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Welcome to 2019! I hope you had a really enjoyable Christmas and celebrated the new year in style. After enjoying some of the early festivities locally I’m soon heading off on holiday to visit family including my little niece and nephew – can’t wait! We received so much information following the armistice centenary in November that I’ve dedicated two news pages to the activities of the Twyford-Cuincy Twinning Association, who arranged a reciprocal visit between the two locations that weekend. What mindset have you brought into the new year? Perhaps you have resolved to improve your relationship, or perform better at work, or adjust to a new stage of life. In this issue we introduce several specialists in these fields who can work with you to achieve your goals. Plus it wouldn’t be a new year edition without some good health and fitness content and some style guidance! No less important is the very real risk of cyber crime, especially dangerous for any small to medium business without protection. Luckily expert advice is at hand. Enter our competition for a chance to win a range of fun education activities for young children, created by a new local business. It’s very exciting to be taking RG10 magazine into its tenth year. I need to put my thinking cap on for ways to mark the first decade later in the year! In the meantime, plans are underway to launch the 2019 Twyford Together Business & Community Awards in our next edition, as well as their photography competition, so watch this space for more details.
Contents Community 20 22–25 26–27 28 30
Thames Valley Police: Community update Local news What’s on Charity: Divorce Recovery Workshop Twyford Together news
Business 9 14–15
Liz Balmford: Performance coaching CMJ Insurance Brokers: Cyber security
Health and wellbeing 34
FastTrack Fit Camp: Choose the right exercise programme
House of Colour: Kickstart 2019 with a refresh
House and garden 31 36
Twyford Tradesmen Together Waltham Place: Plan the year ahead
Puzzles and competitions 21 32 33 38 39
Children’s page Wordsearch, Honeycomb Crossword, Su doku Puzzle solutions Competition: ExplorerTots
Food and drink 44 45
Local pubs, restaurants and cafés Recipes: Love your slow cooker
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Performance coaching Liz Balmford talks to Nikki about opening up her coaching practice in Twyford What is coaching and how does it work?
Tell me more about EFT/Tapping
Essentially it's about how we perform in business and in life – how we approach our goals; whether or not we achieve our New Year's resolutions; or how successful we are in setting up a new venture. I love helping people map out a new business or find a way out of their current work and into something that truly inspires them. My husband and I moved to Twyford last August, so I want to build my practice locally.
I trained with the Energy Therapy Centre in London and here is their definition:
Whom do you usually coach?
EFT is also a powerful tool for enhancing performance, so I use it a two-step process: tapping 'out' what we don't want and tapping 'in' what we do. It super-charges my coaching work and brings about change for my clients much more quickly.
It tends to be company directors or ‘solopreneurs’ who want to improve their performance in business. Inevitably how we are in our personal life affects our results in business. So whilst many people come to me wanting help with a work issue, we end up digging into – and positively transforming – many areas of their lives. What are your specialist areas? Confidence in business. We all have areas of our life where we feel confident and, conversely, areas where we don't. It's easy to compare ourselves to others and imagine everyone else is doing brilliantly, while we're lacking in some aspect. In reality, we're all human and we all struggle, so I help my clients figure out what will help them succeed. It's different for everyone. What methods do you use?
Often referred to as ‘Psychological acupressure’, the technique works by releasing blockages within the energy system that are the source of emotional intensity and discomfort. These blockages often lead to limiting beliefs and behaviours and an inability to live life harmoniously.
What are your credentials? I've been coaching since 2008 and I have a Certificate in Professional Coaching Practice, which is recognised by the International Coach Federation. Where can people find you? Via my website, www.lizbalmford.com. They can download my free workbook, 10 Questions to Transform Your Personal Performance, which is a good introduction to the way I work. Nikki: I already have the workbook, which is a great tool in its own right – highly recommended!
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CMJ Insurance Brokers Has your business got the right cyber security in place for 2019? As cyber criminals become ever more sophisticated, businesses need to be more vigilant than ever! Whether you receive online payments or not, it is critical that staff are educated on the implications of cyber security as a business risk. Top tips to protect your business from attack 1. Install anti-virus, web filtering and firewalls The best way to secure against a cyber attack is to prevent malware entering the business in the first place. Implementing anti-virus, web filtering and firewalls is a must – as is ensuring they are kept up to date. 2. Keep software updates up to date Malware can often enter via bugs in software and applications. Protection can be advanced through ensuring software updates are installed as soon as they’re released. 3. Be careful what you click on! Social engineering is becoming much more common. Only click on emails that you are sure came from a trusted source. Criminal activity often involves payment requests or messages from the Managing Director or CEO. If you receive emails purportedly coming from a colleague, supplier or customer requesting a payment or amending a bank account or similar, always ring and double-check before making any payment or sharing sensitive information. Do not reply to the email as it may go straight back to the hackers. Key things to look out for: • Emails claiming to be from well known, reputable organisations may have email ‘from’ addresses that differ very slightly from the official ones – eg a zero replacing the letter O. • Emails may have been sent by one of your contacts, whose own accounts have been hacked. These can often be identified as they contain a malicious link – do not click on it! • Increasingly, malware is distributed via everyday type documents that invite users to enable macros. A robust policy regulating
download privileges and defining rights per employee can extend protection across the business. People can sometimes be the weakest link in the security chain, but they can become your strongest asset if they understand the risks. 4. Formalise security policies Define in writing formal protection policies and processes, and work with an IT partner to roll out these policies on every machine to provide as much protection as possible for each individual user. 5. Instigate a robust password policy It goes without saying that the more robust a password requirements policy, the harder it is for cyber criminals to infiltrate. But many businesses still employ an ineffective/weak set of regulations. Insisting on unique ‘strong’ passwords for individual accounts will help reduce potential risks. Passwords should always be enabled on mobile phones and laptops. Turn off your PC or device immediately if suspicious activity is detected. At an early stage of an attack, disconnecting from the web could prevent the malware establishing itself. Cyber Insurance Cyber is one of the hottest topics in insurance at the moment but still a relatively new type of insurance cover. If your business was attacked, how easy would it be to detect the source of the attack and identify what data had been compromised? How easy would it be to prevent the breach spreading? How would it impact the reputation of your business? Perfect cyber security is impossible to attain, so protection is essential. We are advising businesses to take out cyber insurance which is available to SMEs from as little as a few hundred pounds. For more information please contact CMJ Insurance Brokers on 0118 940 6175.
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House of Colour Ladies and gents: kickstart your 2019 with a style refresh by Linda Sujeewon, House of Colour Reading January is the perfect time to review your style ideas. Balance warmth and comfort with sumptuous fabrics for an elegant look. Wear a colourful winter wrap, jacket or cardigan to radiate style and confidence. Choose clothes that work with your body shape: your trousers or even footwear could make or break your outfit. Here are my top tips for the new year. Reinvent yourself. Do you know what you like and like what you know about your style? Dare to try something a little different: don’t rule it out just because it’s easy and safe to wear the same things. Get out of that style rut by mixing different neutrals and ‘wow’ colours or choose an on-trend pattern you haven’t tried before. Declutter. Evaluate each item of clothing you have. You don’t need a jam-packed wardrobe to look good, but you should love everything in it. Give away or sell anything that doesn’t suit you. With a cleared wardrobe and a clear mind, you’ll find getting dressed in the morning a lot easier and enjoy creating and organising your style. Ethical shopping. Choose carefully from shops that support your ethics and only buy items that you will love to wear. The growing drive towards more ecological dressing means not being afraid to combine inexpensive items with a key investment piece. By all means shop in the sales, but ask yourself if that bargain item would have interested you at full price. Work up your workout gear. What you wear when you exercise can really affect how you feel about taking part. If you feel great in your leggings, swimsuit or running shorts, then you are more likely to get out there and do your thing. Investing in quality sports gear is good for your health!
Update your accessories. We all have our daily favourites but if you find a new scarf, tie or jewellery item that is perfect for your personality and colour palette, you’ll be amazed at the compliments you get. Combine colours. No need to turn yourself into a walking rainbow, but consider combining up to three complementary colours with the neutrals that suit you best. A simple way to achieve this is to add a pop of colour through your accessories or shoes to lift your best navy, grey or brown. Embrace your body and shape. Wear a belt to cinch in your waist or elongate your mid-section. Draw attention to your best parts and wear the right length hemline, trouser length and sleeves for your shape. Style is in the detail. Try prints and textures. Winter is an amazing time to try different prints or textures to suit your body type, such as leather, tweed or velvet. Try pairing a chunky knit with a finer texture for a smart casual effect. Or if you love a classic look, wear a neutral woollen under a tweed jacket for a sophisticated yet chic vibe. High necks. Not everyone suits high necks but if you do, they create an elongated silhouette. Layer under a jacket, round neck jumper or tunic dress for a casual look. Expert support. For help with a style re-boot, take a colour analysis class to identify which season suits you the best, whilst a style day will help you clothe outwardly what is going on in the inside, ensuring you shop less but better. Wearing the correct colours for your complexion leads to increased confidence: my clients often report feeling younger, fitter, slimmer and more visible to others.
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Community update Happy New Year from the Twyford Neighbourhood Policing Team, and we hope everyone enjoyed the holiday season. Thefts from motor vehicles We are aware of thieves targeting unattended vans and work vehicles containing power tools and other high value equipment in the area. If you carry tools in a van, or know someone that does, please read our advice here: https://news.thamesvalley.police.uk /news/advice-issued-to-van-drivers-following-theftsfrom-vehicles-bracknell-and-wokingham-332987
• Consider fitting a motion activated external light or installing a CCTV system. • Finally, mark your valuables using a UV pen and register them on the national property register at www.immobilise.com. For more burglary prevention advice please visit our website at www.thamesvalley.police.uk/burglary.
Thames Valley Police has also issued advice to help motorists secure their vehicles and you can find tips to help protect your vehicle on our website here: https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/cp/crimeprevention/theft-of-a-vehicle/vehicle-attracting -thieves Remember to secure your vehicles all the time, especially overnight. The lights may flash when pressing the fob, but please test the doors to make sure they are locked. Ensure batteries are in good condition, anti-freeze is available and treads are good on tyres. For those who must be on the road in freezing weather, consider tyre chains and snow shovels as additions to your boot kit. Leave a light on and burglars in the dark
Contact us If you believe there is a crime in progress, please call 999; otherwise please report your concerns on our website www.thamesvalley.police.uk or by calling 101. Email the neighbourhood team on firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note this email address cannot be used to report crimes or for any urgent matters.
Most burglars are opportunist thieves. You can reduce the risk of becoming a victim of burglary by taking a few simple security measures to make your property less attractive during the winter months:
If you have information about crime or anti-social behaviour in your area but you do not want to speak to the police, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
• When going out, remember to light up your home using timer switches or a TV simulator.
To view information on your neighbourhood team you can visit the force website at: www.thamesvalley.police.uk.
• Don’t leave valuables or cash on display, and store your house and car keys away from your letterbox. • Move bins away from any side gates to prevent easy access into your property. Lock any tools away to prevent them being used to break into your home.
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Answers: The 10 differences are: 1. Branch at bottom right missing, 2. Missing tree in background, 3. Missing snow on left side, 4. Dad missing eye, 5. Girl’s hat colour changed, 6. Boy’s mouth missing, 7. Dad’s jacket colour changed, 8. Front of sledge missing, 9. Sky darker, 10. Tree on left side changed colour. Word Mix Up: 1. snow, 2. cold, 3. frost, 4. blizzard, 5. slush, 6. stormy. Extra Letter Answer: icicle
Extra Letter Answer: Each one has an extra letter: Identify these to ﬁnd the name of something you ﬁnd in winter. Can you rearrange the following jumbled letters into words that are to do with winter?
6) troymes 5) hulsls 4) clizrazdb 3) sitrof 2) doclc 1) sowin
Word Mix Up
Find the 10 diﬀerences between the 2 pictures.
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Local news Hurst Show bonanza
New community orchard on the way
The Hurst Show and Country Fayre raised the highest total ever in 2018 – over £20,000 has been given out to local charities and other good causes
Wokingham Borough Council has recently transferred three parcels of land to Hurst Parish Council: Martineau green, the Tape Lane allotments and land at Church Hill.
Show chair Sue Payne said: ’Huge thanks goes to the many people who helped stage the show last June, to our visitors and our hardworking committee. We’re delighted to help 24 different charities and good causes. We’re also investing in new equipment including more marquees.’
The Church Hill land is to be a community orchard opening later this year. There will be benches, beautiful views, apple picking and an Apple Day.
Beneficiaries include St Nicholas Primary School, which has received £10,000 to help pay for special needs teaching assistants. Other organisations helped by the show include Twyford, Wargrave and District Volunteer Centre, local charity Just Around the Corner supporting young people in Wokingham, Alexander Devine Children’s Hospice, St Nicholas Pre-School, and Bracknell and Wokingham Red Diamond disabled sports.
Taking over responsibility for maintenance enables the parish council to preserve Martineau green as a community space for the village. ‘Care of all three areas of land will be within the village and we can keep a really good eye on them,” said Parish Council chair Wayne Smith.
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The show has also provided Martineau green with its first two benches in its 30-year history! Hurst Parish Council chair Wayne Smith said: ‘It’s good to have these lovely benches here for everyone. We’re very grateful to the show.’ Pictured at the unveiling of the benches in November are: (standing) Howard Larkin, Sue Payne, Tony and Lou Robinson, Tony Richards, Hilary Barber, Sue Cummings, (seated) Joshua Karn (5), his mum Caroline, Wayne Smith, and Jane Freeman with Button.
Twyford Folk Music Workshop meets at Loddon Hall on the first Wednesday evening of the month to play traditional tunes from the British Isles. This is a mixed ability group currently made up of fiddle, flute, recorder, accordion, melodeon, concertina, mandolin, guitar and keyboard players. Organiser Colin McEwen issues the programme in advance to ensure everyone is playing the same version. This February the workshop looks forward to celebrating its sixth birthday. If you play an acoustic instrument and can read music, why not join in?
The 40th birthday edition of Hurst Show will be held on 29 and 30 June 2019.
For more information call Colin on 0118 934 0300 or visit www.twyfordmusic.uk.
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Hurst Morris People 30th birthday
HuMP charity for 2019
Everyone is invited to join in the celebrations this year as HuMP turns 30.
HuMP has chosen to support an inspiring good cause, registered charity Just Around the Corner, which is based in Forest Road, Hurst. More than one hundred young people aged six to 25 use JAC’s services every week. They are referred by Wokingham and Bracknell schools, social services and parents, or attend by self-referral.
Birthday barn dance – Saturday 2 March 7.15pm for 7.30pm start, Hurst Village Hall in School Road. Great live music by Chris, Patsy and Friends, with easy-to-follow caller Howard Ballard. Please bring a plate of finger food to share and your own drink. HuMP will supply tea, coffee, squash and birthday cake! Be warned: tickets sold out quickly last year. They cost £7.50 each (under 12s free), and are available by emailing email@example.com. May Day celebration – Sunday 28 April From noon at Hurst Village Hall. A maypole dance expert will show everyone easy dances to join in with. HuMP and other visiting morris dancers will perform and invite everyone to join in with a simple dance. Bring your own picnic. Tea, coffee and light refreshments will be on sale. Entrance is FREE! For more information and contact details, visit www.hump.org.uk or find @hurstmorris on Facebook.
Ruscombe Parish Council Ruscombe Parish Council is currently working on producing a Neighbourhood Plan. For more information on this, or to help with its production, please contact the Parish Clerk on 07492 493672 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Ruscombe Parish Council website is www.ruscombeparishcouncil.co.uk. You can now also keep up to date with them on Facebook @ruscombeparishcouncil.
Twyford and Ruscombe Horticultural Association TRHA looks forward to welcoming members old and new to their newly refurbished store in Loddon Hall Road, which re-opens for business from 10am to 11am on Sunday 27 January. Horticultural supplies and bird food are sold at very competitive prices, since TRHA is able to buy in bulk and all functions are run by volunteers. Any budding green fingers should know that annual membership of TRHA is just £7 per household or £6 for senior citizens. Just pick up a membership form at the store or contact Membership Secretary Jenny Wager on 0118 932 0127.
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TRHA will hold its AGM at 8pm on Thursday 31 January at St Mary’s Church Rooms, Station Road, Twyford. This is an opportunity to go and meet the committee and have your say.
Want some exercise but don’t like the winter weather? Play a sport all year round by popping in to Loddon Hall for badminton at 7.45pm on Tuesdays.
TRHA is a friendly group and new volunteers are made most welcome. Join in and help make Twyford bloom in 2019!
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Local news (continued) Twinning group marks armistice Twyford and Cuincy in France achieved their goal of having their twinning relationship in place in good time for joint events marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Twinning agreements were signed in Twyford last March and Cuincy in June.
concert in the future. In the meantime anyone interested in joining High Voltage Singers would be most welcome – we have a lot of fun! if interested please call 07780 580598 or find us on Facebook.’
To commemorate the armistice centenary, a contingent of 25 people from Twyford visited Cuincy for the weekend of 10–11 November. This was made up of a group from High Voltage Singers, Twyford Twinning Committee represenatives, and guest piper Kenny Killoran, who played the bagpipes for the Remembrance Sunday ceremony and parade. Honouring the fallen
High Voltage Singers visit the exhibition The weekend was devoted to remembering those who were lost between 1914 and 1918, starting with a fantastic exhibition at the town hall about battles in the region, and a visit to the Wellington quarries in Arras. A New Zealand regiment from Wellington was responsible for preparing underground shelters for 24,000 soldiers just prior to the Battle of Arras on 9 April 1917.
The following morning on Remembrance Sunday all gathered in the rain at the British Cemetery to pay their respects. The names of the Twyford people lost during WW1 were read out by Twyford Parish Councillor Bridget Ditcham. Wreaths were laid by Twyford Parish Council, the Twyford Twinning Association and Claude Hego, Mayor of Cuincy. Local schoolchildren then planted flags at each of the 195 graves and High Voltage sang the British National Anthem. A 200-strong parade including the piper, a brass band and two military groups moved from the cemetery through the streets of Cuincy to the French memorial by the war museum and church.
There followed a joint concert at the Cuincy School of Music featuring the local choir Mélodie and High Voltage Singers from Twyford, as well as a set of tunes from the piper. High Voltage leader Jacky Crossman was delighted with the success of the concert, which received a standing ovation from a very appreciative audience. Those involved were then able to cement friendships over dinner. Jacky said: ‘High Voltage look forward to inviting Mélodie choir back to Twyford for another joint 24 rg10 January/February 2019. To advertise please call 0118 907 2510 or email email@example.com
A further wreath-laying ceremony was followed by speeches honouring the fallen, their names read out by members of the public, and school children singing the French National Anthem. On arrival at the town hall, medals were awarded for community and military service before a champagne reception. All in all it was a very moving weekend, and nobody minded the rain.
M. Coquide took part in our own 200-strong parade including the Scouts and Girl Guides, laid a wreath from Cuincy at the war memorial, attended the service of remembrance at St Mary’s Church, and commemorated the new history information board outside the Memorial Hall – now home to Twyford Snooker Club. The armistice events have cemented further the relationship between Twyford and Cuincy. The joint concert with Mélodie choir and High Voltage Singers represents the first proper collaboration between reciprocal organisations. Several other projects are being actively pursued: Football: Twyford Comets U13 team will take part in a weekend of football in Cuincy in June 2019. Cycling: The Cuincy cycle club will visit Twyford early in the spring to explore the area on two wheels. They have invited Twyford cyclists to arrange a visit to Cuincy, offering to meet them in Calais and guide them to their destination. Table Tennis: Twyford’s Springfield Table Tennis Club hopes to host a group from Cuincy in the summer – details to be finalised.
Twyford war memorial in the sunshine In the meantime, sunny Twyford hosted a VIP visitor from Cuincy for its own Remembrance Sunday activities. Jean-Claude Coquide, a Deputy Mayor of Cuincy, was welcomed by the Chairman of Twyford Parish Council and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Berkshire.
Art: The Cuincy art group has expressed an interest in connecting with any similar groups in Twyford and exchanging experiences. Anybody from Twyford wishing to join in should email the committee at firstname.lastname@example.org. Schools: The Colleton School and Dolphin School have already been in contact with schools in Cuincy, organising a series of Skype sessions between groups of pupils. Polehampton Primary and Infant schools and Charvil Piggott have similar plans. Others: Our local history society, theatre group, the scouts and groups nearby for archery and petanque may all provide future opportunities to forge new links with Cuincy. To learn more about the twinning arrangement or get involved in any of the above projects, please email the committee at twyfordtwinning@ gmail.com.
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January Wed 2 Crafts & Laughs 14:00–16:00 Wargrave Library, Church Street, Wargrave
Tue 8 Knowl Hill WI meeting 19:30 Knowl Hill Village Hall Tue 8 and 22 Twyford Whist Drive 19:30–22:00 St Thomas More church hall, Twyford
Wed 2 and weekly Charvil Short Mat Bowling Club 18:45–21:00 Charvil Village Hall
Tue 8 Wargrave Local History Society 20:00 Twyford and Ruscombe, Old Pavilion, Wargrave Recreation Ground
Wed 2 and weekly Twyford Youth Club session 19:15–21:15 School years 9+, Twyford District Youth & Community Centre, Loddon Hall Road
Wed 9 and weekly in term time Caterpillar Club 9:45–11:30 playgroup from birth to pre-school, Charvil Village Hall
Wed 2 and weekly Charvil Art Group 19:30–21:30 Charvil Village Hall Wed 2 and weekly Holly Cottage Bridge Club 19:30–22:30 White Waltham Parish Hall Wed 2 Ruscombe Parish Council meeting www.ruscombeparishcouncil.co.uk 19:30 William Penn Room, Loddon Hall, Twyford Wed 2 Folk Music Workshop 20:00 Loddon Hall, Twyford Fri 4 and every Wed and Fri in term time Twyford Toddler Group 9:30–11:30 Twyford District Youth & Community Centre, Loddon Hall Rd Fri 4 and weekly Fit Mums Berkshire pre- and post-natal Pilates 19:30–20:00 Twyford Scout Hut Sat 5 RSPB guided walk 9:00–12:30 Meet in the main car park, Dinton Pastures Sat 5 Read me, make me 10:30–11:00 Crafts for children up to 7, Wargrave Library Sun 6 Sunday Club – www.ageconcerntwyford.org.uk 14:00–17:00 Offering older people company, tea and a good film at The Twyford Centre, Polehampton Close Mon 7 Monday Bookworms 14:00–16:00 Book group, Wargrave Library Mon 7 Author book group 14:30–15:30 Twyford Library Mon 7 and weekly in term time Wargrave Library Rhymetime 16:00–16:30 For children aged 5 and under Mon 7 and weekly Twyford Youth Club session 18:30–20:30 School years 7 and 8, Twyford District Youth and Community Centre, Loddon Hall Road Mon 7 Hurst Parish Council meeting – www.hurstpc.org.uk 19:30 Hurst Village Hall committee room Mon 7 and weekly Springfield Table Tennis Club 19:30–21:30 Polehampton Junior School, Kibblewhite Crescent, Twyford
Wed 9 Coffee morning 10:00–12:00 See what’s on offer at Wargrave Library Wed 9 and 23 Twyford Over 60s Club 14:00–16:00 St Mary’s Church Centre, Twyford Wed 9 Live Traditional Jazz Club 19:30–22:30 Reading Rugby Club, Holme Park, Sonning Thu 10 and 24 Carers’ Coffee Mornings 10:00–12:00 For all carers and those for whom they care, at The Twyford Centre Thu 10 and Tue 22 Reading Cigarette Card & Postcard Club 19:30–22:00 Charvil Village Hall Sun 13 Friends of Lavell’s Lake bird walk – www.foll.org.uk 9:00–12:00 Meet in Sandford Lane car park, Woodley Sun 13 Maidenhead Farmers' Market 10:00–13:00 Grove Road car park, Maidenhead Mon 14 Twyford & Ruscombe Art Group 14:00–16:00 Mediterranean beach scene, St Mary’s Church Centre, Twyford Mon 14 Twyford & Ruscombe Local History Society 19:30 The Thirties, The Piggott School Library, Wargrave Tue 15 Twyford Library Rhymetime 11:00–11:30 For children aged 5 and under Tue 15 Knit & Natter 14:00–15:00 Drop in for knitting and a chat at Twyford Library Tue 15 and weekly for 5 weeks Children’s yoga classes 15:45–16:30 for ages 5–7 16:45–17:30 for ages 8–11, Loddon Hall, Twyford Tue 15 Twyford Library Storytime 15:45–16:15 For children aged 7 and under Wed 16 Woodley Farmers’ Market 9:00–13:30 Woodley town centre Wed 16 KTOG Knitting Group 14:00–16:00 Knit, crochet, chat at Wargrave Library Wed 16 Twyford-Cuincy Twinning Association 19:30 The Twyford Centre, Polehampton Close
Mon 7 and weekly Woodley Photographic Club 19:45–22:00 The Oakwood Centre, Woodley
Thu 17 Bluebird Care Friends’ Café 11:00–12:00 Emma’s Kitchen, Twyford
Tue 8 Woodley Business Club 8:00–9:30 The Oakwood Centre, Woodley
Thu 17 to Sat 19 Hurst Pantomime Group 19:30 (and 14:00 Sat) Snow White, Hurst Village Hall
Tue 8 Reminiscence Club 10:30–12:00 Discuss memories of days gone by at Twyford Library
Thu 17 to Sat 19 Twyford & Ruscombe Theatre Group 19:45 (14:00 and 19:00 Sat) Cinderella, Loddon Hall
Tue 8 and weekly Fit Mums Berkshire Mummy & Baby Pilates 11:00–12:00 St Mary’s Church Centre, Twyford
Mon 21 Twyford & Ruscombe WI meeting 14:00–16:00 The age-old craft of millinery, St Mary’s Church Centre, Twyford
Tue 8 Twyford Tuesday Reading Group 14:30–15:30 Themed book discussion at Twyford Library
Mon 21 Twyford Library Writers Group 17:45–18:45 Share ideas and write with others
Tue 8 Twyford & Ruscombe Floral Art Club 19:30 Charvil Piggott Primary School, Park Lane, Charvil
Mon 21 Charvil Parish Council meeting – www.charvil.com 20:00 Charvil Village Hall
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Wed 23 iHelp Support Group 14:00–16:00 User support for iPhone, iPad or tablet, Wargrave Library Fri 25 LFM Breakfast Club 7:30–9:00 Business networking at Emma’s Kitchen, Twyford Sun 27 Lavell’s Lake work party 10:00–14:00 Volunteer at nature reserve, Sandford Lane, Woodley Sun 27 Legendary Twyford Blues session 20:30 Featuring Jive Alive plus special guest at the Waggon and Horses, Twyford
Wed 6 Ruscombe Parish Council meeting www.ruscombeparishcouncil.co.uk 19:30 William Penn Room, Loddon Hall, Twyford Wed 6 Folk Music Workshop 20:00 Loddon Hall, Twyford Sun 10 Friends of Lavell’s Lake bird walk – www.foll.org.uk 9:00–12:00 Meet in Sandford Lane car park, Woodley Sun 10 Maidenhead Farmers' Market 10:00–13:00 Grove Road car park, Maidenhead
Mon 28 Twyford & Ruscombe Art Group 14:00–16:00 St Mary’s Church Centre, Twyford
Mon 11 Twyford & Ruscombe Art Group 14:00–16:00 Painting animals, St Mary’s Church Centre, Twyford
Tue 29 Home from home book group 10:30–11:30 Twyford Library
Mon 11 Twyford & Ruscombe Local History Society 19:30 Greenham Common, The Piggott School Library, Wargrave
Tue 29 Twyford Parish Council meeting www.twyfordparishcouncil.gov.uk 19:45 Loddon Hall, Twyford
Tue 12 Woodley Business Club 8:00–9:30 The Oakwood Centre, Woodley
Tue 12 Twyford Tuesday Reading Group 14:30–15:30 Themed book discussion at Twyford Library
Sat 2 RSPB guided walk 9:00–12:30 Meet in the main car park, Dinton Pastures
Tue 12 Knowl Hill WI meeting 19:30 Knowl Hill Village Hall
Sat 2 Read me, make me 10:30–11:00 Crafts for children up to 7, Wargrave Library
Tue 12 Twyford & Ruscombe Floral Art Club 19:30 Charvil Piggott Primary School, Park Lane, Charvil
Sun 3 Sunday Club – www.ageconcerntwyford.org.uk 14:00–17:00 Offering older people company, tea and a good film at The Twyford Centre, Polehampton Close
Tue 12 Wargrave Local History Society 20:00 The history and restoration of the Kennet & Avon Canal, Old Pavilion, Wargrave Recreation Ground
Mon 4 Monday Bookworms 14:00–16:00 Book group, Wargrave Library
Wed 13 Coffee morning 10:00–12:00 See what’s on offer at Wargrave Library
Mon 4 Author book group 14:30–15:30 Twyford Library
Wed 13 and 27 Twyford Over 60s Club 14:00–16:00 St Mary’s Church Centre, Twyford
Mon 4 and weekly in term time Wargrave Library Rhymetime 16:00–16:30 For children aged 5 and under
Wed 13 Live Traditional Jazz Club 19:30–22:30 Reading Rugby Club, Holme Park, Sonning
Mon 4 and weekly Twyford Youth Club session 18:30–20:30 School years 7 and 8, Twyford District Youth & Community Centre, Loddon Hall Road
Thu 14 and 28 Carers’ Coffee Morning 10:00–12:00 For all carers and those for whom they care, at The Twyford Centre
Mon 4 and weekly Woodley Photographic Club 19:45–22:00 The Oakwood Centre, Woodley
Thu 14 Bluebird Care Friends’ Café 11:00–12:00 Emma’s Kitchen, Twyford
Mon 4 Hurst Parish Council meeting – www.hurstpc.org.uk 19:30 Hurst Village Hall committee room
Thu 14 and Tue 26 Reading Cigarette Card & Postcard Club 19:30–22:00 Charvil Village Hall
Tue 5 Reminiscence Club 10:30–12:00 Discuss memories of days gone by at Twyford Library
Mon 18–Fri 22 School half term
Tue 5 and 12 Children’s yoga classes 15:45–16:30 for ages 5–7 16:45–17:30 for ages 8–11, Loddon Hall, Twyford
Mon 18 Twyford & Ruscombe WI meeting 14:00–16:00 The Women’s Century, St Mary’s Church Centre, Twyford Mon 18 Twyford Library Writers Group 17:45–18:45 Share ideas and write with others
Tue 5 and 19 Twyford Whist Drive 19:30–22:00 St Thomas More church hall, Twyford
Mon 18 Charvil Parish Council meeting – www.charvil.com 20:00 Charvil Village Hall
Wed 6 Crafts & Laughs 14:00–16:00 Wargrave Library, Church Street, Wargrave
Tue 19 Knit & Natter 14:00–15:00 Drop in for knitting and a chat at Twyford Library
Wed 6 and weekly Charvil Short Mat Bowling Club 18:45–21:00 Charvil Village Hall
Tue 19 Twyford Library Storytime 15:45–16:15 For children aged 7 and under
Wed 6 and weekly Twyford Youth Club session 19:15–21:15 School years 9+, Twyford District Youth & Community Centre, Loddon Hall Road
Wed 20 Woodley Farmers’ Market 9:00–13:30 Woodley town centre
Wed 6 and weekly Charvil Art Group 19:30–21:30 Charvil Village Hall
Wed 20 KTOG Knitting Group 14:00–16:00 Knit, crochet, chat at Wargrave Library
Wed 6 and weekly Holly Cottage Bridge Club 19:30–22:30 White Waltham Parish Hall
Tue 26 Home from home book group 10:30–11:30 Twyford Library
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Alone again? Learn to thrive! A woman given new strength after her marriage breakdown is urging others in pain following a split to make a New Year’s resolution for change. Hurst resident Jane Holgate was so impressed with the Divorce Recovery Workshop she attended last year that she now helps run their courses. DRW is a national charity based in Wokingham that helps men and women recover emotionally after separation or divorce. Jane, who works as an administrator in Twyford, said: ‘The prospect of facing the new year on my own was daunting to say the least. But DRW made me realise I was in control of my own future. It might not be the same as before, but it was still a future. ‘I found I wasn’t the only one feeling as I was. I’ve kept in touch with some of those on my course: they’re a fantastic support. We have a coffee together or text. It’s like having a support network, a safe space. ‘New Year is a time to seize the moment to make change. If you’re hesitating, I’d say: just take the plunge and contact us.’ You can book now for the next course, to be held in Earley on two consecutive Friday evenings and Saturdays in February (details below).
Course leaders have experienced divorce or separation themselves, including DRW founder trustee John Kemp of Wokingham. John said: ‘Many people don't know where to turn to for help with emotional recovery from the trauma of separation or divorce. People often say they really experience personal growth and increased confidence from a workshop rather than just going through it alone.’ Jane, who is in her 50s with two grown-up children, added: ‘Anyone can come to DRW: you can be the one who left or the one left behind. No one judges. Also it doesn’t matter when the break-up was, or whether you were married or not.’
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News update Twyford Living Advent Calendar At the time of going to print we are well into our living advent calendar events, which have gone very well so far. The children’s Christmas quiz had six teams enter and was won by St Mary’s Church. The quiz at the Age Concern day centre, organised by Right At Home, was a great success, and the Christmas tea held for our older residents was just perfect. This was sponsored by the David Brownlow Charitable Foundation and held at The Colleton School.
The main Christmas tree at Bell Corner was sponsored this year by Goodall-Smith Wealth Management, and decorations included Christmas wishes written on wooden stars by primary school children. We also installed fifteen small trees over the shop fronts, and Twyford Parish Council supplied an additional large tree at Jubilee Corner. We had a waiting list again this year for stalls at the Christmas fayre, which was our best yet with plenty of entertainment, shopping and food and drink for all the family. This is the centrepiece of our Christmas programme. Twyford Business & Community Awards Following the success of the 2018 awards, we will be inviting nominations from the public again this year, with some slightly different categories based on feedback received. If you have any ideas please contact us via the Twyford Together website and we will have a look. Photography competition We are planning to relaunch our photographic competition in 2019 together with Twyford & Ruscombe Horticultural Association, who have organised one for several years. There will be four categories and full details will be published in the March/April edition of RG10 magazine. However all will have a Twyford village theme, so you can get snapping now! Judging will take place in September, at the TRHA Autumn show at Loddon Hall. Winning images will appear in the Nov/Dec edition of RG10 magazine and will also be used for our 2020 village calendar.
Photo: The Wokingham Paper An early highlight was hard to top however: the PM switching on our Christmas lights together with our patron Lady Elizabeth Godsal and the winners of Twyford’s Got Talent 2018, Chicken Mad – who also provided the entertainment. Hundreds of local people turned up to enjoy the festivities. What a great start to the Christmas season!
Twyford Together are looking forward to working with local groups, charities, schools, churches, businesses and residents on exciting new ideas for 2019. In the meantime – HAPPY NEW YEAR! Gordon Storey www.twyfordtogether.org
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Twyford Tradesmen Together
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Call Andy Ward 0118 348 6040 07957 386008 Design, Construction and Maintenance
On behalf of the Twyford community we must thank local electrician Dave Chambers. Once again, he pulled out all the stops to help put up the Christmas trees and intall the lighting: two big trees at Bell Corner and Jubilee Corner, plus 15 smaller ones above shop fronts. His electrical expertise ensured the village looked fantastic for Christmas. He has also wired in all 9 devices in our network of public access defibrillators â€“ a local hero!
Electrical & Property Maintenance Insured & Part P certified T: 0118 934 16966 M: 07760 122129 E: email@example.com
We are a group of independent tradesmen serving RG10 and surrounding areas. We operate separately but have no hesitation in recommending each otherâ€™s services to our customers. No commission is involved.
We believe in providing a friendly, professional service and delivering excellent results at a fair price. We are proud to support the local community through our membership of Twyford Together.
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Visit us on the A4 Twyford for Farm Fresh Free Range Eggs The Egg box is open 7 days a week For more information visit
Happy New Year to all our wonderful customers. Thanks for visiting the farm and buying our free range eggs. We enjoy your visits, as do the hens, ducks, geese, pigs, goats and reindeer â€“ who are now resting up after the excitement of visiting the Twyford Christmas Fayre! Â
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FastTrack Fit Camp Happy New Year to you! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas doing whatever makes you happy. It's the time of year when people start thinking about their life in compartments. Health, money, career, work/life balance, relationships... The thing I hear a lot from prospective clients is that they need to exercise. When looking for an exercise programme that suits your life, there are several things to consider. 1. What is my primary goal? Is it to improve fitness? If so, how will you know when you get there? What measure are you going to use to ensure that's done? Is it to improve health? How can you tell that this is achieved? Will you have more energy? Or sleep better? Would you like to come off or reduce medications? What about weight loss? Is it weight or clothes size or how you feel that matters?
Find a friend and work out together (make sure that at least one of you will say 'come on' if the other wants to stay home!) Join a group fitness session. Working out with like-minded people who support you through the session is a strong reason to want to go along each time. Wear your best workout gear! Life is too short to relegate old tee-shirts and leggings to your workout pile. If you don't want to wear them anymore, you certainly won't want to work out in them. Get some great trainers, a decent sports bra, colourful leggings and a comfy post-workout top. If you feel good when you go out, you feel good when you work out.
2. What time do I have to dedicate to this? Be practical. In the heady glow of some festive time off work it always seems possible to rearrange a whole schedule to put four fitness sessions in a week, when in reality you may get to one or two. What can you realistically do? Put those in the calendar and stick to them. Make them appointments that can't be moved and do them. Any additional sessions are a bonus. 3. What's worked before?
At FastTrack Fit Camp we've been helping clients achieve all the above over the last 9 years. We encourage and challenge you whilst getting you the results you want. We'd love to meet you!
What have you done before that's worked? There's no point starting running again, when the last three times you've done it you didn't like it.
Visit www.fastttrack-fitcamp.co.uk to start our seven day trial.
4. What will keep me motivated?
Heidi Strickland-Clark is an outdoor-loving wellness rebel who owns and runs FastTrack Fit Camp. They run outdoor group fitness in and around Wokingham including sessions in Twyford and Henley-on-Thames.
You could keep a fitness journal recording your progress each time.
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Plan the year ahead Biodiversity: the key to a healthy life Good spacing between plants will not only maximise your yield but also increase airflow, helping prevent fungal diseases.
With shorter days and often cold, wet weather, winter is still an important season for the gardener, providing the ideal time for reflection. Sit inside in the warmth and plan your garden for the year ahead, learning from nature’s patterns and your powers of observation. If you are not yet an organic veggie grower, I suggest you start as soon as possible. As well as the many health benefits, there is also a positive impact on the community and the environment, especially if you apply the principles of biodynamic gardening that we embrace at Waltham Place. Your first step should be to look at the space, resources and time you have available. Look at the soil quality in your garden and how you may be able to improve it. In biodynamics we feed the soil, not the plant. Healthy soil leads to healthy plants and healthy people. Introducing a home composting system is a great way to increase your soil’s fertility and reduce waste at the same time.
If possible, consider companion planting – an essential tool in organic and biodynamic gardening for the prevention of pests and diseases. Planting certain vegetables and flowers next to each other in an integrated system helps to increase nutrient availability, keep diseases out of the soil and pests away from your crops. For example, try planting chives or onions next to carrots to repel carrot fly. As well as being aesthetically pleasing, interspersing flowers and herbs amongst your vegetables will also help your garden. For example, calendula attracts not only bees and butterflies but also pests such as aphids and whitefly, enticing them away from your crops. Finally, take every opportunity to create suitable habitats for welcoming more wildlife into your garden. Start a leaf pile: this provides a wonderful habitat for the grass snake as well as composted leaf mould for future use. Perhaps use all your sticks and twigs to build an eco-hedge, a happy home for the hedgehog. When planning for your future food, you also have a wonderful chance to create a haven for beneficial insects such as bees, butterflies, ladybirds, earwigs and the green lacewing.
When considering what to plant, think of what you and your family enjoy eating and how great your needs will be. Check the production cycle of each crop to work out sowing times and ensure good succession, avoiding lulls and gluts. André Tranquilini is the Estate Manager at Waltham Place Farm, a 220 acre biodynamic and organic farm in White Waltham. Often known as ‘Berkshire’s best kept secret’, the estate welcomes visitors by appointment for garden tours, events, and school visits. For more information visit www.walthamplace.com. 36 rg10 January/February 2019. To advertise please call 0118 907 2510 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Competition RG10 competitions are open to anyone living within the RG10 postcode area. Winner(s) will be drawn at random from all valid entries received by the closing date. They will be contacted as soon as possible confirming details of their prize. Congratulations to Sandie Evans from Ruscombe, who won our last competition for four tickets to the Twyford & Ruscombe Theatre group pantomime, Cinderella.
Enter via the competitions page on our website www.RG10mag.com. For any queries contact us by email or telephone. For entries to be valid, you must: 1. 2. 3. 4.
Read the T&Cs on our website Enter by the deadline State which competition you are entering Give your address with an RG10 postcode as well as an email and phone contact. Good luck!
Win a set of ExplorerBoxes!
Local business ExplorerTots produces educational ExplorerBoxes aimed at children aged 3 to 8 years. There are three themed boxes, each containing four captivating activities with all the materials needed, plus fun fact cards and great ideas to explore the theme further. Think stomp rockets, constellation spotting, minibeast hunts, weather vanes, liquid rainbows and cress headsâ€Ś
For more information, visit www.explorertots.com or find them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
ExplorerTots are offering a set of all three ExplorerBoxes to one lucky RG10 family! We caught up with ExplorerTots founder Sarah at their stall at Twyford Christmas Fayre. Inspired by the curiosity of their young son, she and husband Tom have created a set of products that get children excited to learn about the world around them. Competition entry deadline: 12pm on Monday 11 February. The winner will be notified as soon as possible and the prize delivered soon afterwards. Please mention rg10 when responding to advertisements
Boiler installation, Servicing and repairs, Fireplaces and cookers, Landlord certificates, LPG, Oil boilers Proud to be a member of Twyford Together and an approved contractor for John Lewis Home Solutions
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Both Tai Chi & Qigong can help you: • Improve your sense of well-being • Relax your body and mind • Reduce stress • Improve your balance • Boost your immune system • Strengthen your muscles and bones
Paul Duffield brings to the Twyford area the Vickers Young approach to mortgages and protection. Friendly, expert advice on the most appropriate financial products for you to achieve your aims. Call Paul: 07920 066174 Email Paul: firstname.lastname@example.org
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I provide a comprehensive wealth management service, offering specialist face-to-face advice tailored to you. My services include: • Investment Planning • Retirement Planning • Intergenerational Planning For further details please contact:
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Local pubs, restaurants and cafés Twyford and Ruscombe
Buratta's at the Royal Oak .................. 0118 934 5190 www.burattas.co.uk Costa Coffee .......................................... 0118 970 6857 The Duke of Wellington (Brakspear) 0118 934 0456 find us on Facebook Emma’s Kitchen ...................................... 07584 658872 find us on Facebook The Fat Fish takeaway.......................... 0118 934 5591 La Fontana Italian restaurant .............. 0118 934 2698 www.lafontanatwyford.com The Golden Cross........................ find us on facebook Gaylord Tandoori.................................. 0118 934 5511 www.gaylordtandoori-berkshire.co.uk Haweli Indian restaurant .................... 0118 932 0939 www.hawelitwyford.co.uk Hong Kong takeaway .......................... 0118 934 0136 The Mita's Indian restaurant .............. 0118 934 4599 www.themitas.co.uk Oriental Wok takeaway ...................... 0118 934 1384 Sebastian's Café .................................... 0118 934 4214 www.sebastianscafe.co.uk Thai Elephant restaurant...................... 0118 934 9651 www.thaielephanttwyford.co.uk The Waggon and Horses...................... 0118 934 0376 www.waggonhorsestwyford.com
The Land's End (Brakspear) ................ 0118 934 0700 www.thelandsend.co.uk The Wee Waif (Greene King/ Hungry Horse) ...................................... 0118 944 0066 www.hungryhorse.co.uk
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The Bird in Hand (Wadworth).............. 01628 826622 www.birdinhand.co.uk The Horse and Groom.......................... 0118 940 3136 www.brunningandprice.co.uk/horseandgroom
The New Inn ............................................ 01628 822552 www.newinnknowlhill.com The Royal Oak ........................................ 01628 822010 The Floral Café at Ladds ........................ 07580 226061 www.laddsgardenvillage.co.uk The Restaurant at Wyevale ................ 0844 288 5107 www.thegardencentregroup.co.uk The Sheeplands Café ............................ 0118 940 1600 www.harehatchsheeplands.co.uk
Hurst The Castle Inn........................................ 0118 934 0034 www.castlehurst.co.uk Dragonfly Café ...................................... 0118 932 1071 The Elephant and Castle ...................... 0118 934 0886 www.theelephantandcastlepubhurst.co.uk The Green Man (Brakspear) ................ 0118 934 2599 www.greenmanhurst.co.uk The Jolly Farmer .................................... 0118 934 1881 find us on Facebook The Wheelwrights Arms (Wadworth) .. 0118 934 4100 www.thewheelwrightsarms.co.uk
Waltham St Lawrence and Shurlock Row The Bell .................................................. 0118 934 1788 www.thebellwalthamstlawrence.co.uk The Shurlock Inn .................................. 0118 934 9094 www.shurlockinn.com
Wargrave and Crazies Hill The Bull (Brakspear) ............................ 0118 940 3120 Da Toni Italian restaurant.................... 0118 940 4036 www.datoni.co.uk The Greyhound .................................... 0118 940 2556 Hennerton Golf Club ............................ 0118 940 1000 www.hennertongolfclub.co.uk The Horns (Brakspear) ........................ 0118 940 6041 www.hornsatcrazieshill.co.uk The Old Post Office café ...................... 0118 940 4800 find us on Facebook The St George and Dragon .................. 0118 940 4474 www.stgeorgeanddragon.co.uk Weir Grove ............................................ 0118 940 1836 www.theweirgrove.com
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Love your slow cooker Electric slow cookers or crockpots are brilliant all year round, but winter is when they really come into their own. After the excesses of Christmas we want to eat ‘clean’, but let’s be honest – a light salad isn’t really going to cut the mustard when it’s cold and dark outside. Leave a slow cooker to its own devices and it will magically transform a few simple ingredients into a comforting yet healthy meal to come home to – banishing the need to pre-load with crisps and keeping the sweet tooth at bay later. Crockpot cooking enables you to choose the cheaper but often more flavoursome cuts of meat, such as chicken thighs, beef brisket, pork shoulder and lamb neck. You can make it go further by adding chunky veg, pulses or dried fruit so adjust the ratio to suit your taste and budget. Spend time with the kids after school instead of slaving over a hot stove, minimise the washing up and freeze leftover portions to enjoy another time. All it takes is a little advance planning. Here are a couple of family-friendly slow cooker gems to feed 4–5, both from BBC Good Food.
Yummy chilli Soften a finely chopped onion in a little oil until beginning to caramelise. Add 2 crushed garlic cloves, 2 teaspoons ground cumin and 1½ of sweet smoked paprika, cook a further 1–2 minutes. Transfer to slow cooker with diced vegetables: 2 carrots, 1 courgette, 1 red pepper plus 400g lean beef mince. Stir well, adding in three 400g cans chopped tomatoes, 1 crushed beef stock cube and 1 tablespoon tomato purée. Cook on low for 6–7 hours. About half an hour before serving, blend any chunky vegetables with a stick blender if preferred (a good tactic for fussy eaters). At this time also drain, rinse and add a 400g can each of green lentils and flageolet beans. Serve with rice or tacos, also offering soured cream, grated cheese and sliced avocado.
Veggie Curry The evening before, infuse 800ml coconut milk in the crockpot with 6 tablespoons mild curry paste, 4 teaspoons vegetable bouillon powder, 2 deseeded and sliced red chillis, 2 tablespoons finely chopped ginger, 6 sliced garlic cloves, 400g chunks butternut squash, 2 sliced red peppers and 2 small aubergines cut into thick chunks. Place pot somewhere cool. The next day cook on low for 6 hours, then stir in 15g chopped coriander and 320g defrosted peas shortly before serving. Add a good squeeze of lime juice and serve with wholemeal flatbread. Please mention rg10 when responding to advertisements
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