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November/December 2020 | issue 85 | free

inside | Local news | Features | Puzzles | Food and Drink | Competition


Closing thoughts

Contents

Welcome to our 11th anniversary edition, the final magazine for 2020. What a surreal year…

Community

Whilst in some senses we’ve been living a shared experience, the coronavirus pandemic has made us face different challenges depending on our own situation, perceptions and priorities. For most of us it’s felt pretty scary and lonely at times.

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What has shone through all these months has been the importance of our connections to others – family, friends, neighbours, communities. Even the shadow of Covid-19 cannot dim the human desire to feel part of something. No doubt this is one factor behind the sharp rise in infection rates over the last couple of months as some have become careless around their social interactions. Several parts of the country are again living with greater restrictions: let us hope these have the desired effect and can be lifted quickly. In any case, Christmas is coming, which is cause for celebration in any year – and this year we definitely need something to look forward to. Read what local churches have been busy planning and please remember to support our local businesses, especially any that feature within these pages. We are fortunate to live in an area with businesses starting up or expanding. Still, where we spend our money over the next few months could determine the future of some members of our local business community – whether on the high street or working from home, an office or a van. However you plan to spend your winter, I thank you for your support, wish you comfort and joy, and urge you to continue to follow government guidelines to keep yourself and others safe.

Church news: THRU-Christ and Catholic Charity: PACT Adoption events Local news Twyford Together news Thames Valley Police: Be bright this winter

Business 6 8–9 13

Liz Balmford: End-of-year slowdown? Dental Implant Centre and Institute: All smiles Home Instead: Tips for successful ageing

Nature and environment 30–31 Tips for an environmentally conscious Christmas 41 For the love of trees Time out 14 32 33 36 37

Children’s puzzle page Su doku, Wordwheel, Spot the difference General knowledge crossword Puzzle solutions Competition: Peekaboo Penguin

Food and drink 42 43

News: Rural Pie Co. and H’Artisan Recipe: Spiced chickpea and tomato stew

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Performance coach End-of-year slowdown? by Liz Balmford

Are you heading for an end-of-year slowdown? We’re in the last two months of the year, the holidays make December a short month, so seven weeks of coasting seem like a good idea, right? Wrong! (That said, we’re all different, so if your work is seasonal or you know a slowdown at this time of year works for you, then enjoy the rest.) Ordinarily, this is a time of year I encourage my clients (and myself) to go for it... although 2020 has been (and continues to be) highly unusual. The pandemic has made lots of things uncertain, so it’s understandable if we want to hold off starting something new or committing to new projects. In the best of times, it’s tempting to put off starting new projects, behaviours or routines until the New Year, but I believe this is a mistake. January is cold, dark and long. We’re typically feeling the pinch financially (and in our jeans), and things can seem a bit bleak. We start with great intentions, but it can be really tough. If we don’t notice success immediately, we can become disappointed and disillusioned – and then we’re likely to quit. January is not a great time to do new stuff.

NOW is the time to do new stuff! Running a pilot in November and December gives us time to adjust and improve. It gives us the opportunity to establish what works and what doesn’t. When things don’t work, it can feel like failure, but if we’ve already set the context that this is an experiment or pilot, any failures we encounter are actually just feedback. Feedback we can use positively to improve. Your assignment: • Make a list of all the things you typically want to start in January (e.g. a new exercise regime, different hours at the office, developing or offering a new product or service, a new project at work, new behaviours around self-care or professional development). • Pick your favourites and run some pilots. Right now. • After five days reflect on what worked and what didn’t. • Tweak as necessary and continue these improved pilots for another five days. • Repeat. Come January, you’ll be left with what works: one or two new behaviours that succeed for you (maybe three if you’re feeling really epic). Behaviours that are tried, tested and sustainable for your unique work and life circumstances. You’ll be able to switch off during the holidays, knowing that you’re ready to hit the ground running in January – trusting that these new behaviours are well on their way to becoming habits. If you’d like to work through this exercise (and others) with a coach, contact Liz at lizbalmford.com.

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Dental Implant Centre and Institute All smiles in Twyford village centre

At last, 1 Church Street, Twyford – the former NatWest building at the crossroads – has been given the makeover it has long deserved. It has been taken over by Twyford Dental Centre, who after 15 years have outgrown their premises next door. The dentistry team will continue treating patients at 3 Church Street, delivering their high standard of dental care with particular expertise in implants. Patients requiring the most advanced procedures, or who wish to take advantage of additional facial aesthetics such as teeth whitening, Invisalign straightening and antiaging treatments, will be those most likely to find themselves checking in at the smart new reception on the corner. 8

The extensively refurbished building will also house a new teaching institute led by Twyford Dental Centre’s founder and principal dentist, Dr Avik Dandapat. With a background in maxillo-facial reconstructive dentistry, Avik has revolutionised the practice to create a state-of-the-art clinic designed to deliver exclusively dental implant work.

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The centre includes three dental surgeries equipped with the latest technology, such as a 3D CAT scanner and digital intraoral scanners. (So no more gooey impressions of your teeth when you visit the dentist!) You can even benefit from new Digital Smile software to experience what your new smile will look like before committing to treatment. Avik’s experience in his field has led to him becoming a mentor to others and delivering lectures for the Association of Dental Implantology across the country.

The new Institute of Implant Dentistry in the centre of Twyford is a natural progression of this role and will attract established dentists seeking specialist training. Avik and his wife have two daughters and have brought up their family in Twyford. Dr Nahid Dandapadat is also a dentist at the clinic. They are delighted to be expanding their business within the community they know and serve, with the support of the rest of their growing team of dentists, nurses, hygienists, practice manager and receptionist.

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Tips for succesful ageing Having the conversation Financial Choices. Even in retirement, there are things you could do to maximise your income. Advice from a trusted, credible financial adviser could help, and it is important to talk and develop your plan. Consider appointing a person with power of attorney. Health. Making deliberate, wise personal choices could go a long way toward helping to ensure that you will make the most of your senior years. Assess your current health and think about the risks you could face as you age, based on your own health and your genetics. Consider how you can improve your habits today for a healthier tomorrow.

Growing older forces changes that can impact different areas of our lives. What if you could no longer remain at home without help? What will you do if you can’t drive – or you have to tell someone you love that he or she shouldn’t? It is important that we have these conversations with our family, and the subject matter need not be daunting. Experts state that by the time we’re around 70, perhaps with children in their 40s, we should have had “the talk” about the issues so many families tend to avoid. Here are some key topics to discuss, together with tips for planning the road ahead. Living Choices. Home defines much of our lives and holds many of our happy memories. There may come a time when you or a loved one need support with everyday activities around the house. Assess your feelings about where you currently live, consider the prospect of leaving a place that holds familiar possessions and talk about options that will work for everyone.

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Church news THRU churches ask villagers to Light Up Christmas ‘Jesus is the light of the world’, and a community of windows lit up can remind us all of the hope and joy his birth brings, despite the uncertainty around many of our usual Christmas celebrations.

Every front window in Twyford, Ruscombe and Hurst can be part of this year’s much-loved biennial Christmas festival. Residents are invited to decorate their front windows this December as the community comes together in a new way to celebrate the festive season.

A calendar of Christmas church services will be confirmed later on in the year, and residents will need to book their socially distanced seats in advance. Once details are announced, you can reserve places by email (details below).

Instead of bringing trees into St Mary’s Church, organisers are asking us to transform our windows in advent. Pam and Paul Bromley, the brains behind the Twyford Christmas Tree Festival, want to see lights, trees and festive rainbows in our displays. The church hopes to publish a map to help us plan our daily walks to take in as many of the windows as possible. Adding in extra features throughout advent will encourage repeat visits. In addition, children will be given the chance to make and display their own Mary and Joseph dolls as part of the church’s unique countdown to Christmas 2020.

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Message from the local Catholic Church With the closure of all places of worship back in March, like all religious groups, we were faced with a series of new challenges. Our first priority was to those considered the most vulnerable in our parish, as they were not allowed out of their homes. We put in place a ‘buddy’ system whereby a parishioner would do all their shopping and collect any medication they required. Our second aim was to keep in touch with our parishioners, so we provided a weekly bulletin via email, asking people to spread the word. With the help of some technical wizards, we began in April to ‘Zoom’ our Sunday and weekday Masses. We soon had in excess of seventy households joining us each Sunday. The Zoom system also allowed us to chat to each other after the services were over. During the month of May we added a prayer service on a Tuesday evening. When in June the government hinted that it may allow the hospitality industry to reopen at the beginning of July, we started to plan the re-opening of our churches. In trying to make them Covid safe, it became apparent that we would be unable to accommodate all those who would want to attend. It was decided that the Saturday evening Mass would take place with a limited number of attendees, but our Sunday morning Mass would take place in the church car park. So, with the help of many volunteers, we converted the car park into an open-air church! This allowed many more people to attend. During the ensuing weeks we averaged over one hundred people in attendance. These Masses were very joyous occasions, especially as we were able to receive the Eucharist again. The

convent at St John’s, Kiln Green, reopened at the same time. The parishioners at Wargrave were also keen to have their church reopened and this took place towards the end of August. Finally, the chapel in the grounds of the Culham estate was reopened at the end of September. We are now holding all our services indoors, back at pre-lockdown levels. The Masses from Twyford are also available online via Zoom or YouTube. Four out of five of our services are now running at full or near full capacity. At the time of writing we have not finalised our Christmas services as this will depend on the government’s guidelines at the time. Once these are known, our Christmas Mass times will be published on our website at www.catholicchurchtwyford.org. If you wish to receive our weekly email bulletin, please contact Jane at stmtwyford@portsmouth diocese.org.uk. To book a place at any of our services please email Peter Needham at peter_needham@talk21.com. We would like to thank all those volunteers who have helped during this pandemic to keep the Church running in a safe and prayerful way. As a Church we continually pray for an end to the virus, as well as praying for those who have contracted it, that they may fully recover and lead a happy and fulfilled lives, and for those who have been bereaved. May God bless you and above all keep you safe. We wish you all a very happy and blessed Christmas. Father Jude and Deacons Michael and Peter

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PACT Adoption events Face-to-face adoption information events are not taking place currently due to Government advice regarding social distancing.

PACT social worker and an adopter about all aspects of adoption. There is the opportunity to ask questions throughout.

However, sadly children have continued to come into care throughout the pandemic, creating an urgent need for people to come forward in order to be assessed and approved as adopters.

Forthcoming dates

PACT has developed remote alternatives to all parts of the adoption process and is welcoming new enquiries from prospective adopters. The Reading branch of the charity offers adoption services to couples and single people living within a 50-mile radius of the town. A programme of virtual information events is in place. Participants can join using Zoom, the cloud-based meeting software, and hear from a

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Local news Introducing Mr & Mrs Christmas

audio recording of themselves, which will be merged with others to create a joint performance that will be livestreamed just before Christmas to friends, family and the local community! Sing Your Pain Away founder Jane Gatfield explains: ‘It should be a great fun project to keep our spirits up over what could be a difficult time. Our current members are already saying that thanks to the project they are looking forward to Christmas now instead of dreading it. We’re very excited about it and would like to invite as many people as possible in the local community to join in!’ Rehearsals start from early November. For more details please contact jane@singyour painaway.co.uk.

Do you like our cover image? This is The Original Mr and Mrs Christmas, a brilliantly authentic pair bringing festive joy and entertainment to front doors in the RG10 area throughout December. Follow them on Facebook @theoriginalmrand mrschristmas to see what magical merriment they get up to. For more information about how to book a visit that your children will never forget, specially tailored to your family, see www.doorstepentertainers.co.uk or email contact@doorstepentertainers.co.uk. Where will you be on Mrs Christmas’s ‘naughty and nice’ list? Sing Your Pain Away This community choir will be learning the Christmas version of Bette Midler’s From a Distance during during the course of November. This beautiful, optimistic and uplifting song seems perfect for the times we are living in and contains excerpts of the Christmas carols we all know and love.

Twyford Volunteer Drivers Twyford Volunteer Drivers has resumed a limited service of taking clients to medical appointments. Ideally the charity needs a week's notice and you should already be a client with the service. Covid safety measures are in place and instructions should be adhered to – volunteer drivers are not able to provide physical assistance to passengers. If you require a lift to a medical appointment, please phone 0118 934 3010 and leave a message. The office is not staffed so the message must include the following details: • Your name • Telephone number • Date, time and destination of appointment. A member of the office team will then contact you to confirm details.

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Local news (continued) Painting Animals in Watercolour

Taking a contemporary approach to traditional watercolour, the author shows how a few, well-chosen brushes of paint can reveal the soul of your subject.’ A copy of the book can be ordered from any book shop and would make a wonderful Christmas present. Lavells Wetlands Trust If you’ve been following articles about this Hurst nature reserve in past issues of RG10 magazine, read on for the latest update from Fraser Cottington:

Congratulations to Hurst artist Liz Chaderton, who has her second book coming out in November: Painting Animals in Watercolour. The write-up by her publishers, Crowood Press, says it all. ‘Artists seem compelled to try to capture the amazing variety of the animal kingdom; the challenge remains how to breathe energy into your paintings and make the animals jump off the paper. This deeply practical book offers an accessible introduction to sketching animals from life, to try to capture that essence. It gives instruction on how to approach drawing; covers ideas for materials and supplies to make sketching from life a joy; gives step-by-step demonstrations of different watercolour techniques; offers specific advice on using colour and painting fur, feathers and features and gives ideas for mixed-media experimentation. Full of colourful examples and guidance, this new book explains how to transform your studies into finished artworks that are brimming with character. It encourages you to find the extraordinary in the everyday, as well as revelling in the breadth of nature.

‘The excavation element of the Network Rail project successfully completed on Friday 11 September. Since then everyone is buzzing with excitement as so many of our volunteers have been back on site several times, transplanting reeds and sedges and carrying out various tasks before the winter sets in. The overwhelming impression amongst our members and volunteers is that they are amazed at the scale of the project and can now see how huge and positive an impact it will have as the reedbeds and marshes mature over the next 1–3 years. ‘I have pledges to help fund the proposed new hide: we still need to raise more money, but it is important to let people know that the hide we want to build overlooking these habitats will be on tall stilt legs and offer fantastic views of the many birds that have already begun to visit. So, if all continues to go well, this time next year we will be having a grand opening! I can’t wait to see all the excited faces and watch jaws drop when they see just how wonderful both the hide and the habitats we have created are. ‘If you want to be part of the most exciting conservation charity in Berkshire and help us guarantee that our new hide is up in just one year, please visit our GoFundMe page and give whatever you can afford. We can’t wait to show you how worthwhile your investment will be for local conservation.’ www.gofundme.com/f/fraser039s-campaign -for-lavell039s-wetland-trust

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Twyford Karate Academy This local club has successfully achieved the Safeguarding Code mark in Martial Arts, demonstrating a commitment to uphold its duty of care to the community and young people. The Safeguarding Code in Martial Arts was created to enable parents and carers to clearly identify providers that have reached and maintained good safeguarding standards, helping them to make informed decisions when selecting a club for their child. Sensei Matt Taylor at Twyford Karate Academy said: ‘The safety of our young students has always been a high priority at the club since it opened in 2017. As a martial arts instructor there are many not-so-obvious responsibilities one has when a parent leaves their child at the club to learn a fighting art. I’m really happy that there is now a way to recognise the work that has been done in safeguarding, which many people do not consider when looking for activities for their children.’

dementia. The training is given via Zoom while face-to-face meetings are not possible. This works well, as carers can learn to use the Understanding Dementia approach from the comfort of their own home, sharing the experience with others in similar circumstances. Even if you have attended live sessions in the past, you are welcome to join in for a refresher. The first session involves a short PowerPoint presentation, followed by a live Q&A session with Shirley. Depending on interest, there could then follow a series tailored to the caring role, looking at how to apply the approach using real-life examples. The only advance preparation recommended is to read the Understanding Dementia booklet beforehand, which can be ordered for just £4.99 including postage. Guidance in setting up Zoom on your smartphone, tablet or computer is also available if required. If you are interested in the training, would like a copy of the accompanying booklet or have any questions, please email lucy.w@understandingdementia.co.uk. Don’t feed the horses A local story that nearly ended in tragedy has underlined the importance of not feeding horses you see out in the fields. It might seem like a nice thing to do, but it can cause serious harm so it’s important that people are aware of the dangers.

We have often featured the charity Understanding Dementia in these pages. Its founder, Shirley Pearce, has also been a guest on the RG10 Podcast.

Hurst resident Rachel Reiss nearly lost her horse Hurley at the start of October after he got something lodged in his throat, thought to have been fed to him by a visitor. An eagle-eyed passer-by saw him struggling and raised the alarm.

This year has been a challenging time for many families, especially those that include someone living with dementia. It can be difficult to cope with changes in behaviour and to know where to find help and guidance.

Rachel secured an emergency vet appointment and they worked together with the frantic animal for two hours before finally managing to clear the obstruction with the help of a five-foot length of hose.

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Feeding horses can cause conditions that can be fatal, including choke (as in this instance), laminitis and colic. Please don't do it.

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Local news (continued) Creative writing competition

Finally – but most importantly – all entries must be the contestant’s own original work. The entry deadline is 11pm on Friday 11 December. For full details and how to enter, see www.ignitingwriting.tumblr.com. Twyford Round Table With the bonfire and fireworks night cancelled this year, the team at Twyford Round Table originally switched their energies to planning a drive-in cinema event at White Waltham airfield over the Hallowe’en weekend. However, this had to be postponed when new Covid restrictions came in September, and the Round Table now hope to offer a cinema event together with Twyford Parish Council next Spring.

Alex Baker runs Igniting Writing, a creative writing club for teens. The club normally meets at Wokingham Library but sessions were moved online during the COVID-19 pandemic. In tandem with the Wokingham Children's Book Festival in October, Alex has launched a creative writing competition for young writers across Berkshire.   The contest is called Illustration Inspiration and is aimed primarily at pupils in Year 6 and above, although younger children are also welcome to enter. Contestants are invited to combine words and images to create their own amazing story.   The competition is based around this online gallery of images by over 400 professional illustrators: www.flickr.com /photos/ignitingwriting. Children entering the contest pick out three illustrations and write a story that links them together.   The maximum wordcount is 1,000 including the title and any subtitles, and content must be rated PG – so nothing too rude or gory is permitted.   Multiple entries are permitted, as long as three different illustrations are used for each one.

In the meantime, they are busy liaising with Santa to arrange a rather different, socially distanced sleigh tour of local communities through December!

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Christmas Ten tips for a more environmentally conscious Christmas by Dave Lamont Swap plastic toys for wooden ones, big brand toiletries for alternatives kinder to the environment, and items with less packaging. Give thought to whether you could offer homemade gifts or experiences.

It’s not often that I quote the Grinch, but in this case (and perhaps this year more than any other), Dr Seuss’s fictional character is spot on. Ordinarily, Christmas is a magical time of year. On the flip side, it’s also one of significant excess and unnecessary waste. If we are to get serious about tackling the many issues facing our planet, then even the festive season shouldn’t be immune to changes in behaviour. Here are our top tips on how you can make a difference this Christmas. 1. Avoid the gimmicks From pre-packed ‘reindeer food’ that’s bad for wildlife (what’s wrong with a good old-fashioned carrot?!), to Christmas Eve boxes full of unneeded items, try not to get sucked in. 2. Presents Think quality, not quantity. Perhaps introduce shared gift lists and secret Santas to encourage everyone to buy less. Consider what gifts are made of, who by and where.

3. Wrapping paper It’s not an exact science, but if you can scrunch wrapping paper into a ball and it stays that way, it’s more likely to be plastic free and can therefore be composted or recycled. Better still: use recycled brown ‘craft’ paper and/or reusable gift bags. Crucially, avoid plastic sticky tape! Paper tape is inexpensive and readily available online. Also, cut out the bows, gift tags and ribbon which often contain plastic, or find reusable and recyclable alternatives. 4. Cards The obvious answer would be to avoid cards, or at least cut down how many you send. Aim to buy cards that are made from recycled, FSC (sustainable) or seed paper and free from non-biodegradable glitter, badges and plastic wrapping. 5. Crackers Again, you could opt to avoid crackers completely. Alternatively, why not make your own, which can often be reusable? If you do decide to buy some, try to ensure that they are both recycled and recyclable and free of plastic toys. 6. Trees If you already own an artificial tree, enjoy it year after year for as long as you can. If you are in need of a new one, consider instead a real tree that is FSC or Soil Association approved. DID YOU KNOW… You can now even rent a real tree! Search online for suppliers.

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Local update 7. Advent calendars Make or buy a reusable advent calendar and fill it with homemade goodies or plastic-free treats such as foil-wrapped chocolate. The growing trend towards more expensive, toy-filled calendars just leads to more unnecessary waste.

9. Drinks Wine bottles with a real cork (not plastic) are a better option for the environment than a screw top. If you’re buying beer, avoid plastic packaging and opt for cans over glass or plastic. When it comes to soft drinks, swap plastic bottles for glass or cans.

8. Christmas lunch Wherever possible, aim to avoid unnecessary packaging and only buy and prepare what you really need to avoid food waste. For example, buy your meat and loose vegetables free of any plastic wrapping from local butchers, greengrocers, farm shops and certain supermarkets. With all the choice and inspiration now available, perhaps consider preparing a vegetarian celebration meal.

10. At the end of it all Ensure that you recycle and dispose of everything correctly when the fun is over. If in doubt, look online, contact your local council or drop a question over to us at Plastic Free Home. Prepare beforehand by getting bags or boxes ready to separate out things like wrapping paper, cardboard and recyclable plastic. Remember to donate any unwanted items to a charity shop or food bank.

Not everyone can do everything, but if we each make some changes, they really do add up. Wishing you and your loved ones a safe run-up to a happy Christmas. Let’s all cross our fingers and toes that Santa brings us a more socially active celebration in 2021.

Dave Lamont is founder of The Plastic Free Home, a not-for-profit platform for sharing advice about living a more sustainable and environmentally friendly lifestyle. Follow @PlasticFreeHomeUK on Facebook. Please mention rg10 when responding to advertisements

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General Knowledge Crossword

Across 1. French town that serves as a ferry port to England (6) 7. Acting game, popular at Christmas (8) 8. Steal cattle (6) 10. Brie or Edam, for example (6) 11. Plant fibre used to make rope (5) 13. Japanese art of flower arranging (7) 16. Person whose duty is to throw trouble makers out of a bar (7) 17. Group which released the 2006 album Stop the Clocks (5) 20. Overland journey by hunters (6) 22. Formerly the basic unit of money in Spain (6) 24. Daughter of a sovereign (8) 25. ___ dancers, traditionally associated with May Day (6)

Down 1. Country, capital Nicosia (6) 2. Communist state of Asia (4) 3. Sloping mass of loose rocks at the base of a cliff (5) 4. Item commonly eaten on Shrove Tuesday (7) 5. Live-action film about a piglet (4) 6. Capital of Finland (8) 9. US novelist, creator of Tom Sawyer (5) 12. Worship of images (8) 14. Alloy of copper and zinc (5) 15. Unit of relative loudness (7) 18. Equal portions into which the capital stock of a corporation is divided (6) 19. Involuntary muscular contraction (5) 21. ___ Karenina, novel by Leo Tolstoy (4) 23. Large container (4) Please mention rg10 when responding to advertisements

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twyford together

News update

It is the time of year when our thoughts turn to Christmas celebrations, although doubtless Christmas will seem a little different for many of us this year. It has been a year to remember, but sadly not for all the right reasons. I think it is safe to say that not many of us could have foreseen a pandemic when making our plans for 2020. The outbreak of Covid-19 undoubtedly had an effect on pretty much all of our lives. Whether it be the isolation from our friends and relations, or the worry over our health and livelihoods, each of us will have had issues to deal with and hardships to endure. Many of the events that are so loved and enjoyed around the village throughout the year have had to be cancelled or postponed. Despite all the negative aspects that this horrible disease brings, there have been some uplifting moments and rays of light to help guide us through the darkness. Many friends and neighbours set up WhatsApp groups and helped each other out. The Twyford Berks Covid-19 Community Support Group was formed specifically to help those who were shielding as well as others to ensure they didn’t go without – much praise should go to Sam Bramwell and her team for this fantastic initiative. The VE Day celebrations were brilliant and helped to remind us that difficult times have been endured and overcome before. People have supported local shops, restaurants, pubs, and local businesses with renewed vigour. Small acts of kindness in difficult times can mean so much to so many, and I really hope that we can carry these things forward with us as we leave this year behind and look forward to the New Year with renewed optimism. Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year. Robin Yeadon Twyford Together Chair

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Twyford village Christmas events

Be A Santa To A Senior

With regret we have had to announce that this year’s Christmas Fayre has been postponed. Ongoing COVID-19 restrictions and rising infection rates dashed any hopes we did harbour of going ahead.

For the past eight years several member organisations from the business and charity sector have jointly organised a wonderful pre-Christmas get-together for around 120 older residents. Guests are usually invited to a suitably decorated school hall in Twyford to enjoy a generous high tea and live entertainment, all made possible thanks to an army of volunteers.

The eagle-eyed among you will have noticed the word ‘postponed’: Twyford Together hopes to reschedule the street event to next spring. We are currently exploring options for a virtual celebration of Christmas, and we’ll let people know more nearer the time. Stay up to date with @TwyfordTogether on Facebook for all our news. Support Local – Shop Local You may have noticed several new businesses opening up this year, demonstrating the vibrancy of our village. We are lucky to have a good number and variety of businesses in our area. Twyford Together has launched a Support Local – Shop Local campaign to encourage residents not only to shop locally but also to look for other services that can be delivered locally. Apart from those that are visible there are many other local businesses – for example covering all the trades and professional services – and we encourage residents to seek these out whenever possible. The Twyford Together website allows businesses to submit their details – so make yourself more visible via www.twyford together.org/submit-your-listing.

Sadly, the pandemic has prevented us from bringing everyone together this December. However, organisers have brainstormed through Zoom meetings to come up with an alternative way to ‘Be A Santa to A Senior’ and show older residents that everyone is still thinking of them this Christmas. Volunteers will put together gift bags including a quiz book, a box of biscuits, a Poinsettia plant, mince pies, a festive tipple and other goodies. These will be delivered in December to around 80 members of Age Concern Twyford and District who would normally be attending the tea party. Other organisations involved are The David Brownlow Charitable Foundation, Home Instead Senior Care, TimeFinders Senior Life Specialists and Twyford Together. Twenty additional gift bags for seniors will be made available to readers of RG10 magazine, either to put themselves forward or to nominate a friend or neighbour. Please contact Melissa with your (or their) contact details – name, address and phone number. Either call 01628 299097 or send an email to melissa.johnson@homeinstead.co.uk. Roll on the BASTAS reunion in 2021! Please mention rg10 when responding to advertisements

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Puzzle solutions

Crossword

Children’s page

Across:

Corals C & F are identical.

1 Calais, 7 Charades, 8 Rustle, 10 Cheese, 11 Sisal, 13 Ikebana, 16 Bouncer, 17 Oasis, 20 Safari, 22 Peseta, 24 Princess, 25 Morris. Down: 1 Cyprus, 2 Laos, 3 Scree, 4 Pancake, 5 Babe, 6 Helsinki, 9 Twain, 12 Idolatry, 14 Brass, 15 Decibel, 18 Shares, 19 Spasm, 21 Anna, 23 Ewer.

Spot the Difference 1.

Girl’s hat different colour

2.

Hidden leaf falling in front of fence

3.

Missing bobble from boy's hat

4.

Bone in dog's mouth instead of stick

5.

Zipper missing on boy’s coat

6.

Broom/garden rake head is different

7.

Boy’s gloves are different colour

8.

Panda missing from girl’s jumper

9.

Spots on dog missing

Wordwheel 9 letter word: NEWSPAPER

Su doku

10. Dad’s scarf different colour

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Community update Be bright this winter

and avoid becoming a victim of burglary

Leave a light on...

Consider purchasing and installing a video doorbell, house alarm or CCTV system.

and burglars in the dark

Keep all valuables and keys out of sight and away from doors, windows and letterboxes.

Close and double lock all your doors and windows when going out or to bed.

When not in use, keep electronic car keys in a security pouch to prevent them being scanned by thieves to open and steal your car. If you have a key safe, ensure it is not visible to people passing by yet they could see anyone tampering with it. Don’t advertise you are away from home on social media. Ask a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property or join a Neighbourhood or resident Watch Scheme.

Be bright and invest in a light timer switch this winter www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk

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Burglars are often opportunistic thieves and you can take steps to avoid becoming one of their victims this winter.

Never leave garages or sheds unlocked, especially if connected to your property. Register valuables with www.immobilise.com, and find further crime prevention advice at www.thamesvalley.police.uk.

Try to make your home look occupied by using timer switches on lights and radios. Make sure your front door is illuminated by using dusk to dawn lighting that comes on automatically. Please contact us if you have any information relating to burglary in your neighbourhood. Report online at www.thamesvalley.police.uk, call us on 101 or in an emergency dial 999. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on free phone 0800 555 111. Receive free information updates from Thames Valley Police by registering for Thames Valley Alert at www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk. You can email your local neighbourhood team via TwyfordNHPT@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk – but please note this address cannot be used to report crimes or for any urgent matters. @TVPBracknellandWokingham |

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For thetrees love and of trees Trees, more trees Twyford Big Tree Planting Project

Support more tree planting

Rebecca Howard and helpers have been busy preparing for the mass tree planting event, adapting the original plans to ensure Covid safety. On Saturday 28 November, more than 60 trees will be planted along the edge of Stanlake Meadow in Twyford, over half of them bearing dedication plaques sponsored by local residents or businesses. The new Stanlake Copse will include oak, field maple, hornbeam and silver birch trees plus wild cherry, alder, beech and hazel. Twyford Parish Council, which owns the land, gave its support to Rebecca’s idea early this year. The momentum built quickly, with local residents and businesses keen to get involved. Riverways Farm will be providing compost for the new trees. Bia Cycling have been collecting used inner tubes, which will be recycled to make supports for the new trees. The Big Plant Nursery will be on hand giving advice to those planting their trees. 1st Twyford Scouts will lend their marquee to provide shelter in case of bad weather. This project has provided a positive focus for the Twyford community to rally around, and its legacy will be enjoyed for generations to come! Read the full story on the original fundraising page at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/twyford-tree -planting-project-2020. Would you like to join volunteers helping to look after the newly planted trees? A new group called Friends of Stanlake Meadow Copse will carry out regular watering and health checks on the trees. This is a lovely opportunity to meet like-minded people and support positive change in the local area. Anyone interested can email Rebecca on rt2000@postmaster.co.uk.

If you missed getting involved in the Big Twyford Tree Planting Project, here’s another way to make a positive contribution to the number of trees being planted in the UK. In the lead up to the festive season, Plastic Free Home is raising money to plant trees via The Woodland Trust, improving air quality and replacing lost habitat to help hundreds of animals, birds and insects to thrive. As founder Dave Lamont explains: ‘Just 13% of the UK is covered in woods and forests and we need to change that. Trees store harmful CO2, they are the lungs of the planet, and they provide essential habitats for wildlife.’ A donation of just £10 can pay for the Woodland Trust to plant 7 trees. By the start of October, Plastic Free Home had raised more than enough to plant an entire copse – and with your help, the number could equate to a swathe of woodland! To get involved, visit www.justgiving.com/ fundraising/plastic-free-home. Please mention rg10 when responding to advertisements

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food and drink

News Rural Pie Co. opens in Twyford For the first few years of its existence, Woodley-based Rural Pie Company focused on pop-up events and markets, earning a loyal following for its delicious high-quality pies. Early this year they entered the Great British Pie Awards in Melton Mowbray for the first time, submitting 7 pies and winning 7 awards! The local fan base was further cemented through lockdown thanks to a home delivery service. Then came the opportunity to take over the iconic Apsley House in Twyford (formerly Emma’s Kitchen), and founders Philip and Amy leapt at the chance. Following a complete refurbishment, the Rural Pie Co. shop and café opened at the end of September.

particular favourite! (There’s always a vegetarian option available: other special dietary needs by arrangement.) I caught up with a busy but surprisingly calm Philip and Amy a week after opening, and thoroughly enjoyed my first Rural Pie Co. meal (a lamb and mint pie with mixed vegetables and jug of gravy). www.ruralpieco.co.uk

On offer you’ll find a good range of breakfasts and lunches, plus delicious teas, coffees, cakes and pastries – all available to eat in or take away. You can even book in for a pie supper from Friday to Sunday – AND they are licensed, so you can also enjoy local beer or cider, or wine sourced from small producers. With 30 different pies in their repertoire, it’s important to check the 5 pies of the day on the website or social media if you have a

H’Artisan Speciality Coffee Co. An exciting new family business will be opening in Wargrave High Street in late November. H’Artisan will be offering speciality coffees, traditional and exotic teas, nutritious breakfasts and lunches, and delicious cakes and pastries. Wargrave residents the Hart family are behind the venture: nutritionist Sarah, retail advisor Nick and daughter Izzy, who has a passion for cooking. The intention is to create a friendly space welcoming families, ramblers, networkers, local groups, dogs and cyclists – there’ll even be hanging racks for bikes. We are all in for a treat. Good luck, the Harts! @HartisanSpecialityCoffeeCo 42 rg10 November/December 2020. To advertise please call 0118 907 2510 or email nikki@rg10mag.com


Recipe Spiced chickpea and tomato stew

This warming veggie dish it sure to hit the spot on cold evenings, served with your choice of couscous, rice or orzo pasta. Serves 4 | Ready in 50 minutes Method

1 tbsp olive oil 2 onions, peeled and diced 2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed 1 tsp ground cumin 2 tsp smoked paprika ¼ tsp cayenne pepper 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes 2 tbsp tomato purée 1 tsp brown sugar 2 x 400g cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed Salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 tbsp freshly chopped parsley, to garnish

1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onions and stir fry for 8–10 minutes until softened and golden, adding the garlic after 5 minutes.

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Ingredients

2. Stir in the spices and cook for 1–2 minutes until fragrant. Then add the tomatoes, purée and sugar. Simmer gently for 15–20 minutes until the sauce has thickened, stirring occasionally. 3. Stir in the chickpeas and simmer for a further 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Serve over steamed couscous, long grain rice or orzo pasta and sprinkle parsley on top.

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