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APRIL 2018

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Welcome to another packed edition of Local Buzz. April is National Pet Month and we are certainly a nation of animal lovers with an estimated 17 million cats and dogs in the UK. Turn to page 16 to find out which canine friend was voted the nations favourite. Adding to the joy and benefits a dog can bring, turn to page 19 to read about this month's charity, Guide Dogs. As well as millions of cats and dogs, millions of us enjoy a round of golf. However, if you are a beginner and would like to know your birdie from your bogey, go to page 20 for our part one series of golfing tips!


Animal Lovers Editor-in-Chief Jackie Osborne

We are all hoping the warmer months are just around the corner, but while we wait turn to page 30 to learn about tanning without the sun. Thank you to all our readers and advertisers for making Local Buzz their number one community magazine.

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National Gardening Week Proud winners Best community magazine Best magazine design Best website

Plenty more to read in this issue, so make a cuppa and enjoy!

Jackie Osborne - Editor-in-Chief

6 Local Buzz 9 Competitions 11 What’s On 19 Guide Dogs 20 Golf 25 Food & Drink 30 Your Tan 33 Classically Stylish 34 Declutter 41 Grand National 44 Services 48 BuzzConnect

Although every effort has been taken in compiling the contents, the publisher cannot be held responsible for errors, omissions or information supplied by the advertisers.

Rookwood Garden and Gift Fair Thursday 19th April 2018 10.00am - 4.00pm

Now in its 6th year the Rookwood House Garden and Gift Fair grows bigger every year.

VIP access from 9am Tickets £7.00 available on the gate

In the gardens of ROOKWOOD HOUSE, Stockcross, Newbury, RG20 8JX Any queries please contact charlotte@ or call

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VIP Preview Tickets available in advance ONLY at £10.00 (which will include Bucks Fizz + Tea/Coffee and Danish Pastry). These tickets will include entry to the fair throughout the day.

There will be over 14 specialist nurseries including Chelsea Gold Medalists Hardy’s Cottage Garden Nursery, Edulis and PalmExotics. Also over 60 stalls exhibiting garden furniture, garden sculptures, homeware, clothing, shoes and gifts, including children’s toys and a food tent.

Refreshments will be available throughout the day with coffee/tea and homemade cakes as well as light lunches. The chosen charity for 2018 is The Rosemary Appeal, who are raising funds to equip a Dialysis and Cancer Care Unit at The West Berkshire Hospital. This will benefit so many people who would otherwise have to travel to Oxford/Reading/Basingstoke/ Swindon daily for their courses of treatment.

We would like to thank our main sponsor and many other local companies and volunteers who have helped make this a really community effort.

Do you have any news that you would like to share? We’d love to hear from you

Your Local Buzz In the year in which Prince Charles celebrates his 70th birthday, local writer Gill Knappett, who lives in Whitchurch, Hampshire, has written a book about the heir to the throne.

Charles, Prince of Wales

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Buy locally from The Old Paper Shop in Whitchurch £7.99

Charles, Prince of Wales tells the story of the boy born to be King and follows his journey from schoolboy to eligible young bachelor and from fatherhood to his more recent role as grandfather. This richly illustrated royal souvenir reflects his interests in sport, his time in the armed forces, his royal homes, his life with his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, his dedication to his role as a senior member of the Royal Family, and has a particular focus on the patronages and passions he holds dear.

The Old Bluecoat School Many will drive pass the Old Bluecoat School on the A4 with little knowledge of the rich history held within. The building was completed by c.1304 as St Thomas’ Chapel. Services were held within the building until c.1550 when it appears to have been abandoned.

Charles, Prince of Wales is published by Pitkin Publishing, an imprint of Pavilion Books. It is available to order from the publisher (www.pavilionbooks. com), through bookshops and on-line booksellers (ISBN 978-184165-7844, RRP £7.99), and can be bought locally from The Old Paper Shop in Whitchurch.

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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That is until in 1707 Lady Frances Winchcombe purchased the chapel and land. This she gave to trustees with instruction to turn it into a schoolhouse for the education of thirty poor boys born, or to be born, or whose parents should live in the parishes of Bucklebury, Thatcham, and Little Shefford. This new charity school became known as the Bluecoat School for the simple reason the uniforms the boys wore were blue. The school operated until 1914 when the last schoolmaster, Samuel Vallis, left for war. The school closed and never opened as an independent school again. It was used as an extra classroom by some of the local schools including Kennet. It was later turned into an antiques shop and recently given back to a charity to run for the community. To find out more contact us via email enquiries@ uk or visit our website www. LOCAL BUZZ

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Police Advice

Stronghold – Fighting Organised Crime in Partnership What is Stronghold?

The winners were:

Stronghold is Thames Valley Police making a commitment to seeing a reduction in levels of serious and organised crime in our region. Working closely with our partners in local authority, social services and the other emergency services, we aim to achieve better knowledge sharing and suitable resourcing to disrupt and prevent the work of organised crime gangs and provide safeguarding to the innocent victims caught up in the middle.

Dragons Den Award presented by Mr Jim Wheeler ALTO – The Willink School

An organised crime group’s activities can cover different serious crime types, including;

Best stand at the Trade Fair presented by Burnie Owens DMND – St Bartholomew’s School


The winning team 'Alto' - The Willink School with Warren Richmond. Top right 'Montague' - St Gabriel's School and below right 'Arrow' - Downe House School

Young Enterprise West Berkshire Company Programme Awards Evening On Wednesday evening, March 14th some 150 students, teachers and local business people came to Arlington Arts Centre for the West Berkshire Final of Young Enterprise Company Programme. Nine teams presented their businesses which were started in September last year and shared with all their successes and challenges. A judging panel, led by Mike Farwell, Partner James Cowper Kreston, evaluated the presentations as the final part of a thorough review of each business. Products that were showcased included silver jewellery; tee light holders and coasters made from locally sourced, environmentally friendly materials; hoodies, beanies and leisure wear and boxed cosmetics. The professionalism shown by all the students was commented on by all of the invited guests from the local business community. Mr Warren Richmond, CEO of Revium Group, delivered an animated inspirational key note speech recalling his time with a Young Enterprise Company when he was in school in Reading.

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Marketing Award, sponsored by Apple Print and Creative, presented by James Hearne Edge – Downe House School

You can report concerns to 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Most Innovative Product, presented by Elaine Mowbray, Hitachi Capital Silva Deco - St Bartholomew’s School Best Presentation Award, presented by David Brinsdon, President of Newbury Speakers Montague – St Gabriel’s School Best Business Plan, presented by Mr Mike Farwell Montague – St Gabriel’s School



Best Company Report, presented by Mike Farwell Montague – St Gabriel’s School 2018 YEWB Company Programme Runners Up, presented by Warren Richmond Montague – St Gabriel’s School





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2018 Young Enterprise West Berkshire Winners, presented by Warren Richmond Alto - The Willink School

The winning team developed a range of contemporary, smart hoodies and T shirts which incorporated words promoting a greater understanding of mental health issues in teenagers. The runners up and the winners will go forward to the County Finals in May.

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Newbury Spring Festival 2018 12 – 26 May 2018 The opening night in St Nicolas Church features the exciting young cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason who became an overnight sensation after winning the BBC Young Musician of the Year Award.

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He will play the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Philharmonia conducted by Edward Gardner. The closing concert is a performance of the Mozart Mass in C minor with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and soloists also featuring Newbury’s own Festival Chorus.

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There is a programme of diverse events held at the Corn Exchange featuring artists from classical through to world music.

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Also performing is the UK’s most successful female saxophonist YolanDa with an evening of soulful jazz.


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The very young might enjoy Sound Beginnings at the Sheepdrove Eco Centre where the story of Romeo and Juliet is narrated in an animated style. For older children there is Graffiti Classics and a welcome return for the hilarious Travelling by Tuba II. Come and Sing HMS Pinafore is for all the family where from the comfort of your seat you rehearse the well-known songs with a expert Gilbert and Sullivan conductor. After the interval, you join costumed soloists for a performance where anything can happen and often does!

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Cats When humans were predominantly hunters, dogs were of great use, cats on the other hand, only became useful to people when we began to settle down and store surplus crops. With grain stores came mice, and the first wild cats were delighted by the abundance of prey in the storehouses and people were delighted by the pest control. Over time the cats invited themselves inside and people began to favour their docile traits. They adapted to this new environment, producing the dozens of breeds of house cats known today. However, they were not always the beloved pet they are today. During the Middle Ages, cats were seen by many as being affiliated with witches and the devil. Many were killed in an effort to ward off evil (an action that scholars think ironically helped to spread the plague, which was carried by rats). It was not until the1600s did the public image of cats begin to change. Today there are an estimated 8 million feline friends in the UK. The favourite breed is the British shorthair, whose fur is very plush and thick, making them a pleasure to stroke. They also tend to be highly personable and very affectionate with their owners.


Yorkshire Terrier



The Yorkshire Terrier was developed during the 19th century in Yorkshire, to catch rats in clothing mills. They make ideal companions for older families, that will happily curl up on your knee in the evening. The Yorkie are also an easy dog breed to train.


National Pet Month



Britain has a long-held reputation as a nation of animal lovers. And it's a reputation that extends around the world.

Animal Lovers This spirited concern to rescue and preserve the dignity of animals led to the formation of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. This charity was pleased to attain a royal status thanks to her majesty Queen Victoria in 1840. The society rescues injured and sick animals in a bid to rehabilitate them; it is funded by people of goodwill. There are an estimated 54 million pets in the UK. But which animal do you think is the most popular? That age old question - the dog or the cat? The answer is the dog, with an estimated 8.5 million canine lovers in the UK. However, their feline friend (or not) are hot on their furry heals with an estimated 8 million.


But why do we love animals so much?th Keeping pets is a habit that goes way back into our hunter-gatherer past, and has played an important part in our evolution. We know that, thousands of years ago, our ancestors likely kept some wolves around. They may have captured them young, domesticated them and found that they were useful for hunting. Gradually they became tamer companions and evolved into dogs. This could have been as early as 27,000 years ago.

Ever since, humans have had dogs around and keeping a pet has become a common part of many cultures. France France has 17 dogs per 100 people, one of the highest ratios in the world, and a dog population of about 7.4 million.


40% of the French people claimthto love their dogs like human family members, and dog grooming parlors are to be found in almost every town of the country.



Argentina The Latin American country of st Argentina has a booming population of man’s best friends. As the country becomes wealthier, a larger number of its population are owning dogs as pets, and the market for pet care is also increasingly making rapid strides.


Russia Russia has a flourishing population of stray dogs as well as a large pet dog population. The population of these animals is about 15 million in the country. Researchers believe that nd the strays of Russia are descendants of ancient Russian packs, whose population was kept under strict control during the Soviet period.


The Weimaraner was voted 42nd in the recent UK one hundred dog breed survey



Labrador In the recent BBC favourite one hundred dog breed survey, the Labrador raced across the finish line in first place, being voted Britain's top dog breed. As a loyal, intelligent and calm breed you will often find these dogs working alongside humans helping as assistance dogs for the blind or visually impaired. 17


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The Guide Dogs story started in 1931 with two amazing British pioneers, Muriel Crooke and Rosamund Bond. These remarkable women organised the training of the first four British guide dogs from a humble lock up garage in Wallasey, Merseyside.

The gift of Independence The charity has come a very long way since those early days. Today Guide Dogs is the world's largest breeder and trainer of working dogs. And thanks to their dedicated staff and volunteers – and your vital donations – they have helped over 29,000 blind and partially sighted people to achieve life-changing independence. Guide Dogs provide support to help people with sight loss move around

safely and confidently, to get out of their homes and be able to live their lives the way they choose. They are best known for achieving this through their worldfamous guide dogs, but their work now encompasses so much more. In recent years Guide Dogs have extended their work to help people with sight loss tackle obstacles they face on a daily basis. This could be through their Children and Young Peoples service or their My Guide service which matches up people with sight loss with a volunteer sighted guide.

To find out more about the ways you can support Guide Dogs in providing life changing services to blind and partially sighted people, please visit:

Guide Dogs relies on donations from the public to keep their life-changing services running. In 2016, less than 1% of their income came from government funding. To support a guide dog from birth to retirement costs £56,800. A guide dog owner may have as many as eight guide dogs in their lifetime, bringing the total cost to more than £450,000. 19

10 Golfing Terms Par: The score an accomplished

Golf Facts Scotland is considered the birthplace of golf and the game has been played there from the 15th century. The sport began in the East of Scotland around the Kingdom of Fife. Players hit pebbles or small stones with a modified stick around a natural course of fields and rabbit burrows. In 1457 King James II banned golf and soccer in Scotland because they distracted military personnel from pursuing archery, more suited to their profession. St. Andrew’s in Scotland is not the oldest golf course in the world. The origin of golf term ‘Caddie’ comes from Mary Queen of Scots use of French cadets to help her play while she studied there.

player is expected to make on a hole, either a three, four or five.

Birdie: A score of one under par on a hole. (Her birdie on the 10th hole was a turning point in the match).

Eagle: Two under par score on a hole. Albatross: Three under par score at a hole. Known as a 'double-eagle' in the US.

There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball. The dimples have been discovered to reduce turbulence and allow the balls to travel further.

Net score: Score after the handicap strokes have been deducted from the gross score.

Dormie: In match play, having a lead

equal to the number of holes remaining to be played, ie. two up and two to play.

Divot Turf: removed when hitting a shot.

Anyone for Golf clubs and bag

Golf clothes This really depends on where you wish to play golf. Some courses require a certain dress standard where others are happy for a casual code. But in general terms. . . Men : A polo style or turtleneck shirt or jumper with trousers or if the weather permits, shorts. Women : Blouses or turtleneck top, with trousers, shorts and mid-length skirt. On sunny days remember your hat, visor and sunglasses. Trainers are normally accepted, but best to check beforehand.


Links: Golf course on coastal terrain, usually with sand dunes and very few trees, and exposed to the wind. Literally a piece of ground that 'links' the mainland to the sea.

Bogey: A score of one over par on

Insurance actuaries have calculated the chance of an average golfer making a hole in one at approximately 12,500 to 1, and the odds of a tour professional at 2,500 to 1.

Balls travel significantly further on hot days.

right to left (or the opposite, if you play left handed!).

a hole.

Golf balls were originally made of thin leather stuffed with feathers.

The chance of two holes in one in a single round are approx 67 million to 1.

Hook Shot: that curves strongly from

You are allowed to carry as many as 14 clubs in your bag, but you won't need that many when you are first learning. Instead, start with a driver, a putter, a sand wedge and supplement those with a 6-iron, an 8-iron, a pitching wedge, and a fairway wood or hybrid with 18-21 degrees of loft. These are the clubs that are the most forgiving and easiest to get airborne. There are many different bags to choose from - ranging in price and quality.

move on to your middle irons. Work your way up to the driver, and after you hit some balls with it, go back to a short iron or wedge. This will help you keep your tempo and tension level in check.

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Learning To Play

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. If a 'birdie' is something you watch in the garden and a 'bogey' something you wipe with a handkerchief then it is time to read our 'Starters guide to Golf'!

The hardest part about golf can be getting started. Ask yourself a few questions. First, why do you want to play? Is it for work or social reasons? Maybe then you need only some basic instruction and patient friends. Perhaps you're looking to jump in headfirst in hopes of getting better fast. If so, there's plenty of top-level instruction out there.

Take lessons right away The bad news when you're just starting out is you don't know much about golf. The good news? You don't know much about golf. You probably haven't ingrained many bad habits, and you have tons of questions about what to do. Nothing beats starting out with some positive direction. Don't just seek instruction when you're struggling. It is just as important to know what you're doing right as what you are doing wrong.

Have a range routine Everyone wants to see how far they can hit a golf ball, but when you go to the driving range, resist the temptation to immediately start ripping drivers. Start out by hitting one of your wedges or short irons, warming up your golf muscles with half-swings. Then increase the length and speed of your swings, and

Learn the short shots Roughly half of your strokes come within 50 yards of the green. That means you probably should spend half of your practice time with your wedges and putter. This might sound boring, but the good news is, you can practice your short game in your back garden. Lay some buckets at various distances and try to pitch balls into them. Give yourself good lies and bad lies, just like you get on the course.

Lost your way? Learning golf can at times be overwhelming. When you feel frustrated, go back to hitting short chip shots. The chipping swing is the basis of the entire swing; it's the full swing in miniature.

Start small Golf is hard enough without needing eight shots just to get to the green. Start on a par 3 or "executive" course before you try an 18-hole championship course. On a par-3 course, all the holes are par 3s - that is, usually less than 200 yards. Executive courses typically have multiple par-3 holes and their par 4s and 5s are shorter than what you'd find on a championship course. Give yourself some time to get acclimated here before taking on a bigger challenge.

In much the same way that you most probably have house rules in your own home, there is a list of acceptable and unacceptable things you can do when staying in a hotel. Understanding and following these general etiquette tips will ensure you have an enjoyable, and trouble-free, break from your home environment.

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Housekeeping Habits

you can enjoy your break without getting stressed. If you ask for room service or additional pillows etc. do allow staff sufficient time to fulfil your request before making further demands.

Bed linen, bath towels and any other kind of frequently used item will quite likely be replaced daily. Staff will be on hand to clean up after you. However, do not be tempted to take advantage of this. Place all rubbish in the bin and aim to treat your hotel room like it is your own home. This includes keeping your own dirty laundry separate from the hotel’s linen. Some hotels provide a clothes cleaning service and will list the appropriate action to take, in the guest handbook, if you wish to use this facility.

Tips for Tips It is customary to tip the porter who delivers your luggage to your hotel room. It is also courteous to tip other members of staff who tend to your requests. A tip shows appreciation for the service you have received so it is recommended that you show gratitude. However, as a verbal thank you can also sometimes be sufficient, it is important to make sure you offer a tip to a staff member who has run more than one errand for you, or who has been especially helpful.

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Discover Donnington Grove Why wait until 2019? Celebrate your wedding in 2018 at Donnington Grove and the top table is free*

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Looking for a venue for your next meeting or conference then look no further than the Regency Park Hotel Book a meeting with us in April or May 2018 and as the booker you will receive a voucher for complimentary afternoon tea for 2.

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Style and Flavour These 5 wines represent what is great and good about your local Wine Merchant; The Naked Grape. They offer variety, style and above all flavour. We couldn’t be more proud to present these new wines to you. 1. Xavier Roger Old Vine Carignan, Languedoc, France An unassuming looking wine that is actually made with 85 year old vines. The resulting grapes are small in number and yet hugely flavoursome. A fantastic wine for the money.

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2. Neirano Barbera d’Asti Superiore, Piedmonte, Italy This wine delivers so much it’s hard to take in. Very much a mini Barolo in colour and aroma, the palate really pleases too. Superb with roast meats and herb infused dishes. 3. Cantine le Monde Refosco, Fruili, Italy Served to me just slightly chilled, I was bowled over by the crunchy fresh red fruits here. No tannin to speak of, with a concentration of cherry and raspberry fruits. A superb alternative to Pinot Noir. 4. West Cape Howe Chenin Blanc, Western Australia This is one of the main grapes of the Loire Valley wines, and here carefully produced in cool climate WA, the grape’s purity and flavour shines as well. 5. Wairau River Albarino, Marlborough, New Zealand The Albarino grape is native to northern Spain has found its way to a tiny part of the vineyard area in Marlborough. The climate here offers a more ripe tropical and pure citrus fruit palate whilst maintaining that razor sharp freshness. Quite a find.

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1. There are more than 600 different pasta shapes made around the world.

2. Before machinery, pasta was kneaded by foot. 3. The average Italian eats 60 pounds of pasta per year. 4. On April 1, 1957, BBC aired a spoof documentary about spaghetti crops in Switzerland that showed farmers harvesting spaghetti from bushes.

5. Most dried pastas are made with Semolina flour

and water.

6. Italy produces between 1,700,000 and 3,300,000 tons of pasta per year.

7. The three most popular shapes of pasta are spaghetti, macaroni and penne.

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Gut Health Gut health is set to be a big food trend for 2018. This includes probiotics like kimchi, miso and kefir and prebiotics such as onions, garlic and other alliums. Miso is rich in essential minerals


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Miso means ‘fermented beans’ in Japanese. In Japan, people begin their day with a bowl of miso soup, believed to stimulate digestion and energise the body. The protein-rich paste is highly popular as it provides an instant flavour foundation. It adds the fifth taste, known as ‘umami’, to all sorts of dishes including soups/broths, salad dressings, vegetables, stews, glazes and marinades.

Timut pepper, from Nepal, is spiky, zesty – surprisingly grapefruity – and leaves a tingly residual heat on the palate. Tipped as being the next big condiment for 2018.

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Hawaiian Food Poke bowls are everyday food in Hawaii – essentially sushi without the fussy presentation. These bowls are endlessly customisable and can be economical too.

Plant-based Protein With more and more chefs embracing ingredients such as tofu, tempeh and quinoa, veganism is on the rise. Restaurants are taking dishes back to their plant-based roots with originality and mass appeal.

Specialised Tea Good news for fans of a cuppa – tea is even more popular than before. Sales of herbal and green tea, in particular, continue to rise for consumption at home, so it is likely that the small number of tea ‘bars’ that we've seen popping up may also start to proliferate on the high street. People are beginning to think of tea with the same reverence as coffee for its many varieties.

Supermarket forecasters say that health-conscious millennials are drinking booze less and less. Premium tonic waters with interesting flavours, non-alcoholic 'spirits' and botanical mixes are flooding in to fill a gap in the market.

Dill can be used as a herbal tea

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With the promise of Summer on the way, many of us are perusing the latest holiday bargains online, dreaming of jetting off to faraway lands and reacquainting with the gym in preparation for the impending swimsuit season, but the question in the minds of many, is to tan or not to tan?



Vanity plays a part with many of us not wanting to ‘unveil the pale’ on a beach full of gloriously tanned people on the first days of our holiday but can added protection from overexposure and burning play a part too?


When talking skin preparation prior to a holiday where sun exposure will be drastically increased, advice is controversial, dividing and confusing at the best of times, but the fact remains, those with tanned skin are less likely to overexpose and burn during the initial days of their holiday and there is a huge difference between tanning and burning.

amazing function and produce melanin to act as a natural protection against overexposure from the sun’s UV rays. The more melanin in the skin, the darker the skin and typically, the closer a population live to the equator, the darker their skin will be. Isn’t life design clever? Our point is, tanning in moderation is what every single one of us is designed to do.

How do we tan?

Individuals have varying capabilities when it comes to producing the protective melanin and those with red hair, light eyes and freckles are unable to tan in the same way as an individual with olive skin and dark hair and eyes. At Consol, we have a specialist skin type quiz on our website at www.consol. eu whereby a recommendation of your skin type will be provided to you after answering a few questions based on your natural appearance and previous tanning capabilities. Once armed with

Tanning occurs when special cells in your skin called melanocytes produce a brown pigment called melanin when exposed to sunlight. This is a good thing, because the brown pigment can help to protect your skin from some of the sun’s rays. Burning on the other hand is completely unrelated to tanning. In fact, the redness and soreness caused by sunburn, is a sign that the top layer or layers of your skin have been damaged beyond repair. This result is entirely the opposite to tanning, melanin production and its effects on protection.

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Made from the world’s best supplier Ergoline, our German engineered sunbeds are unrivalled in their class and provide exceptional tanning results with no risk of overexposure. All Consol sunbeds are fitted with specially designed tubes that operate to the safe level of 0.3. This is measured as the same as sunbathing in the Mediterranean midday sun and since session times are in accordance with your personal skin type, we eliminate the risk of over exposure and generate a deep, dark and long-lasting tan. At Consol, we believe in building a tan slowly and gradually, so we operate to the low and safe legal limit, but minutes are slightly increased. This process mimics natural tanning in a controlled environment. Our beds are extra-large, comfortable and designed to enable movement to ensure even and natural tanning results.

Vitamin D In addition to looking great and minimising your risk of burning, UV light is also the best source of Vitamin D on the planet. Sun exposure is so important in fact, that a study of 30,000 women in Sweden monitored over a 20-year period found those that spent more time in the sun lived longer and healthier lives. Although precautions do need to be taken, regular, moderate amounts of unprotected UV exposure are necessary for good health and for many of our customers an essential, intelligent and responsible part of holiday preparation. We have a dedicated Helpline on hand 7 days a week from 7am until 10pm to answer any questions you might have about tanning and to assist in the membership process. Additionally, our shops are open 7 days a week from 7am until 10pm for your convenience. Your holiday tan awaits. . .

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Roman BathFacts

Did you know. . . ? 1. Roman Baths are like today’s health spas and allowed the Romans to socialise, exercise and bathe.

2. Most Roman men and women would visit the bath houses daily.

3. Women usually went early in the day (when the men were at work) and the men usually went after work.

4. The Romans tended to follow a set routine when they

went to a bath house. First they would get changed and oil their bodies. Male bathers would then go and do some exercise. After exercise, the dirt and oil would be scraped off their bodies using a tool called strigil and the bathing would begin.

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‘An Aladdin’s Cave’ people are often amazed at the wide range of clothes available.

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ClassicallyStylish Tucked away in Pound Street Newbury, just off Bartholomew Street is one of Newbury best kept secrets classically stylish ladies’ boutique opened in 1985, The Clothes Shop.

Many of their original customers, their children and grandchildren remain loyal and even when they move out of the area will travel back to Newbury to check on the new seasons stock and for the help and personal service the shop provides.

Over the years they realized ladies wanted an alternative to the “High Street Multiples”. This growing need for individuality without the large price tag has meant continual sourcing of exciting and reliable labels.

Ann and Debra, who own the shop, because of their expertise, instantly know what will suit an individual’s shape and colouring and can recommend styles and colours customers might not have tried before. But look fabulous when on. They know all their suppliers personally and trust the quality of their garments and only buy clothes that are properly made from good quality fabrics.

Ann and Debra put down their success to retraining the loyalty of their customers and the ability to attract new ones.

Although small, this shop can be likened to “An Aladdin’s Cave”. People are often amazed at the wide range of clothes available. Anything from a pair of wellfitting jeans to a special occasion outfit for a wedding or races etc. They are also renowned for their extensive range of fabulous hats with approx. 900 always in stock in a myriad of styles and colours.

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Follow these small steps and you too can de-clutter your life.

De-cluttering Tips Deal with one room at a time the task will seem less daunting. Stick with that room until it’s finished. Choose a nice day - Take the room contents outside. Psychologically it’s easier to sort and let go if you’re one step removed. It’s also less likely that the clutter will make it back inside.

It’s that time of year when we get the urge to Spring Clean

Sort everything into three piles Label them dump, donate and keep. Be realistic: if the item in question hasn’t been used for over a year it is unlikely you will ever use it.

Declutter Your Life If you can’t lay your hands on items you need because they’re buried under piles of junk; if you’re constantly moving items from one pile to a new ‘temporary’ pile; if you find yourself thinking, “I can’t throw this away, it might come in useful one day,” you’re probably a clutter-victim. Californian blogger Dave Bruno wrote The 100 Thing Challenge. He set himself a year-long experimental task of reducing his belongings to 100 items. Although it started as a challenge he actually chose to keep living by his new rules afterwards, saying he prefers the simplicity. It would be tough for most of us to emulate Bruno exactly, but he has a point. Most of us probably put far too much time, effort and money into acquiring, keeping and storing possessions, and sometimes it’s good to let go. If you’re ready to de-clutter, then we have a few simple tips. If you feel you need help, there are experts in decluttering who will guide you through the process of letting go.

Deal with the dump and donate piles - Do this before anything comes back into the house. It’s much harder to mess up your good work if the stuff is physically gone. Sort and label - Place the remaining items in clearly labelled boxes. Make sure there is one temporary box to house items which really belong in another room. As each room is sorted those items can be replaced, and other misplaced items can be housed there while the de-cluttering process continues. Replace everything that remains - The maxim ‘A place for everything and everything in its place’ is a good one. Keep small items in clear plastic boxes and store them in cupboards or wardrobes. When you’re done instigate a ‘one thing in: one thing out’ rule. It will make you think twice about acquiring something if you know something else must go. Finally, once a week, take two bags and go through your home. One bag is for rubbish, the other for items in the wrong place. When you’ve finished throw the rubbish away and replace the misplaced items.

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Horse The domestication of the horse signaled a major innovation in transport and communication. Humans could travel farther and could carry much more with them. Horseback riders also carried messages, increasing collective learning as information changed hands. Horses pulling chariots are depicted in drawings from the Middle East about 4,000 years ago. The earliest evidence of humans riding horses is 5,000-year-old fossils of worn-down horse teeth that indicate a riding bit was placed in the animal’s mouth. It is certainly possible that humans rode horses without bits long before that, but no physical evidence remains. Humans also figured out how to use horses in warfare. The chariot was a fearsome weapon and the invention of the saddle, and then the stirrup, which first appears in China about 2,000 years ago, brought a leap forward in the effectiveness of horse-mounted warfare. All the while, humans bred horses selectively for characteristics like maneuverability, speed, gentleness, and strength. A vast number of breeds, somewhere over 300, exist today, reflecting the spectrum of uses in which horses have served humans. While the horse continues to be used for transport and farming in some regions, in the industrialised world, it is mostly ridden for recreation or kept as a pet. Humans and horses have had a relationship for millennia, and horses perhaps understand humans in ways we don’t even know. Recent scientific studies have indicated that autistic children are soothed by riding and grooming horses.

Horses can sleep both lying down and standing up and have around 205 bones in their skeleton

Grand National

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Grand National

The most famous horse race in the world In February 1839, Lottery became the first winner of the Grand Liverpool Steeplechase, the race that would become known as the Grand National. Horses had to jump a stone wall, cross a stretch of ploughed land and finish over two hurdles. Mr Edward William Topham, a respected handicapper, was responsible for turning the Grand National into a handicap in 1843 after it had been a weight-for-age race for the first four years. The Topham family owned substantial tracts of land around Aintree and in 1949 they bought the course outright from Lord Sefton, from whom the land had previously been leased since the racecourse’s opening in 1829. The Grand National is run over the National Course at Aintree and consists of two laps of 16 fences, the first 14 of which are jumped twice. Horses completing the race cover a distance of 4 miles 514 yards (6.907 km), the longest of any National Hunt race in Britain. The Grand National was designed as a cross-country steeplechase when it was first officially run in 1839. The runners started at a lane on the edge of the racecourse and raced away from the course out over open countryside towards the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. The gates, hedges and ditches that they met along the way were flagged to provide them with the obstacles to be jumped along the way with posts and

rails erected at the two points where the runners jumped a brook. The runners returned towards the racecourse by running along the edge of the canal before re-entering the course at the opposite end. The majority of the race therefore took place not on the actual Aintree Racecourse but instead in the adjoining countryside.

During the Second World War Although the Grand National was run as normal in 1940 and most other major horse races around the world were able to be held throughout the war. The commandeering of Aintree Racecourse for defence use in 1941 meant no Grand National could be held from 1941 to 1945.

Red Rum It was over 40 years ago now that Red Rum (pictured) recorded the first of the three victories in the Grand National that earned him pride of

place in the record books forever. He still remains the only horse to have won the Grand National three times.

Fences There are 16 fences on the topped with spruce from the Lake District. The cores of 12 fences were rebuilt in 2012 and they are now made of a flexible plastic material which is more forgiving compared to the traditional wooden core fences.

Becher's Brook Takes its name from Captain Martin Becher who fell there in the first Grand National and took shelter in the small brook running along the landing side of the fence while the remainder of the field thundered over.

The Chair The fence was the location where a distance judge sat in the earliest days of the race. On the second circuit he would record the finishing order from his position and declare any horse that had not passed him before the previous runner passed the finishing post as "distanced", meaning a nonfinisher. The practise was done away with in the 1850s but the monument where the chair stood is still there.

An estimated 500 to 600 million people watch the Grand National in over 140 countries.


Hanging Baskets Towards the end of the month, in mild areas, you may be able to plant up hanging baskets for the summer. When planting hanging baskets use slow-release fertiliser and water-retaining gel.

Ponds Don't worry if the water in your pond suddenly turns from clear to greenish, it's natural for a certain amount of algae to grow in the spring as life begins to stir after the winter. If the problem persists for more than a few weeks, consider adding more oxygenating plants to help clear the water.


Pruning When pruning perennials some plants benefit from having their flowering shoots thinned out. Although this results in fewer blooms, they are larger and of better quality. Delphiniums, lupins and phlox all benefit from this process.

Sweet Peas Sweet peas can be sown outside this month. Plant out autumn-sown sweet peas that have been raised in pots, and prepare your wigwam supports for them to climb, using a light twine to tie the plants in.

Divide herbaceous perennials when they are too large for their allotted space, are flowering poorly or have lost their shape. Bamboos and clumps of bulbs or rhizomes can be divided in the same way. When transplanting the divisions make sure they have roots, shoots, and are given adequate water to settle into their new positions.

If you started sowing early in March, or even February, you may have modules of young hardy annuals now ready for planting out.

Green Fingers National Gardening Week 30 April - 6 May National Gardening Week was launched seven years ago by the RHS and aims to become the country’s biggest celebration of gardening. Thousands of people, gardens, charities, retailers, culture and heritage organisations and groups have got involved over the years and you can too.

Get involved

In 2018 at the RHS, National Gardening Week is all about sharing your passion for plants. At our four RHS Gardens, we will be running activities and events which will inspire and help gardeners, including creative ideas, tips and suggestions for plants to grow indoors and outdoors.

There are plenty of things you can do yourself or with your family to get into the spirit of National Gardening Week, from growing tomatoes on your windowsill to sprucing up your driveway.

Here are some suggestions if you’d like to get involved in 2018.

Join the celebrations Events and activities are being run up and down the country. From beginners’ workshops to guided walks, face painting to garden parties, there’s something for everyone and everyone is invited. Find out what’s on.

Would you like to throw a garden party, love your neighbourhood park or think your local street could do with a tidy up? Well if so, you can get involved in National Gardening Week by running your own event and registering it with us online. No matter how big or small your idea, we’d love to have you involved.

Do something fun

Spread the word Don’t forget to show your support of National Gardening Week by sharing your stories and pictures with us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

April jobs Spring is finally in evidence as daffodils and flowering trees start to bloom. Expect the inevitable April showers this month but with sunny days too, when you can turn your attention to the lawn. It is an exciting month, with indoor-sown seeds well into growth, and also time to start sowing outdoors. Just watch out for frosts. 1 Keep weeds under control 2 Protect fruit blossom from late frosts 3 Tie in climbing and rambling roses 4 Sow hardy annuals, herbs and wild flower seed outdoors 5 Increase the water given to houseplants 6 Feed hungry shrubs and roses 7 Prune fig trees 8 Divide bamboos and waterlilies


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Take shelter There is no doubt that building up funds within ISAs and pensions is the surest way to minimise tax liabilities, and to mitigate the impact of further tax changes. Making the maximum possible use of this year’s ISA allowance of £20,000 is an obvious starting point; but taking advantage of other tax allowances and exemptions can also make a big difference. l

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