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A survey commissioned by the Building Societies Association (BSA), published in 2011, suggested that 53% of people in the UK would consider building their own home. It’s not difficult to see why; self-builders can often save up to 30% of the cost of buying an existing home, according to the National Custom & Self Build Association. In theory, this means the average self-build 3-bedroom home would cost £300,000 to build, instead of £430,000 to buy. Self-builders can be those who already own a plot of land, attached to their current home, or those who purchase a plot of land to build on. Furthermore, self-building does not always mean you have to move into the property once it is completed, it is quite common for self-builders to build a home for investment purposes and rent it out. If you are one of the 53% who has considered building a home, here are four main points to consider: 1. Finding a plot of land - If you already own the plot as part of your current property you will need to appoint a solicitor to separate it from the remaining property. If you intend to do this, and you have an existing mortgage on your current home, you will need to gain the agreement from your current lender to remove an element of the land from their security. 2. Design & planning - If building on a plot you own or you wish to make any changes to pre-existing permissions you will need to apply to your local authority for planning permission. It is important at this point to have the design of the property you wish to build. Appointing a qualified architect will help ensure the design of the property will satisfy planning requirements.

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Your Local Buzz What should you do when someone you don’t know is at your door?

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There have been Palaeolithic, old stone age axes found in the area but the first settlement dates to about 10,000 years ago during the Mesolithic period, middle stone age. A series of shelters was erected on a pine covered gravel bluff near the modern sewage works on Lower Way Lane where flint tools were unearthed, as well as hearths and flint knapping floors. Excavated food and bones included those of the red deer, roe deer, wild pig, elk, horse, ox, beaver, pine marten, fox, dog, wolf and wild fowl.

hold the door open for a stranger whose arrival coincides with your departure. Don’t worry about appearing rude. Simply smile and cite security. Innocent people will understand.


Pangbourne Celebrates Bu t j u s t t h e gi n n i n g Retirement eb Tuesday 3rd October 2pm – 4pm Pangbourne Village Hall free hot drinks & cake

Do you host an activity or run a club suitable for the young at heart in our village? Would you like to find out about what’s on offer for you to enjoy in our community? Come along and join us for the Pangbourne Re-Freshers Day.


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have come together to celebrate the life of a Rainbow Guider, Anne Eldred or Dodo as she was better known. Anne had been a Rainbow leader at 1st Kennet Vale, in Thatcham, for more than 20 years. During that time she fought cancer on several occasions, however finally losing her battle in October 2016. Kennet Vale District have created a challenge badge to honour Anne and the things she loved about life, The Dodo Challenge, which is available to all sections, nationwide. The girls across Kennet Vale are raising money for The Rosemary Appeal, a new centre at West Berkshire Community Hospital, which will provide Cancer care (chemotherapy, IV therapies and day care), Renal Dialysis and a CT Scanner. For more information please contact

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Invictus Games Prince Harry unveils the UK team for the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 Prince Harry, Patron of the Invictus Games Foundation, recently unveiled the team of 90 competitors selected to represent the UK at the Invictus Games Toronto 2017. The 90-strong team of wounded, injured and sick (WIS) serving military personnel and veterans came together for the first time since selection at the Tower of London. Prince Harry met the team ahead of the forthcoming Invictus Games this month and posed for the first official team photograph.


More hopefuls than ever before, 306 WIS military personnel and veterans, trialled 11 sports for one of the 90 places available on the UK team. The rigorous selection process was based on the benefit the Invictus Games will give an individual as part of their recovery, combined with performance and commitment to training. The 2017 UK Team Captain was also named as former Army Major Bernie Broad, who takes over the mantel from 2016 Captain David Wiseman. Bernie lost both his legs below the knee due to injuries sustained in an explosion in Helmand Province in 2009. He

underwent four years of extensive surgery and rehabilitation followed by two years of assistance from the Personnel Recovery Unit at Chetwynd Barracks in Chilwell. He said: “Since being medically retired from the Armed Forces in 2014, I feel that I have taken my foot off the gas and become quite complacent. I have always been a keen and competitive sportsman, so I kick started my fitness regime and now regularly swim, cycle and walk. I am looking forward to taking part in the Invictus Games as I see this involvement as a way to re-focus me physically and mentally and to


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Over 60% of this year’s team are new to the Invictus Games and were spurred on to apply off the back of the inaugural Invictus Games in 2014, the success of the 2016 Invictus Games in Orlando and the day-to-day sports recovery activity that takes place. The team will compete in 11 sports: Athletics; Archery; Wheelchair Basketball; Cycling; Powerlifting; Indoor Rowing; Wheelchair Rugby; Swimming, Sitting Volleyball, Wheelchair Tennis and a new sport for 2017, Golf.


The Royal British Legion will be supporting the friends and family, including carers, of the UK team as part of its work to recognise the vital and valuable contribution that they make to the recovery of WIS Service personnel and veterans. The Legion’s Director General, Charles Byrne said: “The Legion is proud to be supporting the friends and family of the UK team athletes at the Invictus Games 2017. We know how important the support of friends and family is to the team, both in their performance and recovery, so their involvement in the games is key. The Legion is co-ordinating travel, accommodation

and tickets for family and friends to attend the games in Toronto, to ensure that every athlete can enjoy the support of their loved ones. We will also be providing support to friends and family in the UK in preparation for the games, as well as out in Toronto.”

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British Food Fortnight runs from 23rd September to 8th October 2017

ear after year thousands of people get behind the Love British Food campaign which culminates in British Food Fortnight in the early autumn.Communities come together to stage glorious celebrations of food, schools visit farms and learn more about the wonderful food produced on their doorstep while pubs, restaurants, hospitals and care homes change their menus in support, and a growing number of us actively seek out that label confirming it’s British.

Be inspired Alexia Robinson concludes: “British Food Fortnight has been so powerful in inspiring people around the country, whether it is big cities like Bath, small communities, schools or care homes. Most

importantly we are leading the way in encouraging the public sector to source more British food. Now in its 15th year, there is a real love for this event and, in an era of PR-driven promotions, it is unique in that it is still very much a grassroots movement. “Changing times bring both challenges and opportunities for Britain’s farmers and food producers. With Raymond Blanc and Liz Earle at the helm, a superb national committee and the best sponsor in the Co-op, Love British Food is leading the way in celebrating and promoting British food.”

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More reason Love Brit Support in abundance This year British Food Fortnight runs from the 23rd September - 8th October 2017 and once again the Co-op is the Official Retail Partner. “More than any other retailer, the Co-op is making quality British food accessible and affordable to high streets throughout Britain and we are delighted to be working with them to fly the flag for our farmers and producers,” says Alexia Robinson, Founder of Love British Food. “And we are so lucky to have many big names on our committee generating grassroots activity and reaching out to the public: the WI,

National Trust, National Federation of Young Farmers, Campaign to Protect Rural England and a host of leading catering organisations including the National Association of Care Caterers (NACC), Hospital Caterers Association (HCA), The University Caterers Organisation (TUCO) and Cucina - a very special food service organisation that is a pioneer in putting fresh British food on school menus daily.

The Co-op makes buying British easy The Co-op raises the bar for bringing British food to the high street and, from May 2017, will be the only UK retailer to have 100% fresh British bacon, lamb, beef, chicken, ham, pork, sausages and turkey, part of their three-year plan to source UK meat and vegetables.


Liz Earle joins the campaign as Love British Food Ambassador Leading wellbeing expert and pasture-fed farmer, Liz Earle MBE is also helping to spread the message far and wide. “I’m often asked about what to eat for better health and so much of the good stuff comes from high quality, local and sustainable British

food”, says Liz. “As an organic and grass-fed livestock farmer, I’m also aware of how important it is to support our home-grown farming community who produce all this goodness. That’s why I’m so proud to be a new ambassador for Love British Food.”

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Love British Food is leading the way in celebrating and promoting British food.

Raymond Blanc invites everyone to get involved A competition to find the most imaginative celebrations of British food taking place during the Fortnight will be run again in conjunction with the Telegraph.

“It makes me so happy that so many local villages, small and large, come together. . . ”


Previous winners include community groups from Bath, Emsworth and Peterborough. Anyone organising an event – big or small - is encouraged to enter. The judging panel is led by legendary chef and Love British Food Ambassador, Raymond Blanc and his son Olivier Blanc, “Every year I am amazed by the entries and it is very hard to choose the winners”, says Raymond. “It makes me so happy that so many local villages, small and large, come together. The work that they put

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Swiss Chard Chard is a leafy green vegetable often used in Mediterranean cooking. Fresh young chard can be used raw in salads. Mature chard leaves and stalks are cooked or sauteed; the bitterness fades with cooking, leaving a refined flavor which is more delicate than that of cooked spinach.

Leeks Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct flavour. Leeks are very versatile and work well cooked in various recipes or as a side dish. Two of the world's most famous soups, Scotland's Cock-a-leekie and France's creamy Vichyssoise, are based around them.

Plums The juiciest fruit in the stone fruit family, plums come in many different varieties, some sweet, some slightly more tart. As there are so many different varieties, colour isn't a useful guide to ripeness. Instead, look for smooth, unbruised skin with a chalky bloom and firm flesh that gives a little when it's gently squeezed.



Food Beetroot

Usually the deep purple roots of beetroot are eaten boiled, roasted or raw, and either alone or combined with any salad vegetable. A large proportion of the commercial production is processed into boiled and sterilized beets or into pickles.

Like Marmite, fennel is something that you either love or hate - its strong aniseed flavour leaves no room for the middle ground. When eaten raw, the texture is crisp and the flavour is quite assertive and anisseedy. Cooked, it's softer and more mellow.

Lamb Lamb refers to the meat of a sheep younger than one year old. An excellent source of protein and Vitamin B12 which is essential for red blood cell production and nerve function. Lamb is also rich in saturated fat and calories and frequent consumption of lamb can lead to weight gain.

In Eastern Europe, beet soup, such as borscht, is a popular dish. In Indian cuisine, chopped, cooked, spiced beet is a common side dish.

Grouse Grouse have a very strong and distinctive flavour. Their diet is restricted to the heather on the moorlands in northern Britain where they live, and this is why their flavour is 'heathery'.

Beetroot contains the mineral silica. This helps the body to utilise calcium, which is important for musculo-skeletal health and reducing the risk of osteoporosis.

Crab A crustacean that has its skeleton on the outside protecting a soft, flavoursome flesh. There are many varieties of crabs and the most commonly eaten in the UK is the common edible or brown crab which contains plenty of sweet, succulent flesh. Female crabs have sweeter flesh than males.











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This stunning dark ruby red is full of characteristics of blackcurrant and an abundance of plum. The long finish is pleasurable and you can appreciate the excellent structure and depth of the cedar/ oak character and sweet spicy notes. The elegance of the wine leaves you wanting more and it is best paired with pulled pork.


Mount Rozier Peacock Chardonnay Stellenbosch, Sainsbury’s 2016, 13.5% £7 Chardonnay thrives in the southern cooler parts of South Africa and benefits from the cool summer breeze. This unoaked Chardonnay is is great example of a delicate wine with pear and melon notes with a buttery style. The fresh acidity means it pairs well with seafood, light salads or white meats. Wonderful to have on those last warm summer evenings.

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orn in Llandaff, Wales, on 13th September 1916 to Norwegian parents, Harald Dahl and Sofie Magdalene Hesselberg. Sadly his early years were blighted by the tragic deaths of his older sister, Astri, and his father. Wanting the best for her only son, his mother sent him to boarding school where pupils at Repton were invited to trial chocolate bars, a memory that stayed with Dahl inspiring Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Dahl enlisted in the Royal Air Force at 23 years old and in September 1940 received severe injuries to his head, nose and back when his Gladiator crash-landed in the Western Desert. After six months recovering from his injuries in Alexandria he returned to action.

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In the early 1980s he published The Twits, Revolting Rhymes, The BFG and The Witches. There followed two autobiographical books: Boy, in 1984 and Going Solo, in 1986. Matilda was published in 1988, Esio Trot in 1990, and finally, in 1991, came the posthumous delight of The Minpins. Roald Dahl died on 23 November 1990, aged 74. He was buried in the parish church of St Peter and St Paul in Great Missenden - the Buckinghamshire village where today The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre continues his extraordinary mission to amaze, thrill and inspire generations of children and their parents.

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In 1953 Roald Dahl married the American actress, Patricia Neal, with whom he had five children. They divorced after 30 years, and he later married Felicity “Liccy” Crosland, who has furthered Roald’s legacy through the foundation of Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity and The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre.

There followed a burst of literary energy: in 1961 James and the Giant Peach was published in the US, followed by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Fantastic Mr. Fox was published in 1970, the year before the film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was released. The rest of the decade saw the publication of many other classics, including Danny the Champion of the World, The Enormous Crocodile, and My Uncle Oswald.


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The worldwide costs of dementia are estimated at US$818 billion. As a result, if dementia care were a country, it would be the world’s 18th largest economy. If it were a company, it would be the world’s largest by annual revenue exceeding Apple (US $742 billion) and Google (US $368 billion).



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The government has clarified its position on a number of outstanding issues for pension savers – but not everyone will be pleased.

It’s all in the detail The Money Purchase Annual Allowance (MPAA) is the most you can save into a defined contribution pension tax-free once you have accessed cash or taken a flexible income from it under pension freedoms rules. The government has now confirmed its intention to reduce the MPAA from £10,000 to £4,000 – but perhaps more controversially, it is intended that the cut will be backdated to April 2017. The reduction, announced during Autumn Statement 2016 and detailed in the first version of the Finance Bill, was due to come into effect this tax year, but it didn’t receive Royal Assent due to the timing of the general election. The Treasury has now confirmed that the withdrawn provision will be among several included in a new Finance Bill to be introduced after the summer recess, and that the 60% MPAA cut will be applied retrospectively.

Working to 68 In a further measure, the government has confirmed its intention to raise the State Pension age to 68 earlier than the legislated date – and in line with the recommendations of a review by former CBI boss John Cridland. The State Pension age for men and women will rise through a series of gradual increases to 66 between 2018 and 2020 and to 67 between 2026 and 2028. It was due to start rising to 68 in 2044, but under new proposals this will be phased in seven years earlier from 20371. Around seven million people are affected by this latest proposal, which includes many of those currently in their 40s.

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Is your advertising working? Advertising a small business is too expensive to do haphazardly. If you’re going to invest money into either print, radio, TV, or online advertising you need see a return on your investment. Unfortunately, many business owners don't know how to evaluate the success or failure of their ads. Ask them how well their advertising is working, and the best some owners can say is that they "think" their advertisements are working well, they don't know which ads are working well, or they don't know if any are working. Don't fall into this trap. To make the money you spend on ads pay off, you need to measure and evaluate your ad spend based on data.

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Chamber Update West Berks


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It was a privilege to be asked to sit on the judging panel for the Cultivate Competition organized by the EBP and held at Bayer, supported too by way of mentoring by Westcoast.

The Chamber welcomes the news that we are in the final phase of implementing Superfast Broadband for West Berkshire. We hope that it fulfills all our expectations and the promise of higher speeds for all. As this is not just vital infrastructure for local businesses but also residents.

The young entrepreneurs were truly inspirational and a credit to their schools. I hope all three finalists use their winnings to further their business ventures, and we’d be delighted to welcome them as members of the Chamber of Commerce, to offer all the business support they need, as they near launching their companies. Global opportunity awaits these students for certain.

The one fly in the ointment is that our pavements are being scarred by being torn up in some cases poorly filled & left scratched with ingrained dirt. Not good for the image of our local area.

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Superbly fitted including partially glazed demountable partitioning Excellent communication links to M3 and M4 Rent from £920 per month exclusive on easy in/out terms Available on a floor by floor basis Generous onsite parking Managed environment with onsite security Each suite fully self contained with staff facilities on each floor

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