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March/April 2020 | issue 82 | free

Henley Arts Trail Spring and Easter Twyford Big Tree Planting Project inside | Local news | What’s on | Features | Puzzles | Food and Drink | Competition


After the storms Local communities are emerging into early spring after a battering by storms Brendan, Ciara and Dennis. Hopefully everything is getting back to normal after the challenges posed by fallen trees, power cuts and flooding.

Contents Events 6–7 10 14–15 43

Check out our competition for a chance to win tickets for the wonderful Easter holiday production of Alice in Wonderland at South Hill Park in Bracknell.


You’ll find other seasonal content in these pages relating to spring and Easter, including details of this year’s eagerly anticipated Twyford Easter Egg Hunt.

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Happy reading!

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Nature and environment

The good news is that there is lots to look forward to at this time of year. We can count on better weather, spring bulbs and blossom but also plenty of fantastic events: concerts, plays, open days, quiz nights and more. One of the real highlights a bit later in the spring will be the Henley Arts Trail over the first weekend of May.

There’s positive news on the environment, with the Big Twyford Tree Planting Project capturing the public imagination, an improvement to recycling statistics and an update from Lavells Wetland Trust.

Henley Arts Trail and Art in the Garden


Environment: Why plant trees? Lavells Wetland Trust

Community 22 23–27 28–29 36–37 48

Easter church services Local news What’s on Twyford Together news Thames Valley Police: Community update

Business Liz Balmford Coaching: Thinking time

Finance 32–33

Benedict Charles: Spring clean your pension

Time out Children’s puzzle page Su doku, Word search General knowledge crossword Puzzle solutions Competition: Alice in Wonderland

Food and drink 46 47

Local pubs, restaurants and cafés Recipe: Cajun meatballs with couscous

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Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 May 2020 Expanded Henley Arts Trail returns for its 15th year Despite the surprise move of the early May Bank Holiday to Friday 8 May, the Henley Arts Trail is continuing its tradition of taking place over the first weekend in May – leaving you free to enjoy the 75th anniversary celebrations of VE Day the following week.

will open on Friday evening for a preview, offering a wonderful glimpse into the local and national arts and crafts scene. Nicky Savage - Wild Flowers 2

Now in its 15th year, the trail has extended its reach to include seven entirely new venues, bringing the total up to 36. Condensed into two days, the event will make you spoilt for choice, with over 300 artists and craftspeople exhibiting and selling their work. Josie Clouting - Almost Lost

Download a map from the website www.henleyartstrail.com and look out for the leaflet in shops, libraries, information centres and the local papers. New and returning venues for 2020 include Pool House Cottage (Henley), Allan Henderson (Remenham), Twyford Glass Art (Twyford) and Art at Pheasants (Mill End, Henley). All venues offer free entry with no obligation to buy, and artists welcome guests to talk about their work. Centred around the Thames, the Henley Arts Trail showcases the vibrant visual arts and crafts scene across a swathe of Berkshire and Oxfordshire. Over two days in spring, artists and makers will emerge from their studios, spare rooms and garden sheds to share their beautiful work with members of the public. Over 10,000 visitors are expected – possibly more, given that people will not have to contend with bank holiday traffic.

Many venues offer refreshments; some run demonstrations or workshops for visitors, making for an especially enjoyable day out.

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Art in the Garden Venue 22 on the Henley Arts Trail

Elliott of London - Verdigris & Gold Sphere Make a date to visit ‘Art in the Garden’ at the Big Plant Nursery, Twyford. This year, they have extended the exhibition across two weekends, so it is set to be the biggest and best one yet. Launching with the Henley Arts Trail on Saturday 2 May, it is running through the week and into the early May bank holiday (finishing Sunday 10 May). Pay them a visit for inspiration and ideas on furnishing your outdoor space. At the Big Plant Nursery, they have fresh ideas, inspiring plants and solutions for every garden. They specialise in semi-mature trees and plants that provide instant impact, screening and privacy as well as ranges of smaller, complementary, seasonal interest plants.

About the artists Twelve 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 glass, all designed to add impact, movement and style to your garden. Each piece will be displayed at its best amongst the plants in the relaxing environment of this unique mature plant nursery (open seven days a week). In addition, local artist Sarah Pye will be on hand both weekends with her unique style of painting inspired by nature, and will be happy to answer any questions. 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. For opening times and more information visit www.thebigplantnursery.com

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As I write this it’s almost the middle of February, a time of year when the longing for Spring is strong. Luckily there are enough small hints that it’s on its way.

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FastTrack Fit Camp first opened its doors in 2009 and officially launched in Wokingham in January 2010. By September of that year we were being asked if we would set up a camp in Twyford, where there was a bunch of eager women and men ready to get active and fit.

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We’d love to show you what we can do too. Come along and try us out for a complimentary week worth £35. All you need to do is email us at admin@fasttrack-fitcamp.co.uk and we’ll set it up for you! Heidi Strickland-Clark is an outdoors junkie and wellness rebel who owns and runs FastTrack Fit Camp, a Social Enterprise running outdoor group fitness sessions in and around the Wokingham area. FastTrack Fit Camp give back a minimum of 50% of their profits to environmental and nature restoration programmes in the community.

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Local update Why plant trees? by Dave Lamont Tree planting is something very close to our hearts at Plastic Free Home, so I was delighted when I heard recently about the Big Twyford Tree Planting Project. It began when Twyford resident Rebecca Howard was helping her two young daughters pot up seeds collected in Ruscombe Wood, in the hope that one day they would grow into big trees.

In December, she was delighted to receive a response from Parish Council clerk Lucy Moffatt identifying an area of land on Stanlake Meadow as suitable for growing new woodland – bordering the copse at the far end of the playing fields. After a follow-up meeting in January, Rebecca launched a crowdfunding page to encourage and enable families, individuals and businesses in and around Twyford to get involved in the project. She continues: ‘Local residents and families can sponsor a tree and come along on our chosen date, Saturday 28 November, to start planting the new woodland with us. The response so far has been uplifting – people really want to make this happen!’

‘Together, we talked about how we would love to do something positive in our local area,’ explains Rebecca. ‘The girls decided to set about designing their own make-believe woodland – a place where children could come and learn to make things grow.’ Stanlake Meadow copse

Pledges start at £5 to help establish a wildflower area, with a choice of trees available from £15 for a small sapling to £60 for a larger more established specimen including a dedication plaque. Rebecca's daughters Eve (11) and Eliane (7)

After deciding that the idea was ‘too lovely’ not to pursue for real, Rebecca contacted Twyford Parish Council to explore whether there was any spare land available nearby.

The focus is on native tree species that are particularly important in supporting wildlife, including Hawthorn, Rowan and Blackthorn. The Big Plant Nursery based on the A4 just outside the village have kindly offered their support and expert advice.

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Local update To find out more about the Big Twyford Tree Planting Project and pledge your support, please visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/twyford-treeplanting-project-2020. Last year I interviewed a leading expert at the Woodland Trust on the vital role of trees. Their data shows that only 1,420 hectares of new woodland was created in England in the past year, versus a target of 5,000 hectares. Nowadays only 10% of England (13% of the UK as a whole) is covered in woodland, a figure that would have been nearer 60% around 4,000 years ago.

Maidenhead, the figure was 44.3% for the 2019 financial year, putting the council in 143rd spot. Seven per cent of the increase in the Wokingham figures is attributed to the hugely successful food waste scheme. It’s brilliant, too, that since the range of items accepted for recycling was expanded in 2018, there has been a 59% increase in plastic recycling. In other local news, Twyford Rethinks Its Plastic (TRIP) is continuing its excellent work with a range of local initiatives ongoing to help residents adopt more environmentally friendly practices.

According to the Trust, ‘Capturing and storing the carbon in our atmosphere is vital in the fight against climate change. Twenty-five square metres of woodland can store almost a tonne of carbon, while providing crucial habitats for thousands of species.’

These include reusing plastic containers and redirecting a wide range of items previously deemed non-recyclable into specialist schemes by Terracycle and others. The previous edition of RG10 magazine outlined the local collection points and items permitted.

As part of its recently unveiled ‘green deal’ or Climate Action Emergency Plan, Wokingham Borough Council has pledged to plant 250,000 trees across the borough, which is great news and something I look forward to seeing happen.

TRIP volunteers have also been active in local schools: Robert Piggott Junior School in Wargrave and Charvil Piggott Primary School have both now registered with the Surfers Against Sewage programme in order to gain plastic free status.


Pupils will be working on activities with an ecological focus such as litter picking, making deposits at TRIP’s Terracycle collection schemes and writing to their MP about climate change.

It is very pleasing to read that the recycling rate in Wokingham Borough for the nine month period to December 2019 is up to 53%, a dramatic improvement from 41% the previous year, a figure that left Wokingham languishing in 204th position in a list of the UK’s top performing local authorities. For readers living in the Royal Borough of Windsor and

Please continue to support tree planting, TRIP, Terracycle and any other local initiatives that reduce our impact on the natural environment.

Dave Lamont is the founder of Plastic Free Home, a not-for-profit online community focused on environmental issues. Follow www.facebook.com/plasticfreehomeuk for news, ideas, debate and more.

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Local news Twyford Surgery bench

Reading Rugby Club in Sonning Lane, just north of the A4 near the Shepherds Hill roundabout. Any newcomers are given a warm welcome. A full programme of events for the year is available on the website, but here’s a sneak preview of the next few gigs: 11 March – Richard Leach’s 7 Stars of Jazz 8 April – John Maddocks Jazzmen 13 May – Sarah Spencer 6 Piece Jazz

Photo: Maidenhead Advertiser Local resident Lisa Elliott, pictured second from left, is delighted the bench installed last November outside Twyford Surgery has proved to be such a hit with people using the medical centre. It’s ideal for anyone arriving early or waiting for a lift after their appointment, or simply taking a breather. This was just as she’d envisaged last spring, when she decided to make her idea a reality by presenting it to the surgery’s Patient Participation Group and seeking support from Twyford Together.

Doors open at 7pm with live music up to 10:30 pm. Admission is £10 with any surplus funds passed on to local charities. For more information about Reading Jazz Club please visit www.readingjazzclub.com or call 07836 505452. Divorce Recovery Workshop There’s new springtime hope for men and women who are separated, divorced, or going through relationship breakdown, with local charity Divorce Recovery Workshop running its next course over two Friday evenings and Saturdays in March. The course will take place at Brookside Hall in Earley on 20–21 and 27–28 March.

Also shown in the photo are Neetan Kathuria, Chairman of Twyford & District Round Table which kindly funded the project, Jo Barrett, Practice Manager of Twyford Surgery, and Rob Yeadon, Chairman of Twyford Together, who introduced Lisa to the Round Table. The bench is environmentally friendly and low maintenance, being made of reconstituted plastic. 1st Twyford Scouts Well done to the 1st Twyford Scout Group, whose Christmas fundraising efforts have benefited two local charities. In January they presented Me2 Club in Woodley with a cheque for £500, raised through bag packing for shoppers in Waitrose Twyford just before Christmas. Me2 Club works for children with special needs in and around Wokingham, enabling them to take part in mainstream activities accompanied by volunteer ‘buddies’. The scouts’ carol concert made a further £200, which was passed to a relatively new charity that some of the Cubs are involved with, Twyford Autistic Carers Together (TACT). Reading Jazz Club Reading Jazz Club celebrates live traditional jazz on the second Wednesday evening of the month at

Twyford administrator Kate, whose marriage broke up after twenty years, says: ‘Going to DRW made me feel less isolated and helped me have a different perspective. I discovered I could be in charge of my own recovery.’ Kate was so impressed that she is helping to lead the March course. The cost is £80 including lunch and break time refreshments. For further details or to discuss payment of the fee, contact the organisers, Seamus on 07887 800521 or Jane on 07747 607861, or email reading@drw.org.uk. Please mention rg10 when responding to advertisements


Local news (continued) Hurst Bowling Club

The 2020 season started on 25 February with eight weeks of indoor net sessions on Tuesday evenings at Waingels College in Woodley. New faces are most welcome to go along and join in: full cricket kit and equipment is provided. Thursday 5 March sees the club’s first social event of the year: the TRCC Pre-Season Quiz at The Golden Cross, Twyford. The evening offers the chance to meet a wide range of club members and enjoy a fun evening – bring your own team if you wish! For more information about the net sessions, quiz night or club membership, contact Simon Burr on 07725 891931 or email chairman@twyfordcc.org.uk.

Members of Hurst Bowling Club consider themselves a family of bowlers, enjoying exercise, friendship, fellowship and social interaction. The game itself offers competition, concentration, discipline and teamwork with an inclusive approach.

Hurst Morris People

Would you enjoy learning a lovely new sport – prowess totally unnecessary? Or have you recently moved to the area and are looking for a new club? Hurst is recruiting bowlers for the new season and actively encourages anyone interested to visit.

Easy-to-follow caller Howard Ballard will keep everyone going in the right direction and having fun, dancing to live music by Chris, Patsy and Friends.

Hurst Morris People (HuMP) are holding their popular annual barn dance on Saturday 14 March at Hurst Village Hall: arrive 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start.

The season runs from April to September, and you can visit any Tuesday evening at 6pm to try the game, with practice bowls made available to newcomers. The historic bowling green is situated next to the Castle Inn at Hurst. In order to preserve the green, please wear flat soled shoes. For more information visit www.hurstbowlingclub .co.uk. Alternatively call 01344 310119, leave a clear message with your phone number, and a club member will respond shortly. Join a local success story Twyford & Ruscombe Cricket Club welcomes new members for the 2020 season. This traditional village cricket club offers the opportunity for all ages and abilities to take part in a game in which England are actually world champions!

Everyone is invited to bring a plate of food to share for the event’s ‘famous feast’, together with their own drink (tea, coffee and squash will be supplied). Tickets cost £7.50 (under 12s free) and can be booked by emailing contact@hump.org.uk.

TRCC’s 1st XI won promotion last season and will play in the Premier Division of the Berkshire Cricket League this year. In other good news, the club now has a Development XI playing in Division 3, which was made possible by progressing some of the younger members coming through the colt and junior programme. This very successful programme gives young players access to expert coaching and competitive fixtures throughout the summer.

The evening will help support First Days Children’s Charity in Hurst, which distributes everyday essentials to families living in poverty such as clothes, toiletries, school uniforms, equipment, furniture, toys and books.

The club also has a full calendar of Sunday ‘Friendly’ XI fixtures, giving members the opportunity to visit some of the most attractive village grounds in Berkshire and the Chilterns.

HuMP will bring more dancing fun to their free Maypole and Morris event on Sunday 3 May, at 12 noon in the grounds of Hurst Village Hall (or inside if wet). Bring your family and picnic, learn how to maypole dance and have a go at morris dancing! For all information visit www.hump.org.uk or follow @hurstmorris on Facebook.

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Local news (continued) Twyford Twinning Association The association held a merry event complete with French bunting, accordion music and delicious pastries at Emma’s Kitchen in late January. Members of the public could also view the display boards for information about Twyford’s twin town of Cuincy in northern France as well as updates about all the many activities now taking place between reciprocal organisations between the two locations, involving schools, music and drama, sports, art and more. Projects over the next few months include a cycling trip to Cuincy, High Voltage Singers hosting Mélodie Choir in a joint concert (details below) and Twyford Comets defending their 2019 title in the Twinning Trophy as they welcome the Cuincy players for a return match in June. Twyford Art Group also looks forward to receiving a sketch book with images of Cuincy from their French counterparts, having provided a collection of Twyford scenes last year.

parent support to help young families through challenging times. They are currently appealing for donations of preloved soft toys for their stall at the Wokingham May Fayre on the VE Day Bank Holiday, Friday 8 May. The charity is also keen to explore opportunities for potential partnerships with local businesses for mutual benefit. Companies could fulfil their corporate social responsibility goals whilst supporting Home-Start as their charity of the year, or through sponsoring events, making donations or providing volunteers. If you can help with either of these please get in touch through www.home-startwd.org.uk. Twyford Whist Drive If you enjoy playing cards and friendly company, join Twyford Whist Drive every other Tuesday evening in the St Thomas More Catholic church hall. You do not need a partner, just arrive ready to start at 7.30pm prompt. The £2 entry includes a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits, and there are usually about 6 prizes. Participants are also asked to bring a small raffle prize and buy a ticket for £1, to enable everyone to go home with something and also raise money for charity. Funds raised are paid out whenever the pot reaches £300, to a charity or cause voted on by a show of hands. For further information email Ted at tedbetty.smith@outlook.com. Drama at the races Twyford & Ruscombe Theatre Group is performing one of the most popular current plays, Ladies’ Day, in Loddon Hall from Thursday 30 April to Saturday 2 May. The play by Amanda Whittington is a very modern comedy with some added pathos. We explore the lives of a quartet of fish plant workers as they take a day off to visit Royal Ascot at York. The larger than life female characters interact with half a dozen men, both at the plant and at the racecourse, with entertaining results. Come along and enjoy the work of one of the most popular playwrights of the moment, with brilliant acting by the cast showcasing very real lives, outrageous hats and catchy music.

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Local news (continued) 60 years of Woodley Carnival

Henley Symphony Orchestra.

Save the date: this year’s Woodley Carnival will be held on Saturday 13 June and it’s a special one, celebrating sixty years of the event. The theme will be everything 1960s, and as usual there’ll be a fabulous procession through the town, an afternoon of family activities, shows and entertainment on the Memorial Field by the Oakwood Centre, then the grand finale of a live concert and fireworks in the evening.

The Henley Symphony Orchestra will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a concert at the Hexagon in Reading at 7.30pm Sunday 15 March. Music Director Ian Brown is celebrating 25 years with the HSO, one of the country’s leading amateur orchestras.

The carnival committee would love to hear from any youth group, club, society or business interested in taking part in the events that make up Carnival week. There are still opportunities for sponsorship, advertising or booking book a stall. To find out about getting involved, visit www.woodleycarnival.co.uk. Tennis club open days Twyford Tennis Club invites anyone interested in the sport to visit the courts on King George V Field, Twyford, for either (or both!) of their open days this spring, on Sunday 29 March from 2pm to 5pm and on Wednesday 8 April from 10am to 5pm. For full details of what’s on offer, see the inside back cover of this magazine. Please email any enquiries to Simon at info@twyfordtennisclub.com.

The HSO welcomes the internationally acclaimed pianist Eric Lu in Mozart's dark and dramatic Piano Concerto No 20 in D minor. His unprecedented success as winner of the 2018 Leeds International Piano Competition at the age of 20 led him to make his BBC Proms début last summer. Dvorak’s famous Symphony No. 9, From the New World, influenced by indigenous American folk tunes, has an apparently inexhaustible flow of melodies. The HSO last played this symphony at its first Hexagon performance in 1999, making it a fitting conclusion to this very special anniversary concert. Tickets cost £20, £17 and £12 and are available from 01235 859210 or www.henleysymphonyorchestra. co.uk/contact. Twyford Singers Easter concert

Sonning Tennis Club is also holding two open days for potential members of all ages to have a go, meet other players, have a free coaching taster session and sign up at a discounted rate. The dates are Saturday 28 March from 11am to 2pm and Sunday 26 April from 12.30pm to 3.30pm. Sonning is a thriving club with an active social calendar and regular tournaments, with some members playing in the LTA league. The club is located at King George’s Field, Sonning RG4 6ST. Menopause Awareness Day Local yoga teacher Sarah Swan is involved in a special event on Sunday 15 March at Warbrook House Hotel in Eversley, RG27 0PL. The Menopause Awareness Day brings together conventional medical and complementary health practitioners offering participants a day of information, understanding and support in a friendly, open and safe space. As well as talks by experts there will be an open forum with plenty of opportunity to talk, listen and be heard – and to ask everything you ever wanted to know about the menopause! Tickets cost £25 plus the Eventbrite booking fee. For more information and the booking link, visit the events page at www.swan-yoga.co.uk.

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Twyford & Ruscombe Horticultural Association The Twyford & Ruscombe Horticultural Association store in Loddon Hall Road has reopened after the winter break. Members can buy horticultural goods on Sunday mornings from 10am to 11am. There are currently some lovely pots of bulbs to brighten any bare corners of the garden. The association is full of enthusiasm for the coming year, kicking off with a quiz night at 8pm on Thursday 5 March in St Mary’s Church Centre, Twyford. All are welcome: entry is £10 and includes a cheese and wine supper. The Spring Show will be held on Saturday 28 March at Loddon Hall, in conjunction with the Twyford Together Easter Egg Hunt. Doors open to the public at 2.30pm to view the show exhibits. Entrance is just £1 with refreshments available. There are classes for novices too, so why not enter your produce this year and join in the fun?

The cost is £10 including a copy of the music and refreshments. Places must be booked: contact Suzanne on 0118 934 0589 or suzanneynewman@ btinternet.com. Charity Ball Tickets are now available for the annual gala event on 2 May of Wokingham based charity Building for the Future, which runs a specialist day centre for local families with disabled children. Details below: treat yourselves to a fabulous black tie dinner and dance the night away to a live band, whilst supporting the charity. Contact julie@bftf.org.uk for tickets or any queries.

To enquire about joining Twyford & Ruscombe Horticultural Association, email TRHAMembership @gmail.com or call Membership Secretary Jenny Wager on 0118 932 0127. Standard membership cost £7 per year (£6 for Seniors). Details of all events are published in the TRHA newsletter. Alternatively visit www.trha.org.uk. Female singing events Charvil based girls' choir Jewel Tones will be holding a special anniversary concert at 3pm on Sunday 15 March at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts in Maidenhead. Having started in 1990 the choir is now celebrating thirty years of music! The singers will be joined by past choir members and the Crosfields School Chamber Choir. The concert, entitled Treasure Beyond Measure, will include some of Jewel Tones’ favourite songs from the last thirty years including Rhythm of life, Astonishing, Bubble trouble and Flying free. Tickets are £10 and available from the Box Office at Norden Farm on 01628 788997 or www.nordenfarm.org. The choir’s director is local music teacher Suzanne Newman, who is also holding a fun singing afternoon for female voices from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday 9 May at Charvil Village Hall. Ladies are invited to book a place to join in singing a great medley of songs from Motown: The Musical arranged for two-part choir. Songs include Papa was a rollin' stone; Reach out, I'll be there; My girl; Please Mr Postman; Stop! In the name of love; I heard it through the grapevine and Ain't no mountain high enough.

Charity antiques valuation day Martin & Pole will be holding an antiques valuation day on Saturday 28 March, from 2pm to 4.30pm at St Mary the Virgin Church Hall in Winnersh, RG41 5NA. This is a fundraising event for the charity SalGO Assist. The cost is £2.50 per item, with a maximum of two items for valuation per person.

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9:45–10:45 or 11:00–12:00 Hurst Village Hall 19:45–21:30 Loddon Hall, Twyford 19:00–20:30 Sonning C of E Primary School 19:00–19:45 Polehampton Junior School, Twyford

Every Wednesday

Twyford Yoga

19:00–20:30 The Colleton School, Twyford

Every Thursday

FLEX Pilates The Yoga Club

9:30 and 10:30 Knowl Hill Village Hall 19:00–20:15 Charvil Piggott Primary School

Every Friday

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

Every Saturday

FastTrack Fit Camp

8:30–9:15 Polehampton Junior School, Twyford

First Monday

Monday Bookworms Author book group

14:00–15:00 Wargrave 14:30–15:30 Twyford

First Tuesday Second Tuesday Third Tuesday

Reminiscence Club Tuesday Reading Group Rhymetime Knit & Natter Storytime Home from Home book group

10:30–12:00 Twyford 14:30–15:30 Twyford 11:00–11:30 Twyford 14:00–15:00 Twyford 15:45–16:15 Twyford 10:30–11:30 Twyford

First Wednesday Second Wednesday Third Wednesday Fourth Wednesday

Crafts & Laughs Coffee morning KTOG Knitting Group Rhymetime iHelp Support Group

14:00–16:00 Wargrave 10:00–12:00 Wargrave 14:00–16:00 Wargrave 11:00–11:30 Wargrave 14:00–16:00 Wargrave

Every Friday

Jigsaw Club for adults

13:30–15:00 Wargrave

First Saturday

Read me, Make me: children’s crafts

10:30–11:00 Wargrave

Every Monday

Twyford Youth Club years 6–8

18:30–20:30 Twyford District Youth & Community Centre

Every Wed and Fri (term time only) Every Wednesday (term time only) Every Wednesday

Twyford Toddler Group Caterpillar Club Twyford Youth Club years 9–11

9:30–11:30 Twyford District Youth & Community Centre 9:45–11:30 Charvil Village Hall 19:15–21:15 Twyford District Youth & Community Centre

First Sunday

T.A.C.T. Stay and Play session

10:00–12:00 Twyford District Youth & Community Centre

Every Monday 2nd and 4th Monday (Sep–Mar) Third Monday

Woodley Photographic Club Twyford & Ruscombe Art Group Twyford & Ruscombe WI

19:45–22:00 The Oakwood Centre, Woodley 14:00–16:00 St Mary’s Church Centre, Twyford 14:00–16:00 St Mary’s Church Centre, Twyford

Every Tuesday

Sing Your Pain Away Twyford Badminton Club Twyford & Ruscombe Floral Art Club Knowl Hill WI

14:00–15:00 Loddon Hall 19:45–21:30 Loddon Hall 19:30 Charvil Piggott Primary School 19:30 Knowl Hill Village Hall

Second Wednesday

Charvil Short Mat Bowling Club Charvil Art Group Holly Cottage Bridge Club U3A Woodley Twyford Folk Music Workshop Live Traditional Jazz Club

19:00–21:00 Charvil Village Hall 19:30–21:30 Charvil Village Hall 19:30–22:30 White Waltham Parish Hall 14:00–16:00 Christ Church, Woodley 20:00 Loddon Hall 19:00–22:30 Reading Rugby Club, Sonning

Every Thursday Second and last Thursday 2nd Thursday and 4th Tuesday Third Thursday

Wargrave Lunch Club Pots & Pinot adult pottery painting Reading Cigarette Card & Postcard Club Knowl Hill CAMEO

12:00–14:00 The Pavilion, Recreation Road, Wargrave 18:00–22:00 HaaHoos, Twyford 19:30–22:00 Charvil Village Hall 15:00–16:00 Knowl Hill Village Hall

First Sunday Every Sunday Last Sunday

Sunday Club Bingo evening Legendary Twyford Blues

14:00–17:00 The Twyford Centre, Polehampton Close 19:30 Loddon Hall 20:30 Waggon and Horses, Twyford

Second Monday

Twyford & Ruscombe Local History Society Wargrave Local History Society

19:30 The Piggott School library, Wargrave 20:00 The Pavilion, Wargrave Recreation Ground

Third Wednesday

Woodley Farmers’ Market

9:00–13:30 town centre

First Saturday

RSPB guided walk Friends of Ruscombe Wood

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Lavell’s Wetland Trust bird walk Maidenhead Farmers’ Market Lavell’s Lake work party

9:00–12:00 Sandford Lane car park, Woodley 10:00–13:00 Grove Road 10:00–14:00 Sandford Lane, Woodley

First Monday Third Monday

Hurst Parish Council Charvil Parish Council

19:30 Hurst Village Hall 20:00 Charvil Village Hall

Fourth Tuesday

Twyford Parish Council

19:45 Loddon Hall

First Wednesday

Ruscombe Parish Council

19:30 William Penn Room, Loddon Hall, Twyford

Third Thursday

Hurley Parish Council

19:30 rotating between Knowl Hill, Littlewick Green and Hurley

Second Tuesday

Woodley Business Club

8:00–9:30 The Oakwood Centre, Woodley

Every Wednesday First Wednesday Second Wednesday

BNI (Regatta chapter) Athena (Reading East) 4Networking (Twyford)

6:45–8:15 Henley Rugby Club 12:00–14:00 Sonning Golf Club 12:00¬–14:00 Hennerton Golf Club, Wargrave

Every Thursday

BNI (Loddon chapter) BNI (Tour de Force)

Second Thursday Third Thursday

4Networking (Henley) Athena (Wargrave)

6:45–8:15 Doubletree by Hilton, Sindlesham 9:30–12:00 1 Collegiate Square, Thames Valley Science Park, Shinfield 12:00–14:00 Henley Rugby Club 12:00–14:00 Hennerton Golf Club

First Friday Third Friday

First Friday Club, Reading Henley Business Partnership 3FM Ladies Who Latte

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Fourth Sunday

Council meetings

Business networking

More events in March

Sat 28 Twyford & Ruscombe Horticultural Association Spring Show 14:30–17:00 Loddon Hall, Twyford

Tue 3, 17 and 31 Twyford Whist Drive 19:30 St Thomas More RC Church Hall, Twyford

Sun 29 Twyford Tennis Club open day 14:00–17:00 King George’s Field, Twyford

Wed 4 and 18 Twyford Over 60s Club 14:00–16:00 St Mary’s Church Centre, Twyford

More events in April

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 1, 15 and 29 Twyford Over 60s Club 14:00–16:00 St Mary’s Church Centre, Twyford

Thu 5 and 19 Golden Years Club 14:00–17:00 For over 60s, The Twyford Centre, Polehampton Close

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

Thu 5 Twyford & Ruscombe Cricket Club quiz night 19:15 The Golden Cross, Waltham Road, Twyford

Thu 2, 16 and 30 Golden Years Club 14:00–17:00 For over 60s, The Twyford Centre, Polehampton Close

Thu 5 Twyford & Ruscombe Horticultural Association quiz night 20:00 St Mary’s Church Centre, Twyford

Mon 6 Aliens v Bunnies activity session 14:00–14:45 for children aged 3–9 years, Twyford Library

Wed 11 Citizens Advice Bureau pop-up session 10:00–12:00 Wargrave Library

Wed 8 Twyford Tennis Club open day 10:00–15:00 King George’s Field, Twyford

Sat 14 Hurst Morris People Barn Dance 19:15 for 19:30 Hurst Village Hall

Fri 10–Mon 13

Sun 15 Menopause Awareness Day 9:30–16:30 Wellbeing event at Warbrook House Hotel, Eversley

Tue 14 and 28 Twyford Whist Drive 19:30 St Thomas More RC Church Hall, Twyford

Sun 15 Jewel Tones girls’ choir 30th anniversary concert 15:00 Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead

Thu 16 Hurley Annual Parish Assembly 19:00 Hurley Village Hall, High Street, Hurley

Sun 15 Henley Symphony Orchestra 50th anniversary concert 19:30 The Hexagon, Reading

Sat 18 Twyford-Cuincy Twinning Concert: High Voltage Singers and Mélodie Choir 19:30 Loddon Hall, Twyford

Fri 20/Sat 21 and Fri 27/Sat 28 Divorce Recovery Workshop Brookside Hall, Earley

Tue 21 Wargrave Annual Parish Assembly 19:45 The Pavilion, Recreation Road, Wargrave

Sun 22

Sun 26 Sonning Tennis Club open day 12:30–15:30 King George’s Field, Sonning

Mothering Sunday

Sat 28 Sonning Tennis Club open day 11:00–14:00 King George’s Field, Sonning Sat 28 Martin & Pole charity antiques valuation 14:00–16:30 St Mary’s Church Hall, Church Close, Winnersh Sat 28 Twyford Together Easter Egg Hunt 14:00–16:00 King George’s Field, Twyford

Easter weekend

Mon 27 Twyford & Ruscombe Art Group AGM 14:30 St Mary’s Church Centre, Twyford Wed 29 Twyford Annual Parish Meeting 20:00 St Mary’s Church Centre, Twyford Thu 30–Sat 2 May Ladies’ Day 19:45 TRTG production at Loddon Hall, Twyford

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Performance coach Thinking time: a strategy for spring by Liz Balmford

I love this time of year. It's nature's New Year and feels like a great time to take stock, ask questions and think strategically about the year (or the decade) ahead. A lack of time for strategic thinking can seriously impede our chances of success – in the board room and in our personal lives. One study1 suggests top leaders spend an average of 25 minutes per day on strategic thinking. How much time do you spend? When we're in the busy 'doing' of life and work, it's easy to lose sight of the big picture of our broader goals. Is where we're heading with this 'busy-ness' getting us closer to our ultimate outcome? Spending time reflecting can pay dividends. When we allow ourselves to take stock on a regular basis, we can make minor course corrections that help us stay on track. Taking time to ask yourself big questions I encourage all my clients to prioritise some time in self-reflection. I have them work through a ten-question document designed to kick-start this journey of self-discovery. This workbook asks BIG questions like ‘Who do I want to be?’, ‘What's stopping me?’ and ‘What progress am I making?’

think. Between running a team, responding to emails and overseeing projects, there was no time for strategy or planning. My client wanted to step up in her career and go for a promotion, but that was feeling increasingly unlikely because she felt so out of control. Once my client had recognised where the problem lay, she experimented with scheduling time for thinking and set herself a target of 20 minutes a day. Her results from this were good: she felt calmer, more in control, and could see that her critical thinking and decision-making had improved. As a result, she decided to increase this time, blocking out 10 minutes between every meeting, 30 minutes every day and 90 minutes at the end of each week. She found she was more productive and felt calmer. This win/win of less stress and improved performance was life-changing for her. Of course, this sort of discipline takes effort to sustain, but isn't it worth it? How much time will you commit to blocking out for your strategic thinking? 1


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Track down any lost pensions Research suggests around £19.4 billion is sitting in unclaimed pension funds – the equivalent of nearly £13,000 per plan.1 If your address has changed or you moved jobs frequently, you may have lost track of your pensions. Finding a lost pension can be as simple as making sure old pension providers have a current address for you. Contact them, check that they have your correct details and ask for a statement. If you are struggling to track down a lost workplace pension, try contacting your previous employer. However, if they no longer exist or you are trying to trace an old personal pension, you can get help from the government-backed Pension Tracing Service, either online or by calling 0800 731 0193.

The more you know about your pensions and investments, the more control you have over what happens to them. When it comes to retirement planning, knowledge really is power. We always recommend you seek independent financial advice before taking any action.

Check your State Pension It is hard to plan your retirement without a full view of your State Pension. It is therefore a good idea to check how much you could get and when you might receive it. You can do this online at www.gov.uk/check-state-pension. You will also be able to see your National Insurance record, and whether you can improve it. You might be able to fill gaps by claiming National Insurance credits or making voluntary National Insurance contributions.

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If you have a few years to go before retirement, you may wish to consider boosting your personal pension now. You can benefit from current rates of tax relief and potentially enjoy a higher income when you come to retire.

A change in pensions legislation means there is now greater flexibility in respect of death benefits. Most personal pensions will allow anyone to inherit pension savings – it does not have to be your spouse or civil partner. There is no limit to the number of people you can nominate. This has led to pensions being used to provide multi-generational tax planning opportunities.

If you have surplus cash that is not earmarked for other purposes and you have not used all your 2019/20 pension allowances, making a one-off pension contribution can be a tax efficient way to improve your retirement funds. Don’t forget you can use other savings and investments to produce an income – it’s not all about pensions. Please remember that capital invested can go down as well as up, and you might not get back the original amount invested.

Check your investments According to the consumer group Which?, around £100 billon of pension savings is invested in inappropriate pension funds or portfolios. Failing to keep a close eye on your investments could see you inadvertently exposed to more – or indeed less – risk than you bargained for.

Passing on pension funds is done through completion of an ‘expression of wish’ form. This tells the trustees of the pension scheme to whom they should pay death benefits. It’s important to keep this updated, ideally at least annually, but also when either your own circumstances or those of your proposed beneficiaries change. If you wish to discuss your retirement plans or have any questions regarding your pensions, investments or life insurance; please feel free to contact me. Robin Yeadon – DipPFS Independent Financial Planner 1

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News update Spring activities Twyford Together Easter Egg Hunt For the second year in a row, Amy from Goodall-Smith Wealth Management is running a children’s Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday 28 March from 2pm to 4pm. Participants collect clues around the village and are rewarded with an Easter Egg at the finish. The Hunt will start from the King George’s Field side of Loddon Hall, half an hour before the public opening of the Twyford & Ruscombe Horticultural Association Spring Show inside the hall. Keep an eye on the @TwyfordTogether Facebook page for full details.

Business mentoring Our mentoring scheme is one of the most rewarding projects we facilitate. This year we’ve had 11 teams of Piggott School students taking part, each supported by a local business mentor. Half a dozen teams will be given the chance to pitch their business plan at the finals in late April, kindly hosted again by Millgate Homes.

The planting is truly magnificent and lasts for months, with all maintenance and watering included in the cost. The price is £70 per hanging basket, plus £25 as a one-off for the lamppost bracket that stays in place for future use. Don’t miss out – to order a hanging basket, email Lynn Povey at assistant.clerk@ twyfordparishcouncil.gov.uk. Twyford Together’s Bee Friendly Together campaign launched last year will once again make a significant contribution in several categories that the regional Britain in Bloom judges take into consideration. Insect and bird boxes are included within the stunning ‘living pillar’ near the URC church. This was kindly installed by the David Brownlow Charitable Foundation, which plans four more in Twyford this year. The plants are specially selected not only for their beauty but also their ability to attract and absorb pollutants, improving air quality in the village centre.

Twyford in Bloom This year Twyford Parish Council is taking the lead on this initiative, with Twyford Together’s continued support and involvement. Twyford in Bloom involves many local volunteers representing different groups contributing in one way or another, such as the Adopt-A-Street litter pickers, Twyford & Ruscombe Horticultural Association, The Colleton School, Twyford Snooker Club and Twyford & Ruscombe Local History Society. Between us all we’re aiming to achieve a Gold award again this year. Twyford in Bloom also enjoys the support of local businesses, with a number of shops sponsoring hanging baskets in the village centre. Residents can also apply for gorgeous hanging baskets to be installed on lampposts in their road: neighbours can liaise to avoid duplication and share costs. 36 rg10 March/April 2020. To advertise please call 0118 907 2510 or email nikki@rg10mag.com

(or know of) a garden that may be suitable to include, please get in touch via the contact page on www.twyfordtogether.org.

Twyford Community Awards We’ll be running the popular community awards again this year, seeking your nominations over a six-week period starting in May, then inviting a shortlist of finalists to an awards evening in July. Full details to follow, but it’s never too early to start considering who deserves recognition for the role they play in the local community, whether as a volunteer, running a business, supporting a charity, promoting sport, organising an event, being a good citizen or a young person achieving something special.

Twyford in Bloom is not just about plants and nature: in previous years the judges loved our art initiatives such as the paintings by local schoolchildren in the Tesco alleyway and the umbrellas over the passageway next to Ballards. The umbrellas had to be removed following damage by storm Brendan in January, but thanks to support from Benedict Charles Financial Planning, they will be back in place on 29 March for the start of British Summer Time. We’ll take them down again when the clocks go back in late October. (Two new events for the village!) We are planning a new event to further enhance the credentials of Twyford in Bloom: an open day for a small selection of gardens within the village that demonstrate sustainability or biodiversity. The idea would be to inspire others – especially families with young children – to see how beautiful and low-maintenance bee-friendly gardens can be, whatever their size. We have a few gardens in mind but if you have

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Come to our AGM We invite members of the public, representatives of community groups and local businesses to join us for the Twyford Together AGM at 1.30pm on Saturday 2 May at the Twyford Centre in Polehampton Close. For more information about Twyford Together visit www.twyfordtogether.org and follow us on Facebook @twyfordtogether. (PS We’re busy working on a wonderful new website, to be launched in the summer.) Gordon Storey

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Lavell’s Wetland Trust vegetation and lay out posts to mark the excavation boundaries. The digger contractor will then be on site for three weeks moving a huge amount of material about to create the marsh and reed bed.

Male wigeon Activity update After a grey, soggy start to 2020, in February we got stuck into preparing for the early migrants. With the Sand Martins usually trickling in from mid-March, we only had a few weeks to clean out and replace last year’s sand from our artificial nesting wall at Lea Farm Lake. We also needed to get out to the islands in Sandford Lake and clear vegetation to create the ideal breeding conditions for waders like Oystercatcher and Redshank. February offers good opportunities to see the winter ducks in their finest plumage, with display behaviour from Great Crested Grebes, Teal and others. The Skylarks were up in the sky singing early, and March brings Chiffchaff around mid-month, with Swallows and House Martins towards the end. Our monthly work parties have been busy, with a record 37 people attending in January. We very much hope we can maintain these levels to help us keep on top of everything. Looking ahead Hopefully by the time you read this we’ll have received the green light from Wokingham Borough Council for our £42,242 Network Rail grant project. The funds will enable us to expand the reed beds and marshes at Lea Farm Lake, attracting many more summer and winter visitors in years to come for both migrating and breeding species of birds. We plan to work over the first two weekends in August to clear all remaining

In the meantime, we continue with our winter clearance work until early April. As the waters recede we want to improve the paths in the muddiest patches, of which there are plenty between Lavell’s Lake and the green bridge. We do this through Dinton Pastures Countryside Service (DPCS) getting road scalpings to a drop off point, from where we wheelbarrow it in, distribute it and pack it down. When water levels drop we’ll commence transplanting Phragmites rhizomes (roots) to expand the reed beds at Lavell’s and finish the path by our viewing screen. Get involved We’ll need all the help we can get for Lea Farm Lake in August, so please let us know if you would like to be involved with this landmark project in any capacity. You can get in touch via our website or our Facebook group – details below. We have launched an appeal to raise the remaining £20,000 required to pay for a new state-of-the-art hide, with a view to submitting Environment Agency and planning applications between next winter and spring 2021. Any donations would be greatly appreciated to help create a special viewing experience for future generations to enjoy. Please donate via the Virgin Money Giving link on our website or Facebook group. We run two events each month and newcomers are always welcome: a monthly guided bird walk on the second Sunday and a volunteer work party on the fourth Sunday. We look forward to seeing you! Fraser Cottington Chief Visionary Officer

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Local pubs, restaurants and cafés Twyford and Ruscombe Buratta's at the Royal Oak .................. 0118 934 5190 www.burattas.co.uk Costa Coffee .......................................... 0118 970 6857 The Duke of Wellington (Brakspear) 0118 934 0456 find us on Facebook The Fat Fish takeaway.......................... 0118 934 5591 La Fontana Italian restaurant .............. 0118 934 2698 www.lafontanatwyford.com The Golden Cross........................ find us on facebook Gaylord Tandoori.................................. 0118 934 5511 www.gaylordtandoori-berkshire.co.uk Haweli Indian restaurant .................... 0118 932 0939 www.hawelitwyford.co.uk

The Royal Oak ........................................ 01628 822010 The Floral Café at Ladds ........................ 07580 226061 www.laddsgardenvillage.co The Restaurant at Dobbies .................. 0118 940 3933 www.dobbies.com The Sheeplands Café ............................ 0118 940 1600 www.harehatchsheeplands.co.uk

Hurst The Castle Inn........................................ 0118 934 0034 www.castlehurst.co.uk Dragonfly Café ...................................... 0118 932 1071 The Elephant and Castle ...................... 0118 934 0886 www.elephantandcastlehurst.co.uk

Hong Kong takeaway .......................... 0118 934 0136

The Green Man (Brakspear) ................ 0118 934 2599 www.greenmanhurst.co.uk

The Mita's Indian restaurant .............. 0118 934 4599 www.themitas.co.uk

The Jolly Farmer .................................... 0118 934 1881 find us on Facebook

Oriental Wok takeaway ...................... 0118 934 1384

The Wheelwrights Arms (Wadworth) .. 0118 934 4100 www.thewheelwrightsarms.co.uk

Sebastian's Café .................................... 0118 934 4214 www.sebastianscafe.co.uk Thai Elephant restaurant...................... 0118 934 9651 www.thaielephanttwyford.co.uk The Waggon and Horses...................... 0118 934 0376 www.waggonhorsestwyford.com

Waltham St Lawrence and Shurlock Row The Bell .................................................. 0118 934 1788 www.thebellwalthamstlawrence.co.uk The Shurlock Inn .................................. 0118 934 9094 www.shurlockinn.com

Charvil The Heron on the Ford .................... 0118 934 0700

Wargrave and Crazies Hill


The Bull (Brakspear) ............................ 0118 940 3120

The Wee Waif (Greene King/ Hungry Horse) ...................................... 0118 944 0066 www.hungryhorse.co.uk

The Greyhound .................................... 0118 940 2556 Hennerton Golf Club ............................ 0118 940 1000 www.hennertongolfclub.co.uk

Hare Hatch and Knowl Hill

The Horns (Brakspear) ........................ 0118 940 6041 www.hornscrazieshill.co.uk

The Bird in Hand (Wadworth).............. 01628 826622 www.birdinhand.co.uk

The St George and Dragon .................. 0118 940 4474 www.stgeorgeanddragon.co.uk

The Horse and Groom.......................... 0118 940 3136 www.brunningandprice.co.uk/horseandgroom

Weir Grove ............................................ 0118 940 1836 www.theweirgrove.com

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Recipe Cajun meatballs with herb & tomato couscous Mince always makes a great speedy supper – here lean pork mince is spiced up with Cajun seasoning and rolled into meatballs.

Serves 4 | Ready in 45 minutes



For the meatballs 450g lean minced pork ½ red onion, peeled and finely chopped 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed 25g fresh white breadcrumbs 2 tsp Cajun seasoning (see TIP) Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 tbsp freshly chopped coriander 1 tbsp sunflower oil

1. Place the pork, onion, garlic, breadcrumbs, Cajun seasoning and coriander in a food processor. Season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper and process for a few seconds until thoroughly mixed. Alternatively, mix well with clean hands.


For the couscous 225g couscous ½ red onion, finely chopped 8 sun-blush tomatoes, drained and chopped 3 tbsp freshly chopped coriander 2 tbsp olive oil

2. Shape the mixture into 24 meatballs. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan and fry the meatballs for 10–15 minutes, turning frequently until browned and cooked through. 3. Place the couscous in a large bowl and pour over enough boiling water to just cover the grains. Leave to soak for about 10 minutes until all the liquid has been absorbed. Separate the grains by fluffing up with a fork. Add the onion, tomatoes, coriander and olive oil and season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. 4. Divide the warm couscous between four serving bowls. Serve the meatballs on top of the couscous, optionally threaded onto skewers.

Cajun seasoning is a spicy blend of spices, chilli powder and herbs such as thyme and oregano. You’ll find it on the spice racks in the supermarket. Please mention rg10 when responding to advertisements


thames valley police

Community update Rural crime tends to fall into one of four categories: • Agricultural Covers working farms, farm machinery, farm buildings and smallholdings. Offences include theft of equipment or fuel, damage to property and livestock worrying. • Equine Covers working stables and equestrian centres and includes offences such as tack theft and livestock worrying. • Wildlife Includes hare coursing, poaching and interfering with protected species. You can find out more about wildlife crime on our website www.thamesvalley.police.uk. • Heritage Defined as 'any offence which harms the value of England's heritage assets and their settings to this and future generations'. This can include offences such as lead theft from churches, damage to ancient monuments and illegal metal detecting. Rural crime can also fall under environmental crime, which covers illegal waste dumping, fly tipping, polluting watercourses and land. The Rural Crime Action Group (Wokingham) brings together volunteers and representatives from organisations including Thames Valley Police, Wokingham Borough Council and the National Farmers Union, all of whom are passionate about keeping rural communities safe.

If you are concerned about rural crime or your own security, a member of the RCAG can visit you and offer security and crime prevention advice for you, your premises or your home. Where appropriate, assistance is available for those who find themselves in difficult circumstances. You can email the chair of the RCAG, Hugh Payen, at hugh.payen@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk or contact the Twyford neighbourhood policing team on TwyfordNHPT@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk. Please note that as the RCAG comprises a team of volunteers, your enquiry may not receive an immediate response. Also, in the event of a rural crime, since the RCAG do not respond to incidents please report details by calling 101 or going online to www.thamesvalley.police.uk. In an emergency dial 999. 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.

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