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he weather is turning colder, the evenings are getting darker and the leaves are falling from the trees but at Village Eye HQ we are very excited to bring you the November issue of Village Eye. We’d like to extend a very warm welcome our new readers in the Tadley and Baughurst areas who join us for the first time this month, we hope you enjoy the magazine. It is absolutely packed full of fun things to do, with a couple of fantastic competitions to enter too!


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If you’re already in the Christmas spirit, there’s a guide to local shopping evenings and Christmas fairs on p.31. You’ll also find some local eateries advertising within the pages of the magazine, tempting us in to sample their festive fayre. But, before we turn our attention to all that Christmas brings, let’s not forget that it’s Guy Fawkes’ Night on November 5th. If you fancy a night out and a fireworks display, you will find our guide to local events on p.29. If you love your hair and beauty products, you will get your fill this month. We bring you news of Zap Laser Clinic’s open evening on p.8 where you can see live demonstrations of Botox and semi-permanent make-up. There will be prizes to be won and gift sets available to purchase as well as wine and canapes. Worthingtons in Burghfield bring us a fab competition this month - turn to page 6 to see how you can win £100 in hair and beauty vouchers. Our regular beauty columnist, Megan, treats us to a round-up of festive make-up. Turn to p.7 to read her hints and tips which include glitter, smokey eyes and lots of eye liner for the season ahead! Jack Worboys our motoring guru brings us his thoughts on the Nissan Juke this month. It certainly cuts a fine figure on the roads, but how will it stand up to Jack’s scrutiny? You can read all the details on page 19. Mark Penston is back on p.12 with his thoughts on a subject that is dear to none of our hearts...tax! It can’t be avoided, so it’s best to be informed and it’s all there for you on p.12. This month we also welcome Tadley-based Rowberry Morris Solicitors who join us with a regular column. This month, they tell us all about wills. It’s a subject some find hard to talk about, but is so important to get right for those left behind. Get clued up on p.23.


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November’s Eye Tech is certainly getting in the spirit to, with a guide to Home Brewing in 2014. It’s come a long way since the bubbling demi-johns of the ‘70s & 80s. Turn to p.10 to read all about it. There is one more give-away to draw your attention to before we sign off which will be perfect for those of you looking to get into shape before Christmas. Willink Leisure Centre are giving our readers a free 3 day pass. All the details are on p.32, so what are you waiting for? As always, thank you to our readers, advertisers and contributors. Please mention Village Eye when responding to any advertisement or featured business within this magazine - and if you are on facebook and haven’t yet liked our page, we’d love to see you there!

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Local Lady wins Young Fundraiser of the Year Award

Tadley teenager, Emma Cope has recently been named Young Fundraiser of the Year at the national JustGiving Awards 2014. The JustGiving Awards have been running for five years now. The ceremony took place at BFI Southbank in London last month. Those familiar with the website www.justgiving. com will know that it has become the most recognised, trusted and easy-touse hub for raising money for charity in recent years. These awards were created to recognise the outstanding individuals, teams and charities who raised nearly £300 million together through their JustGiving pages for good causes over the last year.


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Emma Cope, who is just 18, was delighted to accept the public-voted Young Fundraiser of the Year award at the ceremony. Emma was diagnosed with a rare kidney disease FSGS, Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis, around five years ago. Without a cure, both Emma’s kidneys will stop working and she will need Dialysis for many hours, nearly every day. Since her diagnosis, Emma has been working tirelessly to raise money and, at time of writing, has raised £54,723 for the charity Nephrotic Syndrome Trust (NeST) who are doing a study on the disease.

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Emma enjoyed staunch support from local individuals and groups, including Tadley Primary School who raised and donated over £1600 to Emma’s appeal. On her JustGiving page Emma says, “Thank you from the bottom of my heart ... 'cos that's still working OK!” We’d like to congratulate Emma on this fantastic achievement and wish her every success with her future fundraising. Well done.

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Something that goes Hum in the night...

If you have been hearing something strange at night recently but thought you were going mad, chances are you’re not - it’s simply the ‘Hum”.


t is a mysterious sound on the very edge of perception that has driven thousands of people around the world to distraction, Now some residents in Mortimer are the latest to claim to be being hit by the global phenomenon known as "the hum".

This so called ‘rumble‘ has (in other village’s) in the past, led to wild conspiracy theories blaming it on anything from UFOs, government experiments and even abandoned mine shafts (though we are as sure as we can be there are none of the above in this area). In fact this phenomenon is so widespread that it has even featured on the TV show The X Files. One of the most documented occurrences of the ‘hum’ was in Bristol back in the 1970s when more than a thousand people complained of the consistent drone causing nosebleeds, sleeplessness and headaches. It then vanished as mysteriously as it arrived and was never explained. Some residents in Mortimer, claim that every night a noise permeates the air - and once ‘in tune’ to the noise, you can easily hear it again. The noise which is almost indescribable (yet instantly recognisable), has been heard as far away as Silchester, Burghfield and Grazeley too, and mostly, it seems - at night.

Theale Police Station set to close Theale Police S t a t i o n has been a familiar site on Church Street since 1920. Rebuilt in 1984, the resulting building became the thriving centre of a beat covering eleven parishes. Now, it seems Theale Police Station’s days are numbered. Details of the latest cost-cutting exercise by Thames Valley Police were revealed at a media briefing held at the police headquarters at Kidlington last month. Theale is not the only casualty. A third of police stations across the Thames Valley area, including sites at Hungerford and Tilehurst have also been identified for closure or sale after the

police force announced it would be reducing its estate to make savings of more than £40m over the next three years. Both Theale and Tilehurst stations, which are not currently used by the general public, will close next year, providing quite a significant saving. The police station at Hungerford will also be sold and replaced by March 2017. Speaking at the briefing Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld said: “We have a lot more money to be saved in making it efficient and effective in keeping police on the front line.”

Now, if you are reading this and thinking that April 1st is six months away, then you’d be right. UFO’s, government experiments... It must be a joke? It isn’t. The problem noise, it seems is fortunately not one that is shared by all. “Not everyone can hear it” we were told. “Maybe it’s a frequency thing. I can hear it, my wife can hear it and so too, can some of my local friends. It really is starting to affect us now” he told us. For those who cannot hear it, it can be very hard to explain, with them thinking we are making it up we are not”. I a bid to find the answer to this mysterious noise, affected Mortonians have taken to the village facebook site in droves over the past few months to and find out just how widespread this nuisance noise is... There have been, many, many suggestions for what it might be or indeed where it might be coming from - from power lines, roadworks, tinitus, and so on... But no matter how hard they look, those affected by the ‘hum’ simply cannot find the source of the problem. At their wits end, they have called in the council, utilities companies and even Environmental Health to investigate. Thus far, these investigations have uncovered nothing, nada and so, continue, with their concerns now being looked at by the local Parish Council. The mystery continues.

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With the little black season nearly upon us, many of us will start to pay attention to the BBQ Bums, Pimms Paunches and Limonchello Legs we may have gained during the summer months to ensure festive figure perfection. Whilst a healthy balanced diet and carefully targeted exercise can help us to shift those extra pounds, sometimes [and no matter how hard we try] the bits we really hate seem to love us all the more. If you have been considering lipo or surgery simply isn’t your cup of tea then one of the newest treatments available to permanently remove stubborn areas of fat is Fat freezing, Coolsculpting or Cryolipolysis as it is officially known, may just be the answer. We’ve had a little look into it and found that whilst there are a number of options out there to ‘freeze off your fat’, currently Coolsculpting is the only FDA approved cryolipolysis treatment. With over 1 million treatments already performed worldwide, not only is it safe, but also it's been scientifically proven to work. Freeze away fat? The idea that cold can selectively affect fat led to the innovative cooling process developed by scientists at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine in Boston, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. CoolSculpting technology safely delivers precisely controlled cooling to gently and effectively target the fat cells underneath the skin. The treated fat cells are crystallized (frozen), are broken down and then die. Over the following weeks, your body naturally processes the fat and eliminates these dead cells, leaving a more sculpted you. For more information and to see before and after photo’s, visit the official Coolsculpting™ website www.coolsculpting.co.uk Want to find out more? Aspire Clinic at Madejski are offering free, no obligation, consultations to discuss all treatment options and to identify the best solution for you to achieve optimum results. To book your free consultation today call them on 0118 931 3575.

DO YOU KNOW WHAT 2000 CALORIES A DAY LOOKS LIKE? The average woman needs to eat approximately 2000 calories a day but do you really know what 2000 calories actually looks like? Meet Mrs Average Mrs Average is watching her weight, so on this day she skipped breakfast, had half a small quiche and salad with a drizzle of Caesar salad dressing for lunch, a latte mid afternoon, enjoyed some luxury fish pie and peas for supper and managed to avoid the temptation to have any dessert or wine in the evening. Meet Mrs Appetite Mrs Appetite loves to eat. She starts the day with a bowl of shredded wheat bite-size and milk topped with blueberries, a banana and a small glass of fresh orange juice topped up with sparkling water. On the way to work she has a cup of hot chocolate and a little later in the morning an orange followed by couple of oatcakes topped with reduced fat cream cheese and ham. For lunch she has baked beans on toast followed by a banana, a handful of ready to eat dried apricots and a slice of malt loaf topped with reduced fat cheddar cheese. Mid afternoon she has a coffee with a two finger KitKat and a bowl of fresh fruit salad. On the way home from work she munches on an apple then, whilst preparing her evening meal she nibbles on a few carrot sticks dipped in reduced fat hummus. Supper is large bowl of salad dressed in balsamic vinegar and sweet chilli dipping sauce topped with a hot smoked salmon fillet. Finally, to round off the day she has a bowl of strawberries topped with low fat strawberry yogurt for dessert and a white wine spritzer. Guess which daily diet is equal to 2000 calories, Mrs Average or Mrs Appetite? The Answer? Both of them. However, you’ll notice that Mrs Appetite managed to eat far more than Mrs Average and still fit in foods such as such as chocolate, cheese, wine, coffee and hot chocolate, plenty of snacks, drinks and dessert. Amazing!


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Because it’s Christmas you can afford to be a bit more daring with the eyeshadow and liner. To prime your lids I recommend the MAC Prolongwear Paint Pot in ‘Chilled on Ice’ which is £15.50, available from House of Fraser. This sparkly shadow is the perfect base for applying eye make up and seriously makes it last all night long. My absolute favourite eyeshadow palette at the moment is from Too Faced, called the ‘Natural Eye’ palette for £32. It comes with 9 gorgeous sparkly shades from pinks to bronzes, my favourite combination being silk teddy, push-up and then chocolate martini blended into the outer corner for the perfect Christmas smokey eye. I’ve only been able to find this on escentual.co.uk, it is so popular so grab one whilst you can! But, as a cheaper alternative there is the Little Mix Eye Love Palette Shade 1 from Boots or Superdrug at just £2.99, a bargain for bronze shimmery shades! Eyeliner is my everyday staple, a must to complete your glam Christmas make up look. For parties, gel eyeliner is better than kohl or liquid as it lasts all night long. A more expensive favourite of mine that is always raved about is the Benefit Gel Eyeliner for £18.50. The nib is angled to make the application of winged eyeliner easier to create. A high street ‘dupe’ for this is Maybelline’s ‘Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner’ for just £8.99. Lastly for the eyes is mascara, and to ensure that lashes are kept long, fluttery and full of volume you should try Urban Decay’s ‘Perversion’ mascara – the best one I’ve come across, for £17.


Choosing the right foundation for a big night out is must. Make sure you do NOT use a foundation that contains SPF if you’ll be taking photos with a flash - you will look like a ghost (been there unfortunately). My favourite foundation is a cult beauty buy, the Nars Sheer Glow Foundation for £31, available at Selfridges or House of Fraser online. Yes it is pricey but the colour match to your skin is unbelievably good!

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Christmas is fast approaching (yay) and I am definitely rready for it. Christmas is a time for parties, whether that’ that’s with work or with friends, meaning a rreason to get all glammed up from head to toe. For me, Christmas make up is all about glitter glitter, smokey eyes and lots of liner! Lastly, to add a bit of sparkle to your face, a highlighter does the job perfectly. My favourite has to be from Sleek, it adds just enough sparkle without making you look like the tinsel off a Christmas tree. What’s even better about Sleek is that they do a handy little trio set called “Face Contour Kit” of a blush, contour powder and highlighter. Contouring is a great way to add a bit of depth and colour to your face, and is really simple to do. Just find your cheek bones and apply it across the bone in a sweeping motion, but make sure to blend blend blend to avoid it looking muddy. Also, the blush it comes with is one of my beauty loves, called Rose Gold it is the perfect balance of shimmer and a pretty pink colour that looks gorgeous on the cheeks. This amazing Sleek set is just £9.99, available from Superdrug and Boots, make sure to get the fairest/lightest one, as that is the one that comes with the rose gold blush and highlighter.

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HOMEBREW HEAVEN! Brewing your own beer is easier (and cheaper) than you think. Start now, and you’ll be enjoying the perfect pint over Christmas!


tarting my forray into home made beer I had visions of having to convert the family ‘wagon into the General Lee as the ‘Feds’ chased me down the Reading Road, running moonshine around to all my friends houses. Thankfully I awoke and started to be a little more sensible... If like me, your memory of home brew beer is of something rather unpalatable making its way from the airing cupboard and best forgotten, then the good news is that home brew has come a very long way since the 70’s.

Here is what I bought on my outing: A container to create the initial mix and fermentation with a cover on it, Sterilizer tablets (apparently Milton is just fine) , A plastic tube to syphon, A pressure vessel with CO2 cylinders, Beer ingredients in a can They have quite a lot just take your pick - I went for Yorkshire Bitter.

I became interested in home brew beer on a trip to Tesco. I know its strange, but I got bored of following the clan around comparing bananas and looking for the best deal on toilet paper... and as most men do - I wandered off. What’s this ? ... Near the DIY isle - all manner of home brew equipment and ingredients. It was an impulse purchase, and what was of particular interest to me was how the ingredients all seemed to be pre-made in a can. All I’d have to do is add water (sometimes sugar) and hey presto BEER. Having followed the instructions to the letter and waiting for a couple of weeks, I am delighted to tell you that my homebrew masterpiece was indeed a very passable tipple and very reminiscent of BEER!

The process is remarkably simple, first ensure that everything is very clean and sterile, if you don’t you will have a terrible result. Then follow the instructions on the can, warm water, mix all in the initial fermentation container. Then find a warm (but not too hot) place for the fermentation. Popping it in the airing cupboard is not normally a great spot, basically its too warm. I found that a great place is next to the fridge, as it’s around room temperature and fermentation seems to happen at the right speed. You can purchase thermometers, heating belts, all sorts of things.

You can get all this in the BeerBuddy kit This includes bottles so you will need to pay extra for as pressure vessel which I highly recommend.

Now you wait, and wait some more. Patience is what you need. After around 10 days to two weeks the initial fermentation will stop. You can get into measuring specific gravity if you want to be a little more scientific.



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The next part of the process is to use the pipe and syphon it off into the pressure vessel (or bottles) but avoid the very bottom of the fermentation container when doing so. At this time you need to add a little sugar, around half a teaspoon per pint. Be careful not to add too much as you are kick starting the fermentation again and don’t want a beer explosion as everything from this point is airtight. After around 10 days you will end up with a really creamy and silky pint. I tried bottling the beer but found that for bitters and ales the pressure vessel was the key - The CO2 drives the beer out and creates a perfect pint and also keeps out the air so your beer keeps for much longer. I guess the proof is in the drinking. Well I have made beer now around 10 times with the kit I bought in Tesco and every time it’s been fantastic. Its a struggle to tell it from the beer in some of the pubs, fun to do and much cheaper too. I admit to being a novice but banish any thoughts of nasty home brew and if you want to have some beer ready for Christmas start now with some kit from the local stores or online. I promise you will be in for a real beer treat. Now I know that some of you will be thinking “this isn’t very Eye Tech this month” - but as it’s beer we are talking about, I hope you’ll forgive me.

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Friday 14th November is World Diabetes Day. More than 3.2 million people in the UK have been diagnosed with Diabetes and it is widely acknowledged that there are many more who go undiagnosed. Failing eye sight is one of the better-known health issues associated with Diabetes. It can affect the lens inside your eye, especially when diabetes is uncontrolled. This can result in blurring of vision which comes and goes over the day, depending on your blood sugar levels. A longer-term effect of diabetes is that the lens of your eye can go cloudy - a cataract. The most serious eye condition associated with diabetes is diabetic retinopathy. In the early stages of diabetic retinopathy, vision is normal and you will not be aware that anything is wrong. A retinal screening test will keep a close check on early changes and ensure that any signs of progression to more serious stages of retinopathy are detected early. Bridle Eye Care in Theale High Street has invested in the latest eye care technology - an Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) scanner the latest advancement in imaging technology. It employs light waves rather than sound waves to achieve higher resolution pictures of the structural layers at the back of the eye. This means that not only does it photograph the surface of the retina, it also allows the Optometrist

to examine the deeper layers of these most important areas. And because it’s a digital recording it will flag up any changes from one visit to the next. These detailed images that an OCT scan produces are revolutionising early detection and treatment of diabetic retinopathy. There are other conditions that an OCT scan will better detect and monitor, too. These include wet and dry age-related macular degeneration, Glaucoma and Retinal Detachment. Best of all, an OCT scan is painless and doesn’t require any contact with your eyes. It only takes ten minutes while you sit down and relax. So why not book an appointment and let the OCT scanner do the work!

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Business & Finance

1.36% tax... with Mark Penston

We were recently asked to present to a group of solicitors and accountants on the merits of financial planning. Quite a challenge considering the different disciplines of the two professions! As part of the presentation we constructed a hypothetical retiring client who had been through our financial planning advice process in order to show how thoughtful planning can significantly reduce taxation on income. The detail behind this is of course significant and the admission is that we have created a scenario to prove a point. The headlines (in the space that I have available!) are:Personal Allowance – We made sure that enough income was created to fully use this allowance (currently £10,000 per year) where no tax is paid. In our example this income came from a pension fund. Capital Gains allowance – We ensured that the gain from investments held was taken to use the annual tax free capital gains allowance (also £11,000). Individual Savings Accounts (ISAs) – Our scenario assumed that our client had regularly paid money in to ISAs in previous years. Capital and income withdrawals from accumulated ISA funds are free of tax. Pensions – New pension flexibility can allow a tax free lump sum to be taken in phases and blended with pension income. This means that withdrawals can be adjusted for maximum tax efficiency. Investment Bonds – These can loosely be described as investments held within life assurance legislation. Current legislation allows an ‘income’ to be taken of up to 5% of the invested sum on a tax-deferred basis. This ‘income’ does not have to be declared on tax returns. Venture Capital Trusts (VCT’s) – Not necessarily as risky as the name indicates! Investment in to VCT’s attracts 30% tax relief and dividend income from them is non taxable. Many VCT’s have a history of producing 5% per annum on a regular basis. The blend of incomes taken from our ‘manufactured’ client created a tax liability of 1.36% on the income taken. Although I admit this was a client of some wealth, the principles can also apply to those of more modest means. The point to make here is that planning of this nature normally needs time to establish. I also apologise for the briefness of the above detail and warn that you shouldn’t do anything based on the above without seeking independent financial advice!


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Are your cupboards bulging? Is your shed bursting? Is your loft straining to contain the ‘stuff’ that hides within? Why not sell your unwanted hoard? You may be sitting on a fortune! It will take some time and a bit of organisation, but turning your clutter into cash could transform your house - and your bank account!

They say one man’s junk is another man’s treasure. Just because you don’t want an item any more, don’t assume no one else will. Don’t feel guilty about selling unwanted gifts. You’re never going to wear that wet-look mankini. Or are you? Group or ‘bundle’ items together. It saves someone the trouble of bidding on separate items as well as meaning that you only have to post (or arrange collection) once. Sell things in season. Don’t sell a deck chair in December! To get started, put aside ‘sorting time’. Go to each bedroom, bathroom, shed and attic, targeting the places that things get ‘put away’. Collect up all your unused, unloved and unwanted paraphernalia and then sort it into piles of similar items. For example, clothes, gadgets and DVDs. There are lots of different places to sell your items. Some, like boot sales, are well-known and well-loved but other web sites are springing up that will buy your pre-loved goods and you can often send them out free post. So, let’s take a look at some of your options: The well-loved Boot Sale If you don’t mind an early start, boot sales are a perfect place to sell. You might not get the best price because the general rule is that everything will sell if it is cheap enough. However, posh cosmetics, perfume bottles, vinyl singles and LPs, clothing, jewellery and accessories, electronics, antiques, crafts and toys are great sellers and will fetch a good price. Don’t forget to present your goods nicely. Heaping clothes on a table makes them difficult to see, so display them on a rail and make them easier to buy.

Old Iron, Old Iron eye The shed and garden is says always a great place to find unwanted household metal. Most Local metal recycling centres will give you a good price for your scrap metal too, so whether it’s an old washing machine, copper pipes or electric cables, all scrap metal has a value and some recycling centres will even collect. It is well worth listing your goods and unwanted furniture on websites such as eBay and Gumtree too. Buying second-hand has become increasingly popular in recent years as we all feel the pinch. Be honest about the quality of your goods. If there’s a dent on a picture frame, let buyers know to avoid awkward conflict after the sale. You’ll have to organise postage and/or collection quickly once it’s sold. The following sites are also worth a look: www.musicmagpie.co.uk Yes, Music Magpie will buy music, but they will also buy DVDs, video games and even hair straighteners! iPhone and Android users can download the free app to get a quick price! www.buymywardrobe.com If you have a dress, shoes or a handbag by designers such as Karen Millen, Reiss, French Connection, LK Bennett and Monsoon that you want to sell, you could earn much more from this online market. www.cashinyourgadgets.co.uk Got an old laptop or camera knocking around? Check out this website to see what they could earn for you. A BlackBerry 8520 could earn you around £40, the iPhone4 for around £146! So what are you waiting for? Get sorting and get selling and you could put a few extra pounds in your pocket for Christmas!

Experts in metal recycling We accept everything from small domestic jobs to full factory clear outs. We are a Licensed waste carrier based in Burghfield. Demolition Site Clearances We can come and collect your scrap from site or you can bring your scrap to us and use our 50 ton weighbridge! Residential Scrap Metal Drop in your scrap metal from home, old copper pipes, washing machines, power cables etc. We will pay you top prices. Alloy. Batteries. Braisery. Brass.Copper. Copper Tanks. Car Radiators. Dirty/Irony Alley. Electric Motors.Elements. Gun Metal. Household Wire. Lead. Iron. Low Amoured. Old Rolled/Clean Alloy. Stainless Steel.

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Property of the Month Drury Lane Mortimer Four Bedroom Detached Family Home

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‘The Frith’ is a charming character detached family home situated on the outskirts of the popular village of Mortimer and adjacent to open fields with views. The property enjoys attractive and substantial gardens with the main plot enjoying a southerly aspect to the front of the property. Internally, the property boasts double bedrooms, impressive galleried landing, replacement bathrooms and 24ft by 15ft lounge. The property offers many original features and has been recently re-decorated throughout.



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• 4 Bedroom detached house

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• 25ft Living room & study

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Nissan have a habit of creating new niches design. The SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle) market was spawned in 2007 with the release of the Qashqai, then in 2010, they introduced the Juke, creating the compact crossover market. Both have proven extremely popular with consumers, so for the few who haven’t already bought one here is my review of the recently face-lifted Juke. The trim levels range from entry level Visia, starting at £13,000, to n-tec, with a Nismo performance model on the side. All models get the individual styling and the entry level Visia gets all-round electric windows, air con and split-folding rear seats. Other options include cruise control, reversing camera, heated seats and a colour touch screen, but they don’t come cheap. An option worth mentioning is Google’s Send-To-Car technology, which allows the user to program a route into the satnav remotely so it is ready to go when the key is turned. It is of no surprise that something trying to look like an off-roader is less capable than conventional superminis, although body roll isn’t especially bad in the bends. The suspension is fairly hard and can leave the ride feeling jittery and unsettled. The diesel is proficient, but is quite rough. In contrast the turbo engines are a lot smoother and quieter. They offer plenty of power, but are

less efficient. The cheapest option, the naturally aspirated 1.6-litre unit is teamed up with a 5-speed manual and can feel a little stretched. Security experts Thatcham awarded the car 5/5 against being stolen but only 3/5 against being broken into. When it comes to safety, the Juke is extremely safe, with a five star Euro NCAP safety rating, ESP, ABS and six airbags. The efficiency of the diesel is really quite good too, returning 61.4mpg and CO2 emissions of 104g/ km. The 1.2 turbo is the best of the petrols with 47.1mpg and 129g/km, and if you are looking for efficiency it is important to bear in the mind the CVT auto hurts the economy. The dramatic styling and sweeping roof line eats into interior space so the juke can feel cramped, especially in the rear seats, but Nissan have compensated by filling the interior with clever cubby holes. A recent face-lift also increased the boot space by 40% to 354 litres in the front wheel drive models. There is no denying the Juke is a very interesting car that has sold in huge numbers, but there are definite tradeoffs in terms of practicality. Sales figures show this didn’t put many buyers off, but there are clear areas for improvement in the next Juke to keep it on top of the SUV tree.





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Turning houses into homes We provide the complete building Our our qualified tradesmen underake maintenance service including: home building projects on: Plastering Renovations Brick work Extensions Tiling Alterations Painting and decorating New builds Joiners Home improvements Carpentry Conversions Electrics Kitchen installation For a quotation, 0118 376 5427 Plumbing

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Make sure your assets don’t die with you


Will is one of the most important documents you will prepare during your lifetime, stating what happens to your money, property and possessions after your death. Your Will appoints an Executor(s), whose responsibility it is to ensure that your estate is distributed in accordance with your wishes. There are practical steps that you can take now to assist your Executor(s) and family members in dealing with your estate on your death. The internet is becoming increasingly integrated into every aspect of our lives. Many of us use online or mobile banking and manage our shares and investments entirely through the internet. Financial assets may be lost on your death without a paper trail for your Executor(s) to follow. Lost or hidden online assets and personal information are becoming a relevant and common issue in today’s society. Therefore, once you have made a Will, it is becoming increasingly important to put together an inventory or addendum. This document should contain information relating to your online assets,

including bank details, account information and any internet sites and passwords your Executor(s) and family members will need to know. The inventory or addendum can be updated as and when your circumstances change. Once prepared, the inventory or addendum could be lodged with your Solicitors to be kept with your Will. Alternatively, you may wish to store the information on your computer and simply pass to your Solicitors details of where the information can be located and any password required to access the file. In this way, you can ensure that the entirety of your estate will be dealt with as you wish and that your estate will not be one where your online assets and personal information die with you. For further information, please contact Elizabeth Groom or Helen Greenwood at Rowberry Morris on 0118 981 2992

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After last year’s pantomime thrilled thousands of families, and many considered it the best that they had ever seen, The Anvil in Basingstoke is delighted that UK Productions is returning once again this Christmas with everyones favourite rags to riches story - Cinderella, starring Keith Chegwin as Buttons and Katy Ashworth from CBeebies as the Fairy Godmother!


Panto producer Martin Dodd, from UK Productions, told us “Cinderella is the most magical of pantomimes. I am delighted with the line-up this year and I know that Cheggers and Katy will bring loads of fun and comedy to the show, not to mention boundless energy! We can promise something for everyone with the wickedest (but best dressed) Ugly Sisters in the business and the sensational Shetland Ponies live on stage.” Running from Thursday 11th December 2014 to Sunday 4th January 2015, this year’s production stars the one and only Keith ‘Cheggers’ Chewgin as Buttons, Katy Ashworth from CBeebies as the Fairy Godmother, and, back by popular demand, Sarah Louise Day as Cinderella. Join them and the rest of the cast on a sparkling adventure. With superb sets, colourful costumes, great song and dance routines and plenty of comedy, this traditional pantomime is one for all the family to enjoy. Village Eye were lucky enough to catch up with Cheggers during rehearsals at the Anvil, here’s what he had to say... We understand that you live not far from us here in the Village Eye Region, what does it mean to you to be performing to a ‘home’ crowd? It’s so good to be back. I was in Panto at The Anvil fourteen years ago and had such a ball. The people here really know how to have a good time. It’s so odd sometimes - I can’t see much from the stage but occasionally I catch a glimpse of someone I recognise and its normally a shop assistant I’ve met or someone I’ve said hello to in the street! If they come out of the theatre as tired as me - I think I’ve done my job!! What is it about panto that you love so much? It’s the only chance nowadays as a performer that I get a real chance to entertain: Sing, dance, do comedy. Panto is great. It is such a laugh on and off stage - and it’s now a huge part of Christmas for me and my family. As you know, we are running a competition in this issue for one lucky a reader to come and see you perform in this years show. As someone who has been dubbed the ‘King’ of the Comps, we’d love to know what the funniest reaction you’ve ever had from a competition winner when you’ve given them the news of their win? My favourite was knocking on a door and giving a lady a cheque for ten thousand pounds - She then said on ‘live TV’ “Hey Cheggers, you won’t tell ‘em I’ve just been done for shoplifting will you”. You just can’t beat live television. When you are not busy entertaining us all - what is your favourite thing to do? I have a studio at home so I love to wind down by being creative, either by making music or movies. Most of the time it’s rubbish but for me it’s pure escapism! I’m also an avid reader. Give me a good thriller and I’m as happy as Larry! We’ve heard a rumour about the possible revival on our screens of Cheggers Plays Pop. Would you do it all over again? I’d never say never! Cheggers PP ran for 9 years and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. But the chances are slim. I would do it if we could re create the show with the original bands, artists and audience team members as they are now!! Wey Hey!! Enter our great competition to win a family ticket (4 people) to see Cinderella at The Anvil on Saturday 13th December at 6pm. And you will also have the chance to meet the King of the Comps, Keith Chegwin himself before the performance!


To be in with a chance of winning this fabulous prize, go to , click the Cinderella Competition tab and fill in your answer. Remember - someone will win - and that someone might be you!

Complete the following sentence: Cheggers Plays [What]?

The cast

The closing date for entries is midnight on Sunday 30th November. All entries will be put into a ‘hat’ and the winner selected at random. The lucky winner will be notified on Monday 1st December.

Keith Chegwin is one of the UK’s most popular TV personalities, Keith, who became a household name in the 1970s presenting the television shows Cheggers Plays Pop and Multi-Coloured Swap Shop, and has rarely been off our screens since!

Katy Ashworth is best known presenting on the BAFTA Awardwinning TV channel CBeebies on which she also presents one of the flagship series I Can Cook. Katy is an accomplished actress, entertainer and singer.

Good Luck! (Wey Hey!)

Sarah Louise Day Starting at a very young age, Star of the West End, the Disney touring company, and established choreographer Sarah is delighted to back at the Anvil, choreographing and playing Cinderella this Christmas.


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JUBILEE’S GREAT GR EAT OUTDOORSS OUTDOOR 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 4½ years and we make sure that everyone, regardless of age, have the opportunity to enjoy our beautiful surroundings. 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. Forest school learning is the natural next step for Pre School children in their learning process. Our qualified Forest School leader, Emma, progresses the children’s outdoor learning even further. Taking small groups of children and shaping opportunities to explore and discover their natural environment. She provides opportunities for them to learn self-risk assessment, develop self esteem and begin to negotiate new tasks and complete new challenges. The free flowing activities enable children to choose which activity they want to participate in, whether it is building dens with friends, using tools safely to whittle sticks (with practitioners), or by using the surrounding environment to create art. For further information or to arrange a visit please call:

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Enjoy helping children reach their goals? Childcare Practitioners required Jubilee Day Nursery is looking for newly 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. 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. Contact Lesley on 0118 970 1600 or visit our website to view our current vacancies. Paddock View, Rectory Road, Padworth Common, RG7 4JD



Eye on Beauty & Leisure

There’s a 50/50 chance that you love moustaches - but we’re pretty sure there’s a 100% chance you love helping people by looking ridiculous... So that means at least 150% of people love Movember?

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During November each year, you may have, in recent years noticed a little more facial hair around than usual? This phenomenon which is now known as Movember is responsible for the sprouting of moustaches on thousands of men’s faces in the UK and around the world. The aim of which is to raise vital funds and awareness for men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and testicular cancer. According to Cancer Research UK, Prostate cancer is the 4th most common cancer in the UK, accounting for around 13% of all new cases and, until a few years ago, Prostate Cancer was deemed by many as a taboo subject, not discussed amongst men whilst out having a beer. Since 2003, the organisers of ‘Movember’ have been working hard to change this and have campaigned hard to change established habits and attitudes men have about their health, to educate men about the health risks they face, and to act on that knowledge, thereby increasing the chances of early detection, diagnosis and effective treatment. Since its humble beginnings in Australia, Movember has grown to become a truly global movement inspiring more than 1.9 Million Mo Bros (the affectionate name given to purveyors of Movembergrown moustaches) to participate with formal campaigns across the world. Back in 2011, over 854,000 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas around the world got on board, raising a whopping £79.3 million. By creating awareness for Prostate Cancer, Movember aims to fulfil its vision of having an everlasting impact on the face of men’s health, by continuing to spark conversation and spread awareness of men’s health each year. Sistas can Mo too! Never a truer word was spoken, when it was said that behind every great man, stands a great woman. Wise words indeed from a past generation, words which are as meaningful today as the day they were uttered. Whilst a Mo Bro may grow, it is the Mo Sista that is often the driving force, first planting the seed (of an idea) and then carefully working away behind the scenes of fine moustachery for the 30 days of Movember. So what exactly is a Mo Sista? A Mo Sista is essentially a woman who loves a Mo. An individual that is dedicated to supporting the Mo Bros in her life through their moustache growing journey; whether it be a friend, colleague, family member, partner or boyfriend. These inspirational women are committed to raising awareness of men’s health issues and much needed funds for men’s health along the way. Mo Sistas are billboards for the 30 days of November and through their actions (many of whom wear fake moustaches) and words raise awareness by prompting private and public conversation around the often ignored issue of men’s health. At the end of the month, Mo Bros and Mo Sistas celebrate their Movember journey throwing their own Movember parties or attending one of the Gala Parties held around the world to stand tall and celebrate the moustache! If you are one of the nearly 1million people world wide who are taking part in this event either by fundraising or simply raising awareness, we salute you and your moustache and invite you to upload pictures of your ‘taches’ on our Facebook page at www.facebook.co.uk/villageeyemag For details about ways in which you can get involved and for further information about Prostate Cancer, please visit:

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Family & Leisure

Fireworks near you It’s that time of year again! Wrap up warm and have a great family night out at one of the many bonfire and firework displays in the Village Eye region. Come and enjoy all the thrills watching one of the organised displays that are on at some great venues for all the family to enjoy.

Sulhamstead’s Spring Inn are holding a fireworks display and party on Wednesday 5th November. Fireworks will kick-off at 9pm so why not book a table to dine beforehand? Food will also be available for those gathering outside as the Fireworks take place on Jack’s Booth Cricket Ground, just opposite the pub. Parking is on-site and it’s free entry if you just want to go and join them for a drink.

Mortimer St.John’s School is holding their annual bonfire and fireworks night on Saturday 8th November. It takes place on Drury Lane, Mortimer. Gates open at 5pm and the firework display commences at 6.30pm. There is no parking on site so please park in Mortimer and walk down. A torch will come in handy! There will be a licensed bar, hot and cold drinks and food available. Tickets are priced at £3 per adult and £2 per child and available from Budgens, Mortimer Post Office, Dad’s Shop and Wellers in Burghfield. Tickets also available on the gate for £4 per adult and £3 per child. All proceeds will go to Mortimer St John’s Infant School.

Swallowfield. Farley Hill School are once again holding their annual Sparks in The Park. Now in its is holding their annual bonfire and fireworks night on Saturday 8th November. ‘Sparks in the Park’, Gates Open 6pm. They will have fireworks, a giant bonfire adorned with ‘guys’ made by children of the School, live music from local band ‘Section 8’, home cooked hog roast and hot dogs, mulled wine and bar. Tickets are on sale at local retail outlets – Spencers Wood Post Office, Swallowfield Stores, Henry Street Garden Centre, Lockeys Farm Shop and Arborfield Stores. Tickets on the gate are subject to availability.

Theale’s Fox & Hounds are holding a Halloween and Bonfire Night Party on Saturday 8th November. Daryl and Katie invite you to join them with fireworks from 8pm and live music and ghostly tales by Spriggan Mist from 9pm onwards. They also have a hog roast and you can gulp that down with mulled wine and mulled scrumpy. Doors Open at 5.30pm and food is served from 6 until 9.30pm. Make sure you wrap up warm and get there early to secure your spot! There is plenty of parking on-site and entry is free!

Pangbourne Primary School is holding its Annual Fireworks Fiesta on Saturday 8th November. Fantastic 20 minute Firework Display, huge bonfire, barbecue, bar, hot drinks, chocolate tombola and lots more. Doors open at 5.30pm. Fireworks at 7.00pm. Children 11 years and under accompanied by an adult go free! Tickets can be purchased in advance from www.fopps.org.uk/get-your-firework-fiesta-tickets-here Adults and Children 12 years and over £7.50 each in advance (£10 on the gate). Family Ticket (up to 5 family members 12 years and over) £30 ewor ks.

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Each y year, it can be a real challenge finding the right gift for the special people in your y life. If spending hours and hours racking rac your brains to find that all important ‘something different’ im gift gif does not appeal as the festive f season gets underway why wh not give them something truly memorable this year... Some fantastic portraits of you, your family, children, pets (or even a combination of all three) - all taken by Jack Chen, a local award d winning winnin photographer! This is a gift that your loved ones will treasure for years to come. Not only is this gift unique, but one of the best bits about it is that you don’t have to venture into town to get it - as the studio is down the road in Mortimer. Apart from the little white bench and the BIG wooden box which, we are told - his clients love, he has also added a beautiful playground swing in the studio (which incidentally is proving to be a big hit with children and adults alike!)

This Christmas, Jack is offering 2 fantastic Christmas gift packages. The framed photos package £129 Photo shoot + a 20” x 16” framed photograph with selection of beautiful stock frames The bespoke folio package £99 Photo shoot + a 3 photo apertures in 6” x 6” bespoke designed photo folio, with different chose of cover in many colours. Upgrade to an 8” x 8” add £15 To find out more or to book a studio session in time for this Christmas, visit www.digifocus. co.uk or call 0118 933 3151 GIFT VOUCHERS AVAILABLE Digifocus Photography 6 Victoria Road Mortimer Common Reading RG7 3SE ictoria Road | Mortimer | Berkshire | RG7 3SE





There are plenty of festive shopping opportunities approaching, so why not go along for some stress-free Christmas shopping, an opportunity to enjoy a trip out with friends and family to browse and buy as well as enjoying some coffee and cake! Christmas Shopping Evening - Theale, Thursday 13th November 8pm - 10pm. Theale Village Hall Entrance fee 50p to raise funds for The Royal Berkshire Hospital Diabetes Centre. A selection of stalls for Christmas gifts including books, jewellery and sweets as well as a raffle and a lucky door prize. Refreshments will also be available including homemade cakes. Christmas Shopping Evening - Baughurst, Friday 14th November 7.30pm - 10pm. Heath End Village Hall Entrance fee 50p to raise funds for the Starlight Children's Foundation. A range of stalls selling gifts including wooden gifts, jewellery and craft stalls. Refreshments available, too. Burghfield St Mary's Primary School Christmas Fair -Saturday 22nd November 11am - 2pm. Santa will arrive by horse with his elves at the start of the fair! The will be a variety of stalls selling bags, scarves, pocket money toys and homemade crafts and gifts. Mortimer St John’s Infant School, Christmas Fair and Nearly New Sale Saturday 30th November 2pm - 4pm Christmas shopping and fun for the children including Homemade Crafts, Pottery, Painting, Flash Face Painting, jewellery, cards, refreshments and cakes as well as a prize draw. Burnham Copse Primary School Christmas Fair, Friday 5th December 3.30pm - 6pm. Visit Santa’s Grotto, try the Christmas raffle and browse craft stalls, cards and decorations. Christmas music by Tadley Area Youth Wind Band. Mrs Blands Infant School Christmas Fair, Saturday 6th December 2pm - 4pm Visit Santa's grotto, enjoy fun and games, face painting, cakes and goodies.

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legacy Willink’s Olympic

When it comes to local fitness, there’s a new name in town! Inspired by the London 2012 Games, Legacy Leisure have now embraced Willink Leisure Centre in Burghfield as the newest member of their growing family...

At this time of the year, when the clocks have just gone back and the nights draw in, nearly 20% of us will also start to suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Experts tell us that taking part in a regular workout programme will help those who suffer from SADs as it boosts well-being by causing a flood of feel-good endorphins. According to examiner.com there is some evidence that low-moderate level exercise, such as distance running, yoga, swimming and cycling can raise levels of serotonin in the brain. A good workout can also help increase your energy levels too. Boost those endorphins and feel great this side of Christmas? After the festive season, It’s no wonder that January 1st usually sees a raft of health and fitness-related resolutions and gym membership subscriptions, but this year, how about getting ahead and avoiding the new year rush to join the gym by signing up before Christmas? Some gym-bunnies say the best time of year to join is autumn, so as to get into an exercise routine that you will

Until the end of November, Willink are offering readers a free three day pass to use all of the facilities at the centre which includes a free induction, free gym programme, free group fitness classes* and free public swimming. Or, if you are feeling committed to the pre Christmas cause, they are offering a 30 day membership to the centre for just £15! With offers like these, Willink Leisure Centre is sure to help you to create some energy and forget the winter Blues. For further information about this offer or about joining the centre, please call: 0118 893 4845 or find them on facebook

3 DAY PASS Bring this voucher to reception to redeem this offer


Most of us will be about to delve headlong into the season of indulgences, with party snacks, comfort food and Christmas favourites promising to take their toll on waistlines and the snowy weather meaning fitness regimes will be abandoned in favour of duvet time.

stick to rather than forcing yourself into it after the festive period. By way of an incentive, the lovely chaps (and ladies) over at Willink Leisure Centre have a special offer on at the moment.

Terms & Conditions apply

30 DAYS FOR £15 Bring this voucher to reception to redeem this offer



rom this month, those visiting Willink Leisure Centre may notice a refreshing new feel about the place, as this popular and established fitness emporium becomes the latest centre to join the Legacy Leisure Family. Established to support the national ‘legacy’ following the Olympics, Legacy Leisure was set up as a socially responsible charity to educate, inspire and support physical activity, and to enhance the lives of their members to enable long term positive lifestyle changes. As a registered charity, Legacy Leisure also reinvest any surplus funds generated back into their facilities for developments and improvements - and in this area, Willink are no exception to this reinvestment!

Terms & Conditions apply

Willink Leisure Centre | School Lane | Burghfield Common * Except pilates


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