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What happened in... ...May 1979? 8th: At about 1.30 pm a taxi driver on a rank opposite Woolworths in Manchester noticed smoke coming from the store and reported it to his office. By four o’clock the worst fire disaster since WWII had claimed ten lives. Fifty-three people were taken to hospital, including six firemen.

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10 top tips when looking to buy What a difference a year makes!... At the beginning of 2013 it was still a somewhat nervy post-recession outlook and very much a Buyers’ market. Today it’s the complete opposite, as confidence has soared and multiple buyers are scrambling over the limited housing stock available. Almost everyone who was fortunate enough to buy last year will have seen an instant 5-10% increase in the value of their property. Well, if you are one of those potential buyers looking to move or get on the property ladder this year, here are 10 tips to help:

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a Brunel graduate, adrian has lived in Hillingdon and Denham for over 30 years. passionate about property he writes extensively for magazines, newspapers and on social media as well as regularly featuring on television and radio.  an independent estate agent, property developer and landlord, he has built up an unrivalled knowledge and experience of the local property market.

1 Get your finances in place Make sure you can get a mortgage and you have enough money for a full deposit before you start looking for a home. An estate agent will not take an offer on a property without proof that the prospective buyer has finances in place. 2 Don't dismiss a property before you see it in person The more homes you visit the better. But act quickly. In the current climate properties are not on the market for long.

3 Get a survey If you are looking for an older, run-down or unusual property it's worth paying extra for a  homebuyer report  or  building survey. Your mortgage lender's valuation is a basic survey for mortgage purposes only and is not a full survey, although they usually include some recommendations for any obvious faults. 4 Budget for the extra costs Mortgage arrangement fees, solicitors' fees, surveys: the costs quickly add up. 5 If it’s a leasehold, check the length of the existing lease The length of the lease will affect the price and your ability to acquire a mortgage. 6 Get independent financial advice Don’t restrict your mortgage research to the internet or through your bank or building society. Look for an independent financial advisor who has access to the entire lending market. 7 Get to know the area before you buy A good agent will describe an area honestly, but it's always wise to revisit a property at different times. Make a list of what's important to you. Consider how far you're willing to live from local shops, schools or public transport. 8 Choose the right solicitor Make sure you choose a solicitor who has a good track record in the local area. Ask for recommendations from people you know or trust. 9 Use local estate agents with local knowledge Don’t just rely on big property websites like Zoopla or Rightmove, speak to your local agent. They know the area and by building rapport with them, you may get to know about new properties sooner. 10 Have realistic expectations Identify the type of property you are looking for and understand its pros and cons… if you are looking for a period or character property don’t expect it to be in new build condition!

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If you would like to speak to Carter Estate Agents about any aspect of Buying, Selling or Renting a property, please call us on 01895 832155 1


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By Katherine Sorrell decide on basic layout issues at the start. Should the WC be in a separate room, for example? Do you need to knock down or add partition walls? Or would you like a walk-in shower, under oor heating or perhaps a pair of his ‘n’ hers basins? Avoid moving existing plumbing, if possible, as it will save money and effort. However, if the oorplan of your current bathroom really isn’t working for you, this one-off plumbing cost could be worth it in the long run.

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its bathrooms right. And if you hanker for this feeling all the time, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t recreate the same sort of haven in which to relax and refresh at home. Simply take some of the essential elements that we have outlined below, and your boring room can be transformed into a true bathing beauty.

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A well-designed bathroom feels comfortable and convenient no matter how large or small. If you are rethinking your entire room,

Bathroom oors must be non-slip, easy to clean and comfortable underfoot; most importantly, though, they mustn’t mind getting wet. While the upmarket hotel bathroom uses expensive stone or marble tiles, lookalikes made from ceramic or porcelain are a cheaper option. inyl ooring – also much less expensive – comes in a vast range of colours and patterns, some of which replicate natural materials such as ceramic, stone or wood. If you want to go green, think bamboo – which looks similar to timber, but loves humidity; natural rubber – available in gorgeous textures and colours; cork – which now comes in a range of fashionable shades; and linoleum – made from renewable resources. On a tight budget, simply sand timber oorboards and repaint them with glossy, off-white oor paint for a fresh, clean look.


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may park EvEnts PAT Dogs Walk Mon 5th May, 10am-1pm Black Park Car Park Raise sponsorship for PAT Dogs Join the sponsored 3 mile walk to raise money for the “pets as therapy” charity. Contact the event organiser on 01753 531584 for a walk joining pack.

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Mini-Beast Hunt Wed 28th May, 1pm-2pm or 3pm-4pm Black Park Visitor Centre £4.50 per kit Hunt for creepy crawlies in Black park with the help of our rangers, using your mini-beast kit. Book an hour long slot and meet us at the visitor Centre.

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Vestry Teas Sun 11th May, 2-5pm St Mary's Church, Denham Village Funds raised in aid of Denham village Infant school. all welcome. Illustrated Talk Wed 14th May, 1.45pm Winston Churchill Hall, Ruislip Hillingdon DFas invite you to hear an illustrated talk on the life and work of Jacob Epstein. next talk will be in June on ‘masterpieces of medieval Westminster’. tel. 01895 239100, or text 07905 349139 for further details.

5k Cross Country Wed 14th May, 7pm start Langley Park £5.50 (members); £7.50 (non-club) On day entry +£2 First in the three-part race series. the course is one lap of scenic parkland. parking included. visit www.fabian4.co.uk for full details and registration. Bird Watching for Beginners Wed 21st May, 10am-12pm Langley Park Café £4.50 adult; £2.50 child; £3.50 cons; £12 family a great chance to learn about the variety of birds that live here. Don’t forget your binoculars!

Film Walk XC Bike Racing Youth & Novice Sat 31st May, 1pm start Black Park Car Park From £5 First in a weekend of racing hosted by West Drayton mountain Bike Club. For full details please visit the website www.blackparkraces.co.uk.

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Bushcraft Walk Bushcraft Walk Mon 26th May, 2pm-5.30pm Black Pine’s Camp £22 adult; £17 child Join andy on an interactive walk to learn the secrets of the forest and uses for natural materials. Finish at Black pine’s Camp to put your new knowledge into practice. max ratio of 1 adult to 2 children. Over 12s only.

Meditation Taster Class Sun 4th May, 5.30pm-7pm Ickenham Village Hall Increasing your self-esteem - a lighthearted spiritual talk with guided meditation, open to everyone wanting to deepen their meditation experiences. Free monthly classes, booking required - 020 8574 3699 or 020 8578 8625. Organised by the Brahma kumaris www.brahmakumaris.org/uk Race Night Fri 9th May Harefield Infant School For ticket information please visit www.facebook.com/HarefieldFriends

Charity Craft Fair & Family Fun Day Sat 17th May, 11am-4pm Iver Village Hall Craft stalls, charity stalls, face painting and much more! North London Military Wives Choir with Leslie Phillips & Guests Sat 17th May, 2pm Gerrards Cross Memorial Hall, 8 East Common, Gerrards Cross, SL9 7AD

Leslie Phillips a wonderful afternoon with music and smiles. tickets £15 per guest including afternoon tea and cakes presented on behalf of the B600 Foundation call 01923 264119 or 07779 299531

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Bike Club. For full details please visit www.blackparkraces.co.uk.

including Harry Potter and James Bond. Join us for a walk around Black Park to look at some of the popular locations and see screen shots from the productions.

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Uxbridge Choral Society Spring Concert Sat 17th May, 7.30pm St. Anselm's Church, Station Road, Hayes, UB3 4DF Puccini 'Messe di Gloria' and Rutter 'Feel the Spirit'. Conductor: Jeff stewart. tickets: £12 and children under 12 £6, on the door or by calling 01895 847083.

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Ruislip Central Horticultural Society Tues 20th May We are proud to present Bob Flowerdew (from BBC Gardeners Question time) giving a talk on ‘no Work Gardening!’ for more info on this or any of our events and tickets please call Warren Reeves 01923 451616 rchstalks@gmail.com new members are most welcome. Denham Village Fayre Mon 26th May, 10am-4pm Village Road, Denham Village Fairground attractions, Bee Keepers, Classic Cars, morris men Plants, Books, toys, Games and many stalls and refreshments.

Art in the Churchyard Mon 26th May, 10am-4pm Denham Fayre, Denham Village all paintings originals by local artists, they are all for sale so you can buy what you see Oil – Watercolour – Pastel. Come and browse our gallery (inside the church if the weather is poor).

JunE PaRK EvEnts XC Mountain Bike Racing Sun 1st June, 10am start Black Park From £10 Part two of the weekend’s racing hosted by West Drayton mountain

Open Farm Sunday Sun 8th June, 10.30am-5pm Rowley Farm Free event see the animals on Rowley Farm and learn where your food and milk comes from. there will be guided tours, tractor rides and games too. Park in Black Park Car Park and follow the signs. 5k Cross Country Wed 11th June, 7pm start Langley Park £5.50 (members); £7.50 (non-club) On day entry +£2 second in the three-part race series. the course is one lap of scenic parkland. Parking included. visit www.fabian4.co.uk for full details and registration. Lea Barn Equestrian Sun 22nd June, 10am-4pm Langley Park, Free event Walk down through Langley Park to George Green Field and watch the horses in action. For more information, visit www.leabarnequestrian.co.uk

Bushcraft & Survival Day Sun 22nd June, 10am-4pm Black Pine’s Camp, £65 Join Ranger andy to learn bushcraft and survival skills in the inspiring surroundings of Black Park. With a relaxed and friendly approach, resident bushcraft and survival expert andy, will share his knowledge and skills. you will leave with a fresh outlook and new understanding of the world around you. you’ll enjoy a day of practical skills, exploring your potential and enhancing your ability to deal with the unexpected. Film Walk Sun 29th June, 2pm-3.45pm Black Park Visitor Centre £5 adult; £3 child; £4 cons; £14 family Black Park has played host to a great number of major film, television and music productions over the years,

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School Summer Fete Sat 7th June, 1pm-4pm Iver Heath Junior, St Margarets Close, Iver Heath SL0 0DA Come and have some fun!

1940's Afternoon Tea Party Sat 7th June, 2pm-4pm Ickenham Village Hall With music from that period tickets. £5 from flowline Hairdressers. Butterflies supporting local childrens charities. ‘A Girls' Night Out’ author event Mon 9th June, 7.30pm-10pm Compass Theatre, Ickenham Featuring best selling female authors: Lisa Jewell, Jenny Colgan, Rowan Coleman and alex marwood. Doors open at 6:30pm. tickets: £7 includes free paperback book. available from Ickenham Library. My Writing Life Thurs 12th June, 7pm-8pm Ickenham Library Free event. an evening with local author Jason Rohan. ticket required please collect from Ickenham Library. Family Fun Day Sat 21st June, 12-5pm St Marks Hall, Greentiles Lane, Denham Green, UB9 5HT Come join us for stalls, games, music, bbq etc. all proceed to go to Cancer Research. For more info or if you would be interested in having a stall, please call nicky on 07944 458147. Summer Fayre Sat 28th June, 12-3pm. Denham Village Infant School Bouncy Castle, Grand Raffle, Giant tombola. arts & Crafts stalls, refreshments with home made cakes. and lots more entrance by Donation.

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The average householder doesn’t usually have enough spare cash to enable them to walk into a car showroom and make an outright purchase. et as current figures are showing healthy growth in the new car sales market, it’s clear that the money is being raised one way or another. In fact over the last 12 months the number of vehicles obtained using a finance arrangement has risen by 27%, whereas the number bought outright was below 15%. Information from the Finance & Leasing Association puts this trend down to the postrecession realisation that we have to stick within our budgets and manage our cash ow. As the majority of finance deals come with fixed interest rates, new car owners know exactly what their monthly/weekly repayment costs will be for the lifetime of the arrangement. But there are many finance options available and many terms to understand and this can be pretty confusing for a prospective buyer.

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plan, and a low monthly repayment alone is not enough information on which to base your decision. For example, many finance agreements have a mileage limitation, with penalties for going over this. Some manufacturers will charge more than others but the average pricing is between 5p and 20p for every mile you exceed. ou would probably be surprised at just how many miles you do so it’s important to be realistic – you don’t want to find yourself in the position of avoiding using your vehicle for the last few months of your agreement, just to avoid the penalty.

Contracts Bank loan: You can seek a loan agreement from your bank for the purchase of a vehicle, which will give you the sum outright. If you are successful then the car will be your own and it will be the bank you owe the money to. Your success in securing personal finance will depend on your credit rating, employment status and ability to prove you can repay the money. As with all loan agreements it is important to look for any small print, and to

check you aren’t signing up for payment protection insurance (PPI) unless you want it. Hire Purchase (HP): You will usually have to put down a deposit and then you will the balance in instalments over 12 – 60 months. Because you are repaying the full value of the car, the monthly payments can be high, especially if your deposit was small. Although this sounds similar to a bank loan, the dealer will usually organise hire purchase for you which can make it less hassle. Be warned though that you will not own the car until the final payment, so the vehicle can be repossessed if you don’t keep up with the repayments. On the other hand, as this gives the finance company some security, it can be easier to get a hire purchase agreement than it is to get a bank loan. Personal Contract Purchase (PCP): This is a variation of hire purchase but rather than paying for the car in full, you agree to pay the difference between the sale price and the estimated value at the end of the agreement period. This will usually mean the monthly payments are lower. At the end of the agreement you


have three choices: just hand the car back; trade-in using the residual value as a deposit on a new model or pay the final value in full a ‘balloon’ payment) and keep the vehicle. You could of course look at taking out a bank loan to meet the balloon payment. Personal Leasing: Essentially you are just hiring the car for the duration of the agreement. The servicing and maintenance will be included (but not insurance). You will agree a limited mileage. At the end of the agreement, you hand the car back - it never belongs to you. Be aware though that as with any hire car, if you send the vehicle back with a scratch, a dent, or damaged upholstery, there are likely to be penalties to pay.

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Your credit rating will always be checked for any loan, hire purchase or finance arrangement and those with poor credit may either be refused finance or will find themselves paying a higher interest rate. For example, on a car finance agreement with no deposit

When looking into where to obtain a finance agreement, using a company with a car showroom and brand name will give you more protection than a private person or an internet agency. In the former case the contract will be two sided whereas less scrupulous companies can apply fees, charges and new rules and regulations throughout the agreement and, as this will have been a private transaction, it is unlikely you will be able to do much about it.

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The Frog and the Princess Tues 27 May, 11am & 1pm

A humorous and poignant re-telling of the Brothers Grimm tale that will entertain and delight family audiences, especially created for 4-8 year olds and their families. Runs for 50 minutes with no interval.

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HJo and HYBB presents

Sat 10 May, 7.30pm

Join Hillingdon Jazz Orchestra and Hillingdon Youth Big Band as they combine forces for an evening of swinging big band jazz.This promises to be fun evening of music for the whole family.

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Fiddler On The Roof (PG) Tues 13 May, 2pm

Filled with joy, laughter, love and life. In the picturesque Ukranian village of Anatevha lives Tevye, an impoverished milkman with five unmarried daughters and a sharp-tongued wife to support.

Thurs 29 May, 10am & 1pm

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Rumours

Wed 14 - Sat 17 May, 7.45pm A riotous British version of a hilarious Neil Simon comedy. When party guests arrive to find their host, a prominent Government official with a bullet wound every effort must be made to spare all from scandal! argosy Players presents

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It'll All Be Over By Christmas

Sat 31 May, 3pm

An afternoon of literary and musical memories, commemorating the sacrifices made in the first World War, including the songs, poems and refreshments that kept spirits high at the lowest of times.

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Poised on the old Silk Road, Istanbul is a glistening city of palaces and mosques, sparkling fountains, leafy squares and breezy waterways. The legendary Bosphorus ows through the heart of town, linking the Black Sea to the Mediterranean and marking the boundary between Europe and Asia. On the western side, the inlet of the Golden Horn heads down to the tip of the peninsula and an amazing treasure trove of cultural highlights.

natural light as the sun filters through 260 stained glass windows, lighting up some of the 20,000 blue tiles which give the mosque its name. It stands on the edge of Sultanahmet Square, once a Roman Hippodrome holding up to 100,000 spectators. Wild beasts and chariots have long gone but today the square is graced by a pretty gazebostyle fountain and obelisks and columns rising through the greenery.

Named Byzantium, then Constantinople and later Istanbul, the city prospered during the Eastern Roman and Ottoman empires, with a brief interlude of Venetian rule. All left a colourful legacy but the top attraction remains the Topkapi Palace built in 1453. Perched above the con uence of the Bosphorus and Golden Horn, it offers one of the most glorious panoramas in Istanbul and fine museums displaying all sorts of exhibits, including the dazzling Imperial Treasure and its 86 carat Spoonmaker’s diamond.

At the other end is Hagia Sophia, the world’s largest cathedral for 1000 years, later converted into a mosque and now a dark cavernous museum. The Chora Monastery went through a similar fate but the finely restored mosaics and frescoes are well worth a detour, just steps away from the lovely Ottoman houses climbing up the hillside with overhanging upper oors and bright fa ades.

After such opulence, the Blue Mosque welcomes you like a breath of fresh air with a vast arcaded courtyard and cascading domes framed by slender minarets. The lofty prayer hall oozes peace and simplicity, ooded in

Meanwhile down town, the legendary Grand Bazaar claims over 4000 shops jostling cheek by jowl in a grid of over 60 streets. It’s one of the world’s largest covered markets, a dizzying place where the air smells of spices and apple tea, water pipes bubble in every corner and locals and visitors bargain for amber beads, gilded icons, copperware, embroidered slippers, leather,

antiques, carpets or mother of pearl. It’s a city within a city with its own marble fountains, cafés, hammam and mosques. Shopping over, it’s good to stroll through the streets where more wonders await, here a shrine, there remains of the Roman aqueduct, the iconic double-decked Galata bridge, packed with fishermen, the secluded tea gardens, the parks blooming with tulips and roses or the cool waterside promenade with superb views of the city’s skyline and by clear weather, the idyllic Princes’ Islands in the distance. But the ultimate treat is sailing on the Bosphorus lined with myriad historical buildings. There are summer palaces and pavilions, fragrant gardens and villas in pastel colours, now a Venetian scene, now an Arabian dream or a 21st century call as an ocean liner approaches the gleaming suspension bridge. Cargo vessels, galleons, luxury yachts, fishing boats, ferries, it’s a busy channel yet totally enchanting. The old fortress still guards the narrowest point while scenic bays and seafood restaurants beckon along the shores. When night falls over the strait and lights twinkle all around, Istanbul is one of the most magical cities on earth.


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The Reward of Perseverance

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SometimeS when i want to pursue something that is BiG, it can feel too hard or feel like there are just too many obstacles or “no’s” this can be quite de-motivating and sometimes it results in procrastination.

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Neelam Challoner is one of UK’s leading Life coaches, specialising in Re-designing women’s lives and is the founder and owner of Designer life Coaching and the Author of ‘Successful but Incomplete’. Neelam has coached hundreds of people nationally and internationally since 2004. With over 15 years experience in leadership, she has a flair for getting the best out of people. Her clients range from professionals, high net worth individuals, and solo business owners, to unemployed, single parents and women who have suffered domestic abuse. She has empowered and coached both privately and in the public sector pan London and in the Hillingdon Borough and is relentless on her mission to inspire and motivate people to release their potential and live a ‘Designer life’.

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i then remember those who persevered with their vision and were relentless in their pursuit of achieving their goal - often their highest or most life changing goal. By focusing on the end result and what i want and why i want it, i am back on track persevering and determined. Colonel Sanders was 65 years old when he received his first social security cheque of $99. He was broke, and owned a small house and a beat up car. He made a decision that he has got to change. the only idea he had was a chicken recipe, which his friends liked. With that idea in mind, he took massive action. He left his home in Kentucky and travelled to many states in the US to sell his idea. He told the restaurant owners that he had a chicken recipe that people liked and he was giving it to them for free. What he wanted in return was for the restaurant owners to pay him a small percentage on the pieces of chicken sold.

Success Story

He got rejection after rejection, but did not give up. in fact, he got over 1000 rejections.

He got 1009 “no’s” before he got his first “yes”. With that one success Colonel Hartland Sanders changed the eating habits of the whole world with Kentucky Fried Chicken, popularly known as KFC. How many of us will keep knocking on doors when we have received 1000 rejections? i presume not many! Age is no barrier to success. What is needed is an idea put into action, followed with proper planning and persistency. So what do you need to pursue and persevere with?

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 Wendy Williams on  behalf of the B600 Foundation Presents  North London Military Wives Choir  with Leslie Phillips and Guests     Saturday 17th May 2pm    

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Gerrards Cross Memorial Hall 8 East Common, Gerrards Cross, SL9 7AD Please join us for a wonderful afternoon with music and smiles Leslie Phillips will be dropping by to lighten our mood We have the amazing ladies from the North London Military Wives Choir Host Alex Bateman will ensure all runs smoothly You will be stunned by the vocal range of Martin Milnes To finish off the afternoon we have David Blyth and his guests The afternoon includes afternoon tea and cakes Tickets can by bought from the Swan Inn Denham Village  For more information and tickets call Wendy Williams on 01923 264119 or Mark on 07779 299531 - www.b600foundation.com Tickets £15.00 per guest including afternoon tea

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Sleep is supposedly an involuntary process. So we take it for granted when we can sleep, and often just accept it when we can’t. But we shouldn’t.

Research has proved that sleep is just as in uential on our health as diet and exercise. Lack of sleep affects our memory, mood, concentration and reaction times (increasing accident risk), and long-term it can affect our language processing, planning abilities and sense of time. Some medical sleep disorders can contribute to serious health problems such as diabetes and heart disease. So what stops us getting the sleep we need, and how can we improve the quantity and quality of our sleep? Our sleep has recurring cycles around 100 minutes long, starting with Non-REM sleep. Non-REM (non-rapid eye movement) sleep progresses from Stage One (light sleep), through Stage Two and Three (when heart rate and breathing slows) to Stage Four; then we’re in a deep sleep, and feel disoriented if we’re awakened. This is when bed-wetting, night terrors, or sleepwalking occur. REM (rapid eye movement) sleep – our dream time follows around 80 minutes after 2

we fall asleep. Our brain is very active, and breathing and blood pressure rise. Our eyes move, but we can’t move our bodies. When this stage ends, the cycle restarts. Sweet Dreams aren’t made of this Common enemies of good sleep include pain; a frequent need to urinate; stress or depression; the menstrual cycle (due to hormonal changes that affect temperature control and melatonin production); the menopause and snoring (caused by muscles at the back of the tongue relaxing). There are also sleep disorders - these merit an article to themselves but include night terrors, sleep walking, sleep talking, sleep paralysis, teeth grinding, restless limb syndrome and sleep apnoea (a serious condition; sufferers stop breathing or breathe shallowly for minutes at a time, starving the brain of oxygen).

To help you sleep soundly: • Eliminate Physical Factors Cure snoring using nasal strips or sprays; sometimes minor surgery may be necessary. See your doctor about any physical problems, mental health issues or sleep disorders that are disturbing you. Sometimes they may recommend

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy or sleeping tablets. PMS (Pre-Menstrual Syndrome) treatments may help women who sleep badly before a period, even if they don’t suffer other PMS symptoms. Calcium deficiency can make PMS worse, so the next tip is useful:

• Drink Warm Milk - Milk contains tryptophan, a raw material for the sleep hormone melatonin, but only in tiny amounts which probably don’t cross the blood brain barrier; this can be overcome, some evidence suggests, by eating a carbohydrate-rich snack just beforehand. Milk may help by making you feel warm and full too. • Don’t Go to Bed Hungry Large meals late at night may impair sleep, but hunger can keep you awake, so have a light, easily-digestible snack if you’re hungry at bedtime. • Avoid Alcohol and Caffeine in the Evening, and Stop Smoking - Caffeine is a stimulant which may keep you awake, while alcohol, although famous for making us sleepy, impairs our sleep quality and may make us need the loo more often. Nicotine affects both the length and quality of our sleep.


• Get enough Sunlight and Exercise - Light levels and activity have a profound effect on the hormones that regulate our body clock and mood, so try to get outside every day, get regular exercise, and on dull days, try to spend time near a window. • Dim the lights - However, bright light before bedtime will suppress melatonin secretion, so dim the lights. Either avoid TVs, laptops, tablets and smart phones within two hours of bedtime, or turn down their brightness settings (some screens have a night mode). • Establish a Routine - Try to establish a relaxing routine before bed; make sure your bedtime reading isn’t too emotionally charged or terrifying (or so compulsive that you keep reading ‘just one more chapter’), and don’t watch TV in the bedroom

before sleeping. • Make your Bedroom a Haven - Try to avoid using your bedroom as a work space - or the dump space for everything homeless. Barbara Hemphill famously said ‘Clutter is delayed decisions’; don’t surround yourself with items that will nag you to be cleared up. Ensure your bedroom is well ventilated and not too hot or cold for comfort, and keep it dark - fit a blackout blind, line curtains, or wear an eye mask. If you have noisy fellow occupants or neighbours, earplugs could be useful. A comfy mattress is also vital, so ensure you try before you buy. • Declutter your Brain - Worried

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Karen Munro - Career Coach www.munrocareers.co.uk / Twitter - @munrocareers / Facebook - munro careers

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Karen is a professional Career Coach providing individual support in all aspects of employment including effective CV writing, interview skills training, networking and successful job searching. A member of the Career Development Institute and Careers Professional Alliance, a qualified Careers Practitioner and Trainer, she works with both private and business clients around Hillingdon, South Bucks and Middlesex. Karen is currently facilitating workshops and offering individual coaching to Military Personnel leaving the Armed Forces at RAF Northolt, helping them through their transition to civilian work. Karen writes for a number of careers focussed and military resettlement magazines and regularly contributes to ‘In and Around’ sharing her practical experience with her local community. BReAKINg the ‘age barrier’ in the employment market can be daunting for people over a certain age. So what can you do about it? Firstly, if you are worried employers may discriminate against you due to your age, don’t give them reason to. Don’t put your age or your date of birth on your CV. It is not best practice to have personal information on a CV and an employer does not need to know when you were born. Their primary focus is to find out if you have the right skills and experience to do the job better than any of the other applicants. Only go back around 10-12 years on your CV starting with you most recent. Keep it relevant too. Going back to jobs you did after you left school will not only highlight your age, but will not be relevant to your most recent experience or what you are applying for now. There is also no need to put the year you went to School, College or University. Employers will not be interested in your pre-GCSE qualifications such as O levels or CSE’s and this will only highlight your age further. If the job description says GCSE English is a requirement, you can put ‘educated to GCSE standards, including English’ instead. or you could look at re-training. Getting a qualification will help you to prove your skills to an employer and shows you have the right skills

for the job. It will also show you are being pro-active by keeping your skills up-to-date and you are willing to learn new things, demonstrating you have the right attitude for the job. Government-funded online courses lead to nationally recognised qualifications in Maths, English and IT skills. If you want to go on courses but are worried about the cost, have a look at the Government 24+ loans. Visit www.learndirect. com for further details. Remember, it really doesn’t matter how old you are, because there’s never been a better time to learn! The key thing to remember is that, with age comes experience and this is something that sets you apart from other jobseekers. Try to be even more proactive in understanding a potential employer’s needs and show off your skills. Identify what they’re really asking you and remove any hint of concern. Your best approach to finding opportunities may be through networking. Contact friends, friends of friends, family, contacts you have from previous jobs, social or community groups. Ask them to let you know if they hear of any positions. Working on a voluntary basis is a fantastic way to meet new people, network and find paid employment. Opportunities to ‘shadow’ people at

work in your desired sector for a day or two could be ideal. Make the same suggestion direct to employers. During your ‘shadowing’, ask which jobs in their organisations (and outside it) need people with the kind of experience you bring and in the specific areas you hope to work in. Finally, be aware Age Discrimination is now recognised through legislation, so employers are no longer able to recruit people using age as a deciding factor. If you feel a company has discriminated against you due to your age, you are within your rights to contest it. However, ask yourself this; do you want to work for a company that discriminates candidates due to their age? Take it as a gift that you found out before hand as who would want to work for a company with those values! Move onwards and upwards and find an age-friendly company that you really want to work for and who really values you for what you can do and not your age.

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Crossovers are fast becoming the default car choice of the masses. Consumers love their commanding driving position and pumped-up looks while it seems manufacturers can’t stop releasing new versions. Pretty much all the mainstream makers now have an SUV in their range and that has led to the marketplace becoming rather overcrowded. That boom in choice for buyers has also meant those manufacturers that arrived early to the crossover party have been forced to up their games and release refreshed models. Skoda has recently renosed its Yeti, Nissan has worked its magic on the built-inBritain Qashqai and now it’s Mitsubishi’s turn with its ASX. When it first appeared in 2010, the AS was one of the more niche models in the segment, but even then it managed to chalk up 8,000 sales in its first year.

However, that success was short lived: a devastatingly high Yen put up the price of imports and buyers ed to rivals. A year later sales had dropped to just 3,000. But Mitsubishi is bouncing back. The exchange rate has moved back in the maker’s favour, prices have dropped and the ASX has had a makeover. Mitsubishi has slashed prices of the ASX by an average of 10 per cent and for 201 it’s been treated to a nip and tuck with plush interior fittings, new suspension tweaks and a panoramic glass roof with LED mood lighting on the top-of-the-range models. There’s a new engine too. Joining the 1. -litre petrol and 1.8-litre diesel is a 2.2-litre diesel unit poached from the larger Outlander off-roader. By not offering a larger capacity diesel engine in the ASX range at the start, Mitsubishi thinks it missed out on nearly 20 per cent of the market, so this new lump will come as a

welcome addition. The larger diesel develops 1 8bhp and 380 m of torque. Naturally that means more power and shove, but thankfully not at the cost of fuel economy. At 8.7mpg on the combined cycle, the AS 2.2 diesel is more economical than a number of rivals’ 2.0-litre diesel offerings, including the sector’s all-conquering Nissan Qashqai. There’s also a new automatic gearbox thrown into the mix. That self-shifter has also been borrowed from the Outlander and with six ratios and paddles behind the steering wheel, it’s a smooth and precise set-up. Some models get a switchable four-wheel drive system. One press of a button on the centre console sends 30 per cent of the car’s power to the rear wheels, while a second prod locks the centre diff and splits power 0 0 front and rear. The ASX’s small dimensions


always meant it was good to drive, but road noise was a bit of a let it down. These new 2014 models come with improved sound deadening, which has helped a little, and the bouncy ride of previous ASXs has disappeared thanks to retuned suspension. That’s not to say it’s a perfect driving experience though. The steering still lacks crispness, there’s a fair degree of body roll and the ASX is sadly just not as refined or as comfortable as a Kia Sportage or Skoda Yeti. Mitsubishi has splashed out on upgrading the interior. There are some more up-market plastics, “piano black” materials now adorn

the dashboard and the top spec ASX4 gets that aforementioned panoramic glass roof, which makes the cabin wonderfully light and airy. But despite Mitsubishi’s efforts, compared to rivals, the interior still lacks a certain sparkle. That said, with revised pricing, unique styling and an enviable reputation for reliability, the ASX certainly deserves a second look if you’re in the market for a crossover – and if the sales figures are anything to go by, there’s a high chance that’s most of you. The range kicks off at 1 ,999, while the range topping ASX4 2.2 (tested here) is 23,899. a

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By Helen Taylor Always Be Aware of Your Hair Try to limit extrinsic damage. Lay off the heated styling tools; prevent your hair from being frazzled by the sun by applying a deep conditioner to the lengths and ends when you’re on the beach; and cut right back on products that can dry your hair, like hairsprays.

salon. The opinion of someone who doesn’t already know you and your hair can result in a fantastic new look.

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Reconsider Your Colour Although you might colour your hair to hide greys, choosing the wrong hue can be very ageing. An all-over colour can be hard to wear as you get older. Instead of opting for a block shade, choose a base colour that’s no more than two shades lighter or darker than your natural hue, and add highlights. Not only will your hair look younger, your face will too. Condition, Condition, Condition Smother the lengths and ends of your hair with a rich deepconditioning treatment once or twice a week. Try hair oils and products that are specially formulated for ageing, thinning, or dried-out hair. Try a New Hairstyle It’s easy to get stuck in a rut, but out-of-date, un attering styles really do make you look a lot older than you are. That’s why it’s important to take a fresh look at yourself every so often. Talk to your stylist, or try a new

Any hairdresser worth their salt can advise on what styles work best for thinning or ageing hair, but generally it’s worth considering the following: Length – Long locks look lovely if they’re bouncy, thick, and full of life, but if that’s not the case then they really aren’t worth holding on to. Chopping long hair into a attering, blunt, midi-cut is a quick way to create more youthful-looking hair. Ridding your tresses of dead split-ends improves condition, and a blunt cutting technique will create the look of fullness. Frame Your Face – Try a fringe, or have some soft layers added to the styling around your face. This lifts your features and makes you look younger. A Professional Opinion is Best Although it’s normal for your hair to show signs of change such as thinning over the years, it’s worth seeing your GP if you notice any sudden changes. Hair loss can be caused by hormone deficiencies – low thyroid levels, for example – a deficiency in nutrients, stress, and the side-effects of various medications. So if you’re in doubt, ask your doctor’s advice.


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BUtteRflY REINCARNATION Andy Mydellton flS (pictured right) is an environmentalist journalist, the founder and leader of the British wildlife charity, the foundation for endangered Species. they are members of the United nations agency UneSCo with Andy Mydellton being Chairman and the environmental Concern Advisor to the UneSCo Schools Group. Andy is a fellow of the linnean Society. he writes for many publications, mounts photographic exhibitions, gives presentations and broadcasts the 'Andy Mydellton wildlife zone' radio programme.

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SOmETImES when I am relaxing in the Millstream Fork wildlife garden I let my imagination loose and wonder about the theories of reincarnation, not as another human being, but as a different species. If animal reincarnation is possible, I could transform, not into one of my favourite iconic animals such as a tiger, eagle or a great whale, but into a butterfly. But I don’t know why? These fragile and dainty insects begin their four-stage life-cycle as an egg which is laid on a carefully selected plant during our warmer months. most butterflies instinctively lay their tiny white eggs only on the types of plants which the caterpillars have specifically evolved to eat. It would make no sense for the butterfly to lay them on flowers, bushes or trees which the caterpillar cannot consume because it would mean that the tiny larvae would immediately have to find suitable plants to begin their life - an impossible task for most newborns. When an egg hatches, it develops into a caterpillar, which is little more than an eating device. Synchronicity has evolved hand-in-hand so that the caterpillar emerges to feed at the same time at which their selected flowers are in leaf. Caterpillars feed unquenchably throughout their lives, outgrowing their expandable skins four times before they are ready to develop into their third stage. Caterpillars must hatch in fantastic numbers to survive great onslaughts of predation. This is because they have evolved to occupy the ecological niche as food for many songbirds rearing chicks with insatiable appetites. After successfully growing to its largest size possible, the caterpillar closes down this stage of its life to imprison itself into a chrysalis. It begins its transformation by instinctively finding a sheltered spot from predators, spinning a thread of silk to dangle from, splitting its skin and forming a discoloured outer shell. The chrysalis stage is boring for some people because it appears to be a lifeless and hard sheath that doesn’t do anything. But the exciting miracle is what happens inside these protective outer layers where the metamorphosis takes place. This can now be studied by biological scientists using modern technology. When I was a child I was taught that caterpillars metamorphosed into some type of coagulated soup before completely re-assembling itself. Now scientists have discovered that they keep their major organs intact. So when the adult butterfly emerges to complete the fourth stage of its life cycle, it inherits the caterpillar’s knowledge and instincts (referred to as genetic epistemology). This innate information directs the butterfly to seek the same flowers, the same territories and shun the same dangers as the caterpillar did so successfully. The more common species I see at Millstream Fork are the Cabbage White, Peacock, Lesser Tortoiseshell and Red Admiral. However, others also arrive in the summer months. many garden butterflies are generalists which allow them to become more common and ubiquitous, whilst other species are specialists and need particular conditions to complete their lifecycles. These rarer species usually need specific flowers, precise weather conditions and in some cases other animals which share a symbiotic relationship.* many of Britain’s 59 butterfly species are magnetised to certain plants such as Buddleia because of its large violet flowers which offer these insects the nectar they need. This is both an effective and pretty plant to have in a wildlife garden. Another plant, the Stinging Nettle, attracts the Peacock butterfly (as well as other insects such as ladybirds). By contrast nettles are classified as ‘weeds’ by many gardeners and children have a habit of being stung by them. For the more discerning wildlife enthusiast, a little research can go a long way in attracting specific butterflies. Because wildlife ‘farming’ usually breeds results, the advantage of extra effort is that you gain more control of what is likely happen in your garden in the following years. Nowadays butterfly habitats such as wild flower meadows are rare because of intensive farming. Fortunately wildlife gardening is helping to solve this problem as it gives butterflies a mosaic of alternative habitats. many wildlife gardens are separated from each one another by large distances, although butterflies can go ‘island hopping’ and fly over ‘dead land’ such as roads, car parks and large lifeless buildings. This is a huge advantage over some larger land-based animals which find these physical boundaries too difficult to overcome. At a time when many butterfly populations are reducing, every wildlife garden can make an immediate and strong impact – with little cost. I did some gardening one afternoon and watched two red admirals fluttering around some scented flowers and I was reminded of my own possible ‘butterfly reincarnation’. I wonder about other people who also have these considerations. What animals would they like to become, and why?

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A water-feature adds magic to any garden. The sound of tinkling water and the movement of light on its surface can be just the finishing touch you need either for a patio or for a much larger garden. There’s a plentiful choice of water-features of all shapes, styles, and sizes; but before you commit yourself, what are the main points to bear in mind? First, position. For moving water, your feature will use an electric pump, so there has to be a power-point nearby – something often overlooked. Do you want an eye-catching centrepiece for a formal garden, or just the music of running water as the soundtrack to your alfresco Sunday lunch? In either case, you need to consider carefully the appropriate position. Water-features can turn bright green in summer due to the build-up of algae. You can go a long way towards preventing this by positioning them away from direct sunlight. Make sure they’re well away from deciduous trees, too, as falling leaves will clog everything up. For smaller spaces you’re best off with a self-contained feature. There are lots of lovely ones available such as terracotta or glazed pot stacks with the water continuously

pumped from one container to another, so you’ll only need to top it up in the hottest weather.

Spouts and fountains are great fun. A spitting fish, frog, or gargoyle adds a touch of art – or humour – while oxygenating a pool, reducing algae and keeping the pond-life happy. If you want moving water but perhaps have toddlers, a millstone with a low, centrallypositioned jet is both beautiful and safe. Plants are integral to any pond. Surface- oating plants such as waterlilies not only look gorgeous but their leaves also shade the water – again, reducing algae. Waterlilies need still water, so are best avoided if you have a fountain; but a single spitting feature at one end of the pool shouldn’t create too much turbulence.

Plants around the edges of a pools and ponds are called marginals and do best in shallower water or boggy ground. Use plenty: they look gorgeous, they hide the liner and they’re a haven for wildlife. Marginals to consider include yellow- owered marsh marigold (caltha palustris); white- owered bog arum calla palustris); miniature reed-mace (typha minima); pale blue water forget-me-not (myosotis scorpioides); and purplebloomed water and bog iris

(eg iris laevigata). You’ll need about two plants per metre. For a more formal look choose shapely rushes or ferns. Water-features attract wildlife, and in summer you might be visited by dragon ies or may ies. Birds may also come to drink and bathe. And even a small pond needs a safe exit-route in case hedgehogs pop by for a drink and tumbles in. A shallow beach of pebbles should do the trick. If your feature has a sizeable surface, net it in the autumn to catch falling leaves. Garden netting stretched taut is ideal. Remove it as necessary to tip off the leaves. Left in the water they’ll both clog the pumps and produce methane, which is toxic. In winter, don’t let the waterfeature freeze up. If extreme cold is forecast smaller features are best emptied, and the pump cleaned and stored in the shed. Fish need an ice-free area on the surface or they’ll be killed by methane building up under the ice. Floating a football on the surface helps. Visit Pippa’s website www. pippagreenwood.com for ‘Grow Your Own with Pippa Greenwood’ for the AskPippa Q&A service, Nemaslug, natural pest controls and lots more besides!


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By Katherine Sorrell decide on basic layout issues at the start. Should the WC be in a separate room, for example? Do you need to knock down or add partition walls? Or would you like a walk-in shower, under oor heating or perhaps a pair of his ‘n’ hers basins? Avoid moving existing plumbing, if possible, as it will save money and effort. However, if the oorplan of your current bathroom really isn’t working for you, this one-off plumbing cost could be worth it in the long run.

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The best hotel bathrooms are blissful escapes from humdrum reality. Superbly planned to make the most of what is often not the hugest of spaces, they offer sleek efficiency at the same time as indulgence and opulence, from cosy-toes under oor heating to tactile taps, monsoon showerheads to gleaming glass. And that’s not even to mention the most attering of lighting schemes, the deepest of deep-fill baths and the uffiest of uffy towels. All this and more is why we find it so pleasurable to stay in a hotel that’s got

its bathrooms right. And if you hanker for this feeling all the time, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t recreate the same sort of haven in which to relax and refresh at home. Simply take some of the essential elements that we have outlined below, and your boring room can be transformed into a true bathing beauty.

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A well-designed bathroom feels comfortable and convenient no matter how large or small. If you are rethinking your entire room,

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Bathroom oors must be non-slip, easy to clean and comfortable underfoot; most importantly, though, they mustn’t mind getting wet. While the upmarket hotel bathroom uses expensive stone or marble tiles, lookalikes made from ceramic or porcelain are a cheaper option. inyl ooring – also much less expensive – comes in a vast range of colours and patterns, some of which replicate natural materials such as ceramic, stone or wood. If you want to go green, think bamboo – which looks similar to timber, but loves humidity; natural rubber – available in gorgeous textures and colours; cork – which now comes in a range of fashionable shades; and linoleum – made from renewable resources. On a tight budget, simply sand timber oorboards and repaint them with glossy, off-white oor paint for a fresh, clean look.


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Great storage is just as important in a bathroom as any other room in the house; sometimes even more so. Where are you going to keep towels, toilet rolls, bottles of cleaning uids, ra ors and a whole host of other (mostly unsightly) things? Fitted storage, either from a bathroom supplier or made for you by a joiner is ideal if you can afford it (though of course you can’t take it with you if you plan to move house). Alternatively, there are plenty of less expensive options. A wooden chest or blanket box, for example, could double as both a seat and towel store, while a wall-mounted shelf could be the perfect place to stack lotions and potions. In a large bathroom, a chest of drawers keeps all your bits and bobs in one place, while in a small room a metal rack

on wheels combines both function and style.

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Give your bathroom a boost with a new lighting scheme. Always use fittings designed for wet and steamy conditions, and combine task lights (for shaving and putting on make-up) with general background light. Downlights set into the ceiling are a great start, or else ceiling tracks with directional spotlights, which are inexpensive to fit. If you’re renovating the whole bathroom, it may be possible to install two lighting circuits: one for working lights and the other, on a dimmer switch, for soothing, ambient lights. Alternatively, set the mood for a long, relaxing bath with the warm glow of candlelight.

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uick fixes for tired bathrooms include changing

a dated pair of taps for some good-looking, modern ones, installing a glass shower screen to replace a appy old curtain or jazzing up your windows with some decorative window film. Add a large mirror – it’s not only useful but also helps to increase the feeling of light and space in the room, and can become a focal point. Small storage items, such as wicker baskets, pretty ceramics or bright plastic tubs, bring texture, colour and interest. Last – but definitely not least – consider buying a new set of coordinating towels. The uffier the better and, of course, in clean, bright hotel-white. House by John Lewis Mode short shelf, £30, box shelf £40; House by John Lewis bamboo threetier bathroom shelf, £80, bath linen, from £1.50, pedestal mirror, £15, Bobble bathmat, £15; gloss single mirrored bathroom cabinet, £50; Lascelles Swiss clock, £40, all John Lewis, 08456 049 049; www.johnlewis.com.

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regular events... events at Harefield Community Centre, Priory avenue, uB9 6aP Ladies Singing For Fun, 1st Wednesday in the month 1-2.30pm. Zumba every Tuesday evening from 6.15-7.15pm. Mixed abilities.  A fun & lively class. No need to book in advance, call Jean: 01895 823496 or Gwen: 01895 822320

Denham History society Meets most months. 2nd Tuesday of the month, 7.30pm St. Marks Hall, Denham Green. Call Pam on 01895 833989 or e: Pamela@craftygiraffe.co.uk Flower arranging Classes Held 1st Tuesday of every month at St Marks Hall, 7-9pm. Learn flower arranging. Fully qualified tutor. Call Nicky 01895 834210 or 07944 458147 email flowersbyrands@aol.com

Ickenham, UB10 8AB. Call Rosemary 01628 776838 before coming. www.thefitnessleague.com Fitness Yoga Improve flexibility, strength and balance. Monday 6-7pm at Denham Village Memorial Hall. Call Sandra 07867470240 Lisa 07533549072 E: lisa.sandra.fitness@gmail.com 

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rock ‘n’ roll Monday's in Harefield!  Learn to Dance 1950's Rock n Roll Jive! Every Monday. Absolute Beginners Jive class 7.30-8.30pm. Slow practise session 8.30-9pm. Social Rock n Roll 9-11pm. No partner required - no experience necessary! Harefield Cricket Club, Breakspear Road North, Harefield, UB9 6NE. 7.30-11pm £5 entry. E: the rockingrebels@gmail.com, 07951 652083 www.facebook.com/therockingrebels

1950s rock n roll with DJs the rocking rebels 1st Friday of every month 7.3011.30pm. Retro stalls, BYO drinks. St Marys Church Hall, High St, Harefield UB9 6BX. Contact 07951 652083 therockingrebel@gmail.com www.facebook.com/therockingrebels

HoBBies... art Classes Drawing, pastels, oil & watercolour at New Denham Community Centre Autumn, Spring & Winter Terms Tue 1-3.30pm, Wed 12.45-3.15pm and 7.30-9.30pm. Call 0208 894 9577 art smart Weekly Art Classes at Denham Village Hall. Drawing and Painting for beginn-ers and Improvers Thursdays 1.30-3.30pm. Tutor Roz Smith call 01494 670372 Chinese Brush Painting group  Come and join our friendly group meeting on Saturday mornings. The class is guided by an experienced tutor so no experience required!   You will learn how to compose and develop your own painting style as well as practicing the finer points of Chinese calligraphy often seen on paintings.  Find us at Harefield Library, Park Lane Village Centre, Harefield or contact Phyllis Nash on 01895 476 644 / phyllnash@gmail.com Crosier investment Club Learn more about the Stock Market and to improve personal investment skills. Meets 7.30pm, third Thursday in month at Pinner Village Hall, Chapel Lane, Pinner, HA5 1AA. Call 0208 427 3559, e: secretary@crosierinvestment.org.uk w: www.crosierinvestment.org.uk

Hillingdon natural History society Meets 1st wed of the month, Scout HQ, Gatting Way, Uxbridge. enquiries@ hillingdon-naturalhistory society.org.uk inland Waterways associations Meet 2nd Tues of every month at Hillingdon Canal Club,  Waterloo Road, Uxbridge, UB8 2QX, 7.30pm. middlesex.social@waterways.org.uk

keeP-Fit, DanCe & DraMa... aerobics Denham Village Memorial Hall. Every Mon and Wed 4.30-5.30pm Call Jean Nisbet 01895 832063 Bagot stack (Fitness league) Term Time Only. Vyners School, UB10 8AB, Tue 7.30-8.30pm. Also Mon & Thu in Windsor. Call Rosemary 01628 776838. www.thefitnessleague.com Beginners line Dancing At Higher Denham Community Centre, Off Old Rectory Lane, Higher Denham. Mon 7-8pm. Also Improvers & Intermediates. Tel: Ann 01753 882847 Boot Camp Fun and friendly exercise class held at a private location in Gerrards Cross. Every Mon, Tues, Fri 9.15-10am. Qualified Personal Trainer and Level 3 Contact Julie on 07769 311789 or visit: www.juliegxfit.com Bootcamp Circuit for adults (Mixed) Wednesdays, 7-8.15pm Denham Village Memorial Hall. Tel: Jayne 07968 361965 Dance, gymnastics and Free running Classes By Futunity Uk in Uxbridge Town Centre & Hillingdon Sports & Leisure centre. Ages 2-adults catered for and all styles of dance from RAD ballet to Zumba. Full class listings at www.futunityuk.com. Call 01895 251224 or email admin@futunityuk.com Fitness league Tone & stretch exercises for the whole body, with fun dance routines to music for women of all fitness levels. Tue 7.308.30pm at Vyners School, Warren Road,

Fitsteps Cha Cha, Waltz, Quickstep or Jive at Denham Memorial Hall. Mondays 7pm and Wednesdays 10am. Call 07834 197745. info@limelightdancing.co.uk

general Yoga Class Higher Denham Community Hall, Lower Road, Higher Denham, UB9 5EA. Wed 7.30-9pm. Thu 9.45-11.15am with BWY certified teacher tel: 01895 820267 Harefield amateur Drama society Tuesday, 8-10pm. Park Lane Village Centre, Park Lane, Harefield. Call Tony on 01895 820672

Jazzercise Classes New Denham Community Centre Mon 9.30-10.30am, Tues 6.45-7.45pm. Wed & Fri 10-11am Denham Village Memorial Hall Village Rd, Denham, Bucks Thurs 6.30-7.30pm Wendy Whitefoord, Tel: 07803 602142 e: wendy.whitefoord@btinternet.com www.jazzercise.com ladies only kickboxing Club Wed 6.30-8.00pm, Watts Hall, Redford Way, Uxbridge, UB8 1SZ. First Class FREE! Call Leanne Phillips on 07518 848285 e:leanne@kickboxinglondon. co.uk. www.kickboxing-london.co.uk Modern Jive Classes Mon 8-11pm, West Drayton Community Centre and Tue & Thu 8-11pm, Uxbridge Civic Centre. First Night Entry & Free Lifetime membership with this listing. Contact Alan: 0208 933 4350 or 07860 250961 www.clubceroc.com  email: alanandsue@clubceroc.com Pink academy of DanCe Classes held daily at New Denham Community Centre. Range of classes for boys & girls from 2 years to Adults. Contact: Admin@pinkacademy. co.uk www.pinkacademy.co.uk or call 01895 257553 rockin' 8s square Dancing Modern American style - every Thurs 8.15pm. New Denham & Willowbank Community Centre, Oxford Road, New Denham. UB9 4DW. Call Jean 01895 622859 or paul@stingproductions.com continued overleaf...


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keep-fit, dance & drama continued... SaLSa (all styles) Every Monday at Uxbridge Community Centre, 32b The Greenway, Uxbridge UB8 2PJ from 7.45pm to 10pm. Come and join Mina Queen Salsa for some amazing fun. Call 07958 578962 or email mina@queensalsa.com

Zumba with ruddy Thurs 7-8pm, St Marks Hall Denham Green UB9 5HD and Sats 9.30-10.30am at Harefield Academy Northwood Way UB9 6ET. Call Ruddy 07901 828051

Yiewsley & West drayton Band Rehearse every Wednesday and Friday 810pm at St. Matthew's School, Yiewsley. To join or book the band for an engagement contact Lynne on 07976 824152 or email Lynne@ywdband.com

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Yiewsley & West drayton training Band Open to all ages wanting to learn to play a brass instrument or 'brush up' your skills.  Every Wed during term time 6.457.45pm, St. Matthew's School, Yiewsley.  Contact Abi on 07985 302 856 or emailtraining@ywdband.com

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Simply Walk Langley & Black parks Every Monday Langley Park, 10am Thursday Black Park, 10am. Second Sunday of month Langley Park at 11am. See www.friendsoflangleypark.co.uk Social dancing Ballroom Latin & Sequence Harefield Community Centre, Priory Avenue, Harefield. Every Wed, 8pm. Beginners welcome. Call 01895 634674

Simply Walk in denham First Sunday of every month, everyone welcome! Denham Village Green 10.45am for 11am start. Approximately 90 minute walk, 2.5-3miles. Led by trained volunteers as part of a healthy walk scheme funded by Bucks County Council, local District Councils and Bucks PCT. For details of other walks in the Bucks area call 01494 475367 www.buckscc.gov.uk/rightsofway Social Line dancing At St Marys Church Hall, Harefield Last Sat of the month 7.30-10.30pm tea dance Harefield Community Centre, Priory Ave on Thurs 2-4pm. All welcome. Free car parking. Call John 01895 284428 uxbridge musical theatre Ruislip Conservative Club, 56-58, Ickenham Road, Ruislip, Middlesex HA4 7DQ. Tuesday 8-10pm. Call Phil Harrison 01895 636367 Email: mail@umtheatre.co.uk or see www.umtheatre.co.uk Zumba fitness Every Wednesday 8-9pm at New Denham Community Hall, Oxford Road, UB9 4DW. Call Martine 07788 563572 www.zumbadolls.co.uk Zumba fitness with danielle Every Monday 7-8pm at Harefield Football Club, Breakspear Road North, Harefield. UB9 6NE. Call Danielle 07989 128131 www.zumba-class.co.uk Zumba Gold For Older Active Adults. Every Friday 11am at Higher Denham Community Hall, Lower Road, Higher Denham, UB9 5EA. Call Martine 07788 563572 www.zumbadolls.co.uk

drumbeatz Drum tuition for beginners in a rehearsal studio in Denham by Melanie Kleyn, qualified HND, now on degree at ACM. Children over 8yrs, ladies, anyone keen to learn. 3.15-5.30pm or daytime. Eves taken by bands rehearsing. Email:  drumsmel@gmail.com or text mobile on 07757 635880

faraday country music club in Slough SL2 1RN. Country Music every Thursday for listeners, western partners, freestyle or line dancers. From 8-11pm. Contact Deb 07986 050742. www.faradaycountry.co.uk Guitar Lessons Complete beginners welcome. Contact Sam for a FREE lesson 07798 588496 sam@uxbridgeguitarlessons.co.uk music Lessons at Little Halings Studio Piano and French Horn lessons with experienced, friendly young female teacher, Victoria Coghlan. Rehearsal room at Little Halings Studios in Denham. All welcome. Guitar tuition is also available. Call: 07737 493980 (Victoria) E: victocoghlan@gmail.com Stoke poges Singers A friendly four-part choir singing a wide variety of music. New members welcome (no auditions. The ability to read music is not essential. Rehearsals on Thursday at St Andrews Centre, Rogers Lane, Stoke Poges, 7.45pm. Come along or call Naomi on 07831 217575 or Anthea on 01753 662355 Sing for fun - adults No auditions or previous singing experience necessary.  You must just enjoy singing! Higher Denham Community Hall, Wednesday (TT) 2.30-4pm. Call Avril on 07587 175640 the Windsor & district Big Bands appreciation Society We meet on 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm, Datchet Hall, Horton Road, Datchet. Meetings featuring the music of the big bands of the 1940s and 1950s Swing era. Two recitals from records, tapes & CDS, along with a raffle and sometimes there's even a live band. Call Derek Verrier on 01753 654398

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2370 (denham) Squadron air training corps ATC HQ, Tilehouse Lane, Denham Aerodrome Denham, Bucks, UB9 5DN. Monday and Thursday 7.30-9.30pm. Currently recruiting 13-17 year old males and females. Call 01895 834522 (Mon & Thu only) 2nd denham Scout Group Scout Hut, The Pyghtle, Denham Green Close, Denham Green Beavers Age 6-8 Thu 5.45-7pm. Cubs Age 8-10 Wed 6.30-7.45pm Scouts Age 10-15 Friday 7-9pm Tel: Linda Batten 01753 892373 denham & Gerrards cross children’s centre Tilehouse School, Nightingale Way, Denham, UB9 5JL. Free sessions for families with children age 5 and under including Messy Play and Stay & Play sessions. Call 01895 835967. denham Girlguides 1st Denham Rainbows (age 5-7) 4th Denham Brownies (age 7-10) 4th Denham Guides (age 10-14) For more details on meeting times and info on joining visit www.gxanddenham.cfsites.org denham Youth club (ages 8-11 years) Higher Denham Community Hall, Lower Road, Uxbridge UB9 5EA. Wednesday 6.30-8pm. Call 01895 834313 Slough Sea cadets Parade nights on Monday and Thursday 7.30-9.30pm at Langley Pavillion, Langley Road, Slough, SL3 8BS. Male & Female Junior Cadets (age 10-12 yrs) and Cadets (age 12-18 yrs). Fees £2 per week, courses from £5 for weekend. Visit us on Facebook, pop-in or email: sloughseacadets@yahoo.co.uk continued overleaf...


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pre-school & kids groups continued... Youths united Senior Youth Group in Denham, at Martin Bakers Social Club. Ages 12-18 years Wednesday evenings 7-309pm. Tel Joyce Haynes 01895 832643  tiny talk Baby signing classes Tuesday classes at St Mary’s Church Hall, High Street, Harefield UB9 6BX at 10am, price £5.00 pre-paid per family. Thursday classes at St Giles' Church Hall, 1 High Road, Ickenham UB10 8LE, 10am, 11.15am and 1pm, price £5.00 pre-paid per family Friday classes at The Uxbridge Centre, The Greenway, Uxbridge UB8 2PJ, 10.30am, price £5.00 pre-paid per family. Call Bev Meier 01895 824935 or 0781 8025993 tiny toes childcare Full Day Care Nursery. Call Susan 01753 655650 or email: tinytoes@ivercommunity.org for details tweenies Baby and toddlers St Marys Church, Denham Village Tuesday 9.30-11.30am Activities for families with children Children aged 0-5 years offered at The Denham and Gerrards Cross Children’s Centre, Nightingale Way, Denham, Bucks. UB9 5JL. Call 01895 835967

self defence... karate club of denham For ages 5 years and up at New Denham Community Centre Sundays 9.15-11am Tel: Dominic 07988 743725 karate club of uxbridge For ages 5 years and up The Uxbridge Centre, The Greenway Wednesday between 5pm & 7pm Tel: Dominic 07988 743725 kung fu club West drayton Great Kung Fu work out for everybody, attractive trainings for children & adults on: Tuesday 5.30-6.30, Friday 7.308.30, Sunday 5.30-6.30. West Drayton Community Centre, Harmondsworth Road, UB7 9JL. Contact Ella: 07702 479 435 or sportsclubuk@gmail.com shotokan karate Sports Hall, Tilehouse Lane, Denham for men, women and children age 8+. Monday, 7-8pm. Interested? Contact Erin on 01494 758079 or visit www.chilternkarate.co.uk

self help & support... hillingdon Brain tumour group Support group held every 2nd Thurs of the month  12.30-2.30pm, Hillingdon Baptist Church, Hercies Rd,  Hillingdon, UB10 9LS.  Call 01895 637444. slimming World New Denham Community Centre Tuesday, 10-11.30am. To register turn up at 10am, call Mandy 07879 897578

sociAl groups... Beareavement support group Coffee Morning, 1st Tues of the Month, St Marks Hall, Greentiles Lane, Denham Green, UB9 5HT. Please call Nicky at Dale & Sons for details 01895 832220 or 07510 156380 damsels in success A group coaching experience for women. Meets at Ruislip Golf Club on the first Wed of the month at 10am. Call Ann 01753 655308 denham green W.i. Every 2nd Mon in the month 2-4.15pm, St Marks Hall, Denham. All ladies welcome. Contact Linda 01895 257895 or linda. allum@hotmail.co.uk; or Laura 01895835868 or ljphillips22@me.com. denham lions 1st and 3rd Monday of the month, 8pm at Denham Garden Village, Denham Green. 18 years+ enjoy social events, fundraising projects in the area. E: info@denhamlions.org.uk denham Wives group Last Tuesday of each month at St. Mark’s Hall Denham Green 7.15pm. Contact Ann Collins 01895 833820 or acollins683@uwclub.net friendly Whist drive Harefield Community Centre, Priory Avenue, Harefield. Every Thurs 7.30pm. Beginners welcome. Contact Lyn on 01923 820173 rotaract club of langley & iver Meet at 8pm every 2nd & 4th Tues of the month, the Red Lion Pub, Langley, SL3 7EN.  A group of 18-30's that raise money for charity, help in the community and also have a busy social calendar.  If you would like to meet new people, raise money and have many laughs please contact us! www.langley-iver-rotaract.org.uk

stoke poges Bridge club meet at St Andrew’s Church Hall in Rogers Lane, SL2 4LN on Monday from 1.30-5.30pm for players who want to improve their game. Just turn up on the day and you will be warmly welcomed. Call 01753 642438 or www.stokepogesbridgeclub.org.uk uxbridge conservative club Bingo, Carpet Bowls, Table Tennis, Lunches, Quiz & Race Nights etc. at 46 Harefield Road, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 1PJ. Contact Georgina Baile on 01895 233653 or 07778 348082, e: udcc@btconnect. com or visit www.uxbconclub.com Women’s social group Social group for women. Looking to expand your social group and make new friends? We meet regularly for coffee, a chat - open women of all ages. Please call Seema on 07730 898635 or email seema@seema.co.uk

sport... denham Bowls club Denham Way, Denham, UB9 5AX Lawn Bowling. Coaching available. Call Brian Simpson (Sec) on 01895 834007 or Jenny Johns on 01895 833845 denham cricket club New playing or social members welcome. Way & Tillard Memorial Cricket Ground, off Cheapside Lane, Denham Village. Tel: Bill Nicholas 01895 834527 pink ladies netball club All levels and abilities welcome. Training takes place at Stockley Academy, West Drayton every Tuesday evening. Senior training 16+yrs 7.30-9pm Back to Netball 16+yrs 7.30- 8.30pm Under 16s - please Rhiannon on 01895 448878 for details email: plnetball@hotmail.co.uk visit www.pinkladiesnetball.co.uk table tennis Denham Village Memorial Hall Tuesdays 5.30-10pm. Call Richard Cottle on 01895 835292 uxbridge squash club All squash players welcome. Uxbridge Cricket Club, Park Road, Uxbridge. See uxbridgesquash.org.uk or email: squash@uxbridgesquash.org.uk Tel: 01895 237571


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For almost twenty years we’ve been Middlesex and Hertfordshire's most awarded and successful estate agency. The reasons for our success are simple; we are passionate about property, we are honest and forthright in our dealings with clients, our innovations set industry standards and we never lose sight of the fact that we owe everything to our clients and the communities in which we operate.

If you are thinking of renting, buying or selling a property please call us and experience our award winning difference. Uxbridge Sales 01895 272742 Uxbridge Lettings 01895 252542 Denham 01895 835835

your multi-award winning local agent


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