More than just Books! News of events at your local library
Going for a Job? Tips to make your interview a success
Find your Focus Advice on planning your business objectives for 2013
Puzzle Time Test your brain with our Sudoku Puzzle
Getting Married? Help with the arrangements for your big day
Plus.... Whatâ€™s On, recipes, lifestyle advice and much, much more
Family For all the Family
Community Wokingham Library News
Move & Improve Home & Garden Ideas
Listings Whatâ€™s on this Autumn
Health Nutrition and Exercise
Living Ideas for all
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Employment Getting Back to Work
Guidance on running your business
Weddings Find local suppliers for your big day
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Wokingham Library News December January February 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 www.wokingham.gov.uk/libraries/ to find out more. Local authors Harriet Vered and Mick Harper will be giving a talk about “Walking the Ancient Landscape”. They will explain how Ancient Britons managed to navigate their way around the countryside, using stone circles as a guide. Wokingham Library, Thursday January 24, 2013 at 6.30pm, £2 charge.
'Art in the Library' gives local artists, art students and craftspeople a platform to exhibit their work and ideas. We have exhibitions on in Wokingham and Woodley Libraries. During February, Illustrator Cathy MacLennan will have her work on display, so we will be holding a ‘Meet the Illustrator’ session. Come and hear Cathy do an interactive story session with her book, “Monkey, Monkey, Monkey” with book signing after the session. Wednesday February 20, 2013 at 11am
Best-selling crime novelist Ann Cleeves, author of “The Shetland Quartet” and creator of female detective Vera Stanhope, will be talking about her new book “Dead Water” on February 14, 2013 at 8pm. Tickets priced at £5 can be booked by phoning Wokingham Library on (0118) 978 1368.
A Musical Guide to Classical Music – An evening with Richard Smith for people who enjoy classical music and would like to understand more. £5 charge. Wokingham Library Monday January 28, 2013 at 7pm
New Year Get Arty – Come and get creative and make some amazing crafts - £1 charge for under 12s
Daring Dragons - February half-term
Wednesday January 2, 2013 Wargrave Library 10.30am to 11.30am
Come along to your local library this February half-term and take part in our dragon themed activities, for under 12s, £1 charge. There will be Daring Dragon sessions at the following libraries:
Thursday January 3, 2013 Lower Earley Library 2.30pm to 3.30pm
Monday 18 February, 2013 Wokingham Library 2.30pm
Friday January 4, 2013 Winnersh Library 2.30pm to 3.30pm and Wokingham Library 10.30am to 11.30am
Tuesday February 19, 2013 Twyford Library 10.30am to 11.30am and Maiden Erlegh Library 2.15pm to 3.15pm
Wednesday February 20, 2013 Wargrave Library 10.30am to 11.30am
Come and join in with rhymes, crafts, stories and much more! Pick up your Bookstart pack and meet your local family worker and health visitor.
Thursday February 21, 2013 Spencers Wood Library 10.15am to 11.15am and Lower Earley Library 10.30am to 11.30am and Finchampstead Library 2.15pm to 3.15pm
Monday January 28, 2013 Lower Earley Library 9.30am to 11.30am Tuesday January 29, 2013 Woodley Library 9.30am to 11.30am
Friday February 22, 2013 Winnersh Library 10am to 11am and Woodley Library 10.30am to 11.30am
Wednesday January 30, 2013 Wokingham Library 9.30am to 11.30am
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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
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WHAT’S ON THIS AUTUMN Around Wokingham For more events please visit the ‘What’s on’ section of Clickberkshire.co.uk 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 firstname.lastname@example.org December 2012 Switching on Christmas Lights – Woodley www.woodleytowncentre.co.uk 1st Earley St Peters Christmas Fayre 3pm – 5pm 1st Finchampstead School Christmas Fair 11am – 3pm 1st Coombes Country Market and Christmas Fayre 11am – 2pm 1st Woodley Extravaganza www.woodleytowncentre.co.uk 2nd 6th QUIZ - The Unimaginatively Titled Pub Cellar Quiz South Hill Park Suitable for 18+ www.southhillpark.org.uk 8th Saturday Market Woodley Town Centre - www.woodleytowncentre.co.uk 8th Trinity Concert Band Christmas Concert Bearwood Theatre, Sindlesham www.trinityband.co.uk 9th Baby and Childrens Market – St Crispins School Wokingham www.babyandchildrensmarket.co.uk Business Event – The Real Business Club’s Christmas Market 10th www.therealbusinessclub.co.uk St John Ambulance Christmas Choral Evening Sindlesham Court RG41 5EA 14th Contact 01189 262246 15th Carols in the Barn Bucklebury Farm Park www.buckleburyfarmpark.co.uk Forces Sweethearts South Hill Park Arts Centre www.southhillpark.co.uk 17th 20th Kenny Ball and his Jazzmen South Hill Park www.southhillpark.co.uk January 2013 Wedding Fayre www.cantleyhotel.co.uk 6th 20th Kiss Kiss Jive - Sunday Tea Dance 2.30pm – 5.30pm The Cornerstone, Norreys Ave, RG40 1UE 20th-26th Farmhouse Breakfast Week www.birdinhand.co.uk 25th Burns Night Supper Cantley House Hotel www.cantleyhotel.co.uk International Food Fair www.birdinhand.co.uk 25th February 2013 Valentines Day Dinner Cantley House Hotel www.cantleyhotel.co.uk 14th Valentines Supper www.birdinhand.co.uk 14th 16th Baby and Childrens Market - Bulmershe Leisure Centre www.babyandchildrensmarket.co.uk Kiss Kiss Jive - Sunday Tea Dance 2.30pm – 5.30pm 17th The Cornerstone, Norreys Ave, RG40 1UE 22nd Beatles Tribute Band - Blue Beatles www.birdinhand.co.uk Find out more about all these events at www.clickberkshire.co.uk Whilst we make every reasonable effort to make sure the information here and on www.clickberkshire.co.uk is accurate, please check details with the organisers directly before buying tickets or travelling to an event.
Panto Season! Your guide to Pantomimes in Berkshire 2012/2013
Arabian Nights 22nd Nov to 6th Jan Newbury www.watermill.org.uk The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark 27th Nov to 4th Jan Maidenhead www.nordenfarm.org Jack and the Beanstalk 1st Dec to 5th Jan Bracknell www.southhillpark.org.uk Jack and the Beanstalk 5th Dec to 6th Jan Windsor www.theatreroyalwindsor.co.uk Dear Santa 6th Dec to 9th Dec Windsor www.firestationartscentre.com Beauty and the Beast 8th Dec to 6th Jan Reading www.readingarts.com/thehexagon Robin Hood 12th Dec to 16th Dec Maidenhead www.maidenhead-drama.co.uk Aladdin on Ice 12th Dec to 16th Dec Bracknell www.jnlbracknell.co.uk Snow White & The 7 Dwarfs 18th Jan to 20th Jan Woodley www.zuloo.co.uk
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there any link between what I eat and cold sores? I frequently Q Issuffer from them but I really don’t one again!
There are many theories on what you should and shouldn’t eat to avoid cold sores, but they’re all unproven. As cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus, my advice is to eat a healthy diet full of vitamin C and E, zinc and selenium to help to keep your immune system strong and less prone to viruses.
What do I have to do to detox?
When bodies are healthy, they don’t need help getting rid of toxins. It’s the job of your liver, lungs, kidneys and skin to eliminate waste products. Detox diets usually includes extreme diet restrictions and the danger is that you eliminate important nutrients from your diet, but you can focus on the healthier aspect of detoxing, such as eating more fruit, veg, nuts and seeds, drinking more water and cutting out junk food and alcohol. This can be a useful boost to get you into healthier eating habits than you can sustain in the long term. new year resolution is to lose 10 pounds in 2013. How can I Q My make my healthy habits stick?
The problem with resolutions, especially New Years, is that they are sudden changes in lifestyle that are different from what we normally do and easy to sabotage. Break down each change you want to make into manageable small stages. Be sure that each stage is firmly established before moving on to the next one. New behaviours take about six weeks to become established. Once you are confident that your first change is well established, then you can move on to the next one.
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Job Seeking in the New Recruitment Age The recruitment world has changed out of all recognition over the past 10, 20, 30 years, and if you've recently found yourself back on the job market, you'll already have realised that job-searching isn't what it used to be. The advance of the internet has made it easy to search for jobs at the touch of a button, and it's sometimes only possible to apply for jobs online. The downside is that the job vacancies are accessible to almost everyone and the competition is now much greater, with some vacancies attracting hundreds of applications.
Recruitment Software and CV Sifting Another downside is that the vetting process is largely automated and your application will very likely not be read by a human being, but by a computer using Applicant Tracking Software, "ATS", to look for specific keywords. Although this software has been around for some time, because of the increase in online recruiting, its use is now far more common. Let's look at a vacancy for a bookkeeper. An employer posts the job on an online job board. The employer doesn't want to trawl through hundreds of CVs; they just want to shortlist the best candidate matches. To enable "matching", the employer has to programme their chosen key words into the ATS. Let's say they select: "Sage 50", "Excel", "bank reconciliationsâ€? and "monthly management accounts". In your CV you have included: Sage, MS Office, bank reconciliations and monthly accounts - similar, but not identical. So, although you're potentially a perfect fit for the job, because you don't have the right keywords in your CV, your application won't come up as a good match. This is precisely why you can't use the same CV for every application. Yes, you need an excellent "master" CV, but you'll need to amend your CV to match the words in each job advertisement, to ensure that your CV is a better "match" for the Applicant Tracking Software. To a lesser extent, the same goes for cover letters.
First Round Interviews It's increasingly common for the first round of interviews to take place by telephone, Skype or even video, so you'll need to prepare for this. Occasionally the first or second round of interviews includes a Group Interview.
Assessment Centres Assessment centres are often used to assess skills and competencies. You may be asked to participate in role play or team work. One of my clients was asked to prepare and deliver a presentation on how she would improve the sales process within the hirer's organisation. With every candidate making a presentation, the hirer was definitely in a win-win situation - especially if they didn't hire anyone at the end of the process!
Psychometric Testing Psychometric testing is a series of tests that measure your reasoning skills and personality to see if you are a good fit for the role. Depending on the seniority of the role, these may involve relatively straightforward online tests or could include an "in-tray" with a number of tasks that you must prioritise, delegate or execute - all designed to measure your ability to assess, analyse, prioritise, multi-task and manage a variety of situations that you could typically encounter during a normal working day. Compelling CVs based in Reading provides a Professional CV Writing Service together with Cover Letters, LinkedIn Profiles, Interview Skills Coaching & more
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Find your focus for 2013 Are you planning your business objectives for the next year because you think you ought to or because you want to?
Times are tough, there is no avoiding it and reviewing budgets around trying to attract new customers and growing the business at the same time can become a difficult task. Most people spend most of their time putting this off instead of diarising and prioritising these planning activities. When working with start-ups, early stage businesses or companies that are working hard to grow; I always ask the golden questions before any practicalities are put into place: ‘Why do you want to do it?’ and ‘What does it mean to you?’ Most people get caught up in the day to day activity and the challenges they face; and then forget about the thought or wish that was the catalyst to get into their business in the first place. My philosophy is simple; if you don’t have the passion to succeed, you may survive with a certain level of results but it will be a long painful journey. Once you re-connect with the excitement and desire of achieving your vision; energy and determination flows easily, decisions are made quicker, actions are taken faster and bigger and better results are achieved and celebrated. Without addressing this key factor any strategy, implementation process or practical tool and technique will simply not be applied to its full effect, if at all. So for 2013 first things first; spend some well-deserved time remembering why YOU are in your business and what it means to YOU. Next; here are some easy steps to frame your planning and get started. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
Decide exactly what it is you want to achieve. Work out the time frame you want to arrive at the finished result. Describe each step you are going to take to get there. Insert measurement markers with time slots to check your progress along the way. Take time to imagine what it will be like to tick off the markers as you reach each one. Include the rewards you will gain as you achieve your goals so you don’t forget to recognise your hard work. Have a great year! To your success,
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Fifty Shades of Grey matter….
The Military Wives, Sing While You Work and even Last Choir Standing were TV programmes that tapped into the vast potential and health benefits of singing in a choir. The success of these programmes showed why the UK has such a strong vocal tradition and demonstrated that singing really can bring people together at the same time as making significant differences to a person’s health, wellbeing and happiness. The rise of ‘Open Access’ Choirs has meant that anyone who wants to can try singing in a choral environment free from any pressure of auditions, or the need to be able to read music. There is a choir here in Wokingham to suit anyone’s desire or experience. One company - singhealthy runs three choirs locally (one for the BBC) and will welcome anyone who wants to find out how singing really can make a difference to your life. All the choirs are based on a fun singing approach and perform a range of popular music from The Beatles to Jessie J, so there is something for everyone. Musical Director of singhealthy, Dorian Edwards says: “The great thing about a choir is that you are never singing alone and you really are in both a strong team and social environment. The health benefits are not emphasised enough as there is strong evidence that singing can really help you feel great and boost your grey matter. All you have to do is come along to one of weekly sessions and find out for yourself why we enjoy what we do, at the same time raising money for many local and national charities. It really is the most fun you can have for less than a couple of pints of beer.” Why not come along and try it for yourself the choirs meet Wednesday at The Open Learning Centre Bracknell at 7.30pm and Thursday at The Methodist Church Rose Street at 7.30om. Visit www.singhealthy.co.uk or call 01189771248 to find out more details.
New Year New Career Local Careers Event for Local People of all Ages Date for your Diary Wednesday 20th February 2013 10.00AM â€“ 4.00PM At
Bracknell & Wokingham College, Church Road, Bracknell RG12 1DJ Come along to see what vacancies are available to you, which companies are recruiting & the best way to apply, apprenticeships, career & CV advice all available on the day.
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