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Happy Days Happy Days is a new youth club for children with autism and their families.

Chamber update

Since the last update, West Berks Council has appointed a new Economic Development Officer.

Founder Kirilynn Gardner set up the club for children like her eight-year-old son Finn, who has aspergers. With the help of the young volunteers from Mary Hare School, Kirilynn hopes to give the children a better chance to develop friendships, something which is often challenging for those with autism. Kirilynn says “The club is for families who all understand the challenges of autism and can help to support each other.”

The Chamber Council is keen to support the activity of this post to ensure that the economic welfare of the region is a key priority for the local authority. Members are also encouraged to take an active role in contributing to the agenda of the Newbury 2025 vision which is being reviewed in 2012. This forum also encompasses the Newbury Business Improvement District (BID) which seeks to provide extra investment for town centre projects.

Finn with the volunteers of Happy Days

The West Berks Information Centre is being regularly updated, these pages provide specific information on local events and activity and allow Chamber members the opportunity to post local news and provide company profiles.

The club is held once a month for children aged 5 to 10 years with their parents in the youth club at Mary Hare School. As a voluntary club it does rely on a small fee per child which includes refreshments and snacks for parents and children, as well as a variety of activities.

For more information about the West Berks chamber contact 01753 870500.

There are currently 15 families attending the club and if you would like to become involved contact Kirilynn on 07740100654 or

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Can you help influence our future workforce? As the new academic year gets underway, the Education Business Partnership is working hard to forge links between the business and education sectors to help inspire our future workforce. In our current economic climate, it is vital that young people understand the skills needed and the opportunities available for future careers. Education Business Partnership CEO, Amanda Richards, says “There are many powerful and practical examples of

how employers and individual employees can take a proactive approach to cultivating potential future employees. Influencing young people in school, college or at university to be better equipped as they enter the workplace is achievable through well managed encounters. This could include directly meeting and talking with students, opening up your business to allow workplace visits or attending career focused events to give hands-on experience or offering coaching and mentoring.”

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The routine chart Audrey Stone, from Bracknell, has devised a chart that can help autistic children and adults become more aware of their routine. The idea came about when her son Nikolas (now seven) was diagnosed with autism aged five and Audrey found getting the right information and tools very time consuming. People with autism can become distressed when their routine is disrupted. Audrey says “Nik finds the world a very confusing place and he gets very anxious on a daily basis. The daily routine charts help him decide what he will be doing that day and the forward planning chart covers everything for two weeks, including day trips.” She adds “Not only do these charts help Nik they also help the family making for a calmer environment all round.”

Senior Youth Club reopens The Thatcham Senior Youth Club has returned. The club meets at Moorside Community Centre, Urquhart Road on the Kennet Heath estate on Wednesdays between 7pm and 9pm. The club is supported by Thatcham Town Council, Berkshire Youth, Neighbourhood Wardens, Professional Youth Workers and Volunteers. The aim of the club is to provide a safe and fun environment for young people aged 12 to 19 and for them to come and enjoy a variety of activities that encourage participation and personal development.

We would like to involve young people and adults, who have found attending a youth club in the past to be a positive experience, to come and volunteer. Support us, as positive role models, in enabling our members to play an active part in designing a youth club that is fun and engaging.

If you are interested in attending the club or volunteering then please contact Richard Jennings of Berkshire Youth on 07881941345 or

Despite being in the early stages, the charts are already receiving positive feedback from parents and Audrey is now receiving requests for different designs to suit different needs. You can find out more by contacting Audrey through her website email or 074011 21444.


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Laura Jones at Mrs Jones Bridal Boutique should represent the past, a link to family and continuity for the future. Very often brides try to incorporate a family heir loom

such as mother’s veil, garter, antique brooch or pearls but it could be as simple as a piece of lace from a dress or a locket.

represents ‘new’ beginnings, good luck and success for the future. The dress often represents a very special and large new purchase but you could also include your wedding band from your new husband!

is support from peers and family and ideally should be borrowed from a married friend, lending some of their marital happiness. It could be a garter, jewellery or a tiara and is a great way of linking your ‘new’ life to your ‘old’.


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Traditionally, blue represents loyalty and faithfulness and can be easily incorporated via a garter as a gift, or stitching a small blue ribbon inside the dress or petticoat. If you are feeling more adventurous, you could even extend this colour theme to your shoes.

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Choosing your wedding cake is exciting. . . there are so many options of style and flavour, colour and theme. Since old and borrowed can't easily be applied to a wedding cake, it leaves new and blue, both of which can quite easily be interpreted and applied to the final creation. 'New' is already a given, since each cake is newly created to each bride and grooms' requirements thus covering that element

of the rhyme. 'Blue' gives so many options. One has to take care with how blue is used with food since it is not a natural colour to be attracted to gastronomically.

and in piping work can accentuate the colour and the style of the cake without overpowering or looking too 'primary' and bold. If bold is what is required then the use of beautiful ribbons together with contrasting piping and fresh flowers will always look stunning and can easily be tailored to match the rest of your plans.

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Karen Sopp at Allium Design Co Often the last line of this English Victorian poem goes unsaid. . ." and a silver sixpence in her shoe’’ with each item in the poem said to bring good luck on your wedding day. When thinking of flowers, a childhood favourite or the first flower your beloved gave you could be used in your wedding posy as your something old. When planning something new, a flower you discover in your flower planning can work well. I love teaching my brides the names of flowers and how to grow them, together with an off cut of lace from your new dress to bind your stems.

Something borrowed could include a ring, a brooch or a ribbon from a family member, sewed to bouquet binding. Something blue. You don’t have to carry blue flowers although there are some gorgeous shades of delphinium, cornflower and hydrangea. A recent bride carried a tiny sprig of borage, a lovely bright blue flower, tucked into the top of her bouquet which was understated and gorgeous. . . so what will you do? And the silver sixpence? Not in her shoe. . . let’s see it please.



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Separates and individual items are essential to any woman's autumn and winter wardrobe. When we think of the oncoming cold and longer nights, we naturally think of trying to keep warm by piling on the layers.

Pile on the Autumn and winter are always the key seasons for knitwear and this year its trends are particularly strong, with a play on textures and colours, motifs and detailing. Cashmere is of course the ultimate luxury. There is nothing better on crisp, frosty mornings than wrapping up in cashmere for the great outdoors. It doesn’t have to have an exorbitant price tag and the better the quality, the longer it will last. A good quality piece can be a real investment and a much loved piece of kit. There are even labels that can go in the washing machine now, so caring for them is easy and an invaluable asset for busy Mums. The plain colours look great blocked together and can act as a good base for accessories too.

Accessorise The trend of vintage inspired crafts like crochet, felt and leather has provided a wonderful array of homely looking pieces to adorn tops, jackets and coats. Broaches for example have really made a comeback and can easily be found in many guises at the many craft fairs that will be springing up in the weeks ahead.

Scarves, stoles and wraps are also key accessories for the season. Especially the oversized versions of beautiful printed silks which will brighten up any dreary day.

body, the legs. The varied and extensive ranges available in hosiery can give a head turning look to an otherwise simple outfit and can be a real wow-factor for your autumn and winter wardrobes. Look out for the lavish baroque patterns and graphic prints featuring bold stripes and dots. For a traditional look there are heritage prints inspired by the growing popularity of knitting and crochet.

Out with the old. . .

Skirts Vs. Trousers Full skirts have put the swing back into autumn and winter collections and make a nice alternative to trousers. Team them up with edgy knits or pretty blouses for a really feminine look. You can then add some extra pizzazz to an often forgotten part of the

We had a poor start to the weather this summer meaning some of us have gotten a little extra usage out of our existing warmer clothes. Time to replace worn clothes and try a new look. Different coloured scarves, tights and other accessorises can add a dash of colour or completely transform an old look. What better excuse can there be to go shopping. Debra Howes The Clothes Shop 12 Pound Street, Newbury

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Open days are vital in determining whether an environment is suitable for your child and is the starting point for all decisions relating to your child’s education.

Open Days Even though open days are generally aimed at students for the next academic year, it is a good idea to look at schools the year before which allows you more time to revisit and reassess the schools you like.

Before you visit List all suitable schools in your catchment area and their specialisation as well as transport availability. Work out how your child would get to the school. Go to the school's website to find out about its ethos and curriculum. If you would like to find out more about the school, such as funding and the school's future, then try contacting the head teacher or governor. Ofsted reports are often available online and look out for the latest news involving the school either on their website or through local press to get a good idea of what the school is currently involved with.

On the day Normally you will be given a tour of the school by a current student. However, you can request tailored tours which often occur on a normal school day and you will get to see a normal everyday class. It is important to ask lots of questions such as the average number of children per class, who you speak to about your child’s progression, the percentage of children going onto further education and extracurricular activities. If your child is very strong in a particular

activity, ask what else they can get involved with and what can be done to improve weaker areas. Enquire about how the school can cater for your child's

the pros and cons whilst you are there, particularly if you are visiting quite a few schools as this will jog your memory when it comes to the decision. Make the decision with your child and don’t base it on individual teachers as they may have left by the time your child starts.

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needs and dietary requirements. Read notice boards and school newsletters to get a better picture of what is taking place and how your child can get involved. Keep an eye out for the general cleanliness of the school as well. The way the open day is run is a good indication of how the school is run. You should write down

The most important aspect to base your decision on should be that you feel your child can progress in this environment and all his or her needs are catered for. School Governor, Richard Shearing, says "When you visit a school open day, the ambiance you and your child feel should be an important factor when it comes to selecting a school." For some schools you will be allowed to take your child to a taster day so he or she can experience a typical day at the school, including lessons and lunchtime. If it is a boarding school they may be able to stay overnight.

The Independent School Council (ISC) publishes open days on the vast majority of UK schools including league tables, inspectorate reports and exam results.

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a life of sport Dickie Davies says he will never quit doing what he loves. We speak to him about the beginning, “World of Sport� and when he met Muhammad Ali. 22

Born in Merseyside, Dickie Davies has always been very sports orientated, with athletics and rugby being amongst his favourite sports to play. Now married with twin sons and three grandchildren, Dickie and his wife Liz live in Hampshire and celebrated their golden wedding anniversary earlier this year.

Starting out Dickie was originally a purser on ships from the Cunard line and spent a lot of time coming back and forth between the UK and US. Dickie moved over to entertainment on board the ship

and was spotted by a man from NBC who told him he had a great microphone manner and should try television. He then met Julian Pettifer from Southern Television who put his name forward for a job. Two auditions later, Dickie became an announcer for ITV on

a three month contract. He says “I was earning three times that much on board a ship but I was young and had stars in my eyes so I took the chance and that’s how it started.” Not fully understanding the television business, Dickie did have a back up plan in place just in case it didn't work out. Dickie and his wife, who also worked in television as a vision mixer, took over a pub in Andover and after a long day working in the studio, Dickie returned home to serve behind the bar. Two years later Dickie found himself on a 15 minute sports programme on Southern Television when he met journalist John Bromley who regularly conducted interviews for the show. John later became editor of a programme called “World of Sport”.

Ironically a decade before this, Dickie and his mother were watching Eamonn Andrews on the television when his mother asked him to get a job like Eamonn. Dickie went on to replace Eamonn as presenter of “World of Sport” in 1968 but sadly, neither of Dickie’s parents were alive to see him on television. Dickie stayed at “World of Sport” until the show finished in 1985. The programme will be remembered for being ITV’s major sports programme in response to the BBC ‘s “Grandstand”. The programme ran through most of Saturday afternoon and included sections on football, international sport and wrestling which Dickie was never a fan of.

“I regarded it not as a sport but as sporting entertainment and it was never something that was going to entice me but people loved it, particularly women. It pulled in a fantastic audience.”

Meeting Muhammad Ali Whilst presenting "World of Sport", Dickie covered major sporting events around the world and interviewed huge sporting legends including Muhammad Ali. He presented four Olympic Games including Moscow in 1980 which he describes as his peak. In 1974, Dickie presented an audience with Muhammad Ali in London called “The Muhammad Ali Talk-In International Sports Special”.

“World of Sport” Dickie was originally a summer substitute to presenter Eamonn Andrews on "World of Sport".

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“I did an interview with Muhammad Ali in Las Vegas outside Caesars Palace before a fight. He came out with just a blank look on his face and then he punched his fist forward just inches away from my chin. Then a big smile appeared on his face and he said “come on, let’s talk." Dickie was invited into his mobile home where the interview took place. "He was easily the best known and the most successful athlete ever. To be with him on your own is a very special experience.”

“This is your life” In 1975, Dickie appeared on the popular British series “This is your life”, presented by Eamonn Andrews. Dickie remembers the day well, “My wife said you better go to work early because there is ice on the road but the real reason was because they were bringing cameras into the house to film the boys. Everyone knew but me.” Dickie went to a local pub to host a wrestling promotion, “When I got there I saw a masked wrestler. Then I heard this voice “Dickie Davies, this is your life” and it was Eamonn with a mask on his face.”

Golf and Sandford Springs Dickie spends his free time playing golf, “I was always keen on sports

Dickie Davies with Neal Granville, golf pro at Sandford Springs

and played rugby and cricket before I went into the air force. I didn’t know anything about golf until 30 years ago.” Dickie is now President of Sandford Springs Golf Club in Kingsclere, “I played a charity match there and sat next to the course owner Paul Gibbons. He asked me to be more involved with the club and that meant I was invited to become the President.” Nine years on, Dickie is still president of Sandford Springs Golf Club and says "I've played golf all over the world but this is the friendliest club I’ve been involved with.” Dickie adds “People think golf is an old people's sport but it isn’t. We have an academy at Sandford Springs and I think it is a great learning exercise for young people as you have to behave yourself and learn kindness towards others.”

What next? Both of Dickie’s sons are now involved in communications but even Dickie says he has not retired, “If someone came along and said would you like to do something and it caught my imagination then I would.” Dickie is also involved with the “Surviving Winter Campaign”, run by the Community Foundation, which encourages people over 60 who don’t need their winter allowance to give it back to the foundation. “There are some terrible stories about people in fuel poverty and some have to decide between food and heat. The money goes straight from the Foundation to the people who need it.” The campaign ran last year for the first time and is due to run again this year. To find out more go to

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The Watermill In Shakespeare’s magical play, drama, mystery, romance and comedy combine to create the story of an overthrown King and his desire for justice. Tickets £14.50 - £26

28 fri Corn Exchange Newbury

With over 20 exhibitors.

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The Tempest

Rookwood House, Stockcross, Newbury RG20 8JX


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27 sept - 3 nov

Laura van der Heijden, BBC Young Musician 2012

11am to 3pm

Profits are donated to Naomi House Children's Hospice and Newbury & Thatcham Hockey Club.

Talk by Judy Dewey, Wallingford from Burgh to Borough. £1 to members, £3 to non-members. For details about membership of the Club email Tony Higgott:, or visit:

Rookwood Wedding Fair

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Newbury Real Ale Festival 2012

St John’s Church Room, Newbury

Footloose The Musical Corn Exchange Newbury Starts at 7.30pm with matinee performance on Sat 22. Tickets £13 (concessions £10 on Wed and Thurs and all Saturday Matinee tickets).

1pm Winner of the coveted title of BBC Young Musician 2012, Laura van der Heijden is acknowledged as one of the finest young cellists of her generation. Early booking is advised. Tickets - £7, £5 under 25, £11.25 with sandwich lunch.

29 sat ANDY & MIKE’S TICK TOCK TIME MACHINE Corn Exchange, Newbury 11am

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Following their smash-hit Big Box of Bananas, the star of CBeebies Andy’s Wild Adventures, Andy Day and BAFTA nominated comedy partner, Mike James bring you another brilliant adventure.

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A warm welcome awaits at The White Hart Inn The White Hart Inn is a beautifully modernised 16th century inn located in the village of Hamstead Marshall in rolling Berkshire countryside.

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was a huge success and proceeds went to the Brain Tumour Support Group.

Buzz magazine held a Brazilian themed night at Indigo Bay in June with entertainment, raffle and an auction. The fully booked event

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at Woolhampton The Rowbarge is one of the oldest coaching inns along the Kennet canal and was built to serve the needs of travellers and their families. Its pretty garden runs alongside the canal and overlooks the lock at Woolhampton. A wonderful setting for family and friends to drink and eat outdoors on those warmer days and sunny evenings. Inside is a welcoming pub and large comfortable restaurant serving some good beers, guest ales, as well as a selection of wines from a number of different countries. The restaurant has really stepped up the quality of its meals and the staff are delighted to help you choose just the right dishes for you. The menu is very varied with some enticing dishes .... more in keeping with a good restaurant than a local pub. We sampled some delicious 'Starters' ... smoked salmon with a slightly spicy bloody Mary jelly and ciabatta crostini, as well as some homemade duck liver parfait with plum and ginger chutney and toasted brioche. There were over 17 dishes to select from the 'Mains' course including succulent braised shoulder of lamb, yummy traditional pork and leek sausages with mash, tender rump steak, fish pie and some Cote de boeuf for 2 people to share. We chose Thai marinated chicken with a spiced lime and coconut sauce, served with coriander rice; confit duck leg with puy lentil cake and a

port and juniper sauce as well as roast fillet of codling. The roast fillet of codling was particularly good. Lightly roasted and served on a circle of tasty melee of tomato, chorizo and butter beans placed on some gently wilted baby spinach and then surrounded by fresh watercress sauce. A mouthwatering combination! All the vegetables and fruit are sourced fresh from local Berkshire growers and the meat from local farmers. Who could ask for more? The taste of the food took me back to the freshly sourced foods we used to eat as children. For 'Puddings and Cheese' there were over 10 deserts and a wide

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Celebrating Childhood

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Party season will soon be upon us and if it is you who is doing the party planning, then this feature is perfect for you.

Party Week by week The main things to begin with are date, time, location and entertainment. Venues and entertainers get booked up far in advance so don’t leave it later than eight weeks. Send out invitations three weeks before and make sure to include an RSVP date. For a children’s party you may want to enlist help from friends and family so they are aware of the date. A children’s party should be no longer than 2-3 hours, less for toddlers.You can save time and money by timing your party to start mid morning or mid afternoon so you won't need to provide a main meal.

sports centres. If you are planning parties at home you could have a craft or fashion party where children can use fabric pens and white T-shirts to create their own tops. An Italian themed party means pasta and pizza which are relatively cheap and easy to make. Children can even make their own pizzas as part of the fun.

Do your shopping in advanced to avoid panic buying. It is cheaper to buy in bulk and whatever you have left you can save for future parties.

When it comes to invitations, be as creative as you like. Use scraps of wrapping paper and magazine cuttings to create unique invites or spend no money at all by sending evites online.



Theme can determine food, games, decorations, music choice and venue. Children’s parties can be held in many venues such as theme parks, pizza parties at a pizza restaurant, teddy bear picnics in the park, museums, zoos and

lanterns and pumpkins on the window sill and play some spooky background music to make a good first impression. Scatter the party table with autumn leaves and use a carved pumpkin as the table centre piece

or a Halloween themed cupcake tier. Include party games such as bobbing for apples and broomstick limbo and towards the end hand out party bags containing glow sticks, toys, Halloween themed sweets and bat cookies.

Whether it is a fun party with the kids or a ‘scarefest’ with the adults, Halloween is the perfect time for a little creative get together. For the family try a nice friendly theme with orange and black colours or for the adults you could try a black and white banquet. Place



Howl-o-ween Halloween Hullabaloo

27th October – 2nd November from 10am

Newbury’s 4th Halloween Hullabaloo is back.

Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens

Once again the Market Place will be transformed into a Halloween extravaganza that all the family will enjoy so get your costumes together and carve the pumpkins. Loads of activities to take part in, fiendishly tasty food points, face-painting and lots of live entertainment. With 5000+ attendees at last year’s event, Newbury’s outdoor events programme, supported by Greenham Common Trust, just keeps getting bigger and better!

Wolverine Feeds, Spooky Train Ride, Pumpkin Patch with pumpkins disguised as people as well as Pumpkin Trail around the park! Back by popular demand, Howl-o-ween at the Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens is ‘Howling’ good fun over the October half term. There will be special Wolverine feeds and a spooky train ride with a terrifying tunnel! In the walled garden the ‘Pumpkin Patch’ will be back, last year our Garden team created lots of pumpkin people and carved pumpkins, complete with a witches cauldron! There will also be a

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Looking for something to watch this Halloween? Look no further than your local VUE cinema. For children Meet Norman, a misunderstood boy who can speak to the dead in ParaNorman. Can his special power save his town from a centuries-old curse? Alternatively take a trip away from the human world to Hotel Transylvania. Resort owner,

The curse was created using a device called a “hand of glory”, a hand from an executed criminal with a lit candle wedged between the fingers, which thieves would use to enter homes at night and keep the occupants asleep. When their belongings went missing, villagers asked the wizard for help. The wizard hired a local boy called Will who he believed was immune to the hand’s effects and they waited in a villager’s house. As the intruders entered with the hand, Will extinguished the flame with a bucket of skimmed milk, the only sure way to counter the curse. Palmer gained a reputation as the Wizard of Boxford but disappeared shortly afterwards. A post in Welford was nicknamed Palmer’s post as it was believed the wizard had nailed evil spirits to it. The location is now buried under the M4 but during

Dracula, goes into over protective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count’s teenage daughter. You can watch budding young scientist Victor try to bring his dead dog Sparky back to life with disastrous consequences in Frankenweenie.

For adults Alice’s resistance against the Umbrella Corporation continues in Resident Evil: Retribution and she is not about to let the undead get in her way.

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construction, electrical failures and cracks in bridges around the same site were believed to be because of Palmer’s Post. Want more local mysteries? Go online to win a copy of David Kidd-Hewitt’s “Berkshire Tales of Mystery & Murder”. The book features a collection of spooky ghost tales and real murder mysteries.

Heather Mason is desperate to find her missing father when she gets caught up in Silent Hill’s terrifying alternate reality which may hold the answers to her childhood nightmares. Silent Hill: Revelation 3D hits screens on Halloween. There is also Paranormal Activity 4 to keep an eye out for and the must see blockbuster of the year, Skyfall, will be in cinemas in October when Bond’s loyalty to M is put to the ultimate test.

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Life has many ups and downs and at times dark clouds can roll in and block the path to achieving what we set out to do. By embracing our problems, we can find the way out.

Reiki aims to improve health and enhance quality of life. It treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit and has many benefits including relaxation, peace and wellbeing. Reiki can improve the results of medical treatments, acting to

I offer a secure and confidential space, and use tools from various orientations, although predominantly psychodynamic, for clients to feel safe enough to talk about, explore and find ways to work through individual difficulties that are blocking the way.

shorten healing time and reduce or eliminate pain. During a Reiki treatment, the patient lies fully clothed on a padded table. A full session lasts between 45 to 60 minutes. For stress reduction one to two sessions are satisfactory, however for chronic conditions long-term treatment may be recommended. Please contact Marilyn Down 07856 611 194 or 01635 248170 and quote BUZZ for 15% off your first appointment.

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AIT with the Sensory Clinic Auditory Integration Training (AIT) is an educational treatment for those with hearing sensitivities. This treatment is for people with learning difficulties, attention deficit disorders, dyslexia, autism, Aspergers syndrome, and ADHD. Sound sensitivities can contribute to inappropriate anti-social behaviour, irritability, restlessness, high-tension levels, speech and language problems. Improvements reported after treatment are in many cases dramatic. Sensory Clinic offers you this leading edge auditory retraining. See for more information, scientific clinical studies and success stories. Tel 020 8123 0771

Skin care has moved on in leaps and bounds over the past 10 years.

The Wellbeing Centre offers an extensive range of 1:1 treatments and classes from a team of highly qualified therapists and health professionals. Services offered include acupuncture, counselling, massages, reflexology, and yoga. Owner Claire Bushell says "The Wellbeing Centre is more than just a series of treatment rooms. We encourage people to contact us for guidance on a range of problems and offer a range of treatments to suit their symptoms." Tel: 01635 552 874

With new technology combined with the use of pure essential oils, you can achieve some dramatic results. For example, with intense pulse light (IPL) you can achieve quick and effective results with skin regeneration thus helping the texture, reducing fine lines and opening pores. This can even be used to treat pigmentation and hair removal. If you wanted to find out more information come and see us for a free consultation. Laurabella 01635 291211


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Most families will be affected at some stage by dementia and with an ageing population doctors are seeing more patients in their surgeries, on home visits or in local residential homes.

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Alzheimer’s disease A dementia sufferer has seen a progressive decline in their mental abilities, such as memory and problem solving. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia accounting for 60% of cases. There are many other causes of dementia including vascular (related to mini-strokes), the uncommon condition Lewybody and the very rare dementia related to BSE (mad cow disease). Over the age of 65, about 1 in 14 people suffer with Alzheimer’s and that rises to 1 in 6 over the age of 80. At the present time nearly 600,000 people are diagnosed with dementia in the UK.

Symptoms At first, the symptoms are mild and advance slowly over a seven to ten year period. Gradually the brain loses function and the person may initially develop short-term memory problems, confusion and mood swings. Then the person may show repetitive behaviour, have hallucinations and develop delusions where they believe things that are false. At the later stages they may show a complete loss of memory, become incontinent problems such as swallowing and weight loss. Life expectancy can be reduced; not because of the Alzheimer’s directly but because of the increased frailty which puts

the person at increased risk of infection.

Causes Alzheimer’s is due to increasing damage in the brain and those parts then ‘waste away’ or atrophy. It is not known what causes this to happen but we know of some risk factors including age and hereditary, especially if you have a relative who developed the condition at a young age. It is also more common in people with Down’s syndrome and if there is a history of severe head or neck injury. In the early stages it can be difficult to diagnose and the symptoms can be similar to those of other conditions such as vitamin deficiencies, thyroid conditions plus stress, depression and anxiety. There is no definitive test but if the condition is suspected, blood tests and a brain scan can help. Specialists may carry out an examination of your memory and thinking skills called the Mini Mental State Examination and a score below 26 out of 30 may indicate the condition.

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are now four drugs available and these can only be prescribed after assessment by a specialist. The government agency NICE presently permits these to be prescribed only for those patients with moderate symptoms but it is likely that later this year these drugs will be available to patients with the early symptoms of Alzheimer’s. Just as important as medication is a care assessment plan where present and future health and social care needs are agreed. This is co-ordinated by the patient and family, together with health professionals and social services. The assessment will include functioning ability in areas such as driving, ability to wash, feed and care for yourself plus financial needs and who is able to support and care for you.

What next There is no cure for Alzheimer’s but an early diagnosis is helpful in terms of planning and medication which can slow down the progression of the disease. There

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Socialisation is a process by which a young puppy (up to the age of 12 weeks) approaches new experiences with curiosity rather than fear.


Why socialise Puppies Fear inhibits learning so if a puppy, still protected by its mother, is not afraid of novel experiences; it allows this puppy to learn quicker about its surroundings. As the puppy matures, the absence of its mother means it needs to be more cautious of anything new and therefore is more likely to be fearful when approaching novel stimuli. The more a young puppy (between 3 and 12 weeks) comes into contact with all variations of human (adult, child, male, female etc), other dogs and animals, the more accepting a puppy will be as it matures. A young puppy whose socialisation has been compromised due to inadequate or inappropriate experiences is often nervous of new encounters as it matures past the age of 12 weeks. Therefore socialisation, which is literally exposing a young puppy to as many positive new experiences and enjoyable encounters as possible, is crucial in the development of a well adjusted

adult dog, who is not unduly fearful and is typically accepting of new things. Dogs that lack appropriate early socialisation can mature to be shy, fearful and sometimes aggressive and are often seen by Pet Behaviourists for anxiety, fear or aggression disorders. As the saying goes "prevention is better than cure" and certainly in the instance of treating a fearful dog, whose behaviour has been caused by inadequate socialisation, the cure is quite often much harder than the original effort needed for good socialisation.

Kittens Socialisation is extremely important in order for kittens to become cats that are accepting and comfortable in the company of humans.

Cats are pets and therefore there is an expectation that a relationship will be formed between the kitten or cat and their human family. In order for this relationship or bond to be created the kitten or cat needs to have already been exposed to all aspects of human variation to include living with and being handled by, whilst still with the breeder. The reason correct socialisation is the responsibility of the breeder is that the socialisation period for cats begins at two weeks and ceases at around seven weeks. During this time exposure to novel environments and sympathetic handling of the kittens by a wide range of humans is essential. Doing this will help to ensure the kitten matures to become a cat that is well socialised and is able to develop a good attachment, relationship, to its new owner/s and does not become unduly anxious in its surrounds due to a lack of appropriate socialisation. Written by Kristina Glover BA (Hons) PG Dip CABC, CCAB



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Local Buzz Magazine Issue 9  
Local Buzz Magazine Issue 9  

The autumn issue of Buzz magazine covering September and October. Read our latest interview ithe "World of Sport" presenter Dickie Davies a...