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Why not start by putting Saturday 5th July in your diary? As you may have already guessed from our cover this month, it’s almost time for Mortimer Fun Day! Turn to pages 30-31 to see all the activities that are taking place. This event has grown year on year and 2014 promises to be no different. And, to top it all, as the day comes to an end and the evening begins, there will be an Abba tribute band to enjoy, so buy your tickets early and get your dancing shoes ready!

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We also have a superb competition brought to us by Marvellous Festival on pages 4 and 5. This family music festival is right on our doorstep at Wellington Country Park across Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th July and is stacked with the best cover bands around. Village Eye has secured a family ticket for the Sunday to give away, so take a look and get entering! News | Busine KEEPING IT LOCAL

And if you’re also looking for ideas to keep the kids entertained this summer, turn to p.26 for some ideas and sympathy! Whether you need fun childcare for the kids while you’re working or some new ideas to stop the kids from getting bored, you’ll find lots of different options to help as the summer holidays start looming.


We’d like to wish The Elm Tree a very happy first birthday under new management! And we’d like to wish JC Motorwise a very happy birthday in their new, larger premises! Find out more about all they are offering on p.11 and p.29.


Let’s not forget it’s Father’s Day this month, too, so remember to make a fuss of Dad! In tribute, turn to p.20 where our friend Dave shares his amusing ‘pearls of wisdom’ on child-rearing.

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If you need flowers for special days, birthdays or anniversaries, we’ve discovered a gem of a florist in Tadley. Precious Thymes is a beautiful florist and gift shop which is well worth a visit. Turn to p.8 to see just what they have to offer. You’ll find all our regular columnists this month, too. Mark Penston, our Financial advisor, gives us his thoughts on pension funds and how much money we actually need in retirement on p.13. In Jack Worboys’ motoring column, he reviews the Fiat 500L MPW for us, so turn to p.28 to find out more. Megan, our teenage columnist looks at food this month and, in particular, breakfasts. It’s all there on p.23 for your delectation! And, of course, our Eye Geek is on page 6 telling us all we need to know about PayM. Have you tried it yet?


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A Spencers Wood woman, Amy Westmoreland, has bravely conquered Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro despite having the debilitating and life-shortening condition, Cystic Fibrosis. She was diagnosed with CF as a toddler and, back then, doctors didn’t expect her to reach her teenage years. Amy is now 23 and thanks to her own determination and the work of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust - which has been fundamental in many improvements for those living with CF - it has meant that although the climb was very difficult, it was not impossible. Amy’s fitness was at a high enough level to be able to attempt this demanding challenge. And Amy was more than aware of just how demanding... She had attempted to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in 2011 with her boyfriend Mitch, but sadly they couldn’t make it to the summit.

Amy was determined to try again and wasn’t prepared to let her condition get in her way. She and the group successfully reached the summit of Kilimanjaro on Mother’s Day this year. Sharing her triumph were her mum Jenny, dad Rob, sister Katie, and friends Samantha Lancaster, Nick Horton and Sam Paintin, who are all from Reading.


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Mum Jenny said, “This was always about us helping Amy to tick something off her bucket list, so a huge success.” The climb was described by Amy as “a gruelling and amazing experience”. Between them they suffered the full spectrum of altitude sickness symptoms, nausea, hallucinations, headaches and, of course, exhaustion. “It was really difficult for us all, there were so many times when we’d really didn’t think we could finish and thought about turning back. But we kept going through the cold, snow, rain, mud and kept thinking about all those with cystic fibrosis who are simply not well enough and all those who have lost their battle to this condition.“I sincerely hope that the money raised will go some way to helping the Cystic Fibrosis Trust to continue their incredible work.” Cystic fibrosis directly affects around 10,000 people in the UK.


Melissa Crowned Miss Berkshire Congratulations to local girl, Melissa Gibbons who was recently crowned Miss Berkshire 2014. Melissa, a 19-year-old events coordinator from Silchester, was named the winner of this year's competition at the grand final held at Genting Reading on Friday, May 9. 13 finalists took part in a three minute interview and three catwalk heats. The judging panel included Keely Silver and Charlie Kaufman from Fresh Academy, London Irish player George Skivington, Jimmy Howard and Lukasz Kalinowsky from Genting and Reading Post features editor Caroline Cook.Melissa was presented with her glittering Miss Berkshire crown and sash by last year's winner Holly Broomfield. She also won a girls’ night out for four and cocktail masterclass at Genting Reading, £250 spending money for Genting and a night in a Crowne Plaza hotel, a dress by Aftershock and a photo shoot with Fresh Academy.


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Excitement filled the air last month when young students from the local area became part of a Royal visit from their Royal Highnesses, the Earl and Countess of Wessex visited Ufton Court, the magnificent Tudor manor house in Ufton Nervet, to officially open Ufton Court Adventure (UCA) as part of the Earl’s 50th birthday tour. UCA is an exciting new woodland centre opening at Ufton Court which aims to raise aspirations and achievements of disadvantaged young people through repeated access to outdoor education. The project has been developed by the Ufton Court Educational Trust in partnership with the South Reading community charity Aspire2. Aspire2 supports activities to enrich children’s lives in and around the area of Whitley, South Reading. While they were there, Edward and Sophie met visiting children, watched children enjoying some of the activities, unveiled a plaque and met Ufton Court Adventure supporters. Mary Riall, CEO of UCET, said ‘Ufton Court is very excited to be able to extend its work with young people through Ufton Court Adventure. We look forward to working with our partners to ensure this exceptional new facility delivers programmes that will support local children, raising aspirations and achievements and helping them towards fulfilling future careers.’ Ufton Court Adventure has already had a profound effect on confidence and independence of participating young people. A teenage boy who has enjoyed three residential visits said that, “It has made me more confident to speak to people,” and that his goals for his GCSE grades have been raised and he enjoys better relationships with his family. Ufton Court Educational Trust is a charity that aims to inspire, educate and challenge children using the extraordinary house and grounds of Ufton Court. Over many years, local school children have enjoyed taking students on residential - and non-residential study trips there, but the opening of Ufton Court Adventure means the charity can further extend its work in enriching and changing children’s lives. Further information can be found on www.uftoncourt.co.uk

Village Eye readers who visit the Willink School in Burghfield Common for education or leisure may have noticed the completion of a brand new facility in the grounds near the public library. The new building is for the use of 2402 (Burghfield) Squadron 13th Burghfield Air Cadets and the local Army Cadets. The joint Cadet Forces enjoyed a grand opening ceremony which was carried out by the Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire, The Honourable Mrs. Bayliss. The event also offered the opportunity for sponsors of the Air Cadets to present their donations which included the Berkshire Freemasons and Mr. John Brown who have been very generous in presenting the Cadets with £2000 towards equipping the new HQ with window blinds and computer equipment. If you have an interested youngster over 12 (army cadets) or over 13 (air cadets) and would like to find out more then more information is available on the following websites: http://www.burghfieldaircadets.org.uk https://armycadets.com/county/royal-county-of-berkshire-acf/

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Every July, Marvellous Festivals transform a beautiful oak studded deer park into a magical festival arena, complete with a giant stage and sound and light system. Wellington Country Park is the perfect venue for this feast of music, fun and a great weekend with friends and family.

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All of the acts taking to the main stage over the course of the weekend are world class tributes to some of the greatest artistes and bands of our time. With a stunning line up of some 14 bands, featuring the music of T Rex, The Eagles, Rod Stewart, Michael Jackson, Bryan Adams, Maroon 5, Johnny Cash, Elton John, Madness, Pink, Bon Jovi, and a Motown extravaganza - this year also sees special appearances from the legends who are ‘The Sweet’, and this year’s special treat, comedian Ade Edmondson with his band - The Bad Shepherds..! There really is something for everyone (including a Sptfire flypast on the Sunday.) The team behind Marvellous are fiercely proud of the festival’s well-earned reputation as being the most family-friendly event in the region. Apart from the action on the main stage, there will also be a second stage which will see local acts performing to the crowds. There’s loads of stuff for the kids too, including face-painting, drama & dance workshops, bouncy castles, balloon modelling (like you’ve never seen before) and circus skills workshops. You can also enjoy all the fun of the fair with several major rides to choose from as well as some gentler rides for the younger audience. Festival-goers can choose to Marvellous come on either day, or go the whole hog and purchase a weekender ticket, pitch a tent and set up camp. (Glamping is also available) The Best Family Music Festival

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Full details of the line up - including a short video of last year’s event are available on their website www.marvellousfestivals.com along with all the information you need, including timings, ticket prices etc. If you’re new to Marvellous, and still need convincing then you may also be interested in checking out the photo galleries of past years too.

With great music, family fun, great food & drink, a fairground plus some extra special surprises, Marvellous’14 represents superb value for money and is truly not to be missed! If you haven’t got your tickets yet, why not put the weekend of July 19th & 20th in your diary, and use the event as a good excuse to get a bunch of your friends and family together for a fab, fun time!

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Village Eye have secured a family ticket for the Sunday to give away! For your chance to win this exciting prize, please visit www.villageeye.co.uk click the competition link and answer the following question by midnight on Monday June 30th: Q. Ade Edmondson and his band the Bad Shepherds are making their Marvellous Festival Debut this year... Can you remember the name of the hit BBC show he is most famous for? a: Absolutely Fabulous b: The Young Ones c: Hi De Hi

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Just a few weeks ago we saw the launch of the new mobile to mobile payment system Paym - pronounced Pay-em. Until now, paying someone electronically still required knowledge of their bank account number and sort code, but now it’s as easy as sending a text.

Once you have a mobile money app installed on your smartphone, all you need to do is select who you want to pay from your contacts and input the amount. The system then tells you the name of the bank account holder linked to that mobile number and all you need to do is press confirm. Both parties need to be registered for Paym to send and receive money. If you don’t have a smartphone, you can still receive payments by registering your mobile number with your bank, but you won’t be able to send money. The idea for Paym started in Africa where a similar system allowed millions of users to pay each other without having to go to a bank. The Payments Council - the body co-ordinating the launch - expects 1bn Paym payments to be made in the UK by 2018 as people start to make esent direct payments. It’s anticipated that most payments will be of relatively low value, to pay window cleaners and babysitters, for example. However, you can use Paym to pay out up to £250 per day and some will allow more - payments go through at the same speed as current online banking transactions. Research by Consumer Intelligence, a polling company, found 25% of banking customers expect to use Paym, rising to 39% of 18-34 year olds. However, although 94% of adults now own a mobile phone, nearly half said that they would definitely not be using the service, mainly t down to worries over security. It’s worth noting that the banks and building societies involved have signed up to stronger security standards. The mobile phone app ‘sits behind’ the regular online banking system and applies the same levels of security. It’s also mentioning that the app requires your password to send money, so even if your phone is stolen, your account can’t be compromised. If you change your mobile number, however, you need to be careful about making sure friends - and the bank - have updated details! At launch, Paym is available from 9 banks: Bank of Scotland, Barclays, Cumberland Building Society, Halifax, HSBC, Lloyds Bank, Santander, TSB and Danske Bank. By the end of the year Clydesdale, first direct, Isle of Man Bank, Natwest, RBS and Yorkshire Bank have indicated that they will be signing up, which will account for 9/10 current accounts being able to use Paym. There are already some mobile payment apps on the market including Barclays Pingit which launched just before the Olympics in 2012 and allows for payments between mobiles. Zapp, brought to us by the company behind Link cash machines, also launched this autumn which lets you pay for goods in shops via a mobile app. One of the downsides of Paym though is that it can’t be used in shops. You can also only link one mobile with one account, so of you have a number of accounts then Paym can only be linked to one, unless you have a number of mobiles, of course! The exception to this is joint accounts, in which case you may register two mobiles. Some commentators have predicted that Paym will mark the end of cash, cheques and high street banks. Will you sign up? by Eye Geek



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loe Vera has long been described as a wonder-plant. The name Aloe Vera or True Aloe probably stems from the Arabic word Alloeh meaning ‘shining bitter substance’.

Traders first brought Aloe Vera to London in 1693 and by 1843 considerable amounts were being imported to be made up into medicines. Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries it remained one of the main popular prescribed and over-the-counter medicines. The colourless jelly-like tissue is used in an extraordinary array of everyday products from moisturizers to dish washing products. Many of us have reached for Aloe when we’ve spent too much time in the sun. You’ve probably seen it listed as an ingredient in many of your personal care products. It’s always been there. Simple. Ordinary. Trusted. There’s a reason Aloe Vera gel is trusted in products you see every day. And that reason dates back thousands of years. The earliest civilizations revered this extraordinary plant for its astonishing properties. Its legendary uses have been passed down through time, enhanced by scientific innovation and centuries of experience. Because of Aloe’s well-known healing properties for the skin, it is one of the primary compounds used in the cosmetic industry. Aloe is an emollient, helping to soften and soothe the skin. It helps supply oxygen to the skin cells, increasing the strength and synthesis of skin tissue and induces improved blood flow to the skin through capillary dilation. It is a known vulnerary, (meaning it helps heal wounds) and is great for applying topically to burns, abrasions, psoriasis and even to bug bites. Aloe also acts as an analgesic, acting to help relieve pain of wounds. We also hear that it feels especially good to cut a stem of aloe, place it in the fridge and rub it on sun burnt skin – the immediate soothing effect feels like an absolute lifesaver. Aloe is also an antipruritic: a substance that relieves or prevents itching and also an astringent! (It causes the contraction of body tissues, typically used to reduce bleeding from minor abrasions). Due to Aloe’s high water content (over 99% water) it is a great way to hydrate, moisturize and rejuvenate the skin. You’ve heard of the saying: “Don’t put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t eat!” Aloe can be used both internally and externally depending on the type of product and as well as having Aloe in bathroom products, there are also Aloe drinks available.

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Precious Thymes Extending a welcome to Precious Thymes Florist, a new & fresh approach to finding flowers and gifts, locally.

Late last year, Precious Thymes, a family-run florist and giftware shop in Tadley opened its doors for the very first time and were blown away by the local response. As you walk through the door of their shop on Bishopswood Road, you could be mistaken for thinking you are entering an upmarket flower and gift emporium in central London... Though lucky for us, as we discovered - without the city price tag! Bright and airy, Precious Thymes offers a modern and contemporary feel with an array of beautiful fresh cut flowers, home accessories & gift products on display.

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The gift selection is based upon the much admired (and very ‘now’) shabby chic feel and style. From amusing wall-art to lanterns, candles and baby gifts, every product on sale has been carefully selected to provide value for money without losing the quality we all look for when buying gifts for that someone special. “We believe the terms quirky & unique best describe the gifts we have to offer our customers” explains Tracy Howes the owner of Precious Thymes. “And, as a family run business we strive to ensure that a personalised service will always be given too. For us, this is of paramount importance.”


Whatever the occasion, with over fifteen years of floristry experience, the team at Precious Thymes are on hand to offer inspiration and ideas to suit all tastes using styles & colours to create beautiful floral designs and arrangements too. “We like our flower arrangements and designs to be a true reflection of the person they are for!”. Specialists in stunning bridal party flowers - from bouquets & posies, to buttonholes & corsages - their florists can help you put the finishing touches to your special day too. Your wedding is, of course, unique and to ensure that they can create the perfect design you are invited to arrange a free consultation with one of their specialist designers

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Knowing that for many of us who lead busy lives, getting to the shops for anything can sometimes be tricky - Precious Thymes have set up an online ordering service for flowers. They’ve also included a handy reminder service on their website to ensure that special occasions are never forgotten! For a small fee, they will provide a next day local & personal delivery service - and, if orders are received by 1pm, they can even deliver on the same day! To view their range of stunning bouquets and arrangements, visit www. preciousthymes.co.uk. Orders can then either be placed online or by calling 0118 981 3111

Special Offer. During the months of June, July & August, Precious Thymes are offering 10% off any flower arrangement or bouquet purchased. This discount can be redeemed either in person or by phone. Just ask!

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Thriving Gardens Thrive, the charity in Beech Hill that uses gardening to bring about positive changes in the lives of people with disabilities or who are living with ill health, is holding a series of fundraising events at its lovely gardens in the village. On Sunday June 8 they are opening its garden gates at 1pm where visitors can enjoy a sunny stroll around the three-acre Victorian walled garden. There will be stall holders, a plant sale and refreshments on offer. The new Just for Fun garden will be open and completes the ‘Garden Gallery’ a series of gardens designed to help people with specific disabilities. On Friday July 11 Thrive is holding a music night with West Berkshire’s finest The Bacuma Boys, singing sensation Jasmine Beth, a light supper of soup, crusty bread and cheese and fruit for just £15. Local real ale will be for sale. Tickets are £15. Thrive’s gardens are again open on Saturday July 12 from 1pm. The big fundraising event is the charity’s own garden party on Sunday July 20 which has an Edwardian theme – think Downton Abbey and Mr. Selfridge! Guests will be guaranteed a grand time thanks to the sparkling entertainment courtesy of musical entertainer and artiste Fiona Harrison. When it comes to capturing the grace and elegance of the Edwardian era Fiona is a costume artist and musical entertainer like no-other. With a wardrobe second to none - Fiona is able to combine vocal versatility with visual excellence making for a truly wonderful and unforgettable experience. As well as Fiona’s wonderful performance, the ticket price of £35 includes a cream tea and cake, glass of bubbly and a tour of our glorious walled gardens which are lovingly cared for by disabled gardeners. People are welcome to come dressed in Edwardian attire and there is a competition for the best hat! Tickets are on sale now... get yours by calling 0118 988 5688 or www.thrive.org.uk

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Congratulations to Rebecca Barker, the recipeint of the May Community Champions Award. A familiar name and face in the village of Mortimer, Rebecca was nominated by four people for her services to the community. From heading up the the popular Fun Day for the past four years to running elderly lunch clubs, and her work with the Mortimer Village Parnership, she is also in charge of the village newletter, sits on the Parish Council and organises regular theatre trips for local residents. oh, and she gets up at 4am 6 days a week to take her two daughters to their swim training (phew!)

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he Elm Tree lies in the heart of the picturesque village of Beech Hill where it is frequented by locals and passing trade alike who come for the outstanding views, well kept real ales and exciting food. Reopening after a refurbishment of both the interior and exterior last June, they are now celebrating their first birthday - and, what a year it has been! “We have been overwhelmed by the support of everyone!” explained Jim Kimber, The Elm Tree’s Owner.

He told us that since opening their doors last summer they have seen summer, the numbers of customers incr increasing well beyond their expectations returning the Elm to its former glory days of the late 1990s and early 2000s. Like any quintessential English rural village, word of mouth and reputation is key, and the team bend over backwards to ensure that the decor (both inside and out), menus, ambience and tipples are of the highest standard. This hard work has been paying dividends further afield too, and in a world where social networking and internet reviews can help to boost the popularity of any business, the team over at the Elm Tree are especially proud of the feedback and reviews they are seeing on tripadvisor, twitter and facebook alike. Indeed, in just one year, The Elm Tree has seen its Tripadvisor ranking going from 306th to the 12th best restaurant in Reading, with excellent scores continuing to flood in. Who knows, by this time next year, we could be reporting that it has reached number 1!

Catering to many tastes but holding true to its British roots – they have old favourites such as Slow-Roast Lamb Shoulder as well as more diverse options such as Devilled Mackerel Fillets with Pickled Cucumber, Skate Wing with Caper Butter or Goats Cheese with Beetroot, Walnuts and Balsamic Reduction. Delicious puddings are all homemade too – serving Sticky Toffee Pudding and Rhubarb Eton Mess as well as chef Rowland Hickey’s incredible cheesecakes. An exciting wine list compliments the food menu, offering classics such as Sancerre and St. Emilion Grand Cru as well as Prosecco by the glass. The decking area affords fantastic views in the summer, to be enjoyed with BBQ fare, whilst in the winter the cosy barn with its open fireplace offers a welcome respite from the cold. “We want to thank all our customers for their fantastic support over the past year.” said Jim. “So we’ve decided to see in our 1st birthday with a weekend of events. Starting on Friday 27th June with a celebratory four course Black Tie Dinner, complete with red carpet, bubbles and a special menu. Then, on the Saturday, we’ll be hosting one of our popular Hog Roast, BBQ and Real Ale Days with entertainment throughout the day. Finally on Sunday we’re serving up an ‘Anniversary’ Roast Dinner; with Rib of Beef on the Bone, Pork Belly & Crackling, Whole Corn Fed Chicken and a plethora of mouth watering roast accompaniments.” For details on all of the events the Elm Tree are planning this June (or to book a table on any other day) call 0118 988 3505 or email james_kimber@hotmail.co.uk, Jim and his team look forward to hearing from you!

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Daddy Are you in Marketing, Sales, HR, Communications or Events? With YouTube now the world’s second largest search engine, an increasing number of companies are using video in order to showcase their products and services more effectively in-house, on TV, at events and across the web. They are also using the power of visual communication to connect with stakeholders and staff. In an age when savvy companies are turning to high quality video, and reaching beyond a white sheet and a handycam®, modern production techniques can be surprisingly inexpensive without losing the ‘polish’. If you are looking for an affordable, high quality production company - with its own TV studio and location filming crews to bring your products and services to life - then Fleetwood Studios in Mortimer would love to work with you. We film on location and also have a modern 4K high-definition studio which includes a green screen, white infinity cove and full blackout facilities. If you already have a production partner, that’s fine too, as the studio can be dry-hired by them.

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Following the last Budget the Government’s proposal to allow unlimited access to pension fund cash has attracted huge amounts of editorial comment in the press. In particular there is comment that the average person does not realise how much money they need to give them an income in retirement. It is, after all, quite a difficult calculation and involves guessing things like investment return, inflation and how long you will live. Surveys have repeatedly shown that people underestimate capital needed in retirement by 2 to 3 times. So the concern is that people may not save enough towards retirement or that they may access and spend their pension funds too quickly. This month I have produced the grid shown below, to give an indication of the fund you would need in retirement to provide a given income. There is, of course, danger in producing such a grid as it makes lots of assumptions and therefore may be inaccurate for many. Nonetheless, perhaps a good place to start to give the general magnitude of fund needed. Assume, for example, you are 20 years away from retirement (age 66) and want an income before tax of £30,000 in today’s terms. The fund quoted in the grid of £964,733 is the fund size needed to give you an income of £30,000 a year that increases by 2.5% per annum. So if you think you need an income in today’s terms of £30,000 a year, when you reach retirement at age 66 you will actually need £49,158 a year because of inflation. The money doesn’t have to be a pension fund. It could include savings, inheritances or other capital. It’s the fund needed to sustain the required income until age 90. Living longer may mean that you run out of money. Years to   retirement 10 20 30

Annual income  needed  in  retirement  (in  todays   terms) £                  20,000 £                  30,000 £                  40,000 £              502,443 £                753,664 £          1,004,874 £              643,155 £                964,733 £          1,286,323 £              823,294 £          1,234,952 £          1,646,603

Please note that figures do not include the State Pension and independent financial advice should always be sought before any actions are taken.


Mark Penston is a Partner and Chartered Financial Planner at Bluesky Independent Financial Advisers.



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Nestling within an extremely sought after village location, having delightful views overlooking fields, as well as offering a high degree of seclusion is this extended detached family home. The property sits in a plot of just over 1/2 acre. It has six bedrooms, with the 17’ Master complimented by an en-suite shower and dressing room. To the ground floor the living room has a feature open fireplace with raised stone hearth, a separate dining/family room and a superb 23’ kitchen/breakfast room with a range of granite work surfaces and central island. There are double glazed windows and oil fired central heating. Outside the garage has been partially converted into a office or studio and now provides a ground floor shower room and first floor 18’ bedroom. Accessed via electrically operated gates and parking for several vehicles.




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A superbly presented five bedroomed detached family home, situated on a large, mature plot of approximately 2.5 acres. The property has been recently improved and modernised and provides 3450 sq ft of family accommodation including four reception rooms, fully fitted kitchen/breakfast room, luxury bathroom and two en-suites. There are beautiful gardens and a paddock area with outbuildings and a double garage. There is gas radiator central heating and Upvc double glazing.

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As the weather warms up, out come the mini beasts in force; some doing only good, others causing havoc around our homes and gardens! Perhaps you’ve experienced red or black ants recently, or had a moth problem. We see our first wasps in June and woodworm is also most prevalent, flying ant day is most likely to fall in July, while wasps and flies become the biggest nuisance in August. So how do you know if you have a problem?

Woodworm: Building timbers, wooden floorboards and furniture are all natural substitutes for their natural habitat. They are most noticeable when exiting from wooden timbers between May and October. It is common for their activity to go unseen for many years, especially in areas such as roof spaces. Moths: It is difficult to keep clothes moths (or carpet beetles) from entering an open window or door. Eggs hatch to maggots, which feed on the carpets. The larvae shun light so are most often under furniture. Badly affected carpets should be destroyed. Where textiles are to be kept for a period of time, put them in sealed plastic bags or suitcases. Wasps: There are many different types of wasp but a nest is generally noticed because of the activity around it. Wasp nests do not usually become a

problem before June as a single queen has to build a new nest each year. Wasp nests may appear in loft spaces, sheds, eaves, hollow trees and within the ground.

Bees: There are a number of different types of bee, some of which don’t even sting. Nests will be easy to spot because of the activity around them but with the exception of a Bee Keeper moving the nest, little can be done as they are now protected species. Ants: Ants are easily spotted as they make a trail from their nest to their food source. It is worth trying to seal up all the cracks and crevices used by ants to minimize risk of future problems and treatments such as 'Ant Stop' are sold in DIY shops, garden centres and some supermarkets. Flies: Cluster flies and Bluebottles can become a problem in homes. Cluster flies 'hibernate' in roof voids over winter. They are attracted to light so if there is any hole in the ceiling below the loft (where light cables or plumbing pipes pass through) they can come through, so seal up any such gaps to prevent migration. Either allow the flies to escape or, indoors, use a fly spray to kill them. The good news is, most infestations can be dealt with in one visit when a professional is called in, and most cases can usually be treated in an hour or less.

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Aldermaston Tool Company Aldermaston Tool Company stocks leading brand professional power tools. We have over 30 years experience within the industry and have one of the largest and best showrooms in not only England, but also Europe.

Our 4500 sq foot show room is packed with all the best brands and power tool accessories. We also offer a repair service, and mail order service for your convenience. Our staff provide exceptional customer service, giving free advice to customers about power tools (see our video online at www.atc-dewalt.co.uk). Please see our power tools and repair page for more information about our store, or alternatively visit our parent website at www.atc-dewalt.co.uk

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Just like my

Daddy Sunday 15th June

over a pit. He just starts back at the beginning and tries again until he works out how to rescue that princess. 2. Lying to protect someone’s feelings isn’t lying. It’s called empathy. 3. All the best stuff happens in the dark. Fireworks, Chinese lanterns, cinema trips, trick-or-treating, campfire songs. Get the children to remember that when they hear a noise in the night. 4. One day, in the future, during a job interview, someone will ask you “What’s your greatest weakness?” This isn’t an invitation to be honest. This is a test to see how well you can answer a stupid question. 5. Almost everything in life is better in moderation, particularly TV, Legoland, the Internet and chocolate. 6. Yes, everyone is going to die one day. No, I don’t know what happens after we die. But that’s a fascinating question. Keep asking fascinating questions. 7. Farting is always funny. (though my wife doesn’t think so)


eing a Dad is an experience to say the least. When that first baby comes along, a whole new world opens up and you are reduced from a man of the world to a frantic novice. Sleep training, weaning, potty training, road safety, ‘screen time’ - continuous challenges as babies grow into children - all of them opportunities to get it wrong and lots of conflicting advice. So when some really good friends become parents for the first time, I email them my own take on Parenting as a tongue in cheek gift for them...


8. Good rule to live by: If they look like they’re fine, it’s OK to laugh. If they’re really hurt, shut up and help. For Father’s Day, I’d like to share this with you as, despite being tonguein-cheek, these are the 10 of the most important lessons that I think any dad (or any parent for that matter) would definitely want to pass on to their kids! 1. Winning is fun, but it teaches you nothing. Failure is the best teacher in the world. Winning is a trophy, failing is an education. The key to surviving failure is to not take it personally. This is why video games make great educational tools. Mario doesn’t rage at the world when he fails to jump

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9. Debt is evil and oppressive. If you’re going to go into debt for something, make sure it’s worth it. 10. Every dad needs to teach his kids the lyrics to “The Diarrhea Song.” During a long family car trip - but only when they’re ready. (My wife would most definitely disagree with this one). Happy Father’ Day!


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DIVING FOR DAN A local family who recently lost their father to Meningitis are soon to take part in a Skydive in his memory to raise funds for the charity Meningitis Now, formerly Meningitis Trust and Meningitis UK.

Public awareness of the first signs of meningitis are widely understood these days - a rash which doesn’t disappear when pressed against a glass, sensitivity to light and a stiff neck. But Dan Barlow of Mortimer had been feeling unwell with flu like symptoms. He didn’t show any of the signs that people would associate with meningitis and so his death was a shock to everyone, but most of all to his family - his wife and four children. Dan was known to be a kind hearted man, always having time for everyone. A friendly and generous man who listened to friends’ problems and always tried to help. This generosity was evident to the end due to Dan being an organ donor. The sad end of Dan’s life has meant that five people have been given a second chance at life. His lungs, liver, pancreas, both kidneys and his heart have been safely transplanted to five separate people. Amongst all the sadness the family have experienced, it is a testament to Dan that he has helped so many people.

His family told us, “To know that five people have been given a second chance at life is what will keep us going. Whoever has his heart is one lucky person.“ Dan’s daughter, Jade, and a family friend, Chloe, are taking part in a Sky Dive in Swindon on 12th July to raise money for the Meningitis Now charity. They will be jumping 10,000 feet out of a plane and falling at approximately 120 miles per hour and are keen to create as much awareness as possible about meningitis as they can. If you’d like to support them, you can donate to www.justgiving.com/ jadeandchloeskydive You can also donate by texting “danx77” and the amount you would like to donate to 70070. Good luck ladies.

Burghfield Bike Ride

in Memory of Dan Barlow

Sunday 15th June

As part of National Bike week, the much anticipated annual Burghfield Bike Ride is back! Aiming to get as many families together riding their bikes on a 5 mile ride around the villages of Burghfield, Sulhamstead and Mortimer - with a short 1 mile off road section in the forest, for the more adventurous. Gathering at the Recreation Ground, Burghfield at 10:30 for an 11am start, the ride usually takes 45 mins/1hr max. Afterwards, the Parish Council organise a scrummy BBQ! All are welcomed, any age or ability - it's a nice slow pace and only a few teeny tiny hills! If you are feeling daring, this year's dressing up theme is HELMET BLINGING So get out your fluorescent colours and prepare to be seen! Last year the ride attracted over 180 riders and the organisers aim to hit the 200 mark this year so please share this event as widely as you can and invite your friends to come too. This is a lovely event which brings together the wider community to do something a little bit different and have a lot of fun.

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SUNDAY INDIAN BUFFETS 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. * children under 10 years

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Megan’s Moments

Healthy Breakfast Ideas by Megan Curtis Perhaps, like me, you find yourself always rushing in the morning... Fancy a change or maybe even you want to be healthier as summer is quickly approaching? I have come up with some of my favourite healthy breakfast ideas to add a bit of spark to your mornings. Firstly, I love breakfasts containing egg, (If you know me then you know that I have it mostly every day) and that’s because they are so good for you. Not only are eggs a good source of iron, folate and vitamin A, but the fat in eggs is largely unsaturated, and the protein means that you’ll feel fuller for longer – always a bonus for a long day! My first breakfast idea is scrambled egg, my favourite! To make this, you simply crack two eggs into a bowl (add how many you like) combined with a small amount of semi-skimmed milk, salt and pepper. Next, place the contents of the bowl into a saucepan over a moderate to high heat and keep stirring, it should be ready within 2 minutes. Meanwhile, place some toast in the toaster (I prefer wholegrain), place the scrambled egg onto the plate and voila – perfect scrambled egg. Personally, I love to add ketchup, but I know it’s a love hate relationship for many people on egg! Alternatively, if I don’t have time in the morning to make scrambled egg then I make poached egg on toast with tomatoes. The method I use to make poached eggs is unusual, but it is because I find it to be so much quicker to do it in the microwave. To do this, I simply place about 3 cm of water into a mug and crack an egg into it. Next, I make sure that I pierce a hole in the egg yolk – this is crucial otherwise it may explode in your face (yes that happened to me) and then place it in the microwave for 35 seconds (mine is 900W) and assess whether it needs more time. My last breakfast is easy, quick and perfect before an exam for an energy boost. Although it is not as healthy, I find that Nutella on toast is so filling that I don’t feel hungry until lunchtime. To make it a bit healthier try wholegrain or pumpkin seed bread and add strawberries on top. My tip is to eat a banana with it too for that extra energy boost.

Megan xx


Saturday 28th June 2014 We are celebrating our 24th year of hosting fantastic events by putting on our Summer Ball for the second time since 2007. Trunkwell House is one of the premier venues in Berkshire and is a popular choice for events. This will be the summer event of the year and the Trunkwell team look to forward to seeing you here.

• Luxury Themed Grand Marquee • • Pimms Arrival Drink • • 4 Course sit down meal • • DJ & Disco ‘til the early hours • In • Fairground • Support of • Licensed Bars • Dyslexia • Auction for the Dyslexia Action • Action • Event Photographer • • Live Band•

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Mortimer Fire Station is urgently recruiting part time fire fighters. The local fire station based in West End Road, Mortimer, is getting seriously low on numbers which could result in the station being unable to offer any substantial fire cover in the local area. The station is crucial to reacting quickly to rural fires which may take too long for other crews to reach. New crew members are given excellent training and the rewards of working in a tight-knit team, protecting the local community are numerous. So if you are over 18 years old, live locally and you are interested in becoming a part time fire fighter then do get in touch. Your Local Community Needs You! Call 0118 945 2888 for more information.

Mrs Blands at The Corn Exchnage

Back in March, the Corn Exchange in Newbury was packed with local schools creating a real buzz as they took part in the Arts Festival. The school groups each performed songs and dances that they had learned across the year, and also had the experience of being part of the audience. Among the schools taking part was local school, Mrs Bland’s Infant School who performed “Wait for the Wagon” an old American folk song. The children sang with confidence and the school was very proud of their performance. A number of people have been central to developing the choir, in particular Mrs Ebrey, Mrs Furnell and Ms Duncan and the school (and in particular the children in the choir) would like to thank them for the time they have given to develop the choir.

YMCA Cabin Re-built Readers may remember the fire which completely destroyed the YMCA building in Padworth on June 25th 2012. This facility was used by many local groups, in particular the 1st Burghfield and Sulhamstead Scout group that met each week at the site. The fire left sections of the group and others with nowhere to meet for some time. However, we’re very pleased to report that just two years on, on Saturday 21st June, the official opening of the newly rebuilt residential & activity centre in Ramptons Lane, Padworth will take place. An organisation called Y Build were involved in the rebuilding who offer

young people that are not in Employment, Education or Training (NEETs) apprentice routes in construction. The new cabin, surrounded by woodland, boasts a brand new 16-bed lodge with all the facilities needed for a group residential. It also has a large field that can be used for activities and camping. This brand new building will benefit many local groups alongside the cubs and scouts as it is available for the local community to hire as well as local businesses, Call 0118 957 5746 for details.

Nearly Finished, the new centre in Padworth

Quality tuition at affordable prices Fun and exciting dance classes from 2 - yrs to adults Musical Theatre Course from 5 yrs

Ballet, Tap, Modern, Street, Gymnastic Dance Singing, Drama, Street Dance

Free trial lessons available To find out more, please contact Louise on 01189 868000 info@allstardance.co.uk www.allstardance.co.uk

Classes in: Burghfield | Theale | Mortimer | Silchester | Thatcham | Tadley | Lower Earley



46% of parents

on Families

are pressured o ver Summer

Tough Summer hols work or kids? A survey from 4Children and Netmums recently revealed that parents, instead of feeling relief at the end of a school term, faced school holidays filled with a mixture of guilt and dread, with concerns about childcare and family finances weighing heavily on their minds. The survey also highlighted the anxiety felt by many parents about school holidays. Their biggest specific concern is not getting enough time off work (26%). 46% of parents say they feel pressure from their children and other parents to make sure their children do ‘fun things’, and more than a third (38%) admit to being so busy (trying to work from home) that they put their ‘cherubs’ in front of a television or computer to keep them entertained. What to do with the children? “I just want them to feel happy, fulfilled and content whilst I work” says Louise Brady from Theale. “Like many parents, I have to work but feel an increasing pang of guilt when the school holidays arrive”. There is only so much time I can take as holiday, and working from home when the children are around is almost impossible. Fortunately though, these days, there are a great number of affordable clubs and activities for children to participate in locally”. Lots of children are signed up to holiday clubs by their parents to fill the days of the long school holidays with something constructive and fun. Some are sports-based, others involve dance and drama, some are a mixture of activities which the children can choose themselves. But the

crucial thing to note is that these holiday clubs are booked by families in which both parents work as well as families who have a stay-at-home parent. They’re simply great fun, great value and provide a perfect solution to the ever-present threat of boredom that hangs around the summer holidays as well as allowing parents to work, albeit in some cases reduced hours. And as for the pressure of doing ‘fun things’ when you do get some precious free time, the internet is packed with ideas, many of which are free. If you have just spent the half term getting ‘cabin fever’ and have decided to do ‘more’ during the summer holidays, Why not set a budget and ask the children what they want to do There might be the budgetbusting suggestions to visit big theme parks, but you may be surprised at the enthusiasm for trips to the park, picnics, waterplay, long walks and lazy mornings at home...

Here are some websites to try for some fresh ideas: www.dayoutwiththekids.co.uk www.wherecanwego.com www.netmums.com/west-berkshire/whats-on

Summer Holiday Club

By popular request, we’ll be running a summer holiday club this year for children between the ages of 2-8.

ages 2-8

Singing Picnics Outdoor Play Painting Stories Water Fun Dressing-up Mrs Williams Preschool, Pinchcut, Burghfield Common. www.themrswilliamspreschool.co.uk 26

Call: 0118 983 3412 for further information


WHAT HAVE YOU GOT PLANNED FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY? We have the most exciting and popular party packages available for kids ranging from 8 and up to 16 years including Woodland laser combat, archery*, survival skills* and high ropes* parties. WOODLAND LASERS Using the latest MP5 laser weaponry, you'll pit your wits and skill in this 2 hour slot including a full 1 hour battle to reign supreme over your opponents - HOW COOL IS THAT! At just £199 for groups up to ten (our 'Join a party' sessions) and £499 for groups up to forty, we'll provide your child and their friends with a 'Mission Commander', briefing, full gun training and invitations. Photo packages are available too - just ask.


£2O OFF!

For further information or bookings please call the team now on:

O118 933 18O6 or visit www.uniqueoutdoors.co.uk

Redeem this voucher against any Woodland Laser Party at Unique Outdoors this summer.

* See website for details. Minimum age for Woodland Laser play is 8

Burghfield Common Monday 4th August—Friday 8th August With FULL THEATRE SHOW on Saturday 9th August 10am—3pm for ages 7– 16

Join us as we sing and dance our way through this fantastic musical written just for kids. Lots of parts, big and small, great songs, acting workshops, prop making and more! The week finishes with a theatre show for family and friends which means dressing rooms, microphones and stage lighting! Give your youngster memories to cherish this summer.

A warm, friendly and relaxed Soft Play Centre Designed with ‘the little ones’ in mind!

From 0 - 3 years, or 1 metre tall (whichever comes soonest)

5-7 Granary Court, Stratfield Saye (Just off the in between Reading and Basingstoke!) Just fiveA33 minutes drive from Mortimer Station! Telephone: 01256 880220 www.activetots.co.uk Fantastic food, messy play, teeny tiny tots time, Daddies breakfast time plus great Party Packages too!

Book before 30th June and get the full week for just £85!

Opening Hours

Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 4pm

(Usual price £95. Show tickets £6 each).

www.berkshire.stageability.co.uk jackie@berkshire.stageability.co.uk 0118 933 3791 2008’

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Jack worboys

Drives... Fiat 500L MPW

Hi, I’m Jack Worboys, young driver and car lover! This month, I am reviewing the Fiat 500L MPW (1.6 Multijet 105bhp diesel Pop Star)... First impressions are good, it is priced well, and it catches your eye straight away, which has to be a good start. This theme continues on the inside, where the great interior keeps your mind, and more importantly, the kids busy. It seems compact on the outside, but when you get inside the interior is pleasantly spacious. The rear seats are good for two adults or three kids. The third row of seats were not in my test car (a £700 option) but they’re never going to be spacious. The brake pedal is light with very little feel, in contrast, the clutch is very heavy. The last of the niggles I have with the controls is the gear lever, the action is too clunky, there are lots of cars with a much sweeter change. The steering is a relief, being light and relaxing for a long drive. The power delivery from the 105bhp 1.6L diesel engine is unusual. All the power comes in the middle of the rev range. Keep the revs low and you’ll gently cruise around, hold onto that gear for a fraction longer and you’re off. In the corners there isn’t too much body roll, but the front can start to push wide. The ride is another pleasant surprise. It isn’t hugely soft, but it is well damped so the bumps are generally ironed out with ease. High speed stability is excellent,

however sound insulation could be better, you can always hear the engine, and there’s quite a lot of wind noise. The interior is very flexible. The rear seats can slide forward to increase space in the boot, or they either fold flat or tip forwards and stow in the rear footwell. They are sprung so they fold up and fall into the footwell by themselves. This is a great until you have to force them back up. The boot features a false floor, which can be placed at two different levels or removed. The technology in this car is good with an infotainment system accessed by the five inch touch screen that comes as standard. Functions include Bluetooth calls, radio, CD, USB and auxiliary plugs. There is also sat nav and DAB as options. Sound quality is adequate, but will distort when loud.




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Safety isn’t something you’ll worry about, it comes with six airbags and a long list of acronyms for all the safety systems To conclude this is a great ‘little’ big car that impresses in several unlikely places. There are areas where it could improve, such as road and wind noise at high speed, and rear passenger space, but a fun drive, interesting looks and good equipment more than make up for these shortcomings. If you’re looking for a cost effective people carrier that you aren’t going to get bored of in a month, this may well be the car for you.

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Call now on 0118 977 0220 sales@apolloblinds-wokingham.co.uk www.apollo-blinds.co.uk/wokingham

Apollo Blinds Wokingham: 439 Reading Road, Winnersh, Wokingham, RG41 5HU You can read my full review on this and other vehicles at villageeye.co.uk


FREE MEASURING • FREE FITTING • FREE ADVICE Thank you to Eden Fiat in Basingstoke for loaning their car.

Happy 1st Birthday... Can it really be a year since JC Motorwise moved into larger premises on the A4? The year has flown by and it has been a year filled with successes as the thriving workshop and car sales centre continues to delight customers as it has since 1977. Jonathan Wise, who is running JC Motorwise with business partner Mark Smith says, “Moving to the new site has given us considerably more floor space and allowed us to expand.” JC Motorwise has been selling pre-owned cars at affordable

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prices for many years to both trade and private customers. Although a large part of the business is sales, they have an extensive workshop and carry out a range of tasks such as servicing, pre MOT checks, diagnostics and classic car restorations. Tucked away at the side of the A4 in Padworth the business is quietly enjoying growth and success. They keep it simple. Honest people, good prices and good relationships. Customers return time and again and recommend friends. And so the success continues…

Vehicle servicing We specialise in cam belts We fit engines and gear boxes Pre MOT checks and can arrange MOT

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Diagnostics on most vehicles Classic car servicing & repairs Car, van and classic car sales Valeting service

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Finding your pounds are being stretched to breaking point at the moment? Why not make a date to visit Mortimer Fun Day this July. Entry during the day is FREE! Now a familiar part of the Mortimer village scene the Mortimer Fun Day has many attractions to keep even the most discerning toddler or teenager happy, not to mention granny, mum and dad too. The Mortimer Fun Day was originally created by Together in Mission to provide an affordable day out for all the family. When Mortimer Village Partnership (MVP) took over they embraced this idea and the Mortimer Fun Day is now in its sixth successful year. You can spend the entire day wandering around the stalls, watching the arena events, listening to music and just enjoying the spectacle without spending a penny. Of course the organisers hope you do find something to spend your money on too! There will be a thriving Market Row area with over fifty stalls to browse around, country crafts from bygone times, stalls run by local groups ranging from the Mortimer First Responders to the Mortimer Women’s Institute. New this year is an even bigger and better children’s area which for a very small remittance your little ones will be able to dip into throughout the day to make crafts, play games, blow bubbles and even watch a children’s entertainer and a puppet show. For those of a more senior generation why not admire the classic car display of beautiful vehicles from yesteryear? Arena events this year include search and rescue dogs, a demonstration of working dogs, ferrets, ducks and hawks, street dancers, Morris dancers and even Scottish pipers. Old favourites such as the Zorbs, Bungee trampoline and the Slide ,will also be around once again and don’t forget to come along and pit your strength at the Welly wanging competition and throw a few plates at the smashing stall. Event organiser Doug Overett says “We are also delighted that this year nearly all the sponsors for our event will also be having a stall so please do drop by and say hello either on the day or during the year for without their generosity our event could not happen”. Watch out for Fun Day volunteers selling raffle tickets outside Budgens and McColls in Mortimer in the weeks running up to the Fun Day itself for a chance to win lots of exciting prizes donated by our Market Row stallholders, sponsors and local businesses.

Pets in Practise at Mortimer Fun Day. Proud of your pooch? – then prove to the world that you own a top dog. Classes and times are as follows: Best Puppy (under the age of 12 months) Best Child Handler (16 years and under) Waggiest Tail Prettiest Female Dog Most Handsome Male Dog Best Veteran (8 years and over)

2.00pm 2.30pm 3.00pm 3.30pm 4.00pm 4.30pm

Of course the day would not be compete without making the most of the range of refreshments on sale, from local sausages and burgers to Indian curries and Mexican burritos.. and of course the good old fashioned tea and cakes tent. For those of you who like their refreshments a little stronger the Bar will be there to receive your custom! In fact there is no reason to leave the event at all when Mortimer Music Live bring a fantastic evening’s entertainment from 7.30pm with local artist Nicolette Street and one of the UK’s leading tribute acts Planet Abba. See below for full details or visit www. facebook.com/mortimermusiclive

Entry is up to 10 minutes before each class is judged and costs just £2. All donations will go to Stokenchurch Dog Rescue. If you have any other queries then please contact Pets in Practise on 0118 9836470 or 07843 559441 Alternatively email: info@petsinpractise.co.uk



Giddy-up RG7!


Ever fancied learning to ride a horse? Burley Lodge Equestrian Centre can help Anyone who has tried horse riding will confirm that it is a very fun and enjoyable way to relax and unwind from all the troubles of contemporary life. As well as being just a hobby for some, there are also others who find pleasure in competing against other horse riding enthusiasts. In short, horse riding can be a sport and a form of leisure at the same time. Whether you are new to riding, and require a safe and enriching setting in which to learn, or are a more advanced rider, Burley Lodge Equestrian Centre in Shinfield offers exceptional facilities in which to improve your flatwork, jumping and crosscountry too. Set in 180 acres of land Burley Lodge is a family run riding centre where owner Bridget Hart and Manager Jenny MacArthur have over forty years combined experience of teaching and running a riding school to the highest BHS standards, and are passionate about providing quality instruction alongside exceptional horse care. With riding lessons tailored to your requirements; from hacking to private and group lessons, they welcome all abilities, from children aged 4+ to adult riders, from leisurely riders to those wishing to gain professional qualifications, Burley Lodge is the perfect setting in which to learn.

‘Poppy’ at Burley Lodge

Special Offer: From now until the end of June, Burley Lodge are offering a course of 8 private children’s lessons at half price! This course, which includes one-one tuition is usually £245.00 is now priced at just £122.50. For further information about the course, please call 0118 988 6936 or 07789 538093

Learn to Ride

• Beginner lessons to advanced level, including BHS exams • Jumping, cross country and hacking • Clinics, shows and competitions throughout the year • Working livery • Weekly days at the stable & pony weeks throughout July & August contact enquiries@burleylodge.co.uk

Owner: Manager: Office hours:

Group Discounts Available

Burley Lodge is a very Friendly riding school located in beautiful surroundings. With highly-qualified instructors, Burley Lodge offers lessons to all ages with horses to suit all abilities!

0118 988 6936

Bridget Hart Jenny MacArthur Tues-Sun, 9am-5pm


Burley Lodge Equestrian Centre | Hyde End Road, Shinfield |Berkshire | RG2 9EP

Katri n a Thomas Fitness & Boot Camps



Play 9 holes of golf on any Monday and Thursday until 4pm for only £9.95 and after 1pm at weekends for £15.00*

Set in the beautiful Hampshire countryside, Bishopswood is rated as one of the finest 9 hole courses in the south, a great entertainment venue and superb restaurant - and you don’t even need to be a member to use the facilities either! For further information or to make a reservation in our restaurant, please call:

01189 408600 www.bishopswoodgc.co.uk

*Subject to tee reservation


Bishopswood Lane, Tadley, RG26 4AT

Join us this spring & have fun getting into shape ready for the summer! Morning Boot Camps: Wednesdays & Sundays Mortimer Football Field 9.30-10.30am £7 per session Fitness Classes: Mondays 6.45-7.45pm Mortimer St Johns Primary School Hall Fridays 6.30-7.30pm Mortimer West End Village Hall. £5 per session

For further information, please call

07788 281535 or email me on katrina.thomas@hotmail.co.uk

Or feel free to just turn up and give one of the classes a go!

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Adult and Child classes for children aged 0-99


Learning to Swim at Willink EYE


0 - 18 months, 18 - 36 months and 36 months - 4 years ASA qualified teachers running all swimming classes Classes are designed to encourage both adult and child to become more confident in the water


Structured games include singing, splashing races and much more, , all aimed at developing each child s swimming ability


Courses run back to back, in line with current Aquazone classes, to encourage more consistency with learning and development Adult only swimming lessons available too

10 for 8 Swim Offer "

Sign up for a 10 week swimming course and only pay for 8. Bring this voucher to reception to redeem this offer. Expires 31.08.14

Terms & Conditions apply

Refer a Friend & Get 2 Weeks Free

For further information about joining us this summer please call

: 0118 983 4845



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Parkwood Community Leisure working in partnership with your local authority

Willink Leisure Centre | School Lane | Burghfield Common | Berkshire | RG7 3XP

Do you know what your home is worth? This summer, we might surprise you...

For a free valuation of your property, please call us on:

Theale 0118 930 3133 Burghfield Common 0118 983 3897 www.parkersproperties.co.uk


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