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Welcome Most of us love a wedding and on the 19th we can all share the special day of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as they marry at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle. Soak up the atmosphere at the Royal Windsor Racecourse where large screens will be broadcasting the Royal Wedding and FA Cup Final, see page 12 for more details. A recent celebratory moment was the arrival of the third child to Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, congratulations to the Royal couple.


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Now that spring has finally sprung, a visit to the Kennet and Avon Canal is a must. It is a place of beauty and exploration, but do you know the history behind it? Turn to page 24 to find out. History is a theme this month and on page 10 you can read about Thatcham's fascinating past. One last thing - remember to smile - it is National Smile Month : ) Plenty more to read in this issue, so make a cuppa and enjoy!

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Your Local Buzz Fundraising for Greenham Trust Wing at the West Berks Hospital Eighteen months after the public launch of the Rosemary Appeal we continue to enjoy considerable local support without which the Appeal would fail. Last nights’ (Saturday 21st April) Gala Dinner at Rookwood Farm was the perfect fund raiser - accompanied by thunder and lightning. Building of the new Greenham Trust Wing (named after Greenham Common Trust without who’s support the project may have foundered) at the West Berks hospital is now complete, fitting out of the ground floor renal unit well advanced and the first floor cancer unit due for completion in mid-summer. Commissioning of this valuable extension to the local hospital is now scheduled for August. With an ambitious target of £4.5 million the Appeal has now raised over £3.5 million (donations large and small) and is now focused on the final million.

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With an ambitious target of £4.5 million the Appeal has now raised over £3.5 million (donations large and small) and is now focused on the final million.

unit will be of enormous benefit to the local community but we still need local support to achieve our final objective £4.5 million’.

Line closures - more dates announced GWR and Network Rail have confirmed more dates when a significant part of the line between Newbury and Reading will be closed. This is to facilitate electrification works, track renewal and ballast work. The first phase of works is scheduled to take place over the following four working-day periods, with a number of additional line blocks required to complete the work.

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Cleaning up our act Buying a bottled drink in Germany today would cost you an additional 22p deposit refundable on returning the container, usually via a ‘reverse vending machine’. This has led to a 97% recycling rate in Germany. It was good to hear the Minister announce a similar scheme for the UK, subject to consultation later this year. This is a brave and positive step which will not only increase recycling rates but will help reduce litter and stop the tide of plastic bottles that end up in our oceans. A few weeks ago I signed the #PassOnPlastic pledge which made me look at the consumption of singleuse bottles at home and in the office. Disposable coffee cups are another part of the problem as their plastic liners require specialist recycling. Costa Coffee near my office in Newbury invites customers to return their cups for recycling and you can now

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Since 2010 we have helped over 600,000 disabled people get themselves into work and have set ourselves the ambitious target of helping a million more before the end of this Parliament. One way we are doing this is with the Disability Confident scheme, which challenges negative attitudes towards employing disabled people and promotes equal employment opportunities. On Friday 23rd March I was joined by Minister for Disabled People Sarah Newton MP at Enham Trust just outside Andover along with dozens of local businesses, charities and public sector organisations to do just that. Getting more disabled people into jobs lets them bring their talents into the workplace, but it also gives employers access to the new ideas, new thinking and new skills they offer. It is a win-win for everyone and I am very pleased that nearly all of the businesses at the event signed up to become Disability Confident. Kit Malthouse MP Minister for Housing, Family Support and Child Maintainence

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The doctors and nurses not only covered Thatcham but also Crookham, Cold Ash and Bucklebury.

Doctors Orders Getting medical help is relatively easy with the NHS but what did we do before this revolutionary service? Two of the earliest doctors of the village were Mr Lang and Mr George Watts. George served the village from at least 1835 until his death in 1871. Perhaps two of the best known though are Richard and Francis Lyon, two brothers from Ireland, who worked as doctors from c.1880. Francis lived at Sydney Lodge in Station Road and looked after the wealthy whilst Richard lived in Chapel Street and looked after the poor. There would have been a fee for the services they provided, however many places ran a scheme which the wealthy paid in to subsidizing the service given to the poor. To support the work of the doctors Thatcham Nursing Society was formed in 1900 with Nurse Whitehouse being the first appointed to the position. The doctors and nurses not only covered Thatcham but also Crookham, Cold Ash and Bucklebury.

To support the work of the doctors Thatcham Nursing Society was formed in 1900

The first record of the Inn dates to 1613 although it had probably been trading long before then.

King’s Head The King’s Head is one of three stagecoach Inns in Thatcham, the other two being the White Hart and Coopers Cottage. The first record of the Inn dates to 1613 although it had probably been trading long before then. In 1784 the first Royal Mail Coach ran by the Inn, the innkeeper at the time was Edward Fromont. He was responsible for the Thatcham to Calne stage of the journey. Charlotte Fromont, Edwards

daughter, took over until the 1840s. It was during the 1840s that part of the inn was sold off, a blacksmith was established, a house, and other parts sold off. This went from a large coaching inn supplying a number of horses, stabling and coach repair facilities, that would have covered a large portion of what is today Waitrose car park, and was split and downsized to what we see today.

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The Council School In 1847 the British School in Church Lane opened in no small part due to Mrs Sarah Barfield. The school became so popular that it was soon oversubscribed. It was under Horatio Skillman, headmaster from 1882, that things changed. An inspection in 1910 found improvement needed. One such was a new playground, however there was both a lack of funds and ground to achieve this one issue. As such a new school was built. The British School closed for Easter on Thursday, 20 March 1913 with the new school, The Council School, opening on Tuesday, 1 April, 1913. Many of the staff moved to the new school, the school expanded and in 1964 the headteacher re-named the school to Francis Baily School in honour of the great astronomer.

History Charities of Thatcham The first charitable donation that we have a record of made in our local history dates to c.1413 and was made by Alice Bye. Alice gave a burgage tenement, typically a house on a long plot of land, to the churchwardens, John Bye and Thomas Bela, for charitable purposes. Others soon followed and about 1420 Thomas Loundyes built an

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almshouse on south side of what is now Chapel Street. This was the start of the Loundyes charity with other properties granted to the churchwardens in 1446 after Thomas died. By 1585 the Nine Shilling Houses, or at least the charity, had been formed. Charities continued to be created by the likes of John Hunt, Elizabeth Cox Baily and Reverend John Heardman. Many of these still exist in the form of Thatcham Parochial Charities.

Around 1420 Thomas Loundyes built an almshaouse on south side

Thatcham Market There was a market in Thatcham which is believed to originate between 1100 and 1135, perhaps earlier. At this time Thatcham was classed as a town and by 1304 was also a borough. Thatcham had a rather successful market and apparently the envy of many surrounding settlements as in c.1160 the men of Newbury attacked the market. They overturned stalls and allegedly caused a pitched battle in the Broadway. The monks at Reading Abbey appealed to the king who issued a further charter directing that the monks be allowed to hold their Thatcham market without interference and forbade the men of Newbury to do any injury to it. By 1539 the market was recorded as being worth nothing and soon stopped.

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Asparagus has a long history going back as far as the first century. There are records of it growing in ancient Greece and Rome. Over 2,000 years ago, Egyptians cultivated asparagus for medicinal reasons and legend has it that it was so revered they offered it up to gods in their rituals.

Asparagus Labour-intensive to grow, asparagus are the young shoots of a cultivated lily plant. They are considered to be one of the delicacies of the vegetable world and have a distinct, intense savoury flavour. Sprue is the term for young, very slender asparagus. While French asparagus is purple, the British and American varieties are green. In contrast, Spanish and much Dutch asparagus is white, as it's grown beneath the soil and cut just as the tips emerge.

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In 2018, the campaign will take place between 14 May and 14 June, and will encourage all dental and health professionals, schools, pharmacies, community groups, colleges and workplaces – in fact anyone with an interest in good oral healthcare, to join in and help us educate, motivate and communicate positive oral health messages and improve the quality of smiles all around the UK. But National Smile Month isn’t just about education and stressing the importance of a healthy mouth – the key to the success of the campaign is that we have lots fun doing it!

Brush your teeth last thing at night and at least one other time during the day with a fluoride toothpaste.

Tips for a healthly mouth Good oral health can have so many wonderful life-changing benefits. From greater self-confidence to better luck in careers and relationships. Brush your teeth last thing at night and at least one other time during the day with a fluoride toothpaste. Clean in between your teeth at least once a day using interdental brushes or floss. To check if you have bad breath lick your wrist, let it dry and give it a sniff, if it smells your breath probably does too. If you use mouthwash don’t use it directly after brushing as you rinse away the fluoride from your toothpaste. Quit smoking to help reduce the chances of tooth staining, gum disease, tooth loss, and in more severe cases mouth cancer. Make sure your toothpaste contains fluoride; it helps strengthen tooth enamel making it more resistant to decay. Change your toothbrush every two to three months or sooner if it becomes worn as it will not clean the teeth properly. 23

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Bath was a popular place in the 1700s, attracting thousands of fashionable and wealthy visitors including members of the Royal Family. They came to ‘take the waters’ at the spa and to enjoy the social activities taking place in the city at the Assembly Rooms, the Pump Rooms and the theatres and music halls.

Grey herons are widely distributed, occurring throughout much of Asia as far east as Japan. They also breed in South Africa, while migrants are regular throughout much of Africa.

Huge loads of coal came into Bath via the canal to heat the spacious Georgian mansions for these visitors.

Commercial wealth Built as a commercial transport route between 1794 and 1810, the Kennet & Avon Canal transformed Bath, providing safe and efficient travel between London and Bath, and via the River Avon, to Bristol.

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Before the canal, the journey to London involved a difficult overland route or a perilous sea journey via the Bristol Channel and around the south coast. The canal shortened the journey, offered a safe and efficient route and created new opportunities for trade and transport. Bath stone could be delivered easily to London and other cities, and tons of coal, food and other goods essential for Bath’s profitable tourist industry could be brought into the city.

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Where steam or other mechanical arrangements could not be utilised, and in particular for hauling boats and barges, the horse was the motive power. 24

Kingfishers nest in burrows, usually in soft riverbanks. The nest tunnels can be up to 140cm long, ending in a nesting chamber, and can take many days to create.

Locks Changes in level on the Kennet and Avon were achieved by the use of pound locks.

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t & Avon Canal Building the canal The methods and equipment used to construct canals in 1794 were relatively basic, and although steam powered equipment could sometimes be used, in the main picks and shovels were used for digging and wooden wheelbarrows for moving earth and rocks. Clay lined the channel to make it watertight, and brick and stone was used to build structures such as bridges and locks. Timber was the material for creating lock gates and swing bridges, and both cast and wrought iron for constructing pumps, ornamental bridges and various other metal components that were used in the construction process. At this period metallurgy was still in its infancy and the production of steel was as yet not possible

Innovation It was however a period of rapid change and innovation, and canal engineers were at the forefront of this.Where this was concerned, John Rennie for

example, is credited with being the first man to use cast iron ball races to enable swing bridges to pivot more easily.

Steam-powered pump Steam operated beam engines were utilised for powering pumps and two engines of this type were installed at Crofton, near Great Bedwyn, Wiltshire. A reservoir had been created at Wilton Water by damming a number of small streams, and the Crofton pumps took water from there and pumped it to the summit pound. A good supply of water was necessary at the summit point of all canals so that an initial water supply was available in both directions.

Water-powered pump Another form of pump, this time powered by a water wheel operating in the River Avon, was used at Claverton to pump water from the river to the ninemile pound heading east between Bath and Bradford on Avon.

These consist of a chamber on the line of the canal which is closed at each end by mitred gates and has a facility for filling and emptying the chamber by means of sluices (paddles). Boats that enter this chamber are thus raised or lowered as water is let in or drained out of the chamber.

The 'navvies' The canal company and its contractors also employed labourers who were known as navigators or navvies (hence the term in use today). These men were usually agricultural labourers who found canal building work more financially rewarding than that associated with farming.

Closure and restoration After a century of decline, in the 1960s the canal eventually fell into disrepair and parts of it were closed to boats. The future of the K&A looked bleak. However, waterway enthusiasts and local people flocked to the cause. The Kennet & Avon Canal Trust was formed and, with hard work and dedication, these volunteers gradually restored the canal to its former glory. In 1990 the Queen officially reopened the K&A, and since then the canal has gone from strength to strength with the help of a ÂŁ25m Heritage Lottery Fund grant. Substantial restoration works have been matched by the development of canalside resources, including wildlife habitats and moorings.

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No island comes close to this island, and almost half of it is designated an area of outstanding natural beauty! There is a variety of landscapes, including high chalk downland, woodland and lovely coastline! We will be staying at the charming & well-appointed The Ocean View Hotel, Shanklin which is set in a premier location. On this tour we have included places such as; a scenic tour of Alum Bay overlooking The Needles, the opportunity to visit Osborne House, Queen Victoria’s home (entry not included) a visit to Ventnot, a victorian town with a mediterranean feel & so much more!

Located on the coast of Snowdonia, with a long sandy beach and a picturesque harbour bordered by the dramatically beautiful Mawddach estuary, Barmouth is the perfect destination at any time of the year. We have included stops in various places such as the small but flourishing town of Machynlleth, Snowdonia with its amazing views of Snowdon as we travel via Capel-Curig. Other stops include Porthmadog, Caernarfon and Abergavenny.

Call the Midwife, Trains & Castle Sun 29th July 2018 5 Days: £449 Includes Historic Dockyard with ‘midwife’ guide, Kent & East Sussex Railway & Hever

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Our central hotel allows us to explore the great city of Newcastle and the highlight is a 2 hour ‘Quay to Countryside’ cruise along the River Tyne. We also spend 2 days exploring Kent has a rich sense of history and tradition, and is dotted with picturesque the best of Northumberland with included visits to Bamburgh Castle and villages, imposing castles and stately Alnwick Gardens. We will bew staying homes. The Historic Dockyard has recently been used for filming “Call the at the Mercure Newcastle Country Midwife” as well as “Mr Selfridge” and is Hotel which is a grade II listed building also a treat for people who like all things in the heart of Newcastle. water-borne with its 400 year history. for full tour itineraries, We also enjoy a train ride and vists a visit our website or call our castle with gardens all whilst based in a team to request a free copy fantastic, 4 star hotel.

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Kynren - An Epic Tale of England Fri 17th August 2018 3 Days: £249 The UK’s most spectacular open-air live show plus local guided tour, York and Harrogate Starting at sunset and ending in starlight, this 90 minute show is set against the magnificent backdrop of Auckland Castle in County Durham. It is played to 8000 guests each night on a vast stage with a lake at its centre. We also enjoy a guided tour of the Durham Dales with a local guide and visit the fantastic destinations of Harrogate and York.

To survive, a kingfisher must consume its own body weight in fish each and every day.


Kingfishers In the UK, there is just one species of kingfisher, the common kingfisher. Its beautiful, metallic blue and orange plumage stands out prominently, and fast, swooping motion is incredible as it dives towards water to collect fish. They seem the ideal hunter, flying rapidly, eying prey closely and exacting the right moment for capturing their target with immense precision. Rivers with overhanging branches make for ideal perches upon which kingfishers may begin their hunt for prey.

Habitat The kingfisher is of the Alcedinidae family, which extends around the world and contains numerous varieties. Interestingly, most kingfishers around the world are quite unlike our UK variety, whose habit it is to live closer to water than to land. In fact, you will find that in the UK, kingfishers tend to favour slow-flowing rivers or motionless water in relatively lowland areas. Perhaps the slow-moving water provides greater visibility for the Kingfisher to spot fish? If the water is moving too quickly it would create bubbling, preventing the bird from seeing a clear view of any fish swimming beneath. Kingfishers are resident all year round in the UK, although they may exhibit some short migratory behaviour, for instance over harsh winters they may migrate near to coastal areas, but rarely further than that.

Vulnerablility Listed as Amber status on the Birds of Conservation Concern list (BoCC), kingfishers are particularly vulnerable to habitat degradation and watercourse pollution. In fact, the long-time population decline since 1970 is, according to the RSPB, due primarily to river pollution, especially those near industrial towns and cities. Such heavily polluted rivers tend not to be home to significant populations of fish, and hence do not attract kingfishers.


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Fitness Benefits Basking in nature provides us many health benefits for our mind and body. Studies have shown that constant exposure to green areas relaxes the body, reduces stress and can aid in alleviating anxiety.

Keeps your heart rate up Playing golf can lead to quite a bit of exercise for your heart. As is the case with burning calories, the walking, carrying and swinging will increase your heart rate, keeping it pumping and increasing blood flow. Naturally, this will lower your risks for heart diseases and decrease levels of “bad� cholesterol.

Good for your brain As your heart rate increase, so will blood flow to the brain, which can stimulate and improve nerve cell connections.

Improves vision It requires pretty good vision to zoom in on that round, little white ball that may be yards away. Golfers learn to hone in on small targets from long distances and even when the ball is on the tee, prior to their swing, golfers are presented with the opportunity to evaluate the keenness of their vision while improving hand-eye coordination.

Better sleep Since you are getting quite a bit of exercise, your tired body will thank you at night when it’s time for some long deserved rest. Golfers will fall asleep faster and sleep more profoundly, and are able to remain in a deep sleep for longer periods of time due to the amount of energy expended. Deeper sleep is necessary for your body to regenerate cell and repair any muscles and tissues.


Golf is a sport that appeals to many people. Whether you enjoy the competitive side or the fresh air and beautiful scenery, there is something for everyone. In this second of three parts, we look at the fitness benefits and how to avoid a back injury.

Overall, muscles that have been stretched and gradually loaded are much less prone to being injured while playing golf and can take more stress before either being strained or sprained.

Practice swinging The objective of a golf swing is to develop significant clubhead speed, and to do this a lot of torque (force) and torsion (twisting) is applied to the low back. Golfers should emphasize a smooth, rhythmic swing, as this produces less stress and less low back pain (such as minimizing muscular effort and disc and facet joint loading).

should bend forward from the hips. Weight should be distributed evenly on the balls of the feet. As most golfers will agree, while developing an easy, fluid swing may be desirable in terms of reducing stress to the low back and preventing low back pain, this is often easier said than done. To avoid a low back injury, beginners would be well advised to work with a golf pro when starting out, since most aspects of a golf swing are not natural or intuitive. Additionally, golf lessons may be useful for senior golfers who have decreased flexibility and strength.

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Anyone for Preventing Low Back Pain As with so many health conditions, a little effort to prevent back injury and low back pain goes a long way. There are three key areas of prevention; warm-up, swing and carrying the golf bag. Warm-up A thorough warm-up before playing, including stretching and easy swings, is critical for the muscles to get ready for the game. Stretching should emphasize the shoulder, torso, and hip regions as well as the hamstring muscles. The shoulder and torso may be stretched by holding a golf club behind the neck and shoulders and then rotating the torso. The hips may be stretched by pulling the knee to the chest. The hamstrings maybe stretched by bending over and trying to touch the toes. Next, gently swinging a golf club helps warm up the necessary muscle groups and prepares them for the torque (force) and torsion (twisting) that a golf swing produces. Time permitting, going to the driving range before a golf game is very helpful. Golf practice should begin with the smaller irons and progress up to the larger woods. This process allows the muscles to incrementally warm up.

With a proper swing, the shoulder, pelvis (hip), and thoracolumbar segments (chest and lower spine) rotate to share the load of the swing. The shoulder and hip turn, along with the wrist snap, will produce more clubhead velocity than a stiff arm swing. Good balance while golfing is achieved by slightly bending the knees and keeping the feet approximately shoulder-width apart. The spine should be straight, and the golfer

Carrying the golf bag Repeated bending over to pick up a golf bag can stress the low back and lead to a muscle strain. An integrated golf bag stand that opens when the bag is set on the ground can eliminate the need to bend over. Some individuals like to carry their own golf bag to get more exercise, and while this may be a good idea, bag straps that place all the pressure on one shoulder can be hard on the back. It is advisable to use dual straps on the golf bag to evenly divide the weight across the back and reduce the chances of developing low back pain from an uneven load.

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We can help by reducing soft tissue adhesions and improving joint flexibility, allowing greater ease of movement as losing flexibility, increases our chance of injury. Improving your structure, will improve your function, just like a bit of oil, improves that creaky door! Using a golf swing as an example, you can see how performance can be affected. l

The thoracic spine (mid-back) allows the rotation required to drive the force of the swing. If the thoracic joints are restricted, then the swing isn’t as smooth.


The soft tissues of the knee and lower back absorb any compression and torque during the swing. If there is any weakness, the soft tissue pulls, leading to injuries of those ligaments, muscles, tendons, cartilage and spinal discs.


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People typically use about 5,000 words in their speech and about twice that many in their writing.

While it is true our first ancestors may have used some type of sign language, eventually verbal communication evolved. The oldest words we know of are building block words, reflecting key elements in developing societies across humanity. These words go back more than a thousand years!

History of words

I - The word I is the ultimate personal

pronoun, referring to oneself. This word dates all the way back to before the year 900, and it makes sense because humans needed ways to refer to themselves (as opposed to their mother, brother, husband, child). Self-identity was and always will be important.

We - is the nominative plural of I, indicating possession, so of course it was created at the same time. if you have a way to reference yourself (I), then why not find a way to describe the whole gang, as well. Give - originated before the year 900, which means that man learned long ago how to work together and to share. 34


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Black - Interestingly enough, black is another one of the earliest words in our language (before the year 900) picked up on the fact that the sun sets every night, and the sky becomes dark. Fire - This is another building-block word, describing an essential concept, and it probably helped our ancestors live longer.

One, two, three - The concept of mathematics stretches back through the centuries. The creation of numbers suggest that a sense of sequential order was necessary in early civilization. Makes sense for planning, hunting, and gathering purposes.

Greenham Trust has given £40 million in its first 20 years to improve the lives of local people. In fact, most people, young or old, living in West Berkshire and north-west Hampshire have probably benefitted in some way or other from Trust funding, even if they aren’t aware of it.

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Don’t underestimate the power of remortgaging This year has seen remortgaging reach a nine-year high, according to figures from UK Finance’s latest mortgage report. The report revealed there were 49,800 remortgaging completions in January alone – 19.1% higher than in the same month a year earlier – and valued at a total of £8.9 billion. So, why the sudden surge in popularity? It could be the combination of two factors: the end of a large number of fixed rate mortgages in the New Year, and the speculation that the Bank of England may announce a rate increase. If you are contemplating remortgaging, we’ve outlined key things to consider and the documentation you will need to provide for the process to run smoothly, whether you are employed, self-employed or a contractor. When considering remortgaging, there are three details to check on your current mortgage: Is there an early repayment charge? Most, but not all, mortgages have an early repayment charge (ERC), and some may have extended financial penalties after the deal ends. Determine if there is a charge, how much it is, and what date it applies to. With this information, you can work out if it’s worth paying the charge in comparison to the savings you will make on your new mortgage. Is there an exit or admin fee? Check if you need to pay an exit fee to move from your current mortgage. Not only this, you may have to pay an administration fee for releasing the deeds to your solicitor. This can typically range from £50 to £200. How much is owed on your current mortgage? Find out how much you owe to your current lender, your mortgage term and repayment method (capital and interest or interest only) – your lender will be able to provide you with this information. If you’re looking to switch, don’t be tempted to estimate how much you owe, make sure you gather the figures required to clear the mortgage on a set date. Having a set date means it will take into account any normal repayments you are due between now and then. Relying on an estimate may create a shortfall which you’ll need to pay additionally. Get your paperwork in order: Remortgaging doesn’t necessarily involve a heavy paper trail, but there are a number of documents you will need to provide before the

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Contracts: If you are a contractor, you will need to provide your current contract and employment history.

If you’re looking to remortgage your property pop into your local Newbury Building Society branch or pick up the phone to arrange an appointment. Visit our Newbury branch, or call us on 01635 522588 or email Jane Bosher, Senior Office Manager of Newbury Building Society’s Newbury branch.

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The models available nowadays are a great improvement on those used in the past. They're smaller and neater, and they work better too.

Hearing Aids How to get hearing aids

The earlier you get them, the more you'll get out of them – so don't wait until your hearing gets really bad before seeing your GP.

See your GP if you're having problems with your hearing. They can refer you to a hearing specialist for an assessment if they think you might need a hearing aid.

Benefits of hearing aids

When your hearing aid is ready, it will be programmed to suit your level of hearing loss.

Hearing aids won't make your hearing perfect, but they make sounds louder and clearer, reducing the impact hearing loss has on your life. Hearing aids can: l

Help you hear everyday sounds such as the doorbell and phone.


Improve your ability to hear speech


Make you feel more confident when talking to people and make it easier for you to follow conversations in different environments.

But hearing aids only help if you still have some hearing left, so don't put off getting help if your hearing is getting worse.

ear has been measured or a cast of your ear has been taken. These will usually be ready in a few weeks. If your specialist recommends hearing aids, talk to them about the different types available and which is best for you. You may be able to try a few types before choosing one. Some types may be available to use straight away. Others may need to be custom made after your

When your hearing aid is ready, it will be programmed to suit your level of hearing loss. You'll be shown how to use it and how to look after it. Another appointment will be arranged for a few weeks later to check how things are going.


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Deaf Awareness Week 14 - 20 May 2018 1 in 6 people in the UK are affected by hearing loss. That’s around 10 million people in total. But only 2 million people in the UK wear hearing aids. People with hearing loss face barriers to communication which can cause; lack of confidence, isolation and depression. But technology and the way we communicate can help to change this. Today’s hearing aids are smaller, more discreet and more stylish than ever before. Some are even invisible. Hearing better could help to improve your quality of life. And the sooner you take action the better.

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