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Recycling and waste disposal was a hot topic recently when ‘Reading tip’ was closed to West Berkshire residents. Padworth and Newbury recycling centres are now operating a similar permit scheme for residents and every household should receive one. Turn to pages 38-39 to read more. And for a bit of fun, to coincide with the release of the film ‘Bad Moms’ we have put together our own quiz to find out What Kind of Mum Are You? Take a look at p.38-39 to see how you come out!


You’ll find all our regular columnists this month, too. Mark Penston, our Financial Advisor, overviews how Bluesky Financial Planners work with their customers and how they can help you plan for the future. In Jack Worboys’ motoring column, he reviews the Skoda Octavia for us, so turn to p.14 to find out more. Megan, our Beauty Editor gives us her thoughts on face masks. It’s all there on p.7 whether you need to detox, cleanse or give your skin a glow! And, of course, our Eye Geek is on page 8 to advise us on the right way to recycle our tech gadgets, particularly PCs. Keep your personal data safe! Last but not least, we have our film reviewer, Rob Barnes bring us his take on Julieta, the latest offering from Pedro Almodovar. Less mainstream and more ‘arty’ than his more recent reviews, Rob gives us his thoughts on page 34.





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Another local winner is Budgens Mortimer who have recently been named in the Top 100 Independent Retailer in UK and Ireland. The store continues to deliver first class services to customers. They’re now offering first class stamps, too, with the opening of the brand new Post Office Plus. Turn to page 31 to find out about the new services on offer.

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Earlier this month, we had the pleasure of meeting Olympic Gold Medal winner, Chris Mears’ and his mum, Katy who told us how Chris enjoyed all the attention his win had attracted in Burghfield and the journey he - and the family - has taken to get where he is today. A fascinating read, turn to pages 16-17 to find out more.

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e’re very excited to bring you October’s issue of Village Eye magazine because for the first time ever, we have a reader on the cover! Yes, gracing the cover this month is Michelle Read, winner of Blissimi’s ‘Send Us A Selfie’ makeover and photo shoot competition. I’m sure you’ll agree that she looks fabulous and you can find out all about it, as well as details of a £10 voucher for every reader on pages 4-5.


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What will your ‘Little Darlings’ get up to this half Term? Yes, we know that it only y seems like y yesterday y that they y had six or seven weeks off... but at the end of October - there’s another week afoot! If you’re y not sure what to do with y your cherubs, we are delighted g to confirm that Camp p Adventure will be running g at Willink Leisure Centre throughout g the half term holiday. y Split p into age g approariate pp full & half day y sessions for ages g 5-14 y years, there’s swimming, g inflatable sessions, sports, p arts & crafts and outdoor activities planned. We £15 are sure they will have a whale of a time. To find out more or book your place please call: 0118 983 4845

Let’s Make a Difference... The Samaritan’s Purse is launching its annual Christmas Shoebox appeal where the public are asked to fill a shoebox with small gifts for a child in need somewhere in the world. Local collection points include Tadley Methodist Church and The Entertainer in Reading Town Centre. What goes into the box is fun,, but what comes out of it can help p to change children’s lives all over the world through the power of a simple gift with Operation Christmas Child. Can you help? All you need to do is get an empty medium sized shoebox. Wrap the lid and box separately in colourful wrapping paper. Attach the

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When Tracy arrived at A&E, the doctors told her to expect the worse. Alfie was in intensive care for several days and then put on a high dependency ward, monitored hourly. Alfie is improving slowly with a bit of scarring on his face. But thanks to his friends he's alive. Tracy, who nominated the boys said, “Alfie definitely had someone looking over him and he is one very lucky boy. I can't thank those boys enough for all of their help, love and support. I really am truly grateful.” Unsurprisingly, Tracy now feels strongly about the need for cycle helmets and is urging everyone to wear one when they get on their bikes and she hopes that through Pride of Reading, the boys will get the recognition they deserve and others will learn the importance of a helmet. We hope the boys will jointly lift this year’s Child of Courage trophy as they truly deserve it. Good luck!

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They did it! Parkers’ Dale Kempson and Jamie Stead completed their epic 1000 mile Lands End to John O’Groats cycle ride in just 14 days - and what an experience that was! You may remember Village Eye reporting that Dale Kempson wanted to do something to mark his 15th year at Parkers. Working in Burghfield, Mortimer and the surrounding villages, surviving the recession that affected many businesses, and now moving the children and grandchildren of the families he first helped move when he took over the business, Dale wanted to put back in to the community to say thank you. The original plan was to raise £1500 for the six local schools - Mrs Blands Infant School, Garland Junior School, Burghfield St Marys, Mortimer St Johns Infant School, Mortimer St Marys Junior School and Sulhamstead and Ufton Nervet Primary School. Parkers had always helped with

sponsoring school events and had seen how hard they work for their funding, so they wanted to help. They were also supporting two other local causes, the Thames Valley Air Ambulance and Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. Jamie is a very keen sportsman, but road cycling was not his speciality. And Dale, in his mid-fifties, had not been on a bike since childhood! Despite some pretty rigorous training, the journey was always going to be tough, so just how did they get on? The first day started well. All up and on the road at 8am, the weather was kind and spirits were high. 72 miles under the belt by the end of the day and the cyclists were rewarded by good food and rest for their efforts. But it all went downhill from there (excuse the pun) when days 2,3 and 4 turned out to be as tough as the organisers - Peak Tours - had warned. Everyone pushed through the killer inclines and by the end of day four they had made it to the Midlands. The next stage of the cycle - up to Cheshire - was pleasingly flat in comparison and they had more chance to enjoy the view, cycling through sheep, cows and beautiful scenery. The hustle and bustle of Liverpool and Manchester city centres followed. Amusing sights on the way, such as a sign for ‘Dale Bottom’ kept their spirits up and the cyclists crossed the border on Day 9, the same day that Dale received a text from his daughter

following her A Level results, confirming she had a place at university. But the joy didn’t last long as the last few days of the cycle ride were really tough. With John O’Groats in sight now, the motivation was there and the general feeling among the cyclists on Day 13 was ‘We’ve got this now, unless we do something stupid’. They didn’t do anything stupid and with a final push, the cyclists reached the finish line. What a tremendous sense of achievement they enjoyed, along with the bubbly, of course! The atmosphere among the team was celebratory and, for a while at least, the aches, pains and sore bottoms were forgotten. On his return, Dale was treated to a surprise party from friends and neighbours and was made to feel like a hero which, to the schools and charities he and Jamie have helped, he is! What’s more, the current total at time of writing is over £4500! What an achievement. The local community salutes you!

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ALL pupils from Theale Green school have secured a place at a university to read their chosen subject. Kirstin Robb, a spokesperson for the school said: “A huge congratulations to our Year 13 students on a fantastic set of results.“Their hard work has secured excellent results at both A-level and BTEC. At A-level, 81 per cent of all grades attained were A*-C grades. “This figure exceeds the national average and is a considerable improvement on last year’s result of 74 per cent. “At BTEC, 86 per cent of all grades attained were Distinction*, Distinction and Merit. “Furthermore, every Year 13 student achieved at least 1 qualification equivalent to 1 A level (grade A*-E) and all students applying to university have secured a place to read their chosen subject.” Standout performers include Seamus Stinson, whose A* A A A grades secured him a place to read mathematics at Warwick University.


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s we approach the festive season, how better to celebrate Festive Glamour than to offer a lucky reader of Village Eye the opportunity of a complete makeover!

We have great pleasure introducing Michelle Read of Tadley, winner of our ‘Send us a Selfie’ competition, who has been treated to a new haircut and colour by Director of Hair Mark Butler, HD brows by Head Therapist Amy Norton, Jessica Geleration

Manicure & Pedicure by Senior Therapist Alice Probert, a SkinCeuticals Facial with a Caci Jowl Lift and Lash Perfect Russian Lash Extensions by Head Cosmeceutical Therapist Szabina Vodicska and Glamourous Mii Makeup by Head Therapist Gemma Barclay. A Xen Tan spray tan added a touch of holiday glow. With naturally thick hair, we all agreed Michelle should retain her lovely, long layered style. Mark refreshed Michelle’s summer hair using a base of Mocha Brown and a Balyage of Deep Magenta to achieve a richer, glossier colour for the festive season.

Therapists: Amy, Szabina, Racahel, Gemma, Alice, Vitoria, Salon Owner Laura, Hair Stylists Mark, Sam, & Danielle. Photography Jack Chen, Digifocus, Mortimer


An application of new L’Oreal Smartbond, a miracle strengthening and conditioning treatment for coloured hair left Michelle’s hair significantly softer, stronger and shinier. Mark finished Michelle’s hair with his signature 10 brush Chelsea Blowdry, using Oribe Nourishing Gold Lustre Hair Oil for amazing light reflection and ultimate festive glamour.

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We began Michelle’s makeover in the salon, with some trial run sessions, including a styling session to choose a beautiful sparkling red party dress to complete the look before heading up to the photo shoot by Jack Chen at Digifocus in Mortimer. In the studio, we applied the finishing touches to Michelle’s hair and make up before Jack positioned her under his studio lights and began snapping away! With a festive flute of bubbly and a few jokes from VE’s Editor Hellen, Michelle

soon relaxed into the shoot. Before long, we were able to choose this stunning image of Michelle for this months cover. Wow, what a transformation... The perfect model, Michelle allowed us to pamper and enhance her natural prettiness with Blissimi’s bestselling hair and beauty treatments we hope you agree she looks beautiful and ready to party! We would like to extend a huge thank you, firstly to Michelle for being such a great sport, to the Hair & Beauty team at Blissimi who

all contributed to Michelle’s makeover, and also to Jack Chen at Digifocus Studio for giving up his time to work with us on this. We can certainly see why his work has won so many awards! For further imformation about Jack and his photoshoot packages, please visit www.digifocus.co.uk or call 0118 933 3151 VILLAGE EYE BEAUTY OFFER If you’d like to enjoy your own mini makeover at Blissimi and get ready for the festive season ahead, we are giving every reader a £10

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“These are the Affordable Facemasks everyone is talking about”

The three facemasks in the range are called Purity, Detox and Glow. What makes these masks so unique is that they are all clay based, meaning they really cleanse and get rid of any dirt residing within your skin. They each retail at £7.99 (yes, they really are that cheap) meaning that you could purchase all three for the average cost of just one high end facemask! If you know me well then you know that as soon as a product mentions the word ‘glow’ then I am there 100%, purse at the ready! I have an expensive mask that is almost identical to this that I love and this L’oreal

one performs exactly the same. It’s amazing! This mask is perfect for days when my skin looks dull and tired as it instantly brightens my face without drying or stripping it. I would typically use this in the evening, however this would be great to use before a night out when prepping the skin before makeup. The next mask is called the ‘Detox’. I think everyone should have a charcoal, clay-based mask as it really deeply cleanses the skin. You literally don’t get a cleaner feeling to your skin than when you use this type of mask! I feel so refreshed and detoxed (ignore the pun!) after using this type

of mask and my make up applies like a dream afterwards. I make sure I use this once a week (at least) to see the real benefits. Lastly, the last mask in the range is called the ‘Purity’ mask. This mask basically does what it says on the tin, it purifies and clears the skin’s complexion. This mask would be perfect for those of you who struggle with acne as it would really help to reduce the redness and irritation in the skin. Now, I think it’s time I pop on a mask, catch up on Pretty Little Liars with a cup of tea…

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When it comes to facemasks, I can’t get enough – literally. I own about 10 different ones that all claim to do a million different things. However, what I was lacking in the facemask department was an affordable one. That was until L’Oréal Paris launched a range of facemasks that are amazing and cheap. I don’t usually tend to purchase skincare items that are on the cheaper side but when my favourite bloggers raved and raved about these I knew it was time to listen up!

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




Over previous editions we have covered many different aspects of technology from tablets to music and some of the latest gadgets. But with Christmas now just weeks away, new tech may be on some of the good little boys and girls’ lists here in VE territory, A shiny new laptop or a sparkling new ipad if you’re very lucky - but what will you do with the old one? There are a couple of things you could do, such as passing it down the family but many people now opt to re-cycle their old computers - after all we’re all keen to be green... However, a small note of caution. You probably have lots of information that is potentially very useful to a fraudster sitting on the hard drive of your computer. If you don’t want to have it getting into the wrong hands then before you re-cycle you have to take some action. According to a recent BBC report, many of the PC’s found for sale in Lagos, Africa were tracked back to UK Council re-cycling facilities. There is nothing wrong with them being sold down a chain like this, however as the originator of the

It is also worth computer it’s up to you to ensure that there is no important info left behind. So if you take your PC down to one of these or indeed anywhere that you don’t have control over, it is vital to destroy any personal information. Thousands of UK bank records have been found for sale, and the source was Nigeria. Many people think that just deleting the file or indeed formatting the hard drive is enough to delete the information. But even with these actions its surprisingly easy to recover the data that is on the hard drive. Just deleting or formatting isn’t good enough, it can be recovered. Don’t let me dissuade you from recycling your old computer but do let me persuade you that you should destroy the personal information on it beforehand. In essence if the machine has really only the value of the gold on the chips then destroy the drive completely. If you plan on keeping the drive intact then to delete the information on the drive it needs to be wiped (Apps like McAfee Quickclean, or Acronis Drive Cleanser will do this). If you don’t want to take it to the local recycling centre there are also companies out there that will collect it from you (Just google IT recycling), Greenlink Berkshire for example - but again, delete the info first.

With [ahem] Christmas away, new tech may be on some of the good little boys and girls here in VE territory, A shiny new laptop or a sparkling new ipad if you’re very lucky - but what will you do with the old one? noting that if you are recycling an office computer then as a company you have a legal obligation under data protection to safeguard personal information on any computer you have. In our case we go one step further, we actually remove the hard drive and store it in a firesafe, OR in the past we have put a drill right through the drive to completely ensure no data is outside our control. Perhaps that’s the most drastic action but at the end of the day the physical hard drive of an old computer really isn’t worth much compared to the value of the data on it. Happy re-cycling!

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People of Mortimer (and surrounding areas) do not fear...you may think you have lost your high street photographic studio, but that is not the case. With an unassuming ‘shopfront’ Digifocus Photography can be found above the old Budgens building on Victoria Road. Inside the studio, award-winning photographer, Jack Chen, is creating beautiful photography and cannot come more highly recommended (just check out our cover makeover shoot on pages 4 & 5 for proof!) Alongside unique wedding photography and corporate shoots, Jack will also take passport photos while-you-wait at just £6 and family portrait packages start at £39 (including a framed print). You really should check out Jack’s website to see his beautiful, original work if you’re considering a photo shoot this Christmas. www. digifocus.co.uk 9




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So, what do we do? With Mark Penston

Although we regularly write articles on a wide range of financially related topics, we’ve never really addressed the question of what we actually do for our clients. Some readers will have visions of the commission hungry insurance salesman, but the industry has moved on significantly. Commission has been driven out, products have lower charges, and ‘selling’ has morphed into planning and advice. WHAT WE DO A few years ago we rebranded to convey the fact that most of our work involves financial planning rather than being a ‘shop’ for financial products. Although perhaps a bit clichéd, I could summarise what we do as ‘giving financial clarity’. It’s about much more than just getting good investment returns. It involves:Establishing where you are now (i.e. an analysis of your current personal and financial situation) Understanding where you want to be and when (i.e. how you want things to look in the future)

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Skoda is a brand that has been on the up in recent years. The Octavia is a staple of the Skoda range offering practicality, value and quality all in one neat package. With the constant downsizing of engines it’s no surprise that the turbocharged three cylinder engines have now made their way under the bonnet of the Octavia. I’m going to find out if the little engine has bitten off more than it can chew with this family car.

The no frills experience continues with the driving experience. The 1.0 litre turbocharged three cylinder engine replaces the 1.2 litre 4 cylinder, not exactly a racer in the first place. The new engine offers 113bhp, which is a 9bhp improvement as well as a little extra torque, however the real reason this engine is used to boost the fuel consumption from 57.6mpg to 62.8mpg. Given that, the diesel is slightly cleaner so may be preferable for company car users. This all gives a 0-62mph time of 9.9 seconds. The ride quality is good, smoothing most bumps adequately and very few family drivers will challenge the safe, predictable handling.

The car itself is one of the largest in the family car sector, offering a 590 litre boot and space for four adults. The interior is fairly spacious and well built. As with the rest of the car it is a no frills experience, but what they have done, they have done right. Clean crisp lines give a classy feel to the cabin, which doesn’t feel that far from the more expensive offerings from the likes of VW and Audi. Overall it’s a very nice place to spend time.

The updated Octavia is now an even safer bet than it has ever been. It offers clean lines, great build quality, low running costs and great value for money. Although it’s not going to light up your life, it will be a dependable workhorse that won’t disappoint.

The clean crisp lines also feature on the exterior. The overall design has hardly changed in recent years, but subtle tweaks take it favourably into the modern age with the addition of creases and more defined angles.


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t’s official. August 2016 will go down in history as the month which saw a severe case of Gold Fever sweep across our region!

Eventually the “real” Chris Mears returned from Rio to visit the fabled Golden Post Box. He was presented with cards, flowers and a large copy of his own Gold Medal signed by hundreds of Burghfield residents to wish him well!

It’s official. August 2016 will go down in history as the month which saw a severe case of Gold Fever sweep across Burghfield.

But what has it taken to reach these heady heights of success in diving?

Following local lad Chris Mears’ Gold Medal success in the Rio Olympics Men’s Synchronised 3m Springboard Final, the residents of Burghfield were keen to claim him as their own and celebrate his incredible success. Immediately following the gold medal win, Post Master Raj Odera requested that the red post box outside the front of his NISA & Post Office on Recreation Road was painted gold. When his request was turned down by the National Post Office, the local Facebook page www.facebook.com/burghfield started photoshopping gold post boxes onto photographs of his store. Not admitting defeat, Raj cheekily produced a life-sized gold post box and put it over the top of his real post box (leaving slots for letters of course). One thing led to another and soon families were taking photos of themselves with the post box and even making outsized imitation Rio Gold Medals, too. Chris and his family, who live in Burghfield Common, got to hear about it all and mum Katy said she “loved all the jokes and banter back and forth.” This banter included speculation over the kidnapping of a ‘Congratulations’ banner taken from the Village Hall and mysteriously reappearing by The Hatch. Conspiracy theories abounded, with comedy photofits of the suspected smuggler appearing on social media! Having attended local schools - Mrs Blands Infant School, Garland Junior School and The Willink - Chris is still in touch with local school friends who have been ‘tagging’ him on social media posts and keeping him in touch with the spread of Gold Fever. As well as our good selves, BBC South TV, Get Reading, Newbury Weekly News, Reading Chronicle, and Newbury Weekly Observer all covered the news and many residents had their photo taken with the Post Box and Village Eye’s own cheeky diver who affectionately became known locally as “Chris Beers”.

Central to his success has been Chris’s mum, Katy who, despite playing it down with a ‘Well, it’s just what you do, isn’t it?’ has been there to support and transport Chris across the country for nearly twenty years! She initially enrolled him into diving lessons when he was six - because gym classes were full - in order to channel his energy and apparent need to throw himself off the furniture doing flips. When he joined the Albatross Diving Club in Reading, his potential was soon spotted by his coach, Malcolm Green. Through Malcolm’s coaching and encouragement, Chris gained a place on the Talent ID programme, joining 12 other divers picked from 200 hopefuls for intensive training every Sunday in Southend. Yes, both Katy and Malcolm - who had a full-time ‘day job’, too - spent every Sunday for a year taking Chris to Southend.

in his spleen. Chris lost 5 pints of blood and so was kept alive by a life support machine. They had to operate to save his life but the surgeon only gave him a 5% chance of survival. Katy said, “I remember him saying that it was only because Chris was so fit and strong that his heart didn’t give out before they got him to the operating table.” But Chris pulled through it, although the road to recovery wasn’t a smooth one. Impressively, once Chris decided to continue with his diving, he went on to compete a mere 18 months later at the Commonwealth Games in India, narrowly missing out on a medal. In 2011 he won Gold at National Cup, and Bronze at the British Championships. A similar performance in 2012, massively contributed to his selection for the 2012 Olympic Team. In July 2012 he competed in London at the Olympic Games coming 9th in the individual 3m, and 5th in synchro. His last individual dive was scored at 100.70 - the highest scored dive of the competition. Shortly after London 2012, Chris started diving with his current synchro partner, Jack Laugher, who he now lives and trains with in Leeds. And following the gold medal win in Rio, Leeds are now claiming our local lad as their own...hands off!

Chris climbed the ranks on a national scale, winning his national title in 2008 on the 1m platform, and then three individual medals at the European Junior Championships. Around this time, Chris was invited to train in Southampton at the high performance centre alongside their elite divers. He trained there six days a week for ten years. His mum, Katy joked with us that by the end of that time she knew every inch of Southampton inside out as she waited 8 hours to drive him home. Of course, training at this level, Chris had to take time off school and the family are keen to give special mention to Chris’s tutor, Mrs Jackson, who was incredibly supportive throughout, liaising with his other teachers and chasing up for work from missed lessons, which resulted in Chris still managing to get a pretty respectable clutch of GCSEs. Now an international sports star, Chris’s torso can be recognised instantly from the 12 inch scar right down the middle. In 2009 whilst competing at the Youth Olympic Festival in Sydney, he - unknowingly - was suffering from glandular fever. He collapsed due to a bleed

What you may not know about Chris Mears is his growing success in the music industry. As a writer and producer of Electronic Dance Music Chris signed with his music booking agent immediately after London 2012, and made his debut onto the live scene, with various gigs and sets and later in 2013, supported Labrinth and Pendulum. He has a massive online following and his tracks can be found on Sound Cloud and ITunes.

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s the weather starts to turn colder, we all start to feel the chill in our homes – some more than others. Old windows and doors are the biggest culprit for letting out the heat in our homes and upgrading can save hundreds of pounds on your energy bills.  So, if you want to be warm and cosy this winter, now is the time to start planning replacement windows and doors. Many of us put off starting a home improvement project because of the anticipated mess and inconvenience, not to mention the fear of ‘cowboys’.  There’s definitely something to be said for ‘buying local’, simply because smaller local companies really do care about their reputation and their customers.  Tristian Cross, owner of Tailormade, a family run double glazing specialist based in Burghfield Common, has grown his business through recommendation and reputation. Having worked for a number of the large national companies in the industry as an installer and  service engineer, Tristian branched out on his own ten years ago.  From humble beginnings - working out the back of his car, he started small, as many new businesses do, but it didn’t take long for things to really take off.  Tristian is a craftsman in his trade with twenty-five years in the industry.  He is committed to every customer and every job, ensuring that he oversees the whole process from start to finish. He will survey, measure and install the job, with help from our team of specialists, and along the way give any honest advice and assistance. His expertise lies not only in the installation process but also knowledge of what products are suited to your property. The growing list of delighted customers meant that there was soon a brand new Tailormade van, which you may have spotted. Tailormade has just celebrated its 10 year anniversary and are proud to still be growing every year.  Growth plans are modest though, with the emphasis on continued quality rather than quantity.  Tristian and Sarah don’t aspire to be one of the big boys, their continued goal is to be a well-respected, trusted local company for local people. 

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Tadley Office sold all of these this summer! We will sell your property this autumn... It’s now been six months since the current team at Parkers Tadley moved into our new home. During this time, we’ve helped dozens of buyers and sellers move to new homes too! Below is just a selection of some of the moves we’ve made. If you are thinking about moving, or are curious to know what your property is worth right now, we are always on hand to give no obligation, professional & friendly advice.





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Located in the desirable village of Beenham and finished to an exacting standard is this rarely available three bedroom, link detached, family home. Believed to have been built in the 1970’s the property has been in its current ownership for the last 16 years and has being lovingly looked after. Accommodation comprises cloakroom, refitted kitchen, L shaped lounge/ dining room leading to a private South West facing garden, 3 double bedrooms and family bathroom. The property benefits further from having a garage and driveway parking. This property represents a unique opportunity to acquire a three bedroom home finished to the highest of standards in this sought after village.

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• Village location

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Property of the Month Odiham Road Riseley 4 bedroom family home


Set in the quaint village of Riseley, this detached cottage has history dating back to 1852. The property is in great condition with 5/6 bedrooms and living accommodation that can be utilised to suit your needs. This character house is perfect for anyone requiring a self-contained annex or ample living space with a carriage driveway and space for several cars, this property can suit any individual or family.



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Burghfield Village

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• Four Bedrooms

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• Excellent condition throughout

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• Substantial plot of over 1/4 acre

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• Overlooking the village green

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• Four bedrooms, bathroom & shower room

• Four double bedrooms • Renovated to the highest standard

• 20 ft. Lounge overlooking gardens

• En-suite to master bedroom

• 25’7 x 11’7 kitchen/diner

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• 16 ft. Family room & conservatory • Extensive gardens overlooking countryside • No onward chain

• Excellent sized garden


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• Lounge Overlooking Fields

• Modern kitchen and bathrooms

• Large Open Plan Kitchen Dining Room

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Burghfield Common office

• Countryside views

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• Garage and driveway parking


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xciting times were afoot at Budgens Mortimer recently with the opening of the brand new village Post Office Plus on 23rd September. Having moved a few hundred yards from its old home in West End Road, locals can now access Post Office services in the evenings and even on Sundays. Jason Bushnell, Store Manager, told us, “If the shop is open, the Post Office is open!”




When the Post Office announced its significant changes to funding a couple of years ago, Rachel Loubser (the previous well-loved Post Mistress in Mortimer) made the difficult decision not to continue offering Post Office services because the new system couldn’t work for her. The contract was offered to McColls, just opposite, who said no after considering the situation. At this point, many villagers became worried about losing the service altogether and started up petitions and campaigns to save their village Post Office. Charles Mills, owner of Budgens Mortimer stepped in and offered to take it on. And it’s taken around 18 months to get to what you see in store today. There were interviews, never-ending forms, measuring up, staff training and additional staff security checks, new servers, IT installation and new security systems. Phew! But now it’s all in place and everyone’s feeling really positive about it. The old Post Office will get a new lease of life as Rachel takes a new direction with her store. The team at Budgens, having done their training, are looking forward to getting started and the village will benefit enormously from the longer Post Office opening hours.

Monday Saturday 7am–9pm

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So, alongside all the ‘extras’ that Budgens Mortimer already offers - the delicious ‘Cook’ range, the butcher’s counter and the locally sourced produce, you can now send your letters, weigh your parcels, pay your bills and pick up your holiday money too! It really couldn’t get much better for Budgens right now. They have recently been named in the Top 100 independent retailers in UK and Ireland. After an initial online application, the organisation sent a representative to interview the management team and this was followed by a mystery shopper assessment. The industry experts recognised the growth and development within the store as well as their engagement with the local community - and there may be awards to come when the store is notified of its final placing. As Budgens Mortimer prepares for its busiest time of year, along with the 20% anticipated growth in footfall due to the Post Office being on-site, we wish them every success and will be in soon to weigh our parcels!

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bad mums

A quick glance around the rec or school playground and you’ll notice a variety of different mums. There’s the mum with the perfect hair whose child is clad in designer gear and only eats organic snacks out of matching tupperware containers...

Then there’s the other 99% wrangling our way through the unrelenting demands of parenthood doing whatever works and dreaming of the glass of wine we’ll enjoy once the kids go to bed. Take our (tongue in cheek) quiz to see which mum you are!

With the movie ‘Bad Moms’ proving to be a box office hit this month (Have you seen it? Did you ‘knowingly’ cringe at any point?). We ask... ‘Bad ass’ or ‘super chilled’ - Which bad mum are you? the tv commercial mum You’re practically perfect in every way. You lost your baby weight in three hours, always have your roots done and breeze through the school gate looking like an Instagram filtered celebrity selfie. Your equally perfect kids slept through the night at two days old and their laminated daily roster includes a variety of educational activities which is probably why they speak

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four languages and were reading Ernest Hemingway novels by the age of two (#gifted). You wouldn’t be caught dead buying packet mix and the refined-sugar-free lemon meringue cupcakes you made for the school fundraiser looked like they were created by the love child of Paul Hollywood and Nigella Lawson. Your larder is alphabetised, your tummy is stretch-mark-free, you’re fully continent and your Facebook feed is full of inspirational memes about the unbridled joy of motherhood. We hate you.



the ‘whatever works’ mum You haven’t slept longer than four hours since you left the labour ward - so you’ve learned to troubleshoot your way through motherhood. You’d like to have more kids but you’re not sure a straightjacket would match the spew stains on your yoga pants. You think most parenting experts are full of hot-air because nothing ever seems to work like it does on Supernanny. If your kids wake during the night, you put them in your bed and hope they don’t break your nose with a sudden stretch kick to

the face at 2am. You tumble dry everything, even those expensive mohair jumpers your mother-in-law bought the kids for Christmas. If you’re asked to “bring a plate”, it’s almost always a ‘Taste the Difference’ Chocolate Torte (discarding packaging first) and you just spent your last £5 cash on a book of school fundraiser raffle tickets because you don’t have time to sell them. If your child screams the house down because they want ham instead of Dairylea in their sandwiches, you generally cave because you’ve lost your will to live.

the super chilled mum You use the parenting book your friend gave you as a doorstop, preferring to spend your down-time reading gossip mags while your kids are babysat by CBBC, Disney Junior and CITV. You haven’t had your roots done in three years and your legs are so hairy you could braid and bead them. Your house looks like a bomb site but you can’t fathom the logic of cleaning when it will only be messy again tomorrow. Your kids rock up for nursery photos looking like they were styled by Edward Scissorhands and when they get home and refuse to eat dinner you remind them that their Happy Meal set you back £2.49. You get around in saggy bum trackies and could live off the food scraps in your car for at least a month. You have the local pizza shop on speed dial and don’t get the fuss about serving ice-cream for breakfast (#calcium). While other mums are stressing about developmental milestones, the latest and a sugar-free diet, you are watching Judge Rinder settle another ridiculous neighbourly dispute.

the bad (ass) mum You forgot your child’s birthday and exchanged the gift card from grandma for a new top the last time you went shopping (you’ll buy them something next time you’re in town). You understand the importance of a fully stocked bar, ever-ready for an impromptu house party and your kids know all the words to Eminem’s greatest hits. You can twerk like a teenager and on a big night out you make Lindsay Lohan look like Mary Poppins and what’s wrong with a three-yearold watching Celebrity Juice? You’d rather stick a steak knife in your eye than go to a kid’s show and when you’re invited to parent teacher meetings you fake a death in the family and go to the pub instead. You think a Magimix is the name of a new cocktail and you’d sooner donate a kidney than spend an afternoon at a soft play centre.

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Console them

Pretend they aren’t yours

Your baby is sick on your blouse as you head out, You:

Immediately Change

it’s 9pm, and you remember that it’s fancy dress day at school in the morning, You:

Spit, Wipe & go! Cut a neck hole in a bin bag and send them as ‘litter’

Your child refuses to eat dinner, You:

You forget to collect the children from school, You:

Carry on watching Game of Thrones (they’l get over it)

You find your child playng with Dog Poo. You:

Defrost the organic Pah! Give ‘em Consider it a win, no Dont stress, Finish your Dog Poo, risotto you made chicken nuggets need to drop them they know the cuppa, then hose Play-Doh, last week again them down same, same off in the morning way home the tv commercial mum

the ‘whatever works’ mum

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by Rob Barnes performances by Ugarte and Suárez who both expertly portray the full spectrum of emotions without any need for dialogue. Suárez’s depiction of a mother’s spiral from hope and optimism to maternal angst is heartfelt and unerring, contrasted beautifully with Ugarte’s portrayal of the young Julieta played with a passion, verve and sex appeal that pops off the screen. Left in other hands the constant flitting between time and space could easily be formulaic and jarring but Almodóvar effortlessly blends these two stories into one. He revels in giving just enough line to hook you in without revealing the whole story. Lying beneath every character like a thinly covered veil are unexplained mysteries, and memories that occasionally surface through a simple stare or mannerism but it’s left to the audience to fill in the gaps. It’s really refreshing to see a film that mirrors real-life, where little is what is seems and where conflict is rarely followed by any closure.


ar from the Hollywood factory line of superheroes, gross-out comedies and disaster movies lies Julietta, a sparkling gem in the rough. Pedro Almodóvar’s beautiful tale of grief, memory and yearning is a visual feast that washes over you like a Mediterranean breeze. Julieta is based on three short stories by Nobel Prize-winner Alice Munro and tells the life story of a middle-aged mother (Emma Suárez) whose life is turned upside down by a chance meeting with a friend of her estranged daughter Antía who she has not seen for 12 years. Julieta abandons the chance for a new life in Portugal with her boyfriend and instead returns to her Madrid apartment block where she and

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Antía once lived. Here she writes a story-come-letter to Antía that triggers a series of flashbacks where we meet her younger self (Adriana Ugarte) and follow her former life with Antía’s late father Xoan (Daniel Grao), her complex friendship with Xoan’s on-off lover Ava (Inma Cuesta) and the tragic events that led to their separation. This is a story about loss and guilt and the destructive power of silence, and whilst that should make it a hard watch it’s quite the opposite. Like a classic artist Almodóvar paints his characters and locations with such vibrant colour and style it acts as the perfect varnish to the bleak narrative and completely draws you in. The other major distractions are the commanding central

My Sister the Vampire

Whilst so many emotions are played out in between the dialogue, Almodovar is not afraid to unsettle his audience with more deliberate tactics. A foreboding music score often deviates the film from romantic melodrama to classic Hitchcock thriller, there’s a sprinkle of David Lynch with a dreamlike deer sequence, and the simple camera trickery used to conjoin the young Julieta with the old is a particular treat. If you fancy a break from the Hollywood mainstream then I highly recommend you seek out Julieta, a stylish and sumptuous taste of Spanish cinema that is sure to awaken the senses.



by Sienna Mercer

My ‘Sister the Vampire’ is the first book in a series about sisters Olivia and Ivy. In this book we find out the identical twin sisters were adopted by separate families for a very special reason. Olivia Abbott has moved to Franklin Grove because of her dad`s new job. Being a new girl is awful, but Olivia meets her long lost sister Ivy Vega. Only because of a matching ring do they know that they are related. Ivy has a terrible secret, but this doesn’t stop them from becoming friends and switching places to play jokes on people. It is very well written for my age group. I didn’t have to make up any of the words. Compared to Percy Jackson it is very easy to read, the language is not complicated so you can understand it all. My only criticism is that most boys wouldn’t enjoy it. Personally I thought that the book was brilliant and have read the first eight books. You can follow Ivy and Olivia through adventures they have, to find their real family. I don`t want to spoil any more of the book for you, but I recommend you go down to your library and read all sixteen books.

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Jubilee l ves Autumn 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 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 the mud kitchen. 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. To receive a prospectus or to visit, please get in touch. Located in Padworth (just a few minutes drive from the centre of Mortimer), we provide exceptional care for babies from 3 months to children up to 5 years of age and offer a range of packages including fulltime, term-time and flexible sessions. “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.” – Parent review

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PERMIT SCHEME for West Berkshire Recycling Centres

From 26 September only vehicles with a West Berkshire permit will be able to use Padworth and Newtown Road Recycling Centres. All households in West Berkshire will receive one permit. You must display this permit in your car whenever you want to use one of our recycling centres.

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The new permits can only be used in West Berkshire household waste recycling centres. Site staff at each location will be enforcing the new scheme, so your permit will need to be clearly displayed on the windscreen of your vehicle. Permits will expire after 4 years and are subject to terms and conditions which are available online at www.westberks.gov.uk/ @OJ;h]jeal

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A Big Win for Burghfield FC The first weekend in September saw almost 200 football teams from across the region flock to the Burghfield Football Club annual tournament. It proved to be a wonderful family day out with a great atmosphere. There was some high quality football played and trophies were presented from age 9 through to men's football. The younger age groups (7 and 8 year olds) played too, demonstrating their tremendous promise of things to come. The annual tournament, normally held in June, is a vital source of income to the club with thousands of pounds raised each year to fund their youth football development activities, providing all-weather training facilities during the winter and allowing the Club to maintain low, value for money registration fees. In truth, Burghfield FC was lucky to be able to host the event this year at all, having to scrap their original date in June despite more than 250 teams due to take part - owing to Ministry of Defence warnings of disruption and potential child welfare concerns amid intended anti-nuclear protests at Burghfield AWE, adjacent to the tournament venue. Thanks only to the committee's hard work and understanding local sponsors - as well as the support of the local footballing community - this hastily arranged one off pre-season was organised. The Club would like to thank all of the volunteers who helped throughout the weekend and to all of the footballers who gave their all and made the tournament the success that it was.

Micka runs the Great North Run for Madagascar

He was one of 193 representatives of the United Nation countries participating in the half marathon, representing Madagascar.

ocal personal trainer and fitness instructor Micka Andriambololona from Spencers Wood has recently taken part in the epic Great North Run in Newcastle.

Micka, 33, grew up in Fort Dauphin, a coastal town in south-east Madagascar. He worked for SEED Madagascar as a community liaison officer working on a business project


helping local women improve their livelihoods. Their works also involves providing wells, building schools, health, sustainable livelihoods and natural resource management projects. Since moving to the UK in 2013 Micka re-trained as a personal trainer and fitness instructor. He set-up Micka's Training earlier this year and runs groups exercise classes in Spencers Wood, Swallowfield and Shinfield. Loving fitness and sport, Micka jumped at the opportunity to participate in the Great North Run (he has previously run Reading half marathon twice). Micka told us,'It is an amazing honour to be part of the Great North Run and to be able to run for my country and support SEED Madagascar which holds such a special place in my heart.'

And as if that wasn¹t enough to keep him busy, the weekend following the Great North Run, Micka completed a charity skydive for Sport in Mind to support a charity that helps people suffering from mental health illnesses to overcome their struggles using sport. Micka¹s local classes are getting great feedback, so if you are keen to try something new, check out what is on offer at www.facebook.com/ mickastraining

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