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If you’ve ever been refused credit, you’ll already know how demoralising it is to be held back in life. Being unable to buy your first house or a new car is bad enough but poor scores don’t just hurt your ability to borrow money. You’ll need a credit card to hire a car and your score will be checked before you can take out a mobile phone agreement. A poor rating even make insurance can premiums  more expensive. However, there are steps you can take to improve the situation, and they all start with checking your credit file. Credit reports contain details such as past and current borrowing, late or missed payments, County Court Judgements and bankruptcy information.

How to access your credit file

Three main credit reference agencies exist in the UK – Equifax, Experian and CallCredit. Equifax and Experian offer a 30-day free trial (but be aware you will be charged if you don’t cancel within 30 days) or just £2 for a statutory report. CallCredit provide free access for life. It’s advisable to obtain credit reports from all three agencies 

to get a complete picture of your situation.

Why you should make the effort to check your credit report

It pays to check your credit file at least once a year for a number of reasons: • Lenders can make mistakes which you may be able to rectify • An overall view of historic and current borrowing is provided • The chances of identity theft are reduced • Control of finances is significantly improved For those looking to buy their own property, a good credit rating can quite literally hold the key to the door.

Are repairs to your credit file necessary – or even possible?

Lots of options exist to boost your credit rating, and taking several small actions adds up to a big improvement over time. It’s important to remember that having no credit file at all can also hold you back. Young people just starting work are often penalised because they can’t demonstrate their ability to make regular repayments on time, and find themselves

in a ‘Catch-22’ situation. Below are some easily implemented short-term fixes, whether you have a credit history or are brand new borrowers: • Cancel all unused credit cards by writing to the provider and cutting up the card. • Make sure you are on the electoral register – this action alone has a significant effect on your ability to obtain credit, as lenders can identify you and reduce the chances of fraud. • Stop applying for credit for a while, or space out your applications. • Ensure that a landline phone number is included in your file, rather than just a mobile number. • Check that all information is indeed correct, including any late repayments and outstanding loan amounts mentioned. • ‘Unlink’ yourself from a former partner – if they have a poor credit rating it also affects yours.

Long-term plans for a good credit rating

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For those with no existing credit rating, the only way to demonstrate financial responsibility may be to apply for a high interest credit card with a low limit. High interest, low limit credit cards Cards such as these are known as ‘credit-builder’ cards, and as long as you make payments on time for a minimum of six months, they allow you to build a good credit file. Don’t forget to stay within your credit limit or this will automatically trigger alerts with the card provider, damaging your credit rating. The interest rates on these cards can be eye-watering though, with APRs of up to 39.9% not unusual, but if it’s only used for small purchases and then paid off in full, you won’t be affected. ‘Credit-builder’ prepaid

cards This type of card involves signing an agreement for a small loan – typically around £60 – which is then repaid at £5 per month. Twelve loan repayments successfully made on time are then recorded on your file. Similarly, if you have a mobile phone contract, no payment defaults will lead to a good credit score over time. Being aware of how your actions influence future decisions by lenders is the first step towards developing a positive credit rating. An existing credit score can be improved by understanding which criteria are important to lending institutions. Lending criteria A long employment history, living in one place for a long time as a homeowner, and a significant period with the

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same bank, all contribute towards a positive credit report. Payment defaults of more than three consecutive months can be a problem. If you can pay off some or all of the arrears, however, the lender may agree to remove the default notice, although this isn’t guaranteed. The cost of not keeping an eye on your credit file is high. At best it is a temporary inconvenience. At worst it affects your ability to invest in property, which has a knockon effect for the rest of your life.

Your credit score is set on how you use credit. If you don’t use credit at all, you may have a poor score even if you are in a well-paid job and have savings.

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Beauty Beach Ready Beauty

By Helen Taylor methodically, covering every inch of your skin evenly. Don’t forget you are likely to need help to do your back.

and remember to re-apply after swimming. And use a nourishing balm for your lips too.

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You’ve been toning up and getting into shape for months, ready to flaunt your bikini body on the beach. So, now your holiday is just around the corner, it’s time plan your holiday beauty routine.

Fake it First Winter pale skin does not look great in a bikini, so you’ll need to fake the golden glow. Head to the beauty salon (for best results) or to the shops (if on a budget) and prepare your skin. Thorough exfoliation is key and it’s best done the night before. Concentrate on those areas prone to dryness like knees, ankles and elbows. Allow at least 24 hours between waxing and tanning. If you tan too soon after waxing your pores and hair follicles will still be open and you may find that the product builds up leaving you with dark dots. Be really generous with your moisturiser and put plenty on your knees, elbows and feet. If you are going for the DIY option, don a pair of latex gloves, squeeze a dollop of fake tan on to your hand and then work quickly and 

Heavenly Hair If your hair is a bit dry, or has splitends, a couple of weeks in the sun and in sea-water or chlorinated pools will make the matter far worse. Book a trim before you head off.

At the poolside, slather a leavein conditioner onto your hair. This will help to protect against sun damage and will leave your locks looking thoroughly shiny, as the heat makes the product even more effective. Always rinse your tresses with fresh water after swimming in the sea or pool. Both salt and chlorine will really dry your hair out. If your hair is long enough keep it pinned up during the day and preferably covered up too. Not only will this protect your hair, put it will also protect your head which can easily burn along a parting line. Sumptuous Skin The three important steps which you should follow at home are cleanse, tone and moisturise, and it’s even more important on holiday. Regularly apply and re-apply sunscreen. Ensuring that your entire body is protected against damaging UV rays is a must. Use a high factor,

Wear a large hat on the beach. Not only will you look chic, you’ll also be protecting the delicate skin on your face too. Always apply after-sun lotion. A long day on the beach calls for plenty of after-sun when you get back to the hotel. Minimal Make-Up Keep make-up light in the day by swapping a fullcoverage foundation with a tinted moisturiser. Cover imperfections with a little concealer. Wear one coat of quality waterproof mascara on your top lashes for definition. Better still, arrange a trip to your beauty salon for an eyelash and eyebrow tint before you jet off. A peachy coloured blush will look fabulous with bronzed skin and is much better than pink hues which only serve to add more redness to already flushed cheeks. Unhealthy hangover Drink plenty of water each day, more if you’re out in the hot sun for long periods of time. Of course you are on holiday so if you do indulge in cocktails and beers, try to alternate each alcoholic drink with water.


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 Ten years ago, 48% of British households had access to the internet and six years before that, a mere 9% had the ability to get on line. Last year some 83% of households were connected and 72% of adults accessed the internet every day; clearly the digital age is proceeding full steam ahead. The way that we get online has also changed markedly over the last decade or so. In 2013, 61% of the population accessed the internet on the go via a mobile device, compared to 24% in 2010 and virtually none in 2005. At the turn of the century, the majority of the 20% of households that could get online did so via a dialup connection; now over 99% of them use broadband. Broadband itself is evolving rapidly; 42% of connections were made using super fast fibre optic in 2013, up 12% in just one year. This reflects the massive investment now being made by the likes of BT and Virgin Media in fibre optic infrastructure. The development in both capability and availability of mobile connections has been equally rapid. The original 2G connections were painfully slow where they could be made at all. 3G was a step change improvement, even allowing users to stream live video as they walked up the street. 4G is another great leap forward, significantly faster than conventional broadband. But what about the 17% of households that have no form of internet access? The government has a vision of universal access within a fairly short timeframe so the Office of National Statistics has been doing some research into these households. They found that 59% neither needed nor wanted internet access; they are effectively opting out of the digital age. However, the remaining 41% are more of a concern; they would like to have internet access but there are obstacles preventing them from doing so. Twenty percent simply don’t have the computer skills necessary to get online and around 13% are put off by the costs of either a computer or broadband rental. The figures suggest 

that up to 5% of households cannot get broadband at all, either because they don’t have a phone line or their existing line is not broadband enabled. The situation is much worse where mobile access is concerned because it is dependent on mobile phone coverage. All the main networks have near universal coverage in urban areas, but in rural areas the level of coverage is very much dependent on the network provider; there are large areas of the country that have no coverage at all. So, how far away are we from the dream of universal access? For starters, we should discount the 10% of households that are not online because they don’t want to be – you can’t force people to surf the net. Many of the 3.5% of people who lack the IT skills to get online are contained within the 10% who see no need to do so and most of them are over the age of 60; time and demographics will chisel away at their numbers. The cost of broadband subscriptions and computers continues to fall steadily; eventually, virtually everyone will be able to afford internet access. A story that has got a lot of coverage in the press of late concerns plans by both Google and Facebook to use pilotless drones to beam the internet into inaccessible areas where a conventional broadband infrastructure simply does not exist. These huge unmanned aerial vehicles will circle 60,000 feet above the earth. Powered by solar energy, they will be able to stay aloft for months at a time and on board will be what is, effectively, the mother of all wireless routers. The technology already exists in the main; a bigger problem will be getting the approval of whatever aviation authority runs the airspace of the country being broadcast to. To answer the question posed in the title, there will soon be internet access for everyone who wants it.


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By Alison Runham www.alison.runham.co.uk

swelling, stiffness and reduced joint movement, particularly after resting, and often grinding or crunching sensations when moving a joint. Diagnosis Symptoms alone aren’t enough to diagnose osteoarthritis, as they can resemble symptoms of other joint conditions. An xray is usually required and sometimes an arthroscopy will be performed. This involves the insertion of an instrument called an arthroscope into a small incision near the joint, to check for damage in the joint space.

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An arthroscope contains fibre optics which act as both light source and camera. Arthroscopies are usually done under general anaesthetic but may be performed under a local or spinal anaesthetic. A blood test, MRI scan or joint aspiration (removal of a small amount of joint fluid for analysis) may be used to rule out other types of arthritis. Am I at risk of osteoarthritis? Sometimes osteoarthritis has no obvious cause, but your chances of developing it increase if you: • Are a woman • Are over 45 • Are overweight (not only because this increases pressure on joints, but because recent research has identified chemicals released by fat tissue that cause inflammation and affect your joints) • Have a physically demanding

job • Make many repetitive movements – once considered an occupational risk (i.e. connected to your job), but recent studies show that the repetitive movements we make when texting or playing videogames could contribute to osteoarthritis too. • Have a family history of osteoarthritis • Have had an infection or disease that causes joint damage, e.g. rheumatoid arthritis or gout • Have sustained a joint injury – particularly when you are older • Have had a major operation on a joint • Have muscle weakness • Were born with a joint abnormality or developed one in childhood Can I avoid osteoarthritis? Maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding prolonged repetitive movement will lessen the chance of developing osteoarthritis. Regular exercise to strengthen muscles and ligaments will support joints and reduce joint strain. However, it is worth remembering that rest and relaxation are important too. Treating osteoarthritis Managing Symptoms It’s important to maintain a healthy weight and avoid repetitive movement, as this will lessen symptoms and help to prevent further damage. Don’t give up on exercise – keeping muscles healthy will still be vital to take the strain off


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the affected joints. Swimming is ideal as it exercises joints gently, while aerobic exercise (exercise that increases your heart rate) will stimulate endorphins, hormones which act as pain relievers. There are several types of medication that can reduce symptoms; trial and error may be required to see what works best: • Simple painkillers (analgesics) such as paracetamol • Stronger painkillers that contain opioids e.g. codydramol • Non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Ibuprofen, which relieve pain and reduce inflammation. These are often available as creams too - some people find they work more quickly than tablets • Capsaicin cream, which reduces pain by blocking

nerve endings and gives a warming sensation, which many patients find soothing • Steroids that can be injected directly into the joint to reduce inflammation quickly • Glucosamine and chondroitin supplements, which some studies suggest may repair cartilage

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Physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, massage, heat packs, ice packs and complementary treatments, such as acupuncture and aromatherapy, can be useful. There are also special aids and appliances which can make everyday tasks easier and less painful; you may be referred to an occupational therapist, who can assess your needs in your home or workplace and suggest solutions to make life easier. Repairing Damage In severe osteoarthritis surgery

may be necessary, from simple arthroscopy – where small instruments are used via the arthroscope to repair damaged cartilage or remove loose bone or cartilage fragments - to total joint replacements. You may also have a partial joint replacement, osteotomy (where bones are cut and realigned to improve joint alignment) or joint fusion procedure. What about diet? Foods in the allium family, such as garlic and onions, may prevent or slow osteoarthritis as they contain a chemical that limits cartilage-damaging enzymes. While experts doubt the value of many ‘osteoarthritis diets’, they agree that a more plant-based diet could be beneficial as it should reduce consumption of saturated fat, which can ontain inflammatory chemicals that aggravate your arthritis.

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Furnishing Finesse Is your living room looking more drab than fab? Then it’s time for an image overhaul. One or two new items of furniture, some revamps or repairs, or simply a different layout, can make all the difference, says Katherine Sorrell.

Where to start

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Firstly, take a long, hard look at what you already have. Most of us own a collection of family heirlooms and hand-me-downs, high-street buys, chain-store pieces and perhaps the odd junk-shop find. Step one is to work out what you want to keep and what should be dispensed with and what could be revamped. Then, assess your overall style – old or new, shabby chic or pristine, rustic or sophisticated, plain and slender or heavy and ornate? The key to mixing old and new is to ensure the overall look has coherence. Materials, scale and decorative style are all important, as are colour and texture. If things aren’t quite working, perhaps you can shift something that stands out to another room, or sell it on.

What’s your style?

• Antique Key styles are Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian. Genuine Georgian pieces are expensive but beautiful, and mix surprisingly well with modern furniture. Victorian furniture tends to be heavier and on a larger-scale, while Edwardian pieces are a little plainer and lighter. • Retro Furnishings from the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies in bright colours and unusual materials such as plastic or 

wire, they’re tricky to mix with other furnishings but make an eye-catching focal point. • Design classics Covetable chairs and other pieces by mid-20th century names such as Eames, Breuer, Le Corbusier, Aalto, Wegner, Day and Race. Originals are pricey; some reproductions are available. • Country Anonymous, functional wooden pieces, generally from the UK or France (the latter is more decorative). New or old, these pieces are useful, pretty and tend to work well with most other furnishings.

Designing a living room layout

Draw a plan (overhead view) of the room using graph paper, marking the positions of windows, door, fireplace, radiators, sockets and any fitted furniture. If using paper, cut out paper shapes, at the correct scale, to represent the proposed furnishings. Do they work as a whole, or can they be moved to create more floor space? Are there any ‘dead’ or crowded areas?

Choosing and arranging living room furniture

It was once traditional for living rooms to be arranged with the fire as a focal point. These days it’s more likely to be the TV, but

you can also have subsidiary focal points, such as a work of art or a view. Placing two sofas so they face each other is both comfortable and practical. Modular seating units in an Lshape (or even a U-shape) are a great alternative. In a small room, stools can double as mini-tables and be pushed out of the way when not in use. A coffee table takes up a lot of floor space but side tables are another option, as is a long, thin console table pushed against the back of the sofa. The living room also needs the right furniture in which to keep things such as DVDs, books and cables out of sight, as well as display areas for attractive possessions. Choose plain, inexpensive bookcases that can be painted the same colour as your walls, or go for a designer option such as a sleek sideboard or modular units or even Oriental and Indian-style pieces, in beautiful woods and with lovely detailing. Finally, add boxes and baskets to disguise awkward items that simply won’t fit anywhere else.

Sometimes you just want to stretch your legs out and lounge. A side table is at hand for a drink or a book. Crumpet Chaise with solid beech frame and feather-filled back cushions, £1895; Little Loafian side table in reclaimed fir, £195; both Loaf, 0845 468 0698; www.loaf.com.


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Wednesday 23 July, 2014 - Quote TC7-IA INCLUDED: Free time in Oxford • 40-minute Thames cruise from Oxford to Sandford • Afternoon Tea at the Oxford Thames Four Pillars Hotel • Return coach travel

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Wednesday 30 July, 2014 - Quote BP7-IA INCLUDED: Admission to Buckingham Palace Gardens & State Rooms • Afternoon Tea on the Yacht London, moored on the Thames near Waterloo Bridge • Return coach travel

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five of them fatally, who were walking home from a discotheque. He also killed two male passersby. He was arrested after a shoot-out with police, during which he was shot and injured. 23rd: South Africa reclaimed its seat in the UN.

1st: Following the end of apartheid, South Africa was re-admitted to the Commonwealth.

3rd: An earthquake and the subsequent tsunami off the south-eastern coast of Java caused the loss of over 200 lives. Three days later another quake, in Columbia, took over a thousand more and on the 9th a quake in – or beneath – Bolivia was so powerful that tremors were felt from Argentina to Canada. However, because it was so deep (395 miles below sea level) it caused little damage.

2nd: An RAF Chinook helicopter, en route from Northern Ireland to Inverness, crashed into a hillside in

11th: In Stockholm a drunken army officer shot six young women,

About twenty police cars followed actor and ex-professional footballer OJ Simpson as his friend drove him through Los Angeles on 17th June. As the news media learned of this low-speed pursuit the unwelcome escort was joined by over twenty helicopters. Simpson was eventually arrested and charged with the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman. On 3 October 1995, after a controversial trial, Simpson was finally acquitted.

Petrol was about £2.55 per gallon Average house price was about £68,000

Three of the bestselling singles this year were: Love Is All Around - Wet Wet Wet No Good (Start The Dance) - The Prodigy Everybody’s Talkin’ - The Beautiful South

25th: The last Russian troops pulled out of what was then East Germany.

29th: The US reopened their base at Guantanamo Bay to process Cuban refugees fleeing the communist regime. This territory had been under American control since the 1903 Cuban-American Treaty, although Cuba insists the Treaty was obtained under the threat of force and is illegal. 30th: An Airbus crashed in Toulouse, France, killing the seven crew members. They had been taking part in a test flight simulating engine failure at low speed with a maximum angle of climb.

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Residents with learning difficulties or a disability are also invited to come along and extend their culinary skills at a specialist cookery course. Work from learners who attend the taster sessions will then be on display at Uxbridge Library between 13 and 27 June. Jean Palmer, Deputy Chief Executive and Corporate Director of Residents Services, said: "Adult learning can help build self confidence, self esteem, up skill and boost career prospects.

The Adult and Community Learning team is offering a variety of free taster sessions ranging from cake decorating to childminding to IT skills. Whether you are interested in creating vintage table designs, brushing up on your language skills or getting to grips with social media there is something for everyone during the week's activity programme.          will be on offer across the borough to encourage residents to learn a new skill or simply discover a new interest. The one day courses on offer include a range of specialist subjects in floristry, art, textiles, IT, photography, languages, performing arts and computing. This year parents will also have the opportunity to find out more about the family learning programme and get involved with their child’s learning by taking part in creative projects including welly boot planting and story telling.

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Whether they are interested in improving their employability or simply finding a new hobby, we hope to see as many residents as possible come along to one of our free taster sessions during Adult Learners Week.”                


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Teambuilding for all...

We operate five 72 foot long craft which can be hired for four hours or longer, including residential trips, to allow you to enjoy cruising along the Grand Union Canal from our base in Harefield.

At HNA, we like to combine the enjoyment of cruising with practical learning about our boats and how to operate them. You'll learn about some of the history of the canal, as well as seeing the local wildlife in abundance. Narrowboating is great to help develop new skills, team building, and improves social awareness and confidence around others. We can even introduce a competitive element to challenge teams if two boats are taken together!

Canals have over 200 years of history...

We offer various training courses, and qualifications for all, from Competent Crew right up to a Certificate in Community Boat Management and the Under 18s Community Boat Leadership Project. Take a look at our website www.hna.org.uk and find our more about your local charity, and see what we do. If you're part of a youth group, school, care home, or are working with Scouts, Guides, Cadets - to name just a few - we'd love to talk to you to show what we can offer.

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Ickenham Library presents

A Girls Night Out

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Mon 9 June, 7.30pm

With authors Rowan Coleman, Jenny Colgan, Lisa Jewell and Alex Marwood joining us to talk about their books, writing relationships and more. There will be the opportunity to meet the authors and have books signed at the end. Tickets can only be purchased from Ickenham Library and include 1 from a choice of 4 free paperback books.

Theatre June 2014

Purple Theatre presents

Hayfever

Wed 18 - Sat 21 June, 7.30pm Proscenium presents

Dinner

Wed 4 - Sat 7 June, 7.45pm Revenge is a dish best served icy cold. At the dinner party from hell, selfconfessed ‘rich bitch’ Paige serves up such a dinner. An exceptional meal to celebrate the publication of husband Lars’ book ‘Beyond Belief’. In this deliciously dark satirical comedy, by Moira Buffini. Contains strong language. friends of Ickenham Hall presents

Open Day at Ickenham Hall

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Sun 8 June, 12pm

A chance to explore the fascinating history of one of Ickenham's historic houses, the Grade II listed Ickenham Hall. Walk through all it's rooms and learn about the restoration work still being carried out. House open from midday to 5pm. Refreshments and guided tours available. encore Voices & encore Junior Voices presents

The Rhythm of Life

Sun 8 June, 8pm A concert of live music as part of the Ickenham Festival, an evening of musical entertainment performed with style and humour. Featuring popular numbers and songs from famous musicals, including their forthcoming productions Seussical the Musical and Hairspray.

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Noel Coward gives us an excruciatingly funny comedy on family, friends... and those in between. The eccentric Bliss family were never inclined to consider social conventions. Perhaps it is not surprising that they have each invited a guest for the weekend but neglected to tell the others! When the unfortunate guests arrive, they find themselves alternately amused, embarrassed, humiliated and ignored as their bohemian hosts continue to behave just as they please. How will their visitors cope?

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Betrayal

Wed 25 - Sat 28 June, 7.45pm An affair in reverse. Emma and Robert are married and Jerry is Robert's best friend. Emma and Jerry have had a seven-year affair. The action opens with Emma and Jerry meeting for lunch in 1977, two years after the affair has finished and by a brilliant device the relationship of the three is traced backwards nine years to the evening when it all began. Follow the development of the affair in reverse in one Harold Pinter’s most well-known pieces.

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Even the smallest garden can find space to grow vegetables. Start now and you can enjoy delicious home-grown salads all summer long. Producing useful quantities of your own vegetables doesn’t take up as much space as you might imagine. There’s a lot you can plant out or grow from seed right now that will give you some super-tasty, succulent, and top-quality salads in just a few weeks’ time. And salad leaves grown in ornamental pots can be as decorative as they are nutritious.

Before you get sowing or planting, choose the right containers. Big ones are easier to maintain than small ones; and of course bigger pots mean more produce. Go for something of at least 30cm (12in) in diameter, larger if possible. As salad crops tend to be pretty short-term there’s no need to spend a fortune on compost. Ideally choose a good-quality multi-purpose compost, but you can get perfectly acceptable results with the contents of a growingbag. I find the quality of the compost in these isn’t all that brilliant, but for the time you need it – and provided you keep it well-fertilised – it’ll be 

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If you grow your own salad leaves you can get precisely the mix you like best. There are plenty of eye-catching lettuces such as the frilly Lollo, either a gorgeous bright-green standard Lollo a burgundytinged Lollo Rosso or a mixture of both. Treat them as cut-andcome-again crops, snipping off the leaves as you want them but not cutting into to the base, then they’ll put out new shoots and keep cropping for longer. Baby beet leaves are a popular salad ingredient, too. Choose a variety like Bull’s Blood for the prettiest leaves or grow any of the standard varieties, and you’ll also get a great-tasting root crop later on. I generally harvest the young leaves a few at a time but let the plant produce a root too. There are still plenty of tomato plants in the shops now, but hunt carefully to find the ones that are still in top condition. If you choose an outdoor variety it can be grown in a pot on its own, and if you have a big enough container you can grow some other salad ingredients around the edge of the container. If you’re after some fire in your cooking, a chilli pepper thrives in a pot in a warm and very

sheltered spot as do sweet peppers.

Fresh herbs can make a salad more interesting too. Choose your favourites and either grow them in a dedicated herb pot with extra grit in the compost for good drainage, or even consider popping a few in with your main crops. Vegetables, like most plants, do best in a relatively warm spot with plenty of sun, so site your containers carefully. You want them to be easily accessible from the kitchen, but it’s more important to ensure they’re sheltered from the wind yet still get enough sun. You may prefer to raise some of your crops in pots and grow them on a bit before planting them out. The garden containers will always be full and looking their best, even while you’re harvesting them. The new plantings will very quickly blend in with the old, and all summer long you’ll have a garden that’s as pleasing to the eye as it is to the tastebuds. Visit Pippa’s website, www. pippagreenwood.com, for ‘Grow Your Own with Pippa Greenwood’, the AskPippa Q&A service, Nemaslug, natural pest controls, and lots more.


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                                                                                                                                                                              

                                                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                                       


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In and Around Reader Travel Free Drinks

Free Drinks

£50

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WHEN YOU BOOK BY 27 JUNE WITH TRAVEL BY RAIL

Rhine in Flames River Cruise

Escorted Holiday by Rail or Air 5 DAYS SEMI-ALL-INCLUSIVE

FROM

£649PP

Bruges & Valkenburg Christmas Markets River Cruise

Escorted Holiday by Rail

5 DAYS SEMI-ALL-INCLUSIVE

FROM

£479PP

2 October, 2014 - Quote RH10-IA

24 November, 2014 - Quote PC11-4-IA

This fun-packed cruise visits historic riverside towns including Andernach, Rudesheim, Koblenz and Boppard, where you’ll see the Rhine in Flames festival. Originally held to celebrate the grape harvest, this spectacular pyrotechnics show features an illuminated flotilla of riverboats and curtains of fire, bathing the scene in a magical glow. We have chartered the lovely ms Princess again, exclusively for our guests. She is a firm favourite with our regular river cruise customers.

Join us for a relaxing river cruise taking-in: Valkenburg with its unique Christmas Market Caves; Maastricht, capital of the Dutch province of Limburg and home of world famous musician Andre Rieu; Antwerp, Belgium’s second largest city; Ypres, home to the Flanders in Fields Museum and the Menin Gate, both synonymous with WW1 history; and beautiful Bruges with its wonderful festive atmosphere and markets. We have chartered the lovely ms Princess again because she is a firm favourite with our regular river cruise customers.

INCLUDED: Escorted throughout • Rail travel from London St Pancras to Cologne or flights with luggage from Heathrow or Gatwick - supp’t may apply • 4 nights fullboard cruise on the mps Princess sharing a twin bed outside cabin - upgrades available • Beer, wine by the glass and a choice of 2 Dutch spirits served at lunch & dinner and from 6pm to midnight at the bar • Entertainment • Transfers abroad

INCLUDED: Escorted throughout abroad • Return rail travel from London St Pancras (from Ebbsfleet on request) to Brussels • 4 nights full-board cruise on the mps Princess sharing a twin bed outside cabin - upgrades available • Beer, wine by the glass and a choice of 2 Dutch spirits served at lunch & dinner and from 6pm to midnight at the bar • Entertainment • Transfers abroad

Call 01895 83 33 33 GN Voyages Open 9am to 5.30pm weekdays 9.30am to 12.30pm Saturdays. GN Holidays & Voyages www. gnvoyages.co.uk • Email: info@gnvoyages.co.uk Higher Denham, Uxbridge UB9 5EL

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Coach Breaks departing from Uxbridge, Ruislip & Slough Brighton Bluebell Steam & Cream

Steaming Back to the 40s 2 DAYS HALF BOARD

£129PP

£59PP

GREAT DAY OUT

Saturday 5 July, 2014 - Quote SF7-IA INCLUDED: 1 night at the Hilton Hotel, Bromsgrove with dinner & breakfast • ‘Hopper’ train ticket for Severn Valley Railway visiting nostalgia events and activities at the stations • Visit to Worcester • Coach travel and excursions

Thursday 17 July, 2014 - Quote BR7-IA

Oxford, Thames Cruise & Afternoon Tea

Buckingham Palace & Tea on the Thames

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GREAT DAY OUT

£69PP

Brighton • Return coach travel

£89PP

GREAT DAY OUT

Wednesday 23 July, 2014 - Quote TC7-IA INCLUDED: Free time in Oxford • 40-minute Thames cruise from Oxford to Sandford • Afternoon Tea at the Oxford Thames Four Pillars Hotel • Return coach travel

Bourton on the Water & Stratford-upon-Avon Afternoon Tea Cruise GREAT DAY OUT

INCLUDED: 1.5 hour steam train ride on the historic Bluebell Line with a cream tea • Free time in

Wednesday 30 July, 2014 - Quote BP7-IA INCLUDED: Admission to Buckingham Palace Gardens & State Rooms • Afternoon Tea on the Yacht London, moored on the Thames near Waterloo Bridge • Return coach travel

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Tenby & Bath

£49PP

3 DAYS HALF BOARD

£ pp DEPOSIT

£159PP

Thursday 7 August, 2014 - Quote BW8-IA

Friday 22 August, 2014 - Quote GW8-IA

INCLUDED: Free time in Bourton on the Water • 90minute Avon cruise on The Countess of Evesham • Afternoon Tea on board - fresh scones, jam, cream, strawberries, tea or coffee • Return coach travel

INCLUDED: 2 nights stay at the Park Inn Hotel, Cardiff • 2 dinners and 2 breakfasts • Visits to Bath and Tenby • Coach travel and excursions

Call 01895 83 33 33 GN Holidays & Voyages, Higher Denham, Uxbridge UB9 5EL

Open 9am to 5.30pm weekdays 9.30am to 12.30pm Saturdays. www. gnholidays.com • Email: info@gnholidays.com

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june park events 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.

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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, 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.

Ickenham Festival Week Sat 7th - Sat 14th June, Village Hall, Ickenham, UB10 8DG there’s bound to be something of interest - pop along and see! ‘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. tickets: £7 includes free paperback book. available from Ickenham Library.

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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

Summer Fayre Fri 13th June, 3pm-6pm IIver Village Infant School, Grange Way, Iver, Bucks SL0 9NT In aid of Friends of Iver school association. Lots of stalls including BBQ, tombolas, raffle, Cakes, Dog show. to hire a stall please contact pippa vinall on 07771 932108 or pippavinall@aol.com

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june events Live Music with The Flyers Fri 6th June, from 9pm The WatersEdge Packet Boat Lane, Cowley, UB9 2JS Big Band bringing you covers from through the years. For details call 01895 440550. School Summer Fete Sat 7th June, 1pm-4pm Iver Heath Junior, St Margarets Close, Iver Heath SL0 0DA Come and have some fun!

Butterflies Coffee Morning Sat 14th June, 10am-1pm Ickenham Village Hall all proceeds from our various events go to help the teenage Cancer trust. 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, call nicky on 07944 458147. Steve Singh sings Elvis! Sat 21st June, from 8pm North Star, Thorney Mill Road, Iver a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on! For more details call 01895 442128. Summer Bingo Evening Sat 21st June, 6.45pm for 7pm. Iver Village Hall, St Margarets Close, Iver Heath, SL0 0DA £6 entry includes Fish/Chicken & Chips supper. Come on your own or with friends, bring your own drinks, glasses etc. please book with pat 01753 64767

Bushcraft Survival Day 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

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.

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.

Psychic & Mediumship Demos Thurs 26th June, 7.30pm-9.30pm. Tower Arms Hotel, Richings Park, Iver, SL0 9AE Carole Bromley, professional psychic Medium with guest medium sarah May. tel: 07572 108609


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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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and novelty classes, as well as lots of stalls to browse. All in aid of the Thames valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance.

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trips, face painting, crafts, games, model air planes a funfair and much more. Contact: 01895 833375 Den Building Mon 28th & Tues 29th July, 10am-12pm Langley Park Café £16 per family, £3 per extra Have a go at building your own den in langley park with the Country park Rangers. Bring a picnic along to eat in your newly built den!

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swelling, stiffness and Summer Show reduced joint movement, Sat 28th June, 1pm-4pm. The Great Barn, Ruislip particularly after resting, Organised by Ruislip Central and often grinding or Horticultural Society. Come along!

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job • Make many repetitive Fun in the movements – Park once Wed 30th 12pm-4pm considered anJuly, occupational Langley Park crunching sensations when risk (i.e. connected to your Most activities are free moving a joint. job), but recent studies show The hugely popular family event is that the repetitive movements july pARk EvEnTS Diagnosis back in langley park and is going to we make when texting Bushcraft Symptoms aloneWalk aren’t be bigger than ever. Theorafternoon 23rd July, 2pm-5.30pm playing History Walk could willvideogames be fun-packed with activities enough Wed to diagnose Sat 5th July, 2pm-3.30pm Black Pine’s Camp, including falconry displays, sword contribute to osteoarthritis osteoarthritis, as they can Langley Park Café £22 adult, £17 child too. swallowing and story telling, as well resemble symptoms of £4.50 adult; £2.50 child; join Andy on an interactive walk to fun games, face painting and an • Have aasfamily history of other joint conditions. An x£3.50 cons; £12 family learn the secrets of the forest and inflatable slide. There will be plenty of osteoarthritis ray is usually required and join writer of the popular book uses for natural materials. Finish at food on offer including a hog roast. ‘History of langley park’, johnsometimes Have had an infection or Blackan pine’s Camp to put your •new arthroscopy The event will be complimented by on a walk around langley knowledge intoinvolves practice. Max ratio of disease causes joint thethat Friends of langley park’s will be performed. This The term ‘arthritis’Watson, covers park to learn about its fascinating 2 children. Over 12s only. landscape in a seed tray competition. damage, e.g. rheumatoid the insertion1ofadult antoinstrument over 200 conditions causing history. arthritis or gout called an arthroscope into a joint pain and inflammation, School’s Out for Summer! july EvEnTS small incision near the joint, • Have sustained a joint injury but osteoarthritis is the most Thurs 24th July to to check for damage in the joint common of them, affecting an Thurs 28th August, 11am-4pm – particularly when you are space. older Butterflies Vintage Tea Party estimated 8.75 million people Colne Valley Visitor Centre, Thurs 3rd July, from 1.30pm Denham Country Park • Have had a major operation in the UK. It is usually most 110 Copthall Road West, UB10 8HT An arthroscope contains Free on a joint severe in joints that are heavily £4 on the gate fibre optics which act as both Fun and games on the terrace. Entry priceweakness includes Tea, Coffee and • Have muscle used, such as the knees and light source and Every camera. Thursday during the holidays. cakes, with variousastalls hips, but also often found in the • Were born jointand a Raffle. Arthroscopies are usually done Contact: 01895 833375. All Welcome. supporting SpARkS, neck, back, hands, wrists and abnormality or developed one under general anaesthetic Research into safer childbirth big toes. in childhood Nature Safari under but may be performed Hillingdon & Uxbridge Business Fri 25th July, 1pm-2pm a local or spinal anaesthetic. Can I avoid osteoarthritis? Sometimes called5kdegenerative Cross Country Breakfast (HUBB) Langley Park Café A blood test, MRI scan or Maintaining healthy weight or mechanical arthritis, it Wed 9th July, 7pm start Thurs a 10th July, 8am-9am £4 per guide joint aspiration (removal of a and prolonged Parkin a occurs when the Langley cartilage Bay Lodge, 36 Harefield Road, Follow the self-led trail set up by our avoiding small amount of joint fluidthefor £5.50 (members); £7.50 (non-club) movement will Uxbridge, UB8 1PH. joint becomes thin or damaged. Rangers, finding clues and repetitive daylike entrya+£2 Free chance event analysis) may be used the of learning about to therule animals thatlessen live Cartilage usually On acts last in the three-part race series. In partnership with the Hillingdon here.ofThe trail takes around andeveloping hour out other types arthritis. osteoarthritis. shock absorber, cushioning The course is one lap of scenic Chamber of Commerce. Continental to complete. Start any time between Regular exercise to strengthen bone ends and reducing Am I at risk of osteoarthritis? parkland. parking included. visit breakfast included. please RSvp 1pm and 2pm. musclesemma.zovich@wardwilliams.co.uks and ligaments will friction as the joint moves. Sometimes osteoarthritis www.fabian4.co.uk for full details support joints and reduce joint When it deteriorates, the and registration. has no obvious cause, but School Summer Colne Valley Festival strain. However, it isFayre worth bones rub together, causing your chances of developing it Basicaly Saxes Sat 12th July, 1am-2pm remembering that rest and bone ends and surrounding increase if you: Sun 13th July, 2pm - 4pm Harefield Infants School & Nursery relaxation areParade, important too. tissues to thickenBlack to repair the Park Café School High Street, • Are a woman damage, while synovial Free entryfluid (donations welcome) Harefield, UB9 6BT. Treating osteoarthritis • Are over 45 liveshockmusic by the lakeside for your lots of fun for all of the family, in the joint (another • Are overweight (not only Managing Symptoms entertainment money for refreshments, homemade cakes and absorber) can decrease in and to raisebecause this increases It’s important to maintain a the Cancer Research uk. lots more. quantity or effectiveness. healthy weight and avoid Refreshments available to pressure purchase on joints, but All these changesfrom canthe cafe. Treasure Island Outdoor Theatre because recent research has repetitive movement, as this Sat 12th July, 6.30pm cause the inflammation, and identified chemicals released will lessen symptoms Dog Show Picnics from 5pm and help Colne Valley Festival sometimes distortion, we see in by fat tissue that cause to prevent damage. Sat 19th July, 10.30am - 4pm The further Courtyard, Manor Farm, Ruislip. Sun 27th July, 11am-4pm osteoarthritis. june inflammation and affect your Adults Child from £8, upfrom on £14.50, exercise Langley Park Colne Valley Visitor Centre, Don’t give Family ticket from £40 £2 per class, 3 classes forjoints) £5 Symptoms into july – keeping muscles healthy will Denham Country Park performed by Rain orstrain Shine Theatre Thepain, popular annual show• returns Some activities are free Have toa physically demanding Symptoms include still be vital to take the off continued langley park. There will be pedigree

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the affected joints. Swimming is ideal as it exercises joints gently, while aerobic exercise (exercise that increases your heart rate) will stimulate endorphins, hormones which act as pain relievers. There are several types of medication that can reduce symptoms; trial and error may be required to see what works best: • Simple painkillers (analgesics) such as paracetamol • Stronger painkillers that contain opioids e.g. codydramol • Non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Ibuprofen, which relieve pain and reduce inflammation. These are often available as creams too - some people find they work more quickly than tablets • Capsaicin cream, which reduces pain by blocking

nerve endings and gives a warming sensation, which many patients find soothing • Steroids that can be injected directly into the joint to reduce inflammation quickly • Glucosamine and chondroitin supplements, which some studies suggest may repair cartilage Physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, massage, heat packs, ice packs and complementary treatments, such as acupuncture and aromatherapy, can be useful. There are also special aids and appliances which can make everyday tasks easier and less painful; you may be referred to an occupational therapist, who can assess your needs in your home or workplace and suggest solutions to make life easier. Repairing Damage In severe osteoarthritis surgery

may be necessary, from simple arthroscopy – where small instruments are used via the arthroscope to repair damaged cartilage or remove loose bone or cartilage fragments - to total joint replacements. You may also have a partial joint replacement, osteotomy (where bones are cut and realigned to improve joint alignment) or joint fusion procedure. What about diet? Foods in the allium family, such as garlic and onions, may prevent or slow osteoarthritis as they contain a chemical that limits cartilage-damaging enzymes. While experts doubt the value of many ‘osteoarthritis diets’, they agree that a more plant-based diet could be beneficial as it should reduce consumption of saturated fat, which can ontain inflammatory chemicals that aggravate your arthritis.

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Dale Lyddon is launching his own Oven Cleaning Business as part of the Oven Wizards Franchise. Dale has lived in the local area all his life, and, as he knows the area really well, he believes there will be a strong demand for his services.

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A recent Survey carried out in 2013 indicates that oven cleaning is one of the most hated chores in the home. Taking into account the fact that there are over 26 million households in the UK and that nearly each one has at least one oven and a hob, the growing domestic cleaning market therefore provides unlimited opportunities to delight our customers.

You can also contact Dale on 01895 310207 and 07834 696611 or go onto his web site www.ovenwizards.com

Mark Abbott, owner of the Oven Wizards business said “From the first time we met Dale, we knew he would make a great success of running an Oven Wizards Franchise, particularly because of his great passion for customer service.” Mark went on to explain “There is a growing demand from people who want to have their oven’s professionally cleaned because it is probably the hardest and most hated job in most households ”. Oven Wizards have provided Dale with comprehensive training which will enable him to professionally clean all sorts of makes and models of ovens. As well as Uxbridge and Ruislip, Dale also covers Ickenham, Gerrards Cross, Chalfont, Pinner, Eastcote and Hatch End. 


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regular & local events...

Quiz night Every Tues & Sunday from 8.30pm at the Coach & Horses, Ickenham

oaken leaves english Folk Dance club Meet every Thursday 8.15-10pm at Methodist Church Hall, Ickenham Road, Ruislip. Beginners welcome call Joan 01895 638008. events at eastcote royal British legion club, southbourne gardens Zumba Tue & Wed 7-8pm £5. Contact Hayley 07835 120642 or email: hayleyzumba@gmail.com Karate for all levels, beginners welcome contact Frank on 078335 33569 Sats 10am and Mons 6.30pm Weekly Quiz Night ! Every Thurs. comeDy... comedy Bunker Ruislip Golf Centre Ickenham Road Ruislip HA4 7DQ for more details of visit: www.comedybunker.co.uk

Saturday of the month and on every Friday (except the Fri before the first Sat). Experienced help available. See www.hfhs.co.uk or contact Mrs Pat Reynolds 01895 444442 e: hillingdonfhs@onetel.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

ruislip, northwood & eastcote local history society The Society meets on the third Monday of the month from September to April at St Martin's Church Hall, Ruislip High Street, at 8.15pm. See RNELHS website for details. Susan Toms, 01895 637134 or e: toms.susan@gmail.com ruislip & District natural history society Meet last Monday of the month from Sept to April (except Dec) in Guide Hut near Ruislip Library. Contact: John Matthews 01895 636215.

comedy nights The Empire Comedy Club at The White Bear, Ickenham Road HA4 7DF every Thurs night. Pete 01895 675293

ruislip central horticultural society Talks and advice for local gardeners , new members welcome. for more info call Warren Reeves on01923 451616 or email rchstalks@gmail.com

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ruislip & northwood Flower arrangement society Meet every 1st Tues of the month excluding Jan and August at Northwood College, HA6 2YE. Call 01923 829621 for further details.

Brushstrokes art classes with sue Friendly weekly classes with tuition. Beginners welcome. Hayes, Ickenham & Ruislip. Ring Sue 01895 639294 or 07949 805246 chiltern aviation society Meets every 4th Wednesday, Ruislip Methodist Church, Ickenham Road. Call Keith Hayward 01895 637872 harrow & hillingdon geological society Meet for lectures at 7.30 for 8.00pm on the second Wednesday of each month at Cavendish Pavilion, Field End Road, Eastcote, HA4 9PG. All are welcome, visitors £3 donation, please. Refreshments available. For information contact: Jean Sippy, Secretary Tel: 020 8422 1859 www.hhgs.org.uk hillingdon arts & crafts club Meet every 2nd & 4th Fri in The Parlour at the URC Church in Swakeleys Road from 9.45-11.30am. £3pp. Call Sue Williams 07799 054444. hillingdon Family history society At Hillingdon Park Baptist Church, Hercies Road, Hillingdon. Research room is open (10am-1pm) on the first

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uxbridge & ickenham Floral art society Meets in the village hall, Swakeleys Road. Call 01895 850943 for details. keep-Fit, Dance & Drama... argosy players theatre group Meets at Ruislip Conservative Club, Ickenham Road, West Ruislip. Every Thurs, 8pm. Call 07972 394702. classical pilates Mat classes for beginners through to advanced levels, based in Ruislip. Contact Tonja Osborn 07766 011036 or email TonjaOsborn@gmail.com 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. Check out our website for full class listings www.futunityuk.com.

Contact 01895 251224 or admin@futunityuk.com

eastcote exercise classes Metabolic workout class, 45 minute stretch class. Mon, Tues & Sat mornings. Contact Virginia King 01895 232551 or email virginiaking@vking2468.freeserve.co.uk Fusion pilates+ classes Mon 10-11am, St Lawrence Church, 2 Bridle Road, Eastcote, HA5 2SJ and Wed 8:30-9:30pm, Cannon Lane Methodist Church, Pinner, HA5 1JD. Classes run throughout the year. For details contact Lenka 07929 472 194 or email rybickova.lenka@gmail.com Fitness league Tone & Stretch exercises for women of all fitness levels. Tues 7.30-8.30pm at Vyners School, Warren Road, Ickenham UB10 8AB. Call Rosemary 01628 776838 before coming. www.thefitnessleague.com images school of Dance RADA ballet classes held every Saturday. Call 07763 850744 info@imagesschoolofdance.co.uk irish Dancing classes For boys and girls from age 5 upwards. Beginners and advanced classes available. Monday, 6pm at Hayes Conservative Club, Church Rd. Wednesday, 6pm at Greenford Visitation Catholic church hall. e: Deirdreosullivan@hotmail.co.uk t: 07956 346383 Jam2000 performing arts & agency An explosive and exciting Performing Arts School. Classes available from 2.5 years to adults, male and female at The Windmill Studio Centre. T: 01895 624755 www.thewindmillstudio.com E:thewindmillstudio@gmail.com Jazzercise Dance fitness classes 9.30am and 10.30am every Wed at Ruislip Manor Sports & Social Club,  Grosvenor Vale. Call Kelly on 07833 941497 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 continued overleaf...


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passion dance Group Based at Queensmead Sports Centre & Highgrove Pool. Classes include: Street Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Minie Me’z (3-6 years Ballet, Tap & Street), Kids Parties. We offer Shows , Workshops, Competitions and Assessments, Age 3+ all abilities welcome. Call 07882 413428 ruislip dramatic Society Meets at South Ruislip Methodist Church. Mon 8pm & Thurs 8.15pm. Call 07854 284508.

Salsa classes Every Monday: The Middlesex Arms, Long Drive, South Ruislip, HA4 0HG. Beginners class starts 8pm. Improvers/Intermediates: 8.45-9.30pm Freestyle dancing/practice time til 11pm. Every Wednesday: The WatersEdge, Canal Cottages, Packetboat Lane, Cowley, UB8 2JS. Beginners class starts 7:30pm. Improvers/Intermediates: 8.309.30pm. Freestyle dancing/practice time til 11pm Showcase amateur dramatics Do you like singing & dancing or maybe some acting? Come along to one of our rehearsals. We are an amateur musical theatre company. Rehearsels every Fri, The Sacred Heart Church Hall, 73 Pembroke Road, Ruislip Manor 7.30pm-10.30pm. info@showcasemusicaltheatre.org.uk the pilates club St Giles & The United Reformed Church Halls, Ickenham. Call 07968 920070 www.thepilatesclub.co.uk 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 Yoga South Ruislip Community Association pregnancy yoga classes 9.45-11.15am at Deane Park Hall, Long Drive, South Ruislip. Call Katja on 07951 763851 marketS... duck pond artisan food & craft market and farmers’ market Artisan Market - on the 3rd Sunday of each month from 10am-3pm,

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Farmers’ Market - first Sunday of each month from 10am-2pm. Both at the Great Barn, Ruislip. Free parking & friendly dogs are welcome at both events. www.duckpondmarket.co.uk

mad cat crafts Hand painted and decorated objects for the home & garden. Wed to Fri 10am-5pm; Sat 10am-4pm at the Great Barn, Ruislip HA4 7SU. www.madcatcrafts.co.uk northwood craft market First Saturday of each month 10am-2pm, Methodist Church Hall, Oaklands Gate, Northwood. Beautiful crafts. www.northwoodcraftmarket.co.uk

ruislip country market Every Fri 10-11.30am - car park at St Martins Approach, Ruislip. Fruit, veg, eggs, honey, hand made cards and jewellery, cakes, pies and much, much more... muSic... eastcote choral Society Rehearses every Tuesday from 8-10pm at Ruislip Methodist Church, Ickenham Road. New singers welcome. Call 01895 904556. capital connection Ladies Harmony Singing Meets every Wednesday evening at South Ruislip Community Centre, Deane Park, Long Drive, HA4 OHS. Visit www.capitalconnection.org.uk or call Jean on 01895 474877 top Jazz at the fairway Ruislip Golf Centre, Ickenham Rd, West Ruislip. Last Monday of the month, top UK musicians. Tel: 01895 632394 or visit: www.jazzwestlondon.com pre-ScHooL & kidS GroupS... Sing & Sign Britain’s favourite Baby Signing Classes from 6 months Wed at Uxbridge Leisure Centre, Fri at The White Bear, Ruislip. FREE TASTERS BOOK NOW contact Cathy 07712 047621 or email: cathyseddigh@singandsign.co.uk SeLf HeLp & Support... ear4u Help, support and advice. Meets every Monday at the D spot cafe, Ruislip Manor from 10am-2pm.  Call Ann on 07890 315156 or 01895 672706

rosemary conley Mon 6-7.15pm Hillside Junior School, Northwood HA6 1RX. Tue 10-11.15am & Wed 7-8.15pm North Harrow Methodist Church, Pinner Road HA2 6EQ. Thurs 5.306.30pm Eastcote Methodist Church HA5 2QU. Call Sam 01895 460766 sam.simon@rosemaryconley.com. SociaL GroupS...

crosier investment club Learn about the Stock Market and improve personal investment skills. Meets 7.30pm, 3rd Thurs in month at Pinner Village Hall, Chapel Lane, Pinner HA5 1AA. 0208427 3559 e:secretary@crosierinvestment.org.uk w: www.crosierinvestment.org.uk friends of Shenley park Improving the wellbeing and maintenance of flower beds, shrubs and the new flower garden and seating area created last year, the group won a people’s choice grant to purchase playground equipment. We are actively seeking volunteers to help with regular action days in the park. Anyone interested please contact Geoff 07931 561020 or Louise 07966 220995 ruislip afternoon Group for Women Meets 1st Thursday of every month. Talks, Lunches & outings. Methodist Church Hall, Ickenham Road 2-4pm. Call Mrs R Hall pm 01895 633782 ruislip common Wi All ladies welcome. We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of the month, 2pm in Room 1, Methodist Church, Ickenham Road, Ruislip, HA4 7BZ. ruislip Social club Tropic at Ruislip at Ruislip Social Club Grosvenor Vale Ruislip HA4 6JQ for Fridays and occasional other nights, live bands & tribute bands  for more details visit www.tropicatruislip.co.uk contact and ticketline 0208 707 2256 ruislip Wi Fancy something different but not too taxing, yet fun?   We meet every 1st Thursday of the month at Upper Room, GAA Sports & Social Club, West End Road, South Ruislip from 7.20pm10pm. Kim Murphy 07989 558925 email ruislipeveningwi@gmail.com  continued overleaf...


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Badminton club Requires additional players of average standard! Every Tuesday evening 7.45 to 9.45 at Vyners School, Ickenham. Interested? Then email John on turksclub@hotmail.co.uk Badminton The Badminton Hall, Kings College Road, Ruislip HA4 7JZ. Tuesday from 10am. Call John 01895 630199 Bessingby park Bowls club Every Tues & Thurs, 2-4pm. Call Jack on 0208 845 1469. Bikewise Bike rides setting off from 61 Swakeleys Road. 2nd and 4th Sun of every month to various destinations. Email@bikewisegb.com or call 01895 675376.

Bowls Deane Park Bowls Club, Bessingby Park, Ruislip. Call Mrs Lathwell on 01895 639489 dads army golf society Tuesdays & Thursdays at Ruislip Golf Club Come & Join Us!! for more info call Sid on 01895 631489 swakeleys tennis club Adult Social Tennis Club in Ickenham. Would suit people returning to tennis after a break,  Four days a week all year. Contact Pam 01895 677149 or Ed 01895 635568 www.swakeleystennis.co.uk  

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