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utumn is truly upon us as we bring you the October issue of Village Eye. Yes, it’s time to cast aside those sun hats and shades, and swap them for a scarf and some boots. Help is at hand, however, as Village Eye helps you to embrace all that is Autumn within wit these pages. First of all, our cover sponsor this month is Blissimi, the beautiful medispa based in Spencers Wood. Not only can they offer some exquisite treatments eatments for f parched locks and thirsty skin, they are also holding a Christmas Shopping Event on 21st October which will give you product pr discounts, hair and beauty taster sessions, some fantastic raffle r prizes and all with a glass of Prosecco. To top it all, Blissimi are also offering a fantastic competition to win a Pamper Me package. Turn T to page 9 to find out more.


Our regular columnist, Megan, also gives us her ‘Winter must-haves’ from the beauty world and this month it’s all about hydration. You’ll find her favourite products on page11.

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So once you’ve sorted out your personal grooming, why not check out the new Autumn/Winter collections over at Parkway Shopping? They have some beautiful new collections. Do you need asking twice? Turn to pages 4 and 5 for a preview! previe


If you y find yourself feeling a little low when summer is over, you may find our article on page 10 10 an interesting esting read. Sharon Briggs, a holistic therapist based in Thatcham, gives us some tips for or winter winter wellbeing. w


Some of us like lik to indulge in a little comfort food when the colder weather comes in. If that’s you y then you will just love our recipe on page 7. Yes, we’re delighted to welcome Jamie Oliver Oliver back to Village Eye magazine with his mouthwatering recipe for a truly comforting one-pan supper. supper If you y celebrate celebr Hallowe’en, but lack a little creativity when it comes to making a Jack O’ Lantern, there are some lovely ideas for pumpkin carving on page 28. Why not give it a go? Whether you’re cosying up inside now that the weather has turned colder, or out y and about kicking up the leaves, there’s sure to be something within the pages for you tthis month.

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Mortimer launches its very own Buy Nothing project! Wondering what it’s all about? Buy Nothing is a community project, facilitated via Facebook. The idea is to give freely and share widely. Buy Nothing Projects are taking place in communities all over the world. Post anything you'd like to give away, lend, or share among neighbours. Ask for anything you'd like to receive for free or borrow. It’s a gift economy! What might you see in a Buy Nothing group? They’ve seen it all! People give clothes, dinners, plants, rabbits, cement blocks, eggs and beds. There’s no limit to what you can give or receive, so long as it’s legal. It’s the services offered and off-beat requests that

are perhaps the most touching. A Buy Nothing Project had a nurse offering her time to care for an elderly person or give childcare. A man asked for blackberries for wine he’s making and then shared the wine with the whole community. And a 10 year-old girl whose family just had a house fire received clothing from their local Buy Nothing Project. The group develops community on a hyperlocal scale which means that only Mortimerians can use this Facebook page, but if you live outside Mortimer, why not start a little Buy Nothing project in your community and help even more people get to know their neighbours! Just contact http:// buynothingproject.org/ contact/ and they’ll get you started!

READING STORE TO OPEN IN SUMMER OF 2016 Village Eye has been following the progress of IKEA since rumours first started circulating back in 2011 that there were plans afoot for an IKEA store to be built at the derelict Pincents Lane site in Calcot. Planning permission was finally granted in 2012 for a 40,000 square metre store over three floors, a multistorey car park with 1100 spaces, cafe, creche facilities and a bus interchange area. Last year, however, the store applied to reduce the size of the store to two levels instead of three, reducing the height by eight metres. The construction managers RG Group are currently on-site preparing the store and the team can be seen frequenting Sainsburys Calcot of a lunchtime. It will be interesting to see how the store progresses in the coming months. Local residents have expressed concerns over the amount of traffic that will visit the store. IKEA will be contributing around £5m in developer’s contributions to try and mitigate the impact of the store on local roads. J Breheny Contractors have been appointed to manage and deliver the works on IKEA’s behalf. Only time will tell what the impact may be, but we hope it’s a successful store opening and the impact on residents in kept to a minimum. Exciting times for IKEA lovers! Dime Bars and Meatballs anyone?


Following our article in the spring about Levi’s Wish to Walk, we are delighted to bring you some fabulous follow-up news. You may remember that Spencers Wood school boy, Levi, suffers from a condition called spastic diplegia cerebral palsy and is unable to walk unaided. Levi’s Wish to Walk was set up at the beginning of the year to raise £50,000 for selective dorsal rhizotomy surgery which could not be funded by the NHS. If successful, the surgery would have allowed Levi to have muchincreased mobility and independence.

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However, after raising £15,000 the NHS agreed - after going to panel - to provide ovide the treatment which could change Levi’s life forever. The operation took place during ing August and on Saturday, Saturda September 5th, he was able to return home three weeks after receiving the life-changing operation at Liverpool’s Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. Keara Ward, Levi’s sister said: “He’s already able to stand independently which is amazing because he couldn’t do that before the surgery.” The six-year-old, who lives in pain from the muscle stiffness caused by his condition, will now have to undergo intensive physiotherapy four times a week plus whatever physio his family can do with him too. The family are building a physio room at the house and because most of the building materials were donated by local companies, the family are going to use the donated money to purchase Levi all his equipment which will include a running machine, walking frames, balance boards and physiotherapist sessions. We’d like to wish Levi all the luck for the future.


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Chris, our Happy Hero. Inset: with his lovely daughter Charley


ell what can we say that hasn’t already been said? Quite a lot actually, because some of the team here at Village Eye know our new local hero, Chris Henkey quite well. As anyone who knows ”Henks” will tell you, he loves a bit of drama now and then, be that at the Village May Fayre or on the rugby field... But nobody could second guess the extent of the drama which would unfold as he approached the end of a glorious and distingushed 42 year career as a Captain of the British Airways Fleet. Following the now - infamous - flight from Las Vegas to London Gatwick, Chris had arranged to go out to Barbados and meet up with his lovely daughter Charley (26) who also lives in Burghfield to have a celebratory retirement holiday. You see, international flights are to Chris what a local bus or rail trip is to the rest of us.

But at 4.13pm (Las Vegas time) on the 8th September, Chris became the reluctant centre of worldwide focus when an engine on his BA flight 2276 burst into flames just before take-off. Chris swung into action, bringing the plane to a swift halt, safely evacuating all 157 passengers and 13 crew. Despite our nomination and local award for the big man we have to admit we can’t beat the international press comments that “Captain Henkey was seen shortly afterwards in the

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Terminal building apologising profusely for the “mess”, checking everyone was OK and reportedly offering to buy everyone drinks at the bar! “Someone even nominated him to replace Daniel Craig as James Bond 007. Ooh eerr. Chris is no stranger to bars either Hold on…that’s not what we meant! As well as being a BA Pilot, Chris used to be the esteemed Landlord the Hatch Gate pub in Burghfield Village where he lived for many years with his family in a big old house off the side of ‘The Hatch’. “Chris’ summer and Christmas house parties were legendary in their own right, and he used to help organise a New Year’s Day Hockey Match on The Hatch green too. And that’s only the half of it. Chris, who now lives with his fiancé in Padworth has had a prolific past in fund-raising for the local community. For many years, Chris was the stalwart of the Burghfield May Fayre committee and took on a huge part of the organising and final support in the BRA (Residents Association). It’s kind of hard to believe that a man who takes sheer delight in catching raw eggs in the egg throwing competition on a Sunday afternoon is then seated and belted on a huge 747 first thing Monday morning. He certainly liked to run a tight and efficient May Fayre - except [ahem] may we remind him of the year when he completely forgot to buy the eggs or fetch the Tug of War rope!

Chris’ other passion in life is rugby and he is noted for his input from the Terrace Bar or more importantly his unfailing support of the RFU charity “The Wooden Spoon”. Even though we know that Chris will say he was just doing his job there are a minimum of 170 passengers and their families who we’re sure will hail him nothing short of a hero in their eyes - and for that, he’s now our own ‘Local Hero’ too. We’re sure Chris is in for nothing “like a quiet start to his retirement and he richly deserves all the praise he is sure to get. And, if you see him, be sure to buy that man a drink!


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cai (pronounced ah-sah-e) berries are often touted as a superfood. This South American palm tree berry is sold as a supplement due to its long list of healthy claims. Receiving [junk] emails daily on their supposed miracle weight loss benefits, we decided to dig a little bit further into some of the truths about these miniscule [apparently] wonderberries Myth: Acai berries are a superfood. Fact: Acai berries were first called a superfood on the “Oprah Winfrey Show” in 2004. Acai berries could be considered a superfood, but for optimal health, focus on enjoying a variety of whole foods in their natural form instead of on any one superfood. Myth: Since acai berries have little calories, they have little nutritional benefits. Fact: The reddish-purple colour of the acai berry indicates it contains anthocyanins, a pigment that acts as an antioxidant. They also contain flavonoids, which can reduce inflammation and fiber, which has benefits related to heart disease, diabetes and increases feelings of fullness. They also contain vitamins A, B1, C and E as well as calcium, potassium, phosphorus and iron. Myth: Acai berries

can aid with weight loss, reduce arthritis, improve libido, reverse aging, fight cancer, lower cholesterol and act as a toxin cleanse. Fact: There isn’t currently enough scientific evidence to support weight-loss claims or many other claims made about acai berries. The research in animals and petri dishes (in vitro) does indicate that the berry may have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and may be protective against heart disease. Myth: Acai berries are natural, so products made from acai berries are safe. Fact: Acai berries are found as a juice, frozen, freeze-dried and in pill form. There have been no reported side effects from the acai berry or its juice, but products made with acai berries may have ingredients that may be unsafe for certain people. Examples include different forms of caffeine, which can increase heart rate or ingredients that may pose a risk if a large amount of juice is consumed — potassium may interfere with medications and sugar may affect blood-glucose levels. Our verdict? For weight loss? Probably avoid! If you want to lose weight, a sensible eaing plan coupled with a helping of regular exercise is almost certainly a safer option...



This truly comforting one-pan supper contains three of our 5-a-day, and the chicken fulfils half of our daily vitamin B12 , helping us make healthy red blood cells.

SERVES 4 1 HOUR 20 MINUTES 421 CALORIES 1 onion 1 leek 4 cloves of garlic 2 rashers of higher-welfare smoked pancetta 2 sprigs of fresh rosemary olive oil 2 fresh bay leaves

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Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/gas 5. Peel the onion and cut into eighths, trim, wash and slice the leek, peel and slice the garlic. Place a large ovenproof casserole pan on a medium heat. Finely slice the pancetta, pick and finely chop the rosemary leaves. Stir regularly for 2 minutes, then add the garlic, followed by the onion and leek. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring regularly.

Meanwhile, chop the squash or sweet potato (wash first) into bite-sized chunks, leaving the skin on and discarding any squash seeds. I like to cut the stalk and face off the mushrooms because it looks nice - just add trimmings straight into the pan along with the whole mushrooms and chopped squash or sweet potato. Remove and discard the chicken skin and add the chicken to the pan. Pour in the wine and let it reduce slightly, then add the tomatoes and break them up with a wooden spoon. Half-fill each tin with water, swirl about, pour into the pan and mix it all together. Destone the olives, then poke them into the stew. Bring to a gentle simmer, then transfer to the oven to cook for 1 hour, or until thick. Delicious. The chicken falls off the bone and the squash or sweet potato is lovely and tender. Season to perfection, then serve with bread to mop up that tasty sauce.

Jamie’s Everyday Super Food makes eating well exciting, delicious, easy and fun. No matter how busy you are, you’ll find that healthy eating the Jamie way is both straight forward and achievable, making it super easy to choose exactly the kind of meals that suit you. The book is divided into breakfasts, lunches and dinners, and every tasty meal is nutritionally balanced so that any combination over the day will bring you in under your recommended daily allowance of calories, allowing you to enjoy snacks and drinks on the side. You can eat Smoothie Pancakes with Berries, Banana, Yoghurt and Nuts for breakfast, Tasty Fish Tacos with Game-Changing Kiwi, Lime and Chilli Salsa for lunch and Griddled Steak and Peppers with Herby-Jewelled Tabbouleh Rice for dinner, and still be healthy! Whether you dip in and out of it, eat from the book Monday to Friday or use it faithfully every day for a month, it’s totally up to you. In Everyday Super Food, Jamie’s done all the hard work for you - all you need to do is choose a delicious recipe, cook it up and, most importantly, enjoy it. Every meal in this book is a good choice and will bring you a step closer to a healthier, happier you. Everyday Super Food by Jamie Oliver is published by Penguin Random House


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t is that time of year again, the darker nights are drawing in, you go to work in the dark and come home in the dark, the temperature is dropping and the Christmas paraphernalia is already in the shops; winter must be on its way. It may be gloomy outside but your outlook does not have to be. It is important that you keep those happy endorphins in check and a positive mood, why? Because it can help you avoid things like gaining weight, low mood and tiredness.

During the winter months some people produce higher than normal levels of melatonin, resulting in SAD symptoms (Seasonal Affective Disorder) such as sleepiness and low energy levels, so here are a few tips to help increase that feel good factor and improve your winter well-being Get your groove on – In winter it is easy to get home at the end of the day, put your comfies on, have a cup of tea and watch the TV, but don’t make it a habit for every evening. Put on those trainers and get moving. The effects of working out can last for several hours, you will have more energy and those feel good chemicals will be flowing. Winterise your workout! Research shows that exercising outside can lift your spirits, but if you can’t get outside, go to the gym. If the gym doesn’t cut it for you, put on a workout DVD at home, or put the radio on and ‘just dance’ around. Eat your way upbeat - What you eat has a great effect on your mood and energy. Refined and processed foods (like white breads, rice, and sugar) are best avoided as they are not only devoid of the nutrients your


body craves, but your energy levels can drop and in turn that can affect your mood, causing depression, lack of concentration, and mood swings. Eating more complex carbohydrates such as whole wheat breads, brown rice, fruit and vegetables will foods provide your body and mind with the good stuff that stabilises your blood sugar and your energy levels. Don’t forget to keep that all important water intake up. Real People not Virtual – Human interaction is essential to our mental well-being so forget Facebook, turn off Twitter and force yourself out and make some face to face connections. When you need a pick me up and feeling a bit down, contact a friend. Something as simple as a walk or a catch up over coffee can lift the spirits and brighten the mood. It is also an opportunity to get out in the community and try something new. See what courses are on at the local college, take up a new activity or hobby. Take a Chill Pill – Life is busy. You feel like you wouldn’t look out of place at the circus, with everything you have to juggle and fit in. Everyone needs some time off and some me time. Try to spend a few minutes every day doing nothing. Relaxation in the form of yoga and meditation has huge benefits for mental well-being which can help alleviate the symptoms of low mood and depression. Having a treatment such as massage or reflexology can help the body, leaving it with a calm energy. If this is not for you just, sit quietly and read a book or magazine or listen to some relaxing music. See the light and embrace the season There is nothing we can do about the weather. It is what it is, so we can moan about it or embrace it. Sunlight provides us with the Vitamin D we need and it also helps our mood but because of the cold weather and shorter day people spend less time outdoors. Dress for the season and try and get more time outside. Throw open those curtains to let the light in. Try to see the positives in the winter season - nice woollen scarves, open fires, hot toddies, crunchy leaves under foot. Be mindful, look around and see the beauty in this season.

Living and working in Thatcham, Sharon Briggs is a professional holistic therapist who combines talking therapies and holistic therapies including Life Coaching, Counselling, Meridian Psychotherapy and Hypnotherapy to help work through problems in a welcoming and non-judgemental environment. She also offers reflexology and natural face lift massage as part of her women’s top to toe well-being package. For further information, call 07766 554 741


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Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel

This is an absolute cult beauty product in the blogging world. Females everywhere have gone mad for this. At first I was reluctant to try it not only because of the price tag (£28!) but because I didn’t really see what all of the fuss was about. Now I definitely do! Its gel texture really nourishes the skin in an instant and it can also be used as a 2 in 1 product – cleansing the skin day and night as well as removing make up (which is does beautifully). One of the highlights of this product is that you can actually use it over your eyes and it doesn’t burn or sting – hallelujah! This is perfect for those of you that suffer from sensitive/dry skin and after using this in the morning my skin looks refreshed, clean and is glowing. Since I have bought this cleanser I have not looked back, I am totally obsessed. Available from Space NK online and in store and Cult Beauty online.

Una Brennan Superfacialist Vitamin C + Skin Renew Cleansing Oil

Again, this product is a must for me in the winter as it certainly does pack a punch! This cheaper alternative to the Oskia gel above (just £10.99 from Boots) feels so luxurious on the skin and has that spa-like smell - what more could you want from a facial oil? Again, you can use this as a cleanser for the skin, but I find it works best to take my make up off. The vitamin C in the cleanser it definitely makes a noticeable difference to tired skin after just a couple of uses. I would go as far as to say that the very next day my skin looked plumper and radiant! Just one thing to note, don’t be put off by the fact it is an oil in the bottle as it somehow manages to feel lightweight and nongreasy on the skin and after you wash it off, your face will literally be glowing.

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(I love duty free shopping!) and I have to say this is hands down the best lip product I have ever tried. A bold statement, I know, but it is literally the bees knees. This has been a life saver for me and particularly because winter is prone to drying and dehydrating lips so I already know this will definitely come in handy. The concept sounds quite gross, who wants to smother oil on their lips? But trust me, it is definitely non-sticky, smells like sweets and honey and does wonders to repairing lips. However, the one (and only one) downside of this product is the price. At £18 it is very very expensive for how much you get but I only use one swipe on my lips a day and for the effect it gives I think it is worth it. But, if you suffer from cracked and dry lips (lovely image I know) and don’t want to break the bank, a cheaper alternative is...

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urghfield Common resident, Bevan Shaw is taking on the adventure of a lifetime this month when he travels to Tanzania to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Bevan could be considered a seasoned traveller and adventurer, having travelled across Australia, and later New Zealand, taking in some of the better-known and lesser-known spots, as well as working his way around. His jobs included working on a Pearling boat at sea for several weeks, picking or planting on farms and deworming the sheep! Being an action lover, Bevan took part in Sky Diving at Mission Beach, Bungee Jumping in Cairns and visiting the Barrier Reef. Bevan is now taking on this testing climbing challenge to raise money for Cancer Research UK, a cause which sadly touches most of us. The climb takes ten days from start to finish. There is no doubt about it, Kilimanjaro is a tough challenge and requires a high level of fitness, physical and emotional strength and stamina. Bevan will travel through five climatic

C him As you snuggle in front of a cosy fire or bask in the warmth of your wood stove, the last thing you are likely to be thinking about is the condition of your chimney. However, if you don’t give some thought to it before you light those winter fires, your enjoyment may be very shortlived. Why? Dirty chimneys can cause chimney fires, which damage structures, destroy homes and injure or kill people.

zones as he makes the climb, ranging from heavy rains in the rainforest to the alpine desert with little shelter. Temperatures can range from an intense 30 degrees during the day to freezing at night depending on what level they are at. Although the kit list is vast, there will be a team of porters to help with some of the baggage and erecting the camps each night. The climb takes longer than you might think due to the period needed to acclimatise to the he altitude of the mountain. There is half the amount of oxygen at the summit than there is at sea level which can result in becoming tired and breathless. If you’d like to support Bevan in raising money for Cancer Research, you can donate directly at justgiving.com/bevanshaw


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A chimney fire in action can be impressive. Indications of a chimney fire have been described as creating a loud cracking and popping noise, a lot of dense smoke and an intense, hot smell. There are four main reasons for chimney fires happening: Infrequent sweeping and cleaning. Burning unseasoned wet wood. Improper appliance sizing. Overnight burning or smouldering wood for long periods in wood burners. Gavin Williams of Williams Home Heat advised us, “You can greatly reduce the risk of a chimney fire by having your chimney swept on a regular basis. Also, your wood should have a moisture

content below 25 per cent, so buy seasoned wood from a reputable supplier. It’s also important to choose the correct size appliance for your room. One which is too large will never burn all of the fuel contained in the wood. This unburned fuel will pass up the chimney as smoke and condense as extremely flammable creosote.” He added, “If you have a wood burner, always follow the manufacturer’s recommendations on fuel loading and air flow.” It may not have occurred to you that a poorly maintained chimney, which results in a chimney fire, could invalidate your home insurance. In the case of thatched properties, the frequency of sweeping is often specified by the insurers. It’s worth checking your policy if you have an open fire or wood burning stove, too.

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The fire service recommends that chimneys should be swept quarterly if you are burning wood and at least twice a year if you are burning coal. If you burn smokeless fuels then your chimney only needs to be swept annually. It’s interesting to note that if you are in a rented property, your landlord has a duty of care towards you as a tenant ‘to repair and keep in any working order, any room heater and water heating equipment’. This would include a log burner, so do make sure that it’s well maintained, as you would with a boiler or gas heater. So keep safe as winter approaches and make sure you carry out some chimney maintenance before snuggling up.


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Clinical Negligence – how do I know if I have a claim? In the run up to the general election how often did we hear political candidates expressing a desire to “protect” the NHS? Ed Miliband urged voters to rescue the NHS and David Cameron promised a “truly 7-day NHS” by 2020. Yet despite all the rhetoric and the promises of an improved service, claims for clinical negligence continue.

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Doctors are human just like anyone else and cannot guarantee, despite their best endeavours, that every operation they perform is going to be successful. Patients who consent to treatment acknowledge this risk. The law does too, and the rule of thumb is that if a consultant or a doctor acts in accordance with the common practice of others, i.e. if another clinician in the same position would have treated the patient the same way, he will not be deemed negligent. So what questions should a lawyer ask of an independent expert when trying to determine whether a clinician has acted negligently? The facts of any potential case will vary and are often complex. An expert should be asked the following fundamental questions: •

What happened to the patient, which resulted in him having the injury of which he now complains?

Did the clinician who treated (or failed to treat) the patient fail to act in accordance with the common practice of others?

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If the patient had been treated competently, what would his prognosis now be?

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By and large the majority of people are satisfied with the services provided by the NHS and in the majority of cases the outcome is successful, but where the standard of care falls below that expected, the consequences can, regrettably, be catastrophic. Perhaps in addition to overall budgets politicians should consider and understand the types of clinical negligence cases that are made by patients and their families. Proper consideration would help them ! to understand why and how mistakes are made and how they can best be avoided in the future. Then they could implement changes to minimise future mistakes which would in turn reduce the cost of mistakes. That approach could save the NHS enormous sums of money and restore patient confidence in what should be the best medical facility in the world. For further information please contact Ian Beavon at Rowberry Morris.

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s the last few weeks have demonstrated, investment markets can be unpredictable. The recent fall in the Chinese stock market (down about 40% at its worst) came as little surprise to many analysts. The Shanghai Index had experienced unsustainable growth driven by excited but uneducated investors. Slowing Chinese growth, falling natural resource prices and possible interest rate rises contributed to the necessary correction. The media reported sorry stories of those who had lost their life savings, although omitted to mention that they had pretty much put all their eggs in one basket! Whether you should stay invested always requires a bit of crystal ball gazing but there are widely held views that the fall was an over-reaction driven by significant profit taking by a relatively small number of investors. China’s growth is slowing but still respectable. Falling natural resource prices may be bad for those that produce them but is great news for those that use them. The hike in interest rates in America seems to be unlikely now. Looking beyond the apocalyptic headlines is always worthwhile. I’ve mentioned in articles before that timing when to get out of and back in to investment markets is a lottery at best. The MSCI All-Country World index grew by 96% over the last 10 years (similar to a diversified managed fund) but if you had been disinvested on the 10 days that the markets rose the most you would have missed out on over 70% of this growth. It is however times like this when stories emerge of things you should have invested in instead. These rather frustrating editorials of hindsight make interesting reading but rarely give the full picture. Take Lego for instance. The Telegraph recently did an article on investing in Lego. Not Lego shares as it’s a private company, but actual Lego sets. Sets that have been kept in pristine condition are reported to have increased by an average of 12% each year since 2000. For example, the 2,056 piece Lego model of hotel ‘Café Corner’ originally sold for £89.99 but the price has risen to £2,096 since it went out of production. An impressive return of 2,230% in about 5 years!

This makes entertaining reading but it should be remembered that the returns are driven by nothing more than an individual’s demand for a product, which can be fickle and subject to fads. It also requires the identification of which of the thousands of Lego sets in production are going to be the ones that will be worth a lot more in the future. A fun hobby maybe but not one that your financial future should rely on!


Mark Penston is a Partner and Chartered Financial Planner with Bluesky Chartered Financial Planners


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recently got the opportunity to have a go in the facelift 1 series during a media event at Millbrook Proving Ground. Being a BMW my expectations were sky high when setting out en-route for the alpine handling course. BMW is in a very good place with styling at the moment, managing to mix refinement with power and presence in equal measure. Being German it is no surprise that the interior didn’t disappoint either with a nice seating position, good design and great build quality. Interior space is adequate, but it doesn’t feel light and airy. There are more spacious hatchbacks that don’t fill a much bigger footprint, but that isn’t what this car is about.

As you would expect there is a great level of technology that is intuitive enough after a couple of minutes playing around. Most functions are accessed through the iDrive menu, but the more commonly used functions are still available via buttons on the centre console. The four cylinder diesel engine, although not particularly exciting, is strong with 221bhp and 332lb ft of torque giving a 0-62mph time of 6.3 seconds. There are very few bad noises coming from the engine, but there’s very few good ones either. It feels refined and clinical. Leave the auto box in drive and put your foot down and you won’t be disappointed, but if, like me, you enjoy moving up and down the gearbox, hearing



the revs rise you will need to look at a different fuel. Handling is somewhere where this car shines. With a reputation to keep for building ‘drivers cars’ BMW have made sure the 1 Series is everything you could hope for dynamically. It is stable and grippy, giving great confidence even on broken surfaces.

One place for disappointment is in the cost. With this engine the starting price is £29,800, but once you’ve added a few extras you can easily be looking at £33,000. To get some context, on the used market £33K will get you an Aston Martin Vantage with a 4.3L V8. Definitely food for thought there.


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At the end of the day you buy a car that makes you feel special and this car will definitely do that. It is a brilliant car that gives you the feeling of the bigger cars in the BMW family for a lot less. It’s one of the most capable and refined small cars around and, provided it’s in budget, puts forward a very strong case for itself. Time for me to start saving…


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I thought my sand driven egg timer was cutting edge, but it pales into insignificance in comparison to some of these gadgets! If you are looking for something different in your eye tech kitchen, you can try your hand at a few of these. We cannot say if it will make your kitchen experience more palatable or not, but you can impress your friends with your latest kitchen iPhone application or egg ‘thingy’. Some are no doubt just for fun and relatively reasonably priced too!

The Egg Minder Is your egg still good ? Are you putting them in water to see if they sink or float - I will be honest I have no idea how you tell, but if you have sleepless nights worrying about your eggs, this will track them and even calculates how many you have left it will even send you a reminder to your phone when you are running low. $49.99 (online only) You can get them via Amazon.

Measure ‘n’ Weigh Measure and weigh in one jug. Frankly this is genius and I wish I had though of it. £18.74 again from prezzybox - Don’t be tempted to put it in the microwave as if you do you will only get one use out of it.

THE OBSESSIVE CHEF A little OCD - OK not really a gadget but if everything has to be just perfect... Here you go - with this obsessive chef chopping board £16.95 from prezzybox.com

LEAN ON ME! Well, this is more of a gadget to hold the tech. In our house we often use the iPAD for recipes but have to lean it against the wall. So this will really help. Prices vary and start at around £15.00

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Property of the Month Mill Lane Padworth Four Bedroom End Terrace Cottage

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Located on a peaceful ‘unmade road’ in a desirable village location is this 4 bedroom end of terrace period cottage. Built in 1864 the cottage has been sensibly and sympathetically extended and improved over the years, this has resulted in the creation of an impressive and intriguing family home. The property is one of the few properties that boasts its own water supply via its own bore hole. The property is within walking distance of a mainline rail station, riverside and woodland walks and the renowned Alder Bridge, Steiner – Waldorf School.


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• 2 bedroom ground floor

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• Four bedroom family home

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Property of the Month Goring Lane Grazeley Green Burghfield Common Office

An individual and spacious detached family home with 6 bedrooms over 2 floors. The ground floor includes a 31ft Lounge, luxury Kitchen with granite work surfaces, study and a large games room. Holly Cottage is situated in a rural village location backing onto playing fields and offers a total plot of approximately 1/4 acre including, modern timber Garage, large driveway and electric sliding front gates.

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A superbly presented detached family home situated to the South side of Tadley. Accommodation on the ground floor comprises of an Entrance hall, cloakroom, modern fitted kitchen, dining room and lounge. The first floor has 3 bedrooms and a main bathroom with modern white suite. Outside is a n attached garage, driveway and an enclosed rear garden.

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umpkin carving is becoming a strong Hallowe’en tradition, with the bright orange pumpkins a joyful, familiar site piled up at our greengrocers and supermarkets at this time of year. Most of us throw a couple in our trolley with the weekly shop around the middle of October, all set to carve it for the kids ready for Hallowe’en on the 31st.



But how many of us leave it to the last minute and then opt for the easy option of triangle eyes, nose and teeth? It does the job, no doubt, but why not try something new this year? A pumpkin on the doorstep is becoming a recognised sign or ‘nod’ that the dwellers of the property are happy to receive ‘trick or treaters’ at Hallowe’en, so perhaps that’s why we are seeing a lot more carved pumpkins than we used to. And maybe that’s why, in recent years, it seems that the bar has been raised on pumpkin carving designs! There really are some clever, creative carvings being seen on doorsteps which is what has inspired us to supply you with some fresh inspiration. We have found some really cool, fun and interesting designs online - why not visit: www.pumpkinpile.com there are hundres there! It goes without saying that carving a pumpkin can be a dangerous and messy task, so keep the dangerous bits for adults and save the messy bits for the kids!


Lighting it up!

Pumpkin Car Carving

So, now that hat you’ve carved your pumpkins and created some of the coolest designs, it’s time to light them and bring them to life. At this point, most of us elect to use tea lights - but have you consdered a safer and more dramantic option? By placing a few glow sticks inside a carved pumpkin, you’ll create a soft glow rather than a bright light and the light itself will last a very long time. Since they’re not all that bright, glow sticks are best for lighting smaller pumpkins. You can use regular glow sticks — like those you get at parties and outdoor events. Or, you could purchase glow sticks that are made for use in Halloween pumpkins. For larger pumpkins, highintensity glow sticks are your best bet as they’re brighter — they just won’t last as long. And even better, you can choose to use an colour or combination of colours as you like. How cool is that!

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Film of the MONTH by Rob Barnes


f you like Tom Hardy, you get two for the price of one in Legend. Fresh from Mad Max duty, Hollywood’s hottest star steps into the shoes of both Reggie and Ronnie Kray in this stylish and brash biopic of the infamous East End gangsters. More guffaw than grit, director Brian Helgeland’s retelling is an entertaining romp set against the dazzling backdrop of 1960’s London. Based on John Pearson’s novel, the film is told through the eyes of Francis Shea (Emily Browning), who falls for Reggie as a wide-eyed teen. Longing for an escape from her banal life and her domineering mother, she’s seduced by the glitz and glamour of the Krays burgeoning empire. But with the package comes Reggie’s psychotic, schizophrenic and beloved brother Ronnie, just recently out of prison and raring to get back on the streets. What follows is an historical travelogue through the brothers’ glory days as they rub shoulders with celebrities, socialites and the US Mafia, all whilst a domestic love triangle threatens the firm’s livelihood and Reggie’s marriage. The film posters suggest a menacing drama, but it’s quite the opposite. The first act of the film will have you laughing not wincing such is Hardy’s cartoonlike portrayal of Ronnie, even when the violence does erupt it’s delivered with such style and swagger that it borders on pantomime. Ronnie’s disgust at the lack of weapons on show at a pub brawl triggers one of his most memorable

outbursts ‘I come here for a PROPER shootout! What I want is a shootout, like a Western! He abruptly leaves the premises only to return with a hammer in each hand. A complete loose cannon who always speaks his mind even when it comes to his homosexuality (‘I’m homosexual, but I’m not a poof’) Ronnie has a physical and comical presence that steals the show. Reggie, the straight man of the double act oozes charm and charisma with a wit as sharp as his suits. Reggie’s only weakness is his unwavering devotion to Ronnie who’s yearns for a return to their gangster routes as Reggie attempts to expand the Kray brand. The tenderness and turbulence with which their relationship ebbs and flows is what drives this film, and one Hardly expertly delivers. The fight scene between the two is remarkable, not least for its choreography but also its ability to make you laugh, squirm and tug at the heartstrings all at once.

Book of the MONTH

The Hobbit

Some will criticise its general style over substance but for me there was only really one drawback - it felt like two films in one. As the film reaches it climax the laughs are abruptly replaced by a more disturbing and unsettling third act which felt both unbalanced and distracting. There are some solid support performances - and look out for a great little cameo from Paul Bettany, but there is only one true star of the film.. Or two whichever way you look at it. As goes, the film’s opening voiceover ‘everyone had a story about the Krays’ and whilst Brian Helgeland’s account tells us nothing new, Hardy’s towering and mesmerizing performance is worth the ticket price alone.

"Worth a watch" 3/5


The Hobbit is a prequel to the Lord of the Rings and this initial tale is of an epic quest to reclaim the jewels of the Dwarven folk of Erobor. This story takes a young 50 year old Hobbit (young for a Hobbit!), called Bilbo Baggins who’s interests are quite humble and turns him into a burglar! With a band of 13 Dwarfs (one being the mighty Thorin Oakenshield) and a Wizard (Gandalf the Grey) they take on a monumental quest. Bilbo is taken from his comfortable hobbit hole, in Hobbiton, through the Shire to Rivendell. Crossing over the misty mountains and into the perilous forest of Mirkwood, Bilbo goes through hell and high water but emerges with his head held high. Its then on to Erobor (The Lonely Mountain) to face Smaug with his band of Dwarfs, and so the battle of the Five Armies begins. Bilbo has survived Trolls and Goblins, but will he survive this battle? Will he survive Smaug, and will he get home? Read it for yourself and find out...k.

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Little Tots Nurseries The Foundation for Life

Little Tots was established 15 years ago in Burghfield St Marys Parish Centre, starting very small with just a few children, our reputation for offering the highest quality of Montessori education and care soon spread, resulting in a very successful village nursery. In 2009, we were delighted to receive funding to obtain our much treasured mini bus, which allowed us to begin offering Forest School, Allotment and other trips off site, to broaden the curriculum and offer our children many more amazing experiences. In December 2011, we were thrilled to be awarded OUTSTANDING by OFSTED in all areas. We strived to maintain the highest standard of education and care, this has resulted in achieving a consecutive OUTSTANDING by OFSTED in all areas in July 2015. We were particularly delighted to maintain our OUTSTANDING judgement as the inspections have become much tougher. We offer a varied curriculum including: Montessori education (which teaches independence, confidence, self help skills, as well as a sound foundation for life), numbers, letters, word building, early reading, music & dance, Star Child Yoga, cooking, learning about the world around us. Our Forest School situated in Mortimer West End has an amazing 4 acre woodland site, which is completely enclosed, allowing the children complete freedom to explore the site, activities include den building, camp fire, bug hunting, hide and seek, digging and lots of fun in the mud! We also have a 90 foot allotment based in Burghfield, where children help to plant, dig, harvest and eat their own vegetables and fruit. Following on from the success of our Burghfield Nursery, we started Little Tots in Reading in 2007, which itself is a very successful day nursery offering working families full time Montessori education as well as offering Forest School and Secret Garden trips which is open 50 weeks of the year 8am-6pm near Reading Town Centre. Continuing with our success, this summer we opened our third nursery in Stoney Heath, which is near Tadley/Basingstoke (just 8 minutes drive from Basingstoke Hospital), which is an amazing barn conversion in a rural setting, offering families full time Montessori education as well Forest School open 50 weeks of the year 8am-6pm. For more information on our Nurseries please visit us website www.littletotsnurseries.com or call our head office on 0118 9591371

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From 1st October 2015, smoking in cars is illegal when anyone under 18 is present. The regulations will become part of the existing smokefree laws and would make it an offence to smoke or to fail to prevent smoking in a private vehicle carrying a child.

The ban appears to have public support too. Back in March, a YouGov poll for the anti-smoking group ASH found that 77% of adults, including 64% of those who smoke, supported the criminalisation of smoking in cars carrying anyone under 18. Now the new rules are in force, people failing to comply could face a £50 fixed penalty notice. In fact, both the driver and the smoker could be fined £50. Public Health Minister Jane Ellison said: Three million children are exposed to secondhand smoke in cars, putting their health at risk. We know that many of them feel embarrassed or frightened to ask adults to stop smoking which is why the regulations are an important step in protecting children from the harms of secondhand smoke. And yes, the law still applies if people have the windows or sunroof open, have the air conditioning on, or if they sit in the open doorway of the vehicle. The law won’t apply, however, to a convertible car with the roof completely down.

According to the British Lung Foundation, an estimated 430,000 children are exposed to secondhand smoke every week in a family car. Every time a child breathes in secondhand smoke, they breathe in thousands of chemicals. This puts them at risk of serious conditions including meningitis, cancer, bronchitis and pneumonia. It can also make asthma worse. Some pro-smoking groups have argued that policing this new law is a waste of police time. Is it? Consider this: every year, second hand smoke results in around 300,000 GP visits and nearly 10,000 hospital admissions, costing the NHS over £23m. Is protecting children from this danger really a bad use of police time? Probably most would disagree. The list of illnesses makes you wonder why anyone would choose to smoke, yet it’s well-documented how hard it is to kick the habit once you’ve started. There is help at hand though and now is the time to get involved. If you are a smoker and want to stop, why not give Stoptober a go? Stoptober is the country’s 28day mass quit attempt from Public Health England (PHE). Statistics show that if you stop smoking for 28 days, you’re five times more likely to stop for good. There are lots of free support tools from apps to packs, too.

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Over a quarter of a million people across the country signed up to Stoptober last year with more than half making it to 28 days. This year, it is expected the campaign will welcome the millionth sign up. Smoking is still our biggest preventable killer: 80,000 people die a year in England because of smoking, and so stopping smoking is the single best thing a person can do for their health. The benefits of stopping smoking are almost immediate: quitters will soon see reduced blood pressure, easier breathing and better circulation. It is one of the best things a person can do to improve their health and reduce their chances of developing long-term conditions and dying prematurely. To sign up to the nation’s biggest mass quit attempt, search Stoptober online or visit www.smokefree.nhs. uk/stoptober.






es! It’s time for the Mortimer Scarecrow Trail again and we can’t wait! This annual event has become a firm fixture on the calendar for Mortimer families and beyond! Every year, the word spreads further and the groups of families walking, cycling a scooting round the village in half term increases. It’s a joy to see. The trail will be running across the half term holidays from 9am on Saturday 24th October to 4pm on Sunday 1st November. Each scarecrow you see has been created and displayed by families, schools and businesses around the village and will be on show daily from 9am to dusk. This year’s theme is 'Walt's Wonders' so you will see Disney and Pixar characters taking up residency in Mortimer this half term. Who will you spot? Trail maps cost just £1 and will be available from Budgens and Dads Shop from Thursday 22nd October. The maps will contain a voucher which can be exchanged for certain goods in Budgens. Don’t forget that you will be able to vote for your favourite scarecrow, be in with a chance of winning £50 in the trail competition and a ‘Just For Fun' Quiz to test your knowledge of Disney/Pixar films and characters. So why not give it a go? A pen and paper are essential, so pack one in your bag and get ready to spot some scarecrows!

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Silhouette "Tons of Money" was the Silchester Players latest highly successful production, a comedy farce about which one critic wrote "this is the funniest play I've seen at Silchester for a long time!".


As well as producing high quality local theatre, the group have also given "Tons of Money" to local charities and other worthwhile causes amounting to over £30,000 since they were formed almost 4 decades ago, as well as delighting over 50,000 audience members! The latest donation will be made to Sebastian's Action Trust. Tickets for the Players' next production "Silhouette", a humorous thriller by Simon Brett, are now on sale for October 9th, 10th, 16th & 17th and can be booked by calling Beryl Oliver on 0118 9815600.

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In Act I of this ingeniously structured thriller, Detective Inspector Bruton questions actress Celia Wallis about the murder of her husband Martin. Celia is quite obviously in the clear, but Neville Smallwood, the drunken journalist sleeping in her bed is an extremely shady character who argued with Martin not long before the murder, and the solution to the initial puzzle seems simple. Act II takes place before the murder, and all our expectations, of the characters as well as the plot, are turned on their heads. No-one, not even the figure silhouetted eerily against the front door, is at all what he or she seems, and the dénouement to this witty and original play will surprise and perplex! More details can be found at - www.silchesterplayers.hampshire.org.uk

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Recycling one more thing

As the spooky day looms, the autumn tradition of Halloween generates a frightening amount of waste. There are 10 million pumpkins grown in the UK every year just for Halloween. 95% of these pumpkins will be carved and used for Halloween lanterns and only 5% will be used for soups and dishes. It’s great fun to make a jack o’lantern, but sadly the carving of pumpkins leaves 18,000 tonnes of edible waste, which ends up in the bin. So this Halloween, instead of wasting your pumpkin why not try to make a delicious soup, pie or bread with the scooped out flesh? There are lots of recipes online, try www. lovefoodhatewaste.com for some great ideas. Remember once you’ve finished with your pumpkin lantern to recycle it in your green bin. There is no need to chop it up, as it can be placed straight in the bin!


this Halloween! If you’re having a Halloween party, go green and recycle your rubbish. You can even help your guests by labeling empty containers next to your bin for recycling cans and bottles. Try making decorations from recycled materials. This is a great activity with children and there are lots of ideas for recycled Halloween decorations on websites like Pinterest! When shopping for treats, look for ones that are waste free or have minimal packaging – you could try making homemade biscuits or cakes to give to trick or treaters!

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utumn is a wonderful time for everyone at Jubilee Day Nursery and Jubilee Gems to head outdoors to our farm and private woodland and explore a treasure trove of natural wonders.

After saying hello to the animals, we’ll pick blackberries, collect conkers and acorns or maybe go on a bug or bear hunt! We learn all about the changing seasons and animals readying themselves for hibernation. On our return, there’s just enough time to check on our vegetables to harvest for cooking and then it’s back to nursery for a delicious homemade lunch; after which our smallest people can snuggle down for a wellearned nap before getting ready to bake some delights in our mud kitchen. In the meantime, our preschool children might choose to create some spectacular firework pictures, or learn all about Diwali. We believe in children ‘learning by doing’ - both inside and out - every day. It’s what makes Jubilee children confident and independent young learners. Jubilee’s top tips for activities over autumn:

• Go on a bear hunt and encourage children to explore. Crunch through leaves, jump in muddy puddles and leap over logs! • Collect natural objects and make an autumn display. • Go fruit foraging and talk about edible and

inedible berries. Collect apples and blackberries and bake a pie together. • Help with hibernation and create a hedgehog den. • Get creative with muddy mark making! • Look at pumpkins and squashes – talk about shapes and colours and make soup. What parents say about us: “My child loves attending nursery, and has learnt so much, including phonics, cooking, French, all about nature and art. Her main carer is amazing and has helped greatly with her confidence and learning. Jubilee is an excellent nursery and I would recommend a visit, as I felt it stood out from the rest in the area.” “My daughter has special needs and requires extra care and attention, all of which have been provided by Jubilee. She has received the best care and is so well looked after and has even learnt sign language at nursery. She loves the animals, all the friendly staff, the beautiful grounds and the walks to the woods and will miss Jubilee so much as she leaves for school”. --------------------------------Our nurseries are for babies from 3 months to pre-school children We have both a term-time only nursery (Jubilee Gems) and provision for up to 51 weeks of the year (Jubilee Day Nursery).

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ecently, pupils from The Cedars School in Aldermaston staged a production of Hoodwinked, a vibrant musical based on the story of Robin Hood.

These confident children performed beautifully with bold characters, skilfully delivering humour and beautifully sung solos. All the children took part and the lead characters were played by the Year 6 pupils.

IS YOUR CHILD OUR YOUNG WRITER OF THE YEAR? Village Eye magazine is thrilled to be lending its support to young writers by sponsoring the winner’s cup for Junior poetry at the next Berkshire Music & Arts Festival. As well as putting our name to one of the winner’s cups, we shall also be publishing the winner’s work in Village Eye magazine. Would you like to be a published writer?

This exciting Arts festival, coming into its second year, takes place annually at the magnificent Tudor Manor House, Ufton Court. Next year it will take place on 31st January 2016. It is there to celebrate and encourage children’s participation and enjoyment of the Arts.

So do encourage your young musicians or actors to take a look at the website to see the exciting range of categories available to enter.

The Cedars is a small independent day school in Aldermaston, taking boys and girls from 4 to 11 years. With an 'Outstanding' Ofsted report, the school continues to flourish. Children have the opportunity to enjoy an array of extra curricula activities including Drama, Music, Computing, Crafts, Yoga, Judo and Latin! In the coming months, they will go wall climbing at Adventure Dolphin, discovering at Milestones Museum and exploring in Avebury, as well as trips to Ufton Court and a Pantomime at The Corn Exchange. The school also offers before and after school care from 8am to 6pm, Nursery Grant and Siblings discounts. For more information or to arrange a visit, feel free to contact the school any time on 0118 971 4251

Entrants will get constructive feedback from adjudicators which they can use in their future work, and also have the chance to win medals and cups. Entries have to be submitted no later than 21st November to allow for marking before the Festival itself, where work will be displayed and awards presented. So go on, pick up a pen and have a go!

If you have a young writer in the family, do take a look at the list of categories that they can enter at www. berksmusicandarts.org.uk Entries from schools are welcome, as are individual entries. As well as the creative writing section, the Berkshire Music & Arts Festival also celebrates drama and music.

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With the new school year underway and nights starting to draw in, what better time to consider the purchase of a new piano?


en Wheeler Pianos has two rural showrooms in Little London, near Tadley, displaying an impressive range of baby grand, grand and upright pianos. As dedicated piano specialists they are able to advise, supply and support your piano purchase.

Recent purchases have included a GM-10 Kawai by a family of very competent pianists and a Grotrian-Steinweg Cabinet grand piano to a fabulous pianist who entertained with his superb Chopin! Four local independent schools have had new pianos delivered ready for the start of term.

Their easy manner and informal approach makes choosing a piano a really enjoyable process. Customers are welcomed to the showroom by appointment only. This allows for uninterrupted discussion and time to discover and enjoy the pianos in a peaceful and relaxed environment.

Ben told us, “We firmly believe that the touch, response and tonal quality of a good acoustic piano cannot be replicated by a digital one. Our expertise is in the traditional ‘real piano’ and we strongly believe the sound cannot be beaten.”

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urghfield Sailing Club’s Sailability Group has recently benefited from a surprise donation.

Ian Smith, who helps run the group, won a top prize in a national competition - a voucher worth £1500 towards a set of sails made by one of the world’s leading sail makers, Rolly Tasker. Ian made the decision to donate the voucher to Burghfield Sailing Club’s Sailability Group, to help more disabled people get out on the water.

Sailability was set up by the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) to ensure that adults and children with any form of disability have the opportunity to get afloat. The group provides a range of boating experience for anyone that has physical or learning disabilities and is aged eight or over. Sailing is one of the very few sports in which able-bodied sailors and disabled

sailors can participate on equal terms. Imagine the thrill of sailing for people who can feel and hear but have no sight, or of sailing a boat at speed even though they can’t walk, or of joining in a sport where deafness doesn’t matter. Sailability encourages and supports people with disabilities to take up the sport and facilitates sites like Burghfield Sailing Club to develop sailing opportunities. RYA Sailability is the leading national charity for disabled sailing in the UK with over 15,000 sailors benefiting from its activities. RYA Sailability is considered to be the most active sailing organisation for people with disabilities in the world, there being over 200 clubs in the UK alone.

Burghfield Sailing Club gets 20 to 30 people afloat each week through its Sailability group. These include sailors with visual and hearing impairments, physical disabilities and learning difficulties. John Yates, UK’s managing director at Rolly Tasker, visited the Burghfield club recently to help fit the new sails to the dinghies and saw the sailors, volunteers and the boats all in action. To find out more about Sailability contact info@BurghfieldSailability.org.uk or telephone 0118 930 3604.

Sailability runs evening and weekend sessions which are tailored to the abilities and the aspirations of those taking part. There are a range of power boats and sailing dinghies which can take people in wheelchairs enabling them to get out and enjoy the water.


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When booking in more than one child only £16 per child per day *with WB Card

Camp Adventure will run at Willink Leisure Centre throughout the half term holiday. To find out more or book your place please call:

0118 983 4845

For more information and to book

willink leisure centre


School Lane | Burghfield Common | Berkshire | RG7 3XP 41




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