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Welcome to our bumper 76th edition of RG10 magazine. This issue has a wedding theme: if you are getting married, you’ll find many pages of useful advice and contacts inside. Our beautiful front cover image heralds the run-up to the Henley Arts Trail, to be held over the May bank holiday weekend. This work, entitled The Final Straight, clearly depicts the world famous Henley Royal Regatta. The artist is Rebecca Howard, whose work you will be able to see in Twyford at venue 25 on the Henley Arts Trail. If the early warm weather has got you gardening, don’t miss Waltham Place’s top tips for successful sowing this spring. This time of year, and Easter in particular, bring to mind new life and new beginnings – themes picked up by health expert Heidi at FastTrack Fit Camp and by business coach Liz Balmford. Meanwhile CMJ Insurance Brokers consider how Brexit could affect your insurance, and Rob at Benedict Charles Financial Planning takes a long term approach to the markets. Worryingly we’re seeing more crime reported via the Thames Valley Alerts system: make sure you’re not a target by taking the advice from the police and security experts Band Systems. We shine a spotlight on Tara’s Academy, which has helped hundreds of children grow in confidence through the performing arts. Please support the local businesses featured within these pages, including ten new introductions! Don’t forget to tell them you found them through RG10 magazine. Wishing everyone a lovely spring and a happy Easter.

Contents Weddings 21–25 26 27 28 29

The dream without the drama Springwood Ceremonies: Why choose a celebrant? Jennifer Benavidez: Nervous about your first dance? House of Colour: Shop in style Dormouse Designs: The promise of pearls

Community 6–7 30–35 36–37 57 44–45 46

Henley Arts Trail and Art in the Garden Local news What’s on Thames Valley Police: Community update Twyford Together Twyford Together Business & Community Awards

Business 39 42–43 48–49 53

Liz Balmford: New beginnings CMJ Insurance Brokers: The Brexit effect Benedict Charles Financial Planning: Bears, bulls and markets Spotlight: Tara’s Academy

Health and wellbeing 10

FastTrack Fit Camp: Fun times ahead

House and garden 15 19 45

Band Systems: Daytime security Waltham Place: Sowing for spring Twyford Tradesmen Together

Puzzles and competitions 40 50 51 54 55

Children’s page Su Doku, Wordsearch Crossword Puzzle solutions Competition: Mill at Sonning

Food and drink 59 60 61

Recipe: Perfect pancakes Local pubs, restaurants and cafés Food and drink news

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Saturday 4 to Monday 6 May 2019 The Henley Arts Trail returns for its 14th year with the largest trail to date Whether visiting only a couple of venues or attempting all 33, it couldn’t be easier to follow the trail. Visit to download a map of the route – or pick up a leaflet from local newspapers, village newsletters or libraries.

Catherine Ingleby – venue 33 Covering an area of 50 square miles of beautiful countryside, the Henley Arts Trail takes place over the May bank holiday. It showcases the vibrant visual arts and crafts scene from a swathe of Berkshire and Oxfordshire.

Organiser Jo Keiller says: ‘The standard of work on show is exceptional. Where else can you see the work of an artist who exhibits internationally alongside emerging talent taking part in their first show? Talent is often hidden in spare rooms and garages, so the trail gives artists the chance to connect with the public and enables the public to discover new and exciting makers.’ Many venues offer refreshments, some have demonstrations or workshops inviting visitors to have a go themselves, and all provide a stimulating and enjoyable experience. In 2018 the trail venues also raised nearly £1000 for local charities.

With nearly 300 participating artists and makers at 33 venues, the 2019 event is the largest to date. Now in its 14th year, the trail attracts more than 10,000 visitors over the long weekend. Bordered by Bix in the north, Twyford in the south and taking in Shiplake, Sonning, Hurst and Waltham St Lawrence, the trail opens the doors of artists’ studios, garden sheds, garages and village halls to reveal the wealth of artistic talent working in the area. From skilled amateurs to award winning professionals, the trail covers the full gamut of arts and crafts. Larger than life sculptures sit alongside delicate jewels; abstracts are juxtaposed against detailed botanical art. New and returning venues for 2019 include Phoenix Textiles (Twyford), Ceramics and Wood: Works (Henley) and The Coach House Works (Hare Hatch). Since many of the venues are dotted through the villages near the Thames, the trail offers a superb opportunity to explore the spring countryside. All venues are free, with no obligation to buy, and artists will welcome the opportunity to talk to guests about their work. 6 rg10 March/April 2019. To advertise please call 0118 907 2510 or email

Visit ‘Art in the Garden’ Venue 16 on the Henley Arts Trail Make a date to visit ‘Art in the Garden’ at the Big Plant Nursery Twyford this May Bank Holiday for inspiration and ideas on furnishing your outdoor space.

In addition, local artist Sarah Pye will be under cover demonstrating her unique style of painting, inspired by nature. Living Art in the Garden During the Sculpture Exhibition the plant nursery will be open for business as usual and showcasing their own take on ‘Living Art in the Garden’ with an inspiring range of plants and topiary.

'21 Wave' by Alan Wilson

About the Artists Thirteen talented artists will be showcasing unique outdoor sculpture in a variety of sizes and materials. You will find inspiring metal and stone sculptures along with water features all designed to add impact, movement and style to your garden.

'A Herd of Deer' by Simon Hempsella

Each piece will be displayed at its best amongst the plants in the relaxing environment of this local mature plant nursery (open seven days a week).

'Ocean' by Kara Sanches

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FastTrack Fit Camp Get ready for fun times ahead Spring is here! For many people holidays are booked or well into the planning stages. Perhaps you’re looking forward to a special occasion during the next few months, such as a wedding. Maybe you’re even getting married yourself – if so, congratulations! If you are one of those who likes to get your holiday and social calendar organised each year before starting your fitness regime, I'm here to remind you to get going now! There's a pithy saying that summer bodies are made in the winter and, depending on how long you have until your break or special event, you may end up wishing that you'd done something a bit sooner.

Never fear - FastTrack Fit Camp is here! We're the outdoor fitness people who guarantee that you'll feel better, look better and move better when you come to our sessions. Just three 45-minute workouts a week will make a difference to your size, shape, fitness and mood in as little as four weeks. Why not try us out today? Search for us at and we'll do the rest. Heidi Strickland-Clark is a Scotland loving, outdoor -not-indoor, wellness rebel who owns and runs FastTrack Fit Camp, an outdoor group fitness business based in Wokingham with sessions in Twyford, Henley, Wokingham, Winnersh, Warfield and Swallowfield.

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Band Systems The importance of daytime security • DON’T post your holiday snaps on social media until you get home. Sharing your travel habits risks letting potential intruders know you’re away. • DON’T leave a spare key hidden outside your house. Just because you think it’s hidden doesn’t mean an experienced thief won’t find it. Leave a spare key with a trusted local friend or neighbour. • DO keep your garden tidy. Overgrown trees and bushes make it easier for criminals to go unnoticed while trying to gain access to your home.

Most people’s fear is that as they lie in bed at night they hear a window smash and then burglars rummaging around downstairs. However, in truth a larger proportion of domestic burglaries take place during the day when the house is likely to be empty. Would you question an unfamiliar van parked in a neighbour’s drive at 10am? Probably not, but you may well do if it was 10pm… Protecting your home used to be a simple case of locking your front door and closing the windows. Throughout the last century, as criminals have become smarter and developed new techniques, home security has had to innovate to keep pace.

• DO lock your windows and doors, even if you’re popping out for just a couple of minutes. Incredibly, 30% of home intruders gain access to the property through an unlocked door or window. • DO lock away ladders in your home or shed to prevent unwanted guests climbing in through an upstairs window. • DO break down your packaging and dispose of it carefully after making expensive purchases. Especially in the winter months, empty boxes by your bin advertising the latest television, games console or other electronic goods act as a giant neon sign for would-be thieves.

Security systems have become ever more sophisticated, leading to monitored alarm systems being commonplace. Many properties now also have CCTV, enabling householders to view what is happening at home via a mobile app. These technologies now make it much harder for criminals to get away with burglary and theft from houses.

• Install security lighting. A burglar’s best friend is the dark.

The downside is that this has led them to look elsewhere. More and more they are targeting outbuildings, sheds and garages. These additional areas can often be added to your security system for little extra cost.

• Quality CCTV will help deter burglars. The police are increasingly using domestic CCTV imagery as evidence in prosections.

There are some very simple tips to making your home less likely to be targeted by a would-be thief. • DON’T leave your valuables on display. Most burglaries are unplanned, opportunist thefts.

• Have a good quality alarm system installed by a recognised company. NSI is the alarm industry governing body, and NSI gold is their top accreditation.

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Top tips from Waltham Place Successful sowing for spring will not survive in air temperatures that are too cool, so ensure a warm and dry place such as a window sill if you do not have a greenhouse or tunnel.

If you have not already begun, it’s soon time to start sowing your annual vegetables and ornamentals. Choosing the right variety is very important for gardening without chemicals. My criteria for choosing varieties are: flavour, appearance, vigour, yield, disease resistance, early maturity in cold regions and slow bolting varieties for leaf crops. If you still need to buy seeds, I recommend looking up The Seed Cooperative, a community owned seed company. They grow, process and sell open pollinated organic and biodynamic seeds with a network of growers across the UK. Store your seeds in a cool, dry area, preferably at around 18°C and out of direct sunlight. When you do open your seed packets, have clean and dry hands and try to take out only what you need, so as to keep the remaining ones as clean as possible for future use. Having prepared your trays or pots with organic potting soil, sow your seeds to the right depth. If the seed is too shallow, germination may happen too soon; if too deep, it may rot before germination. A seed will germinate only when the soil temperature is right. It will lie dormant in cold soil and germinate as the soil warms up. Most plants

Hot beds can be used to get a head start of up to a month on seed sowing in the spring, also for growing melons in the summer. A hot bed is a sustainable way to provide heat from below using manure rather than electricity. Use fresh manure containing straw in a layer 60–90cm deep: horse manure is very good. Tread it down well to compact it, then cover with a layer 20cm–30cm thick of topsoil mixed with garden compost in a ratio of 1:1. Place your pots and trays on top and watch the plants grow as the manure breaks down and generates heat. A hot bed is better installed inside a greenhouse or tunnel, and cold frames are also used. Watering is fundamental to help a strong plant to thrive. Harvested rain water is ideal. Remember to water immediately after sowing as seedlings need a lot of water in the beginning. After germination find the right balance: too much or too little water can be damaging. Seedlings should be kept moist but not wet. To prevent fungal diseases, general hygiene of the trays and pots is very important. After each use I recommend that you clean the trays and pots with a homemade natural disinfectant. Mix equal parts of warm water and vinegar. You can also add a few drops of essential oils such as lavender, rosemary and tea tree. Good luck! André Tranquilini Estate Manager

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The dream without the drama You’re getting married? Congratulations! Don’t panic… we’ve gathered together some helpful information and would like to introduce you to some wonderful people who can help. What they all have in common is that their starting point is you, the couple. They want to ensure that your wedding is a day you’ll always remember for the right reasons. You should look and feel amazing but still authentically you, confident that all the details of the ceremony and celebration reflect who you are, the joy you feel, and your hopes for the future. Avoid ‘overwhelm’ by specialist websites, bridal magazines and wedding fairs. Consider what’s important to you both, formulate a few ideas and then choose suppliers that you feel most comfortable working with.

Flowers Maddie of Buds by Mads is an imaginative florist who also studied Art & Design and Event Management – all the skills needed to put together the finishing touches for your wedding day. Based in Warfield, she creates beautiful tailor-made arrangements based on a careful understanding of your style and wishes. Hannah from Lily and Liz is a florist specialising in events. Her style is quite natural, sometimes including wild flowers. She has previously worked with BAFTA and displayed at Canada House in Trafalgar Square – but her heart lies closer to home, working on weddings in and around Berkshire. @lilyandliz on Facebook and Instagram

Venue and ceremony A religious ceremony enables you to exchange vows before God as well as your family and friends. If you are C of E, our area is blessed with some beautiful churches. Apply to your local parish office. Lily and Liz

St Mary’s Twyford, St Nicholas Hurst and St James Ruscombe – Revd Anna Harwood.


St Andrew’s Sonning (also serving Charvil) – Revd Jamie Taylor.

Whether on your way to or from the ceremony, or jetting off on honeymoon, you deserve to travel in style with total peace of mind.

St Mary’s Wargrave, St Peter’s Knowl Hill – Revd John Cook.

Natalie from Always Chauffeur in Sonning offers a choice of fairytale vintage cars or a sleek white Range Rover to transport the bridal party on the big day, complete with smartly turned out chauffeur. The company is a preferred supplier of many venues in and around Berkshire and has been shortlisted in the Guides for Brides Customer Service Awards for 2019.

Waltham St Lawrence parish church (also serving Shurlock Row) – Revd Charles Mason. A civil wedding is a legal marriage with no religious content in the ceremony. This is conducted by a registrar either in the council offices or at a venue licensed for civil weddings. Council websites have a list of approved venues. Alternatively, you could have your legally binding church or civil marriage and also work with an independent celebrant such as Alison at Springwood Ceremonies. Together you can create your own unique wedding ceremony for her to conduct wherever you wish, using your own choice of words, music and readings, with or without religious content. (See separate article.)

When it comes to the honeymoon, it’s well worth working with a travel expert to craft the perfect holiday to suit you both, with ideas for locations, itineraries, rates, protections and extras that you just won’t find going it alone. Based locally, Marie from Travel Counsellors happens to specialise in honeymoons, from the planning stage to making dreams a reality. She also offers a gift registry service and has a 100% score in client satisfaction. Issy at Go Easy Travel has over 20 years’ experience advising couples on destinations and when to visit, plus the latest deals on cruises and activity breaks. Please mention rg10 when responding to advertisements



Celebration and entertainment Visualise your reception: how would you, your friends and family really love to celebrate your marriage? A big bash in the ballroom of a glitzy modern hotel, or a country house garden party with canapés? Could it be a barn with beams, a boutique hotel, a country pub or golf club in your local area? Will you have a live covers band, an elegant string quartet, expert DJ, magician or other entertainer? The options are endless, so try to choose only what feels right for you. You and your guests could enjoy exclusive use of beautifully converted buildings set in the stunning grounds of a country house such as Stanlake Park in Twyford or Lillibrooke Manor near Maidenhead. If you need entertainers from musicians to magicians, singing waiters to live bands, Karen at The Event Chemist can bring all the fun to the party creating some unforgettable moments. She offers full event management too.

Perhaps you are planning a big production? In that case, you’ll need Lighthouse Events in Reading. Contact Matt for all the technical wizardry and equipment required to provide sound, lighting, power, staging and video. Sometimes nothing beats an experienced local DJ with the very best in sound and lighting, who can also take care of announcements and provide the radio mic for speeches. Paul of Thames Valley Discos comes highly recommended, knows many of the local venues, and will work closely with you to create the style of musical entertainment you desire. Dreading everyone’s eyes on you as you take to the floor for the first dance? Never fear, Jennifer is here! She is a fun, friendly, patient and award-winning dance instructor based in Shiplake, with over 20 year’s experience in performing and teaching. She has helped hundreds of couples learn to dance, overcoming their nerves and any differences they may have on the dancefloor. See more information on separate page, and check out the TV and film clips on her website.

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Beauty Each woman’s style, personality, features and skin tone are unique. A look that makes the best of one person could be all wrong for someone else – plus you need it to look fresh and last through the day and evening. Entrust your face and hair to Nisha at Blush and Curls, a freelance professional make-up artist and hair stylist, trained by the top institutions in London and now based in Berkshire. Sara at Choose Beautiful in Caversham also helps brides look and feel fabulous – not only offering special occasion make-up and hair styling services but also dress alterations. If your gown fits like a glove, you’ll feel and look relaxed and happy. Wedding outfits and accessories Where to start? Why not work with a personal stylist such as Linda at House of Colour, Reading. Every decision will be so much easier once the key players know what shapes, lengths, fabrics and colours complement them best. (See separate article.)

Oh Sew Creative Want to have your own wedding gown made and looking for a designer in Berkshire? Seeking something a little less conventional following your style consultation? Louise’s 50s-inspired creations at Louise Rose Couture celebrate timeless romance and inimitable individuality in equal measure. Consider commissioning a piece of wedding jewellery. Caroline at Dormouse Designs loves collaborating with couples to create something personal that tells your story. She works to the brief, thinks creatively and uses her knowledge of precious metals and gems to create bespoke designs, incorporate meaningful items or symbols, or rework old classics. (See separate article.)

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Andria at Oh Sew Creative runs Fizz & Feltmaking workshops in and around RG10 – perhaps a fun way to kick off a hen party? She brings everything necessary to guide a group of six or more to make their own felt and create a cute lavender heart. @OhSewCreativeUK on Facebook Henley’s “Number One” shop for men’s fashions

HaaHoos in Twyford also offers hen parties. Choose from a selection of pottery items and enjoy a two hour painting session with expert guidance in the studio, plus a choice of refreshments including a cream tea, sparkling wine or other drinks. Or you can host your own party using their takeaway packages. Photography

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We haven’t forgotten you, boys! For male members of the wedding party and guests, Laurence Menswear offers something a little different from traditional wedding attire. Unless morning suits are a must, head to this independent shop in Henley on Thames for unmatched style and elegance. Laurence gives the best service in menswear for miles around, including tailoring and alterations. Creative treats for your friends Wedding favours are a little thank you to your wedding guests for sharing your special day. Traditionally these would be a small bag or box containing five sugared almonds, representing the blessings of health, wealth, happiness, long life and fertility.

Rachel of Rachel Lou Photography has a fun a creative approach, working with couples who want natural, relaxed, authentic images of their awesome day. Her advice is to ‘just do you’ on the biggest day of your life, to have fun and fill your day with amazing memories. Cheryl of Cheryl George Photography is based in Henley. Crowned 2018 LUXLife magazine Global Awards Photographer of the Year for Oxfordshire, she delights in the privilege and responsibility of photographing weddings. She shoots the essential portraits and group shots with the minimum of fuss, then focuses on capturing moments as they happen in an unobtrusive reportage style. David, aka The Picture Framer, works magic in his workshop near Wargrave. He creates bespoke frames using the best materials, offering expert advice, true craftsmanship and competitive pricing. He can frame just about anything, so consider combining favourite photographs of your wedding and honeymoon with other mementoes of your special day and travels.

You can stick with this idea, perhaps personalising the small bag or box in some way, or do something different to reflect your own taste, budget and personality. Naomi at Homes With Nomes makes hand poured soy wax candles in her kitchen in Twyford. The range includes delightful wedding favours: candles in mini jam jars, complete with beautiful personalised labels.

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Stationery What else is there apart from the wedding invitations? Well, the orders of service perhaps – and menus, table plan, place cards… You could even consider early ‘save the date’ cards, colouring pages for kids, signage, tags for wedding favours and other personalised items. So you’ll want to work closely with someone who will get everything just right. Denise and Lisa at Advantage Print Room offer a helpful and personalised design and print service to bring your ideas to life. Visit them in Bracknell to get ideas, see examples of previous work, feel different weights and finishes of stock, and get proofs printed to compare options. Sarah at Wedding2Print is a stationery designer based in Charvil. A good selection of her wedding stationery is on display at the family design and print business, Ready2Print in Fleet. Alternatively, Sarah often meets brides and grooms in any of our lovely local coffee shops!

Ready2Print Michelle of Michelle Loader Designs is a local freelance graphic designer, specialising in design for anything print-related, from cards to banners. @michelleloaderdesigns on Facebook

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Springwood Ceremonies Why choose a celebrant for your ceremony? A celebrant spends time with you to truly understand how you would like your wedding ceremony to be. For example, would you like to involve family and/or guests in any way? Or would you like everyone to sing a special song? A celebrant helps craft the right words for the occasion and conducts the ceremony on the day, delivering the perfect start to your married life.

Many decisions go into creating the perfect wedding day. These are all made from the heart. • Which dress is really ‘me’? • Who will I ask to make a reading? • How will we decorate the room? These individual choices are what makes a wedding so unique. Heart-felt words can make the day even more personal and meaningful. Using a celebrant to create and conduct the ceremony gives a couple choices with no restrictions. A celebrant starts with a blank sheet of paper. There are no set rules to follow. It means couples can create a ceremony that is completely personal to them, including: • Readings, prayers and blessings from literature, religious texts or custom written • Personal life promises • Music from any genre • Sing-along – hymns and lyrics • Symbolic gestures such as candle lighting or hand fastening • Guest involvement – readings, ring blessing.

Alison Carter Celebrant 07766 750446 ‘I believe that a celebrant ceremony offers an amazing opportunity to tell a personal story. I look for those details that matter – the ones that really tell your story so you can create a day you’ll remember forever.’ TRULY PERSONAL “We wanted a joyful wedding that was personal, emotional and relaxed. Using a Celebrant gave us complete freedom to choose whatever readings or music we preferred. Together we created a ceremony that was so personal to us as it was all meaningful. Our wedding day was as individual as we are.” Clare, Berkshire Bride

There’s also no restriction on where the ceremony takes place. The legal aspects officiated by a registrar can be incorporated into the celebrant ceremony, or take place on a different day at the Registry Office. Church ceremonies, registry offices and even licensed premises that use a registrar all have restrictions. Working with a celebrant gives you the freedom to have your own choice of venue, vows, readings and music.

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Shop in style Your wedding should be the happiest day of your life, so enjoy preparing for it by staying true to yourself and your own style. Preparation • Set and stick to a budget, putting your wedding savings in a separate account. • Before selecting your venue, decorations, outfits, make up, flowers, bridesmaids’ dresses etc, book a colour and style session to identify your season of colours. This will make all decisions easier! • Visualise a successful shopping outing. Consider what could sabotage a great purchase or experience, such as taking the wrong people with you, having time pressures, not feeling groomed, not wearing the right underwear, feeling hungry or tired. • Shop for the size and shape you are now – you can always alter a dress. Wedding Outfit • Know whether you suit oyster, cream, ivory, light dove grey or perhaps a soft white. Or feel free to break with convention in a dashing red or exquisite blue if it is one of your wow colours!

• Different shapes and personality styles will suit different materials, textures and weights. • Be sure to wear neutral underwear including a comfortable bra and no VPL. • Decide if you need a jacket, coat, cape, bolero or shawl, particularly if you are getting married in a place of worship. • Veils add detail, come in many different lengths and should complement your overall look – but beware of sticky lip gloss! Wedding Party • If key players include both mothers, make sure they discuss their outfits and colours to avoid any awkwardness or clashing in photos! • If having more than one bridesmaid, their dresses need careful consideration. Experiment with different shades of one colour to find what suits each individual best. Gemma and Tom Brittle

• You may love the colour and style of your wedding outfit, but what about its suitability: will you be able to wear it for 10 hours, go to the ladies and dance in it? • Don’t feel you have to opt for a long skirt or dress: find your best shape and length, such as A-line, bell or mermaid, tea or cocktail.

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• Shoes for the big day need to be comfortable as well as incredible. This can be difficult so take your time finding the perfect shoe and practice walking and dancing in them.

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• Your style personality is key to deciding what wedding outfit suits you. Dramatic? Details, shine and daring cut-outs will all look great. Classic? Sophisticated, understated, tailored garments. Boho? Embroidery, layers and seed pearls. Vintage? Find your vibe, be true to yourself. • Use detail on the dress to draw the eye towards or away from areas of your body. Consider neckline, sleeve type, back of the dress and waistline.

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Dormouse Designs The promise of pearls Pearls have long been associated with weddings, being said to ensure a happy marriage. very special sighting for the girls when out scuba diving together – a lovely extra connection between the friends.’

Their purity and iridescence only improve with wearing, and they complement any beautiful bridal gown. If the mention of pearls conjures up for you an antiquated vision of grandmothers wearing the single strand of evenly sized, round gems gifted to them on their 21st birthday, think again! Pearls are a particular favourite of Caroline Gallup of Dormouse Designs, a jeweller with a passion for all things modern. Caroline loves working with the vast variety of pearls available, sometimes combining them with other precious stones and crystals. For a special piece of wedding jewellery, why not mix baroque pearls with a Swarovski charm, birthstones like amethyst, or healing gems such as moonstone or lapis lazuli? Freshwater pearls come in four natural colours: cream, pink, peach and lilac. In Tahiti, pearls are black, grey, brown, green or various blues. There is something to suit every budget, taste and colourway, so reconsider the humble pearl and all the beautiful stones and minerals produced by Mother Nature. As Caroline says: ‘For weddings, it’s not all about diamonds!

Caroline has some wonderful ideas for wedding jewellery. She works with metal casting foundries who can create a mould of her designs and cast in any metal to suit all tastes and budgets. So you could create a statement piece in rose gold, yellow gold or platinum and then have mini-versions or elements of the design made into gorgeous gifts for special guests using a less expensive precious metal such as silver or bronze. ‘An ammonite I found in Lyme Regis has been made into gold, silver and bronze necklaces, set with a ruby, garnet or topaz. It has also been re-sized and cast in silver to make cufflinks, enabling a bride and groom to feel a connection of common elements running through their special day and giving them pieces to treasure in future.’ Caroline’s website showcases many of her creations and acknowledges the inspiration of her Yorkshire grandfather, a watchmaker and silversmith. You’re more than welcome to contact her for a free no-obligation consultation to discuss what she could bring to your special day.

‘I love being asked to design a piece of Jewellery that has meaning. I created a “story bracelet” for a bridesmaid as a gift to her best friend, the bride. Alongside a love charm and the couple’s initials, there is a palm tree representing the wedding location, Mauritius, and a turtle as a reminder of a Please mention rg10 when responding to advertisements


Local news Horticulture, history, photography This year the Twyford & Ruscombe Horticultural Association is cooperating with other village organisations to provide facilities for two new events at its spring and autumn shows at Loddon Hall. On the day of the TRHA spring show, Saturday 6 April, a children’s Easter Egg Hunt will be held from 2pm to 4pm. The event will take the form of an educational history trail around the village, with clues provided by Twyford & Ruscombe Local History Society. Easter eggs will be awarded to all on completion! The event is sponsored by Goodall-Smith Wealth Management and will be run in association with Twyford Together, supported by Right at Home. The trail will start and finish at the TRHA spring show café overlooking King George’s Field. The entry fee is £4.50 per child (free for accompanying adults), with all proceeds going to local charity Building for the Future. Tickets are available from and give families free entry to the horticultural show.

On the day of the TRHA autumn show, Saturday 7 September, entries will also be judged for the Twyford Together Photographic Competition. Members of the public will be able to enter a printed photograph in any of five different categories. Some could even find their way into next year’s village calendar! See the Twyford Together news page for more details.

Wokingham Bikeathon And registration is…. open! From 1 March cyclists of all ages can enter the Wokingham Bikeathon, a popular non-profit event due to be held this year on Sunday 30 June. Choose between the full 35 mile route or the familyfriendly 15 mile route, both taking riders through the scenic Berkshire countryside between Wokingham and Hurst. The 35 mile route is being amended this year to make the ride even more enjoyable. Riders can expect more quiet country roads, better road surfaces and fewer right hand turns. The cost is £20 for adult riders, £15 for riders aged 12–17, and free for under 12s. For more information and to register in advance, visit

Woodley Carnival It may feel too early to be giving you the heads-up for Woodley Carnival on 8 June, but now’s the time to get in touch with the organisers if you want to book a stall, take part in the procession, advertise in the programme, or perform in the arena. This year’s carnival theme is At the Movies, so plenty of scope for creativity! Woodley’s annual carnival brings together community groups and businesses for a big outdoor event in Woodford Park, with plenty of stalls, a funfair, arena events, shows, displays, attractions for the children and of course food and drink outlets. The fun continues into the evening with live bands performing at the Party in the Park. Don’t forget, though, that 8 June is also the second day of Twyford Beer Festival – another event with live music! 30 rg10 March/April 2019. To advertise please call 0118 907 2510 or email

The committee of the Reading group meets about five times a year at Berkshire Vision, Erleigh Road, Reading, mainly to establish the programme for the ensuing year. Members enjoy having speakers at meetings, visiting places of interest, going on theatre trips or restaurant outings, and of course the annual Christmas party. New committee members would be welcome – especially any that can drive, bring in fresh ideas, and handle emails. The commitment is not heavy but quite informal, and the role might suit someone recently retired who is looking for a new interest. For further information please email Val Sandle on or call the chairman, Tony Hassan, on 0118 969 4096.

The Golden Years Club Anyone aged 60+ is invited to join this new club being run fortnightly by Age Concern Twyford & District, launching on Thursday 18 April. You’ll be sure of a warm welcome!

The Woodley Carnival committee is organising two fundraisers: a race night on Saturday 27 April and a quiz night on Wednesday 5 June, both at the Oakwood Centre in Woodley. For full details visit

Macular Society Can you help the Reading group of the Macular Society? They are looking for volunteers to join the committee and help with running the group. Macular Society is a national charity with more than 300 local groups throughout Britain. It aims to support people with macular disease, especially AMD (Age-related Macular Degeneration). This disease causes progressive loss of central vision so that sufferers lose the ability to read, drive, watch television, recognise faces and generally get around without help. There are more than 600,000 sufferers in Britain and numbers are growing fast. The chances of developing the condition is about 1 in 10 at age 60, increasing to 1 in 4 at 80. There is no cure at present though palliative treatment is sometimes possible. Please mention rg10 when responding to advertisements


Local news (continued) Sing Your Pain Away

Thames Valley Chorus charity concert

It’s well known that singing makes you feel good. Singing as part of a social group has even greater benefits than doing a star turn alone in the shower or car.

On Saturday 30 March, St Mary's Church in Twyford is hosting a charity concert for Daisy’s Dream. The concert will feature Thames Valley Chorus, a male voice choir specialising in performing unaccompanied in four-part harmony.

Scientific evidence shows that singing not only lifts our mood but also helps reduce pain and improve our quality of life. Studies have established that singing can alleviate symptoms for a whole raft of health conditions including cancer, heart disease, lung issues, arthritis, depression, anxiety, Parkinson’s and stroke. Jane Gatfield runs a group called Sing Your Pain Away in Bourne End, which has been a great success. She would like to start a new group in the Twyford area, if there is sufficient interest. The group is designed for people with long term health conditions or difficulties managing pain (physical or emotional), but it’s also suitable for those who just enjoy singing for wellbeing and fun. There are no complicated harmonies or public performances to worry about, just a weekly class of singing and laughter to look forward to.

Before envisaging straw boaters and waistcoats, and songs about Mammy, think again: the world of ‘a cappella’ singing has moved on a lot! For Thames Valley Chorus, entertainment is a key part of the performance. Songs by Queen, Billy Joel and Elton John rub shoulders with gospel, love songs and classic favourites. Two other local acts will join the billing to add to the evening's entertainment: Avenue Acapella and 5Ts brass quintet, who promise to wow us with their style and musicianship Established in 1996, Daisy’s Dream is a charity offering professional support services responding to the needs of children and families affected by life threatening illness or bereavement.

To register your interest please email Jane on or call her on 07788 227654.

Twyford Volunteer Drivers This spring, a time of new life and new beginnings, why not brighten people’s lives by joining Twyford Volunteer Drivers? They take clients to medical appointments in the local area. You can offer as much or as little time as you have available, starting from an hour or two every week or fortnight. A weekly job list is sent out by email, so you just reply saying which ones you are available for. Last year the volunteer drivers carried out 964 trips last year and the client base is gradually increasing. The work can be very rewarding as many clients have led such interesting lives and are so appreciative of the service. If you are able to help and would like more information please email or call 0118 934 3010 any weekday morning. 32 rg10 March/April 2019. To advertise please call 0118 907 2510 or email

Twyford Singers Easter Concert The Twyford Singers will hold their Easter concert on Palm Sunday, 14 April, in St Mary’s Church, Wargrave. The concert will include the Rutter and Fauré Reqiuems, and advance tickets are available (see details below).

If driving, please use the car park in Polehampton Close from where you can walk via St Swithin’s Court and Chapel Row.

Funny Business The spring production of Twyford & Ruscombe Theatre Group is Funny Business, a comedy by Derek Benfield. Performances will be held at 8pm in Loddon Hall, Twyford, on three consecutive evenings from 11 to 13 April. This production is bound to be popular so be sure to book your tickets soon! Ferris has agreed to look after his sister's seedy hotel but hasn't anticipated the arrival of a notorious hotel critic/journalist. Or that this will coincide with an assortment of guests who have guilty secrets they do not wish to have divulged! The play is a riotous sequel to Bedside Manners, which the group has also produced. The director is the award-wining Mike Brooks, who won the NODA London Region awards for Best Drama and also Best Scenery Design for Gaslight, the last play he directed for the group.

Twyford Annual Parish Meeting Residents of Twyford are encouraged to attend the annual parish meeting, which will be held at 8pm on Wednesday 24 April in St Mary’s Church Centre in Station Road. The annual meeting is your chance to learn about the work of the parish council over the past year and its plans for the future, as well as raise any questions. After the various subcommittee reports – Parish Lands, Planning & Amenities, Financial, Fête – will follow borough council matters and a review of the year by parish council chairman Roy Mantel. Please mention rg10 when responding to advertisements


Local news (continued) Good news for Hare Hatch Sheeplands In late January the owners of Hare Hatch Sheeplands and several concessions previously operating on the site finally had some good news in their long-running planning battle with Wokingham Borough Council. The High Court dismissed an appeal by the council to overturn a Reading Crown Court decision last year preventing them from pursuing criminal charges for past breaches of enforcement notices. Whilst acknowledging the council’s responsibility to protect the green belt from unauthorised development, the appeal judge agreed with the previous decision that there was no public interest served in seeking further legal action against Hare Hatch Sheeplands. The council came in for criticism of its dealings with Hare Hatch Sheeplands over the complex case. The garden centre owned by Rob Scott has significantly scaled back its operations over the past couple of years in order to comply with enforcement notices. The site now comprises a plant nursery including a national collection of succulents, a farm shop with a traditional butcher’s counter, and a café.

Participants will be singing songs from the Sister Act films arranged for two-part choir. Numbers include Hail holy queen, I will follow him, Shout, Oh happy day, Dancing in the street and Ode to Joy. The cost is £10 paid in advance, including a copy of the music to keep and refreshments. To book a place contact Suzanne on 0118 934 0589 or

Camp Mohawk quiz night Why not get a team of buddies together for a fun quiz night on Wednesday 20 March? This is a charity fundraiser for Camp Mohawk, the woodland activity centre near Wargrave for young people with special needs. It costs £17.50 per head including dinner, or £120 for a team of 8. The quiz night will be held at Rams Rugby Club, Old Bath Road, Sonning RG4 6TQ. Arrive at 6.30pm for a 7pm start, bringing one raffle prize per team. Please book in advance stating any special dietary requirements by emailing the quizmaster

In recent press interviews both sides appear to want to leave the past behind and build a new working relationship. The council feels it fulfilled its obligations to prevent unlawful development on the green belt, yet has had to take on board the level of support from local residents for the garden centre and criticism of its approach by both Crown Court and High Court judges. Mr Scott, no longer under threat of prosecution, is looking to the future. He wishes to engage with the council in a positive way to ensure the sustainable future of the site, in order to both benefit the community and support the local plan for Ruscombe and Twyford.

Sister Act singing afternoon Local music teacher and choir director Suzanne Newman is leading a fun singing afternoon for female voices on Saturday 27 April from 2pm to 4pm at Charvil Village Hall. 34 rg10 March/April 2019. To advertise please call 0118 907 2510 or email

Twyford youth seesaw needs you!

U3A to launch in Woodley

This April, Twyford Youth Centre is back on track to take on the challenge of recreating the World Seesaw Record, having had to drop plans to do so two years ago.

The University of the Third Age enables those no longer in full time employment to continue to develop interests and learn in a friendly and informal environment. A new group is launching for residents of Woodley, Earley, Sonning, Charvil, Twyford, Hurst and Ruscombe. If interested, please attend the launch meeting on Wednesday 10 April, 2pm to 4pm at Christ Church Woodley, Crockhamwell Road, Woodley RG5 3LA.

It was in 1969 that David Turner and David Such of Twyford and Ruscombe Youth Club broke the world record. In fact, they beat it by four hours, going up and down on a specially constructed seesaw 57,810 times in 80 hours! Dave Turner is leading plans for Twyford Youth Centre to recreate this special word record breaking event during the Easter holidays from 15 to 18 April. He is calling for as many people as possible to take part or volunteer to help with the running of the event. Back in 1969 around 200 youngsters were involved! Who doesn’t want to be able to say they have broken a world record? The seesaw will be placed outside the old Polehampton Boys’ school so the public can come down to watch and support. It promises to be quite a spectacle, with two giant seesaws harnessed together and kitted out with car seats!

Twyford litter pick Please support Twyford Parish Council annual litter pick on Saturday 23 March. This is part of the nationwide Keep Britain Tidy campaign and now also the Daily Mail's Great British Spring Clean, running from 22 Mach to 23 April. Twyford has a wonderful team of Adopt-A-Street volunteers who work hard picking up litter on a daily basis. Coordinator Gerry Wise hopes to involve more of the general public in caring for their local environment, as well as helping with education and reducing littering at source.

Plans for the new library in Twyford are ongoing, but one possibility is still that it could be in the old school. Organisers will therefore be asking people to sponsor the seesaw event to raise funds towards the refurbishment of the building, enabling it to be used in the short term for the benefit of the community. The seesaw event will also enable people to learn more about Twyford Youth Centre and its activities, whether interested in volunteering, attending the weekly youth clubs it runs, or hiring the facilities. Youth centre staff, volunteers and trustees hope to raise awareness and get more young people involved with the activities and using the facilities on offer. For further information about the World Seesaw Record or the Youth Centre, please call Dave Turner on 0118 934 0143 or email the secretary Kathy Peck on

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March Fri 1 and every Wed and Fri in term time Twyford Toddler Group 9:30–11:30 Twyford District Youth & Community Centre, Loddon Hall Rd Fri 1 and weekly Fit Mums Berkshire pre- and post-natal Pilates 19:30–20:00 Twyford Scout Hut Sat 2 RSPB guided walk 9:00–12:30 Meet in the main car park, Dinton Pastures Sat 2 Read me, make me 10:30–11:00 Crafts for children up to 7, Wargrave Library Sat 2 Hurst Morris People 30th birthday barn dance 19:15–23:00 Hurst Village Hall Sun 3 Sunday Club – 14:00–17:00 Offering older people company, tea and a good film at The Twyford Centre

Mon 11 Twyford & Ruscombe Local History Society AGM 19:30 The Piggott School Library, Wargrave Tue 12 Woodley Business Club 8:00–9:30 The Oakwood Centre, Woodley Tue 12 Reminiscence Club 10:30–12:00 Discuss memories of days gone by at Twyford Library Tue 12 Twyford Tuesday Reading Group 14:30–15:30 Themed book discussion at Twyford Library Tue 12 Twyford & Ruscombe Floral Art Club 19:30 Charvil Piggott Primary School, Park Lane, Charvil Tue 12 Knowl Hill WI meeting 19:30 Knowl Hill Village Hall Tue 12 Wargrave Local History Society AGM 20:00 Old Pavilion, Wargrave Recreation Ground

Mon 4 Monday Bookworms 14:00–15:00 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 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 and Community Centre, Loddon Hall Road

Thu 14 Twyford-Cuincy Twinning Association 19:30 The Twyford Centre, Polehampton Close

Mon 4 Hurst Parish Council meeting – 19:30 Hurst Village Hall committee room Mon 4 and weekly Springfield Table Tennis Club 19:30–21:30 Polehampton Junior School, Kibblewhite Crescent, Twyford Tue 5 and weekly Fit Mums Berkshire Mummy & Baby Pilates 11:00–12:00 St Mary’s Church Centre, Twyford Tue 5 and 19 Twyford Whist Drive 19:30–22:00 St Thomas More church hall, Twyford Mon 4 and weekly Woodley Photographic Club 19:45–22:00 The Oakwood Centre, Woodley Tue 5 and weekly Twyford Badminton Club 19:45–21:30 Loddon Hall, Twyford Wed 6 and weekly in term time Caterpillar Club 9:45–11:30 playgroup from birth to pre-school, Charvil Village Hall Wed 6 Crafts & Laughs 14:00–16:00 Wargrave Library, Church Street, Wargrave Wed 6 Twyford Over 60s Club 14:00–16:00 Seated exercise, St Mary’s Church Centre, Twyford Wed 6 and weekly Charvil Short Mat Bowling Club 18:45–21:00 Charvil Village Hall Wed 6 and weekly Twyford Youth Club session 19:15–21:15 School years 9+, Twyford District Youth & Community Centre, Loddon Hall Road

Thu 14 and Tue 26 Reading Cigarette Card & Postcard Club 19:30–22:00 Charvil Village Hall Mon 18 Twyford & Ruscombe WI AGM 14:00–16:00 St Mary’s Church Centre, Twyford Mon 18 Charvil Parish Council meeting – 20:00 Charvil Village Hall Tue 19 Twyford Library Rhymetime 11:00–11:30 For children aged 5 and under Tue 19 Knit & Natter 14:00–15:00 Drop in for knitting and a chat at Twyford Library Tue 19 Twyford Library Storytime 15:45–16:15 For children aged 7 and under Wed 20 Woodley Farmers’ Market 9:00–13:30 Woodley town centre Wed 20 KTOG Knitting Group 14:00–16:00 Knit, crochet, chat at Wargrave Library Wed 20 Twyford Over 60s Club Birthday lunch at the Heron on the Ford, Charvil Wed 20 Camp Mohawk quiz night 18:30-21:00 Rams Rugby Club, Sonning Thu 21 Bluebird Care Friends’ Café 11:00–12:00 Emma’s Kitchen, Twyford Sat 23 Twyford Parish Big Clean Up Day 10:00 meet at Loddon Hall

Wed 6 and weekly Charvil Art Group 19:30–21:30 Charvil Village Hall

Sun 24 Lavell’s Lake work party 10:00–14:00 Volunteer at nature reserve, Sandford Lane, Woodley

Wed 6 and weekly Holly Cottage Bridge Club 19:30–22:30 White Waltham Parish Hall

Mon 25 Twyford & Ruscombe Art Group 14:00–16:00 Monochrome scene or own choice, St Mary’s Church Centre, Twyford

Wed 6 Ruscombe Parish Council meeting 19:30 William Penn Room, Loddon Hall, Twyford Wed 6 Folk Music Workshop 20:00 Loddon Hall, Twyford Thu 7 and 21 March Carers’ Coffee Mornings 10:00–12:00 For all carers and those for whom they care, at The Twyford Centre Sun 10 Friends of Lavell’s Lake bird walk – 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 11 Twyford & Ruscombe Art Group 14:00–16:00 Monochrome scene, St Mary’s Church Centre, Twyford

Tue 26 Home from home book group 10:30–11:30 Twyford Library Tue 26 Twyford Parish Council meeting 19:45 Loddon Hall, Twyford Wed 27 iHelp Support Group 14:00–16:00 User support for iPhone, iPad or tablet, Wargrave Library Fri 29 LFM Breakfast Club 7:30–9:00 Business networking at Emma’s Kitchen, Twyford Sun 31 Legendary Twyford Blues session 20:30 Featuring Jive Alive plus special guest at the Waggon and Horses, Twyford

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Tue 9 Twyford Tuesday Reading Group 14:30–15:30 Themed book discussion at Twyford Library

Mon 1 Monday Bookworms 14:00–15:00 Book group, Wargrave Library

Tue 9 Knowl Hill WI meeting 19:30 Knowl Hill Village Hall

Mon 1 Author book group 14:30–15:30 Twyford Library

Tue 9 Twyford & Ruscombe Floral Art Club 19:30 Charvil Piggott Primary School, Park Lane, Charvil

Mon 1 and weekly Twyford Youth Club session 18:30–20:30 School years 7 and 8, Twyford District Youth & Community Centre, Loddon Hall Road

Tue 9 Wargrave Local History Society 20:00 Leander Club, Old Pavilion, Wargrave Recreation Ground

Mon 1 and weekly Woodley Photographic Club 19:45–22:00 The Oakwood Centre, Woodley Tue 2 Reminiscence Club 10:30–12:00 Discuss memories of days gone by at Twyford Library Tue 5 and weekly Fit Mums Berkshire Mummy & Baby Pilates 11:00–12:00 St Mary’s Church Centre, Twyford Tue 2, 16 and 30 Twyford Whist Drive 19:30–22:00 St Thomas More church hall, Twyford Tue 2 and weekly Twyford Badminton Club 19:45–21:30 Loddon Hall, Twyford Wed 3 Crafts & Laughs 14:00–16:00 Wargrave Library, Church Street, Wargrave Wed 3 Twyford Over 60s Club 14:00–16:00 Canal restoration, St Mary’s Church Centre, Twyford Wed 3 and weekly Charvil Short Mat Bowling Club 18:45–21:00 Charvil Village Hall Wed 3 and weekly Twyford Youth Club session 19:15–21:15 School years 9+, Twyford District Youth & Community Centre, Loddon Hall Road Wed 3 and weekly Charvil Art Group 19:30–21:30 Charvil Village Hall Wed 3 and weekly Holly Cottage Bridge Club 19:30–22:30 White Waltham Parish Hall Wed 3 Ruscombe Parish Council meeting 19:30 William Penn Room, Loddon Hall, Twyford

Wed 10 Coffee morning 10:00–12:00 See what’s on offer at Wargrave Library Wed 10 U3A group launch 14:00–16:00 Christ Church, Woodley Thu 11 and Tue 23 Reading Cigarette Card & Postcard Club 19:30–22:00 Charvil Village Hall Thu 11–Sat 13 Funny Business by Twyford & Ruscombe Theatre Group 20:00 Loddon Hall, Twyford Sun 14 Friends of Lavell’s Lake bird walk – 9:00–12:00 Meet in Sandford Lane car park, Woodley Sun 14 Maidenhead Farmers' Market 10:00–13:00 Grove Road car park, Maidenhead Sun 14 Twyford Singers Palm Sunday concert 19:30 St Mary’s Church, Wargrave Mon 15 Twyford & Ruscombe WI meeting 14:00–16:00 Birthday party, St Mary’s Church Centre, Twyford Mon 15 Charvil Parish Council meeting – 20:00 Charvil Village Hall Tue 16 Twyford Library Rhymetime 11:00–11:30 For children aged 5 and under Tue 16 Knit & Natter 14:00–15:00 Drop in for knitting and a chat at Twyford Library Tue 16 Twyford Library Storytime 15:45–16:15 For children aged 7 and under Wed 17 Woodley Farmers’ Market 9:00–13:30 Woodley town centre

Wed 3 Folk Music Workshop 20:00 Loddon Hall, Twyford

Wed 17 KTOG Knitting Group 14:00–16:00 Knit, crochet, chat at Wargrave Library

Thu 4 and 18 April Carers’ Coffee Morning 10:00–12:00 For all carers and those for whom they care, at The Twyford Centre

Wed 17 Twyford Over 60s Club 14:00–16:00 Easter theme, St Mary’s Church Centre, Twyford

Fri 5 and weekly Fit Mums Berkshire pre- and post-natal Pilates 19:30–20:00 Twyford Scout Hut

Thu 18 Golden Years Club 14:00–17:00 For over 60s, The Twyford Centre, Polehampton Close Fri 19–Mon 22

Easter Weekend

Sat 6 RSPB guided walk 9:00–12:30 Meet in the main car park, Dinton Pastures

Tue 23 Home from home book group 10:30–11:30 Twyford Library

Sat 6 Twyford Easter egg hunt 14:00–16:00 Loddon Hall, King George’s Field

Tue 23 Twyford Parish Council meeting 19:45 Loddon Hall, Twyford

Twyford & Ruscombe Horticutural Association Spring Show Sat 6 Open to public 14:30, Loddon Hall, Twyford

Wed 24 Twyford Annual Parish Meeting 20:00 St Mary’s Church Centre, Station Road, Twyford

Sun 7 Sunday Club – 14:00–17:00 Offering older people company, tea and a good film at The Twyford Centre

Thu 25 Bluebird Care Friends’ Café 11:00–12:00 Emma’s Kitchen, Twyford

Sun 7 Twyford Tennis Club open day 14:00–17:00 King George’s Field, Twyford

Sat 27 Woodley Carnival race night 19:00 The Oakwood Centre, Woodley

Mon 8–Mon 22 School Easter holidays

Sun 28 Lavell’s Lake work party 10:00–14:00 Volunteer at nature reserve, Sandford Lane, Woodley

Mon 8 Twyford & Ruscombe Art Group 14:00–16:00 Still life, St Mary’s Church Centre, Twyford

Sun 28 Hurst Morris People May Day celebration 12:00 Hurst Village Hall, School Road, Hurst

Mon 8 Hurst Parish Council meeting – 19:30 Hurst Village Hall committee room

Sun 28 Legendary Twyford Blues session 20:30 Featuring Jive Alive plus special guest at the Waggon and Horses, Twyford

Mon 8 Twyford & Ruscombe Local History Society 19:30 Shire Hall through the looking glass, The Piggott School Library, Wargrave Tue 9 Woodley Business Club 8:00–9:30 The Oakwood Centre, Woodley

Mon 29 Twyford & Ruscombe Art Group AGM 14:30–16:30 with mini exhibition, St Mary’s Church Centre, Twyford

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Performance coach Why spring is a great time for new beginnings Happy New Year! I know it’s March… but doesn’t it feel like the time for new beginnings? Anyone who's worked with me knows how much I dislike New Year’s resolutions. I know others who love them, so if they work for you, great – you’re already in your third month of achievement! For me, the first few months of the year feel too darned challenging (in terms of temperature and daylight hours alone) to set goals and discipline myself with new behaviours. I treat the winter as a time for hibernation, when I allow myself to rest and renew, just like what’s happening in nature. In Jan/Feb, everything has died back and is quietly awaiting spring. If you secretly yearn to go easy on yourself in the cold, dark months, I urge you to follow this instinct. You can balance this by expecting more of yourself as the days get longer. This rhythm can serve us well. We can't always be on top form—we're people, not machines.

In harmony with nature, I think spring and early summer are our best times to grow. We're properly rested from those winter months, so we have reserves on which we can draw. Now is when I encourage my clients to set their sights high, connect to their Big, Hairy, Audacious Goals* (where their passions, skills and ability to make money overlap) and take a ‘no excuses’ approach to making progress. Now is the time to dig deeper, work harder, push ourselves further and achieve as much, if not more than if we'd been slogging away since the second of January! Liz Balmford * A term coined by James Collins and Jerry Porras in their 1994 book Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies. For information about coaching with Liz, visit

Your assignment 1. What are some of your 10–20 year goals? How big, hairy and audacious are they? Remember ‘… most people overestimate what they can accomplish in a year and underestimate what they can achieve in a decade’ (Tony Robbins). 2. What ‘end of 2019’ goals might you set to take you closer to those big goals? If it helps, use this list of headings to get you started and add more that resonate with you: Work/Career, Money, Health/ Fitness, Family, Relationships, Personal Growth, Fun/Leisure, Environment. 3. What smaller milestones could you check off each month, each week, each day as you make progress towards the year-end goals? 4. How can you make the best of the spring months? What might help you squeeze the maximum awesomeness out of this timeframe when you're feeling energised and on top form?

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CMJ Insurance Brokers Brexit: How might this affect your insurance? Brexit negotiations are reaching a critical stage and are surrounded in political turmoil. Many insurers operate from a single licence in the EU. With Brexit, this requires a UK insurer to arrange local licences in the EU. Insurers already domiciled in EU locations will continue to passport through these locations post-Brexit. The world’s largest insurance market, Lloyd’s of London, underwrites €4 billion in gross written premium related to EU business. In order to continue serving its EU clients post Brexit, they have opened a Brussels based office. Other UK insurers have taken this route and established offices throughout the remaining 27 EU member states in order to maintain continuity of service. We remain confident the provisions that CMJ and other UK brokers are putting into place will allow us to continue serving our clients’ needs with the minimum of fuss. The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has set out advice for individuals and businesses who may be affected by a no-deal Brexit – see Two areas where we expect reform are travel insurance and motor insurance when driving a UK registered vehicle in EU member states. Don’t forget your Green Card! In new guidance published, drivers are being advised of the need to contact their insurer to arrange a ‘Green Card’ if they wish to drive their vehicle in the EU. Drivers wishing to travel to the EU are advised to contact their insurer about a month before they leave. Travelling without a Green Card might see you being refused entry at various EU border crossings.

Although an agreement was made between the relevant European insurance authorities in May 2018 to waive the need for Green Cards in the event of a no-deal Brexit, this has not been confirmed by the European Commission. The industry is therefore planning on the basis of Green Cards being required. Travel insurance The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) may not be valid going forward and without this back up, the cost of travel insurance may rise. It is important not to rely on the EHIC even if it does continue unhindered, as reciprocal agreements might vary by country. If you are travelling in a country where only private medical treatment is available, then the EHIC does not cover this and you will have to pay. Customers should have their travel insurance documents or their insurer’s emergency medical assistance contact number with them in order to access medical expertise and facilities if they fall ill or are injured abroad. CMJ’s key insurer partners are all at different stages of preparation for Brexit. CMJ is closely monitoring insurer preparations for Brexit in order to minimize our clients’ exposure, even in the case of a ‘hard Brexit’. CMJ Insurance Brokers 0118 940 6175

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twyford together

News update Twyford in Bloom We have begun work with the aim of winning Gold in this year’s Thames Valley and Chiltern in Bloom contest. We will be improving more areas around the village, putting up more hanging baskets and generally make Twyford look beautiful again. We need lots of help so if you have a couple of spare hours please let us know and we will help you to get involved. Right at Home Right at Home have kindly agreed to become the primary sponsors of Twyford Together for 2019. The branch covering the Reading and Wokingham district is based in Gas Lane near Twyford Station. Right at Home provides in-home care, particularly for older residents who need help with daily tasks. Kevin Lancaster and his team also help out at the Age Concern day centre. We are delighted to be working with them on our events and activities this year. Henley Arts Trail Twyford Together are entering the Henley Arts Trail for the first time this year, which runs from 4 to 6 May. Grapevine Estate Agents are lending their office on London Road to four local artists to showcase (and hopefully sell!) their work. At the same time we will be installing five more large pictures created by local schools in the now famous ‘Tesco alley’ opposite the Grapevine office. The new pictures will depict village events including the Donkey Derby and the Bonfire Carnival. David Meadowcroft, aka The Picture Framer, will be working his magic to display them to best effect. Nearby Emma’s Kitchen will be open as usual for tea and cakes – a venue which supports local artists on an ongoing basis, as you can see on the walls.

September at Loddon Hall. Entries must be a printed photograph measuring 5 by 7 inches (13 by 18 cm), submitted in one of the following five categories: • • • • •

Village architecture Village event or activity Wildlife in Twyford Twyford in Bloom Wildlife – Children only – all age groups.

The competition will be judged on the day and any of the winners could find their image included in our 2020 village calendar! Information about how to enter will be available nearer the time from the Horticultural Association website or their shop, open on Sunday mornings in Loddon Hall Road. Twyford Business & Community Awards Following the great success of the 2018 awards, we will be asking for your nominations again this year in 9 different categories. This is your opportunity to recognise the people and organisations that help make our village such a great place to ‘work, relax and play!’ Nominations will be open from May to early July, with finalists invited to an awards evening in mid July when the winners will be announced. Full details will be published next time – but turn to the next page for a list of the award categories to start thinking about.

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Photographic competition – get snapping NOW! We are running this competition with our friends at Twyford & Ruscombe Horticultural Association. Judging will take place at their autumn show on 7

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Twyford Landscapes is dedicated to serving the local area and has completed over 300 jobs in and around Twyford. If you have a project in mind this spring or summer, contact Andy Ward: Call 07957 386008 or email

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Business & Community Awards

Prepare to nominate your candidates for 2019 What a successful move it turned out to be last year, incorporating new ‘community’ categories in the annual Twyford Together awards and inviting nominations from the public for the first time.

* Citizen of the Year is a Twyford Parish Council award. Nominations will be considered and the winner will be decided by the parish council rather than the panel of judges.

The images above show some highlights from last year’s awards evening, photographed by the late Gareth Jones, who is greatly missed

There will in addition be a tenth award given by Twyford Together to the group, business or individual that the committee considers has made the greatest contribution to Twyford Together events and activities

We’re delighted to confirm that this year the public will once again be asked to put forward the names of the individuals and groups they feel deserve recognition. Following feedback from last year, the award categories for 2019 will be as follows: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

Business of the Year Citizen * Young achiever Neighbour Event Charity support Community group Sports Environment

Watch out for the official launch of the awards in May, then nominations will close early July. The public will be able to nominate candidates online via the Twyford Together website or on paper forms made available locally and at events. Full details will be published in the May/June edition of RG10 magazine as well as on

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Benedict Charles Financial Planning Bears, bulls and financial markets As part of our ongoing service I meet with my clients once a year to review their financial situation. Often the first question I am asked is: ‘What is going to happen to my investments this year?’ If I could predict this, then the chances are that I would not be sitting at my laptop writing this article − I would have made millions on the markets and retired to an island in the Caribbean! The truth is there is no simple answer; it is not possible to know how investments will perform over almost any time period. However, the longer you hold an investment, the more it becomes a matter of fundamentals over technical factors and market sentiment. Let me explain why. Fundamentals When analysing a business’s balance sheet, income statement, overall management and cashflow, you are looking at a company's fundamentals. Strong fundamentals suggest that a business has a viable financial structure, while those with weak fundamentals may have underlying issues. A business with strong fundamentals may be more likely to survive negative events, such as economic recessions or depressions. Therefore, over the medium to long term the anticipation would be for the share price of that business to rise.

factors, such as the general economic outlook, government policies and by market sentiment, rather than by the strengths or weaknesses of a company. Market sentiment This is generally described as bearish or bullish. In a ‘bear market’, share prices are falling; in a ‘bull market’, share prices are rising. The market is often driven by emotion, so market sentiment does not always reflect the fundamental value of the shares of a company (as described above). Therefore, market sentiment is about feelings and emotion, whereas fundamental value is about business performance.

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So, how does this affect you?

Why Benedict Charles Financial Planning?

Most people will have shares, either by choosing to hold single company stock or through privatisation (BT, British Gas etc), or indirectly through funds held within an ISA or pension. So, however you hold them, the rise and fall of share prices will affect the value of your investments.

We are here to help you better understand your finances. You may have money held in a pension or an investment and would like to have a review. Those considering retiring in the next few years may be nervous about the recent market volatility and uncertain what to do.

The bottom line is that if you want to achieve real returns on your investments, you need to take some risk. Market corrections and short-term unpredictability are some of the inevitable challenges to contend with. That is why a long-term focus is so important. The rewards for being a patient investor are fewer sleepless nights and a better chance of achieving long-term financial security.

At Benedict Charles Financial Planning we help you structure and organise your financial affairs, giving you the peace of mind that your money is in the right place for the right time. Benedict Charles Financial Planning offer a suite of diversified investment portfolios which have been designed to match differing levels of investment risk. If you would like the opportunity to take control of your investments then please get in touch to discuss further. Past performance is not a guide to future performance. Capital may be at risk as the value of investments can fall as well as rise and is not guaranteed; therefore investors may not get back the amount originally invested.

Contact Robin Yeadon DipPFS 0118 391 3950 or 01628 876069

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Each row, column and 3x3 box must contain the numbers 1 to 9 just once. This can be done by applying logic - you don’t have to guess!

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(4) Peeress


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(8) Disciplinarian


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(6) Heaping Up


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(8) Sharp-Tongued


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Tara’s Academy Drama, dance, singing, mindfulness and more Classes that build confidence Tara’s Academy in Charvil is a Saturday school for the forming arts, founded 22 years ago by Tara ZubairyMoore. Tara is a teacher, currently head of drama at a large comprehensive in East Berkshire. Yet throughout her career she has remained dedicated to her true drama family – her academy students, past and present.

The students get to meet well known performers too: a couple of years ago they had the actor Greg Davies visit one of their sessions, and in May they are looking forward to a talk by Madeline Smith of 007 fame.

So how did it all begin? Tara’s final year thesis at university was on Drama in Education and how it impacts confidence in other areas of a child’s life. She visited The Colleton School with some leaflets, hoping to get half a dozen children to attend a drama class for six weeks. ‘I couldn’t believe my eyes when I arrived at the venue to discover a queue of around 30 children!’ says Tara. ‘Clearly families in Charvil and Twyford were hungry for something different. I taught the group with the help of my mother, who worked in education. At the end of the course I had flowers and letters from parents, telling me how their child was flourishing at school, making friends and being generally more articulate.’ Tara realised she could offer more than the large franchises and big drama schools. She continued teaching drama locally assisted by her mother, and together they created a nurturing atmosphere that enabled every child to thrive. After completing her degree in English and Drama, Tara went on to achieve a Masters in Education and a full teaching career, having a family along the way. However, she continued with Tara’s Academy throughout. She’s rightly proud of its expansion and success, adding: ‘Twenty-two years later we are the longest running group in a ten-mile radius offering drama, dance, singing and holistic care.’ Tara keeps in touch with many of her members who have gone into a wide range of careers. She says each one has recognised that the group gave them something that helped them follow their dreams, to be the best that they could be. One young man has become the face of Open Bionics, the company known for its “Superhero” prosthetic limbs, travelling the world and appearing on TV and YouTube.

Tara’s own children attended the academy – one achieving a grade 8 in acting aged just 11 – and her eldest now helps out. Regarding qualifications, as she explains: ‘Our Trinity exams are equivalent to GCSE and A level and achieve the highest results for the youngest performers in the area. We were even filmed by Trinity as an example of good practice!’ What’s new, looking ahead? ‘In a changing world we are adapting for modern needs, expanding into the areas of wellbeing, exam study groups and classes for adults.’ Tara is responding to the clear increase in the number of teenagers with anxiety by adding new classes in mindfulness and health. Discussion groups help equip youngsters with techniques to handle situations, share problems and increase resilience. The academy will also be running study groups for GCSE Drama and English students in year 9 and above. Finally, since so many of us struggle to express ourselves confidently, Tara is now offering courses for adults in acting and public speaking. ‘Over the years my drama family has filled many glorious days of fun, friendships and shows. Tara’s Academy enables people of all ages to grow in confidence and learn new skills in a safe environment.’ Please mention rg10 when responding to advertisements


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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 our last competition winner Susan Bundy from Twyford, who won a set of kids’ ExplorerBoxes from local company ExplorerTots.

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.

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.

Dinner theatre tickets for the Mill at Sonning! The Mill at Sonning Theatre is kindly offering a pair of opening night tickets for the world première of A Belly Full. This heartwarming comedy matches the success and popularity of Stepping Out and Calendar Girls. Created by playwright and director Marcia Kash with fellow writer Mary Colin Chisholm, the play charts the story of two friends who join a local belly dancing class. They are swept into a shimmying circle with five other women, sometimes endearing, sometime outrageous. Their friendship is tested through the demands of spouses, babies, work and the arrival of some unexpected roommates, as they face life’s challenges together and prepare for a special charity performance. You are guaranteed to leave the Mill with full hearts and dancing bellies – or is that full bellies and dancing hearts? Set majestically on the banks of the Thames, the Mill at Sonning has been staging shows for over 30 years and is the only dinner theatre in the UK. For more information, visit

Competition entry deadline: 12pm on Thursday 18 April. The winner will be notified promptly with details of how to claim their prize. If not available for opening night on 2 May, an alternative date may be offered. Two tickets to include two-course meal beforehand. Please mention rg10 when responding to advertisements


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thames valley police

Community update Is your vehicle attracting thieves? We are seeing an increase in auto crime across the Bracknell and Wokingham area. Don’t give thieves an easy ride. Here are a couple of rules to help protect your car. electronic fob is at risk of being scanned and cloned at a short distance, enabling a thief to simply open your car nearby and drive it away. For more information visit the crime prevention section of the Thames Valley Police website: crime-prevention.

1. Love it? Then lock it Locking your vehicle, even when filling up or parked on your drive, greatly reduces the possibility of it being targeted by an opportunist thief. As well as locking it, check you haven’t left any windows or the sunroof open. It is actually illegal to leave your vehicle running unattended while you de-ice it or warm it up in cold weather. Furthermore, if someone does take the opportunity to steal it, your insurer won’t pay out because you won’t be covered. 2. Leave thieves keyless and clueless Vehicles today are by and large more difficult to steal than ever – unless the thief can access your key or fob to clone them. Be sure to keep your keys safe, out of view when at home, and away from your front door. It’s not uncommon for car keys to be stolen from inside your home by thieves fishing for them with a stick and hook through the letterbox. When not in use, keep your electronic car key in a security pouch. It’s an unsettling thought but important to realise: an unprotected

Contact us If you believe there is a crime in progress, please call 999; otherwise please report your concerns on our website or by calling 101. Email the neighbourhood team on Please note this email address cannot be used to report crimes or for any urgent matters. 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. To view information on your neighbourhood team you can visit the force website at: You can follow us on twitter via @TVP_Wokingham Sign up to Thames Valley Alerts to receive timely updates about crimes affecting the area where you live. To register please go to

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Perfect pancakes Sometimes thought of as ‘pancake day’, Shrove Tuesday falls this year on Tuesday 5 March. Traditionally the feast day before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday, it enabled Christians to use up their supplies of eggs and fats before denying themselves such indulgences for the 40-day fast leading up to Easter. These days we tend to enjoy pancakes whenever we fancy them. A perfect treat for Mothering Sunday on 31 March? (Just check she hasn’t given them up for Lent!)



3 large eggs


125g plain flour

Crack the eggs straight into a blender, followed by the flour, milk and salt.

250ml milk

2. Blitz until you get a smooth batter.

Unsalted butter


Pinch of sea salt

4. Gently melt a knob of butter in a large non-stick pan. 5.

Leave it to stand in a bowl for 15 minutes.

Once the pan is warm and coated in butter, add 1 ladle of batter to the pan and tilt to spread around evenly.

6. Cook for 1-2 minutes. 7. Once golden underneath (you can check with a spatula), flip the pancake over and cook for another minute. 8. Pile up and serve with your favourite toppings. Please mention rg10 when responding to advertisements


food and drink

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 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

The Heron on the Ford .................... 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

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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The Heron on the Ford You still haven’t heard? The Charvil pub formerly known as the Land’s End reopened last August under a new name and new management. The refurbished premises look great, both inside and out. By all accounts it seems that Adam, Niki and Colin have got things spot on, from the warm welcome to the delicious menu. Food is available 12–3pm and 6–9pm during the week, 12-9pm Saturday and 12–5pm Sunday.

New deli counter If you have been into the farm shop recently at Hare Hatch Sheeplands, chances are you’ll have discovered Becky’s Deli. For those not yet in the know, Becky Yapp opened her counter in mid February alongside butcher Mark Lowe. Always a keen baker, she now sells her own range of hand-made pies, sausage rolls and scotch eggs together with a range of cooked meats, olives, cheeses and other deli items. (I recommend the sweet chilli peppers stuffed with feta!)

The St George & Dragon This pub on the banks of the river in Wargrave was closed during February for a makeover, not reopening until after this edition was going to print. Will have to go and check it out for next time… Please mention rg10 when responding to advertisements


Index Accounting 8

Starfish Accounting

Arts and crafts 41 HaaHoos Painting & Party Centre Beauty 23

Food and drink 60–61 Pubs, restaurants and cafés * Gardens and landscaping 7 The Big Plant Nursery 18, 45 Twyford Landscapes 19 Waltham Place

Blush & Curls

Building services 52 Boce Developments 38 Bondright Roofing 13 Just Brickwork 41 The Loft Access Company 20 Rivar Sand & Gravel 47 Woods & Langton Joinery

Health and wellbeing 10 FastTrack Fit Camp 16 Sing Your Pain Away 13 Tai Chi for Wellbeing Kitchens and bathrooms 4 AHM Installations 12 Kitchen & Bathroom Place

Children 11 53

Barracudas Activity Day Camps Tara’s Academy

Painting and decorating 38 Cox Decorators 8 PB Decorating

Coaching 39

Liz Balmford

Pets 52

The Veterinary Centre

Cleaning 4 47 17

All and Good House Cleaning Services Oven Clean OvenU

Community 57 44–47

Plumbers 14 2 47 13 56

Twyford Roofing & Building JJ Plumbing & Heating JJ & SJ Plumbing S Green Plumbing & Heating W Williams Plumbing & Heating

Thames Valley Police Twyford Together

Dance 27

Jennifer Benavidez

Property maintenance 45 Twyford Tradesmen Together *

Design and print 25 Advantage Print Room

Roofing 4 41 14

Rain-Scape Roofing The Rubber Roofing Company Twyford Roofing & Building

Dressmaking and alterations 52 Can’t Sew

Security 15

Band Systems

Electricians 58 5

Self storage 38

Sheeplands Farm

Sports 63

Twyford Tennis Club

Estate agents 9 Events 1, 6–7 26 22

PJC Electrical Services Westgate Electrical Services WentWorth Estate Agents Henley Arts Trail Springwood Ceremonies Thames Valley Discos

Finance and insurance 48–49 Benedict Charles Financial Planning 42–43 CMJ Insurance Brokers 17 Josephine Blythe 16 Vickers Young

Style and fashion 29 Dormouse Designs 28 House of Colour 24 Laurence Menswear * Denotes grouping of several businesses

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Open Days Sun 7th April 2-5pm

Weds 17th April 11am-4pm

Join our active, friendly club today

and get unlimited access to great local facilities

Free tennis sessions for all abilities Mini tennis for children Demonstration of Cardio Tennis Try our ball machine and speed gun

Adult & Junior teams in local leagues

4 club sessions per week Adult & Junior coaching

Refreshments provided We’ll provide a racket if you need one Find us on King George V Playing Field by Loddon Hall

Free entry to our club draw for Wimbledon tickets! Special new member discount when you sign up on an open day

For more info and membership, email Simon at

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