthly Summer Indian super garden room with mains power. That said, as with BBQ’s. They also inflate their any long standing resident giant bouncy castle for business, it has the children - a very novel idea, £425,000 moved with the rather village fete “esque” some Theale office times and when might say. it was taken over • Modern Detached Home four years ago by Datchet- With celebrations • Foursince Bedrooms based restaurant owner Buddy in mind, • En in Suitethe to Master Rahman - the pub underwent its his arrival hasCloakroom most ambitious transformation area, •Buddy Ground Floor to ensure that the in its 500 year history... Having been keen • Cul de sac Location already established a thriving pub is an established part of • Close to Aldermaston Station too. This year Indian restaurant near Windsor, the community Padworth Buddy set about turning the is no exception... The entire Hatch Gate into dual cuisine team will be at the Fairground on July 5th, where establishment which would now in Mortimer £300,000 be serving serve both English and Indian they will Theale office a selection of mouthwatering curries and food. • to Charming Period Cottage Why sundries Fun Day visitors. • by Twoand Bedroom “I wanted to create a place not stop saySemi hello! A Traditional English Restaurant! which serves great food Pub and & Indian • Period Features welcomes everybody” Buddy The Hatch Gate Inn is a XV1th • Driveway Parking inn with lots of character, told us. “Our century customers can oak beams and a large inglenook • Renovated Throughout have the best of both If Burghfield fireplace.worlds. Serving a selction offour mouthwatering traditional • Courtyard Garden there is a party of and three Spices english food, it is a pub that Beenham of them want an indian but the welcomes everybody, with a large Eat-in garden, ample parking and a play Take-Away fourth would prefer fish & chips area for younger children. Delivery it isn’t a problem - weToare book aalso table call £765,000 0118 983 4040 983 2059 able to offer this in our0118 takeaway www.burghfieldspices.co.uk Burghfield Village RG30 3TH Theale office and delivery service”. Join us for Sunday Lunch! • Charming Detached Cottage • 4 Bedrooms, 3 Receptions

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We are a local company, successfully offering a personal and professional Theale office service to customers for over 25 years. We offer a reliable and dependable • Remodelled Endjob Terrace service complete with project management from the start of the right through to completion. We will manage all elements the job and you • ThreeofBedrooms will have the comfort of one single contact rather than having to deal • Off Street Parking with a number of tradesmen. The Bran Partnership is accredited with • Ground W.CFMB the Trading Standards ‘buy with confidence’ scheme andFloor also the trustmark scheme. Please call us for all of your needs for a no • plumbing Dining Kitchen fee, no obligation quote. Theale Please •callGardens or email

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Once again our Fun Day will be a day full of thrills, excitement and surprises. There are great new arena events and activities never seen before at the Fun Day; plenty of inflatable fun; a host of market row stalls and local groups and clubs; a bigger and better children’s area and plenty of other activities to keep every member of the family occupied throughout the day. As part of the Mortimer Village Partnership’s continuing aim to bring groups, organisations and individuals within our community closer together we can proudly boast that this Fun Day is an event run BY our community FOR our community! The Mortimer Village Partnership would like to wish you all a very enjoyable day.

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Get into the sporting spirit with your food this summer! No matter which team or player you support it’s good to know how to celebrate sporting fixtures this summer whilst eating well and saving money. Follow our helpful tips for a winning time! Planning a world cup party? If you’re planning a get together with family and friends to watch the world cup, use the Love Food Hate Waste party planner to ensure that you buy and serve the right portions, to save money and waste less food. Fed up of the boring bowl of crisps? When half time hits why not try this alternative delicious snack quick ‘Use-Up Pizza’, which you can make just using up leftovers from your fridge.

‘Serve up’ seasonal berries for Wimbledon! Enjoy the Wimbledon season with (hopefully!) glorious sunshine and by tucking into some English berries. Take the heat out of the game with a cooling berry lolly - an easy recipe for using up leftover yoghurt - just mix ripe berries with yoghurt, pour into moulds and freeze, ready for when you need to cool off.

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Theale 0118 930 3133 Burghfield Common 0118 983 3897 Tadley 0118 9810494

Property of the Month St Ives Close Theale

Three bedroom detached bungalow.

Theale office

Situated within the sought after village of Theale and nestling towards the end of a quiet cul-de-sac is this spacious and well presented three bedroom detached bungalow. The property has been upgraded and extended by the current owners and could provide 4 bedroom accommodation if necessary. The property benefits a cloakroom, bay fronted family room, 22’ living room and four piece bathroom suite. The gardens have bee meticulously maintained and provide a secure, lawned, outside area offering great ‘al fresco’ dining possibilities with well stocked boarders, storage sheds and a super garden room with mains power.

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• Modern Detached Home

• Ground Floor Apartment

• Four Bedrooms

• Village Centre

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• Period Building

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• Close to Aldermaston Station

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£300,000

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• Charming Period Cottage

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Beenham

• Off Street Parking

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• Remodelled End Terrace

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5 Bedroom Detached Home

A large detached modern family home with substantial gardens backing onto woodland. The property offers excellent sized family accommodation with 3 reception rooms, conservatory, luxury fitted kitchen with breakfast room and utility. The property is tucked away in a quiet cul de sac within a short walk of local shops and amenities. Viewing Highly reccomended.

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• 4-Bedroom detached

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• 21ft Lounge & separate Dining

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• Re-fitted gas central heating

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£750,000

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• Victorian detached house

• 3 bedrooms

• 4 bedrooms

• Garage and driveway for 2 cars

• 3 reception rooms

• Large hall and cloakroom

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• Gas central heating

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• Extended 4 bedroom 3 storey modern home

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Mortimer Common

• Popular residential area

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• Garage and driveway for 3 cars

• Comprehensively fitted Kitchen

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Megan’s Moments

TEEN BBQ BITES by Megan Curtis

The summer is finally approaching and the exams are over (Yippee) - which means that we now have more time to get together with our friends, fire up the BBQ’s and celebrate! With an array of meats, vegetables and sides, it’s the epitome of summer... However, endless barbequing could mean that the food gets quite repetitive, which is why I have come up with a few easy ideas that may leave you drooling and hopefully inspire you with your next barbeque. Honey and Lime Chicken Skewers To do this, you will need a zest of a lime, 3 teaspoons of fresh lime juice, 2 tablespoons of honey, soy sauce, vegetable oil, garlic and ginger. If you are a fan of spicy food you could even add a teaspoon of Tabasco! Next, place all of the ingredients in a blender until smooth and then place ¼ aside. Once you have chopped up all of the chicken, place it in a freezer bag and the remains of the sauce from the blender and place it in the fridge for three hours to marinade. Once you place the chicken on the BBQ, cook for around 10-12 minutes and then drizzle the rest of the sauce over the top of the chicken and serve.

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Mexican Burgers. Tired of the same old plain burgers? Try a twist on the classic. You could make your own burgers by using lean beef mince, however it will work just as well to buy burgers, especially if you’re catering for a large amount of people! Whilst the burgers are cooking on the barbecue, you can quickly whip up some guacamole and fresh salsa. For the guacamole, spoon out the flesh of two to three avocados and mix it with a diced onion, fresh tomatoes and coriander, perfect guacamole in an instant! Next, for the fresh salsa you will need to finely chop tomatoes, a chopped onion, 2 chillies, coriander, salt, lime juice and a tablespoon of water, simply mix together and you’re left with the perfect salsa. Toast the rolls in the oven and simply place the barbecued burgers in the rolls and load on the guacamole and salsa. And finally, for an added twist to sparkling or mineral water, simply get an ice cube mould and fill each cubed section half with water and then finely chop any fruit you like, such as strawberries, raspberries and kiwis and place it in the mould. Leave it to set in the freezer and once set, enjoy the fruity taste of your water or lemonade!

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Yes! Manydown Family Fun is opening its doors once again this summer to welcome visitors from Saturday 19th July right through to Sunday 7th September. Manydown Family Fun’s maze is a key attraction for families visiting the farm. The maze is a giant living crop field and is just over two acres in size! In previous years the maze has been a smiley pig, a giant tractor, a honey bee and a Spitfire. The maze this year is an Owl - which we are sure is bound to be a ‘hoot!’! Alongside all the fun of finding your way to the middle, there is a terrific maze treasure hunt, too. Find the six hidden items in the maze - which will guide you to the centre - and you’ll get a special sticker to take home. Family tickets to Manydown Family Fun are available and once you pay for entry all the activities are included. Have a race on the go-karts, climb Mega Bale Mountain and enjoy the stunning Hampshire countryside by taking a 20 minute Tractor and Trailer ride or the woodland walk. Let’s not forget the farmyard animals, too! Manydown has all the favourites - pigs, sheep, goats, ducks, cows and a llama for you to see. Depending on when you come, you may see some piglets too. Get really close to the animals in the handling section where you can hold the baby chicks, rabbits and guinea pigs.

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Challenge for all is a common theme that runs through both schools. Mrs. Bland’s new and creative curriculum is designed for children to Launch, Engage, Develop, Innovate & Explore the National Curriculum in a creative and engaging way. In March this year OFSTED graded Garland Junior School as Good. It reported that pupils “make good progress in English and Mathematics” and that a significantly higher proportion of children make “accelerated progress in mathematics”. At Garland interesting and motivating lessons are provided through their innovative curriculum which includes Philosophy for Children. Mrs. Bland’s is unique amongst schools in the area in providing all its children with Forest School sessions. Many children in the 21st Century have fewer and fewer opportunities to be outdoors, get muddy and run freely. Weekly sessions help develop self-esteem and confidence through hands on learning in a stimulating outdoor environment. Garland Junior were described by OFSTED as a “harmonious community with high quality relationships.” Their dedicated team do their very best for every child in their care. Children leave at the end of Key Stage 2 fully prepared for the next stage of their education. On the site of Mrs. Bland’s, is Funzone, an out of school hours club for children from both schools. The team provides good quality, affordable childcare in a safe home from home environment. A fabulous solution for working parents. A Mrs. Bland’s parent identified “one of the important things was for my son to be able to walk to school, go to an after school club with local children and be with his friends”. Garland parents are “very pleased with the progress that their children are making” and how the school quickly identifies their children’s educational needs. Starting in the Early Years Foundation Stage, through Key Stage 1 and into Key Stage 2 the two schools work together to build a learning environment that excites and challenges. Mrs. Bland’s and Garland are open to prospective parents viewing their schools at any time.

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Jubilee Day Nursery is passionate about the outdoors With access to over 40 acres of private woodland, paddocks and garden area’s all providing inspirational opportunities for the children to achieve and develop confidence through hands-on learning outside of the ‘class room’. No matter what the weather or season, we try to spend as much time as possible with the children playing outside. We strive to provide long term and regular fun experiences where the children have close contact with nature and have the time, freedom and space to explore the changing world around them. At Jubilee we have our own private woodland area ‘Roughwood’, which is a fantastic learning resource. It is a short walk from the nursery, the young children have time to trundle through the paddocks, spotting bugs and insects, collecting treasures such as feathers, seed pods, golden leaves and sticks - plus they have the added advantage of visiting the farm animals along the way. The practitioners extend the experience by singing songs, playing games and reenacting much loved stories such as ‘We’re Going On a Bear Hunt’. As children grow, they begin to demonstrate independence and gain an increased awareness of the consequences of their own actions. For example when paddling in the stream, they learn to negotiate and plan ways to cross without getting wet. Through watching their friends and through team activities, such as building a den, children learn to share tools, participate in taking turns and supporting each other. Because the children use all their senses, they learn to express themselves and develop a keen awareness as to what is going on around them. The children become fascinated by what they are doing and can concentrate intently for much longer than in a normal indoor environment. They take a keen interest in their natural surroundings, learn respect for the environment and they begin to notice how different trees and plants change over the seasons and years. Forest Schooling To enhance these experiences, our Forest Schools leader, Emma Hirst, delivers exciting and educational Forest Schools activities in our private woodland. Children throughout the nursery frequently visit our woodland and so when they start their Forest School activities at pre-school age they are familiar with and feel very comfortable in the environment. Each activity is child-led and allows self-exploration. From making dens for themselves or their teddies,whittling sticks to toast marshmallows with, sawing and drilling wood to make jewellery and learning to build camp fires safely - the children love the opportunity to show their independence and enjoy seeing what they have achieved or made during their woodland adventure. If you would like your child to be part of this unique learning experience, or would like to come and explore Roughwood for yourself, then please do not hesitate to contact us on 0118 970 1600. We have planned walks to Roughwood for children and grown-ups every Wednesday afternoon. So why not come along and join us?

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Fiat Abarth 595 The standard Fiat 500 is great fun to drive, so a more exciting version sounds like the perfect budget ‘hot-hatch’. The 1.4L turbocharged engine creates 160bhp, around twice the power of the Fiat it is based on. Besides the engine, the suspension, brakes and tyres have all been upgraded. Performance The performance at low speeds is very impressive, first and second gears really do throw you back in the seat. Unfortunately this urgency is lost a little in the higher gears which is a shame, although this is much less noticeable when driving normally. Another issue is turbo lag, which means there’s a delay between pressing the pedal and feeling any power from the engine. To me a little hot hatch like this should be really eager and responsive, which is something the Abarth lacks at times. Ride and Handling The ride is one of the first things you notice about the Abarth. The problem they faced making the Fiat into a performance car is that it’s narrow and high, so it tended to roll and wallow about. To cure this Abarth have lowered the ride height and fitted hard springs. So it handles like it’s on rails and there’s no body roll; problem is to have all this cornering ability the ride

quality is pretty poor and is something that will turn quite a few buyers away. Interior There is not much new about the interior, they have just swapped the main controls and front seats. The chunky leather wheel is nice and the body hugging seats are comfortable and supportive. The upright seating position is not very sporty but you soon get used to it. As most of the interior is shared with the Fiat, it is adequate for this size of car but nothing special. It doesn’t feel like a premium interior, but at this level of performance you aren’t paying premium prices. Conclusion So this car has quite a few shortfalls, does this mean it’s not worth the money? The Abarth offers more than what’s on the parts list. It feels special, exotic even, compared to the other cars around it on the road. It feels like a baby italian super car, and like most Italian super cars it’s not perfect, there’s a number of shortcomings but it makes you feel special, so you just call those shortcomings “character” and carry on grinning wildly. Yes people will be put off by the rock hard suspension, but this car offers something that cars worth a great deal more than the Abarth are lacking, character.

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Unique Outdoors at Wokefield Park introduce

Zorbing How excited are we?

Answer: very excited! The team at Unique Outdoors seem to have a never-ending capacity for fun and they’ve just proven this again with their most recent addition, a Zorb Racing Track!

Based within the grounds of Wokefield Park, Unique Outdoors is well-known for its adventurous outdoor activities for small kids as well as ‘big kids’. These already include Woodland Laser Combat, Abseiling, Powerfan, High Ropes, Segways, Trapeze, Survival Skills, Archery and Mud Buggies! There have been many local children holding fantastic birthday parties there for a number of years as well as local ‘grown-ups’ taking part in stag and hen weekend activities. So now Zorbing has been added to the fun and games. Err...what exactly is Zorbing? A Zorb is a large, plastic ball that you can stand in, run in, roll in and jump in. It was originally invented by two friends from New Zealand in 1994. Their idea was to create a safe inflatable ball that people could get inside and roll around on the water. The activity took off like you wouldn’t believe and Zorbing was born. The Zorb ball soon found its way on land, as people discovered it was as much fun to roll down hills or play “bumper Zorb” with their friends. The combination of safe fun and the adrenalinefilled time you can have with a few Zorb balls has made them a sure-fire hit.

Unique Outdoors now has a twenty metre Zorb Racing Track and four Zorb balls waiting for you and your friends. The activity is suitable for all ages from 4 to adult (good health permitting - it’s quite a work out!). Are you up for the challenge?

Whether you’re looking for activities for a group of friends, a stag or hen weekend or a children’s birthday party, Unique Outdoors can offer a standard package or a tailor-made mix of activities to suit. And you can rest assured that the professional instructors are fully qualified, insured and most of all friendly and supportive when you need it most!

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