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his issue has a variety of interesting events and articles that will take you back to the past as well as bring you an array of events to go out during April/ May with your friends and family. I am pleased to say that our so loved Newbury Carnival is back with a fabulous new theme. Please read more on page 6 and do join the fun on 16th July.

ven more exciting is to welcome Emily Barber, Lisa Cope, Sophie Allison and Darian Macdonald as the latest additions to the Local Buzz team! They bring an exciting vibrancy to our Local Buzz capability and we are successfully executing a tremendous amount of innovation while driving transformational change. That is one of the reasons we are so confident in our ability to deliver consistent results to our clients and provide a much more comprehensive service to our community.


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Newbury Spring Festival announces its programme for 2017 On the 28th February tickets went on sale for the Newbury Spring Festival 2017.

6 - 20th May 2017

Returning for its 39th year the Festival features two weeks of world-class concerts with artists from classical music, folk, jazz and cabaret. The Festival has built the reputation of being one of the most popular and successful in the South of England bringing together some of the world's finest performers, ensembles and unique collaborations to entertain during this two week period. St Nicolas Church in the centre of Newbury is the Festival’s concert hall and hosts the orchestral concerts. The opening night, of which, is a performance of Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius performed by the Bournemouth

Symphony Orchestra with conductor David Parry. There will also be a rich programme of events in other venues within the area including Harry Christophers and The Sixteen at Douai Abbey and superstar trumpeter Alison Balsom at St Lawrence’s Church in Hungerford.

For more information go to Box office 0845 5218 218

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A daily programme of diverse events will be held at Newbury’s Corn Exchange featuring artists from classical through to Bollywood. Long established groups such as Dutch Swing College Band and the Morriston Orpheus Choir are returning to the Festival, all of whom will appear alongside folk groups such as singer Kathryn Tickell and the Ghanaian Kakatsitsi drummers. There are also two morning shows specifically for children and families.

update. . . Part of our work is to check with the community that our plans are still the right thing to do. Our Senior Citizen’s Action Group did that recently by hosting an event with local MP Richard Benyon. Anyone with an interest in issues facing older people could come, and I’m glad to say we had a full house which shows just how seriously Thatcham takes it. Richard talked about issues such as isolation and social services, before being expertly interviewed on camera by Kennet Sixth Former Brandon Hale and then by the audience. I’d like to thank Richard, Brandon and everyone else involved for a very successful event. Looking to the future, we have big plans for Thatcham Vision which I can now start sharing with you. We are in the process of applying for Charity status, which will give us access to many more sources of funding for our work. We also plan to offer services to smaller community groups which need support and resources to keep going (eg webpage, insurance, advice, etc). Thatcham has so many volunteer organisations which make a huge difference to people and we want to see them thriving. If you want to know how your group can benefit, then please get in touch through the website. st By David Conque

Thatcham Vision is calling for more volunteers to help with community projects. For more information and residents are encouraged to follow them on Facebook and Twitter. thatchamvision Thatcham Vision

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The following advice will help tackling doorstep rogue traders: Close and lock your back door before answering the front door.

Use a spy hole, chain or window to have a look at the caller before answering the door. If you do not recognise them speak through the closed and locked door.

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are people pretending to be builders or “qualified” trades men or women needing to do 'urgent' repairs or sales people offering bargain products.

Never buy goods and services from people calling unexpectedly or unannounced at your door.

If the caller is selling something or offering work on your house or garden tell them that you are not interested and ask them to leave.

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Welcome to Sara Parris


After eight years with the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce, specifically covering the West Berkshire region, Gary Cranford has decided to retire and seek pastures new. He will be very much missed, and I now have some big shoes to fill.

We are very lucky and should be very proud that Thatcham hosts two of the world's premier Automotive Technology Companies!

A little background on me, West Berkshire born and bred and still resident, I joined the Chamber in July last year, having spent seventeen years with Barclays Bank, moving up through the ranks to end up in the wealth management sector, followed by a brief spell raising a small family, then back into account management for a printing company, and now the Chamber of Commerce. I hope to bring a fresh approach to the way we support and encourage business, both new and existing, in our wonderful part of the country. I would love to hear from any business that wants to discover more about what we do, locally, regionally and globally. So many opportunities, it’s time to get involved!

SARA PARRIS Business Manager West Berks Chamber of Commerce 01753 870500 or email www.westberkschamber.

There is Thatcham Research - a leader in Car Safety & Security and Xtrac which dominates advanced transmissions supply to Formula One and Rally Cars. These companies are vital to our economy, with their high flying jobs & local spending. The District must support them fully as we do not want to loose these companies as happened with Bayer in Newbury. Good Infrastructure is critical to these companies and we need to avoid transport issues (as with Bayer); so need to prevent traffic gridlock with projects such as a Road Bridge near Thatcham Station.

JEREMY COTTAM Chairman of Thatcham Chamber of Commerce & Director of WestBerks Properties Ltd Thatcham Chamber of Commerce 01635 871087 . 07768 233004 ThatchamNetworking/


Refurbished tennis courts at Victoria Park The Victoria Park tennis courts opened in March, after a refurbishment cost in excess of £100,000 which was funded from the legal settlement secured by the Council last year, together with a £39,893 grant from the Lawn Tennis Association.

Official Launch Sat 8 April There is now a new online booking system called ‘Clubspark’ to allow people to register and book online. The annual cost for membership is just £36 which will allow a whole family to play unlimited times within a year. You can also book online on a ‘pay and play’ basis, costing £6 per game. Once you have booked online, you are given an access code to enter the courts, guaranteeing that your court is booked and ready for you when you arrive. Further details on the booking process are on our website Cllr Dave Goff, Leader of the Council said, “We have waited a long time for this and we are very excited to at last announce that the tennis courts are ready to play on. We will have an official launch on Saturday 8 April 2017 with our new tennis coach and representatives from the Lawn Tennis Association. The icing on the cake will be the laying down of a full coloured playing surface which (subject to the weather) will be completed before the grand opening”. 5

This year Newbury Carnival organisers asked for help from the local community to choose the hotly awaited Carnival 2017 theme. 32 entries were received, and the winning theme was chosen by the Carnival Committee as ‘Myths and Legends’. This theme was suggested by Falon Whiteley via the Carnival Facebook page.

ASK THE LEADER! Councillor David Goff, the Leader of Newbury Town Council is keen to have as much direct contact with our communities as possible, and with anyone else who takes an interest in the Council's work and services.

The Secret is out ‘Myths and Legends’ for Newbury Carnival 2017!

Sunday July 16th Carnival Parade starts at 2pm from Pound St

To facilitate this, the Council has launched a new section on its website (www. inviting people to ask any questions they may have about the Council or the services it provides. Councillor Dave Goff said, “I would like to invite you to ask me any questions you may have about the Council or the services we provide and I will reply as soon as possible. However, for some queries where I need to investigate further I will acknowledge your contact and give a final response later. Questions will normally be published on the website within 2 working days of receipt and my answer will normally be published within a further five working days. Please indicate your preferred method of response. I am happy to respond by email, letter or phone. Please provide a telephone number, email or postal address as applicable.” This is an online facility and if it is decided that a question is inappropriate the Council will reply by email, normally within two days of receipt, explaining the reasons why. It is for this reason that any question must be accompanied by a valid email address. The name of the person submitting the question will not, however, be published on the website.

Ruth Walker, Project Manager for Newbury Carnival 2017 said, “We had lots of fun deciding on the parade theme from the brilliant ideas given to us. We hope that everyone will feel inspired to enter with all sorts of great ideas around the theme of ‘Myths and Legends’, which in addition to the traditional meaning, may include someone or something that can be described as a legend too.” Newbury Carnival is on Sunday July 16th with the Carnival Fete from 12 until 6pm in Victoria Park. Booking for the Carnival Fete is now open for trade stall holders and we advise early contact to secure a place. Community groups may book a stall free of charge before the end of May. After this date space cannot be guaranteed. The Carnival Parade will start at 2pm from Pound Street and wind through Bartholomew Street, and Northbrook Street to the Clock Tower and Victoria

Park. Recent entries for the Carnival Parade include the Harley Davidson’s Drive Through, Sue Ryder Charles Clore Unit, Razzamataz Theatre School, Interakt Dance School and Community, Kidstrument Musical Instrument Tuition, Thames Valley Kings Wheelchair Basketball Club, Abacus Day Nursery and Eddie Catz. This brings the total parade entries so far to 15 with many enquiries received. Please find out more about joining Newbury Carnival Parade and the Carnival Fete by checking General enquiries and parade bookings to Fete bookings only to

Ufton Court - children's charity Ufton Court is a thriving and innovative children’s charity based in a woodland setting near Reading.

Ufton Court has two areas of work, we provide dynamic primary school history education and we have an outdoor education charity called Ufton Adventure. Ufton Adventure has the twin objectives of raising the aspiration and attainment of children, who are underachieving at school. We work in close collaboration with schools, with children coming to us repeatedly

throughout their school career. Children return to school as more successful learners and re-engaged with school. Ufton Adventure is supported by Ufton Weddings which are based at our beautiful Tudor manor house and Tithe barn, all the profits being gift aided to our charity. We are also dependent on the generosity of our supporters.

Help support us by joining our charity cycle ride on 3rd September 2017. For other ways that you can support us, please email Sara – or visit



Could this be the year you buy your first home? Given that buying a home is the single biggest purchase most people will ever make, it’s important to get it right. If you are a first time buyer, here are ten key steps you will need to take in order to buy your first home: 1. 2.


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Get in touch with a mortgage provider. Agree a mortgage in principle; this will tell you the price of the property you can afford to buy. Go house-shopping. Look at as many properties as you can to get a good idea of what is out there and don’t forget to explore local facilities. Will the area suit you? Make an offer. When you have found the property for you, you can make an offer, keeping in mind the amount you can borrow. Meet with your mortgage provider. Speak to your mortgage provider and finalise your application for your mortgage. Decide what you need to know about the property. The property will be valued, producing a basic report. If you want to know more about the property, you can organise for a home buyers or full building survey to be undertaken. Instruct a Solicitor. Now you will need to instruct a legal representative to undertake the conveyancing process for you. Receiving an offer. If your mortgage provider is satisfied with all the information in your application, they will make you a mortgage offer. Paying the deposit. You will need to pay the deposit to your solicitors, who will arrange the purchase.


Contract exchange. The contracts will now be exchanged and a completion date agreed. 10. Completion day. Your purchase is now complete and you can collect the keys to your first home. Congratulations! Remember, within your initial purchase, various fees may be payable, including; stamp duty, solicitors fee, valuation fees, application and booking fees. Have you considered Shared Ownership? Purchasing a Shared Ownership property means part buying, part renting your property. You’ll buy a share of the property at first, paying rent to a housing association or landlord for the rest. You will only need to pay a deposit on the part you are initially buying. You will be paying your mortgage as well as rent to the housing association or landlord. Buying this way could mean a lower initial deposit with an option to buy more shares further down the line. For more information on buying a home, you can visit our Newbury branch, call us on 01635 522588 or email YOUR MORTGAGE IS SECURED ON YOUR HOME. THINK CAREFULLY BEFORE SECURING OTHER DEBTS AGAINST YOUR HOME. YOUR HOME MAY BE REPOSSESSED IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON YOUR MORTGAGE.

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Our networking events are rapidly growing and in 2017 we have added more events that will bring greater opportunities to local businesses to engage, network and promote their products/services.

#TheBigQuestion Tuesday 25th April, 6pm-8pm, Donnington Grove Hotel


#TheBigQuestion is an open local debate. Our panel is formed by: Nick Carter (West Berkshire Council)

Dr Anne Murdoch (Newbury College) Russell Downing (Newbury BID)

Judith Bunting (Liberal Democrats)

Richard Deal (Deal Varney Properties) Abigail Brown (Openingz) Our moderator for the evening is Steve Jones who is a CEDR qualified mediator and one of the UK’s leading negotiation experts. He is a guest lecturer at Kent Business School and is a non- executive director and adviser for local businesses This is an opportunity for you to ask your question. It is your own local "Question Time"!

To attend, register via our website and if you have a question for the panel, please send it together with your registration by the 18th April.



10th June at Parkway, Newbury Due to the success of 2016 Dragon's Den, we have now renamed our event to #TheBigPitch! This is an opportunity for local businesses to present their business model to the panel and the public. It will be held at Parkway Shopping Centre. The prize is worth over £3,000. Register now as places are limited!

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Consol is now offering an incredible offer to you.

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Consol are signalling the growth of their company by opening a brand new shop in the popular Parkway area of Newbury.


Consol believes that their responsible approach to tanning is the key to their success. . .

Innovative Tanning Specialists Featuring 9 state of the art Ergoline Prestige sunbeds, Consol is Newbury’s largest tanning studio and boasts world class equipment, revolutionary technology and modern facilities at an affordable price. Open 7 days a week from 7am until 10pm, Consol offers convenience and a modern, hassle free concept to its customers including a ‘no appointment necessary’ ethos and a high tech system that allows access via fingerprint recognition. Caroline Tiernan-Locke, Marketing Manager for Consol says ‘We are very excited to have introduced a modern, fresh and dynamic way to tan to the people of Newbury and surrounding areas.



Our concept has never been seen before in the area and we are delighted to be able to offer the very best sunbeds on the market, with the very best facilities and at the very best prices. After receiving frequent feedback to open in Newbury Per Minute from residents who were looking for a class tanning experience in the N Aworld SUNDAY area, we are delighted to finally be able fulfil this demand.’

As one of the UKs biggest tanning and treatments chains, Consol believes that their responsible approach to tanning is the key to their success. By educating customers and facilitating controlled tanning in a safe environment, with state of the art equipment, they are for many customers, offering so much more than a great tan, peace of mind is also a major contributing factor. At Consol, we are proud to label ourselves as one of the very few companies that operates to the safe 0.3 emissions at every single one of our UK studios. In addition, we use only the highest quality tanning tubes and world class sunbeds that are packed full of safety features and personal settings to allow our customers to tailor their experience. Consol offers a brand of trust and quality, giving customers complete peace of mind as well as a great tan. Operating 41 studios in the UK and growing rapidly, the duty of care to all customers to provide safe and

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Oh So Sporty For spring, sportswear reigns supreme, especially on the runways of Milan. Leading the way was Donatella Versace with nylon parkas and leggings. Max Mara and MSGM also pushed to keep the athletic look in the forefront with gorgeous fashionable jackets, spandex and even couture bike shorts. In Paris, the traditional “athleisure” took a highfashion turn paired with boots and heels and embellished with buckles and quilted detailing. Proving that no matter your personal feeling about gym clothing-clad people running errands and filling up the tables at your favourite brunch spot, this trend isn't going away any time soon. Instead, it's going the high-fashion route with chic silhouettes and edgy details.

Inspiration can be found all around! Show Bags Teeny tiny bags worn as jewellery will be your next obsession. Designers in Paris such as Valentino, Givenchy, Chloe and Hermes sent the cutest (and slightly impractical bags) down the runways. While they won't fit your iPhone or really anything (perhaps just your cash, credit cards and maybe, if you are lucky, a lipstick) these cute handbags might inspire you to cut down on all the items you are toting around.

Crowning Ponies For spring 2017, the high pony tail makes a major comeback. Keep the look fresh by wrapping your own hair around the base such as the models did on Nicholas K's runway. Or turn the same wrapped ponytail into a bun like the edgy ballerinas at Christian Dior. With the help of Redken’s Global Creative Director, Guido, he added small cornrows underneath to elevate the classic topknot.

It is believed George was killed on 23rd April 300AD. . .

Days to Remember The date is linked to the date he died; as no one knows when Shakespeare was born because there is no record. It is known however that he was baptized on 26 April 1564 and died on 23 April 1616. Those celebrating may choose to attend the festivities held in Stratford Upon Avon, Shakespeare’s birthplace. This is where Shakespeare, who was one of eight children, spent much of his early life and where he married Anne Hathaway who bore him three children. He is also thought to have retired to Stratford in 1613. The bells of Holy Trinity Church where Shakespeare attended as a child will be rung and the Mayor will lead a procession which includes bands, other civic leaders, school children and actors. This will culminate with the Mayor putting flowers on Shakespeare’s grave. There will be activities for the whole weekend 22-23 April in celebration. The Globe theatre in London is associated with the time Shakespeare

Shakespeare Day celebrated on 23rd April

spent in the Capital as a playwright, actor and poet and houses an exhibition in honour of him. In Warwickshire’s Stratford, the Royal Shakespeare Theatre brings to life his work which includes 38 dramas and 154 sonnets. Here you can also visit buildings, houses and museums associated with the ‘Bard.’ It’s a great destination for Spring break.

St George’s Day celebrated on 23rd April

Did you know that St George never actually set foot in Britain? It’s believed he was born in Lydda in Palestine, or in Cappadocia (now in central Turkey), and brought up in Palestine. His father was a Roman soldier, and when his parents died, George decided he would travel to Nicomedia (Turkey) to join the Roman army. He served for several years, progressing up the ranks to become an imperial guard of the Emperor. George was a devout Christian, and was tortured and executed for refusing to give up his Christian faith. It is believed that he was killed on 23rd April 300AD, which is why St George’s Day is celebrated on April 23rd each year. So where does the dragon come into it? The legend of George and the dragon dates back hundreds of years, to the 11th century, if not earlier. According to the legend, a dragon was terrorising a small village. The villagers would sacrifice their children to appease the dragon. One day George was riding past the village and met a young princess, whose turn it was to be sacrificed. George rescued the girl and offered to slay the dragon for the villagers, if they would convert to Christianity. They agreed, so he killed the dragon. Today the Feast of St George is celebrated in countries across the world, including Palestine, Syria, Hungary and the Czech Republic.

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Over the years the Newbury Spring Festival has built up a young following as a result of its series of concerts specifically for families and children and this year is no different.

Newbury Spring Festival For the very young Sound Beginnings on Sunday 7th May is the perfect introduction to the world of music. Families are welcomed and encouraged, including toddlers and babes in arms. This year the popular ballet Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky has been specially arranged for two pianos while the story is narrated by Richard Morris who animates it so Dr Dee's Daughter Palisander Top Left : Travelling by Tuba

brilliantly that the audience feel part of the cast. Join the Festival for some magic, music and mischief with Dr Dee’s Daughter and the Philosopher’s Stone on Saturday 13th May. This family friendly show is an exciting blend of live music, and puppetry from which a story is created with themes of history, magic and science. This show is performed by the outstanding recorder consort Palisander and Rust & Stardust who are well known for their handmade puppets along with a passion for storytelling. Travelling by Tuba on 20th May is a fascinating voyage through the weird and wonderful world of

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How do we celebrate? May Day originates from the Pagan festival of Beltane. The earliest celebrations are thought to have occurred during the Roman era when youths would celebrate the coming of spring with a day of dancing dedicated to the goddess Flora. During medieval times May Day became dedicated to Robin Hood and saw songs and plays performed up and down the country to celebrate the coming of spring. Historians believe the first maypole dance originated as part of Germanic pagan fertility rituals. Originally, the dancers danced around a living tree. It is the time of year when warmer weather begins and flowers and trees start to blossom. It is said to be a time of love and romance. In Scotland, the Early May Bank holiday has been observed on the first Monday in May since 1871, but was only introduced in the rest of the United Kingdom in 1978. In 1995 and only in that year, this bank holiday was moved to the second Monday in May (May 8) to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the allies accepting the surrender of the armed forces of Nazi Germany. This was the formal end of World War II and is known as VE Day. How was May Day celebrated in the past? May Day began early in the morning. People would go out before sunrise in

May is the time of year when warmer weather begins and flowers and trees start to blossom. It is said to be a time of love and romance and May Day traditions.

order to gather flowers and greenery to decorate their houses and villages in the belief that the vegetation spirits would bring good fortune. Girls would make a special point of washing their faces in the dew of the early morning. They believed this made them very beautiful for the following year. The highlight of the day was the crowning of the May Queen, the human replica of Flora. By tradition she took no part in the games or dancing, but sat like a queen in a flower-decked chair to watch her 'subjects'.

The end results would be either a beautiful plaited pattern of ribbons round the pole or a tangled cat's cradle, depending on how much rehearsing had been done! The tallest maypole is said to have been erected in London on the Strand in 1661; it stood over 143 feet high. It was felled in 1717, when it was used by Isaac Newton to support Huygen's new reflecting telescope. Other traditions These include making floral garlands, decorating houses with flowers and leaves. In Rochester, there is a festival of chimney sweeps. Traditionally, May 1 was the only day in the year that they did not have to work. In Derbyshire, villagers decorate, or dress, the wells with flowers.

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It is true that the premise of this book may put some people off: eight-year-old Ben is found dead in a park and eleven-year-old Sebastian is arrested and charged with his murder. It does ask us to question how our behaviour as adults can lead to horrific consequences. However, it is a very well-written and gripping novel. The focus of the story is Daniel, a solicitor chosen to represent Sebastian in court. Despite the child being quite difficult to warm to, Daniel sees something of himself in the boy and he begins to recall his own childhood as the son of a drug addict, who spent most of his time in foster care.

Set in a timeless version of our world we are introduced to the Baudelaires: Violet, Klaus, and baby Sunny. Their life is turned upside down when their parents die in a house fire and they are sent to live with Count Olaf, a mysterious man who lives in a crumbling mansion and owns a theatre troupe. You know from the beginning that this will not end well and are told “if you enjoy books with happy endings then you are best of reading another book.” You have been warned!

FBI agents Jessica Harlow and John Shepherd have a past. The former lawyer and cocky Army ranger clashed during their training at Quantico, gladly going their separate ways after graduating from the Academy. Six years later, the last thing either of them expects is to run into each other again–assigned to work as partners in a high-profile undercover sting. For both of them, being paired with a former rival couldn’t come at a worse time.

Embark on an adventure of personal creativity with fan favourite Rosie Revere! This activity book features art from the picture book Rosie Revere, Engineer and will inspire young readers with activities of all kinds. Kids will have the chance to design a better bicycle, build a simple catapult, construct a solar oven, and more! This empowering activity book will teach problem-solving and creative-thinking skills.

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DreamWorks Animation and the director of Madagascar invite you to meet a most unusual baby. The Boss Baby is a hilariously universal story about how a new baby's arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator, a wildly imaginative 7 year old named Tim.

Ex-maid of honor Eloise, having been relieved of her duties after being unceremoniously dumped by the best man via text - decides to hold her head up high and attend her oldest friend's wedding anyway. She finds herself seated at the 'random' table as everyone's secrets are revealed, Eloise learns a thing or two from the denizens of Table 19.

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Brexit, Racing and Rural Affairs Tuesday 11th April East Garston Village Hall Doors open - 19:00, Event begins - 19:30 All are welcome. This event is free. If you have views to share or questions to ask, please come and join our panel discussion. Judith Bunting, Parliamentary Spokesperson for the local Liberal Democrats, will chair the event. Panellists include: 

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The story of American poet Emily Dickinson, from her youth to adulthood as misanthropic, struggling writer.

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From fruity mocktails to alcoholfree beer, wine and cider there are tons of exciting and tasty non-alcoholic drinks out there for you to explore.

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Portuguese cuisine is typically hearty, relying on fresh ingredients. From the mountains in the north to the rolling hills and plains of the south, here are a few suggestions to wet your appetite!

Here are a few ideas. . . Cordials - raspberry & lemon, ginger or lime and lemongrass are all delicious with water, sparkling water or lemonade. Wine - Produced for thousands of years, but if you're not a big wine fan, why not try a nonalcoholic version? Virgin tequila sunrise - Take the tequila out and you have a Virgin Sunrise. It is a fantastic mixed drink for any time of the day and the recipe is unbelievably easy to make. Juice - It is hard to beat the fresh, delicious taste of a pure fruit juice. A good way to add five a day for you and the kids. Mix and match your fruit and vegetables. Why not try apple, carrot, pear, kiwi, beetroot and lemon juice?

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Dulse - Is a great snack because it is packed with protein and iron. Sea vegetables are versatile and taste delicious, but it is their vast health benefits that make them an important element of the Body Ecology. They can help lower cholesterol, detoxify your body, balance thyroid function and fight constipation. Many of these sea vegetables can be found in health food stores, Asian markets, some supermarkets and online.

Arroz de Tamboril - Tamboril is Portuguese for monkfish and while not as locally popular as the traditional cod, there is still an astounding variety of dishes served on the Portuguese coast that include it. It is often cooked in a laurel, garlic and tomato stew with rice, almost like a risotto. Bacalhau - There are hundreds of different recipes and versions of this classic, but Bacalhau à Brás is one of the best; a combination of onions, chips, olives, parsley, egg and, of course, cod.

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Local Produce Fielders Farm Shop, a little black barn full of big foodie surprises, can be found on the Pangbourne Road (A340) just off Junction 14 M4. Fielders Farm Shop is set on bringing you the best that Berkshire has to offer with a fantastic range of fresh, high quality and delicious local produce. This spring you will find new season English lamb, locally grown asparagus (grown at their sister

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Repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) are overuse injuries, due to repetitive actions which lead to fatigue, inflammation and pain in either the muscles or tendons.

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Why do some people run from one relationship to another, never really finding that happy ever after that they are searching for? The reason for this is very likely to be rooted in attachment styles. The three most common attachment styles are; secure, anxious and avoidant. If we can recognise our attachment behaviours, we can consciously navigate our way to healthier and happier connections. We can notice that sending countless texts in a day, to help us feel connected to our partner, may mean that we have an anxious attachment style. When we ignore our partners’ calls, determined to maintain our independence and remain a free spirit, we may very well be working in an avoidant attachment style. If you think your attachment style is getting in the way of a healthy, happy relationship, you may want to identify and explore your attachment tendencies within a safe, non-judgemental environment. Psychotherapy can help you to understand and adjust your style of attaching, for better, healthier and happier relationships. Helping people with psychosexual, relationship, trauma and anxiety issues. Carol Graham Psychosexual & Relationship Therapist, Psychotherapist, EMDR Practitioner, Adv. Hypnotherapist MBACP (Reg.), MNCH (Reg.), HPD., MNCP (Snr. Accred) Tel: 01256 638111 Mob: 07711 875819 The Square, Basing View, Basingstoke, Hants RG21 4EB

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8 - 14th May - Coeliac Disease Awareness Week

Coeliac Disease While awareness of coeliac disease and the gluten-free diet is growing, there is still low awareness of the symptoms . The Greeks first described this disease in the 2nd Century AD and they called it Koiliakos Disease which means suffering in the bowels. Today the disease is called Coeliac Disease, which is derived from the Greek word Koiliakos.

is what gives the final baked products its strength and elasticity. Without gluten bread is heavy and dense. Depending on the type of grain being tested, different quantities of the gluten protein are found in different grains.

Coeliac Disease and being allergic to Gluten are similar allergies but not exactly the same. Coeliac disease is a hereditary allergy to gluten that caused damage to the intestinal lining of the small intestine. Gluten allergy does not damage the small intestines but cause many of the same symptoms as Coeliac disease.

Allergic to gluten symptoms include abdominal cramps, vomiting, irritable bowel, weight loss, diarrhea, constipation. Blood tests can be used to determine if you have an allergy to gluten or if it is possible that you have Coeliac disease. A biopsy of the small intestine is the only way to successfully diagnose Coeliac disease.

Gluten contains a protein that is found in most grains such as wheat, rye, barley, and to a lesser extent oats. When the grains are ground into flower the gluten

Once a confirmed diagnosis is made for a gluten allergy or for Coeliac disease then the patient must change to a glutten free diet. For the Coeliac disease

sufferes, this gluten free diet is for life. There is no cure for Coeliac disease. Avoidance of gluten-containing foods is the only effective treatment for people who are allergic. Avoidance can be very difficult because gluten protein is often hidden in other foods. Read the label of every food products that comes into your home. Avoid any food products that have wheat, bran, bread crumbs, cereal extract, natural flavouring, starch, vegetable gum, soy sauce, gluten, or enriched flower on the label until you know if that particular item will give you an allergic reaction.

Hayfever affects about 1 in 5 people in the UK


Dealing with Hayfever Hayfever is an allergy to grass or hay pollen and can also include trees and weeds. People with asthma are likely to find their symptoms triggered by pollen too. So, what can you do to help relieve your symptoms? Hayfever prevents around 20 per cent of the UK from enjoying spring and summer. A time known for ice creams, sun cream, picnics and sunshine is marred for hayfever sufferers who instead are dealt the nasty effects of an allergic reaction. This reaction is caused by pollen spores which cause tight throats, stuffy noses, running eyes and headaches.

Air Purifiers Pollen and allergen spores trapped indoors can circulate constantly in a closed environment, an air purifier is specially designed to destroy these. Pollen spores are undetectable to the human eye, they get trapped in clothes, on pets, in the carpet, sofa and other fabrics. This can cause a lot of distress and sleepless nights as pollen spores circulate throughout the home. An air purifier can destroy these pollen spores and work silently throughout the night and day, allowing your home to be a safe haven from hayfever.

Nasal Sprays Steroid nasal sprays help to prevent or reduce inflammation in the lining of the nose and some can help to relieve watery eyes. Don't be put off by the fact

that the spray contains a steroid the dose is tiny and only goes where it's needed (it isn't absorbed into the rest of the body).

Take the dose as directed and as often.

Keep using the nasal spray even if your symptoms don't improve straight away. Sometimes it can take a while to make a difference.

See your GP or pharmacist after you've been using it for two to four weeks to confirm that this is the right treatment for you. Also see them if you experience any side effects (such as an unpleasant lingering taste or smell, nose bleeds or intense sneezing).

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Read the instructions that come in the box and check with your GP or pharmacist that you know how to use it correctly.

Start using it two weeks before the pollen that affects you comes into season.

Clear your nose and place your chin to your chest.

Hold the spray in your right hand for spraying into your left nostril and put the nasal spray into your nostril – make sure it's pointing into the side of your nose towards your ear.

Spray while breathing in slowly through your nose, but DO NOT sniff when you breathe in as this will take the spray into your throat and you'll swallow it, rather than keep it in your nose.

Antihistamines These can help to relieve a runny nose, sneezing, itching and watery eyes. Be aware though that some types of antihistamines make you drowsy and are best taken before bed. Newer antihistamines (known as nonsedating antihistamines) are less likely to make you drowsy and are a common choice for children and people with milder or occasional symptoms of hay fever. Antihistamines are available as tablets, in liquid form or as a nasal spray.


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Imagine gliding peacefully through beautiful countryside, avoiding all the rush hour traffic and slowing down the pace of your life to a gentle amble, then a canal cruising holiday will be very much your speed. Canals are not straight roads you rush down. Typically they turn around following the bends of the countryside, although, occasionally, you may find yourself going through a town – even through the centre of a major city. To liven the proceedings you will frequently come across locks which, in almost every case, you will have to work yourself. You soon get used to it. It is a small but pleasant skill that provides an enjoyable break in the day. It is also a good place to meet people from other boats who will be full of information and advice – some of it correct and valuable.

Basics If you are going to be operating the boat yourself – and there is no other way to totally enjoy the experience – then you need to be agile enough to get on and off the boat fairly quickly and you need to have somebody to steer. There are no high levels of skill involved in handling a canal boat. It is not like a yacht. Steering is either from a small hand wheel or a tiller at the back of the boat, and you have a throttle lever to control the speed. You carry your water and will have to re-fill the tanks every second day or so. You will not have that trouble with fuel as typically you will be supplied with enough to more than last for the duration of your holiday.

You can cook on the boats – all utensils are supplied – but you will probably find yourself having dinner at one of the many waterside hostelries. You will have to take with you proper boat shoes so that you do not slip on wet decks. Boats have all of the conveniences of home including showers, kitchens and television.

Places to visit The Kennet & Avon is an impressive feat of engineering, made up of two river navigations and a linking stretch of canal. It runs from the Severn Estuary near Bristol, through Newbury and to the River Thames at Reading, over 100 miles long with more than 100 locks, some magnificent engineering and crossing some very beautiful scenery. It was only reopened in 1990 after decades of dereliction. Norfolk Broads consists of canals and rivers connected to lakes which are called Broads. There are no locks in this area, but there are tides and you need to acquire the skill of using the tides to move you along. The Broads are very quiet and peaceful with a variety of water birds. Starting as a small trickle in the Cotswolds the River Thames travels over 210 miles through the heart of some

of England’s most picturesque towns, right into the centre of London and eventually, out into the North Sea. The locks right up to Oxford are worked by lock keepers, who know the area and are normally great characters in their own right.

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