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welcome Well, I write close enough to June when surely summer must be here soon! Summer means that children will be finishing exams and looking forward to the holidays and perhaps, for school leavers, their futures. It is a challenging time to be a school leaver so I hope you will find the Education feature useful and informative.


One young man and a recent school leaver is “Great British Menu” contestant and Britain’s youngest Head Chef, 19-year-old Luke Thomas. Luke has such enthusiasm and a real desire to succeed; what an inspirational character. Read more on his career on page 10. If you are looking for activities this summer, we have lots of events listed in our “What’s on” pages and please remember to enter our family competition to win tickets to majestic Blenheim Palace. So pack a picnic of Luke Thomas inspiration, some mixed chilled drinks, and having read our travel article on page 35, head to a hidden UK beach for a dream holiday.

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Lions Quest with Berkshire Youth Berkshire Youth, through funding from West Berkshire Council, has been delivering Lions Quest at Riverside Community Centre since January, working with 10 young people from the community aged 10 – 12 years old.

Chamber update The Local Annual Meeting of the West Berks Chamber of Commerce took place in April.

I am pleased to report that the Chamber Council remains in a strong position with a full complement of members. We have recently revised our business plan and will include initiatives to help develop the rural economy and to reduce carbon emissions in West Berkshire. West Berkshire Council will be revising its economic development strategy this summer with the local chamber council being given the opportunity to consult on the document from the viewpoint of the needs of the business community. This will also link into initiatives that seek to draw investment/visitors into Newbury. The West Berks Chamber will shortly be in the twitter world – followers will be encouraged. For more information about the West Berks Chamber of Commerce please call 01753 870500 Gary Cranford Business Manager West Berks Chamber of Commerce 6

The programme is called ‘Skills for Adolescence’ and helps young people to develop essential life skills such as communication, self-confidence, decision making, dealing with intimidation & conflict, and managing stress & emotions. The programme explores learning through creative methods and group work, and even involved building a raft for the Crafty Craft event with the families of the young people on the programme. The team went on to win “Best Junior Craft” in the competition.

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Project leader, Tanya Honor is looking for more young people and community leaders to get involved in the project. Tanya said “Community engagement enriches the Lions Quest programme as it enables our young people to further improve their relationships with others and develop their new found skills based on real life experiences.”

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£1/4 million raised for Berkshire charities Berkshire Community Foundation are celebrating the success of their ‘Think Local, Give Local’ Campaign with £1/4 million raised for Berkshire charities through The ‘Think Local, Give Local’ Campaign encourages people to support local charities and community groups benefitting those in your area. In order to achieve this, the Foundation is working in partnership with is the primary website for small, local charities and community groups which allows supporters to enter their post codes and find out about the community activity happening in their area. The partnership between the Foundation and the online fundraising website means it is easy to find and support local groups.

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The day: n Helps teenagers to refocus their thinking about school subject choices and to consider career paths they never knew existed. n Changes their perceptions about STEM and the people who work in it. n Gives some students confidence about their abilities they may not have found in the classroom. n Sharpens teachers’ knowledge about industry and provides plenty of ideas to enrich lessons. n Builds new relationships between schools and companies.

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Owner of a multimillion-pound business and founder of Coras, Shawn Khorassani shares his views on what it takes to be a successful business owner. Shawn started Prestige in 1991 with a background in engineering that helped him realise the potential for the American software. It began as a multi-lingual word processing package distributed to 40 countries and has now evolved into language services with over 5000 language specialists. Shawn has also set up a children’s charity called Anis Foundation which makes audio stories for children. In June 2012 Shawn started working on a new initiative to help other businesses, “When we were starting our business we had no one to help us. What got us through was our energy and enthusiasm but if I had somebody like me at the start I could have saved over two million pounds and hours of headaches. “At one point we were very desperate for money and were offered money to help. We never needed it in the end but it rang a bell. If you are stuck, that 10k could be the difference between survival and disaster.” Successful business owners with enough time to dedicate to someone else’s company are hard to find, so Shawn felt Coras was a unique opportunity for the West Berkshire community, “If you type into Google ‘business advice’ you will find loads of consultants who can make a difference but they are not the people who have done it themselves.” Last year Coras called upon local start up businesses to apply for the event. Selected applicants were taken through interviewing rounds and on Thursday 2 May, guests, including the Newbury

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business Mayor, Newbury MP Richard Benyon and the five finalists attended a red carpet event at the Hilton Newbury Centre. Natalie Ash from Fields of Fun, a bespoke event organising service, was crowned the winner and will receive a £10,000 cash injection, plus mentoring from Shawn for a year. The criteria for applicants covered both business and people skills because Shawn wanted to make sure the person had the characteristics to succeed, “I know I can make a difference to any company but I need to be able to relate to the person too.” The event also served as a networking opportunity for everyone involved and should Coras decide to host another event Shawn says it will be even bigger, “Once people have seen it they will want more. The event exceeded our expectations and indications point to us having future Coras events.”



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family and business is very important to Shawn as a father of three, “Your success is not dependent on how late you stay at work, it is dependent on how hard you work.”


With a difficult job market, many young people are left confused about their future but for some, the challenges are only making them more determined to succeed. Meet Luke Thomas, a 19-year-old from North Wales and Britain’s youngest Head Chef.

getting to know Born to cook We caught up with Luke during a rare quiet moment between meetings for his pop-up restaurant, his newest initiative which opened last month in London, to find out how he achieved his dream in a highly competitive job market before leaving his teens. Inspired by Jamie Oliver, Luke has always been interested in cooking, “At the age of 12 I started looking for opportunities to get involved in the food industry. At secondary school I took Home Economics but then I soon started to dislike being stuck behind a desk and really wanted to get hands on.” With help from those around him, including his Home Economics teacher, Luke started searching for practical opportunities in the food industry, “It became apparent that there were so many opportunities in the food world. I started working for a local butcher and then I found a Saturday job at a local restaurant. In the end I spent so much time there I became part of the furniture. I also got involved in lots of competitions including FutureChef 2009, coming top against 7,500 competitors.” When Luke finished school it was decision time. Despite job offers already on the table, a permanent role was not quite what Luke was 10

looking for, “I was so ambitious it really would not have suited me to take a permanent job. So I decided I was going to do a year of work experience, working for many different chefs and restaurants for a day, a week or a month at a time.” Luke’s CV quickly grew to include placements at Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa and the Burj Al Arab in Dubai but as well as experience, Luke also gained a long list of influential contacts which helped towards his next goal - opening his own restaurant. “I was introduced to Mark Fuller, co-owner of some of London’s most popular venues. He had a beautiful hotel in Berkshire called Sanctum on the Green which had a restaurant but it was not very busy because people do not want to go to a hotel to eat, they want to go to restaurants.” The restaurant was renamed ‘Luke’s Dining Room’ and launched in March 2012 with Luke as Head Chef. The year that followed was, in Luke’s own words, “amazing.”

Head Chef Berkshire was a great starting point for Luke, “I always knew that I would have to come to London to make my name in the restaurant world. I had an opportunity in Berkshire which was close enough to London but far enough to not be in the spotlight. The location meant it was a bit of a slow start which was perfect for me because I was still learning.” Running a restaurant at the age of 19 comes with the same stresses as any Head Chef would face. For Luke, his biggest learning curves have been the business aspects, “You have to understand the success of a restaurant relies on profit. As a chef you have to understand not just what goes on the plate but ensure that the food is making money and that your menu is balanced. The other difficulty is managing staff. Until you have a reputation and people want to come work with you because of what you do, it is very difficult to get people to respect you as a boss.”

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Head Chef This year has already got off to a huge start for Luke. After being invited onto the popular TV cooking competition ‘The Great British Menu’, Luke is now working on his pop-up restaurant in the Embassy Nightclub, Mayfair, “There is a great restaurant space there but I did not want another restaurant, I just wanted to create a very cool pop-up. I am not doing serious food. I am making ham, egg and chips, and steak. It is food from my childhood and that is why it is called Retro Feasts.” The pop=up will last for six months but Luke has not made any future plans, “It is difficult to predict what I will do next. I do not have a long term plan because it is nicer to see what happens. I am trying to remain exclusive as well because once you jump on a rollercoaster it is very difficult to slow it down.” Listening to Luke speak about his role as Head Chef, it is quite obvious that he is passionate about what he does and Luke says passion is one of the main

attributes a young chef needs to have, “It is a difficult industry to get into because it is very competitive so you have to have a real love for it. It is lots of fun as well.” Luke adds “Do not be scared to be different. A lot of chefs will tell you specific ways of doing things and that is fine but I think that attitude needs to change if you want to be Head Chef at 18. You have to take a gamble and take it on the chin when people start to say you are too young and do not have the experience.”


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How exciting to arrange a wedding abroad, a small intimate affair of closest friends and family. Once the legal bits are in place, you can start planning a wonderful day. The venue or planners will recommend a local florist. I have just had a lovely morning with a bride marrying in Italy next Feb. It was strange foraging at the market for tiny fir cones at this time of year. I did get some odd looks. My bride-to-be wanted to make up her bouquet, sample buttonholes and put together some table styling and then take photos from every angle to send to her florist in Tuscany, easier than loosing anything in translation. Here is how we got on. . . Having done flower and styling for a wedding in Italy before, I know how amazingly romantic it

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Woolton Hill is part of the Civil Parish of East Woodhay, Hampshire. It is a village steeped in history with evidence of settlements at Abbey Wells dating back to Mesolithic time and Roman pottery and coins have been found around Abbey Wells and the Old Coopers Arms in Trade Street.


A brief history of Woolton Hill disappears from history for a few centuries but in the intervening time evidence of a clay pipe manufacturer around Tile Barn and Slade Hill House has been found. Other small businesses included Hollington Brick Works and Dodd’s the Tailor who made livery for the large houses. The nineteenth century saw an expansion of large house building and with them a rise in the population. Mr J.F Winterbottom of Tile Barn, which lies in the centre of Woolton Hill, donated land and with the money from Rev Nicholas Ridley of Hollington House, the neo-gothic style church of St. Thomas was erected in 1849.

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The church was not the only Woolton Hill development that the Winterbottom family were involved with. John Winterbottom was the surgeon for St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in Newbury and purchased the Tile Barn in 1799. After he died in 1826, his son John Frederick inherited the estate. As the population increased the traffic increased with it and J. F. Winterbottom proposed to divert the road system away from his front door. The new road layout, which skirted the Winterbottom estate, is the road system used today and some of the older residents still

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