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July/August 2018 | issue 72 | free

inside | Local news | What’s on | Features | Puzzles | Food and Drink | Competitions

From tributes to awards I hope lots of you have been enjoying some of the wonderful summer events that have been held in our area over the last couple of months – many of them run by volunteers and benefiting good causes, such as TwyFest. If you love a good tribute band, then be sure to enter our latest competition for a chance to win tickets to this year’s Marvellous Festival in Dinton Pastures! We also include details of a children’s story writing competition – nothing to do with RG10, it’s being run at a national level, but is relevant to us locally as it’s a partnership between Berkshire based Dragonfly Tea and the Henley Literary Festival. I was really interested to learn more about the work of the Polehampton Trust: do you know someone who could be eligible to benefit from one of their financial grants? We have something for everyone in this edition, whether you are interested in effective forms of exercise, seeking an expert in a particular field, learning about nature, trying a new restaurant or just celebrating good news. As sponsor of the Twyford Together Business and Community Awards evening in September, RG10 HQ is already buzzing with excitement about the new Community Awards sponsored by Westgate Electrical Services. This is a chance for everyone to get involved in identifying which people or organisations in the RG10 area deserve to be recognised at the awards evening, following the Edwin Ackers Business Awards sponsored by Ackers Solicitors. Enough from me – enjoy the read!

Contents Community 25 26–29 30–31 35 36 38 44

Charity: The Polehampton Trust Local news What’s on TwyFest: Thank you Twyford Together news Business & Community Awards Thames Valley Police: Community update

Environment 33

Nature notes: Summer wildlife encounters

Health 7 19

FastTrack Fit Camp: The beauty of cross training BarreConcept: Called to the barre with Jill

Business 11 14 17 20–21

Home Instead Senior Care: Good news double S Green Plumbing & Heating: Raising money for charity CMJ Insurance Brokers: Can your broker do this? Gigaclear: Ultrafast fibre broadband

House and garden 37

Twyford Tradesmen Together

Puzzles and competitions 22 40 41 46 47

Children’s page Wordsearch, Su doku (easy and hard) Crossword Puzzle solutions Competitions: Marvellous Festival and Dragonfly Tea Story

Food and drink 51 52–53

Recipe: Strawberry jelly cake Listings and news

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FastTrack Fit Camp The beauty of cross training Over the past few weeks our FastTrack Fit Camp community have been showing how powerful a combination of Fit Camp sessions and their chosen sport can be. The successes include (and are not limited to): • • • • • • •

A solo cycle from Lands End to John O'Groats in 14 days A solo 80 mile run at the local Endure 24 event Improved tennis speed and fitness A half marathon personal best time achieved A 10km personal best time smashed A European triathlon qualification Three Peaks challenge legs well and truly ready three months ahead of schedule.

What have all these campers been up to? Cross training.

3. Cross training keeps the body constantly working in different ways. It likes to find shortcuts to make things easy, so challenging it in this way stops your running from becoming easy to do or your cycling too recreational. 4. FastTrack Fit Camp sessions are 45 minutes long; you can plan your longer training sessions for sport around our beneficial sessions. 5. High intensity interval training allows you to work full out for short bursts of time; this is highly effective for fat burning, creating a metabolic improvement to your body and improving your ability to train for longer in your chosen sport. If you're training for a big sporting event or a charity challenge, or you just want to be able to do more with your family, come and give us a go. FastTrack Fit Camp offers a seven day trial to anyone new wanting to try us out to see how it works for them. defines cross training as “the action or practice of engaging in two or more sports or types of exercise in order to improve fitness or performance in one's main sport.” It's very powerful. At FastTrack Fit Camp our workouts are full body, body weight moves to force a change in fitness, stamina and strength across the entire musculature whilst also improving the cardiovascular fitness. The benefits of using FastTrack Fit Camp for cross training are many, but here are five. 1. FastTrack Fit Camp avoids over-training in one area, reducing injury and repetitive strain. 2. Cross training provides variety and keeps interest up across the training period so no one activity has a chance to become boring.

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Home Instead Senior Care Good news double for local home care provider Home Instead Maidenhead, Henley & Wallingford have two GOOD reasons to be cheerful this summer. Firstly they have achieved a ‘Good’ rating from the Care Quality Commission and, for the second year running, they have been voted in the Top 20 awards for the South East Region.

show that we are indeed achieving our mission and successfully assisting local older people to live as independent a life as possible. We also realise how much these honest and genuine reviews can help people when looking for trusted care for a loved one.’ One of the team’s longest serving employees, Sherry Stoveld, has been working with Home Instead for six years. She said: ‘There is no better recommendation than from the very people who use our service each and every day, so we are thrilled with the award – and to now receive a Good rating from CQC is the icing on the cake. I love my job as a caregiver and it is extremely rewarding to help people stay happy in their own homes.’ Melissa Johnson added: ‘I would like to say thank you and congratulations to all our wonderful caregivers and the office staff who work so hard to care for our older generation – we have a great team and we love every minute of what we do.’

This local family run business has been helping older people in the Berkshire/Oxfordshire area with everyday tasks in their own homes for the past seven years. It is owned by husband and wife team Paul and Melissa Johnson, and is based in Ruscombe. Paul said: ‘We are delighted to receive the seal of approval from the CQC in our Good rating. We have a very hard working team who make it their priority to deliver quality care to all our clients. We can see that reflected in our rating at These independent reviews are so important to us; they

The local business is part of a reputable national network: Home Instead Senior Care was also named the number one most recommended home care company across the UK in the Top 20 awards 2018. The awards are based on nearly 10,000 independent reviews. They are from the most important people – home care clients, their friends and family. It seems they wholeheartedly approve of the service provided by Home Instead Senior Care – including Paul and Melissa Johnson’s Maidenhead, Henley & Wallingford branch which covers our area.

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S Green Plumbing & Heating Servicing boilers and raising money for charity the start of the cooler weather. For each service booked over the summer, Stephen pledged to donate £10 to a local charity. Last year he raised £310 for Building for the Future, and his nominated charity for 2018 is Daisy’s Dream. So, householders and landlords, why not book in your boiler servicing this summer and test how deep Stephen’s pockets are? The standard boiler servicing cost is £72. Can you help local heating engineer Stephen Green beat last year’s summer charity fundraising initiative? This time last year RG10 readers were given an incentive to book their annual boiler service during July and August rather than waiting until

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CMJ Insurance Brokers Can your insurance broker do this for you? A lot of what a good insurance broker can do sometimes goes unnoticed, as their true value may only become clear in the unfortunate event of having to make a claim. CMJ Insurance Brokers in Hare Hatch shared with us some recent examples when they have been able to assist clients in complicated circumstances, or prevent them being underinsured in the first place. Would your insurance broker be able to do this for you? One of their clients had an escape of water at their overseas home. Their carpet had been purchased from a specialist supplier in the US and unfortunately could not be cleaned due to the element of silk content, so had to be replaced. The insurers were able to settle various invoices within two weeks of notification, in three different currencies, to three different bank accounts. Once the client received their new carpet, they were presented with an invoice for import taxes – even this was settled by their insurers within 48 hours of being presented to them.

knows that his sums insured are accurate and he is paying the correct premium. His policy also offers up to 150% of the value of fine art if a valuation is three years old or less, meaning he could benefit from an uplift if art values fluctuate over this period. Another client had a serious fire at their overseas property. Their claim was settled quickly and efficiently by insurers. Investigations by the insurers’ appointed loss adjuster revealed that some blame could be apportioned to the energy supplier due to the way their cabling had been installed. After a year of negotiations by insurers, in a foreign language for the most part, with assistance from CMJ, agreement was reached that the insurers would recover around 75% of their losses. Under normal circumstances, with only a partial recovery, insurers would not be liable to pay back the client’s excess, but CMJ were able to negotiate a full refund for the client thanks to their excellent working relationship with the reputable high net worth insurer involved.

A client with a fine art collection was concerned about his sums insured. He had always been careful to add items as and when purchased. Despite feeling that the purchase cost was not necessarily the correct valuation for insurance purposes, this is what he had been using historically as he was concerned about the potential cost of a formal valuation. He asked CMJ’s advice during a pre-renewal meeting, and they were able to offer him a three year long term agreement with his insurers, part of the contract making a £500 contribution towards a full valuation of his fine art. The client was very happy with this advice, had a valuation of his collection and now

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BarreConcept Called to the barre with Jill results, helping to sculpt and redefine, as well as realign and rebalance the whole body to ensure it works harmoniously and efficiently. Jill explains, ‘I try to make every session enjoyable. I aim to help each student achieve the best they can. It’s also important to me for my students to feel comfortable and in safe hands, but most of all to have fun and leave with a smile on their faces!’ Jill runs two BarreConcept classes per week during school term times at Vibez Dance Studio in Woodley.

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Gigaclear Ultrafast full fibre broadband for rural Britain Villagers got together to take matters into their own hands and researched what alternatives were available. Local resident Julian Morris comments: ’There were a number of rural broadband initiatives out there, but they required significant time and investment from residents to run and manage the service. We needed a solution from a sound commercial organisation which we could simply subscribe and easily connect to. That’s why we chose Gigaclear. Gigaclear was founded in 2010 and is one of the fastest growing broadband suppliers in the UK – by the end of 2017 Gigaclear operated networks in rural locations across some 17 counties mainly in the south of England, with more in the pipeline. The company is dedicated to providing reliable, ultrafast, full fibre broadband directly to homes and businesses in rural Britain. What does this mean for you? Enjoying the freedom of working flexibly, streaming seamlessly and getting the latest entertainment or box-set with the speed you need – wherever you are. Understanding that rural communities rely on high speed broadband to thrive, Gigaclear enables schools, village halls, shops and surgeries to better serve the people of the community. At 1000Mbps, they offer a significantly faster service with FTTP connection than standard copper-based ADSL connection. The company says that this is all part of its commitment to ensuring that rural communities have access to the latest and very best technology.

‘The company held an open day which made people realise what they’d been missing out on for years because of poor broadband. Since connecting to Gigaclear, we’ve been able to take full advantage of the Internet in a way that just wasn’t possible before. We watch TV shows using BBC iPlayer without interruption, access our daily newspapers online and most importantly have regular and reliable Skype conversations with our grandchildren. Additionally, I’m now able to work just as efficiently at home as in the office. This means that I can miss the rush hour completely and have a better work/life balance.’ With customer testimonials like this, it’s not surprising that Gigaclear has a 4 Star rating on Trust Pilot. To learn more, call Gigaclear on 0370 224 8915 or visit

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Answers: The 10 differences are: 1. missing arm on sunglasses 2. missing spot on flip flop 3. missing leaf 4. missing letter A 5. different colour lollypop 6. missing bubbles in drink 7. missing strap on flip flop. 8. missing bird 9. top corner background different 10. missing sun Word Mix Up: 1. sunglasses 2. towel 3. sunbathe 4. lotion 5. swimming 6. waves. Extra Letter Answer: Shells

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The Polehampton Trust Do you need financial help? If you live in Twyford or Ruscombe, you may be eligible for a grant from The Polehampton Trust Two categories of people may apply for financial assistance: young people in education, and those in need, hardship or distress. In either case applicants must be resident in Twyford or Ruscombe. Grants for young people in education

The Polehampton Trust is a local charity founded by Edward Polehampton, a 17th century benefactor whose foresight and generosity continues to benefit residents of Twyford and Ruscombe today. The story goes that as a young boy he was found penniless in Twyford, where he was shown great kindness, was fed, clothed and looked after. Later he made his fortune as a painter-stainer in London, but never forgot the place responsible for his change in circumstances. In his will he bequeathed money from his personal estate to set up a charitable school, chapel and dwelling house for poor boys in Twyford. Over the years the school moved and was rebuilt: what we know as the old Polehampton School in High Street, Twyford in fact dates from the 1880s. This remained in use until the 1960s and the main hall still acts as a base for the Twyford and Ruscombe Theatre Group. The charity has eleven trustees supported by two clerks. Their role is to make decisions on the administration of the assets of the trust and award grants to local people in line with the wishes of its founder.

You need to be aged under 25 to apply. The financial help available could include grants for the purchase of books, laptops, tools, trips or other items necessary for the pursuit of courses, training or apprenticeships at universities, colleges or other recognised educational establishments. Recent examples are grants of £342 to a student at Exeter University to cover the cost of law textbooks, £300 for a college trip to Madrid, £400 for a laptop and £400 towards tools for a carpentry apprenticeship. The maximum awarded for personal education-related grants is £400. Grants for those in need, hardship or distress Grants may be made for assistance where financial resources are not available or are inadequate. Recent examples include the purchase of a specialist tricycle for a child with physical disabilities, a specialised chair for a disabled child and assistance with childcare costs when a parent had to attend court. All applications are treated in the strictest confidence. To request more information, please contact the Assistant Clerk using the details below.

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Local news Double community celebrations St Mary’s Church in Twyford was packed to near capacity on 19 May as villagers flocked in to watch the royal wedding and FA Cup Final live on a giant screen.

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New tea party group for the elderly National charity Contact the Elderly is launching a new tea party group in the Wokingham area aimed at alleviating loneliness for older people. Open to people aged 75 and over, the group aims to provide a regular and vital friendship link every month. Can you help support the new group? The charity is appealing for volunteers able to spare just a few hours a month to help run local tea parties – and enjoy a cuppa and cake themselves! The charity aims to relieve the isolation often felt by older people living alone by organising monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for small groups within local communities. Each guest is collected from their home by a volunteer driver and taken to a volunteer host’s home where they join a small group for tea, chat and companionship. Contact the Elderly’s South of England Development Officer Elizabeth Banfield said: ‘We’re delighted to be opening a new group in Wokingham and to ensure these tea parties are as successful as others held across the UK, we urgently need the support of the local community.

Photo: Tony Phillips Hare Hatch Sheeplands also showed the royal wedding live, and customers were able to celebrate with wedding cake and prosecco to toast Prince Harry and Megan Markle.

‘Anyone who can spare a couple of hours one Sunday a month, has a driving licence, a car and loves drinking tea is eligible! It’s not a big commitment, and our volunteers genuinely get as much out of the experience as our guests. I’d encourage anyone interested in giving something back to their community to please get in touch as soon as possible.’ For more information contact Elizabeth on 0117 422 0381 or email

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At both locations visitors entered into the spirit of the day by dressing up in a variety of colourful outfits and headgear or waving Union Jacks.

Family fun at Twyford Tennis Club Twyford Tennis Club will be marking the LTA’s Great British Tennis weekend on Sunday 22 July by holding a family-oriented day of games and activities to introduce newcomers to the sport.

Staff and villagers went out of their way to save the village shop in Hurst during a period of uncertainty in the spring. Conviviality, which owned the Central Convenience Stores, went into administration, and the shop’s future was secured after the chain was acquired by Bestway Wholesale. In the meantime staff worked tirelessly to keep the shelves stocked – including buying supplies from a cash and carry – and locals continued to give vital support. The shop also houses a post office which of course the village does not want to lose.

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However, your first three visits to Woodley Photographic Club are absolutely free, so you have nothing to lose. Check out the programme for the coming season on their website: www.woodley

Charvil Village Fête Do you know a young person with special educational needs and/or disabilities? Let them know about the Local Offer guide for young people on the Wokingham Borough Council website. Here they will find videos and easy to read guides on the support available to them, and details of how the Local Offer can help. Visit lo-yp. Young people, parents and carers can also give feedback on the Local Offer and local provision through a short online survey at www.wokingham In addition, parents and carers are encouraged to visit the main Local Offer page at www.wokingham.

Charvil’s traditional village fête will be held on Sunday 8 July from 2pm to 6pm at the East Park Farm playing fields and pavilion on Park Lane. The event includes The Great Charvil Cake Off baking competition, pony rides, kids’ corner with bouncy castle, play area, crafts and lots of activities. There will also be stalls, a raffle, the Spin Theatre Academy, Berkshire Reptile Encounters, a BBQ, bar, refreshments and live music from The Scoundrels. Plenty of fun for all! Visit or the Charvil Village Fête Facebook page for information, updates and contact details.

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Plants from Hare Hatch Sheeplands were chosen for inclusion in a show garden at this year's prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May.

Woodley Photographic Club is currently enjoying its summer break, and members would be delighted to welcome any newcomers at the start of their new year on Monday 3 September.

They were agaves, a succulent with rosettes of narrow spiny leaves and tall flower spikes, which are native to the southern US and tropical America.

They are a well established club catering for all levels of photographic skills from the beginner to the expert. The group meets every Monday evening except Bank Holidays from 7.45pm to 10pm at the Oakwood Centre in Woodley. There is plenty of free parking opposite the centre. The club runs a varied programme of events, from guest speakers on a wide range of photographic subjects (such as wildlife, street photography, landscapes, portraits, digital photo editing) to competitions in print and digital display format. There are also opportunities to join in club outings.

Rob Scott from Sheeplands, who is the proud holder of a range of succulents which have National Collection status, was asked to supply the plants for the VTB Capital Spirit of Cornwall garden.

The ethos of the club is to have fun and enjoyment from photography. Club members are a happy lot, always willing to help and advise others. Members also take part in inter-club competitions, which broaden photographic understanding and knowledge.

This was inspired by the work of sculptor Barbara Hepworth and developed by Stuart Towner who said ‘The Sheeplands agaves look so big in the garden and I am delighted to feature them in view of their rarity and the fact that they are English grown.’

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Local news (continued) Twyford Twinning Association Eight representatives of Twyford Twinning Association made a visit to Cuincy in northern France over the weekend of 9–10 June following the signing of the twinning agreement here in late March. The group was welcomed by the Cuincy Twinning Association, paid their respects at a memorial for the Indochina war and were taken to visit a local church. After completing the formalities over the reciprocal signing of the twinning agreement, the delegation from Twyford had a chance to visit various local clubs and associations. They enjoyed a concert at the music school, saw the football club in action and even tried out their skills at archery, table tennis and petanque (similar to boules).

Born in Cornwall, Ele gained a degree in English at Cambridge University and later met her husband when they both worked for Christian Aid in London. Since moving to the area she has been part of a team running the Trailblazers and Explorers groups for young members of the congregation at St Mary’s on Sundays. She has also been working as a fundraiser at the Reading-based charity Launchpad for the past six years. Through her role in Launchpad Ele has become a well-known visitor to schools in the area, including Reading’s Leighton Park and Caversham Primary and also the Piggott and Colleton schools in Twyford. Community fundraising has seen her become involved with bodies such as the Women’s Institute in Henley. Her work organising local events for Launchpad included the annual carol service at Reading Minster and the Big Sleep Out at Queen Anne’s School in Caversham.

ChattaBox Holiday Club 2018 This picture was taken after the signing in Cuincy, and shows the mayor in front of the picture of the Twyford village sign and, also at the back, Twyford Parish Council Chairman Roy Mantel and Twyford Twinning Association Chairman John Jarvis. To stay informed about our new friends across the channel, join the Twyford Cuincy Twinning Group on Facebook. If you would like your organisation or club to explore an opportunity for making contact with a reciprocal organisation in Cuincy, the twinning association is there to help: email twyfordtwinning@

Churches appoint new youth worker Churches in Twyford, Ruscombe and Hurst have combined to appoint a Children and Families Worker who will support and encourage youngsters throughout all three parishes. The role has been taken up by Ele Buckley, who lives in Charvil and has been worshipping at St Mary’s in Twyford since 2011 when she and husband Steven moved here from West Acton.

St Mary’s Church in Twyford is now taking bookings for Team Builders, this summer’s ChattaBox Holiday Club for 5–11s. The cost is just £10 for four mornings from Tuesday 28 to Friday 31 August. The sessions run from 10am to 12 noon and will include crafts, games, stories, music and plenty of fun for all. The week will end with a special ChattaBox service at 10.30am on Sunday 2 September. Email for more information. Booking forms are available in St Mary’s Church, on, by calling the office on 0118 934 4792 or emailing As the organisers say: ‘Whatever your talent, you’ll find your place at Team Builders! God’s team needs everyone with their different gifts to work together and discover the amazing truth about Jesus.’

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Twyford Whist Drive Twyford Whist Drive runs every other Tuesday evening from 7.30pm in the St Thomas More church hall near Twyford Surgery. Anyone is welcome to turn up – just arrive ready for a 7.30pm start. There is no need to have a partner. Forthcoming dates are 10 and 24 July and 7 and 21 August. The entry fee is just £2 including tea and biscuits, with about six prizes. In fact usually everyone goes home with something, since the organisers ask participants to bring a small raffle prize and buy a £1 ticket. All money raised goes to charity: every time the pot reaches £300 the charity is voted on with a show of hands on the night. So far £1,600 has been donated to charities supporting the air ambulance, Alzheimer’s and Parkinsons.

Visit the website to view the list of classes in the scarecrow, horticultural, home industries and children's sections of this year's show and to download entry forms. There is even a class inviting budding musicians to enter 30 seconds of their own music! This year the show will open a little earlier at 1pm. A jazz band will be playing to make your feet tap as you enjoy the exhibits, cream teas, burgers, plant sales, wine and beer, craft stalls and raffle.

Table Tennis championship finals

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Hurst Horticultural Show The Hurst Horticultural and Home Industries Show is a much loved family-friendly traditional show capturing something special about English village life. It is a terrific way to spend a summer afternoon. This year’s event will be held on Saturday 18 August, open to the public at 1pm. Enjoy everything from massive marrows to scary scarecrows, with plenty of flowers, vegetables, fruit, home baking, preserves, home made wine, photography, art and handcrafts along the way. The categories include numerous classes for children to enter, aged five to fifteen years.

Springfield Table Tennis Club in Twyford celebrated its traditional Finals Day in mid May, concluding the annual club championship. A record number of entries made for a really entertaining and close competition in 2018, with many of the matches going to a deciding game. Club Secretary Colin Jones thanked everyone for coming, congratulated the finalists and presented the winners with their trophies. Winners and Runners-up were as follows: Open Singles – Phil Burke & Peter Gurney Handicap Singles – Rob Wilkie & Stephen Leggett Drawn Doubles – Adrian Wegrzynowski / Peter Greatorex & Adam Sheen / Julian Lancaster Handicap Doubles – Rob Atack / Alan Goold & Marcello Caramma / Paul Martin

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Tue 10 Knowl Hill WI meeting 19:30 Knowl Hill Village Hall

Mon 2 Monday Bookworms 14:00–16:00 Book group, Wargrave Library

Tue 10 Twyford and Ruscombe Floral Art Club 19:30 That’ll come in handy, Charvil Primary School

Mon 2 Author book group 14:30–15:30 Twyford Library

Tue 10 Wargrave Local History Society Visit to Tudor Manor at Dorney Cout

Mon 2 and weekly in term time Wargrave Library Rhymetime 16:00–16:30 For children aged 5 and under

Tue 10 and 24 Twyford Whist Drive 19:30–22:00 St Thomas More church hall, Twyford

Mon 2 and weekly Twyford Youth Club session 18:30–20:30 School years 7 and 8, Twyford District Youth and Community Centre, Loddon Hall Road

Wed 11–Sun 15 Henley Festival Music, art, food, comedy on the river meadows

Mon 2 and weekly Woodley Photographic Club 19:45–22:00 The Oakwood Centre, Woodley Mon 2, 9 and 16 Springfield Table Tennis Club 19:30–21:30 Polehampton Junior School, Kibblewhite Crescent, Twyford Tue 3 Reminiscence Club 10:30–12:00 Discuss memories of days gone by at Twyford Library Wed 4–Sun 8 Henley Royal Regatta The best-known regatta in the world! Wed 4 and every Wed and Fri in term time Twyford Toddler Group 9:30–11:30 Twyford District Youth and Community Centre, Loddon Hall Road Wed 4 and weekly in term time Caterpillar Club 9:45–11:30 playgroup from birth to pre-school, Charvil Village Hall Wed 4 Crafts & Laughs 14:00–16:00 Wargrave Library, Church Street, Wargrave Wed 4 and weekly Charvil Short Mat Bowling Club 18:45–21:00 Charvil Village Hall Wed 4 and weekly Twyford Youth Club session 19:15–21:15 School years 9+, Twyford District Youth and Community Centre, Loddon Hall Road Wed 4 and weekly Charvil Art Group 19:30–21:30 Charvil Village Hall Wed 4 Ruscombe Parish Council meeting 19:30 William Penn Room, Loddon Hall, Twyford

Wed 11 Coffee morning 10:00–12:00 See what’s on offer at Wargrave Library Wed 11 and 25 Twyford Over 60s Club 14:00–16:00 St Mary’s Church Centre, Twyford Wed 11 Live Traditional Jazz Club 19:30–22:30 Reading Rugby Club, Holme Park, Sonning Thu 12 and 26 Pots & Pinot evenings 18:00 Adult pottery painting with wine at HaaHoos in Twyford Thu 12 and Tue 24 Reading Cigarette Card & Postcard Club 19:30–22:00 Charvil Village Hall Sun 15 Maidenhead Farmers' Market 10:00–13:00 Grove Road car park, Maidenhead Sun 15 Sunday Club – 14:00–17:00 Offering older people company, tea and a good film at The Twyford Centre, Polehampton Close Mon 16 Twyford and Ruscombe WI meeting 14:00–16:00 History of Caversham Court Gardens, St Mary’s Church Centre, Twyford Mon 16 Twyford Library Writers Group 17:45–18:45 Share ideas and write with others Mon 16 Charvil Parish Council meeting – 20:00 Charvil Village Hall Tue 17 Twyford Library Rhymetime 11:00–11:30 For children aged 5 and under Tue 17 Knit and Natter 14:00–15:00 Drop in for knitting and a chat at Twyford Library

Wed 4 Folk Music Workshop 20:00 Loddon Hall, Twyford

Tue 17 Twyford Library Storytime 16:00–16:30 Fun storytime for children under 5

Thu 5 and 19 Carers’ Coffee Mornings 10:00–12:00 For all carers and those for whom they care, at The Twyford Centre

Wed 18 Woodley Farmers’ Market 9:00–13:30 Woodley town centre

Sat 7 RSPB guided walk 9:00–12:30 Meet in the main car park, Dinton Pastures Sat 7 Saturday Storytime 10:30–11:15 For children up to 5, Wargrave Library Sun 8 Friends of Lavell’s Lake bird walk – 9:00–12:00 Meet in Sandford Lane car park, Woodley Sun 8 Charvil Village Fête 14:00–18:00 inc Great Charvil Cake Off, East Park Farm playing fields and Charvil Pavilion Mon 9 Hurst Parish Council meeting – 19:30 Hurst Village Hall committee room Tue 10 Woodley Business Club 8:00–9:30 The Oakwood Centre, Woodley Tue 10 Twyford Tuesday Reading Group 14:30–15:30 Themed book discussion at Twyford Library

Wed 18 KTOG Knitting Group 14:00–16:00 Knit, crochet, chat at Wargrave Library Wed 18 Twyford Twinning Association 19:30 The Twyford Centre, Polehampton Close Sat 21–Sun 22 Marvellous Festival 12:00–23:00 Bands, bars, food at Dinton Pastures Sun 22 LTA Great British Tennis Weekend 10:00–16:00 Fun for all the family at Twyford Tennis Club Tue 24 Twyford Parish Council meeting 19:45 Loddon Hall, Twyford Wed 25

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Wed 25 iHelp Support Group 14:00–16:00 User support for iPhone, iPad or tablet, Wargrave Library

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Fri 27 LFM Breakfast Club 7:30–9:00 Business networking at Emma’s Kitchen, Twyford

Sun 12 Friends of Lavell’s Lake bird walk – 9:00–12:00 Meet in Sandford Lane car park, Woodley

Sun 29 Legendary Twyford Blues session 20:30 Featuring Jive Alive plus special guest at the Waggon and Horses, Twyford

Mon 13 Lego Creations 14:15–15:00 and 15:30–16:15 for children aged 5–10, Twyford Library

Mon 30 Lego Creations 14:00–14:45 and 15:15–16:00 for children aged 5–10, Wargrave Library Tue 31 Mischief Makers activity session 10:45–11:45 for children aged 12 and under, Twyford Library


Tue 14 Woodley Business Club 8:00–9:30 The Oakwood Centre, Woodley Tue 14 Explore Learning 10:45–11:45 Comprehension workshop for children aged 7–9, Twyford Library Tue 14 Twyford Tuesday Reading Group 14:30–15:30 Themed book discussion at Twyford Library

Wed 1 and weekly Charvil Short Mat Bowling Club 18:45–21:00 Charvil Village Hall

Tue 14 Knowl Hill WI meeting 19:30 Knowl Hill Village Hall

Wed 1 and weekly Twyford Youth Club session 19:15–21:15 School years 9+, Twyford District Youth and Community Centre, Loddon Hall Road

Wed 15 Woodley Farmers’ Market 9:00–13:30 Woodley town centre

Wed 1 and weekly Charvil Art Group 19:30–21:30 Charvil Village Hall Wed 1 Crafts & Laughs 14:00–16:00 Wargrave Library, Church Street, Wargrave Wed 1 Ruscombe Parish Council meeting 19:30 William Penn Room, Loddon Hall, Twyford Wed 1 Folk Music Workshop 20:00 Loddon Hall, Twyford Thu 2, 16 and 30 Carers’ Coffee Mornings 10:00–12:00 For all carers and those for whom they care, at The Twyford Centre

Wed 15 Mischief Makers activity session 10:45–11:45 for children aged 12 and under, Wargrave Library Wed 15 KTOG Knitting Group 14:00–16:00 Knit, crochet, chat at Wargrave Library Sat 18 Hurst Horticultural and Home Industries Show 13:00-17:00 Hurst Village Halls Sun 19 Maidenhead Farmers' Market 10:00–13:00 Grove Road car park, Maidenhead Sun 19 Sunday Club – 14:00–17:00 Offering older people company, tea and a good film at The Twyford Centre, Polehampton Close

Sat 4 Henley Town & Visitors’ Regatta 8:30–19:00 Family friendly event on HRR lawns

Mon 20 Spinning Stories event 11:00–11:45 Stories and crafts for children aged 7 and under, Wargrave Library

Sat 4 RSPB guided walk 9:00–12:30 Meet in the main car park, Dinton Pastures

Mon 20 Twyford and Ruscombe WI meeting 14:00–16:00 A passion for pearls, St Mary’s Church Centre, Twyford

Mon 6 Author book group 14:30–15:30 Twyford Library Mon 6 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 20 Twyford Library Writers Group 17:45–18:45 Share ideas and write with others Mon 20 Charvil Parish Council meeting – 20:00 Charvil Village Hall

Mon 6 and weekly Woodley Photographic Club 19:45–22:00 The Oakwood Centre, Woodley

Tue 21 Knit and Natter 14:00–15:00 Drop in for knitting and a chat at Twyford Library

Mon 6 Hurst Parish Council meeting – 19:30 Hurst Village Hall committee room

Wed 22 iHelp Support Group 14:00–16:00 User support for iPhone, iPad or tablet, Wargrave Library

Tue 7 Reminiscence Club 10:30–12:00 Discuss memories of days gone by at Twyford Library Tue 7 and 21 Twyford Whist Drive 19:30–22:00 St Thomas More church hall, Twyford Wed 8 Coffee morning 10:00–12:00 See what’s on offer at Wargrave Library

Fri 24–Mon 27 Ted Hallett’s studio & garden show 14:00–17:00 Free entry, exhibition of paintings, prints & cards. 10% of sales to RBH cardiac unit. Claycroft Studio, Longfield Rd, Twyford (access from Wargrave Rd) Mon 27

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Wed 8 Live Traditional Jazz Club 19:30–22:30 Reading Rugby Club, Holme Park, Sonning

Tue 28–Fri 31 ChattaBox Holiday Club 10:00–12:00 Team Builders, St Mary’s Church Centre, Twyford

Thu 9 and 30 Pots and Pinot evenings 18:00 Adult pottery painting with wine at HaaHoos in Twyford

Tue 28 Twyford Parish Council meeting 19:45 Loddon Hall, Twyford

Thu 9 and Tue 28 Reading Cigarette Card and Postcard Club 19:30–22:00 Charvil Village Hall Fri 10–Sat 11 Wargrave & Shiplake Regatta Parking via Mill Lane, Shiplake or pedestrian ferry from St George & Dragon, Wargrave

Fri 31 Spinning Stories event 11:00–11:45 Stories and crafts for children aged 7 and under, Twyford Library

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The colours of summer Summer: a fabulous time for wildlife encounters A dawn walk down by the lake or through the fields will deliver a host of sightings to the early riser.

sun or rain. Sound is muffled in this leafy world so it’s easy to walk in silence and observe the wildlife. Grass snakes slither from shady woodpiles into the cooling waters of the lake. A sandy bank studded with holes is worth a moment’s pause. Solitary bees and digger wasps are just a few of the creatures you may observe coming and going from their underground nests. In the woodland clearings common lizards bask on fallen logs, soaking up the sun’s rays.

Roe deer can often be spotted gazing over the long grasses, motionless, assessing whether we are a threat, before finally bounding away with white tails flashing. Just yards away another pair of eyes are watching, pointed ears betraying the presence of a fox observing as we walk past. Both creatures would be easy to miss, their coats blending into the dappled grasses and the colours of summer.

Where dead wood is left to nature we find stag beetles breeding, laying their eggs in the rotting wood that later provides the food source for their larvae. This iconic creature is Britain's largest insect and possibly the most well-known of all our beetles. The male is easily recognised as his mouthparts resemble the antlers on a stag's head. Stag beetles are increasingly rare in the UK, so I would urge gardeners to keep a pile of rotting logs in the corner of their garden. It takes three to seven years for the larvae to mature, so they need a supply of undisturbed, half buried, well-rotted wood to survive.

As the sun rises in the sky the hay fields come alive with wildlife. Meadow Brown and Marbled White butterflies flit through the meadows and slim red cardinal beetles climb the grass stalks. Overhead buzzards can be seen hunting while the sharp cry of their young clamours to be fed. Soon the sounds of haymaking will fill the air. The clank of the baler mingles with the voices of the helpers as we bale the hay and load the trailers to haul our precious cargo away, packing it into the barn for winter feed. There is a real community feel, with men, women and children, staff, friends and neighbours, all helping to get the job done. Our forefathers would have known what it is to work for a day in the fields surrounded by nature, but for many of us it is rare and welcome thing. There is a lazy feel to the woodlands with branches dipping heavily in leaf, creating a shady respite from

As twilight falls, bats flit along the edge of the woodland, tracing crazy patterns in the air as they feed on the wing. There is something for all at every time of day if we simply make time to look. Niki McCann

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TwyFest 2018 Thank you for your support The highlight of TwyFest, as always, was the grand finale: Twyford’s Got Talent. Sixteen amazingly talented children aged between six and sixteen took part in two age group categories. Winner for the under 10’s was crazy dance and comedy group Chicken Mad, who were over the moon to win – especially as traditionally the winners have gone on to turn on Twyford’s Christmas tree lights with another opportunity to perform again there! Piers Thompson Photography

Twyfest 2018 was yet again a fantastic action packed week. The events elicited a great community spirit and enabled lots of money to be raised for local charities. The line up of entertainment and activities this year was as full and diverse as ever, with something for everyone. Kicking it all off was a wonderful concert in St Mary’s church, featuring many local musicians and choirs. It was lovely to see a full church and the audience very much enjoying all the different styles of music. Next up was the poker night in the TwyFest marquee, where the winner generously donated almost all of the prize pot to that night’s charity, Building for the Future. We had an extremely funny midweek with a fantastic line-up for Wednesday’s comedy night quickly followed by the much loved Elsie Crumpet and Albert, who were back together for probably their most hilarious bingo night out ever. The Wurzels were back by popular demand and did not disappoint. The audience certainly got into the mood with some great fancy dress and lots of ‘Oo-arrs’! 90’s indie band Pop Will Eat Itself headlined the band day this year. This was a brilliant event with local bands playing throughout the day, the sun shining, the BBQ cooking away and the crowd enjoying the atmosphere in both the festival marquee and the new garden at The Duke of Wellington.

Liberty Petty won the 10 and over category, singing with an outstanding voice a song from The Lion King. The standard was especially high at Twyford’s Got Talent this year and the judges had to make tough decisions. There were lots of events for families to get involved in during TwyFest. There was a great turn out for both the Colour Run and the Wildlife Safari, as well as for the new Treasure Hunt, which saw teams driving all over RG10 to find and answer clues. A lot of hard work goes into TwyFest, so huge thanks to organisers Paul and Karen Williams, the many kind business sponsors and the legions of volunteers that work tirelessly to make it all happen. The last word goes to the TwyFest team: they would like to dedicate this year’s festival to a very special friend and loyal supporter of the event, James Foley, who sadly passed away on 2 June. He is dearly missed by all who knew him. TwyFest 2018 over and out!

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Twyford Together had a great presence at the Donkey Derby. Our marquee became a hub for voluntary activity within our community, as we shared the space with RG10 Magazine, Twyford’s ‘Adopt A Street’ litter pickers, representatives from the allotments and Twyford Parish Council.

We have now installed our tenth defibrillator at the Longfield Road shops to cover the north of the village. Our thanks go to Ian at Stylistix for allowing us to use the front of the salon, the Shanly Foundation and our ‘crowdfunders’ for raising the money to make it possible, and local electrician Dave Chambers for once again installing the device free of charge. We are planning another defibraillator for the south of the village later this year.

We were promoting volunteering as part of ‘Volunteers’ Week,’ giving information about the benefits of giving time to help a local charity, community group or sports club. Please download one of our volunteering leaflets from the Twyford Together website or pick one up from the library. Together with awards evening sponsor RG10 Magazine, we were also raising awareness about the Community Awards, and are excited to see the public nominations already coming in.

Community Awards We have recently launched the new Twyford Together Community Awards sponsored by Westgate Electrical Services – see article over the page. These will run alongside the Twyford Together Business Awards sponsored by Ackers Solicitors. Please get involved! We need you, the public, to nominate anyone you feel deserves recognition in the community awards.

Twyford Wildlife Safari This family event was another great success and got TwyFest off to a flying start. About 100 villagers enjoyed the quiz as they looked for wildlife around the nature reserve behind the mill. Many thanks to the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust for organising this with us. The day raised about £300 for Arc Counselling and Cancer Research UK. Twyford in Bloom Everyone has been working hard to get ready for the judges’ visit on Tuesday 17 July. This is our third year, and we are ‘going for gold!’ The walkway by Tesco has been hugely improved thanks to the permanent lighting installed by David Chambers, and will be further enhanced by five lovely pictures created by local schools and framed by David Meadowcroft, The Picture Framer. Our cubs are renovating the garden in front of the old Polehampton School, planting lots of flowers to brighten it up. Mulberry Plants and Treetop Landscapes are sponsoring Twyford in Bloom 2018 and are busy working at the Snooker Club, the old school and Jubilee Corner to help all the volunteers involved. Gordon Storey

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Business & Community Awards Who do YOU think deserves recognition? The new community awards aim to highlight those individuals, groups and businesses who make a real difference and positive contribution to the Twyford community. Nominees must be based within the RG10 area. Award categories are as follows: ● ●

Do you know a local business which always goes that extra mile? Can you think of someone who gives up a considerable amount of time to help others? Or perhaps you have a 'sports personality of the year'? If yes, then why not show your appreciation by putting them forward for one of the brand new Twyford Together Community Awards? Twyford Together has held an annual Business and Community Awards awards evening for the past seven years. Many people have been recognised for their achievements or contribution to the community across a wide range of categories. This year, the awards have been revamped to achieve greater clarity and to give everyone in RG10 an opportunity to come together and celebrate all that is good about our community. The business award categories have been simplified, but winners and runners-up will continue to be selected from members of Twyford Together. In addition, eight all new community awards are being opened up to ANYONE in the RG10 area, with nominations invited from members of the public for the very first time.

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Business of the Year Citizen of the Year Young Citizen of the Year (aged 11-25) Volunteer of the Year Event of the Year Community Group of the Year Sports Person of the Year Twyford in Bloom Award

Nominations can be made online via the Twyford Together website Alternatively download a form to complete and hand in at either H F Newberry in London Road or Twyford Windows in the High Street. The closing date is 18 August, when any final nominations can be made at the Twyford Village Fête at Stanlake Meadow. A panel of independent judges will then review all the nominations to identify the winner and runner-up in each category.These people will be invited to the awards ceremony, to be held on the evening of Monday 24 September at Buratta’s.

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Community Twyford Neighbourhead Policing Team update PCSO Jackie Daniels

As lovely as it is to enjoy the lighter evenings and warmer weather at this time of year, these can also bring an unwanted problem that affects the whole community – an increase in anti-social behaviour. Last summer we received a high number of reports of such activity, for example in and around King George’s Field in Twyford. The small group that were responsible for this behaviour were identified by the neighbourhood team. If you do see any incidents of this nature please call 101 so that we can respond accordingly.

Theft from motor vehicles We have seen a rise in thefts from motor vehicles over the spring. We urge residents to report any suspicious activity to the Neighbourhood Team. If you believe there is a crime in progress, please call 999; otherwise please report it via the nonemergency number 101 to help with ongoing enquiries. Please safeguard your own vehicles by using the advice below. • Never leave your keys in the ignition while your vehicle is unattended • Always take precautions and lock your car • Make sure windows are closed, even if you’re away from your vehicle for just a few minutes • Make sure nothing is left on display in your car • Never regard your boot as a safe place to leave valuables: someone might have seen you place them in there.

Going away on holiday At this time of year many people go on holiday. With all the excitement and planning involved, home security might not be top of your list. Please have a good look around your house and garden to check your home security is up to date, allowing time for any adjustments needed to give you peace of mind that your property is safe. Some tips for making your home appear lived in: • Use automatic timer-switches to turn on lights and radios when it gets dark • Cancel any newspaper or milk deliveries • Use Royal Mail's 'keep safe' service, holding your post for up to 2 months while you're away – mail accumulating somewhere visible at your home is a sure sign that you are away • Trusted neighbours may be able to help by moving your mail away from view, opening and closing curtains, or parking on your driveway • Avoid discussing holiday plans on public social networking sites – burglars may use any information you share to their advantage.

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We have had numerous complaints regarding commuter parking in many residential roads in the vicinity of Twyford train station. Wokingham Borough Council are now responsible for parking enforcement so please report any issues to them on 0118 974 6000. Thames Valley Policer retain certain powers, for example enabling us to tackle dangerous obstruction.

Where a crime is progress or there is an immediate threat to life, always dial 999.

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Competitions RG10 competitions are open to anyone living within the RG10 postcode area. Winner(s) will be drawn from all valid entries received by the closing date. They will be contacted as soon as possible confirming details of their prize. Congratulations to our last competition winner, Margaret Costin from Twyford, who received a set of the adorable Life’s Little Bugs books for children.

Enter via the competitions page on our website For any queries contact us by email or telephone. For entries to be valid, you must: 1. 2. 3. 4.

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Win a pair of tickets to Marvellous Festival! Fifteen top tribute acts on the main stage, a plethora of talent on the second stage, bars and foodstalls, a ton of free activities for kids, plus a fairground. These are the staples of the Marvellous Festival, returning to Dinton Pastures on 21–22 July. We are offering two pairs of adult tickets for Sunday 22 July. The festival is open from 12 noon to 11pm. The line-up features Coldplace, Legend, Boot Led Zeppelin, Typically Tina, The Fillers, Bruno and Sounds of Simon.

Dragonfly Tea Story Competition For the fourth year in a row, the Berkshire-based tea company has teamed up with the Henley Literary Festival (below) to run a national short story competition. But this year it’s exclusively for kids, and there’s an exciting new partnership with literacy charity Beanstalk. Children aged 5–15 can enter across three age categories for a chance to win book vouchers worth £50 for themselves plus £100 for their school, to be presented at a special prize-giving ceremony on the last day of Henley Literary Festival, Sunday 7 October. Inspired by the great tea gardens of the world, this year's theme is The Wild Garden.

Follow Marvellous on Facebook:. Entry deadline: 6pm on Sunday 15 July. Winners will be notified by RG10 as soon as possible and e-tickets forwarded by email. Pedestrian access to Marvellous is via the main entrance to Dinton Pastures on Davis Street, Hurst. Vehicular access is via Sandford Lane from the Hurst side only – not Woodley. Parking is available from 10am at the Sandford Lane entrance to Dinton Pastures.

For full rules, terms and conditions of the Dragonfly Tea Story Competition, and to submit your entry online, visit For more information email Entry deadline: Midnight on Tuesday 31 July via Dragonfly Tea website above.

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Slowly add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture and mix slowly until all combined.

6. Add the batter to the tin and bake for 18–20 minutes. Once cool enough to handle, remove cake from tin and transfer to a rack.

Ingredients ¾ cup all purpose flour ¼ tsp baking powder ¼ tsp baking soda Pinch of salt 4 tbsp melted butter ½ cup sugar 1 large egg 6 tbsp milk 1/8 cup plain Greek yoghurt 1 tsp vanilla extract FOR THE FILLING 1 cup whipping cream 1 cup icing sugar 8 oz softened cream cheese 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract 2 tbsp cold water 1 ½ tsp gelatin FOR THE JELLY 1 lb fresh strawberries, halved 1 packet of jelly mix

Method 1.

Line a 9 inch round cake tin with parchment paper.

2. Preheat the oven to 180°C. 3.

Mix the flour, baking powder, soda and salt in a bowl.

7. When cake is completely cool, place on a flat plate and surround with the ring from a 9 inch springform tin. 8. Dissolve the gelatin in 2 tbsp cold water and set aside for a few minutes, then microwave to dissolve completely. Set aside to cool. 9. Beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy. 10. Do the same with the whipping cream, gradually add the icing sugar and continue to mix until stiff peaks form. 11. Mix in the vanilla and dissolved gelatin, add the cream cheese and mix to combine. 12. Spread gently onto the cooled cake and pop in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes. 13. Make up the jelly according to the packet and set aside to cool. 14. Chop the strawberries and use these to line the edge of the cheesecake. 15. Layer the next row of strawberries by carefully overlapping them and repeat to cover the whole cake. 16. Pour the jelly over the strawberries once it is starting to set and refrigerate until firm. Run a thin knife around the edge to remove the tin and serve. Please mention rg10 when responding to advertisements


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Local pubs, restaurants and cafés Twyford and Ruscombe

Buratta's at the Royal Oak .................. 0118 934 5190 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 The Golden Cross........................ find us on facebook Gaylord Tandoori.................................. 0118 934 5511 Haweli Indian restaurant .................... 0118 932 0939 Hong Kong takeaway .......................... 0118 934 0136 The Mita's Indian restaurant .............. 0118 934 4599 Oriental Wok takeaway ...................... 0118 934 1384 Sebastian's Café .................................... 0118 934 4214 Thai Elephant restaurant...................... 0118 934 9651 The Waggon and Horses...................... 0118 934 0376


The Land's End (Brakspear) ................ 0118 934 0700 The Wee Waif (Greene King/ Hungry Horse) ...................................... 0118 944 0066

Hare Hatch and Knowl Hill

The Bird in Hand (Wadworth).............. 01628 826622 The Horse and Groom.......................... 0118 940 3136

The New Inn ............................................ 01628 822552 The Royal Oak ........................................ 01628 822010 The Floral Café at Ladds ........................ 07580 226061 The Restaurant at Wyevale ................ 0844 288 5107 The Sheeplands Café ............................ 0118 940 1600

Hurst The Castle Inn........................................ 0118 934 0034 Dragonfly Café ...................................... 0118 932 1071 The Elephant and Castle ...................... 0118 934 0886 The Green Man (Brakspear) ................ 0118 934 2599 The Jolly Farmer .................................... 0118 934 1881 find us on Facebook The Wheelwrights Arms (Wadworth) .. 0118 934 4100

Waltham St Lawrence and Shurlock Row The Bell .................................................. 0118 934 1788 The Shurlock Inn .................................. 0118 934 9094

Wargrave and Crazies Hill The Bull (Brakspear) ............................ 0118 940 3120 Da Toni Italian restaurant.................... 0118 940 4036 The Greyhound .................................... 0118 940 2556 Hennerton Golf Club ............................ 0118 940 1000 The Horns (Brakspear) ........................ 0118 940 6041 The Old Post Office café ...................... 0118 940 4800 find us on Facebook The St George and Dragon .................. 0118 940 4474 Weir Grove ............................................ 0118 940 1836

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News Da Toni launches in Wargrave

button-back chairs, proper table cloths and a sophisticated dining experience. The menu includes many Italian favourites – pizzas, risottos, pasta dishes – but also main courses such as Spada alla Griglia (grilled swordfish with Mediterranean vegetables and sautéed potatoes) and Tagliata di Manzo (grilled rib-eye steak with rocket, cherry tomatoes, Parmesan shavings and balsamic glaze). If you just want a quiet night in, you can still enjoy a delicious Italian meal thanks to Da Toni’s very efficient takeaway service. You can browse the menu and order online for free delivery within a 5 mile radius in approximately 45 minutes (or hungry locals can collect more quickly).

Plenty of locals are happy about the arrival of Da Toni, a new Italian restaurant which opened in Wargrave in May.

©Photos by Pennie

The owners of Da Toni know what they are doing because they already have a successful Italian restaurant – Ristorante San Marco, established in Addlestone three years ago. Da Toni is open seven days a week, giving a warm welcome to all and serving authentic Italian cuisine in an attractive setting. The décor is more upmarket than the Italian chains you might be familiar with – think stylish

Da Toni launch offer for RG10 readers: Free glass of house red or white wine when dining in the restaurant in July or August. To claim, just mention this feature in RG10 magazine. Da Toni Restaurant | 45 High Street, Wargrave RG10 8BU | 0118 940 4036 | Open Monday–Friday 12 noon to 2.30pm and 5.30–11pm, Saturday 12 noon to 11pm, Sunday 12 noon to 10pm

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Musical Director – Helen Styles

Invite you to join them for a Come and Sing Day Featuring

John Rutter’s

Requiem Christ Church 78 Crockhamwell Rd, Woodley, Reading RG5 3LA

Saturday 6 October 2018

Tickets: £18 if booked before 31 August 2018. (£15 for bookings of 10+). £20 thereafter. Available from:

07747 031440 Registered Charity No: 1035927

Charge covers music scores, tea/coffee and delicious homemade cake

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