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

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

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

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


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have three choices: just hand the car back; trade-in using the residual value as a deposit on a new model or pay the final value in full (a ‘balloon’ payment) and keep the vehicle. You could of course look at taking out a bank loan to meet the balloon payment.

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

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

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Personal Leasing: Essentially you are just hiring the car for the duration of the agreement. The servicing and maintenance will be included (but not insurance). You will agree a limited mileage. At the end of the agreement, you hand the car back - it never belongs to you. Be aware though that as with any hire car, if you send the vehicle back with a scratch, a dent, or damaged upholstery, there are likely to be penalties to pay.

and a duration of 60 months with a car value of £5,000, someone with an Excellent Credit Rating will pay £5748.75; change the buyer to one with a Poor Credit Rating and they could pay up to £9248.75 for the same vehicle.

A new car is likely to be the second highest value purchase you ever make after your home, so take your time to ensure that you are getting value for money, both in the car itself and in the repayment method.

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AmAndA GArdner and her team at The Tan & Beauty Salon in ruislip have been in a celebratory mood just recently. And with good reason too! 2014 not only marks the salon’s 11th anniversary, but has also seen them earn a prestigious four star rating in the Good Salon Guide. The Good Salon Guide is the only independent nationwide scheme for assessing professional standards and services and is the kitemark of quality for public and the industry. The ratings demonstrate that the salon has trained and qualified staff, uses quality products and maintains the highest standards. Having been professionally assessed, The Tan & Beauty Salon received particular praise for the quality of its skin care treatments and the experience of its staff. Salon owner Amanda Gardner is extremely proud of her team and the professional recognition that the award has given them. Her highly qualified and experienced team includes: Catherine Conway, Aimee Leigh Webb, Caroline Booth, Rosie Dobson and Amanda’s daughter, Alicia. Amanda said “I have a really brilliant team, so it was lovely for them to be recognised. We cater for everyone here, men and women of all ages and it’s

lovely to be able to help people with specific skin problems such as scarring and acne and to see them leave the salon looking and feeling refreshed and rejuvenated”. The team at The Tan & Beauty Salon are experts in skin care, laser hair removal and waxing. They also have a staff nurse to administer botox treatments. One of the criteria for the salon receiving its four star award, is their use of latest techniques to afford clients the highest quality in treatments and results. The salon boasts a vast array of hair, nail and beauty services, including hair extensions, tanning, Dermalogica Face Mapping, xxxxx microdermabrasion, nonsurgical facelifts, laser hair removal and the innovative 3D liposuction treatment. If you are keen to learn more about 3D liposuction (a completely non surgical method for

reducing cellulite, unwanted fat and skin tightening), there’s lots more information on their website, including a video of the procedure itself. However, if you would like to see the ladies at The Tan & Beauty Salon in action for yourself, why not pop along to their Open eveninG on Thursday, 8th may between 5.30 and 8pm.

This will be a fantastic opportunity to see them demonstrate both 3D Liposuction and Dermalogica Face Mapping, whilst you enjoy nibbles and champagne, special offers on products and even get to walk away with a goodie bag. Better still, why not be a model on the night and hAve yOur TreATmenT fOr hAlf price? All treatments will be carried out and supervised by the salon’s fully trained and qualified staff. The salon is based at 39-41 high Street, ruislip, middx, hA4 7Au. for more information call 01895 621234 or visit their website www.tanandbeautysalon.co.uk

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common is to take control of the computer so that it becomes part of a botnet. A botnet, short for robot network, is a network of computers that is controlled by a master server via the malware. The botnet can be used to launch Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks against the IT servers of large organisations. In such a situation, numerous computers connect to a server simultaneously and use up all the bandwidth, meaning legitimate users cannot access the system. DDoS attacks have been launched by national governments against intelligence or commercial targets, by hacker groups such as Anonymous to promote their own agendas and by cyber criminals as straightforward blackmail. This type of malware usually takes control of the host computer’s email server in order to recruit more computers for the botnet. The malware may also “spy” on the host computer and use keystroke logging software to extract sensitive financial information. To download the malware onto their computer, the email recipient must usually click on a link within the email. As I said, internet users are a lot less naïve than they used to be and the spammers have had to be much more inventive in making the emails appear genuine. Nobody is going to be fooled by an email from a financial services organisation they don’t even have an account with anymore, so now the emails come from courier companies who couldn’t deliver a parcel, or from HMRC querying your last tax return, or from Companies House regarding a complaint lodged against your business the list goes on. A recent example that has attracted widespread outrage purported to be from the NHS. It said that following a recent blood test, the count of white blood cells suggested a high risk of cancer in the recipient and that they should contact their GP via the attached form!! Spammers, they must be among the top ten most despicable groups of people on the planet.


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

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

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

Planning

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

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


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

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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 make-up) with general background light. Downlights set into the ceiling are a great start, or else ceiling tracks with directional spotlights, which are inexpensive to fit If you’re renovating the whole bathroom, it may be possible to install two lighting circuits: one for working lights and the other, on a dimmer switch, for soothing, ambient lights. Alternatively, set the mood for a long, relaxing bath with the warm glow of candlelight.

a dated pair of taps for some good-looking, modern ones, installing a glass shower screen to replace a appy old curtain or jazzing up your windows with some decorative window film dd a large mirror it’s not only useful but also helps to increase the feeling of light and space in the room, and can become a focal point. Small storage items, such as wicker baskets, pretty ceramics or bright plastic tubs, bring texture, colour and interest ast but definitely not least consider buying a new set of coordinating towels he uffier the better and, of course, in clean, bright hotel-white.

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At the other end is Hagia Sophia, the world’s largest cathedral for 1000 years, later converted into a mosque and now a dark cavernous museum. The Chora Monastery went through a similar fate but the finely restored mosaics and frescoes are well worth a detour, just steps away from the lovely Ottoman houses climbing up the hillside with overhanging upper floors and bright façades. Meanwhile down town, the legendary Grand Bazaar claims over 4000 shops jostling cheek by jowl in a grid of over 60 streets. It’s one of the world’s largest covered markets, a dizzying place where the air smells of spices and apple tea, water pipes bubble in every corner and locals and visitors bargain for amber beads, gilded icons, copperware, embroidered slippers, leather,

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

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

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

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Bowen Therapy Restoring Balance to the Body Bowen Therapy is a gentle, natural and non-invasive hands-on remedial therapy. It has a remarkable record of success with clients affected from a wide range of problems – often when nothing else has helped. It is suitable for all age-groups, including new-born babies and the very elderly. It helps the body’s systems rebalance and promotes healing.

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Bowen consists of gentle rolling movements over muscles, tendons, ligaments and soft tissue at precise points on the body using fingers and thumbs. No hard-tissue manipulation or force is needed or used. The process releases energy, sending impulses to the brain to trigger the body’s own healing systems.

Conditions known to respond to Bowen Bowen helps by releasing stress at a very deep level, via its calming effect on the Autonomic Nervous System, setting the scene for the body to heal itself. In contrast to many other hands-on therapies, Bowen does not attempt to force the body to change; rather it asks the body to recognise and make the changes necessary to bring it back to homeostasis (physiological equilibrium). Shortterm (acute) injury is usually resolved in 1–3 treatments, while long-standing (chronic) conditions may require longer. My name is Davina Butler and my clinics are in Ruislip and Gerrards Cross, if you would like further information on Bowen please contact me on 07796 927768, therapies@davinabutler.com or my website www.davinabutler.com. I am a member of the Bowen Therapy Professional Association (BTPA) where you will find studies and testimonials at www.bowen-therapy.co and the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) www.cnhc.org.uk  


Beauty Age-Proof Your Hair

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

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

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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. 

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

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

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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 belong to the owner of the land on which the field wal ta es place and an official agreement between landowner and searcher is often put in place to determine who keeps the items that are found. It is recommended that all finds be recorded with the ortable 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 experience ites must be overseen by 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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Events 2014

R.C.H.S Events

CACTUS SECTION Events

Please see our website for full details and descriptions of events

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March 29 - R.C.H.S SPRING SHOW 1pm-4 pm, Great Barn, Ruislip

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April 15 - TALK "APRIL & AFTER" By Bob Brown. Plants for sale

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April 21 - Members MINI TALKS

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April 26 - PLANT AND SEEDLING EXCHANGE, COFFEE MORNING. Hosted by Margaret McIntosh. 106 Evelyn Avenue, Ruislip. 10am-12pm

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May 18 - A visit TBC

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May 20 - TALK. THE RCHS is proud to present BOB FLOWERDEW (BBC Gardeners Question Time) Bob will be talking on no work gardening. 

Pre-ticket event only. Tickets only available by calling Warren on 01923-451616

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June 16 - Talk SPEAKER TBC

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June 28 - R.C.H.S SUMMER SHOW 1pm-4 pm, Great Barn, Ruislip

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July 20 - A visit TBC

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August 18 - Talk "LIFE AND DEATH IN THE DESERT"

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Sept 13 - R.C.H.S AUTUMN SHOW 1pm-4 pm, Great Barn, Ruislip

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Sept 15 - "SOUTH AFRICA 2011 PART 2" By Tony Roberts

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Sept 16 - TALK "COLLECTING SEEDS AND SUCCESS WITH SOWING" Marina Christopher. Pheonix Perennial plants. Plants for sale

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Oct 20 - Talk NORTHERN ARIZONA By David Minnion

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Oct 21 - TALK "BLAZE OF GLORY" Hear fantastic speaker & Horticulturist Timothy Walker, Director of Oxford Botanic Gardens.

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Nov 17 - Talk "SOUTH AFRICA 2011” By Alice Vanden Bon

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Nov 18 - TALK "ON BEES" Alan Husbands. Beekeeping and the behaviour of the honey bee in depth.

Please visit our website to keep informed of any changes, and to see the dates for the Fish & Chip Super quiz & Coach Trips. ALL R.C.H.S Talks are held at St. Lawrence Church Hall, Bridle Road, EASTCOTE. Doors Open 7.30pm. Talk commences at 8pm. Members £3 Guests £4. ALL CACTUS SECTION Talks are held at Manor Farm Hall. (Ruislip Car Park St. Martins Approach) 8pm Start. Members £2.00. 

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A brief history

The R.C.H.S was formed in 1940 to offer local gardeners h ort i c u lt u r a l a d v i c e , se rv i c e s a nd s o c i a l e v e n t s . E v ery yea r the soc iet y hold s three shows in t he 13th century Great Barn in Ruislip, including e xhibits in flor al, domestic, photogr aphic

• Regular E-mails with up to date infor mation on talks, shows and events • Horticultural advice • Membership to the cactus section • Access to Eastcote Horticultural Society Trading Hut Feb-Nov Sunday 11am-12pm • Plant and s e e d s a l e s a n d exch a n g e d ay s • S o c i a l events such as coach trips and quiz nights • Benefits from the affiliation with the Roya l H o r t i c u l t u r a l S o c i e t y • 10% Discount at Ducks Hill Garden Centre Ruislip. (on certain days)

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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 bog arum (calla palustris); miniature reed-mace (typha minima); pale blue water forget-me-not (myosotis scorpioides); and purplebloomed water and bog iris

(eg iris laevigata). You’ll need about two plants per metre. For a more formal look choose shapely rushes or ferns. Water-features attract wildlife, and in summer you might be visited by dragon ies or may ies 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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The thing I’ve always liked about the BMW MINI is that, unlike the other “retro” cars, the New Beetle and the Fiat , you are ust as likely to see a man behind the wheel as a woman. This is because the MINI is not ust a triumph of style over substance. Both the W and the Fiat are dynamically worse than the mainstream hatchbacks they are based on. The MINI isn’t based on another car, it is a one of a kind, and underneath those cute as a button looks and retro interior lies a well built, well engineered BMW that is fantastic to drive, even if it does fall down on overall practicality. Almost thirteen years after the first new MINI hit the showrooms, the Mk III has arrived. To be honest, the Mk II was ust a minor facelift of the Mk I but this is an all new car. Is it a step change improve ment on the previous model, or is it a flabbier, woollier version with some new technology scat tered around the place Well, it is certainly bigger longer, wider and roomier although, through the miracles of BMW engineering, it is slightly lighter than the previous model. In appearance it is very obviously a MINI but there are significant changes from the outgoing model, including reworked rear lights, a crease running the length of the side pan els and some ma or changes to the front end. The headlights are much bigger than before, the bonnet is longer and there is a more significant front over hang to accommodate improved crash protection. To my eye, the longer bonnet spoils the proportions and I’m not wild about the “trout pout” front grill, but it certainly hasn’t metamorphosed into an ugly duckling. The interior maintains its retro flourishes but gets some new, very comfortable seats and better qual ity materials. The speedo has been moved to the top of the steering column so you can actually see it and the dinner plate si ed dial in the centre of the dash now houses the satnav and ancillary func tions, all of which can now be controlled via BMW’s user friendly iDrive system. However, the back seats are still too cramped and the boot is still titchy, if a little deeper. 

The engine line up has been completely replaced with a pair of . litre diesels, two triple cylinder turbocharged petrol engines and a litre turbo for the hot hatch Cooper S. The diesel had become the big seller in the last generation Cooper but I think this new . litre triple could change all that. It produces a healthy bhp, enough to punt this little car from in . seconds and onto mph. ou can rev it till it screams but there’s plenty of torque available from low down in the range and, better still, it is extremely refined and capable of mpg on a run. The suspension is another area that is much im proved. The old Cooper was painful on any kind of bumpy road, particularly if fitted with ” wheels, but this one is smooth and compliant, a dramatic improvement. The handling is even better than before and the MINI retains its sharp turn in, pre cise steering and high levels of grip. It is still easy to keep in line when everything goes pear shaped too in short, it’s a whole lot of fun to drive. I have to say BMW have done a great ob with this car. It still has all the things that made the original car such a hit, retro styling, a great driving experi ence, BMW build quality and a reasonable price tag, but every single aspect of it has been im proved, in the case of ride comfort by a consider able margin. es, the back seats are only suitable for kids and the boot is tiny, but I doubt if this will put off many potential buyers. Coming to a drive way near you soon! 

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Home & Interiors 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.

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 decide visitor Centre.

Hotel Style Bathrooms at Home

Illustrated Talk By Katherine Sorrell Wed 14th May, 1.45pm

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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.

Vestry Teas Sun 11th May, 2-5pm St Mary's Church, Denham Village Funds raised in aid of Denham village Infant school. all welcome.

Winston Churchill Hall, Ruislip on basicDFas layout Hillingdon invite issues you to hear an illustrated talk on the the life and work of at the start. Should WC Epstein.room, next talk will be in be in a Jacob separate for June on ‘masterpieces of medieval example? Do you need to Westminster’. tel. 01895 239100, knock down or add partition or text 07905 349139 for further walls? Or would you like a details.

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Film Walk Thurs 29th May, 2pm-3pm Langley Park Café £5 adult; £3 child; £4 cons; £14 family in shower, under oor a great chance to see some of wal the locations in Langley park that have heating or perhaps a pair of been featured in popular films his and ‘n’ hers basins? Avoid view screen shots from the moving existing plumbing, productions.

if possible, as it will save money and effort. However, if the oorplan of your current bathroom really isn’t working for you, this one-off plumbing cost could be worth it in the long run.

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athroom oors must be non-slip, easy to clean and comfortable underfoot; most Bird Watching for Beginners importantly, though, they Film Walk Wed 21st May, 10am-12pm mustn’tCharity mindCraft getting Fair &wet. Family Fun Day Langley Park Café While the upmarket hotel Sat 17th May, 11am-4pm XC Bike Racing £4.50 adult; £2.50 child; Iver uses Village expensive Hall bathroom Youth & Novice £3.50 cons; £12 family stalls, charity Sat 31st May, 1pm start stone orCraft marble tiles,stalls, look-face a great chance to learn about the painting and much more! Black Park Car Park alikes made from ceramic variety of birds that live here. Don’t From £5 forget your binoculars! or porcelain are aMilitary cheaper North London Wives Choir First in a weekend of racing hosted option with inyl ooring Leslie Phillips & also Guests by West Drayton mountain Bike Club. Sat 17th May, 2pm expensive comes For full details please visit the much less Gerrards Memorial Hall, The best hotel bathrooms its bathrooms right. And if in a vast rangeCross of colours website www.blackparkraces.co.uk. 8 East Common, are blissful escapes from you hanker for this feeling all and patterns, some of which Gerrards Cross, SL9 7AD humdrum reality. Superbly the time, there’s no reason may EvEnts replicate natural materials planned to make the most of why you shouldn’t recreate such as ceramic, stone or Meditation Tasterin Class what is often not the hugest the same sort of haven wood. If you want to go green, Sun 4th May, 5.30pm-7pm of spaces, they offer sleek which to relax and refresh thin bamboo which loo s Ickenham Village Hall efficiency at the same time at home. Simply take some to timber, but loves Increasing your self-esteem - a similar lightas indulgence and opulence, of the essential elements humidity; natural rubber hearted spiritual talk with guided from cosy toes under oor that we have outlined below, meditation, open to everyone available in gorgeous Bushcraft Walk wantingroom to deepen heating to tactile taps, and your boring cantheir meditation textures Leslie and colours; Phillips cork experiences. monthly classes, monsoon showerheads to be transformed into aFree true which now comes in a Bushcraft Walk booking required - 020 8574 3699 or gleaming glass. Mon And26th that’s bathing beauty. range of fashionable shades; May, 2pm-5.30pm 020 8578 8625. a wonderful afternoon with music not even to mention the most and- linoleum made from Black Pine’s Camp Organised by the Brahma kumaris and smiles. tickets £15 per guest Planning www.brahmakumaris.org/uk renewable attering of lighting schemes, £22 adult; £17 child resources. On including afternoon tea and cakes Join andy an interactive walk to the deepest of deep fill on baths A well-designed bathroom a tight budget, simply sand presented on behalf of the B600 learn the secrets of the forest and Race Night call 01923 264119 or and the uffiest of uffy feels comfortable and timber Foundation oorboards and repaint uses for natural materials. Finish at Fri 9th May may 07779 299531off-white towels. All this and more is convenient Harefield no matter how them with glossy, Black pine’s Camp to put your new Infant School why we find it soknowledge pleasurable orofsmall. If you are please visitoor paint for a fresh, clean into June into practice. large max ratio For ticket information to stay in a hotel1 that’s got rethinking your entire room, look. adult to 2 children. Over 12s only. continued... www.facebook.com/HarefieldFriends 


Storage

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

on wheels combines both function and style.

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 make-up) with general background light. Downlights set into the ceiling are a great start, or else ceiling tracks with directional spotlights, which are inexpensive to fit If you’re renovating the whole bathroom, it may be possible to install two lighting circuits: one for working lights and the other, on a dimmer switch, for soothing, ambient lights. Alternatively, set the mood for a long, relaxing bath with the warm glow of candlelight.

Accessories and extras

uic fixes for tired bathrooms include changing

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


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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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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

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.

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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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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Since the end of December the RSPCA Middlesex North West Branch has been helping gradually reduce the numbers of cats in an over populated household. This unfortunately changed very quickly at the end of March when the owner of the cats died suddenly, thus making the collection and rehoming of the cats much more urgent. Over the last months in total we have rescued cats from this single household All of the cats have now been neutered, health checked, vaccinated, micro chipped and treated for any minor medical problems they may have had and all are now ready to start finding loving new homes. Despite there being so many cats in one household m any of t hem hav e prov ed t o be absolutely gorgeous cats with great personalities. es some are obviously a little nervous, but others are very friendly and affectionate. All the cats we have so far placed in foster homes and indeed those that have gone to permanent homes have really flourished and their true personalities are finally starting to shine through. Some like Peli oni have even discovered the oys of playing Cra y Cats on an iPad. If you think you could offer a home to one or more of these cats then please get in touch. For more information about any of these cats please contact the Branch on or by email at info rspcamiddlesex.org.uk or visit our website at www.rspca middlesex.org.uk 


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

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London Borough of Hillingdon presents

Royal Frogs: Song & Dance Workshop Royal Frogs: Craft Workshop

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A Swinging Big Band Bonanza Sat 10 May, 7.30pm

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

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

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

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Rumours

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

Improbable Fiction

Wed 21 - Sat 24 May, 7.30pm (+ 2.30pm Sat) In this hilarious Ayckbourn play six aspiring authors meet on a winters evening to discuss

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Holiday activities for 5 to 11 year olds. Explore the characters and tales of the Brothers Grimm whilst learning some song and dance routines or creating your own crafty item, in this holiday workshops for children aged 5 to 11. Workshops last 2 hours and run at both 10am and 1pm. London Borough of Hillingdon presents

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Sat 31 May, 3pm

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

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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 Mon 10-11am, St Lawrence Church, Bridle Road, Eastcote and Wed, Cannon Lane Methodist Church, Pinner. Contact Lenka 07929 472194 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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keep-fit, dance & drama continued...

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. 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

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...

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

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 

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SeLf HeLp & Support...

duck pond artisan food & craft market and farmers’ market Artisan Market - on the 3rd Sunday of each month from 10am-3pm, 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

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

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

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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

damsels in Success A group coaching experience for women. Meets at Ruislip Golf Club on the first Wed of the month at 10am. Call Ann 01753 655308 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  Women’s Social Group Social group for women in West London. We meet regularly for coffee, a chat and organised trips and welcome women of all ages. Please call Seema on 07730 898635 or email seema@seema.co.uk


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Ruislip slimmers celebrate losing 54st and helping Cancer Research A group of big-hearted slimmers from Ruislip are celebrating losing 54st between them and raising over £600 as part of a sponsored slim for Cancer Research. Members of the Ruislip Manor Slimming World group, which is held every week at St Paul’s Church Hall, were taking part in a national campaign called Slim for Good running across all 11,000 Slimming World groups in the UK and Ireland. The aim of the six-week drive, which kicked off on February 24th, was to help people to lose weight and improve their health while raising money for a good cause in their local area.

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The 110 slimmers in the Ruislip Manor group voted for the worthy charity they wanted to support throughout the campaign and chose Cancer Research as almost every member knows someone who got very sick or died from cancer. Lisa Denham, who runs the group, says the Slim for Good campaign gave members of the group an added incentive to achieve their weight-loss dreams: “Supporting a worthwhile cause like Cancer Research has given everyone a special focus and real commitment to their weight-loss goals. For many members being sponsored has been a great way to kick start their weight loss and for others it’s been a boost to help them stay on track. At Slimming World we pride ourselves on the care and support we give each other to lose weight – we’re known as the club with the big heart – so when members started talking about raising money for Cancer Research and what we could all do together, there really was no stopping us. I’m so proud of what the members in the group have achieved during the last six weeks.” Lisa hopes the group’s success will inspire other people in the local community to lose weight and improve their health too. She says: “Six weeks doesn’t sound like a long time, but in that period I’ve seen so many changes, people losing weight, feeling happier and healthier than ever, and their confidence increasing. And the really great thing is that as they’ve lost weight the Slimming World way, they’ve achieved all this without ever going hungry or feeling deprived.”

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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.

Badminton Club At St Pauls Church Hall, Tiverton Road, Ruislip Manor. Every Wednesday at 8pm and 10pm. Call Tony or Ann 01895 472578

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.

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

Bowls Deane Park Bowls Club, Bessingby Park, Ruislip. Call Mrs Lathwell on 01895 639489

Badminton The Badminton Hall, Kings College

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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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