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November/December 2021 | issue 91 | free

Celebrating trees Christmas events Small Business Saturday inside | Local news | Features | Puzzles | Food and Drink | Competition

Countdown to Christmas


Welcome to the final edition of the year. I’m actually allowing myself a little pat on the back, since this marks our twelfth anniversary!


It was an honour to be invited to take part in a tribute to Gordon Storey in September – a special man endowed with unfailing enthusiasm, whose support I greatly appreciated over the years.

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Gordon would have surely loved seeing the Twyford Beer Festival and the Twyford Charity 5K and Fun Run make such successful comebacks this year. I think we all deserve a celebration this winter, don’t you? Thankfully life finally feels a little more normal – as you will see from all the busy activities highlighted within these pages. With Christmas fast approaching, we hear from our local churches and flag up festive events and shopping ideas. It’s also the season of goodwill, so we dedicate space to several local charities. You’ll see we also have a bit of a tree theme, inspired by all the publicity surrounding the important role they play in helping to combat climate change. There are a few new advertisers in this issue, so if you do contact any of them please let them know you saw them here. In any case, with Small Business Saturday coming up I’m taking the opportunity to bang the drum and remind everyone to support the many fantastic small businesses serving our local communities. Wishing you a super couple of months and a very happy Christmas.

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Building for the Future Plus: Launch First Days: Give the gift of choice

Information and education 26 33 35

Schools and the pandemic Tutor Doctor: Preparing for the 11+ Raise a glass: Ten facts about glasses

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Small Business Saturday

Nature and environment 43 44 45

Twyford Parish Council: Blooming marvellous! Twyford Tree Festival Nature Works Wonders: Let’s talk about trees

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Festive jokes Spot the difference Book: The Happy Prince Children’s puzzle page Su doku, Word search General knowledge crossword Puzzle solutions Competition: Find Peekaboo Penguin – cash prizes

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Building for the Future Plus Creating opportunities for young people with disabilities Local disabled children’s charity Building for the Future has set up a new arm to its services in the centre of Twyford.

aftermath of the Covid crisis, fundraising for Building for the Future Plus has been challenging.

The charity already runs a successful community centre called Our House in Wokingham. Opened in 2014 by the Earl and Countess of Wessex, the centre welcomes over five hundred disabled children through the doors over the course of a year. They enjoy a variety of activities, most of which have resumed in full since lockdown, such as Saturday clubs, after school get-togethers, holiday play sessions, a play group, a youth club and more.

Jane continued: ‘We are keeping our heads above water, and we are deeply grateful for the wonderful support we have had, but times are tough. Nonetheless, we are determined to ensure that young disabled people have a role in society and a sense of purpose. It is crucial that they are not forgotten – now more than ever. For many of them, lockdown lasted far longer than it did for others. They deserve the world to open up for them now, and we will work very hard to make that happen.’

The charity launched Building for the Future Plus in June at an event attended by Wokingham Borough Mayor Keith Baker and former Prime Minister the Rt Hon Theresa May MP. The new venture works with young people with disabilities who have left school or college. Charity CEO Jane Holmes (centre) said: ‘We are delighted and proud to be offering this new service to young disabled people who would otherwise have very little in the way of life fulfilment or opportunities to broaden their horizons. Where better than Twyford, where the residents and the local businesses are so supportive and welcoming to everyone?’

For more information about Building for the Future Plus and to watch the launch event, please visit If you would like to learn more, please email to arrange a time to visit the new office at Bell Corner in Twyford. The team would love to welcome you and share their plans for this very special project.

The need for the service became particularly apparent during lockdown, when the lack of opportunities for young people outside the educational environment were thrown into sharp focus. As Jane explained: ‘This is a long-term project, which is responding to a very real crisis that young people with disabilities find themselves in when they have left full-time education. We are working hard to source opportunities for socialising, creativity, work experience, sport and more. This isn’t about finding full-time jobs for every young person; it’s about giving them purpose and self-value.’ Due to the effects of the pandemic and many revenue streams being directed towards the

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Local churches Christmas message from the Catholic parish of Twyford and Wargrave Unlike last year, this Christmas will have a more normal feel about it, with church services, carol concerts, nativity plays and, of course, family gatherings. As Christians and non-Christians alike celebrate Christmas, we can ask ourselves what makes Christmas so special in the Christian calendar. It is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, born some two thousand years ago to the virgin Mary in an obscure village on the outskirts of the Roman Empire. The Jewish people, at that time, were waiting for the birth of the Messiah, who they hoped would free them from the yoke of the Roman authorities and make them a great nation. However, the birth of Jesus was to change the world in a way that the Jews did not expect. Jesus is born as the new light of the world to

bring peace, joy and harmony – a message that is more relevant today than ever before. Christian existence is always in the context of waiting for and anticipating Jesus. Part of active waiting is letting go of worldly concerns and values. The prepared person will not be attached to the concerns of this life, even though she or he may be immersed in the midst of them. Famously, in the past, hostilities have ceased and enemies have fraternised. People seek out their family and friends and there is an attempt, however fleeting, to be kinder, more open and sympathetic to one another. May this Christmas be a time of peace and joy to all. Happy Christmas. Fr Jude and Deacons Michael and Peter

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Holy Mass at St Thomas More Church, Twyford Carols followed by Holy Mass at St Thomas More Church, Twyford Holy Mass at Our Lady of Peace Church, Wargrave Holy Mass at St John’s Convent, Kiln Green Holy Mass at St Thomas More Church, Twyford Holy Mass at St Thomas More Church, Twyford

See facing page for events at the Anglican and URC churches in Twyford, Ruscombe and Hurst.

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Festive events and shopping Christmas lights and carol singing Henley Town Centre – Friday 26 November, 7pm Woodley Town Centre – Saturday 27 November, 5pm Twyford Together at Bell Corner – Sunday 28 November, 5pm St Nicholas Night opposite the pond, Hurst – Sunday 5 December, 5.30pm

Twyford Christmas Fayre, London Road RG10 9EH Friday 3 December, 6–9pm St Nicholas Hurst Christmas Market, Large Village Hall RG10 0DR Saturday 4 December11.30am–3pm Woodley Christmas Fayre, Woodley town centre Sunday 5 December, 10am–3pm Reading Indie Christmas Market at Double Barrelled Brewery, Reading RG30 6BX Sunday 5 December, 12–5pm

Markets and fairs Craft and Design Fair, South Hill Park, Bracknell RG12 7PA Saturday 13 November, 10am–5pm

For more details about any events, see the What’s On calendar at and check with organisers in case of any changes.

Christmas Market at Sindlesham Court, Wokingham RG41 5EA Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 November, 10am–4pm Crazie Christmas Cracker, Crazies Hill Village Hall RG10 8LY Friday 19 November, 10am–3pm and 6pm–9pm Alexander Devine Christmas Market, Grove Park, White Waltham SL6 3SG Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 November, 10.30am–3pm Cantley Park Christmas Market, Wokingham RG40 5QG 24 November to 24 December Henley Christmas Fair at Stonor Park, Stonor RG9 6HF Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 November, 10am–5pm Henley Christmas Festival, Henley town centre Friday 26 November, 5–9pm Henley Craft and Gift Market, Henley Town Hall RG9 2AQ Saturday 27 November, 10am–4pm Maidenhead Festive Market, Maidenhead town centre Saturday 27 November, 9.30am–7pm Norden Farm Christmas Market, Maidenhead SL6 4PF Saturday 27 November 12–4pm and Friday 3 December, 6–9pm Wokingham Winter Carnival, Wokingham town centre Sunday 28 November, 11am–5pm 12 rg10 November/December 2021. To advertise please call 0118 907 2510 or email

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Horizon Micromobility Order an electric bike in time for Christmas Electric bikes are for everyone, whatever your age and ability. In recent years electric bike design has come a long way, with the battery integrated within the frame rather than strapped to it. At first glance you wouldn’t be able to tell the bikes apart from conventional cycles.

So how do they work? Electric bikes have a motor either in the rear wheel hub or mid-mounted. The motor provides assistance to the rider when they pedal. In the UK, by law the motor must cut out at 15.5 mph — so if you want to go above this speed, you’ll have to pedal faster!

Did you know that there is an electric bike e-commerce store on your doorstep? Horizon Micromobility was founded over a year ago by Matt Whitehouse from Hurst. They distribute electric bikes, spare parts and associated products to customers all around the UK. RG10 readers have the best of both worlds: an excellent range to browse online and the opportunity to meet the experts to discuss your requirements or collect an order. With Christmas not that far away, now’s the time to get your orders in ready for a December delivery or collection. You can get in touch with Horizon Micromobility through their website. A selection of the electric bikes is now available to view at The Bia Hub in Waltham Road, Twyford, alongside their own range of bikes, accessories and merchandise. Here you can also enjoy a brew and have your bike serviced or repaired.

The amount of ‘assist’ from the motor can be changed by the rider. For cycling to the office, you may want maximum assistance so you’re not arriving to work a sweaty mess; for the commute home, if you fancy a bit of a workout you can reduce the assistance level or turn it off completely.

Do I need to take a test? No! You just need to be 14 or older. No insurance or registration is required, and electric bikes can be ridden anywhere a conventional bike can, including cycle lanes. Visit the website for more information on how electric bikes work and what to look for when purchasing, as well as a wealth of other useful guides.

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Festive entertaining Christmas cook-along with Fearless in the Kitchen tailored to your group. You can select a date that suits you and discuss the theme. Most workshops run for 1.5 hours. Pricing is based on team size – for example, £180 covers 10 households logging on. Email to discuss your requirements.

Looking for a unique work Christmas party idea this year? Want to celebrate with friends and family who are unable to gather together for the season? Festive Snacks and Dinners is a fun, festive virtual cook-along offered by the fabulous Jen of Fearless in the Kitchen. This is a great way to share good times with geographically dispersed groups, whether colleagues working from home or family and friends.

About Fearless in the Kitchen Fearless in the Kitchen is a healthy eating cookery school run by Jen Roach in Warfield. She is passionate about sharing her love of simple veg-led recipes with incredible flavour and colour, introducing interesting new ingredients and helping to make fruit and vegetables the heroes of the family meal. Even die-hard carnivores love her recipes! Currently all classes are running online. These include healthy breakfasts and lunches for busy people (preparing ahead for the week), plus Strictly Tacos, One Pot Meals, Taste of Italy, Pad Thai, Mezze and Festive Snacks.

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Christmas at First Days Give the gift of choice In effect, the charity making an impersonal, arbitrary decision about what a child receives reduces the value to the child and removes all choice from the parent or guardian. This year we will be honouring our values to ensure dignity, choice and power for families by asking supporters simply for financial donations to enable parents to choose a present for their child themselves.

At this time of year, with Christmas approaching, many of us start feeling excited at the thought of making it a special time for our children. For families struggling to make ends meet, Christmas can be really stressful: parents and carers might be dreading this period knowing that they can’t afford to buy gifts.

“Dignity, choice and power for families” At First Days Children's Charity, we prevent and reduce the effects of poverty on children by providing essential items needed for their early years and at school. Everything we do aims to restore dignity, choice and power to families on a low income — three things so often taken away from people when they are experiencing hardship and loss of financial autonomy. That’s why this year we have chosen to change the way we support families over Christmas. In 2020, with help from many kind and generous supporters and businesses, we redistributed £85,000 worth of gifts to over 1,500 children. Although they received wonderful gifts, feedback from some of the parents was that they felt oversupplied and were put in a difficult position with an unsustainable expectation for future Christmases or birthdays.

Choice is everything, especially at Christmas, and this year we want to give parents the gift of choice. What every parent wishes for is to be able to choose a meaningful gift for their child. Many of us are lucky enough to know the magical feeling of seeing our child’s face light up on Christmas morning, opening a present that we have chosen for them with care. You can help parents going through tough times to experience that same feeling by making a donation to First Days.

“Here for the children who have nothing” We will also be working with other charities in Wokingham and Reading to hold events in the run-up to Christmas, where parents who have been identified as needing our help can come along to choose stocking gifts for their child. We're here for the children who have nothing. If you can, please give £20 for the one present a child will receive this Christmas. You can make a donation via our website or phone number below. Thank you. 0118 921 9338

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The Happy Prince The Happy Prince, originally published in 1888, is a tale about doing good deeds to help others. Sally began illustrating it as a personal project and decided to set the story in Reading, the town of her birth, with a connection to Wilde through The Ballad of Reading Gaol. Sally has portrayed Reading’s buildings in her artwork over many years and designed public artworks that celebrate its built heritage (Walking Words panels at Chatham and the Forbury Square stone). She also participated in the campaign to save Reading Gaol, designing the T-shirts. For over 20 years Sally has been on the board of local publisher Two Rivers Press, designing covers and illustrating books on local history, art and poetry. Her designs also feature in the Reading Museum shop, on merchandise from tea towels to mugs – including most recently the ‘I can resist everything except temptation’ packaging on biscuits and sweets. A new art book edition of The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde has been created by Twyford based artist Sally Castle. Beautifully illustrated and hand-lettered throughout, it sets the story among Reading’s parks, squares, rooflines and churches. Once an inmate of Reading gaol, Oscar Wilde was said to have remembered it as a sort of enchanted castle, and Sally has depicted it as such. The prince himself is based on a playing card, the Jack of Hearts, who is believed to win his crown through sacrifice for love. Sally has hand lettered the text in a style loosely based on copperplate, written with a pen dipped in Quink ink to give the feel of a sketchbook. Perhaps this is how Oscar Wilde wrote it?

Locally we know Sally best as the creator of the village signs that stand at the centre of Twyford and Hurst, and for opening her studio each year during Henley Arts Trail.

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difficult choice as there was some excellent produce on display. Children had fun with the Carrot Trail set up around the adjacent allotment, where they had to identify plants with a Rabbit label, plus the I-Spy trail around areas of planting in Twyford. Kathy Peck set up an outdoor café from the Twyford Youth Club kitchen to enable visitors to enjoy tea and cake as usual.

This group of musicians meet at 8pm on the first Wednesday of the month at St Mary's Church Centre, Station Road RG10 9NE. There is some car parking at the centre, and the Polehampton Close car park is five minutes' walk away (free in the evenings). They play traditional music from the British Isles, with scores available in advance. If you play an acoustic melody instrument in C, can read music, and are over 18, then visit for more information, sample scores, and contact details. Also, check out the RG10 Podcast: a recent guest was the founder of Twyford Folk Music Workshop, Colin McEwen. Find the podcast on Soundcloud, Spotify, Apple or Google. TRHA Autumn Show The Twyford & Ruscombe Horticultural Association, and in particular Jenny Wager, has been brilliant at organising ‘virtual’ shows for members online over the last two years. Aware that not everybody has been able to take part this way, they were keen to return to holding a public show this autumn. Rather than risk organising a large event inside the enclosed space of Loddon Hall, they held a smaller show in September from their Trading Store base in Loddon Hall Road. Volunteers transformed the indoor space with displays of flowers and paintings, and the vegetables were exhibited outside. The TRHA are grateful that so many members took part, entering into the spirit of the day. The show was open to the public and visitors were invited to vote for the best entries – a

The TRHA committee would like to thank everybody involved and hope that next year things will be back to normal – starting with the Spring Show! Fantastic fundraiser Congratulations to Sheila Dear in Twyford who held a Macmillan Coffee Morning in September for around 45 people, raising over £800. As a cancer patient herself, now well on the road to recovery, Sheila was delighted to have been able to raise this amount for the charity. Online quiz night Following the success of their online quiz night in April, Twyford-based charity Understanding Dementia are holding another one on Friday 26 November - with participants logging in from 6.15pm for a 6.30pm start. It promises to be a fun evening for all the family, starting with the first round especially for children. Entry is free, but they will be inviting people to donate during the evening. As before, each round will be themed around its sponsor, and there will be a prize for the winning team. You can make up a team of people across a number of households, but each device being used needs access to the Zoom link. To secure your place and receive the link, register via www.dementiaquiz. If you have any queries, please email So, get your thinking caps on! The Understanding Dementia team look forward to seeing you on the night.

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Sue Ryder December Daily Dash

raffle, kids’ craft activities and games, Christmas gift stalls and much more. Christmas singing afternoon Festive female voices invited! Get into the Christmas spirit with a singing session led by local music teacher and choir director Suzanne Newman. The workshop will be held from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday 4 December 2021 at Charvil Village Hall.

Run, walk or jog 5k every day this December, and raise funds to help Sue Ryder support people when it matters most. Whether you go solo to reach a new personal best, or join a group of friends or colleagues to get your daily steps in, do the December Daily Dash your own way. You might do it to feel good and keep active this winter, or to join someone you know taking part, or because you want to help raise vital funds. Or maybe all three!

You will be working on some great Christmas songs arranged for 2-part female voice choir, including Deck the Hall, Jingle Bells, We wish you a merry Christmas, I'll be home for Christmas and Home for the holidays. The cost to take part is £10, which includes the printed music and light refreshments. Advance booking is required: please contact Suzanne on 0118 934 0589 or email suzanneynewman Carols with High Voltage Singers

Whatever your motivation, this challenge is for you. This winter, help Sue Ryder handle the scary stuff, leaving families free to focus on what’s really important at the end of someone’s life - love. Entry is free but it’s your donations and fundraising that will make all the difference to patients and families needing Sue Ryder’s specialist care. By fundraising £145, you could fund a Sue Ryder Nurse for a day, or donating £21 could cover an hour of expert and compassionate nursing care. Sign up now at or email St Nicholas Hurst Christmas Fayre The St Nicholas Hurst Christmas Fayre will be held on Saturday 4 December from 11.30am to 3pm at the Large Village Hall in Hurst. This year there will be a feel of a Christmas market, with stalls outside as well as inside the hall. Come along and join in with all of the fun of the fayre including a visit to Father Christmas, a barbecue, refreshments and cakes, a grand

Twyford’s High Voltage Singers invite you to kickstart Christmas with a festive evening of Christmas carols raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support. On Monday 6 December, from 7.30pm to 9pm, visit the front garden of 1 Cheriton Avenue, Twyford RG10 9DB. You’ll find a well-lit area with a number of chairs provided and a gazebo sheltering tables full of mince pies and sausage rolls. Members of High Voltage Singers will be singing some of their fabulous Christmas arrangements, with plenty of opportunity for everyone to join in with some well-known community carols. Please mention rg10 when responding to advertisements


Local news (continued) Please take some cash if you are able to make a donation to the Macmillan nurses' charity. There may also be a raffle! So wrap up warm and join in the festive fun – but if travelling by car, please park away from the house in order to leave the area clear. Play table tennis in Twyford

Hurst will be performing A Lad in the West, directed by Claire Lawrence, with an original script written by talented local residents Jonathan de Mounteney and Matt Allwright. A Lad in The Wild West promises a fun-filled twist on the classic Aladdin pantomime, swapping the Arabian desert for Texan ranches and introducing two new heroes: Jasmine, a plucky cowgirl Jasmine and her trusty steed Flying Carpet. Performances will take place from Thursday 20 to Saturday 22 January 2022, including a matinée on the last day. Visit www.hurstpanto and follow @hurstpanto on Facebook or Twitter for the latest information. Twyford will be performing Rapunzel, directed by Pete King and Bill Evans, from Friday 14 to Sunday 16 January 2022. In a departure from the usual schedule, there will be no Thursday evening performance but instead a matinée show on both days of the weekend.

Looking for a new activity which sharpens your reactions, improves your mental focus, enhances your fitness but is gentle on the body? A sport which is cheap, cheerful, friendly and inclusive, open to all ages, genders, races and abilities? Then table tennis is for you!

For details see the fabulous poster below, visit and keep up to date by following @twyrusdrama on Facebook or Twitter.

Springfield Table Tennis Club is based in the heart of Twyford and welcomes new members. The club plays at Polehampton Junior School in Kibblewhite Crescent on Monday evenings from 7.30pm to 9.30pm, with the season running from September to July. The first three club nights are free, so it's a no brainer - give table tennis a go! For more information email twyfordtabletennis or call 07825 064435. Putting on a show It’s panto season soon (oh, yes, it is!). Hurst and Twyford are both looking forward to staging productions in January. Since the summer, Hurst Pantomime Group and Twyford & Ruscombe Theatre Group have been busy recruiting, planning and rehearsing their shows, which are sure to delight audiences of all ages. 30 rg10 November/December 2021. To advertise please call 0118 907 2510 or email

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Tutor Doctor Preparing for the 11+ entrance exam Mark and Jo Butler of Tutor Doctor have been providing tutors for families and schools in Reading since 2014. In that time they have supported many students who have taken the 11+ for Reading Boys, Kendrick Girls and other grammar schools, as well as entrance exams for local independent schools. preferred style and focus on areas where the student needs the most help. Rapport and understanding with the right tutor are essential to success. We are often asked by parents how long they should prepare for. There is no exact answer to this as it depends on the level of each individual student, but we normally recommend 6 to 12 months with either one or two hours’ tuition per week. We set weekly homework and advise on the best practice tests from the vast array of learning aids that are available.

One of the most common requests we have is to help students prepare for the grammar school 11+ and entrance exams for local independent schools. In Berkshire, the 11+ takes place in September when the student joins year 6, to be ready for entry the following school year. The independent school exams are in the following January.

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Across 1. Shade of blue tinged with green (4) 4. Japanese movie monster (8) 8. George Lucas film of 1977 (4,4) 9. Vegetable known as lady's fingers (4) 10. Spencer ___, actor who appeared in many films with Katharine Hepburn (5) 11. Highly prized edible subterranean fungus (7) 13. Person who is tricked or swindled (6) 15. Greek mathematician (the 'Father of Geometry') who wrote The Elements (6) 17. Port city in northern France (2,5) 19. Military chaplain (5) 22. Corrode, as with acid (4) 23. Flavoured with herbs and spices (8) 24. Rotating part of an engine (8) 25. Oil reservoir in an engine (4)

Down 2. Arab country which achieved independence from the UK in 1971 (5) 3. Fruit resembling a small peach (7) 4. Largest and most southerly island in the Marianas (4) 5. One who runs away from service in the armed forces (8) 6. In snooker, to pocket the cue ball after hitting another (2-3) 7. Siren of German legend (7) 12. The food of the gods (8) 14. Popular chilled beverage (4,3) 16. Goat-like antelope (7) 18. Throbs dully (5) 20. Watery discharge from the eyes or nose (5) 21. Support for sails (4) Please mention rg10 when responding to advertisements


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Twyford Snooker Club, where he served as chairman. David was one of the driving As we begin to get excited about Christmas, forces behind the renovation of the hall on Wargrave Road. He worked alongside club it’s a good time also to reflect upon the members raising money to repair and past year. refurbish the historic building, which was relaunched in July 2019 as the Twyford For Twyford Together it has been another Memorial Hall. curtailed year in terms of events – not entirely unexpected due to the various David Turner was a trustee at the restrictions in place at times. Polehampton Charity and the Twyford Youth Centre, a regular helper at the However, it was great to kick things off Twyford Donkey Derby and a staunch again in June with the Beer Festival - a advocate of the proposed new library at huge success, raising £12k for men’s the former Polehampton School. As part cancer charity Orchid. Congratulations to Ian Wisdom and his team for all their hard of raising funds and awareness for the library project, in 2019 David recreated his work in getting the festival back on, overcoming a few challenges along the way. see-saw world record 50 years after first making it into the Guinness Book of We then had a marvellous Twyford Charity Records with his friend David Sutch. 5K and Fun Run in October, and much of Twyford village Christmas events the normal Christmas calendar has been reinstated too. The Christmas Fayre makes a welcome return to London Road on Friday 3 Sadly, this last year we have said goodbye December from 6pm to 9pm. There will to three great village stalwarts: Gordon be many stalls and several shops open as Storey, David Warner and David Turner. well as plenty of entertainment, food and mulled wine. Gordon Storey was the man behind the Twyford Together Business Forum. So please come and enjoy what will be a Gordon used his skills, determination lovely evening, with a great opportunity to and boundless energy to great effect and purchase Christmas gifts. was responsible for organising (or being involved in) many community-oriented events and initiatives benefiting our village. Don’t miss the switching on of the Christmas tree lights, scheduled for Sunday 28 November. The festivities will He was an inspiration to all and is greatly missed. Many representatives from across start from 5pm and more information will be posted nearer the time on our the local community joined together in @TwyfordTogether Facebook page. mid-September to pay tribute to him in a lovely event at Buratta's, organised by Lisa Our ‘Be A Santa to a Senior’ Christmas from the Kitchen & Bathroom Place. tea party will sadly not be held this year, but will again be replaced by the delivery David Warner passed away earlier in the of Christmas gift hampers. year and his absence is a great loss to 38 rg10 November/December 2021. To advertise please call 0118 907 2510 or email

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Royle for being our primary sponsor; Decathlon, Up and Running, Stanlake A huge ‘well done’ to everyone who took Park, Burattas, La Fontana and Haweli for part in any of the races, contributing to donating prizes, Waitrose for the bananas, our RECORD turnout. Big thanks to Chris all our local schools and RG10 for the Drew for taking so many excellent photos, enthusiastic support, and this year's which are now available to view and wonderful stallholders: Refill Hub, MJW, download for free from Polehampton PTA, Happy Hours, Camp photos/barnesfitness/albums/. Mohawk, Twyford & Ruscombe Horticultural Association, Twyford Rethinks Its Plastic So many highlights, but to name a few: the TRIP, Twyford Comets and Rural Pie Co. pre-school toddle (always a favourite), having to re-start the year 3/4 race due to What a great community we have! Special keen runners jumping the gun, Cara - our thanks to Emma Donald for working so 5K hero who ran with her guide - and the hard to pull this all together. excitement surrounding the announcement of our three fastest streets (1st Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, Longfield Rd, 2nd Springfield Park and 3rd when we get there, and a healthy and Jarvis Drive). prosperous New Year to follow. Twyford Charity 5K and Fun Run

We must also thank Barnes Fitness for expertly organising the races, The Piggott School for allowing us to use their premises, all our volunteers (especially the Piggott Sixth formers on registration and St Mary's Church at the finish line), Castle

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Small Business Saturday L ve small businesses in your l cal community I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: one essential ingredient of any thriving community is a healthy mix of local businesses, including small enterprises run by people who know the area and understand the needs of residents. The important role they play is recognised each year on Small Business Saturday, which falls on the first weekend of December. Michelle Ovens CBE, Director of Small Business Saturday UK, said this about the Covid effect on small businesses: ‘Throughout the crisis we have been reminded of the special role that small firms play in local communities ... As the UK recovers from the pandemic, small businesses still face considerable challenges to get back on their feet and it’s important we continue to support them.’

Reasons to support small businesses 1. Build communities and strengthen local economies Buying from small businesses supports the friends and neighbours who own or manage them. It also helps to ensure services remain available for the more vulnerable in society and those without transport. 2. Give character to towns and villages It’s the small independent retailers, salons and cafés among the usual high street chains that determine the feel of a place. 3. Create job opportunities and encourage entrepreneurship A successful small business will recruit staff from the local population as they grow and inspire others to pursue their own ideas for new enterprise. 4. Receive personalised service Small business owners care about customer service, build lasting relationships and offer advice tailored to you. They value your custom because their survival depends on their good reputation. 5. Protect the environment Small businesses tend to focus on serving their local population and are more likely to use local suppliers, keeping their carbon footprint relatively low and reducing travel for customers.

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RHS accolades Blooming marvellous! The judges praised the community spirit in Twyford and gave credit for the variety of projects completed throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Special mention was given to the number of community groups and individuals brought together to work on the many initiatives.

Twyford Growers Twyford Parish Council also took the opportunity to register the Twyford Growers project with RHS It’s Your Neighbourhood, a scheme supporting gardening groups to ‘green up’ or add colour to their local communities, get more active, make new friends and reduce social isolation.

Twyford in Bloom Twyford first entered the Thames and Chiltern region Britain in Bloom contest in 2016 under the auspices of Twyford Together. The village got off to a great start, winning Silver Gilt for the first three years, rising to Gold in 2019. Twyford Parish Council now has lead responsibility for the Twyford in Bloom initiative, working closely with Twyford Together and other local organisations. This year, in place of sending judges out on a physical Britain in Bloom Finals Tour, the RHS invited community groups that had previously excelled in the contest to submit entries for the new RHS Community Awards. Twyford needed to share stories digitally through photos, short videos and detailed descriptions for review by the expert panel.

Congratulations to all involved – Twyford was awarded ‘Excellent’ in 4 out of 5 categories and ‘Good’ in the other!

Twyford Growers is an allotment group for people experiencing anxiety, depression and/ or loneliness. It was set up by a band of enthusiastic individuals led by Twyford Parish Councillor Rohana Abeywardana, working with Involve Wokingham, Age UK Berkshire and local NHS Social Prescribers based at Twyford Surgery (though residents are also able to self-refer). At the plot, people take part in therapeutic gardening sessions with activities led by horticultural therapist Christina Hughes Nind. It’s Your Neighbourhood commended Twyford Growers for supporting good mental health through therapist-led therapeutic gardening sessions and the group was delighted to be recognised as follows:

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Nature Works Wonders Let’s talk about trees by Nicolette Evans

Now it’s the winter tree-planting season and the return of National Tree Week (27 November to 5 December). This brings people together to celebrate and plant trees across the country, such as at the event in Twyford on 28 November. Trees fit for a Queen There’s also a new national tree-planting initiative underway – the ‘Queen’s Green Canopy’. Community groups, schools and individuals are encouraged to ‘Plant a tree for the Jubilee’ to mark the Queen’s 70 years of service next year and provide a legacy for future generations. Ancient and veteran trees

As a nature connection guide, one of my favourite autumn activities is to walk around trees, collecting their seeds and colourful leaves to create some nature-inspired artwork. As we head into November, it’s time to wrap up again and enjoy noticing the leaves turn from yellow to rich reds, through to warm browns. It’s a ‘super sensory’ season to be walking in the woods; the ‘crunch’ underfoot in the early morning frost and that ‘spongy’ feeling as you walk on layers of fallen leaves lying on the forest floor. There are some beautiful locations to walk around locally, such as Bowsey Hill and Crazies Hill in Wargrave, or go a little further afield to The Thicket near Maidenhead, managed by the National Trust. Winter tree planting Trees are something many of us love, so it’s great news that Wokingham Borough Council received funding this year from The Woodland Trust to plant more than 250,000 trees across the area.

Trees classified as ancient are those that are remarkably old for their species. This could mean many hundreds of years for oaks and broad yews (or even 2,500 years in the case of the Ankerwycke Yew in Runnymede!), or just 150 years for a birch tree. Veteran trees are identified as displaying some characteristics of ancient trees. There are also trees that earn notable, heritage or champion (biggest or tallest) status! Measuring a tree trunk’s girth can indicate its age; there’s a wealth of information on the subject on the Ancient Tree Forum and Ancient Tree Register websites. Members of the Wokingham District Veteran Tree Association have spent many years recording veteran and other significant local trees to help protect them and increase awareness. They now have more than 8,000 trees on their online map. This autumn and winter, why not use your nature walks to seek out the special trees in your area? Do share pictures on social media so we can see which ones you found! @natureworkswondersuk Please mention rg10 when responding to advertisements


Puzzle solutions

Crossword Across: 1 Aqua, 4 Godzilla, 8 Star Wars, 9 Okra, 1 0 Tracy, 11 Truffle, 13 Victim, 15 Euclid, 17 Le Havre, 19 Padre, 22 Etch, 23 Seasoned, 24 Camshaft, 25 Sump.

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Across: 3. Cookies 5. Mrs Claus 8. Jingle 12. Christmas Eve 13. Cupid 14. Star 15. Letter 16. Elf 17. Chimney 18. Rudolph 20. North Pole

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Down: 1. December 2. Holly 4. Ornaments 6. Stocking 7. Santa 9. Prancer 10. Mistletoe 11. Reindeer 13. Candycane 19. Ho Ho Ho

Down: 2 Qatar, 3 Apricot, 4 Guam, 5 Deserter, 6 In-off, 7 Lorelei, 12 Ambrosia, 14 Iced tea, 16 Chamois, 18 Aches, 20 Rheum, 21 Mast.

Holes on sleigh runner missing Rudolph antler missing Different colour present in sleigh Different smile on top elf Mug on floor missing Injured elf eyes closed Present under sleigh missing Top of Rudolph pencil missing Patch on sack missing Stripes on painting elf different colour



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Community update Be bright and protect your home from burglars this winter and holiday season As the winter nights close in, leave a light on... and burglars in the dark! Burglars are often opportunistic thieves, and you can take steps to avoid becoming one of their victims this winter. • Try to make your home appear occupied by using timer switches on lights and radios. • Illuminate your front door with dusk-to-dawn lighting that comes on automatically. • Consider purchasing and installing a video doorbell, house alarm or CCTV system. • Close and double lock all doors and windows when going out, even if you’re only away from home for a short period of time. Those 10 or 15 minutes on the school run are all a burglar needs to break into your home.

• If you have a key safe, ensure it is not visible to people passing by, yet anyone tampering with it can be seen. • When working from home, ensure laptops and electronic equipment are not on view. • Don’t give thieves the tools to burgle your house: ensure sheds and garages are locked and secure. • Don’t leave any presents on view or advertise them on social media. • Don’t leave packaging from new items next to your bin. • Register your new presents and gifts online at

• Always double lock doors and windows when you go to bed.

• If you are going to be away from home, don’t advertise it on social media. Ask a trusted friend or neighbour to keep an eye on your property.

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

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• When not in use, store electronic car key fobs in a security pouch to prevent them being scanned by thieves to open and steal your car. Receive free crime and information updates from Thames Valley Police by registering for Thames Valley Alert at www.thamesvalleyalert Consider joining a local Neighbourhood Watch Scheme. For more information, visit Please contact us if you have any information relating to burglary in your neighbourhood. Report online at or call us on 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency. Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously free on 0800 555 111. Email: You can contact your local neighbourhood team via – please note this address cannot be used to report crimes, or for any urgent matters. Follow us on social media for regular crime updates and find out what your local policing teams are up to. Facebook: TVP Bracknell & Wokingham | Twitter: @TVP_Wokingham 48 rg10 November/December 2021. To advertise please call 0118 907 2510 or email

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Recipe Roast beef fillet with roasted garlic, tomato and This succulent beef, served with a deliciously rich and tangy garlic and herb sauce, makes a

Method 1. Mix all the marinade ingredients together and rub all over the fillet. Cover and place in the fridge to marinate for 2–3 hours or overnight. 2. Preheat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas mark 4. 3. Slice off the top quarter of the garlic bulb. Put the bulb on a piece of foil, drizzle over a little oil and season. Wrap up in the foil and roast for 40 minutes. Cool slightly then squeeze the cloves out of their skins into a food processor. 4. For the sauce, heat the oil and sauté the shallot, tomatoes and anchovy fillets with the caster sugar and vinegar. Allow to cool slightly before adding to the food processor. Serves: 4 Preparation time: 15 minutes Marinate: 2–3 hours or overnight Cooking time: 65 minutes

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herb sauce sensational feast for a special occasion. Any leftovers can be enjoyed cold the next day.

Ingredients 5. Place remaining ingredients into the processor except the herbs. Blend to form a thick sauce, adding a little water to get the desired consistency, if necessary. Transfer to a pan and add the parsley. 6. Preheat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas mark 6. 7. Remove the beef from the marinade. Heat the oil in a heavy based frying pan and sear the beef on all sides. Place in an ovenproof roasting tin and roast for 15-20 minutes depending on taste (medium rare to cooked through). Transfer to a warm platter and allow to rest for 10 minutes before carving thinly. 8. Heat the sauce and spoon over the beef to serve. Accompany with fresh spinach and basil leaves.

• 500g beef fillet (one piece) • 1 tbsp oil, for searing

Marinade • 1 tsp ground cumin • 1 tbsp oil • 2 garlic cloves, crushed

Herb Sauce • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

1 bulb garlic 1 tbsp olive oil and a little for drizzling 1 shallot, diced 250g cherry tomatoes, halved 4 anchovy fillets 1 tsp caster sugar 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar 25g sultanas 1 tbsp capers, drained and rinsed 50g blanched almonds 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 100ml passata Sea salt and black pepper to taste Small bunch of parsley, chopped Small bunch basil, leaves picked, to garnish • Bag of baby spinach leaves, to serve

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All and Good House Cleaning Services Oven Clean OvenU Peacock Carpet Cleaning

Community 10–11 Local churches 48 Thames Valley Police 43–44 Twyford Parish Council 12, 38–39 Twyford Together Cycling 14

Horizon Micromobility

Domestic appliance repair 32 D&T Services Dressmaking and alterations 20 Can’t Sew Education 23, 56 Dolphin School 33 Tutor Doctor Electricians 5 Westgate Electrical Services Estate agents and property developers 55 McCarthy Stone Finance, insurance and legal 31 Benedict Charles Financial Planning

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Florists 15

Beauty in Blooms

Food and drink 16 Fearless in the Kitchen 2 Hare Hatch Sheeplands 19 Riverways Farm 17 Stanlake Park Wine Estate Garage doors 4 Garolla Gardens and landscaping 49 Cartmell Gardens 2 Hare Hatch Sheeplands 53 Hazelwood Tree Care 42 Twyford Landscapes Gifts 13

Phoxy Design

Hair and beauty 20 Dani Louise Health and fitness 19 Barnes Fitness Kitchens and bathrooms 34 Kitchen & Bathroom Place Painting and decorating 22 Cox Decorators 4 PB Decorating Plumbers 4 25 40 49

ADD Plumbing & Heating JJ & SJ Plumbing S Green Plumbing & Heating Walterworks Plumbing & Heating

Self storage 20 Sheeplands Farm Theatre 13

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Wellbeing 25, 45 Nature Works Wonders Windows, doors and conservatories 32 The Sash Window Workshop New or returning advertisers are shown in green.

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