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Are you ready? Get set - go! The GX Fun Run is on Sunday 11th, starting at midday from the Memorial Centre on East Common. With over 900 contestants it promises to be a day to remember, and there will be no shortage of refreshments available, see page 71. Also on the 11th there will be a hog roast at Pinewood Nursery in Wexham – see page 38. This event is in aid of Macmillan Nurses and won’t be affected by the weather as it is held under cover. There are many other charity events in and around the area this month - see page 72. Thanks largely to the generosity of residents and businesses in Gerrards Cross William’s Fund has raised thousands of pounds for research into child cancer and there is another exciting event lined up for 28th at Pinewood Studios see page 60. All in all it promises to be a great start to summer, with many worthy charities benefiting from the entertainment.

Inside this issue Help for You: Clarity Family Law.............................................5 Legal Eagle: Neighbours’ Trees................................................6 Looking Back: What on Earth happened in May 1979.............................. 12 Help for You: Chalfont St Peter Tennis Club.................. 15 Bodyworks Clinic: Osteopathy and You.....................22/23 Help for You: Marion Jorgensen........................................... 26 Around the World with Henry Hedgehog....................... 28 Beauty: Age-Proof Your Hair.................................................. 30 Gardening: Water, water, everywhere.............................. 34 Beer of the Month: Beer at Home....................................... 42 Technology: Wheely Good Gadgets................................... 44 Help for You: b2: Chalfont Chiropractic Clinic.............. 46 Motoring: 2014 Mitsubishi ASX........................................... 48 Martin Lewis – Money Saving Expert: Banks...........52/53 Food: Moroccan Stuffed Loin of Pork................................ 56

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Health: Sleep: You Can Do It With Your Eyes Closed................................ 58

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hen things aren’t going well in your marriage, you need to talk to someone who has empathy, who is not emotionally involved and who can give you discreet, practical and expert legal advice. At Clarity Family Law, in Station Road, Gerrards Cross, we do nothing else but family law. We are specialists in our field and offer discreet, expert advice on all aspects of divorce, including the division of high value assets, children disputes and issues surrounding unmarried families.

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ver the last few months I have received lots of questions about what rights are in place when a neighbour’s tree encroaches into your garden. Here’s what you need to know before you get out your saw and start chopping branches off: Can I cut my neighbour’s tree back? If your neighbour’s tree hangs over into your land you should first ask your neighbour to trim back the tree. If they refuse or ignore your request, you are well within your rights to trim the tree back yourself, but only the parts that overhang your land and you can only trim back to the boundary line. There is, however, an exception to the above when there is a Tree Preservation Order in place protecting the tree. If this is the case you will need to seek permission from the local authority before taking any steps. I live in a conservation area. Trees are thought to contribute to the character of conservation areas, so even if the tree in question isn’t subject to a preservation order, if you live in one of these areas, you’ll need to contact the council to give notice of proposed work. This applies to trees with a trunk diameter greater than 75 mm measured 1.5 m above ground level. You can’t start work before a six-week notice period has elapsed unless the council gives you permission to go ahead before then. Dead, dying and dangerous trees are exempt, but you’ll still need to check with the council to ensure this applies to your tree. Once again, you can be prosecuted and fined if you don’t follow the rules. My neighbour’s tree is dangerous, what can I do? In England and Wales, local authorities have powers to deal with xx 6 May 2014

Neighbours’ Trees trees on private property which are on the point of causing damage. A local authority can:• make the tree safe, if it is on the point of causing damage and are asked to do so by the owner of the land on which the tree stands. The local authority will recover the costs of doing this from the owner • make a tree safe on someone else’s land, if asked to do so by a neighbour whose property is in imminent danger from the tree and the owner of the land on which the tree stands is not known. • serve a notice on someone who has a tree which is on the point of causing damage to the property of a neighbour and that neighbour asks the local authority to take action. The owner of the tree must comply with the notice. If they do not, the local authority will do the necessary work and recover the costs from the owner. The owner can appeal to the county court against the notice. If you want the local authority to take action, you will need to find out which department deals with dangerous trees as this varies from one local authority to another. You can then ask this department to check the condition of the tree. It is up to the local authority to decide if the tree is on the point of causing damage. If they consider it is not on the point of causing damage, they don not have to take any action. An overhanging tree may also be a danger. For example, most parts of a yew tree are poisonous.

If any damage or injury is caused, the tree owner will be liable to pay compensation if a person affected brings a claim for damages. My neighbour’s tree is blocking out my light There are no laws that allow a right to light per se and you will be unable to force the neighbour to do anything. But if the tree is blocking light from a window in your house or a green house, you can acquire the right to light with the help of your local authority and you should contact them first to see how helpful they might be. If you have enjoyed a certain level of light for 20 uninterrupted years the law states that it is reasonable for you to expect the same level of light and you can go to court for relief. You should also check your deeds to see if they contain a covenant stating that your neighbour must not block your light. If I cut my neighbour’s tree can I dispose of the branches? You are actually required by law to hand the cut branches back to your neighbour as they form part of the tree that is their property. However, unless it’s a fruit tree it is unlikely that they will want them back as they will only have to dispose of the debris. You should ask them if they do want the branches back and if they say no record it in writing before disposing of them. For more information visit Dean’s Website www.consumeruk.co.uk L

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argaret Thatcher became Britain’s first woman Prime Minister on 4th May 1979. She was dubbed The Iron Lady by a writer in the Soviet newspaper Red Star. This moniker was meant to be derogatory, but it proved anything but. The pinnacle of her time in office was when The Iron Lady ordered the Task Force to retake the Falklands after the islands had been invaded by Argentina. She resigned in 1992, having set a record as the longest-serving Prime Minister of the 20th century. 1st: The newest section of the London Underground, the Jubilee Line, was opened, extending from Stanmore to Charing Cross. In 1999 it was further extended, in three stages, crossing the Thames at four points before terminating at Stratford.

8th: At about 1.30 pm a taxi driver on a rank opposite Woolworths in Manchester noticed smoke coming from the store and reported it to his office. By four o’clock the worst fire disaster since WWII had claimed ten lives. Fifty-three people were taken to hospital, including six firemen. Jeremy Thorpe, who had resigned as leader of the Liberal Party three years earlier, went on trial at the Old Bailey, accused of attempted murder. He was also accused, along with four other men, of conspiracy to commit murder. All four defendants were acquitted on 22nd of June that year. 12th: The Cup Final at Wembley had been unremarkable, with Arsenal’s two goals to Manchester United’s nil. But just four minutes before the end of the match the score became 2-1; and with two minutes remaining it was 2-2. Just seconds before the full-time whistle the winning goal was scored by Arsenal. 21st: Elton John became the first Western rock star to perform behind the ‘iron curtain’, at a stadium in Leningrad. 24th: Thorpe Park, in Chertsey, Surrey, was opened to the public. It is now the country’s

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third most popular amusement park, after Alton Towers and Legoland, and boasts the fastest ride. The Stealth reaches 83.9 mph – in just two seconds! 25th: As American Airlines Flight 191 took off from O’Hare International Airport in Chicago its port side engine broke away from the wing. The aircraft rolled to the left and crashed in a field, killing all 271 people on board and two on the ground.

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Petrol was about 85p a gallon. The average price of a house was about £13,650. Patrick D Cousins’ Short Shorts, a collection of short stories, is available on Amazon at £1.99. Rainbows, Dreams and Angels is on sale at Gerrards Cross Bookshop for £6.99 L

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ennis is a fantastic game that can be played by everyone and a great way to stay fit and healthy. Children can start playing through the Mini Tennis programme. The programme allows the children to learn through a fun range of exciting activities and as they start to improve a whole range of different competitions is available for the children to compete in. As the children get older their tennis journey continues through a large network of local and regional competitions. Opportunities to play continue through their local club, from club nights, coaching and just playing for fun with their friends.

Jonny Popely age 17 won the 2013 mens singles club title vs Guillaume Martin.

throughout the year. The activities range from local club nights, match play, cardio tennis, coaching and having a fun social game. The best way for everyone to enjoy and maximize their tennis is to join a local club and at Chalfont St Peter Tennis Club we offer a full programme of activities for every age group. L

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Frazer Wilson and the some of the junior tennis team.

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Traditionally, this is the season we set aside time to cast off the winter blues by spring cleaning our homes and getting set for the summer ahead. But while we might enjoy sorting out our cupboards and decluttering our wardrobe, we very rarely devote such time to attend to our private affairs. Our commitments to family life and work means we often overlook reviewing one of the most important documents – our will.

Conversely, a former spouse may still be entitled to make a claim against your estate if they are in financial need or were financially dependent on you, even if you have excluded them from your will.

What happens if I am widowed, and then get married again?

If your will was written over five years ago, or if there has been a significant change in your personal situation and it no longer reflects your wishes, then now could be the time for a much needed refresh. Talking to an experienced solicitor can bring you up-to-date with all the options available and provide answers to questions such as these:

Does my current will become invalid if I get divorced? Your will remains valid but any provision in favour of your former spouse ceases to apply once the divorce is finalised. Bear in mind that your spouse remains a beneficiary until the ‘decree absolute’ has been granted – so you might want to draw up a new will straight away if you are in the process of divorcing.

If you are widowed, your current will remains valid but any gift that would have gone to your spouse lapses. This can dramatically change the effect of your will as, if you left most of what you own to your spouse, this will no longer apply and you would be wise to draw up a new will. Any subsequent marriage (or entry into a civil partnership) will completely invalidate your current will, unless that will was drawn up in the expectation of the marriage and mentions it. Unless this is the case, you need to draw up another will, preferably before the ceremony. Remember that not reviewing your will regularly can heighten the risk that important future developments affecting you and your family do not turn out the way you would, and could, have chosen.

Can you answer yes to one or more of the following questions? • Have you recently moved house or bought additional property? • Have you just got married or divorced? • Have you welcomed children or grandchildren into your family? • Are you recently widowed? • Have you inherited or received a substantial amount of money? If so, you should consider reviewing your will. Gerrards Cross based law firm, B P Collins LLP, is the first in Bucks to be accredited by the Law Society’s new Wills and Inheritance Quality Scheme (WIQS), which recognises high quality in will writing, probate and estate administration services. Using a WIQS approved firm provides you with an additional level of reassurance that your affairs are in safe hands.

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Normally games have endings and when the end comes someone wins. The Game of Life is different. There is no ending (it only stops when you leave this earth). It is the playing part that gives you the prize. Let me explain how it is that we actually are involved in playing this game and then I’ll talk about how to win as you play it. Human beings are the only beings that play this game. Everything else on earth doesn’t THINK like we do. Because we can think and because we experience the world around us through our thinking minds, this means that we can create many happy and also many negative thoughts moment by moment and some of these can hurt us a lot. If you understood deeply how life actually works and the Principles around our experience of life, you would see the game playing out moment by moment and when

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HYPNOTHERAPIST AND PSYCHOTHERAPIST Hypnotherapy * Psychotherapy * Insightful Coaching * Seminars * Workshops

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ou’re probably all too aware that you need to look after your skin if you want to stay looking younger for longer – but have you ever thought that you might need to age-proof your hair as well?. Hair, like skin, suffers two types of ageing: extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic ageing is the effect of everything that your locks are exposed to, like heat-styling, sun damage, and colouring. Intrinsic ageing comes from below the scalp and reveals the signs that your hair is past its prime: reduction in melanin, decline in sebum production, and a change in hair diameter. What that means is that greys start to appear, the shine starts to disappear, and your hair loses its bounce. Hair growth also begins to slow over the years, so it’s harder to achieve the length you loved when you were younger. Ageing is a natural process, but there’s plenty you can do to slow it down.

Always Be Aware of Your Hair Try to limit extrinsic damage. Lay off the heated styling tools; prevent your hair from being frazzled by the sun by applying a deep conditioner to the lengths and ends when you’re on the beach; and cut right back on products that can dry your hair, like hairsprays. Reconsider Your Colour Although you might colour your hair to hide greys, choosing the wrong hue can be very ageing. An all-over colour can be hard to wear as you get older. Instead of opting for a block shade, choose a base colour that’s no more than two shades lighter or darker than your natural hue, and add highlights. Not only will your hair look younger, your face will too. Condition, Condition, Condition Smother the lengths and ends of your hair with a rich deepconditioning treatment once or twice a week. Try hair oils and products that are specially formulated for ageing, thinning, or dried-out hair. Try a New Hairstyle It’s easy to get stuck in a rut, but out-of-date, unflattering styles really do make you look a lot older than you are. That’s why it’s important to take a fresh look at yourself every so often. Talk to your stylist, or try a new salon. The opinion of someone who

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doesn’t already know you and your hair can result in a fantastic new look. Any hairdresser worth their salt can advise on what styles work best for thinning or ageing hair, but generally it’s worth considering the following: Length – Long locks look lovely if they’re bouncy, thick, and full of life, but if that’s not the case then they really aren’t worth holding on to. Chopping long hair into a flattering, blunt, midi-cut is a quick way to create more youthful-looking hair. Ridding your tresses of dead split-ends improves condition, and a blunt cutting technique will create the look of fullness. Frame Your Face – Try a fringe, or have some soft layers added to the styling around your face. This lifts your features and makes you look younger. A Professional Opinion is Best Although it’s normal for your hair to show signs of change such as thinning over the years, it’s worth seeing your GP if you notice any sudden changes. Hair loss can be caused by hormone deficiencies – low thyroid levels, for example – a deficiency in nutrients, stress, and the side-effects of various medications. So if you’re in doubt, ask your doctor’s advice. L

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water feature adds a truly magical dimension to any garden, large or small. The sound of tinkling water and the movement of light on its surface both works wonders, even on a less than perfect plot, and can be just the finishing touch you need for a patio or back yard or for a much larger garden. A visit to your local garden centre or specialist aquatics centre, or a browse online, will reveal a plentiful choice of water features of all shapes, styles, and sizes; but before you commit yourself, just what are the main points to bear in mind? First, position. If you want moving water, your choice of feature will almost certainly need an electric pump, so there has to be a powerpoint nearby – an obvious point perhaps, but one that people do sometimes overlook. Do you want an eye-catching centrepiece for a formal garden, or just the music of running water as the soundtrack to your barbecues or alfresco Sunday lunch? In either case, you need to carefully consider the appropriate position. Any water feature from pond to delicate fountain can turn bright green in summer due to the buildup of floating algae. You can go a long way towards preventing this pea-soup effect by positioning the feature away from the hottest direct sunlight. Make sure it’s well away from overhanging deciduous trees, too, as falling leaves are likely to clog everything up. For smaller spaces or patios you’re best off with a self-contained and perhaps wall-mounted feature. There are lots of great self-contained water features available such as terracotta or glazed pot stacks with the water continuously circulated from one container to another by a hidden pump, so you would only need to top it up in the hottest weather to compensate for the effects of evaporation. 34 May 2014

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Spouts and fountains are great fun in a garden. A spitting fish, frog, or gargoyle can add a touch of art – or humour – while its water-jet will oxygenate a pool, reducing algae and keeping the pond-life happy. If you want moving water and the reflections it provides but perhaps have toddlers, a stone-effect millstone with a low centrally-positioned jet spreading ripples of water across its surface is both beautiful and safe. Plants are integral to any pool or pond. Surface-floating plants such as waterlilies not only look gorgeous but their large, near-circular, leaves also shade the water’s surface – again, reducing any problems you might have with algae. Waterlilies need still water, though, so they are best avoided if you have a fountain; but a single spitting feature at one end of the pool shouldn’t create too much turbulence for them. Make sure you plant them at the correct depth if you want them to flourish. Plants grown around the edges of pools and ponds are called marginals and do best in shallower water or boggy ground. Use plenty of them: they look gorgeous; they hide unsightly edges and signs of the liner; and they are a haven for wildlife. For a more formal look you’ll want fewer marginals, but some shapely rushes or ferns or some yellow or purple bogiris will add extra impact. Marginals to consider include yellowflowered marsh marigold (caltha palustris); white-flowered bog arum (calla palustris); miniature reed-mace (typha minima), perfect if you love bulrushes but don’t have the space for them; water forget-me-not (myosotis scorpioides) with their stunningly pretty pale blue flowers; and water and bog iris (eg iris laevigata) with their rich purple blooms. You’ll need about two plants per metre.

Water-features attract wildlife, and on summer days you may well be visited by beautiful, colourful dragonflies or mayflies. If there’s any depth of water then many birds may also come to drink and bathe. And remember, even a small pond needs a safe exit-route in case wildlife such as hedgehogs pop by for a drink and inadvertently tumble in. A shallow beach of pebbles at one end should do the trick. If your feature has a sizeable surface, it’s well worth netting it in the autumn to catch falling leaves. Simple garden netting stretched taut over the surface is ideal. Remove it as necessary, tip off the leaves, and replace it until the worst of the leaf-fall is over. If leaves are allowed to accumulate in the water they’ll not only clog the pumps and reduce the depth of the water, but as they rot down they’ll produce methane gas which is toxic to pond life. In winter, try to stop the water feature from freezing up. If the weather forecast predicts extremely cold temperatures, smaller features are best emptied out completely and the pump cleaned up and stored in the shed. Ponds with fish need to have an ice-free area maintained on the surface or the fish may be killed by toxic gasses such as methane building up under the ice. Floating an old football on the surface helps, or you could melt a hole in the ice using the bottom of a pan of very hot water (but don’t pour the water in), repeating when the surface refreezes. L

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wenty-odd years ago, a new style of beer began to appear in Britain’s pubs and off-licences. Now, it’s not every day that an entirely new beer-style emerges, so you’d think there’d be a bit of fanfare, a bit of tada. But no.

Because this beer-style wasn’t the brainchild of a marketing expert in a big brewery. It was the simultaneous invention of a handful of microbrewers who faced the same problem: how to stop drinkers switching from their

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real ales to ice-cold refreshing lagers as soon as the weather improved. They invented pale, clean beers, aromatic like lager, and around the same strength. But it took a brilliant and insightful beer writer to identify them as a discrete style and come up with the name Golden Ale. That brilliant and insightful beer writer? It was me. (Honest! Check the Institute of Brewing Journal May-June 1995 if you don’t believe me!) Anyway, now everybody brews one, and I’ve chosen two from East Anglia – for May. St Peter’s Golden Ale at 4.7% from St Peter’s Brewery at Diss is a darkish gold

with a fresh, grassy aroma that carries a hint of citrus. The palate is dominated by bitterness, enough bitterness for the hottest of hot days. The intense bitterness carries on into a very long, dry finish. From Adnams of Southwold comes Spindrift at 5%, an altogether softer, smoother offering. The aroma first whacks you with lemon and leaves a hint of new-mown hay, while the palate is light and zingy with a warm suggestion of honey. The finish is more American than English: short and sweet. But nice.

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Wheely Good Gadgets

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e spend a lot of time driving, and there are stacks of gadgets that promise to make our trips more entertaining and less frustrating.

touch screen, built-in Bluetooth, displays video and even runs apps. It also demonstrates something else about the in-car gadget market, which is that prices fall very dramatically very quickly. The Pioneer’s RRP is £479, but it’s already widely available for £299.

One of the best in-car gadgets you can buy is a satellite navigation system. The days of If you’re thinking that a 6.1-inch devices with limited features screen sounds rather large for an and dodgy maps are long gone, in-car device, you are right: the and modern kit such as the Pioneer is a double-DIN system, £109 Garmin Nuvi 2408 comes which means it takes up twice with free, unlimited traffic as much space as a standard car information to warn you of radio. Many cars already accept accidents, roadworks and other double-DIN systems, but if your problems. The device will help car has an unusually shaped you find the right lane when dashboard or uses a single DIN you’re on the motorway, and it space you may also need to buy even has photographic views so a double-DIN that you can adapter. compare what you should be In-car seeing with entertainment what you can needn’t be see through limited to the the windscreen. front of the Many highcar either. You end models can easily keep also double Garmin Nuvi the kids quiet as Bluetooth 2408 sat-nav with a portable hands-free kits DVD system, for your phone, with standalone and we’re starting to see headsmodels costing as little as £35 up displays such as the £129 (although you’ll also need to Garmin HUD where everything invest in a headrest harness you need is projected onto the unless you want your child to hold windscreen. the player for the full trip). Around £90 gets you a player specifically One of the most popular in-car designed for in-car use with all gadgets is a replacement stereo. the necessary harnesses, with Even relatively cheap stereos such twin-screen systems starting at as Sony’s £89 MEX-BT3100U come around £129. with Bluetooth connectivity and iPod compatibility, and a growing Another option for in-car use is number of audio units now have a tablet. Cheaper tablets such DAB digital radios as well as the as Tesco’s Hudl (£119), Google’s traditional FM radio. Nexus 7 (£199) or Apple’s iPad Mini (£249) make excellent video In many cases the gap between players, and they don’t suffer in-car equipment and tablet from the scratched discs or computers is beginning to blur. skipping that can plague in-car Take Pioneer’s terribly named DVD systems. Expect to pay AVH-X3500 DAB car radio, for an additional £15 to £25 for a example: it boasts a 6.1-inch 44 May 2014

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The term “tension” or “stress” headaches, describe a type of headache involving the back and/or both sides of the head. It is often described as a band-like discomfort where the head feels like it’s in a vice, and the posterior muscles of the neck feel very tense. The pain is usually not associated with nausea, vomiting, vision changes or other worrisome symptoms, however due to their random onset they can often be labelled as a type of “migraine”. The cause of this headache sensation will often be a mystery, however the pain is very commonly referred from abnormal contractions, or spasms of neck and scalp muscles, which is a frequent consequence of problems in the use of the neck. This more accurately is known as a Cervicogenic Headache. Increased muscle tension and joint stiffness can come on after a trauma, postural stresses on the head and neck, exposing that area to cold temperatures, sleeping in uncomfortable positions, or

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rossovers are fast becoming the default car choice of the masses. Consumers love their commanding driving position and pumped-up looks while it seems manufacturers can’t stop releasing new versions.

mood lighting on the top-of-therange models.

Pretty much all the mainstream makers now have an SUV in their range and that boom in choice for buyers has also meant those manufacturers that arrived early to the crossover party have been forced to up their games and release refreshed models.

The larger diesel develops 148bhp and 380Nm of torque. Naturally that means more power and shove, but thankfully not at the cost of fuel economy. At 48.7mpg on the combined cycle, the ASX4 2.2 diesel is more economical than a number of rivals’ 2.0-litre diesel offerings, including the sector’s allconquering Nissan Qashqai.

Skoda has recently renosed its Yeti, Nissan has worked its magic on the built-in-Britain Qashqai and now it’s Mitsubishi’s turn with its ASX. When it first appeared in 2010, the ASX was one of the more niche models in the segment, but even then it managed to chalk up 8,000 sales in its first year. However, a devastatingly high Yen put up the price of imports and buyers fled to rivals. A year later sales had dropped to just 3,000. But Mitsubishi is bouncing back. The exchange rate has moved back in the maker’s favour, prices have dropped and the ASX has had a makeover. Mitsubishi has slashed prices of the ASX by an average of 10 per cent and for 2014 it’s been treated to a nip and tuck with plush interior fittings, new suspension tweaks and a panoramic glass roof with LED 48 May 2014

Joining the 1.6-litre petrol and 1.8-litre diesel is a 2.2-litre diesel unit poached from the larger Outlander off-roader.

There’s also a new automatic gearbox thrown into the mix. Some models get a switchable four-wheel drive system. One press of a button on the centre console sends 30 per cent of the car’s power to the rear wheels, while a second prod locks the centre diff and splits power 50/50 front and rear. The ASX’s small dimensions always meant it was good to drive, but road noise was a bit of a let it down. These new 2014 models come with improved sound deadening, which has helped a little, and the bouncy ride of previous ASXs has disappeared thanks to retuned suspension. That’s not to say it’s a perfect driving experience though. The steering still lacks crispness, there’s a fair degree of body roll and the

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ASX is sadly just not as refined or as comfortable as a Kia Sportage or Skoda Yeti. Mitsubishi has splashed out on upgrading the interior. There are some more up-market plastics, “piano black” materials now adorn the dashboard and the top spec ASX4 gets that aforementioned panoramic glass roof, which makes the cabin wonderfully light and airy. But despite Mitsubishi’s efforts, compared to rivals, the interior still lacks a certain sparkle. That said, with revised pricing, unique styling and an enviable reputation for reliability, the ASX certainly deserves a second look if you’re in the market for a crossover – and if the sales figures are anything to go by, there’s a high chance that’s most of you. The range kicks off at £14,999, while the range topping ASX4 2.2 (tested here) is £23,899. Stats

XXX? Model: L XXX. Mitsubishi ASX 4 2.2 Di-D 4WD Auto Price: £23,899 Engine: 2.2-litre, four-cylinder turbocharged diesel Power: 148bhp, 380Nm Max speed: 118mph 0-60mph: 10.6s MPG: 48.7mpg Emissions: 153g/km

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nce upon a time, bank accounts were ugly creatures that bit hard

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Today most still do exactly that.

by direct debit and you get 3%

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applauding the bank accounts

Santander mortgage payments.

that pay. It couldn’t be a better

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launching the new ‘seven day

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switching, so provided you don’t

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The banks that give you a 0% overdraft An overdraft’s a debt like any other. If you go into the red often, the most crucial thing’s cutting its cost to give you respite to clear it. While Firstdirect. com offers a 0% overdraft for up to £250, Nationwide.co.uk’s FlexDirect may give an interestfree overdraft for more, though it only lasts a year (it’s 50p/day after).

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Moroccan Stuffed Loin of Pork

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his roast pork is full of flavour and the spiced fruit and nut rice stuffing makes a change from the usual sage and onion. For really crispy crackling, the pork rind needs to be finely scored right through to the layer of fat underneath– ask your butcher to do this for you.

Serves..................................... 6 Ready...................in approx 3 hours

Shopping List • 1 tbsp olive oil • 1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped • 2 tsp each ground coriander and ground cumin • 40g ready-to-eat dried apricots, finely chopped • 25g pine nuts • 25g sultanas • 100g cold cooked basmati rice • 1 tbsp beaten egg • 1.5kg joint boned and rolled loin of pork with skin scored • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

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1 Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and fry the onion for 5 minutes until softened. Stir in half the ground coriander and cumin and cook for 1 minute. Add the apricots, pine nuts, sultanas and cook rice and fry for 2-3 minutes until piping hot. Leave to cool completely then season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. 2 Preheat the oven to 220C/ fan 200C/gas mark 7. Unroll the pork loin and spoon the cold stuffing down the centre. Re-roll the pork to enclose the filling and secure tightly with fine string at intervals. 3 Mix together the rest of the ground coriander and cumin and rub into the scored skin. Weigh the stuffed joint then place it in a roasting tin. 4 Roast for 30 minutes then reduce the oven temperature to 190C/fan 170C/ gas mark 5 and roast for a further 35 minutes per 450g. Cover

loosely with foil towards the end of the cooking time if the cracking starts to overcook. 5 Remove from the oven and cover with foil. Leave in a warm place for 20-30 minutes to allow the meat to rest before carving.

TIP To make a delicious gravy, pour off any excess fat from the roasting tin just leaving a little fat and the meat juices in the base. Heat the pan juices on the hob until sizzling. Stir in 1 tbsp flour and cook for 1 minute then gradually stir in 400ml apple juice or cider and 2 tsp Dijon mustard, scraping up any sediment from the base of the roasting tin. Bring to the boil then simmer, stirring all the time, until reduced and thickened. Season to taste then pour into a warmed jug or gravy boat. L

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terrors or sleepwalking occurs). REM (rapid eye movement) sleep (dream time) follows. Our brain is active, breathing and blood pressure rise, and our eyes move; but we can’t move our bodies. Afterwards, the cycle restarts.

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Sweet Dreams aren’t made of this Enemies of good sleep include pain; the need to urinate; stress or depression; the menstrual cycle (hormonal changes affect temperature and melatonin production), the menopause and snoring. There are also sleep disorders, including night terrors; sleep walking, talking and paralysis; teeth grinding; restless limb syndrome; and the more serious sleep apnoea (which can starve the brain of oxygen). To help you sleep soundly: • Eliminate Physical Factors Cure snoring with nasal strips, sprays or minor surgery. See your doctor about physical or mental health issues and sleep disorders; they may recommend Cognitive Behaviour Therapy or sleeping tablets. PMS (Pre-Menstrual Syndrome) treatments may help if you sleep badly before a period.

to spend time outside and get regular exercise. • Avoid Light in the Evening However, bright light before bedtime will suppress melatonin secretion, so dim the lights. Either avoid TVs, laptops, tablets and smart phones within two hours of bedtime, or turn down their brightness settings (some screens have a night mode). • Establish a Routine Establish a relaxing routine before bed. Avoid watching TV in the bedroom or reading anything too emotionally charged or terrifying. • Make your Bedroom a Haven Avoid using your bedroom as a work or dump space; clutter will nag to be cleared up. Ensure your bedroom is well ventilated, dark, and not too hot or cold. Consider earplugs to eliminate noise, and invest in a really comfy mattress (try before you buy).

• Drink Warm Milk Eat a carbohydrate-rich snack beforehand to improve the efficacy of the milk’s tryptophan (a raw material for the sleep hormone melatonin). Milk may help by making you feel warm and full too.

• Declutter your Brain. Download your brain by jotting down tomorrow’s jobs and any worries (particularly therapeutic if you write a positive action beside them).

• Don’t Go to Bed Hungry Avoid large, late meals but have a light snack if you’re hungry.

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• Avoid Alcohol and Caffeine in the Evening, and Stop Smoking Caffeine is a stimulant and will keep you awake. Alcohol makes you sleepy, but impairs sleep quality – as does nicotine.

• Have A Warm Bath Before Bed Add relaxing bath oils, too.

• Get enough Sunlight and Exercise Light and exercise help regulate our body clock and mood, so try

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Are you one of the “Sandwich Generation” – caring for parents and children? M other’s Day was in March and Father’s Day is in June and no doubt all good caring children mark these occasions by sending cards, gifts, or maybe celebrating with a special lunch with their parents. You may also have children of your own who want to mark the occasion with you. What I am referring to here is the “Sandwich Generation”. As life expectancy increases and people are having children well into their 30s and 40s it is becoming common for people in the middle period of their lives – say 30s to 60s – to not only have to bring up their own families, but also to take care of ageing parents. This Sandwich Generation often have to juggle their lives to deal with both roles adequately. Even if the parents are in good

health, they will slow down physically, need help around the house, perhaps needing to be taken about. They may find it more difficult to read, or understand, documents. This is often the case when a parent is widowed and has always relied on their spouse to ‘deal with all the paperwork’. Naturally, most children want to help their parents as much as they can, and it will make their lives easier if their parents’ lives are in order. Here are a few suggestions that may help :* Make sure their paperwork is in order and that you know where to find details of their financial affairs – bank and building society accounts, other investments, insurance policies, pensions, state benefits etc.

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* See whether they have made provision for their affairs to be managed in the event of them losing mental capacity to do this for themselves, whether due to illness, old age, or even an accident. You might need to ensure that they have set up Lasting Powers of Attorney for this purpose.

* Check how their home is owned and whether any changes could be made to this to help them plan for potential Care Home fees. * Have details of their doctors, any medication they need or hospitals they may attend. * Know their neighbours, where to find details of their friends, religious leaders etc. in an emergency. The above suggestions may not save you that much time in caring for your parents, but having the information to hand may well take some of the pressure off you and give you some peace of mind. One other thing – make sure your children (when they are old enough) have similar information about you. After all, at some point in the future they may be taking care of you and you wouldn’t want them to find your affairs in a mess, would you? At Parchment we offer a free review of Wills and related documents and would be happy to help you, your parents and your children, so contact us now! . L

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            

                       

                                 

            **We are currently offering 50% off during for       Rabbit   vaccinations    May/June         those bunnies who have not received a vaccination in the  last 18 months.    

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few months ago I mentioned that, due to the lack of understandable conversation most cats are able to offer, I tend to sing to myself while visiting cats. I also mentioned that many cats aren’t too fond of this habit. Well, the other day, I took my usually quite unobtrusive singing to a whole new level. Two of my newest clients, Trinny & Susannah (I know!) were happily munching on their meal while I got down to the business end of the job and began clearing out their incredibly well-used litter tray. As this activity obviously makes me very happy, I found myself humming the opening bars of the Morcambe and Wise classic, ‘Bring Me Sunshine’. Trinny & Susannah stopped eating and looked up in horror. Trinny & Susannahs’ owners are actually from the world of showbiz, and presumably this was something well below the standards they’d come to expect. A biscuit dropped from Susannah’s mouth. I immediately revised my original estimation of their expressions from horror to surprise, as I noted

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that although their eyes were like saucers and Susannah’s tongue was poking out, their ears were fully upright. Then a remarkable thing happened - Trinny began purring. I carried on, upping the ante a little from humming to singing. The effect was wholly unexpected. Both cats began walking around, brushing heads and bodies together and purring loudly. Greatly encouraged by the fact my feline audience now appeared to be dancing to my atrociously off-key crooning, and with the assurance of a man in a house devoid of any humans to observe his strange behaviour, I began adding the now legendary Morcambe and Wise dance steps to my routine. The scene was truly bizarre – two cats pacing around together in a mutual purring frenzy, and an overweight bloke twirling around singing and kicking his legs to the side, only managing to sing the odd word, through self-induced chuckling. At the end of the performance, both Trinny and Susannah went back to their bowls and all was as normal, as if none of the very odd last two minutes had ever happened. As we settled down for a brushing session in the lounge, I wondered what on earth my customers would have made of the scene that had just unfolded in their dining room. There are times when I’m sure my antics must look a little insane. But, having

said that, I think most of us have the capacity to do some fairly eccentric things when in private – as most air-guitarists would agree. As I tidied up a little, I said goodbye to the girls, grabbed my things and made for the door. It was then that I noticed the CCTV security camera on the dining room wall. My cheeks immediately burned bright red as I realised the full implications of this tiny device. No way I’m even going to attempt to explain, and I’ll just have to hope they don’t watch the recording any time soon. Or maybe I should pre-empt them by adding ‘After Dinner Cabaret – no charge’ to my invoice. Who amongst my customers could possibly complain about that! L

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e’ve had a few surprises this month: firstly, a tabby cat came in to the Rescue Centre; we were told it had been spayed. Five weeks later it produced three beautiful kittens, so, failing an immaculate conception, was pregnant when it came to us. They are all being looked after by one of our fosterers.

a member of the vets team has adopted him, so his short run of bad luck has changed!

Last week a dog-walker found three seven-week-old kittens abandoned on Cholesbury Common; all were dirty, full of fleas and needed worming. They would have starved had they not been discovered and taken to the vets by a kind member of the public. There were two tabbies and a little black one, who had a traumatic mouth injury, requiring an operation. He was so cute that

We have lots of other cats of all ages waiting for that special person to change their luck. At holiday times our homing rates go down, so the number on the waiting list goes up. We have a number of pairs and a lovely trio of brothers who would love a home together. L

If you can give a home to any of our cats, please call Pat on 01494 722279.

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GX Fun Run, May 11th is fast approaching!

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o doubt many of you taking part in this event have been clocking up the extra hours in your trainers in preparation and are now starting to think about the type of fuel you will need to fill up your tank and be in tip top condition… Perhaps you’re planning to load up on carbs, drink lots of water and eat lots of greens and superfoods ... but is this the best approach? How you fuel up before a race can have an impact on performance. So don’t fall into the trap that some runners do: skimping on fuel, overdoing food or drink, or eating foods that can upset digestion. Here’s how to avoid some common mistakes and ensure that you are fuelled up and ready.

Mistake No.1

Overloading on pasta the night before the race. One might think that this will top up glycogen stores that can then be burned through the next day. However, flooding your system with more carbs than it can process can lead to digestive upset that may leave you uncomfortable or have you running for the porta-loo instead. The Solution: Your pre-race dinner should consist of a lean protein such as grilled chicken and some complex carbohydrates like a roasted sweet potato. Avoid foods with a high fat content. Aim to have a smaller meal the night before because race anxiety can affect digestion. You can opt for a larger meal two nights 70 May 2014

before the big race if you want to load up. This will give you time to digest and process the food, load glycogen and yet not leave your stomach full on race morning.

Mistake No. 2

Drinking gallons of water. Too much water can leave you feeling bloated and can also dilute your electrolytes – minerals required for optimum muscle contraction. Diluted electrolyte levels can cause muscle weakness or cramping. The Solution: In the days leading up to the race drink fluids as you normally would to stay hydrated. This can include water, sports drink, and juices. Avoid alcohol, especially the night before as it can be very dehydrating. On the morning of the race, drink 500 ml of water or sports drink at least 2 hours before the start, giving your body time to process extra fluid. You can then drink another 200-250 ml 15 minutes before the actual race and small amounts during the race.

Mistake No. 3

Skipping Breakfast. Some runners can’t face food in the morning due to nerves or worries about feeling full. However this can cause you to flag halfway through the race. The aim is to keep your blood sugar steady to provide energy to power you through. The Solution: The morning of the race go for a healthy choice such as a small amount of porridge and half a banana, wholemeal toast or half a bagel with peanut

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butter. Or, if you can’t face solid foods, a small smoothie with half a banana, fruit juice and coconut milk. Cereal can work for some but a word of caution about dairy products, wheat products, artificial sweeteners and high fibre products – these can contribute to digestive issues for some runners so it is important to experiment during training and work out which foods, in what amounts work best for you. Do a ‘dress rehearsal’ on a weekend before the run – simulate race day timings including time of breakfast and experiment with different foods to find out what works best for you. Aim to eat no later than 2-3 hours before the race. ….After the Race. Lost fluids should be replaced after the race so make sure you have your water or sports drink on hand. As soon as you can tolerate it eat some simple carbs like fruit or an energy bar to enhance glycogen storage and adding some protein (e.g. nuts and seeds, lean meat, boiled egg) will assist this process as well as aid in muscle recovery. L

Good luck and enjoy yourself!! Annabelle Young BSc (Hons) is a nutrition consultant based in Gerrards Cross. To find out more about how nutritional therapy could help you visit www.annabelleyoungnutrition.co.uk Tel: 01753 892921

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The Gerrards Cross and District Committee for Macmillan Cancer Support invite you to join them for

Sparkling Afternoon Tea with a Musical Interlude A unique opportunity to enjoy the grounds of Hall Barn Estate with Sparkling Wine Hall Barn Estate , Beaconsfield, HP9 2SG

Followed by Afternoon Tea and Songs with

Kirsten Z. Cairns Sunday June 15th 2014 2.30pm – 5.30pm

Would you like to enjoy a cup of coffee (or tea) and biscuit for just £1.00 and help rid the world of Leprosy? You will be made most welcome at the

Coffee Morning

at Gerrards Cross Methodist Church, Oak End Way (opposite the Ethorpe Hotel) Saturday 10 May from 10 am – 12 (noon) The comedian, Ken Dodd, has especially donated an item, which will be one of the prizes included in a small raffle. Please bring your Friends and Neighbours

Tickets £20 Please buy your tickets in advance from: Pat Chapman Anne Harris

01753 883573 01753 885151

Held with grateful thanks to Hall Barn Estate and to Chiltern Shakespeare Company for permission to use their marquee Macmillan Cancer Support Registered Charity Number 261017

Mammoth Bring & Buy Stall

Make this the best ever and help conquer Leprosy!

JOIN WALLACE & GROMIT AND GET YOUR KIT ON TO RAISE MUCH NEEDED FUNDS TO HELP SICK CHILDREN IN YOUR LOCAL HOSPITAL AND HOSPICE. PLEASE SHOW YOUR SUPPORT AND JOIN THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY BY WEARING WRONG TROUSERS FOR CHARITY! REGISTER TODAY FOR YOUR FANTASTIC FREE FUNDRAISING PACK

Supported by

www.wrongtrousersday.org Wallace & Gromit’s Wrong Trousers day raises funds for Wallace and Gromit’s Children’s Charity, which supports children’s healthcare throughout the UK. Registered charity 1043603. Company number 04659630. © and TM Aardman/Wallace & Gromit Limited 2014

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I have heard in the news about going through assessments to obtain my ESA benefit. What are these and what should I expect?? No one knows when an accident or ill-health could have a dramatic impact on their life. Last year the Government added an extra step to the process for applying for sickness and disability support. The Work Capability Assessment (WCA) process, which has come under fire for lengthy and unfair decisions since it was introduced in 2008, will now include an extra step before sick and disabled people can access financial support through Employment Support Allowance (ESA). If your sickness or disability prevents you from working, then you could be entitled to ESA to help you manage your day to day living costs. Since October last year, the Government introduced a new ‘mandatory reconsideration’ phase to ESA. This extra step in the process takes place after you receive a decision on your initial application for support and you can’t lodge an appeal until it is completed. It is supposed to take about two weeks to go through the reconsideration period but unfortunately some of our clients have said it can take much longer than this. You won’t be able to claim ESA during the reconsideration phase but you can apply for Jobseekers Allowance. We’re concerned that some people will find this difficult and be left with no financial support – leading to people in already trying circumstances being subjected to even more anxiety. If you’re in this situation then you should go to your local Citizens Advice Bureau for help on how to manage your finances and make sure your application is dealt with fairly and promptly. Once the reconsideration process has taken place, you may well get a positive decision about your application. If you are unhappy with the decision, you can appeal. Appealing against a decision can seem like a daunting prospect but advisers in your local Citizens Advice Bureau can help you to deal with this. South Bucks CAB, Open Mon, Wed and Thurs 10-3pm Capswood, Oxford Road Denham UB9 4LH. Please tel 01895 837551 (South Bucks residents) for phone advice or to make an appointment.

Chalfont & Gerrards Cross................................... 01753 883821 Amersham Hospital ................................................ 01494 434411 Wexham Hospital ..................................................... 01753 633000 High Wycombe Hospital ..................................... 01494 526161 Stoke Mandeville Hospital ................................. 01293 315000 Hillingdon Hospital ................................................. 01895 239877 Watford General Hospital .................................. 01923 244366 Harefield Hospital ..................................................... 01895 823737 NHS Direct (www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk) .................... 0845 46 47

Doctors Surgeries The Misbourne Practice ....................................... 01753 891010 The Hall Practice ....................................................... 01753 887311 The Allan Practice ..................................................... 01753 887311

Chemists Boots the Chemist, Gerrards Cross.............. 01753 882064 Health & Beauty, Gerrards Cross.................... 01753 883484 Richard Adams, Chalfont St Peter ................. 01753 882700 Vantage, Chalfont St Peter ................................ 01753 884056 Lloyds, Chalfont St Giles ...................................... 01494 874656

Libraries Gerrards Cross & Chalfont St Peter............. 0845 230 3232

Community Centres Gerrards Cross Community Centre............... 01753 883759 Chalfont St Peter Community Centre......... 01753 885778

Local Councils South Bucks District Council ........................... 01895 837251 Wycombe District Council ................................ 01494 461000 Chiltern District Council ..................................... 01494 729000

Police Thames Valley Police ............................................. 0845 8505 505 Gerrards Cross Police Station ......................... 0845 8505 505

Other Citizens Advice Bureau ....................................... 0844 245 1289 Chiltern Railways ...................................................... 08456 005165 London Travel Information ............................... 0843 222 1234 National Rail Enquiries .......................................... 08457 484950 Childline ................................................................................... 0800 1111 Crimestoppers .............................................................. 0800 555 111 Samaritans ..................................................................... 01494 432000 National Domestic Violence Helpline........ 0808 2000 247 Victim Support ........................................................... 0845 3030900 Gas Emergency ............................................................ 0800 111 999 Electricity Emergency ........................................... 0845 7708090 Veolia Water Central – Emergency ............ 0845 782 3333 BT Fault Line ................................................................... 0800 800 151 Good Neighbour Scheme ................................... 07783 965757

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Adult Tap – Dancing for Fun Classes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings in Amersham area, for beginners to advanced levels. For details contact Margaret Tillcock 01494 874767 – email: margarettillcock@aol.com Breakfast Rotary Club (aka Misbourne Matins) The club meets every Wednesday for breakfast 7.30-8.30am at The Bull Hotel, Oxford Rd, Gerrards Cross, SL9 7PA. For details on meetings and all our many activities see our website www.misbournematins.org or contact our Membership Secretary 01753 889145 Breeze 2 Health New Zumba classes. Sundays 4pm & Mondays 10.30am with Tracey. Call 01753 891817 to book The Bridge School at Gerrards Cross We currently hold the following classes: Mon 1.30-4.30pm Chalfont St Peter Community Centre Tue 7.30-9.30pm, Wed 9.30-10am and 10-12noon Fri 10am-Midday The Memorial Centre, Gerrards Cross For more details call Tessa Templeton on 01753 885004 or visit www.bridgewebs.com/schoolgerrardscross The Chalfonts and Gerrards Cross Camera Club Club meetings are held in the Garden Room, The Memorial Centre, Gerrards Cross at 7.45pm each Thursday, Sept to June. A specialist ‘Digi Group’, provides technical advice to members, meets in the Memorial Centre on the third Wednesday of each month. For details contact David Durrant 07791 691 896 or James Torr 01753 629 493

Chalfont Line Dance Club welcomes all new dancers and experienced dancers. We meet every Wednesday mornings 9.30 am – 12.00pm and Thursday evenings 7.15pm – 10.15pm (absolute beginners 7.00pm) at the Chalfont St Peter Community Centre. Contact Heather 01753 887211 (re Wednesday) and Christina 01494 265962 or 07952 815 076 (Thursday). www.chalfontlinedanceclub.co.uk Chalfont Monday Badminton Club At Chalfont Leisure Centre from 8-10.15pm every Monday except bank holidays. Come and see us. For more details call John on 01494 873570 or Ellen on 01753 880276 Chalfont St Peter Badminton Club We welcome new members to our friendly badminton club, playing every Thursday 8.00pm to 10.15pm at Chalfont Leisure Centre. Aimed at players with experience, you can enjoy competitive club play as well as joining us in the Chalfont League for more of a challenge! First night is free and youcan then either play-andpay or join up through annual membership. For more information please contact Tim on 07973 884321. Chalfont St Peter Community Centre Gravel Hill, Chalfont St. Peter, Bucks SL9 9QX. Hall and Meeting Rooms available. Call 01753 885778 or visit www.cspca.net, email cspca@btconnect.com Mon-Friday 9am-12pm

Chalfont Saints Activity Group The Club, founded in 1988, provides football for all boys and girls aged 5-18yrs, mini-soccer to 11-a-side. We have 1st class grass pitches, astro pitch training, qualified coaches and clubhouse cafe. We meet at NSE Centre, Chesham Lane, Chalfont St Peter SL9 0RJ. Contact Mike Saunders on 07747 476827 or email msaunders1939@googlemail.com Chalfont Common WI Is a local club for active, lively minded women. We meet on the 1st Thursday of the month in the Tony Graham Room at Chalfont Community Centre at 7.30 for 7.45pm. Ring Chris on 01494 872133 or Janet on 01494 873331 74 May 2014

Chalfont Concert Wind Band Local friendly community band. We meet at Robertswood School, Denham Lane, Chalfont St Peter, Bucks SL9 OEW. Rehearsals are held on Mondays: B Band from 18:30-19:30, and A Band from 19.45-21.45. Visit www.chalfontwindband.co.uk or call 01494 863352

Chalfont St Peter Fitness Classes Total Body Conditioning Classes Mon 9.30am crèche available Fun Combo Aerobics/core Fri 9.30am créche available Zumba Fitness Classes Tues 9am crèche available Zumba Fitness Classes Mon 6.30pm Call Trisha 07768 347750 trisha_duffy41@hotmail.com for further info. All pay as u go.

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LOCAL CLUBS, GROUPS & CLASSES Chalfont St Peter Garden Club (Affiliated to the RHS) The garden club holds monthly talks covering many interesting topics on the third Wednesday of the month at 8pm at the Parish Church Hall CSP. Members also have exclusive access to our garden supplies hut, receive a monthly newsletter and can go on our coach trips to gardens and houses. We also hold an annual summer show. New members welcomed. For more details call 01494 870619 or visit www.gardenclub.org.uk Chalfont St Peter and Gerrards Cross History Society A history society. We meet at 8pm the Memorial Centre, East Common, Gerrards Cross, SL9 7AD on the last Friday of the month, from September to March (not Dec). Contact Barbara 01753 883523 or e: barbara@lyddiatt.co.uk Chalfont St Peter Montessori Mums & Minis Mother and baby/toddler group next to our Montessori school, Tithe Barn Youth Centre, Sandy Rise, Chalfont St Peter from 9.30-11am. First session is free, normally £4. Watch your child develop the Montessori way. Contact Debbie 07973 165821 Chalfont St Peter Royal British Legion Based at Nicol Road. Welcomes new members. Regular entertainment. Bingo nights etc. For details ring 01753 885252 Chalfont St Peter Tennis Club A friendly local club with a thriving adult and junior membership. Weekly coaching sessions for all ages. Contact Angela Cranston and the email membership@chalfontstpetertennisclub.co, call 01753 893784 or visit www.chalfontstpetertennisclub.co.uk Chalfont St Peter Trefoil Guild For anyone who in the past has been involved with, or has a interest in, Guides/Brownies. Meetings on the first Wednesday of every month (except January) from 2pm-4pm in The Guide Hut, Lansdown Road, Chalfont St Peter. Ring Janet (01494 876413) for details Chalfont St Peter WI Chalfont St Peter meets on the 2nd Wednesday in the month in the Parish Church Hall at 2pm. Talks, events, outings and, above all, friendship to members and visitors alike. Call 01753 886809 for more details Chalfont St Peter Youth Centre Tithe Barn, Sandy Rise, Chalfont St Peter Monday, School year 7, 7.00-8.30pm Wednesday, School years 9-11, 7.30-9.30pm Thursday, School year 8, 7.30-9.00pm See www.cspyouthcentre.org.uk or call 01753 883712 Chiltern Hundreds Supper Club Meets on 2nd Thurs of month at Masonic Centre, Old Beaconsfield for supper and varied speakers. Contact Julia on 01494 675779 or Pam on 01494 872118

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Circuit Training in Chalfont St Peter Come and try for free! Lovel End Infant School, Lovel Road. Every Mon and Wed at 7pm. Call Scott on 07732 810 928 / 01494 432 432 email: scott@core-fitness.co.uk. Visit www.core-fitness.co.uk Classic Car & Bike Hot Rod Meet at the Harte & Magpie Pub, Coleshill, Amersham HP7 OLU on the second Tuesday of every month Meet is on the second Tuesday of every month starting May 10th through to October. BBQs in the summer, live music events running over various weekends. For more details Richard72@hotmail.co.uk Dance Chalfont From Ballroom and Latin Adult Dance Classes to Bokwa — the latest fitness regime to hit the UK, incorporating African dance, aerobics, light boxing, kick boxing and steps. Bokwa Fitness – every Tuesday, 7.45pm-8.30pm, £5 payg. Latin & Ballroom Classes – every Tuesday 9pm-10pm (check for course start dates and fees). Jubilee Hall, School Lane, Seer Green, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire HP9 2QJ For details contact Sarah at dancechalfont@ yahoo.co.uk or call 07730 523726. I.D.T.A qualified & Bokwa certified Fulmer Cricket Club A friendly village cricket club playing competitive, non-league games every Saturday and Sunday from April to September. New players of all abilities always very welcome. Come and find out more... www.fulmercricketclub.com www.facebook.com/pages/Fulmer-Cricket-Club/ twitter.com/FulmerCricket The Gerrards Cross and Chalfont St Peter Rotary Club meets at The Ethorpe Hotel, 85 Packhorse Road, Gerrards Cross, Bucks. SL9 8HX on Thursdays 12.00 for 12.30 p.m. Please see our website www.gxrotary.org. uk for details, or contact our President John Krushner on 01753 884283. You will be most welcome. Gerrards Cross Bowls Club Maltmans Lane invites all beginners and experienced players Coaching and equipment available just bring flat shoes. For details contact the Secretary on 01753 887765 Gerrards Cross Bridge Club We meet Mon and Wed evenings at the Gerrards Cross Memorial Centre for duplicate bridge. Please contact Tony Tel: 01753 644965 or email: a_reading@msn.com The Gerrards Cross Chess Club The chess club meets every Wednesday at 7.30pm, in Room 4 of the Gerrards Cross Memorial Centre. Contact Peter Forrest 01494 677640 Gerrards Cross Computer Club An informal, friendly self-help group for all computer users at all levels of experience. We meet on the second Thursday of every month, 8pm in the Memorial Centre, East Common, Gerrards Cross, SL9 7AD. Call Barbara Lyddiatt 01753 883523 or email: barbara@lyddiatt.co.uk

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L LOCAL CLUBS, GROUPS & CLASSES Gerrards Cross Conservation Volunteers The Gerrards Cross Conservation Volunteers keep the paths on the Common and the Camp clear for others to enjoy. We meet 9:30am by the Parish Council hut opposite the children’s play area on East Common Road, on the 3rd Saturday of every month. We’re finished by 1.00pm. All ages welcome. Contact Bill Collins 01753 882959. Gerrards Cross Cricket Club Dukes Lane, Gerrards Cross SL9 7JZ. Contact John Price on 01753 886610 www.gxcc.co.uk

Gerrards Cross & Fulmer Scout group HQ in Fulmer. Contact Mark Shaw, Group Scout Leader on 01753 883102 or email: scoutermark@hotmail.co.uk Hedgerley Historical Society meet monthly at Hedgerley Memorial Hall for talks on local history and sometimes further afield. In addition special events and outings to historic sites are held throughout the year. Further details from John Lovelock 01753-647187 jdlovelock@btinternet.com

Gerrards Cross Decorative and Fine Arts Society (GXDFAS) — Lecture Programme Lectures commence at 10.30am and 1.45pm at the Memorial Centre, 8, East Common Gerrards Cross. For lecture dates and more information contact the website, www.gxdfas.org.uk or our membership secretary on 01753 645771

Horizons Horizons is a local non profit-making social group for professional couples and individuals aged 40-70 offering a varied programme of events.

Gerrards Cross Dukes Wood Tennis Club For membership details contact Gillian Vargassoff on 01753 883469 email: gvargassoff@gmail.com or visit www.gxsc.co.uk/tennisclub

WEDNESDAY, 19 MARCH - LUNCH AT THE FORESTERS, FARNHAM COMMON Come along for lunch at 12.30pm at The Foresters, The Broadway, Beaconsfield Road, Farnham Common, Prior booking by 15 March is requested.

The Gerrards Cross Flower Club meets on the third Wednesday of every month (except August) at the Memorial Centre, East Common GX at 2.15pm. For details contact Maureen Huxtable 01753 884497 or Pat Cox 01494 673613

Contact Lynda Wright on 01494 431289 for details of these and other Group events. Jane Moloney Yoga Teacher. Dip. FRYOG. Dedicated and enthusiastic teacher specialising in teaching small groups within the Gerrards Cross and Chalfont St Peter area. Tel 07966 066331

Gerrards Cross & Chalfonts Probus Club This Club for retired men meets on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at the Gerrards Cross Memorial Centre at 10am. For details contact Stanley Vaughan 01494 873515 or email Stanley@cherryburton.demon.co.uk Gerrards Cross Royal British Legion We meet at the Memorial Centre. We hold regular social events and new members are welcome. For more details call Chris on 01753 890690 or Ivan on 01753 886813 Gerrards Cross Scottish Country Dancing Club meets at the Memorial Centre on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm (September to June) for instruction and social dancing. All levels of ability are welcome and every class starts with a period of basic tuition. Visit our website at www.gxscottish.org.uk or obtain further details from Celia Stuart-Lee on 01753 884217 or info@gxscottish.org.uk Gerrards Cross Short Mat Bowls Club which meets on Thursdays at the Gerrards Cross Community Centre are looking for new members. For further details can be obtained from Michael Jordan on 01753 886802. GX Squash Club We are a private membership club and have two courts. Adult membership is £98pa, peak-time court is £3 for 45mins and £2 for off-peak. Visit gxsquash.org.uk or call 07947 307998 Gerrards Cross Youth Club meets at the Youth Centre, 8 East Common SL9 7AD (behind the Memorial Centre). Come along during term times: 7pm – 9pm on Tuesdays (seniors) and 6.30 – 8pm on Thursdays (juniors). New members, volunteers and sponsors always welcome. Please contact gxyouthclub@gmail.com or visit the website at www.gxyouthclub.com for more information. 76 May 2014

Girl Guiding GX & Denham We have Rainbow Brownie and Guide units and are always looking for helpers. Meetings are held at Guide HQ in Station Road and in Denham. Contact Alison Leah, District Commissioner on 01753 883703 or email gxanddenham@yahoo.co.uk

Jo Lewis Triathlon Coach / Chalfont Triathlon Club based at Chalfont Leisure Centre, Women’s only Monday mornings and mixed group Saturday mornings. Open to all ages and abilities, motivational, interesting, and most importantly, fun and sociable. Call Jo on 07711 067513 for more information. Life Drawing Class Contact John Fairley on 07941 684118. Misbourne Art Society (founded 1972) A very friendly, relaxed and active Art Society who meet at the Chalfont St Peter Community Centre on the first Saturday of every month at 2.15pm. New members and visitors are always very welcome. For details call 01494 873722 or 01753 884105 National Council of Women (NCW) meets at the Chalfont St Peter Community Centre at 2.15 pm on the last Thursday from September to June. Further details please call 01494 871953 Senior Bridge play Daytime sessions will be organized by volunteers at GX Memorial Centre at low cost for older bridge players who don’t enjoy playing in large groups. Once we know who maybe interested, a day and time can be arranged. Please apply to the Memorial Centre office or ring 01753 883759 Silhouette Academy of Dance (est.1985) Theatre Dance Classes for children in Chalfont St Peter. Pre-School Ballet from age 2½ yrs. Contact Angela Simon BA Hons Dance & Movement on 01494 870510 or visit www.silhouettedance.co.uk

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LOCAL CLUBS, GROUPS & CLASSES St Joseph’s Furniture Market Open every Saturday Morning 9am-12.30pm behind St Joseph’s Church. We sell all types of secondhand furniture from antique to new. All our proceeds are distributed to various charities. Come along and pick up a bargain. Email furnituremarket@hotmail.co.uk St Peter Players We meet and perform at the Community Centre in Chalfont St Peter on a Monday during rehearsal periods and for the occasional play-reading evening. Visit www.stpeterplayers.co.uk, call Tina 01753 882935 Sure Start Children’s Centre, Chalfont Tue: Twintastic 10.00-11:30 CSP Youth Centre Dinky Dancers 13:45-14:30 CSP Youth Centre Wed: Stay and Play 10:30-12:00 Chalfont St Peter Youth Centre Thu: Stories and Craft on the Mobile Bus 10:30-11:30 Chalfont St Giles Blizzards Car Park Fri: Stay and Play on the Mobile Bus 13:30-15:00 Chalfont St Peter Community Centre For details contact Michelle Els on 07824 527922 The Chalfonts Friendship Club A group for people of retirement age to meet and share company. We meet every 2nd Wednesday of the month over a meal. We also hold regular outings, theatre trips, Sunday lunches, quiz evenings, talks. Are you alone or in need of company or know someone who is? If you are interested or know someone who might be, or if you would like further details, please contact Mary on 01494 875264 or Patricia on 01753 885 534 - all welcome The Gerrards Cross Running Sisters A group of friendly ladies who like to run. For more information see our website at www.runningsisters.com or contact Adele Wilter - adele@wa-global.com Total Body Conditioning Every Thursday from 9.30-10.30am at Chalfont St Peter, Parish Hall. Pay as you go, £5 per session. Contact Aly on 07929 169911 or e: campee@ntlworld.com Women at the Gerrards Cross Community Assoc. Meetings are held the first Wednesday of every month (except August) at 2.30pm for further details call Mrs J Mills on 01753 885762. We welcome new members join us, visitors are always welcome to attend (fees apply). Yoga Classes 2-3.15pm and 3.45-5pm, Chalfont St Peter Community Centre, Gravel Hill, Chalfont St Peter, SL9 9QX. All ages, all abilites and agilities - can be done seated in chair. £36 for a six week course. Contact Helen Damas at helen.yoga1@hotmail.co.uk or on 01494 678140 Jazzercise Aerobics Dance Classes Contact Marthese 07708 275527 or jazzercise4marthese@yahoo.co.uk or visit our Website/Class Schedule and New Customer Voucher via www.facebook/JazzerciseBucks Chiltern District Welsh Society The Chiltern District Welsh Society of over 100 members from Chesham to Denham, has a very varied program throughout the year ranging from trips to Wales, concerts, evening events with eminent guests, golf days, St David’s Day Dinner etc. See www.chilternwelsh.org for details.

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The GXCA Concert Goers Group goes every season to about 10 concerts given by the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) with many well-known conductors and soloists at the Barbican in London. There is a choice of seats in the Stalls or in the Circle at a reasonable price and include travelling in a comfortable coach from the Gerrards Cross Community Centre right to the door of the Barbican. If you are a lover of classical music and are interested in finding out more or would like to join the group please contact Marga Shaw on 01753 886511 for further information. Chalfont St Peter Fitness Classes Total Body Conditioning Classes Mon 9.30am creche available Fun Combo Aerobics/core Fri 9.30am creche available Zumba Fitness Classes Tues 9am creche available also Mon 6.30pm Chalfont St Peter VOPAG. Older Persons Group - meets 1000 - CSP. Community Centreevery 3rd Tuesday Speaker details on website www.bucksvoice.net/vopag. Flow Yoga At Pinewood Studios A vinyasa flow yoga class suitable for all ages and fitness levels with Gill Neivens FRYOG dip; REP’s certificate. Tuesdays 8.00 - 9.00pm. Mats and props provided Contact Gill on 07887 888714 or gillneivens@tiscali.co.uk for further details. Chorleywood and District Local RSPB Group Meeting This month’s talk is entitled ‘Wader Quest’ by Rick and Ellis Simpson. They went in search of the wader species of the world. ‘Wader Quest’ is an organisation which has two aims. 1/to raise awareness of the challenges and dangers faced by wader species in today’s world and 2/ to support the WWT’s spoon billed sandpiper programme. This is a ‘must see’ presentation, especially as many of the UK’s migratory waders are under threat. All welcome whether RSPB Member or not. Date: Thursday 20th March 2014. Time 20:00 Venue: The Russell School, Brushwood Drive, Chorleywood, WD3 5RR. Contact: Carol Smith 01923 897885 or just turn up Movers & Shakers Gerrards Cross Methodist Church is hosting this NHS awardwinning programme designed to encourage older adults to take part in gentle physical, mental and creative activities followed by a healthy lunch every Wednesday from 10.30 am - 1 pm. Subsidised cost £2.00 per head with first session FREE so that people can sample it without obligation. Further information is available on the Gerrards Cross Methodist Church website www.gxmethodist.org.uk or 0788 739 1646. Simply Walk Health walks in Gerrards Cross and Chalfont St Peter. 60 to 90 minutes, just turn up, no charges. Gerrards Cross Memorial Centre on Tuesdays, Chalfont St Peter Community centre on Fridays. Walks start at 10.30 am (please arrive 10 mins early the first time to allow for signing on). For more information call Fiona Broadbent on 494 475367 / 07802 260812 or see the full programme of walks on our website www.buckscc.gov.uk/ simplywalk Gerrards Cross Personal Training Uncomfortable with training in crowded gyms and leisure centre? Train with John Hutchinson at his private gym in Gerrards Cross. Free consultation - phone John on 01753 880736 / 07976 703222, email: john@gxpersonaltraining.co.uk or visit his website: www.gxpersonaltraining.co.uk

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Acting Actors Studio............................................................29

Children - Education Kumon - Gerrards Cross Study Centre.......29

Ancestry dajevue..........................................................................61

Computers/IT Computer Doctor..................................................25 Nexus IT Support & Repair..............................80

Bathrooms/Bedrooms/Kitchens Chalfont Kitchens & Bedrooms – Bathrooms too.........................................................24 European Bathrooms.......................................... 45 Beauty, Health & Wellness b2: Chalfont Chiropractic Clinic.................46 Bodyworks............................................................22/23 Dr Fang..........................................................................42 Get Fit...............................................................................7 Jazzercise....................................................................31 Lavender & Stone Beauty Rooms..................7 Marion Jorgensen..................................................16 Building & Property Maintenance Services 4C’s Bucks Ltd..............................................................2 AGL Building Ltd.....................................................39 A Kingsnorth & Son Ltd.....................................63 Ashtech Roofing Services.................................29 ATI Building Contractors Ltd.........................17 Attention To Detail..............................................53 Barrett Plumbing.......................................................5 Castle Fascias & Guttering.............................49 Crystal Solutions Ltd...........................................49 DSB Home Refurbishment..............................57 Faust & Co Ltd.........................................................61 Gas Safe Bucks.........................................................43 Heath Property Maintenance........................55 Kite Scaffolding.......................................................47 Lockhart Electrical.................................................57 Professional Paving Services Ltd.................11 R F Dyer Ltd................................................................61 Southern Electrica Services Limited........65 The 50plus Organisation..................................42 Car Repair/Maintenance Services Love Green Garage...............................................49 The Beeches Garage............................................51 Care Home/Nursing/Vacancies The Fremantle Trust – Mulberry Court........................................................13 Maria Mallaband Care Group Ltd................14 Universal Care Ltd.................................................18 Carpets Beaconsfield Carpets..............................................7 Chartered Accountants/Business Advisors Russell Phillips.............................................................3

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Dental CPP Denture Studio.............................................17 Denture World.........................................................27 Domestic Appliances Sharley Domestics................................................32 Domestic Services AGL Ironing...................................................................7 Eva’s Cleaning Service........................................59 GX Ironing...................................................................54 Molly Maid..................................................................57 Martin’s Carpet Cleaning Company.........55 Ovenclean...................................................................27 Pristine Ovens..........................................................32 ProCare Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Services.........................................................................42 The Oven Man..........................................................54 The Soft Water Shop...........................................23

Hearing Services Aston Hearing Services.....................................20 Chalfont Hearing Centre..................................17 Home Care Eden Care at Home...............................................11 Jewellers Percy Davies Jewellers........................................59 Nannies Super Nannies..........................................................11 Notaries Saville & Co................................................................11 Pets/Vets Acorn Kennels and Cattery.............................69 Barking Mad...............................................................66 Cat Comforts – Cat Sitting Services.........68 Marjorie Nash Cat Rescue...............................69 RSPCA.............................................................................66 The Wheelhouse Vets.........................................67 Private Hire/Taxi David Almond Executive Driver..................33 Emma’s Executive Private Hire....................59

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Furnishings, Blinds and Upholstery Chiltern Restoration............................................27 David Bailey Home Interiors..........................50 Penn Meadow Curtains & Blinds.................31 Richardson Reupholstery.................................31 SAM Upholstery......................................................54 Steve’s Furniture Repairs..................................32 Upholstery Workshop.........................................59

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Garage Doors Garage Doors Central (HW) Ltd...................27 Gardening Services/Awnings/Pergolas & Verandas Allscapes.......................................................................39 Key-Stone....................................................................37 Mentor Landscapes..............................................43 Outdoor Property Projects.............................35 Paul Gallagher Garden Services...................35 Pinewood Nurseries.............................................38 Tendercare..................................................................36 Valley Ponds & Landscapes.............................35 Women with Waders Ltd..................................35 Golf Club The South Buckinghamshire..........................10

Solicitors BP Collins.....................................................................16 Clarity Family Law....................................................5 Parchment Law Group LLP...............................64 Telephones Webb Telecom.........................................................61 Tennis Chalfont St Peter Tennis Club......................15 Travel Luxury Disney Villa...............................................53 Window Cleaning C & T Window Cleaning....................................42 Ellemby Limted...........................................................7 Premier Window Cleaning...............................32 Windows/Double Glazing/Conservatories Alpha Windows .........................................................9 Castle Glass.........................................................49/61 GX Home Improvements...........................40/41 Smashing Windows..............................................47 The Window Doctor.............................................43

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Spaghetti Bowl: C

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Opera: Crescendo - Becoming Louder Nessun Dorma - None Shall Sleep Soprano - Highest Vocals Maestro - Conductor

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The magazine for get-someone-else-to-do-it enthusiasts in and around the Gerrards Cross area.

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