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It’s an issue filled with birthdays and anniversaries, too. You may not have noticed that this issue is indeed the 50th issue - the Golden issue (!) - of Village Eye magazine and with it, our 5th Birthday. We can’t quite believe it ourselves and have pulled together some pretty crazy facts and figures that reflect what has happened over those 50 issues! Read all about it on page 24.

Celebrating its 50th Anniversary is Dads Shop, an intrinsic part of Mortimer since 1966! Turn to page 22 to read all about how the store has stayed in the family as well as the big raffle they are holding - with amazing prizes - to celebrate their 50th year. The Elm Tree in Beech Hill is celebrating three years since new manager, Jim Kimber, took over too. Under Jim’s guidance, we have seen the gastro pub return to the top of our list when it comes to eating out, and I’m sure many of you will have enjoyed its delights, too. Take a look at page 23 to see more.

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The school holidays will soon be upon us, so if you’re looking for some novel ways to keep the kids entertained, why not check out what our cover sponsors, The Willink Leisure Centre, have to offer? Camp Adventure is certainly the go-to for many local families looking for a kids club, as there is a chance to swim every day and the prices are very reasonable indeed. Find out all about Camp Adventure and the other activities Willink offer on pages 14 and 15.

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You’ll find all our regular columnists this month, too. Mark Penston gives us his thoughts on Brexit and how the recent result of the referendum may affect your finances. Find out more on p.13. Megan, our Beauty Editor gives us her tips on how to achieve that perfect summer glow on page 5. Eye Tech this month is all about nuisance calls and how the local Lions group are helping vulnerable people to block the nuisance callers. All the details are on page 39. Our film reviewer, Rob Barnes tells us all about X-Men: Apocalypse on page 37. How many stars will Rob give it?

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fter a fantastic launch last year, Theale Village Carnival and Fete will take place once more at North Street Playing Fields on Saturday July 9th from 12 noon until 4pm.

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Open Day Saturday 6th August This summer, Thames Valley Police will open its doors to the public for its Force Open Day. The Open Day will be held on Saturday 6 August 2016 at the Thames Valley Police Training Centre at Sulhamstead House, in Sulhamstead. The Force Open Day helps to promote greater understanding of the work of the various

Now in its second year, this not-forprofit event aims to bring the whole community of Theale together and give local groups - including the Scouts, Brownies, St John’s Ambulance, Holy Trinity Church and local schools - an opportunity to raise awareness of their activities. Any profits from the event will be divided and invested back into local community groups. The day includes a Grand Raffle, displays from Reading Tae Kwon Do squad, a fun dog show, vintage vehicle display and fairground rides plus traditional games and a variety of independent traders. The line up also includes craft and produce competitions and of course, the highlight of the day will be the carnival procession. We can’t wait!

departments and specialist roles within the Force. Attractions include a police helicopter and displays by the police dogs and horses. Refreshments are also available. It is a large event, usually attracting over 5,000 people. Why not go along and check it out?

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There was much excitement from those ‘in the know’ last month when the Flying Scotsman locomotive passed through a number of local villages including Aldermaston and Mortimer. Photos of this beautiful steam engine dominated social media for a few days and the excitement was infectious. But (for those of us who aren’t trainspotters) just why is Flying Scotsman so special? Flying Scotsman was the first locomotive of the newly formed London and North Eastern Railway (LNER). Designed by Sir Nigel Gresley as part of the A1 class – the most powerful locomotives used by the LNER at that time, it left the works on 24 February 1923. By 1924, when it was selected to appear at the British Empire Exhibition in London, the loco had been given the name ‘Flying Scotsman’ after the London to Edinburgh rail service. The British Empire Exhibition made Flying Scotsman famous, and it went on to feature in many more publicity events for the LNER. In 1928, it was

Scotsman Attracts hundreds of trainspotters! given a new type of tender with a corridor, which meant that a new crew could take over without stopping the train. This allowed it to haul the first ever non-stop London to Edinburgh service on 1 May, reducing the journey time to eight hours. In 1934, Scotsman was clocked at 100mph on a special test run – officially the first locomotive in the UK to have reached that speed. More recently, in 2004, Flying Scotsman hit the headlines with a crisis over its ownership. A campaign spearheaded by National Railway Museum to save the locomotive for the nation amassed the support of thousands, confirming its status as a national treasure. Since 2006, Flying Scotsman underwent a painstaking £4.2m project to bring the legend back to life. All eyes are now – once again – trained on the world’s most famous locomotive. It will now be presented to a new generation of Scotsman fans captivating the public for generations to come.

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which included: acrobats, animal acts, impressionists, dancers, gymnasts, magicians, contortionists, comics, mime artists, musicians, singers, ventriloquists, beatboxers and footballers.

Their comedy juggling and incredible balancing act impressed the judges so much that they emerged the winners from this nationwide quest to find new live variety acts, having fought off competition from over 4000 acts

The competition is a non televised version of Britain’s Got Talent and many would argue, more credible, as it’s more about ‘talent’ and less about back stories! The competition exposes the acts to some of the main players in the industry, including some of the biggest bookers of entertainment within the leisure industry, including hotels and cruise ships.

fter sailing through the regional qualifiers, we are delighted to announce that local boys, Shane Jury and Alex Crawford, better known as ‘Shane & Alex’, bagged the WINNERS title at the National Grand Finals of Britain Does Variety in June.

Vivace Voices Summer Concert Wednesday 20th July

Local ladies choir the Vivace Voices are hosting a summer concert in aid of the charity ‘Sing for Your Life’ - a national charity dedicated to helping care homes and day centres provide community singing sessions. The concert takes place at St Stephen’s Church, Upper

Basildon and starts at 2:30. Why not go along and enjoy some songs to celebrate the summer: English folk songs, a Guys and Dolls medley, Spirituals and lots more. Admission is just £3, which includes a programme and refreshments afterwards.

Chatting to the duo afterwards, they told us that it hadn’t quite sunk in yet. “We can’t quite believe it'” Shane told us. We’ve won an paid gig at a 5* resort in Majorca - I’m a groundsman - things like this don’t happen to people like us! We are over the moon to hear the news and wish you all the best for whatever doors now open for you. Remember us all when you embark upon your world tour, chaps!

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Now that summer’s here, it’s time to ditch our flat, matte winter makeup. This season, it’s all about looking bronzed and healthy. In order to channel your inner J-Lo, here are five easy steps to achieving the perfect summer glow.

1. Use an illuminating foundation. A lightreflecting formula will give your complexion an all-over glow, plus help blur the look of pores and fine lines. Apply with a Beauty Blender sponge for a smooth, natural-looking finish. Don’t have a glowy foundation? Mix a few drops of liquid luminizer into a matte base to create your own. Try: Nars Sheer Glow Foundation (£31 John Lewis) or L’OrÊal Paris True Match Lumi Foundation £10.99 Boots

3. Use a liquid or powder highlighter where the sun naturally hits the face, which is on top of the cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose, and forehead. Highlighting will help your skin look bathed in sunlight, even if you’re stuck in the office under fluorescent bulbs. Try: Watt’s Up highlighter, a soft focus highlighter that turns on “wattâ€? ya got with a delicate champagne glow that’s gorgeous (ÂŁ24.50, Debenhams)

4. Apply either a shimmer or matte bronzer to the cheekbones and forehead. Using a shimmer bronzer will give you a sun-kissed glow, while using a matte bronzer will add warmth to the face. Try: The Balm Betty-Lou Manizer (ÂŁ17.50 ASOS.com); or try Max Faxtor Bronzing Powder ÂŁ6.99 Superdrug

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5. To complete the look, apply a setting spray to the face. A quick spritz not only locks your makeup in place, but it will also leave your complexion with a healthy, dewy finish to complete your summer glow. Try: Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray Urban Decay in House of Fraser ÂŁ22 (we love the staff in HoF Reading too xx)

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2. Apply a brightener under the eyes. This will help you look more awake and youthful. Plus, it’ll brighten up your whole face! Try: MAC Prep and Prime Highlighter (£19 www.maccosmetics.co.uk)

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It’s a fierce battle of opinions with figureheads I respect on both sides making compelling arguments. Just today I read that The Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) predicts a fall in GDP if we leave Europe. A fall that would not be offset by the £8 billion we would save by exiting. The IFS are a respected organisation, but they don’t get every forecast right. A survey of financial planners by technology provider Intelliflo shows that the majority of advisers favour an exit. 62% of them thought that an exit would not have any impact on their business.

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To remain impartial, I’ll proffer that there is no right or wrong answer. To my simple mind I think that there are two key issues. Firstly, the economy. Will we be better or worse off? Markets do not like uncertainty and coming out will create further uncertainty and market volatility. Staying in will no doubt mean that things will return to ‘normal’. However history has shown that market ‘shocks’ rarely seem to last long and things do recover. The past is quickly forgotten. The second issue is ‘sovereignty’. It’s a subject that you cannot easily put figures to. But sovereignty gets to the heart of how many people feel about being British and controlling the way we live. So maybe it’s a battle of economics versus emotions? Either way, the human race doesn’t stop eating or going to work. We are genetically coded to survive and make progress. I don’t believe that any ‘doomsday’ scenario predicted

by either side would become a reality. As financial planners we believe that our work helps clients plan for and negotiate turbulent times. Financial planning is about understanding how to make the most of what you have in an ever changing legislative and political environment and whether it’s enough to do everything that you want to do. It’s not just about positive investment returns which, to a greater or lesser extent, rise and fall with the markets. It’s about establishing a plan that is as tax efficient as practical with predictable returns. Here diversification is king. Moderation in all things. Either way, we will survive!

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Budgens Still #1 for Local,Fresh, Essentials T he supermarket in West End Road has been part of the Mortonian landscape for as long as most locals can remember... These days, the much-loved Budgens store which, over the years, has certainly earned its ‘stripes’ as being the go-to place for fresh and ambient essentials is as popular as ever. But what of its history, and how has it changed over the years? We took some time out to have a chat with owner Charles Mills. Some of the things he told us were fascinating!

Having previously worked for the Musgrave Group in a senior position responsible for recruitment of new retailers into the Budgens Brand and divestment of the corporate estate, Charles saw an opportunity himself. Believing in what was happening with the future of Budgens Brand so much so, that he bought the shop [think Remington]! Although owned by Charles, the store is run on a day to day basis by the Bushnell family. Phillip and Kay have been at the store since the early 70’s when it was owned by a local family and traded under the NISA banner. Phil had been dubbed their trading ‘Guru’, looking after all stock movements, supported by wife Kay on fresh foods, son Jason as their operations manager and daughter Emma on admin. It really is a family affair.

outlets? On one side of the road was the larger 3000 sq ft store which sold Grocery, Tobacco and BWS ranges, whilst the smaller 1600 sq ft store across the way had fresh ranges, some additional grocery and news/magazines. Yes, only in quirky ol’ Blighty would you be allowed to load your trolley up in one shop, leave the premises (without paying) and complete your purchase in another building! Whilst the store turnover was very healthy, the business was losing money due to the high cost of operation due to the two store format. Both stores were in a poor state of repair and lacked investment. In early 2008 a strategy was put in place to bring the business back into profit and to redevelop the store with a new building and a modern shopping environment. The timing of this strategy was to prove particularly challenging in light of the credit crunch and Musgrave UK trading issues. The first part of the strategy was to close the smaller of the two trading stores and combine both stores into the larger 3000 sq ft unit. This was done early in 2008 and whilst trade initially dropped, customers soon welcomed the easier to shop combined store and trade returned and then exceeded its previous levels.

The operation in 2007 was very different to that you will find today. Many of you may remember when:

The plan for the new store would involve demolition of the trading store along with two houses adjacent that had been acquired earlier. One of the biggest challenges in this process would be that the trading business would then need to be relocated into the smaller now vacant unit opposite.

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latest offering - a full in-store serve over butchery. Trade has now significantly exceeded the old store and continues to show healthy growth. The team have worked exceptionally hard to drive innovation, and whilst they recognise their need to improve in some area’s, they continue to look at new ideas to keep the growth going already on the stocks for 2016 is relocation to the store of the Post Office. They say that if you stand still you go rusty‌‌.not much chance of that at Mortimer !

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Bring grill temperature up to 300 degrees Fahrenheit with coals offset for indirect cooking. Sauté mushrooms, onions, and peppers. Heat up the chopped tomato, bacon, roast beef, and canned chilli. (Or your favorite toppings) Make burger balls, 8 to 12 ounces each. Make sure meat is cold. Press beer can into centre of each meatball forming a pocket around the can. Wrap bacon around each one (this should take two pieces of bacon). Using a teatowel, remove beer can from meatball carefully. Do this until all meatballs have been formed. Take stuffing/toppings and start placing inside meatball pockets. Use your favorite toppings. Cube the cheese and place 2-3 pieces inside desired meatballs or top with shredded cheese. Add a few dashes of hot sauce or bbq sauce. Place bacon burgers opposite hot coals for indirect cooking. Put lid on grill and cook for one hour. (Optional – turn and rotate after 30 minutes) After one hour check for desired ‘doneness’. Remove from grill. Place bacon burgers on buns. Top with favourite condiments and serve with fries, coleslaw or potato salad. Enjoy!

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Tucked away next to Mortimer Station is our local Calor Gas Centre which has been serving the community in Mortimer and surrounding villages for over 16 years. Newcomers to the village - and residents of surrounding villages - may not yet have discovered Mortimer’s Calor Gas and the fact that it’s not just gas that they supply. The centre is busy all year round supplying gas appliances and Autogas, barbecues and Camping Gaz in the summer months and portable heaters in the winter months. So, if you’ve been eyeing up that gas barbecue for a while, or you’re looking to top-up you Camping Gaz before you load the car with tents and kit this summer, then look no further. Drive into Mortimer Station and you’ll find Calor Gas directly in front of you, with ample parking. Once you’ve got your gas - how about having a go at one of the many mouth watering BBQ recipes available on their website www.calor.co.uk/recipes

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

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DADS SHOP IS FIFTY!

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ads Shop has been an intrinsic part of Mortimer village since 1966. Yes, this year is Dads Shop 50th Anniversary! The shop has enjoyed a number of different sites on West End Road over the years as the business changed and expanded; always moving with the times, putting customer service first and never adding that famous missing apostrophe! In 1966 Dads Shop was first opened by Ronald Bull and occupied the site of the current Dental Surgery on West End Road. Then, in 1968, Dads Shop moved up the road to the site where today you will find Triangle Travel. The shop sold paint, timber, glass and wallpaper all your decorating essentials. In 1970, Ronald retired and his son, John took over the business. In 1978, having outgrown the site, Dads Shop moved 200 yards over the road to its current home. That site was originally owned by Burt Freestone, a member of another longstanding Mortimer family, who had run Mortimer Hardware from there. After Burt’s death, the new owner struggled, so John Bull bought the building and the business as a going concern.

The current owner, Elizabeth Telling, is the granddaughter of the original owner, Ronald Bull. She took over the business in 1994 and when John retired in 1998, her long suffering husband, Mark, joined her! The stock has now expanded into many different areas, though the mainstay of the business - the timber cutting and blade sharpening - remain. And because Dads Shop does not have the large overheads that B&Q have, it’s able to pass this saving on to its customers. Many products are less expensive. Paintbrushes and everyday items are always cheaper. Part of Dads Shop’s success is how it has adapted over the years to give its customers what they need. In accordance with current market trends, Dads Shop have a thriving online business too. The internet has enabled them to offer a wider range of products which now includes garden furniture, BBQs, toys, dining sets and even festival gear! To celebrate their 50th year, Dads Shop is holding an in store raffle throughout July with some truly amazing prizes. Why not pop in to stock up and join with them in celebrating 50 years. Happy 50th Dads Shop!

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Let’s set the scene: September 2015… Dale Kempson: Estate agent, father of two, keen golfer, NOT a cyclist has worked within the local villages for 15 years. He wants to give back to the community that has supported him and kept his business alive and running before, during and after the recession. Having supported many local events for the school and parishes over the years through advertising and donations, it was time to go big. Having already set in place two prize draws per month throughou their anniversary year (one to win a bottle of champagne for anyone who has their property valued, and another offering the chance for anyone who markets their property with Parkers to go in to the draw to receive 15% off their selling fees.) Dale knew he had to do more. Ideas were thrown about until Dale himself came up with the one; to do a charity bike ride! A variety of organised bike rides were on offer you could do 50 miles, 100 miles even 200 miles, or you could spend two week cycling 1000 miles. This gruelling ride is to be undertaken in all weather conditions from the most westerly point in the United Kingdom - Land’s End, up to the most Northern point - John O’Groats, Scotland. For a beginner, this would surely be perfect! So here we are, now in the summer of 2016. Parkers in Burghfield Common have thanked their Vendors with thousands of pounds off their fees and have also given away 10 bottles of champagne. There is still time to be entered in to the prize draws just by calling them! As for the charity bike ride, the date is set for 7th August 2016 and Dale has managed to get Jamie Stead on board. Having worked at Parkers for several years and also a novice cyclist, he enthusiastically took on the challenge and for both of them their

training is underway. Having a head start, Dale has cycled over 2000 miles throughout his training and Jamie is on his way with over 500 miles. Dale says “Having started as a challenge, it has now become a hobby. I’ve done over 100 hours in the saddle, with my longest ride being 68 miles. I’ve been completing an average of 95 miles per week, fallen off twice, done 1 training weekend in the Peak District, and had no punctures!”

com and search ‘Parkers Estate Agent’ where you can choose if the money you pledge goes to the Local Schools, Thames Valley Air Ambulance or Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Both have donned the Lycra for good reasons and would like your help raising money for their chosen charities. Within Burghfield and Mortimer there are 6 local schools they are raising funds for: Mrs. Blands Infant School, Garland Junior School, Burghfield St Mary’s School, Mortimer St Johns Infant School, Mortimer St Mary’s Junior School and Sulhamstead and Ufton Nervet Primary School. With less than six weeks left until they are expected to cycle an average of 66 miles per day consecutively for 14 days, you can donate online at the Just Giving website or by cheque at one of Parkers local offices in Burghfield, Tadley, Theale or Tilehurst. Having worked closely with two other charities, they also wish to support the Thames Valley Air Ambulance and Guide Dogs for the Blind and you are free to choose where your donation goes online. You can follow the LEJOG Blog (Lands End to John O’Groats Blog) on the ‘Parkers Burghfield’ Facebook page, where there are regular updates about training, the struggles and the best parts and you can leave messages, advice and support should you wish. Having accomplished so much already, but still with so far to go, there are keen to make this a success for the schools and charities that they are raising money for. Jamie say’s “This is a once in a lifetime challenge for me and although enjoyable, isn’t the easiest we could have picked! I am pleased it’s all for charity and makes it worthwhile doing.” If you would like to donate, please pop into one of their local offices or visit Justgiving.

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emember those happy grass-stained days during the school holidays when you used to go out to play, enjoy all that the woods had to offer and build dens? Jubilee Cadets is a fabulous new club providing primary school aged children with an exciting way to spend their holidays enjoying the Great Outdoors. Open from 11th July until 7th September 8am-6pm Monday to Friday, Jubilee Cadets covers both independent and state school summer holidays.

Den Building, Adventure/ nature walks, Campfires, First Aid, Outdoor sports (e.g. rounders, football), Team games and challenges, Outdoor play equipment, Obstacle courses, Forest art, Bug hunts, Treasure hunts, Story-telling, Face painting, Themed Days, Potion making / mud fun, Pool table / table tennis, Cooking

Children can go on woodland adventures, enjoy bushcraft and survival skills, build a campfire under the supervision of staff, toast marshmallows, enjoy team sports, forest art and a host of other fun activities.

Cadets is a new addition to the already highly successful sister holiday club, Jubilee Jets and both are owned by the operators of Jubilee Day Nursery and Jubilee Gems in Padworth.

Outdoors, children can run about and have a sense of freedom which they would otherwise not experience inside. We encourage child-led play and are advocates of fun, supervised free play – it’s one of the best ways we can guarantee a fun-filled holiday whilst learning new skills in our stunning woodland setting. Based in Padworth, our premises offer indoor play areas as well as woodland and farmland for multiple outdoor activities – so we can guarantee a day of busy fun whatever the weather!

We offer a safe, fun and caring environment for children aged 5-11 years to play, supervised by our fantastic, invigorating team. All staff are Enhanced DBS checked (formerly CRB). To book online go to www.jubileecadets.co.uk For further information, please contact info@ jubileecadets.co.uk or Bella, our Cadets Manager on 0118 970 1300


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h, summer. When you were a child, summer was exciting not just because the sunshine meant more time spent outdoors, but because it meant a month and a half off school. Back in those days, it felt like the summer holiday was endless, a sprawling expanse of time when you didn’t have to be anywhere or do anything – especially not maths homework. The tradition of the six-week summer holiday runs all the way through the British school system, so if you stay in education through university, you’ll get to enjoy those long lazy weeks until you’re in your 20s. But no-one sets up a schedule just to give kids more time to ride their bikes, so why are the summer holidays so long? Well, you can thank (or blame) the Victorians for that. The school timetable that seems so familiar now – with a school day of 9am until 3.30pm, and a new term starting every September – is a product of the 19th century. The break wasn’t designed to give kids a holiday: it was for them to go back to work. Yup, the school calendar is based on the agricultural calendar. In the summer, children were needed to work the land, harvesting fruit or performing other menial duties, which they obviously couldn’t do if they were sitting in a classroom. Other breaks were fitted around significant times of year for crop-growers: in spring, children would be needed to help with planting, while in autumn they’d need time away from school to harvest food. The 3.30pm daily finish owes its existence to similar logic – children would end their school

day in time to go home and help with housework. Farmers would generally be up and dawn and finish their work in the mid-afternoon, so school hours took a similar shape. From a 21st century perspective, that all seems pretty archaic. It’s kind of inconvenient, too, with parents needing to juggle their work around the whims of the school calendar; back in the Victorian era, it was more likely women would be at home to take care of the kids, but now it’s more likely parents will have to move their schedules around (or book babysitters) to cover the school holidays.

But with some independent academies already moving around their term dates and all headteachers being given the power to set their own term dates from September, it looks like things are going to change. That everlasting summer holiday you remember from your school days might be going the way of the penny-farthing – great for Victorians, maybe, but kind of useless nowadays.

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

Ice Cream In A Bag

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

Recreate a Sports Day

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

Cake Decorating Competition A cake or cookie decorating competition is a great way to keep the kids amused for a few hours and sort their dessert! Get the kids involved in baking a batch of cupcakes or cookies, then set them loose with a rainbow of icing colours, bowls of sprinkles and lollies and their imaginations to come up with the most amazingly decorated cupcake of the day. Each child receives an equal allocation of the freshly baked cupcakes to decorate, then chooses their favourite for judging, either by a family member, friend or neighbour. The winning cupcake decorator then gets to choose the movie to be watched that evening or a similar treat.

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

Enjoy a Movie Marathon

A rainy day is the perfect time to organise a movie marathon. Perhaps choose a movie series such as Spy Kids or movies with a theme, such as space, nature or comedy. Turn the idea into an event by creating invitations for everyone attending. Give every family member something fun to do – smaller children make great ushers and popcorn sellers, and the ‘projectionist’ can man the remote and pick the first film. Why not help the kids create a box office out of – what else – a box? Kids can then sell handmade tickets and popcorn from their box office window.

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Tadley Pets Supplies become International Rock Stars - well, kind of! screen grab!

We couldn’t quite believe our eyes recently, after one of our readers alerted us to a local business whose name had been spotted in the lastest video by the world-famous American indie Rock band, The Augustines. Focussing on Stock Car World Champion Will Morphey, and his

Now in its 22nd year, the Tadley 10K has grown from its modest beginnings of fewer than 100 entrants to nearly 350 entrants. It’s renamed this year from Tadley 10K to Tim’s Tadley 10K in honour of the Club Secretary and founder member who sadly passed away in 2015. The Race HQ is at the Hurst Leisure Centre where there are ample parking and changing facilities and an on-site caterer. The course is a single loop of 10 kilometres over quiet, pretty country lanes on the Hampshire/Berkshire borders.

world of high speed racing, the video was filmed on location at Aldershot stadium (Rusmoor Arena), where Tadley Pet Supplies sponsor both the start and finish lines. Owner of Tadley Pet Supplies told us he couldn’t quote believe his eyes either when he saw it. Now that’s Rock & Roll Tadley Pets!

There are drinks stations around the course. Trophies are up for grabs, too. Take a look at the website for details of how these will be awarded. As a memento of the event a good quality 100% polyester technical T-shirt will be awarded to all finishers along with a Race Medal!!You can enter online, but entries are also accepted on the day. Why not roll up on 6th July 2014 and take this opportunity to run this 10Km. www.tadleyrunners.co.uk/10km/

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orgive me father for I have sinned. I confess that I am not a comic book fan. I declare I have not seen all eight films in this now 16 year long movie franchise. I admit that the plot made little sense to me. I also accept that X-Men: Apocalypse was received with much criticism. So it is with a heavy heart that I now must reveal...I rather enjoyed it! Director Bryan Singer who brought us X-Men (2000), X-Men 2 (2003) and X-Men Days of Future Past (2014) is back at the helm in this time-hopping sequel to X-Men: First Class (2011). We begin in ancient Egypt where we meet the first and most powerful mutant ruler En Sabah Nur, aka Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) who after an assassination attempt is buried alive. He awakens thousands of years later in 1981 and is so sickened by the world he finds he sets about regaining power by creating a new world order. As the earth’s fate hangs in the balance X-Men’s Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) lead a new team of mutants to avert imminent disaster. The kicker is that among his own team of rogue mutants Apocalypse has brainwashed Charles’ disheartened and wayward friend Magneto (Michael Fassbender) to help fight his cause. Like all the X-Men movies the theme is nothing new, once again we’re asking the same question: Should mutants integrate with humanity or not? But what Singer brings to the

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party are believable characters as well as the crash, bang wallop. In Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender he has two fine actors well capable of drawing you into this fantasy world and sympathise with their moral dilemmas. On the other end of the spectrum we have a great young ensemble cast providing the wisecracks, Quicksilver (Evan Peters), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan) and Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee) in particular have great chemistry and genuinely look like they’re having a blast. There’s no doubt that the X-Men series has suffered from the incredible success of The Avengers franchise. Yes it lacks that panache, wit and polish of your Iron Man or Captain America but it has an old skool quality and charm that is very refreshing. The decision to place the bulk of the action in the eighties is also a clever hook that will appeal to its adult audience. Among others look out for nods to Teen Wolf, Star Wars and Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

at times you do feel like you’ve gatecrashed a rather awkward fancy dress party. Magneto and Apocalypse wouldn’t look out of place as backing singers for The Village People, Beast (Nicholas Hoult) looks like he’s done a trolley dash around Fun ‘n’ Frolic and Jennifer Lawrence’s outfit is basically a nude with a blue spray tan. It may lack the intellect of some of its predecessors but X-Men: Apocalypse is an entertaining popcorn movie with fun and engaging characters, great action sequences, comedy, and a dark side that is not afraid of throwing you a few surprises. In the marketing campaign fans were asked to choose their side in this battle for world order, whilst most critics sided with the ‘Destroy’ camp, I’m choosing ‘Defend’!

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I think this book is great because it has moving emotion and is just overall fantastic. The story is about a little girl called Ella and her mum, who is heavily pregnant. They live together. When Ella’s mum is having her baby she falls in to a deep coma therefore Ella’s mum’s boyfriend Jack has to take care of Ella and the baby. When I opened the first page of this book I was amazed by the storyline and how it all came together to form an amazing emotional story. I was so impressed by the way Wilson develops her characters to make them sound really realistic. The reason why the book is called The Longest Whale Song is because when Ella’s mum is in her coma Ella tries to give her mum as much love and support, so she makes a love song about whales hoping it would bring her mum back to normal. I would recommend this book for anyone who is over 8. This book is great and is a brilliant read so go read The Longest Whale Song!

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n today’s world of Information Technology, you would have thought there should be a device on the market that helps protect vulnerable people from nuisance phone calls especially predators trying to trick innocent people into parting with their money.

Well there is and Loddon Valley Lions have been testing such a device called the BT8500 Advanced Call Blocker which is a Digital Cordless phone with an answering machine. The Call Blocker is available in some shops on the high street. However, the Lions were so concerned with the increase of incidents of online theft reported by the media, that they decided to do something about it. A small fund has been allocated by the Lions to purchase the handsets on a trial basis to help those people in need to buy a low cost blocking handset which the Lions have installed in the homes of the people who have contacted them. The Call Blocker once installed has helped put those people back in control of all incoming calls. The installation and operation is quite simple. To receive calls from people you want to talk to, you just enter their names and telephone numbers into the ‘phone menu. These can be home, mobile or business numbers. Any callers from phone numbers not in the menu will need to state their name and press the # key symbol for your phone to ring. You then have the option of either accepting the call, always accepting the call, blocking the call or sending the call to the answer ‘phone. The BT8500 Advanced Call Blocker puts you back in control because it blocks up to 1000 numbers, has a colour screen, automatically copies contacts between handsets, records up to 60 minutes of messages, has a hands-free speaker and operates from a single phone socket. Additional handsets can be purchased up to a maximum of 3. A new report published by Which states 40% of all calls received by the elderly members of the community are classified as nuisance calls.

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Loddon Valley Lions Club is one of about 70 Lions Clubs in Central Southern England serving the area which is centred on Tadley and bounded by Sherborne St John, Sherfield-onLoddon, Mortimer, Aldermaston Wharf, Brimpton and Kingsclere, to the north of Basingstoke. Each year Loddon Valley Lions raise around £20,000 to create new initiatives that help benefit the community locally, especially those less fortunate than ourselves. Over 40 years since the club was formed it has raised over £600,000 which has then been allocated to good causes in the community supporting the very young to the more mature in years. The call blocking project is one such initiative that shows the Lions do care for the community and want to help them. The Lions Tadley Treacle Fair is one of the most important events in the Loddon Valley Lions calendar. Over £11,500 was raised on the 5th June this year from this event to help the Lions to continue carrying out their good work. Future events include a Golf Competition in September, a Fireworks Extravaganza in November and the daily evening Father Christmas Sleigh tour of the Loddon Valley area in December. More information is available on the website www.loddonvalleylions.org The Lions are always grateful to those people who want to help at the events they organise and to new members wishing to join the Club. They are also receptive to new ideas such as the call blocking initiative which was brought to their attention by a new member of a newly formed group called ‘’Friends of the Lions’’ who help at the events and meet monthly to create new ways of supporting the local community. Let’s end NUISANCE CALLS forever! Call 0845 833 7494 for more information on how Loddon Valley Lions may be able to help you or if you are interested in becoming a member.

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With Wimbledon just around the corner, and the strawberries in the fridge, our sporting attention this month turns to the racket sport of choice for many during the summer months tennis, to discover that tennis is in fact played all year round! Founded in 2000 at Bradfield College and opened by tennis ace Tim Henman, The Bradfield Tennis Centre is thriving... With 24 artificial grass courts and 7 hard courts around campus, Bradfield Tennis Centre is well-accommodated for the busy summer season. The three indoor courts, around which the club is centred, mean that the tennis club operates all year round. Membership is great value, with individual adults able to join for only £27 per year and families for only £55. This includes discounted court hire and even free use of the outdoor courts during the summer. Membership also allows entry into the Wimbledon Ballot each year. Bradfield Tennis Club runs courses for both adults and juniors all year round with opportunities for beginners, improvers and performance players. The academy nurtures promising young talent through the LTA mini-tennis system. In addition to structured termly programmes, there is also a tennis camp which is run over the Easter and Summer holidays catering for students from 5 – 16 years old. Lessons are not just for youth tennis. There are a variety of tennis classes for adults, too, ranging from skills development to fitness based classes such as Cardio Tennis. Popular club nights for adults are paired with competitive matches and league play for those wishing to test themselves against other clubs.

The club is also heavily involved in fundraising for the Teenage Cancer Trust. As well as the ladies doubles tournament supporting this cause, the Bradfield Tennis Club coaching team also recently completed a 24 hour charity doubles match. So far, ÂŁ10,500 has been raised for the charity. Bradfield Tennis Club were honoured to welcome The Davis Cup Trophy Tour on 27th May, one of only 2 chosen venues in Berkshire to do this. As part of the day, two members of the GB hockey team - Alex Danson and Joie Leigh took time out of their Rio preparation to meet and greet the tennis fans. Joie, in fact, played county tennis herself as a junior. On the day, Bradfield hosted a Primary and Prep schools tennis tournament. The Primary Schools Tournament encompassed 8 teams (48 children) from local primary schools. After a number of matches, Sulhamstead Primary were announced the winners. The Prep School Tournament final was between Thorngrove and Lambrook, with Lambrook emerging as the winners. The day was a great success with around 300 visitors taking the chance to see the trophy and participate in free tennis activities over the day. So, anyone for tennis?

Pilates with Elizabeth Williams

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For further information about tennis at Bradfield, call 0118 964 4600

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