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Parkway, Hillingdon, Middlesex, UB10 9JX Independent School for boys and girls aged 3 - 11

A family-run school with a caring atmosphere. Pupils achieve excellent results in academic subjects, music, sport and drama. Please telephone 01895 234371 to make an appointment

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Wheely Good Gadgets         We spend a lot of time driving, and there are stacks of gadgets that promise to make our trips more entertaining and less frustrating. One of the best in-car gadgets you can buy is a satellite navigation system. The days of devices with limited features and dodgy maps are long gone, and modern kit such as the £109 Garmin Nuvi 2408 comes with free, unlimited traffic information to warn you of accidents, roadworks and other problems. The device will help you find the right lane when you’re on the motorway, and it even has photographic views so that you can compare what you should be seeing with what you can see through the windscreen. Many highend models also double as Bluetooth hands-free kits for your phone, and we’re starting to see heads-up displays such as the £129 Garmin HUD where everything you need is projected onto the windscreen. One of the most popular in-car gadgets is a replacement stereo. Even relatively cheap stereos such as Sony’s £89 MEX-BT3100U come with Bluetooth connectivity and iPod compatibility, and a growing number of audio units now have DAB digital radios as well as the traditional FM radio. 2

In many cases the gap between in-car equipment and tablet computers is beginning to blur. Take Pioneer’s terribly named AVH-X3500 DAB car radio, for example: it boasts a 6.1-inch touch screen, built-in Bluetooth, displays video and even runs apps. It also demonstrates something else about the in-car gadget market, which is that prices fall very dramatically very quickly. The Pioneer’s RRP is £479, but it’s already widely available for £299. If you’re thinking that a 6.1-inch screen sounds rather large for an in-car device, you are right: the Pioneer is a double-DIN system, which means it takes up twice as much space as a standard car radio. Many cars already accept double-DIN systems, but if your car has an unusually shaped dashboard or uses a single DIN space you may also need to buy a doubleDIN adapter. In-car entertainment needn’t be limited to the front of the car either. You can easily keep the kids quiet with a portable DVD system, with standalone models costing as little as £35 (although you’ll also need to invest in a headrest harness unless you want your child to hold the player for the full trip). Around £90 gets you a player specifically designed for in-car

use with all the necessary harnesses, with twin-screen systems starting at around £129. Another option for in-car use is a tablet. Cheaper tablets such as Tesco’s Hudl (£119), Google’s Nexus 7 (£199) or Apple’s iPad Mini (£249) make excellent video players, and they don’t suffer from the scratched discs or skipping that can plague in-car DVD systems. Expect to pay an additional £15 to £25 for a headrest mount, and remember to take the tablet out of the car when you stop: a visible tablet is a very tempting target for opportunist thieves. While in-car gadgets can be handy, you’ll often encounter one downside: more gadgets than you have power sockets for. The good news is that’s easy to address with a multisocket adapter. £7.99 will get you an adapter that gives you two cigarette lighter sockets instead of one, or spend £14.99 on an adapter that turns the cigarette lighter socket into two USB ports. Some adapters offer both kinds of sockets, enabling you to charge almost anything. Images left to right: Pioneer AVH3500 Dab Car Radio; Garmin Nuvi 2408 sat-nav; Garmin Heads-Up Display (HUD); Tesco Hudl tablet.


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What happened in... ...May 1979?

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Margaret Thatcher became Britain’s first woman rime inister on 4th May 1979 he was du ed he ron ady y a writer in the o iet newspaper ed tar his moni er was meant to e derogatory ut it pro ed anything ut

he pinnacle of her time in office was when he ron ady ordered the as orce to reta e the al lands after the islands had een in aded y rgentina he resigned in ha ing set a record as the longest-ser ing rime inister of the th century 1st: he newest section of the ondon nderground the u ilee ine was opened e tending from tanmore to haring ross n it was further e tended in three stages crossing the hames at four points efore terminating at tratford

8th: t a out pm a ta i dri er on a ran opposite oolworths in anchester noticed smo e coming from the store and reported it to his office y four o cloc the worst fire disaster since had claimed ten li es ifty-three people were ta en to hospital including si firemen eremy horpe who had resigned as leader of the i eral arty three years earlier went on trial at the ld ailey accused of attempted murder e was also accused along with four other men of conspiracy to commit murder ll four defendants were ac uitted on nd of une that year 12th: he up inal at em ley had een unremar a le with rsenal s two goals to

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21st: lton ohn became the first Western roc star to perform ehind the iron curtain at a stadium in eningrad 24th: horpe ar in hertsey urrey was opened to the pu lic t is now the country s third most popular amusement par after lton owers and egoland and oasts the fastest ride he tealth reaches mph in ust two seconds 25th: s merican irlines light too off from are nternational irport in hicago its port side engine ro e away from the wing he aircraft rolled to the left and crashed in a field illing all people on oard and two on the ground

Patrick D Cousins is the author of Rainbows, Dreams and Angels, a double novella set in east London between the Thirties and Sixties. And you can read Patrick Cousins Short Shorts on your Kindle.


 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 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. hen it first appeared in the ASX was one of the more niche models in the segment, but even then it managed to chal up sales in its first year. However, a devastatingly high Yen put up the price of imports and uyers ed to ri als A year later sales had dropped to ust 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 per cent and for it s been treated to a nip and tuck with plush interior fittings new suspension tweaks and a

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panoramic glass roof with LED mood lighting on the top-of-therange models. oining the -litre petrol and -litre diesel is a -litre diesel unit poached from the larger Outlander off-roader. The larger diesel develops hp and m of tor ue Naturally that means more power and shove, but thankfully not at the cost of fuel economy. t mpg on the com ined cycle the diesel is more economical than a num er of ri als -litre diesel offerings, including the sector’s all-conquering Nissan Qashqai. There’s also a new automatic gearbox thrown into the mix. Some models get a switchable four-wheel drive system. One press of a button on the centre console sends per cent of the car’s power to the rear wheels, while a second prod locks the centre diff and splits power 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 hese new 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 comforta le 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 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 y there’s a high chance that’s most of you. The range kicks off at while the range topping tested here is

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by Terry J Beebe

ventilation, enough perches and nest-boxes, and robust, secure construction – you don’t just want to keep the chickens in, you want to keep the foxes out! Having said that, you need to be able to move the henhouse from time to time as the soil on which it stands becomes fouled and soggy.

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Next, you need to decide how many birds you would like to keep. As a beginner you need to be sensible and start small. Depending on how much space you have, two to six is a good start and will supply enough eggs for the average family. Housing or such a small oc a henhouse measuring 6ft by 4ft will provide all the space the birds need, as long as they have an outside run and the house is just for sleeping. It certainly won’t be large enough if you have to keep the birds confined Buying a henhouse needs careful thought. A ready-built one can be expensive, but if you’re handy enough you can build your own. Whether readybuilt or home-made, it needs to be easy to access and maintain – that is, both chicken- and keeper-friendly. As well as access, check for good but not draughty

Suitable Breeds Chickens come in all shapes and sizes, which can be a bit confusing. But if you’re looking purely for egg-laying birds then commercial hybrids may be your best bet. Isa Brown, Black Rocks, White Star, Lomans, and Bluebell will all lay in good quantities for most of the year: an average of 300 eggs per bird isn’t out of the way. These hybrids are excellent as a starter bird, being both productive and quite easy to feed and keep. If you’d prefer something a little more special such as a pure breed chicken, though, then you need to track down a recognised breeder and get expert advice. There are some spectacular pure breeds that will still give you a good supply of eggs, although not as many as the hybrids. Look for breeds such as Rhode Island Red, Light Sussex, Barnavelder, Maran, and Wellsummer – all reasonably easy reeds and not too ighty Water A constant supply of clean, fresh water is absolutely central to your oc s well eing Chickens by and large are happy to drink out of a bucket, but a proper poultry font will keep their water cleaner and fresher.


Keep it outside the henhouse – if it’s left inside it can create damp which can easily lead to health problems – but it needs to be under cover to protect the water from wild bird droppings. And change the water every single day – something you need to remember at holiday times.

out the henhouse regularly (another thing to remember when you’re jetting off on holiday!) and use dry, dust-free shavings for the bedding – not straw. Straw gets damp very quickly and then goes mouldy, which is guaranteed to cause respiratory infections.

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Food A balanced feed is very important. It generally comes either in pellet or mash form and both should contain all the nutrients the birds need. You can, however, add extra vitamins and minerals and even cod liver oil to give them that extra boost. A small amount of wheat is quite good as an afternoon treat. General Maintenance Like all domestic animals, chickens need to be looked after. Cleanliness is essential to keep them disease-free and in good general health. Muck

Outside The chicken run also needs to be kept as clean and fresh as possible. It is very important that the birds are not running on soiled and sour ground. Giving the chickens’ outdoor area a good digging over from time to time helps keep it fresh. Insects here s uite a ariety of eas

and mites that will regard your chickens as free board and lodging, and some of them can cause loss of condition and even sickness. Control them with regular doses of goodquality powders and sprays. Chickens are beautiful and endlessly fascinating birds, and keeping them is a very rewarding pastime, with the fringe enefit of a steady supply of eggs. Why not give it a go?

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As Cassie walked up College Street she was accompanied by the unsettling feeling she had forgotten something. She was still in a bad mood with Mum for not allowing her to wear high heels, and Bethany for crying because she wasn’t invited to the party. Bethany was a strange kid. Her current obsessions were blowing out birthday candles and answering the phone. Cassie could tolerate the candle blowing, but the phone answering was too much, especially when a boy called for her. Mum encouraged Bethany, saying she was the perfect device for getting rid of both cold callers and boys. So Cassie had told Bethany that once you’re a teenager you don’t have candles anymore and Bethany had cried even louder and vowed never to become a teenager. The last thing Cassie heard as she slammed the front door was Mum saying, “One teenager in the house is quite enough, thank you”. Spots of rain splashed onto the pavement. She’d spent ages straightening her hair and now she was going to arrive at the party looking like an otter. With horror, she remembered what she had forgotten. She had borrowed Mum’s straighteners without asking and left them lying on her bedroom carpet; even worse, they were still switched on. The carpet would be melted. The straighteners would be ruined. Mum was going to be furious. Her life wouldn’t be 22

worth living. There had to be a way out of this. A devious thought crept into Cassie’s head. She had always forbidden Bethany from going in her bedroom but today she might make an exception. She pulled out her phone and dialled home. As expected, after a few rings, Bethany picked up. “Is Mum there?”. Cassie whispered. “No”. Bethany said. “Can you do me a favour?”. Cassie asked. “Okay”. Her four year old voice sounded even younger on the phone. “Go into my room and very carefully un-plug Mummy’s straighteners”. Even as she spoke Cassie knew this was a terrible idea. “I’ll bring you back some cake if you don’t tell Mum”. This bribe did not make her feel any better. “Mummy said I’ve got to stay in the lounge”. Bethany said. “Where is Mum?”. Cassie asked. “She’s in the loft”. Bethany answered. “What’s she doing up there?”. “She’s gone to get the candles”, Bethany said, “I’m allowed to blow them out later”. “Okay, so while she’s up there, sneak into my room”. Cassie continued. “No. I’m waiting for the candles”. Bethany insisted and hung up. Cassie stamped her feet in fury. The melting carpet

would be beginning to smell. Mum could discover the straighteners at any moment. Cassie looked at her watch. The party was about to start. She should turn off her phone, go to the party, and by the time she got home Mum might have calmed down. She would be grounded forever but at least she wouldn’t miss the party. She groaned, and looked down at her feet. Ten minutes later Cassie burst through her own front door. “Only me!”. She yelled, dashing upstairs, “Forgot something!”. he ic ed her edroom light on. The bulb had gone. Cassie cursed and dropped to her knees, feeling gingerly around on the carpet for the straighteners hen she finally closed her fingers around them they were completely cold. The carpet was undamaged. “The power’s been off since you left”. Mum called, “Do you want a candle?”. “No need!”. Cassie stealthily returned the straighteners to Mum’s dressing table and skipped back downstairs. She was out the front door, on her way to the party once more; grateful she wasn’t wearing high heels.


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"I see one of the most important aspects of being a Councillor as communication and it is my ambition to use all media channels to help inform residents of what the Council is working on on their behalf and at the same time to receive feedback about any concerns, ideas or thoughts residents may have that will help make all our lives better and more enjoyable."

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Resident and recently elected Conservative District Councillor for Iver & Richings Park, Paul Griffin.

One month, two Bank Holidays… Lovely! So what’s going on in and around Iver from a council perspective? Parish Council are gearing up for Party In The Park (5th July) which looks as though it will be an amazing day out for all the family with a host of new attractions, stalls, food outlets, a new bar setup (hurrah) and an arena for various displays all culminating in an evening ‘Boy Band’ sound-alike and brilliant fireworks. If we get a nice day like last year it will be fantastic. Contact Parish Council if you need more details or if you have some time to volunteer helping. More info at www.partyintheparkiver.org The most recent ‘Over 60’s Tea Party’ at The Pavilion was very well attended and I think everyone enjoyed Reg’s music. The next one is on May 9th so come out and have a nice cuppa and a natter. Tea, Coffee, Biscuits, Cake & Sandwiches are all provided without charge to Iver seniors who will also be able to talk to Firemen about safety in the home and our Local Area Technicians (Zoe and Rob) about pavements, crossings or anything else about the local infrastructure that is causing concern. Parents might also be interested to know about a whole string of activities being organised at Evreham for youngsters of all ages during the summer break. Contact Evreham for further information. County Council is organising a new bus stop at the Crooked Billet end of the A412 (both sides of the road) so that people can more easily visit the Parks without having to drive or worry about parking. That should all be sorted out this year and will enable access to and from Slough. County are also spending about £1.7m on a County-wide pavement refurbishment program and I know Councillor Luisa Sullivan (Iver Heath) has been asking which ones might be considered as priority in Iver Heath. If you have thoughts please let your District or Parish Councillor know and they can feed back into the County system. Finally, if you’ve got your BBQ hat on please be careful and make sure that your chicken is cooked all the way through! If you’re planning trips out please don’t leave anything on show in your car. our Police are being stretched by attending the scenes of these petty and annoying crimes which can largely be avoided. Don’t think ‘Nobody would bother to steal that…’ They will! Have a fabulous couple of Bank Holidays. Please do not hesitate to contact any of your Councillors if we can be of assistance or find us on Facebook.

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by Kate McLelland

For many years, archaeology has been a passion of mine. Not actually doing it, you understand, but viewing endless TV documentaries on ancient Egypt and Rome and obsessively following various series of “Time Team”. Last year I moved to the countryside and decided to turn my interest into a hobby. I fantasised about standing in the middle of a field with muddy knees and earth-caked hands, having just discovered a stunning mosaic oor Without doubt I had the enthusiasm to be an amateur archaeologist, but how could I get involved? When I discovered that our local archaeological group was about to meet, I was determined to go. Unfortunately the day of the meeting was damp, cold and windy: as I trudged along I found myself looking forward to taking my seat in a warm, dry church hall. This reaction to a bit of rain made me wonder if I would be feeling so enthusiastic if, instead of a aiming for a brightly lit hall, I was heading off to spend long hours in a muddy field Once inside the hall, I sat and listened to a members of the group speak eloquently about

their particular archaeological passions. Each talk was accompanied by a carefully prepared laptop presentation, with photographs, maps and information. There was even a quiz on local historical sites: my dismal score reminded me why I had come to the meeting in the first place When the presentations ended was eager to find out more about the society. I was told that sessions mostly comprised of talks by interesting guest speakers, but for more active members there would be a chance to go on field wal s which ta e place in the winter when vegetation has died back. With farmers’ permission, walkers examine the earth for signs of pottery ints and other finds pparently there is quite a good success rate for these random discoveries, provided the group knows where to look. y law all finds elong to the owner of the land on which the field wal ta es place and an official agreement etween landowner and searcher is often put in place to determine who keeps the items that are found. It is recommended that all finds e recorded with the orta le nti uities cheme

www finds org u he scheme encourages finders to record their discoveries with a local inds iaison fficer who will enter the items onto a database for researchers to study and the public to view. Unfortunately, opportunities to get involved with digs taking place on established archaeological sites are extremely limited, although some of the larger societies do manage to get some hands-on e perience ites must e o erseen y ualified professional archaeologists to ensure that all finds are properly investigated, recorded and preserved, so the chances for enthusiastic amateurs like me to get involved will always be limited. s sat in the hall at the end of the meeting finishing a cup of tea and chatting to a large group of enthusiastic, knowledgeable people, I felt that was among old friends. It occurred to me that there was enjoyment to be had in simply listening to people who are passionate about their subject. Call me an armchair archaeologist, but there’s a lot to be said for hearing about other people’s discoveries, particularly when it’s cold and rainy outside!


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You’re probably all too aware that you need to look after your skin if you want to stay looking younger for longer – but have you ever thought that you might need to age-proof your hair as well? Hair, like skin, suffers two types of ageing: extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic ageing is the effect of everything that your locks are exposed to, like heat-styling, sun damage, and colouring. Intrinsic ageing comes from below the scalp and reveals the signs that your hair is past its prime: reduction in melanin, decline in sebum production, and a change in hair diameter. What that means is that greys start to appear, the shine starts to disappear, and your hair loses its bounce. Hair growth also begins to slow over the years, so it’s harder to achieve the length you loved when you were younger. Ageing a natural process, but there’s plenty you can do to slow it down. 2

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

salon. The opinion of someone who doesn’t already know you and your hair can result in a fantastic new look. 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 lunt 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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heating or perhaps a dual basins? Moving existing plumbing will be expensive but if the oorplan of your current bathroom really isn’t working for you, this cost could be worth it in the long run.

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The best hotel bathrooms are superbly planned to make the most of what is often a small space and they offer efficiency and indulgence from under oor heating to tactile taps, monsoon showerheads to gleaming glass. And that’s not even to mention the most attering of lighting schemes and the uffiest of uffy towels ll this and more is why we find it so pleasurable to stay in a hotel. By taking some of the essential elements that we have outlined below, you too can transform a boring room into a true bathing beauty.

Planning

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

athroom oors must be non-slip, easy to clean and comfortable underfoot and most importantly, 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 e pensi e comes in a ast range of colours and patterns. If you want to go green, think am oo which loo s similar to timber, but loves humidity; natural ru er a aila le in gorgeous textures and colours; cor which now comes in a range of fashionable shades; and linoleum made from renewable resources.

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Great storage is just as important in a bathroom as any other room in the house; sometimes even more so. Fitted storage, either from a bathroom supplier or made for you by a joiner is ideal if you can afford it. Alternatively, 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

Lighting

Give your bathroom a boost with a new lighting scheme. lways use fittings designed for wet and steamy conditions, and combine task lights (for shaving and putting on makeup) with general background light. Downlights set into the ceiling are a great start, or else ceiling tracks with directional spotlights, which are ine pensi e to fit f 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.

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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 ust 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

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. alcium deficiency can ma e 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.


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• 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 eep it dar - 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

you’ll forget something important for tomorrow? Download your brain by jotting them down on paper or typing them into a Smartphone/ PC to-do list. This can be therapeutic for worries as well, particularly if you can write a possible positive action beside them. • Have A Warm (Not Hot) Bath Before Bed - Try some relaxing bath oils, too. • Try not to worry about it It’s easier said than done, but try not to let a lack of sleep become a worry, or it could start a vicious circle. If you can’t sleep, leave the bedroom and do something absorbing but calm: read a magazine or do a jigsaw until you feel sleepy.

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The Reward of Perseverance 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’.

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.

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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.

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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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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. Film Walk Thurs 29th May, 2pm-3pm Langley Park Café £5 adult; £3 child; £4 cons; £14 family a great chance to see some of the locations in Langley park that have been featured in popular films and view screen shots from the productions.

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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

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may EvEnts continued 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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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.

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

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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,

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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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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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 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 urface- 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 og 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 e isited y dragon ies or may ies irds 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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Next, you need to decide how many birds you would like to keep. As a beginner you need to be sensible and start small. Depending on how much space you have, two to six is a good start and will supply enough eggs for the average family. Housing or such a small oc a henhouse measuring 6ft by 4ft will provide all the space the birds need, as long as they have an outside run and the house is just for sleeping. It certainly won’t be large enough if you have to keep the birds confined Buying a henhouse needs careful thought. A ready-built one can be expensive, but if you’re handy enough you can build your own. Whether readybuilt or home-made, it needs to be easy to access and maintain – that is, both chicken- and keeper-friendly. As well as access, check for good but not draughty

Suitable Breeds Chickens come in all shapes and sizes, which can be a bit confusing. But if you’re looking purely for egg-laying birds then commercial hybrids may be your best bet. Isa Brown, Black Rocks, White Star, Lomans, and Bluebell will all lay in good quantities for most of the year: an average of 300 eggs per bird isn’t out of the way. These hybrids are excellent as a starter bird, being both productive and quite easy to feed and keep. If you’d prefer something a little more special such as a pure breed chicken, though, then you need to track down a recognised breeder and get expert advice. There are some spectacular pure breeds that will still give you a good supply of eggs, although not as many as the hybrids. Look for breeds such as Rhode Island Red, Light Sussex, Barnavelder, Maran, and Wellsummer – all reasonably easy reeds and not too ighty Water A constant supply of clean, fresh water is absolutely central to your oc s well eing Chickens by and large are happy to drink out of a bucket, but a proper poultry font will keep their water cleaner and fresher.


Keep it outside the henhouse – if it’s left inside it can create damp which can easily lead to health problems – but it needs to be under cover to protect the water from wild bird droppings. And change the water every single day – something you need to remember at holiday times. Food A balanced feed is very important. It generally comes either in pellet or mash form and both should contain all the nutrients the birds need. You can, however, add extra vitamins and minerals and even cod liver oil to give them that extra boost. A small amount of wheat is quite good as an afternoon treat. General Maintenance Like all domestic animals, chickens need to be looked after. Cleanliness is essential to keep them disease-free and in good general health. Muck

out the henhouse regularly (another thing to remember when you’re jetting off on holiday!) and use dry, dust-free shavings for the bedding – not straw. Straw gets damp very quickly and then goes mouldy, which is guaranteed to cause respiratory infections. Outside The chicken run also needs to be kept as clean and fresh as possible. It is very important that the birds are not running on soiled and sour ground. Giving the chickens’ outdoor area a good digging over from time to time helps keep it fresh. Insects here s uite a ariety of eas

and mites that will regard your chickens as free board and lodging, and some of them can cause loss of condition and even sickness. Control them with regular doses of goodquality powders and sprays. Chickens are beautiful and endlessly fascinating birds, and keeping them is a very rewarding pastime, with the fringe enefit of a steady supply of eggs. Why not give it a go?


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One of the most valuable pieces of advice that I’ve ever been given was from an old vet who said, “Just remember Martin, before you go looking for complicated solutions to unlikely problems, that common things occur commonly”.

This could apply to some of the headline problems that have apparently been befalling our pets recently. Of course, if we believed everything in the news the end of the world is nigh but, scare stories sell news, things occurring commonly is boring. So, looking at Seasonal Canine Illness (SCI) - if you believed the hype - you would only have to take your dog for a walk in the woods and it would instantly contract fatal gastro-enteritis. That’s bad enough but now there’s Alabama Rot. This dramatic sounding disease is apparently once again caught mysteriously from walking the dog in the woods and ends in extremities falling off and the dog dying of kidney failure. The cause of both of these conditions is unknown, so a means of prevention or specific treatment is equally impossible to state. One recent headline condition we do know about is TB. Again the scaremongers will have you believe that your cat (or dog) is going to pick up TB from rats, mice, badgers or whatever, and pass it on to you and your family with dire consequences. TB is difficult to diagnose in cats and dogs although we know what it is and when we find it an we can treat it. However, the one thing in common with all these conditions is that they are not common, indeed they are so rare that I’ve never seen a case of any of them in 38 years as a vet. So, there is no need to worry about walking your dogs in the woods or taking specific precaution provided you take your dog to the vet if it cuts itself on a walk or shows signs of illness afterwards. SCI and Alabama Rot are so unlikely that they’re not worth thinking about. TB is a real world problem and clusters of this disease in cats do occur albeit very, very rarely. However, the point of all this is that by focusing on the

extremely rare we may forget that piece of advice that my old vet gave me, and not deal with problems which are constant, like regular flea and worm control, feeding a correct diet, having regular vaccinations and looking after your pets’ teeth – there’s a 90% chance your pet has some form of dental disease and you don’t know about it. Finally, a shameless promotion of my book which has just been published - ‘A Test of Patients’. It is an irreverent take on veterinary practice with some of my experiences, anecdotes, musings and few oddball patients, quirkily illustrated by one of my daughters. It is £8 and all profit goes to charity. It is available from the clinic, ordering by email to stmartinsvet@gconnect.com or on Kindle.

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flowers & gardening... iver flower Club The Coppins Room, Iver Village Hall, Grange Way, Iver, SL0 9HW. Meets 4th Thursday of month, 7.30pm. Call Jayne on 07730 249876. Visit: www.bbando.org.uk/clubs/iver

iver Heath garden & allotment Club Iver Heath Village Hall. Every 2nd Monday of the month at 8pm. Call Barbara Thompson Programme Secretary 01895 235213. Contact email address is Ann McCullough Secretary amcc100@gmail.com Hobbies... bobbin lace Making group Every Thu 7.30pm at Southlands House, The Green, Swan Road, West Drayton. Call Julie 020 8897 9368 or Margaret 01895 851349 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 Chinese 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 inland waterways association 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... adults Zumba Classes Running on Wednesdays 6-7pm at Iver Heath Village Hall, Saint Margaret's Close.  Call Diane on 07926 854184 bagot stack (fitness league) Term Time Only. Vyners School, UB10 8AB on Tue 7.30 - 8.30pm. Also in Windsor Monday & Thursday.

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the Evreham Sports Centre, Iver. Call 01753 672610 for details.

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ballet Classes Iver Heath Village Hall, Friday 4.457pm. Call L Killian 01753 814280

bokwa fitness tone & Core The latest craze - hits all your fitness targets in one - 07771 872592 learningmoves@hotmail.co.uk

Children's Zumba (Zumbatomic) Classes Wednesdays at 3.30-5.30pm at Iver Heath Village Hall, Saint Margaret's Close. Call Diane on 07926 854184

futunity Street Dance and Hip Hop for children age 7-11 years. Fri's from 4-9pm call Cheryl on 01753 651754 or email childcare@ivercommunity.org Modern Jive Classes Monday 8-11pm at West Drayton Community Centre Tuesday & Thursday 8-11pm at Uxbridge Civic Centre Beginners Welcome – First Night Entry & Free Lifetime membership with this listing. Contact Alan: 0208 933 4350 or 07860 250961 www.clubceroc.com email: alanandsue@clubceroc.com donna’s keep fit Iver Heath Village Hall. Call Donna 01753 674945. Tue 9.45-10.45am evreham adult learning Centre Please call 0845 045 4040 to book any of the following… Gentle Exercise 60+ Tue 10-11am and Fri 13.3014.30 Gentle Yoga Wed 13.30-14.30. All classes suitable for beginners to inter-mediate level. Cost £50 for 10 weeks. Fully qualified Exercise To Music Instructor. fitness Club St Catherine School, Money Lane, West Drayton, UB7 7NX. Thu 6-7pm Circuits, Fitness and Boxercise. £5 a class. Shaun Thompson, 07906 087749 www.tauruspt.co.uk Hour of Power - Ultimate workout Wednesdays 7pm and Fridays 6pm at

iver Heath drama Club Meet every Wednesday at Iver Heath New Village Hall between 7.45pm & 10pm. Contact Matt Streuli email: matt@ihdc.co.uk or www.ihdc.co.uk

Jazzercise Classes New Denham Community Centre Monday 9.30am-10.30am and Tuesday 6.45pm-7.45pm. Wednesday and Friday 10-11am Denham Village Memorial Hall Village Road, Denham, Bucks. Thursday 6.30-7.30pm. Contact Wendy Whitefoord, Tel: 07803 602142 or email: wendy.whitefoord@btinternet.com www.jazzercise.com ladies only kickboxing Club Wednesdays, 6.30-8.00pm at Watts Hall, Redford Way, Uxbridge, UB8 1SZ. First Class FREE! Just turn up or call Instructor Leanne Phillips on 07518 848285 email: leanne @kickboxing-longdon.co.uk www.kickboxing-london.co.uk

line dancing Tuesday 7.30-10pm, Iver Village Hall. All ability levels welcome. £5, £2 kids. Call Stephanie 07958 643307 nordic walking & wellbeing Explore our borough’s green spaces . with all round exercise in the open air, 4 week courses various days and locations pre booking essential contact 07771872592 / learningmoves@hotmailco.uk Personal training Looking for some extra help to get fit & into shape? For more info and prices call Rachel on 07745 622011 Pilates Every Monday at 8.15-9.15pm at the Evreham Sports Centre, Iver. Call 01753 672610 for details. Pilates Iver Heath Village Hall on Thurs 7pm8pm call Mrs S Webb 01923 721335 continued overleaf...


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keep-fit, dance & drama continued... pilates class St Peters Centre, Iver. Tuesday 7-8pm. Julie Hall 07976 966 583

pinewood fitness The Fitness Room, Pinewood Studios, Pinewood Road, Iver Heath, Sl0 0NH. Mon 20.00-21.00, Wed 19.30-20.30. Booking only. Various Fitness Circuits, Boxercise, Gym Work. £5 a class. Shaun Thompson, 07906 087749 www.tauruspt.co.uk richings players Perform three plays each year usually at Iver Village Hall. If you would like to become a member call Adrian on 01753 652843 or www.richingsplayers.com tap dance Mondays 7.30-8.30pm at Meadows Community Centre, West Drayton. Adult Beginner/Intermediate tap. No exams. Contact 01895 420409 / learningmoves@hotmail.co.uk taurus circuits Pinewood Studio. With Personal Trainer Shaun. Monday 8pm-9pm Booking only 07906 087749 tai chi classes Every Saturday 10-11am, Yiewsley Methodist Church, Fairfield Road, UB7 8EY. Call Dan 07880 601429 toddler & Junior fitness fun Held at the Evreham Sports Centre, Iver. Call 01753 672610 for details. Junior Spinning - Mon 6-6.45pm Parent & Baby morning every Monday 9.30am-11am Junior Trampolining every Wednesday 4.15pm -5.15pm Toddler Trampolining every Thursday 9.30-10am and 10-10:30am Game Zone - Sat 10.30am-12:30pm Yoga Iver Heath Village Hall Mon 6.30-7.45pm Jonathan Bell 07790 682238 ZumBa ® fitness classes Mon & Thurs 7-8pm. St Peters Centre,

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Rehearsals on Thursday evening at St Andrews Centre, Rogers Lane, Stoke Poges from 8pm. Come along to a rehearsal or contact Naomi on 07831 217575 or Cheryl on 01753 655682. www.stoke-poges-singers.org

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faraday country music club in Slough SL2 1RN. Join us for the best live Country Music every Thursday for listeners, western partners, freestyle or line dancers. From 8-11pm. Contact Deb 07986 050742. www.faradaycountry.co.uk the Windsor & district Big Bands appreciation society Meet on 2nd Wed of each month at 7.30pm, Datchet Hall, Horton Rd, Datchet. Meetings feature the music of the big bands of the 40s & 50s Swing era. Two recitals from records, tapes & CDs, along with a raffle and sometimes a live band. If you like to reminisce, do come along and join us! Contact Derek Verrier on 01753 654398 signature a cappella singers We meet on a Monday night at Iver Heath Village Hall, St Margaret’s Close, Iver Heath SLO 0DQ. Time 7.45-10.30 with  a ten minute break for a cup of tea, a chat and a biscuit. If you enjoy singing or would like to find out more about us, please come along to watch us one evening or visit www.signaturesingers.com stoke poges singers A friendly four-part choir with about forty members singing a wide variety of music during the year. New members are always welcome and there are no auditions. The ability to read music is not essential.

Yiewsley & West drayton Band Rehearse every Wednesday and Friday 8-10pm 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

Yiewsley & West drayton training Band This is open to all ages wanting to learn to play a brass instrument or those of you wanting to 'brush up' your skills. Rehearse every Wed during term time 6.45-7.45pm at St. Matthew's School, Yiewsley. Contact Abi on 07985 302 856 or emailtraining@ywdband.com pets... iver dog training club Meet Tuesday & Friday 6.30-9pm, St Andrews Church, Richings Park. Call Diana 01753 732907 pre-school & kids groups... french for children with La Jolie Ronde, 5-11yrs. In Iver, Saturdays. Call Estelle 07831 779888 rainbow guides Iver Heath Scout Hut on Tuesday, 5.30-6.30pm. Call Cindy Gordon 01753 795724 or Tracey Glynn 01895 469804 richings park pre-school St Leonard's Hall, St Leonard's Walk, Richings Park Iver, SL0 9DD. Monday to Friday 9.15am-12.15pm Extended days on Tue, Wed and Fri until 2.15pm.  15 hours funding available for 3-4 year olds per week. 2yr old funding. Call Liz on 07712477848.

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pre-school & kids groups continued... shooting stars pre-school An innovative pre-school setting for children aged two-five years open from 7.00am – 6.00pm Monday – Friday. Iver Village Hall, High Street, Iver, SL0 9NW. Call Rafia on 01753 651754 or email childcare@ivercommunity.org   slough sea cadets Parade nights on Monday and Thursday 19.30-21.30 at Langley Pavillion, Langley Road, Slough, SL3 8BS. Male & Female Junior Cadets (age 10-12 yrs) and Cadets (age 1218 yrs). Fees £2 per week, courses from £5 for a weekend. Visit us on Facebook, pop-in or email: sloughseacadets@yahoo.co.uk sticky Fingers Mothers & toddlers Iver Heath Village Hall, Wed 9.3011.30am. Call Janet Beale 01753 652375 the launchpad A breakfast club for children aged 511 and after school club for Infants. We also offer holiday play schemes. Iver Village Hall, High Street, Iver, SL0 9NW. Call Cheryl on 01753 651754 childcare@ivercommunity.org  the pod An after school club for Junior school children combining childcare with specialist educational activities. Iver Village Junior School, High Street, Iver, SL0 9QA. Call Cheryl on 01753 651754 or email: childcare@ivercommunity.org  tiny talk Baby signing classes Tuesday classes at St Mary’s Church Hall, High Street, Harefield UB9 6BX, 10am, price £5 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,

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10.30am, price £5.00 pre-paid per family. Please call Bev Meier to book 01895 824935 or 0781 8025993 tiny toes childcare An inspirational full day care nursery for children aged six weeks to five years open from 8.00am – 6.00pm Monday – Friday. Evreham Centre, Swallow Street, Iver, SL0 0HS. Call Susan on 01753 655650 tinytoes@ivercommunity.org selF deFence... close Quarter combat Based in Richings Park. Specialising in speed, strength and conditioning training. All types of pad work combinations. Suitable for Men and Women of all ages. 1-2-1 sessions. Call Mark 07525 366126 email: mj.wilding@hotmail.com karate (Adults & children) Iver Heath Village Hall on Tues & Thurs. Kids 7pm-8pm, Adults 8pm9.30pm. Call Sensei R. Baker 07898 946330. karate club of denham / uxbridge For ages 5 years and up. Sunday 9.15-11am at New Denham Community Centre, Oxford Road. Wednesday 5-7pm at The Greenway, Uxbridge. Call Dominic on 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 7.30-8.30, Sunday 5.30-6.30. West Drayton Community Centre, Harmondsworth Road, UB7 9JL. Contact Ella: 07702 479 435 or email: sportsclubuk@gmail.com Martial Arts Bujinkan kuri dojo Unit 21 Bridgeworks, UB8 2JG Tel: 07878 471124. Training: Sun 10.30-12.30pm, Tue 8-10pm, Thu 8.30-10pm www.bujinkankuridojo.co.uk

selF help... Alcoholics Anonymous Every Sunday, 7.30pm at St Leonards Hall, St Leonards Walk, Richings Park, Iver, SL0 9DD. Contact Howard on 07816 315688 "if alcohol is costing you more than money, you should meet us" slimming World Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm Evreham Sports Centre, Iver Heath Contact: Jo 07432 107089 sociAl groups... coffee shop At St Margarets Church, Church Rd, Iver Heath. Wed 10.45-11.45am. Enjoy a coffee and a chat in a friendly, informal atmosphere. damsels in success A group coaching experience for women. Ruislip Golf Club on the first Wed of the month at 10am. Call Ann to reserve a space 01753 655308 heathway ladies group Every second Tues of the month at 2pm. You’re welcome as a visitor at the cost of £1.50, as we have a waiting list. Contact Secretary Tricia Cooper 01753 817749 or e: tricia.cooper3@virginmedia.com iver & district countryside Assoc., If you enjoy walks in the country and social evenings, why not join us? Call Paul Graham 01753 655183 iver evening Women’s institute Iver Village Hall, meets 2nd Monday of month, 7.30pm. Call Margaret 01753 653751 for details. iver heath ladies Meet on the 1st Monday of the month (exc. BHs). At 2pm in the Community Room, Iver Heath Village Hall. Call Pat Roberts 01753 647674 or email: pat@roberts3011.orange home.co.uk  continued overleaf...


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women of all ages. Please call Seema on 07730 898635 or email seema@seema.co.uk to find out more

nordic Walking taster session iver Starts Wednesday 30th January, 10am-11am, £5 at Evreham Sports Centre, Swallow Street, Iver, Bucks, SL0 0HS. Session is £5 with poles included. If you would like to book onto the course or require more details call the Evreham Sports Centre on 01753 672 610.

iver Heath community library The library is open on Tuesday 10am-1pm & 2pm-5pm Thursday 10am-1pm & 2pm-7pm Saturday 10am-1pm We hope that people from all three local areas will join with us to preserve this important local resource. Membership is free. Many of the facilities are free including internal and external advertising features that can be used for local charity events. For details contact us or, alternatively, come to one of our free monthly coffee and cake mornings and discuss with us in person. Tel: 0845 2303232 email: lib-ivh@buckscc.gov.uk

darts Richings Park Sports & Social Club Wellesley Avenue. Men & Women Players. Tuesday & Thursday Nights. Call Gerry 07957 804204

King's Friends A group of older men and women enjoying life. Contact 01753 651178 for our latest programme.

Fencing for 8-14 years Saturdays 9.30-10.30am at the Evreham Sports Centre, Iver. Call 01753 672610

probus club of langley & iver is always looking for new members, we meet for lunch at the Richings Park Sports Club on the last Tuesday of the month (except Dec).  We are friendly and attract retired persons of both sexes who usually are from a professional background although there is nothing rigid about background.  We normally have a speaker and cover a very wide range of interests. Contact any member for more info or the Secretary on 01753 653571

iver Heath tennis club Church Road, Iver Heath, Bucks. SL0 0RW. New members always welcome, adults and juniors, visit our website for details www.ihltc.co.uk or call John Stephenson 01895 441033

richings park ladies Badminton club Meet at St. Andrews Church Hall, North Park, Iver. Every Monday 24pm except Bank Holidays. Intermediate standard of playing. Call Daphne Wood 01753 653404 for details.

iver Heath Bowls club Interested in playing bowls? Ring Brian Carter 01753 817794 or Hon. Sec. Betty Hemsley 01753 651775

richings park short Mat Bowls Richings Park Sports & Social Club Wellesley Avenue. Wed from 4pm. Just turn up - equipment provided.

iver short Mat Bowls We are open on Wednesdays 2-5pm & 5-10pm in Iver Village Hall, experience not necessary. Age 18yrs+. Cal Bob 01753 654049 or Ron 01753 819644 or Mary 01753  654765

run for life Richings park running and fitness club. Richings park sports club Mon and Thu 6-7pm. With Personal trainer Shaun - sessions includes running, circuits, boxing and various other exercises. Call 07906 087749.

iver Veterans golf society For men and women over 60. We meet every Tuesday morning at Iver Golf Club. Handicap not necessary. Regular competitions held at Iver and other courses. You do not need to be a member of Iver Golf Club, just come along and play and make some new friends. Special rates for IVGS members. Contact: 01753 654246

running club For Advanced, Intermediate and Beginner. Runs organised in the local area. Free of charge, chance to train with other runners at your level.  Call 01753 677 604 for further details.

the rotary club of langley & iver Meets on Thurs evenings 6.45 for 7pm, Richings Park Golf Club. North Park. Iver. SL0 9DL 01753 655370. We are a small friendly club that welcomes everyone, from all walks of life. If you are interested in improving the lives of others and have fun doing it, visit www.rotarylangleyandiver.org. uk or email: akahold@hotmail.com  Women’s social group Social group for women in West London. Looking to expand your social group and make new friends? We meet regularly for coffee, a chat and organised trips and welcome

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sport... Back school Small Osteopath lead rehab excercise sessions designed to help strengthen the back with lots of self care advice. Held at Lotus Wellbeing Clinic call 01753 677 604 for further details.

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


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