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e’re very excited to bring you June’s issue of Village Eye magazine as it’s full-to-bursting with some great stuff to do! The sun has started to shine on our fairs, open days and events so let’s get out there and enjoy it.

Why not start by putting Saturday 2nd July in your diary? As you may have already guessed from our cover this month, it’s almost time for Mortimer Fun Day! Details on what is happening this year starts on page 8, where we are very excited to announce that we are working with Spratley’s to bring a new mode of transport to the region for the Fun Day this year... A Hot Air Balloon! If you’d like to book a which will give you a birds eye view of Mortimer, then details on how you can do this are all here. Put on by the community, for the community, the Fun Day has grown year on year and 2016 promises to be the best ever! And, to top it all, as the day comes to an end and the evening begins, there will be a Take That tribute band to enjoy, so buy your tickets early and get your dancing shoes ready!

And we’re competition crazy this month, too. On page 5 you’ll find a superb competition brought to us by Blissimi, the Medi-Spa in Spencers Wood. Just send in a selfie and you could win a top-to toe makeover including hair, make-up, tan, manicure and pedicure and be our cover model for October’s issue of Village Eye magazine! Yes, following your make-over, you will be whisked off to the studio of award-winning photographer, Jack Chen of Digifocus in Mortimer. What are you waiting for? Get pouting!

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We also have the chance for readers to win a family ticket to Marvellous Festival at its new home at Dinton Pastures. This family music festival is taking place on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th 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 at pages 18-19 and get entering!

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You’ll find all our regular columnists this month, too. Rob Starling, gives us his thoughts on Bank of Mum & Dad on p.15, and in Jack Worboys’ motoring column, he reviews the Skoda Fabia for us, so turn to p.14 to find out more. Megan, our Beauty Editor gives us her thoughts on a new brand. It’s all there on p.4 . And, of course, our Eye Geek is on page 8 giving us a glimpse of the future. Pizzas delivered by drone...really? Last but not least, we have our film reviewer, Rob Barnes bring us his take on the well received recent remake of The Jungle Book. Hear his views on page 38. As always, THANK YOU to all of our readers, advertisers and contributors. Please mention Village Eye when responding to any advertisement or featured business within this magazine. Have a great month!

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Mortimer’s Travel Agents are UK’s #1 If you heard the sound of champagne corks popping in Mortimer last month, it might have been coming from the offices of Triangle Travel on West End Road. The staff and team were delighted to receive the Worldchoice Member of the Year title 2016 at the UK Travel Industry’s answer to the Oscars, hosted by the Travel Network Group Conference in London. Voted by suppliers and staff from over 900 members of the travel trade, the TTNG is a consortium of 900 travel agents. Every 18 months they ask their members and suppliers to vote for the travel agent who has best demonstrated strong sales, good customer service and overall support for the group. “This year we were awarded member of the year for 2016” owner Rob Kenton told us. “ This is an amazing achievement for our company and a credit to our staff. They work extremely hard to help find our clients their dream holidays. They achieve this by using their own personal experiences and their comprehensive knowledge of the travel industry. I am immensely proud of all of them”. Rob would also like to thank the clients who have supported them over the last 15 years, “As without them, this would not have been possible” he said. Well done Triangle Travel!

The Holy Trinity Church, which dominates the landscape in Theale, recently celebrated its long-awaited repairs to the roof with a very special concert by the church choir - at the top of its tower! Having waited nearly a decade to secure funding for the roof renovation, the scaffolding was finally taken down last month, and the church celebrated with a performance from its choir on top of the 114-step bell tower, which looks over the West Berkshire countryside.The parish had been trying to raise funds for the work - over eighty thousand pounds - for almost a decade, eventually securing a government grant.


Fir Tree Lodge in Tadley has recently enjoyed a newly spruced-up garden, thanks to the kindness of volunteers. Fir Tree Lodge is a residential home which is run by the charity SeeAbility and provides care for adults with sight loss and profound multiple disabilities.


When the centre’s usual gardener fell ill, a group from construction firm Skansa, stepped into the breach and offered to provide hands-on help. The volunteer group spent a day at Fir Tree Lodge cleaning overgrown areas in preparation for the summer. Tony Holton, who led the volunteers, said “When I first saw this place, I was really impressed by the care and attention staff give to people. The garden was in real need of some work and thankfully my colleagues were very able and willing to come and help”. Karen Hebdon, Registered Manager at Fir Tree Lodge, said “I'm absolutely gobsmacked by the work. They’ve been absolute stars. I know the people here are going to enjoy spending time outside over the summer.” Tony added “We plan to come back again soon. In the meantime, I would urge anyone with green fingers and some available time to help carry on the work at this amazing centre.”

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Who knew that a B&B in Spencer’s Wood would land the top spot in Expedia’s Top 5 Hotels and B&Bs near Reading? According to the stats, The Cricketers in Spencers Wood has achieved just that!

This hot spot in and around Reading has been praised by guests and Expedia users, receiving the most votes, according to the travel website. In fact, the 3.5 star bed and breakfast in Basingstoke Road has scored 4.8 out of five stars from all its reviewers. The Cricketers has five individually

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e were very excited to hear about the surprise Royal visit to children at Lambs Lane Primary School in Spencers Wood last month. Everyone’s favourite Royal, Prince Harry, was on site to film a special edition of the Sky Sports show Game Changers with Invictus Games competitors and dozens of pupils. Head teacher Sharon Finn said, “We were very lucky to be contacted by Sky, partly because we have a resource for children with complex needs,” but the news of Prince Harry being present was kept as a surprise right until the very last minute. The expressions on the children’s faces said it all as Prince Harry arrived and chatted to the children. Harry was joined by three Invictus competitors at the filming of Game Changers - Stuart Robinson and Scott Meenagh, who are both double-leg amputees, and

Mary Wilson who suffered severe shoulder damage whilst on a military horse riding course and was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2004 - who each explained their sports to the kids. Prince Harry spoke about how the competitors welcomed the frank approach of children. He said, “They have no problem with going up to someone and saying: 'You've got no legs, why?' and these guys are a little bit upset, a little bit bored of parents pulling the kids away saying, leave the poor man alone. They would much rather tell their story." Harry took time during filming to chat to the pupils and joined them in playing games. He spent time with 10-year-old wheelchair user Craig and the pair watched a video of an extreme wheelchair athlete performing stunts and tricks. The prince told Craig, “I hope to see you when you do backflips in your wheelchair.’

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Relax and recline, it’s summer wine time! Summer is the season when a cool white will match most occasions, but which bottles are best for the inevitable summer get together. BEST WINE TO TAKE TO A FRIENDS BBQ

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When it hit the market a decade ago it flew off the shelves so quickly it was simply impossible to get hold of. Crisp and intensely fruity, this Sauvignon Blanc is a New Zealand star. This single wine did more to secure New Zealand’s reputation as an international heavyweight than any other. Elegant, crisp, perfect and still a head-turner.

BEST WINE TO ENJOY AFTER A DAY OF PREENING YOUR GARDEN From the cold, clayish land of Bío-Bío, this beautiful green-yellow Chilean Gewürztraminer tastes breezier and more cleanly modern than its Alsatian counterpart. Think rose petals and lychee juice frozen into an ice cube. Barely off-dry (7g/l of residual sugar, statistic nerds), rather than sweet. Perfect for the garden. Cono Sur Bicycle Gewürztraminer 2011 Chile 13.5%; Booths, Waitrose, £7.29

FABULOUS WITH A LIGHT SUMMER SUPPER WITH FRIENDS ESPECIALLY FISH German wines are returning to popularity - and this fresh summery wine is one of the reasons why. With fresh ripe apples, pears, and pear skin with hints of citrus, and racy minerality and acidity, it is beautifully balanced with just a hint of sweetness. Cheers everyone! Dr Von Bassermann-Jordan 2014 Estate Riesling Dry £14.25 www.thewinebarn.co.uk


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Drones are taking off in a big way. Once the preserve of the military, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are now used in a wide range of industries - from aerial crop surveillance to search and rescue operations, and over the next few years, major technology companies such as Amazon and Google are planning to use drones in their distribution and delivery networks. Dominos have even released footage on the internet of test flights they’ve made for our pizza deliveries.

In fact, the future for unmanned aerial craft is so vast, that the consulting firm Radiant Insights predicts that drone sales will reach nearly £3.5 billion by 2020 and that’s just three and a half years from now! Civilian use of drones has also been growing, as consumer-devices have become increasingly sophisticated and ever cheaper to buy. The modern equivalent of the remote-control helicopter, consumer drones are often regarded as techie toys, many with builtin cameras which are great for taking photos and filming videos from the sky! In my line of work ( your Eye Geek this month is a Cameraman), I have been on film shoots where drones have been


used for aerial filming and know the rules and regulations for commercial use - but what about Joe public? After an unmanned drone was suspected to have hit a British Airways plane near Heathrow last month (it actually turned out to be nothing more than a plastic bag), I thought I’d look into what the rules are... At the moment, there is nothing to stop you going and buying a drone and taking it out flying, as long as the drone weighs less than 20kg and you are not using it for commercial reasons. However, you must avoid flying it within 150 metres of a congested area and 50 metres of a person, vessel, vehicle or structure not under the control of the pilot. This will probably be fine if you’re flying the drone in your back garden, but if you’re in a park, for example, you need to be very careful about making sure you’re not flying it within 50 metres of other people who are in the park! You will also need to fly the aircraft “within sight”. This means you can’t go above 400 feet in altitude or further than 500 metres horizontally. If you want to exceed that, you need to seek explicit permission from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). So... Thinking of getting one? Well, the market is spinning with choice, so I’ve picked out three which in my experience represents a cross section of basic starter drones which won’t break the bank. First up is the BLADE Nano QX RTF Quadcopter. This popular Nano costs around £50. It is tiny, weighing less than an ounce, and can fly fast and in tight spaces, including a bedroom or sitting room. There’s no GPS or video and like all micro-drones, flying outdoors presents a challenge, but it’s a good starter device. At this price, you can’t expect plenty state-of-the-art gear, but you can get yourself a fun flyer.

A bit quirky and a must for Star Wars fans is the Millennium Falcon Quadcopter from Air Hogs. Available online for about £75, its four propellers are hidden within the iconic ship’s design. This drone can reach a surprising 200-feet remote flying range, features onboard gyro-stabilization and is powered by 6 AA batteries (which will need to be rechargeable given the 6 minute flight time). It even offers Millennium Falcon sound effects. Hans Solo would love it! And finally, just about the perfect learner drones - are the X5 and X5SW by Syma. Incredibly lightweight for its relatively large size, and among the easiest quadcopters to get started on, there are no gimmicks with this the X5. The standard model sells for as little as £20 with a controller, and gives you basic stabilized flight with no GPS, camera or other bits and pieces to weigh you down and drain your battery. It’s even light enough to land on your own head! The X5SW adds a basic 720p camera that can stream video back to your phone, as well as compasses to enable “headless” flying, a flight mode that gets you going even if you’re no good at that pesky orientation stuff. Whichever done you chose to get started, I am sure you’ll wish you’d got one sooner #bigboystoys

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FUN DAY Hot Air Balloon Rides Over Mortimer! Yes, the rumours are true... Possibly one of the worst kept secrets the village of Mortimer has held in years... we can now (officially) announce that Spratley’s and Village Eye have arranged for Bailey Balloons, the lovely folks behind the Internationally acclaimed annual Bristol Balloon Fiesta, to bring a full-size tethered hot air balloon to the Mortimer Fun Day on July 2nd to offer pleasure flights over the village! Throughout the day and into the early evening, there will be a limited number of tethered flights available on a prebooked basis. Details of available flight slots and booking information can all be found on our dedicated web page. Now, we know that there will be lots of questions about who can fly, what the flight actually is, how it works, what happens if the weather isn’t suitable for flying etc... So we’ve put together an extensive FAQ section at www. villageeye.co.uk

The top FAQs we think you’ll be asking are: Who can FLY? If you are over 1 metre tall and/or aged between 7 & 107, are reasonably fit and well and can climb in and out of a basket, then you’ll be able to fly! HOW CAN I BOOK? To book your flight, you can do so now at www.villageeye. co.uk Bookings will be subject to availability and on a first come first served basis. Our advice is don’t leave it too long before booking - you and yours may be left feeling ‘deflated’ [sorry].

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HOW MUCH IS IT TO FLY We are asking for minimum donations of £22* per person per flight. Once the cost of bringing/and flying the balloon has been met, all money raised will then go into the MVP. This money goes towards putting on the Fun Day which is free to everyone during the day. Any left over money is then distributed to local causes.







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ow in its 8th year, the Mortimer Fun Day is brought to you by the Mortimer Village Partnership and again promises to be the highlight of the summer, when it comes to a great day out… without you even having to leave the village!

Spratley’s have teamed up with Village Eye and are sponsoring the first ever Hot Air Balloon rides over Mortimer. You will be able to look at the village from the sky… so everyone, you’ve been warned, tidy your gardens! See page 9 for details on how to book your flight.

After last year’s fantastic Welsh Axemen the bar was set very high for a headline arena act. Our team has been searching the country to bring something new and exciting. Well, they’ve done it; the action in the arena promises to thrill. The 3SIXTY bicycle stunt team will be putting on a show that you most certainly should not do at home, although the team will be on hand all day to give tips and lessons to everyone who wants a go.

As always, there will be lots to see and do, be that wandering through the Market Row stalls or trying your hand at the many activities. The ever popular welly wanging, giant hoopla and crockery smashing, along with the usual Zorbs, inflatable giant slide, obstacle course, bungee and the mini tanks!

We are also pleased to welcome back the Reading Scottish Pipers who last year finished the Fun Day with a real spectacle, plus a range of great entertainment. This year we have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our sponsors who enable the MVP to stage the event and help cover the considerable costs whilst, as always, allowing FREE ENTRY to everyone. We are delighted that our friends at Budgens have agreed to run the MVP Refreshment Tent and will be donating all the teas and cakes, so that the profits will go straight to helping us run the event. Dads Shop will be there too with some great outdoor furniture ideas, toys and games ... Help them celebrate their 50th year in business and be in with a chance of winning fabulous prizes!

What you may not know is that all of the charities, clubs and organisations who run activities for the fun day do so as a major fund raising event for themselves, so in addition to the monies made by all the local businesses who participate, the Fun Day generates thousands of pounds for our local community. After the success last year of the Treasure Island Kids Zone, we couldn’t resist repeating the theme. However, this time we want to see lots more people dressed as pirates, not just the kids; come on Mum & Dad, it’s a chance for you too to connect with your inner pirate. Our principal catering partners, Mortimer Sausage Company, Burghfield Spices and Arborfield Hog Roast, will be working hard all day to keep everyone fed, whilst our own pop-up pub, Laney & Dick’s, will be pulling pints non-stop to make sure nobody is thirsty.

The Fun Day concludes with a fantastic evening’s entertainment from 8.00pm with Take That & Robbie Williams tribute act “Rule The World” brought to you by Mortimer Music Live. Why not make a weekend of it and return on Sunday with a picnic to enjoy the South Berks Concert Band perform. Take That tickets are on sale now at £13 from Dad’s Shop, Mortimer Post Office, Budgens, the Fruit Shop (Wellers) and on line at www. mortimermusic.co.uk. Last year’s event sold out early so buy now to avoid disappointment.

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Back in the 70’s - Punk was just about to explode onto our streets, Great Britain was gradually becoming Cool Britannia and Thatcherism was yet to start. The Bay City Rollers were topping the charts and Kojak was on the box. That’s when the UK last had such a complex political decision to make. Sitting as on the fence as it‘s possible to be sat, here are a few discussion points from either side for you to argue over. In the words of the famous Clash Song - Should I stay or should I go - it’s up to you on June the 23rd. Leaving the EU would result in an immediate cost saving of the membership fee - Net gain of £8.5bn - About 7% of NHS spend (source Full Fact)

50% of our exports go to the EU. If the EU imposes tariffs then it’s argued that our net gain in membership fees would easily be wiped out by trade tariffs imposed by the EU. (Source BBC)

Leaving the EU would result in a drop of investment by multinational companies in the UK as companies no longer see us as a gateway to Europe. (Source BBC)

Under EU law Britain cannot prevent others from members states coming to live and work here. Alternatively we can do the same. The Brexit camp say we need to maintain more control over our borders, The Let’s Stay In camp says that whilst Net Immigration may create initial difficulties, it is beneficial longer term economically. David Cameron says that he has negotiated a new deal on Immigration but only time will tell.

For outers, leaving the EU would see Britain re-establish its place in the world. For those that want to stay in, they argue that not being part of the EU would diminish our “clout”. However, if we leave, we would re-gain control over our fishing rights and still be a member of Nato, although some would argue, with a diminished role. Some people have argued that leaving the EU is the only way to control terrorism as we can control the borders. However a dozen senior military figures including former defence chiefs say the opposite and argue that close collaboration is critical.


Some think that we would re-invent ourselves like a Singapore style supercharged country (it’s the BBC Again) The effect on the EU over jobs is a complex mixture of trade, investment and workforce movements. Pro-EU campaigners suggest that over 3 million jobs are dependant on the EU, That doesn’t necessarily mean we have to be part of it. What’s certain is that if we leave and there is no trade treaties negotiated that are favourable there certainly would be a large impact. To take away free trade and movement of goods and people would not be good. (LSE)

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The styling changes involve a series of black plastic strips attached around the bottom of the bumpers giving it a more sporty look, combined with painted 16 inch alloys and tinted windows. Inside you get some flashes of colour, a red stitched steering wheel, sporty pedals and more figure hugging seats. This doesn’t sound like a lot, but it does do a good job of lifting what is not normally an exciting car. The car drives how you would expect any Skoda to drive. Competent and safe, if a little boring with no points of interest. The suspension gives a mature ride, handling the body well, but doesn’t give the support in the corners that

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the sporty styling promises. The dampers are a little ineffective when the road gets bumpy, but this is just being picky. Having said that, this is in fact, a mid range supermini in a fancy dress and judging it by that alone the suspension does not disappoint. As we see the technology from more luxurious cars trickle down through the levels, cars like these are getting much better equipment. Optional extras on this car include, keyless entry and go, automatic windscreen wipers and headlights, driver fatigue sensor, adaptive cruise control, heated front seats, voice control and Smart Gate for your automatic garage

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recent report published by Legal & General in conjunction with CEBR (the Centre for Economics and Business Research) has grabbed the headlines. The report detailed: Parents and Grandparents are giving their offspring £5bn a year, which ranks the Bank of Mum & Dad (BoMaD) as the 10th largest lender in the Country! BoMaD will help to finance 25% of all UK mortgage transactions in 2016! The average financial contribution is £17,500 (although the latest report from the Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) puts the figure at nearer £26,000). Whilst it is not always the case, the primary reason that the assistance of BoMaD is required is with regards to property purchase. In recent times mortgage lenders have tightened their lending criteria. As a consequence, the first time buyer is finding it difficult to get on the property ladder. How best to assist your children? If your child is some years away from purchasing their first property, then you have time to plan ahead. The Junior ISA offers one good solution. For example, if you were able to save £100 per month into a Stocks and Shares ISA, then after 20 years (with an investment return of 5% after charges) a fund of £41,000 could be achievable. All too frequently though, there isn’t time to plan that far ahead. In which case the dilemma may be to gift, loan or to even be a joint owner

yourself. Each of these options will have financial planning consequences and should be considered carefully. For example, if you own your own property, the recent Government changes aimed at the Buy to Let market, may mean that you will have to pay 3% stamp duty if you help your children buy a property by becoming party to their mortgage. Whilst simply gifting a lump sum can be seen as the easiest option, there are potential Inheritance Tax issues. The temptation to assist your children is understandable, but do remember to ensure that you have fully considered your own financial position beforehand.

We regularly undertake detailed lifetime cashflow forecasts for our clients. These forecasts will help to map out income requirements in later life and answer the big questions, such as ‘Will I run out of money if I give my children money now?’ or ‘will my spouse / children be financially secure if anything were to happen to me?’


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When is a Landlord liable for defects in premises?

By Liam Connolly

Under the Defective Premises Act 1972, a landlord owes a duty of care to anyone who might be affected by defects in the state of premises. The duty applies:•

If the tenancy imposes an obligation on the landlord to maintain or repair the premises; and

If the tenancy gives the landlord the right to enter the premises to carry out maintenance or repair.

The extent of the duty is to take “such care as is reasonable in all the circumstances” to see that the tenant, and anyone else who might be affected, is reasonably safe from personal injury or damage to property. A defect is only a relevant defect if the landlord is liable to remedy it under the lease. A landlord is liable if the landlord knows, or ought to have known, about the defect. In the recent case of In Sternbaum v Dhesi [2016] EWCA Civ 155, the Court of Appeal considered whether a landlord was negligent or had breached their obligations when a tenant fell down a staircase. The steps at the property were steep and the handrail had been removed. The tenant brought a claim asserting that the bannister formed part of the structure of the premises and the landlord had a duty to make it safe.

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fter a fabulous 12 years at Wellington Country Park, we are very excited to tell you that next month, Marvellous is relocating to the beautiful Dinton Pastures Country Park. And, If you haven’t got your tickets yet, they are selling fast, so be quick! The new venue gives festival goers plenty more space all round - with a much larger provision for camping and glamping too. In fact, the glamping park is almost twice the size as it was at Welly due to its popularity! Who says camping has to be all mud and wellies! Sandals and showers for us please if you don’t mind :)


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This year, Marvellous Festival takes place on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th July and all of the acts taking to the main stage over the course of the weekend are world class tributes to some of the greatest Detached Character Home Burghfield Common Officethe artistes and bands of our time. With a stunning line up of some 14 acts on the main stage, featuring music Queen, Adele, T Rex, AC/DC, The Three American Divas: Madonna, Tina Turner & Cher, The Rat 1896 and occupying Pack, Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, Thin Lizzy, Johnny Cash, Bruno Built Mars,inBob Marley and Rod a non-estate location this four bedroom period property covers over 1800sq.ft and is immaculately special detached guest performance Stewart. This year, we also delighted to be welcoming a stunning presented. This character property has mature gardens, ample off road from star of stage and screen Ray Quinn!

parking and generous sized rooms. Set in the heart of Burghfield Common,

As usual, there will be tons of activities to keep the whole familyowners occupied. the current have With taken time decorating and reinstating features usual favourites: The Big Kids’ Village, fairground rides, face painting, in keeping with the agedance of the property - and with several features either workshops, bouncy castles, obstacle courses, full bar facilities and fabulous or are original that the owners have maintained, this property food stalls. Tickets are already on sale and sellingreinstated fast. If you yet ones to have has plenty of character, but with generous size rooms that you expect from a Marvellous experience, and keep meaning to go - why not make 2016 the this www.marvellousfestivals. age of property. Viewings are highly recommended. year you actually do! For information and tickets visit com or call the ticket hotline on 0118 977 4350.

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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 £635,000 action on the main stage, there will also be a second NEW stage which will see local Burghfield Common acts performing to the crowds. There’s loads office of stuff for theHOME kids too, including facepainting, drama & dance workshops, bouncy castles,Detached balloonHouse modelling (like you’ve never seen before) • 4 Bedroom and circus skills workshops. You can also enjoy all the fun of the fair with several major rides to choose • Quiet Cul-de-Sac Location from as well as some gentler rides for the younger audience. Festival-goers can choose to come on • Double either day, or go the whole hog and purchase a Garage weekender ticket, pitch a tent and set up camp (or glamp!) Tickets & full details of the line up • - Overlooking including Playing a shortFields video of last year’s event are available at www.marvellousfestivals.com along with all the information you need to ensure you have an amazing • South West Facing time this year. With great music, family fun, great food & Garden drink, a fairground plus some extra special surprises, Marvellous’16 represents superb value for distance moneytoand truly not to be missed! If you haven’t • Walking Wilinkis school and use the event as a got your tickets yet, why not put the weekend of July 23rd & 24th in your diary, Headley Burghfield Common good excuse to get a bunch of your friends and family together for a fab, fun time!


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As part of our 15 year celebrations, we are drawing two winners each month for a year! So now that our lucky winners have all been informed, we are so excited to tell you that the winner of the bottle of Champagne is Mrs ‘W’ of Burghfield for having a valuation and also a big congratulations to the winners of our Monthly Prize Draw for 15% off their selling fees, Mr and Mrs ‘H’ of Mortimer!

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This semi-detached home is conveniently located within easy reach of Tadley high street with a range of amenities and shopping facilities. To the ground floor the property comprises of bay fronted lounge, separate dining room, kitchen, external WC and storage that offers the potential for conversion to a utility and shower room. To the first floor the property consists of three bedrooms and refitted shower room and externally the property offers a generous sized rear garden and garage in a nearby block. Further complemented by double glazed windows and gas radiator central heating, this property is offered for sale with no onward chain.


Property of the Month Fighting Cocks Place Tadley 2 Bedroom Family Home

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Constructed in 2008 this larger than average end town house located in a quiet brick paved cul-de-sac is conveniently positioned close to regular bus routes, various schools and Tadley centre with its range of amenities and shopping facilities. Internally this well presented property comprises of cloakroom, kitchen with a range of integrated appliances, spacious lounge, two double bedrooms and bathroom. This sensibly priced home further benefits from double glazed windows, gas radiator central heating, private rear garden with side access and allocated parking.



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Property of the Month Auclum Lane Burghfield Common Burghfield Common Office

Built in 1896 and occupying a non-estate location this four bedroom stunning detached period property covers over 1800sq.ft and is immaculately presented. This character property has mature gardens, ample off road parking and generous sized rooms. Set in the heart of Burghfield Common, the current owners have taken time decorating and reinstating features in keeping with the age of the property - and with several features either reinstated or original ones that the owners have maintained, this property has plenty of character, but with generous size rooms that you expect from this age of property. Viewings are highly recommended.

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Burghfield Common office • Double Bedroom • Refitted kitchen • Lounge with bay window • Guest accommodation available • Walking distance to shops

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As part of our 15 year celebrations, we are drawing two winners each month for a year! So now that our lucky winners have all been informed, we are so excited to tell you that the winner of the bottle of Champagne is Mrs ‘W’ of Burghfield for having a valuation and also a big congratulations to the winners of our Monthly Prize Draw for 15% off their selling fees, Mr and Mrs ‘H’ of Mortimer!

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RUBBISH Councillor Dorothy Hayes said: “The introduction of the ID and visitor permit scheme has been prompted by West Berkshire Council’s decision to end the joint agreement they had with re3. It would not be fair to ask re3 residents to pay, via their council tax, for the disposal of the waste of those who live outside of the re3 area.” Later this year there might be changes which could involve charging people from outside the area, but introducing cashless payment for outsiders - if that was agreed later - would take longer to implement.


he announcement that West Berkshire residents will no longer be able to use the Smallmead Recycling Centre - or Reading Tip as it is locally known - has been met with anger from many local residents.

A new permit scheme will come into effect on 1 July 2016, allowing access only for those living in Reading, Wokingham and Bracknell, who fund the service. A free vinyl windscreen sticker will soon be sent out to each household in the three ‘permitted’ boroughs to give them access. Want to use the tip? You’ll need one of these.

Anyone living outside those areas will be turned away, with West Berkshire residents being recommended to use either the Padworth Recycling Centre or Newbury facility.Whilst

many locals already use the Padworth facility for recyclable items, it’s the general waste and larger items which are in question. This move by officials will hit residents of villages which sit at the edge of local authority borders, including many in the heart of Village Eye territory! The situation has come about following the decision by West Berkshire Council to remove the £97,000 contribution it makes to cover the 75,000 visits made per year by West Berkshire residents to the Reading facility, which is paid for by Wokingham, Reading and Bracknell Forest Councils. People living over the border must - from 1st July - use the recycling centre in Padworth - which does not take the comprehensive range of waste that can be dumped at Smallmead.

Aside from the inconvenience, local residents are concerned about an increase in fly tipping, which is already a problem on local country roads. Facebook users expressed their concern: “This decision by WBC will serve to increase fly tipping - which is already an issue that the council is not particularly good at dealing with. I bet the net result will be whatever they save by not paying £500,000 to this shared scheme with other authorities, will need to be spent cleaning up the countryside instead.” “When I am out running (on Wokefield or Padworth Common for example) I am constantly coming across old mattresses, piles of black sacks, various items that someone has cleared out of the garage etc. Some people are already too lazy/

Bosses at re3, who run the centre at Smallmead, say that around 15 per cent of those who use their services come from across the border and the new permit system is designed to make it “fairer” on council tax-payers in Reading, Wokingham and Bracknell, who fund the service. Bracknell Forest’s executive member for environment and chair of the joint waste disposal board

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inconsiderate to take their rubbish to the tip - if West Berks residents now have to pay to use Smallmead it will just encourage even more people to dump their rubbish at the dead of night. West Berks Council either needs to reconsider the decision to pull out of the joint arrangement.” Councillors have admitted there is a chance the measure could lead to further flytipping and have urged residents to work with them on the new project. Councils will continue to prosecute anyone dumping waste illegally. A spokesman for West Berkshire Council said: “Last year the council held a public consultation on a range of savings proposals as we had to find savings of £18.9m in 2016/17. In March, the council decided to cease funding for the re3 partnership and our agreement will finish at the end of June. Alternative waste centres in that area remain in Padworth for recycling and in Newbury for all household waste. Whilst this will be unwelcome news to those people who currently use the Smallmead site the scale of the financial challenges we face this year, and will in the future, mean we have had to make some difficult decisions about the services we provide.” But what do you think? A good financial decision by the council or a load of old rubbish?

Fears that we’ll see an increase of Fly Tipping in the area... “Whatever they save by not paying £500,000 to this shared scheme with other authorities, will need to be spent cleaning up the countryside instead” facebook.com/villageeyemagazine




To naturally lighten your hair in the sunshine. Squeeze some lemon juice into a bowl, dip in a brush or wide toothed comb and apply to dry hair. Then all you need to do is find some sun! 20 minutes or so should do it, but remember, this is permanent!


Fill a water bottle a third full and freeze horizontally, then top up with water to give you and ice cold drink on the go.

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Cut the ends off flowers and dip into boiling water to make them last longer.

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Kill weeds between paving slabs by pouring boiling water on them

You've probably been to a BBQ where the condiments take up half the table, and the lineups for using them take forever. Solve the problem with a muffin pan. Doing this dramatically increases your table space, and cut down on the things to clean up afterwards – Genius!


Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar, and spritz over chairs and tables to remove mildew stains and prevent mould from forming. Check out these other brilliant household uses for vinegar.


Freeze Grapes to chill white wine without it getting watered down.


Hang a tennis ball on a piece of string from your ceiling in the garage at the exact spot you want to stop - saves you bumping into the wall ! 32


Remove gum from an item of clothing by putting it in the freezer for an hour. Once it’s frozen the gum will pick off easily.


Use a slice of bread to remove marks from non-washable wallpaper



A spritz of hairspray removes ink and permanent marker from hard surfaces

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If you are tired of tangles jewellery, try threading them through drinking straws and fastening them together.


Rub the inside edges of new shoes with vaseline - it stops them rubbing and prevents blisters


Use an empty plastic bottle to separate eggs. Crack the egg into a dish and hold the empty bottle upside down over the egg. Gently squeeze the bottle and watch the yolk disappear up into the bottle. Magic!

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Stretch a rubber band around an open paint tin to wipe your brush on and keep paint off the tin

A small dish of Bicarbonate of soda in the wardrobe will absorb extra moisture and keep clothing fresh and dry.


Stick a few cloves into a lime and set on your outdoor dining table - this will act as a natural bug repellent


Here’s a simple way to make your summer corn on the cob taste sweeter and fresher. Just add 1/4 cup powdered milk to the pot of boiling water before you toss in the corn.


Use ketchup to write your guests’ meat doneness preferences for the person manning the grill.


No Speaker at your BBQ? No Problem. Empty a tube of Pringles and carefully cut a phone sized slit 1/4 way from the end of the tube. Slot the phone in and fire up your music. The sound will amplify as it travels the length of the tube. 33

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Day student places available for entry in September 2016 • Scholarships and bursaries available • Small classes which focus on each student • Excellent academic results • Make amazing international friends • Situated between Newbury and Reading • Free transport from Aldermaston Station

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Jubilee Gems Nursery in Padworth discusses the importance of preparing your child for school.


t’s nearing that time of year when you might be starting to think about a pre-school education for your child. For many children, pre-school is their first experience in a structured setting with teachers and groups of children. It’s a fantastic opportunity to learn to share, follow instructions, and begin the foundation for learning that will occur when they start primary school. Recent research has shown that the first five years of a child’s life are crucial to their long-term learning and development. As well as a qualified Early Years teacher for pre-school children, Jubilee Gems places an emphasis on a well-rounded learning experience which encompasses a child’s physical, personal, social and emotional development. Rated ‘Good’ in all areas in a recent Ofsted inspection, it was noted how ‘enthusiastic children are on entering nursery and how all settle quickly’. Children have the

space to explore and discover in a safe, secure environment with a caring team close at hand to encourage and support individual needs, play, learning and development. We’re passionate about outdoor play and learning and are fortunate to have over 50 acres of open countryside, private woodland and working farm for the children to enjoy. Our ethos is ‘learning by doing’ – both inside and out, every day. Pre-school children have a dedicated free-flow space leading into their own garden, designed to promote and encourage independence. It’s here that our highly-skilled team and an Early Years teacher prepare the children for their eventual move to ‘big school’. Children naturally develop at different rates and our staff support them and encourage their unique talents with their in-depth understanding of child development.

Children learn about topical festivities and enjoy visiting the dedicated ‘Learning Zone’ where they really start to get to grips with phonics during fun sessions with their teacher; enjoy educational games, dance and immerse themselves in other lively activities. We often receive comments from primary school teachers who tell us they can recognise ‘Jubilee children’ for their confidence, independence and joy of learning. By the time pre-school children leave our care, they really are ready for school.

To find out more about Jubilee Gems, please contact Sian, our manager, for a prospectus or to come and visit us (we have an open door policy). Located just a few minutes drive from the centre of Mortimer in Padworth, we provide exceptional care for babies to children up to 5 years of age and offer a range of flexible packages. Free Entitlement is available for eligible 2,3 and 4 year-olds and we also accept childcare vouchers.

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OF BLACK BIN WASTE IN WEST BERKSHIRE IS MADE UP OF PAPER AND CARD. This can be recycled in your green box!



Top tip:

Top tip:

• Put a bag or a bin in your bathroom just for recycling


• Remember to recycle your toiletries and tissue boxes


Top tip:

Top tip:

• Flatten boxes to save space in your recycling

Did you know? It takes

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energy to recycle paper compared to making it from raw materials.

• Cardboard packing from your online orders can also be recycled

Did you know? Every tonne of paper recycled saves 17 trees.

Did you know? It only takes 7 days to recycle old newspapers and magazines into new paper products.

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Bake Your Royal Cake

Silchester! The Silchester Association is thrilled and excited to announce Her Majesty’s Birthday Cake Competition to be held at the celebration of her Majesty’s 90th birthday on Silchester Common on Sunday 12th June. Open to amateurs who love to make cakes, the organisers are inviting locals to don their pinnies and get royally baking! All entries MUST reflect in their decoration a theme to her Majesty. Let your imagination run wild! From corgis, castles, horses, crown jewels, coaches, palaces, royal family, her majesty’s hats, flags, her guardsmen, stamps, coins, and pigeons, the possibilities are endless! There are three categories to enter, and you may enter as many categories as you wish if you are eligible:

Category 1 A decorated Sponge birthday cake. Your Cake must be round, in at least two segments joined together by a filling

Category 2 Freestyle Are you cupcake crazy or muffin mad? Then this is the category for you! Bake anything you like! As big or as small as you like! Let your imagination run wild. Category3 Under 12’s Do you have budding baker in your kitchen? Then this is their time to shine! There will be goody bags for all entrants in this category. All submissions to be registered in the Cake Gazebo on Silchester Common before midday on Sunday 12th June . THE RULES:

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• All cakes will be returned to entrants after the competition or auctioned off if they have been donated. Any proceeds will fund future Silchester Association events or donations to meet their objectives. • Judging will begin at 2:30pm and winners and runners up will be announced at 4pm on the day. Prizes The winner and runner up in each category will receive prizes. Winners will also receive a cup to mark this day to remember. We hope you will join in this great competition and make it a day to remember. Happy Birthday Ma’am! Any queries please contact Sara on westwood@which.net

• Please name any cake plates. • Under 12 entrants will be asked their age • No professional cooks and caterers may enter the competition.

Recycling around your home Do you recycle all of the paper and card from around your home? Often we forget about the different items that can be recycled from other rooms in the house. From the bathroom there are lots of items with cardboard packaging including toilet rolls and boxes from toiletries like face creams and soaps. In fact if everyone in the UK recycled one toothpaste box, enough energy could be saved to have around 1.9 million five minute showers! In the kitchen there are many items you can easily recycle in your green box; egg boxes, empty cereal boxes, cardboard packaging/sleeves from ready meals, kitchen roll tubes and washing powder boxes. You can also recycle the inner tubes and boxes from finished cling film or foil.

Recycling paper and card from around the home is pretty simple, and even something as easy as recycling newspapers can make a huge difference. It only takes seven days for a newspaper to be recycled and come back as a new newspaper. And don’t forget if you do a lot of online shopping, you can recycle all the cardboard and paper packaging in your green box too. To make sure you have plenty of room in your recycling box, flatten cardboard boxes and they should also be no bigger than 45cm by 45cm to fit in your box. You can also order extra recycling boxes online. For more information on all recycling services in West Berkshire visit www. westberks.gov.uk/waste

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Film of the MONTH by Rob Barnes we get a sense of what’s to come: a roller coaster ride unafraid to mix the very light themes of family and fun, with the very dark and harsh reality of survival and mortality. One moment you’re watching a comedy, the next a drama and often you’re jumping in your seat such is the ferocity of the action sequences. This is of course a tale for children and parents alike and while it does deal with adult themes it never once oversteps its PG certificate.


espite Pixar’s recent rise to fame, for most of us Walt Disney still remain the bastions of animated cinema. From Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to the modern phenomenon that is Frozen they are still touching the hearts of children the world over. However, the prospect of a CGI/Live action reboot of their 1967 classic and a personal favourite The Jungle Book filled me with dread. They’ve tried and failed before with a remake and a sequel so was this to be third time lucky? To steal a few words from Baloo the bear...‘You better believe it’! The story veers little from the original movie based on the Rudyard Kipling’s book of the same name. Mowgli (Neel Sethi) rescued as a baby by the noble panther Bagheera and raised by a pack of wolves is under threat from the man-hating

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Tiger Shere Khan, who sees the boy as a threat to his kingdom. Faced with certain death Mowgli is forced to return to the man village, but his journey takes an unexpected turn when he meets the fun loving Baloo. When word gets out that Mowgli is still loose in the jungle Shere Khan soon takes matters into his own hands. Despite the stunning computer wizardry, The Jungle Book is not trying to be clever or flashy - far from it. It would be easy to get fixated on the CGI but Director Jon Favreau (Iron Man, Iron Man 2) focuses on one thing above all others and that is classic storytelling. Yes the visuals are absolutely lush and his ability to have us whole-heartedly believe in talking animals is quite breathtaking, however it’s the core story that shines through.

Neel Sethi is mesmorising as Mowgli, the only human actor in the movie, and his ability to capture the exact frame and posture of his animated predecessor is uncanny. The matching of animals to the A-list cast of voice actors is very shrewd. Ben Kingsley plays the wise patriarch Bagheera, Bill Murray the loveable layabout Baloo and Idris Elba as the menacing Shere Khan. There are also some fine cameos from Scarlett Johansson as the cunning and seductive snake Kaa and Christopher Walken as the giant mobster ape King Louie. Don’t go expecting a musical like the original as you only get short renditions of ‘The Bare Necessities’ and ‘I Wanna Be Like You’ but don’t let that put you off. This is a sincere, honest and full-hearted adaptation that has found fresh inspiration in Kipling’s jungle fable. ‘Trust in me’ and go see it!

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When Penguin Blue, in the Antarctic, test-flies his new kite on a windy day, it carries him into the air. Penguin-friends Jeff and Flo try to pull him down, but they too are blown along. Seal Wilbur, hanging clothes on his clothesline - and polar bear Clive, fishing (very far from home), also try to help, but soon all are careering through the sky, pulled along by the kite. When they see a tropical island, they let go. The island is filled with friendly jungle animals, including a gorilla, but the travellers are homesick (and hot). Using ingenuity, they get themselves home (with a monkey stowaway), and all is back to normal. Or is it? While the monkey stowaway finds the Antarctic too cold and flies back to the jungle island with another kite - reinforcing home’s emotional connection—the last page shows the gorilla holding Clive’s fishing pole and dressed in clothes from Wilbur’s clothesline. Home is comfortable, but contact with other cultures has its advantages too. This tightly crafted tale shines with the hallmarks of accomplished picture-book making. From the clever (never cutesy) rhyming text through the visual jokes within the whimsical illustrations that amplify the storyline to the expert design of the endpapers - everything works, and it works together.

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Local boys, Shane Jury & Alex Crawford are on the brink of stardom after making it to the finals of the national competition Britain’s Does Variety. Their comedy juggling act went down a storm with the judges in this nationwide quest to find new live variety acts. Contestants performed at auditions across the country in February and March 2016 in front of top producers, talent scouts and the biggest cruise ship entertainment booker in the UK. Shane & Alex sailed through these regional qualifiers. The competition is an incredible opportunity for acts to showcase their talent to friends, relatives and the general public, but also to get themselves ‘noticed’. There are also some great prizes on offer which include the chance to perform a paid gig at a European 5 star luxury resort. Shane & Alex

started their path to stardom by performing at Reading’s Got Talent and The Martin Lewis Money Show and now Shane and Alex Entertainment travel the UK showcasing their unique talent. They are available for birthdays, weddings and corporate events. Why not take a look at their website? www. shaneandalexentertainment. co.uk Some of you will have been lucky enough to see Shane and Alex, both ex-pupils of the Willink and now 19, at Burghfield’s Got Talent last month. They went down a storm and really are building up a strong local fanbase. They can also be seen at the Queen’s 90th Birthday celebrations in Mortimer on Saturday 4th June. Don’t miss it! They really are superb and we wish them well for the national Grand Finals held at the Alban Arena in St Albans (just outside of London) on June 11th 2016.

Hot Air Balloon Day Sunday 5th June


HOT STUFF This month sees the return of the Reading Chilli Festival. Now in its second year, the festival will take place on Saturday, 18th June in the heart of Reading. The festival will be held in Broad Street, Market Place and Town Hall Square and will feature a stellar line up of the very best of the UK's chilli industry. A great day out for chilli fans and food lovers alike, the organisers have arranged a fabulous line-up of stalls selling all things chilli, from sauces to chutneys, chilli plants to spicy condiments and even chilli beer and cider.

The main stage in Market Place will once again feature local bands and artists playing throughout the day. Of course, no Chilli Festival would be complete without the odd challenge or contest, and Reading’s Festival is no exception. The live music acts will be interspersed with the now legendary Man v Food and chilli eating competitions.

Hot Air Balloon Day is an annual celebration that marks the impact hot air balloons have had on travel and leisure. The most common means of celebrating Hot Air Balloon Day is to take a hot air balloon ride. Although this might be difficult to do on 5th June itself, we can offer you a chance to book a hot air balloon ride on Hot Air Balloon Day, though the flight itself will be at the Mortimer Fun Day on Saturday 2nd July. Yes, this year there will be a hot air balloon offering flights, bookable in advance on the Village Eye website www.villageeye.co.uk

The festival is also hosting the sixth Reading Chilli Cook-off where teams will battle for four hours to produce this best chilli con carne or veggie chilli. These will then be judged by officials from the UK Chilli Cook-off Association and the winner will qualify for the grand final later in the year for a first prize of £1000 and entry into the World Chilli Championships in America!! If you wish to take part in any of the challenges, just visit the Challenges section on the Reading Chilli Festival website. Are you up for the challenge?You can keep up to date with all the spicy news by following @ReadingChilli on Twitter To contribute, advertise or let us know your news please call 0118 933 3311 or email info@villageeye.co.uk




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Crazy with thanks to Ady! Last month, players, friends and families of Mortimers’ Football Club turned out to say a big thank you to Adrian Keep; who has been Chairman of the club for 10 years. Over these years Adrian or ‘Ady’ has been highly dedicated to the club. You’ll see him up there every day mowing the pitch and constantly doing little jobs to help maintain and improve the club. It was decided as a way to thank you an all day BBQ would be organised which would obviously include a game or 2 of football!

They even had 2 veteran teams compete in some early games - past players who have represented Mortimer and also several players who used to play with Ady!

under 7s through to under 18s taking part. It ran smoothly and was a great success with the players enjoying a great day of football and over ÂŁ7,000 being raised for the club.

Also welcomed were Hungerford who have just been promoted to the Conference South to play a game vs Mortimer 11 of players from recent years guided by John Davies and Mortimer won 2-1. The sun shone, the beer flowed and the burgers got eaten. It was all round a great fun day for all who attended.

This year they hope it will be bigger and better. Teams from all major leagues in Berkshire and the surrounding counties have been invited - providing a great opportunity for teams to play against some new and unfamiliar sides as well as some old friends.

The club would like to say a big thank you also to all the supporters, Hungerford, the sponsors, David Cliff Estate Agents, Budgens and the villagers for making the day special and a massive success! And over in Burghfield... Let’s hope the sun is shining on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June as Burghfield Football Club shall be hosting a weekend of football tournaments! Now in its 4th year, the Burghfield Football Club Seeded Youth Football Tournament has grown and grown. Last year saw 154 teams compete, from

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