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elcome to our August/September issue of Village Eye magazine as we try to eek out the summer months for all its worth! The season of fetes, fairs and festivals is slowly coming to an end, but we have other things to celebrate in this, our birthday issue. Yes,Village Eye is now four years old. Happy Birthday to us!


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Sharing our birthday is this month’s cover sponsor, Worthington’s The Salon of Burghfield Common, who are also four years old in September. Turn to page 4 (see what we did there?) to read about their achievements and find out just how far their business has come with the support of the community. If you want to look and feel great, this is the place to go. And we can’t let Dale Kempson’s notable anniversary pass unmentioned, either. Dale, who many of you will have dealt with at Parkers Estate Agents over the years, is celebrating 15 years at Parkers in Burghfield Common. Congratulations Dale! For more on Parkers, turn to pages 21-23. As we move towards the end of the school summer holidays, we bring you a Schools Special in this issue. We take you from bump to grump (teenagers) on pages 30 - 39, so whether it’s a nursery, nanny, preschool or a sixth form college you are looking for, take a look.

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This month, we bring a fantastic competition to all you budding photographers too. Burghfield Camera Club are offering an annual membership, plus and enlarged, mounted copy of your entry. All you need to do is take a photo that you think best represents ‘your village’. For more details, turn to page 38. Our regular columnists bring us some great articles this month. There really is something for everyone. From Jack Worboys with a roundup of his time at the Goodwood Festival of Speed during the summer (p.18), to Megan’s beauty page on a new in-shower gradual tan product (p.9). Eye Tech looks at the rise of the Dashcam and tells you all you need to know about the different types available on page 15. This month’s film review is of Home, newly released on DVD. Our film reviewer, Rob Barnes, gives it 3 stars and tells us more on page 15.


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Our regular columnist Rowberry Morris Solicitors in Tadley tell us what to watch out for in Holiday Horrors on page 14 and Mark Penston, our Financial Advisor, poses the question, “Should we unlock our final salary pensions?‘ on page17.

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FUN IN THE SUN Wow - Mortimer Fun Day 2015 really was fabulous. Not only was the weather kind, treating us to a beautiful sunny day, but the turn out was fantastic. An estimated nearly 6000 people attended, enjoying all the activities and benefiting the many charities and local community groups running stalls. This event truly brings the community together. And it’s not just people from Mortimer. Volunteers, stall holders and families come from all the surrounding villages, pulling together to organise a magnificent day - with free entry - that the whole family can enjoy. And this year was no different. Children enjoyed the inflatables, Spratley’s beach, Treasure Island and Kid’s Zone. The impressive displays in the arena were (in our opinion) the best yet and with the ever-popular dog show, bar and delicious food on offer, it would have been difficult not to have a good time. A popular new attraction this year was the Great Mortimer BBQ Cook Off, run by Calor’s very own Gordon Ramsey, Rob Woods. There were plenty of enthusiastic BBQ amateurs who wanted to pit their culinary skills against each other by creating the best ‘burger’. The winner of each heat won a clever Calor Mini BBQ, with runners up each receiving a Grill-2-Go too, all generously donated by Reading Calor Centre. The evening event, run by Mortimer Music Live was a huge success, too. Tickets for the Queen II concert sold out and were in high demand! Freddie Mercury was alive and well in Mortimer that night. It was great entertainment, with the marquee fullto-bursting, everyone rockin’ to the music, with a big finish performing ‘The Show Must Go On’. A special thank you to the army of volunteers who make it happen and everyone who worked, supported and showed up to make this year’s Fun Day the best yet. Roll on Mortimer Fun Day 2016!

Freddie, Alive & Well in Mortimer!

If you’re looking for a great family day out in September, get yourself along to Spencers Wood Carnival! On Saturday 19th September, the carnival will run from 12 noon to 9pm at the Recreation Ground on Clares Green Road. Best of all, it’s free entry! The event has a real village focus, with Spencers Wood businesses providing much of the event catering, and local schools, churches, clubs and groups running stalls to raise some funds for themselves. Attractions include Mason’s Funfair, Giant Inflatables, Licensed Bar, Hands-on Art, Circus Skills, Clown Shows, Magic, Punch and Judy, Displays, and lots more. See you there! FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT:

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Described as a ‘legend’, Freda’s first year in service would have seen Prince Charles marry Lady Diana Spencer! Not only has Freda seen children’s children cross the road to St John’s, she has also seen children become teachers at the school.

The children also did a tour down memory lane and sang Cross Over the Road My Friend. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house. Freda was then presented with gifts, from the generous amount of money donated by parents past and present, staff and governors. ‘Mr Freda’, also known as Bill, was presented with a bottle of champagne. Wherever Freda is, Bill can always be found close by. Finlay Stuart, Year 2 at Mortimer St. John’s, told Village Eye, “She doesn’t just help us to cross the road, Freda always asks how we are if we’ve been poorly.” Ollie Sebright added, “Freda remembers everything - if we fell over the day before or were upset about something.”

Towards the end of term, Mr Ian Pearson, Head of Education at West Berkshire Council, went along to Mortimer St John’s School to join in with a “Thank you and Goodbye” Assembly. The children performed their version of Freda and ‘Mr Freda’ and the important role they have played in the children’s school lives.

As a mark of gratitude for Freda’s continued dedication, a tea party was held in her honour on her last day of term. We are still waiting for news of a replacement for Freda - a tough act to follow! Several alternatives are currently being looked into for the beginning of next term by the Local Authority.


fter thirty four years, Mortimer’s Award-winning school crossing patrol officer, Freda Batten has retired! Freda has enjoyed a number of presentations, parties and media interest, and after 34 years of being at the school gates twice a day, every day during term time, she deserves it. Her story even made the evening TV News!

GOOD NEWS was on the cards for the pupils, staff and parents over at Theale Green School this summer where leadership, pastoral and behaviour are now strong, according to Ofsted. Just before the end of the school year, Ofsted declared the school as rapidly improving. A great headline for the school and the Headteacher, who took the helm in September last year. The three elements of Leadership and Management, Behaviour and Safety and Sixth Form Provision were judged to be good. These judgements are a huge improvement for the school and marks a significant step in the right direction. Headteacher, Dr. Sally Beeson, said “I am delighted that the collective efforts and commitment of students, staff, parents and governors alike have been recognised by the inspectors. This is the beginning of very positive journey for Theale Green School and we are absolutely committed to achieving good and then outstanding in future inspections. Our planned priorities for the year ahead matched those identified by the Ofsted inspection and we will be doing everything we can to build on this excellent progress.”The report is overwhelmingly positive identifying the many improvements that have

been made over the course of this academic year. The leadership of the school is described as inspirational and determined and students were found to be polite, courteous and show respect for their school. In 2014, 63% of our students achieved 5 A*-C grades including English and Maths at GCSE compared to 55% nationally. With all this in place, students and staff are excited about the future and look forward to another highly productive and successful academic year.

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Happy Birthday to you! Here at VE, we love a good celebration, and especiallly one which we share with others. Liike us, Worthingtons The Salon turn four this month - so we thought we’d see what they’ve been up to since 2011!

Happy 4th Birthday to Worthingtons! But really? Only 4? It seems that they have been a part of the Burghfield Common landscape for much longer than that! Everyone knows them and everyone loves them. How have they managed to achieve that in just four years? We put much of it down to their community spirit. Worthingtons are always happy to help the local schools offering their services as prizes for fundraising fetes. They also help fundraise for charities close to the team’s hearts. Recent charities have included Little Princess Trust, Breast Cancer Care, Macmillan, Ataxia UK and Sarcoma. You will find the team making cakes, dressing up, donating hair, waxing hair and shaving heads, all in the name of charity!



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They now employ 9 members of staff. Always offer their services as prize donations to the local schools. Have assisted in raising £1000s for charity

You’ll find a fantastic team at Worthingtons. The nine members of staff have many years of combined experience. Worthingtons’ Owner, Emma, makes sure the team are looked after, treating them to fun team building days.

On top of that, Worthingtons have already helped 11 brides this year with hair, make-up, nails and also Hen Party pamper packages. Pamper parties are also available for Little Princesses for birthday parties, too.

Most of all, whilst celebrating their Emma likes to ‘give back’ to new 4th Birthday, Emma told Village starters in the industry. She has an Eye, “We want to say a massive assessors qualification, so she can thank you to everyone for all their assess in-house, working closely continued support. We’d also like to with Henley College who provide welcome our new beautician Rachel the qualifications. They train ‘buddy who started with us in August and stylists’ and have had 4 stylists wish our stylist, Julie a fond farewell recently gain their qualifications. as she has now retired. Julie was with us from the very beginning Of course, the services and and we wish her all the best with products Worthingtons offer are the next chapter in her life.!” So second-to-none. They use Paul join the celebrations, treat yourself Mitchell and Amaragn hair styling this month using the £4 voucher products, CND shellac and below and wish a very Happy 4th Dermologica beauty products. Birthday to Worthingtons the They also offer massages, spray Salon. tans and intimate waxing.

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It’s only relatively recently that English fizz has started getting a name for itself, but how quickly we have caught up, with our sparkling wines now winning international wine awards and vineyards springing up all over the place. Many are every bit as good as – and sometimes better than – Champagne. So dust off those flutes and pour yourself a glass of England’s best bubbles

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This bubbly has scooped plenty of international awards and is a real crowdpleaser, as well as going a treat with fish. It’s fruity, yet fresh, with a really elegant finish. The Cornwall vineyard is run by the Lindo family, who planted their first vines in 1989.

An award-winner, this gold-coloured fizz is only made from red grapes – a style which is particularly fashionable in France at the moment – giving it more weight and power. Expect red fruit aromas, while the earthy, almost-savoury characters make it very food-friendly, pairing particularly well with light game meats . Ridgeview Blanc de Noir 2010: £31.95, bbr.com

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As the summer draws to an end for another year, the quest to prolong that beautifully bronzed, fresh from the Caribbean look (A girl can dream). Normally, I’d admit defeat at about this time, and hide back under my winter coat, but someone told % of our students achieved 5 A* - C grades including me about Saint Tropez Gradual Tan In Shower - so I nd Maths at GCSE compared to 55% nationally. thought I’d give it a go... When I first heard about this tan I knew I had to have it. I have never been one for using a fake tan (I am definitely pale and proud) but something about this tan screamed out to me. Maybe it was the fact I could achieve a Kate Moss worthy tan in just three minutes? I mean how is that possible? So not only did Boots have an offer on this tan at the time but everyone was raving about it and when I mean everyone, I mean everyone and their uncle. Every single Boots I went to (four in the end) was completely cleared out of this product and I was getting desperate. As soon as this product came online I seized the opportunity and added it to my basket whilst I patiently (maybe not so patiently) waited for the postman to arrive. Now, on to the review…. The Pros… What I love about this tan is the efficiency, I could slap it on in my shower before work in the morning and let it work its magic. Also, I love the fact that is claimed it was gradual. I did notice a hint of colour building throughout the day, which I really liked. I much prefer it this way rather than washing off my tan and looking like I’d been on a three week holiday to Barbados so in that respect I loved it.

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solution I came up with was counting down the time in my head which was a good distraction from how absolutely freezing cold I was. It also felt like I had to use up half of the bottle on just one application. Because the tan itself is very creamy I couldn’t actually really tell where I was applying this so just doubled the layer up to be safe.

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The Result… Did it actually work? I have noticed a slight improvement from my ghostly skin colour however not enough for me to consider even looking remotely tanned. More like I had been on a weekend away in Cornwall instead of a holiday in the Caribbean. But I do think that if I applied this tan every day for a few weeks I would have built up a good even looking tan. Who knows? Maybe I will have to soldier on and continue to try this product further. I also didn’t notice an awful tan smell that usually lingers after applying a fake tan so I am looking at maybe trying San Tropez’s Express Tan for more of an instant glow… if all goes well a review could be coming your way soon.

The Cons… I have to admit standing in the shower cold and wet for three (very, very long) minutes was not the highlight. Firstly, how do you time these three minutes? The only To contribute, advertise or let us know your news please call 0118 907 6200 or email info@villageeye.co.uk




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The Hairy Renaissance by Mark Cheeseman

Last year, for no reason whatsoever, I decided to grow a beard. The beard’s renaissance has been underway for quite some time now, with everyone from film stars to primary school teachers sporting unshaven looks. I would like to be able to say that my ‘random’ decision to grow a beard was an expression of my masculinity or a creative statement, but I can’t delude myself when, in all honesty, I was simply jumping on the fashion bandwagon. Throughout history, a sense of authority, masculinity and leadership has accompanied bearded men. Abraham Lincoln, Karl Marx and, well, Jesus spring to mind. So it’s really not surprising that us chaps have decided to embrace this fashion once more. A quick stocktake of the growing number of friends and acquaintances who are starting to resemble Mr Twit confirmed it: things were getting hairy. And why not? If women can colour, cut, and extend their hair, why can’t men do the same with their facial hair? However, when the razor was cast aside and nature took its course, my facial hair failed me. It did not resemble that of George Clooney, Ben Affleck, or Bradley Cooper. No. It was decidedly ginger, when the hair on my head is blonde. And I am not alone. Friends have found a Father Christmas-esque white facial hair appearing when the hair atop their head is a fine black. It’s just not the look we want to emulate. Sadly, for some of us, those manly bristles just ain’t gonna happen. I didn’t take defeat well and used to gaze longingly at the hairy faces of my man-friends. It became clear that those who have succeeded in growing a full beard enjoy an elevated social status among their peers. They enjoy more social interaction because they are sporting an instant conversation starter and they enjoy more attention from the ladies...or do they? Following ‘My Great Beard Disappointment’ I managed to find solace in the fact that beards are a great divider among women. They either love them or they hate them. Marmite. A female friend once told me that, “Kissing is out of the question. Trying to find a mouth through a moustache is like trying to find a needle in a hairy haystack.” And it’s recently been reported that beards are quite unhygienic too, so that makes me feel better. Even the most conscientious beard keeper often has crumbs and/or drink entangled in it. Men often over-handle their beards, and with dirty hands. You know the story about peanuts in pubs? I don’t need to spell it out, do I? So now I have accepted my fate and I revel in my clean-shaven face, relishing the smooth, hygienic skin and telling anyone who will listen about the peanuts and the hairy haystack. Jealous...moi? To contribute, advertise or let us know your news please call 0118 907 6200 or email info@villageeye.co.uk





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Silver is the new “Golden Age” Were there more grey hairs in the mirror than usual this morning? Feeling a bit ‘on your own some?’ Are you beginning to call everyone ‘young man’ because factually everyone now IS younger than you? Well, we can assure you that you are most definitely NOT alone! Welcome to Silver Society. Today, 10 million people living in the UK are currently over 65 years old. That’s just one-in-six of the total UK population. The latest projections are for 15 million people aged 65 or over in 2025 and that number will have nearly doubled to 19 million by 2050. And financially it seems you’ve never had it so good either? The over 65s made a £40 billion financial contribution to the British economy in 2010 and that by 2030 retired ‘baby boomers’ will contribute £80 billion annually to the country’s coffers. Changes to the pension rules in April 2015 mean that many of you can now access your pension pot freely from the age of 55 (57 from 2028), taking out as much as you like, subject to tax of-course*

Once again this October, organisations across the region will be coming together to celebrate “Silver Sunday”, a day in praise of what it means to be getting older and staying right here in Village Eye Country! Charities such as TiM which stands for Together in Mission already offer a host of services for our region’s seniors including befriending services, Pop Up Cafés, Information Services and special days such as the popular Men’s Pie & Pints . And across West Berks and North Hants on October 4th 2015 there will be Silver Sunday Celebrations. Check out silversunday.org.uk for YOUR local events across the region. One example is Burghfield where TiM are hosting 100 local residents for a fun day of dancing, music and quizzes/prizes galore. If you’re a local Silver then why not get in touch with Bev@togetherinmission.org.uk or call 07748 686615 for an invite. As Betty Friedan put it so wonderfully “Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength” – So get out there and grab it! Ed x

So with living longer, having more disposable income and better heath our silver surfers are literally silver surfing their way around the world! Sales of adventure holidays, exotic destinations, super sports cars and designer clothing are all benefiting from what is becoming colloquially known as the Silver Pound. For some people though, staying right where they are here in the Village Eye region is good enough for them. Having friends, local shops, a handsome local doctor (perhaps) and a nice little garden is all they want from later life. Let’s face it, children and grand children can quickly gobble up any additional income come Christmas and Birthdays. So what is there available for our staycation silvers? There’s some good news.

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Losing a loved one is hard at any time of life, but the death or serious illness of someone close can have an especially devastating effect on a child or young person. However, with the right support and information, children and young people can be helped to understand what has happened and learn to move forward in a positive way. Established in 1996, Daisy’s Dream is a local professional support service which responds to the needs of children and families affected by life threatening illness or bereavement. Originally set up to meet the needs of children who had been bereaved, over recent years they have expanded their service to encompass families where there has been a serious illness diagnosis too. Last year, they supported 560 children who had been bereaved, or were facing bereavement. This service cost the charity over £300,000 to run. They don’t receive any government funding for their work... “It is very important to them that provide our support and advice services to children and families free of charge. As such, fundraising plays a very big part in the work that we do”. says he Charity’s Director Gill So, in a bid to help them raise these much needed funds, on Friday 25th September from 2.30pm onwards, Hannah & Jessica from Mortimer’s Need a Nanny are hosting a Cakes for Cause afternoon at Mortimer Methodist Church where there will also be tea, coffee and a raffle. So grab a friend, neighbour or relative and head on down there from 2:30pm For further information, please call Jessica on 0118 327 3380

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ost people return from holiday unscathed, but others are less fortunate and return with woeful stories after being injured. Should you be unlucky enough to fall victim to an accident whilst on holiday, what can you do to improve your prospects of advancing a personal injury claim when you return? A Claimant must prove his claim so do whatever you can to maximise your prospects of success. Documentation supporting a claim is always crucial and might even prove to be the difference between success and failure. Keep a diary of the accident circumstances, the aftermath and how the accident affected your holiday. Has anyone else’s holiday been adversely affected? Did you report the accident? If so, when and to whom? Try and get a copy of your Accident Report Form before you return home. Has anyone else had a similar accident? If they did, before you, and the hoteliers did nothing to rectify the cause, they are likely to have difficulties defending further similar claims, including yours. Were there any witnesses? Statements from independent witness (i.e. not a member of your party) can be valuable to any personal injury matter so take down their names, addresses and contact numbers. Photographic or video evidence is also extremely helpful. Take photos of the accident location and of any injuries sustained.


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Twenty years ago, if you wanted to make a video - you’d get out your [loaf of bread sized] camcorder, mount it on a tripod and press record. Fast forward to 2015 and, like most technologies, the chipsets and components required to manufacture our electronic devices have reduced in size so dramatically that often the finished products unrecognizable from their antiquated predecessors. Coupled with lower production costs, it also means that cameras are also more affordable to the masses. Sales of "dash-cams" in cars are soaring as owners record evidence of clashes and crashes with other road users. While you could easily put a camera in just about anything these days, it actually makes sense to have one in your car. Think about it: We see so many acts of unbelievable stupidity on the road. Doesn't it make sense to keep a visual record? You know, the person who cut you up at a junction so they could make an make an illegal U-turn? Recorded. The car that rear-ended you at the traffic lights? Gotcha. A naked jogger crossed the road in front of you? Time to put it on YouTube.

Enter the dashcam, a device that's exactly what the name implies: a camera that goes on your car's dashboard. These devices have achieved massive popularity in Russia, where an estimated two million motorists have installed dash cams in their cars. The cameras are popular for just one reason: ensuring justice when it comes to proving accidents on the roads, and as protection against hit and runs which are very common too.

So, when a meteor tore through Russian skies back in 2013, it is not surprising that many devices that captured this unusual phenomenon; with plenty of footage appearing online within minutes. One of the best videos was captured by a parked car, which happened to have its dashcam on. You can see the meteor as it enters the earth's atmosphere and soars past the landscape. Scientists then used the footage on youtube to plot the trajectory and work out where it had come from! This event is well worth a Youtube search Chelyabinsk meteor

UK insurance companies now accept dashboard camera footage in disputed claims The question you might be asking now is: Are DashCams lega in the UK? Yes, dashcams are perfectly legal in the UK. In fact their use is increasingly encouraged by most UK insurance companies who now accept dashboard camera footage in disputed claims - few though will offer a discount on premiums for using one. Whilst there are scores of makes and models to choose from on the market, typically, the units are designed to record continuously and, when their data card is full, start overwriting. Or they can be switched on if a driver notices something problematic. Erratic driving or road rage, perhaps.

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Most of you will have read my previous article on the history of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, but for those that haven’t it is an event set up by Lord March in the early 90’s to revive the post war heyday of motorsport on the Goodwood estate. It can bring crowds of 150,000 over the weekend and I joined them at this years event to give you the lowdown on what it’s all about. The event started on Thursday with the Moving Motor Show, giving manufactures from Dacia to Ferrari the opportunity to show off some of their cars to the public with passenger rides and even drives up the hill. If you want to do this next year though, set the alarm clock early as bookings start at 8:00am and the spaces don’t last for long. Besides this all the manufacturer stands around the site were open as normal. In my opinion if you are coming to more than one day, this is one of the days to choose; it gives you an opportunity to walk around the site and see where everything is and have a go at some of the activities while it isn’t so busy. The Friday, Saturday and Sunday are all pretty similar, you’ll still get a chance to see most of the cars on the hill on any of these days. A number of the manufacturer stands seem a little pointless unless you are particularly interested in buying that car as many are showing off cars you could see in any supermarket car park. However, if you’re a fan of a certain car, say Audi, its a great opportunity to sit in and get a feel for your favourite car. There were gaming consoles on almost every stand where you could race one of that manufacturers vehicles on the Grand Turismo 6 racing game, sometimes with prizes for the fastest time of the weekend. It makes the day more fun, especially if you’re going for more than one day, if you can intersperse wandering about with some actual experiences. Although you do have to queue there are a number of experiences available on site that are well worth trying out. This year Jaguar Land Rover were a highlight with a tyre shredding passenger ride in an F-Type on a purpose built course, or a demonstration of the amazing off road capability of one of the Land Rover models. Another great opportunity was to have a go on an off road course in the woods with Audi. They had brought their entire range of off road vehicles from the A4 Allroad to the brand new Q7. I tried both of these and

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He’s a man that when told an address from over a decade ago can still remember who bought it, who sold it and everyone’s personal situation at that time, and a man that when another letter comes in asking to support a local event he thinks of a way to generate them more exposure and raise them more money. Having started with Parkers Reading in 1978 and then Parkers Burghfield some fourteen years ago. Dale understands that the local community are at the heart of his success and longevity and is not only grateful but is looking forward to his future working within the villages. With his, what some would consider “old fashioned” ways of ensuring that Parkers are always picking up the phone and encouraging people to pop by is still key to building up a rapport with customers and continuing to be a familiar face in Burghfield, Mortimer and the surrounding villages. Supporting local events has always been something he wanted to incorporate in his business and the concept of giving back to the community has always appealed too, but the times of not being able to give back as much as he wanted aren’t too many years behind him. With the recession hitting Parkers as much as many other


Eventually, with Bev his very patient wife still sticking by his side, he rode out the effects of the recession, built up the portfolio of houses to sell and not only expanded his office, but employed further staff. Things were on the up once more.

A familiar face in the community, with his daughters attending The Willink School, he thanks the community for their loyalty and support. And, having now broken comfortably in to the million pound housing market, he now feels it is the time to ramp-up Parkers’ efforts to give back to the community.=

Focusing on the 15th year theme, he is going to be doing it in 15 days! Having done very little bike riding in his life time before [the golf course is more Dale’s style] he will be committing to over 65 miles a day totalling 976 miles - all for a good cause. Naturally, we’ll be following his every move!

Parkers Burghfield will be celebrating their 15th year in a number of other ways too. With plans including monthly prize draws for 15% off selling fees to be drawn on the 15th of every month and competitions and prizes for children, The Reading Road team are aiming to raise and give back £15,000 to the village and local charities and make this year their most exciting yet. Congratulations Dale. Here’s to your fifteenth year. Mine’s a glass of fizz.

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Indeed, if there’s a fund raising event for the local community, 9 times out of 10, Dale will be a keen supporter. His efforts to help raise much needed funds for local causes include the annual Burghfield Santa Cruise, Mortimer’s Fireworks nights, Easter Egg Hunts, Scarecrow Trails, May Fayres, Fetes, and an endless list of school events too. Worth a mention at this point, is Dales commitment to supporting Burghfield FC too! The list goes on...

So, when Dale excitedly announced to his staff that he had been thinking about ways to commemorate his 15th Year in the village, it was no surprise that what he had in mind was going to be something special... After hours, even days of brainstorming several exciting ideas were put together with the community at the heart of his plans. [Gone are the days of Dale dragging about the Parkers bouncy castle to various fund raising events] he came up with the biggest idea of them all - to raise money and keep fit at the same time. Much to everyone’s surprise, he is going to cycle from Lands End to John O’Groats next year for a local charity!

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f I asked you to think of some words to describe an estate agent, many would spring to mind, and some may not be so polite! But coming to write this article to start the celebrations for Dale Kempson’s 15th Year in Parkers Burghfield, my mind is flooded with funny stories and admiration - you see, Dale is a man I know quite well. After all, once upon a time in another life in the far and distant past - Dale was my boss!

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Wed 9th Sep, 2015 will be... INTERNATINAL TEDDY BEAR DAY The teddy bear is one of the most popular toys for children, and holds a special place in many adults hearts, too. This lovable stuffed animal has a day all of its own, Teddy Bear Day. It gives a chance for people to get teddy out of the cupboard and make him the center of attention. It’s an ideal time to get together with others for a teddy bear’s favorite activity, having a picnic, as immortalized in the classic song, ‘Teddy Bear’s Picnic.’ So, get out your Teddy, take him to school, take him to work, or even to the pub or out for a meal Sat 26th Sep, 2015 will be... INTERNATIONAL LOVE NOTE DAY Love Note Day is a day to tell someone you love them, by writing a message of love in the form of a note. Though the traditional way of doing this is in handwritten form, eCards, messaging and texting are other, modern ways of sending out a love message on this particular day. This day can be at its most effective when the recipient of the message isn’t aware that Love Note Day even exists! Consequently, a loving message will come as a pleasant surprise. Aw, who said we here at VEHQ aren’t a bunch of happless romantics! 28

And we’re not talking about any old personal trainer, either. We’re talking about Wendy Shaw. Wendy is based locally and has an uber impressive fitness CV. Luckily for us, she is now offering personal training sessions, keen to share her knowledge and expertise with the local community, to help others achieve their fitness goals. Village Eye has featured Wendy in Village Eye on a number of occasions due to her running marathons, dressed as Alfie GuideDog, raising money for Guide Dogs for the Blind, based in Burghfield. Having completed over 30 Marathons, including Ultra Marathons of 50 and 100 miles, she is also a Guinness World Record holder, being awarded a Guiness World Record for ‘The Fastest Marathon by a Mascot (female)’ for her run as Alfie GuideDog in the 2011, 2012 & 2013 London Marathons! Many of you, will of course, recognise Wendy for a different reason - as she was chosen from represent our area having been given the honour of being an official Olympic Torch Bearer in the run up to the 2012 Olympic Games. Wendy’s love for running and fitness extends to those of all abilities. She is a qualified, volunteer Athletics Coach with Reading Athletics Club, currently coaching junior year 4 & year 5 children, aged 8-10 who are just starting their interest and passion for athletics. If you are looking for a supportive, inspiring personal trainer or run coach then don’t hesitate to get in touch with Wendy who will be keen to talk through your fitness goals and see how she can help. Ready, steady, GO! She can be contacted directly on 07490 045 855 or via wendyshaw.eu/pt

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Film of the MONTH

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by Rob Barnes


reetings earthlings! It’s time to shake your boov as the colourful, shiny, bubbly Home crash lands on DVD. If you missed it at the local multiplex then this charming intergalactic adventure is sure to keep the kids entertained whilst you take a break from the summer holiday madness. This is certainly no Toy Story, Shrek or Minions but that’s no bad thing. In an age when animated movies are geared as much to adults as they are to children it’s a pleasant surprise that director Tim Johnson (Antz, Over the Hedge) has delivered a kids movie just for kids! Based on Adam Rex’s children’s book ‘The True Meaning of Smekday’ Home follows the Boov - a race of odd-ball aliens who invade earth to escape their arch enemy, the evil Gorg. They relocate all humans to far flung corners of the globe but one girl Tip, (Rihanna) slips through the net and is left to hideout from the new inhabitants. She’s befriended by the accident prone Oh (The Big Bang’s Jim Parsons) a Boov fugitive who wins her over by repairing and pimping her ride to help her track down her Mother (Jennifer Lopez). This kick-starts a globetrotting road trip in an flying car fuelled by slushie drinks, as our heroes evade the clutches of Smek (Steve Martin), the Boovian supreme leader, and the evil Gorg who’s on route to destroy them all.

The opening is a slow burn but once Oh and Tip team up the fireworks begin to fly. These bickering bosom buddies keep the film rattling along at a frantic pace, set against some stunning visuals overflowing with bubbles and beautiful bright colours that fizz off the screen. Not surprisingly Rihanna also lends her voice to the movie’s soundtrack which provides one the funniest scenes when Tip turns on the car radio to RiRi’s Dancing in the Dark triggering an ‘involuntary physical response’ from Oh who breaks into a uncontrollable dance. The best lines are given to Steve Martin’s Smek who delivers them impeccably like a series a standup routines that reminded me of Robin William’s Genie in Aladdin.

always be yourself, have courage not cowardice, and never judge a book by its cover. Home received a lukewarm reception by most critics but was loved at the box office, making it one of Dreamwork’s most successful original titles in recent years. I certainly didn’t see my little boy complaining, he was glued to the screen for the full 94 minutes and that’s no mean feat! If you fancy a taster of this sweet little film before you buy then check out the teaser short for the movie Almost Home which you’ll find on YouTube...a sugar rush in itself!

There are also some genuinely emotional and heartwarming moments, especially when relating to Tip’s search for her mother and Oh’s transformation from a lonely outcast to a revered hero. At its heart this is a morality tale and teaches some important lessons for children -

Book of the MONTH

My Secret War Diary

"Worth a watch" 3/5

by Marcia Williams

The book is all about a little girl in World War 2 (living in the country). It is a fantastic book for year 4’s (8 years) and up. I recommend this book for this age as younger children may find it upsetting as there are some sad parts in the book. The book is about a young girl named Flossie Albright. Flossie lives with her Uncle C and they take in evacuees that have lost their parents in the war. Flossie is staying with her Uncle as her dad is fighting in the war and her mum has died. This book draws you in by the outstanding pop ups and pictures. Even though the book speaks in old language it is still really good to read. My favourite part is the end because throughout the book it feels like something bad is going to happen. However, in the end it is nice because her family are reunited having been through tough times. This type of book is great for a challenge as it is quite long, but great. I give it a 10/10 and would recommend that you read this fantastic book. Jessica (Year 6) Aldermaston Primary School 29


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Traditionally, Nannies have been seen as an expensive childcare option, only affordable for the wealthy elite. But now parents are finding that if they share a nanny, or if they have several pre-school aged children, a Nanny is often financially appealing. Hiring a Nanny is still considered the best quality childcare option, because of the individual, quality care that nannies provide. Consistency of care is considered to be the most important factor by experts, which makes a Nanny a perfect solution if parents are working. Statistics show that nanny sharing has increased threefold over recent months. The growth is attributed to parents looking to cut childcare costs and more parents being able to work flexibly. A nanny share involves sharing the care provided by a nanny between two families and is often less expensive than a nursery. Families can split the week in two, or have two children cared for in one of the family homes. Nanny agencies now report that it is not uncommon for nannies on their books to work for more than one family. Need a Nanny, newly based in Mortimer, have seen a number of new trends emerge in recent years and so, have established a flexible business model providing a professional, personal nanny matching service as well as au pairs, babysitters and emergency childcare. Run by two former Nannies - Hannah and Jessica - Need a Nanny has been established with over 15 years of combined experience of all aspects of childcare. What’s more, they have been on ‘both sides of the fence’ - as a family hiring a Nanny and as a Nanny themselves. As customers, they have experienced the common problems; the long wait for candidates, an influx of CVs which make you wonder if the agency actually read your specifications and a distinct silence once the appointment had been made. Need a Nanny Ltd 10a West End Road, Mortimer, RG7 3SY

They have developed a fast and effective system which specialises in connecting families to only the highest quality of candidates. Their database is full of Nannies that have come to them via personal recommendation - without doubt the best way. Most importantly, they spend time with their Nannies, compiling a personal profile and they are rigorous in their vetting, meticulously checking references and employment history. Each and every Nanny position is, of course, unique, so Need a Nanny will spend time learning what your requirements and preferences are. When you receive the Nanny’s profiles, you will find all the essential information such as qualifications and experience but also a unique insight into the Nanny’s personality, personal attributes and individual approach to childcare. This system saves you time but also ensures that you are matched with a Nanny who shares your philosophy and approach to childcare. A good match leads to a long lasting placement and will give consistency to your children. Once you have selected Nannies for interview, Need a Nanny are able to offer advice on all the other ‘stuff’ too, such as interviewing, recruitment law, working conditions, salary packages, contracts of employment and statutory obligations. And it doesn’t stop there. They also offer a personalised follow up service to ensure that the match is sustainable and suitable to both parties. Need a Nanny offers a competitive and accessible pricing structure which can be matched to you. The business is also fortunate enough to, at this stage, offer a VAT free service, thus saving you 20% compared to many other leading agencies. If you think a Nanny would be a great solution for your family and would like to find out more, take a look at the website to find out what Need a Nanny can do for you.

Because Need a Nanny fully understand the frustrations, complications and concerns, they have been able to establish an Agency that minimises all of these.

For further information, please call Jessica Alder on 0118 327 3380 or email jessica@needananny.net www.needananny.net 30

He’s Behind You! Quality tuition at affordable prices Fun and exciting dance classes from 2 - yrs to adults Musical Theatre Course from 5 yrs

Ballet, Tap, Modern, Street, Gymnastic Dance Singing, Drama, Street Dance

Free trial lessons available To find out more, please contact Louise on 01189 868000

info@allstardance.co.uk www.allstardance.co.uk

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If your [ahem]Christmas traditions involve going to a pantomime, why not let your kids actually star in one this year? StageAbility, our local drama school, is holding open auditions for local children and teenagers who would like to take part in Cinderella the Pantomime. The cast will be made up entirely of young people from 7 to 18 and although some experience will be needed to carry the main parts, children with no experience are also warmly welcomed into the cast. Auditions will be held on Sunday 4th October and rehearsals will be on Sunday afternoons and some of October half term holidays. Last year’s pantomime, Robin Hood, was a resounding success, with local children playing to an audience of over 600 people. This year’s show is expected to deliver more of the same sweet throwing, water-squirting, boo-ing and cheering with the shows taking place on Sunday 6th December at Burghfield CSA. Audition forms, full information and tickets can be found at: www.berkshire.stageability.co.uk

OPEN MORNINGS Friday 2nd October

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

The Cedars School, Church Road, Aldermaston, Berkshire, RG7 4LR www.thecedarsschool.co.uk Tel: 0118 9714 251

• Nursery Grant available • A wide range of diverse clubs

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ypnobirthing have you heard of it? The team at VEHQ have 7 children between us and this was a new one on us... But as it turns out, this tried and tested method is now in its 25th year of helping women to achieve a calm, gentle and safe birth, whether it be at home or in hospital. HypnoBirthing™ courses are designed to instill a confidence in women so that they can birth peacefully and naturally. Particular attention is paid to deep relaxation methods - or selfhypnosis- to use in the birthing process, positive affirmations, visualisation, nutrition and toning of the body to prepare for birthing. A variety of skills are taught, including: Breathing the baby down gently and a simple massage technique to avoid the chances of episiotomy. How to stay calm and in control of your baby’s birthing How to reduce the need for any medication How to release any fears or negative feelings you may have around birth How to naturally start your labour when baby is ready. HypnoBirthing™ courses are run locally in Burghfield Common by former midwife, Hannah

Barnes. Hannah told us, “In my time as a Midwife, I watched in awe and wonder at women giving birth using HypnoBirthing™ techniques, and these women proved to me beyond doubt that birth can be a gentle, calm and natural process. I then experienced birthing my own three babies peacefully at home using this method.” Hannah became a qualified HypnoBirthing practitioner in order to share this knowledge and these amazing techniques with other families. The benefits to a woman, her baby and her birth partner include fewer instrumental or surgical births, shorter labours, high success rate in turning breech babies, less pain perceived in labour, less fatigue during labour, less need for episiotomy, more involvement for the birth partner and calmer babies with higher Apgar scores at birth. Classes are run in a course of 5 weeks, with a 2 1/2 hour session per week. Classes can be held in small groups of up to four couples or individually. If you would like more details, contact Hannah on 07852 954122 or email: hannah@calmbirths.uk


“...a rapidly improving school” Ofsted 2015

Open Evening

Wednesday 16th September 2015 6.00pm - 9.00pm

Open Morning

Tuesday 22nd September 2015 9.15am - 10.45am Daytime visits are welcome throughout the year by individual appointment. Please phone the Head teacher’s P.A. on 0118 930 8517. Church Street, Theale, Reading, RG7 5DA T: 0118 930 2741 E: inmail@thealegreen.w-berks.sch.uk www.thealegreen.w-berks.sch.uk

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“Effective leadership of the sixth form ensures good quality teaching and high standards of achievement” Ofsted 2015

Open Evening

Thursday 1st October 2015


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6.30pm - 8.30pm


Church Street, Theale, Reading, RG7 5DA T: 0118 930 2741 E: inmail@thealegreen.w-berks.sch.uk www.thealegreen.w-berks.sch.uk


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Little Tots Nurseries

The Foundation for Life

Great child care is always a challenge to find, so we’re delighted to announce the opening of a new full-time nursery in Stoney Heath, on the outskirts of Tadley. Newly opened in July 2015, Stoney Heath Nursery is run by two of the Senior team from the highly regarded Little Tots Nursery in Burghfield.


ittle Tots in Burghfield was established 15 years ago. The nursery has a reputation for being full, with a waiting list, which tells its own story. This has been supported further by this year’s Ofsted inspection which judged the nursery as ‘Outstanding’, maintaining their Outstanding grading since the last inspection in 2011. Little Tots follows the Montessori philosophy which offers children a very broad curriculum, with the interests of the child always being followed. Their independence is developed by encouraging self-help skills. There is a very practical, hands on approach to teaching children phonics and early maths. Art, cooking and music are all part of the curriculum, as well as specific topics each term, chosen by the children. They also have weekly visits from Mad Academy and Starchild Yoga. Little Tots in Burghfield has access to four acres of enclosed woodlands which allows the children endless opportunities to explore. The ‘Forest School’ includes activities like bug hunts, den building and treasure hunts. The nursery also has an allotment and the children are involved in everything from choosing which plants they would like to grow, to planting seeds and transporting and caring for the plants. As you can imagine, the hardworking team were delighted with the ‘Outstanding’ grade awarded. Julie Torrible and Heather Schofield, the Nursery Owners, told us, “We have highly qualified, very experienced staff, and a dedicated team that have worked together for many years, and we view the inspection as a combined achievement of staff, children and parents.” For the first time in a long time, there are some places available at Little Tots in Burghfield from September, so if you’d like to offer your pre-schooler this special experience, do get in touch! So it is against this background of success that the new Stoney Heath nursery has been set up. At Stoney Heath, the team aims to replicate the outstanding care and education established at Burghfield, offering something slightly different for families. As you would expect, Stoney Heath will offer a Montessori curriculum, with Forest School, but it will run for a full 51 weeks a year, from 8am until 6pm, with hot home-cooked meals included. The nursery itself is in a rural area in a converted barn and with an amazing garden area in design. At time of writing, you will see concrete (!) but there are plans for a crooked playhouse, a fairy garden area and an interactive stream. The stream will allow children to experiment with water. They love dam building! There will also be a wooden bridge and stepping stone, creating a really magical space. The work is being carried out by a company called Enchanted Creations, and by the time you read this, it should be well underway - or finished! It will give children many opportunities to extend their outdoor play on top of the Forest School that takes place in the woods offsite. Following the Burghfield blueprint, Stoney Heath will have a planting area, so that children can grow and care for vegetables and flowers as well as offering extra curriculum activities such as Starchild Yoga, cooking, music and dance sessions.

It’s a really exciting time for the team and if your family would like to be a part of it, call Head Office on 0118 959 1371 or email Lisa@little-tots.co.uk 33


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FLEEK Teenage slang can irritate parents and give kids a secret code. But is it really a new phenomenon?


he thing about teenagers is that they always think they invented being a teenager.

Those of a certain age will remember Harry Enfield’s infamous ‘Kevin & Perry’ sketches, first broadcast over 20 years ago, in which Kevin becomes a teenager overnight;


going up the stairs to bed as a ‘normal’ kid and emerging the following morning as a dreaded teenager who can only grunt and be mildly obnoxious to his parents. So well-loved was this character that the word ‘Kevin’ has slipped in to the common vernacular of the UK, meaning ‘grumpy teenager’.

confined to a text and are actually spoken out loud. Think ‘LOL’, ‘YOLO’ and ‘TMI’. Parent translation: Laugh out Loud, You Only Live Once and Too Much Information.

Teenagers first emerged from their cocoon in the 1950s when young people were first afforded the freedoms and expression of pop music, fashion and attitude. In the 1960s we had mods and rockers, in the ‘70s we had the hippies, in the 1980s we saw the rise of the New Romantics, the 1990s saw the emergence of the Ravers...you get the picture.

’s my Each generation of young people has ’: She ome e s l e had its own identity over the years e s n r o o e any n as Bæ f r and each time, worried parents have o f e ‘b writte been aghast at the ‘youth of today’. Bæ e b t s u bae. M r Alongside the music and the n nothe reaso with a f with t fashion came new slang words, c i fl ee con too. We all had them, didn’t be in ot some b o t we? Those words bandied Beef : “She’s g n about among friends without a o s r e p second thought, but mocked and a nn me” laughed at when we spoke them ’m go I “ : e in front of our ‘square’ parents. leav ’ o t e ce As well as quoting anything Boun in a minut s e’ e from Wayne’s World (Party ar: ‘H l u c bounc s On! Not! Schwing! No d mu n a g way!) back in the 80s things ron t s could be wicked’ (great) or Hench ’ ng ’. a friend could be ‘eggy’ (in t’s pe hench a h T ‘ a mood) but this is nothing od: o g r the compared to the full-blown a r ’ sick Peng ‘slanguage’ our teenagers s ’ t a Th use today. ent: ‘ l r l e e h c ‘ x e int: o p Sick n o It’s probably the ct, or perfe eek’ combination of a k e number of things. TextOn Fle ws are on fl o speak has created eyebr


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Twitter speak is as much to blame for abbreviations, curtailing Tweets to just 140 characters, but it’s the hashtag evolution that Twitter is particularly to blame for. Used to mark key words or phrases in a Tweet. Everyone and everything has a hashtag. #justsaying An equally new phenomenon for our current generation of teenagers is the online monitoring carried out by responsible (nosey) parents. This in itself has created its very own code, such as POS (Parent on Shoulder) and ‘CD09’ - Code 9 Parents are around. So, as ever, Village Eye is here to help with our very own slang dictionary to help you through the maze of Teenspeak! Enjoy :) Main picture: BBC character Lauren, The Catherine Tate Show.



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

A school set in the heart of the village A well-resourced, bright learning environment Creative, fun curriculum An education based on Christian principles Specialist sports and music coaching Warm, caring staff We foster a love of learning Visit us anytime. Please contact the Headteacher: Nicola Sumner 0118 933 2242 Our Learning Community is built on love, hope, trust and friendship which develops the spark of God in everyone.

Open Mornings Early Years Centre and Prep School

Thursday 1 October Friday 6 November Tuesday 24 November

Open Mornings run from 9.15am to 11.00am. Our Early Years Centre is open to pupils all year round, welcoming boys and girls from the half term in which they turn three.



Finding the right school for your child can be complex at any age, but arguably even more so when this is the first school you will choose for them – how do you know what to look for? How do you know if the school will be a good fit? What if they grow and change? What makes a school good, or great? The advantage to looking for a first school is that you have plenty of time. Use this well – visit lots of schools and nurseries, and visit them more than once if you need to. Work out what your priorities are; what are absolute essentials and what are the extra things that would be ideal. Would you prefer a school that takes pupils until 18, to avoid transition to new schools? Do you need somewhere with childcare over the school holidays? Do your shortlisted schools offer breakfast and after school clubs? How flexible are these? And what about extracurricular activities – ballet, football, music lessons? Once you have these practicalities agreed, it’s time to see some schools. Go to Open Mornings – take your list of questions but also go with an open mind. Choosing a school is much like choosing a house, with initial impressions and gut feelings often confirmed as correct once everything has been taken into account.

The first thing to look for is happy children engaged in play, with staff who interact well with them.

This might seem obvious but there is always the temptation to look first at the facilities, rather than the school that exists within. There is no point a school having all the latest equipment if staff turnover is high and children’s progress is slow.

Think about the school’s ethos. Is the moral grounding strong? Is there a sense of order and purpose? Are older children courteous and respectful? Ask how a normal day is structured, what emphasis is put on learning through play, what opportunities are there to play and learn outside the classroom? The school you choose will become a family and a community to you and your child, so it is important to feel that they will settle in well and fit comfortably with the attitudes expressed and actions demonstrated. Usually,it’s the parents who find the transition to school harder than the children, so if you have found somewhere you are happy with, you can be sure your children will have the best start to their educational journey. The decision you make at this stage will set your child up for their entire education, which is why it is such an important one. The best start to a lifetime of learning is one of the greatest gifts you can give.

by: Grace Hope, Head of Prep at St Joseph’s


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‘Good’ OFSTED rating with Outstanding Early Years Provision - Mrs Bland’s Infant School ‘Good’ OFSTED rating - Garland Junior School Free nursery from age of 3 with opportunities for paid afternoon sessions Forest school opportunities from nursery to year 2 Creative curriculum with specialist sports & music coaching Expanded capacity for Funzone before and after school club

www.mrsblands.westberks.dbprimary.com Tel: 0118 9832332

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INTERNATIONAL DAY AND BOARDING SCHOOL FOR BOYS & GIRLS AGED 13-19 ACADEMIC DAY STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS For entry into Years 10, 11 and 12 in September GCSE & A Level Courses and Retake Programmes starting in September Small classes which focus on individuals Excellent academic results Free transport from Aldermaston Station “If you are looking for something to make a difference to your child’s education, our approach is aimed at bringing out the best in students and our academic record is testimony to its success. Why not come and visit us to find out more about what we have to offer” John Aguilar, Principal

www.padworth.com For more information or to arrange a visit, call 0118 983 2644 or email admissions@padworth.com Padworth College, Padworth, Reading, Berkshire RG7 4NR


Open Days Thursday 1 October Friday 6 November Tuesday 24 November

6.30pm - 9.00pm 10.30am - 12.00pm 10.30am - 12.00pm

To reserve your place at an Open Day please call Admissions on 0118 984 6910 or email admissions@sjcr.org.uk. Alternatively you can book via our website.


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Jubilee Day Nursery is passionate about the outdoors.


hildren don’t need experts to tell them that mud is good for them and we’re sure you’ll have nostalgic memories of making potions, flower perfume and the perfect mud pie – growth of imagination and creativity are endless! That’s why we have created our very own mud kitchen for our budding scientists, artists and innovators of tomorrow. We’re extremely proud of our outdoor learning environment. Established over 25 years ago, we provide a superb education and outstanding facilities - with access to 53 acres of open countryside, private woodland and even our very own farm. Playing and learning outside is a daily activity for our children. From trips to the woods and Forest School for our older children, to climbing, sliding, digging in the sand and experiencing all the great outdoors has to offer.

What do people say about us? ‘We cannot speak highly enough of the staff and general experiences our son has had the pleasure of taking part in; a perfect place for little people to start their journey into education.’ (Jubilee parent) ‘The staff provide children with a wealth of opportunities to develop their skills across all areas of learning.’ (OFSTED) ‘Jubilee children come to school with confidence and are independent young learners.’ (Reception Class Primary Teacher) We are open 51 weeks of the year from 7.30am-6.00pm, and offer discounts for Armed Forces and NHS workers. We strongly recommend a visit to see first-hand the fantastic opportunities we can offer your child and to meet our team.

Our highly experienced team provides care for babies from 3 months through to pre-schoolers with the best Our Great Outdoors possible start to develop intellectually, Forest Schooling emotionally and socially to ensure they Jubilee our aim is in to inspire and motivate achieve theirAtfull potential a loving children to become confident independent and secure environment. learners. With a strong emphasis on our outdoor ethos we encourage children to learn actively using our own, private, 53 acre site. Our nursery includes a large on site paddock as well as a fully working farm and a wooded area complete with stream. All this, combined with professional trained members of staff, makes for the perfect setting for Forest School learning.

To book an appointment or to receive a prospectus, give us a call on 01189 701600 or email us at info@jubileedaynursery.co.uk Here at Jubilee Day Nursery we care for children from 3 months to 4 ½ years and we make sure

that everyone, regardlessPaddock of age, haveView, the Jubilee Day Nursery, Rectory Road, Padworth Common, Reading, Berkshire RG7 4JD opportunity to enjoy our beautiful surroundings. For example, our baby’s first experience of the



Children & Schools Special

Joining the coeducational

Boys & Girls The start of a new academic year is always an exciting time for schools, as new pupils are welcomed into the community, but this September has been particularly special for Luckley House School in Wokingham as the school opened its doors to boys for the first time in its 97 year history.


ead Jane Tudor is thrilled with the positive response to the decision to move to coeducation, and with a good number of boys joining Year 7 and Year 12 this year, and a significant number of enquiries for 2016 entry, she is confident that the School has made the right decision to change. Mrs. Tudor explains: “The uniqueness of our school lies in the combination of ethos and size. Our focus on the individual brings an education that affirms talent and develops potential. Our research has shown that there is a need in Berkshire for

options are available to enable parents and carers to drop off and pick up pupils at times to suit their daily commitments. The school day starts at 8.40am, but pupils may arrive for *breakfast at 7.40am. The school day ends at 4pm, when day pupils can go home if they wish. However, many stay for tea, then either do supervised prep, or take part in the extended day programme of activities until 5.40pm.Alternatively, pupils may to stay for *supper with the Boarders at 6pm and should be collected from school between 6.30pm and 7pm. There is also the option to stay *overnight with their boarding friends, subject to availability. *Pre-booking required. With a fleet of minibuses providing daily transport across Berkshire, Hampshire and Surrey, day pupils at Luckley join the school from a wide catchment area. A new bus route has been being introduced in September, servicing the Shinfield, Spencers Wood, Swallowfield, Mortimer and Burghfield area. As part of its ‘pioneer initiative’ the school is offering a range of special awards for boys joining the school in 2015 and 2016. In addition, means-tested bursaries, academic, art, music, sport and drama scholarships are available for all pupils, as well as very favourable sibling discounts. Luckley is holding an Open Morning on Saturday 10 October. Visitors are also very welcome to drop in for Open House any Friday morning during term time. Book via the website at www.luckleyhouseschool.org or phone 0118 978 4175

a small coeducational school, offering excellent academic teaching across the curriculum, and with outstanding provision in the creative and performing arts and sport. An extensive and varied co-curricular programme completes the profile of a truly all-round education for both boys and girls. We firmly believe that our move to coeducation will meet local families’ needs in the years ahead, whilst preserving the much valued ethos and heritage of the School.” Luckley House School is an excellent school, with exceptional academic standards. At GCSE, the average ‘value added’ is one grade, which means that pupils achieve an average of a grade higher in each of their subjects than pupils of similar ability in other schools. Luckley pupils perform outstandingly in the public exams, enabling most to secure places at excellent universities, or take up highly valued apprenticeships. Alongside excellent teaching is outstanding pastoral care - everyone is valued for who they are, regardless of their talents and abilities. Luckley recognises the need to offer flexibility in provision, to meet the demands of modern family life. A number of

Excellent all-round education for boys and girls aged 11-18

OPEN MORNING Saturday 10 October

Book via our website at

www.luckleyhouseschool.org New School Bus available covering RG7 Luckley Road, Wokingham T: 0118 978 4175 E: Registrar@luckleyhouseschool.org

Transport available from the RG7 area


Accepting boys from September 2015. Please call 0118 974 3221 or email registrar@luckleyhouseschool.org for a prospectus.



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Entries need to be in by 30th September If you have a keen interest in photography, then this competition is right up your street!



BURGHFIELD CAMERA CLUB, a friendly group who meet regularly to encourage each other to improve their photography skills have kindly donated a years’ membership to their club in our YOUR VILLAGE photo competition. Members of the club were given a challenge to come up with photographs that depicted ‘Your Village’ for one of their recent competitions. What comes to mind? Local people, local wildlife, your Neighbours, your local amenities, fetes, fairs and games at the park or even your local pub? How about having a go yourself? Just take a photo that represents ‘YOUR VILLAGE’ on your phone or camera and send it via email, with your name, address and postcode and a contact phone number. Also indicate the location and title of your photo. Send it to: Competition@burghfieldcameraclub.co.uk For full details go to www.burghfieldcameraclub.co.uk or see villageeye.co.uk


Whilst you wait to see if you have won (or just want to see what the club is about), why not go along to one of their meetings (usually meeting on Thursday evenings from 8pm at St Oswalds Church Hall ) and enjoy sharing your knowledge or learning from seasoned photographers. They have members who can help explain how to get the best out of your camera, from landscape photography to taking pictures of wildlife. There is something for everybody and every level at the club. Contact the Burghfield Camera Club via their website above.

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Sport & Leisure

Bishopswood meets

Bollywood Saturday 12th September sees the glamour of Bollywood come to Tadley when Bishopswood Golf Course hosts its very special Bollywood evening!


aving become one of the leading entertainment venues in the local area, Bishopswood are delighted to be hosting this event which celebrates the music and entertainment of Bollywood films alongside delicious Indian food. Bollywood, one of the largest film producers in India, derives its name from mixing ‘Bombay’ and ‘Hollywood’. Bollywood is best known for its family centred, romantic musicals, beautiful leading men and women, colourful costumes and very catchy

song and dance numbers, loved by many the world over. Bollywood films have inspired theatre musicals, fitness videos and pop songs and now Bollywood comes to Bishopswood! Bollywood style dancers will treat guests to a colourful demonstration dance to ‘filmi’ music. Following the performance, the dancers will be offering a teaching session for anyone who fancies giving Bollywood dancing a try. You are also welcome to come in Bollywood dress if the mood takes you! It’s sure to be great fun.

As you would expect there will be a curry buffet, in keeping with the flavour of the night and the bar will be open for drinks. Outside of this, a DJ will entertain so that everyone can dance the night away until the event finishes at midnight.

So if you’re looking for a great night out, pop 12th September in your diary and book your tickets with Jennie on 0118 940 8600 or visit www. bishopswoodgc.co.uk for further information. The fun starts at 7.30pm.


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