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History: Christmas with Dickens

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Health & Beauty: Party Perfect Make-Up

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Local Business Focus: Lou’s Face Place

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Help for You: Martin Lewis – Gender Insurance

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Children’s Page: Christmas Eve

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Book Review: Christmas goes Crackers

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Help for You: Chalfont Chiropractic Clinic

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Help for You: Parchment Law Group LLP

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Health: Banish the Hangover

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Help for You: Computer Doctor

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Motoring Review: Ford B-Max

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History: Christmas Tree Lights

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Help for You: The Chalfont Osteopath

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Food & Drink: Snowy Shortbread

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Tickle the Old Grey Matter: Puzzles

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Pets Corner: Arthritis in Cats

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RSPCA: Small animals in crisis

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Confessions of a Cat Sitter

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ello and welcome to the December issue of Gerrards Cross Local. If you haven’t bought your Christmas cards yet, you can support William’s Fund by buying them from the outlets listed on page 63. And don’t forget to post them in time for Christmas delivery — details also on page 63. If you’re still racking your brains for presents you might get some inspiration from pages 20, 48 and 52. Or how about something really unusual - you could treat someone to a course of acting lessons at Actors Studio, Pinewood - see page 19. If you’re wondering how to accommodate guests over the holiday - or any other time - there is an excellent B & B in Fulmer village. Oakridge House is just a short stroll from the Black Horse pub and features spacious, comfortable en-suite rooms. Details are on page 29. As a change from mince pies why not try a home-made treat — snowy shortbread. The recipe on page 58 tells you how to conjure up this delight in little over half an hour. Got a Christmas party to go to? Be sure to look your best - pay a visit to Lou’s Face Place, see page 13. And should you have a glass too many there are some tips on how to deal with that hangover on page 28, although after reading it you may well decide that a hangover is preferable to some of the cures. 2012 marks the centenary of Fisher’s trading in Gerrards Cross and we wish them well with their new venture. We would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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HISTORY

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n the 7th century, a monk from Crediton, Devonshire, went to Germany to teach the Word of God. He did many good works there, and spent much time in Thuringia, an area which was to become the cradle of the Christmas decoration industry. Legend has it that he used the triangular shape of the Fir tree to describe the Holy Trinity of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The converted people began to revere the fir tree as God's Tree, as they had previously revered the oak. By the 12th century in Central Europe, the fir tree was being hung, upsidedown, from ceilings at Christmas time as a symbol of Christianity. The first decorated Christmas tree was at Riga in Latvia, in 1510. In the early 16th century, Martin Luther is said to have decorated a small Christmas tree with candles, to show his children how the stars twinkled through the dark night. In 1846, the popular Royals, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, were depicted in the Illustrated London News standing with their children around a Christmas tree. What was done at Court immediately became fashionable - not only in Britain, but with fashion-conscious East Coast American Society. The English Christmas Tree had arrived! Decorations were initially homemade but Germany soon began manufacturing and exporting them, together with beautiful Angels to sit at the top of the tree. Candles were often placed in wooden hoops for safety. By the 1860s the English Christmas tree had become more innovative than the delicate trees of earlier decades. Small toys were popularly hung on the branches, but still most gifts were placed on the table under the tree. At the same time, the German tree was beginning to suffer from mass destruction. It had become the fashion to lop off the tip off a large 6

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The history of the Christmas Tree Why do we have a decorated Christmas Tree? tree to use as a Christmas tree, which prevented the tree from growing further. Statutes were made to prevent people having more than one tree, a practice that was not adopted in Britain. America, being so large, tended to have 'pockets' of customs relating to the immigrants who had settled in a particular area, and it was not until communications really got going in the 19th century that such Christmas tree customs began to spread. Thus references to decorated trees in America before about the middle of the 19th century are very rare. The 1880s saw a rise of the Aesthetic Movement. At this time Christmas trees became a glorious hotchpotch of everything one could cram on; or, by complete contrast, the aesthetic trees which were delicately

balanced, with colours, shapes and style. Still a status symbol, the larger the tree - the more affluent the family which sported it. The High Victorian of the 1890s was a child's joy to behold! As tall as the room, and crammed with glitter and tinsel and toys galore. Even the 'middle classes' managed to over-decorate their trees. It was a case of 'anything goes'. Everything that could possibly go on a tree went onto it. By 1900 themed trees were popular. A colour theme set in ribbons or balls; a topical idea such as an Oriental tree, or an Egyptian tree. They were to be the last of the great Christmas Trees for some time. With the death of Victoria in 1901, the nation went into mourning and it wasn’t until the 1930s that decorating Christmas trees became popular again.

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HISTORY

Christmas with Dickens Ted Bruning

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harles Dickens is often credited with reinventing Christmas and giving it its modern form. A Christmas Carol must be one of the most-filmed books ever, and the name of its central character, Scrooge, has entered the English language. Yet it is one of his shorter works – a novella rather than a novel – and was only written to recoup the author’s finances after the failure of Martin Chuzzlewit. A Christmas Carol was an instant success, and Dickens followed it up with four more Christmas novellas between 1844 and 1848 (The Cricket on the Hearth of 1845, actually outsold A Christmas Carol), with 17 short stories published in the seasonal editions of his two magazines, ‘Household Words’ and ‘All the Year Round’, between 1850 and 1867. Christmas badly needed reinventing. In the countryside, the grand old midwinter feast of medieval and earlier times had been driven underground by Puritan opposition before and during the Interregnum; and even after the Restoration it never really recovered its previous significance. And in the burgeoning industrial cities of the 18th and early 19th centuries, commerce allowed no pause for 12 days of ritual merriment. The shops didn’t even close. 10 December 2012 2012

A companionable man, Dickens saw this as a great social evil. The traditional Christmas festivities had been communal events, and it was the social and communal side of Christmas that Dickens celebrated. Although privately he was a devout, if unorthodox, Christian, you will find little of the religious side of Christmas in his writings. Scrooge, frightened out of his miserly ways, does not rush out to church on Christmas morning but goes visiting. And at the heart of The Pickwick Papers is the Christmas Eve ball at Manor Farm, where Wardle hosts a blow-out of Lucullan proportions at which all-comers, including the Pickwickians, are welcome. It would be a wonderful but wholly impossible endeavour to seek to recreate that feast at Dingley Dell. For one thing the sheer quantity of alcohol consumed – hot punch, mulled ale, warmed claret, brandy and hot water for the coachman, the ‘something good’ enjoyed by Sam Weller and the Fat Boy at the Blue Lion at Muggleton, the ‘hot elder wine, well-qualified with brandy and spice’ — would give your GP a fit. For another, even the most rabid political-correctness-gonemad merchant would have to admit that the game enjoyed by the partygoers (after the dancing to ‘the only harp in all Muggleton’ and the blind man’s buff) was

dangerous to the point of insanity. This was snap-dragon. The lights were extinguished, and a ‘ghost’ in white sheet and wild wig presented a tray of raisins which had been soaked in brandy and set alight. These the players would have to grab without burning their fingers (hence the modern expression); and ‘when fingers enough were burned, and all the raisins were gone, they sat down by the huge fire of blazing logs to a substantial supper and a mighty bowl of wassail in which the hot apples were hissing and bubbling’. More booze. Perhaps, then, a truly Dickensian Christmas is too strong for modern stomachs. But one thing we might try is turning off the TV. No Queen’s Speech, The Great Escape, The Sound of Music or even A Christmas Carol. He believed in togetherness: friends, relations, neighbours, and stray Pickwickians all joining in one great joyous riot. So, hide the remote and bring on the mighty bowl of wassail and the only harp in all Muggleton!

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HEALTH & BEAUTY

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e all know that it’s the most wonderful time of the year, so don’t hold back this Christmas: find a glamorous party look that’s guaranteed to make you the belle of the ball. Gorgeous hair and make-up is essential for whatever social gathering you’re attending and it’s the finishing touches that make you look really special. December’s party season is the one month in the calendar where you can really embrace a strong make-up look - so make the most of it. We’ve found one that will look great with whichever little black dress you’ll be wearing: it’s classic, sophisticated and perfect for Christmas, and here’s how to achieve it. Sophisticated Christmas Glamour: Get the look Porcelain skin, flushed cheeks, berry stained lips and defined eyes make fabulous make-up at this time of year. Embracing your natural complexion and choosing a foundation shade that’s close to it can give incredible results and a really classy finish. 12 December 2012 2012

If you’re used to applying bronzer though, leaving it off - even in the winter - will take a little getting used to, but it’s always good to step out of your cosmetic comfort zone and try something new. Skin really has to be flawless for this look. Use a primer first, then apply a covering foundation using a foundation brush. Choose a light-reflecting loose powder to apply on top of your foundation for a radiant glow that helps to set your base. Although glittery cosmetics are everywhere at this time of year, it really is best to stay away from them, because shimmer and glitter show up every line and wrinkle and aren’t flattering unless you’re a teenager. If you do fancy some sparkle, opt for a dazzling nail varnish instead. Sculpt cheekbones by applying a blusher in a dusky pink hue. Remember not to place the colour too close to the centre of your face - smile as you apply it, to see the apples of your cheeks, and sweep upwards and outwards. Next, lightly define your eyes. Use a neutral eyeshadow across the lids and brow bone, then apply a light brown shade in the socket, and a

deeper brown in the far corner. Brush your brows into shape using a brow brush, pluck away any stray hairs and emphasise them with a hint of colour. Use a brow powder to add definition and shape - it’s worth doing this even if you don’t usually, as strong make-up calls for more defined brows - and finish with a slick of gel to set them. Choose a liquid liner in black and line your top lid. Extend the line out to create a small flick if you want to. Wait for it to dry fully before curling your eyelashes and apply lashings of mascara. For extra definition use false eyelashes, but make sure that they are natural looking. Use a soft black eye-pencil under your eye, and on the inner rim choose black liner for a smoky look or white for a wide-eyed look. Finish with a touch of mascara. Use a lip liner in a shade that compliments your lipstick and create a great shape. Using a lip brush, apply your lipstick. Choose a berry-red hue for instant glamour and finish with a dab of lip gloss in the centre of your lips for a really full look. Remember, Christmas comes but once a year - so enjoy every minute.

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HELP FOR YOU

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’m not quite sure this is what 60s feminists had in mind. Due to a new equality law that comes into play in December, many women face huge car insurance hikes, some as high as £2,000. Yet there’s still (just) time to beat it. On 21 December the European Court of Justice gender equalisation ruling gains the full force of law. From that date, insurers aren’t permitted to discriminate by offering different prices based on whether someone is a man or woman. The current situation is far from that. According to Gocompare, at the end of August men on average paid 41% more than women. Men under 20 paid up to £2,000 more, as young women drivers have a far better safety record than their stereotypical boy-racer counterparts. No one knows for sure what will happen even now, though we’ve known about this ruling for over a year. This is because insurers are waiting to see what their competitors will do – so they can nip in and gain advantage one way or the other. It is possible men’s prices could drop to that of women’s (fat chance). More likely, women will face monumental hikes and men’s come down a touch.

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discriminated prices for a year. However, if your renewal date is closer to the law coming into effect, you are at risk. This isn’t a case of all change on 21 December – insurers can bring it in, or at least start to move prices in that direction, earlier. The one way out is to consider whether you can cancel your current policy and sign up for a new 12-month one now. Many providers, if you haven’t claimed, will refund you for the part of the policy that’s unused. However, they will probably charge an early exit fee, and it’s also worth bearing in mind you’re unlikely to get a no-claims bonus for that year. So check first. If there are costs to cancelling, then it’s a punt as to whether it’s worth it or not - there are no hard or fast rules here. The best thing is try to find a better value policy than you currently have that can cover these early leaving fees.

How to find the very cheapest deal

Combine car insurance comparisons. If you don’t have an unusual insurance history, the easy way to get a cheap price is by using comparison sites. Yet don’t just look at one, combine a few, as they don’t all search the same companies. This way you get a wider spread of quotes without adding much time. My assessment of the current top three for range is MoneySupermarket.com, Confused.

com and TescoCompare.com. If you have an atypical situation, consider getting one-on-one help from an insurance broker. Check the biggies they miss. Not all insurers are on comparison sites - the two most notable exclusions are Aviva and Direct Line. Plus, if you’re in a home with more than one car, it’s worth checking out the Admiral MultiCar policy as comparison sites can’t factor that in. Add in a responsible second driver. If you’re a young driver, see if you can cut the cost by adding a second driver to your policy, even if they’ll rarely drive the car. As it reduces the average risk, it can cut your cost. It won’t always work, but can make a big difference. Third party isn’t always cheapest. Counter-logically you may pay more as opting for lesser third-party cover can statistically indicate to insurers you’re a higher risk. So don’t assume it’s cheapest, always check comprehensive prices too. Young drivers who are struggling to get cheap insurance using the techniques above could also try telematics, where your driving is monitored by a box in the car, and your insurance price reflects this; see www.moneysavingexpert. com/U25carinsurance Check for cashback. Once you’ve found your cheapest deal, see if you can get cashback on it via a cashback website like Topcashback.co.uk or Quidco.com to reduce the cost.

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f you’re fed up with your Uncle Jack’s unfunny one-liners this Christmas, why not retreat to a quiet corner and find a bit of comic relief away from the relatives. From classic cats to depressed rabbits, we have enough Christmas cheer to keep you laughing well into the New Year. The Far Side Gallery 1 By Gary Larson If there’s any doubt that Gary Larson is some kind of comic genius, it was dispelled when they built a museum in San Francisco and filled it with his cartoons. Seeing the world through Larson’s eyes is viewing it through a pair of Dame Edna-style glasses. He finds the funny in the ordinary and I guarantee you’ll never look at cows and chickens in quite the same way again. The Far Side books can be passed from grandparents to parents to children and all will be equally tickled by Larson’s humour.

The Book of Bunny Suicides Andy Riley Poor bunny. Here we are, taking pleasure in his impending pain. It sounds terribly fiendish and it’s definitely not for Peter Rabbit fans but Riley’s cartoons somehow manage to maintain a touch of innocence in the macabre. The premise is simple and yet Bunny’s plans to end his days become more and more elaborate and ingenious as the book goes on. It 20 December 2012 2012

Christmas goes brings new meaning to the phrase ‘not a happy bunny’. I guarantee that you’ll laugh out loud.

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Simon’s Cat Vs. The World! Simon Tofield Not since Garfield has a cartoon cat so captured the nation’s heart. Simon’s cat spends his days terrorising and tormenting his long-suffering owner but this time, it’s the puss that’s under threat. With a new kitten on the scene, Simon’s Cat is facing a power-struggle of a magnitude he’s never known before. Forget fighting dead flies…this time it’s war. Life-long cat fan Tofield has had years of feline experience, and it shows. The new cartoons are full of pure moggy magic. Garfield-Going for Gold Jim Davis Timed to coincide with London 2012, this special edition is one of the classic sports strips. He may have been around since the 70s but Davis’ furry anti-hero hasn’t grown out of taunting his owner with violence towards his canine counterpart, Odie and of laziness, gluttony, sarcasm and a hatred of Mondays. You gotta love a cat like that. The Best of Matt 2012 Matthew Pritchett Looking back over the last twelve

months, you would expect cartoons on the Olympics, the Diamond Jubilee, the recession and everything else in-between. This multi awardwinning cartoonist captures the spirit of the nation in his own inimitable way. It’s a subtle mixture of wit and satire that will have you chuckling into your pudding. His almost haphazard drawing style is quirky and suggestive, making you feel like he’s capturing British life on the fly. A brilliant way to look back over the year.

The Best of “Punch” Cartoons Helen Walasek Prion Books Limited ‘Punch’ magazine may have closed its doors in 2002 but its legendary status lives on. This is the biggest collection of Punch cartoons ever and it’s one to be savoured. It’s essential reading for all fans of humour and satire, with no holds barred and nowhere safe to hide. The selection was made by Helen Walasek of the Punch Cartoon Library and it’s definitely to be treasured. With 600 of the best to flick through, you’d better avoid doing it in one sitting, or you might end up Punch drunk.

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verything has its time and the biblical telling of how Christmas came about is no exception. But could it happen today? Judge for yourself… Place: Nazareth Date: 23rd December Time: Late evening Scene: Mary and Joseph’s house

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Well actually, I’m a bit pregnant! Nine months to be exact. I reckon Joseph (coming in from outside) that the baby will be born, either Well, that’s the donkey all sorted, late tomorrow, or early the day ready for the morning. I had to after. I just can’t face the journey. change two shoes, I’ve filled the Joseph saddle-bags, now all we have to do Sorry! Look, if it will make it is make some food for the journey. easier for you, you can ride Mary (preparing dinner) the donkey the whole way. Joseph, there’s no way I can Mary come to Bethlehem with Ride the donkey the whole way! you – I’m just not up to it. Are you nuts? Bouncing up and Joseph down on that mangy creature, I’ll Why, what’s wrong? Are probably go into labour by the time you ill or something? we get to the end of the street. Mary (turns towards Joseph) Anyway, you haven’t even booked a hotel and you know how busy it gets when it’s tax paying time. Joseph You’re right! PARCHMENT LAW GROUP LLP Look, can we Solicitors compromise, if I can book We specialise in:a room, will • Will Writing you come with me? We • Inheritance Tax Planning can go slowly, • Probate - Estate Administration it’ll take a bit • Lasting Powers of Attorney longer, but you • Later Life Planning should be ok. Mary We offer an efficient and friendly Ok, but I’m not service at a sensible price having my baby by the roadside!

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Joseph Right, I’ll have a look on the Internet. (Twenty minutes later) It’s hopeless. Not a room to be had anywhere. I’ve checked every possible website and the only thing I was offered was space in a stable! Obviously I turned that down – could you imagine what people would say if you gave birth in a stable? Mary Well we have to do something, we have to pay our taxes. Hey, just had a thought – does the tax office have a website and if it does, can we pay taxes on line? Joseph Good idea, let’s see. Yes they have and we can. Pass me the credit card. (Five minutes later) That’s done then. Mary Good, let’s have our dinner and have an early night. Joseph Great idea. I’m glad we’re not going to Bethlehem, it’s such a boring place. All the years we’ve been going there, it’s not as if anything earth-shattering ever happens there, is it? The team at Parchment Law Group wish you all a very Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year Parchment Law Group LLP Tel: 01753 890023 www.parchmentlawgroup.co.uk enquiries@parchmentlawgroup.co.uk

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HEALTH & BEAUTY

Banish the hangover D

id you wake up with a throbbing headache, a general feeling of physical misery, a tiger in your bathroom and a bit of left over turkey stuck somewhere on your shirt? Before you choose to finish that cold turkey or opt for the Bloody Mary, try these tips instead:

Rehydrate

Alcohol is a diuretic — a chemical that kicks your urinary system into overdrive, and unless you managed to alternate your alcoholic beverages with water (which never works does it?), your post-drinking symptoms are most likely due to dehydration. Rehydrating is key when it comes to recovering from a hangover and cannot be stressed enough. But I’m not talking coffee, Red Bull or hair-of-the-dog here. Caffeine is an acknowledged stimulant, and while you might hope caffeine can perform its miracles of giving some much needed focus and alertness, it’s another diuretic. Red Bull isn’t much better (and requires another column), and choosing the hairof-the-dog option would only be advisable if you want to pass out to forget what you’ve done the night before. Coffee will not help your stomach either, so the best option is water at room temperature. You 28 December 2012 2012

may add some fresh lemon or fresh orange juice to give you additional Vitamin C for energy, and for soothing your upset tummy.

Top Up

When you drink excessively, you lose a lot of key minerals and vitamins including potassium, magnesium and B-Vitamins, all of which need to be topped up. Bananas are great, they are like nature’s own little hangover cures. Not only are they full of fructose (natural fruit sugar) to help with energy, they contain a nice amount of potassium. Bananas are also natural antacids – which will help your nausea and stomach pain – and they also contain magnesium, which helps to relax pounding blood vessels in your head. Have a banana on toasted wholegrain bread (for the carbohydrates and B-Vitamins) with organic peanut or almond butter (great sources of magnesium and protein), and you get a good dose of all those key minerals and vitamins you lost the night before. Drinking vegetable bouillon soup or coconut water are two other good sources of vitamins and minerals, and easy for a fragile stomach to digest.

Eat

Do eat. Yes, it might be the last

thing you want to do, but you will feel a lot better the minute you get your blood sugar levels up after having had some food. There is no one-and-only food for curing hangovers, but you can’t beat a good fry-up. It gives you the greasy fat to coat your stomach, and the bread and eggs will give you the carbohydrates and protein for energy and blood sugar support. All I can say is there is no perfect food cure for a hangover; so if you’ve found one that works for you, stick to it. My advice, though, would be to opt for a well-balanced meal, including all groups of macronutrients: complex carbohydrate, lean protein and healthy unsaturated fats. A toasted wholegrain bagel with cream cheese and salmon is another good option, and so is porridge with natural yoghurt and strawberries, giving you enough fibre for blood sugar balance, selenium to boost liver function, and Vitamin C for energy and soothing your tummy.

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Ford B-Max James Baggott

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ord has ditched its forgettable Fusion and replaced it with a bold car sporting no B-pillars, but is it any good? We find out. What is it? It is the first car in a massive product offensive from the Blue Oval, designed to keep the car giant profitable in Europe. The B-Max replaces the forgettable – but much-loved among certain UK buyers – Fusion and goes up against rivals from Vauxhall, Honda, Nissan and Citroen in the B-segment MPV market. But to steal sales away from these firms, the B-Max has a party-piece – no B-pillars. What’s under the bonnet? Petrol buyers will be able to choose between the new 1.0 litre Ecoboost engine with 99bhp or 118bhp. There’s also a 1.4 litre Duratorq with 89bhp and a 1.6-litre Ti-VCT unit with 104bhp and an automatic gearbox. Diesels include a 1.5 with 74bhp and a 1.6 with 94bhp. Ford says the best seller will be the 1.6-litre diesel, but, in time, the 1.0-litre could claim that title. What’s the spec like? The range kicks off at £12,995 for the Studio 1.4-litre petrol which comes with electric mirrors and electric windows front and rear, while prices top out at £18,895 for the Titanium 1.6-litre diesel. That 32 December 2012 2012

model comes as standard with 16-inch alloys, auto headlamps and Ford system – a clever voice control and device integration system. It’s a £250 option on all models bar the Titanium. What’s it like to drive? At launch we drove the 1.0-litre Ecoboost 118bhp and the 1.6-litre diesel. The 1.0-litre is a blast yet still offers agreeable fuel economy figures – 55.4mpg combined is quoted – while the 1.6-litre diesel is sluggish. It has light steering and the ride is supple. The B-Max retains the Fiesta’s fun handling – a car on which it’s based. What do the press think of it? The Telegraph said: ‘After the execrable Fusion, Ford has worked hard to produce something different and worthwhile. This is a well-engineered car, safe and good looking.’ Honest John adds: ‘And anyone already contemplating a Citroen C3 Picasso, a Hyundai ix20, a Kia Venga, a Toyota Verso S or a Vauxhall Meriva should get down to their Ford dealers and take a look.’ We asked Ford of Britain MD Mark Ovenden how much of a change the B-Max is over the old Fusion. ‘It’s a completely different vehicle. Fusion did pretty well for us and our

dealers, but with B-Max the wow is the door system. B-Max also has lots of style, a large range of clever features and, of course, there’s the 1.0-litre Ecoboost engine. The B-Max is an excellent car – whereas the Fusion was essentially just a high-riding vehicle. B-Max has a got a lot more strength to it. As one of my younger colleagues said to me, the B-Max is more of an automotive app than a car!’ What do we think of it? This could well be the new class-leader as it makes other cars in this sector seem terribly conservative. Without having the benefit of trying all the engines and specifications, we can only really recommend the 1.0-litre Ecoboost 118bhp Titanium model which retails at £17,595. It’s not cheap but it’s probably worth the money.

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Everyday History SPECTACLES It would be reasonable to imagine spectacles as a modern invention, so it may come as something of a surprise to note that Marco Polo, visiting China in 1270, observed elderly Chinese wearing them. On the basis of legend rather than fact, St. Jerome is credited with the invention, which takes us back to c.340-420 A.D. More substantive evidence however comes from the Roman writer Pliny, who recorded that the emperor Nero watched gladiatorial combat through an ‘emerald ‘, which has been interpreted to mean that he used some form of eyeglass. The first medical observation is recorded by Bernard Gordon, Professor of Montpelier, recommending “a collyrium of such potency that it will enable those whose sight is

weak from old age to read without glasses.” A sermon of 1305 by Fra Giordano da Rivalto states “It is not yet 20 years that the art of making glasses was invented” but no person is identified as the inventor. Spectacle frames deserve a separate mention. The oldest recorded example from a painting by di Modena in 1352 shows two lenses in heavy rims joined centrally. The inconvenience of holding such heavy items in place led to experiments with leather rims, gold, silver, horn, wood and even fish-bone with one suggestion being that the

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ven if you’re sure you’re not going to venture out in to your garden much in the colder months, make sure you have every possible encouragement by creating a winter planter or two. A pretty planter on the front steps or gracing the patio will not only look gorgeous from the warm comfort of the house, but will also help to coax you outside from time to time. Grab a container, some compost and a selection of plants and be creative. Larger is better, as once temperatures drop a larger container is more likely to protect the roots on the plants due to the greater volume of compost. Frozen roots are fatal, so this is really worth bearing in mind. I’d avoid any container less than 30cm (12in) diameter if possible, unless you live in a very mild area. Remember that summer bedding displays can be pulled out now, so you can always re-use suitable containers once the plants have been cleared. Any container will insulate the roots a little, but one made from thick wood (such as a wooden trough or window box, or a halfbarrel) will be very effective. Good quality, fairy chunky plastic also works quite well. Try to avoid metal as this tends to conduct cold. Warm undergarments are all the rage for winter planters. A lining of bubble-wrap polythene or even a few layers of old fabric or carpet, sandwiched between the sides of the container and the compost will help to keep both compost and roots warm. I always save packaging materials from parcels for this

Winter Planters Pippa Greenwood

sort of thing; why not pull out the bubble-wrap inner lining from a large padded envelope and use that? If you live in a particularly cold area, or simply want to decrease the risk of winter damage further, try to position winter planters out of the windiest areas. If possible place them fairly close to a house wall on the south or west side as this will help to provide a little extra warmth. A visit to your local plant nursery or garden centre at this time of year should fill you with inspiration as you’ll be amazed at the range of plants available for adding winter colour and interest to pots and planters. Some of my favourites are the universal or other winter flowering pansies or even hardier smaller flowered violas. For some seriously sturdy winter colour, try the winter flowering heathers as these make a good base for the display and you can, if you wish, add trailing plants such as variegated ivies to help provide extra colour, texture and interesting leaf shapes. All these plants will last for years, not just the winter months. At this time of year you are likely to find many garden centres offer very tiny versions of shrubs such as skimmias, Pieris or hollies and many of the dwarf conifers. Although these obviously have the potential to grow considerably larger, they will provide good colour and interest in a container for a year or two and can

then be planted out into the garden and allowed to reach their full size. In warmer areas, you will also be able to add bright patches of colour to your display using the ‘winter cherry’ or solanum which has bright yellow and orange fruits and also many of the polyanthus whose super-sized, primrose-like flowers come in a wide range of really showy colours. You could also use a few winter flowering cyclamen but these definitely need a very sheltered spot such as a window box on a protected wall. Finally, don’t forget to prolong the time which the planter will look gorgeous by adding in a few early spring flowering bulbs such as miniature narcissus, crocus and miniature iris. There are many different forms, colours and shapes of all these bulbs available and if hidden beneath the roots of your winter bedding plants, you will forget they are there until they burst out in spring and produce a lovely flush of fresh, pretty colour and often some delightful perfume too.

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Top tips for Christmas

ave your festive decorations lost their sparkle? Are they gaudy rather than gorgeous, tacky instead of terrific? Katherine Sorrell has some ideas to bring back your home’s Christmas cheer with wreaths, baubles and garlands galore

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Choose a theme Rather than assembling any old jumble of decorations, choosing a theme brings unity to the overall look. It should suit the style of your house and the way your family celebrates the festive season, whether laid-back and relaxed, sophisticated or formal. For some, that might mean a traditional, living fir tree and a colour theme of red, green and gold. For others, a kitschy fake tree with fluorescent ornaments; or perhaps a minimalist, modern style with pure silver and glass. A Scandinavian theme would involve simple decorations in red and white, while a colourful, contemporary theme would be based around one or two bright colours.

Dress the tree

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For some, the making of a family wreath using foraged leaves, flowers, seeds, nuts and fruit is a significant part of the holiday season; for others, creating a decorative wreath offers the chance to experiment with exciting new materials, from tinsel to feathers, pearls to buttons. Alternatively, ready-made examples are available in any style imaginable, from classic to contemporary,

Home-made Christmas decorations can be as elaborate or simple as you wish, be they charmingly childish or ultrasophisticated. Multi-coloured paper chains are the ultimate in family favourites, as are cutwork paper stars and clove-studded oranges. How about pom pom snowmen, peg-doll angels or glitter-covered pine cones? Or mini stocking

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Home and Interiors shapes cut out of felt and ginger biscuits to hang from the tree? It’s all great fun and will create happy memories for years to come.

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surface, so it pays to establish bowl or vase for a glittery effect. a system as soon as they start Now’s the time to dig out that them easy to make yourself or inexpensive to buy off-the-shelf. arriving. The most straightforward special table runner and your best A roller blind in a neutral colour will blend into the background option is to clear a shelf or two, crockery, glassware and cutlery in a modern, minimal space, or could be used in conjunction and arrange them close together, for an eye-catching table display,with curtains (fixed either side of theoff window) in a more large at‘dress’ the back and small at the finished with a dish, tray orformal Roman blinds pull up in lovely soft folds thatcandles give an front, inroom. neat rows. Smaller cards platter filled with greenery, drape without over thefestive top, while fabric roll-up can beattractive tucked around a mirror or goingand other decorations. literally, pictureblinds frame.which, An alternative is roll to up from the bottom and tie in position, showto off their reverse, an after attractive staple them ribbons (weightedthus offering Looking yourcombination tree of two fabrics. fabrics, mid-weight, not-tooby a bauble or pine cone)When to hangchoosingBuy a tree that’s as fresh as fabrics tend for blinds, which to roll or in rowstextured from a mantelpiece or to be best possible; bright greenneed and, ideally, foldside easily against themselves.displayed in water, out of direct along the of the staircase.

Transform present-wrapping from a chore to a pleasure by taking a little extra time and trouble. When they’re piled under the tree they will look so much better if they’re colourcoordinated and criss-crossed with ribbons and bows. Inexpensive paper – even brown paper or newsprint sunlight. As soon as possible, cut half SHUTTERS wooden shutters – looks lovely if adorned with a Create displays an inchand off the bottom of thealways trunk, They may not be the obvious choice, they are almost www.santafeshutters.co.uk home-made label, while sequins, Nothing says Christmasthan like blinds orto help the tree absorb Trimare more expensive simple curtains, but water. shutters feathers, glitter,in stamped designs poinsettias pots,old scented awayThey’re low-down interior good-looking an unfussy kind of way and suitinboth and new properties. alsoorgreat forbranches privacy, andblocking wired beads all provide mantelpiece and that you don’t need. Put the tree inof a for outcan sound and light andcandles addingon anthe extra layer of security. Depending on the configuration additional allure. For a frivolous ivy, holly and mistletoe draped stand that can hold plenty of water, your window, shutters can be made as a single pair, bi-fold, tri-fold or whatever will fit, either full-length, finishing touch addstyle), a tiny pine over every available surface.or Bowls never let it run out. not tothe half-height (café or tier-on-tier, rectangular, tapering arched inand shape, and either setTry within cone, iced biscuit or small bauble. of clementines or nuts are both stand the tree in a sunny window reveal or folding back against the wall. The plainest, period-type shutters have a timber frame and a solid ornamental as well as edible, a Georgian or near a radiator. Ifhome you wish, you centre panel – they can be painted any colour and complement or Victorian extremely Sort out your cards while baubles or fairy lights (the could add a couple of cups of well. American shutters have louvres that tilt up and down, offering privacy but also letting incorn light. An abundance of cards can soon latter placed near a handy socket) syrup to the water to provide the Alternatively, for a highly contemporary effect, it’s possible to have shutters made from sleek aluminium appear to cover every available can also be bundled into a glass tree with extra nourishment. or funky acrylic, which comes in a range of gorgeous colours.

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Mobile phones and driving Caroline Dunne, IBB Solicitors

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espite constant publicity, many a driver still risks their licence by using a mobile phone while driving. Police can prosecute drivers for three offences: • Use by the driver; • Causing or permitting the use by the driver; and • Supervising a provisional licence holder whilst using a mobile phone or hand held device. Drivers can be prosecuted for these even if the vehicle is stationary, for example, if For more information or to book a consultation call 08456 381381 or email caroline.dunne@ ibblaw.co.uk

the phone or device is used while waiting at traffic lights or sitting in a traffic jam. A mobile phone or other hand held device is one which must be held at some point during the course of making or receiving a call or of performing any other interactive communication function. This includes sending or checking text messages or emails. The penalties for committing these offences can be found in Section 41 D of the Road Traffic Act 1988 and although these are fixed penalty offences the punishment can be as high as: • A fine of up to £1,000, unless the offence is committed in respect of a goods vehicle adapted to carry more than eight passengers, in which case the fine is increased to a maximum of £2,500. • Obligatory endorsement of three penalty points and • Discretionary disqualification.

The only defence is if you can prove the following: • The call is to an emergency service using either 999 or 112 • The caller is acting in response to a genuine emergency • That it is unsafe or impractical to stop driving. The purpose of this legislation is one of road safety and in the event that an accident should occur whilst using a mobile phone or hand held device then there could be other more serious offences which could be brought where the penalties are far higher. Should you, a family member or an employee find yourself facing charges relating to mobile phone use at the wheel, it is advisable to seek legal advice. At IBB we have solicitors who specialise in road traffic law. Caroline Dunne or Iskander Fernandez can help you understand the charges and support you in court.

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slots, which you’ll find in most but not all modern cameras. Another camera favourite is the Gorillapod, an innovative camera tripod that can hang on to almost anything. It’s available for everything from smartphones to enormous Sony iPod dock digital SLRs, and prices start at around £10. Unlike traditional tripods expensive adapter for the iPhone it doesn’t need to sit on the ground: 5, updated iPods and updated you can wrap it around lampposts iPads - and in some cases the cost of and tree branches, hang it from the adapter may be more than the tables or put it on your head. cost of the accessory. It’s definitely There are no shortage of useful worth checking which version accessories for iPads, and one of the the person has before spending best is Logitech’s Ultrathin Keyboard any money - advice that also (around £75), which essentially turns applies to very useful multi-device an iPad into a small laptop. If you’d chargers such as the Bluelounge rather spend a little less, there are Refresh (£69.99), which can charge tablet styluses for writing notes and multiple gadgets simultaneously. drawing for as little as £6.30 (Griffin’s If you’re still stuck for ideas, Apple iPad Stylus), rising to around there’s always the famous answer £22 for the Pogo Sketch Pro. Such to the present for someone styluses work not just on iPads, but who has everything: a box for any touchscreen device including them to put it all in. Rather than rival tablets and smartphones. a box we’d recommend a bag, As you’ve probably noticed in the and we particularly like the Unit shop, Apple owners are particularly Portables bags (£59.99 from Muazo. well served by accessories: you can’t co.uk): while they’re designed to wander round the supermarket accommodate gadgets, chargers without tripping over a pile of and their accessories, they’re smart, iPhone alarm clocks and speaker stylish and available in a range docks. Such items make great of eye-catching presents, but be careful which colours. ones you buy: with the arrival of the iPhone 5 in September, Apple dumped its existing dock connector in favour of a smaller connector Eye-Fi Connect X2 called Lightning. Accessories camera card designed for the iPhone 4 and earlier will still work, but they’ll need an Please mention Gerrards Cross Local when responding to adverts


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Osteopathy What is Osteopathy? as you get older

Osteopathy is one of the most effective and safe medical treatments for a great number important for this age groupof our health problems Preston Lee

when there are increasing OSTEOPATHY is verya gentle, and involves OSTEOPATHY today is a for well established and lossCRANIAL etirement can bring time concerns about of to resume more active lifestyle. an Osteopath ‘listening’ their ishands subtle respected Osteopaths study the humanand mobility. leisure,profession. travel opportunities independence Thewith treatment usuallyto gentle, and circulatory flows in the body. Itand might body in detailto and understanding how our tensions and interests thehave olderan person. Whatofdo osteopaths do? involving gentle stretching be considered a kind of joints physical bodies and move. looks at can thebe likened This iswork the chance to takeOsteopathy up The body to a car, to be articulating and"unwinding", muscles, relationship between how well your body could be allowing injuries and strains to soften and relax. those sports and activities that in that it needs regular service and aims to maintain health working to how well it is actually working. Circulation is restored, waste products are removed, you never had time for whilst and maintenance as it gets older! and prevent further injury. and pain is relieved. It is a very natural and safe If you areand unwell, or have unresolved aches, pains and working bringing up your Osteopathy can help greatly It is used commonly with the elderly and treatment. injuries, Osteopathy looks at the causes of the family, e.g. golf, gardening, during this time. Anbabies osteopath A few following the birthtips process, and may help with problem. badminton, fitness classes etc. will take a full case history so they • Gentle stretching daily etc. many headaches, dental issues, jaw problems HOW DOES AN OSTEOPATH WORK? Common problems can understand howBACK the body has to help maintain tissue PAIN is a condition that osteopaths tend to see ByThe a detailed discussion body, however, has of:been affected so far.very Then, after mainly a elasticitymost and joint mobility. often because people will suffer •changed. your medical history, or examination falls or past andback It has lost someany of itsaccidentsfull assessment Walkinastheir much as possible pain at some •time lives. General advice injuries, any short long term stresses, physical elasticity and ability toor adapt. the osteopath will be to an offer keep circulation healthy is able to see osteopathtoor physical therapist to ensure or mental; It has also experienced injuries treatment and advice tospine help doesn’t remain and maintain muscle the stiff once thetone. back pain •and your lifestyle, work, rest, diet and exercise. reduces,that and to continue the rest backtostretches and postural stress during release strains and stresses • Have a daily •those by examining body, stand, inexercises Our western years, oftenyour resulting inposture, how have you accumulated the bodyprescribed.recover energylifestyle, for the working, sit, walk, work, drive,stiffness and sleep sitting, perhaps not getting theday’s rounded exercise we repetitive strain injuries, over the years, improve mobility, rest of the activities. should do, everything seemsorto put afootwear strain on our •and bydegenerative working with their hands on thecirculation body to relieve changes. and immune function, • Trainers similar can back., so purposeful exercise is a necessity to keep the strains, interconnections between The onsetrebalancing of health issues such and reduce joint stiffness so that help to reduce wear and tear to different areas. Leading to a more balanced body, spine mobile. as high blood pressure, digestive the older person can enjoy a full the knee and hip joints, and can improved blood circulation, venous and lymphatic THE CHALFONT OSTEOPATHIC PRACTICE has been and circulatory disorders and and active life in retirement. also help reduce back pain when drainage, loosening of tight joints and too tight, established by Preston Lee as a dedicated traditional arthritis have all begun to have a How many treatments are needed? on hard pavements short muscles, and helping to strengthen weak osteopathic practicewalking since 2005 and continues to noticeable onwill theallow body’s only a few treatments • Walk tall, sit tall, be tall. muscles.effect All this the body toSometimes self-regulate serve the community. Patients come from afar, are energy and ability perform. arefollow. needed, other people benefi and adjust, andto healing and relief will referred by tGPs, physiotherapists or self refer based Many grandparents also help from regular treatment, or an Preston Lee, Qualified Registeredin 2001 and AN OSTEOPATH TREATMENT is generally gentle and on someone’s recommendation. workingto parents by caring occasional “service” everyover few 10 years experience Osteopath at relaxed calm the nervous system with a variety of with inChalfont practice, he uses a for their grandchildren –a months to keep OsteopathictoPractice physical hands-on treatment techniques like soft, everything wide number of techniques help his patients, fluid, or deep massage, moving and stretching joints are which also include acupuncture, cranial osteopathy, pleasure for many but also a working. Patients seldom www.chalfontosteopath.co.uk and muscles, safe and gentle manipulation and cranial deep tissue Chinese 0800 Reflexology strain on the older body. disappointed with the results andmassage, Freephone: 652 0393and the osteopathy. Bowen Quality of life is especially are frequently happygentle at being able Technique. Mobile: 07979 903 693

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Snowy Shortbread

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• Preheat the oven to 170°c. You will need a greased baking tin measuring 20x30cm • Mix the sugar and flour together and then add the butter. Rub the butter into the flour until the mixture has the texture of breadcrumbs • Put the dough into the baking tray and spread it out evenly. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes until

golden brown in colour • Next, pour the condensed milk into a pan, add the sugar and butter. Bring it to the boil and whilst stirring constantly, cook for 2–3 minutes • To make the topping, melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water • Once cooled, cover with the fudge, then the melted chocolate. Add a sprinkling of the desiccated coconut.

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1. Involving the entire Earth (9) 6. Blunder (5) 9. To that extent (7) 10. Songbird (7) 11. Penitence (7) 12. No longer in existence (7) 13. Negated (9) 15. Lacquer ingredient (5) 16. H2O (5) 19. Parachuting (9) 22. Expressing deep emotion (7) 23. Examined (ďŹ nancials) (7) 25. Craftsperson (7) 26. Rude (7) 27. Inhabit (5) 28. The outer layer of the skin (9)

Fill in the grid so that every row, every column and every 3x3 box contains the digits 1-9, with no repetition.

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Quick Crossword

Down

1. Preen (5) 2. Armory (7) 3. A former Turkish term of respect (7) 4. Concur (5) 5. The day before (9) 6. Move or jump suddenly (7) 7. Set up (7) 8. Unintentional (9) 13. It might sell The Times (9) 14. Impertinence (9) 17. Member of a governing board (7) 18. To decline (7) 20. Enjoy to excess (7) 21. Temporary (7) 23. Exculpation (5) 24. Guys (5)

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him with the utmost courtesy. We also soon met the four itter and author A Cat ell, I’m nowof writing to Calledstrays. One of these, Lottie, is by from the longestfar the most insane feline I’ve ever d You Can you Take the Cat Out of Slough distance cat-sitting job of all encountered. A tiny white cat with time, in Alsace, France. black facial markings that make discovered fromuncannily a very like Adolf Hitler You may remember fromthat last it all came her look early memory of (aa black visit smudge to the under her nose month’s column that life I’d been Belgian We black were top-of-head there given the task of lookingtown afterof Leper. and flickover), to learn about the horrors of World seven Maine Coons, divided she thought nothing at all of War One, and but we were muchon more into two warring factions, jumping her massive Maine horrified to discover a yearly historical four semi-strays in the beautiful Coon cousins’ heads as they slept. throwing live understandably Vosges du Nordfestival Nationalthat Park.involvedThen, when one cats highest spires.she’d roll over in Upon arrival at ourfrom the town’s took exception, The festival continues to this day but, and play dead, accommodation, a four bedroom total submission thankfully, the to skydiving he Belgianhouse town of nestling Leper amongst thenowadays only jump on their back as they cats only The medieval breathtaking hills andare forests, wetoys. walked away. I have no idea why ersian were Belgians alone in this she’s cruel habit. met inweren’t the drive by the ‘front still alive. Indeed, even my very ull of Throughout all of Europe and the British Isles, the of house’ gang, Morgan le Fay, first glimpse of Lottie was bizarre being image of cats as bad luck icons, disease carriers and Gawain and Lancelot. If I’d thought - upon spotting me, she gave y boy sometimes even evil, meant that they were routinely the hills were breathtaking, they me one of the oddest greetings seat. treated this way. At one point, they came close to were nothing compared to these I’ve had the pleasure of receiving ith a being completely wiped out on the Continent. three magnificent cats! Not for from a cat. Sitting on a shed roof, seat. How marvellous a species they are then, that they’ve the first time, I was utterly taken she raised one paw to the side first managed to turn such a terrible relationship around with the sheer nobility and beauty of her head and waved. I was so oves, 360 degrees, to a point where people now love them, of the Maine Coon breed – those surprised that I automatically n the serve them, wait on them hand and foot and, as marvellous leonine Desperate waved back, feeling rather silly. s I’ve detailed above, go to extraordinary lengths to Dan jaws, those huge paws and Lottie then, inexplicably, toppled o find ensure their absolute comfort at all times. pixie-tipped ears. The ‘back garden backwards off the shed roof. The in an As I arrived atasmy destination, greeted withwas a franticly mob’ were just impressive. It to belast thing I saw u see disinterested nonchalance by Lulu,waving and a paw. serious was one of these, I remembered, Quite a greeting. ng a miaowed telling-off for being late Our from Cilla, the tall ginger Galahad, who’d first nightI in Alsace was an wonderedtoifsnap theyarealise just how veryinteresting lucky theyone. are We’d received managed cat’s paw ways that they live in 20th Century Buckinghamshire, and with one powerful crunch of specific instructions to bring all the d the that their cat sitter isn’t a medieval Belgian! teeth. I made a point of stroking Maine Coons in for the night – four shells into the rear he car of the house, ep in three into the ptible front. Sitting in the lounge ble, it that evening that, felt much like and sitting in a cage full of restless lions. Their o hold sheer weight even and size made ving I normal cat Chris Pascoe

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activity a hazard. The best example of this came at around 10pm. I’d prepared some bucket sized meals, scooped out giant sledge-like litter trays, and finally settled on the sofa with a coffee. Not a moment had passed before Galahad decided to join me, jumping onto my lap and head-butting my stomach with such ferocity that I could barely breathe. Realising my coffee was in danger of spilling all over Galahad’s purring head, I quickly held it out over the arm of the sofa. Guinevere, prowling past the said sofa at this very moment, saw this as a legitimate target and immediately launched herself at my arm. If Galahad hadn’t been pinning me down, I’d have been hauled bodily over the side of the sofa. As it was, only the coffee went flying. Amazingly Guinevere completely avoided the scolding deluge - she was swinging happily above the floodwaters, clinging on to an almost dislocated human arm with all four paws. So all in all, a good first day. A broken cup, a stained carpet, one cat felled from a shed roof, and some minor injuries for the catsitter. This was going to be fun!

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LOCAL CLUBS, GROUPS & CLASSES Breakfast Rotary Club (aka Misbourne Matins) The club meets every Wednesday 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

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-Fri 9am-12pm

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 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 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 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 Ann 01753 882847 or 0791 435 8050 (Thursday). www.chalfontlinedance.co.uk

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 Val Smith on 01494 872467 email: info@chalfontstpetertennisclub.co.uk 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 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 70 December 2012 2012

Chalfont St Peter Fitness Classes Chalfont St Peter Community Centre Mon 9.30am Total Body Conditioning classes Mon 6.30pm & Thu 1.30pm Zumba Fitness Fri 9.30am Fun combo Aerobics/Core stablity Call Trisha 07768 347750 Email: Trisha_duffy41@hotmail.com

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

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LOCAL CLUBS, GROUPS & CLASSES 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 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 April 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, 9pm10pm (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 01753 662705 (answerphone) hello@fulmercricketclub.com www.fulmercricketclub.com 1st Gerrards Cross & Fulmer Scout group HQ in Fulmer. Contact Mark Shaw, Group Scout Leader on 01753 883102 or email: scoutermark@hotmail.co.uk 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 Bernadette 01494 874604 or email mbmross2@yahoo.co.uk

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 Gerrards Cross Cricket Club Dukes Lane, Gerrards Cross SL9 7JZ. Contact John Price on 01753 886610 www.gxcc.co.uk 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 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 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 Luise Watson 01753 888649 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 Mrs S Murley on 01753 887503. 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

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LOCAL CLUBS, GROUPS & CLASSES Gerrards Cross Youth Club meets at the Youth Centre (behind the Memorial Centre), 8 East Common, GX, SL9 7AD) Mondays 7pm – 9pm (years 9 – 11) and Thursdays 6.30 – 8pm (Years 6 – 8) during term times. New members, volunteers and supporters always welcome. Contact: Jo on 07834 371 789 for details of holiday activities. Email: gerrardsxyouthclub22@gmail.com www.gxyouthclub.com 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

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

Horizons Horizons is a local non profit-making social group for professional couples and individuals aged 40-65 offering a varied programme of events. Contact Lynda Wright on 01494 431289 for details. 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

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

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.

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

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

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).

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

Women only Outdoor Exercise Classes held at a private location in Gerrards Cross. Tue and Fri 9.15-10am. Fun and friendly classes with a qualified Personal Trainer and Instructor. Contact Julie on 07769 311789 or www.julieoutdoorfitness.co.uk - first class free!

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 Socialites is a friendly local social group and we welcome new members. Events organised by members for members. So if you 40+ looking for new friends why not come along to our pub night? Contact socialites@uk2.net for location details. 72 December 2012 2012

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

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

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Christmas is a time of giving, but you don’t want to give yourself a New Year debt hangover with credit card bills and loans you can’t afford. Our top tips can help you stay out of the red and in control of your spending.: Be realistic and budget accordingly. Work out how much you are going to spend on each person – and stick to it. Remember that rent, the mortgage, utility bills, food bills and other existing debts still have to be paid – and the consequences can be severe if they’re not. Even though it’s Christmas, get your priorities right. `If you do need more money, don’t just run up an overdraft without talking to your bank first – it will work out much more expensive. If you do need more If you can afford to pay for your goods outright by cash, cheque, or debit card, don’t be persuaded to take out extended credit agreements unless they really do work out cheaper. Shop around for the best price. Buy what you want and not what other people say you need. Whatever the deal, whatever the temptation, don’t buy from unauthorised traders and don’t borrow from unauthorised lenders. Check for hidden extras in any credit agreement. Work out the total amount payable and ensure that the monthly instalments are within your budget before signing. If you’ve borrowed money don’t forget that it won’t be long before you have to make a payment. Make sure you pay on time, even if it’s only the minimum, or you will be faced with additional charges. Put the payment dates in your diary. For more information on managing your money and dealing with debt, contact your local CAB. South Bucks CAB, c/o South Bucks District Council Offices, Capswood, Oxford Road, Denham UB9 4LH For telephone advice or to make an appointment at the CAB, please phone: 0844 245 1289 (Telephone advice available Mon –Fri 10am – 4pm)

Hospitals

Chalfont & Gerrards Cross.................................................................01753 883821 Amersham Hospital ...................................................................................01494 434411 Wexham Hospital..........................................................................................01753 633000 High Wycombe Hospital......................................................................01494 526161 Stoke Mandeville Hospital..................................................................01296 515000 Hillingdon Hospital......................................................................................01895 239877 Watford General Hospital..................................................................01923 244366 Harefield Hospital..........................................................................................01895 823737 NHS Direct (www.nhsdirect.nhs.uk) ...............................................0845 46 47

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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

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INDEX Accountants/Financial Cansdales ..............................................................................................21/53 Acting Actors Studio .............................................................................................19 Alarms Southern Electrical Services Limited ..............16 Ancestry dajevue ................................................................................................................34 Bakery Stratton Bakery ..........................................................................................8 Bathrooms & Kitchens Aqua Bathrooms .................................................................................15 B&H Independent Solutions .........................................21 European Bathrooms .................................................................22 Inspired Designs .......................................................................................5 Unique Bathrooms .........................................................................17 Beauty, Health & Wellness Advanced ProBiotic .......................................................................26 Chalfont Chiropractic Clinic ..........................................23 Chalfont Osteopathic Practice .................................56 Dr Fang ................................................................................................................27 Lou’s Face Place ......................................................................................13 Jazzercise Classes ..............................................................................27 Bed & Breakfast Oakridge Bed & Breakfast ..................................................29 Building & Property Maintenance Services 4C’s Bucks Ltd ...............................................................................................2 ABC Roofing ...............................................................................................25 A Kingsnorth & Son Ltd ..........................................................60 Attention To Detail ..........................................................................15 B&H Independent Solutions .........................................21 Castle Fascias & Guttering ...............................................34 Crescent Building Supplies ...............................................42 Faust & Co Ltd ..........................................................................................61 Gas Safe Bucks ........................................................................................49 Handiwork Care ....................................................................................11 Lockhart Electrical ...........................................................................57 Plumb-Secure ...........................................................................................51 RF Dyer Ltd ....................................................................................................29 Southern Electrical Services ..........................................30 The 50plus Organisation .....................................................60 The Loft Access Company ................................................53 Thorogood Electrical ...................................................................51 Unique Bathrooms .........................................................................17 Zachary Design .....................................................................................62

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Café Bertram’s Café .........................................................................................41 Car Repair/Maintenance Services ChipsAway ....................................................................................................33 Dentfix Ltd ....................................................................................................35 Love Green Garage .........................................................................36 The Beeches Garage ....................................................................33 Care Eden Care at Home ............................................................................9 Christmas Trees Christmas Tree Farm Chesham ....................................7 Computers Computer Doctor ...........................................................................30 Dental CPP Denture Studio ......................................................................27 Domestic Appliances Sharley Domestics ..........................................................................60 Domestic Services Eva’s Cleaning Service ................................................................19 Hallam Carpet Eco Care ..........................................................17 GX Ironing .......................................................................................................36 Martin’s Carpet Cleaning Company ...............57 Molly Maid .....................................................................................................29 Pristine Ovens .........................................................................................59 ProCare Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Services................................................................................................................49 The Oven Man .......................................................................................62 The 50plus Organisation .....................................................60 Dressmaker Designer Dressmaker ................................................................57 Estate Agent Carter Estate Agents .......................................................54/55 Fireworks/Newsagents St Peters News ........................................................................................11 Furnishings, Blinds & Upholstery Blind Inspiration ...................................................................................47 David Bailey Designs – Home Interiors .....48 SAM Upholstery .................................................................................60 Steve’s Furniture Repairs .......................................................62 Upholstery Workshop .............................................................59 Gardening Services Allscapes ...........................................................................................................44 Heritage Ground Services .................................................43 Logs ...........................................................................................................................43 Mentor Landscapes ......................................................................44 Pinewood Nurseries .....................................................................45 Smith’s Nurseries ...............................................................................41

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Stephen A Ryan Garden Designer .......................43 Tendercare ....................................................................................................37 Valley Ponds & Landscape Design ......................43 Jewellers Percy Davies Jewellers ..............................................................25 Music Rosemary Gutteridge ................................................................19 Newsagents St Peters News ........................................................................................11 Pest Control A&J Pest Control .................................................................................15 County Window Cleaners ..................................................11 Pets/Vets Acorn Kennels and Cattery ..............................................67 Cat Comforts – Cat Sitting Services ..............68 Doggies Do! ................................................................................................66 RSPCA ....................................................................................................................67 The Wheelhouse Veterinary Centre ...............69 Photography Lisa Gill Photography ..................................................................49 Richard Stevens Photography .........................................5 Private Car Hire Bratton Private Car Hire ..........................................................11 Emma’s Executive Private Hire .......................................5 David Almond ..........................................................................................17 Ivy Taxis ................................................................................................................15 Property Designers Zachary Design .....................................................................................62 Pub/Restaurant Thai Rack ...........................................................................................................76 Solicitors IBB Solicitors ...............................................................................................50 Parchment Law Group LLP ...............................................24 Telephones Webb Telecom ......................................................................................57 Travel Luxury Disney Villa ..........................................................................60 Van Hire Man with a Van — Gary Spencer .........................25 Window Cleaning County Window Cleaners ..................................................11 Windows/Double Glazing Castle Glass ........................................................................................36/51 GX Home Improvements ........................................38/39 Smashing Windows .....................................................................59 The Window Doctor ....................................................................61

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