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HOW THE BANK OF MUM AND DAD CAN HELP THEIR CHILDREN BECOME FIRST TIME BUYERS

Research undertaken by Legal and General*, in association with CEBR the economics consultancy, indicates that in 2017 the Bank of Mum and Dad will become the UK’s 9th biggest lender to first time buyers. The report highlights this is due to a number of factors; including rising house prices, slow wage growth and the size of deposits required in more expensive housing regions. And, geographically, parents in the South West of England on average contribute the most per transaction, even more than in London. So, in which ways can you help your child (or grandchild) buy their first home? 1.

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By gifted deposit – family members can gift a deposit sum which will help towards their child’s or grandchild’s property purchase. In the South West, without a sizeable deposit you are unable to buy a property with a mortgage. Help with providing a larger deposit, will both give your child the opportunity to buy and potentially lower the cost of the interest rate that will be payable. Additional borrowing on the family home – providing you own your own home, being retired or of older age does not mean you are not able to release equity from your property. If you do not have savings to gift, or your savings are tied into investments, you could possibly take out a mortgage on your home and gift the funds to your children to help them towards buying a home. Joint mortgage – sole ownership - If you, as parents, are employed or retired your income could be used towards obtaining a mortgage jointly with your child. This could potentially increase your child’s purchasing power and enable them to get onto the property ladder. You would be jointly named on the mortgage, however the ownership of the property would remain in the name of your child, this would mean you would not be liable for second home stamp duty costs.

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Help to Buy and Shared Ownership – there are also government schemes which offer the opportunity to purchase a share in a new build or resale property. The Shared Ownership scheme is a cross between buying and renting, and allows the purchaser to buy a share in a property, usually between 25% and 75% of the purchase price, and then pay rent on the remaining share. In these schemes, the deposit can be a lot lower than would be required when purchasing outright, therefore the help required with the deposit would be less.

Before you make any decisions, it’s always advisable to seek independent advice. Helping your child may seem like the right thing to do, but do ensure that it is affordable for you and that any agreements entered into are clear to all parties involved. If you would like to talk to us about mortgages please contact us and arrange an appointment in a branch local to you or by telephone. We are known for providing a tailored and individual service and our qualified mortgage advisers are also available for appointments on Saturdays.

Visit our Newbury branch, or call us on 01635 522588 or email newbury@newbury.co.uk. Jane Bosher Senior Office Manager 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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Community News your Community. your voice. Throughout July hundreds of vet practices up and down the country, including the Berkshire practices listed below are backing the Pet Parasite Action campaign to encourage people to help protect their pet (and their family) against harmful parasites inside and out.

Protect your pet The campaign is being supported by TV and radio presenter Jenni Falconer, “As a dog owner and a mum I want to be sure I do the best thing for my pet and my family. During the Pet Parasite Action campaign I’m encouraging all pet owners to visit their vet for a simple way to help protect their pet against parasites inside and out, including those that might be harmful to rest of the family. Let’s act now to protect all the members of our family, furry or otherwise.” After conducting a nationwide survey of over 1000 dog owners, Pet Parasite Action says the findings confirm that dogs are important members of the family and most owners say that losing their pet would be devastating. The most important reason for owning a pet is to keep active but other reasons, such as non-judgemental love and

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New library opening hours from 3 July 2017 From Monday 3 July, opening hours will change at several West Berkshire Libraries. Newbury Library will close at 6pm on Thursday evenings and open from 10am to 4pm on Saturdays. All other branches will open from 10am until 12.30pm on Saturdays. Other weekday changes are at Thatcham, which will close at 5pm on Tuesdays, and Theale which will be open between 2pm and 6pm on Thursdays.

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update. . . One of the great things about Thatcham is the number of local groups, run by volunteers, that give the town such a warm community spirit. Of course, not everyone belongs to one, but many people do and I know from the many conversations I’ve had that they get a lot out of it. For some it’s about learning new skills or sharing their experiences; others join because they want to contribute something back or simply want to get out of the house and meet new faces. Whatever the reason, the voluntary groups are adding a great richness to people’s lives and they should be encouraged and supported. Some groups to find out more about are Edible Thatcham (which is planting and tracking edible plants), Thatcham Youth, Cameo, Thatcham Gardening Club and Friends of Thatcham Library. Thatcham Vision aims to support these and many other groups in the town, so they can grow and make the town a better place for all its residents. Meanwhile, our Action Groups are continuing their work to drive forward the Parish Plan and are always looking for more volunteers. See our website to find out more if you’ve a passion for transport, senior citizens or community safety in particular. st By David Conque

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Keep safe when you’re on a night out Here are some simple but useful tips for how to look out for yourself and your friends whilst out for the night. Alcohol often plays a major part in our investigations. Simply, to help yourself stay safe, drink in

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International technology conference Many high-profile experts from across the technology sector including Bryan Glick, Editor in Chief at Computer Weekly shared the latest innovations, insights and ideas at the fourth annual International Technology Conference, hosted by the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce and Microsoft UK. The event aimed to bring together businesses interested in learning about the latest developments and gaining industry insight into the sector. The day, which was facilitated by Jon Briggs, the original voice of Siri UK, included educational content, case studies and interactive panel discussions with attendees having the opportunity to network with peers and industry thought leaders. The Chamber’s full event calendar can be accessed: http://bit.ly/2mK3Ih3

Nature Discovery Centre Among Thatchams local attractions is the Nature Discovery Centre situated south west of our Town and is a great place for a day out. Whether you like walking or sitting around the beautiful tree lined lake or visiting the amazing SSSI reed beds, feeding the birds or playing in the fantastic adventure playgrounds - there's something for everyone. Even an indoor educational environment exhibition showing local flora and fauna. There is also a cafe serving hot & cold drinks, ice creams, homemade dishes and a shop with a Ideal visit for the wide range of wildlife and nature themed gifts. summer holidays

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Newbury Art Group 70th Anniversary Exhibition As part of the Newbury Art Group celebrations to commemorate their 70th Anniversary, the group will be presenting an Exhibition and Sale of Work in the Newbury Town Hall, 2nd - 6th August, Wednesday to Saturday 9.30am to 5pm and Sunday 9.30am to 4pm. The exhibition is just one of many events arranged by the group for members and guests, which includes weekly painting groups, outdoor painting days, art demonstrations, ongoing sale of work in the West Berkshire Community Hospital Restaurant and coach trips to art galleries. Free n Admissio

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Your new album ’24 Hrs’ is your 4th consecutive number 1 album that must be a great feeling? Amazing. I’m very proud of that you know to have 4 consecutive number 1 albums is brilliant. I never expected in my wildest dreams that I would’ve got this far so, it’s really really amazing so thank you. What do you reckon has been the appeal of your music and yourself to make you the most successful male artist to ever come from the X Factor? I dunno, I’d like to think that I’ve done some great songs and, think people love what I do. This album’s probably the most heartbreaking, most honest album that I’ve done. I think with previous albums I have a lot of fun, my album’s are happy and people enjoy listening to them. Its just luck you know that people like me and people have bought my albums and I’m very lucky that they do, I’m very very grateful. You mention this is your most honest album to date, do you feel you are constantly progressing as an artist and songwriter? Yeah 50/50 I mean, I did run out of ideas, I wanted to do something different and I felt with this album I just didn’t know where to go next. What I was gonna do? I felt like writing about what’s been actually, genuinely happening was the right thing to do. I’m just really happy that I did this album and the fact that it went to number 1 and people really like it. At the start of the year I was like ‘what am I gonna write about? What am I gonna do?’. I wrote most of my hits so this album was just an opportunity to do something different and to keep my fans interested and show them a different side to me and I’m really happy and proud of how well it’s done and I can’t wait for people to hear the second track from the album next year with the other single that we’re gonna release it’s exciting. Is there a particular track on this album that you’re most proud of you, that you really want people to hear? I think ’24 Hrs’ and ‘Flaws’ are the two songs on the album that I’m really proud of because for me ’24 Hrs’ the song was something else, a different song that I’ve never done before, production wise and the feel of the song, but also ‘Flaws’ was, I feel like one of the best songs that I’ve written with the guys that I wrote with. It was really sad but I think you have to listen to the songs really to kinda get the idea

of what I mean but I love writing really happy feel-good songs but at the same time I mean it’s nice to show people a different side to me and show some emotion and that’s what this album was about. You’ve got a huge run of outdoor shows that will see you come to Newbury Racecourse on the 19th August, how do they vary - from the indoors to the outdoor? It’s really fun being outside and you know the show that we’re doing at Newbury is a different gig for me. I’ve never done anything like this before, I’ve done racecourse gigs in the past but not this sort of size and I’m really proud to do it. I can’t wait I mean, go to a racecourse during the day and have a little flutter and then do a gig in the evening, perfect. How do you go about choosing your set list? It’s gonna be difficult, you know five albums but you’ve just gotta play the hits and the songs that people know; that’s what I’ll do with the set make it as entertaining as possible. I’ll throw in a few covers there as well, have a bit of a laugh with the fans and it’ll be a really fun day out and I promise any fan that comes along, it’ll be a right laugh from the start of the day to the end of it. Have you got ay kind of pre-stage ritual that you do before you go on? Me and the band have a little huddle up before the show and we sing one of our songs, well not a song, a song that we’ve got as a team and we’ve been doing it for the last six/seven years so it’s a bit of a ritual. I’m sure we’ll be sinking a few shots before the show as well just to get into the racecourse spirit. It must be great being able to get out and play to your fans, essentially in their areas without them having to travel a few hours into a major city? These are shows you get to see the real people; they are days out, family days at racecourses it’s slightly different you know. Over the years I’ve done loads of different festivals, I just feel like going to a racecourse is so different and people get to see a different vibe, different set, different sound and you get to see different people. You know, there’s some of these people that come to the racecourse who are people that maybe have never been

to a music festival before so, it’s nice that, I just thought its refreshing for me to do a gig like this. I mean I’m really looking forward to having a day out with my mates at Newbury racecourse as well as everyone else and then at the end of it, get up and sing and just have some fun. The day that you’re headlining is ladies day. Could you ever be tempted to be a judge for the best outfit? (laughs) Yes of course, line the ladies up and I’ll pick the best outfit! When you go out on tour playing these types of shows, do you get to see much of the locality? Obviously for Newbury for instance, Downton Abbey’s just a couple miles away from the track. I haven’t been to many racecourses over the last few years as I’ve been so busy but I love the atmosphere, I love the people, you got out there and put a few bets on and the only problem for me on the day of these racecourse gigs is not to be drinking too much! So I’ve had a few little sly beers, it doesn’t get much better in the summer. If you’re a fan of my music or not it’ll be a fantastic day out. Residents come to these events because it’s an opportunity to see an artist like you on their doorstep, there’s always been fantastic reactions at the courses to the music nights. That’s the great thing about doing these racecourse events it’s about going to different parts of the country, different areas that necessarily other artists might not have been to for a while. For me it’s just great to be involved and, like I say I can’t wait to get go out to see all the fans it’s gonna be a great one and I’m sure I’ll have a massive hangover at the end of it but I’ll enjoy it.

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Is how you sleep causing you pain? Did you know that complaints such as fatigue, sleep apnea, headaches, heartburn and musculoskeletal aches, can all be linked with improper sleeping habits? For those that like to sleep on their front I'm afraid, this is the worst position. As we can't breathe through pillows, we turn our heads, putting a huge amount of rotation through our necks, causing joint restrictions and muscle strains. Your spine is also completely unsupported in this position. So what about your side? Again your spine is unsupported, but on top of this, there is a lot of compression through the joints on one side. Joint and nerve compression can also come from having your arms above your head. Sleeping on your side also impacts your internal organs which may lead to restricted breathing and blood flow. If you suffer from acid reflux or you are pregnant, avoid sleeping on your right side. The best position to sleep, is on your back with your arms down by your side. It is also advised to use pillows for support under your knees or between your legs, especially those who suffers from lower back, hip or knee pain. Make sure you pillow under your head is also the correct height, as the added curvature through your neck, may lead to pain. Please note: I will be back from maternity leave in August.

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This year I decided to buy an all-weather seat for my garden. Bizarrely I didn’t actually have a permanent place to sit where I could admire my hard work. There is an art to choosing and placing garden seating. First decide whether you want to sit in full sun, or dappled shade. Watch the path of the sun and make a note of which particular parts of the garden are illuminated at each time of day. Think about when you will sit in you garden. Will you want to eat breakfast out there? If so pop a seat and little table in a spot which catches the morning sun. If like many of us the only chance you get to sit out is during the evening then look for an area which is bathed in golden light of late afternoon. Would you like to dine out doors in the evening? Can you make room for a table, and would a patio heater be a good investment, so you can make the most of the setting. If the only area you can place a bench is in baking sun then it’s good to place some sort of overhead structure. It can be as simple or elaborate as you like. Sawn tanalised timbers can be used to make a very simple frame over which you can train a vine or climber. Use galvanised screws and it should last 20 years, providing a delightful place to rest.

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The sculpture parks and trails of England are a rather well-kept secret. They are found all over the country and are great places to visit and introduce the kids to real art. They are also good introductions to for anyone who is curious about art but feels they would be a bit out of their depth in a gallery. You can take a picnic and the children can run around. Many are free, or very cheap to enter. Each sculpture park is different in character depending on the surrounding countryside. Why not have a day outdoors and take in some culture at the same time?

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Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail, Gloucestershire. 20 sculptures set along a trail which takes about three hours to walk round. The Pride of the Valley Sculpture Park, Surrey. An enormous number of sculptures, and a varied landscape including lakes and woodland. Broomhill Art and Sculpture Garden, Devon. More than 300 sculptures in 10 acres of land! .

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Even though retirement ages have been increased recently many people find that when the time comes we don’t feel quite ready to down tools and head to the allotment or the golf course.

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#TheBigPitch Miss Scarlett, with the Lead Piping, in the Ballroom… Fellow networker: “And what do you do?” Me: “I write and perform Murder Mysteries!” This is invariably met with lots of enthusiasm, but an assumption that we flounce around in silly costumes pretending to murder people (ok, that is sort of what we do). However, over the years we’ve realised how the murder mystery genre can be used to help people work together collaboratively. In other words; team building.

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Clockwise from the top : #TheBigPitch 2017 Winner Helen Saxton from Charaderie and BuzzConnect Ambassador Abigail Brown; Runner up Graham Fletcher from McKenzie Friends; Runner up Ann Howes from The Clothes Shop Newbury; BuzzConnect Ambassadors Peter Cooke, Alister Ross, Cllr David Fenn, Mayor of Newbury, BuzzConnect Ambassador Jackie Osborne, Marion Fenn and BuzzConnect Ambassador Abigail Brown.


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Graham went through the family court process himself without paying a solicitor and achieved positive outcomes. He is passionate about helping parents in a similar situation. Graham has been running his McKenzie friend business for 2 years and has experience in over 100 court hearings.He has 15 years experience of working with children and families and has a good working knowledge of how social workers assess situations and the role such assessments play in the process. Based in Upper Bucklebury, Graham is ideally placed to attend family courts in Reading, Basingstoke, Oxford, Swindon and Slough and often attends other courts upon request.

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Your last line of defence against Ransomware! Everybody was shocked by the chaos caused following last month’s cyberattack on NHS and other systems, but how safe is your data? We normally hear people say “I haven’t got any important data”, but their faces drop when we ask “So, no family photos or anything like that then? I presume you have all those files backed up and you wouldn’t mind losing them?” These days, our computers hold much of the everyday data and treasured memories of our lives – so what can we do to protect them against disaster?

Store data elsewhere The answer of course is backups. Stuff stored in only one place (the disk in your PC) is vulnerable to whatever happens to that one place. To take the Ransomware example, if one of these malicious programs enters your machine, its first job is to identify all your data files and encrypt them so that

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Good backup system Of course, if you keep your machine properly updated and have reliable (and updated) antivirus software installed,

then your outer walls are pretty well shored up against this sort of attack, but there are always cracks – in particular, it is an “arms race” between the bad guys and the good guys, and new vulnerabilities are always being discovered. More importantly, a good backup system protects not just against malware, but against human error (accidental deletion) and physical failure too – ALL disks fail, it’s not an “if” but a “when”. Furthermore, with multiple backups, your data can be protected against physical disasters such as fire and theft too. In short, backups are your last (and best) line of defence against multiple disaster risks, both intentional and accidental.

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