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Our regular columnists are back this month with a real mixed bag of articles for you. From Jack Worboys with his motoring column on the Goodwood Festival of Speed (p.33), to Megan’s beauty page on the best fake tans to use this summer (p.7). Eye Tech looks at the Apple Watch this month and tells you all you need to know on page 4.

This month’s film review is of The Avengers: Age of Ultron, a new release which has been eagerly anticipated. Director Joss Whedon stays as faithful as possible to the comic books, and most importantly delivers a standalone film for the masses worthy of all the hype. Our film reviewer, Rob Barnes, tells us more on page 32.

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Our regular columnist Rowberry Morris Solicitors in Tadley bring us news on E-cigarettes in the workplace and how the law affects their use on page 16. Mark Penston, our financial advisor, gives us his insight into the financial world post- election. Turn to page 18 to find out more. As ever, we extend a huge thank you to all of our advertisers and contributors for helping to make Village Eye the area’s favourite local magazine, and please - if you are responding to any advert or feature, don’t forget to mention the Village Eye to them! Until next time...

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If you’ve seen groups of children excitedly running up to lamp posts with credit cards in-hand across Theale, Burghfield and Mortimer recent, you would be forgiven for being confused! The reason for this strange activity is that the walking challenge ‘Beat The Street’ is back! Local children have been given a card which they tap against ‘beat boxes’ which are attached to lamp posts along routes to and from the villages and schools. The sensors know which team is tapping (which school/village) and track the distances travelled between beat boxes. Local schools and organsations are competing to win prizes but most importantly the aim is to get the whole of the community on their feet and on their bikes to increase physical activity levels, reduce congestion and support community cohesion. At the time of writing schools from Burghfield, Mortimer & Theale were all in the top 10 - with Theale just a few points behind the league table winners. Beat the Street will be taking place from 29 April-24 June 2015. If you want to get involved, you can collect a Beat the Street card from your local GP or library. You will need to register your card on the Beat The Street website before taking part. Let’s get walking! www.reading.beatthestreet.me

This month sees the launch of the Bradfield Festival with the newly restored Greek Theatre at its heart. The Festival will deliver a week of comedy, classical music, pop music, opera, theatre, visual arts and dance.

This summer sees the launch of the Theale Village Carnival and Fete which will take place at North Street Playing Fields on Saturday July 18th. There is so much planned for families to enjoy, and local groups will benefit from any profits. But to make it all happen, the organisers need an army of volunteers. Can you help? There are so many roles available, whether you can compere the event, man a stall or helping to sell programmes and raffle tickets. Its a great way to get more involved in your local community plus you'll get to meet new people, share your skills or learn something new! If readers are interested in becoming a volunteer, please do get in touch! Email thealecarnival@outlook. com or join the facebook group to keep up with the latest news www.facebook.com/ThealeVCA

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Big name acts including; G4, Reduced Shakespeare Company, Chamber Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Stomp Workshops with members of the cast of Stomp, The National Youth Jazz Orchestra and many more, will come to the village, take to the stage and make this one of the most ambitious and exciting educational arts festivals in the country. Dame Judi Dench has thrown her support behind the Festival stating, “The way to get young people involved and interested in the theatre and the arts is to provide exciting works for them to see.” With so much to see and do throughout the week, it is impossible to list it all here! For further information and to get tickets, visit the Bradfield Festival website: bradfieldfestival.org.uk. 3


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With the sun peaking through the clouds, we’re starting to feel a bit ‘pasty’ here in the Village Eye office. Being tanned is often linked to self-esteem, with many women (and increasingly men too) saying they feel more confident, slimmer and healthier when they’ve ‘had a tan’, this month, I thought I’d bring my pick of this summer’s best beautifying bronzers. The last thing you want to hear in your head after slathering on a self tanner is that Oompa-Loompa song. We’ve all been duped by too-orange self tanners, no? Nothing’s worse than trying to do the right thing by avoiding the sun and arduously applying a lotion, cream, foam, gel or spray to your body, only to wind up with dark elbows and streaky legs! My top tip? Always exfoliate first, moisturise and never every try any apply without using a tanning ‘mit’ !

If there is anything you would like to see me review or any ideas for which beauty topics I should cover next, then feel free to contact me at megan@villageeye.co.uk xx

Sienna X Gradual Glowing Self Tan, £15.95 Sienna X’s moisturising Gradual Glowing Self Tan lotion gives - from the spray tan experts themselves - one of the most natural tans we’ve ever seen, with a delicious coconut vanilla scent. The almond oil restores the skin’s elasticity and smoothness, while the aloe vera and cocoa butter soothes and softens. Apply two coats to achieve a deep glow which stays for days and days.

Clarins Delicious Self Tanning Cream, £23 This is an oldie but a goody. Packed full of skin enhancers, it smells like chocolate and leaves behind a caramel shade on skin before developing into a really luxe looking shade. It is quite sticky so not one to apply in the morning; you need to stand around the bathroom for about five minutes to let it sink in. But for a tan this good looking that’s perfectly acceptable.

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options to swap this out for a leather band or a link bracelet. It has to be said, whichever option you go for, it’s probably the best looking smartwatch on the market.

To start off with, the Apple Watch isn’t that easy to use. It doesn’t mimic the iPhone in its commands. There aren’t any visual clues that more options are waiting if you press, or that anything will happen when you turn the knob. You eventually learn, but only by trial and error. Fitness fans have been eager to see how Apple Watch stacks in the fitnesstracking department. The good news is that it’s even better than expected with reviews reporting a very reliable heartrate reading.

The Apple Watch Sport is the cheapest Apple Watch and is on the market for £300. There’s a great range of pricing, depending on screen size and strap with the most expensive - a rose gold version - which costs £13,500. In terms of its design, Apple were keen to get away from the ‘techie watch’ look. There is a basic smooth, plastic bracelet which is nice, but there are

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The battery will last all day, as advertised, but only just! There’s a power-reserve mode that can make it last a few hours longer, but then it only shows the time. Overall, if you’ve sampled wearable technology and can see its benefits for your lifestyle then the Apple Watch, quite simply, is better in almost every way than other wearables on the market. If you haven’t yet made the leap from phone or tablet to a ‘wearable’ then I would argue that beautiful and clever though it is, the Apple Watch isn’t yet a must-have.

The Apple Watch does rely on your iPhone to do most of the ‘work’, so you’ll need a companion iPhone nearby for many of its functions to run. Sometimes, though, it can be painfully slow. The watch can function minimally on its own if it finds wireless connectivity.

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With great music, family fun, great food & drink, a fairground plus some extra special surprises, Marvellous’15 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 25th & 26th 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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n last month’s article I reported how most economists and investment managers were speculating that the General Election would result in a hung parliament or coalition. Markets held their breath and it would seem have now sighed with relief. As far as investment markets are concerned the result of the election was an unexpected gift. The markets like nothing more that predictable, stable Governments and continuity will mean that Government plans can be seen through.

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But it won’t be plain sailing. There remain systematic problems that have yet to play out. As I write Greece is due to pay around €770m in debt repayments and no one seems to know if they can afford to do this. It’s fair to say that Greece is not the only country burdened with record debts. In the run up to the General Election the Conservatives made increasingly generous promises that now have to be fulfilled. Delivering limits on tax increases while repaying our own debts will no doubt create some head scratching in Downing Street. The outcome of Euro negotiations and the referendum in 2017 will also be part of the jigsaw that forms the future financial picture of the UK.

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t is a pretty safe bet that you use one social network or another. Even if you are not one of the 71% of people who use Facebook, you might be amongst the 30% who use LinkedIn. Alternatively, you might be amongst the millions on Pinterest or Twitter or Instagram or any one of the hundreds of social networking sites that exist. Around a third of all Internet activity is now on social networking sites, so it’s pretty big stuff. Six of the top 20 websites in the world are social networking sites. The rest are mostly shops or search engines, so we clearly love social networking as much as we like surfing the web or shopping. That’s no surprise; after all human beings are social animals. Ultimately, without being social we’d never meet people and the human race would die out…! Being social is fundamental to our survival, so deep inside your brain is a constant drive for behaving socially. That is why so many people are attracted to online social networks – they help us fulfil a deep-seated desire to be with other individuals. However, there are plenty of worries about being social online. Parents are concerned it means their children spend too long staring at screens or checking their mobile phones. Plus, the more time we spend online, the less time we have to be with people in the “real world”. Even if we are with people in the real world, the desire to constantly check mobile phones appears to be prevalent. Who hasn’t sat in a pub or restaurant and seen couples face down in their mobile phones but not actually talking to each other? They could have stayed at home if they wanted to ignore each other..!

This habit of constantly checking your Facebook account or logging into LinkedIn to see the latest update is typical. Indeed, it has been labelled “FOMO” – the Fear of Missing Out. Some studies have shown that people cannot go more than 10 minutes without feeling the urgent need to check their phones to see if there is an update on a social network.

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account, for example, every day at 9pm, you’ll know you will see the latest information. It’s a bit like having regular meal times – if you didn’t have breakfast, lunch and dinner at roughly the same time of day you would never know when the next meal was due, and you would, therefore, eat at every and any opportunity. Routine is one of the ways of turning a nasty habit into a positive one. Having a routine also means you get more out of social networking. For instance, let’s say you decided that every Sunday morning at 10am or thereabouts you’d settle down with a cuppa and check out all the latest posts in the Mortimer Village Partnership group on Facebook (the temptation to check on one of the site’s most recent fascinations ‘Doggy Do’ may just get the better of you). You’d then look forward to that regular event and after a while it would become a normal part of your life. Without doing this, you’d miss out on what the MVP group discusses because Facebook’s software prevents you from seeing things you do not regularly look at. Equally, if you are in Tadley, Aldermaston Wharf or Theale, you could check in each week with their groups, or even with the Burghfield and Mortimer Gossip Girls...! Whichever group is relevant to you, a regular, almost time-tabled, check-in will make your Facebook Timeline more focused and will also boost your enjoyment as you would not miss out on things. Establishing routines like this turns that checking every ten minutes habit into using social networks in a more pleasurable and effective way. If everyone does it, though, it will be much noisier in the Hatch or the Horse and Groom as everyone will start talking to each other instead of staring at their mobiles.

As a Web Psychologist, Graham focusses on how people behave online. An awardwinning writer, having written 29 books since he started his own business back in 1984, he is also a qualified psychologist and a Fellow of the Professional Speaking Association. Graham, who is based in Aldermaston is also a regular commentator and interviewee for many media outlets including national and international channels and publications. To read some of his fascinating insights into our online behaviours, visit www.grahamjones.co.uk

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This newly built one bedroom detached bungalow is finished to a very high standard. Striking the perfect balance between conventional and open plan living with the accommodation being thoughtfully arranged, this property has an office (or second bedroom), and a rear aspect sitting room complete with kitchenette that enjoys views of, and access to, the Southerly facing rear garden via bi-fold doors. The property is perfectly positioned (within a two minute walk) for access to Little lane and Briff Lane which both provide access to miles of woodland walks. This property represents a rarely available bungalow close to both local amenities and country pursuits.

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• Detached 4 Bedroom property

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Quietly situated in a highly sought after private lane in Mortimer is this 3-storey detached family home which was built about eight years ago, being one of two unique and luxury homes. The property is immaculately presented and offers high quality contemporary fittings throughout including a superb fully fitted Kitchen/Breakfast room with granite work surfaces. The accommodation is exceptionally spacious and versatile being 2540 sq ft. Externally, there is a large block paved driveway and South facing 90ft rear landscaped rear Garden. Parkers are the vendors sole agents and an internal viewing is highly recommended.

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• Substantial ‘David Wilson’ home

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£525,000

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• Situated on 1 acre of Gardens

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• Study, Extended to Dining room

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• 3 Bedrooms

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Property of the Month Springfield Road Pamber Heath Three Bedroom Detached Home

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A spacious detached family home situated in the sought after village of Pamber Heath. Accommodation comprises of a hall, cloakroom, fitted kitchen/breakfast room, spacious lounge/ dining room and conservatory. The first floor has 3 bedrooms and a family bathroom. Attached is a double width garage, driveway for vehicles and a good sized rear/side garden. The property has no onward chain.

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...BUT ONLY IF YOU PROMISE TO BE PERFECT GUESTS! Barbecue season. We all love it don’t we? As soon as the sun shines we invite our friends to come on over and enjoy some food ‘al fresco’ - weather permitting. But the BBQ road is fraught with the ever-present threat of that annoying guest. We all know them, don’t we? They come in all shapes and sizes and, purely for our own entertainment and yours, we’ve rounded up a list of 5 guests that you may recognise!

The Food Poisoning Police

“Hmm, this burger still looks a bit red. Can you put it on a bit longer for me? ... A little longer, I can still see some pink there ... yeah, a bit longer, it’s still a bit brown.”

The Back-Seat Griller

“Didn’t you already turn that one over? You shouldn’t turn the food as often. You didn’t put salt in already, did you? You shouldn’t salt it until the very end, so it stays juicy. You should hold down the middle so the burger doesn’t balloon out.

The Fussy Eater

“No, that’s fine, don’t go out of your way. I don’t like greens or salad really. No, it’s fine, I’m not really a fan of meat. Thanks, but bread really bloats me, just my funny little ways...I ate before I came. Really, it’s fine!”

The Free Loader

“Now, before I go ... the six-pack of beer I brought with me, is that still floating around? I think there are still five beers left, so I’ll take them back with me. Wow, looks like a lot of people left their drink and food here! There’s no way you’ll use all this, so I can take the crisps and sausage rolls back with me, no problem.”

The Hungry Latecomer

“Heeeeeeey! I finally made it and I really fancy a hot dog. I know I’m running a bit late, but we can get the barby going again, can’t we? And if you could whip up some potato salad, that would be really great. Where is everybody?” It makes you wonder why we do it. So next time you’re at a BBQ, see if you can spot them!

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The Avengers: Age of Ultron

MONTH twins who eventually come good. Robert Downey Jr. is once again the star of the show as Tony Stark, a role he was born to play - a narcissistic, egotistical genius who loves nothing more than antagonising teammates Captain America (Chris Evans) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth). So, perhaps it’s not surprising that the stand-out action sequence is reserved for Iron Man who dons his new Hulkbuster suit to take on his best mate Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) whose alter ego has gone on the rampage. The real Hulk-whisperer of the piece though is Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) whose smouldering romance with the Banner is not only convincing, it is also genuinely touching. Between the battles there are plenty of laughs, the standout moment comes when The Vision (Paul Bettany) nonchalantly picks up Thor’s Hammer, a weapon that ‘no mortal’ can wield to the stunned amazement of the team. It’s inevitable that with so many storylines to squeeze in it occasionally loses its way. Whilst the Avengers are off duty the pace does drag, particularly when Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) takes the team to meet his wife and kids...a leap too far even for me to believe.

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as faithful as possible to the comic books, and most importantly deliver a standalone film for the masses worthy of all the hype. Credit to him then that he not only achieves this, he also manages to give the film a heart and soul that sets it apart from the competition. The film opens in the throes of a jawdropping battle sequence as our merry band of crusaders capture Loki’s sceptre from evil warlords. In doing so they trigger a series of events that sees Tony Stark kick-start a dormant peacekeeping AI program that goes horribly wrong, unleashing Ultron, an all-powerful android with attitude intent on destroying humanity. The Avengers task is not helped by the mind-bending powers of Scarlet Witch and the lightning speed of Quicksilver (‘she’s weird, he’s quick’), the enemy

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The book ‘Geek Girl’ is about a fifteen year old girl called Harriet Manners. Harriet is a geek, she’s not that liked at school and is not very popular. When she is on a school trip she accidentally gets an opportunity to become a model. However, becoming a model could lead to serious consequences, involving her best friend and her dad’s relationship. I really like this book because it’s different to anything else I’ve read recently. I’m glad I chose it because you learn a lot from the story; there are facts in it because the main character is really smart, it also makes you laugh a lot too! I would recommend this book mostly to girls because I think they will enjoy it more than boys (but boys could read it too!). I think this book is suitable for the ages of 9+.

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Goodwood Festival of Speed There are very few people who haven’t heard the name Goodwood, it is a legendary name in both horse racing and motorsport circles. The estate, just off the south coast of England, encompasses two motorsport venues, the circuit and the hillclimb. The hillclimb course, first used in 1936, is situated in the grounds around the house. The circuit was the outer track of a World War Two reserve airfield and was first used for racing in 1948. The estate hosted hundreds of races involving some of the worlds most accomplished drivers until 1966, when racing stopped as the owners were unwilling to adapt the circuit towards modern racing cars. The estate was taken over by Lord March in the early 1990’s and after deciding to bring motorsport back to the estate he set up the Festival of Speed. Originally planned for the circuit he had to switch to the hillclimb as he didn’t have the licence to use the circuit at that time. The event started with something in the region of 20,000 people for one day and has grown greatly since then and now brings crowds of 150,000 over a weekend. The main focus of the Festival of Speed is still the hillclimb. A wide variety of cars from all corners of motorsport drive up the hill, some competing for the quickest times and others just putting on a show for the public. This is one of the few places where you could see stock cars, world rally cars and F1 cars doing burnouts and doughnuts, production prototypes being demonstrated for the first time, classic Le Mans cars competing for the fastest times and world famous drivers parading historic machinery. On top of the hillclimb course there is a forest rally stage in the woods around the house. Here classic rally cars, in a myriad of forms, take centre stage. Every year a statue by Gerry Judah is commissioned for the lawn in front of the house. Each year a vehicle manufacturer is represented by the statue, often celebrating anniversaries of iconic models or brands. The Sunday Times Supercar Run plays host the worlds most exotic supercars on the course. There is a concourse show called Cartier Style et Luxe, similar to America’s Pebble Beach event, showcasing some of the most valuable and well maintained classic cars in the world. For those free on the Thursday and looking at buying a new car there is the moving motor show, an event where some manufacturers bring new cars to allow people to have a passenger ride. Finally, if that’s not already enough excitement there’s the occasional aeroplane flyby and stunt display. It is clear that this is a great weekend activity for anyone with petrol in their veins. At the time of print there should still be some tickets available and if you can get some I cannot recommend it highly enough; I will certainly be doing my best to get hold of some! www.ticketing.goodwood.com

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To find out more please contact us by: Phone: 01189 701 600, Email: info@jubileedaynursery.co.uk or by visiting our website: www.jubileedaynursery.co.uk

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Full time placement at Jubilee Day Nursery or term time placement at Jubilee Gems with full time or part time sessions available at both nurseries. Outdoor learning with exciting opportunities to explore and learn about the natural world with daily walks to our woodlands and farm. A wide range of pre-reading and writing activities from sticks in the woods to giant paint brushes on the patio developing skills in readiness for school. Planting and growing fruit and vegetables in our sensory garden, eating healthy meals and snacks where children can self-select making independent choices promoting healthy eating and self-esteem. A caring and experienced team of child care practitioners, teachers and nursery nurses who support and extend children’s play, learning and development. Free entitlement for two, three and four year olds. Regular parent updates. Learning journals and transition reports when children leave for school.

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If you would like your child to be part of the Jubilee experience or would like to become part of our growing team then please contact us today.

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For some ideas of presents to get for your doting father, let’s consider a few options...First of all, remember the weather is getting warmer now, so rather than simply getting your dad a present that will gather dust, why not get a present that he can experience. This could be anything from a flying lesson, to an evening out at the theatre, to a weekend away with mum. You’ll find plenty of inspiration for experience days at Red Letter Days, intotheblue or Virgin. Sending your dad out for the day is a fantastic way for him enjoy Father’s Day. If your dad is more of a technological person, and if you tend to pay a lot of attention to the types of gadgets he is interested in, then you wouldn’t go far wrong to buy him a gadget that you know he would appreciate. If he loves his fragrances, then why not buy him a new bottle of his favourite? If you are especially in tune with the types of fragrances that your father likes, then why not go ahead and buy him a fragrance that you know he doesn’t currently own. Get this right and you will definitely leave a long lasting impression, every time he decides to wear this scent. Here are a few ideas of what you may buy to show appreciation to your special dad for Father’s Day this year!

Magazine subscriptions from £10 - Magazines make great gifts and can be enjoyed all year long. A fantastic saver for those times you don’t really know what present to purchase! Magazine’s make useful and wonderful presents to receive as gift subscriptions are also easily tailored to the receiver. Whether your ‘Pops’ is into chicken farming, golf, or cars - you name the interest and there’s bound to be a publication out there just for him. Subscriptions can be for just a few months to a whole years worth of reading about his favourite topic. We like: www.isubscribe.co.uk

Fathers Day

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How about a flying lesson! At intotheblue.co.uk lessons start at just £79 - and if you want to stay very local, then their Blackbushe offer at £122 is worth a peek. After a welcome and pre-flight briefing followed by a flight in either a Cessna 152, Piper Tomahawk or Piper Archer aircraft, once airborne he will get the chance to take control himself! They also offer a ‘With a spin’ experience which allows his instructor to demonstrate a tumbling spin and recovery at the end of the lesson. (But please, if he does go for this option - ask him to not do it over our villages, some of us are trying to work!) Once his lesson is over, he’ll receive a flight certificate too.

Has your pops has suddenly succumbed to this years’ facial follicle fad and grown a beard? Help him to keep it under control with this stubble and beard trimmer by Philips. With easy to select and lock in length settings from 0.5mm to 10mm, he’ll be able to precisely control his style, helping him to look more like Clooney and less like Catweasle. We found it at www.johnlewis.com £29.74

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Men’s Essentials Gift Set - £30. If you fancy a change form getting Dad a bottle of Old Spice , Brut or Hai Karate (Yes, you can still buy vintage bottles of the stuff online!), how about getting him something a little bit different. Instead of a straightforward bottle of aftershave, this Clinique for Men Essentials Kit includes a 50ml face scrub, a 50ml face wash, a 40ml moisturising lotion and a 15ml antiage eye cream for just £30 from www.clinique.co.uk.


Vehicle Air Conditioning Servicing from £29.99... ...How Refreshing

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Value service suitable for vehicles outside of their manufacturer’s warranty period, up to 2.2 litre, excluding 4x4 and LCVs; includes semi-synthetic oil and oil filter. Fuel filter and spark plugs at additional cost. Value service may not be suitable for all vehicles. Subject to availability. Conditions apply.

Professionally trained, experienced technicians and MOT testers Same day, on site MOTs* Free courtesy cars* www.spratleys.co.uk Free local collection and delivery* While you wait appointments Value Service and MOT from £149*

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

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

Musical Theatre Course from 5 yrs

Free trial lessons available To find out more, please contact Louise on 01189 868000

info@allstardance.co.uk www.allstardance.co.uk

Burghfield Bike Ride Sunday 14th June sees the return of the annual Burghfield Family Bike Ride. Open to all ages, this year’s theme is Superheros! Why not don your cape, join the crowd and take part with this fun, free and jolly event! The bike ride is free to join in with and is an all-ability 5-6 mile route through Burghfield, Sulhamstead and Mortimer (with an offroad section for the adventurous!). All you need to is turn up at Burghfield Common Recreation Ground at 10.30am to register, with the aim of setting off at 11am. What a great way to enjoy the weather and spend some family time. Superhero Fancy Dress is encouraged but not compulsory!

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

Mortimer St. Mary's Summer Fair

Mortimer St. John’s CE Infant School “Growing and Learning together" Would you like your child to attend a warm, welcoming school where nurturing and learning are key to educating your child?

If you love a summer fair then get along to Mortimer St Mary’s Junior School on Saturday 13th June. You’ll find a whole range of games, stalls and activities to enjoy on the playing field. There will, of course, be a range of refreshments on offer and lots of prizes to be won! All proceeds go to Mortimer St Mary’s PTA to fund additional activities for the children and improve the school facilities.

A school set in the heart of the village A well-resourced, bright learning environment Creative, fun curriculum An education based on Christian principles

This years' line up includes local bands: The Hazards, Johnny Marvel's Blues Groove & Caddy Cooper

Specialist sports and music coaching Warm, caring staff We foster a love of learning Visit us anytime.

Storytelling sessions for younger children Drum kit lessons Drum repairs and servicing Selection of professionally serviced, pre-loved drum kits available with free hand delivery, set-up and tuning.

Please contact the Headteacher: Nicola Sumner take a look around. Please contact the headteacher.: 0118 933 2242 Nicola Sumner

For further information please call

Our Learning Community is built on love, hope, trust and friendship which develops the spark of God in everyone.

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0118 933 2242

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A date for your diary – 5 July at 4pm, the day after the Mortimer Fun Day!. Spring is here and South Berks Concert Band is busily rehearsing a varied programme of music for your entertainment in Mortimer. Thanks to the help of Mortimer Village Partnership, a marquee has been made available on the Fairground big enough for their 45 musicians, children from Mortimer St John's CE Infant School and an audience! Why not relax with a picnic as they perform several great pieces including “Dartmoor” from the musical "War Horse", a musical selection from the film "Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves", music from "Les Miserables", a selection of well-known songs from the American Civil War and the chance to join in with the rousing finale of the "1812 Overture". Best of all, children under 16 go free when alongside a paying adult! Tickets are just £5, so why not book them now. Email southberksconcertband@yahoo.com or call 07775 988798

Giddy Up Ufton Nervet Race nights are always great fun, and when a Fish & Chip supper is served up with it for just £7.50 it becomes an even more attractive night out! Best of all, the proceeds go to SUN school. The race night takes place on Saturday 13th June at Sulhamstead & Ufton Nervet Primary school with the fun starting at 7pm. You can buy your tickets in advance from the SUN School Office on 0118 983 2223 or 07867 503316 - Giddy up!

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s the sun comes out, Bishopswood Golf Course really comes into its own. You would be forgiven for thinking that the joys of Bishopswood are reserved for its members, but on that, you would be mistaken. Bishopswood’s doors are open to everyone. Non-members are very welcome on the golf course as well as in the bar and restaurant. If golf has been your game in the past, why not dust off those irons and go along to enjoy some golf in the sunshine? You can enjoy the course on a pay and play basis. In fact, on Mondays and Thursdays, Bishopswood offers a very affordable 9-holes at just £9.95 before 4pm. The Balcony Bar is a joy in the summer months. As the name suggests, it has its own balcony overlooking the beautiful water feature as well as giving stunning views over the first and ninth holes of the golf course. It’s a perfect place to sit out and enjoy a drink and a meal on warmer days - almost like being on holiday!

The Sands Restaurant shares the same view and offers a first class dining experience. Neil, the award-winning chef has over 30 years’ experience and was Executive Head Chef at Bramshill Police College, where he catered for Members of Government, overseas dignitaries and Members of the Royal Family. All are welcome in the restaurant, so why not treat yourself? Bishopswood will soon be hosting an AM AM Charity Golf Day. Friday 3rd July will see a golf competition during the day - more details to follow for golfers on the website! In the evening there will be live music and a BBQ to enjoy. Tickets are on sale for the ‘evening only’ for non-golfers to come along and enjoy the event too. The fundraiser will raise money for this year’s Captain’s Charities which are Prostate Cancer UK and Tadley First Responders. If you are able to support the event, you can order your tickets by calling 01189 408600.

There are a range of memberships available. If it’s golf that you’re interest in, the Associate membership offers 7 day access for only £375.00; there is the option for a 5 or 7 day membership offering unlimited golf. In addition, there are family, intermediate and junior rates as well. Alternatively, join Bishopswood purely for the social side of things. You can enjoy the food, drink and a range of events all at a discounted rate. So why not get down to Bishopswood Golf Course and check it out for yourself? You’ll be assured of a warm welcome and an experience ‘well above par’ whether you are there for golf, drinks or dinner. Enjoy!

Telephone: 01189 408600 Email:info@bishopswoodgc.co.uk www.bishopswoodgc.co.uk Bishopswood Lane |Tadley |RG26 4AT

Everyone is talking about CrossFit. Come and discover it for yourself & see why!

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