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More than just Books! News of events at your local library

Going for a Job? Tips to make your interview a success

Discover your Style Wardrobe advice for the perfect look

How to make that Sale Advice from business guru Phil Jones

Getting Married? Help with the arrangements for your big day

Plus.... What’s On, recipes, lifestyle advice and much, much more


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Community Wokingham Library News


Move & Improve Home & Garden Ideas


Listings What’s on this Autumn


Health Nutrition and Exercise


Living Ideas for all


Employment Getting Back to Work


Welcome... the third edition of Wokingham Click Berkshire Magazine. We have made some more changes and you will see that we have a small but increasing Job vacancy section both in the magazine and on line. If you have a vacancy why not get in touch and see if we can help. So, Autumn is nearly here and over the next few weeks we will have more information about seasonal events that will be updated on Don’t forget, if you are organising an event send us the details! Thank you to our advertisers for your support. We would like to confirm that our advertisers take pride in their reputation. If you have used a service and have some feedback please do contact us and don’t forget when booking a service please remember to quote Click Berkshire! Thanks for all your interest, and keep in touch.

Business Guidance on running your business


Family For all the Family


Weddings Find local suppliers for your big day

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Wokingham Library News September October November Are you aware of what your local library has to offer? We have highlighted a few events taking place at Wokingham Town Centre Library and other branches, but this is just a small taster. Please visit to find out more. Les Enfants Terribles* - Richard Smith explores the music of some of classical music’s bad boys through recordings and live performances. £7.50 charge Wednesday September 12 8pm

John Hegley* - Hilarious one man show including readings from John’s new book, “Peace Love and Potatoes”. £7.50 charge Thursday October 18 8pm Fabrication: Making things up with puppets* - To celebrate Family Learning Festival Pottytree Puppets will be running a Fabrication workshop for families with children aged 4 to 11 years old. To encourage storytelling through puppet making. £3.50 per child. Woodley Library Thursday November 1 10.30am to 11.30am Lower Earley Library Thursday November 1 12.45pm to 1.45pm Wokingham Library Thursday November 1 2.30pm to 3.30pm

Bizarre Berkshire* - Local author Duncan MacKay talks about the strange stories and legends of Royal Berkshire. £3 charge Thursday September 20 7pm to 8pm Local authors book event* - Harry Dunn and Judy Hodgetts discuss their new books. Includes book signing and refreshments. Thursday September 27 7pm to 8pm Art History Talks* - Illustrated presentations with Dalila Castelijn. £5 per session The Art of Caravaggio Thursday October 4 2pm to 4pm Landscape in Art Thursday October 11 2pm to 4pm The European Portrait Thursday October 18 2pm to 4pm The Impressionists Thursday October 25 2pm to 4pm

Murder Mystery Evening* - Generation X presents “The Biscuit Murders” Wokingham Library Wednesday November 14 7.30pm Early booking advised!

Branches Twyford Library (0118) 934 0800 Wargrave Library (0118) 940 4656 Winnersh Library (0118) 979 7519 Wokingham Library (0118) 978 1368 Woodley Library (0118) 969 0304

Arborfield Library 0780 166 4520 Finchampstead Library (0118) 908 8176 Lower Earley Library (0118) 931 2150 Maiden Erlegh Library (0118) 966 6630 Spencers Wood Library (0118) 988 4771

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WHAT’S ON THIS AUTUMN Around Wokingham For more events please visit the ‘What’s on’ section of where you will find these events including Sunday Roasts, Christmas fairs, Pamper Evenings and Local Attractions. To advertise your event please e-mail details to September 1-2 Superhero Weekend Wellington Country Park 4 Nordic Walking with Fast Track Fit Camp (Wokingham) Baby Massage 4 week course Booking essential 8 9 Binfield Church Fete Binfield - St Marks Church Baby and Childrens Market (Wokingham) 9 9 Charity Dog Show Wokingham Arts Trail 15 - 16 Baby and Childrens Market (Bracknell) 22 Cocktails & Canapés Indulgence Evening 27 29 - 30 Autumn Deer Safaris October Cantley House Hotel Wedding Open Evening (Not a traditional fair) 3 4 Farmers Market Wokingham Spanish Evening 12 Wedding Fair 13 15 The Story of Raven Haven 19 Farmers Market Woodley 20 - 21 Spooky Halloween Fun The Best Of Broadway 26 Giant Pumpkin Hunt 26 - 5 Slightly Spooky Children's Show 27 - 28 Baby and Childrens Market (Wokingham) 27 Haunted Castle Puppet Show 29 - 31 31 - 2 REME 70th Birthday


November 1 3-4 3 4 16 16 24 25 December 1 1 - 24 1 - 24

Farmers Market Wokingham Christmas Gift Fair and Food Market The Reluctant Dragon Bonfire Night Jamie Sinatra Farmers Market Woodley Baby and Children's Christmas Gift Fair Wokingham Winter Carnival Woodley Extravaganza Christmas on the Farm Christmas Magic with Santa

Find out more about all these events at Whilst we make every reasonable effort to make sure the information here and on is accurate, please check details with the organisers directly before buying tickets or travelling to an event.


Flo’s Diet Surgery Your diet question answered by Florence Cameron, Dip. N (Inst. NH), FNTP

just started a new job and there’s an endless supply of chocolates, Q I’ve biscuits and cakes in the office. How can I avoid temptation?


Studies show that the closer you sit to a bowl of sweets and the easier it is to see, the more you’ll eat it, so it’s good to be aware of the problem. If you’re feeling brave, you could suggest making a sugar-free zone, perhaps encouraging everyone to bring fruits rather than biscuits and swap the chocolates with nuts. Or why not get cooking yourself and bring healthier treats, such as wholemeal scones or oatmeal biscuits, for everyone to enjoy. am 6 weeks pregnant and been suffering from morning sickness. I am Q Iworried about the nourishment of my baby. Is there anything I can do?


The body is very clever and in the great majority of cases, it will meet the needs of your baby before yours. Try to eat little and often. You may be able to ease your symptoms by keeping your blood sugar levels balanced. Keep some wholegrain cracker on you so that you can eat one when nausea strikes. First thing in the morning, have a cup of warm water and add to it 2tsp apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is pH neutral, so it can help settle stomach acid, which can cause nausea. If you are vomiting so much that you can’t eat or drink, consult your doctor immediately.

am going through the menopause and have read about the Q Iimportance of including phytoestrogens into the diet, is this correct and what should I eat?


Research shows that women who eat a diet rich in phytoestrogens report few hot flushes and other menopausal symptoms. During the menopausal years, levels of reproductive hormones rise and falls and the most common symptoms of these hormonal fluctuations are hot flushes, night sweats and mood swings. It appears that phytoestrogens have a balancing effect on hormones. Food sources of phytoestrogen include celery, garlic, lentils, soya, chickpeas, grains, broccoli, carrots, potatoes, sesame and pumpkin seeds, apples and cherries.

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T he CapsuleWardrobe By Emma Tennant Many of us strive to create “The” perfect capsule wardrobe. This is the versatile, carefully considered collection of clothing that will cover all eventualities, from a last minute invite to dinner to a mad dash for milk on a Sunday morning. The perfect capsule wardrobe takes time and effort to perfect, but once perfected will become an investment that serves us well.

And gentlemen, what might you include?

A tailored jacket is a must, and I mean, a MUST. Tailoring really does flatter the male physique, in all its forms, by pulling the shoulders back and skimming the torso. If you don’t have one – get one.

A good quality, crisp, dark coloured tailored shirt. You all have plenty of pale blue, white and delicately striped shirts, but it’s the deeper shades and quality fabrics that are missing. Be confident and try something new.

A woolen Reefer jacket for layering over a warm ribbed roll neck during the worst that the winter has to throw at you.

What may be perfect for one may not be perfect for another. Many elements will need to be considered: lifestyle, budget, body shape and personality. So, what might it include? For women there are a number of pieces I believe earn their place:

A great tan handbag – the best quality you can afford (and by quality, I don’t mean the latest “It” bag)

A little black dress, although it seems a cliché, is essential for everything from a working lunch to cocktails, from a shimmering party to an unexpected funeral.

• A trench coat is a typical Brit weather classic that does the job and looks great.

These are just a few suggestions of what you might add to your wardrobe. Along with making these additions you must aim to make the best of your figure with a cut that suits, be mindful of your budget and do your best to reflect your personality. After all, that's what you want to shine.

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Job Opportunities in Berkshire If you have a position to fill then please contact us and we will see if we can help.

We have a new section on the web-site as well for Job Vacancies in and around Wokingham Full details of the positions may be requested on the contact details provided.

Sales & Accounts Administrator – Maidenhead 37 hours or 2 part-time job share Exhibitions & Displays company based in Maidenhead is looking for a hands-on team player with a ‘can do’ attitude. You must be PC literate and happy to learn new systems. Please email a copy of your CV with a covering email outlining why you are the person for the job to Full job description available on request.

Account Manager – Bracknell - £18,000 (+OTE £25,000) 37 hours Interactive Health and Safety company. This is a telesales based role. You must be able to demonstrate good communication skills and the ability to sell on the telephone. Please e-mail for further information.


Preparing for an interview You did it! You've got an interview. Well done! That's a great achievement in today's madly competitive job market but it's just the first hurdle. Now you have to shine at the interview and perhaps at 2nd and 3rd stage interviews, depending on the role and how thorough the recruitment process is.

Our 3 top tips for interview success? Prepare, Prepare, Prepare!

Prior to the interview • • • • • • • • • • • •

Interviews are a two-way process. Not only is the employer assessing you, but you are assessing them too! Take the initiative to research their business before your interview. Read their website, blog, annual report and perhaps their social media pages (Facebook, Twitter). Research their products or services, their marketplace and competition. Read the job description again - thoroughly. Use this information to generate informed conversation and to prepare interesting questions to ask at interview. If you know that you will undergo testing, eg psychometric testing, do some practice tests online so that you are familiar with the nature of the tests. There is quite a bit of free online advice about interview skills and also some excellent books on the subject. This is an area where you ought to brush up your skills anyway - whether you have a forthcoming interview or not. The night before the interview, have a good night's sleep and stay off the alcohol and garlic. Collate all your documents in a clean folder to take with you: CV, job description, certificates, ID, questions, map of venue, train timetable, etc. Add the interviewer's contact details to your mobile contacts, so you can let them know if you're running late. Prepare your outfit the day before - polish your shoes, iron your shirt, etc. Make sure you know exactly where the interview is being held and plan your journey to allow plenty of time.

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Get up nice and early - and make sure you don't oversleep. Make sure you are presentable. That includes hair, teeth, shoes, fingernails. People notice the smallest things and you don't want to be remembered as the candidate with dirty fingernails or scruffy shoes. Allow plenty of time for your journey. Don't arrive late, but don't arrive too early either. Don't take anyone with you. When I was a HR Manager we often had candidates bringing friends or mums along expecting that they could wait in reception. If you want to take someone with you on the journey, ask them to wait in a nearby cafe while you have your interview. Remember to take your document folder with you and be careful not to lose it. If you're a smoker, don't smoke beforehand, however nervous you may feel. All business premises are nonsmoking these days, and you will carry the smell of stale cigarettes into the interview with you. On the journey, familiarise yourself with your CV and prepare to answer questions. Re-read the job description and make notes of any additional questions. Turn off your mobile phone before you enter the premises, and keep it off until you are well out of earshot. Try to freshen up before entering the business premises. Don't forget to smile and relax. If you've prepared thoroughly, the interview should be a positive and enjoyable experience for both you and the interviewer.

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The Missing Ingredient

by Phil Jones, Business Educator

The sales process can be a demanding, challenging journey, often conjuring a variety of unexpected obstacles. Preparation should be the first step in any sales process- it is one of the only areas within our complete control and is sadly missing in the majority of to do lists. Being prepared is vital; it is often said that the person going nowhere usually gets there... The important thing to remember is that people buy from people - not organisations - and so gaining a true understanding of your customer before you go into a meeting or take the first call will help you to build rapport. This is essential in both finding new customers and setting you apart from your competitors. Take a moment to think about the customers you would like to have, the prospects you are working on and your existing customers. Understand what is important to the key decision makers within the business you are prospecting. A detailed knowledge bank is a necessity in maximising your success. Facts you could consider include; hobbies, personal circumstances, the length of time they have been involved in the business, other key decision makers, competition and future plans. Learning this information will not only help you to understand the person behind the position, but will also give you an increased confidence and that added edge in the marketplace. It may sound like a time consuming process, however, it is easily available if you choose to look for it. The internet is full of useful information. Company websites give facts, yet personal profiles such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter often provide a wealth of valuable information. You can also find out great information from the people you know.


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