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May/June 2018 | issue 71 | free

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

Nature, nurture and community Spring has been a long time coming this year, but it’s been uplifting working on the content of this issue. I'm delighted to be introducing a new 'nature watch' feature with Waltham Place, as I've enjoyed their newsletters for years. Also we have a raft of fun events to look forward to, from the royal wedding and FA Cup final to TwyFest, Hurst Show and more besides.

Contents Community 15 16 25 26–29 30–31 32–35 36–37 38

Twyford Neighbourhood Plan Thames Valley Police: Community update Twyford Snooker Club: Rededication in 2019 Local news What’s on Dementia Action Week Volunteering Twyford Together news

Environment 20

Nature notes: The joy of small things

Females come to the fore in the article from Benedict Charles Financial Planning: could you be missing out in retirement? Also I speak from experience when it comes to insurance: why deal with websites and impersonal emails when you can enjoy an expert service locally from CMJ Insurance Brokers?


If you think you are looking after yourself properly, consider the self-care advice and the virtues of early mornings communicated by our two health and wellbeing experts.

Business and finance

We all need to feel part of something, and for most of us that means our community. This issue includes an update on Twyford Snooker Club as it endeavours to complete the refurbishment of its hall, Twyford Together on volunteering and the local organisations that could benefit, and plans for Dementia Action Week including the launch of a new Twyford charity with a barn dance to raise funds.


I could go on, but why don't you just tum the pages and find out ...

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Royal wedding and FA Cup final Hurst Show and Country Fayre TwyFest

Health and wellbeing 5 9 12–13 46–47

FastTrack Fit Camp: Early morning workouts Relax into Health: Self-care or self-scare? Benedict Charles Financial Planning: Are you missing out in retirement? CMJ Insurance Brokers: Review your insurance

House and garden Twyford Tradesmen Together

Puzzles and competitions 42 43 50 51

Wordsearch, Su doku (easy and hard) Crossword Puzzle solutions Competition: Life’s Little Bugs book set

Food and drink 55 56–57

Recipe: Pea and mint soup Listings and news

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Relax into Health

Self-care or self-scare? ‘In case of an emergency, oxygen masks will drop from a panel above your head. Please ensure you put on your own mask before attending to anyone else.’ I remember the first time I heard this as a parent, it didn’t sit right with me. My instinct would have been to attend to my child first. Fast forward to today and I see great wisdom behind this message. In my practice I encounter many people who put their own lives on hold by putting others first. Do you recognise any of these survival characteristics? • • •

The idealist, who suppresses their true feelings, doing the ‘right’ thing or what they think they ‘should’ do The people pleaser, who conforms to the needs and demands of others in the hope of receiving the love and support they need in return The rescuer, who survives by gaining self worth through running around trying to ‘fix’ and make others happy, at the expense of their own happiness.

Can you identify with any of these? Maybe you feel frustrated, exhausted and unfulfilled.

This strategy – my Loyal Soldier – kept me safe as a child. It did its job: I survived. However, as an adult it kept me small. ‘The relationship with your Self sets the tone for every other relationship you have.’ Jane Travis To be heard, respected and loved, we need to listen to, respect and love our self fully. Self-love is asking your self what YOU need – every day – and then making sure you receive it. Self-care is not selfish, it’s the foundation for serving all others. I know from personal experience that moving beyond the survival mechanism of always putting others first and doing the right thing opens up a whole new world of possibilities. To quote Susan Weiss Berry: ‘With every act of self-care, my authentic self gets stronger, and the critical, fearful mind gets weaker. Every act of self-care is a powerful declaration – “I am on my side”.’ As a lifestyle mentor and energy medicine practitioner, I have many years’ experience helping people find the key to the door from where they are now, to move confidently forward to where they want to be, and supporting them on their journey to a happier, healthier and more meaningful life. To find out how, call me for a no obligation chat on 07901 576846.

We are all born into this world as a pure bundle of energy… a blank canvas. By the age of seven we’ve absorbed the beliefs and values of our parents and teachers. We’ve learned the difference between good and bad and what is and what’s not acceptable in society. We begin to divide our ‘self’. We adopt a persona and survival mechanism to help us fit in. As a young girl I learned that expressing anger was dangerous. It caused pain, separation and rejection, so I became a people pleaser. In school I was eager to learn and ask questions, but I was bullied and so dimmed my light and became a shadow of my former self.

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Benedict Charles Financial Planning Louise Yeadon looks at pensions and asks

Are women missing out in retirement? Whether it’s the anniversary of women being given the vote, gender pay gap issues or the #MeToo movement, there has been much in the news over the last few months regarding women and the issues they face. Therefore, I have decided to ‘hijack’ the Benedict Charles article this month to look at pensions and retirement from a woman’s standpoint.

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The pension gender agenda There has been widespread talk of the gender pay gap, but potentially there could be a greater gap between men and women when it comes to pension provision. Research carried out by Prudential showed that a woman retiring in 2017 will be £6,400 a year worse off on average than her male counterparts. There are several reasons why this might be the case. Many women take a career break to care for children and may return to work part time or on flexible hours. This can lower earnings and in turn reduce the amount contributed by both the employer and the individual to a workplace pension. In some cases, it could mean missing out on auto enrolment contributions altogether, as those earning less than £10,000 are not automatically included. A report published by Aston University shows a surge in women setting up their own business in the period between 2013 and 2016. If this includes you, whether you have started your own tea room, are ‘contracting’ for a firm or became a Mumpreneur, setting up a pension was probably not on your ‘must do list’.

If you are registered for child benefit and your youngest child is under 12, you will get National Insurance credits for the time you spend at home looking after children. As it is usually the woman who claims this benefit, it means that her right to a State Pension is protected. However, a change in the rules around Child Benefit has put that protection at risk for thousands of parents, overwhelmingly mothers. In January 2013, rules came in to force which reduce entitlement to Child Benefit if one parent’s income exceeds £50,000 per year. Those stay-at-home mothers who were in the system before the changes continue to get National Insurance credits towards their state pension, even if they have ‘opted out’ of physically receiving Child Benefit. However, any women who have started a new family since 2013 and decided not to register for Child Benefit will not receive the credits, and will therefore be missing out on valuable state pension rights. Just being one year short at state pension age could cost nearly £4,500 in missing state pension payments through the course of a typical retirement.

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What steps should you take? • Check your state pension provision by visiting By checking your National Insurance record, you can see if you have any gaps in contributions or credits and can choose to make a voluntary contribution. • Check your workplace pension provision. If you are employed, get a statement of your current pension entitlement. Employers are obliged to contribute to a pension for all their employees over a certain salary level.

At Benedict Charles Financial Planning, we can help you understand where you are now, identify your financial goals and create an action plan to help you get there. This could be voluntary contributions to fill those national insurance gaps, paying into a personal pension or contributing to a workplace pension. Whatever course of action you take, contributing something is better than doing nothing. Focus on what you can afford and build from there. What next?

• Check whether you have pensions from former employers. This may involve rummaging through old paperwork or contacting HMRC’s Pensions Tracing Service:

If you would like us to help you plan for your future or have any questions about your financial planning, feel free to get in touch. Louise Yeadon Paraplanner at Benedict Charles Financial Planning Ltd, with over 30 years’ experience in financial services.

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Community update Twyford Neighbourhead Policing Team update Spring has arrived and the days are getting lighter and longer so we thought it useful to pass on some crime prevention advice about securing your windows and doors. French Doors If you have French doors or a conservatory that has double doors, you can buy a 'Patlock' which locks the two door handles in position. It provides a visual deterrent to any would-be intruders, giving instant peace of mind to householders. The lock works by holding the internal door handles secure so that the external handles cannot be operated. This ensures that the door mechanism remains in the locked position, even if the locks are snapped or removed.

• Be wary of posting photos showing you with new purchases of high value items such as jewellery or watches • Be selective with friend requests: only accept these from people you know • Exercise caution before clicking on any link, as social media accounts can be hacked. For more information about online security please visit the Advice section of the Thames Valley Police website, where you will find a wide range of helpful articles including one entitled Cyber crime and online safety.

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Contact us Ask the neighbourhood team for advice: Call 101 or email Report an emergency such as a crime in progress: Call 999. Pass on information about crime or antisocial behaviour without talking to the police: Call the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555111.

Posting personal information on media sites You can reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime by considering the personal information you share online and through social media. • Never include details of your home address • Wait until you get home from your holiday before posting details about your destination and any pictures • Do not disclose any financial information

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nature notes

The joy of small things There is something joyful about the month of May that lifts the heart and raises spirits. Perhaps it is the vibrant green of fresh spring growth or the delicate blossoms that dress the trees and scent the air. In the garden each day brings new treasures to those who take the time to pause for a moment. Children are masters of this art, instinctively knowing how to take pleasure from the smallest of things: seeds forming inside a daffodil, a bumblebee greedily filling his pollen pockets, caterpillars munching through a leaf, birdsong just overhead. Every detail is there just waiting to be noticed, like a piece in a jigsaw – but where does it fit? Each day in the garden is a learning process, with nature as the teacher, and it's important that we understand how the tiny details of our natural world fit together to form a bigger plan. Here at Waltham Place the gardeners are those best placed to notice the emergence of different fauna in the garden throughout the year. Working outside all day, this intricate ecosystem is wrapped around them.

The prickly caterpillars of the Comma butterfly will also emerge and inch around the garden, munching on leaves we might prefer they didn't. Looking much like a bird dropping protected by long spikes, these caterpillars thrive in our gardens. We must swallow our disappointment at any damage they do and look forward to the day we see the adult Comma butterfly emerge from its chrysalis. Fluttering through the gardens, they join the host of other insects that pollinate the plants, ensuring they produce fertile seeds for next year. Without the pollinators this garden would falter and fail, so we have to view the plants eaten by the caterpillars as simply payment for the important job to come. All of the garden invertebrates have a job within nature, even those who frustrate our efforts as gardeners.

In mid May the Dark Bush Cricket nymphs will appear in the Butterfly Garden. Although drab in colour these crickets are often the easiest to spot as they like to bask in the sunshine and group together. The persistent call of the males forms part of the choir of the Summer meadow.

Each evening the air hums with the flight of cockchafers. These large flying beetles live in the soil as root-eating larvae for a number of years before pupating and finally emerging as adults. To those who dig up and kill the grubs, I urge you to think twice about how this creature links into the natural world. The adult cockchafer is a food source for Serotine and Noctule bats – species in decline due to loss of food or habitat. Mindful of this, our gardeners relocate any cockchafer grubs they find, taking them away from the plants we want to protect and burying them instead beneath plants we wish to control such as couch grass and ground elder. Bon appetit! Niki McCann

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Family event Royal wedding and FA Cup final Don’t sit in front of the box at home on Saturday 19 May: enjoy both the royal wedding and the FA Cup final live on a giant screen as part of a bumper day of fun in St Mary’s Church, Twyford. As well as the main events there will be a children’s disco plus entertainment from Bonnie the Bubble Lady, Reading Accordion Group and Twyford’s prize-winning contemporary a capella vocal group, Avenue. Doors open at 11am and coverage begins at midday for the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle from St George’s Chapel, Windsor. This will be followed by a live screening of the FA Cup final from Wembley, where two teams will battle for the right to be presented with the cup by Prince William. It will top off a day that will stay in the memory for a long time to come. Organiser Paul Bromley said: ‘Throughout the day food and drink will be available, including bubbly to celebrate the wedding, Pimm’s to sip, local Bingham’s Twyford Tipple beer and of course tea and coffee. There will also be cakes and scones. Twyford Scout Group will be cooking on their BBQ, so no one will go hungry.’ Those in attendance will marvel at Bonnie the Bubble Lady, who will give them the chance to stand inside a giant soap bubble and hold ‘smoke’ bubbles in their hands. There will be volcano bubbles, bouncing bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, rainbow bubbles and much more! Reading Accordion Group will play familiar regal music, and children can have fun dancing around to their very own disco music. There will be competitions and prizes too. Ladies are invited to wear their best wedding hat and boys and girls to fashion a crown or tiara. Children can hunt for clues in the churchyard to win a prize. The scouts are raising funds to send some members of their group to the 24th World Jamboree in West Virginia, and for volunteers to return to Uganda where they will continue to support four schools in need of help. Tickets for this very special family afternoon out cost £4 for adults and £1 for children and are available now from Floor Store in Twyford or from the church office on 0118 934 4792. In addition to the scouts, profits will go to Christian Aid. Paul Bromley would like to give particular thanks to Ballards Estate Agents in Twyford for their support. Please mention rg10 when responding to advertisements


Hurst Show and Country Fayre Join in the fun and help good causes Several great new attractions are coming to this year’s Hurst Show, taking place over the weekend of 23–24 June. One of them could even make visitors richer! Now in its 39th year, for the first time the show will feature an antiques valuation event on the Sunday. A team from Martin & Pole auctioneers will be on hand to give verbal estimates for what items might fetch at auction, including insurance cover advice. Take the opportunity to declutter your home in advance of the show and hunt out any hidden treasure that may be stashed in your attic or cupboard. This Toby jug discovered during a house clearance fetched £8,000 recently at a Wokingham auction…

Visitors can have up to two items valued at a cost of £2 per item towards Hurst Show fundraising. Items could include silver, jewellery, pictures, ceramics, works of art and collectibles such as toys, scientific instruments and memorabilia. Small pieces of furniture may be carried in, but owners must remain responsible for their items at all times: Hurst Show accepts no liability. Larger furniture may be valued through photographs. Last year the show raised over £17,000 for many local good causes including St Nicholas Primary School the Alexander Devine children’s hospice. The show is open 10am to 5pm both days with free parking. Entrance remains unchanged at £4 for adults, £2 for teens and seniors, and free for children aged up to 12 and carers with CAN cards. Well behaved dogs are permitted. For full details or to get in touch with the Hurst Show committee, visit

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A local ladies’ ukulele band Classic car show – enter now via the show website

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Try bell ringing with the Charmborough Ring portable belfry Beer and barbecue tents Arena events including falconry, search and rescue dogs, horse dressage, St Nicholas Primary’s choir and maypole dancers, Elements Dance, a pony display, terrier racing, Hurst Morris People and a dog agility display (with a chance for you and your pet to have a go too) Hobby horse jumping – suitable for everyone, mounts provided Pony rides, games, bouncy castle and face painting Local crafts, gifts and foods on sale Winson Woodcraft, Berkshire Woodturners, and a steam wood cutter Ferret racing.

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Twyford Snooker Club Re-dedication of historic building in 2019 Members of Twyford Snooker Club are appealing for help to enable them to realise their aim of re-dedicating their historic club building on Wargrave Road in July next year. The former Wesleyan chapel was given to the men of Twyford in 1919, as a place where those who had returned from the horrors of WW1 could socialise and relax. The men who died fighting for their country are commemorated on a memorial board inside the building, and they are remembered on the centenary of their death through printed posters outlining their lives being displayed on the front gate. Unusually, the memorial board also lists those men who returned from the war: many of the names are still familiar today, with their descendants living in the area. The men’s club nowadays is Twyford Snooker Club, which welcomes female members. Sadly the gift of the building was not accompanied by any financial provision for future repairs and the hall fell into serious disrepair over time. A fundraising campaign over the past few years has enabled the building to be saved and attracted new members to the club. The exterior of the hall has been transformed with new plaster, windows and doors, and the garden is now being cultivated by volunteers from Twyford in Bloom. Two rowan trees donated by Mullie Estate Agents are now in situ and borders have been dug out for planting. Although the hall is no longer an eyesore in a conservation area, it is a different story when viewing the interior… The electrics were renewed and a security system installed last year, but the walls and ceiling are still in a very poor condition. This is due mainly to water damage that occurred before the roof was repaired and will require costly refurbishment works. A new toilet also needs to be installed. Quotes are currently being sought and it is hoped this work can be carried out over the summer, to cause minimum disruption to club members. This year donations have been received of £1,000 from the Berkshire Masonic Charity and £250 from the Ashley Hill Lodge. These are the second such amounts contributed by the masons, thanks to the efforts of Bill Johns, the almoner of Ashley Hill Lodge. He had attended an open day at the hall and was moved by its history and dilapidated state.

Bill Johns presenting cheque to Malcolm George Further donations have been made by Waitrose customers via the green token scheme and by Twyford & Ruscombe Local History Society, for which the committee is very grateful. However, a large hole in the finances still remains to be filled if the hall is to be made fit for re-dedication next year. Club chairman, David Warner, said: ‘The club is thriving. We have around 100 members and it is a much valued facility for the village. Although it has been and remains an uphill struggle to fund the repairs, I'm certain it was the right decision to restore the building. ‘We hope that in future, once the current schedule of works has been completed, we will be able to restore the meeting room at the rear of the main building and open it up for community use.’ Ways you can help • Make a donation • Offer practical help • Approach your business or company for sponsorship • Join the club! Snooker memberships available for men and women. If you can provide any assistance or would like more information, please contact the club secretary. Malcolm George Honorary Secretary Twyford Snooker Club 19 Wargrave Road, Twyford RG10 9NY T 07938 735045 E W Please mention rg10 when responding to advertisements


Local news Twyford–Cuincy Twinning It’s official: Twyford is now twinned with Cuincy in northern France, following a signing ceremony here on 24 March. A return visit for a reciprocal signing in Cuincy is now planned for 9 June.

John Jarvis, Gordon Holmes and Claude Hego A small delegation from Cuincy led by Mayor Claude Hego arrived in Twyford by train the previous day. The village had been decked out with welcome signs and French and British flags. The visitors were hosted by Twyford Twinning Association Chairman John Jarvis, Vice Chairman Gordon Holmes, Jacky Crossman of High Voltage Singers, Steve Green of Twyford Comets and Ludovic Couillard from Twyford Tennis Club and Twyford Table Tennis Club. After a light lunch at Emma’s Kitchen the group visited The Colleton School and Twyford Bowling Club. An informal reception was held in the evening at the Day Centre. On Saturday morning the signing ceremony took place at Twyford District Youth & Community Centre Mayor Claude Hego and Parish Council Chairman Roy Mantel

Both sides received a commemorative plate created for the occasion by HaaHoos. The event was well supported by a number of local people representing different interest groups, from sports and schools to societies and businesses. During the morning the Twyford Comets were to be seen playing their matches outside on King George’s Field, and young talent Yuri Madhoo treated those present to a piano recital. The visitors were taken to Hennerton Golf Club for lunch, where they also laid a wreath at the USA war memorial in the grounds. Several locals rejoined the group for the village walk in the afternoon, taking in several sites of historical interest including the snooker hall with its WW1 memorial boards. The walk ended at St Mary’s Church, where the bells rang out in greeting and where the visitors met the new vicar, The Revd Anna Harwood, before laying a wreath at the war memorial. The group reconvened at the youth club for refreshments and musical entertainment by the High Voltage Singers. The final dinner was held at Buratta’s at the Royal Oak. The visitors left on Sunday morning after breakfast at La Fontana, having enjoyed a very warm welcome from their new friends in Twyford. Congratulations to Gordon Holmes, the main organiser, and the rest of the committee for getting the twinning relationship off to such a good start. I know they wish to thank everyone who helped, attended or just waved and smiled during the walkabout! Looking ahead, several organisations are already in contact with their French counterparts to plan joint activities for next year. Are you involved with a club or society that might also benefit from a link in Cuincy? The Twyford Twinning Association can help you get in touch with the right people through its contacts at the town hall. Photos by Gareth Jones of Sports-alive. Key dates to note for the diary:

The speeches were warm and sometimes bilingual, speaking of the hope for many different organisations to form links over the coming years between the two locations. The formalities over, the Mayor was presented with a framed letter of welcome from local MP Theresa May (which impressed the guests!)

Twyford Twinning Association AGM on Wednesday 9 May 7.30pm at the Age Concern Day Centre – all welcome. Visit to Cuincy for reciprocal signing of twinning agreement on Saturday 9 June – if interested in being involved, please get in touch.

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WW1 centenary event in Cuincy on Sunday 11 November – visitors from Twyford most welcome, do let the association know if you are planning to show your support. For more information please email Gordon Holmes at twyfordtwinning@

Donkey Derby On Sunday 3 June King head to King George’s Field in Twyford for the Twyford Scouts Summer Fair. Now in its 24th year, this well established village event is also known simply as 'the Donkey Derby'.

Twyford Neighbourhood Plan Twyford Parish Council is encouraging all residents interested in the future planning of the village to attend a meeting in the Ruscombe Room of Loddon Hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday 23 May. The Wokingham Local Plan, currently being updated, will provide a blueprint for the development of the area to 2036. You may have heard of the possibility of major housing development in the Twyford area, prompting many local parish councils to engage with their communities to understand the wishes of local residents, businesses, workers and other users. It’s important that the local community has a voice in this process, and one of the most effective ways of achieving this is through a Neighbourhood Plan. A Neighbourhood Plan can confer advantages such as more local control over housing needs and the supply of suitable dwellings as well as specific rights over the management of important amenities such as the conservation zone, green spaces, car parking and, importantly, the possibility of bringing extra planning funding to the village. However, it takes the support of the wider community to ensure the maximum possible engagement. Twyford Parish Council is therefore looking for volunteers to help bring the plan to fruition. The intention is that Twyford residents will be given the opportunity to back or reject vote the plan via a statutory referendum later on. The purpose of this initial meeting is to enable the council to explain more to those with an interest in Twyford and to seek their help. As the Parish Clerk’s office explained: ‘We will discuss what sort of activities we’ll be undertaking but rest assured, it will require a range of skills and interests and all contributions large or small will be valuable. Please come along if you would like to lend a hand or just to find out a bit more about what’s going on. This is one of the most important ways that you can influence the future of our community and ensure that we have the village we want for ourselves and our children for many years to come. We look forward to seeing you there.’

The fair is very popular among both local residents and visitors from surrounding areas, with over 3,000 people attending on the day. Here’s a summary of the main highlights. The Donkey Derby six races around a pre-set course, each involving six donkeys with their riders aged 10-15 who apply on the afternoon. There is then a final race involving the winners. A tote is run enabling visitors to try their luck at picking a winner. Enough donkeys are available to offer younger children donkey rides during the afternoon. Stalls are laid out around the outside of the race track. The Crisp Drop A light aircraft circles over the field and drops packets of crisps for the children to chase after as they come down - great fun, because variations in wind speed and direction mean nobody is sure where they will land. Attractions Fun for all the family, including tea and beer tents, BBQ, entertainment by Maidenhead Concert Band, dog display, donkey rides for children, fun fair, plenty of stalls providing a wide range of games and products, and information about local organisations. Entry to the fair is free. Gates open at 1pm, the first race is at 1.30pm and the event closes at 5pm.

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Local news (continued) Igniting Writing Igniting Writing is a creative writing club for 11–18 year-olds, enabling them to develop their storytelling and writing skills in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Writing can be seen as a solitary activity, so this is a great opportunity for teens to come together and write as a group, share their imaginative story ideas with others and build friendships with other young aspiring writers. Sessions are held at Wokingham Library on Saturday mornings from 10.30am to 12 noon. They focus on a different aspect of writing every week, from creating characters and settings to exploring genres like sci-fi, fantasy and beyond. Roughly once a month Igniting Writing also hosts ‘guest speaker’ sessions, where local authors, poets, journalists and other people experienced in the world of writing come and share their knowledge and advice – it’s a chance to get the inside scoop from the pros! To join, just go along to Wokingham Library any Saturday morning and say hello – Igniting Writing would love to have you!

Charvil Fête and Cake Off The traditional Charvil Village Fête will be held on Friday 8 July from 2pm to 6pm at the East Park Farm playing fields and pavilion, RG10 9TY. There will be plenty of fun for everyone, including pony rides, a kids’ corner with bouncy castle, a play area, crafts and activities, stalls, a raffles, Spin Theatre Academy, Berkshire Reptile Encounters, a BBQ, bar and refreshments plus live music from The Scoundrels. That’s not all: get ready to take part in the Great Charvil Cake-Off! For full details about the fête including the baking competition, visit and follow Charvil Village Fete on Facebook for updates.

LOOT at Loddon Hall Book now for Twyford and Ruscombe Theatre Group’s next production: LOOT by Joe Orton. This will be presented at 8pm from Thursday 10 to Saturday 12 May at Loddon Hall. LOOT is a very funny black comedy written in the 1960s. An Irishman and his son are burying their recently deceased wife and mother with a nurse in attendance. It seems that the nurse has designs of her own, and the son has also been up to various antics with his mate who works at the undertakers. A coffin is centre stage at the beginning and there seems to be great interest in the contents of the wardrobe, especially from the man from the water board. Utter farce ensues!

Twyford and Ruscombe Theatre Group is taking the opportunity to revive one of Joe Orton’s brilliantly constructed plays to mark the fiftieth anniversary of his untimely death. Don't miss the chance to experience his unique genius. Under the direction of Frank Kaye, the creative team have enjoyed exploring the parallels between the absurdity of the behaviour of the characters and that of the world in which we now live. There will be an exciting set designed by professional artist Sally Castle and original music written by Richard Meehan, who last worked with Frank on his professional production of Faustaff in Mexico City. Tickets are available by calling the Box Office number 0118 328 2825 or online through the theatre group’s website

Ruscombe Parish Council Members of the public are welcome to attend Ruscombe Parish Council’s Annual Parish Meeting on Wednesday 23 May at 7.30 pm in Loddon Hall, Twyford. The council is also looking to recruit a part-time Parish Clerk. For further information please email the acting clerk at

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Springfield Table Tennis Club

Congratulations to the A team of Springfield Table Tennis Club, which after a long and challenging season finished second in their group. They now have the honour of representing Twyford in Division 2 of the Reading & District League. Well done to the squad of Phil Burke, Adam Sheen and Ludo Couillard under the captaincy of Seth Martin. It was also a successful season for the other three teams involved in the league, with many players putting in promising performances. ALL club members will now have the opportunity to evaluate their progress throughout the year by competing against each other in four different categories: singles, handicap singles, drawn doubles and handicap doubles.

around Twyford, promoting their dignity and independence and giving peace of mind to their friends and families. Theresa May’s keen interest in social care was evident during her visit, as she chatted with the team and learned more about the Right at Home approach to home care.

Last year the Maidenhead and Henley branch of another domiciliary care agency, Home Instead Senior Care, relocated to the Castle End Farm business park after a local couple took over the franchise. With the growing older population and rising demand for care services, it’s good to see the RG10 area so well served. Both companies are members of Twyford Together and are supporting the activities planned for Dementia Action Week.

Model railway exhibition

If you are interested in table tennis or want to make some contacts, feel free to go along to the Club Championship Finals – always an entertaining event played in a friendly but competitive spirit. This will be held on Monday 14 May at Polehampton Junior School in Kibblewhite Crescent, starting at 7.30pm. Other dates for the diary are the AGM on Monday 11 June and the final club practice of the season on Monday 16 July, both again at 7.30pm at Polehampton Junior School.

Local launch of new care agency In March Prime Minister Theresa May officially opened Right at Home’s new office in Station Road, Twyford. Locally owned and managed but part of the respected UK network, Right at Home provides quality support and care for the elderly and disabled adults in the comfort of their own home. The new branch has been operating since last Christmas. Owner Kevin Lancaster and Care Manager Bailey Harrison’s team of caregivers are supporting a growing number of clients in and Please mention rg10 when responding to advertisements


May Tue 1 Reminiscence Club 10:30–12:00 Discuss memories of days gone by at Twyford Library Wed 2 and every Wed and Fri in term time Twyford Toddler Group 9:30–11:30 Twyford District Youth and Community Centre, Loddon Hall Road Wed 2 and weekly in term time Caterpillar Club 9:45–11:30 playgroup from birth to pre-school, Charvil Village Hall Wed 2 Crafts & Laughs 14:00–16:00 Wargrave Library, Church Street, Wargrave Wed 2, 16 and 30 Twyford Over 60s Club 14:00–16:00 St Mary’s Church Centre, Twyford Wed 2 and weekly Charvil Short Mat Bowling Club 18:45–21:00 Charvil Village Hall Wed 2 and weekly Twyford Youth Club session 19:15–21:15 School years 9+, Twyford District Youth and Community Centre, Loddon Hall Road Wed 2 and weekly Charvil Art Group 19:30–21:30 Charvil Village Hall Wed 2 Ruscombe Parish Council meeting 19:30 William Penn Room, Loddon Hall, Twyford Wed 2 Folk Music Workshop 20:00 Loddon Hall, Twyford Sat 5 RSPB guided walk 9:00–12:30 Meet in the main car park, Dinton Pastures Sat 5 Saturday Storytime 10:30–11:15 For children up to 5, Wargrave Library Sat 5 Twyford Bowling Club open day 10:30–17:00 12a Wargrave Road, Twyford Mon 7 May Bank Holiday Mon 7 and weekly Twyford Youth Club session 18:30–20:30 School years 7 and 8, Twyford District Youth and Community Centre, Loddon Hall Road Mon 7 and weekly Springfield Table Tennis Club 19:30–21:30 Polehampton Junior School, Kibblewhite Crescent, Twyford Tue 8 Twyford Tuesday Reading Group 14:30–15:30 Themed book discussion at Twyford Library Tue 8 Knowl Hill WI meeting 19:30 Knowl Hill Village Hall Tue 8 Twyford and Ruscombe Floral Art Club 19:30 Food for thought, Charvil Primary School Tue 8 Wargrave Local History Society 20:00 Reading in WW1, The Pavilion, Recreation Road, Wargrave Wed 9 Coffee morning 10:00–12:00 See what’s on offer at Wargrave Library Wed 9 Live Traditional Jazz Club 19:30–22:30 Reading Rugby Club, Holme Park, Sonning Wed 9 Twyford Twinning Association AGM 19:30 The Twyford Centre, Polehampton Close Wed 9–Sat 12 Ladies Down Under by Wargrave Theatre Workshop 20:00 Woodclyffe Hall, Wargrave Thu 10 and 24 Carers’ Coffee Mornings 10:00–12:00 For all carers and those for whom they care, at The Twyford Centre Thu 10 and 31 Pots & Pinot evenings 18:00 Adult pottery painting with wine at HaaHoos in Twyford Thu 10 and Tue 22 Reading Cigarette Card & Postcard Club 19:30–22:00 Charvil Village Hall

Thu 10–Sat 12 Loot by Twyford & Ruscombe Theatre Group 20:00 Loddon Hall, Twyford Sat 12 Dementia Action Week awareness event 9:00–12:00 Twyford Together volunteers outside Waitrose Sun 13 Friends of Lavell’s Lake bird walk – 9:00–12:00 Meet in Sandford Lane car park, Woodley Mon 14 and weekly in term time Wargrave Library Rhymetime 16:00–16:30 For children aged 5 and under Mon 14 Twyford & Ruscombe Local History Society 19:30 Royal Weddings, The Piggott School library, Wargrave Mon 14 Hurst Parish Council meeting – 19:30 Hurst Village Hall committee room Mon 14 Springfield Table Tennis Club Championship Finals 19:30 Polehampton Junior School, Kibblewhite Crescent, Twyford Tue 15 Twyford Library Rhymetime 11:00–11:30 For children aged 5 and under Tue 15 Knit and Natter 14:00–15:00 Drop in for knitting and a chat at Twyford Library Tue 15 Twyford Library Storytime 16:00–16:30 Fun storytime for children under 5 Wed 16 Woodley Farmers’ Market 9:00–13:30 Woodley town centre Wed 16 KTOG Knitting Group 14:00–16:00 Knit, crochet, chat at Wargrave Library Wed 16 Charvil Parish Council AGM – 20:00 Charvil Village Hall Thu 17 Spring shopping & coffee morning 9:00–12:00 Hurst Cricket Club Sat 19–Fri 25 Dementia Action Week Sat 19 LIVE: Royal Wedding & FA Cup Final From 11:00 Giant screen and family fun at St Mary’s Church, Twyford Sat 19 Understanding Dementia Barn Dance 19:30–23:00 Loddon Hall, Twyford Sun 20 Maidenhead Farmers' Market 10:00–13:00 Grove Road car park, Maidenhead Sun 20 Sunday Club – 14:00–17:00 Offering older people company, tea and a good film at The Twyford Centre, Polehampton Close Mon 21 Twyford and Ruscombe WI meeting 14:00–16:00 Caring for mature skins, St Mary’s Church Centre, Twyford Mon 21 Twyford Library Writing Group 17:45–18:45 Share ideas and write with others Mon 21 Charvil Parish Council meeting – 20:00 Charvil Village Hall Tue 22 Twyford Parish Council meeting 19:45 Loddon Hall, Twyford Wed 23 iHelp Support Group 14:00–16:00 User support for iPhone, iPad or tablet, Wargrave Library Wed 23 Twyford Neighbourhood Plan meeting 19:30 Ruscombe Room, Loddon Hall, Twyford Wed 23 Ruscombe Annual Parish meeting 19:30 Loddon Hall, Twyford Fri 25 LFM Breakfast Club 7:30–9:00 Business networking at Emma’s Kitchen, Twyford Sat 26–Sun 3 Jun TwyFest Sun 27 Legendary Twyford Blues session 20:30 Featuring Jive Alive plus special guest at the Waggon and Horses, Twyford

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Mon 28 Spring Bank Holiday Mon 28 to 1 Jun Half term Tue 29 Star Wars Reads activity session 10:45–11:45 For children aged 4–10, Twyford Library Wed 30 Star Wars Reads activity session 14:00–15:00 For children aged 4–10, Wargrave Library

June Fri 1 and every Wed and Fri in term time Twyford Toddler Group 9:30–11:30 Twyford District Youth and Community Centre, Loddon Hall Road Sat 2 RSPB guided walk 9:00–12:30 Meet in the main car park, Dinton Pastures Sat 2 Saturday Storytime 10:30–11:15 For children up to 5, Wargrave Library Sun 3 Twyford Summer Fair & Donkey Derby 13:00–17:00 King George V Field, Twyford

Mon 11 Springfield Table Tennis Club AGM 19:30 Polehampton Junior School, Kibblewhite Crescent, Twyford Tue 12 Twyford Tuesday Reading Group 14:30–15:30 Themed book discussion at Twyford Library Tue 12 Knowl Hill WI meeting 19:30 Knowl Hill Village Hall Tue 12 Twyford and Ruscombe Floral Art Club 19:30 Charvil Primary School Tue 12 Wargrave Local History Society 20:00 Fairmile Hospital, The Pavilion, Recreation Road, Wargrave Wed 13 Coffee morning 10:00–12:00 See what’s on offer at Wargrave Library Wed 13 and 27 Twyford Over 60s Club 14:00–16:00 St Mary’s Church Centre, Twyford Wed 13 Live Traditional Jazz Club 19:30–22:30 Reading Rugby Club, Holme Park, Sonning

Mon 4 Author book group 14:30–15:30 Twyford Library

Thu 14 and 28 Carers’ Coffee Mornings 10:00–12:00 For all carers and those for whom they care, at The Twyford Centre

Mon 4 and weekly in term time Wargrave Library Rhymetime 16:00–16:30 For children aged 5 and under

Thu 14 and 28 Pots and Pinot evenings 18:00 Adult pottery painting with wine at HaaHoos in Twyford

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 and Tue 26 Reading Cigarette Card and Postcard Club 19:30–22:00 Charvil Village Hall

Mon 4 Hurst Parish Council meeting – 19:30 Hurst Village Hall committee room

Fri 15 Night Music with High Voltage Singers and Work In Progress 19:30 St Marks Crescent Methodist Church, Allenby Road, Maidenhead

Mon 4 and weekly Springfield Table Tennis Club 19:30–21:30 Polehampton Junior School, Kibblewhite Crescent, Twyford

Sun 17 Maidenhead Farmers' Market 10:00–13:00 Grove Road car park, Maidenhead

Tue 5 Reminiscence Club 10:30–12:00 Discuss memories of days gone by at Twyford Library

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

Wed 6 and weekly in term time Caterpillar Club 9:45–11:30 playgroup from birth to pre-school, Charvil Village Hall

Mon 18 Twyford and Ruscombe WI meeting 14:00–16:00 A passion for pearls, St Mary’s Church Centre, Twyford

Wed 6 and weekly Charvil Short Mat Bowling Club 18:45–21:00 Charvil Village Hall

Mon 18 Twyford Library Writing Group 17:45–18:45 Share ideas and write with others

Wed 6 and weekly Twyford Youth Club session 19:15–21:15 School years 9+, Twyford District Youth and Community Centre, Loddon Hall Road

Mon 18 Charvil Parish Council meeting – 20:00 Charvil Village Hall

Wed 6 and weekly Charvil Art Group 19:30–21:30 Charvil Village Hall Wed 6 Ruscombe Parish Council meeting 19:30 William Penn Room, Loddon Hall, Twyford Wed 6 Folk Music Workshop 20:00 Loddon Hall, Twyford Fri 8–Sat 9 Twyford Beer Festival Fri 17:00–23:00, Sat 12:00-22:00, King George V Field Sat 9 Twyford Twinning Association Reciprocal visit to Cuincy, France Sat 9 Model Railway Exhibition 10:00–16:30 Knowl Hill Village Hall Sat 9 Woodley Community Carnival Procession, Afternoon & Concert 11:00–22:30 Heroes & Villains, Memorial Field, Headley Road, Woodley Sun 10 Friends of Lavell’s Lake bird walk – 9:00–12:00 Meet in Sandford Lane car park, Woodley Mon 11 Twyford and Ruscombe Local History Society 19:30 Tudor cloth trade and Jack of Newbury, The Piggott School library, Wargrave

Tue 19 Twyford Library Rhymetime 11:00–11:30 For children aged 5 and under Tue 19 Knit and Natter 14:00–15:00 Drop in for knitting and a chat at Twyford Library Tue 19 Twyford Library Storytime 16:00–16:30 Fun storytime for children under 5 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 Sat 23–Sun 24 Hurst Show 10:00–17:00 School Road, Hurst Sun 24 am Wokingham Bikeathon 9:00–13:00 Cantley Park and Hurst 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

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Understanding Dementia New charity launched in Twyford Imagine having a conversation with someone. Your memory provides a constant stream of information, telling you where you are, what you’re doing there and why you came. So whatever your feelings are at the moment, you can find an explanation for them, and if you’re unsure, a quick look around will usually tell you what you need to know. Your companion also experiences the full range of feelings. But dementia is making their supply of factual information increasingly unreliable, so making sense of those feelings is getting harder and harder. Just imagine how embarrassing and potentially terrifying it would be, not knowing what has just been happening in your life. It might sound simplistic, but once you grasp this, then you begin to comprehend some of the difficulties the person with dementia faces in everyday life. You can see why they may sometimes act in ways that seem irrational. Those around them have the potential to help or hinder their efforts to make sense of their surroundings. Dementia can involve other symptoms unrelated to memory, but once we understand how these problems affect their wellbeing, any other issues become easier to manage. As an occupational therapist specialising in dementia, I learnt how important it is to focus on the wellbeing of the person, for the benefit of all involved in their life. I have seen in memory clinics the difficulties families face when dealing with a diagnosis of dementia. I have seen in care homes and day centres the problems that occur when staff don’t understand their clients. I have worked closely with families, finding ways to re-establish relationships. Understanding Dementia is a new charity based in Twyford, which aims to bust the myths and mysteries surrounding dementia, to give a better understanding of what the person is experiencing. We share simple techniques that can be used by both professionals and family carers – anyone interested, in fact – to lessen the impact of dementia on those who live with it.

These techniques are not aimed at improving the person’s memory, but promoting their wellbeing. They can increase the person’s self-esteem, their feelings of choice and control, their confidence around other people and their sense of hope. For example, asking a person with dementia a lot of questions can increase confusion, and if they don’t register a question or don’t know the answer, they may just tell you what they think you want to hear. There are better ways to find the answers we need, and they are easy to learn.

Come to one of my presentations during Dementia Action Week and find positive and achievable ways of giving support to people with dementia and promoting their wellbeing (see previous page). A booklet will be available which contains useful tips with illustrations by Belinda Evans, such as the one above. Shirley Pearce T E W

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Understanding Dementia

and lessening its impact for those who care - in any sense A FREE PRESENTATION BY

Presentation lasts 1 hour plus lots of time for Q&A

FOR ANYONE AND EVERYONE “As we get older, we fear dementia

Shirley Pearce BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy

Monday 21st May 7pm St Mary’s Church Centre Station Rd, Twyford RG10 9NT

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in a different way, we can make a real difference to them.”

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Benefits Both Tai Chi & Qigong can help you: • Improve your sense of well-being • Relax your body and mind • Reduce stress • Improve your balance • Boost your immune system • Strengthen your muscles and bones Monday 10.00 – 11.00am Friday 10.00 – 11.00am Twyford Scout HQ, Loddon Hall Rd, Twyford RG10 9JA Free Parking

Tel: Tricia 07870 912084 or 0118 901 6511

Check Up Cafe If you are unsure about what you can claim or how to fill in a form, Age Concern Twyford & District can help you with application forms, a free cuppa and offer useful advice on: * Attendance Allowance * PIP or DLA claims *Carers’ Allowance * Blue Badge (parking scheme) * Brokers for personal budgets * Council Tax & Housing Benefit Dementia Action Week Wednesday 23 May 11am - 1pm Carers' Week 11th-15th June Monday - Friday 11am - 12pm At the Twyford Centre, Polehampton Close RG10 9RP Age Concern Twyford & District (for residents in Charvil, Hurst, Ruscombe, Sonning, Twyford, Wargrave & Woodley) Tel: 0118 934 4040 *

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Dementia Action Week 19–25 May 2018 For several years now Twyford Together and partners have organised events to mark Dementia Awareness Week (now renamed Dementia Action Week), with the aim of helping local people understand more about this challenging disability. Please support Twyford Together volunteers – and those living with dementia – by coming along to some of the events that have been planned. Saturday 12 May – 9am to 1pm outside Waitrose

Tuesday 22 May – 2pm to 3pm at Bridge House care home

Twyford Together volunteers will be distributing leaflets outside Waitrose explaining where to find support for dementia and setting out more details about our programme for Dementia Action Week, giving you time to join in.

Mindfulness: how it can help carers and those living with dementia – a talk by Phil Richards of Twyford Therapy.

Saturday 19 May – 7.30pm to 11pm at Loddon Hall The week opens with a fabulous Barn Dance at Loddon Hall organised by local dementia expert Shirley Pearce. The event will be raising money for new Twyford based charity, Understanding Dementia. See the facing page for details, or email Monday 21 May – 7pm for 7.30pm at St Mary’s Church Centre and Tuesday 22 May – 3pm at Emma’s Kitchen Understanding Dementia – a presentation by Shirley Pearce on the subject of dementia, its effects on the person and how to lessen its impact. On both days she will be available afterwards for further discussion.

Wednesday 23 May – 11am to 1pm at the Age Concern day centre Benefits Check-up Café – if you are unsure about what you can claim or how to fill in a form, Age Concern can help you with applications and useful advice relating to Attendance Allowance, PIP or DLA claims, Carer’s Allowance, Blue Badge Parking Scheme, Personal Budgets, Council Tax and Housing Benefits. Have a chat and a free cuppa at our Benefits Check-up Café! Thursday 24 May – 5.30pm to 6.30pm at Waitrose Do you have clients, staff or family managing dementia and wish you understood more? Join us at a free Alzheimer’s Society information session in the Waitrose staff canteen and become a Dementia Friend, as an individual or a business. Refreshments provided.

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Volunteer Together Your village needs you! Twyford Together is a not-for-profit, volunteer organisation bringing together local residents, businesses, charities, groups and schools. We organise many of the village's best-loved events including the Christmas Street Fayre, Village Safari and Charity Family Fun Run. Plus, we're responsible for providing for the village Christmas trees, the defibrillator network and annual hanging baskets. Our events and activities aim to improve the character, culture and environment of Twyford and Ruscombe whilst raising money for local charities. However, this can't be achieved without members of our community volunteering their time. As part of National Volunteers' Week (1–7 June), Twyford Together would like to encourage more people to volunteer, both for Twyford Together and in the wider community. Examples of volunteering • • • •

Helping an elderly neighbour Serving as trustee of a charity One-off bucket collection Helping a local organisation one afternoon a week

Personal benefits • • • • • • •

Make new friends Gain new skills for your CV Feel part of a group Give something back to your local community Help those less fortunate Gain in confidence Have fun!

There are many wonderful people in our community who already volunteer their time, but for anyone else interested we’ve compiled this list of local events, charities and voluntary organisations that are always grateful for that extra pair of hands. We hope this is helpful and inspires you to get in contact and make a difference. Remember, even if it’s only a couple of times a year, your input would be greatly appreciated. Happy volunteering!

Twyford Together Perhaps you can spare an hour once a year to help at one of our events. You might like to guide and encourage participants around the course at our annual Fun Run or Triathlon, be a part of our Christmas Fayre committee, help out at our annual Wildlife Safari around Loddon Nature Reserve or even decorate the village Christmas tree. If you have more time to spare, why not come along to one of our committee meetings, find out more about what we do and get involved with the organisation, admin and marketing of our events. Age Concern Twyford & District A registered charity assisting elderly residents in the area to maintain their independence and quality of life. ARC Youth Counselling Charity offering professional counselling and guidance to people living with mental health issues. Volunteers are needed from time to time to help with fundraising. Twyford Bonfire Carnival Organised by Twyford Round Table and one of the busiest events of the year. Volunteers help to keep people safe and make sure they have a fun evening. Building For The Future Charity founded in 2007 by a group of parents with disabled children. Established the only community centre for disabled children and their families in Wokingham Borough. Camp Mohawk A multi-functional day centre for children with special needs, set in beautiful countryside just outside Wargrave.

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Charity shops There are two charity shops in the village: Age Concern in London Road and Mercy in Action in Wargrave Road. Both support valuable causes and always require help – pop in during opening hours for a chat.

The Link Visiting Scheme A befriending service for elderly people in the Wokingham area. People in need of social interaction or help with shopping are matched to volunteers who are DBS approved and given training.

Community Navigators Based at the doctors’ surgery, the role of Community Navigators is to give people information, especially the elderly, about local services offering help, advice and social activities.

Me2 Club Charity enabling children and young people with additional needs and disabilities to take part in mainstream activities accompanied by trained volunteers on a 1:1 basis.

Daisy's Dream A charity supporting children and their families affected by life threatening illness and bereavement. Based in Twyford but serving a wide area, volunteers are needed to help with fundraising. Twyford Donkey Derby A very well attended summer fair organised by the Twyford Scout group. Help is always needed with this event, and both the Scouts and Guides need helpers for weekend activities and outings. First Responders The people first on the scene in the event of a medical emergency. Volunteers receive full training to enable them to assist until the ambulance service arrives. Charity Family Fun Run An event held on a Sunday morning in early autumn requiring volunteers to help with various fun tasks on the day. Give and Take Care A befriending service for the elderly working in conjunction with Age Concern Twyford & District. Volunteers are matched up with older people in the village to reduce loneliness.

Over 60s Club Social group for older people that meets in St Mary’s Church Centre. The church can pass on details of potential volunteers prepared to help with fundraising, social events and outings. Ruscombe Parish Council Parish Council closely connected with Twyford, needing volunteers either as council members or to help with activities. Twyford Comets Football club consisting mainly of youth teams. Volunteers needed at weekends to help with matches at St George’s Field or Stanlake Meadow. Twyford Parish Council Apart from serving on the council, volunteers are needed to help at events such as the annual summer fete in August. Twyford Youth & Community Centre A facility located near Loddon Hall providing healthy activities for young people. Volunteers needed to help with activities on weekends or some evenings in a rewarding environment. Twyford, Wargrave & District Volunteer Centre Volunteer drivers required to transport elderly residents to medical appointments at local GP surgeries and hospitals. Please mention rg10 when responding to advertisements


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News update Defibrillators Great news everyone: the crowd funding we set up to help replace the stolen defibrillator raised just over £2000, which leaves enough money for us to install an additional device at the Longfield Road shops. Thanks to all those who donated – much appreciated. We will add the new defibrillator in the next couple of months, taking the number in Twyford up to ten. We are then looking at any more gaps to fill, as we have also received a grant of £800 from the Shanly Foundation towards the Twyford village defibrillator network. Twyford Wildlife Safari

This year we want to open up the awards to allow local residents to put forward nominations in several categories including Business, Volunteering, Events, Environment and Community. A panel of local people will evaluate and choose winners, with a presentation in late September. More information will be published on Click Together Our annual photographic competition is still taking entries at the time of writing, closing mid April. We look forward to showcasing the winning images in the Twyford Together marquee at the Donkey Derby on Sunday 3 June. TwyFest Our fantastic village festival starts on Saturday 26 May with the Wildlife Safari and goes on until Sunday 3 June when we close with Junior Twyford’s Got Talent. Tickets are already selling fast, so head over to now to book. Programmes have been delivered across the area and you can find a list of events published in this magazine. Twyford in Bloom

The popular family event is back this year on Saturday 26 May, starting and ending at the Duke of Wellington pub, where BBQ and drinks will be available. Safaris will start every half hour from 10am until 12.30pm at a cost of £4 per child. Together you will explore the Loddon Nature Reserve on a wildlife trail dotted with fun activities tailored for families with children aged 5–11. Places are limited so please book online with the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildlife Trust at Village awards – Winning Together

Colleton School pupils have created a lovely large flower painting to go up in the walkway by Tesco’s, further brightening up this whole area. The oher schools in the village have promised to do one each too, so we will have at least four when the judges visit in July. Gordon Storey

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About Twyford Tradesmen Together We are a group of independent tradesmen serving RG10 and surrounding areas.

It’s Dementia Action Week in May. Twyford Tradesmen Together are Dementia Friends.

We operate separately but have no hesitation in recommending each other’s services to our customers. No commission is involved.

This means we have attended an information session to learn a little about what it’s like to live with dementia.

We believe in providing a friendly, professional service and delivering excellent results at a fair price. We are proud to support the local community through our membership of Twyford Together.

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FastTrack Fit Camp Why do an early morning workout? The clocks have moved forward and there are a few small signs of spring. It's been a long and cold winter and everyone I talk to is ready for some nicer weather, the feel of sun on their face, warmth on their skin and days outside. One of the biggest boosters to my day is being up early enough for a sunrise. It makes everything better, and even with the late snow and prolonged spell of rain there have been times when the sunrise has still been glorious.

3. It sets the intention for the day. When you've got up and worked out first thing, you have a better state of mind than if you'd pressed snooze and got up late. The day starts a bit better. 4. Food choices tend (note I say tend!) to be better through the day, and water intake too. 5. Getting to bed early enough so you can get up early becomes easier to do. You get better at being organised the night before. 6. If you have a family, a job or a partner who all rely on you during the day, using the morning as your time is really helpful for feeling in control. Many of our clients with younger children love that they can get out, work out and get back home before little Johnny and Tabitha have got up. 7. The sunrises, the moon sets, the quiet and the lack of pollution all are well worth the early start.

Working out first thing may not be top on your list of things to do. However the health and mental benefits are many. Here are seven... 1. Getting the early morning sunlight on your eyes helps with optimising hormone production and regulating your biological clock so that you are energised in the day and sleep well at night. 2. Getting up and out leaves space in your head for productive thoughts each day, not 'shall I work out tonight or stay in?' (Trust me on this: you won't know how much you say to yourself during a day and how much getting it done frees you up from that internal noise.)

So, what are you waiting for? Can you add a walk or a jog to your routine? It doesn't need to be every day, but 2–3 times a week will leave you feeling awake, energised and ready to take on the day – whatever the weather throws at you! Heidi Strickland-Clark A Scotland loving, outdoor-not-indoor, health conscious foodie, Heidi Strickland-Clark owns and runs FastTrack Fit Camp, offering outdoor group fitness sessions in Twyford, Henley, Wokingham, Winnersh, Warfield and Swallowfield. Please mention rg10 when responding to advertisements


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Competition Our competitions are open to anyone living within the RG10 postcode area. Winner(s) will be drawn from all valid entries received by the closing date. They will be contacted as soon as possible confirming details of their prize. Congratulations to our last competition winner, Diana Stenning from Twyford, who received tickets to the Private View at Contemporary Art Fairs – Reading. The competition for the handcrafted cake from The Gateaux Boutique was still open at the time of going to print.

Enter via the competitions page on our website For any queries contact us by email or telephone (details bottom of facing page). For entries to be valid, you must: 1. Read the T&Cs on our website 2. Enter by the deadline 3. State which competition you are entering 4. Give your address with an RG10 postcode as well as an email and phone contact. Good luck!

Win a set of Life’s Little Bugs books

Watch out! These charming little characters created by local author and illustrator Tina Stubbs can cause good habits in young children… Thanks to colourful illustrations and engaging rhymes, children love learning about health and hygiene from Tummy Bug, Flu Bug and Gum Bug. Hum Bug and Fitness Bug show them how to be positive and happy, while Doodle Bug and Litter Bug teach respect for others. The books are already a hit with parenting websites, libraries and pre-schools. Now RG10 families have the chance to claim a set to enjoy with their own little ones.

Which of the Little Bugs has a sidekick called Fly? You’ll have to visit the website below to find out!

Enter via the RG10 website giving the answer to the following question: Entry deadline: 12pm on Friday 8 June. Winner will be notified as soon as possible, with prize to follow by post. Please mention rg10 when responding to advertisements



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Pea and mint soup Peas are now in season and their fresh taste is great in everything from pasta to herb-packed sauces and even cocktails. There is something magical about sliding the brilliant green jewels out of the crisp pods with your thumb. With the chilly start to spring it’s been hard to let go of soups, but a vibrant pea soup is perfect for this season. It even works well chilled should a hot spell arrive!

Ingredients: 1 cupful of chopped spring onions 1 medium potato, peeled and chopped 1 crushed clove of garlic 850ml vegetable stock 250g fresh peas 4tbsp fresh mint, chopped Large pinch of sugar 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice 150ml soured cream

Method 1. Place the spring onions into a large pan together with the potatoes, garlic and stock. Bring to the boil, turn down the heat and allow to simmer for 15 minutes or until the potato is soft.

2. Set aside a few tbsp. of peas for the garnish. Add the remaining peas into the pan and simmer for 5 minutes only. 3. Blanch the remaining peas in boiled water for 2-3 minutes. Drain them and then put to one side in a bowl of cold water. 4. Into the main pan add the mint, sugar, lemon and allow to cool slightly. 5. Pour into a blender and mix to the desired consistency. 6. Stir in half the cream and season with salt and pepper to taste. 7. Garnish with the remaining cream and drained peas to serve. Please mention rg10 when responding to advertisements


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Local pubs, restaurants and cafés Twyford and Ruscombe

Buratta's at the Royal Oak .................. 0118 934 5190 Costa Coffee .......................................... 0118 970 6857 The Duke of Wellington (Brakspear) 0118 934 0456 find us on Facebook Emma’s Kitchen ...................................... 07584 658872 find us on Facebook The Fat Fish takeaway.......................... 0118 934 5591 La Fontana Italian restaurant .............. 0118 934 2698 The Golden Cross........................ find us on facebook Gaylord Tandoori.................................. 0118 934 5511 Haweli Indian restaurant .................... 0118 932 0939 Hong Kong takeaway .......................... 0118 934 0136 The Mita's Indian restaurant .............. 0118 934 4599 Oriental Wok takeaway ...................... 0118 934 1384 Sebastian's Café .................................... 0118 934 4214 Thai Elephant restaurant...................... 0118 934 9651 The Waggon and Horses...................... 0118 934 0376


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

Hare Hatch and Knowl Hill

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

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

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

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

Wargrave and Crazies Hill The Bull (Brakspear) ............................ 0118 940 3120 The Greyhound .................................... 0118 940 2556 Haweli Indian restaurant .................... 0118 932 0939 Hennerton Golf Club ............................ 0118 940 1000 The Horns (Brakspear) ........................ 0118 940 6041 The Old Post Office café ...................... 0118 940 4800 find us on Facebook The St George and Dragon .................. 0118 940 4474 Weir Grove ............................................ 0118 940 1836

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News Horse & Groom events Did you know that this pub in Hare Hatch runs regular events? Josh and the team are excited to let RG10 readers know about these ones coming up soon…

Live music Due to popular demand, another live music event is planned for Friday 11 May, when vocalist Fleur Stevenson will be performing from 7pm onwards. This is a non-ticketed event, so to make sure you don’t miss out you need to book a table. Fleur was a big hit last time she performed at the Horse & Groom, with an irresistible combination of swing, blues and Motown classics.

Wine and cheese If you love wine and cheese, you simply must attend a special evening on Friday 25 May. The company’s wine guru Kevin Sambrook is coming in to help the pub host a wine and cheese evening from 7pm. For £25 per person you will enjoy six pairings of wine and cheese, including an organic Rioja with a beautiful Spenwood

sheep’s milk cheese, made locally in Berkshire. Spaces are limited so give the Horse & Groom a call to book your place.

Monthly walk The Horse & Groom also hosts a monthly walk on a Saturday, starting with a cuppa and bacon bap at 9am (on the house). You’ll then set off at 9.30am to enjoy a leisurely countryside walk lasting about an hour. Dogs are welcome but not a requirement! Give the pub a call to put your name down, just so they know how many bacon rolls to prepare. They look forward to seeing you (and any four-legged friends) on their next walks: Saturday 19 May and Saturday 16 June. Call 0118 940 3136 to book any of these events and be sure to follow Horse & Groom Hare Hatch on Facebook. Please mention rg10 when responding to advertisements


Index Advertising 14 RG10 Marketing

Estate agents 8 WentWorth Estate Agents

Arts and crafts 17 HaaHoos Painting, Pottery & Party Centre

Fashion 10

Broadband 60 Gigaclear

Financial services 12–13 Benedict Charles Financial Planning 46–47 CMJ Insurance Brokers 53 Gisela Sharpe Accountancy 19 Josephine Blythe 17 Vickers Young

Building services 18 Boce Developments 17 Bondright Roofing 49 Just Brickwork 4 The Loft Access Company 54 The Rubber Roofing Company 52 Twyford Roofing & Building 14 Woods and Langton Joinery Care providers 34 Home Instead Senior Care 33 Right at Home Carpets & flooring 22 Floor Store Charities 34 6 32

Age Concern Twyford & District Alexander Devine Understanding Dementia

Cleaning 6 53 14 49

AJB Window Cleaning All & Good House Cleaning Services Oven Clean OvenU

Community 35 Dementia Action Week 16 Thames Valley Police 44 Twyford District Youth & Community Centre 15 Twyford Parish Council 25 Twyford Snooker Club 35–39 Twyford Together 36–37 Volunteering Computer services 40 TW Computer Services Dressmaking & alterations 18 Can’t Sew Electricians 21 PJC Electrical Services 5 Westgate Electrical Services Events & entertainment 33 UD Barn Dance 23 Royal wedding & FA Cup final 24 Hurst Show 59 TwyFest 10 Twyford Beer Festival 18 Twyford Bowling Club Open Day

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Food & drink 56–57 Pubs, restaurants & cafés * 57 The Horse & Groom Gardens & landscaping 2 The Big Plant Nursery 10 Living Art Designs 48 Twyford Landscapes Health & wellbeing 45 FastTrack Fit Camp 9 Relax Into Health 34 Tai Chi for Wellbeing Kitchens & bathrooms 41 Kitchen & Bathroom Place Music 54

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Painting & decorating 14 Cox Decorators 4 PB Decorating Pets 40

The Veterinary Centre

Plumbers 54 53 49 11

ADD Plumbing JJ and SJ Plumbing S Green Plumbing & Heating W Williams Plumbing & Heating

Property maintenance 39 Twyford Tradesmen Together * Self storage 4 Sheeplands Farm Windows, doors & conservatories 7 Amazon Windows

* Denotes grouping of several businesses

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