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Issue 43 November 2015 Circulation 11,000


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We’re delighted to welcome The Anvil in Basingstoke, back as our cover sponsor for November this month. Read what the cast had to tell us when we popped over to catch up with them during rehearsals - and find out what they had to say about this year’s Pantomime, Jack & The Beanstalk on pages 10 and 11. We also have a special message from the cast on our facebook page this month (we almost had to change the name of the magazine because of it!) So don’t forget to ‘like’ us if you haven’t already! In this issue, we’ll also be giving away tickets... Yes, one lucky reader will win a family ticket to Jack and the Beanstalk! OH YES THEY WILL.

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If you’re looking to get out with the kids and enjoy a firework display in the coming days/weeks, you will find our definitive local guide on page 30. And if Festive bargains are more your thing, we have a round up of Christmas Shopping events taking place at schools and village halls around the area where you can do some stress-free Christmas shopping and pick up some festive bargains. You’ll find the details on page 39. Our beauty editor, Megan, also gives us her thoughts on beauty must-have gift packs this Christmas - some great present ideas for the girlies in your life. Find these on page 8. Are you keen to look good in your Little Black Dress or your fancy suit this festive season? Then take another look at The Willink Leisure Centre if you want to get into shape. Not only is the centre under new management, but we also bring you some great value vouchers on page 40 to help you get into fitness and avoid the January rush! We’d like to give a warm welcome to Matt Bowsher who has taken over as Centre Manager.

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And finally, Eye Tech this month is definitely worth a read before we truly get into Christmas. Take a moment to think about where all your photos are. Memories of years gone by, the kids growing up, holidays and grandparents. Where are they? On your PC? On your phone? Are we robbing the next generation of the joy of flicking through old photos, laughing at the beards that were all the rage in 2015 (I know we laughed at my Dad’s effort from the 70s!). Eye Tech shows you how to get printing from your mobile device on page 4.

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Paul told us, “We are very proud of them and I am especially humbled by what they did.”

ocal man, Paul Carless, was really touched when his son, Eddie, decided he wanted to do a sponsored bike ride for Bloodwise.

Paul has set himself a target to raise £5000 for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research between now and December 27th 2015 (2 years since diagnosis) to help the fight against blood cancer. If you would like to lend your support, you can do it here: https://bloodwise.org.uk/fundraising/5kchallenge

Bloodwise (formerly known as Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research) is a charity which funds research for new therapies to treat Leukaemia & Lymphoma. Paul, having been diagnosed with Leukaemia at Christmas 2013 is on one of these new treatments. Eddie, aged 7, decided he wanted to do a sponsored bike ride to raise money to beat blood cancer so he asked his little brother Ben (5), and friends Kieran Hoile and Jacob Stockwell to ride with him. The three dads and Ed and Ben's mum each rode with one boy and rode 5 two mile circuits around Mortimer riding just over 10 miles in total. They raised over £650!



FESTIVE SHOPPIN Hell hath no fury like a village scorned! Households in Theale are rallying to support their Post Man of 9 years in the face of Royal Mail informing him that he has lost his round.

Alan White knows everybody by name and isFreddie, considered a true Alive & Well in Mortimer! part of the community. Local resident, Hazel Eastlake has now set-up an online petition for households in the village to show their support, show the Royal Mail that Alan is an important part of Theale Community and help him to keep his round.

Those who have signed the petition have added their comments on why Alan White should keep his round too. These include, “Alan is fantastic. He has been our postman for years. He knows all the residents. It makes no sense to take him off our round. Please please keep Alan in Theale where he belongs!” Another supporter added, “He's a workaholic, VERY friendly, not afraid to hold back whilst at work, and always wants to give a helping hand. Alan doesn't deserve to lose his round - no one could do the job as well as him!”

And probably the most heartwarming,”We would be very upset to lose him, including our 2 sons who love their 'Uncle Alan Post'. Popular Postie, Alan White


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he Burghfield Common Post Office is a familiar landmark on the Reading Road. But did you know, behind those doors lies a nominee for the Pride of Reading Awards? Yes, we’re pleased and proud to tell you that it’s Raj Odedra, who has run the Burghfield Common Post Office for nearly eight years, and is known by pretty much everyone in Burghfield Common. He is a friendly, familiar face, well-loved and always offers great service to his customers. So, it comes as no surprise to us that Raj has been nominated for a Pride of Reading Award.


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He has been put forward as this year’s Local Hero by loyal customer, Ingrid Blackburn. Ms Blackburn, who suffers from orthopaedic problems is so grateful to Raj for his consideration and help when she uses his store, that she jumped at the opportunity to nominate him, hoping that it would show Raj how much he is needed and appreciated by the community. Her nomination has led to wide spread appreciation and acknowledgement for Raj and his team. The Post Office and village shop are services that we sometimes take for granted, but both have had to be fought for over the years. Raj and his team have proved that nothing beats personal service.

Raj was taken aback at his nomination, though the kindness of the community is no surprise to him. When he suffered a heart attack two years ago, he found customers were making him homemade meals because they had heard he was poorly. He told us, “Those are actions that you read about in books. I was fortunate enough to be able to sample the generosity of the folks living here.” There’s no doubt that Raj is a valued member of the community and we wish him well when he finds out if he’s won at the Pride of Reading Awards, hosted by Chris Tarrant on Friday November 6th at the Madejski. Good Luck Raj, the team at VE love you!


It was mayhem and shennanighans all round when Hellen, our Editor met the cast of Jack & The Beanstalk at the Anvil last month! Find out what they had to say on page 11 where we will be giving away a family ticket for this years Pantomime - Oh Yes We Will! Also, if you haven’t liked us on Facebook yet, please do - as you’ll be in for a treat this month with a very special video message just for our readers from the funniest man to come out of Ramsey Steet - Mr Joe Mangel (AKA Mark Little) himself!


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he recent iPhone iOS update had me hopping mad, to put it mildly I was not flavour of the month upgrading my wifes iPhone, and I was not surprised to find a very large queue outside the Apple store all with the same stuck iPhone. Don’t get me wrong we really like Apple products but after updating all our iPhones for no apparent reason one of them got stuck and everything had to be erased. Now we back up everything from our Smartphones into the cloud - But how annoying when we found out that her iPhone had not been backing up the photos for the past year. Basically they were gone. All the pictures and memories. It was a very tearful day. Thanks Apple for your iOS upgrade ! I know that I have touched on this subject before, but the recent IOS debacle got me thinking. In our family we can open up a photo album and look back over 100 years. But how will our future generations look back at us? What if you never printed anything, and if you do will the physical prints survive for more than the theoretical 75 years ?

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Will your great, great grandchildren be able to find all those digital memories when they are lost in the cloud of the internet or long lost smartphones that don’t exist in the year 2300. I’m pretty certain that many of your digital memories will survive if you are getting them off your phone say to a cloud or burning pictures on to a DVD (assuming they have DVD readers in 2300!). But we have fundamentally changed the way we store photographs in pretty much less than 10 years. If you have children ask them if they have ever printed a photograph. Or when was there last time you printed one. SO, what if you want to actually print something ? Camera phones are now so good that you can have excellent image capture from them so her are a few ways to get physical prints of pictures directly from phone. Naturally there are lots of different ways to do it. But here Im looking at ways where you directly print to the printer from your phone and I’m assuming you have a printer that can handle photo paper.

Step one is to ensure you have a printer that’s connected to the internet or your Local Network (ie plugged into your router or wireless connected to your router) you can… If you have an Android phone or device you can use Cloud print - This is the official Android printing app for Android devices from Google It allows you to select images and push them directly to the printer that’s on your network - You can use it with older printers that are connected to computers directly using a feature within the chrome browser or you can use it with cloud ready printers that are directly connected to the internet. To find out more, just google cloud print For iPhones and iPads - Using an AirPrint printer - Since iOS4 Apple have a feature that allows you to print directly to AirPrint printers There are lots available from many manufacturers. If you have an iOS device with no Airplay printer then you have to get an application - We tried the relatively easy to use PrintCentral pro application from £3.99 (for iOS) it allows you to print to many printers that are wireless or on your network without the need for addition software and useful if you don’t have an Airprint device. The Application will scan for available printers and let you push the image to the printer. It will support old printer by installing an application onto your Windows PC or Mac called WePrint.

One tip - If you do print photos from your phone, keep them in an album and not exposed to UV light - The UV will break down the colour pigments over time and they will gradually fade. How long this takes, well nobody really knows, so better keep a digital version so in 75 years you can print another !

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IMMUNITY BOOST The flu shot may be at the top of your list of defenses against the virus (a needle free vaccine is an option now, too), but it can only go so far. The good news is that there are other steps you can take to protect yourself from getting sick. To help you stay healthy this season, we’ve given you three for starters..

Avoid Processed Foods Eating foods high in antioxidants, such as vegetables and fruits, will boost your overall health and help protect you from the flu and other viruses and infections all year. The anti-inflammatory properties in nutrientdense foods, like dark leafy greens, berries, salmon, and sweet potatoes, help build up your immune system’s defenses. But you should “avoid sugar, gluten, and processed foods — all of which dramatically decrease immune function.”

Reach for Zinc While vitamin C should be part of your flu season regimen thanks to its anti-inflammatory effects, antioxidant activity, and antibiotic qualities, there’s another nutrient that can help curb cold symptoms fast. Studies show that zinc, which can be found in foods including pumpkin seeds, spinach, oysters, nuts, and beans, can help shorten the duration of a cold by a few days.

Keep your Hands & Surfaces Clean One of the easiest ways to contract the flu virus is touching contaminated objects and then putting your fingers near your mouth and eyes. Some contamination hot spots are phones, computers, and desks. Tea tree oil has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that have been shown to help treat psoriasis, nail fungus, and acne. Regular use of a hand santitizer will also help to keep germs at bay between washing.


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ooking at the newspapers, you’d be forgiven for thinking that our healthcare services are in disarray. A shortage of beds in A&E, concerns over GP appointments and the stuttering start of the NHS 111 service have all added to this, but there is an - often overlooked - healthcare professional in every community who can help far more than you may have realised, your local Pharmacist.

Many pharmacies also offer health checkups for people aged between 40 and 74 which look at weight, cholesterol, and blood pressure. Most have a private consultation room where you can speak to your pharmacist without being overheard by other people in the pharmacy. If your condition is more serious, or requires further investigation or intervention, your Pharmacist will of course still advise you to go to your GP.

“Ask Your Pharmacist Week”, promoted by the National Pharmacy Association is running from 9-15 November 2015 with an aim to put that right! Community pharmacies are a highly accessible part of the NHS with 99% of the population able to get to a pharmacy within 20 minutes by car and 96% by walking or using public transport. This is the NHS at its best and many of us aren’t making the most of it. Pharmacists are highly trained professionals, having undergone a five year master’s degree course, competencybased training and the registration exam which enables them to practice. Pharmacists are not just there to dish out your prescription or sell you plasters, they can offer support and advice on healthy living, stopping smoking, allergy testing and medicine reviews. This year, the focus is on advice and treatment for common ailments to help people stay well during the winter months. Many people could cut the number of visits to their GP if they asked their local pharmacist for advice first. These common

On top of all this, the pharmacy team offers healthy living advice and signposting to local support and self help groups, too. By making the most of this high street resource and therefore cutting down the number of GP appointments we make, we’ll do our bit to ease the pressure on our doctors surgeries, whilst still accessing the top-notch healthcare services that the pharmacist can provide. Pop in!


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Urban Decay ‘Naked’ Palettes

These hese palettes are cult in the beauty industry, every time Urban Decay release a new set girls everywhere go crazy (me included!). They are the perfect Christmas gift because they will last a very long time and the quality and pigment of the eyeshadows is amazing for the price. There are currently 4 Naked Palettes, Naked 1, Naked 2, Naked 3 and the latest one Naked Smoky. My personal favourite is the first Naked palette, but the second Naked palette is definitely on my list! These palettes are available from Debenhams online and in store and retail at £38.

Origins’ ‘Mask Marvels’ Origins release this amazing set every year which contains four miniature face masks from their range so that you can try before you buy a full sized version. The masks in this collection are: Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask, Out of Trouble (a mask to banish bad skin), GinZing Mask and the Drink Up Intensive (replenishes moisture back into the skin). The Clear Improvement Charcoal mask is one of my all time favourites for getting rid of congested spotty skin. If you have blemish prone and oily skin this mask will be a winner for you, simply apply once or twice a week and you will see instant, clear results. The other mask that I am very eager to try is the highly raved about GinZing mask which is meant to awaken and brighten your skin, a definite must for cold, wintery December days! This set retails at £30, available from Boots and John Lewis online.

Benefit ‘Real Cheek Party’ Set I received this set last year at Christmas and it has been one of my favourite make up items ever since. It’s such a good way to try out the range of Benefit blushers and their infamous ‘Hoola’ bronzer. The set contains the blushers Dandelion, Coralista, Sugarbomb and Rockateur as well as Watt’s Up highlighter, They’re Real Push Up Liner and They’re Real Push Up Mascara’. This gift set would be a dream for any girl (boyfriends listen up!) and for only £29.50 it is amazing value for a Benefit set! Available from Benefit directly or Boots.

Soap and Glory Sets Every year Soap and Glory release the most beautifully packaged gift sets for great value, the one I love is Soap and Glory’s Soaprise. It comes in six very cute Christmas crackers, each containing ‘Clean on Me’, ‘Sugar Crush’, ‘Foam Call’, ‘Rich and Foamous’, ‘Clean Girls’ and ‘Orangeasm’. My all time favourite is ‘Sugar Crush’ which smells like a mixture of holiday and limes, so gorgeous! These shower gels are perfect to take travelling as they are minatures, which also make them great for testing out the range before buying the full size versions. This cracker set retails at £16 available at Boots.

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Having recently undergone a refurbishment which has included the installation of new washbasins and fresh decor, we are all set to celebrate our 4th Christmas in the village!

I’d like to introduce you to our two new two new members of staff too. Tilly, who is a senior stylist (who’ll be taking care of Nikita’s lovely clients whilst she is on maternity leave), and Simone our new Salon Assistant who is helping with reception and the smooth running of the salon! We have several new beauty services to tell you about... Our therapist Rachel is now offering Individual lash extensions- natural or glamorous, intimate waxing - Californian, Brazilian, Hollywood and, if a spot of relaxation is in order, you might want to book in for one of our new massages. Holistic, Swedish, Aroma, Hot Stones or Indian head are now all now available in-house. Saving the best bit, until last - we are now very exited to announce that we have added ear piercing to our services. At just £12, this popular new favourite includes your choice from a selection of gorgeous starter studs in plain gold, silver or gemstone - and also includes the aftercare package. Perhaps a voucher for this would make an ideal Christmas present for someone? Speaking of which, we’ve just taken delivery of some amazing Paul Mitchell gift packs too! This is my most favourite time of year and always look forward to seeing all our regular clients as well as the new ones that walk through our door and wish everyone - including my amazing team a lovely Christmas and fabulous new year! Love from Emma x


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When Dame Trott sends her son Jack to market, little do they know that swapping Daisy the cow for a handful of beans will result in an overgrown beanstalk, a hungry giant, wicked henchman and fabulous golden treasure. With thrilling adventures, gigantic laughs, spectacular sets and costumes, Jack and the Beanstalk promises to be a giant treat for the whole family. It’s the pantomime you’ve ‘bean’ waiting for! Running from Thursday 10th December 2015 to Sunday 3rd January 2016, this year’s production stars one of Australia’s funniest exports, Mark Little (aka Joe Mangel from Neighbours) as Baron Fleshcreep, Sam Rhodes, from CBBC as Jack, and Gavin & Stacey’s Melanie Walters as the Fairy Godmother! 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 Mark & Mark the cast during rehearsals at the Anvil, here’s what they had to say...

Mark Little - Baron Fleshcreep This is your 14th season doing panto - What is it about this British institution that you love so much? It’s Madcap, It’s crazy - but above all it’s a fun way for all of the family to enjoy a theatre experience together. Panto also provides children with such a great introduction to live performance which, in turn keeps the magic of the stage alive for future generations. Much like my stand up work, Pantomime is an interactive, call & response affair which I thoroughly enjoy. Tell us about Baron Fleshcreep, he sounds sinister... but we all love a baddie! Oh, he his. He’s a real ‘wrongn’, a bully, has got all the money, and is so greedy that he wants it all. Trouble is though, if the truth be told, he’s actually a big scary wuss - and under the spell of his so called friend - the GIANT. You’ll love to hate him.... Booo, hisssssss. 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. Have you ever won any competitions - and what did you win? Crikey, When I was a teen, I won a competition on a local radio station back in Australia. I won a Bay City Rollers Album. I didn’t even know who they were either - so it was probably the worst prize ever! Joe [Mangel] might have liked them though!

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This is your panto debut, What are you looking forward to most? Oh, I am so excited as I have always loved the madness and mahem of it all. I’ve recently become a dad, so the family aspect really appeals to me now. Jack’s a lovely lad too, with a very good heart and I’m really looking forward to the interaction between him an the audience. He’s going to have such a good time and I can’t wait.

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You and Sam are practically joined at the hip - will it be strange working without him? Yes, it does seem that way doesn’t it! Actually, we’ve just finished filming the new series of Junior Bake Off for CBBC which was great fun - so a little break from him will be just fine! It’s not like we don’t see each other all the time anyway, as we work together on so many projects and he’s such a great friend too. Occasionally though, something will come along which gives us the chance to do things on our own [like when he did Celebrity Masterchef] for example. Anyway, he’s promised to come and see the show!

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ime to get the LBD’s out of the wardrobe ladies... Eek, though - BBQ Bum? Pimms Paunch? Limonchello Legs? Whilst a healthy balanced diet and carefully targeted exercise are best for us all year round, many of us will be considering a last ditch attempt at dieting to ensure festive figure perfection.

With so many assumptions that come into play when it comes to weight loss, not to mention the varying tips and advice online, on tv, from friends, from relatives and (dare we say it - we even listen to celebrities too). With so many varying tips available on the subject - it’s often hard to decipher what’s true and what’s a myth. Is it really all about the calories? Does skipping meals actually help you shed those unwanted pounds? These and several other weight loss myths have haunted us for as long as we can remember -- so today, we decided to dig a little deeper and uncover the truth behind what lies beneath some of the most common weight loss myths known to man. Listen closely. Carbs are B-A-D, bad for you! - FALSE Carbs actually provide sufficient energy for the body, including the brain and nervous system. It all comes down to the calories when it comes to weight loss - FALSE Don’t get too caught up in counting calories, as dramatically reducing your calorie intake can lead to loss of muscle mass and low energy. Reducing your fat intake is very important - FALSE While fats typically get a bad reputation, the truth is, “good fats” such as avocado and salmon actually hold a very important place in your diet. Late-night calories will add on the pounds quicker than day-time calories - FALSE Calories DON’T discriminate, or have a clock - they do not know it’s bedtime! Skipping meals is beneficial to weight loss - FALSE The less you eat definitely doesn’t equal to the more weight you will lose. In fact, skipping meals slows down your metabolism, encouraging bad eating habits.


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his months article is going to be more a bit of fun than a serious review. Recently I was lucky enough to be allowed out in a Renault Twizy. For those of you who haven’t seen one before (and its unlikely you’ll have seen one on the road) its kind of a cross between a golf kart and a moped. It’s a small four wheeled fun-mobile with two seats, one behind the other, a steering wheel and a go pedal. It really is that simple! First of all, after climbing in through the scissor doors, it took me a few minutes of trying (and someone from Renault pointing it out) to realise I had already turned it on; one of the joys of electric cars I guess! From there it was press the drive button and off you go. I pushed enthusiastically on the pedal and the little thing whooshed away. The first thing that struck me on the move was the weight of the steering; you expect everything about a tiny car like this to be ultra-light, but in the pursuit of lightness they have dumped the heavy power steering system. It’s fine on the move, but it took some getting used to when manoeuvring. The brakes also felt unassisted and it took a good stamp on the pedal to calm it down on the steep slopes of the alpine test track at Millbrook.

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Fortunately for my safety the Twizy isn’t very powerful, 17bhp to be exact. Being so light helped it though and I spent most of my time flat out at about 40mph, stretching to a buttock clenching 50 on some of the steeper descents. It did struggle on the climbs, but that only made the descents more exciting. When driving a Twizy your mindset is closer to when riding a bike, always going fast at the bottom of steel hills just to reach to top and making the most of gravity on the way down. The cornering at times is alarming, but it’s all fairly predictable. You can feel there is only so much the skinny eco tyres can withstand. The range is reasonable for how this car is actually going to be used. Treating it the way I did I could probably have gone for 45 minutes to an hour before I ran out, so cruising round town would be no problem. As to the practicality; forget it! As you can probably tell I thoroughly enjoyed myself and can’t recommend one enough. Realistically this is going to be nothing more than a play thing for everyone who lives outside London Zone 1, but if you ever get a chance to have a go make sure you take it. Or if you do just happen to have a spare £7K lying around then this may be the least responsible, but most enjoyable purchase you’ve made for a long time.




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Being sold with no onward chain a rarely available and much sought after 3 bedroom semi-detached character property located in the aspirational village of Beenham. The property is well placed to take advantage of the acclaimed village pub & restaurant along with the outstanding countryside that surrounds the village, yet is only a 7 minute drive from Theale mainline rail station, with its direct trains into London Paddington, and junction 12 of the M4. Believed to date back to the 17th Century, the property has been in its current ownership for the last 11 years and has been well maintained and sensibly improved.


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• Desirable village location

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• Edwardian family home

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• No onward chain

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Parkers are pleased to present this executive detached family home with a newly built barn style 3-car garage including a room above which offers home office or annex potential. The main house has been fully modernised with new bathrooms, replacement kitchen, Upvc double glazing and recent oil fired boiler. Externally, there is a large gravel driveway approached by electric gates and a good size well screened rear garden. Hillside is a small select development with easy access to the village centre, schools and amenities.

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A well presented detached family home situated in the Popular area of Pamber Heath. Accommodation on the ground floor comprises of an Entrance hall, cloakroom, fitted kitchen, dining room, lounge, family room and shower room . The first floor has 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Outside is a n attached garage, driveway and an enclosed small rear garden.

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Pensions & Employer Auto Enrolment with Mark Penston & Sarah Walker The law on workplace pensions has changed and every employer with at least one member of staff now has new duties including automatically enrolling eligible employees in to a pension scheme that the employer has set up. As financial planners for individuals we work with a trusted partner to provide our clients with guidance and support on Auto enrolment matters. I asked Sarah Walker of One Pension Consultancy what advice she would give to employers or employees on Auto enrolment. This is what Sarah said... Between January and March next year, roughly 100,000 small employers will need to comply with auto-enrolment and workplace pension legislation. This pattern is set to continue with an increasing number of employers being subject to the new legislation. Many employers believe that auto-enrolment is simply about paying into a pension on behalf of their employees. Although this is a very important part of the legislation, if you are an employer it is crucial that you understand what action you need to take when. Here are some key steps we would recommend to help ensure you don’t fall foul of the requirements:

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Find out what your staging date is. This is the date from which you need to comply. You can find this out by visiting The Pension Regulators website. Consider what workers you have and what actions you need to take with different categories. Select a pension provider and set your pension up as early as possible. The pension you use needs to meet certain requirements. This means that even if you are already paying into a pension on behalf of your employees, it won’t necessarily comply with the legislation. Also bear in mind there is a significant increase in the number of employers staging from next year. This is likely to impact on market capacity. Act now to ensure you are still able to make the right choices. Communicate with your staff – there are statutory requirements with regards to what you need to tell employees. You may also want to think about providing information over and above this level to ensure they understand what will happen and when. Consider your processes – auto-enrolment isn’t just a one-off exercise. Action may need to be taken every time you pay your employees. Make sure you know the processes and allocate duties. Make sure you keep records – The Pensions Regulator requires you keep certain information on the pension, in some case for at least six years! If you are an employer, make sure you get to grips with the requirements and what is expected of you. Significant fines could be imposed if you don’t!

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Gardening T

he nights are closing in and gardens are winding down for the colder months but let's not forget that autumn is nature's time for planting. Before the frosts start, you can put in new plants or move established ones to better positions. Now is a good time to plant shrubs and hedging as the soil is warm enough to encourage rout growth, even if the air is cold. Acer, hawthorn and birch all give wonderful seasonal displays in gold. red and orange. Cotoeasters are loaded with red or yellow berries, which birds feast on. Do your bit for wildlife by planting native hedges, such as hazel, and the already mentioned hawthorn and birch. It will help encourage a host of wildlife as well as bringing nature and diversity into your garden.

Tulip bulbs can go in the ground now and this is your last chance to plant all rather spring bulbs. You'll be glad of the effort in the spring. Five inches is the right depth for bulbs that will be lifted after flowering, or eight inches for permanent planting. Plant them on a good sprinkle of horticultural grit to help with drainage too. If you’ve planted any bulbs in howls, place them in the dark and water them when the soil gets dry.

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Get fruity this month and plant fruit trees and soft fruit ready for next year. Apple. pear and plum trees are in the garden centre nub,along with raspberry, Blackcurrant and gooseberry bushes. It’s the right tree to plant them for a ripe harvest next summer.

As we’re approaching the frost season, remember to protect tender p!ants with horticultural fleece.

When planting shrubs and trees, add slowacting fertiliser to the planting hole and be generous with the compost to get them off to a healthy start.

Move containers close to the house so they are less exposed to the elements.

Its lovely to still have colour in the garden at this time of year. Cyclamen and crysanthemums add welcome bursts of colour. Winter flowering pansies look good in containers or could add clusters in your borders to brighten up dull patches. Or how about a Christmas rose for a wintery display of white flowers?

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leaves, but leave it a hit untidy for wildlife togo about their business. Roughly dig over empty patches of your borders and dig insome manure so it will he broken dawn by next spring. Don't forget wild birds! Put bird feed or scraps on a bird table, and add nuts to your bird feeders, along with a water source that's kept topped up. Happy Gardening!




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by Rob Barnes


hen it comes to creating dazzling, immersive and epic cinematic worlds few do it better than Director Ridley Scott. The visual auteur who has brought us such classics as Blade Runner, Alien and Gladiator blasts back to form with The Martian, the story of a rather unfortunate astronaut who find himself stranded on Mars some 140 million miles away from Earth. Based on Andy Weir’s novel of the same name we follow the plight of Mark Watney (Matt Damon), a botanist who is left for dead after a devastating windstorm forces his crew to abandon their mission on the red planet. Watney’s task is daunting, his rations will only get him so far and he faces the challenge of trying to stay alive long enough for the next rescue mission that’s not due for four years. By chance Watney happens to be a botanist, as he puts it ‘the best botanist on the planet’ and so he gets to work on rigging an irrigation system from what’s left of his craft to help grow a mass stockpile of potatoes planted in poo. What follows is rip roaring adventure that has just the right amount of science, thrills and humour to keep you completely captivated. Sir Ridley has not always found the script to match his vivid imagination (Exodus: Gods and Kings, Prometheus, The Counsellor) but thanks to Drew Goddard’s stellar screenplay and

an A-list cast this sci-fi trip fires on all cylinders. Jessica Chastain’s portrayal of Lewis the steely yet guilt-ridden mission commander is well balanced, whilst back at mission control Nasa director Teddy Sander, played by Jeff Daniels, hams it up to perfection as the Nasa director plotting to bring his man home. Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Kristen Wing (Knocked Up, Bridesmaids), Kate Mara (House of Cards) and Sean Bean complete the supporting cast but the shining star is undoubtedly Matt Damon. We’ve grown accustomed to the all out action films that have cemented Damon as a true hollywood star (Bourne franchise, Elysium) but this role allows him the chance to turn on the charm and humour that make this film such a joy to watch. Through video diaries and satellite communications we watch a man literally acting with himself creating an intimate rapport with the audience that has you cheering his every endeavour.

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Whilst The Martian is certainly not a comedy it’s so refreshing to see a film that doesn’t take itself too seriously and is happy to dish out an equal measure of laughs and thrills mixed with a retro 70s disco soundtrack that really elevates the movie. And all the while Scott does he what he does best: conjuring up an eyepopping galactic spectacle that is only heightened by its 3D presentation. Whilst I admit I’m a shameless Ridley Scott fanboy this is a film that has something for everyone and whilst there is the odd flaw - a slightly miscast Sean Bean and the cheesy global TV broadcast of the final act - these are easily forgiven. The Martian is quite simply popcorn cinema at it’s very best, a treat well worthy of its ballistic box office success.

"A must see" 4/5

The Naughtiest Girl in the School

By Enid Blyton

I am not the naughtiest girl at my school, but I am definitely the naughtiest girl at home. Do you know a child who prefers television to books? My parents do … it’s me! But I adore The Naughtiest Girl in the School by Enid Blyton. Imagine all those wicked tricks that children fantasize about playing. Elizabeth does them all at her boarding school. She refuses to go to bed (like me) and pins stockings on the back of her teacher’s skirt. She even deliberately pours ink on to her bedside rug. And that is just the first week. She is determined to get expelled … However, Whyteleaf is a school like no other. The children make their own rules and also decide the punishments. Don’t you think Elizabeth will find this humiliating? I won’t tell you what happens – you can read it for yourself. Such a brilliant book!

By Alina, aged 10, Garland Junior School. 28



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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.

Mortimer St. John’s School is holding their annual bonfire and fireworks night on Saturday 7th November. This year it’s in the field behind The Avenue (that runs up to Drury Lane). Gates open at 5pm and the firework display commences at 6.45pm. There will be plenty of refreshments including a hog roast, soup and a licensed bar... There is no parking on site so please park in Mortimer and walk down. A torch will come in handy! Tickets are priced at £4 per adult and £3 per child and available from Mortimer Post Office, Dad’s Shop and Wellers in Burghfield. Tickets also available on the gate for £5 per adult and £3 per child. Pangbourne Primary School, Pangbourne. Saturday November 7th Gates open at 5:30pm, fireworks at approx 7pm Friends of Pangbourne Primary School Annual Fireworks Fiesta, with fantastic fireworks, brilliant bonfire, exciting entertainment, plus BBQ, chocolate tombola, West Berkshire beer, mulled wine, hot drinks. 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 in advance, or £10 on the gate. Children 11 and under – FREE! Family ticket – £30 for up to 5 family members. Children 11 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Silchester’s Bonfire & Firework night will be held in the paddock behind Silchester House on Saturday 2nd November. Gates open 6pm Advance purchase tickets will be available from Jay at Pamber Stores and from the Calleva Arms. Advance ticket prices are: adults £6.00, children £3.00 or a family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children at £15.00 if purchased before closing time on Friday 1st November.

Swallowfield Farley Hill School - Sparks In The Park. Saturday 7th November - Gates open at 6pm Huge bonfire, professional fireworks display, live music, food & drink All in the stunning grounds of Swallowfield Park. Tickets are on sale at local retail outlets – Lockley Farm, Arborfield Store, Swallowfield Stores, The Crown Pub, Henry Street Garden Centre, Spencers Wood Store.

Baughurst Scout and Guide Group Firework Display Adams Field, Baughurst. Saturday 7th November - Gates open 6pm, fire lit at 6.45pm, fireworks start at 7pm. Huge bonfire, hot food and drinks, licensed bar, tombola, glowsticks for sale. Please come and join us at this fantastic annual community event provided for you by the Baughurst Scout and Guide Group Tickets £15 family (£18 on gate), £7 adult, £4 children

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Thursday 5th November • Before and after school care from 8am-6pm • Sibling Discount

• Nursery Grant available • A wide range of diverse clubs


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With nurseries in Reading, Burghfield & Tadley, Little Tots Nurseries have an excellent reputation for providing the highest quality of care and education for children aged from 2 to 5 years. The Montessori philosophy is to teach children independence from an early age. Every child will learn at their own pace and is treated as an individual.

Burghfield Nursery Opening Hours 9.00am until 1.00pm Monday and Friday 9.00am until 3.00pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday Term time nursery education for 2-5 year olds.

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1st Burghfield & Sulhamstead Scouts This year has been a year of international scouting for 1st Burghfield & Sulhamstead Scout Group. Forty of our young people have had the experience of a lifetime this summer with trips to three different continents: Europe, Africa and Asia. After several challenging selection weekends, and lots of hard work fundraising, some of our Scouts jetted off to Japan to join the 23rd World Scout Jamboree. A three week long experience joining up with 30,000 other Scouts and Guides from across the globe with a theme of ‘Wa’ meaning harmony, unity, friendship and peace. Other members of the Group gave up their time for a three week trip to Uganda to help build classrooms for a local village, whilst the rest went to Norway to camp by the Fjords for an exchange trip. Between all the Scouts we estimate they have travelled over 100,000 miles this summer and experienced other cultures, local customs and just as importantly made many new friends from across the world. For those that didn’t manage the trips abroad this year there have been many other exciting opportunities and in particular we have had a number of Scouts

completing both Bronze & Silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards plus had our first group successfully complete their Gold DofE Expedition in the wilds of Snowdonia. Platinum and Diamond Chief Scout Awards have been attained alongside this, with several Scouts well on their way to completing the Queen’s Scout Award – the top achievement in Scouting. The challenges within these Awards are all about creating independence in a safe and controlled environment and consist of community involvement, personal skill and physical development as well as expedition planning and participation. These qualifications and the experiences abroad are a good addition to any CV and show dedication and drive to any perspective employer. If you or your child would like to join the great adventure in Pang Valley District or you would be interested in helping out in some way, then please contact our group at burghfieldgsl@outlook. com. Scouting is for all ages from 6 to 106! 33

Well done Leaders from Burghfield, Mortimer and Aldermaston Brownies have been celebrating receiving Long Service Awards for eight of its Leaders. The County Commissioner, Jenny King and County President, Jane Bingham awarded a number of Long Service awards to local Leaders. These awards recognise the many volunteer hours the leaders put in to run Rainbow, Brownie and Guide units. With one 30 year award, five awards for 10 years volunteering and two leaders hitting the 5 year milestone - that’s a total of 90 years volunteering! Lynda Jones, Leader 3rd Burghfield Brownies said “When I first started with Guiding I never dreamt that 10 years on I would still be involved but the smiling faces that greet me every meeting and all the activities and events I have been involved in have been so much fun.” In the same ceremony Jackie Lewis from 1st Burghfield Rainbows was awarded her Leadership Qualification Certificate. Well done ladies!

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If you’re looking for a way to kick-start your Christmas and get in the holiday spirit, then look no further! Put Sunday 6th December in your diary and prepare for a treat! StageAbility Stage School will be performing Cinderella The Pantomime right on our doorstep this year. They are bringing the magic to the Burghfield CSA where 40 local children will be involved in singing, acting and dancing their way through well-known songs and a well-loved story. With children aged 7 to 17 in this year’s cast, you can be assured of a fantastic evening of boo-ing, cheering, singing, water squirting and sweet throwing! All your favourite characters will take to the stage to tell this tale - Prince Charming, Dandini, the Ugly Sisters and Buttons - as well as some characters you may not have seen before, like the hilarious trainee fairies. Will they make it through their training? Come along with your flashing swords and wands, get a drink from the bar and kick start your family Christmas. On Sunday 6th December there will be a Matinee Performance at 3pm and an Evening Show at 7pm. Tickets are £10 (£8 concessions) with discounts for groups of ten or more. So why not bring the grandparents as well as the kids and enjoy a family trip to this show. Tickets can be purchased and printed from www.stageability.ticketsource.co.uk Come and join the fun!

St. Joseph’s is shortlisted for two National Independent School Awards St. Joseph’s College, Reading has been shortlisted in two categories of the prestigious Times Educational Supplement Independent School Awards. The awards are open to over two thousand schools. St. Joseph’s is one of just four schools on the shortlist in the Financial/Commercial category. The selection of St Joseph’s reflects its radical initiative to restructure the fees, resulting in them becoming up to 30% lower than comparable independent day schools, whilst at the same time beginning a major programme of capital expenditure. The outcome of the strategy is improved facilities and a significant rise in pupil numbers. St. Joseph’s is also one of five finalists in the Marketing category,

which recognises the school’s advertising campaign, Things are happening at St Joseph’s, which was key in communicating the positive impact of the changes taking place at the school to the wider community. Both strategies have produced outstanding results and fulfilled its objective to provide more affordable private education. Andrew Colpus, Headmaster at St Joseph’s, said: “St Joseph’s is a school that has been transformed over the last few years, and the significant increase in our pupil numbers is testament to this.” The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 27 November. Good luck!

Stageability Open Mornings Friday 6 November Tuesday 24 November

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Choosing a Nursery Jubilee Gems is a term-time nursery set in the beautiful Berkshire countryside offering exceptional care for babies through to children aged 5. We provide an exciting range of learning and play opportunities where your child will be happy, nurtured and encouraged to develop and achieve their potential.


e understand that choosing a nursery for your child can be overwhelming. Here at Gems, we have created a home from home atmosphere where parents can feel confident that their children are receiving high quality care. We are small and friendly and it’s something both our children and parents love about us. Jubilee Gems has specifically designed, age-appropriate play spaces and gardens and a large paddock for children to explore and discover their outdoor world. We also have our own private woodland and working farm! Every day is full of fun and learning whilst our specialist practitioners ensure the Early Years Foundation Stage is embedded in all that we do.

To receive a prospectus and make an appointment to come and visit us, please contact us today. Call Sian, our nursery manager, on 01189 834 018, email info@jubileegems.co.uk or visit www.jubileegems.co.uk Located in School Road, Padworth, Berkshire RG7 4JA 36

Many people talk about a ‘gut feeling’ when they are looking for a nursery –we like to think the warmth of our team and our setting contribute to that. It’s important to get a feel for who will be looking after your child and for the nursery itself – so why not drop in and see for yourself? We also offer 2, 3 and 4 year- old government funding along with a variety of sessions. “Jubilee Gems has been a totally brilliant environment for my children to flourish. Excellent staff and outdoor facilities mean I know my girls are always guaranteed an exciting day whilst I go to work!” Gems Parent, ‘Parent Survey 2015’

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


A school set in the heart of the village A well-resourced, bright learning environment

GCSE & A Level Courses and Retake Programmes starting in September

Creative, fun curriculum

Small classes which focus on individuals

An education based on Christian principles

Excellent academic results Free transport from Aldermaston Station

Specialist sports and music coaching Warm, caring staff We foster a love of learning

“If you are looking for something to make a difference to your child’s education, our approach is aimed at bringing out the best in students and our academic record is testimony to its success. Why not come and visit us to find out more about what we have to offer” John Aguilar, Principal

Visit us anytime. Please contact the Headteacher: Nicola Sumner 0118 933 2242



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



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Merry Christmas!

Smoked salmon served with lemon puree, fennel, horseradish crème fraiche and soda bread Goats cheese, rosemary and fig tart served with dressed salad leaves Terrine of game served with port infused Cumberland sauce


Baked escalope of turkey topped with a chestnut and parsley mousse served with a cranberry and port jus Braised beef steak served with a shallot puree and seasonal mushroom sauce Salmon en croute served with stem ginger, sultanas and sauce messine Wild mushroom, chestnut and pea risotto served with truffle oil All served with mini roast potatoes and glazed seasonal vegetables

Enjoy lunch or dinner during December from £20.95 per person in Sands Restaurant To book please call 0118 940 8600


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SUNDAY 29TH NOVEMBER 11AM-3PM Children’s Nearly New Sale, Gift Stalls and Refreshments, 2pm - 4pm Sunday 29th November at Burghfield Village Hall. There will be cake, tea, coffee and hot food including noodles & homemade soup. Stalls include include ladies, mens & children’s fashion, English and Welsh cheese and chutney, greetings cards, jewellery, crafts, Christmas gifts, toys, Forever Living and many more. There is also a tombola. Entrance is free. All of the money raised will go towards Willink Schools Costa Rica and Nicaragua expedition in July 2017.

MORTIMER Christmas Fair

SATURDAY 21ST NOVEMBER 2PM - 4:30PM Mortimer St. Johns Infant school, Mortimer. With over 20 different vendors ranging from Health & Beauty, Jewellery to Crafts, Face Painting and Arts & Crafts for the Kids - it’s a great opportunity for a spot or early Christmas shopping - with some great bargains! Entry is free and refreshments will be available.



Shopping! BURGHFIELD VILLAGE Christmas Fair

11am -2pm, SATURDAY 28th NOVEMBER A fun village school fair selling a variety of goods suitable as Christmas gifts as well as a raffle and refreshments.


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The evening will start at 6.00pm with a Christmas Market in the Ambrose Allen Centre. There will also be entertainment and refreshments available. At 6.30pm Tadley Band and the Tadley and Hurst Singers will perform and sing carols followed by the switching on of the lights at 7.00pm by CBBCs Mark Rhodes and Gavin & Stacey’s Melanie Walters. Father Christmas will be coming along too!


Theale Village Hall, Englefield Road, will be hosting a Christmas Shopping evening. With stalls selling soaps, candles, jewellery Christmas decorations, books and much more other Christmas gifts, we think you are bound to find the perfect gift for friends and family. Raising money for HeadSmart there is an entrance Fee of 50p per person (with a lucky door prize), a raffle and refreshments available.


12 NOON - 3:30 pm, SATURDAY 28TH NOVEMBER St Mary’s Church Hall, Church Lane, Raising funds for St Mary’s Church and the PCSOs’ Annual Community Event. There will be a Blacksmith Demo, Farm Animals, a Cake Stall, Craft Stalls, Gift Stalls and a visit from Father Christmas too! Anyone who is interested in having a stall should contact Ann Young on 0118 988 2120

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There’s a new face at The Willink Leisure Centre and he’s going to be making a splash. Is it me...or does he look familiar? The Willink Leisure Centre has recently welcomed a new Centre Manager, but there have been whispers around the sports complex as this is not a new face...

And let’s not forget the pool. There are public sessions, family fun sessions, 50+, disabled swim and ladies only sessions. Getting active is the key, however you choose to do it.

In an interesting turn of events, new Centre Manager Matt Bowsher actually started his career at The Willink Leisure Centre as a Life Guard when he was a teenager!

Until the end of November, to celebrate Matt’s arrival, 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. So why not let them help you on the road back to fitness?

Exercise is known to help with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) with experts telling us that taking part in a regular workout will have their sense of well-being boosted by a flood of feel-good endorphins. There’s a 27 Station Gym over at The Willink with state-ofthe-art equipment and enthusiastic staff to help you get fit. Of course, it doesn’t have to be a gym work out that you do. There’s so many different activities to choose from at this flourishing centre. Why not try a group exercise class? There is everything from Street Dance to Body Combat. Book a badminton court or play basketball in the sports hall. There are tennis courts and a netball court as well as an all-weather pitch.

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Following Kyle Stewart’s promotion to sister ‘centre’ Cotswold in Tilehurst, Matt is keen to continue the success of this already-busy leisure complex, and also wants to encourage new users who may find the thought of starting to exercise quite daunting. He says, “Many people say that the best time of year to join a gym is in the Autumn so that you can get into a routine and start enjoying it. Don’t wait until the post-Christmas rush. Get a head start!” he told us.

We’d like to wish Matt all the best with his new appointment and we look forward to seeing The Willink Leisure Centre go from strength to strength. Good luck!

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Having been away to University and subsequently gained management experience at a number of other Legacy Centres - one being The Kennet Centre in Thatcham - Matt has now come full circle and brings his wealth of experience back to the Willink.

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