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Don’t forget Mother’s Day on March 15th! Whether you’re looking for flowers, gifts or food, you will find a number of ideas and recommendations in Village Eye, so go on, give your Mum a treat! And if you’re a Mum yourself and feeling that everyone else is doing a better job - they’re not! Turn to p.5 for further evidence and some anecdotes that may ring a bell with you...


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hen BBC Berkshire’s roving reporter, Suzanne Courtney came to Mortimer last month, she had no idea what she was about to uncover. Richard Swainson, a familiar face in the local supermarket, Budgens, had asked her to pass his best wishes on to Tony Blackburn who had been an old friend.

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When the story was relayed to Tony, he dismissed it initially, as he had been told that the Richard Swainson, whom he had worked with, and been friends with, had passed away 35 years ago. They met at Radio Caroline in 1964 and worked together at Radio London as well as at RCA records, which had signed Blackburn and where Richard worked in A&R. Tony Blackburn lost touch with Richard after joining BBC Radio One in 1968. They had worked together for almost 10 years and spent holidays together. In fact, they were so close that Richard was even best man at Tony’s first wedding! The message that Suzanne had relayed was enough to bother Tony who then called up radio colleagues past and present to check. They all said that Mr. Swainson had definitely died some time ago... Tony Blackburn was in such disbelief he then needed photographic evidence that Richard Swainson was indeed alive and well in Mortimer and photographic evidence sent via the reporter’s smart phone showed Richard was, in fact, very much alive! Blackburn was amazed and invited his back-from-the-dead friend for a reunion on his BBC Radio Berkshire show. Richard said he had no idea why everyone thought he was dead and the pair now plan to keep in touch!

THAMES VALLEY POLICE MOUNTED SECTION SPOTTED READING VILLAGE! We were delighted to see our local mounted PCs enjoying a copy of Village Eye on their lunch break last month! PC Kevin Simmons and PC Laura Webb had been patrolling local villages on their trusty steeds Luna and Malory. On the patrol, they



The children were mesmerized by the ‘workings’ of an engine!


stopped outside schools and village halls in order to meet and chat to members of the public. Our local PCs were there to listen to any concerns, answer questions and, of course, let the public give some fuss and attention to Luna and Malory!

The students at Aldermaston Primary had their lessons come to life on a recent visit to Spratley’s of Mortimer. The trip for Year 2 was part of their current topic ‘vehicles’. The class had already researched how vehicles work and were to be tasked with making a model with axels and wheels. On arrival, the students were split into three groups. The first group enjoyed an interactive presentation by Julie Spratley about the history of Spratley’s vehicles (bikes, buses, coaches and cars) from 1908 to present day. They talked about how Spratley’s services have had to change over the years, in line with changes in transport, with the car showroom not opening until the 1960s when most people had ‘one’ family car – hard for the children to believe! Then they passed around vehicle parts for the children to guess, which they were impressively good at. They finished off with an enthusiastic question and answer session. Another group were sketching cars. They sketched a Mini which was in the showroom and also a bright yellow Corsa which was wearing ear muffs because of the weather! The third group went into the workshop to see how the ramp worked. They saw it lift the vehicles up and down, which enabled the children to see the underside of a car. They also got to see how the mechanics can test the brakes without the car moving anywhere and found the ‘rolling road’ fascinating. Julie Spratley told us, “These young students were a credit to their school. They were wellbehaved, showed real interest and were a pleasure to have on site.”

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fter a seven year struggle to secure land, raise funds, gain planning permission and agree designs, Tadley is finally all set for a brand new youth facility in 2015. Current provision for young people in Tadley centres on two rooms in the Community Centre which is open one night a week for over 11s and one night a week for a youth sports project. Adrian Noad, Chairman of the Community Association believed that more could be delivered to the young people of Tadley and in 2008 started the process to obtain some land which adjoins the Community Centre. Since then, the project has sped ahead. A planning application was put in for the new Youth Centre, a feasibility study was carried out with architects, meetings were held with the Youth Club and the Youth Council to understand the needs of young people and finally the architect came up with the designs. The agreed design was submitted last summer and approved in November. Funds have been raised from a number of sources. The Turbary Allotment Charity donated £250,000, Tadley Town Council raised £250,000 through the Public Works Loan Board, thanks to the vast majority of local residents agreeing by residents ballot to support this project through a nominal increase in Council Tax. Basingstoke & Dean Borough Council provided over £200,000 from the Local Infrastructure Fund as well as funding the feasibility

study. £65,000 was also donated by The Greenham Common Trust. So, where does the project stand now? Costs are being finalised and agreed and building work is expected to start work in April. The timber frame building (highly insulated to keep running costs low) is expected to be open by the Autumn this year. The new facility will offer the young people of Tadley so much more than they have been used to The centre will be open 5 days a week for them, from 4pm until 10pm. It will also be open during school holidays. On the ground floor there will be a café area, with sofas and chairs, TVs, games machines and pool tables. This will be a ‘free flow’ area for the young people to relax and socialise under the supervision of trained youth workers. Upstairs there are more rooms where more structured activities will take place such as dance, drama, craft workshops and music sessions. As well as a small hall, there is also going to be a meeting room and small consultation rooms where young people can access one to one counselling with trained professionals where needed. During the daytime, when the young people are at school or college, the centre will be available to hire by local groups, too. Adrian Noad who has been leading this project told us,“Tadley has been short of

space and activities for those aged 11+ so although we’ve had to fight long and hard for it, we are delighted that the end of the process is in sight and Tadley will now benefit from an excellent youth facility.”


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From the moment you find our you are ‘with child’, life changes - forever. Entering a whole new world, the pressures of your regular day job take you to a whole level of competitiveness and perceived expectant conformity... Happy Mother's Day to you all!


ou see, our cherubs WILL be perfect. They will not eat sweets/chocolate ever. They will, instead live on a diet of only organically sourced produce They will be perfectly behaved too. They will never throw themselves onto the floor in the aisle of the supermarket because they cannot have the cereal with the toy in it. As perfect mothers, we will never forget their gym kit for school and, for playdates, their chums will only be entertained in a home which is fit for a ‘Hello Magazine’ photoshoot (and there will most definitely not be a chicken nugget in sight).

Children must be perfect. Stephanie Calman, Author of bestseller ‘Confessions of a Bad Mother’ asks a question of all the Stepford mums of children out there who look as if they just might be perfectly groomed, perfectly behaved and perfectly brilliant... How you do it? The reality of motherhood, as we all know, encompasses a home which looks like it’s been burgled most of the time, sleepless nights, no sex for years, baby sick on your best cashmere cardigan, the terrible twos and then, just when you thought it was safe to go back in the sitting room, teenagers whose only means of communication is texting, snapchatting and facetiming from the next room to see if ‘dinner is ready’, slamming doors or the odd grunt. To all of the mothers who are immaculately dressed on the school run, how do you do it? We are not talking about those of you who are dressed in jeans and have you hair brushed, although, we do think that you deserve a round of applause. We are talking about the ‘Mummies’ who are dressed immaculately, with perfect day-time make up applied, hair styled, coordinating bag and shoes and look so calm and collected at 8.30am in the morning. You are usually accompanying children who always look immaculate too, sporting tidy ponytails and polished shoes. Just how do you do it? You are also the mummy who produces perfectly presented homemade cakes when called upon for the Children in Need/Comic

Relief school bake-sale - when all we’ve managed to do is hide the packaging, bash up the edges [for homemade effect] and replate our offerings. Could it be that you don’t sleep? Maybe you get up every day at 4am, clean the house, do the washing/ironing. Maybe you put your little ones to bed in their school uniforms and all they need is a quick run of the GHD’s over their clothes in the morning (before running them over yourself). Do you spend all day on Sundays preparing perfectly balanced, healthy and nourishing fayre for the week’s evening meals ahead? Do you make the packed lunches the night before - and set out (a non messy) breakfast at the same time?

Do you have staff? A wand? Are you really a cybermum from outer space? Or are you, simply uber organised? So, our plea to you if you are one of the amazing ladies who manage this feat every morning. HOW? We’d love to know. Please. We won’t try and emulate you, unless of course it’s magic you use and are willing to share how it works, we just need to know. With love, from the sometimes ‘clothes over pyjama wearing’, messy-haired, Weetabix encrusted, wild-eyed, in awe of your skills, mothers everywhere. x

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A laugh-out-loud story of love, betrayal, friendship, baking and loss. Peta has three children under five, a job she hates and a tummy that looks like Jabba-The-Hut. Her (quirky) daughter has just started school and it’s not going very well. Her husband comes home less and less since employing his young blonde secretary and the only person she wants to talk about it all with is no longer around to hear her. She tries to keep up with a village full of perfect mothers and happy marriages but quietly her chaotic world is falling apart by the second. Can she save it and herself in time?

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If you try your best but frequently feel a failure, if you – or your children – are in any way imperfect, then join the club: the Bad Mothers Club. Stephanie Calman has broken every rule and done it all ‘wrong.’ From giving birth with her pants on to making her kids watch more telly, she has persistently defied all accepted wisdom and professional advice. Outrageous, funny, & hideously true, Confessions of a Bad Mother is her story. Read it, and know – at last - that you are Normal! Confessions of a Bad Mother is available on Amazon




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o how is best to contour? The easiest way is to get a make up brush and placing the handle of the brush just under one of your eyes roll it down your cheek until you get to the dip under your cheekbone, this hollow bit where your cheekbones are is where you apply the contour powder/cream. Another place where you can also contour for a bit more extra definition is on your nose, either at the top of the bridge of your nose (each side nearest your eyes) and then at the tip of your nose for that added flawless look. Clinique has revolutionised contouring with its recently launched Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour, its pen-like design makes for a flawless application. Simply apply to the areas needing depth – namely the hollows of your cheeks and edge of your nose and blend, blend, blend. Don’t be put off that the colour as it looks extremely dark because even on my fair skin the creamy formula allows it to be blended in seamlessly, leaving the illusion of a shadow and contoured cheeks as opposed to a few orange streaks. Alongside this contouring stick is also the Chubby Stick Highlight which when applied to the tops of your cheeks leaves a very natural yet dewy finish – one step closer to that Kim K contoured look. Available from House of Fraser, Debenhams, Boots and John Lewis for £19 each these new beauty items are set to be a staple for every woman’s make up collection.

However, if you don’t fancy setting back your purse £19 and want a cheaper alternative then look no further than Sleek. Sleek are most known for their range of amazingly pigmented blushes and contour powders. Sleek’s Makeup Face Contour Kit for just £6.49 is a contour powder and highlighter and comes in a range of shades to suit each skin tone.

To apply contour powder the easiest way is to grab a slightly angled make up brush (my favourite is Real Techniques Contour Brush)) and lightly apply the contour powder until you are happy with the depth and then taking a large fluffy brush blend it in so the obvious streaks disappear. Available from Boots and Superdrug this Sleek kit is a much cheaper alternative to the Clinique Chubby Stick.

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In today’s hectic lifestyle it’s hard to take time out and spend it on yourself. But what if we were to tell you a secret... There is an amazing new Medi Spa which has opened in Spencers Wood. Enter Blissimi!


eceiving a gift voucher from a group of friends for a ‘special birthday’ [ahem, no not that birthday] I was asked by the Editor if I’d do a spot of secret shopping whilst I was there. Here’s what I discovered. Wowsers. On entering Blissimi, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d walked into a five star hotel. What strikes you first and foremost is the time, effort and attention to detail that has been put in to ensure that this spa is top-notch.

Its design, colour scheme and the quality of the fittings make you naturally relax. Just walking into the place unveils an inner calm, a welcome peace not often experienced in today’s fast paced world. I have been lucky enough to have visited a number of Spas in both the UK and abroad (my pals know this - hence the birthday gift) and one of my gripes with a lot of them is the clinical feel upon entering them. Not so here - Blissimi feels the opposite. First impressions count and this one really does give you the wow factor. As I booked in at reception I was offered a choice of beverage (they even have bubbles) and presented with a substantial treatment menu from which I would need to make my selection. I soon realised that the prices were very reasonable too, certainly not as pricey as the surroundings may lead you to expect. But what to spend my vouchers on, I was spoilt for choice? I’d recently had my hair cut - so, instead opted to redeem my vouchers on a bit of ‘me time’. After much umming and arring, I chose to have a full body


Refining Massage, and a Soothing Facial by Aromatherapy Associates. So, what of the salon itself? Well, Blissimi is perfectly lit, and is wrapped with the most creative bespoke textured walls and beautiful natural wood floors. Downstairs, the floorspace is divided between a one stop department store style retail space for all things beauty. From Decleor to Elemis and Aromatherapy Associates - they stock it, and a 14 station hair Salon offering everything from Styling, Colour to Hair Extensions. They are also the area’s exclusive stockists of the Living Proof haircare range, winners of the ‘Best of Beauty 2014’ awards. For those who haven’t heard of Living Proof yet, this brand is co-owned by Jennifer Aniston - raved about by those in the know (and let’s be honest, nobody is more famous for her hair than ‘Rachel’ from Friends’!)

Upstairs, the six treatment rooms are tranquil and zen-like, with each specialising in a different set of treatments - from Laser Lipo and Hair Removal to Caci, Massage and Aesthetic Rejuvenation, these rooms were very inviting. Upon entering mine, I felt like I had been instantly transported to a space of inner calm and serenity. It was here that I met my therapist Amy who, over the course of the next two hours, I was soon to discover, would make me feel like Royalty. There are various massage treatments on offer and with over seven years of experience, Amy helped to ‘prescribe’ the most appropriate massage for me. What this means is that after a few questions about your lifestyle, skin type and scent preferences, you’ll be offered a selection of twelve treatment massage oils ranging from energising, through to detox, or soothing oils. Each of the oils has a different effect. Once I’d selected one of the scent sticks Amy passed under my nose (apparently my body would decide which oils my sense of smell would detect thus determining the most appropriate treatment for me on that occasion), I would be set. Once I’d made my choice, I lay back, and she started to work her magic... In the space of an hour I learned two things: firstly, teleportation is totally possible, as during my sixty minutes of top to toe indulgence I’d been transported to a far flung paradise beach and returned to Spencers Wood ache-free, stress-free and more relaxed than I had been in years. The second thing I’d learned was that everyone needs an ‘Amy’ in their lives from time to time. (Amy, if you are reading this, I am the crazy lady who came in and asked you TOO many questions about ‘EVERY treatment’ on offer - now you know why!)

The Soothing facial I received afterwards was most agreeable too. Designed to relax and revive, this treatment is a combination of cleansing, toning, moisturising and a very relaxing facial massage. Within just a few minutes once again, I began to drift back to the beach... It seems that ‘drifting’ is almost a ‘given’ if you opt for this treatment as this particular facial also incorporates a Head Massage - zzzzz. Before I knew it, nearly two full hours had passed - and sadly, it was time to return to real life. But not before I had been provided with a very welcoming selection of samples and goodies from the lovely ladies at the welcome desk. It was like receiving birthday gifts all over again.

five star service they offer is available to all - no matter who you are. Blissimi, you are officially my new found Paradise. Thank you so very much for the escape. Vicky xx

“Once we’d written this, we thought it only fair to let the Spa’s owner Laura Holt know about the review we’d written. And we are pleased we did - as she has very generously agreed to provide a spectacular prize for our readers in our March competition! This month, you can win the same treatments that Vicky enjoyed at Blissimi Medi Spa! Unfortunately for us at VE HQ, we are not allowed to enter - but you can! Please see below for details on how you can win this amazing prize.

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ave you noticed that a number of your friends have taken to wearing plain and faceless watches? Do you wonder why? This new trending fashion accessory is all thanks to a technology phenomenon that is set to take the world

As Internet-connected devices (and devices that connect to Internet-connected devices via Bluetooth or near-field communication, aka NFC) get smaller and cheaper to produce, the market for wearables is growing and clever designers the world over are falling

Modern fitness bands feature a clever mix of sensors that can passively track your activity. For example, motion sensors can track the type of movement you're doing to calculate the number of steps you've taken and the distance you've travelled, while a heartrate monitor keeps track of your pulse. The band can then calculate how many calories you've burned and tell you how active you've been overall.

With all this detailed data, wearable devices really come into their own when you follow a workout schedule to take charge of your health. Most work in conjunction with an app on your smartphone, so you can track your progress over time. The app will show you graphical representations of your progress, help you set goals and even let you interact with friends. by storm - all with the aim of encouraging a newfound healthy lifestyle. They are one of the many ‘wearables’, which are now available. In short, they are [simple] gadgets that you attach to your person in some way. It seems that wearable technology is all the rage, but the craze goes beyond connected eyewear such as Google Glass and smart timepieces such as Apple’s Watch (due for release any day now) - designers are creating apparel, accessories and fitness wear that can do everything from monitor your heart rate to charge your smartphone.


over themselves to introduce fresh and innovative ideas all aimed at enhancing your dayto-day life. Last Christmas, one of the most common wearable devices was the fitness band. In fact, according to research company Gartner - sales of ‘fitness wearables’ in 2014 was over 70 million with that figure expected to jump to 90 million by 2016. These clever devices simply wrap around your wrist and feature a range of sensors that read what you're doing and how your body is reacting, collating data as they go.

Some of the fitness bands are compatible with weight-loss apps like ‘My Fitness Pal and the Weight Watchers app. Users simply sync the app with their fitness band, and it adjusts their calorie allowance according to their level of activity. It's not all about burning calories, though. Wearables can help you get healthier in other ways like monitoring the quality of your sleep for example (read last month’s review on sleep apps on our website). Wear your band overnight and, by monitoring your heart


rate and movement, it'll be able to track how long you spend in deep REM sleep and how often you wake up. Over time, you may be able to identify trends in your sleep patterns and take steps to improve the quality of your sleep, which is crucial for good performance both in sports and in your everyday life. Because the device is strapped to your wrist, a gentle vibration can wake you up in the morning instead of a blaring siren/barking dog/chimes (or whatever your you've programmed your own alarm clock to do) to get you out of bed. In just a few years time, these innovative wearables may not even be limited to consumer technology either. It could be that a health-care system in which doctors prescribe an app to help people lose their unwanted pounds... Indeed this concept is not as far away or science fiction as you’d think. There are already many trials running to determine how connected and wearable devices can help healthcare professionals monitor the condition of patients with longterm illnesses without having to see them in person. Whatever happens in the future, one thing is for sure, wearable technology is definitely here to stay.

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“Promise only what you can deliver then deliver more than you promise.”

At Spratley’s we are often moved by our customers’ verbal generosity! As I write, we have just received an online review (excerpt below) …

“Having driven for 28 years solid I have used garages in many parts of the UK and being a fairly competent home mechanic myself, I can tell you that this is the most honest and trustworthy garage I have ever used. I now get my van serviced and mot'd every year here even though I live right on the other side of Reading. They may not be the cheapest but what you get is excellent service and very reasonable value for money. Every job is done properly and with genuine parts, the mechanics are very serious about what they do and are highly trained, they also listen, which is so important. The staff are very knowledgeable and courteous and if you book in advance you can get a courtesy car too. I only wish every company I dealt with was as good at what they do as Spratley’s are.” As Spratley’s receives so many kind words of appreciation each year from our thousands of happy customers in the locality and beyond, we thought it high time that we return the “thank yous” through the fabulous community medium that is The Village Eye! So please excuse the blanket approach, but if you are a Spratley’s customer, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you sincerely for entrusting your motoring needs to us. If, however, you’ve not visited us before and would like to find out what you’re missing, here’s the low-down on our fifth generation (since 1908!), family owned and run garage. Vehicle Sales Firstly and most importantly, there is never ever any pressure to buy at Spratley’s. Never ever! We have no horrible sales targets to hit… and none of our staff are paid on commission. We just want our customers to be happy with the vehicle choices that they make. However, if you are in the market to change your car (or light van), we do stock excellent condition, competitively priced preloved vehicles to suit most budgets and we also buy to order (Fords, Minis, VWs, Vauxhalls, Fiats and more.) If you are looking for a particular make or model and want the added reassurance of buying from a local, bona fide, friendly garage with excellent aftersales support, we’d be delighted to help you. We welcome part exchange vehicles and we also purchase cars from you even if you are not buying one from us… so you avoid the hassle and worry of selling your car privately!

Vehicle Service/Repairs/Air Conditioning/MOTs/Tyres At Spratley’s our aim is to take away the worry and hassle of vehicle maintenance for you. We provide a high quality service/ repair experience for most makes of vehicle and our prices are very competitive considering the level of support our customers receive (free text/paper reminders, free courtesy cars, free local collection and deliveries, free AutoVHC vehicle health checks, free service wash and vac, comfortable waiting area with free WiFi and complimentary refreshments and more). In-House servicing & MOTs We offer value services and manufacturer scheduled services and genuine or high quality branded parts. Spratley’s employ highly skilled and professionally trained technicians who take great pride in their work and we are continually investing in tools and technology to ensure they have the right kit for the job! At Spratley’s we also employ highly experienced MOT Testers at our long-standing (since the 1950s) Vehicle Testing Station; indeed, we are proud to be the only on-site certified Vehicle Testing Station in the Mortimer and Burghfield area, offering MOTs while you wait*. Spratley’s also has friendly and knowledgeable service receptionists (male and female) who know their stuff too. We provide our regular customers with a proactive vehicle history monitoring service to try to prevent expensive car catastrophes, for example, a cambelt snapping! So, we’ll advise when your cambelt is due for change (according to the manufacturer’s recommendations). But there is never any pressure to have any recommended work carried out and none of our lovely service staff are paid on commission so you can be assured that they will always find the most appropriate and cost effective maintenance/repair solutions for you and your vehicle. Spratley’s overarching ethos is best summed up by our succinct brochure motto: “Promise only what you can deliver then deliver more than you promise.” Thank you for your custom, past, present and future! We look forward to being of service to you!

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o you live in Mortimer (or within 6 minutes of it?) If you’ve been thinking about playing a more active role in the community then this is definitely something that you might want to consider. How do you fancy becoming a part-time firefighter? Not only would you be serving your community, you could also be saving lives – and getting paid for it!

Mortimer fire station are currently recruiting part-time firefighters. New firefighters will receive full training in all aspects of firefighting. This includes water rescue , breathing apparatus, working at height ,first aid and LGV. You will be trained to the same standards as a fulltime firefighter. Apart from a few hours a week for training sessions and to carry out other pre-arranged duties, retained firefighters only attend the fire station when they have received an emergency call-out. Each retained firefighter carries a pocket alerter, which is activated when they are needed and they have a maximum of 6 minutes to report to the fire station and mobilise the necessary appliance(s). That is why applicants must live or work within 6 minutes of the fire station on West End Road. Retained firefighters usually have other occupations, but when the call comes they drop whatever they are doing. Depending on the type of cover agreed, a retained firefighter may respond from home and/or work, day and/or night. On average you can expect to be called out 2 or 3 times a week for perhaps a couple of hours. And, because the ideal is to have more firefighters available than are needed to crew each appliance, you won’t have to attend every call. In addition when you really can’t spare the time, you can sign off duty, providing there are enough staff available to crew the appliance for that period. You will be paid a retainer for “being on call” as well as being paid for training and call outs. The application process includes an application form, written tests to ensure a basic level of literacy and numeracy, physical tests to ensure a decent level of physical fitness and rule out certain conditions like claustrophobia, an interview and a medical. For more information please come along on a Monday evening to the fire station on West End Road or email geoffb7@btinternet.com .

Counting the Kicks Gets Results from Rubbish!

Next time you go to throw away that old ink cartridge or stamps, stop! Think again because some local outlets are collecting these items – and more – to raise money for national charity Count The Kicks.

public. The money raised through fundraising helps pay for the leaflets and stickers that get the life saving information out. Awareness saves lives. The following items can be recycled: baby food pouches, plastic trigger tops from cleaning sprays, used stamps and used ink cartridges. Collection boxes can be found at Burghfield Children’s Centre, Mortimer Toddler Group and Mortimer Post Office. Alternatively, you can text KICKS to 70660 to donate £3

Count The Kicks educates mums on the importance of a baby’s movements and helps them work with health professionals to bring home a healthy baby. The UK has the second worst stillbirth rate in the developed world, currently ranking 33 out of 35 similar high income countries. Count The Kicks produces leaflets with important information about baby’s movements, antenatal note stickers and kick counting wristbands to help mums keep track of baby’s movements and encourages them to contact their midwife or antenatal ward if they notice any change in their baby’s regular pattern of movement. The charity is run solely by volunteers and relies on donations from the

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of the new project. Throughout the job, the work place will be kept clean and tidy and excellent communication throughout the life of the project 3isBedroom Detached Home guaranteed.

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What home makes Beech Hill Kitchen A much improved extended detached family with an attractive South Bathroom Design an a even facing Garden and situated in a quiet&non-estate position within short greater this: Having walk of the village centre. The property now choice offers 3 isreception rooms chosen have also a show including a 23ft lounge and Upvc double glazing.not LittletoOrchard offers room (and the substantial costs great potential to extend on the first floor over the existing extension to with permission. running one) create more Bedrooms and Bathroomsassociated subject to planning these savings are passed on to customers.


Beech Hill Kitchen & Bathroom Design is a local business, owned by Robert Kimber, who has been in the industry for 40 years. His experience means that he is fully aware Spencers Wood worries and so of customers’ he has deliberately built his business around the wants and needs of the customer.


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o, it’s time for a new kitchen or bathroom. Exciting, of course. Who wouldn’t look forward to sleek new cabinets, worktops and tiles? But there may also be a sense of dread, too. The house will be turned upside down; the mess will drive you crazy. Will you know what’s going on? Who will be in your home? And what if the job gets left unfinished? These are all common worries for those embarking on a new project and it’s these same worries that Beech Hill Kitchen & Bathroom Design dispel time and again, which has led to their ongoing success.



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means that the team’s • Generous Familyentire Accommodation commitment to quality and • Self Contained One Bed Suite good workmanship is consistent. Gardens There• Secluded are no subcontractors • Double Garage & Workshopidea Area who may have a different of what is good enough!

of a new design to talk to you about what you need the room to deliver to you. They really listen to what you want and reflect some of your own or your Burghfield family’s character, too.

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And it’s these customers who have been responsible for the company’s growth. It’s word of £650,000 mouth and recommendations Burghfield Common office that have been the life blood • 5 bedroom detached of the company. So next time • Over ft of accommodation someone asks,2880sq “Do you know a good company that ...?” you • 22ft Lounge inc Inglenook Fireplace can rest open assured that Beech Hill Kitchen & Bathroom • Excellent Location Design deliver •a Double local,Garage cost-effective, and Ample Parking high quality, attentive service • Central Heating and Double Glazing under Robert Kimber’s watchful eye.


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• Good size rearFrom plot Village Offering a completeBurghfield & affordable Kitchen and bathroom service. Design, Fit, Fit only, Installation, Electrics, Plumbing, Plastering, Tiling & Painting, we are a friendly, reliable, local family business. If you are £385,000 £299,950 Burghfield Commonofoffice thinking upgrading your Kitchen or Bathroom in 2015, keep itCommon local office Burghfield and give us a call! References and photos available. • 4-Bedroom Terraced • 4-Bedroom detached KitchenBathroomDesign

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Who knew that we have suppliers to royalty and celebrities right here on our doorstep ...


ost of as have of have heard of the Tutts Clump Cider Company (whose vans were famously ‘papped’ entering the grounds of ‘Buck House’ on the morning of William and Kate’s wedding day.) Some of us will even know someone [who knows someone] who has completed work at homes of the rich and famous in the area. So it wasn’t surprise to us to learn of another local company - Blind Date Blinds in Burghfield Common who have been quietly and confidently delivering the highest quality blinds to high society too. In fact, we had to use our best journalistic techniques to get them to spill the beans and were impressed with what we uncovered! We thought we’d find out a little bit more about them! Blind Date Blinds started from humble beginnings back in 1986, thirty years ago... Indeed, the same year that Marty Mcfly predicted that we’d all be going back to the Future on our hoverboards this year (2015). It has always been a trusted family business. Current owner, Robert Nix was the son in the original father and son set-up, but after his father passed away a few years ago, now runs the company with his family. A local man, Robert grew up in Mortimer and has three children. Over the years, the company has been supplying made-to-measure roller blinds, vertical blinds, roman blinds, venetian blinds, pleated blinds, conservatory blinds - and these days even motorised roller blinds - to families, businesses and interior designers And if that’s not enough blinds for you, they also supply and fit all sorts of awnings too, as well as the finishing touches to add ‘polish’ to any room. But Blind Date Blinds have a speciality which sets them apart from other blind companies. One of the services they provide is the creation of blinds from a customer’s own fabric! This solves the

problem of not being able to find exactly the right match in a book of samples. Nobody wants to compromise with a blind not matching the rest of the decor, so Robert and his trusted team take the customers chosen material and, using a technique called ‘Process and Laminate’, will treat it and cut it to create the perfect blind for their room. Blind Date Blinds certainly has the experience behind them too - 30 years is a long time in any business! This experience, coupled with their unwavering focus on customer service, attention to detail and a high quality product range has meant they have become a trusted supplier to some of the leading interior designers in the South East.

received an invite to any of the premiere’s - perhaps they get lost in the post!” So, it would seem then that if you need a blind, you don’t need to settle for second best. If it’s good enough for Liz, it’s good enough for Village Eye readers! Robert and his team supply and fit blinds across the whole range of budgets, so even if you don’t live in a royal palace, make sure you discuss your requirements with them and get your next blind ‘by Royal Appointment’! Blind Date Blinds can be contacted on: 0118 983 1800

Robert told us, “It hasn’t been a sudden thing. The business has been very steady and has grown through word of mouth and recommendations, which has been great as it has meant we’ve been able to grow with the demand and not compromise on our level of service which is so important to us.” And, it would seem that their blinds have ended up all over the place! From film sets at Pinewood Studios and films such as Mission Impossible, Harry Potter and many of the Bond films (including the one currently being shot), to royal palaces including Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle! We have even heard a rumour that Blinds Date Blinds are even hanging in Prince George’s nursery? Who knew! “We have supplied blinds to the royal households” Robert told us. “But we pride ourselves on our client confidentially and service, and so tend not to talk too openly about this... The film set work is great for us too - we really get excited when we hear that Hollywood want us!” “That said, i’ve never

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Property of the Month Sheridan Crescent Baughurst Four Bedroom Detached Family Home

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A spacious detached family home situated in the sought after area of Baughurst. Accommodation comprises of a reception hall, cloakroom, fitted kitchen, spacious lounge, dining room and double glazed conservatory. The first floor has 4 good sized bedrooms and bathroom with white suite. Outside is a single garage, driveway for vehicles and a good sized and private rear garden.




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• 3 Bedrooms

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• Kitchen/Breakfast Room

• En-suite shower

• Study

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• Private Garden




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Tadley office

• 3 Bedrooms

• 2 Bedrooms

• Lounge

• Spacious lounge/dining room

• Kitchen/Dining Room

• Kitchen

• Rear Garden

• Bathroom


• Allocated Parking Space

• Allocated Parking • Communal Garden

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Tadley office

Tadley office

• 3 Bedrooms

• 3 bedrooms

• 2 Receptions

• Lounge/Diner

• Fitted Kitchen

• Fitted Kitchen

• Conservatory

• Gas Radiator Heating

• Garage


• Enclosed Garden

• Enclosed Garden

• Rear Garden


• No Onward Chain

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Property of the Month Bradfield Southend

Two Bedroom Semi Detached Home

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Finished to the highest of standards and located in Bradfield Southend is this two bedroom semi-detached property which enjoys a picturesque frontal outlook of the cricket pitch. The light and airy and accommodation flows seamlessly from room to room including a dual aspect living room, with working open hearth, a refitted high specification kitchen, Dining Room, porch and downstair WC. Upstairs there are two generous double bedrooms, with original fireplaces, a tranquil family bathroom with a double shower and a free standing bath, Outside and to the rear there is a well maintained 270’ South West facing garden.

Bradfield Southend


£600,000 (OIEO)


Theale office

Theale office

• Desirable Village Location

• Detached 4 Bedroom property

• 4 Bedrooms

• Integral garage

• Extension Potential

• Under floor heating

• South West Facing Garden

• Well kept garden

• Generous Room Sizes

• Off road parking

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• 3 Bedroom Semi Detached

• 3 Bedroom Semi

• 2 Reception Rooms

• 2 Reception Rooms

• 19’Kitchen/Dining Room

• Driveway Parking

• 2 Shower Rooms

• South Facing Garden


• Double Glazing throughout

• Refitted Kitchen • Detached Garage

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• Enclosed Rear garden


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Theale office

• Character 2 Bedroom Cottage

• Two Bedroom House

• Desirable Village Location

• Lounge/Diner

• Driveway Parking

• Modern Kitchen

• Backing onto Fields

• Decked Garden • Garage

• Refitted Bathroom


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Property of the Month

Fishermans Lane Aldermaston Great Extension Potential

A much improved extended detached family home with an attractive South facing Garden and situated in a quiet non-estate position within a short walk of the village centre. The property now offers 3 reception rooms including a 23ft lounge and Upvc double glazing. Little Orchard also offers great potential to extend on the first floor over the existing extension to create more Bedrooms and Bathrooms subject to planning permission.

£420,000 £645,000


Burghfield Common office

Burghfield Common office

• 5 Bed Split Level Family Home

• 5 bedroom detached

• Sought After Village Location

• Over 2880sq ft of accommodation

• Generous Family Accommodation

• 22ft Lounge inc Inglenook open Fireplace

• Self Contained One Bed Suite

• Excellent Location

• Secluded Gardens

• Double Garage and Ample Parking

• Double Garage & Workshop Area

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Administering the Estate of a Loved One or Friend


t can be absolutely devastating when a loved one dies. At a time when arranging the funeral and contacting friends and relatives is the clear priority, the legalities of dealing with an estate can be an unwelcome and onerous burden.

For an Executor of an estate or, where there is no Will, an Administrator, the long list of tasks includes: locating the assets and liabilities of the estate; calculating the value of the estate and completing the Inheritance Tax account; discharging any Inheritance Tax liability; applying to the Court for the Grant of Probate or, where there is no Will, the Grant of Letters of Administration and administering the estate in accordance with the terms of the Will, or where there is no Will, in accordance with the Intestacy rules. Estate Accounts will also need to be prepared, payment made to HMRC for any income or capital gains tax liability arising during the administration of the estate and defend any litigation against the estate. Furthermore, if there is a Trust in the Will, that trust will need to be managed and the Trustees must act in accordance with various Trustee Acts.

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The Lawyers in the Private Client Department at Rowberry Morris all specialise in the administration of estates and will be able to advise you fully on the steps to be taken. They are committed to the provision of legal services of the highest quality and instructing Rowberry Morris to help in the administration of the estate means you receive expert advice, a quality service and value for money. For further information, please contact Elizabeth Groom or Helen Greenwood at Rowberry Morris on 0118 981 2992

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Some people think that catering is only for expensive dinner parties and special events. While there is some truth to this, it doesn’t have to be the case. After ‘doing’ friends’ parties and wedding buffets for years as a hobby, local lady Rosalie Ponsford decided to put her love of good food, combined with creative flair and attention to detail to good use and founded Cutting Edge Catering. As a mum to four children and having previously worked in the Corporate sector; and as a Parish Counsellor - her organisational skills come in very handy when catering ‘en-masse’. And having just celebrated the company’s 3rd birthday - we caught up with Rosalie to find out more. “I love good food, and I love seeing/testing good food at parties” she explains “I wanted Cutting Edge Catering to provide excellent food to every customer, every time, no matter what the size of their budget. As a local small independent company, we are gaining a reputation for providing eye catching and excellent food at affordable prices. Taking a fresh approach to our cooking - using only the finest locally sourced fresh ingredients wherever possible we do so with creative flair and strong attention to detail”. So who uses a caterer and what for? we asked. “Catering is a tradeoff between your time and money” Rosalie told us. “You can spend a lot of time planning, shopping and then cooking for an event - or you can call upon a catering company to do everything for you - and it doesn’t cost as much as you’d think either. There isn’t any particular type of client though we cater for everyone and whether we’re preparing the food for Weddings, Christenings, Funerals or birthday parties, we provide an exciting choice of flexible menu options from Hot Fork and finger food buffets to delicious sweet and savoury canapés. What’s your favourite dish? (and not George Clooney) “Ooh that’s a tough one! We have so many dishes to choose from - but I think that the our signature canapé, a tequila soaked King Prawn and Choritzo skewer is particularly yummy.” Since featuring in Village Eye a couple of years ago, word about their good food and service has spread. Rosalie told us that her growing team have been very busy indeed and are now catering for many local businesses and private functions. “We are receiving such positive feedback” Rosalie told us. “Our customers are recommending us to their colleagues and friends too which means that our business is now thriving!”

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And it’s not just about the food either... Rosalie and her happy team have also immersed themselves into the community. As sponsors of the area Santa Cruise 2014 - they were the Elves responsible for fueling the Santa’s on their mission to raise £20,000 for the Air Ambulance at Christmas, have worked with a number of other local charities, and have also been given a regular slot at the Burghfield Community Sports Association to provide a carvery style Sunday lunch for all on the first Sunday of every month! If you have a special occasion coming up and don’t fancy doing the cooking yourself, how about giving them a call. Rosalie can be contacted on 0118 907 6249 or visit www.cuttingedgecatering.co.uk


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hen Parkway Shopping Centre, Newbury, announced the arrival of 3 high profile new brands, just prior to the Christmas rush, Newbury’s journey back to prominence as a retail destination, seemed to be well underway. Parkway already boasted a formidable lineup of high profile brands with John Lewis, Superdry, Fat Face, Joules, H&M & Topshop (among others) but the arrival of Jack Wills, Schuh & Neal’s Yard further cemented Newbury’s positioning

For years shoppers in the Berkshire region seemed destined to visit Reading, Basingstoke or even Swindon for their destinational shopping forages – not any more. Newbury really has some pulling power now with consumers. But it is Parkway’s ability to sit alongside and complement Newbury’s townscape and historic tradition that allows this transformation to be seamless.

changing the face of Newbury David Pickett, centre director for Parkway commented “Parkway is very established now. It is a very attractive site and Newbury is a very pretty town with a really nice feel to it. There is some fantastic architecture in Newbury and, with a modern twist, the architects of Parkway have been very clever making it more representative of the rest of the town.” The year has started well for Parkway with two further new arrivals set to open before Easter. You can find a full events calendar on their website www. s h o p a t p a r k w a y. com but look out for a special visit from Paddington Bear on the 9th May and the return of their much talked about Summer Series and Street Party in July.

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frica’s Great Rift Valley is a 9,600 kilometre crack in the earth’s crust stretching from Lebanon to Mozambique. The most dramatic section slices through Kenya and contains several lakes, extinct volcanoes and wildlife reserves. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking, and the habitats around the lake systems attract a wealth of large mammals (rhino, elephant, buffalo, leopard...) and are one of the best areas in Kenya for bird watching. Here’s what happened to me when I arrived at the flamingo reserve!

Hay-elp, “Hay-elp” I screamed in a genteel Penelope Pitstop manner, or at least, that’s how it sounded in my head. In reality, the noise resembled a foghorn announcing the arrival of the latest cruise liner. I was stuck; there were no two ways about it…I was stuck and sinking fast in black warm squelchy pungent goo. I had arrived at Lake Nakuru, following a fast and furious drive from Nairobi by a minibus driver who clearly believed he was taking part in the Kenyan Grand Prix. The potholes and vehicles in his way were not going to deter him from reaching his destination in a time that Lewis Hamilton would have been proud of. After two harrowing hours, we turned a corner, narrowly missing a rhinoceros meandering across the path, and the pink haze came into view. Our driver parked the rusted minibus behind the other coaches (by freewheeling across the sand and allowing a bumper from the vehicle in front to bring the van to a halt). He

informed us that we could walk 500m closer across the dried out lake, towards the haze to take photos. The haze started to fade revealing various shapes. We eventually identified long spindly stilt-like legs precariously holding fat, round, pink feathery bodies and thin necks extending out to a head with black-tipped bill – the elusive pink flamingo. There must have been thousands of them, all standing completely still, some balancing their heavy bodies surprisingly steadily on one leg whilst drinking from the lake and others simply observing the beautiful landscape. A group of overweight tourists dressed in khaki safari gear, long socks and sandals (a fashion disaster) were gathered a few hundred meters from the water’s edge. They seemed too far from the wildlife to get the award winning photograph I craved, so I decided to make a stealth-like move towards the birds. I would still be far enough away from the flamingos to be safe from an unprovoked attack. I couldn’t understand why no-one else had seen this opportunity to get a better view. I crept surreptitiously forward, so as not to cause alarm amongst the birds. With every small delicate step I was getting a clearer and better view. It became addictive; I needed to get closer. The ground underfoot was becoming softer and the smell was more fetid, but I was undeterred. I persevered, in search of an exclusive photograph which would show these birds in all their glory. All of a sudden, I became aware that my feet were getting heavier.

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Precious T hymes Local travel writer Michelle Goulding gives us a hilarious (if a little embarrassing for her) account of her time at Lake Nakuru, one of Africa’s most stunning lansdscapes which is flocked to by not just the tourists!

were completely stuck and I realised I was sinking. My flip flops were submerged in a black malodourous gunge and I was losing sight of my ankles. I attempted to unassumingly free myself by gently swaying from side to side, while waggling my toes and jiggling my feet. The ground around me was making increasingly loud squelching noises, and very quickly, I found myself flapping my arms wildly and calling for “hay-elp”. Was I destined to die by suffocation in flamingo excrement? A cruel, slow and smelly death awaited.

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Presents Mother’s Day We know that your Mum is one of the most special people in your life. Question is, where will you be taking your Mum on Sunday 15th? This year, we’d like invite you, your family and of course the star of the day herself, to join us for a Mothering Sunday lunch she’ll remember (for all the right reasons). Set on the edge of the Duke of Wellington’s Estate, between the working arable fields of Berkshire and Hampshire, we aim to bring comfortable style, award winning classic and local foods with a twist and a sense of country chic that we could not be more proud of. Upon entering, our relaxed style of service will be second to none - with possibly a little cheeky giggle raised at the table to aid digestion! Come and relax in front of our log burner, our fresh locally sourced menu, wine and ambience will certainly do the rest. For us, cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all. If she’s feeling hungry, we’ll tempt her with starters including Scottish Oak Smoked Salmon with lemon & salad, or Homemade Leek & Potato Soup served with local bread & butter... To follow, there’s mouth-watering mains like our Smoked Haddock & Salmon Fish cakes with a mature cheddar cheese centre on a bed of salad or our 21 day aged 8oz Fillet Steak, rustic chips, salad & cherry tomatoes on the vine with a creamy Pepper or Stilton sauce - we even serve a mean roast dinner with all the trimmings too. And after that, if there’s still a little room for a little ‘treat’, perhaps she’ll want to finish with a Chocolate Fudge Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream or maybe a slice of our Cherry Bakewell Cheesecake with Fruit Compote... Whatever she (and your party) decide to eat whilst you’re with us, we are confident that your only regret will be that you hadn’t discovered us sooner. Oh, and did we mention - that we also do the washing up! We look forward to giving you (and your mum) a very warm welcome this Mother’s Day. Much love.


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Film of the MONTH

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by Rob Barnes Kingsman: The Secret Service promised much, after all this was the brit-team behind hits Stardust, Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class, and had the added intrigue of Colin Firth trying his hand as a spoof 007. Surely a recipe for success? What’s served up is a mis-firing mix of homage and hyper-violence with an over-generous helping of testosterone. In Matthew Vaughn’s espionage thriller Harry Hart (Colin Firth) super spy agent of the international covert organisation ‘Kingsmen’, makes it his personal crusade to recruit streetwise hoodie Eggsy (Taron Egerton) as his new protégé. Masquerading as Savile Row tailors the Kingsmen are true gentleman operatives, but before the streetwise rookie can join their ranks he must negotiate an X-Factor style boot-camp. The competition is full of Oxbridge toffs presided over by Merlin (Mark Strong) and Arthur (Michael Caine), the ‘Q’ and ‘M’ of the piece. Out to seek world domination is tech billionaire Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson), with help from his prosthetic-wielding henchwoman, Gazelle. This stylish spy caper is the perfect fodder for Vaughn’s Fanboys, offering a fresh take on a genre by pushing familiar themes to the absolute

extreme, in fact at times you’d be forgiven for thinking you are watching an 18-certificate. What lets it down is the overly laddish humour that is both smug and woefully misjudged, the final scene in particular will undoubtedly divide mainstream audiences. Rather than delicately doffing his trilby to the past celluloid spies Vaughn handles the pastiche with a sledgehammer that rarely hits the spot. Samuel L. Jackson’s Spike-Lee loving villain is neither evil nor funny, it was Jackson’s suggestion that he play the character with a lisp...if only Vaughn had declined we would all have been spared! The Secret Service fails to hit the heights of Kick-Ass, but still packs the

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odd memorable punch. Firth’s singlehanded slaughter of an entire church congregation is a sight to behold in a performance that is both charming and chilling. As you’d expect, Mark Strong provides assured support but it’s emerging Welsh star Taron Edgerton as the enigmatic ‘Eggsy’ who really steals the show. However, whilst it often pushed the right buttons I too frequently felt like I was being hit over the head with a copy of Loaded magazine, and so for all it’s razor sharp, computergenerated bravado this reboot feels bizarrely behind the times.

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A BOY CALLED HOPE by Lara Williamson

This brilliant, funny and heartwarming drama got me wrapped up in the Hope’s family life, and made me feel involved in Daniel George Hope’s long investigation to find his dad. After spotting him on the TV, years after walking out on him, Dan must not tell a soul about his plan to find him. l couldn’t put this book down. It just kept getting more amazing with each page I turned, it really is an emotional roller coaster, and definitely worth a read! If you are one for books with a twist l recommend it. It can be (in my opinion] for ages 9-13. Dan Hope is a charming character with great friends and a crazy Ninja sister. This book is very motivating with all Dan’s ideas to be the first 11 year old on the Moon, and to be Sherlock Holmes and go to a school for wizards, BUT his biggest dream of all is for his Dad to love him. It is clear that this young boy has a big imagination. His Mums boyfriend, Big Dave plays a big part in helping him find his Dad too, and if it wasn’t for him, he would have given up looking. After finding out that his Dad’s TV company is coming to film his schools ‘Eco Production’, what crazy things will he do to get his dad to spot him on stage? A little bit of hope goes a long way! Amelia, Year 7, The Willink School 33

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eugeot has enjoyed what can only be described as a renaissance recently, with a complete overhaul of the styling across the range. Investment has also been pushed into the engineering behind these cars, explaining the multitude of awards and praise given to the company in the last year. The new 308 hatchback has been the aim of a lot of the praise, so I decided to go and see what all the fuss is about. The recent styling overhaul has added style and class to the brand where it was lacking in the past. The interior has been designed with simplicity in mind, leaving you to concentrate on driving. The materials used on the interior are of a better quality than those used on the previous car and it is altogether a very nice place to be. The uncluttered atmosphere gives the interior a sense of class that can often be missing at this level, aided by the subtle use of metals to highlight the interior.


and Bluetooth. There are many more options available on the higher models, such as a reversing camera and a pricey leather interior The work Peugeot has put in has greatly improved the refinement of the new 308; the ride is compliant, comfortable and stable and road noise is at a good level. If you are after a smooth ride try and avoid the 18 inch alloys as extra air in the tyre helps. The 308 has a strong range of petrol and diesel engines, ranging from a 1.2L petrol to a 1.6L petrol and a 2.0L diesel. A range of new engines are coming soon which offers a big increase in efficiency to match new European standards, the best of which is a 1.6 diesel producing a class leading 82g/km of CO2 and 91mpg. The base model starts at £14,995 on the road, although models with the touchscreen interface start at £17,445. If you really want



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

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Is your child due to start school soon?

Mortimer St. John’s CE Infant School now have spaces available! Would you like your child to attend a warm welcoming school where nurturing and learning are key to educating your child? Set in the heart of Mortimer Village with close links to St. John’s church with parallel classes where your child can mix well with other children. A well resourced, bright learning environment that will engage your child’s imagination. We foster a love for learning that will set your child on the right path for the rest of their learning career. The aesthetically pleasing interface on the central touch screen that controls a lot of the features take a bit of getting used to but once you have, really is quite impressive. Standard equipment levels are good on the 308, including front, side and curtain airbags, electronic driving aids, cruise control


We employ warm, caring staff who genuinely care for the wellbeing of your child. to you can spend a heady £26,000! Running costs will be fairly low with a range of efficient engines and good reliability due to the reused parts being tried and tested.


We offer a creative, fun curriculum to bring learning to life and to inspire your child. You are warmly invited to come and take a look around. Please contact the headteacher.: Nicola Sumner

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th traоal valu At The Cedars School, we offer a caring, friendly and stimulating environment for boys and girls from 4 to 11 years. Each child is provided with the individual, tailored care that allows them to discover the pleasure of learning in a secure and happy environment, so that they may flourish in their own way. All members of staff know each child well, allowing them to offer unique care and guidance, creating a close-knit environment within our school. Children have a natural hunger for knowledge, and learning should be an exciting and inspiring experience! We offer a balanced education with a strong emphasis on English, Maths and Science, as well as a wide range of subjects and activities including art, cookery, music, ICT, and design and technology. Our children are also introduced to French, Spanish and German, and we promote an awareness and tolerance of other cultures and beliefs. Sport is an integral part of school life and the children experience a wide range of sports including athletics, football, tennis, gymnastics, dance, rugby, cricket, climbing and canoeing. At The Cedars, we believe in inspiring the children with a variety of teaching styles, methods and opportunities that broaden the scope of a child’s education. Outings are organised regularly to the theatre, museums, local places of interest and outward bound adventures! These new challenges encourage determination, team spirit and character development. Our children leave us as confident, caring and happy individuals, fully prepared for the next stage in their lives. Please do visit us at our next open morning which will be on Thursday 19th March or feel free to contact us at any time for an informal chat, or to arrange a more convenient time to meet us all at The Cedars.

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Before and after school care from 8am-6pm Sibling Discount Nursery Grant available A wide range of diverse clubs

The Cedars School, Church Road, Aldermaston, Berkshire, RG7 4LR www.thecedarsschool.co.uk Tel: 0118 9714 251



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Theale Green School Meets

The Professionals


ow much did you know about different industries as a teenager? Beyond the obvious Professions, probably not a lot. Well, the students at Theale Green are going to be in a much stronger position, thanks to the ‘Meet

The Professionals’ event held in the Sixth Form centre last month. 33 guests from industry talked to students about their career paths, current jobs and industries they work in. Among the guests were

companies local to Theale including Laithwaites, Berkshire Fire Service, Thames Valley Police, AWE, Rushall Farm, Forresters4Hair, Reading College, The Army, Adviza, Diem Photography, Justin Hardy Pictures and Project People along with global and national corporations such as Ernst and Young, Lloyds, Microsoft, KPMG and Prudential. Head boy Matthew Smith said, “This was a great opportunity to explore different career ideas you maybe wouldn’t have thought of and the different routes into industry. It was a really successful evening giving us the chance to look at businesses and to network.”

Nick Barnes a physics researcher working at AWE talking to Head Boy, Matthew Smith

Head teacher, Dr. Sally Beeson commented, “It was great to see the support we had from so many professionals and companies involved. A great night for the school.”

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Our Great Outdoors Forest Schooling

Welcoming our Woodpeckers to

At Jubilee our aim is to inspire and motivate children to become confident independent learners. With a strong emphasis on our outdoor ethos we encourage children to learn actively using our own, private, 53 acre site. Our nursery includes a large on site paddock as well as a fully working farm and a wooded area complete with stream. All this, combined with professional trained members of staff, makes for the perfect setting for Forest School learning. Here at Jubilee Day Nursery we care for children from 3 months to 4 ½ years and we make sure that everyone, regardless of age, have the opportunity to enjoy our beautiful surroundings.

Jubilee Day Nursery

For example, our baby’s first experience of the woods is when they are taken in their buggies to go for walks, this quickly progresses to toddling around in the bluebells in the spring and jumping in the stream, in their wellies, in the summer. When the children are old enough they are shown how to build fires so when the weather isn’t quite so warm we can sit around the camp fire.


e have greeted the New Year in with the opening of Woodpeckers, our

newschool baby/toddler This exciting new spacechildren has been specifically Forest learning isarea. the natural next step for play Pre School in their learning process. Forest School leader, Emma, progresses designed for Our our qualified oldest babies. Woodpeckers gives them spacethe to explore children’s learning evenand further. Taking small groupsWith of children and and tooutdoor discover, in a safe secure environment. our experienced shaping opportunities to explore and discover their natural environment. She professional caring team closefor atthem handtotolearn encourage support develop their individual, play provides opportunities self-riskand assessment, selflearning esteem and developmental needs. new tasks and complete new challenges. The free and begin to negotiate flowing activities enable children to choose which activity they want to participate in, whether it is building using to is whittle In addition, Woodpeckers have dens their with ownfriends, outdoor playtools area,safely which easilysticks accessible, (with practitioners), by using thewoods surrounding environment to create along with their much lovedortrips to our and farm. The children also art. enjoy a To find out more please them contactgain us by: variety of activities, including toddler sensory, helping skills in rhythm and Phone: 701 600, beat. Other exciting plans at Jubilee Day01189 Nursery and Jubilee Gems for 2015 include Email: info@jubileedaynursery.co.uk or the opening of our Summer School all pre-school Booking forms and byfor visiting our website: children. www.jubileedaynursery.co.uk information will be available afterPaddock May half View,term. Rectory Road, Padworth Common, RG7 4JD

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Our term-time nursery for 2 year olds to school age children continues to grow and develop. With lots of new and exciting activities planned, including more adventures exploring the local environment in our Jubilee minibus. As the weather continues to improve and spring arrives we will be spending more time creating new and exciting areas within our outdoor play spaces. We are all looking forward to the spring and the arrival of lambs, chicks and ducklings.

Enjoy helping children reach their goals? Childcare Practitioners required Jubilee are looking for qualified or apprentice childcare practitioners to join our team. The Nursery has a strong emphasis on outdoor learning and is set in a beautiful location offering a complete package. If you are looking to pursue a career in childcare but are not yet qualified, contact us for details. If you are interested please contact us or visit our websites to view our current vacancies. Call Lesley on 01189 701 600 Email info@jubileedaynursery.co.uk or visit our website www.jubileedaynursery.co.uk



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the great egg hunt Following its very successful launch in 2014, bought to you by Mortimer Pre School in conjunction with Spratley’s, the Mortimer Easter Egg Hunt is back again this year and will take place on Saturday 4th April. You can buy your hunt trail maps from Budgens, Dads Shop and the Post office from 8th March. On the day of the Easter Egg Hunt, the trail can be completed at any time. Completed maps and golden eggs can be brought to Hunt HQ at the Mortimer Community Centre between 10am and 4pm where you will receive your chocolate treats! For more information and updates visit www.mortimerpreschool.org.uk

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re you looking for a new fitness challenge? Perhaps you have ‘fallen off the wagon’ and are looking for something new, challenging and inspiring?

Or perhaps you take your fitness seriously already but want to shake it up a bit? The answer may be closer than you think at the new CrossFit Gym in Aldermaston.

It would appear that those who attend CrossFit are part of something much bigger too. You see, CrossFit isn’t a new sport. Originally founded in California in 1995, it is now practised by members of over 10,000 affiliated Boxes, half of which are in the United States. In the UK, so far - there are over 600 CrossFit Boxes, with a scene which has a distinct sense of togetherness It has been described by many who attend regularly as ‘having an extended family’ who are there to encourage, motivate and congratulate you along the way. But just what is CrossFit? Essentially it is a strength and conditioning program, but the difference with CrossFit is its perpetually changing mix of high intensity workouts. If you get easily bored at the gym, then read on...

With a new philosophy which is really taking hold, Steve, Debs and Alex who run the Gym at Aldermaston, are excited at the response they have had. Having been converts to CrossFit and keen attendees at the centre in Reading themselves, they believed that the concept would fly in our neck of the woods and opened their own CrossFit ‘Box’ (as these gyms are known) in Aldermaston at the start of October.

From interval training, to weight lifting, and gymnastics to aerobic exercise, individuals complete the ever-changing WOD or ‘Workout of the Day’. The overriding concept is to gain all-round fitness rather than excel in a specialist area. Equipment is pulled from multiple disciplines and includes barbells, dumbbells, gymnastics rings, pull-up bars, jump ropes, kettlebells, medicine balls, plyo boxes, resistance bands, rowers and various mats.

The hour long classes typically include a warm-up, a strength building and skill development segment, the high-intensity “workout of the day” (or WOD), and a period of individual or group stretching. And, if you’re just getting back into fitness, don’t be put off either. CrossFit is perfect for any committed individual regardless of age, size, gender or experience. The same routine can be used for grandparents, for children, for martial artists or for Olympic athletes. The secret is that the trainers scale the load and intensity; they don’t change programs. The team over at Aldermaston are keen to welcome newcomers to give CrossFit a try, so why not book onto one of their free taster sessions and start toning your body before the summer... For more information visit www.crossfitaldermaston.com or contact Alex on 07554 424630 email info@crossfitaldermaston.com

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