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The first date to note is Saturday 1st July which, of course, is the Mortimer Fun Day. This not-to-be-missed event continues to build year on year. If you and the family enjoy a day filled with entertainment, bouncy castles, ice cream, dog shows, food stalls, beer tent, craft stalls and arena displays, you wonʼt be disappointed. Everyone has their fingers crossed for good weather as Village Eye and Spratleyʼs Autocare are bringing along a hot air balloon to offer balloon rides above the Fun Day. The balloon will be running all day - subject to the weather of course - and you can pre-book your tickets for this fantastic experience right now. Just turn to pages 5, then 8-9 for all the details.

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Everyoneʼs hoping for a hot day, but remember to be safe in the sun. There are lots of myths flying round about sun screen, so turn to page 10 where we sort the fact from the fiction and keep that sun burn at bay! If treating your Dad on Fatherʼs Day is on your list of things to organise - look no further! Eye Geek is back to tell us about the cool gadgets on every Dadʼs wish list, so turn to page 15 to get some ideas. Our other regular columnists are back covering some great topics this month. Megan suggests different ways to treat your face, so if you could do with a bit more pampering then turn to page 6 and find out more. Jack is back with his thoughts on the Skoda Octavia. Are you looking for a car that is spacious and well-built? Perhaps you should consider it? Turn to page 36 to read more. Rob Starling form BlueSky Financial brings us his thoughts on investing in the stock market. If youʼre considering some investment, page 19 will be a useful read Iʼm sure. Rowberry Morris bring us an overview on The Bank of Mum and Dad - recently reported to be the 9th biggest lender in the UK! Many of us want to help our children financially. There are some helpful points on page 18. And last, but by no means least, Rob Barnes our film reviewer has been first in the queue to see Alien Covenant. There has been a lot of build up to this film. What did Rob make of it? Take a look on page 37.

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On Yer BIKE at UFTON Get ready to cycle through our countryside

Do you love a game of skittles? Perhaps you’ve never played or it’s been a while...Well, if you enjoy some lighthearted competition and a good laugh, let it be known that the resident Skittles league at the Burghfield Community Sports Association is looking for new players! The game of skittles is alive and well at the BCSA in James’ Lane, Burghfield. The centre has its own skittles alley and bar (where you’ll find the drinks at a fraction of the price of other pubs). No experience of skittles is necessary and no equipment is required to play, so the invitation really is open to everyone.

every couple of weeks. There are six players in each team, so why not get your friends together to make up your own team? If you can’t make up a team then get in touch anyway, as they may be able to match you up with some other keen skittlers. When there’s enough interest, the organisers will gladly run an ‘Introduction to Skittles’ evening, too. So register your interest now by emailing bcsaskittles@ talktalk.net and start your new hobby!

If you love to cycle through our beautiful countryside, then look no further. Local educational trust, Ufton Court, is holding a cycle ride to support their thriving children’s charity on Sunday September 3rd 2017.

The cycle event was run for the first time last year and managed to raise £1,500. This year the organisers are encouraging riders to raise sponsorship to boost the final total. There is a dedicated page set up on BT’s Mydonate page which can be found via www.uftoncourt.co.uk. The entry fee is £25 for the 25 mile course and £30 for the 50 mile course or if you’re feeling really energetic, £35 for both courses on the day.

Ufton Court provides dynamic primary school history education alongside an outdoor education charity called Ufton Adventure. Ufton Adventure has the twin objectives of raising the aspiration and attainment of children, who are underachieving at school. So you can enjoy a cycle ride and support this charity at the same time. Riders will set off and return down the stunning driveway of Ufton Court. The route will be dotted with friendly volunteers, delicious food and, of course, our beautiful scenery. All abilities are welcome and it is non-competitive, but due to the routes being on the roads, the organisers would advise that it isn’t suitable for children. To sign up and take a look at the route, visit www.uftoncourt.co.uk/cycleride

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When a Burghfield Common family and their ‘guard’ dog noticed a cat roaming on the roof of their house last month, the rescue mission was all over our facebook feed withing minutes. They watched the cat climbed up towards the chimney pots. You can understand the attraction, there were birds nesting there! Curiosity had no fear as the target was neared. The parent birds expressed their disapproval and progress was stopped at the roof ridge which for several hours proved to be a most uncomfortable seat for the cat. Once the humans came on the scene, they tried in vain to encourage the cat to retrace its steps, but failed as fear set in. Not even a dish of fish offered at gutter level could persuade

BY A BLUE BANANA a move back down. In fact, the cat proceeded to jump up further and settle between two chimney pots which proved more comfortable than sitting across a ridge. The humans sent a message to the most skilled person with ladders they knew - Toby at BlueBanana - another resident of Burghfield Common. Being in the TV and radio aerial business, Toby cleverly arranged multiple ladders and reached out and with soft words to rescue the cat. As this was happening, the owners of the cat appeared. Of course, they were shocked to

find it was their young fellow who was the cause of all the excitement, but soon he was in familiar arms and taken off for a clean up and a meal. The cheeky cat was ‘confined to barracks’ for the next few days. Let us all hope he has learnt a lesson. Oh and in case you were wondering what his name was... I think you can guess. LUCKY of course.


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Think Cool Runnings, Eddie The Eagle - even Rocky? Everyone loves a good underdog sports movie. This is a story, which you’d be forgiven for thinking came straight from a Hollywood writers hothouse just happens to be true, proving that extraordinary things can happen to ordinary people (you’ve just got to put the effort in to achieve them)...

Heat Tigers. The team, initially training at Willink School and now at Kennet School in Thatcham, already has an enviable silverwear collection with titles including National, European and USA Champions, but the purpose of this trip was to beat the very best and become World Champions. We’re delighted to say that they did it! They beat every other team in their age group at the Summit World Championships in Orlando and have now added ‘World Champions’ to the list of accolades!

When 25 local girls aged just 9-15 boarded a plane to Orlando to compete at the cheerleading World Championships last month, parents and coaches held their breath to see if they could really pull this off. Each of the girls is a member of local cheerleading team, Crimson

There was not a dry eye in the house among the coaches, chaperones and parents when the announcement of the team’s first place was confirmed at the ESPN World of Sport complex at the Disneyland Resort. Indeed, with most of the girls hailing from the Village Eye region, we’d go as far to say that there were a fair number of anxious friends and

relatives screaming, blubbing and celebrating as they watched the live TV broadcast from home too. Upon their return home, the team enjoyed a flurry of media attention, with the girls appearing in newspapers, the radio and even on the BBC six o’clock news! Media interest in the sport has been growing steadily since last December, when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) officially granted cheerleading “provisional Olympic status” for the 2020 Games. With the sport now on the curriculum in as many as four in ten secondary schools nationally, its popularity is soaring.

Crimson’s Chairman, Gary Ayckbourn said ‘‘We train out of a school hall with none of the technical specialist equipment associated with the elite level of this sport, but can still produce a team of World Champions. If this isn’t a reflection of what can be achieved if you believe in yourselves, work hard and are dedicated, then I don’t know what is.’ To all those involved in the team, we’d like to pass on our congratulations to you all - and remember, when the scriptwriters for the movie come to town, we’ll be ‘cheering’ you on...

“The athletes’ performance was, quite honestly, unbelievable,” explained Coach Gareth. “The pressure on the shoulders of these girls was huge, and I am bursting with pride for each and every one of them”.

Better than a telegram at 100...

Queen & Prince Philip drop in to say hello The students of Pangbourne College were treated to a royal visit last month when The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh arrived to celebrate the college’s 100 year anniversary. The event at the college was Prince Philip’s first public engagement since announcing his retirement.

Pangbourne College was founded in 1917 by ship owner and broker Sir Thomas Lane Devitt as the Nautical College, Pangbourne. It has a proud history of training officers for the Merchant Navy and the Royal Navy. In 1969 the college shed its nautical training in favour of a more traditional academic focus and was renamed Pangbourne College.

The Queen and Prince Philip arrived by helicopter and were greeted by a number of other VIP guests. Dressed in full uniform the 11 to 18-year-olds stood to attention as the Royal couple were driven from their helicopter to the parade square, where a silver band welcomed them. They attended a thanksgiving ceremony in the Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel, which the Queen opened in a previous visit in 2000. Following the service, they met with current students and alumni and had the opportunity to chat with College staff at a lunch and reception. The royals then watched a traditional College parade, which reflected the school’s longstanding military connection. What a very proud day for the school. Here’s to the next 100 years!

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Come along on the day – itʼs their job to race – your job to laugh at them and have a great time! It’s been a long time in the planning - But we are very excited to announce that the chaps behind The Santa Cruise, the Easter Bunny Hop and Burghfest have organised the first ever Burghfield Box-Kart Bash - and it’s all for charity! If you’ve ever watched the Red Bull Soapbox Race on TV, or the Pushcart Derby scene in the film Cool Runnings then you’ll know what a giggle this is going to be. Already a hit in other villages across the country, Pushcart Derbies, Soapbox Races and the like are surging in popularity - and are great ways of getting people together perfect for our villages! The first ever Burghfield Box-Kart Bash will be held on Sunday 25th June in Burghfield. Starting at 12:30pm from Guide Dogs, karts will ‘fly’ down Hermits Hill into Burghfield Village... and you are all invited to come and watch !

Tickets are just £3 for adults and £2 for children 3 years and over. Tickets are available now from Parkers Burghfield Common & Wellers. Limited tickets will be available on the day.

• Guide Dogs Grounds will be open from 12.30pm for people to walk around and view the karts in the pits. • Racing starts at 1pm. • Music and fun into the evening on the Hatch. • 3 bars: Guide Dogs, Roselawn Hotel and The Hatch • Hot Food Stalls including Bahgecha and Mortimer Sausage Company • See the race from any part of the track via your mobile! • Karts will be judged for Fastest, Best Engineered and Best Novelty Factor. • Pinewood Derby competition for children - kits are available at The Fruit Shop, Nisa & Parkers for just £5 www.burghfieldsantas.org.uk/boxkart www.facebook.com/BurghfieldBoxKart Please note that Reading Road will be closed to traffic on the day between 11 - 5 with diversions in place and that car parking will be very limited. We encourage people to walk if they can.

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FUN DAY Hot Air Balloon Rides Over Mortimer! Mother Nature may have scuppered our plans to get you up in the air over the Mortimer Fun day last year… BUT AS PROMISED – WE ARE DOING IT AGAIN THIS YEAR! – And, we’ve had a quiet word with her – she says she’ll behave this time! We are pleased to confirm that Spratley’s and Village Eye have once again 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 1st 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 pre-booked 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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Essentials Facial Refresh

I love to give my face a pamper every once in a while and I think I have nailed it in terms of picking out my go to essentials. Following these steps makes me feel as good as new and instantly brightens up my complexion. Cleanse your face with the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser. This is a staple, a classic and if you don’t already own it (why don’t you) then you need this in your life - ASAP. I’ve raved on and on about this for years so there’s not much else to report other than I love it! Get rid of clogged pores with the Yes to Tomatoes 2 Step Nose Kit. Although it is slightly gross (I have to admit) I do think it is oddly satisfying to use a nose pore strip every once in a while. Not only do you see all of your nose pores vanish (and see them all over the strip) but you really don’t realise how clogged up that area of your face is until you use this. The two step kit comes with a little brush that you use to remove impurities with a charcoal cleanser and then apply the nose strip after. It’s amazing, inexpensive and a must try! I would then go in with a gentle and moisturising face mask to even out my skin tone and make my whole face feel refreshed and smooth. I am a definite lover of Lush face masks, not only because they are kept in the

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fridge so they are super cooling when applying, but they are all natural and make my skin feel great afterwards. My mask of choice is Catastrophe Cosmetic and I love this one because of the fact in contains blueberries and makes my skin feel SO soft and clean afterwards. A new revamped Lush opened recently in The Oracle and their face mask bar is great, you can even try the masks out in the shop if you want to! My last step is a fairly recent discovery and I am obsessed. It’s Lush’s Tea Tree Water which I apply after cleansing my face or just after using a face mask. It’s in a spray form and honestly banishes any spots or redness so quickly. If I am ever having a really bad skin day, I’ll apply a (very) generous helping of this and my skin will be as good as new by the next day - it’s a life saver! I now have my boyfriend hooked too... It’s amazing how different and refreshed my skin feels after these few steps, let me know if there is anything you’re loving at the moment or if you’d like me to review any new skincare products? I’m now off to remove my make up and apply a face mask!

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

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Once the Fun Day has officially ended, Mortimer Music Live will be taking over the site for the eveningʼs performance by Planet Abba, so all you Dancing Queens (and kings), get yourselves down to Budgens, Dadʼs Shop or Wellers Burghfield to buy your ticket (£15) before you miss out! To avoid the queues tickets are also available through www.mortimermusiclive. co.uk. After a good (if short) nightʼs sleep, why not return to the Fairground to enjoy South Berks Concert Band on Sunday? Their musical theme for this yearʼs ever-popular performance will be Heroes & Villains. Tickets are available through www. southberksmusic.org.uk.

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ummer is finally here in all its glory, but are you one of those people who ‘goes a bit pink’ on those first few hot days? If you are, you’re not alone but with skin cancer rates increasing more than fivefold since the mid 1970s, we Brits need to make sure we are protecting ourselves. When you are out in the sun without proper protection from ultraviolet light exposure it can increase your risk of sunburn, wrinkles and skin cancer. So make sure you’re kitted out and ready with your sunscreen - even on cloudy days. Did you know 80% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays can pass through clouds? There is a fair bit of mis-information around sun protection, so let’s do some myth busting and get you ready for a safe, sunny summer! You don’t need sunscreen if you have dark skin or already have a tan. Wrong! Everybody, regardless of race, ethnic origins and skin type is subject to the damaging effects of exposure to the sun. Even those who tan easily and rarely burn should use sunscreen. A base tan is no substitute for sunscreen either. If you don’t like the way it feels on your skin, try a different brand as there are a number of different creams and oils on the market now. Last year's bottle is still OK. No! It’s highly likely that last year’s bottle is not OK. Some sunscreens break down quickly, especially the ones that give you UVA protection, so check the expiry date on the bottle. If you’re using the right amount of sun screen right across the summer, you shouldn’t find yourself with left-overs year after year.

An SPF-15 provides half as much protection as SPF-30. Wrong! Sunscreen with SPF-15 protects against 93% of UVB rays, while an SPF-30 protects against 97% of UVB rays. Super High SPF numbers (SPF-100+) are mostly marketing ploys. Most experts believe SPF-30 is enough, provided you use the right amount. The amount of sunscreen you use doesn’t matter, as long as you use it. No! Most people don’t use enough and most people certainly don’t re-apply every 2 hours as is recommended. At least the equivalent of a shot glass full is needed for most adults and experts don’t rate the ‘all day protection’ or water-proof sunscreens highly either, so keep re-applying throughout the day to stay safe. The SPF in my makeup is enough. Hmmm...maybe. You should wear at least an SPF of 30. The easiest approach is to use a facial moisturiser that already has sunscreen in it. It's fine to have sunscreen in your

makeup, but consider it an extra layer, not your main safeguard. If you don’t like the shine of oil, try a different brand that will give you a matte finish on your skin. Better to be safe than sorry! I’ve slapped the sunscreen on my face, arms, legs and back, so I’m ready for the sun. Hang on! You may have overlooked some key areas. The ears and the back of the neck are often neglected and are prone to burning. And you can also get sun burn on your scalp, so wearing a hat is a good way to get protection. You can always apply sunscreen to partings in the hair or, dare I say it, bald patches! Don’t neglect your lips either . It’s recommended that you wear a lip balm with an SPF of at least 30. So, whether you are going out for a day at the beach or enjoying a garden party, remember: apply sunscreen, and apply it often!

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Vegetables

10 herbs & veg you can buy once and then grow forever

Making sure you always have fresh veg in the kitchen is not difficult. There are plenty of plants which sprout roots as soon as you put them in water, and soon they’ll start giving you new leaves. We’ve put together a list of 10 of the best veg which you can grow at home again and again. Now you’ll have an endless supply of vitamins!

Spring onion

Spring onion will start growing if you leave the roots submerged in a small glass of water. Just remember that the room you leave it in should have good light.

Garlic

Garlic can easily sprout roots and grow impressively if left in water. It’s shoots have a very delicate taste, and make a fine addition to sauces or salad.

Pak choy (Chinese cabbage)

Submerge the roots of this plant in water and leave it in a well-lit room. Leave it there for around 1-2 weeks, after which you can place it in a plant pot. It will then grow into a full-sized cabbage!

Carrots

If you cut the top part off a carrot and leave it in water, it will begin to sprout and grow once again.

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When they reach about 3-4 centimetres in length, place the little shoots of basil in a glass of water and leave it directly in the sun. Once it’s grown to about twice the size, replant it in the garden. Soon you’ll have a healthy, fully-grown plant. Cut off the base of the piece of celery and place it in glass or cup in warm water. Leave it in the sun. Leaves will begin to grow in the centre; once this happens you can replant it in the ground.

Romaine lettuce

This lettuce will begin to grow again if you submerge at least half of it in water and leave it for a few days. New leaves will begin to grow straight away, and then you can replant it in the ground.

Place the root end(s) in a shallow glass of room temperature water and leave the glass near a sunny window. Within a week, you will be able to harvest the flavourful green ends. Be sure to change the water every few days. One of the more expensive vegetables around, this could save fennel fans a packet! Just take the bulb, put it in a cup, and fill it up with water so the bulb’s covered. Stick that jar in the sun and within a few days it’ll start sprouting up. Replace the water every couple of days and trim off a bit of fennel when you need it.

Coriander

Coriander is another plant which starts growing brilliantly once submerged in water. Once again, replant it after a few days, and get ready to enjoy that wonderful aroma!

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On Sunday 2nd July, the Berkshire Motor Show will take place at Prospect Park in Reading. This show is a real treat for car enthusiasts, but has a much wider appeal as well. There really is something for everyone in the family, so why not go along and enjoy a really fun, wellorganised day out? Now in its 11th year, the motor show (previously named the 4x4 Show) will be raising money for a Burghfield -based charity Bucket List Wishes. Bucket List Wishes grants wishes for terminally ill adults in the

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south of England, creating cherished memories for those who are terminally ill and, as importantly, the family they leave behind. If this all sounds familiar, it may be because Bucket List Wishes was featured in Village Eye magazine a little while ago! Over the years the Berkshire Motor Show has raised an impressive amount of money for different local charities, down to the hard work of organiser Steph Awbery and her growing team of volunteers. The show is also kindly supported by business sponsors who this year include Swinton Insurance and Porsche Centre Reading. Steph told us,

“I’m always quite overwhelmed at how many people and businesses are willing to help if you ask them. It’s heartening.” The show has grown beyond recognition from that first show in 2006 which Steph organised in memory of her parents to ‘pay back’ to the community which was so supportive during difficult days. The Motor Show will include classic cars, custom, rod, bikes, tractors and even steam. We’re particularly looking forward to the Jaguars,

Mustangs, Campervans and Hovercraft rides! All the usual attractions will be there, too, including the Fun Fair, bouncy castle, crafts, facepainting, food and stalls! If you would like to help or take part then please call Steph on 0799 0667 503. The event is open to companies or clubs that are keen to promote themselves and add to the fun and variety of the day.

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any parents want to help their children get onto the property ladder. There will usually be little discussion as to how the payment towards the deposit should be treated. More often than not it is a gift or a gift with strings attached and there is nothing in writing. You could protect your investment by putting your names on the proprietorship register or to buy the property in trust. You may however not want the complication of co-owning a property and there are capital gains and inheritance tax implications to consider. If the money is to be a loan then under the mortgage affordability rules this must be disclosed to the mortgage lender. This could affect your child’s credit scoring and present a problem in raising a mortgage. A co-habiting couple may like to consider entering into a living together agreement to record the basis on which they are going to co-habit, what contributions they will each make, their respective interests in the property and how your money will be treated. You might consider setting up a formal trust agreement or loan agreement. If the money is to be an outright gift then one way of protecting a co-habiting

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couple’s respective interests is for them to hold the property as tenants in common and to make a declaration of trust. If the couple are intending on getting married they may consider making a prenuptial agreement to reflect and record the advancement of your money and to state that it should not be shared in the event that the marriage breaks down. Married couples have a whole range of financial obligations and responsibilities between them. Whilst they may have stated their beneficial interests in a property by way of a declaration of trust the Court can override this depending on the financial needs of the parties and that of their children. They might consider entering into a post-nuptial agreement to record the contributions brought into the marriage. There are legal solutions which will help to protect family money and avoid disputes. If you would like to discuss this further, then please contact Karen Grimm on 0118 981 2992.

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Time in or timing the market ?

Property of the Month

or many people, the thought of investing in the markets can be scary, perhaps even more so when the stock market reaches an alltime high as the UK and US Stock Markets have done this year. Shouldn’t we just wait for the inevitable market crash and then invest our cash?

Frequently, when it comes to investment decisions, individuals exhibit irrational behaviour where the ‘heart rules the head.’ History shows us that many investors wait for the market to rise before they buy. All too often, when markets fall, inexperienced investors sell their holdings (often at rock-bottom prices) thereby crystallising losses. The ‘frustrated investor’ vows never again to invest in the stock market and, instead, hard-earned money is parked in cash where it is gradually and steadily eroded by inflation. Recent research from Royal London suggests that £1,000 put into cash 10 years ago would be worth less than £900 in today’s money.

£270,000

*Bank of England Base Rate assumed

When considering an investment, perhaps most importantly, the time-horizon for investing this money becomes key. Every individual will have short, medium and long term financial objectives. For those looking to make a significant purchase in a years’ time (i.e. the short term), putting the funds into a cash account is the sensible option as most alternatives will result in undue risk to your capital that you will not£900,000 be able to recoup Burghfield Common office within such a short period. Whilst an investor committing funds for the long term should be less concerned about whether the • Over 3000 sq.currently of accommodation stock-market is at a record high or whether bonds are in ‘bubble’ territory. • Four bathrooms & cloakroom

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£875,000

Burghfield Common office

Rob Starling is Partner and Chartered Financial Planner • Period property with Bluesky Chartered Financial Planners • Four bedrooms

• South facing garden

• En-suite and cloakroom

• 27’7 x 18’7 drawing room

• Gas central heating

• Utility & study

• Flexible annex space

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At the end of 1999, the FTSE 100 stood at 6,930 points. It wasn’t until the end of 2016 that it finished at a value higher than this (7,143 points). You would be forgiven for thinking that had you invested at the end of 1999 then you would have Two bedroom character Common Office received only a very modest returnhome during thisBurghfield time (after all, theParkers marketare rose by only 213topoints or 3.07%). However,character pleased to offer the market this two bedroom owing to the magic of compounding returns anddistance re-invested cottage in Burghfield. This property is walking to the local dividends, have received a returnTown of 85.43% during pub, you openwould fields and bus links to Reading Centre. The property this time (albeit with a ‘rocky ride’). Had you remained in offers two double rooms, family bathroom, kitchen, lounge,cash dining area during and the utility samearea. period would have received a return of justand Theyou property has undergone recent renovations 57.52%* (but with certainty of capital). that thisretaining offers potential buyers a great house, inRemember, good condition whilst was seemingly a bad to front invest – i.e. when is the marketarea wasand at the character feel.time To the of the property a garden a historical views high. over the lakes. From the front is a passage to the back garden which is a long mature garden, typical of a Victorian terrace cottage. TakingThe a long-term history demonstrates chances rear of theview, property has views over the golfthat course and withofthe success are high. There is no to no believe that theviewings same are property being located on areason road with through traffic won’t be truerecommended. in the future. We should, however, stress that highly returns are not guaranteed and that investing in purely sharebased investments is not for everyone – particularly those they may need to access the funds in an emergency.

• 5 Double bedrooms

• Triple oak framed car port

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£550,000

£550,000

Burghfield Common office

Burghfield Common office

• Four double bedrooms

• Charles Church detached house

• Large plot of land

• Cul-de-sac location

• Over 1800sq.ft. of accommodation

• En-suite, and cloakroom

• Popular semi-rural location

• Five bedrooms

• Extension potential (STPP) • Double garage & two bathrooms

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• Fitted kitchen/breakfast room • Separate utility

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£399,950

£385,000

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Property of the Month Brimpton Road Baughurst Detached three-bed Bungalow

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Constructed circa 1985 and set within a large lightly wooded plot, this individual detached bungalow is positioned within a premier address on the outskirts of the village with various amenities, shopping facilities, schools and regular bus routes to Reading and Basingstoke. Accommodation comprises: entrance hall, large lounge with feature fireplace, dining room, kitchen, cloakroom, 3 bedrooms, 4th bedroom or utility room and four-piece bathroom. The property sits within well maintained mature grounds with ample driveway parking and detached double garage with electric up and over doors.

£675,000 £550,000

£565,000

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Tadley office

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• 5 Bedrooms

• 4 Bedrooms

• 2 Receptions

• 2 Receptions

• 2 bathrooms

• 2 Bathrooms

• Luxury kitchen

• Kitchen

• Private gardens

• Large Private Garden

• Carport and ample parking

Tadley

£540,000

£410,000

Tadley office

Pamber Heath

Tadley office

• Individulal design

• Village centre location

• 4 Bedrooms

• 4 bedrooms

• 2 Receptions

• Lounge/Diner

• 2 Bathrooms

• Kitchen

• Luxury Kitchen

• Ensuite & Family bathroom

• Garage & Parking

Aldermaston

£295,000

• Private Gardens

£275,000

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• Double Garage & Parking

Tadley office

• Lounge/diner

• 2 Double Bedrooms

• Kitchen

• 2 Receptions

• Conservatory

• Bathroom

• 3 Bedrooms

• Kitchen & Utility

• Family Bathroom

• Allocated Parking

• Garage in a block

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• Private Garden

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Property of the Month Springwood Lane Burghfield Common Four bedroom family home

£1675pcm £1150pcm Theale office

(Tenant’s fees apply)

An exceptionally spacious detached property pleasantly situated on a large plot in a quiet yet convenient location. The property is close to everyday amenities including convenience stores, grocers, bakers, post office and many more can all be found within the village, with primary schools, secondary school, leisure centre and medical practice schools. There is easy access to Reading, AWE, M4 Motorway, local railway station with fast connections to Paddington. The accommodation comprises hall, cloakroom, lounge, dining room, fitted kitchen, utility room, study/ music room, four bedrooms, bathroom, shower room and separate WC. There are large mature gardens which surround the property.

£1350pcm (Tenant’s fees apply)

(Tenant’s fees apply)

Burghfield Common office • Extended character cottage

• Two Bedrooms

• 16 ft Kitchen/Breakfast room

• Comprehensively Refurbished

• Three bedrooms

• Desirable Village Location

• Rural Location and easy access to Theale Station

• Off Road Parking • Offered Unfurnished

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• Close to St Marys Primary School

• Available Immediately

£1200pcm

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Burghfield Common office

• Two Bedrooms • Comprehensively Refurbished

• Two reception rooms

• Desirable Village Location

• Fitted kitchen, bathroom & shower

• Off Road Parking

• Large garden and off road parking.

£625pcm Tadley office

• Offered Unfurnished

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(Tenant’s fees apply)

(Tenant’s fees apply)

Tadley office

• Village centre location

• Popular cul de sac

• 3 bedrooms

• Kitchen

• Lounge/diner

• Bathroom

• Kitchen

• Parking space • Un-furnished

• Available Immediately

£995pcm

• Ground Floor Studio

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(Tenant’s fees apply)

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• Close to shops, buses and schools

• Available Immediately Unfurnished

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£995pcm

• Spacious three bedroomed semi

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Property of the Month The Courtyard Theale 4 Bedroom Family Home

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Positioned towards the end of a short, peaceful road in the much sought after village of Theale is this rarely available four bedroom semi detached family home. Ground floor comprises a large entrance hall that leads to a front aspect living room, there is also a separate good sized dining room leading to a kitchen giving rear access. There is also a recently refitted w/c. On the first floor there are four double bedrooms and family bathroom. Outside and to the rear there is a private garden and driveway parking to the front. There is also an integral garage

£420,000 £310,000

£350,000

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Theale office

Theale Burghfield Common

• Three bedroom victorian home

• 3 bedroom end of terrace

• Two double bedrooms

• 17ft kitchen/diner

• Conversion potential

• Close to Theale High Street

• Enclosed rear garden

• Gas Central Heating

• Desirable village location

• Within walking distance to Station

• Walking distance to mainline station

Theale

£375,000

£315,000

Theale office

Theale office

• Three bedroom semi detached

• 2 Bedroom Semidetached

• Desirable village location

• Downstairs W/C & Utility Room

• 19’ Refitted kitchen

• Coversion Potential

• 17’ Conservatory with underfloor heating

• Extension Potential

• Extension Potential

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• Uninterrupted country views to rear

• Driveway Parking

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£440,000

• Good sized garden

£280,000

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• Detached Three Bedroom Family Home

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• Ideal first time property

• 2 bedroom mid terrace

• Desirable Village Location

• Modern fitted kitchen

• Walking Distance to Shops & Mainline Station

• Garage and driveway parking

• Ample Off Road Parking

• Double glazed windows • Refitted bathroom

• Kitchen / Diner • Conversion Potential

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Property of the Month Pingewood Road North Burghfield Two bedroom character home

£270,000

Parkers are pleased to offer to the market this two bedroom character cottage in Burghfield. This property is walking distance to the local pub, open fields and bus links to Reading Town Centre. The property offers two double rooms, family bathroom, kitchen, lounge, dining area and utility area. The property has undergone recent renovations and offers potential buyers a great house, in good condition whilst retaining the character feel. To the front of the property is a garden area and views over the lakes. From the front is a passage to the back garden which is a long mature garden, typical of a Victorian terrace cottage. The rear of the property has views over the golf course and with the property being located on a road with no through traffic viewings are highly recommended.

£900,000

£875,000

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Burghfield Common

Burghfield Common office

• Over 3000 sq. of accommodation

• Period property

• Four bathrooms & cloakroom

• Four bedrooms

• South facing garden

• En-suite and cloakroom

• 27’7 x 18’7 drawing room

• Gas central heating

• Utility & study

• Flexible annex space

• 5 Double bedrooms

Mortimer

£550,000

Burghfield Common office

• Four double bedrooms

• Charles Church detached house

• Large plot of land

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• 4 Bedroom semi-detached

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• Victorian style conservatory

• Bathroom, en-suite & cloakroom

• Modern fittings throughout

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• Backing onto farmland

• Ample off road parking

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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.

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CARNIVAL SATURDAY 15TH JULY

Through the community games and charity stalls, the 2016 fete helped raise over £1100 for a variety of local causes, including Theale Brownies, Theale Primary PTA and 1st Theale and Calcot Beavers,

The Save the Children Kennet Branch Jazz Evening returns for its thirteenth year on Saturday 24th June 2017. It takes place in a beautiful garden setting at Little Manor, Burghfield Village. The live music will be performed by the Clive Fortune Big Band and will include jazz standards and big band classics from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s as well as contemporary arrangements for big bands. Save the Children Kennet Branch was started nearly fifty years ago by a few Burghfield mothers, who were trying to help raise some money for a good cause. While none of the original members are still on the committee, many have been supporting this charity for over 40 years.

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Theale Village Fete is a not-for-profit event that gives the local community an opportunity to come together and help raise funds for community groups and charities. With the event continuing to grow year on year, the team need more volunteers to help make sure the day runs smoothly. You can get involved in a variety of roles including manning a stall, selling raffle tickets or helping to direct parking. Lending a hand for even just an hour on the day would be a huge help!

A summer evening, a glass of something sparkly and some live jazz...sounds perfect! And what makes it even better is that this Jazz Evening with Clive Fortune Big Band is in aid of Save the Children, so as well as having a great time, you’re helping a deserving cause, too.

Cubs and Scouts. Other beneficiaries included Holy Trinity Church, Trafalgar Court Gardening Club, Cystic Fibrosis and the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Last, but certainly not least, entry fees from the dog show were donated to Guide Dogs for the Blind. With your support, perhaps they can raise even more in 2017! Local businesses can get also get involved by donating a prize for the Grand Raffle or taking advantage of the sponsorship and advertising opportunities on offer. For more details on how you can help, please do get in touch! Email: thealecarnival@outlook.com or call 07508 057711.

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Why not write it on the calendar now and join them on Saturday 24th June? We defy you not to dance! A hog roast and bar are available on the night, or why not take along your own picnic? Tickets are just £10 in advance or £12 on the night. Accompanied under 16s go free! Doors open at 6.30pm. For tickets please call 0118 983 2569.

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t’s only seven weeks until Marvellous Festival descends on the beautiful Dinton Pastures Country Park. And, If you haven’t got your tickets yet, they are selling fast, so be quick!

After relocating there from Wellington Country Park last year, 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 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 :)

This year, Marvellous Festival takes place on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th July and all of the acts taking to the main stage over the course of the M weekend are world class tributes to some of the greatest artistes and bands of our time. With a stunning line up of some 14 acts on the main stage, featuring the Check out music Queen, Adele, Motown, www.marvellousfestivals.com Coldplay, Elton John, Madness, Phil Collins, Fleetwood Mac, James Brown, Abba, Foo Fighters, Take That, The Beatles & Bryan Adams. The Best Family Music Festival

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As usual, there will be tons of activities to keep the whole family occupied. With usual favourites: The Big Kids’ Village, fairground rides, face painting, dance workshops, bouncy castles, obstacle courses, full bar facilities and lots of fabulous food stalls. This year, family favourites, Happy’s Circus will be putting up their Big Top and entertaining

Festival-goers throughout the festival too! Tickets are already on sale and selling fast. If you are yet to have a Marvellous experience, and keep meaning to go why not make 2017 the year you actually do! For information and tickets visit www. marvellousfestivals.com or call the ticket hotline on 0118 977 4350. The team behind Marvellous are fiercely proud of the festival’s well-earned reputation as being the most familyfriendly event in the region. Apart from the action on the main stage, there will also be a second stage which will see local acts performing to the crowds. There’s loads of stuff for the kids too, including facepainting, drama & dance workshops, bouncy castles, balloon modelling (like you’ve never seen before) and circus skills workshops. You can also enjoy all the fun of the fair with several major rides to choose from as well as some gentler rides for the younger audience. Festival-goers can choose to come on either day, or go the whole hog and purchase a weekender ticket, pitch a tent and set up camp (or glamp!) Tickets & full details of the line up - including a short 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 time this year. With great music, family fun, great food & drink, a fairground plus some extra special surprises, Marvellous’17 represents superb value for money and is truly not to be missed! If you haven’t got your tickets yet, why not put the weekend of July 29th & 30th in your diary, and use the event as a good excuse to get a bunch of your friends and family together for a fab, fun time!

Village Eye has secured a family ticket for the Sunday to give away! For your chance to win this exciting prize, please visit www.villageeye.co.uk click the competition link and answer the following question by midnight on Friday June 30th: Q. At this year’s Marvellous Festival, The Circus is coming... But what are they called? a: Happy’s b: Grumpy’s c: Silly’s

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gardening By Susan & Andrew Port, Mortimer Physiotherapy Centre

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une is here, and with better weather many peopleʼs thoughts are turning to the garden, which is hopefully sprouting into life following a long hard winter. But before rushing out there with secateurs and hedge cutters, please consider the following hints:

Hedge Cutting:

the weeds or plant things, your weight will be taken through your flexed leg and thus protect your back. And again, only small sections at a time, and stand up and have a good stretch before beginning the next bit.

Digging:

At risk of sounding repetitive, the key here is small chunks at a time! Half an hour is plenty, after which you will deserve a break. If you have a lot of different chores to do, swap things around a bit: Half an hour hedge trimming, then a bit of weeding, followed by some digging will stop you from overusing particular muscle groups and will help you get more done without too many aches and pains at the end of it. Enjoy your gardening, but be able to enjoy the results of your hard work without grimacing every time you get up or reach for the teapot!

Caution: Before you start hacking your hedges, remember to check them for nests. If there are any present, then the hedges should be left alone. The most important thing to remember is that you DONʼT need to trim the entire hedge in one go! Pace yourself! An afternoon of holding a vibrating hedge cutter at armʼs length can cause problems in your wrists, elbows and shoulders, so aim to do about half an hour at a time, and then have a break. Plan the section of hedge you want to cut. Make sure you have good access to it, and be as close as possible to the hedge, as overreaching with a weight in your hands will badly strain your shoulders and elbows. If possible, attack the hedge from both sides, rather than stretching over to reach the far side of the top. If you are using a ladder or platform, be very careful to only do small sections at a time and donʼt be tempted to over stretch! Move the platform along and start again. When one section is complete, have a cuppa and admire your handywork, and give your body a chance to recover before moving on!

Weeding/planting:

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Barbecue season We all love it donʼt we? As soon as the sun shines we invite our friends to come on over and enjoy some food ʻal frescoʼ - weather permitting. But the BBQ road is fraught with the ever-present threat of that annoying guest. We all know them, donʼt we? They come in all shapes and sizes and, purely for our own entertainment and yours, weʼve rounded up a list of 5 guests that you may recognise! The Food Poisoning Police “Hmm, this burger still looks a bit red. Can you put it on a bit longer for me? ... A little longer, I can still see some pink there ... yeah, a bit longer, itʼs still a bit brown.” The Back-Seat Griller “Didnʼt you already turn that one over? You shouldnʼt turn the food as often. You didnʼt put salt in already, did you? You shouldnʼt salt it until the very end, so it stays juicy. You should hold down the middle so the burger doesnʼt balloon out.

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The Fussy Eater “No, thatʼs fine, donʼt go out of your way. I donʼt like greens or salad really. No, itʼs fine, Iʼm not really a fan of meat. Thanks, but bread really bloats me, just my funny little ways...I ate before I came. Really, itʼs fine!” The Free Loader “Now, before I go ... the six-pack of beer I brought with me, is that still floating around? I think there are still five beers left, so Iʼll take them back with me. Wow, looks like a lot of people left their drink and food here! Thereʼs no way youʼll use all this, so I can take the crisps and sausage rolls back with me, no problem.” The Hungry Latecomer “Heeeeeeey! I finally made it and I really fancy a hot dog. I know Iʼm running a bit late, but we can get the barby going again, canʼt we? And if you could whip up some potato salad, that would be really great. Where is everybody?” It makes you wonder why we do it. So next time youʼre at a BBQ, see if you can spot them!

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Skoda Octavia

Audi. Overall itʼs a very nice place to spend time. The clean crisp lines also feature on the exterior. The overall design has hardly changed in recent years, but subtle tweaks take it favourably into the modern age with the addition of creases and more defined angles.

Skoda is a brand that has been on the up in recent years. The Octavia is a staple of the Skoda range offering practicality, value and quality all in one neat package. With the constant downsizing of engines it’s no surprise that the turbocharged three cylinder engines have now made their way under the bonnet of the Octavia. I’m going to find out if the little engine has bitten off more than it can chew with this family car. The car itself is one of the largest in the family car sector, offering a 590 litre boot and space for four adults. The interior is fairly spacious and well built. As with the rest of the car it is a no frills experience, but what they have done, they have done right. Clean crisp lines give a classy feel to the cabin, which doesnʼt feel that far from the more expensive offerings from the likes of VW and

FAMILY FUN Experience something a bit different this weekend!

The range starts at £16,660 and goes all the way to £26,740. Technology includes keyless entry, automated high beam assistance, lane assist and parking assist. There are also safety systems including automated braking if the car senses an object in front, driver fatigue sensor and automated braking following a collision to prevent the car rolling back into traffic. This is all alongside seven airbags and a host of sound system and satellite navigation options across the range. The no frills experience continues with the driving experience. The 1.0 litre turbocharged three cylinder engine replaces the 1.2 litre 4 cylinder, not exactly a racer in the first place. The new engine offers 113bhp, which is a 9bhp improvement as well as a little extra torque, however the real reason this engine is used to boost the fuel consumption from 57.6mpg to 62.8mpg. Given that, the diesel is slightly cleaner so may be preferable for company car users. This all gives a 0-62mph time of 9.9 seconds. The ride quality is good, smoothing most bumps adequately and very few family drivers will challenge the safe, predictable handling. The updated Octavia is now an even safer bet than it has ever been. It offers clean lines, great build quality, low running costs and great value for money. Although itʼs not going to light up your life, it will be a dependable workhorse that wonʼt disappoint.

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idley Scott turned the sci-fi genre on its head when Alien burst into our consciousness way back in 1979. James Cameron’s sequel Aliens turned up the dial further, but ever since the franchise has struggled to live up to expectations. Scott failed to revive it with his prequel Prometheus so the pressure was truly on with his third attempt and the sixth movie in the series, Alien Covenant. Although a sequel to Prometheus, the set-up does follow a familiar path. Headed for a remote distant planet the crew of the colony ship Covenant wake prematurely when it suffers a neutrino shockwave. In the aftermath they pick up a mysterious transmission from a nearby system, and decide to investigate. They arrive to what appears to be a lush and inhabitable paradise, but guess what?.. Turns out this idyllic abode is a little less hospitable than they had bargained for. It doesn’t take long before the expedition team make a wrong step, releasing a dormant spore which triggers a chain reaction of devastation that kills two of the crew and destroys the landing ship. A cloaked figure comes to their rescue, the synthetic android David, one of the survivors from the Prometheus expedition who has been stranded on the planet for the last ten years. The Covenant crew have a synth of their own, Walter (Michael Fassbender), who is intrigued to meet his counterpart, but soon discovers that David’s real motives are far from welcoming.

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SHELL For the first hour Alien Covenant is a no holes barred fright-fest that echoes the original movies. It has everything you could want: minimal dialogue, beautiful imagery, rising tension and a bunch of wise cracking misfits blissfully unaware of their impending doom. When the suspense finally breaks and our slithery friends are finally unleashed all hell breaks loose. What follows is one of the most terrifying and disturbing movie sequences I have ever seen - a perfect storm of blood-curdling, spine-bursting carnage that leaves you completely breathless. This is Scott at his very very best and worth the ticket price alone. So powerful was the first act, it was always going to be a challenge to keep up the momentum, but sadly it soon veers off track. The magic of the original Alien films was their simplicity - humans versus very scary aliens. With Prometheus Scott has turned his attention to a gods and monsters creationist concept, and unfortunately Alien Covenant picks up the baton with

more of the same. Yes, it succeeds in the shock-horror stakes, but for me its relentless obsession with where these pesky aliens hail from and mankind’s role is misguided, and detracts from the very core values of the original films. The ensemble cast dissemble pretty quickly but they do their job very effectively. Much hype was made of the character Daniels (Katherine Waterston), the bad-ass Ripleyesque leader, but she’s completely overshadowed by Fassbender who aside from the aliens - steals the show. If you’re a fan of the early movies Alien Covenant is a must-see, but its Frankenstein theories and delusions of grandeur are a major malfunction. Ridley Scott may have steadied the ship with some classic shock and awe treatment, but the franchise needs some serious re-routing if it’s to be restored to its former glory. "Must see for Alien fans"

You're a Bad Man Mr Gum

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by Andy Stanton

Recently I read the book ‘You’re a Bad Man, Mr Gum!’ written by Andy Stanton. It tells the story about Mr Gum, the laziest man in the town but with the most beautiful garden, and the massive dog Jake who was everyone’s friend. Jake liked to play in the garden and had almost destroyed Mr Gum’s garden. To stop Jake from destroying his garden, Mr Gum poisoned Jake. At the end of the story, Jake was rescued by the girl Polly who fed Jake a small piece of dolphin shape chocolate and revived him. This book is full of hilarious jokes that will make you ache with non-stop laughter; by the time you finish it you would have laughed your head off ! At the start it tells you how lazy Mr Gum was, such as Mr Gum never ‘made his bed’: the author did not mean Mr Gum never tidied it but actually never bothered to assemble it! He just threw the parts on the floor and put the mattress on top. The reason for Mr Gum to keep his garden so tidy was because he was so scared of a tiny mad fairy who would appear and whack him with a frying pan if the garden was not tidy. At the end of the book it says “You’re thinking how come the story ended and there are so many more pages at the back? I bet there’s is a secret bonus story hidden away somewhere”. Well, guess what? After eight pages of telling you there isn’t one there is one! The author used a lot of brackets in the book when he described the very funny things and the entire book is presented in a humorous way.

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and supporter of the national strategy ‘Every Child a Talker’ sums up why talking to very young children is so important: “It may seem an obvious thing to say, but one of the best things we can do with young children is to have interesting and enjoyable conversations. We should also think carefully about how we speak to children... how we can keep being positive, encouraging them as they try to say things. All this is crucial for how young children develop their powers of thinking and understanding. At the same time, it’s how they get to feel good about themselves.” Located in Padworth we provide exceptional care for babies from 3 months to children up to 5 years of age and offer a range of packages including full-time, term-time and flexible sessions. To receive a prospectus or to visit our nurseries, please get in touch.

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o here it is... The new fitness class that so many people are talking about! Totally Smashed It created by Steve Buchanan, who is an Advanced Personal Trainer and Boxing Coach, set up Totally Smashed It earlier this year with the sole aim of bringing something very different and exciting to motivate local people to lose weight, tone up, feel fitter, stronger and improve their overall fitness levels Steve’s Box Fit Training Sessions have been welcomed by a large number of local residents who have already seen some very impressive results from attending Box Fit training. Some have increased their classes to 3 per week and loving it!

We asked Steve why has Box Fit been so appealing to people? “Well, there are many benefits to Box Fit, but one of the major advantages is it really doesn’t matter about age or fitness level, anyone can do Box Fit. I have attendees from 16 to 65 and the benefits are all the same and that’s a very challenging yet totally satisfying FULL BODY workout. So whether you’re a fitness fanatic or have never done any fitness before, Box Fit will work for you. Whilst it’s a hard work out and everyone burns a lot of calories, the sense of achievement after every class is immense. You’ll definitely feel like you “Totally Smashed It”! On top of that learning a new skill like boxing increases an individual’s self-confidence 10 fold. People really enjoy coming to Box Fit because it’s hard but also a lot of fun. Furthermore, there is something very therapeutic about it because it’s a fantastic way to relieve stress. Lots of

people who attend find their stress levels have reduced significantly afterwards and they feel fantastic. Lastly, but very importantly, we are a friendly bunch who are always very welcoming to new comers too. Everyone started as a beginner so we all can relate to that newcomer feeling.” Such has been the success of Box Fit, Steve now runs 6 Box Fit Training Session locally with additional Box Fit Training Sessions planned for the coming months so keep an eye out for them. If you want to take look a Box Fit Training Sessions, go to the Totally Smashed It Facebook page and you will see all the up and coming Box Fit Training Sessions in the events tab, simply click i’m going’ on the class you want to attend, turn up - and Totally Smash It! Steve can be contacted on 07855 015685 or facebook.com/ totallysmashedit

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