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Contributors: Julie Gilbert, Neil Wormald, Merle Brown, Phil Thane & Sharon Langford Print: Bishops Printers Picture credits: Fotolia All rights reserved. Nothing in this magazine may be reproduced in whole or in part without the written permission of the publisher. The publishers cannot accept responsibility for errors in advertisements, articles or photographs.

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Gardening

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If you need to expand and improve your home but don’t want the disruption and mess of a brick extension or loft conversion, then a separate garden room offers fantastic value for money. These luxurious outdoor structures are usually timber-framed (and clad) and, as well as being quick and easy to install, can be used as extra living space, a home office, children’s play room, personal gym, music or artist’s studio, relaxing summerhouse or even a storage facility. Just as importantly, garden rooms are available in a wide range of imaginative shapes and sizes, from standard models to bespoke personalised designs, and this makes them suitable for almost any type of garden and depth of pocket. A beautiful garden room will also form an integral part of your outdoor space and help to enhance the overall appearance of your property.

‘a separate garden room offers fantastic value for money’ When considering the different garden room manufacturers, always look carefully at their brochures (and prices) and/or visit the company show site to gauge which building is best suited to you. It may also be a good

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‘save money and create extra space by transforming an existing outdoor building’ idea to ask them for customer feedback. The chosen manufacturer should pay a site visit and, at this stage, it’s vital to give them a list of all your specific requirements. As a matter of course, all garden rooms need to be fully insulated (to keep them warm in winter and cool in summer), contain secure windows and doors and be made from high quality but low maintenance materials. However, features like a bathroom, climate control, sound-proofing and double glazing can easily be incorporated. A solid foundation base (groundwork’s) is vital and a range of utilities, especially heating and lighting are also likely to be needed, so do check whether they are included in the price.

Garden Room Tip For those on a very tight budget, it may be possible to save money and create extra space by transforming an existing outdoor building, such as a wooden shed or stable into a garden room. Most manufacturers will be able to offer advice about this and whether it can be done. Contacts Bathstone Garden Rooms – (0118 984 2555, www.bathstonegardenrooms.co.uk) Homestead Timber Buildings – (01491 839379, www.homesteadtimberbuildings.co.uk) Roomworks – (0115 984 5618, www.roomworks.co.uk)

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Gardening The Main Advantages of a Garden Room

‘getting planning permission can be a complicated and time consuming business’ The Main Disadvantages of a Garden Room 1 In smaller properties, a separate outdoor room will mean that a large part of the garden is lost and it may cause problems if it imposes on close neighbours. 2 The garden room will almost certainly be erected away from the main house and does not have the benefit of being attached (for easy and comfortable access) like an extension. 3 The warranty may only be valid if regular maintenance work is carried out on the garden room.

1 Garden rooms add instant value to your property and so the cost of the building is unlikely to be lost. If you use the room as a home office, the purchase price can be recouped very quickly, particularly due to savings made on alternative business rents and rates. The price of the building may also be acceptable as a tax allowance. 2 It is usually cheaper to install a garden room than a similar-sized traditional extension. A separate garden room minimises potential disruption compared to an extension and is also likely to be finished far quicker. In some cases, a garden room can be delivered, erected and decorated in a matter of days, or be assembled off-site and then craned into place as an ‘instant room.’ 3 A garden room will improve the saleability of your home, as it is often seen as a valuable added extra that similar properties do not have.

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If your house is in a wide open space you may be able to stand back far enough to see the roof, in a built-up area the easiest way to see the roof is to ask the neighbours opposite if you can look out of their upstairs window. And reciprocate the offer. Not many of us have binoculars but cameras with a zoom lens are ideal for a detailed close-up view. Look for slipped, cracked or absent tiles or slates, or thatch that looks untidy. Slates and old style plain tiles are fitted so that they overlap by more than half of their length, so there is always a slate beneath the joins, but they don’t have to slip far to leak. More modern tiles are designed to fit together and cannot slip. They can be damaged or blown off in gales though. Thatch should look sleek, that way the rain runs down each straw and drips off onto the one below. Once it looks messy it will start to leak. Check the ridge looks secure, look for cracks, gaps in the joins or missing mortar. If you have ‘valleys’ between adjacent roofs, look for holes and splits. These are usually small and hard to spot until the rain drips in. If you have ‘flashing’ where a roof meets a wall check that too, it should fit into a mortar line in the brick or stone work and lying neatly on the roof. If you have a chimney, look at the cement ‘flaunching’ around where the pot meets the brick or stone stack. Inspecting a flat roof isn’t so simple, you need

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Wholemeal rolls The best barbequed cheesy garlic bread 125g fresh mozzarella 140g taleggio cheese , rind removed 100g butter , softened 3 garlic cloves , finely chopped handful parsley leaves, chopped 1 tsp fresh marjoram leaves, chopped 1 long baguette large pinch of paprika Light the barbecue. Chop the mozzarella and taleggio into small chunks and tip into a bowl with the butter, garlic, herbs and some salt and pepper. If you want, you can mix everything together with a wooden spoon, but I prefer to use my hands. Using a bread knife, cut diagonal slices along the loaf about three quarters of the way into the bread - don’t cut all the way through. If it looks like the bread won’t fit on the barbecue, cut it in half and make two smaller ones. Push the garlic butter generously between each cut, allowing some to ooze onto the top - it will caramelize and taste superb. Sprinkle the paprika over. Wrap the bread up like a cracker in a double thickness of foil. You can prepare to this stage up to a day ahead. Put the pack straight onto the barbecue. Cook for 2 minutes then roll it over onto its side and cook for 2 minutes more. Roll it onto its other side and cook for a further 2 minutes. Have a peek - if the cheese is melting and the bread is crispy, remove it from the barbie. Pull the slices apart and eat while hot and gooey.

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The classic white loaf 700g of strong white flour 1 teaspoon of salt 1 teaspoon of dried yeast 1 teaspoon of sugar 1 tablespoon of olive oil 400-450ml of warm water Mix together the flour, salt, yeast and sugar. Work in the olive oil. Add the warm water and mix to form a fairly sticky dough. Add more water if too stiff, or more flour if too sloppy. Tip onto a floured table and knead the dough firmly for 5-10 mins. Place in a bowl and cover with cling film. Leave to rise in a draught-free place until doubled in size (around two hours). Butter a large loaf tin then coat lightly in flour. Tip the dough out onto the floured table and

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knead until smooth and elastic. Place it in the buttered tin, cover with cling film and leave until the dough has risen to the top of the tin (about an hour). Heat the oven to 230 degrees Celsius (210 degrees for a fan oven). Slash a cut down the top of the dough to give a rustic split-tin look to the finished loaf then dust with a little flour. Cook in the middle of the oven for 35-40 mins. Remove the loaf from the tin and return to the oven to bake for another 5 mins to crisp up the bottom and the sides. Give the bottom a knock to check that it is cooked (it should sound hollow) then leave to cool on a rack. Serve with lashings of butter.

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fly Come There’s not only with me your passport to remember though... However, there might just be nothing worse than coming back to, or having your holiday interrupted by bad news from home – leaking taps, lost pets, unpaid bills or burglary are not things we want to associate with our holiday.

‘given yourself peace of mind’ So, before you head for the airport or ferry terminal, make sure you have secured your home, sorted out pet care, paid the bills, and given yourself peace of mind. If you have a pet, make sure you have arranged suitable care for it, for the duration of your holiday. Never leave a pet alone in the house unless there is a pet-sitter visiting regularly. If you don’t have a pet, then you will need other ways to make it appear as if you are home. Unfortunately 75% of burglaries happen when a house has been left empty.

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Other things to think about when you jet off are plants – who is going to water them? A way to keep it simple for whoever is doing this for you is by moving all of your plants into the bath, particularly if you have pets, thereby eliminating the danger of them getting knocked over.

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IT’s holiday season, and there’s nothing better than jetting off to the sun for a couple of week’s well-earned rest from the rat race.

by Merle Brown

Spring is in the air and it’s time to throw open the windows and blow away the cobwebs of winter. It’s also when the cleaning bug hits and we frantically embark on the dreaded annual spring cleaning of homes. But there’s so much to do and so little time! It’s a cry all too familiar in households across the country. Why not sit back and let the professionals take over, starting with a top-to-bottom Spring Clean from myhome - Oxfordshire’s Premier Residential Cleaning Company. Myhome understand there’s just not enough hours in the day for mundane household chores and offer the perfect solution for todays’ time-strapped individuals to successfully juggle home, work and leisure time. Whether it’s Home Cleaning, Carpet &

Also, make sure there are no whiffy smells in the kitchen to greet you on your return by cleaning out your fridge before you go. Leave some lemon juice in it so it smells fresh for your return, but not if you are away for more than a week. And if you can, ask a friend or family member to leave some bread and milk for your return. If you are heading on a winter holiday, make sure you leave your heating on a timer switch so that it comes on a couple of times a day, to avoid burst pipes and the likes. But most important of all – enjoy your holiday, which you will, worry-free if you’ve taken onboard even just a few of these tips!

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The summer holiday guide to what should be in every girl’s suitcase You may think you are ready for your summer holiday, the flights have been booked, passports have been found and your suitcase is packed, but do you really have everything you need to have a carefree break? Here are some essential items that you really shouldn’t leave behind.

tummy then invest in a packet of prebiotic tablets and take them daily. The friendly bacteria in these tablets will help fight off any bugs you may come across whilst on your travels. They are not a full proof prevention, but they will soften the blow of an attack. Prebiotic tablets are available at your local chemist.

‘First things first, make sure you pack a first aid kit’

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First things first, make sure you pack a first aid kit. Once you’ve filled it with the usual bits and pieces i.e. plasters, antiseptic cream etc, you should really consider including these two items. Firstly, pure lavender oil, it’s great for a multitude of uses including a pain reliever for minor burns, insect bites, stings, sunburn and sunstroke. Secondly, tea tree oil is really great at fighting bacteria and it is believed to even destroy E. coli. An obvious one perhaps, but easily forgotten, make sure you pack plenty of wet wipes in your suitcase, you can‘t go out on a day trip without popping a pack in your handbag.

‘The friendly bacteria in these tablets will help fight off any bugs you may come across whilst on your travels’

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Family Matters

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‘So, the mood swings, rule-breaking, obscenely loud music and dreadful fashion sense are signs of a healthy teenager?’

Coping with a dysfunctional teen by Sam Pope

Are teens really as bad as we think? Absolutely not, says Sam Pope, after talking to Suzie Hayman, agony aunt and parenting educator. Look a little closer and you may find the problem lies with the parent not the child…

‘from hair that smells of apples and flowers to grungy locks that hang greasily and stink of cigarette smoke... or worse’ It’s become a bit of a joke, certainly in British culture. The overnight metamorphosis from angelic child to recalcitrant teenager – from hair that smells of apples and flowers to grungy locks that hang greasily and stink of cigarette smoke… or worse. Your child now ditches the pretty floral frocks in favour of ripped jeans and tiny mini-skirts that are flimsier than a facecloth. What on earth has happened to your little girl or boy?

Family friction So, the mood swings, rule-breaking, obscenely loud music and dreadful fashion sense are signs of a healthy teenager? Some parents may blanch at these words, but the answer is a firm ‘yes’. ‘What it all boils down to,’ explains Suzie, ‘is the same thing: your teen is trying to be independent and you’re

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trying to stop them. This is the core of the conflict and, until you can sort this out, the fights won’t stop.’ Green, red and blue – the art of negotiating. By accepting that your own issues are causing some of the strife between you and your teen, you’re well on your way to paving a more peaceful path at home. This doesn’t mean relinquishing all control but it does involve more negotiation than perhaps you’re used to. ‘With toddlers and young children, parents can get away with telling them what to do and adding “because I said so!” when they ask why,’ explains Suzie. ‘But with teenagers you have to explain your reasons otherwise you’ll not get any respect for your demands.’ Suzie suggests a traffic light system for establishing household rules: green stands for the things you will let go, amber for the matters that require negotiation and discussion, and red for absolute no-nos. ‘As with toddlers who rebel, this comes down to carefully picking your battles,’ she says. ‘Many parents get into such a state about their teen’s room being messy but they forget that it’s their room – so this could be your green – let them have their room as untidy as they wish. However, ‘amber’ could be you insisting that they pick up after themselves in the rest of the house.’

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Save the hard and fast rules for the really serious issues. ‘Think about the things that really matter in this category,’ Suzie advises. ‘For example, teens will experiment with drink so instead of a blanket ban on alcohol, say that you understand they’ll want a drink when they go out but they absolutely must not get into a car with someone who is drinking and

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‘save the hard and fast rules for the really serious issues’ driving. Equally, when they are out they must keep their phone on and answer it so you can contact them if need be.’

Let’s talk about sex With sex, you will also need to tread carefully. ‘We have this silly attitude in this country that the more we talk about sex the more it will happen,’ Suzie sighs. ‘In fact, the opposite is true. In Holland, where they are incredibly open about it, most teens tend to have sex a

year later than ours do here – and they do it for the right reasons.’ For support and advice on how to raise a teenager, visit: www.familylives.org.uk or www.gotateenager.org.uk, or call the free 24/7 Parentline number on 0808 800 2222. In the next issue of Jump Ahead hear it from the horses’ mouths: teens tell their side of the story!

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What’s On at the Vale & Downland Museum June 2011

Open: 9.30-4pm Mondays - Saturdays

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EXHIBITIONS June 7th onwards 9.30am-4pm Wantage Summer Festival Exhibition: Local artists, poets and photographers respond to the theme, ‘Small Worlds’. Some of the work is for sale. SUMMER FESTIVAL EVENTS MUSIC IN THE COFFEE SHOP Saturday 4 June Noon-3pm :Madhatter’s Band Saturday 11June 10.30am-1pm :Pandemonium 1.30pm-3pm :Flower of the Quern FESTIVAL DAY TIME TALKS Free but advance booking essential. Contact the reception desk for times, programme and reservations Friday 10, Tuesday 14, Wednesday 15, Tuesday 21, Saturday 25,Tuesday 28 June EVENING TALKS ON HISTORICAL THEMES Tickets £3 per person ( no concessions) Advanced booking recommended Doors open at 7pm. Refreshments on sale in the coffee shop Monday 6 June, 7.30pm : ‘Steam and Steel in the Vale’ Speaker: Tony Hadland, local historian Monday 13 June 7.30pm : ‘D-Day and the Normandy Landings Speaker:Dr Nial Barr, Reader in Military History , King’s College, London, based at Joint Services Command and Staff College Monday 20 June 7.30pm ‘ The Life and Times of King Alfred the Great’ Speaker: Judy Dewey, Curator of Wallingford Museum Wednesday 29 June 7.30pm: ‘The Lockinge Estate Speaker: Christine Wardingley, keeper of the Lockinge Estate archives Also a family friendly science drop-in workshop, craft demonstrations and a family history day. Pick up the festival brochure from the museum in advance! MUSEUM AGM Thursday 23rd June at 7.30pm - Everyone welcome! COFFE SHOP Wednesdays : Mid-week Special in the Coffee Shop Two courses( Dish of the Day & dessert) :£7.10 Ring & reserve your table! Also Country Markets, Walking for Health, Knit Knot & Natter, Museum Book Group Please contact the museum for further details of our action-packed June programme.

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Sudoku PORSCHE LAUNCHES LIMITED EDITION 500 HP 911 GT3 RS 4.0 The 911 GT3 RS 4.0 is limited to 600 examples worldwide and will go on sale in July 2011 priced from £128,466. Porsche launches a new variant of the celebrated and successful racing pedigree 911 GT3 RS this July, offering even more power and greater performance. Limited to 600 vehicles worldwide, the 911 GT3 RS 4.0 takes all the attributes that have made the Porsche 911 GT3 a serial winner on the race track and moves the GT3 road car programme to a new, higher level. The flat six 4.0-litre sports engine, the biggest 911 engine ever, is also the most powerful naturally aspirated engine with 125 hp/ litre. It achieves its maximum power of 500

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Prize Puzzle

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2 hp at 8,250 revs per minute and delivers its maximum torque of 460 Nm at 5,750 rpm. This impressive performance continues on track, this limited edition model achieves a Nürburgring-Nordschleife lap time of 7:27 minutes. The 911 GT3 4.0, available exclusively with a six-speed manual sports transmission, sprints to 62 mph from a standing start in 3.9 seconds and, with its gearing designed for the racing circuit, takes it to the 124 mph (200 km/h) mark in under 12 seconds. The driving dynamics of the 911 GT3 RS 4.0 are the result of meticulously coordinated details. In order to best exploit the increased power, the chassis settings of the new car have been revised. This includes the set-up of the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), an electronic damper adjustment system that actively and continuously controls the individual damping forces for each wheel and the rear axle now features additional balljoints for greater adaptability. In addition to using the suspension components typically encountered in motor racing, weight reduction is also of supreme importance. Equipped as standard with light weight components such as bucket seats, bonnet and front wings made of carbon fibre, plastic rear windows and weight-optimised carpets, the two-seater’s ready-for-road weight is just 1,360 kg, delivering a power-toweight ratio of 368 hp/tonne.

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To enter into our prize draw to win a family ticket to Cineworld send your completed prize sudoku together with your details to: Jump ahead OX12, The Coach House, 60 St John’s Road, Wallingford, Oxon. OX10 9AG or email: info@jumpahead.co.uk by 30th June 2011. When sending your entry to us please tick the box most relevant to you Age of entrant: Up to 16 ❒ 16 – 25 ❒ 25 – 40 ❒ 40 – 55 ❒ 55+ ❒

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What’s On

What’s On in June

Sunday 12th June Oxford Big Bike Ride

Join us on the 17th Oxford bike ride with 3 circular routes around the South Oxfordshire country side. 10 mile route ideal for families 35 mile route for intermediate riders and older children 70 mile route for the more serious riders Start & finish at Milton Park Abingdon Oxfordshire with entertainment, food & drink at the finish This is a sponsored bike ride. registration opens at 8am please call the Anthony Nolan Trust to pre-register £10 adults £4 children. Milton Park, Abingdon Oxfordshire OX14 4RR www.anthonynolan.org/bike

THE HANGOVER: PART II Release date: 27 May 2011 Director: Todd Phillips Starring: Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, Mike Tyson, Jamie Chung The hungover quartet are in exotic Bangkok for this sequel to the massive comedy hit.

Thursday 16th June

Pamper and Shopping evening

Pamper & Shopping Evening, Oxfordshire. Indulge in an evening of pampering and shopping, bring along your mother, sisters, girlfriends, aunts and grandmothers. Mini treatments will be available and include massage, manicures, facials, waxing and more. starting at £5 per treatment. Plenty of shopping opportunities - clothes, handbags, jewellery, cards, beauty products and much more. Tickets are £5 (£5.50 on the door) and include a glass of wine or soft drink & nibbles. 7pm-10pm Tickets are £5 (£5.50 on the door) Price includes a glass of wine or soft drink & nibbles Steventon Village Hall, The green, Steventon, Abingdon Oxfordshire OX13 6RR

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X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

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Release date: 1 June 2011 Director: Matthew Vaughn Starring: Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Kevin Bacon, January Jones, Rose Byrne, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, Jason Flemyng The amazing origins of super-mutant Professor X - and his arch-nemesis Magneto!

As celebrated by Rachel de Thame in Gardener’s World. Seven gardens in charming downland village. Abners: The view from the gate draws you into this natural cottage garden. Brooks End: a 1960s bungalow, newly designed garden with colour themed beds, damp border, hidden garden, small orchard, greenhouse and vegetable garden. Carpenters: Surrounds C16 thatched cottage. Mature trees, mixed borders of herbaceous plants, roses and shrubs, shade areas and vegetable garden. Admission £4, Children free. Times:2-6. Open for charity. Blewbury Gardens, Blewbury Oxfordshire OX11 9QB

24th – 26th June

WITTFEST - 12th Annual Charity Music Festival

Music & Merriment by the river! Entrance FREE! Camping bookable - see website: www.wittfest.org.uk. Raising money for small local music therapy charities. From 6pm - 11pm Friday. 12 noon -11pm Saturday. 12 noon - 6pm Sunday. The Plough, Long Wittenham, nr Abingdon, Oxon. Oxfordshire OX14 4QH www.wittfest.org.uk

JLS 3D: EYES WIDE OPEN Release date: 3 June 2011 Running time: 100 mins Director: Ben Winston, Andy Morahan Starring: Marvin Hamlisch, JB, Oritse, Aston The youthful pop sensations become the first Brit act to release a 3D concert movie.

Throughout June

WANTAGE SUMMER FESTIVAL 2011.

Many activities, including family cycle rides, pub lunches, historical talks, Jazz music, art masterclasses and photographic displays plus much, much more. Programmes giving full details of the events can be picked up at the Visitor Information Point at the Wantage Museum, the Wantage & Grove Libraries and various locations around Wantage & Grove. All tickets can be purchased at the Visitor Information Point at the Museum (Tel: 01235 771447) Visit the Wantage.com website for any last minutes changes to the programme

5th – 11th June

ODN Drama Festival. Unicorn Theatre, Abingdon. SCREWED Release date: 3 June 2011 Director: Reg Traviss Starring: James D’Arcy, Noel Clarke, Frank Harper, Kate Magowan, Jamie Foreman A former soldier is exposed to the underworld of British prison culture when he takes a job as a guard.

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2 or 3 one act plays by groups from all over Oxfordshire, per evening, Mon-Fri with adjudication & workshops, 3 of these plays will be called back for Saturday Gala night. This is a friendly festival and our main aim is to bring people together, both in a celebration of theatre and as a learning experience. Full details & application form on www.OxfordshireDramaNetwork.org Tickets from The Bookshop in the precinct, Abingdon. or Phone 01865 736913.

11th & 12th June

Flower Festival – Crowmarsh Gifford.

The village will be ablaze with its annual Flower Festival. This year the theme is ‘Time’, with over thirty creative floral ideas and interpretations by individuals and groups from around the village. The church and displays will be open from 10am – 6pm on Saturday, and 12.30pm – 6pm on Sunday followed by Songs of Praise. Alongside the fabulous floral displays will be refreshments, including home-made cakes; plant, flower and produce stalls; a bottle stall, competitions and a variety of children’s’ games and activities – well, we’re all children at heart. We’ll be holding a raffle with prizes donated by some of our local businesses, which are kindly supporting our fundraising. The church is in need of a toilet and improved kitchen facilities, so we are embarking on a major development and fundraising programme. Do come and support us – and have a look around our beautiful historical treasure of a church at the same time. We look forward to seeing you there. Entry is £1 for adults, 50p for children, and all donations will be very gratefully accepted. For further information, please contact Sarah Nesbitt on 07770 930756 / nesbitt-training@btconnect.com

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HEALTH & BEAUTY PEACHES AND CREAM Beauty & Holistic Therapies. Electrolysis, Bowen technique, Reflexology, Nail cutting for fingers and toes with a light foot and hand massage. Other services available; ThermoAuricular therapy, Indian Head Massage, massage, waxing, back cleansing, facials, eye treatments, special occasion make-up, ear piercing, gift vouchers available. Free easy parking. Wantage: 01235 772442 GARDEN AJ GARDEN LANDSCAPES Garden clearance, tree removals, grass and hedge cutting, fencing, turfing, patios, brickwork, log sales, sand ballast mini loads. Call Aaron on 07836 637 518 or 01235 512 725.

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You are invited to our open weekend Providers of quality park home living for over 60 years Cross Country Parks (Cross Country Caravans Ltd) is a third generation family run business. Quiet residential parks for the retired and semiretired, this park offers detached and individually designed homes at affordable prices.              

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WALNUT GROVE OPEN WEEKEND

You are invited to join us at our Open Weekend Saturday 25th June Sunday 26th June 10.00am – 4.00pm.

Visit our showhomes and speak with experts who will be on hand to answer all your questions. Complimentary refreshments available


Jump Ahead OX12 June 2011